Lake owners reunite for fun in the sun at Lakeathon

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The 27th Annual Lake Aircraft Safety Seminar and Fly-in, held in late February, attracted owners and enthusiasts from throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries. Sponsored by the Lake Amphibian Flyers Club, the event was located, appropriately enough, in Lakeland, Florida.

Since Lake production ended about 10 years ago and most of the fleet is now 30 or more years old, flying and maintaining an aging and out-of-production airplane tends to draw owners together. And with winter blizzards raging up north, the event attracted 145 people and about 45 planes to the sunny south. [Read more…]

NTSB issues four safety alerts for GA

The NTSB recently issued four safety alerts for general aviation pilots and mechanics: Mastering Mountain Flying, Understanding Flight Experience (A rating alone cannot ensure safety: Training is key); Pilots: Perform Advanced Preflight After Maintenance; and Mechanics: Prevent Misrigging Mistakes.

Each of the alerts, in PDF, includes an outline of the problem, summarizes related incidents and accidents, then lays out what the mechanic or pilot can do to avoid the problem.