Pilots in the Pacific Northwest are being inundated with information about the Temporary Flight Restrictions stemming from the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Archives for December 2, 2009
Your bloggers just came across this letter (download here) from the EPA dated Nov. 30, written to the heads of the ethanol lobby (Gen. Wesley Clark and Jeff Broin of Growth Energy), essentially promising to force E15 on us all next year despite widespread opposition.
Car companies and hundreds of other companies and organizations affected by the use of ethanol have been strong in their opposition to raising the limit on ethanol in our fuels from the current 10% cap. You’ll find a list of these on pp 27-34 from our AirVenture ’09 Forum at www.e0pc.com/AV09_Fuels.pdf.
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) recently submitted its comments to an FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that covers a variety of changes to pilot-certification requirements and training procedures.
“NAFI has taken a great deal of care in reviewing the proposals,” said NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair. “NAFI agrees with many of the proposals that were made, but we believe some of them lack the detail needed to fully allow their implementation. Others, instead of enhancing safety, actually decrease the level of flight proficiency and experience students will gain through their training activities.”
The first ever published study of aviation-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. finds that, on average, 1,013 patients are admitted to U.S. hospitals with aviation-related injuries annually, and that an average of 753 aviation-deaths occur each year.
The study, conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Injury Research and Policy and Columbia University, reports that the largest categories of patients — 32% — were occupants of GA aircraft, while 29% were parachutists. For aircraft occupants as well as parachutists, lower limb fractures were the most common injury, encompassing 27% of all hospitalized injuries. While burns were seen in only 2.5% of patients, they were responsible for 13% of deaths. The report is published in the December issue of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine.
“Our findings provide valuable information, not previously available, on the number and kinds of injuries sustained in aviation-related events,” said lead author Susan Baker, professor with the Injury Center. “Because many injuries can be prevented through changes in the structure of aircraft, these data should be used to recognize needed improvements in aircraft design. For example, the high numbers of lower limb fractures suggest modifications should be considered to the various structures likely to be contacted by the feet and legs when a crash occurs.”
Anyone who has flown into, out of, or over the Salina Municipal Airport (SLN) in Kansas has no doubt noticed busy construction crews all over the airfield. Why all the activity now? A single word: Jobs.
“We are working to be successful in recruiting more businesses like CAV Aerospace,” said Tim Rogers, A.A.E., the airport authority’s executive director.
CAV Aerospace provides the TKS ice protection system to aircraft operators. The company designs, markets and sells to original equipment manufacturers, fleet and individual aircraft owners. It ships kits for installation to OEMs for the production line. Fleet and individual aircraft owners bring planes to Salina to install ice protection, a key safety provision.
“Our strategic plan is to recruit maintenance, repair and overhaul operations such as aircraft paint, interior installation, avionics, engine overhaul and the like, which complement our existing tenants,” said Rogers.
The National Guard’s Great Plains Joint Training Center and K-State at Salina’s new unmanned aircraft systems program office are also on the field, airport officials note.
An expanded Aviation Service Center will bring more than 800 new jobs to Salina and Saline County within the next three years.
For more information: Salair.org
Air show performer and Red Bull Air Racer Mike Goulian has posted his “Best Photos of 2009” at his website, a very cool compilation of photos from the races, as well as his performances, including a fiery Ford Mustang Challenge at this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh.
A California court has denied a request for an injunction by JoAnn and Sandy Hill that would have stopped the National Association of Flight Instructors from using curriculum the Hills say they created, according to a report from AVweb.
AVweb quotes NAFI President as saying: “It’s what we expected.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato has called on the newly formed bipartisan Congressional Jobs Now! Caucus to include funding for airport infrastructure projects in the Caucus’s upcoming discussions as one way to help create jobs and promote economic growth.
“The improvement of airport infrastructure helps increase safety for the traveling public,” said Principato. “It is an investment in the future of our national transportation infrastructure system, and it creates construction jobs today while paving the way for job creation in the future.”
The Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors recently approved the 2009 Ryan Airfield (RYN) Master Plan update, which calls for $80 million in improvements over the next 20 years.
An aircrew from the Clarksburg Composite Squadron has located the wreckage of a twin-engine Piper PA-30 that had been reported missing after it left a Texas airport Nov. 23 for Virginia.