IMC Club International, Inc. has named Steve Cunningham of Nashua, N.H., Jim Hendricks of Naples, Fla., and Michael Radomsky of Las Vegas as regional vice presidents of its Northeastern, Southern and Western Regions.
A petition to take user fees off the table garnered more than 8,900 signatures — many from general aviation pilots — but the result wasn’t what we hoped for. Instead, the response from Dana Hyde, Associate Director for General Government Programs, Office of Management and Budget, is an essay titled “Why We Need Aviation User Fees.”
Weigh in on “The Great Debate: Boy v. Girl Pilots” at Air Facts. Richard Collins says girls often make better pilots because they take less risks and treat planes more gently. But he also adds: “It is my opinion that we males have created a fraternal bond in flying that largely excludes females. If so, how do we change that so more females will feel welcome as general aviation, airline or military pilots? None of the past efforts have helped. What do you think would help? Or do you think we should work to keep this wonderful activity a boy’s club?” As always, this one has attracted a lot of comments.
New fees for digital chart products are on the horizon, but a California producer of wire-bound books of charts has already shut down because of a preliminary step by FAA, according to an AOPA.org report, which notes that Dan Johnston pulled the plug on EZFlightChart.com because the FAA’s AeroNav program office cut the lead time on the release of digital charts from 17 days to one day prior to expiration. Meanwhile, AOPA officials continue meeting with FAA officials to preserve pilots’ access to aviation charts.
Now available as an app is Sporty’s G1000 course. In addition to nearly two hours of video content, the app also includes Garmin’s complete Cockpit Reference Guide, two G1000 Training Course Outlines (student and instructor versions), G1000 simulator software for download, and a review quiz.
The FAA has released FAA Mobile, designed to provide quick access to FAA.gov tasks for general aviation enthusiasts on-the-go. You can look up N-numbers, find Advisory Circulars, browse airport delays, and more. [Read more...]
Today a pilot slot in the United States military is open to all races, but it was not so long ago that was not the case. The United States military dismissed African Americans as inferior human beings and assumed they were ill-equipped to be pilots.
During World War II the Tuskegee Experiment, as it was known, disproved this assumption. Young men of color from all over the United States were taught to fly for Uncle Sam. The new George Lucas movie “Red Tails” tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.
In the year following Piper’s departure from the LSA market, you may have expected a big slow-down for importer U.S. Sport Aircraft (USSA). Many believed the removal of the Piper brand would cause a loss of loyalty and that sales would flat line. Those people may have forgotten how well the SportCruiser did before Piper got involved.
Super Bowl XLVI is less than a month away, but officials at the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) have been working on the airport’s game plan for more than a year.
With an expected 500 to 700 additional general aviation aircraft anticipated at IND and nearby regional airports during the Super Bowl travel period, [Read more...]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has committed to hold its general aviation trade show and convention, the AOPA Aviation Summit, at the Palm Springs Convention Center Oct. 11-13, 2012, as well as Oct. 9-11, 2014.