To Tom Norton: I am Sally, Scott’s daughter, child number five of six. Now that I am done crying, may I say how very grateful I am to you for writing that article (“NTSB: Lack of weather update killed Crossfield; Final report cites ATC failure to advise, Crossfield failure to ask,” Oct. 19, 2007 issue). I will never in my life, I think, be able to find the words to express how that NTSB report makes me feel. Either you’ve obtained their actual documentation, as I have, or you are much more intuitive and intelligent than the average Joe (I, of course, do not include Dad’s fabulous circle of friends in this group). You’ve also probably read some of the horrid stuff that’s come out about Dad since that “report.”
Ace Aerobatic School, founded by William K. Kershner, closed on the day of his death, Jan. 8, 2007. Catherine Cavagnaro, highly thought of by my father as a pilot and aerobatic instructor, has her own school, Sewanee Aerobatic School.
I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to fly my 1946 Luscombe 8A about an hour before dark. I put in five gallons. I had maybe two or three gallons in it already. I figured I would be in the air only about 30 minutes, so I reasoned I was good for about one and a half hours.
Citing the FAA’s paperwork backlog and its lack of available inspectors, the Experimental Aircraft Association has filed for an exemption to the Jan. 31, 2008, deadline for the conversion of two-place or “fat” ultralights to certification under the Experimental-Light Sport Aircraft category.
Mike Peter’s AvTek is celebrating 25 years of developing and producing a variety of aviation products, including pulsing landing lights, door seals, standby electrical systems, panel lighting, electric system alert warning meters and more.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has teamed with the Transportation Security Administration to develop an online course to help flight schools, FBOs, aircraft owners and pilots to enhance security.
Million Air at the Los Angeles Executive Airport will play host to the inaugural “Parade of Pistons” expo March 27–29. This is the first of four regional events designed to make it easy for aircraft consumers to visit a single location to compare new piston aircraft.
A bronze sculpture of Neil Armstrong was recently unveiled at Indiana’s Purdue University.
More than half of the world’s turboprop airplanes are King Airs, which makes the popular Beech line a vast market for the winglets being offered by BLR Aerospace of Everett, Wash.
The fact that Cessna’s LSA, the SkyCatcher, is being built in China has garnered a lot of attention for the Wichita airplane manufacturer — and not all of it is good.