Aviation groups, East Hampton officials seek noise solution
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
February 27, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
February 27, 2015 ePilot Training Tip: Awake to a hazard
February 27, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
February 27, 2015 Medical reform bills add IFR; Hawaii from above
Rotor crack prompts alert
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
Nevada lawmakers take up tax-abatement bill
AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.
Stricken Skydiver Saved By Instructor
An Australian skydiver was likely saved by a fellow jumper who pulled his ripcord for him after he suffered an apparent seizure during freefall. In dramatic (really) video from the helmet cam of his instructor Sheldon McFarlane, a student skydiver identified only as Christopher at first seemed fine as he fell from 12,000 feet over Pinjarra.
$13 Million Judgment Against Mechanic For Crash
A California jury has awarded $13,360,000 to the family of a Napa doctor who died in the crash of his Cessna 182 in 2009, citing negligence and false representation on the part of the mechanic who had signed out the aircraft's annual inspection days before the crash. The jury found that mechanic Faride Khalaf had earlier made improper repairs to the pilot seat track mechanism and lied about it to Dr. Kenneth Gottlieb, who was 67 at the time of his death.
Bombardier's CS300 Airliner Completes First Test Flight
Bombardier's new CS300 airliner completed its first test flight Friday, a success that the company hopes is part of a larger recovery from its struggles to develop its CSeries line of passenger jets. The jet departed Mirabel Airport near Montreal Friday morning and reached an altitude of 41,000 feet and a speed of 255 knots during the five-hour test flight.
Medical Reform Tops List Again In Pilot's Bill Of Rights 2
The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2, which would broaden third-class medical exemptions and expand legal rights, began its journey through the legislative assembly line this week as GA Caucus members in the U.S. Senate and House introduced companion bills. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., introduced S. 571 as an expansion of his legislation that was signed into law in 2012. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., co-chair of the House GA Caucus, introduced the companion bill H.R. 1062.
Garmin Unveils ADS-B Out For Helicopters
Garmin will soon have helicopter versions of its ADS-B boxes available for installation, unveiling on Thursday the GDL 84H and GDL 88H. The equipment meets the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate while receiving ADS-B In traffic and weather on a mobile device. Garmin expects to receive STC approvals for several helicopter models in the second quarter of this year. The GDL 84H will sell for $5,995, while the GDL 88H price will be $4,795.