NATA raises more than $30,000 for veterans

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has donated more than $30,000 to veterans’ organizations raised through the 2014 NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project. Earlier this year, NATA and its members developed the project to expand the association’s support of veterans. Donations from this year’s project will support the Veterans Airlift Command and the Medal of Honor Foundation.

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Magneto Timing Housing comes to Electroair kits

Electroair 6-cylinder

The Magneto Timing Housing (MTH) version of Electroairs Certified Electronic Ignition System for Continental IO-360, O/IO-470, IO-520 and IO-550 six cylinder engines is now available from Ameritech Industries, parent company of Eagle Engines and American Propeller. 

The EIS-61000-1M STC’d ignition kit is currently approved for Cessna, Cirrus, Bellanca, Beechcraft, Mooney, Meyers and Navion aircraft, with models being added regularly. [Read more…]

New comfort features for Flying Eyes sunglasses unveiled

Summer Hawk Optics Flying Eyes Sunglasses

AUSTIN, Texas — Flying Eyes Sunglasses have been updated with a 1 mm set of temples, along with the standard temples and strap system.

These new temples make Flying Eyes easier to wear under a headset, as well as helmets used by cyclists, racing pit crews and equestrians. Additionally, Flying Eyes now have an updated release mechanism that makes it easier to switch between the options, company officials said.
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Wrong hose contributes to accident

Aircraft: Cessna 172RG. Injuries: None. Location: Lexington, Ky. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Upon arrival at the destination airport during an instructional flight, the landing gear did not fully deploy. Only the nose gear and the left main landing gear extended and locked in the down position.

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Can you ignore the ADS-B 2020 mandate?

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Airspace Rule (§ 91.225) Diagram from Advisory Circular 90-114.

The Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B mandate has a lot of aircraft owners wringing their hands and seeing red. For those of us at the recreational end of the aviating spectrum (which represents a great many aircraft), plunking down the money it’ll take to equip our aircraft to meet the mandate is not something we care to think about.

So that got me to thinking who the ADS-B Out mandate applies to? Do you fly in airspace that requires a transponder? If not, you might not need to equip for the mandate.

But that question and answer might be overly simplistic, so here’s a few more questions for you: [Read more…]

Anti-airport group victorious in Santa Monica

8SMO

On Nov. 4, a ballot initiative to give the Santa Monica City Council more control over operations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO) in Southern California was approved by voters, signaling — for some — a death knell for the embattled airport.

Measure LC allows the City Council to manage the airport as it sees fit, including closing all or part of the 227-acre property. The measure, which passed with a 60% margin, mandates that the airport land be used only for parks, open space and recreational facilities until voters can approve land-use guidelines.

It had the backing of several community groups which have been trying to close the airport for years, citing safety concerns and calling the airport a playground for “rich hobbyist pilots.”

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