Andy Torkington sent in these photos with a short note: “5,000 feet over The Lake District in Cumbria, UK, en route to Kirkbride Airfield. Some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. Taken in January 2016 from the wing of an aircraft I’m lucky enough to have a share in, Piper Warrior II G-BTNV.”
Long-time General Aviation News columnist Charles Spence passed away at home June 23 after a brief illness. He was 94.
Spence, who wrote the Capital Comments column for General Aviation News for more than 18 years, retired from that post in December 2014 at the age of 92.
A passionate general aviation advocate, Spence’s lifelong love of journalism began at the age of 16 with his first job as an artist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, working there after school and in the evenings while he completed high school. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Goldwater Institute has asked the United States Supreme Court to hear its case against the FAA for shutting down Flytenow, a start-up business that uses the Internet to connect private pilots with passengers wishing to share flight expenses.
Flytenow expands on “sharing economy” services that companies like Uber and Airbnb have popularized — websites or mobile applications allowing consumers to connect directly with private service providers.
Flytenow passengers do not pay for tickets or for the pilot’s time; instead, they share fuel and fee costs with the pilot. If the Court hears the case, it would be the first sharing-economy case to be considered, according to officials with the Goldwater Institute. [Read more…]
CAPE MAY COUNTY, N.J. — Independent drone delivery service Flirtey and Dr. Timothy Amukele, an assistant professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, successfully conducted the first ship-to-shore drone delivery in the U.S. on the New Jersey coastline June 22.
“Imagine a future where in the event of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, Flirtey drones rapidly deliver emergency medical supplies, food and water,” said Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny. “During Hurricane Sandy more than 1.4 million liters of water, 1.6 million meals, and 1 million fliers were delivered by first responders. Imagine how much faster and further these life saving resources could be delivered by drone. This demonstration is helping to make that future a reality, and taking us one step closer to Flirtey’s mission to save lives and change lifestyles.” [Read more…]
Anxious about the new Airmen Certification Standards? Don’t be, says Rich Martindell, and aviation and safety consultant, ATP, CFII and an FAA Safety Team representative. In a new blog post, he notes: “The Airman Certification Standards (ACS) replacing the familiar Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the private pilot and instrument ratings went into effect and the earth continued to rotate about its axis. This should be a fairly seamless transition but I have heard a lot of anxiety and trepidation expressed by pilots in training, their instructors and even designated flight examiners. Most of that anxiety is about changes to the written (knowledge) tests.
There are actually two things going on that are related but really not earth shaking. The first concern I have heard is a fear that the knowledge tests are being completely revised and nobody knows the “new” questions. The tests are being revised for two reasons but the knowledge required hasn’t changed a bit so the ground school to prepare for the written really doesn’t need to change.”
Read the full post here.
RENO — The 19th annual National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS), held June 15-18 at the Reno Stead Airport, hosted a record 79 airplanes and 130 participants, including students, instructors and certified pilots. [Read more…]
ASA officials note that 2017 Test Guides for the FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Knowledge Exams are available and shipping now. [Read more…]
The Cessna 180H had recently undergone maintenance to realign the main landing gear.
During the third landing, the plane turned sharply to the left upon touchdown.
The pilot attempted a go-around, but the airplane continued to veer off the runway surface, exited the runway safety area, and hit the upslope of a drainage ditch at the airport in Wasilla, Alaska. [Read more…]