Sullivan joins IMC Clubs board

To accommodate rapid growth and the need for a more structured marketing approach, the IMC Clubs appointed Steve Sullivan, former Liberty Mutual senior executive, to its board of directors.

Sullivan SteveSullivan was chosen to lead the marketing division of the club, which began at Norwood Airport in Massachusetts and has recently opened chapters across the country. He is a 500-hour instrument rated pilot who flies a Cirrus SR-22 Turbo. After graduating from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, he served for six years in the Air Force flying backseat in the RF-4C Phantom II. Recently retired as a senior executive of the Liberty Mutual Group, he is working to become a CFI and volunteers for Junior Achievement and Veterans Airlift Command.

For more information: IMCClubs.org

RIDGIDConnect launches

RIDGID, a manufacturer of hand and power tools including multiple digital inspection products, has launched RIDGIDConnect — a subscription-based, online business tool designed for maintenance service professionals and contractors who create or use digital information.

RIDGIDConnect provides the ability to share and store digital assets, such as diagnostic job site photos and videos, job reports and histories, maintenance records, customer lists and other business files, which in turn simplifies external and internal communication, as well as the recordkeeping process, company officials said.

Subscribers have the ability to prepare and send detailed job reports that include notes and customer details to multiple recipients and edit and narrate digital media (videos and photos) to provide concise, easy-to-follow explanations. It also stores detailed customer lists and job histories, uploaded digital media from inspection tools (any manufacturer) and digital recording devices, and all business files and records.

RIDGIDConnect is available in four subscription plans to suit the needs of businesses and organizations of various sizes. Payments are made on a monthly basis. The subscription plans are:

  • Basic ($49.99 per month)
  • Plus ($79.99 per month)
  • Premier ($129.99 per month)
  • Enterprise (based on consultation findings)

To register for a free 30-day trial or for more information: RIDGIDConnect.com.

Low approach dings wing

This February 2008 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Piper J3 Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Shallowater, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: While maneuvering to final approach the pilot allowed the left wing to contact the ground. The airplane cartwheeled. The pilot was wearing a shoulder restraint and lap belt and was not injured. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions prior to the accident.

Probable cause: Failure of the pilot to maintain a safe clearance from the terrain while maneuvering for landing.

For more information: NTSB.gov

New blog debuts: Politics for pilots

The story is a familiar one. In fact, it’s nearly universal. The local airport is languishing. From the perspective of the municipality that owns the field, it’s an underperforming business entity populated by a collection of spoiled individuals who feel entitled and tend to be territorial. Taken from the point of view shared by so many users and tenants, the airport has become an increasingly restrictive — and largely over-priced — facility that is far less inviting than it once was.

GuestEditorial5This is most assuredly not a match made in heaven. Fortunately, it’s not a lost cause, either. Like any complex relationship between disparate individuals, a little work is required. Some sacrifice might be called for, and it’s just possible that somebody might have to eat a heaping helping of humble pie somewhere along the way. But if both parties are willing to roll up their sleeves and take a new look at the necessities of management and interaction between the participants, there just might be a new day dawning for this previously gloomy outpost for aviators.

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Women in Aviation conference kicks off

The 21st Annual Women in Aviation Conference kicks off today and runs through Feb. 27 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Buena Vista, Florida. The theme of this year’s conference is “Aviation: It’s a Small World.”

Attendees are expected from more than a dozen countries worldwide, according to organizers. Speakers include FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt; NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman; Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, chief pilot and director of training, Boeing Commercial Airplane Services; Anna Mracek Dietrich, COO, Terrafugia, which is developing a flying car; Denise Wilson, president and chief pilot, Desert Jet; and Carol Ann Garratt and Carol Foy, two pilots who flew around the world in a Mooney to raise funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research.

As with past conferences, attendees will have a selection of educational seminars to attend on a wide variety of topics ranging from professional development to aviation history. A group of five pioneering women will be inducted into WAI’s Pioneer Hall of Fame, while thousands of dollars in scholarships will be awarded throughout the three-day event.

For more information: WAI.org

The world’s ‘strangest’ airports

Popular Science recently compiled a list of the 18 strangest airports in the world. Included is an airport that has an 18-hole golf course in the middle of its two runways, one with an ice runway, and one in the Alps that features a large hill in the middle of the runway.

Making the list is one GA airport: Copalis State Airport (S16) in Grays Harbor County, Washington. Popular Science notes:

“One way to get to Washington’s Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park is to land on this 4,500-foot-long strip of beach. The runway is located between the mouth of the Copalis River and a barrier of rocks, with orange reflective markers at both ends to help guide pilots to a safe landing. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges incoming pilots to do a fly-over before landing to make sure the runway is free of debris. The Department of Transportation also notes that pilots should aim for dark, wet sand, which is more stable to land on than light-colored, soft sand. As with other beach-based landing areas, Copalis State Airport is submerged every time the tide rolls in. Pilots considering spending some time on the beach should make sure to park their aircraft above the high tide mark in order to ensure that their planes aren’t taken out to sea.”

See the full list here.

Fantasy of Flight founder wins ‘Freedom of Flight’ award

Kermit Weeks, creator and founder of Fantasy of Flight in Florida, recently received the “Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award” at the 7th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards, which is often called the  Academy Awards of Aviation. [Read more...]

By the numbers: State-by-state stats

The Scripps Howard News Service recently released a rundown of general aviation numbers in each state, including total pilots, total GA aircraft and total public/private airports.

The news service compiled the stats with information from the FAA, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Transportation Security Administration.

The bottom line? There are 651,551 pilots, 294,123 aircraft and 5,220 airports.

Want to see the numbers for your state? Check it out here

‘He just messed up general aviation’

Fears of domestic terror could lead to major changes in general aviation, according to a report at KSLANews.com in Shreveport, Louisiana. Reporters there spoke to Tracy Golden, a GA pilot at Downtown Airport in Sheveport, who said his first reaction after hearing about the Austin, Texas, crash was that the pilot “owed a lot of money to the IRS.”

Golden’s second thought? “He just messed up general aviation for private pilots in the United States.”

Read the full report here.

NTSB chairman testifies on aircraft icing

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, in testimony Feb. 24 before the House Aviation Subcommittee, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, discussed the dangers of aircraft flying in icing conditions and highlighted longstanding NTSB recommendations that have yet to be adopted by the FAA to address the issue.

Debbie_Hersman-144x180Reducing the dangers of flying in icing conditions has been on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements since 1997. Last week, the NTSB voted to keep the issue, along with its four open recommendations to the FAA, on the 2010 Most Wanted List with a “red” classification. The red classification indicates an unacceptable response by the FAA.

“Although the NTSB relies on others to implement these recommendations, we have worked to educate the pilot community about some of the hazards associated with icing conditions through our Safety Alerts,” Hersman said.

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