Reader Comments and Letters: April 7, 2018

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Electric Airplane Lessons

Would I take lessons in an electric airplane? I might take initial instruction for a private pilot ticket or instrument rating in an electric airplane. The basics of angle of attack and so on won't change because of the power plant but I simply cannot see advancing to cross country work in an electric airplane or trying to use one as an actual form of transportation; at least until battery technology improves.

Battery life is too short and charging rates too long. The same problems exist with electric cars. They are fine for tooling around town, but you can't set off on a road trip with a fuel source that is only good for an hour and a half or so without some means of getting a quick turnaround. Waiting for two hours to charge my battery is not practical.

Don Purney

Learning to fly in an electric aircraft with the aim of achieving an single-engine rating is currently impossible. The electric aircraft didn't qualify as a "single engine piston" aircraft since it has no pistons!

Mike Ellis

 Helicopter Ditching

The USCG does specialized training for helicopter ditchings  These can be more complex and dangerous than fixed-wing ditchings.  

Depending on the outcome of the investigation of the East River crash, the FAA may want to look at the safety and effectiveness of the restraint systems and the briefing/training provided to passengers.

Doug Armstrong

Natural Resources Pilot Blog

I would love to get a job doing the type of flying you describe. I am a 3000-hour pilot with about 1700 hours of tailwheel time, most of it in Huskys.   I live in New Hampshire and fly out of Portsmouth (KPSM).

There are probably fewer jobs in the East, but I only need one.

David Murphy

ADS-B April Fools Spoof

AVWeb has become a go-to piece for me so to read some readers are flaming you? Hey... lighten up and have a sandwich! It was funny, although my first reaction was to have a cow, which made it funnier 
Thanks to all at the AVweb team. 

Tom Wilkinson

ADS-B joke for April Fools? Really? Way to lose credibility.

Patrick Johnson

While I do appreciate gags and jokes, this article is in poor taste. In my personal opinion, April Fools/ gags should be posed in a sense that they have no ill-intent whether it be intentional or non-intentional.

Your article/post has potentially misled individuals on government directives. In general, I feel like your joke, while I'm sure it was intended no harm, was in poor taste.

Thomas Miller

Good one.  Read it four times, went to FAA and never thought of clicking links. Knew it was possible, but FAA working on a weekend? Good one!

Matt Near

Hey idiot! I really thought AVweb was a good thing until the sick joke about the ADS-B extension. Bye and good riddance!

Frank Acuff

While the article title alone was enough to tell me this was an April Fools joke, your name confirmed it. I just couldn't stop laughing while looking at the diagram! But I must admit, I laughed even more at some of the outraged comments while, at the same time, suppressing the urge to cry.

My belief that all pilots, except myself, are near the top of the intellect scale has been shattered. Paul, please keep it up. I read your blogs first including all the comments you generated!

Harvey Muehl


Comments (3)

RDU Flight Service is closing on July 6,2018, the last original AFSS. There's talk of closing Prescott Flight Service next year. Looks like they're continuing to do away with weather briefers. Looks like it won't be long until there will no one to call in the lower 48 who will answer aviation weather questions, help get flight plans in the system, etc. I know many pilots don't use Flight Service anymore but there are still students and rated pilots who still like being able to talk to a real human with any questions or problems they might have.

Posted by: Richard Kane | April 13, 2018 12:11 AM    Report this comment

Ref "GA Pilots Need Better Weather Info, Study Finds", The FAA used to provide weather information and interpretation that was just a phone or radio call away. Now that the last remaining original Flight Service Station(RDU) is closing and one of the 3 remaining stations(PRC) will be closing next year, it seems there was a solution to the problem the article spoke about. Now it's going by the wayside and in the lower 48, there will be no more weather briefers left in the near future. No one supported Flight Service when it was mistakenly handed over to Lockheed and no one cares that Leidos will be eliminating it. There was a system in place to assist pilots with weather and other services but in this day of looking it up online, having a resource to help explain what you're reading but don't understand isn't of value.

Posted by: Richard Kane | April 18, 2018 9:54 PM    Report this comment


There needs to be a path for buyers of used Experimental Amateur Built aircraft to acquire the repairman's certificate for their airplanes. Maybe it could be a program similar to that available to owners of factory built S-LSAs or homebuilt E-LSAs which allows them to do the annual inspection for, and even the repair of, their own planes. For E-LSAs, it's a 16 hr. course to inspect, 120 hrs. to do repair. For S-LSAs, the 120 hr. course is for both. A big commitment, but at least something like this could offer a way for folk to work on their own secondhand EABs. With it, the condition of older experimentals should improve, as well as their resale values. Right now, a prospective buyer has to think about whether he/she really wants to invest in a used homebuilt experimental which they are not allowed to touch (unless they're an A&P). This is an absurd situation.

Keith Shelbourn

Posted by: Keith Shelbourn | September 25, 2018 8:34 AM    Report this comment

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