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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AirPooler wants FAA clarification on ride-sharing interpretation

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Steve Lewis, co-founder and CEO of AirPooler, says the FAA’s announced interpretation of flight-sharing-costs is causing confusion among pilots and urges the agency to clarify what it means.

The FAA’s position, he said, is based on a 1963 ruling that was reversed the following year. Lewis said the FAA is now calling cost sharing “compensation”and should cite examples on which its ruling is based.

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President of Wings of Hope to retire

ST. LOUIS — Douglas Clements, president of Wings of Hope since 1997, has announced that he is stepping down as president in 2015.

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USAeroFlight partners with Stratos Aviation

After more than 30 years, Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., decided to phase out its aviation program. That led three instructors in the program to create USAeroGroup to take over the college’s aircraft maintenance and aviation training programs as an independent business.
The founders of USAeroFlight inked agreements with BJU and North Greenville University for pilot training that grants college credit, while the FAA is in the process of transferring the university’s Part 141 flight school certificate and curriculum into the name of USAeroFlight.

The company also has inked an agreement with Stratos Aviation at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), where both are based.

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Pennsylvania to upgrade facilities at 20 airports

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has unveiled a $3.4 million state investment that will improve safety and operations at 20 Pennsylvania airports that support more than 8,400 jobs.

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Washington aviation division consolidating offices

Effective Monday, Sept. 15, the Washington State Department of Transportation aviation division’s Arlington office is taking off for the Olympia area.

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Eastport Municipal Airport installs AWOS

Belfort Instrument Co.has installed an AWOS AV at the Eastport Municipal Airport (EPM) in Eastport, Maine.

The Belfort Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS AV) provides pilots with Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Wind Gusts, Temperature, Humidity, Dewpoint, Altimeter Setting, Density Altitude, and Visibility.

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Pilot comes up short of runway

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Delta Junction, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the tailwheel-equipped airplane on a rough and uneven, brush-covered airstrip.

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