November 11, 2009
Dec. 20 - Within the last week there has been significant progress related to gaining an STC that will permit installation of the Meggitt "single side" EFIS system in the Sweepstakes Bonanza. However, there's still a long way to go.
The first meeting that kicks off the official STC application process has been completed, and letters are in hand that clarify the parameters of the application. This is good news for Meggitt, the manufacturer of the equipment, and of course, good news for the sweepstakes Bonanza.
Meggitt has started sending data, drawings and test results to the FAA examiner and office that is overseeing the STC application. Unfortunately, due to some debate within the FAA about whether to hold Meggitt to current regulations, or require them to comply with a set of more stringent regulations that are presently in draft form has led to a delay in processing Meggitt's application. This debate was ironed out early this week.
As we said when we initially installed the Meggitt EFIS system, the timing will be a crapshoot. The approval process hasn't gone as smoothly as we had hoped, but it's started and you can bet that Mike Keirnan and his troops at Meggitt are working long hours over the Christmas season to complete the process.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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