November 11, 2009
Aug. 10 ï¿½ Manley Butler of Butler Parachute Systems in Roanoke, Virginia, has donated two parachutes to AOPA's Centennial of Flight sweepstakes airplane, the open-cockpit Waco UPF-7. Butler is shown here in his Roanoke factory. He sells parachutes around the world, supplying smoke jumpers and designing chutes for military applications. Butler is custom-designing a parachute for the rear cockpit of your Waco, sizing it to the exact seat size. It will have inflatable lumbar support to form a comfortable seat for the pilot. Learn more at Butler's Web site.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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