Delayed because of the government shutdown, the November/December 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing is now online.
Aircraft: Cessna Skymaster. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Casper, Wyo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The 61-year-old pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, held multiple ratings and had logged 4,582 hours, including 687.3 hours in the Skymaster. Additionally, he recorded 644.7 hours of actual instrument time and 648.9 hours of night time.
By DAVE FORNEY
On Nov. 22, Dave Forney, a Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot/mechanic serving in Kalimantan, Indonesia, took these photos and filed this report from the Philippines, where he is assisting in the relief efforts:
“Yesterday I went out on the helicopter, first flight of the day, to the small islands in the little Quiniluban Archipelago. I spent the day going from island to island, overseeing the safe off-loading of food and relief supplies from the helicopter into the hands of hungry villagers.
CUYO, Philippines — Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and New Tribes Mission (NTM) are working hand-in-hand to deliver food, clean water, and other critical aid to remote island communities of the Philippines in desperate need following Typhoon Haiyan.
The missionary organizations are among many that are providing aid to the typhoon-ravaged area.
The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, recently presented the 2013 National Public Benefit Flying Awards.
A recent study by the Missouri Department of Transportation revealed that 108 of the airports it helps support contribute 100,621 jobs with a payroll of $3.1 billion to the Missouri economy.
When all economic activities are considered, total annual economic output of Missouri’s airports is estimated at $11.1 billion. This represents 4.3% of the gross state product.
DENVER — Don McCarty, Master Aviation Mechanic with Mountain Aviation, a private jet charter and aircraft management company, was recently awarded the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award honoring 50 years of service in the aviation maintenance field.
ASA now offers six apps to help students study for the Private, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, Helicopter, and Multi-Engine checkrides, as well as an app for pilots preparing for a Flight Review.
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415-C Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Mulberry, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot did not have a valid medical certificate, which was required for the flight. He filled the airplane’s fuel tanks and flew about 45 minutes to another airport. He did not refuel.
Thanksgiving is upon us. Then comes Christmas and the New Year and an encounter with that dirty lying scoundrel known as the bathroom scale. I will gain weight over the coming weeks. You may well add a few ounces to your frame as well. Thank aviation for that bonus of winter girth. Thank it all year long, too.