Today's Aviation News Summary -
Sunday, December 8, 2013
A summary of today's Aviation News from multiple sources.
The Latest Aviation News From Google RSS Feed:
Stay ahead of your spark plugsAOPA PilotFor most aircraft owners that I speak to, the annual inspection is the only time during the year that they remove their spark plugs for cleaning and inspection. Unless forced to by some ignition issue, such as a fouled plug, the spark plugs don't get ...
House passes bill giving GA input on TSA plansAOPA Pilot“We appreciate Representative Thompson's leadership on this issue and the overwhelming bipartisan support it has received,” said Craig Spence, AOPA vice president of operations and international affairs. “This legislation will ensure that stakeholders ... and more »
Air Canada's first 787-8s due in Spring 2014Airline fleet ManagementAccording to the Canadian national carrier, the delivery of its first of 15 787-8s on order from Boeing is due in Spring 2014 while its first of 22 787-9s is scheduled for July 2015. The airline says its 787 is though only scheduled to make its full ... and more »
Remote-controlled aircraft enthusiasts share their passion at expoArizona Daily StarThe free? event, which features paragliders and public safety helicopters in addition to model aircraft demonstrations, goes from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday? at Naranja Park, 600 W. Naranja Drive?. The event will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project ...
Bombardier appoint Raymond Jones to new roleAirline fleet ManagementJones will replace Chet Fuller, who is leaving Bombardier at the end of the year to pursue other career opportunities. Mike Arcamore, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, says: “Ray Jones will bring solid experience and insight to his new role ... and more »
Republic sells Frontier to IndigoAirline fleet ManagementRepublic Airways Holdings has finalised the sale of Frontier Airlines, which has been purchased by an investment fund affiliated with Indigo Partners. David Siegel, CEO and president of Frontier Airlines, resigned from Republic's board of directors ... and more »
Scholarships available for women, youth, aerobatic studentsAOPA PilotWhether it's learning to fly, obtaining an advanced certificate or rating, or working to become an A&P, avionics specialist, or other maintenance professional, financing the training can be difficult. At the beginning of each month, AOPA will highlight ...
Shell reveals unleaded avgasAOPA Pilot“AOPA welcomes Shell's announcement of their development of a lead-free potential replacement for avgas and their engagement of the aviation industry,” said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Rob Hackman. “We look forward to learning more ... and more »
The Latest News from Air Facts Journal:
The Hungry Pilot: Rough River Dam State Resort Park
In our latest article searching for the perfect $100 hamburger, we travel to Kentucky. Rough River offers a beautiful lake, a nice lodge with a restaurant and even an airport within walking distance. What's not to like?
Love that eggbeater – taming the helicopter
Helicopter pilots aren’t born with paranoid tendencies; it can take upwards of two thousand hours of flying to realize that you’re smack dab in the center of a million parts rotating rapidly around an oil leak waiting for metal fatigue to set in.
The art of flying on silent wings
In our latest trip through the Air Facts archives we share a beautiful meditation on soaring, written by legendary airline pilot Bob Buck. Bob was a pilot's pilot, and his thoughtful, evocative description of what it's like to fly without an engine will make you wish you were soaring with him. Think gliders are for wimps? Think again.
The Latest News From EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association:
EAA Urges Support for Bill on Sleep Apnea Policy
EAA urges members to contact their congressional representatives and express support for a bipartisan bill that would force the FAA to subject its new draconian sleep apnea policy to a formal rulemaking and public comment process.
Shell Announces Development of Unleaded GA Fuel
Shell today became the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for aviation gasoline (avgas 100 and 100LL) which will now begin testing and evaluation under FAA regulation.
EAA's Skiplane Fly-In Moved to February 8
The annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In has been moved from its traditional January date to Saturday, February 8, at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, to increase the likelihood of sufficient snow to host flying activities.
The Latest News From EAA AirVenture Oshkosh:
AirVenture Aviators Club Offers Special Extras for EAA Members
A prime flightline oasis available only to EAA members and their guests returns to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The Aviators Club pavilion offers extra amenities during the annual celebration scheduled July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport.
EAA to Expand College Park at AirVenture 2014
The College Park area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which made its debut in 2013 with dozens of aviation colleges and universities taking part, will expand in 2014 to include more opportunities for those seeking aviation careers and job openings.
AirSupport Continues DAV Aviation Outreach Program, Return to AirVenture
AirSupport LLC is pleased to announce the continuation of its 12-year relationship with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) with a new agreement in support of the DAV Aviation Outreach Program. This continued relationship includes the eighth year for the DAV Flight Team to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.
Breaking News From AVweb:
Sleep Apnea Bill Makes Legislative Progress
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved a bill that would force the FAA to follow the formal rulemaking process in adopting a controversial new sleep apnea detection initiative, It's the first legislative step to slow down implementation of a policy introduced by Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton in his November newsletter to AMEs that will direct them to send any pilot or air traffic controller with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher to be automatically referred to a sleep clinic to determine if he or she has obstructive sleep apnea, a disqualifying condition that can cause daytime sleepiness and increase the risk of sudden death.
Plans For "Nationwide" Warbird Flyover
Aviation heritage organizations are organizing to create a "nationwide flyover of WWII aircraft" Aug. 15-16, 2015, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, but the event may not be what you think. The Chennault Foundation describes the nationwide flyover as taking place in communities throughout America. Groups involved in the event include the History Channel, the Air Force Association, EAA Warbirds of America, the Commemorative Air Force and a host of other groups. It's not precisely clear if "nationwide" will translate to many local events or one grand one but an official announcement on December 20 will provide more details. The press conference will be hosted by the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, which holds its own direct ties to aviation's rich history.
Research Study: Aircraft Certification Rules Don't Necessarily Improve Safety
While it's generally assumed that aircraft certification rules increase safety and reduce accidents, a recently completed research project by an Embry Riddle Aeronautical University professor reveals that for some types of accidents, that's not the case. In fact, the research data suggests that for some segments of general aviation, burdensome certification rules actually decrease safety by making it more difficult for owners and operators to install relatively inexpensive equipment that might reduce the frequency of accidents.
The Latest Podcasts From AVweb:
Podcast: Opening China's Airspace
This week, China moved forward with expanding access to their air space for general aviation operations. Ed Smith, vice president of international affairs for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, chats with AVweb contributing editor Mary Grady about what that news means for the industry.
Podcast: ASA's Checkride Apps
Educational training supply company ASA launched six new apps in October designed to aid pilots in preparation of a checkride. AVweb speaks with ASA curriculum director Jackie Spanitz to learn more.
Podcast: Sleep Apnea Policy 'Crazy,' Says Senior AME
Dr. Brent Blue is a senior FAA air medical examiner from Wyoming who says the new policy on sleep apnea announced by Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton is "one of the craziest things to come out of the FAA in many years." AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with him.
AVweb Insider Blog Posts:
Skycatcher's Demise: Barely a Ripple
And maybe not even that. Operators, flight schools and even Cessna dealers don't seem particularly alarmed that the Skycatcher won't remain in production.
Is Rotax Planning a New Engine?
We're sure it's always planning new products. Here are some good arguments why the timing is right for new products.
Are You a Deadbeat Owner?
Surely you aren't, but trust me, there are quite a few out there running loose. Avoid becoming one by paying your bills on time.
The Lastest News From AOPA:
Red Bull race tickets on sale
Tickets for the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship series, including two U.S. races, are now on sale.
Florida county airport rules raise concern
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
House passes bill giving GA input on TSA plans
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
AOPA Never Again:
Never Again: Night Helicopter Rescue (Nov. 2013)
Never Again: The No-Nose Landing (Oct. 2013)
An air ambulance pilot uses an unusual and improvised landing technique to compensate for an inoperative nose gear.
Never Again: One of Those Nights
In this episode, a cross-country pilot learns the disastrous results of losing a propeller tip. Find out what happens in "One of Those Nights," by Beverly Howard.
AOPA Never Again:
10 aviation organizations you can support on #GivingTuesday
It started with Gray Thursday, for stores that (foolishly) opened at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Then we had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, then Cyber Monday. So today, we’re at the second annual #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday was created to be a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season and as a way to […]
Flying motorcycle for Christmas?
Hammacher Schlemmer's Christmas catalog offers a $300,000 roadable gyrocopter.
From 35 to 36, a dark afternoon aboard Air Force One
Like many, I spent some time last Friday watching coverage of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. However, I didn’t come across the article that I found most interesting about that day until this morning. The October issue of Esquire magazine includes a fascinating story, “The Flight from Dallas,” which […]