The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has submitted a request to the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to consider a change to the current Regulation Title 49, Part 1552.23 with regard to the recurrent training requirements for “flight schools.” The proposal would allow flight instructors — which by TSA definition are considered “flight schools” — to bring the timing of their Flight School Security Awareness Training, which is completed yearly, in line with the currency requirements of their flight instructor certificates.
Iridium Communications and its partner companies have launched the Iridium NEXT Mission Team Scholarship program, with an expected $250,000 endowment.
Airguide Publications has released v4.2, a free update for the Flight Guide iEFB iPad application.
Aircraft Spruce now carries the new ion Flashlight Firestarter.
The new General Aviation edition of Audio Environment for Flight Simulator X adds custom made, high quality stereo sound replacements for eight default GA aircraft and helicopters. There are also ground vehicle and general environment audio effects to make the simulation world even more realistic, company officials said.
Greatest Generation Aircraft (GGA), a non-profit foundation at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, recently purchased a new tool, the Control Rod Rigger, for restoration projects. The Control Rod Rigger is used to preserve the exact length of the control rod when replacing or cleaning old control rod ends.
Eagle Creek Aviation Services at Eagle Creek Airport (EYE) near Indianapolis has joined the Avfuel network of FBOs. It now offers Avfuel Contract Fuel, the AVTRIP rewards program, and a variety of additional products.
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: Evektor Sportstar Plus. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Marysville, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The Sport Pilot, who had logged 186 hours, departed on a cross-country flight. There was no record of him obtaining a weather briefing prior to takeoff and no flight plan was filed. Instrument meteorological conditions existed along the route of flight. Recorded radar data showed that as the airplane approached the area of IMC, it changed heading and altitude and tracked southward, which was then followed by a descending turn with increasing airspeed. The airplane crashed in a field in a nose-down attitude.
Last June I wrote a piece about an airline that had begun service into Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) here in central Florida. The column ran in this space. It was ebullient, hopeful, and waved a big flashy flag for the potential that comes from having regularly scheduled air service into a mid-sized and growing city. Everything I said there is still true, too. Well, almost everything. The airline unexpectedly suspended operations this week, leaving untold numbers of passengers stranded in far off locations. Other than that…
Jeff Spahr, a sophomore at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida, celebrated his 16th birthday March 10 and had something more important on his mind than getting his driver’s license. Jeff started taking flying lessons at Gulf Coast International Flight Academy, Inc. when he was just 14 years old and he became eligible to fly solo for the first time on his 16th birthday.