AeroLEDs Pulsar NSP, NS, and Suntail, all-LED position and anti-collision lights have received TSO approval from the FAA. Previously only available to Experimental and Light Sport Aircraft, the Pulsar NSP (Nav/Strobe/Position), Pulsar NS (Nav/Strobe), and SunTail (tail strobe) are now qualified for installation on all certified general aviation aircraft.
Palmetto Sun Balloons, a family run hot air balloon company in South Carolina, will be conducting a Hot Air Balloon Ground School for general aviation private and commercial pilots the weekend of Feb. 25-26.
A new job always comes with a learning curve. You need to learn procedures and ways of doing business, as well as determining the needs of your clients. The clients, meanwhile, hopefully will be patient with you. Without proper communication, things can get muddled and tensions rise. This is particularly true of airport management.
At Salem Municipal Airport-McNary Field (SLE) in Salem, Ore., airport officials and hangar tenants are in the first stages of learning to work together, after what one tenant described as years of confusion and poor communication.
After the FAA restored full access to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, many general aviation pilots contacted the agency to enroll in the program, according to officials with the National Business Aviation Association, who report the FAA is on track to transmit an updated list of aircraft blocked at the “ASDI vendor level” to flight tracking vendors by today, Jan. 10. The list of aircraft blocked at the “FAA level” will also be updated. Blocking requests received by Dec. 15 should be included in the revised lists. Want to know how to enroll in the BARR program? Click here.
The FAA’s ambitious ATC modernization effort known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) faces an unsettled 2012 and beyond after a number of setbacks in 2011, including federal budgetary concerns, the abrupt resignation of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt after a drunk driving arrest, and more, according to a report at Aviation International News.
In a recent blog posted on General Aviation News by Ben Visser, he made a point that poses a serious conundrum for the conversion to unleaded avgas: “The big problem here is that almost all of the aircraft piston engines out there need to be broken-in on 100LL, then they can be switched over to auto gas. But if they are started on auto gas when new, they will probably have exhaust valve problems.” The exhaust valve problems that Ben is alluding to is commonly known as “valve seat recession.”
The January/February 2012 issue of FAA Safety Briefing is now available online. The issue includes reviews of resources available to budding general aviation pilots, aids to improve a more seasoned pilots aeronautical knowledge, how to leverage information from the myriad aviation regulations and handbooks, tips to prepare for an upcoming checkride and finding the right aviation school.