November 11, 2009
Oct. 25 - Now that the Sweepstakes Bonanza is back in Mineral Wells, Texas, Mike Keirnan and the S-Tec certification team are completing the FAA documentation required for a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Meggitt electronic flight information (EFIS) system.
Some of the required tests involve human factors, avionics cooling, HERF (high-energy radio frequency), lightning interference, structures, EMI (electromagnetic), and RFI (radio frequency interference). Meggitt/S-Tec is busy preparing detailed procedures for complying with the regulations and advisory information governing the STC process. Some of these tests have been already approved during the Meggitt EFIS installation in The New Piper Malibu Meridian. Keirnan estimates that the flight tests will take 15 hours.
Since the Sweeps Bonanza is going to be front and center at AOPA Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from November 8 through the 10, the Meggitt/S-Tec certification team has been concentrating on preparing for the tests. After the airplane returns from Expo, it will be transferred into the experimental category for the flight test phase of the STC process.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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