February 28, 2014
FEBRUARY 28, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 9
Enstrom Helicopters unveiled a new training helicopter at Heli-Expo called the TH180.
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Two go-arounds and a rejected takeoff would provide a day's worth of drama at many airports. When they all happen at once, on one runway, with the go-arounds head-on, only luck averts disaster.
The engine heater and a small cabin heater have been keeping the aircraft warm and ready to go for almost two weeks. Heresy, you say? Leaving a preheater on for this long will corrode the engine, you say? Not necessarily.
As cliché as it sounds, a good landing starts with a good approach. Creating a set of repeatable, consistent steps to stabilize your descent can go a long way toward an uneventful touchdown and rollout.
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Jim Lawson, who was not instrument current, learned a lot about working with ATC to escape peril during an unexpected IFR descent. But that wasn't all he experienced in "Trapped On Top."
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Weather is the most dynamic variable that affects your flying. Learn to cope with its changing conditions by digging into the Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise Safety Advisor and you'll appreciate how official reports and forecasts compare with what you'll see from the cockpit.
Leaders of the House aviation subcommittee and General Aviation Caucus sent a letter to President Barack Obama reminding him of their strong opposition to user fees and asking him not to advance a new user fee proposal in his upcoming budget.
AOPA leaders were in Santa Monica recently, pledging their continuing support to protect the embattled airport. The visit followed a judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit that could have led to closure of the field, but anti-airport forces already are regrouping to continue the fight.
Growing general aviation, protecting airports, and local and national advocacy issues were among the topics leaders from AOPA discussed with the heads of state aviation associations, Airport Support Network volunteers, and hundreds of pilots during the Northwest Aviation Conference held outside Seattle Feb. 22 and 23.
The burning issues for pilots in the Northwest are the same as elsewhere in the country. One question that always surfaces is how to control the cost of flying.
A chorus of industry leaders sang the praises of general aviation while admitting to challenges ahead in dealing with FAA bureaucracy and changing cultural whims.
Surgeons amputated the left arm of PBS science correspondent and pilot Miles O'Brien when complications arose during surgery for an injury to the arm, O'Brien reported in a Feb. 25 blog.
Hartzell Propeller has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its swept-airfoil composite five-blade propeller for Daher-Socata TBM 700 and TBM 850 aircraft.
A new technology solution promises to ease pilot workload and increase safety in what must surely be among the most dangerous flying environments anywhere—instrument conditions over the open seas near an oil rig.
Researchers testing slow flight limits
Light helicopters embrace glass
Few pilots know they can start an approach at an intermediate fix under certain conditions. Learn how to request to start there.
What's a general aviation pilot to think of the light sport market these days? Cessna is out, and a bunch of little-known names are in. Feel free to scratch your head in wonder. You won't be alone.
Garmin has announced a new antenna designed to capture Sirius XM weather and feed it to Garmin devices, starting with the aera 796. The antenna is being rolled out as Sirius updates its pricing plans, making more features available at the lowest price point.
Apps of the week
These five maintenance apps handle tasks including airworthiness directives and service bulletin notifications, logs, and maintenance due lists.
Pilots are invited to compete in two cross-country racing events coming up in May in Oklahoma.
While an increase in foreign defense spending will more than offset the decrease in U.S. military spending, helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky nonetheless is planning a series of layoffs of salaried employees over the next few weeks.
Can pilots deduct the cost of their flight training for income tax purposes? As with most tax questions, the answer is "sometimes."
Congressional Flying Club: Rising from the DC SFRA ashes
When it comes to family, safer is better: AOPA expands AD&D plan
AV8RS program awards four flight training scholarships
Bell is bringing back the Jet Ranger with new avionics and a new engine. The 505 Jet Ranger X looks all new, but retains some familiar components, such as the rotor blades and drive system.
A diesel engine, a three-blade constant-speed propeller, and advanced avionics will add efficiency, safety, and value to the Cessna 172 in a newly announced upgrade program, said Premier Aircraft Sales of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A zero-time, new-generation, 135-horsepower Centurion 2.0 turbodiesel engine is at the heart of the upgrade.
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Aviation honors R. A. 'Bob' Hoover
Google to lease historic airfield
Strange but true: Flower deliveries disrupted, falling parts
The pressure's on to finish the sweepstakes Debonair's engine upgrade in advance of Sun 'n Fun, so all you sweeps winners out there can see the latest improvements in person.
Aviation job board
The Virginia Air and Space Center is seeking an accomplished, visionary leader to serve as executive director. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director has responsibility for planning, directing, and overseeing the work of the center, staff, and volunteers; leading successful fundraising campaigns; and maintaining/enhancing the permanent collection and educational programs.
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What is the standard service volume for a low-altitude VOR?
The standard service volume is from 1,000 feet agl up to and including 18,000 feet agl at radial distances out to 40 nautical miles. These are the standard reception limits for the VOR. (Source: AIM 1-1-8 NAVAID Service Volumes.)
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