A Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness directive set to kick in on Feb. 28 will require repetitive inspections of many models of Textron Aviation twin-engine airplanes to check for cracks in the left and right forward lower carry-through spar caps. Cracked spar caps are to be replaced before further flight and inspection results reported to the FAA.
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The Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, named Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field in Arkadelphia, Ark., the Arkansas 2017 Airport of the Year. "This ought to get our little economic engine running for us," said Gary Brinkley, Arkadelphia city manager.
TruTrak Flight Systems announced that its supplemental type certificate approval for the TruTrak Vizion autopilot has been extended to "the remainder of the Cessna 172 series, the Cessna 175 series, the Piper PA-28 series, and the PA-32 series aircraft." The Cessna 172 and Cessna 177 lines were previously approved.
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Knokke-Heist, Belgium, will host the VintageAirRally International Short Take Off & Landing Competition from June 14 to 17. The event will include exhibits, guest speakers and pilots competing for prizes by executing precision landing and takeoff maneuvers on the beach.
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North Carolina pilots Stuart Hoyt and Dale Young volunteer to fly shelter dogs to adoptive families, sparing the dogs long car trips. Hoyt works with the nonprofit Pilots N Paws program and has flown 59 dogs to safety, while Young, who is not part of a formal program, has flown about a dozen dogs.
Start planning your flying adventures for the year, including AOPA's Regional Fly-Ins, which will take you to the Northern Rockies, the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Midwest and the Gulf Coast. Registration for all four events opened Feb. 14.
AOPA Fly-In volunteers are an energetic, enthusiastic bunch who help the event run smoothly. But what compels pilots and guests to volunteer to work part of a fly-in instead of taking it all in as an attendee? They want an extra helping of fun. Learn more.
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