The NTSB has told the FAA it does “not understand the foreseeable safety benefit of the FAA’s proposed action” regarding specific parts of the agency’s NPRM on ECi cylinder assemblies. In its four-page submission, the NTSB cites prior ADs and Mandatory Service Bulletins and suggests that the FAA exclude from the NPRM certain cylinder assemblies (identified by serial number) or take action other than that prescribed by the NPRM, according to an AVweb report, which notes: “In fact, the NTSB directly states that the FAA’s proposed rule ‘would affect many more cylinder assemblies than the NTSB included in our recommendation letter.’”
What some describe as a coming pilot shortage is already here for others, notes Wichita Business Journal aviation writer Daniel McCoy in a recent blog. “Kansas State University Salina’s professional pilot program is having trouble finding flight instructors,” he writes. “Other flight schools are having trouble making a go of it. And over it all looms the problem of commercial airlines needing an increasing number of pilots, which aggravates the situation in general aviation.”
Just introduced is the EQ-Reverse Link wireless communication system, which provides a wireless connection between any conventional, wired aviation headset or helmet and an aircraft’s intercom system.
EUGENE, Ore. — Rosen Sunvisor Systems has introduced an adjustable iPad mounting system for monorail equipped cockpits.
VERO BEACH, Florida — Piper Aircraft has earned distinction from Workforce Solutions as one of the best places to work at the 11th Annual Indian River County “Best Place to Work” awards for employers with more than 50 employees.
SUN ‘n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Florida — On Monday, Nov. 25, U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Michael Cheng, Blue Angel #8, will arrive at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) to conduct a pre-season briefing for the appearance of the United States Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, at the 40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo April 1-6, 2014.
100SF, an unleaded fuel created as a replacement for 100LL, has received ASTM approval. Swift Fuels, the Indiana firm that has worked for years developing an unleaded alternative to 100LL, is ready to ramp up production of 100SF, CEO Chris D’Acosta is quoted in a story at AOPA.org. It remains to be seen whether that will happen model-by-model, or on a fleet scale. D’Acosta told AOPA he remains confident that 100SF will be distributed on a large scale within one to three years.