Outsmarting the slur of “designed by committee”

It has been said that a camel is a horse designed by committee. That suggestion disparages neither the horse nor the camel, but it is not particularly kind to the abilities of the committee — and with good reason.

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How government SNAFU detained Kings at gunpoint and in handcuffs

If you find yourself in a situation similar to that of John and Martha King, with police officers pointing guns at you as you exit your aircraft, just follow their instructions. That is the advice of John King after he and his wife, Martha, were held at gunpoint for about a half-hour Aug. 28 when they landed at Santa Barbara, California.

With the apparent incompetence of some of the government agencies demonstrated by the ordeal of the Kings, this could happen to you.

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Legislative confusion in Maine over ethanol and Mogas

Readers might have seen Maine’s Morning Sentinel report about the loss of mogas at the Norridgewock, Maine, airport (OWK).  There was another airport in Maine that used to have mogas up until a couple of months ago, Sanford Regional (SFM), and the Lakeside Marina Seaplane Base in East Winthrop advertises mogas, but it now has ethanol in it. [Read more...]

K-State Oshkosh scholarship winners named

Kansas State University Aviation has picked seven winners from a daily scholarship drawing conducted at AirVenture 2010.

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Prepare for Hurricane Earl

Pilots along the Eastern coast of the U.S. should prepare for Hurricane Earl, a Category 4 storm that experts say has a 25% chance of landfall by the end of this week, according to report at Examiner.com, which notes:

“The affect of Earl on general aviation could be significant, especially with what appears to be the next system, Fiona, following almost directly in his footsteps. Current models, even though disagreeing an an exact location for landfall, if any, all have Earl sweeping up along the east coast, effecting virtually every state from Florida through Maine and into Nova Scotia, Canada.”

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ commemorative chart presented to pilots

Jeppesen recently presented “Miracle on the Hudson” pilots Captain Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles with a specially designed approach chart and engraved Jeppesen chart binders to commemorate the ditching of US Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009.

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Runway Cafe opens at GMU

The Runway Cafe is now ready for take off at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. ‘The cafe officially opens Sept. 1, according to Joe Frasher, airport director. “A short quiet opening has been taking place for the last couple of weeks, just so all systems could be checked,” he added.

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Protect your medical

As every pilot knows, two licenses are required to fly: A pilot certificate and a medical certificate. Ensuring that medical certification is valid and will be renewed is of paramount concern to all pilots, but the process is much murkier and risk-laden than the straightforward, clearly defined requirements for obtaining pilot certificates, according to officials with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), which recently held a webinar on the subject. Find out more here.

Twin Commander plans 10th university

Twin Commander Aircraft has begun planning for the 10th edition of its owner/operator conference, the Twin Commander University.

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Latest edition of ‘Instrument Flying’ released

ASA has released the Sixth Edition of “Instrument Flying,” a textbook that covers all of the aeronautical knowledge and practical skills needed to earn the instrument rating and operate in the IFR system.

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