Aviation hazards seminar slated

An aviation hazards seminar for general aviation pilots and aviation weather enthusiasts will be held in Wichita Jan. 23.

Co-sponsors are the National Weather Service office in Wichita, the Kansas Army National Guard, and EagleMed critical care air medical transport company. The seminar on Convective Weather Effects (thunderstorms and their hazards) will be held from 9 am to 4 pm at the Heartland Preparedness Center, 2808 N. New York St.

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Night approach goes bad

The pilot, flying a Grumman Tiger, was attempting to land at the airport in Ankeny, Iowa, in night VFR conditions. He listened to the AWOS and learned the wind was from 220° at 10 knots, gusting to 26 knots. The first attempt to land resulted in a bounce, so he did a go-around. [Read more…]

FAA finds research partner, seeks perps

The FAA is behind the power curve – big time – when it comes to the nascent (and rapidly growing) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) industry.

On Jan. 12 CNN announced a research agreement with the FAA to “to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting.”

As a distant cousin to mainstream media, I can imagine great uses for RPA in media. But media isn’t the only segment of society anxious to launch skyward.

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Silver Eagles to give free rides to retired and former pilots

SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Retired and former aviators of all ages are invited to take to the skies again on Saturday, Feb. 7, as San Carlos Flight Center hosts Silver Eagles, a celebration of flight at San Carlos Airport (KSQL).

San Carlos Flight Center created the Silver Eagles program as a way for club members to pay tribute to elder aviators, to honor fellow pilots who are no longer flying. [Read more…]

Quadruple rent hike proposed at Hawaii’s Kalaeloa Airport

Tenants at the Kalaeloa Airport (PHJR) said they’re being driven out by soaring rents and heavy-handed management policies. According to a report at HawaiiNewsNow, the state is proposing a quadruple increase in rents at the general aviation airport, which is the state’s No. 2 airport. The story quotes GA pilot Tony Ferrara: “They don’t want general aviation. They are not here to make general aviation thrive. They are not assisting general aviation in any sense of the word.”