Ask Paul: The oil filter debate continues

In the July 5 print issue of General Aviation News, reader Dennis Reiley offered his thoughts in Letters to the Editor about my column, “Does my engine need an oil filter?”

Here’s a bit of what he had to say: “I have to disagree with Paul. Every internal combustion engine needs an oil filter — even those that have frequent oil changes. An oil filter can mean the difference between getting to your destination safely and experiencing a catastrophic engine failure.”

First, I wouldn’t say Dennis is disagreeing with me, because I understand exactly where he’s coming from. Besides that, I agree with him, but there are other factors that come into play as to whether an engine is equipped with a full flow oil filter or not.
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Florida resident launches Naval career at Stallion 51

Stallion 51’s Mustang assistant crew chief Kris Riel was recently sworn into the US Navy by AvDoc 51’s Dr. W.T. Busch. Dr. Busch is a retired Navy captain who was a Naval Aviator and flight surgeon from 1976 through 2005 before joining Stallion 51 as Senior FAA Medical Examiner.

Kris will continue on at Stallion 51 until he reports to Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., on Oct. 12 for his 12-week training program before reporting to Pensacola Naval Air Station for flight training.

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Wausau mayor declares ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’

Mayor James Tipple of Wausau, Wisconsin, has proclaimed August “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Wisconsin, general aviation contributes over $694 million annually to the state’s economy. To view the proclamation, click here.

Fuel sales up 10% at DuPage Airport

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – Sales of Jet A fuel at DuPage Airport in the first half of the year was up over 10% from 2013, the West Chicago-based general aviation facility reports.

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Mooney partners with Redbird Flight Simulator

Mooney has partnered with Redbird Flight Simulations, buying three full motion Redbird FMX simulators.

One will be at the company’s headquarters in Kerrville, Texas, another in Chino, Calif., at the company’s global headquarters; and the third in Beijing, China, in an office set to open later this summer.

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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo launches new website

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo has launched its redesigned website. The 11th annual Expo will be held Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 14-17, 2015, at the Sebring Regional Airport (SEF) in Florida.

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Vazquez assumes command of Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol has a new national commander and CEO – Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez of Henrico, Virginia, sworn in at the organization’s 2014 National Conference.

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Pilot releases memoir

Jim Reed isn’t a celebrity or multi-millionaire. In fact, those walking past him on the street won’t see anything other than an ordinary guy with that great American wit and integrity. However, he has a led a life most can only dream of, and his new memoir takes flight to explain all.

‘Turning Final, A Life Complete” recounts Reed’s life at the controls of a myriad of flying machines and watercraft to complete tasks ranging from highly-secret government missions to daredevil escapades that are just plain old fun.

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Hard landing wrinkles airplane

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Arrow. Injuries: None. Location: Everett, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot, who had logged 269 hours, including 90 in a Piper Cherokee Arrow, had recently failed the practical flight test for his commercial pilot certificate and was flying with a CFI to re-qualify for another practical test.

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FAA interpretation of cost-sharing flights raises cautionary flags

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A recent ruling by the FAA regarding share-the-expense rides raises a cautionary flag for private pilots to be sure they are in compliance with not-for-hire regulations. The FAA issued a legal interpretation after several groups launched programs that brought together people wanting to travel to a particular place and pilots intending to go to the same location.

In brief, the FAA’s interpretation of regulations permits pilots to accept payment for a share of expenses so long as both the pilot and parties involved as passengers are traveling to a common destination and the pilot does not pay less than the pro rata share of expenses involving only fuel, oil, airport expenses, or rental fees. If a pilot accepts more than a pro rata share of expenses, he or she is in violation of FAA regulations.

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