Evidence of the continued worldwide expansion in the use of lead-free, ethanol-free mogas in general aviation comes from this report from Israel. Haim Zaklad, a private pilot there, recently requested details on our study of the FAA’s aircraft registry showing that over 80% of all piston engine aircraft could operate today on lead-free, ethanol-free mogas. He described the recent successful action by pilots in his country to gain approval of the Petersen mogas STCs from Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority:
Lockheed Martin Flight Services has opened online registration for its Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) Pilot Web Portal and new Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS). ACAS.
TEMECULA, Calif. — When Quicksilver Manufacturing became Quicksilver Aeronautics earlier this year, the ownership change triggered a requirement to prove the company’s kits meet the provisions of Experimental Amateur Built category. Quicksilver officials report that several kits received a letter of authorization from FAA.
A range of Christmas gifts has been launched to help raise money for the last flying Vulcan, including books, models and the chance to have your name on the historic bomb-bay doors. [Read more...]
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Jim Wall has been reappointed to the Greenville Airport Commission by Greenville County Council to serve an additional three-year term. The Greenville Airport Commission is the owner and operator of the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina.
Aircraft: Mooney M20. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Copake, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The accident flight happened at night. The phase of the moon was waxing crescent with only 22% of the moon’s visible disc illuminated. The 1,410-hour pilot was flying on an IFR flight plan [Read more...]
Q: My partner, Lou, and I just had our Piper PA 28 235 overhauled and are having problems with the lower plugs getting oil fouled. The plugs have been cleaned a couple of times but she runs rough and they foul again. The mechanics are talking about putting a thin wire plug in. My concern is that we could have a leak in the valve stem seal, rings, or head or valve cover gaskets. The cylinders were rechromed and we had new rings, the valves machined, etc. One shop did the machining and cylinders, another shop assembled everything.
Where should we start?
TOM CAMP, via email
When Victor Boyce, who heads the Workshops Area at SUN ’n FUN every year, walked into the Florida Air Museum, which is on the SUN ’n FUN campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL), he noticed something was missing.
“I saw a number of 12-foot by 12-foot murals on the wall of the museum’s Hangar A — there were murals of the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart and others. But there were NO murals of Charles Taylor,” said Boyce, a long-time aircraft mechanic who received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award about nine years ago.
For those who aren’t familiar with the name, Charles Taylor was the Wright brother’s mechanic. “Charles hand-built the engine for the Wright brothers’ first powered flight because no one else was interested in supplying them with a suitable engine,” Boyce said.