Compliance with at least four important FAA mandates falls due during the first four months of 2005. One of them is particularly important to pilots flying over water or wilderness. After Jan. 1, all airplanes on long over-water flights or flying over designated – mostly wilderness – land areas will have to be equipped with […]
Should Flight Service Stations and Air Traffic Control towers be open to pilots? Yes, say FAA officials. But it took some doing to get that admission, as doors slammed shut after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Under the current Code Yellow threat alert, FSS are still open for walk-in briefings — unless there is a […]
Pork is great in barbecue, but generally undesirable in Congressional budgets. Fortunately for NASA’s scramjet project, members of Congress from Tennessee, where the X-43A scramjet testbed was built, have thrown some pork into the hypersonic research recipe: $25 million worth. NASA had intended to scrap its hypersonic research after the second X-43A test, conducted in […]
The FAA has certified the Garmin G1000 in Mooney’s Ovation and Bravo aircraft. An STC was awarded to Garmin in November. Mooney has incorporated the approval into its Type Certificate. Meanwhile, Mooney continues growing, opening a sales office in Wichita, which new CEO Gretchen Jahn calls the “center of the universe” for aviation.
A quick reminder: The 101st anniversary celebration of powered flight is set for Dec. 17 at the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, N.C.
The Pennsylvania legislature has passed the Flying While Impaired Bill, which makes flying while drunk a misdemeanor, punishable by a $5,000 fine and possibly some jail time. The bill, which awaits Gov. Edward Rendell’s signature, was in response to the arrest of John V. Salamone last January after he took a four-hour joy ride while […]
Meanwhile, another very light jet hopeful, Safire Aircraft, saw most of its office equipment and shop tool inventory auctioned off late last month. The sale was forced by the owner of Safire’s former headquarters in Opa Locka, Fla., in an effort to recover some $60,000 in unpaid rent. It was reported that Safire’s CEO, Camilo […]
Another coup for Aviation Technology Group, the Colorado company that’s bringing the Javelin jet to market: Charlie Johnson, former president and COO of Cessna, just joined the company as executive vice president of operations. Just two weeks ago, Horst Bergmann, former president and CEO of Jeppesen, also joined the company’s executive management team. The jet, […]
I fear that I may be one of the few pilots in the country who does not warmly welcome the announcement of the new Sport Pilot ruling by the FAA. My concern is not with aircraft that fall in the lighter-than-air, weight-shift, gyroplanes and powered parachutes categories. Rather, my fear resides with the proposed Sport […]