November 11, 2009
Aug. 16 - Air Mod is completely rebuilding the interior of the Sweepstakes Bonanza.
For example, the fabric, padding, and suspension system of each seat will be removed and either used for a pattern or discarded. Then the existing paint will be stripped and the seats will be examined for airworthiness. Any damaged or worn components will be replaced.
After repainting the seat frames in colors that coordinate with the interior, the cushion suspension system, the specially designed and formed foam layers, and the upholstery will be installed. In the Bonanza's case, that means soft cream-in-coffee colored leather.
While all the seat work is being done, the interior fuselage side walls will be painted to guard against future corrosion, and to provide a good surface for the installation of sound-suppression barrier and absorption layers.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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