Summit Aviation to break ground on new hangar, paint facility

Summit Aviation will expand its Middletown, Delaware, operation with additional modification, maintenance, repair, and overhaul capabilities. The 78,000-square-feet expansion includes a 37,400-square-foot hangar that can accommodate eight Boeing CH-47 Chinook model aircraft or three Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft; a 9,200-square-foot paint facility; two cold storage units and an additional 11,400 square feet of support and office space.

This new expansion, along with the completion of a recent $2.5 million upgrade, also paves the way for additional corporate and general aviation capacity, company officials said.

The expansion is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2011. Summit’s groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, at 10 a.m.

For more information: 316-213-9280 or Summit-Aviation.com

Poor fuel management leads to accident

This May 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 Cherokee. Injuries: 5 Minor. Location: Millinocket, Maine. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who had logged 154 hours, including 16 in make and model, rented the plane for a camping trip. The flight to the destination, according to the pilot’s calculations, would take about three hours. He determined that the plane would consume 14 gallons per hour. With five people and camping gear onboard, the pilot was able to fill both main fuel tanks, and partially fill the left tip tank for a total of 60 gallons of fuel. Following the takeoff, the pilot climbed to 5,500 feet, and set the power for approximately 65% . The mixture was leaned, and set about half way between full rich and idle cutoff. However, within the first hour of flight the pilot noted the engine oil temperature near the upper end of the green zone and added about one inch of mixture control lever stroke to help cool the engine. This resulted in a greater fuel consumption. [Read more...]

Keeping the peace

John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California, is not your typical airport. At least it’s not the typical airport I come in contact with. Bracketed on both ends of two parallel runway by highways, and surrounded by densely packed commercial and residential neighbors, noise is the enemy of airport operations. As it must be. Because to lose control of the noise situation would unleash the power of the public who have every reason to expect a peaceful night’s sleep – even if they did move into a home that is within sight of a ramp area frequented by executive jets and a wide assortment of GA machinery.

So serious is John Wayne Airport’s battle against jangled nerves brought on by noisy aircraft, SNA has instituted and maintains some of the strictest noise rules in the United States. But don’t take my word for it — the airport management proudly proclaims their anti-noise position on their website.

Take a peek at the General Aviation Noise Ordinance being implemented at John Wayne Airport, here.

So serious is their stance on this issue, John Wayne Airport maintains 10 permanent noise monitoring stations on the field. You only need to exceed the noise levels at one of those 10 reporting stations to run afoul of the decibel detail. And this is no toothless, feel-good policy, my friends. Violate the noise restrictions at SNA three times within three years and you will be denied use of the airport for the next three years! [Read more...]

Jake’s Pilot Shop slates grand opening of new facility

Jake’s Pilot Shop has slated a grand opening and open house at its new location at Pearson Airfield (VOU) in Vancouver, Wash. The June 19 events begin at 8 a.m. with a seminar, “Planning and Flying the Perfect Cross Country.” Halfway through the two-hour seminar Jake’s Pilot Shop will draw tickets for product giveaways. After the seminar, employees will fire up the grill for hot dogs and other refreshments.

During the Open House/Grand Opening, reps will be on hand for product demonstrations and questions. Jake’s Pilot Shop, which has been in operation for more than seven years, offers more than 3,000 pilot and aviation products.

For more information: JakesPilotShop.com or 360-326-8251

IMC, lack of weather briefing prove fatal

This May 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 Cherokee Six. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Cruso, N.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The non-instrument-rated private pilot departed for the cross-country flight in the early morning hours before daylight. The pilot had logged approximately 616 hours, which included 66 hours at night. There was no record of the pilot receiving a preflight weather briefing from either a Flight Service Station or a computer service before the accident flight. According to radar data, about 30 minutes into the flight, the airplane changed its heading twice with accompanying rapid changes in altitude. Shortly thereafter the airplane began a rapid descent and hit steep mountainous terrain.

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Windsock pole compromises go-around

This May 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: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Timber, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot, who had solo privileges and was returning to the airport after a short flight, observed the windsock and noted that the wind was directly down the runway at approximately 15 to 20 knots. The pilot said that as he entered the flare, he was slow and the left wing stalled, then dropped, and the left wing and main landing gear touched the runway. He applied power and the plane ended up approximately 90° to the runway and 8 feet above ground in a level attitude. The airplane was not over the runway surface, but rather in the infield. The left wing hit the windsock pole and sustained substantial damage. No mechanical anomalies were noted.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain an adequate airspeed during landing, which resulted in a stall.

For more information: NTSB.gov

FAA releases carbon monoxide SAIB

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin advising all owners and operators of reciprocating engine-powered airplanes of an airworthiness concern about carbon monoxide.

The FAA tasked Wichita State University to conduct research that focuses on carbon monoxide safety issues as they apply to general aviation. A technical report, “Detection and prevention of carbon monoxide exposure in General Aviation Aircraft, Document No. DOT/FAA/AR-09/49, dated October 2009,” shows that after researching National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accidents related to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, the muffler system was the top source of CO. For the CO-related cases where the muffler was identified as the source of the CO leakage, 92% had a muffler with more than 1,000 hours of service.

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Sporty’s launches E6B App

The latest version of Sporty’s Electronic E6B is now available for Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The app includes all the features of the traditional E6B, including 23 aviation functions, 14 conversions and timer.

Each function can be selected from a plain English list, and the app prompts the user for required information. Plus, entries are saved from previous calculations, so there’s no need to re-enter data, Sporty’s officials said, who note that calculating weight and balance is especially easy, with a dedicated page for adding new passengers, fuel or baggage.

“The only thing you can’t do is use your iPhone E6B for FAA tests, since someone might think you are texting your flight instructor,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Bring your regular Sporty’s electronic E6B for the test.”

Sporty’s E6B app makes quick work of navigational, weight and balance, or fuel problems, and is a favorite of student pilots. But it also includes a number of features that are useful for experienced pilots, like Top of Descent, Specific Range and Required Rate of Climb.

The timer can be set to count up or count down, so it is perfect for timing approaches, holds or for switching fuel tanks. There is also a clock function that shows Home, Local and Zulu time.

Sporty’s E6B app is available for $4.99 at Sportys.com/apps. Sporty’s traditional Electronic E6B Flight Computer is available in pocket size for $69.95 and in a flat version that fits in Jeppesen, FAA and three-ring binders for $79.95. For more information: Sportys.com or 800-SPORTYS.

New location for Jake’s Pilot Shop

Jake’s Pilot Shop has moved to a new location at Pearson Airfield (VOU) in Vancouver, Wash., which houses the company’s Internet operations for JakesPilotShop.com, the in-house shipping department, as well as a full service pilot shop/showroom with many items on hand for fly-in customers.

The new location also offers a Pilot’s Lounge area where pilots can hang out, read, watch TV or view popular aviation DVDs sold at Jake’s Pilot Shop. The lounge also has a customer computer station where pilots can check weather, file a flight plan, or browse and shop the company’s website.

Business hours are Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jake’s Pilot Shop, which has been in operation for more than 7 years, offers more than 3,000 pilot supply/aviation products. For more information: JakesPilotShop.com or 360-326-8251.

Cobham extends autopilot rebate

Cobham Avionics has extended its autopilot rebate promotion. Customers now have until June 30 to receive a $2,000 rebate on a new System 55X or System 65 autopilot purchased from an authorized Cobham autopilot dealer.

Both of the two-axis autopilots have STCs on scores of fixed wing aircraft makes and models, including Cessna, Piper, Beech, Mooney, Twin Commander, and Pilatus, according to company officials.

For more information: Cobham.com/AutopilotRebate.