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Volume 25, Number 20c
May 18, 2018
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FAA Allows ASTM Standards for Part 23 Compliance
Kate O'Connor
The FAA has announced its acceptance of 30 published ASTM International consensus standards for certification of normal category Part 23 airplanes. The new Means of Compliance (MOC) are, according to the FAA, “an acceptable means, but not the only means, of showing compliance to the applicable regulations in Part 23 [and] provide at least the same level of safety as the corresponding requirements.” Of the 63 newly available MOCs based on those 30 standards, 46 of them were allowed as published. The other 17 were accepted with changes from the FAA.
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New Study Forecasts Rotorcraft Pilot And Mechanic Shortage
Kate O'Connor
A new study from Helicopter Association International (HAI) and the University of North Dakota (UND) is projecting a significant shortage of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics between now and 2036. According to the study, “more helicopter pilots are projected to retire or leave than are incoming over the next 12 years,” leading to a shortage of more than 7,600 pilots during that time period.
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Personal Flight Simulators: one-G Simulation
Rick Durden
One-G's Access program gives those who want or need a sophisticated flight simulator access to one without an upfront capital outlay.
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Vietnam Exhibit To Open At Museum Of Flight
Mary Grady
A new exhibit about the air war in Southeast Asia, "Vietnam Divided,” will open at Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Memorial Day weekend. The exhibit will be a permanent addition to the main gallery, with displays that focus on the years 1955 to 1975.
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SpaceX Launches Upgraded Falcon 9
Kate O'Connor
SpaceX successfully completed the first flight of its upgraded Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, carrying the Bangladesh telecommunications satellite Bangabandhu-1 into orbit last Friday. According to SpaceX, the Block 5 is “the final substantial upgrade” to the Falcon 9 rocket, which the company hopes to use to transport people into space in the not-too-distant future.
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Tom Wolfe Bookended
Paul Bertorelli
The Right Stuff reenforced the notion of pilots as single-combat warriors. It resonates yet today.
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FAA Issues New Doors-Off Flight Rules
Kate O'Connor
The FAA is once again allowing doors-off operations on commercial flights carrying passengers as long as passenger restraint systems comply with its newly-published rules. The administration issued an order prohibiting doors-off flights last March after a helicopter conducting a sight-seeing flight crashed into New York City’s East River, killing all five passengers onboard.
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Picture of the Week, May 17, 2018
A Skywagon ride on Mother's Day weaving through the Washington Cascades on the way to Friday Harbor for a fun-filled day. Photo by Brian Brantner.
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