Extended slip kills engine

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: None. Location: Jasper, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land to refuel during a cross-country flight, switched the fuel selector from the right tank which, according to the fuel gauge contained 1/4 tank of fuel, to the left tank which, according to the fuel gauge, showed between 1/3 and 1/2 tank of fuel, then began the descent.

[Read more…]

LA Times opines about Santa Monica Airport

We’ve been saying it for years. But it’s nice to hear the mainstream media pick up the argument. The Los Angeles Times editorial board said, with regard to Santa Monica Airport, “Open to private business and recreational aircraft, it relieves Los Angeles International Airport of some smaller plane traffic. Flight schools, airplane maintenance, charter jet businesses, and emergency and medical flight services all use it as a base.” The editorial goes on to address the safety concerns of neighbors with – are you ready for this – actual data. Well done LA Times.

AOPA wraps up regional fly-ins at KSSI

Photo by Joni M. Fisher

Gray skies didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association regional fly-in Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Simons Island, Georgia, at the McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI).

AOPA President Mark Baker reported that the regional fly-ins were such a success that 45 airports are now bidding to host next year’s fly-ins. AOPA officials estimate that between 16,000 and 17,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts attended the regional fly-ins, which were held throughout the country.

A few photos from the show follow, look for more in the Nov. 20 print edition of General Aviation News.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

PAA celebrates opening of new location

Professional Aviation Associates Celebrates Opening of New Facility
(Pictured Left to Right: Greenwich AeroGroup Vice President of Sales & Marketing Daniel Lafrance, PAA Director of Operations Lamar Odom, Greenwich AeroGroup SVP of CR&O and Parts Distribution Dave Miller, PAA Controller Chip Gramke, PAA President Brian Dannewitz, PAA Director of Quality Alison Dominguez)

ATLANTA – Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently cut the grand reopening ribbon on its new 46,000-square-foot distribution facility.

The new facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has 16,000 square feet more than its previous facility, enabling it to provide additional services and doubles the size of its hose fabrication shop.

[Read more…]