Wildlife can wreak havoc for airports and their staff. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds. To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer free training sessions for airport personnel. [Read more…]
VERO BEACH, Florida — U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and U.S. Congressman Bill Posey joined the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), hundreds of manufacturing employees, aviation enthusiasts, and local leaders at an April 7 jobs rally celebrating the economic impact of general aviation in Florida. [Read more…]
The Aircraft Electronics Association released its 2014 year-end Avionics Market Report during the 58th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center this week in Dallas, Texas.
Total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales for the year amounted to more than $2.5 billion, a 4% increase in sales from 2013. [Read more…]
America’s “Top Gun” Fighter Aces are the newest endangered species.
These fighter pilots, who earned Ace status by destroying at least five enemy aircraft during aerial combat missions in both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, are a vanishing breed and most likely an endangered species.
“If there’s an elite among fighter pilots, it’s these men. It’s probably unlikely, based on the lack of today’s air-to-air combat, that there will be another designated Ace,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles “Chick” Cleveland, president of the American Fighter Aces Association. “They helped shorten the wars and saved lives.” [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) Aviation Finance Co. now offers members in Alaska and Hawaii aircraft loans that were previously difficult to acquire.
While most aircraft lenders are unable to offer financing outside of the continental United States, AOPA Aviation Finance Co. is working with a lender that has agreed to fill personal use aircraft financing needs for AOPA members in Alaska and Hawaii, according to officials. [Read more…]
The NTSB recently issued four safety alerts for general aviation pilots and mechanics: Mastering Mountain Flying, Understanding Flight Experience (A rating alone cannot ensure safety: Training is key); Pilots: Perform Advanced Preflight After Maintenance; and Mechanics: Prevent Misrigging Mistakes.
Each of the alerts, in PDF, includes an outline of the problem, summarizes related incidents and accidents, then lays out what the mechanic or pilot can do to avoid the problem.
DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has officially made its nationwide “call for entries” for the 13th Annual Combs Gates Award. The $20,000 cash award is presented each year to an individual or group for a submitted project judged to be exemplary in the promotion and preservation of America’s air and space heritage. [Read more…]
DALLAS — More than 1,500 avionics manufacturers, repair stations, installers and other general aviation professionals have converged at the 58th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened today at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas. [Read more…]