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The executive director of the National
Association of Flight Instructors has resigned and it appears financial
issues are behind the decision. Jason Blair, who has held that post
since 2008, resigned Sunday, saying the organization apparently couldn't
afford him. "I fully support the mission of NAFI and hope the
association and its members can find a way to continue the growth of the
association and eventually return to a point where the position of an
executive director is financially sustainable," Blair said. He also said
the group needs more financial support or "difficult decisions have to
be made." Former NAFI Chairman Ken Hoffman said the news came as a
surprise to him and deferred comment to new chairman Robert Meder who
was unavailable at our deadline. More...
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The Civil Air Patrol has completed a
reorganization of its command structure and its top officer says that
means CAP will be even better equipped to complete its increasingly
diverse missions. In a podcast
interview, Brig. Gen. Rich Anderson, chairman of the board of
governors, said the more streamlined structure in which areas of
responsibility are more clearly defined and responsive to the needs of
staff and volunteers will help CAP meet the double-edged sword of tight
budgets and increasing expectations. In general, the new structure puts
the responsibility for policy decisions with the board of governors
while operational decisions will rest with the professional and
volunteer forces doing the work. "With the wing commanders focused on
day-to-day missions, making decisions that are important to the
membership, that's where there will be considerable benefit to be
realized," Anderson said in a statement. More...
EXPANDING ROLES, DIMINISHING BUDGETS
The Civil Air Patrol has
adopted a new governance structure that will help it cope with the
challenges that lie ahead. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Brig.
Gen. Richard L. Anderson about how CAP will continue to serve the
military and the public. More...
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CRASHES INTO FLORIDA HOME, THREE DEAD
A Beechcraft BE35
flying Friday afternoon en route to Knoxville, Tenn., diverted to
Flagler County Airport, Fla., and crashed into a house in Palm Coast,
Fla., killing all three onboard the aircraft. The home was roughly one
mile from the airport and caught fire after the crash. Early reports
state that the homeowner escaped the house through a bedroom window and
was taken to a local hospital for treatment. According to the Flagler
County Sheriff's Office, the pilot had reported trouble before the crash
and offered a few details about the Beechcraft Bonanza's condition.
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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield
(@Cmdr_Hadfield) has taken Twitter to a new level and in doing so has
entered a time warp. Hadfield, who arrived at the International Space
Station just before Christmas, began tweeting about life in space 140 characters at
a time and sending stunning photos of Earth via the social
media site. All this unaccustomed orbital chitchat tweaked the
long-dormant sensors aboard the Starship Enterprise and none other than
Capt. James T. Kirk joined the conversation. "Are you tweeting from
space?" William Shatner, the Canadian actor who played Kirk on the
iconic 1960s TV series, asked. Without missing a beat, Hadfield replied:
"Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the
surface." Shatner was soon joined by other space luminaries (real and
AMERICAN DATES SET FOR MOSQUITO
The only flying De
Havilland Mosquito will have a busy schedule in North America this
summer, according to its owner Jerry Yagen of the Fighter Factory. As we
reported earlier, the reconstructed Mosquito, which flew for the
first time in September, has made several public appearances in New
Zealand where AVspecs, the company that did the restoration, is based.
Sometime this spring the aircraft, which was originally built in Canada,
will be shipped to North America, and Yagen said it will be at a lot of
airshows this coming season, including his own Warbirds Over the Beach in Virginia Beach May 17-19.
It will also make an appearance not far from the factory where it was
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PARADE OF INTOXICATED PEOPLE ON PLANES
The first week of 2013
has left multiple reports involving drunken, violently disruptive
passengers on airliners, plus one non-violent but legally drunk American
Eagle pilot. In American Eagle's case, witnesses reportedly smelled
alcohol on the pilot's breath prior to the 6:10 a.m. flight. Police
arrived and, according to an airport spokesman, the pilot failed a
breath test. American Eagle has removed the pilot from line work while
it investigates. Several alcohol-related events involving passengers led
to diverted flights. They included two women who reportedly demanded to
meet their flight's captain and a man who was ultimately duct-taped to
his seat by other passengers. More...
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QUIZ #179: A LITTLE THIS, A LITTLE THAT
FAROS, RWSL, RAIM, GNSS, NOTAM
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that, when unscrambled, portends the end of over-priced avgas. Instead,
they are samplings of what well-traveled pilots encounter daily and what
-- now -- you must identify. (Includes results of last month's reader
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
JANUARY 7, 2013
Letter of the Week: The Angle on
I very much enjoyed your
article on angle of attack indicators. It has always been amazing to
me that GA continues to fly using airspeed as the primary
In military aviation, one of the basic tenets was that
aircraft wings perform aerodynamically based on angle of attack.
Airspeed was calculated as a crosscheck to ensure that no system had an
error. On each aircraft I flew (F-4, F-111, F-101, and EA-6B), we had
AOA targets for critical phases of flight, landing, max efficiency
cruise, dogfighting, etc.
In some aircraft, such as the Phantom,
our control inputs had to change as we reached higher AOA levels. That
was why most fighter-type aircraft had aural tones as well as
I was very pleased to learn that newer technologies
had produced reliable systems at very affordable costs. Widespread
adoption could significantly affect landing accident statistics and make
a really positive contribution to GA safety!
J. C. "Squid"
CDR (USN R9, Ret.)
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OF THE WEEK: GALAXY AVIATION (KSGJ, ST. AUGUSTINE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Galaxy Aviation at Northeast Florida Regional
Airport (KSGJ) St. Augustine, Florida.
David Singleton recently had a great experience at Galaxy, which
he shared with us:
Aero Club held a three-day event on December 7, 8, and 9, 2012. Galaxy
Aviation was very helpful to all our members. The staff were
professional, courteous, and very friendly. They were a major reason we
will return next year.
Keep those nominations
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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MEET MID-CONTINENT'S SAM
As much as we love
them, iron gyros are on their way to the scrap heap of history. They're
even losing their value as backup instruments to glass panels now that
glass itself has become more reliable and affordable enough to replace
even analog backup devices. In this new video from AVweb,
Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano examines a new product from
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avonics called the SAM. It fits into a
small space on the panel and can be backed up with its own lithium-ion
battery. Installation considerations are mimimal, but here's a close
look at how the instrument looks and performs. More...
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