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Manfred Helmholz

Member Since: Feb 4, 2004
Posts: 60
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League City, TX
Trinidad TC s/n 559
Elizabeth, NJ
Tampico s/n 880
Wien, Austria
Tampico s/n 1793
Batemans Bay, NSW
Tobago s/n 1058
Braunschweig, Germany
Tobago s/n 171
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Trinidad s/n 1814

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Aviation News


Boeing Autonomous eVTOL Makes First Flight

Boeing's autonomous air taxi prototype successfully completed its first test flight on Tuesday in Manassas, Virginia. According to the company, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft – which it calls a passenger air vehicle (PAV) – completed a controlled takeoff, hover, and landing.

Unions Wary Of System Collapse

Some of the largest unions whose members are directly affected by the government shutdown are warning that aviation safety is being compromised and they're not sure when it might collapse.

Attempted Hijacking Diverts Aeroflot 737

Aeroflot Flight SU1515 made an emergency landing at Russia's Khanty-Mansiysk airport (HMA) after a passenger attempted to hijack the 737-800 on Tuesday. According to the airline, the individual was detained with no injuries to passengers or crew members.

'New' TU-22 Crashes In Russia

One of the first examples of the platform Russia intends to use to launch its new hypersonic missiles has crashed in a snowstorm in the Russian Arctic, killing three of four of the crew on board.

Drones Cause Newark Ground Stop

Flights were disrupted at Newark Liberty Airport on Tuesday evening after two drones were spotted over Teterboro Airport, 17 miles away.

Aviation Safety

Download the Full January 2019 Issue PDF

Essentially, ADS-B already is considered mandatory for a traveling aircraft, and sellers marketing one without it must be prepared to settle for less than they could have received a year or so ago. This will be especially true for turbine-powered airplanes which operate more efficiently in Class A airspace. Some of them may simply be parked or sold overseas as their owners decide the ADS-B investment—which may not be the only major expense they face—isn’t worth it.

Brake Master Cylinders

After a brake master cylinder was installed, the technician was unable to bleed the brake system. Fluid pulled from reservoir would return to reservoir through the same line as the internal bypass was not functioning properly. Master cylinder was disassembled and bypass was found stuck and unable to move. Metal shavings were found inside, and an O-ring was torn, with black specks mixed in with the shavings. Part replaced with new master cylinder.

Shortly After Takeoff

My background as a crewmember aboard military aircraft gave me a strong appreciation for practicing emergencies. Thirty-two years after earning my private certificate, I had my first one. The early September evening started out like most other cross-country flights my wife and I had taken in the 18 months since we bought our Piper Archer II. Our plan was take off around 1600 local, get a good night’s sleep at our destination, then I was to take my instrument-rating checkride the next morning.

NTSB Reports

According to the pilot, he was delayed about 10 minutes by traffic before completing the engine run-up and takeoff roll with no anomalies noted. After the pilot lifted off and retracted the landing gear, the engine stopped producing power about 300 feet above the runway. There was no time to perform remedial actions to restore power, so the pilot lowered the landing gear and touched down on the remaining runway. The airplane went off the departure end of the runway, down an embankment and across a road before coming to rest upright 384 feet beyond the runway’s departure end in low brush.

Negligent Maintenance

Vintage aircraft often have vintage owners. Familiarity being a source of contempt, long-time owners of aircraft seeing little activity may also see little need to perform preventive maintenance or conduct regular inspections. “It was just fine when I parked it; what could possibly have broken while it was sitting in a hangar?” can be a familiar refrain to pilots who have owned the same airplane for a significant time. After a while, the pilot/owner is so familiar with the aircraft, he or she can tell something’s wrong just by the slipstream noise.


U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Several New Drone Initiatives

New initiatives encourage the safe testing and deployment of drones.

FAA Statement: Safety is the top priority for the FAA

Safety is the top priority for the FAA. Air traffic controllers and the technicians who maintain the nations airspace system continue to serve their critical mission to ensure the publics safety.We are allocating resources based on risk assessment to meet all safety critical functions. If we identify an issue, we recall inspectors and engineers to address it. We sincerely thank FAA employees who are working to keep the traveling public and our skies safe.

FAA Operations Update

Due to a lapse in funding, the FAA will only conduct exempt activities. Air traffic control is fully operational and there is no impact to safety or FAA oversight for travelers.The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) and Drone Zone are operational. Posts to this website and social media accounts will be limited.

FAA Air Traffic Report

Today's Air Traffic Report:Holiday traffic combined with wind and rain could delay flights in Boston (BOS), the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA) and Philadelphia (PHL). Low clouds are expected in Charlotte (CLT) and San Francisco (SFO), and wind is forecast for Chicago (MDW, ORD). Heavy traffic is predicted for the ski-country airports in Colorado Aspen (ASE) and Vail (EGE).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 Seeks New Drone Advisory Group Members

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a notice in the Federal Register soliciting qualified candidates to serve on the Drone Advisory Committee(DAC). The committee provides an open venue for the FAA and stakeholders to identify and recommend consensus-based resolutions for issues related to integration of unmanned aircraft (UAS) into the National Airspace System.The notice explains the responsibilities associated with DAC membership and the desired qualifications for participants. It also details the materials candidates must submit, noting that failure to supply the required information may disqualify an otherwise excellent candidate from the review process. Selected members will serve for at least two years. The FAA must receive nomination packages no later than 6:00 a.m. EST on January 9, 2019.Typically, DAC members are at the level of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer or other high-ranking positions. Members come from a cross-section of stakeholders representing UAS interests, including industry, research and academia, retail, and technology. The FAA maintains a roster of the current DAC membership. The DAC is limited to a maximum of 35 individuals.The DAC, established as a Federal Advisory Committee, advises the FAA on the needs of new and expanding users of the National Airspace System, while identifying the strategic regulatory priorities and structure that simultaneously promote innovation, safety, efficiency and rapid UAS integration.

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