Whether you’ve logged thousands of hours or recently began learning to fly, the decision-making and risk-management process can sometimes be arduous. While airline pilots consult company guidelines, general aviation pilots are mostly left to their own judgment for go/no-go decisions. Now you can plug your profile and expected fight conditions into the ASI Flight Risk Evaluator and let the application suggest the best course of action. Of course, as pilot in command you’re still in charge of the final go/no-go decision.
Oklahoma’s long and colorful aviation history is part of the fabric of the state, and its economic contributions have sustained it through wars and recessions, Gov. Mary Fallin said a conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and the FAA. In a story in The Tulsa World, Fallin is quoted as saying that Oklahoma’s network of general aviation airports are vital to the state’s air transportation system. “General aviation is the connector. We think general aviation airports are analogous to the state and federal highway system; 97% of Oklahoma’s population lives within 30 minutes of our general aviation business airports. They are essential to moving business or commerce throughout our state.”
The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the FAA require repetitive inspection of some cylinder assemblies on Teledyne Continental Motors Model 520 and 540 engines not covered by existing airworthiness directives issued following engine failures, according to a report at AOPA.org.
The report quotes the Feb. 24 safety recommendation, noting the NTSB said it wants the FAA to “require repetitive inspection of Engine Components, Inc. cylinder assemblies produced between May 2003 and October 2009 (serial numbers 7709 through 52884) installed on Teledyne Continental Motors model 520 and 550 engines and removal of these cylinder assemblies once they reach the engine manufacturer’s recommended normal time (hours) in service between overhauls.”
The world’s only flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” will tour Florida during the month of March, visiting, Gainesville, Daytona, Titusville, Ft. Lauderdale, Punta Gorda, Lakeland and Tallahassee, officials with the Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron said.
The Wings Club will honor the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders with its third annual Outstanding Aviator Award.
Officials from the Charles A. and Ann Morrow Lindbergh Foundation will conduct a featured program at the regular bi-monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club March 15.
Nine CFIs across the country recently earned or renewed their Master Instructor designations.
This March 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Morton, Wash. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: According to the passenger, she and the pilot were returning from a business trip. They refueled the airplane at an airport in the San Francisco Bay area, then began the flight home. While the airplane was in cruise flight, the pilot suddenly placed his hands on the controls, told her the engine had lost power, and they were going to land at a nearby airport.