Airforms awarded PMA for Helio Courier axle

BIG LAKE, Alaska — Airforms, Inc. has announced another addition to its line of PMA replacement parts. This latest addition is Airforms’ Part Number AF250-040-495, a direct replacement for Helio part number 250-040-495 on all H-295 S/Ns.

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CAV Ice Protection opens TKS Repair Station

NEW CENTURY, Kan. – CAV Ice Protection has received FAA approval to operate a repair station at its North American Operations Center at the New Century Airport (KIXD) near Kansas City. The limited accessory repair station is approved to repair and overhaul TKS ice protection equipment and has begun conducting repairs.

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New book, ‘ATC and Inflight Emergencies,’ published

Written by a flight instructor with more than 40 years of experience in collaboration with air traffic control (ATC) specialists,  a new book, “ATC and Inflight Emergencies: What ATC Specialists Should Know About the Piloting Environment,” provides air traffic controllers with information to help them deal with pilots who are in need of airborne assistance.

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Poor decisions lead to crash

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Tillatoba, Miss. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: When the pilot planned the long cross-country flight, he told flight service personnel that he expected to have to deviate due to thunderstorms. The pilot stated that he would stop short of the destination airport if he could not safely navigate around thunderstorm cells.

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Possible terrorist threats keep GA vigilant

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When conditions in the Middle East erupted and President Obama unleashed air power on the Islamic State, officials at many general aviation organizations here became jittery over ISIL threats to retaliate on American soil.

If there is retaliation, would aircraft be used? Would the escalation of tensions raise the level of concern to a point that would mean an increase in security at airports? Would it mean limitations on flying?

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Falcon Ridge Airpark to auction off lots

YAKIMA, Wash. – A real estate auction isn’t always a good thing, unless it is. Too often we read of foreclosure auctions in the press. Well, the Falcon Ridge Airpark auction isn’t one them.

Back to that in a minute.

Airpark developer Russ Wilkinson bought 64 (of 84) unsold lots in a real estate development west of Yakima back in the summer of 1995. The development, originally developed in the 1970s and early 1980s, had only sold 20 lots and was falling into disrepair.

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Did they hear you?

As Dad and I flew over top of Memphis International Airport we realized, too late, it had gotten very quiet on the radio. Turns out we — Dad actually — had keyed the mic in the Baron and hadn’t realized. It turns out the mic had slipped from the holder and was wedged between the fuel selector panel and Dad’s leg.

I don’t recall our conversation, but I can only imagine what the controllers were thinking.

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Raisbeck begins certification testing for King Air composite propellers

Raisbeck Engineering’s latest development in swept-blade propeller technology, the new Composite Swept-Blade 5-way Propeller for the Beechcraft King Air 350 series, has begun FAA certification flight testing at Boeing Field in Seattle.

The Raisbeck/Hartzell team completed all ground and flight vibration and governor output pressure surveys Sept. 7. The program began company and FAA certification flight testing the following Monday, scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

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Garmin G5000 completes first flight on Beechjet 400A

Garmin recently celebrated the maiden flight of the Beechjet 400A featuring the G5000 Integrated Flight Deck.

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New officers for NASAO

Members of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) have elected Carol L. Comer, Director, Division of Intermodal, Georgia Department of Transportation, as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2015. Comer has been a member of NASAO since February 2008 and previously served as NASAO’s vice chairman, treasurer and secretary of the board.

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