Ohio governor proclaims GA appreciation month

For the fourth year in a row, Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared December General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month.

“Ohio GA airports contribute nearly $5.5 billion, or $478 per capita, to the state’s economy yearly,” Kasich wrote in his proclamation. He noted that aviation has a total economic impact of $10.5 billion annually in the state and is responsible for generating 17,352 jobs.

Super Cub breaks through the ice

The pilot took off in his Super Cub from a private airstrip in a wheel/ski-equipped airplane on a local area flight. He attempted to land on an ice-covered, frozen lake, and, due to the bare ice conditions, he elected to land in a wheel configuration instead of ski configuration. [Read more…]

Prepare — winter doesn’t last forever

Recently a series of cold fronts have marched down from the region of the north pole, bringing biting winds, frigid temperatures, and enough ice to supply a wet bar that’s serving Jackie Gleason, Foster Brooks, and Dean Martin simultaneously. If you’re into ice fishing, snow machine races, or the latest cutting-edge snowshoe designs, the weather is ideal. If you’re a general aviation nut, however, it’s somewhat less conducive to getting out and putting some distance between your tires and terra firma. And if you’re a seaplane enthusiast, you’re pretty much out of luck for the moment. [Read more…]

Revised proposal still calls for early ECi cylinder retirement

The FAA has released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking affecting ECi cylinders, but officials at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) say the new proposal doesn’t go far enough to mitigate the impact on aircraft owners. According to a report at AOPA.org, the proposal calls for the early retirement of replacement cylinders with serial numbers manufactured between May 2003 and October 2009 by Airmotive Engineering Corp. and marketed by Engine Components International Division, better known as ECi. The cylinders are installed in thousands of Continental 520 and 550 engines. On Jan. 8, the FAA published the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, opening a new comment period through Feb. 23.

EAA joins ‘Know Before You Fly’ RPA safety campaign

EAA's Sean Elliott at AMA

The Experimental Aircraft Association has thrown its support to the new remotely piloted aircraft safety campaign, “Know Before You Fly,” during the 2015 Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Expo.

The campaign provides prospective operators of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. [Read more…]