And then this happened


Syd Jones is not your average guy. From his early adulthood, he’s been…let’s say, unique. Not content to follow the traditional path of a young man fresh out of an educational institution, Syd didn’t find the idea of a regular, stable office job to be all that appealing. Hunting for pirate treasure? Well that’s something else entirely. That sounded exciting. So that’s what Syd did. He joined forces with Mel Fisher’s fledgling band of divers and salvage experts in training and they went after the Nuestra Senora de Atoche.

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Settlement reached in California avgas lawsuit

The Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit, has settled a 2011 lawsuit it brought against numerous aviation fuel suppliers in the state, according to a report at

Under the settlement, 30 fuel distributors have agreed to warn residents living within one kilometer of those airports of the potential risks by posting warning signs advising of the hazards of lead at 23 California airports where they operate, according to the AOPA report. The distributors also agreed to sell the fuel with the lowest-lead content that is commercially available in sufficient quantities and to make mogas available to FBOs that request it. In addition, the 30 companies will pay a combined $550,000 in penalties and legal costs.

Merrill Aviation receives airworthiness certificate


Officials from the UAS Integration Office of the FAA, the Grand Rapids Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) and the Detroit Manufacturing Inspection Satellite Offices (MISO) recently met in Saginaw, Michigan, to oversee final requirements before issuing Merrill Aviation & Defense (Merrill) a special Experimental Airworthiness Certification for its remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) named The Torrent. [Read more…]

700th TBM delivered


Tarbes, France – DAHER-SOCATA has delivered its 700th series production TBM turboprop aircraft.

The milestone airplane, a TBM 900, was provided to a private customer in Illinois, through a sale organized by Muncie Aviation, the authorized TBM distributor based at Muncie Municipal Airport in Indiana.

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Now available: ‘A Comprehensive Guide to Composites’


Now available is “A Comprehensive Guide to Composites: Processes & Procedures from the Professionals,” an insider’s viewpoint on the tips and techniques used by the pros to fabricate advanced composite parts.

Author Kevin Fochtman’s more than 30 years of industry experience provides insight on safety, shop and equipment needs, engineering materials, lay-up, fabrication and quality control.

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Gear collapses on touchdown

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: None. Location: Middle Bass Island, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during the pilot’s attempt to land over snow piles near the runway.

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