Aircraft Maintenance: Logging lessons
Many owners seem well-versed in oil changes and spark plug cleaning, but unfortunately not as well-educated when it comes to compliance with maintenance logging requirements.
AOPA releases new digital flight plannning tools
AOPA has released two new digital flight planning tools—the AOPA Flight Planner, powered by Jeppesen, and AOPA GO, a new mobile application.
Midwest LSA Expo set for September
The seventh annual Plane & Pilot
Midwest LSA Expo will take place Sept. 10 through 12 at Mount Vernon Airport in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Drone reports detailed
A detailed list of unmanned aircraft encounters reported by pilots reveals just over half of all such encounters were reported in five states.
Cirrus jet takes 'significant' step toward certification
Cirrus Aircraft's Vision SF50 jet has achieved a "significant milestone" toward certification with FAA issuance of type inspection authorization for the aircraft.
NASA Completes ELT Crash Tests
NASA's orchestrated crash of a Cessna 172 on Wednesday, the last in a series of impact tests, completed the data-gathering phase of research aimed at improving the performance of ELTs. The agency's Search and Rescue Mission Office completed the last of the three drops from NASA'a Langley Research Center in Virginia to simulate severe but survivable impacts in which ELTs would operate.
Pilots Form Gas-Balloon Club
Hot-air balloons are common enough in the U.S., but gas balloons, which are popular in Europe, are seldom seen in U.S. skies. A small group of enthusiasts is trying to change that, with the establishment of the Aero Club of America, based in Statesville, North Carolina, which is probably the first club of its kind in the U.S. since the 1950s. Last week, the group launched their custom-built balloon from Akron, Ohio, for a flight with an instructor and two trainees. "It costs about $1,200 for the gas to fill the balloon," Noah Forden, a pilot who helped out at the launch, told AVweb this week. "And we had about 20 people there to help with the rigging and the launch."
The Weekender: Runway Run, Island Airport
The Weekender will have a hard time choosing what state to fly to, with SocialFlight offering some unique outings. On Saturday, you can experience the fun of landing on a well-maintained 2,600 foot turf runway that runs along an island on the Mississippi. This Iowa gem will be open to pilots and their guests for the 15th Annual Abel Island Fly-In, Float-In, Potluck and BBQ.
NTSB Says ATC Directed Pilot In Distress To Closed Airport
A controller who was trying to help a Bonanza pilot in distress directed him to a runway that no longer exists, according to an NTSB preliminary report posted this week. According to the report, the pilot of the Beech C35 Bonanza had taken off from Westhampton Beach, New York, on Sunday, August 16, on an air-taxi flight, and was headed to Morristown, New Jersey, with one passenger on board. He was flying at 6,500 feet, about 8 nm from Farmingdale, New York, when he reported to ATC that he was "having a little bit of a problem" and may need to turn back and land at Farmingdale.
Vintage Jet Aerobatics Restricted In U.K.
Vintage jets have been banned from performing aerobatics over land and all Hawker Hunter fighters have been temporarily grounded in the U.K. following Saturday's crash of a Hunter at the Shoreham Air Show in southern England.