The increase in glass panel cockpits in general aviation aircraft has not had a dramatic impact on safety, according to new research by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation’s Air Safety Institute.
After almost four years, AeroPremier Jet Center finally moves into its new FBO offices at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEWS) in a recently renovated terminal. Formerly a National Guard helicopter facility, the building was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and it was uncertain what the fate of the structure would be pending FEMA funding discussions.
IMC Club International is opening three new chapters in the next two weeks. Pilots will gather at Iowa Flight Training in Cedar Rapids on March 6; North Ramp Aviation in South Burlington, Vt., on March 8, and MotionAir Aviation in Midlothian, Texas for the official inaugural meeting of the new IMC Club chapters.
Since its inception in 2007, more than 2,000 pilots have received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the FAA. The award, which recognizes 50 years of accident-free flying, consolidated several similar pilot awards, such as the Golden Eagle Award, that had been presented by various Flight Standards District Offices over the years. The award includes a certificate and pin. In addition, the recipient’s name is added to the Roll of Honor at FAASafety.gov.
One of the newest names on that Roll of Honor is Dick Hitt, well-known in South Carolina aviation circles as he is the retired FAA Safety Program Manager from the FSDO in Columbia, S.C. Here’s his story in his own words: [Read more...]
Headsets Inc. now has available the new model DRE 8001 active noise reduction headset with Bluetooth.
User fees have reared their head in President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 proposed budget. Longtime General Aviation News columnist Charles Spence wrote about a letter 100 mayors sent to President Obama regarding the budget’s potential $100-per-flight fee. The comments that follow are interesting. Commenter “gbin” says: “I wonder how many of the mayors who signed that letter were deliberately misled into thinking that the user fee pertains to all or nearly all of general aviation, rather than just to jet aircraft users?” and continues with “I wonder why the author of this piece felt entitled to obscure the rather significant fact that piston aircraft users — the great majority of general aviation — are exempt from the fee (as certain other writers here have also omitted), and to label the Obama administration’s proposal as “attacks on GA” (rather more politically partisan than most reporting here)?”
You know the old adage, right? “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” This year marks the 30th anniversary since the FAA approved the first STC for the use of autogas in aircraft. Since then, it has enjoyed an excellent track record as a safe, affordable, lead-free alternative to avgas that can power 70%-80% of the current piston-engine fleet. This includes numerous warbirds, many vintage aircraft, most auto-engine conversions as well as many next-gen piston engines from Rotax, Jabiru, ULPower, Continental, and Lycoming.
ForeFlight has launched ForeFlight Manage, an online portal for individual and business aviation customers that provides access to account information and ForeFlight Mobile pilot and device management tools.
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently delivered another in its series of 12 Seminar-in-a-Box products to the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), this one focusing on Takeoff and Initial Climb.
Blue Sky Network has introduced the portable HawkeyeLink Bluetooth device that enables hands-free Iridium phone calls and two-way messaging on users’ smartphones in an aircraft.