Before departure for the flight, the private pilot and owner of the Cessna 172 conducted the preflight and run-up and noted the airplane was operating normally. During takeoff, he rotated about 70 knots and the climb out was normal. About 300 feet above ground level, the engine suddenly lost power and shook violently. [Read more…]
As pilots at AirVenture 2016 and throughout the nation celebrated the July 15th signing of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 and the Third Class Medical reforms it included, the bill’s sponsor, Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahom) warned “it’s not over.”
During an interview at his North 40 camp site at Oshkosh, Inhofe expressed concern regarding the FAA’s rule making latitude going forward.
“Our job is not over yet because the FAA has up to a year from the date of signing to interpret the law and write new regulations,” he said. “The clock is ticking.” [Read more…]
Six Epic LT aircraft with owners and crew completed a 21-day around the world trip that ended at AirVenture 2016. The LT is the experimental version and predecessor of Epic Aircraft’s E1000. In certification testing at the present time, the E1000 certainly benefits from the knowledge gained from the LT fleet.
Daher’s TBM 930 debuted at SUN ‘n FUN 2016 as a fully-certified, ready-to-deliver single-engine turboprop aircraft. (Wouldn’t it be cool if all manufacturers could/would only announce a new aircraft when it is ready for delivery? Bravo Daher.) The TBM 930 is the pinnacle of the current TBM line. [Read more…]
Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA associate administrator for airports has affirmed an earlier director’s determination that requires the city of Santa Monica, Calif., to keep its airport (SMO) open until 2023.
In a final decision and order, the associate administrator responded to the city’s appeal of the Dec. 4, 2015, director’s determination, which found that the city was obligated by receipt of grant funds to keep the airport open at least until Aug. 27, 2023. The city appealed that determination, and the FAA re-examined the record.
“Based on this re-examination,” the final decision and order noted, “the FAA concludes that the director’s determination is supported by a preponderance of reliable, probative and substantial evidence, and is consistent with applicable law, precedent and FAA policy.”
Read the full story here.
AVweb is reporting that the FAA has issued its final rule on the controversial airworthiness directive that will require the replacement of cylinders on 6,200 high-displacement Continental engines. The AD, which takes effect Sept. 15, scraps thousands of aftermarket cylinders made by ECi.
According to the AVweb report, the AD caused a storm of protest from owners, engine shops and manufacturers and prompted a long consultation process by the FAA. Even the NTSB opposed the scope and breadth of the AD. In the end, after several modifications, the FAA determined that the 6,200 engines will need all their cylinders replaced at a total cost of $88.5 million for U.S. owners, or about $11,520 per engine. Read the full AVweb report here.
Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus has joined with a Kansas-based company to launch three technology competitions that seek ways to improve the safety of flying drones, help pilots pass their color vision test, and aid NASA’s search to find life in the solar system.