A most remarkable thing happened recently. I refer to a recent approval of a brand new Special LSA. Why is that noteworthy, especially as it is #128 on our SLSA List? Everyone in the business of LSA and most other alert readers have followed the long, winding, still-evolving path of FAA approvals in the fall of 2012. Specifically, FAA has released an order that says any new model from an existing LSA supplier or any LSA from a new company must be blessed by FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Flightline, an aviation-themed magazine television show, is making its national debut Jan. 5, 2013 on Discovery Communication’s Velocity network. The Flightline is set for a 52-week run as part of the Saturday morning programming on Velocity.
A new NASA-funded prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) of Boulder, Colo., is providing weather forecasts that can help pilots avoid major storms as they travel over remote ocean regions. [Read more...]
WACO, Texas — Now available from FreeFlight Systems is its XPLORER receiver, a datalink weather receiver with upgradability to full ADS-B In weather and traffic data capabilities when installed with a certified ADS-B Out transmitter.
ROWLETT, Texas – NavWorx reports the successful installations of its Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) delivering the benefits of NextGen air transportation technology to general aviation aircraft. The company’s flagship product, the ADS600-B, is a single device that transmits and receives flight data and information services into the cockpit. The ADS600-B is designed to meet the FAA’s 2020 mandatory compliance requirements for ADS-B equipage.
NEW YORK — On Jan. 1, 2013, USAIG will roll out a new workers’ compensation insurance package – AeroComp by USAIG – designed specifically to address the needs of aviation operators.
Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Fort Myers, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, who was practicing touch and goes, a gust of wind pushed the plane to the left after the eighth landing. [Read more...]
Q: I lost the left mag on my O-540. When I took it apart, I found four aluminum specks in the top oil screen. I pulled the rear housing off and found the aluminum gear still in the engine. I sent it off for repairs to Tulsa, where they installed a new oil pump, shaft, gears and housing, as well as a new fuel pump and dry vaccum, and two rebuilt mags. I ran it for 1.5 hours, then pulled the screen and found a few specks again, but not as many as the first. Any ideas?