Rollout goes bad

Aircraft: Zenith CH 750. Injuries: None. Location: Colfax, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the airplane on a grass runway. The airplane touched down on the centerline of the runway and was slowing down when it encountered a strong gust of wind from the right.

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An Alaskan adventure

“It’s like a magic carpet!” This is how my friend Wilma described the Cirrus SR22T on a recent trip from Seattle to Anchorage and back.

A few weeks prior to my departure, I was talking about my upcoming flight to Anchorage and Wilma asked if she could ride along since I would be flying solo. She is not only an accomplished pilot and aircraft owner, but also very good company. Having made the flight several times over the past three years, I knew the journey was better shared with another.

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FAA calls on aviation industry to equip for NextGen

WASHINGTON, DC –  The FAA will hold a “Call to Action” summit to engage the aviation industry in meeting the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology. The all-day session will be held Oct. 28.

The FAA and the aviation industry will discuss how they can work together to resolve barriers and address potential challenges to meeting the mandate to equip tens of thousands of aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out avionics in the next five years.

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Wright B Flyer project receives challenge grant

DAYTON, Ohio — Wright “B” Flyer Inc. has received another major gift to fund a new flying lookalike of the Wright brothers’ first production airplane.

The new Wright Model B lookalike will replace Wright “B” Flyer No. 1, also known as the “Brown Bird” or “Iron Bird,” which has been flying since 1982. The new airplane will be easier to transport to distant events and easier for the all-volunteer organization to maintain.

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Coalition sends ‘serious’ petition to FAA

WASHINGTON – On Sept. 22, a coalition of aviation trade associations asked the FAA to fix a seven-letter mistake in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that would create serious headaches for the aviation maintenance industry.

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Rescue animal airlift featured at Southeast Aviation Expo

On Saturday, Sept. 27, a special air caravan containing rescued animals will depart from the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina as part of the Southeast Aviation Expo.

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First flight: Belite Sealite

Belite’s James Wiebe recently flew the Belite Sealite amphibious ultralight off the water for the first time.

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Hundreds flock to Zenith’s Hangar Day

MEXICO, Mo. — Hundreds of people showed up on Friday, Sept. 19, for the pre-Hangar Day activities and hundreds more came on Saturday for demo flights, factory tours and encounters with Zenith Aircraft kit builders, factory personnel, and the curious.

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Airforms awarded new FAA PMA approval for Cessna tie-down trim plates

BIG LAKE, ALASKA – On the heels of the announcement of PMA approval for the Caravan Crew Door Panels, Airforms, Inc. has received yet another PMA approval to support the world-wide fleet of Caravan family aircraft. Airforms Part Number AF2615118-1 recently gained FAA PMA approval as a direct, drop-in replacement for Cessna P/N 2615118-1. The Airforms Trim Plates are eligible for installation on all Cessna model 208/208B aircraft (passenger aircraft only).

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Piper fails to climb

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Marysville, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from his private airstrip. Despite the application of full power, the airplane did not climb at a normal rate, and he was unable to avoid trees at the end of the grass runway.

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