TORONTO — George Neal, a career de Havilland Aircraft of Canada test pilot and amateur aircraft builder, is now in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest active, licensed pilot on Earth, at 96 years and 194 days as of his qualifying flight June 2, 2015. [Read more…]
SOUTH SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Wipaire has expanded eligibility for the Cessna Caravan series exhaust deflector. Previously only available for aircraft with a float kit installed, approval has been received via Supplemental Type Certificate SA03459CH for installation of the exhaust deflector on all Caravan models. [Read more…]
The 16,900-hour ATP, 69, who was type rated in a Sikorsky SK-76 helicopter, Beech BE-300 and Fairchild Swearingen SA-227 airplanes, was flying a Cricket MC12, a twin-engine experimental design, that was estimated to be at least 30 pounds above the design gross weight of 375 pounds, but 15 pounds under the builder-designated gross weight at the time of the accident.
Because the airplane was an experimental amateur built airplane, the builder can waiver from the design criteria, including gross weight. According to FAA records, the pilot purchased the plane on Dec. 6, 2002. No maintenance records were located. [Read more…]
Once I began flying the line, I rarely thought about seat positions and calibrations. At a certain point, takeoffs and landings in an airliner are all about holding a particular deck angle. That generally means eyes more inside on the artificial horizon than outside. Plus the time pressures we were under to run our checklists, procedures and flows and get out of the gate on time pushed seat adjustments down the priority list.
Anyway, I rarely put anything up on the glare shield. And if I did, I’d see it, right? [Read more…]