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Helge Lahrmann

Member Since: Dec 15, 2003
Posts: 15
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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
Wiesbaden, Germany
Tobago s/n 930
Minsk, Belorus
Tampico s/n 1134

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Aviation News


Aspen's E5 Low-Cost EFIS Now STC Certified

Aspen Avionics is the latest avionics manufacturer to earn a wide-reaching STC for the installation of a non-TSO primary flight display. Aspen's E5 electronic flight instrument (EFI) has a starting price of $4995, is highly configurable and upgradeable and can be installed without a backup attitude instrument.

Super Bowl Notam For GA Now Posted

The FAA has posted its Notice to Airmen for pilots flying in to the Atlanta area for the Super Bowl, to be held Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. More than 1,100 GA aircraft are expected to fly in to the metro area for the game, the FAA said.

Electric Helicopter Flies Record 30 NM

A modified Robinson R44 designed and built by Tier 1 Engineering has set a Guinness World Record for the farthest distance traveled by an electric-powered helicopter, the company announced this week. The flight launched in Santa Ana, California, and covered 30 nautical miles at an average speed of 80 knots, at about 800 feet, last Friday.

New CTLS Factory Under Development

Flight Design partner AeroJones Aviation Technology has announced that it will be building a new on-airport manufacturing plant at Dalu General Airport in Zhenjiang, China. AeroJones, which is currently operating out of a factory in Xiamen, manufactures CTLS light sport aircraft for the Asia-Pacific region.

Diamond Sells 60 Aircraft For Flight Training

Diamond Aircraft, of Austria, announced this week at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai they have agreed to sell 60 airplanes, including both the single-engine DA40 NG and the DA42-VI twin, over the next five years to the Saudi National Company of Aviation's CAE Authorized Training Center.

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 are expected this morning in Charlotte (CLT), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA). Otherwise, weather is favorable for flying across most of the country.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 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.

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.Why Should I Monitor?Well, I thought I could do that. If you are lucky enough to survive an accident and make that statement, you are very fortunate indeed.Accident investigators say a pilots unrealistic expectation of the aircrafts performance, especially when that aircraft operates at the edge of its weight and balance capabilities cause some accidents.Dont be fooled. The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) Loss of Control Work Group suggests every pilot will benefit by understanding how to calculate aircraft performance.Lets have a look.How Do You Monitor Your GA Aircrafts Performance?Most GA aircraft do not have the dedicated automated flight data recording devices that the commercial operators have, but there are other ways to monitor performance.Today, some manufacturers are offering self-contained flight data and visual data recorders for GA airplanes and helicopters.But, even without dedicated equipment, pilots can track engine power, fuel flow, oil temperature and pressure:Panel-mounted GPS systems and many hand-held units are capable of recording position, heading, speed, and altitude.Engine monitors may have recording capability.Oil analysis will gauge engine health, and, more importantly, prevent potentially catastrophic failures.Some aircraft, especially helicopters, are equipped with chip detectors that can forecast engine and transmission failures in time for a safe landing.Three Important QuestionsWhen we talk about aircraft performance, were looking at three basic needs:How much can I haul?How far can I go?How long will it take me to get to my destination?These arent simple questions, because you, the pilot, have to consider a few variables before you arrive at an answer.Start with the BasicsWhen planning a flight, decide how much weight you want to haul, and where you want to take it.-Start with the crew and passengers, then, add cargo. If you have already exceeded your aircrafts capability, youll have to trim the passenger count, reduce the cargo, make multiple trips, or get a bigger aircraft.Next, youll need to figure out how much fuel you can take, and after you consult the weather, youll figure out how far you can go.- If you have enough fuel to get to your destination plus an alternate airport, plus reserve, youre good.Next, run a weight-and-balance calculation to make sure youre operating within the weight and balance limitations of your aircraft.Think about takeoff and landing.- Consider your departure and arrival airport runway lengths, obstructions, and expected density altitude.- If the field is short and/or obstructed, you may not be able to fly safely with a full load.Last, but far from least, make sure YOU are up to the task. Pilot skill and experience count for a lot.- Be conservative when you calculate your performance and consider adding a safety factor.- Some pilots add 50-percent to their takeoff and landing calculations for safety.Yes, YOU Are the Most Important VariableNow, its all up to you. The calculations wont mean much if you, the pilot, cant duplicate them in your flying.Thats why its critical that you document your personal performance capability at least once a year with your flight instructor.Fly at a typical mission weight, and try to duplicate or simulate mission density altitudes. This exercise will help you become familiar with what you and your aircraft can do.Finally, be sure to establish a baseline performance level for both you and your aircraft. Be aware that factors like fatigue (physical) or high-density altitude (environmental) can often result in performance below this baseline. On the flip side, proficiency training and lighter loading can often mean performance above this baseline.Bottom line: know your limitations and always assess (and reassess) how you and your aircraft will perform on any given flight.More about Loss of Control:Contributing 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:Check out the GA Safety Enhancement fact sheet onEngine Maintenance and Performance Monitoring. You can also learn more about the important steps you need to take after youve serviced your airplane with our fact sheet onAdvanced Preflight After Maintenance. A full list of fact sheets is available how to debunk performance myths by readingUrban Air Legendsin the May/June 2015 edition of theFAA Safety Briefing.Advisory Circular 120-113,Best Practices for Engine Time in Service Interval Extensionsgives the regulatory requirements for time limitations and time in service intervals for engine overhauls.Read Chapter 8,Inspection Fundamentalsin theFAA Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook.Time is getting short!!The FAAs Equip ADS-B website gives you the information you need to equip now.Curious about FAA regulations (Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations)? Its a good idea to stay on top of them. You can 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. WINGS 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.TheGeneral Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC)is 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.

Follow Buzzy the Drone!

Getting a drone for the holidays? The Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) Buzzy the Drone will help you learn the dos and don'ts of being a responsible drone operator and flying your new purchase safely.Too many times, we at the FAA hear sad stories about what happens when inexperienced flyers take their drone out for its first flight. Sometimes a nasty tree will jump right into your flight path. All too often, the drone gets scared and flies away if you let it out of your sight. And upset neighbors may knock on your door if you fly over their backyard while theyre outside.Buzzy, a whimsical four-rotor drone, can help you avoid being that guy or girl. Buzzy uses simple but effective rhymes to convey important safety tips, such as:When Buzzy Goes Out for a Flight, the Number One Rule Is Keep Buzzy in Sight.You can follow Buzzys adventures on FAA social media such as Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.Buzzys messages are the latest in the FAAs continuing efforts to make sure everyone follows the rules for safe drone operations. You can find details on the Agencys extensive unmanned aircraft website.Buzzy and all the other drones say thanks in advance for keeping them safe, sound, and above the ground!

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