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GA airports are showing the first glimmers of a rebound in Middle Tennessee, according to a report from Nashville Public Radio. Officials at John C. Tune Airport (JWN) are watching a rise in their key indicator – fuel sales — and, good news for all of GA, the Metro Nashville Airport Authority gives some of the credit to student pilots. Read the full report here.
Chattahoochee Valley Chapter 677 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA 677), based at Columbus Airport (CSG) in Columbus, Ga., reports it carried 248 Young Eagles during 2011, including 13 who flew on Dec. 31.
A new FBO, Boundary Bay Air Services, has opened at Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB), which is just outside downtown Vancouver.
Microsoft Studios recently premiered Microsoft Flight, a PC game that lets players jump into the challenge, fun, and freedom of flight. Microsoft Flight will be available as a free download this spring, giving players the freedom to fly the skies over the Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of missions, test their skills in flying challenges, or find hidden aerocaches on the island.
By STEVE BILL HANSHEW
It takes roughly three hours to mow my 2,100-foot runway. This allows ample time to contemplate life and its mysteries, as well as issues of great importance to humanity, but mostly it’s stupid stuff.
For exampel, if Henri Pitot invented the Pitot tube, then who invented the cover? Who checks a check airman?
Aviators Hot Line is hosting the 2nd Annual Sport Pilot Fly-in to the Bahamas Jan. 22-23, right after the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt personalized with their N-number and aircraft manufacturer’s emblem.
By DAVID NIXON
This past January, I purchased a 1941 Piper J-5A Cub Cruiser from a friend in Port Angeles, Wash. I thought that flying the airplane home to Lenhardt’s AirHaven in Oregon would be an easy task. After all, it’s only a couple hundred miles away and, even though the Pacific Northwest is not known for its hospitable winter VFR weather, I knew it was doable with patience and flexibility. In the end, however, bringing the J-5 back to Hubbard, Ore., proved to be more than just a trip to pick up an airplane.
“I’m of mixed feelings over this,” express many LSA industry participants who have caused my phone to ring regularly since late September. That’s when EAA and AOPA came together to address requests from some members for a driver’s license “medical,” which would allow aviators with certificates beyond Sport Pilot to fly GA aircraft with clearly defined limitations without the need for an FAA medical.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued Major Change Approval 10037759 confirming the increase in the Tecnam P2006 Twin’s Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) to 1230 kg (2,706 pounds).