Salary survey published

Posted on May 2nd, 2010 by

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has published its 2010 annual survey report of general aviation service employee compensation. The report includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel and maintenance technicians. Compensation is broken down by geographic region of... Continue Reading →

Harrison Ford boosts GA on Capitol Hill

Posted on April 28th, 2010 by

Star power met political power Tuesday, April 27, when actor Harrison Ford came to Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress and staff members. The popular star, who is an avid general aviation supporter, drew an estimated 160 persons... Continue Reading →

Who was really the first to fly?

Posted on April 27th, 2010 by

GUEST EDITORIAL By JOHN BECK Who was the first person to fly? Was it that snappy dresser from Brazil, Alberto Santos Dumont? His countrymen fervently think so. His first flight was Oct. 23, 1906. It was recognized by Brazilians and... Continue Reading →

Preventing bird strikes

Posted on April 27th, 2010 by

According to audiotapes released by the FAA, US Airways Flight 1549, known as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” suffered a “double bird strike.” A formation of birds had approached the aircraft while it passed through an altitude of about 3,200 feet.... Continue Reading →

NextGen: Aviation’s smart phone

Posted on April 22nd, 2010 by

In a speech to the Wings Club, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt calls NextGen — the Next Generation Air Traffic Control system — “aviation’s smart phone.” In the April 21 speech, Babbitt said: “NextGen matches any of a number of technological... Continue Reading →

Need continues for Haitian relief

Posted on April 21st, 2010 by

There is still a need for pilots to help in Haiti, reports Rick Garcia, president of Gulf Coast Avionics at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Florida, who made a relief flight to the earthquake-stricken island March 6. Continue Reading →

Dominican Republic rolls out red carpet for U.S. pilots

Posted on April 18th, 2010 by

The Dominican Republic (DR) is rolling out the red carpet for U.S. private pilots who want to explore the Caribbean island, which is located 650 miles south of Miami. “With 13 airports that do not charge any fees, it’s easy... Continue Reading →

Discovering common ground

Posted on April 15th, 2010 by

Airshow season has begun. At least it has in Florida, where the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo is in full bloom. The skies are blue, the winds are brisk, and the rain is at least a time zone... Continue Reading →

Bidders ‘dividing the spoils’ of Epic Air

Posted on April 6th, 2010 by

Executives at China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. find themselves “dividing the spoils” of Epic Air with pilots who were assembling kit-built aircraft at the Bend company’s plant when it went bankrupt last year. According to a report in The... Continue Reading →

Gulf Coast Avionics celebrates 25th anniversary

Posted on April 6th, 2010 by

Gulf Coast Avionics, headquartered at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The company, which opened as a two-man office in Tampa, Florida, has gone through a “remarkable 25-year period of continuous growth, expansion and... Continue Reading →