Today's Aviation News Summary -
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A summary of today's Aviation News from multiple sources.
The Latest Aviation News From Google RSS Feed:
'Upset' ties Red Bull races in second roundAOPA PilotThe next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an "electrifying" contest in Rovinj, Croatia, that put two pilots in a tie for the lead. Hannes Arch of Austria came from behind to beat ... and more »
Medical reform gains momentumAOPA PilotTo give even more pilots the opportunity to make their voices heard, AOPA will be collecting signatures in support of third class medical reform on a life-size petition that will be traveling to AOPA Fly-Ins and other major aviation events throughout ...
CBP actions draw media attentionAOPA Pilot“We're glad to see this issue coming to light beyond the general aviation community,” said AOPA President Mark Baker, who was quoted in the Los Angeles Times article. “While general aviation pilots are being targeted now, there's a bigger issue here ...
Time travelerAOPA PilotAlthough the AOPA president has owned N44573 only since last summer, he's been around seaplanes and round engines most of his adult life. To him, the Beech 18 is the epitome of floatplane flying—a beautiful old radial-engine airplane on straight ...
FAA completes upgrade of aircraft tracking systemAirline fleet ManagementThe US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced completion of a nationwide infrastructure upgrade enabling air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability. The news comes as aircraft tracking systems are in ... and more »
EU lifts Air Astana sanctionsAirline fleet ManagementAir Astana has been given the go-ahead to expand its European coverage after the European Union's Air Safety Committee (ASC) lifted restrictions placed on the carrier in 2009. In its latest bulletin detailing changes to the bloc's Banned Operators List ... and more »
The Latest News from Air Facts Journal:
Searching… for a lost airliner and others
I don’t think that I believed I would ever see a search as long, expensive, and detailed as the one for the Malaysian 777. I did, though, in my time in the business, have some interesting experiences related to searching for lost airplanes.
I have my license – now what?
Now I'm a private pilot, and I’m just not sure what to do or where to go now. Do I keep adding ratings? A tailwheel endorsement would be cool for sure, but for what purpose? Maybe now that I’ve accomplished my “lifelong dream” there is a bit of a hangover associated?
Heroes and goats
I immediately reduced the throttle to idle, thinking that I’d had a compressor stall; this action was followed shortly by a thought process of: “Now, let me see: I’m forty-five degrees nose up with sixty degrees of bank and I’ve just pulled off any power which might be remaining and the speed is starting to fall. ” Even without the benefit of higher education, I knew this was not good.
The Latest News From EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association:
EAA Welcomes Full B-17 Crew for Special Flight
EAA's Boeing B-17G Aluminum Overcast has made many memorable flights throughout the country, but one would be hard-pressed to come up with one more special than what occurred on Monday afternoon, April 14, in Oshkosh.
Sun 'n Fun Celebrates Successful 40th Fly-In
The 40th Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in and Expo that wrapped up in Lakeland, Florida, on April 6 saw one of the largest turnouts in years thanks to perfect weather, improved operations, 3,000 dedicated volunteers, and popular attractions including the Navy's Blue Angels Naval flight demonstration team that performed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Take Someone Flying on International Learn to Fly Day
EAA always encourages its members to take others flying, but on Saturday, May 17, there's an even better reason to do so: The fifth annual International Learn to Fly Day is an opportunity to help someone take that first step to discover the fun, freedom, and accomplishment of becoming a pilot.
The Latest News From EAA AirVenture Oshkosh:
2014 EAA Young Eagles Mustang Raffle Opens
Help support EAA's Young Eagles program and other youth aviation education initiatives by entering the annual EAA Young Eagles Raffle for a grand prize 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible!
Valdez STOL Pilot Spotlight: Scot Warren
Scot Warren, of Sandy Shores, Texas, is the CubCrafters dealer for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, and he'll be flying his stock 180-hp Titan 340CC-powered Carbon Cub SS, N531WA, in the Valdez STOL demonstration at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.
Registration Open for AirVenture's Women Soar You Soar
Registration is now open for EAA's annual Women Soar You Soar, a program that allows 100 high school-age girls to discover more about aviation and all its possibilities from aviators, engineers, and leaders during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Breaking News From AVweb:
'Aviation Consumer' Paint Shop Survey 2014
Finding a reliable and skilled paint shop is a daunting challenge for many aircraft owners. If you've had your aircraft painted within the past few years, the editors at "Aviation Consumer" magazine want to know about your experience. Please take this brief survey, and the staff will report on the results in an upcoming issue of "Aviation Consumer."
Gulfstream Inks 60-Plane China Deal
Gulfstream set the tone for the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition Tuesday with the formal announcement of a $3 billion, 60-plane deal to supply G280, G450, G550 and G650 aircraft to Minsheng Financial Leasing.
Drone Operator Accused Of Hindering Helicopter Rescue
Police in Springfield, Ohio, said a drone operator who was shooting video of a car crash on Saturday refused to give way to an approaching medical helicopter, and arrested him on a felony charge of obstructing official business. Authorities said firefighters and a sheriff's deputy both asked Kele Stanley to stop flying the drone because the helicopter was coming and he refused, according to The Associated Press. Stanley denies the charges and said he would have landed immediately if he knew the helicopter was en route.
The Latest Podcasts From AVweb:
Podcast: GAMA's Greg Bowles on Changes to Part 23/CS-23
In the U.S. we know it as Part 23, but the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is concerned with revisions to the rest of the world knows as CS-23. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli caught up with Greg Bowles form GAMA at Aero in Friedrichshafen to get the lowdown on changes to the rule and what they may mean for aircraft manufacturers like Flight Design.
Podcast: Catching Up to Europe
The European Aviation Safety Agency is moving quickly on aircraft certification reform, and the the FAA is falling behind. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with GAMA President Pete Bunce at Aero Friedrichshafen.
Podcast: Garmin Pilot Goes European
European pilots will be able to download the popular Garmin Pilot app by the end of May. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli filed this report with Garmin's Jessica Koss from Aero Friedrichshafen.
AVweb Insider Blog Posts:
A Visit to Pipistrel
The place runs on pure imagination and creativity. The Panthera is but one example.
Aero Observations: Of Diesels, Electrics and Good PR
Aero continued its momentum to becoming a major GA trade and business show.
Aero Notes: The Skyhawk as Target
Everybody wants a piece of Cessna's pie in the dwindling Skyhawk market. And it sure looks like Cessna is giving it up.
The Lastest News From AOPA:
'Upset' ties Red Bull races in second round
The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.
Landsberg interviews AOPA's head of advocacy
AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg talks with AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy Jim Coon on his first 100 days and the top advocacy issues confronting AOPA.
Medical reform gains momentum
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
AOPA Never Again:
Never Again: Missed Signals (March 2014)
Preoccupation with a newly-installed engine monitor diverts a Bonanza pilot's attention from a far greater problem.
Never Again: Scud Running (Jan. 2014)
An Air Force cadet in jet fighter training learns the dangers of scud running.
Never Again: Unwelcome Guests (Dec. 2013)
A game warden gets closer than he expected to a flock of ducks. Find out what happens...
AOPA Never Again:
Boeing 737 side-by-side with A380
A Boeing 737 looks like a miniature airplane next to an Airbus A380.
Strange but true general aviation news
Drinking and flying don’t mix. A man is facing DUI and obstructing a police officer after allegedly stealing an aircraft from Boulder City Municipal Airport in Nevada, reports Examiner.com. The man, seen “recklessly” taking off and landing five times, said he was trying to complete part of his pilot’s license. They should have just acted normal. […]
Strange but true general aviation news
EBay auction for Soviet “Bear” bomber pulled. Someone trying to auction a Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-95 “Bear” on Ebay pulled the long-range strategic bomber from the site, reports ARS Technica. The non-flying aircraft is located somewhere in Ukraine. Do the crime, do the time. Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, Calif., has been sentenced to 14 years […]