Aircraft Spruce 'Everything for Planes & Pilots'
Volume 30, Number 7a, February 13, 2023
LODA Relief Implemented For Most Experimental Owners
Most owners of experimental aircraft no longer need special authorization to get training or checkouts thanks to a notification of policy published by the FAA on Feb. 8. The relief from the requirement for a letter of deviation authority (LODA)[…]   Read this article
Austin Revisited: The Quest For Heroes
Accident investigation, by its very nature, requires second guessing. In fact, it’s defined by second guessing based on disclosed factual information. Sometimes the findings are as black and white as these things can get—say a fuel exhaustion accident, a stall[…]   Read this article
JP Instruments 'Balanced Approach
One More Time: Chocks And Tiedowns
In the publishing biz—mainly broadcasting—we have something called a PSA, a public service announcement. You see these all the time when the station discharges its duty to keep the citizenry duly informed about stocking up on hurricane supplies, not driving[…] Read this article

Bose 'Test of time
Continental Calls for O-360, O-470, O-520 and O-550 Engine Counterweight Inspection (Corrected.)
Continental Aerospace Friday said it’s asking owners of O-360, O-470, O-520 and O-550 series engines manufactured after June 1, 2021, and with fewer than 200 hours to perform crankshaft inspections to check counterweight retaining ring installations. The announcement from Continental[…] Read this article

Aviation Safety 'Active pilot's guide to what really matters-your safety
'Octagonal' Object Shot Down Over Lake Huron (Updated)
For the third time in three days, U.S. fighters downed an unidentified object on Sunday afternoon, this time over Lake Huron just north of Michigan. It was flying at 20,000 feet and described as octagonal in shape by Pentagon officials,[…] Read this article

NTSB Subpoenas JFK Runway Incursion Crew After They Refuse Recorded Interviews
The NTSB has taken the rare step of subpoenaing the crew of an American Airlines Boeing 777 involved in a runway incursion at JFK Airport in mid-January. The crew provided written statements but has refused to be interviewed by investigators[…] Read this article

Five Hurt When Bus Collides With Aircraft At LAX
A bizarre collision between a passenger bus and an American Airlines jet at Los Angeles International Airport Friday night injured five people, sending four to the hospital. The aircraft was being towed on a taxiway in the South Complex to[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, February 10, 2023
FAA Calls On Laser Manufacturers To Add Warning Labels When I was flying for an airline several years ago (I’m now retired) we were hit with a green laser. Not fun. Luckily we were not hit in the eyes, but[…] Read this article