July 9, 2014
There are very few Sikorsky airplanes in the air these days, but there was a time when the Sikorsky was queen of the sky. Usually associated with helicopters, Igor Sikorsky’s first certified airplane was the Sikorsky S-38 Amphibion (Sikorsky preferred this spelling), developed primarily for Pan American Airways. Barry Schiff flew this rare bird for AOPA Pilot (“The Flying Boat,” September 2003).
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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