A warped sense of time

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Being a pilot gives one a warped sense of time and distance. Seattle to Portland? About 40 minutes. Seattle to the San Juan Islands? About 30 minutes.

I think nothing of jumping in the plane and popping up to Friday Harbor for dinner or Orcas Island for a bike ride while many Seattleites have never been to the San Juans, daunted by the more than four-hour travel time each way and unpredictable ferry waiting lines.

While a small plane it is not exactly the phone booth from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, it can feel like a time machine.

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BoldMethod: The life of a 20-year-old banner tow pilot

Haley Howard is a CFI and banner pilot from Gulf Shores, Alabama. At only 20 years old, she’s already well on her way with 1,350 hours of flight time… not to mention her CSEL (Commercial – Single Engine Land), CSES (Commercial – Single Engine Seaplane), Tailwheel Endorsement, CFI-A (Certified Flight Instructor), and Instrument Rating,” reports BoldMethod‘s Swayne Martin. “Today, Haley spends much of her time flying banners in an American Champion Scout, owned and operated by the Shrimp Basket, a Gulf-State chain of seafood restaurants.” Read more about Haley’s life as a banner tow pilot at the BoldMethod website and an expanded first-person view via Martin’s “Share Your Story” feature on his website.

Wanted: Avionics Manager for Port City Air

Port City Air — a New Hampshire-based full service FBO offering fixed wing and helicopter maintenance, avionics service and installations — is look for an avionics manager with a minimum of five years experience. The position includes assisting avionics technicians to ensure high quality work, communications with other departments and customers, scheduling service and installation work and quoting. Learn more or apply for the job online.

Looking for a different role? Browse all aviation jobs in the USA listed on Aviation Jobsearch. This Job of the Week was brought to you from a partnership between General Aviation News and Aviation Jobsearch.

Schweiss adds battery back-up Red Power pump

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Schweiss Doors has added a battery back-up to its Red Power hydraulic pump. In case of a power failure, the battery back-up will power the door up or down at a controlled speed. All Red Power pumps comes standard with a drill-driven back-up system. The battery back-up can be retrofit to existing units. Contact Schweiss Doors (800-746-8273) for more information.

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Taylorcraft tangles with power lines

Aircraft: Taylorcraft BC12-D. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Clutier, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on an unimproved airstrip he had previously used. When the field was previously used as an airstrip, the power lines were buried, but at the time of the accident the power line were now above ground and were not marked.

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Last call for photos

We are still on the hunt for the best photos of 2014 for our last issue of the year. Send them to Editor Janice Wood by Dec. 4. Don’t forget to include information about the photo — where it was taken, the plane description and the full names of anyone in the photo. Please send the largest file size you have — bigger is better.

Starting on Dec. 1, we’ll start running a Picture of the Day to showcase some of the photos we’ve received from readers so far.

Letter or spirit of ADS-B?

ADS-B is a source of much consternation at the recreational end of general aviation. More accurately, ADS-B Out is the source. Actually, it’s the Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. The very same mandate FAA Administrator Huerta has repeatedly stated will not be delayed.

Simply put, ADS-B Out — Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast — is a periodic broadcast of aircraft information (altitude, speed, position, etc.) to satellite and ground-based targets that allow other aircraft – if properly equipped – and ATC to see you. [Read more…]