Pilot Getaways: Monterey Bay's midfield
Monterey Bay is one of the world's natural treasures, a gorgeous curved coastline with Santa Cruz at its northern tip, and Monterey at the southern. The experts at Pilot Getaways recommend landing in the middle at Watsonville while you are in the area for AOPA's Salinas Fly-In May 16.
Training Tip: The hazardous attitude of impulsivity
A student learned that the flight school's most popular trainer was involved in a loss-of-control-on-landing accident the previous day. The pilot flying the trainer said, "It was a classic case of get-down-itis. All I could think was, 'I have to get this plane on the ground.'"
There are no dues, and no rules, except to “fly safe” in the South Carolina Breakfast Club. Just enjoy the fun, the fellowship, some flying, and a home-cooked southern breakfast.
Pilot shortage: Yes or no?
Can the United States provide enough pilots to meet industry needs in the coming years? Industry officials debated the question of whether a pilot shortage is imminent or a reality at a panel discussion April 28.
Continental Motors enters experimental engine market
Continental Motors is a player in the experimental market with its purchase of Danbury Aerospace that includes Titan Aircraft Engines.
Last Friday morning, I was en route to Sun 'n Fun. The weather at KLAL prevented canceling IFR and joining the Lake Parker VFR arrival. As I (along with several other aircraft) was issued a holding clearance at LAL VOR to wait my turn for the ILS runway 9 approach, I was reminded just how oblivious some pilots are. ... A pilot came on the very busy TPA approach frequency and said, with all seriousness: "N12345 requesting multiple approaches to Lakeland." ... Kudos to the professional controller, who simply responded: "Negative. We have Sun 'n Fun going on today." ... To which the pilot responded: "O.K. How about Winter Haven?" -- Al Rice
FAA Mandates 787 Electrical Reboots
The electrical systems on Boeing 787s need to be shut down and restarted before they reach 248 days of continuous power, the FAA said on Friday, to prevent a "loss of all AC electrical power, which could result in loss of control of the airplane." The airworthiness directive was issued "straight to final rule," without a preliminary notice, and is effective immediately. The FAA said it was informed about the problem by Boeing, and the manufacturer is working on a software upgrade that will address the issue.
NTSB Says FAA Needs Better Landing Procedures
As part of its investigation into several events when airplanes landed at the wrong airports, the NTSB told the FAA this week it should amend its ATC procedures. "Controllers [should] withhold landing clearance until the aircraft has passed all other airports that may be confused with the destination airport," the NTSB said. Also, software that warns controllers about minimum safe altitudes should be modified to also warn them if the airplane crew is trying to land at an airport different from the one in the flight plan.
Continental Buys ECI
Continental Motors Group said today that is will purchase Danbury Aerospace, a group of aviation manufacturing companies that includes Engine Components International, the San Antonio, Texas-based manufacturer of PMA engine parts. Danbury is a privately held company and the dollar amount of the deal wasn't disclosed by Continental. Because Continental is itself owned by the Chinese-based AVIC International, the purchase must still be approved by he State Department's Committee for Foreign Investment, according to Rhett Ross, director of the Continental Motors Group and an AVIC vice president.
Shape-Changing Wings Successfully Tested
NASA says it has successfully flight-tested wings that can change shape in flight without seams or gaps and is calling it a next-generation breakthrough in aircraft design. In cooperation with the Air Force and FlexSys Inc., the developer of the system, NASA mounted the morphing wings on a Gulfstream bizjet and put it through its paces.