Eastport Municipal Airport installs AWOS

Belfort Instrument Co.has installed an AWOS AV at the Eastport Municipal Airport (EPM) in Eastport, Maine.

The Belfort Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS AV) provides pilots with Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Wind Gusts, Temperature, Humidity, Dewpoint, Altimeter Setting, Density Altitude, and Visibility.

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Pilot comes up short of runway

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Delta Junction, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the tailwheel-equipped airplane on a rough and uneven, brush-covered airstrip.

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Congressional GA Caucus reaches milestone

Congress may be in the middle of its summer recess this month, but the General Aviation Caucus continues to attract new members. Already among the largest caucuses on Capitol Hill, the bipartisan GA Caucus, formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 2009, has reached a new record level of membership — 248 members in the House and 41 in the Senate.

“This new milestone of approaching 60% of members on the House side alone is proof that congressional representatives value the contributions of general aviation to their districts and their states – from business growth to vital air services and assistance in times of need and disaster,” said Dick Doubrava, Vice President, Government Affairs for the National Business Aviation Association.

Are your elected representatives members? Check out a list of all members here.

Congress shows support for federal contract towers

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently sent letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta reiterating congressional support for the preservation of 252 federal contract towers.

Fifty-five senators signed a July 31 letter imploring Huerta to consider “all perspectives” in what appears to be an effort to streamline tower operations as the agency continues to deal with budget pressures, according to a report on the National Business Aviation Association website.

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FAA bans GA ride sharing

In a legal interpretation released Aug. 13, the FAA’s Chief Counsel for Regulations ruled against “peer-to-peer general aviation flight sharing” Internet-based operations that allow private pilots to offer available space on flights they intend to take. According to a post at AVWeb, AirPooler asked the FAA for an interpretation of the regulations, to confirm that a pilots using the AirPooler service do not receive compensation. The FAA stated that arranging for flights and passengers through the AirPooler website met all elements of “common carriage” and are not legal under Part 91. Read the full AVweb post here.

British pilots storm to a double victory in Red Bull Air Race

ASCOT (United Kingdom) — Britain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb won first and second place at the Red Bull Air Race at the Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, Aug. 18.

It was the 15th career victory for Bonhomme and also his second win of the season, helping him cut the world championship lead of Hannes Arch from 13 to just two points. There are three races left in the eight-stop season.

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Eclipse layoffs workers

Eclipse Aerospace began laying off workers Friday, Aug. 15, at its Albuquerque production facility, service center and headquarters in response to lagging demand for its twin-engined very light jet, according to a report from the Albquerque Journal. Company official Ed Lundeen is quoted in the article, noting the layoffs were “strictly a function of the economy. Our reduction in workforce is the result of market conditions where general aviation has not recovered as quickly as other parts of the economy. To that effect, we have put in place a restructuring of our business to reduce costs but continue our operations.”

Eclipse CEO to speak at Atlanta Aero Club

Mason Holland, CEO & Chairman at Eclipse Aerospace, will be the featured guest speaker at the regular bi–monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club Aug. 21.

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Montana governor declares August ‘GA Appreciation Month’

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has proclaimed August 2014 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Montana, general aviation accounts for more than $117 million in economic activity annually.

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VFR into IMC kills one

Aircraft: Beechcraft Musketeer. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Dayton, Va. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: Before departing, the non-instrument-rated pilot obtained a weather briefing and was advised several times that VFR flight was not recommended due to existing and forecasted instrument meteorological conditions along his intended route of flight. He declined to file a flight plan and took off.

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