June 3, 2006
Scammers looking to make a quick buck are targeting aircraft owners. Over the past six months, scammers from Thailand, Nigeria, and the Netherlands have been contacting aircraft owners who have their birds for sale.
Here's the scenario: You are selling your old Cessna 172 for $50,000. A potential "buyer" contacts you through a Web board or e-mail solicitation and offers to buy your aircraft. This person offers to pay you $55,000, if you agree to send them a $5,000 check for the difference.
You receive what looks like a legitimate check, so you send them the $5,000. But when you try to cash the check, you are told there are no funds in the account. You're out $5,000.
"The best way to protect yourself when selling an aircraft is to do some investigative work. Check out the party offering to buy the aircraft," said Woody Cahall, AOPA vice president of aviation services. "When you receive a check, make sure it is legitimate - get your money before sending a check for the difference."
If you have any questions about selling your aircraft, contact the AOPA Pilot Information Center weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time at 800/USA-AOPA or via e-mail.
March 6, 2006
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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