NASA turns over NextGen air traffic management tool to FAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the FAA during a ceremony earlier this week at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

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A&P school to open at ISM

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology will open a new campus at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in early 2015.

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Cirrus brings parts business in-house

Cirrus Aircraft has launched Cirrus Direct, its new parts and aftermarket service.

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Aircraft Spruce to sponsor Aviation Expo

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. has been brought on as a premiere sponsor of the 2014 FLYING Aviation Expo.

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Governor commemorates General Aviation Appreciation Month in Washington

On July 1, Gov. Jay Inslee invited aviation representatives from around the state to attend a presentation that commemorated June 2014 as General Aviation Appreciation Month in Washington.

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Royal Aero opens first division in the US

MIESBACH, Germany — As part of the Royal Aero Group’s continued expansion, the company has opened an Airframe Parts division in North Carolina.

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Gear collapses on landing

Aircraft: Flight Design CTLS. Injuries: None. Location: Conway, Ark. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that the straight-in approach was normal, but the right main landing gear collapsed upon touchdown. The airplane went off the right side of the runway.

A laboratory examination of the damaged gear leg revealed a longitudinal crack along the leading edge of the right landing gear leg and a transverse fracture near the point where the leg intersected the fuselage. Investigators determined the damage was consistent with a bending load, with the lower surface in tension and the upper surface in compression.

Probable cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing and over-stress failure of the right main landing gear.

NTSB Identification: CEN12LA476

This July 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Stoned pilot crashes in lake

Aircraft: Kitfox IV. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Cross Lake, Minn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The airplane was observed flying low and slow over a lake. It stalled, entered a spin, then hit the water.

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Is this the new GA?

The word “legacy” is often used to refer to products that are dominant today but threatened by disruptive influences. Legacy airlines, for example, are today’s largest carriers but ones burdened with aircraft bought earlier and with labor contracts negotiated years ago. Legacy connotes power, but also vulnerability.

The same logic can be applied to general aviation. Cessna and Piper are certainly legacy manufacturers. Decades back both become larger corporations increasingly distant from the original work of Clyde Cessna or William Piper. Others have already succumbed to market forces or have materially changed. Think of Beechcraft or Mooney. Both are quite different organizations from what Walter Beech and Al Mooney once created.

All this reflects normal developments that happen over time. Legacies can be good, even great, but one fact is true: Legacy cannot stand still.

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FAA: 2020 ADS-B deadline won’t change

In testimony on the progress of NextGen before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker said unequivocally that the 2020 deadline for installation of mandated ADS-B equipment in general aviation aircraft is hard and fast. According to a post on AVweb, there have been rumors that the FAA was going to let the deadline date slip. Apparently desiring to put a stop to the rumor mill, Whitaker said: “Let me be very clear. The 2020 deadline is not going to change. We are in a position to achieve this important milestone on time. The cost of equipment has come down considerably. There is sufficient maintenance capacity to allow all equipage to occur — in fact, waiting to equip might cost more if aircraft owners crowd repair stations to get the work done on the eve of the deadline.”