December 1, 2006
Wanting to give your older, but still reliable aircraft a makeover that improves its utility, performance, and look? Well, AOPA can help you through the process. Follow AOPA's Win-A-Six in '06 restoration project to learn about avionics, engine, and airframe speed mods. Or get some ideas from our past sweepstakes restoration projects: Twin Comanche, Waco, Bonanza, Mooney, Stationair, Tri-Pacer, Arrow, and Cessna 172.
AOPA's Guide to Supplemental Type Certificates can help you through the approval process required to make some of these upgrades. The association recently added Advisory Circular 23-24 "Airworthiness Compliance Checklists for Common Part 23 STC Projects," which addresses the five most common categories of changes that have been made since 2002: installation of an autopilot system, installation of reciprocating and turbine engines with increased horsepower, replacement of a reciprocating engine with a turbine engine, installation of a different propeller, installation of auxiliary fuel tanks, and an increase in gross weight.
January 12, 2006
FAA Information and Services,
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.
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