DENVER — The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) has revealed this year’s scholarship winners. The scholarships, totaling $6,000, were awarded at the 2nd Annual Aviation Safety Symposium, an event co-hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) reports that its entire Hawker 125 Series Technical Support group has completed the FlightSafety International (FSI) Master Technician Program.
Aircraft: Piper Malibu. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Destin, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The instrument-rated pilot m who had logged 407 hours, was attempting to execute a GPS approach over water at night. The published minimums for the GPS approach were 460-foot ceiling and one-mile visibility.
The northeastern region of the U.S. is one of the RFG (Reformulated Gas) Areas where the EPA dictates the use of an oxygenate in gasoline to lower carbon monoxide emissions. In the U.S., ethanol is the most common oxygenate, in addition to it raising a fuel’s AKI (Anti-Knock Index, commonly called octane) rating by about 2-3 points. Oil companies, realizing a means to lower the cost of refining, typically deliver a sub-octane fuel known as BOB (Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending) to fuel terminals in there areas, where ethanol is then blended into the fuel. This is the reason that in RFG areas one has difficulty finding ethanol-free fuel, as can be seen by comparing the RFG map to Pure-Gas.org map.
Without ethanol, BOB’s AKI rating is only 84, below the needed 87 for the cheapest Regular gas. BOB is not a legal “finished” fuel until ethanol is added. Thus, any disruption in the supply of ethanol (such as a storm or ethanol rail car explosion) will affect an oil company’s ability to provide finished gasoline. Prior to Sandy’s making landfall, this CNBC article summed up the danger simply: “Bottom line — if we run out of ethanol we run out of gasoline.”
Organizers of the South Florida Seaplane Splash-In, which will be held this Sunday, Nov. 11, at Lake Jackson in Sebring, Florida, say the weather reports show it will be a perfect day for the splash-in. For more information about the splash-in, contact Bill Schmalz at 561-414-6865 or go to the Seaplane Pilots Association website, click month, click year, and click GO. Until then, here’s a few pictures from past splash-ins: [Read more...]
A new study unveiled at the recent National Business Aviation Association convention shows that even during the worst economic times since the Great Depression, companies that relied on business aviation outperformed the field in important measures of shareholder value and recovered from the recession more quickly than their peers across a range of industries representing the U.S. economy. The study, “Business Aviation: Maintaining Shareholder Value Through Turbulent Times,” concludes that companies in the S&P 500 that use business aviation achieved superior financial performance in a number of key measures and also displayed superior ability to respond to the severe downturn. “This answers the question as to why so many American enterprises continue to depend upon business aviation, even in — and perhaps, especially in — tough economic times,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen (pictured). Find out more here.
WACO, Texas — Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., which designs, develops and installs performance improvement systems for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft, recently completed its 400th performance upgrade installation.
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has introduced a 2- x 5-inch standby display. The MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM) is a self-contained, solid-state instrument that provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information to the pilot during normal operation or in the case of primary instrument failure, company officials said.