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Darren Cook

Member Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posts: 224
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Stockstadt, Germany
Tobago s/n 288
Fallbrook, CA
Trinidad s/n 949
Meschers Sur Gironde, France
Tobago XL s/n 1325
Essen, Germany
Tobago s/n 1097
Bembridge, United Kingdom
Tobago s/n 235
St Neots, United Kingdom
Trinidad s/n 957

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Aviation News


Halladay Had Drugs In System

Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay had three drugs in his system when his Icon A5 crashed off the coast of Florida in November.

Drone Used In Surf Rescue

Australian lifeguards used a drone to drop a flotation device to some swimmers in trouble and are claiming a world first for the resulting rescue.

Emirates Order Keeps A380 Alive

Emirates Airlines has extended the production life of the A380 with a firm order for 20 aircraft and an option for 16 more.

AOPA Offers Safety Seminars On Midairs

Pilots may think that talking to ATC or using ADS-B protects them from midair collisions, but mistakes still can happen, and they can be fatal. AOPA's Air Safety Institute is taking on the midair threat in a big way, offering in-person seminars at 48 sites across the U.S. this year. “What we hope pilots take away from this seminar is that even if you are doing everything right, you can find yourself in a situation where you are closer in proximity to other airplanes than you realize,” said Richard McSpadden, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Institute.

Scholarships Available For Aviation Careers

Students of all ages who are working toward a career in aviation can find scholarships available from a wide range of sources. GAMA said last week it is now accepting applications from high school students for its Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence” Award, named for the organization's founder. The $2,000 award will go to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted into an aviation degree program.

Aviation Safety

Download The Full January 2018 Issue PDF

Despite all the gloom and doom about piston-powered general aviation’s future you’ve probably heard lately around the FBO’s coffee pot, the industry actually isn’t doing too badly. Three data points that became available late in 2017 bear this out.

ELT Issues

Beech Model 200 Super King Air Waterlogged ELTATC advised crew the ELT may be inadvertently transmitting. Inspection revealed the ELT was filled with water, possibly due to a heavy rainstorm the previous day. The ELT was replaced and the aircraft returned to service.

Three Green, Please

The mission was to transport myself and my wife from the Northeast U.S. to Florida for the holidays. My chosen platform was a well-worn Piper Arrow II rented from a local flying club. This particular airplane wasn’t my first choice, but it beat walking or taking the airlines. After a long week of work and travel planning, we launched late in the afternoon on a Friday and I put the heading indicator on “S.”

NTSB Reports

October 1, 2017, Klamath Falls, Ore. Cirrus Design SR22At about 1043 Pacific time, the airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering in a remote mountainous area. The private pilot and the passenger received fatal injuries. Instrument conditions were reported in the area at the time of the accident.

A Bad Time For Circling

When we’re en route and encounter airframe icing, we have some options, even if they’re not all good ones. In addition to using all the de- and anti-icing equipment available, they can include changing altitude, turning around, or diverting. But those options only work when good weather for a climb or descent near the airport is a given. When you have to climb or descend through likely icing conditions, things get more interesting, and options change.


FAA Air Traffic Report

Today's Air Traffic Report:Flying conditions are mostly favorable across the country today. Low clouds are expected in Houston (HOU, IAH) and San Francisco (SFO). Wind could delay flights in Newark (EWR), and heavy traffic is expected this afternoon at LaGuardia (LGA). High-altitude turbulence is likely over California and Nevada.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 is designed to 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.Types of Enhanced Vision SystemsOur five senses vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch) are key to keeping us safe. Vision is especially important to a pilot. Vision at night and in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) can be improved with technology, such as Enhanced Vision (EV) and Synthetic Vision (SV) technology. Enhanced Vision (EV) uses sensors on your airplane to provide a better view. These sensors can be infrared or radar. They are very useful in seeing terrain in weather, or on a dark night. The sensors help you see what is actually in front of the aircraft.Synthetic Vision (SV) doesnt use sensors. Instead, it relies on GPS information and a database to create a virtual landscape. SV can create a picture of the flight environment and overlay that picture with aircraft instrumentation. The result is a single image that contains the information you need for safe flight operations. Since this information is not based on direct observation, youll need to keep your software and databases up to date.Display ChoicesMost GA systems are displayed through a cockpit Multifunction Display (MFD), or a Primary Flight Display (PFD). A Head Up display (HUD) is a great way of displaying EV/SV information.Regardless of which display you choose, be sure to become very familiar with it before you use it in real time. Its a good idea to schedule periodic proficiency training with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) who knows the equipment. These training and review sessions will give you the confidence you need to use the equipment effectively.Message from FAA Acting 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?In 2016, 413 people died in 219 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:Read more about Enhanced Vision Systems in Brushing Back the Dark: A Look at the Latest in Night Vision Technology. FAA Safety Briefing Jan/Feb 2014, p. 20.FAAsAdvisory Circular 90-106, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems, has valuable information.T=Terrain Avoidance: What does it Take to Use NVGs? FAA Safety Briefing Nov/Dec 2015, p. 28You can learn more about Enhanced Vision Systems in this GA Safety Enhancement fact sheetTheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars and more on key general aviation safety topics.Check out GA Safety Enhancements fact sheets on the mainFAA Safety Briefingwebsite, including Flight Risk Assessment Tools.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.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.

FAA Advises Airline Passengers to Pack Safely

If you are an airline passenger packing your bags to travel for the holidays, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advises you to take a moment to check out the agencys Pack Safe website. There are many items that people use on a daily basis that are considered hazardous materials when packed to fly on a plane. Flyers should know that e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and spare lithium batteries should NOT be packed in their checked luggage. Spare lithium batteries the kind that are found in personal electronic devices and back-up charging devices can only travel in carry-on baggage.Electronic devices powered by lithium batteries can catch fire if they are damaged or have exposed electrical terminals. Devices that smoke or catch fire are much easier to extinguish in the cabin than they are in the cargo hold. So, the FAA recommends that passengers keep cell phones and other devices nearby in the cabin, so they can quickly access them, if necessary.However, even in carry-on baggage, spare lithium batteries should be protected from damage or short circuiting. Ensuring that the batteries are packed properly and are not touching or bumping something that could potentially cause them to spark. If batteries are not sealed in manufacturer packaging, the battery terminals should be protected by covering them with tape and placing them in separate bags to prevent short circuits.Some of the other common toiletries that passengers may plan to pack, but that could be hazardous include: aerosol cans that may contain hair spray, deodorant, tanning spray or animal repellant; nail polish; artist paints; and glues.For more detailed information about materials that should not fly, visit the FAAs Hazardous Materials Safety website.To be on the safe side, when in doubt, just leave it out!

FAA Advisory Circular Outlines Airport Access Requirements

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revised its Advisory Circular (AC) entitled Access to Airports by Individuals with Disabilities to ensure airport operators of civil use airports comply with the laws and regulations pertaining to individuals with disabilities.Guidelines for Service Animal Relief Areas (SARAs) are an important part of the revised guidance. The AC provides requirements and recommendations for SARAs at civil use airports, which are required for each airport with 10,000 or more enplanements. It is mandatory for civil use airports that receive federal financial assistance through the Airport Improvement Program or Passenger Facility Charges program to follow the standards.In addition to the SARAs, airport operators must also ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to adequate communications tools and signage, vehicle and transportations systems, aircraft and air carrier facilities, and boarding assistance.Airport operators must adhere to the federal accessibility requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.The AC also provides a list of disability/accessibility organizations that airports sponsors may consult as they are installing SARAs at their airports.

FAA Releases UAS Remote Tracking & ID ARC Report

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) chartered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June has submitted its report and recommendations to the agency on technologies available to identify and track drones in flight and other associated issues.The ARCs 74 members represented a diverse array of stakeholders that included the aviation community and industry member organizations, law enforcement agencies and public safety organizations, manufacturers, researchers, and standards entities involved with UAS.Overall, the ARC provided the FAA with a substantial amount of useful data, including very detailed technology evaluations and a comprehensive list of law enforcement needs and preferences. The ARCs recommendations and suggestions, which are fully detailed in the report, cover issues related to existing and emerging technologies, law enforcement and security, and implementation of remote identification and tracking. Although some recommendations were not unanimous, the group reached general agreement on most. Highlights of the recommendations include:The FAA should consider two methods for remote ID and tracking of drones: direct broadcast (transmitting data in one direction only with no specific destination or recipient) and (2) network publishing (transmitting data to an internet service or group of services). Both methods would send the data to an FAA-approved internet-based database.The data collected must include a unique identifier for unmanned aircraft, tracking information, and drone owner and remote pilot identification.The FAA should promote fast-tracked development of industry standards while a final remote ID and tracking rule is developed, potentially offering incentives for early adoption and relying on educational initiatives to pave the way to the implementation of the rule.The FAA should implement a rule in three stages, with an ultimate goal that all drones manufactured or sold within the United States that comply with the rule must be so labeled. The agency should allow a reasonable grace period to retrofit drones manufactured or sold before the final rule is effective.The FAA should coordinate any ID and tracking system with the existing air traffic control system and ensure it does not substantially increase workloads.The FAA should exempt drones operating under air traffic control or those operating under the agencys discretion (public aircraft operations, security or defense operations, or with a waiver).The FAA must review privacy considerations, in consultation with privacy experts and other Federal agencies, including developing a secure system that allows for segmented access to the ID and tracking information. Within the system, only persons authorized by the FAA (e.g., law enforcement officials, airspace management officials, etc.) would be able to access personally identifiable information.While the ARC reached consensus on most issues, there were dissenting opinions, primarily over to which drones the ID and tracking requirements should apply. Many of these dissenting opinions expressed concerns that exempting model aircraft operating under Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 would undermine the value of an ID and tracking requirement. Other dissenting opinions touched upon issues such as privacy and a lack of detail or consideration for ATC involvement.The FAA will use the data and recommendations in the ARC report in crafting a proposed rule for public comment.

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