Duncan Aviation launches Job Status Tracking

Job status reports are now available to customers who manage their aircraft projects through MyDuncan.aero, Duncan Aviation’s project management system. The new feature provides a project overview with charts, hours for items in different phases of work, and cost estimates. Although the reports do not reflect real-time changes, they can help customers monitor overall progress and access detailed financial estimates and cost projections.

“Customers have needed a more convenient way to monitor progress and expenses for their projects,” says Chad Doehring, Customer Service Manager at Duncan Aviation-Lincoln. “Our goal with these reports is to make this information more accessible to project stakeholders.”

Access to the new Job Status reports is available for all current projects managed with MyDuncan.aero, and may be requested by contacting the Project Manager for that job. MyDuncan.aero is a web-based project management system that can be accessed any time from anywhere in the world. It was designed to make information more accessible and streamline communication throughout all phases of a project. It includes paperless approvals, item histories and custom viewing rights for aircraft prebuy evaluations, among other features.

For more information: 800-228-1836 or DuncanAviation.aero.

Crosswind crunches Piper

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 Tri-Pacer Injuries: None. Location: Delphi, Ind. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on the grass area alongside runway 18. The winds were out of the west at eight knots, gusting to 16 knots. During the landing rollout, the plane encountered a wind gust and cartwheeled, then came to rest upright. The cabin roof was crushed, both wing spars were bent, and the engine firewall was damaged.

Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for the gusting crosswind during landing rollout.

For more information: NTSB.gov

West Coast Flying Adventures blog takes off

The words “flying” and “adventure” naturally go together, but they conjure up different images and journeys for each pilot. For Ney Grant, flying adventures mean the pursuit of outdoor adventure using a Cessna T210 filled with bikes, climbing equipment and camping gear. From canyoneering in the canyons of the southwest, climbing Mt. Hood in the Northwest, and family backpacking in the central Sierra Nevada mountains, it’s obvious he gets maximum utility from his plane.

His site, WestCoastFlyingAdventures.com, journals these adventures throughout the western US. Sometimes alone, sometimes with his family, Grant does a good job of capturing his adventures and flights with his camera. Looking for outdoor adventure? You may find some ideas at his site.

FAA reauthorization by July 4, lawmaker promises

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., predicted Wednesday, May 19, that a multiyear FAA authorization bill will be signed into law by July 4, according to a story at NationalJournal.com’s Congress Daily.

The story quotes Oberstar:

“I think we’ve made enough progress and we ought to be able to get it done by then. We are working toward that goal. We’ll get there, we’ll do it.”

‘Aviation Saves’ Open House deemed a success

Thanks to the efforts of dozens of volunteers, as well as the support of 49 corporate sponsors, the Colorado Aviation Business Association’s (CABA) first-ever “Aviation Saves” Open House exceeded its goal of raising awareness about the important contributions business and general aviation make to the economies and communities of Denver and the state of Colorado.

Held April 28 at the Centennial InterPort-XJet & Signature facilities at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, the event’s theme: “Aviation Saves …Lives …Jobs …Communities …Businesses …Economies” played well to members of the local community, as well as business and government leaders. The event attracted nearly 1,000 attendees, including about 350 people who attended an Industry Luncheon just prior to the event.

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Parker to attempt to set record at Golden West Fly-In

John Parker, championship-winning pilot and builder of Reno Air Race contenders Blue Thunder and Blue Thunder II, will try to set a world record at the Golden West Fly-In in Marysville, California, June 11-13.

Parkers’s race-built Thunder Mustang (Blue Thunder II looks like a ¾ scale P-51 Mustang) will be shooting for the world 100-kilometer speed record in class C1c, currently 339.51 mph. Blue Thunder set shorter-distance records (for 3km and 15km) several years ago, and still holds them, at speeds over 370 mph, according to Parker. “The 100km record, in a new machine, looks achievable,” said Parker, who averaged over 350mph in Blue Thunder II at the Reno Air Races last September. “We’ve done a lot of development since then and we now believe that ‘Blue II’ is even faster than the original.” (Parker’s original Thunder Mustang was destroyed by fire in 2007.)

Parker, who is seeking new sponsors, is also planning “fan” opportunities, like being able to sign one’s name on the airplane itself. For donations starting at $50, fans at Golden West, Oshkosh, and Reno will be able to put their autographs on Blue Thunder II.

For more information: BlueThunderAirRacing.com or  775-677-4860

Patriots Jet Team slated for balloon festival

Color the Skies Balloon Festival, Northern California and the Central Valley’s only balloon festival, will feature something different this year: The Patriots Jet Team, a civilian-owned aerobatic jet team, has agreed to perform fly-overs on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival and four Children’s Hospital supporters are invited to join the flight.

The Patriots Jet Team announced that one seat on each of the four L39 jets will be available for Sky High supporters of the balloon festival. The fully-tax-deductible price per seat is $5,000. Go to PatriotsJetTeam.com for more information or call to reserve your seat at 209-480-5244.

The fourth annual Color the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-5 in Ripon, Calif. All proceeds of the festival go to Children’s Hospital Central California. Festival activities include a pancake breakfast, a kite flying demonstration, a 1-mile and 5k race, children’s fun run, skydiving exhibitions, tri-tip lunch, and more. Entry to the festival is free and there is a $5 donation for parking at the park.

For more information: ColorTheSkies.com.

AID celebrates golden anniversary

Anderson Municipal Airport-Darlington Field (AID) in Indiana will celebrate its 50th birthday Saturday, July 10. Pilots who fly in for the celebration will enjoy fuel discounts and the red-carpet treatment, including free admission and all-you-can-eat breakfast, organizers said. The centerpiece ceremony will include a re-dedication of the airports restored bronze plaque.

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NASAO teams with FAA on NextGen and wildlife hazards

Washington, D.C. — This week, the FAA and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for two new joint initiatives, NextGen and Wildlife Hazards.

Through the NextGen initiative, FAA and NASAO will explore methods of engaging the states in the promotion, facilitation and implementation of the NextGen system. Collaboration is consistent with the tenets of the NextGen Implementation Plan, NAS Enterprise Architecture and the NextGen Implementation Task Force, officials said. This includes forging community-wide consensus on the recommended NextGen operational improvements to be implemented during the transition stage, as well as maintaining a focus on maximizing NextGen benefits and facilitating development of the business case for industry investment.

The Wildlife Hazards initiative explores methods of engaging the states to work with their general aviation airports to increase wildlife strike reporting and data gathering, and to ultimately implement an effective and uniform wildlife strike reporting and data gathering process. This collaboration will result in a larger and more accurate data bank used to better shape wildlife mitigation efforts and aid the agency in effectively applying its resources towards mitigation, officials said.

For more information: FAA.gov or NASAO.org

GA guide to NextGen

The May/June 2010 issue of FAA Safety Briefing introduces the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, and focuses on the benefits for the general aviation community, including more efficient navigation, more effective communications, and improved surveillance capabilities. Articles in the issue address ADS-B, performance-based navigation, the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems, and more.

Read the issue here.