OSHKOSH, Wis. – Phillips 66 Aviation revealed that this is year’s Leadership Award winner is Fred Stadler, a year-round volunteer for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Stadler reached an unprecedented milestone in July when he flew his 6,000th Young Eagle, setting the record for the most volunteer flights by any pilot participant in the program. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Responding to recent incidents in which remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — also known as drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — interfered with manned aircraft involved in fighting fires, the FAA is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in a simple message to drone operators: If you fly, we can’t.
“Flying a drone near aerial firefighting aircraft doesn’t just pose a hazard to the pilots,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “When aircraft are grounded because an unmanned aircraft is in the vicinity, lives are put at greater risk.” [Read more…]
The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) has launched a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) safety campaign to raise awareness and prevent accidents between RPA operators and low-altitude manned aircraft.
The first public outreach tool in the safety campaign is a “safety stuffer” designed for aerial applicators to share with farmers and other agricultural stakeholders. Sized to fit into a No. 10 envelope, the double-sided insert illustrates the safety concerns ag pilots have about hard-to-see RPAs — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aerial systems and drones — and provides recommendations for safe and responsible operations in rural areas. [Read more…]
Avidyne reported at AirVenture that a new version of its IFD-Series FMS/GPS/NAV/COM PC-based Simulator software is now available for download from the company’s website. The updated PC simulator provides fully-interactive, free-play demonstration capability for the IFD540 and IFD440, including all the features of the recently-certified Release 10.1 IFD software. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that as the Flight Design CTLS was descending through about 4,700 feet mean sea level, the engine began to run rough and eventually lost complete power. [Read more…]
Rafael Cortes sent in these photos taken while flying over Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. “One of the World’s Top 5 Beaches as ranked by CNN Travel is Flamenco Beach, which can be seen in one of the pictures,” he notes. “Did I mention this is where I am originally from?! That’s where I had my first taste of flying.” [Read more…]
By WILLIAM HAMILTON
Satire: Just as your aircraft reaches, say, 30,000 feet on your airline flight, say, from Denver to Chicago, the Captain says, “Hello. This is your Captain speaking. Welcome aboard Olympic Mountain General Airlines. Okay, I know some of you call us: OMG! But, seriously, passengers who studied urban sociology in college may be pleased to know the air traffic controllers who will be controlling our flight today from the En Route Air Traffic Control Centers had absolutely no previous training in air traffic control before they joined the FAA’s training program. [Read more…]