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Robert Lenk

Member Since: Apr 30, 2000
Posts: 230
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Wien, Austria
Tampico s/n 1793
Wr.neustadt, Austria
Tampico s/n 347
Braunschweig, Germany
Tobago s/n 171
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Trinidad s/n 1814
Gainsborough, United Kingdom
Tobago XL s/n 1664
Ilsfeld, Germany
Trinidad s/n 860

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Aviation News


Top Letters And Comments, December 14, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about fuel sump points on a Decathlon, autonomous vehicles, flying the night shift, carbon monoxide poisoning and myths about lift.

Short Final: Class C Workout

Peoria Approach: “I bet you didn't think you were going to get this type of workout when you asked for the clearance into the Class Charlie, did you?”

New Members Join EAA Board

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced that Heather Penney and Ben Diachun will be joining its board of directors.

737 May Have Hit Drone

Mexican authorities are trying to determine if a drone collision smashed the radome and damaged some aluminum on the nose of an Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 landing at Tijuana Dec. 12.

Flying Car Prototype Crashes

A pilot was injured in the runway crash of a prototype flying car at Willow Run Airport near Detroit on Friday. WDIV TV reported the crash happened about 1 p.m. while the Detroit Flying Cars WD-1 was undergoing taxi tests.

Aviation Safety

Download The Full December 2018 Issue PDF

I started my lessons (at 50 years old!) at an airport called Howell-New Lenox in Illinois. On my first solo, I had to go around due to a back taxi by another student with his instructor (my first exposure to being PIC in a two-pilot operation. But I was cool; I also learned that I was pretty calm in an abnormal situation—when I’m alone.


During descent, pilot noted oil streaking back from top engine cowl louvers, then dropping oil pressure. Pilot conducted precautionary shutdown and feathered propeller. Pilot continued descent and landed at destination without issue. Maintenance removed cowling and found oil appearing to come from the turbocharger (p/n 4066109025) area. Further investigation revealed oil bypassing the seals on the turbo.

Who’s In Charge?

I started my lessons (at 50 years old!) at an airport called Howell-New Lenox in Illinois. On my first solo, I had to go around due to a back taxi by another student with his instructor (my first exposure to being PIC in a two-pilot operation. But I was cool; I also learned that I was pretty calm in an abnormal situation—when I’m alone.

NTSB Reports

The pilot reported that he and his co-owner had flown the airplane the night before the accident; it flew normally without problems. On the morning of the accident, he had to use the low-pressure boost pump to start the engine, but the pre-takeoff run-up was normal. The airplane ised most of the 4201-foot-long runway before becoming airborne. On reaching about 500 feet agl, the pilot determined the engine was not producing full power. He turned on the low-pressure boost pump and climbed to 1000 feet agl before turning back to the airport. The engine continued losing power, so he conducted a forced landing to a cornfield. A witness reported observing “dark exhaust” trailing the airplane during the takeoff.

Test Pilot

My airplane has wingtip-mounted fuel tanks, installed under a supplemental type certificate (STC). In many ways, they’ve transformed and improved the machine by adding greater loading flexibility, thanks in part to a gross-weight increase. What drag they produce isn’t noticeable, and the additional endurance means the airplane is faster over some trips than it was before. For many of my destinations, I can depart with full tanks, fly to my destination, shoot an approach, miss it and fly home with reserves.


FAA Air Traffic Report

Today's Air Traffic Report:Low clouds could delay flights in Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (MDW, ORD), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), and San Diego (SAN), as well as from the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA) to the Washington, D.C., area (BWI, DCA, IAD). Thunderstorms are forecast in Orlando (MCO) and Tampa (TPA). Wind is expected in Houston (HOU, IAH) and Seattle (SEA).Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center.For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts.The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

FAA: Make Sure Laser-Light Displays Aren't Aimed at the Sky

With the holiday season upon us, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)wants to make sure your laser-light displays are aimed at your house and not into the sky.Each year we receive reports from pilots who are distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays. You might not realize this, but a well-meaning attempt to spread holiday cheer has the potential to create a serious safety risk to pilots and their passengers flying overhead.So please make sure all laser lights are directed at your house and not into the sky. The extremely concentrated beams of laser lights reach much farther than you might realize.If we become aware that your laser-light display affects pilots, well ask you to adjust them or turn them off. If your laser-light display continues to affect pilots, despite our warnings, you could face a civil penalty.Laser strikes against aircraft continue to increase each year. Last year we received 6,754 reports of laser strikes against aircraft, a 250 percent increase since we started tracking laser strikes in 2010.Intentionally aiming a laser at an aircraft is a serious safety risk and violates federal law. Many high-powered lasers can completely incapacitate pilots who are trying to fly safely to their destinations and may be carrying hundreds of passengers.We work with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to pursue civil and criminal penalties against individuals who purposely aim a laser at an aircraft. We may impose civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation. Civil penalties of up to $30,800 have been imposed by the FAA against individuals for multiple laser incidents.

Save the Date-The UAS Symposium is Coming!

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the 4th Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on February 12-14, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.This years Symposium is all about getting down to business. Come learn how the FAA is partnering with industry stakeholders to find the balance between safety and innovation in order to advance UAS integration. Attendees will hear directly from senior FAA officials, government agencies, industry and academia on how UAS challenges are being tackled today and what to expect in the future.Back by popular demand, the FAA will provide an on-site resource center to answer your questions, including inquiries about airspace authorizations, waivers, the small UAS rule, and other policies and regulations.Advanced UAS operations, including beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS), package delivery, and urban air mobility are the future. Dont miss the opportunity to learn about the latest developments that will help you take full advantage of the almost limitless opportunities the UAS world offers. Interest in the Symposium will be greater than ever, so register now!

FAA Starting Outreach for Metroplex Project in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is developing new flight paths for aircraft flying over Central and South Florida. The project is called South-Central Florida Metroplex and the Agency will ask the public for input as it develops the new air traffic control procedures.We will involve the public as we design the new procedures, and conduct the required environmental review, said Michael OHarra, Regional Administrator for the FAA Southern Region. Early next year we will hold public meetings across Central and South Florida. We encourage the public to attend the workshops to talk with experts, learn how proposed changes could affect their communities and provide comments that we will consider as we finalize the new procedures.The South-Central Florida Metroplex proposes to replace dozens of existing air traffic procedures with more direct and efficient satellite-based routes into and out of major airports, enhancing safety and efficiency. The new satellite-based procedures are a key component of the FAAs Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Metroplex initiatives are complete or are underway in 11 metropolitan areas across the country.TheNational Environmental Policy Act of 1969(NEPA) requires the FAA to identify and publicly disclose any potential environmental impacts of the proposed procedures. The Agency plans to begin the environmental review in spring 2019. We will offer the public the opportunity to comment on the proposal during the environmental review. As we confirm locations, dates and times of the meetings, we will post them on our Community Involvement webpage. We also will publicize the meetings through news media and the FAAs social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and LinkedInFederal Aviation Administration; Twitter@FAANews.

Super Bowl LIII Flight Requirements for GA Pilots

General Aviation pilots who want to fly around Atlanta between Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 2019, will want to check out the FAAs Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for air traffic procedures for the area. Super Bowl LIII is Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Game time will be at 6:30 p.m. EST. The FAA has published a webpage with information for Atlanta-area airspace and airports. The Agency will update the webpage as additional information becomes available.As a designated National Security Special Event, additional unmanned aircraft restrictions will be in place before, during and after the Super Bowl. Learn more here: Super Bowl LIII is a No Drone Zone.A reservation program to facilitate ground services at the following participating Atlanta metropolitan airports will be in effect from January 29 through February 5. Pilots should contact the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at their destination to obtain reservations and additional information.Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK)Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY)Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field (RYY)Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (LZU)Newnan Coweta County Airport (CCO)Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJAtlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field (FFC)Henry County Airport (HMP)Griffin-Spalding County Airport (6A2)Covington Municipal Airport (CVC)Cartersville Airport (VPC)West Georgia Regional Airport-O V Gray Field (CTJ)Cherokee County Regional Airport (CNI)Athens-Ben Epps Airport (AHN)Barrow County Airport (WDR)Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport (GVL)Jackson County Airport (JCA)Thomaston-Upson County Airport (OPN)Lagrange-Callaway Airport (LGC)Harris County Airport (PIM)Columbus Airport (CSG)Auburn University Regional Airport (AUO)Polk County Airport Cornelius Moore Field (4A4)Special air traffic procedures to minimize air traffic delays and enhance safety will be in effect for the following airports:Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK)Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY)Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field (RYY)Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (LZU)Newnan Coweta County Airport (CCO)Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ)Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field (FFC)Henry County Airport (HMP)Griffin-Spalding County Airport (6A2)Covington Municipal Airport (CVC)Arrival and Departure Route Requirements: Jan. 29 12 p.m. (1700z) through Feb. 5 12 p.m. (1700z)The NOTAM includes specific arrival and departure route requirements for jet and turboprop aircraft.FAA ATC Air Traffic Management InitiativesAir traffic management initiatives may be implemented may include:Ground Delay Programs (GDP)Airspace Flow Programs (AFP)Time Based MeteringMiles in TrailAirborne HoldingGround StopsSpecial Event TFR for Super Bowl Sunday February 3, 2019The FAA will publish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for Super Bowl LIII centered on Mercedes-Benz Stadium. At this time, we expect the TFR will be active from 4 p.m. EST (2100z) until 11:59 p.m. EST (0459z) on Sunday, February 3. The TFR will have a 10-nautical- mile inner core and a 30-nautical-mile outer ring.The TFR will not affect regularly scheduled commercial flights flying in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Emergency medical, public safety and military aircraft may enter the TFR in coordination with air traffic control.The FAA will post the full text and graphic depiction of the Super Bowl LIII TFR in January.

Upcoming Events

TB Fly-In at Thruxton Thruxton, UK (EGHO) Mar 31, 2019