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Terry Golden


Member Since: Jun 8, 2003
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Walnut Creek, CA
Trinidad TC s/n 683
Pretoria, South Africa
Tobago s/n 273
Brighton, CO
Trinidad TC s/n 638
Podersdorf Am See, Austria
Trinidad s/n 453
Bangor, PA
Tobago s/n 981
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Aviation News

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WAI Preps for Girls in Aviation Day

More than 110 chapters of Women in Aviation International are gearing up for Girls in Aviation Day to be held Saturday, September 23. “Girls in Aviation Day has been embraced by the entire aviation community including pilots, airlines, aviation museums, FBOs, flight schools, colleges and universities, government officials and aviation businesses,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.

AOPA’s Landsberg To Join NTSB

Bruce Landsberg, who worked as a safety advocate at the AOPA Air Safety Institute for many years, has been nominated to be a member and vice chairman of the NTSB, the White House announced on Friday. Landsberg, who lives in South Carolina, served as executive director and then president of the ASI, from 1992 to 2014. Landsberg's depth of experience, along with the recent appointment of Robert Sumwalt, who worked as a pilot for 32 years, as chairman of the NTSB, suggests that the board will have a strong presence on aviation safety issues.

United Gives 747 Special Send-Off

United Airlines will say goodbye to the Boeing 747 Nov. 7 with a special flight to Hawaii that commemorates its first use of the airliner in commercial service. The last scheduled United 747 revenue flight will be from Seoul to SFO on Oct. 29.

P&W Hits Adaptive Fan Milestone

Pratt & Whitney has completed testing on a proof of concept adaptive bypass variant of the F135 fighter engine. The adaptive three-stream fan test was completed as part of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Modern jet engines utilize two flow streams: one through the combustion section of the engine and a one that bypasses the combustion section around the outside of the engine.

Over 40,000 ADS-B Aircraft Operating In U.S.

As of Sept. 1, over 40,000 U.S.-registered aircraft have been equipped to comply with the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate, says the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to comply with the mandate—or cease operations in ADS-B Out airspace.

Aviation Safety


Ignition Switches

The right engine failed to turn over upon application of starter. Pilot noted smoke and burning smell from under the instrument panel. Upon inspection, it was found that the ignition switch cups were severely worn, and the contact points were burned. The switch was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service. Submitter suggests disassembly and inspection of these switches for worn components and proper lubrication on a 500-hour basis to prevent recurrence.

Sumped

Many years ago, I had an experience that is still fresh in my mind, and I thought I would share it with your readers. I was a member of the Beech Aircraft Flying Club at the time and was using one of their Sundowners for a short trip from the factory in Wichita to Chanute, Kan. Before taking off, I preformed the typical walkaround, sumping the fuel drains, checking the oil, etc.

NTSB Reports

The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain at 1159 Eastern time. The solo private pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was relocating it to a private airstrip near his home. Witness observations were consistent with the airplane flying at low altitude and maneuvering erratically before it impacted. Each witness reported the engine was running prior to impact. The accident…

Turnback Failure

A lot of ink and pixels have been spilled over the years about turning back to the departure runway if a single’s engine quits right after takeoff. The maneuver is usually referred to as a turnback, and was the topic of our January 2006 article, “Turnbacks Reconsidered”.

Certification Changes

Beginning about the time this magazine lands in your mailbox, the FAA’s long-awaited revision to FAR Part 23—the regulations setting forth small aircraft certification rules—will go into effect. Manufacturers and user groups are enthusiastic about the coming changes, which they say promise to reform and modernize the agency’s approval process for airframes, engines and equipment like avionics. The new rules go into effect August 30, 2017. In preparation, the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service (ACS) in…

FAA


FAA Air Traffic Report

Today's Air Traffic Report:Strong, gusty winds from Hurricane #Jose are forecast along the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts. Delays are likely in Boston (BOS), the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA) and Philadelphia (PHL). Scattered thunderstorms could slow traffic in Chicago (MDW, ORD), Houston (HOU, IAH) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP). Low clouds may delay flights this morning in Los Angeles (LAX) 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 fly.faa.gov, 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 Brings Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower to Key West

September 18-Yesterday, a mobile air traffic control tower arrived at Key West International Airport in Florida after a road trip down the East Coast by trailer from Hartford, CT. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repositioned the fully-equipped tower to provide air traffic services for all of the aircraft operating in and out of Key West that are supporting the relief and recovery of the isolated Florida Keys in the wake of Hurricane Irma.The FAA also has temporarily located many of the towers controllers closer to the airport to reduce lengthy commutes.In addition to the mobile tower, the FAA has brought a trailer to the site to support the tower controllers with an air-conditioned break room and lavatories. Before the tower arrived, controllers were managing air traffic at the airport from a small tent.As controllers started working the radios in the new mobile tower at Key West this morning, the FAA was making plans to pack up another mobile tower it airlifted to St. Thomas last week and temporarily relocate it to a safer mainland position in advance of Hurricane Maria. The tower will remain on a military C-17 until the storm passes and will immediately head back to St. Thomas after the storm.The FAA also has been supporting the Florida recovery effort by authorizing drone operations around the state to aid rapid damage assessment. To date, the FAA has authorized 173 drone operations for the area damaged by Hurricane Irma, and 121 of those are still in effect. The primary authorized drone operations are supporting power and insurance companies.Government agencies with an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) and private sector Part 107 drone operators who want to fly to support of response and recovery operations are strongly encouraged to coordinate their activities with the local incident commander responsible for the area in which they want to operate.If UAS operators need to fly in controlled airspace or a disaster TFR to support the response and recovery, operatorsmustcontact the FAAs System Operations Support Center (SOSC) by emailing9-ATOR-HQ-SOSC@faa.govto determine the information they need to provide in order to secure authorization to access the airspace. Coordination with the SOSC may also include a requirement that the UAS operator obtain support from the appropriate incident commander.The FAA may require information about the operator, the UAS type, a PDF copy of a current FAA COA, the pilots Part 107 certificate number, details about the proposed flight (date, time, location, altitude, direction and distance to the nearest airport, and latitude/longitude), nature of the event (fire, law enforcement, local/national disaster, missing person) and the pilots qualification information.The FAA warns unauthorized drone operators that they may be subject to significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations. Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may unintentionally disrupt rescue operations and violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if aTemporary Flight Restriction(TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.

FAA Works with Florida Drone Operators to Speed Hurricane Recovery

September 15-After the widespread devastation Hurricane Irma wreaked on Florida last weekend, unmanned aircraft more popularly, drones have been invaluable in supporting response and recovery efforts in the battered Sunshine State.When Irmas winds and floodwaters damaged homes, businesses, roadways and industries, a wide variety of agencies sought Federal Aviation Administration authorization to fly drones in the affected areas. The FAA responded quickly, issuing a total of 132 airspace authorizations as of today to ensure the drones can operate safely.For example, the Air National Guard used drones normally tasked for combat operations to perform aerial surveys. The drones allow the Guard to assess disaster-stricken areas quickly and decide which are the most in need of assistance. Similarly, U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent drones from Corpus Christi to Florida to help map areas in Key West, Miami and Jacksonville, using radar to survey geographic points on infrastructure such as power plants for The Federal Emergency Management Agency.The private sector is playing its part as well. For instance, Airbus Aerial, the commercial drone services division of Airbus, is helping insurance companies act more quickly on claims coming in from homeowners. The company is combining data from drones, manned aircraft and satellite data to give a clearer overall image of specific locations before and after an incident.Irma left approximately 6 million Floridians without electric power as temperatures remained in the mid-80s, so bringing the power grid back up is critical. In the northern part of the state, Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) is using drones to assist not only with power restoration, but also to ensure the safety of its crews. JEA said it was able to get all its damage assessments done within 24 hours after the storm passed through.Drones also have played a significant role in helping Florida Power and Light (FPL) restore electricity especially air conditioning for its 4.4 million customers. The company has 49 drone teams out surveying parts of the state still not accessible by vehicles. Some of the drone operators FPL hired were flying within an hour after the storm winds subsided.FPL cited the recovery effort as a stellar example of cooperation by local, state and federal authorities, including kudos for the FAA.The search and recovery effort in Florida followed all too soon on the heels of similar operations in the Houston area, where drones played a vital role as well. The FAA issued 137 authorizations, sometimes within a few hours, to drone operators performing search and rescue missions and assessing damage to roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure. In addition to the direct response and recovery efforts, several media outlets flew drones over Houston to provide coverage to local residents and the world about flooding and damage in the area.The FAAs ability to quickly authorize unmanned aircraft operations after both Irma and Harvey was especially critical because most local airports were either closed or dedicated to emergency relief flights, and the fuel supply was low. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta neatly summed up the importance of drone operations to Irma and Harvey recovery operations in a speech to the InterDrone conference last week:Essentially, every drone that flew meant that a traditional aircraft was not putting an additional strain on an already fragile system. I dont think its an exaggeration to say that the hurricane response will be looked back upon as a landmark in the evolution of drone usage in this country.The FAA is also helping with another key part of the Irma recovery by moving a second mobile air traffic tower from Connecticut to Key West, FL to provide a safe, sheltered environment for air traffic controllers to manage relief traffic at the airport. Earlier this week, the FAA shipped another mobile tower to storm-battered St. Thomas by air to support controllers there. The tower for Key West is scheduled to leave Connecticut today on a truck and arrive in Key West in the next few days.

FAA Sends Mobile Air Traffic Tower to St. Thomas

September 13In the wake of Hurricane Irmas destructive path through the Caribbean, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting storm recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands with a fully-staffed mobile air traffic control tower at Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas. The tower was fully operational at 9:40 a.m. this morning and is now supporting relief flights by the U.S. military, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, general aviation and limited commercial flights.The existing air traffic control tower at the airport was badly damaged by the storm, and controllers were managing air traffic from a tent on the airfield for several days before the mobile tower arrived this morning. The FAA is shuttling controllers back and forth from San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas every day to staff the facility.A U.S. Air Force C17 airlifted the tower from Boise, Idaho, to St. Thomas, along with a custom-made trailer and a truck to unload it. The tower is equipped with an engine generator, an air conditioner, four radios for the air traffic controllers and instruments to measure barometric pressure, as well as wind speed and direction. The tower arrived in St. Thomas at 6:15 a.m. and was fully operational in three hours and 25 minutes.In addition to the air traffic controllers, the FAA has an airport certification safety inspector on site at St. Thomas to ensure the airport is safe before air carrier operations resume. He is working closely with the Virgin Islands Port Authority to ensure that its operation is stabilized, airport safety procedures are in place, all hazards are mitigated and the airport is fully compliant with federal airport safety regulations, so recovery efforts can expand and continue.Airports and associated facilities including terminal buildings, parking lots and access roads are operated by local organizations that decide when to close to commercial operations and when they can safely reopen. The FAA does not decide if or when airports or other local facilities close or reopen. Some airports in a disaster area may stay closed to the public for several days in the wake of a storm to support the response and recovery effort or because roads to and from the airport are inaccessible. FAA air traffic controllers always are ready to safely resume air traffic control service when airports reopen, and frequently are managing air traffic operations for response and recovery flights while airports are closed to the general public.Commercial TravelersDue toHurricane Irma,airlines are likely to cancel many flights in the direct path of the storm and the surrounding area. Flights that are not cancelled may be delayed. Please continue to check the status of your flight with your airline. You can also check the status of some major airports in the storm path by visitingFly.FAA.gov, which is continuously updated.Drone UsersAs of today, the FAA has issued 138 authorizations to commercial drone operators to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, with 24 still active. The FAA has issued 80 authorizations for Hurricane Irma recovery, 44 of which are active.Government agencies with an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) and private sector Part 107 drone operators who want to fly to support of response and recovery operations are strongly encouraged to coordinate their activities with the local incident commander responsible for the area in which they want to operate.If UAS operators need to fly in controlled airspace or a disaster TFR to support the response and recovery, operatorsmustcontact the FAAs System Operations Support Center (SOSC) by emailing9-ATOR-HQ-SOSC@faa.govto determine the information they need to provide in order to secure authorization to access the airspace. Coordination with the SOSC may also include a requirement that the UAS operator obtain support from the appropriate incident commander.The FAA may require information about the operator, the UAS type, a PDF copy of a current FAA COA, the pilots Part 107 certificate number, details about the proposed flight (date, time, location, altitude, direction and distance to the nearest airport, and latitude/longitude), nature of the event (fire, law enforcement, local/national disaster, missing person) and the pilots qualification information.The FAA warns unauthorized drone operators that they may be subject to significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations. Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may unintentionally disrupt rescue operations and violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if aTemporary Flight Restriction(TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.General Aviation PilotsGeneral aviation pilots should check the FAAsNotices to Airman (NOTAMs)before flying and review the latest information onflight restrictionsin the areas affected by Hurricane Irma. You can monitor TFRs atTFR.FAA.govand@FAANews on Twitterfor the latest information. Regardless of where you are flying, always be aware of the weather conditions along your entire planned route. Contact your destination airport before you take off to obtain the most current information about local weather and airfield conditions. Remember that standard check lists are even more important in and around severe weather. Be aware of weather conditions throughout the entire route of your planned flight. A pilots failure to recognize deteriorating weather conditions continues to cause or contribute to accidents.

FAA's Hurricane Irma Update (inglesespaol)

September 7TheFederal Aviation Administration(FAA) closely monitors forecasted hurricanes and severe weather events and prepares FAA facilities and equipment to withstand storm damage. We prepare and protect air traffic control facilities along the projected storm path so we can quickly resume operations after the hurricane passes. Enabling flights to resume quickly is critical to support disaster relief efforts.FAA control towers in hurricane-prone areas are designed and built to sustain hurricane force winds. Each control tower has a maximum wind sustainability. When the winds approach that level, controllers evacuate the tower cabs. They may remain in the building on duty in a secure lower level, and are ready to go back to work as soon as the storm passes.We also protect communications equipment and navigational aids to the greatest extent possible. As the storm approaches, we disable airport surveillance radar antennas to allow them to spin freely, minimizing potential wind damage. This limits damage to the antenna motors and allows radar coverage to resume quickly after the storm passes.Airports and associated facilities including terminal buildings, parking lots and access roads are operated by local organizations that decide when to close to commercial operations and when they can safely reopen. The FAA does not decide if or when airports or other local facilities close or reopen. Some airports in a disaster area may stay closed to the public for several days in the wake of a storm to support the response and recovery effort or because roads to and from the airport are inaccessible. FAA air traffic controllers always are ready to safely resume air traffic control service when airports reopen, and frequently are managing air traffic operations for response and recovery flights while airports are closed to the general public.Commercial TravelersDue to Hurricane Irma, airlines are likely to cancel many flights in the direct path of the storm and the surrounding area. Flights that are not cancelled may be delayed. Please continue to check the status of your flight with your airline. You can also check the status of some major airports in the storm path by visiting Fly.FAA.gov, which is continuously updated.Drone UsersThe FAA warns unauthorized drone operators that they may be subject to significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations. Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may unintentionally disrupt rescue operations and violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.Government agencies with an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) and private sector Part 107 drone operators who want to fly to support of response and recovery operations are strongly encouraged to coordinate their activities with the local incident commander responsible for the area in which they want to operate.If UAS operators need to fly in controlled airspace or a disaster TFR to support the response and recovery, operators must contact the FAAs System Operations Support Center (SOSC) by emailing 9-ATOR-HQ-SOSC@faa.gov to determine the information they need to provide in order to secure authorization to access the airspace. Coordination with the SOSC may also include a requirement that the UAS operator obtain support from the appropriate incident commander.The FAA may require information about the operator, the UAS type, a PDF copy of a current FAA COA, the pilots Part 107 certificate number, details about the proposed flight (date, time, location, altitude, direction and distance to the nearest airport, and latitude/longitude), nature of the event (fire, law enforcement, local/national disaster, missing person) and the pilots qualification information.General Aviation PilotsGeneral aviation pilots should check the FAAs Notices to Airman (NOTAMs) before flying and review the latest information on flight restrictions in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma. You can monitor TFRs at TFR.FAA.gov and @FAANews on Twitter for the latest information. Regardless of where you are flying, always be aware of the weather conditions along your entire planned route. Contact your destination airport before you take off to obtain the most current information about local weather and airfield conditions. Remember that standard check lists are even more important in and around severe weather. Be aware of weather conditions throughout the entire route of your planned flight. A pilots failure to recognize deteriorating weather conditions continues to cause or contribute to accidents.Spanish VersionLa Administracin Federal de Aviacin (FAA) monitorea muy de cerca los pronsticos de huracanes y eventos climticos severos y prepara instalaciones de la FAA y el equipo para soportar el dao de la tormenta. Preparamos y protegemos las instalaciones de control de trfico areo a lo largo de la ruta proyectada de la tormenta por lo que rpidamente podemos reanudar las operaciones tras el huracn. Lo que permite reanudar los vuelos rpidamente lo cual es fundamental para apoyar los esfuerzos de ayuda.Las torres de control de la FAA en reas propensas a huracanes se disean y son construidas para sostener los vientos huracanados. Cada torre de control tiene una sustentabilidad mxima del viento. Cuando los vientos acercan a ese nivel, los controladores son desalojados/pasan a otras partes de la torre. Ellos pueden seguir prestando los servicios en el mismo edificio, pero en un nivel inferior seguro y estn listos para volver al trabajo tan pronto como pase la tormenta.Tambin protegemos los equipos de comunicaciones y asistimos a la navegacin en la mayor medida posible. Mientras la tormenta se acerca, desactivamos las antenas de radar de vigilancia del aeropuerto para que puedan girar libremente, y minimizar el dao potencial de viento. Esto limita el dao a los motores de antena y permite una cobertura del radar para que este se reanude rpidamente despus de que la tormenta pase.Los aeropuertos y los servicios asociados incluyendo edificios terminales, estacionamientos, vas de acceso, etc., son operados por organizaciones locales que decidan cundo cerrar y cundo puede abrir con seguridad. La FAA no decide cuando los aeropuertos u otras instalaciones locales cierran o abren. Los controladores de trfico areo de la FAA siempre estn listos para reanudar el servicio de control de trfico areo con seguridad cuando los aeropuertos estn abiertos y operando.Viajeros comercialesDebido a Huracn Irma, las lneas areas suelen cancelar numerosos vuelos en la ruta directa de la tormenta y sus alrededores. Los vuelos que no se cancelan pueden retrasarse. Por favor contine verificando el estado de su vuelo con su compaa area. Tambin puede verificar el estado de algunos aeropuertos importantes en la trayectoria de la tormenta al visitar fly.faa.gov, que se actualiza regularmente.Sistema Areo no tripulado UASDroneLa FAA advierte a los operadores de sistemas areo no tripulado UASDroneno autorizados que pueden estar sujetos a multas importantes si interfieren con las operaciones de ayuda a emergencias. Un vuelo de un Drone sin autorizacin en o cerca de la zona de desastre puede violar las leyes federales y ordenanzas estatales, aunque sea un Restriccin Temporal de Vuelos (TFR, por sus siglas en ingls)) no est en su lugar. Permite a los primeros rescatistas salvar vidas y bienes sin interferencia.Los operadores de UAS que necesitan volar en el espacio areo controlado o un TFR de desastre para brindar el apoyo y ayuda necesaria de recuperacin deben contactar el Sistema de Apoyo del Centro de Operaciones (SOSC) de la FAA enviando un correo electrnico a 9-ATOR-HQ-SOSC@faa.gov para determinar la informacin que ellos necesitan proporcionar con el fin de obtener la autorizacin para el acceso al espacio areo.La coordinacin con el SOSC tambin puede incluir un requisito de que el operador UAS obtenga apoyo del comandante apropiado del incidente. La FAA puede requerir informacin sobre el operador, el tipo de UAS, una copia en PDF de un COA (Certificado de Exencin o Autorizacin) FAA actual, el nmero de certificado de la Parte 107 del piloto, detalles especfico sobre el vuelo (fecha, hora, ubicacin, altitud, direccin y distancia al aeropuerto ms cercano, latitud / longitud), la naturaleza del evento (incendio, aplicacin de la ley, desastre local / nacional, persona desaparecida) y la informacin de calificacin del piloto.Pilotos de aviacin generalPilotos de aviacin general deben verificar los Avisos a Aviadores (NOTAMs) de la FAA antes de volar y revisar la informacin ms reciente sobre las restricciones de vuelo en las zonas afectadas por huracn Irma. Para la informacin ms reciente pueden monitorear los TFRs desglosada en TFR.FAA.gov, @FAANews y en Twitter. Independientemente de donde usted est volando, siempre ten en cuenta las condiciones meteorolgicas a lo largo de su ruta prevista. Pngase en contacto con su aeropuerto de destino antes de despegar para obtener la informacin ms actualizada sobre las condiciones locales de clima y aeropuerto. Recuerde que las listas estndar de verificacin son an ms importantes en los alrededores de tiempo severo. Ser conscientes de las condiciones meteorolgicas a lo largo de todo el recorrido de su vuelo planeado. La falla del piloto para reconocer el deterioro de las condiciones de tiempo contina a causar o contribuye a los accidentes.

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