Call to pilots to block latest threat to SMO

SMO

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has asked its members in Southern California to contact U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), in an effort to stave off the latest attempt to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).

Both members of Congress have endorsed a seven-point plan by local airport opponents to close the airport in the near future. Bass and Lieu have scheduled a July 8 meeting with FAA officials to discuss the plan. [Read more…]

Eclipse Special Edition introduced

A computer-generated photo of what the Eclipse SE will look like. Photo courtesy One Aviation

ONE Aviation has introduced the Eclipse Special Edition (SE) twin-engine jet, a factory-renewed Eclipse 500 that has been upgraded and reconfigured to include nearly all new features introduced on the Eclipse 550, including a Dual Avio Integrated Flight Management System (IFMS), Anti-skid Brake System, a newly designed pilot-side Standby Display Unit, PPG glass windshields, new premium interior, and deluxe two-tone paint scheme. [Read more…]

Aviation Mechanic Practical Test Standards book updated

AMT

ASA’s fourth edition of the Aviation Mechanic Practical Test Standards (ASA-8081-AMT4) includes the General (8081-26A), Airframe (8081-27A), and Powerplant (8081-28A), along with the new Change 1, effective September 2015.

This booklet provides information for aviation mechanics to prepare for the Oral & Practical exams, the last step in the quest for the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) certificate. [Read more…]

Warbird Roundup: More than the temperature sizzled

By Frederick A. Johnsen

Story and Photos By FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN

Attendees of this year’s Warbird Roundup in Nampa, Idaho, held June 27-28, benefited from the combination of craftsmanship, technology, and deep pockets that has breathed life into warbirds once thought impossible to see flying. Two classic and scarce razorback P-51 Mustangs went aloft at the same time, a feat unimaginable just a generation ago. [Read more…]