FAA To Cut Airport Advisories, WACs

FAA To Cut Airport Advisories, WACs »

The FAA plans to eliminate two of the less frequently used resources provided to pilots in the coming months – Airport Advisories and World Aeronautical Charts. In two separate moves, the agency cited declining usage of both due to the digital information available to pilots. There’s a public comment period on Airport Advisories, but the FAA issued a notice in the Federal Register a week ago it will discontinue WACs without a comment period. More

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Aircraft Spruce Co-Founder Bob Irwin Dies »

Aircraft Spruce co-founder Bob Irwin died June 26 at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Irwin and his wife Flo started Fullerton Air Parts in 1955, Aircraft Spruce in 1965 and ACS Products Co.... More

Child Starts Up Helo At Airshow Display »

A six-year-old boy climbed into the cockpit of a Eurocopter EC145 on display at an airshow in Mankato, Minnesota, on Saturday, and started up the rotors, "causing a panic and two minor injuries,"... More

Refurbished Eclipse Jets Get An Upgrade »

Eclipse has retired its Total Eclipse series of aircraft, and instead will offer a new factory-refurbished twinjet called the Eclipse Special Edition, the company said this week. The SE, based on... More

FAA Proposes Fine In Fatal Cargo Crash »

The FAA says the operator of a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan in April 2013, killing all seven on board, failed to comply with FARs when loading heavy military vehicles onto... More

Solar Impulse Crossing The Pacific »

Solar Impulse 2 launched from Nagoya, Japan, en route to Hawaii, on Sunday, and early Monday morning the unique solar-powered aircraft passed "the point of no return," the team announced. The team... More

Three Killed When Plane Crashes Into House »

A Beechcraft A36 Bonanza crashed into a house in Plainville, Massachusetts, about 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, killing two adults and a child on board the airplane. The four residents of the house, a... More

Pushback On ATC Privatization »

NBAA is urging its members to strongly oppose a proposal to separate air traffic control from the FAA through the establishment of a not-for-profit corporation. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn., chairman... More

 

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Is Owning Safer?

Is Owning Safer? »

Pilots decide to buy their own airplane for a variety of reasons. It could be a business decision, helping ensure coverage of a relatively wide sales area, or perhaps an aerial photography business. Specialized flight training—like acro, or a... More

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Creating an Emergency

Creating an Emergency »

Flight instructors often note to the student, early in the training cycle, that there are back-up systems in case the primary equipment fails. However, using the backup system may require some skill and one wonders why a pilot would depart with... More

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Your Refurb: Upgrading the Interior

Your Refurb: Upgrading the Interior »

One of the centerpieces of any aircraft refurb is upgrading the interior. It can be as basic as recovering the seats, but usually involves a complete redo of the headliner, side panels, carpet and upholstery. As the insulation is often stripped... More

Short Final:

Short Final »

Flying from Boeing Field in Seattle to the San Juan Islands, I was monitoring the departure frequency when I heard a pilot report that he'd seen an eagle near the inbound course to 12 right at BFI. An unknown pilot asked: "What was he squawking?" -- Ed Griswold (Griz) More

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WAI Announces 2016 Scholarship Opportunities

Women in Aviation International today announced the availability of its 2016 scholarships. As of July 1, 2015, 98 separate scholarships with a combined value of more than $480,000 are offered. All WAI scholarships will be awarded during the organization's 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee from March 10-12, 2016.

Lisa Turner Wins EAA Tony Bingelis Award

Lisa Turner of Hayesville, North Carolina, is the 2015 recipient of the EAA Tony Bingelis Award. The award recognizes her 10 years as an EAA technical counselor, promoter of builder education through EAA chapters, and author of numerous articles on flight building and safety in such publications as EAA Sport Aviation, The Experimenter, KITPLANES Magazine, The Safety Wire, and local chapter newsletters.

Paradigm Precision, Pratt & Whitney Enter Agreement

Paradigm Precision has entered into a long-term agreement with Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), to supply complex fabricated assemblies for Pratt & Whitney and Pratt & Whitney Canada's next generation product family, including the PurePower(R) engine family, and legacy programs.