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Michael Spitz

Member Since: Oct 9, 2015
Posts: 30
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Hawthorne, CA
Trinidad s/n 334
Essen, Germany
Trinidad s/n 432
Marfa, TX
Tampico s/n 1335
Delta, BC
Tobago s/n 979
Cincinnati, OH
Trinidad s/n 1232
Köln, Germany
Tampico s/n 239

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Aviation News


EU Expands Clean Skies Effort

As countries across Europe take climate change and pollution seriously, 16 countries in Europe have signed on to a project called Horizon 2020 which will make significant investments in making aviation and aerospace industries greener.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Road

A Piper Navajo carrying four passengers and two crew members made a successful emergency landing on a two-lane Calgary road after experiencing a loss of engine power early Wednesday morning. Although the aircraft sustained some damage to its wingtips, no injuries have been reported.

GA Response Derails ATC Amendment

The last-minute amendment that Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., added to the five-year FAA funding bill on Tuesday was quickly revised after a concerted and vehement response from GA advocacy groups. In response to calls for action, “pilots flooded the switchboard at the U.S. House of Representatives, urging their members of Congress to oppose Section 5 of Shuster's ‘manager's amendment,'” AOPA reported on Wednesday.

Concept Engine Combines Piston And Turbofan Engines

At the ILA show in Berlin this week, a German company called Bauhaus Luftfahrt showed off an intriguing new aircraft engine that combines piston engines with a conventional turbofan design in what it calls a composite cycle engine. A long-term concept powerplant, the company estimates such an engine could be ready for introduction in 2050.

NTSB Holds Loss Of Control Roundtable

The NTSB hosted a roundtable discussion to examine available solutions for preventing loss of control accidents in general aviation and to identify a path to improving GA safety on April 24. According to the board, accidents involving loss of control still account for more GA accident deaths than any other single factor.

Aviation Safety

FAA: GA Outlook Flat

The long-term outlook for general aviation through 2038 is “stable to optimistic,” according to the FAA’s recently announced Aerospace Forecast 2018-2038. Specifically, the FAA estimates the general aviation fleet will increase from “213,050 aircraft in 2017 to 214,090 in 2038, growing an average of 0.0 percent a year.”

Download the Full May 2018 Issue PDF

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires motor vehicles to undergo annual safety inspections. An authorized mechanic checks the lights, horn, brakes, tires, steering, suspension, etc., to make sure they’re within service limits (sound familiar?). In neighboring Maryland, on the other hand, just one safety inspection is required, when a vehicle is initially registered. After that, it’s up to the owner to keep track of treadwear, brake pad thickness, headlight alignment and many other items receiving scrutiny in Virginia.

Cessna 172 SDRs

Pilot found a brake anomaly. Checked aircraft and found that the anchor had detached from bulkhead assembly (p/n 0513488-11), causing the brake system failure.

Who Do You Trust?

It was a dark and stormy day...seriously. Family issues required me to get to Clark Regional Airport (KJVY) in Jeffersonville, Ind. But the prognoses for the route from Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU) outside of Wichita, Kan., predicted lines of storms scattered across the 600-odd miles.

NTSB Reports

At about 1105 Pacific time, the airplane departed the runway after landing. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured but the airplane sustained substantial damage to its left wing. Visual conditions prevailed.According to the flight instructor, they were practicing single-engine approaches by simulating failure of the left engine. The airplane was low on the approach, and the student was instructed to add power to the right engine. The student advanced the right engine’s throttle, but there was no increase in power/thrust. The flight instructor told the student to push both throttles full forward and make a go-around. The right engine returned to full power but the left one failed to produce thrust. The airplane entered a VMC roll toward the “failed” left engine and impacted terrain.


FAA Air Traffic Report

Today's Air Traffic Report:Wind in the New York area today may slow flights in Newark (EWR). Afternoon thunderstorms could trigger delays in Atlanta (ATL) and Charlotte (CLT), and delays also are possible in San Francisco (SFO) due to clouds.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.

Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen when the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and quickly develops into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot.What is a Smart Cockpit?Imagine taking advantage of the automation available now to make your flight as safe as possible. The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has determined that pilots who use smart procedures, including automated checklists for normal and emergency operations, predictive aircraft performance, and performance monitoring, might help reduce their chances for an accident. Is that a good thing? YES!The smart cockpit takes advantage of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), electronic ignition and engine control, interconnected devices, and flight information stream flow. ADS-B is the first step:ADS-BThe ADS-B equipage date is firm: All aircraft flying in designated controlled airspace must be equipped with ADS-B Out avionics by January 1, 2020. Only aircraft that fly within uncontrolled airspace and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt.Those who have already equipped know the advantages of ADS-B. It provides more precision and reliability than the current radar system. It also provides improved aircraft position data, which is critical in collision avoidance. ADS-B In has a data link for environmental information, which can also be used for air traffic control (ATC) communications , notices to airmen (NOTAM), and up-to-the-minute temporary flight restriction information.Time is running out. There are only 21 months left until the deadline. If you have questions, see the FAA Equip ADS-B website.Electronic Ignition and Engine ControlIf your car has a start button, you know what this is all about. Electronic Engine Control (EEC) systems are more reliable, more efficient, and less costly to purchase and maintain than analog systems. EECs evaluate input from engine and environmental sensors hundreds of times per minute, which keep your engine running at peak efficiency for your operational environment. Those same sensors will also give you a clear picture of your power plants health. If theres a problem, a light will let you know you need to schedule maintenance.Interconnected DevicesInterconnected devices turn your cockpit into an information powerhouse. Air-to-ground data links can provide air traffic clearances and instructions as well as current weather and field condition reports and NOTAMs.Link your phone to access even more information safely and securely. Youll be able to see where youre going without fumble-fingering your route. Information is transferred directly from your flight plan to your aircraft.This is not technology of the future. Its here and ready to use, today!Flight Information StreamWith a flight information stream, you can get complete information on your aircrafts health from a variety of internal and external sources that are available now, or will be soon. This information can be formed, updated, and presented in a graphical and text form.In the future, ATC communications and aircraft configuration will be integrated, and smart checklists for normal and emergency operations will appear as needed.With all that information, the aircraft will be able to predict performance in takeoff, cruise, approach, and landing operations. Imagine knowing how much runway youll need for every take-off and landing!! Smart!By taking advantage of the smart systems available, youll increase the safety and efficiency of your aircraft, and youll have a lot more time to do what you enjoy the most: flying!Message from Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell:The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #Fly Safe campaign. Every month on, we provide pilots with Loss of Control solutions developed by a team of experts some of which are already reducing risk. I hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community.More about Loss of ControlContributing factors may include:Poor judgment or aeronautical decision makingFailure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective actionIntentional failure to comply with regulationsFailure to maintain airspeedFailure to follow procedurePilot inexperience and proficiencyUse of prohibited or over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or alcoholDid you know?From October 2016 through September 2017, 247 people died in 209 general aviation accidents.Loss of Control was the number one cause of these accidents.Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight.It can happen anywhere and at any time.There is one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.Learn more:There are only 21 months left! FAAs Equip ADS-B website gives you the information you need to equip now.Still not convinced? Learn more about what ADS-B can do for you.This GA Safety Enhancement Fact Sheet will show you how you can improve your personal efficiency with a Smart Cockpit. Or, watch this video.Curious about FAA regulations (Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations)? Its a good idea to stay on top of them. Find current FAA regulations on this website.TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars, and more on key general aviation safety topics.TheWINGS Pilot Proficiency Programhelps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements.It is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience.TheGAJSCis comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of GA accidents. The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers in the FAA, several government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and stakeholder groups. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The National Transportation Safety Board and the European Aviation Safety Agency participate as observers.

FAA Statement on Issuing Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) that requires operators to inspect fan blades on certain CFM56-7B engines within 20 days.The directive is based on a CFM International Service Bulletin issued today and on information gathered from the investigation of Tuesdays Southwest Airlines engine failure. The inspection requirement applies to CFM56-7B engines. Specifically, engineswith more than30,000total cyclesfrom new must complete inspections within 20 days. The EAD becomes effective upon publication. The engine manufacturer estimates todays corrective action affects352 engines in the U.S. and 681 engines worldwide.

FAA Statement on Issuing Airworthiness Directive (AD)

The FAA will issue an Airworthiness Directive (AD) within the next two weeks that will require inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines. The directive will require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. Any blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced.

FAA Response to 60 Minutes Story of April 15, 2018

FAAs response to the 60 Minutes story (PDF) of April 15, 2018 includes:Signed letter from Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator, Aviation SafetyFAA Order 8000.373, FAA Compliance PhilosophyFAA Order 8000.72, FAA Integrated Oversight Philosophy

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2018 European TB Flyin York, England May 24-27, 2018