Scheyden Catalina Air Show set for Oct. 4

The Third Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, in Avalon Bay on California’s Catalina Island.

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FlightSafety promotes Pisell to manager of Houston center

FlightSafety International has promoted Jeremy Pisell to manager of its Learning Center in Houston, Texas. He succeeds David Glass, who was recently named manager of FlightSafety’s Learning Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Airplane stalls on departure

Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Comfort, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot took off and at an altitude of 250 feet AGL, initiated a left turn. During the turn, the left wing dropped 60° to 70°.

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Homebuilding okay in hangars

You probably know someone who is building an aircraft in a hangar at a publicly owned airport. It may surprise you to know that, until recently,  the FAA considered that activity outside the appropriate use of a hangar.

On July 22 the FAA released a proposed policy statement stating that the final assembly of homebuilt aircraft can be done in airport hangars at publicly owned airports.

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Minden Soaring Club at tops in world standings

The Minden Soaring Club (MSC) at Minden Tahoe Airport is #3 in the world standings, out of 1,111 clubs. MSC is only 12 points out of first place in the world, club officials said.

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New Cessna Citation CJ3+ makes first flight

Cessna reports the successful maiden flight of the first production unit of the Citation CJ3+ from the company’s manufacturing facility adjacent to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. Mark Tuttle, production flight test pilot, said all systems performed as expected during the 73 minute flight.

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Concorde introduces heated batteries for cold weather ops

Cold temperatures increase the internal resistance, which decreases a battery’s capacity and slows its ability to accept charge current. For years, operators in cold climates have made it a practice to endure the inconvenience of removing batteries from aircraft, transporting and storing them in a heated environment, then reinstalling prior to departure. Some also use external heater blankets that wrap around the battery and heat the outermost cells when the aircraft is parked. Although this solution increases capacity, in some cases the battery cells are not equally heated resulting in diminished capacity and disproportionate recharge across battery cells.

To maximize battery performance, Concorde has developed heated batteries in its most popular sizes.

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AOPA begins transition back to Jeppesen for online flight planner

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has made a change to its online flight planning member benefit. Starting in 2015, AOPA will return to the AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) powered by Jeppesen, retiring the current flight planner, FlyQ Web. AIFP will remain a free member benefit.

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Bush Flying DVD released

Supersonic Productions has unveiled the first in its Excellent Aviator series of shows on DVD, “Bush Flying.”

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Shell Aviation redesigns lubricants packaging

Shell Aviation revealed new product packaging for piston engine oils at this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh.

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