Latest in aviation safety -- flying by hand | Private money needed to save Calif. aviation mechanics school | Fla. expo to feature J-3 cubs
January 15, 2013
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Latest in aviation safety -- flying by hand
Blogger Scott Spangler writes about the latest recommendation in aviation safety from the Federal Aviation Administration -- manual flight operations. The Safety Alert for Operators 13002 recommendation released last week states in part that the FAA "believes maintaining and improving the knowledge and skills for manual flight operations is necessary for safe flight operations." (1/14)
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Private money needed to save Calif. aviation mechanics school
The aviation mechanics school located at Van Nuys Airport in California is in danger of closing due to budget cuts. Private money from the aviation community could help save the school, which offers training for adults and high school students. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/15)
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Fla. expo to feature J-3 cubs
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Florida plans to feature Piper Aircraft's J-3 Cub on opening day, in celebration of the airplane's 75th anniversary. Pilots of visiting Cubs will receive free admission for the day. Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.) (1/14)
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Bankruptcy can't keep Rocketplane from the moon
What remains of aerospace company Rocketplane Kistler, formally based in Oklahoma City, was sold at auction for $25,000, but company officials say their goal is still the moon. "We have programs we're hoping to resurrect," said CEO George French. "I was the biggest funder of the project before. I don't have any money now. I have to depend on other people to push the program forward." The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (1/14)
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Wash. airport to update master plan
Pierce County is set to update the master plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor, Wash. "The master plan process is an opportunity for the community to develop a vision for the airport to meet its needs for transportation, recreation and jobs," said Deb Wallace, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator. It will be the first time the master plan has been updated since the county purchased the airport in 2008. Harbor, Wash. (1/14)
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Helicopter industry still working to improve safety
The global helicopter industry had set a goal to reduce accidents by 80% by 2016, but recently released numbers showing that is unlikely to happen. Aviation officials and manufacturers are still looking for ways to improve safety, including new rules and better design. (1/9)
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Algae research offers promise for bio-based chemical precursors
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, reported that they have genetically modified blue-green algae to produce chemicals that can be easily turned into biofuels and other bio-based products. The researchers successfully produced 2.4 grams of 2,3 butanediol per liter of growth medium from the algae, the biggest yield so far for bacteria-derived chemicals. United Press International (1/8)
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Fla. pilot recognized for safety
George Karamitis of Avon Park, Fla., will be recognized with the Master Pilot Award at this year's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring. Karamitis began his career as a child in a J-3 Cub and later flew in the U.S. Navy and for Trans World Airlines, while staying active in general aviation. The Federal Aviation Administration presents the award to pilots who have maintained a safe flying record for 50 years. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (1/15)
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Texas flight school earns private pilot certification
The Calhoun Air Center at Victoria Regional Airport in Texas was issued Part 141 certificate to teach a Federal Aviation Administration-approved standardized training syllabus for students hoping to earn a private pilot's license. The school is also working to earn Instrument and Commercial Part 141 approval as well as becoming certified by the Veterans Administration and Part 141 helicopter approval. General Aviation News (1/13)
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FAA rule would prohibit pilots' in-flight use of personal devices
The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a rule that would require pilots to turn off personal electronic devices in the cockpit during flights. However, pilots would still be able to use iPads or laptops issued for professional use. Airlines for America plans to review the proposal and may comment after looking at the proposed rule, a spokeswoman said. USA Today (1/14)
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Preparing your case for presentation to the FAA
Dr. Warren Silberman, former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, offers step-by-step instructions on preparing a case for presentation to the FAA's Aerospace Medical Certification Division. Read more here.
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Secret 'no-fly zone'?
Robin Fleming was arrested for breach of peace after flying his sailplane over the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station at an altitude of 1,518 feet msl -- by his estimates, about 1,000 feet over the power plant's dome. Why? AOPA Online.
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