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Aircraft maintenance is heading toward a wireless revolution. Now, aircraft technicians can analyze aircraft operating data using tablets and most new aircraft fly with a central server onboard or an Aircraft Health Monitoring System that collects data about the performance of the airplane that ground engineers can quickly and proactively troubleshoot before an event happens that could take the aircraft out of service.
A reader recently questioned the wisdom of flying IFR in "old" aircraft with traditional flight displays that lack modern accouterments — GPS in particular. It's a fair question and one that deserves some thought. I have to admit that growing up in an earlier age, and having flown IFR for almost a decade before I had the luxury of even a DME, and three decades before I experienced glass, I don't feel deprived if I have to keep an E6B and a plotter handy to periodically check ground speed and ETAs. But there is more to it than this.
As part of its ongoing efforts to develop an acceptable unleaded fuel for small airplanes, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration announced that it has selected two unleaded fuels for further testing. This will move the general aviation community a step closer to having new fuels that eliminate their reliance on leaded fuel.
Flightstar Corporation announces the expansion of their facility as they break ground on a new aircraft hangar. The state of the art 31,000-sq-ft airline maintenance hangar is expected to be completed by late fall of 2016.
Equipped with a 135-foot wide by 34-foot tall Mega Door System, this facility utilizes radiant floor heat, overhead circulation fans, and LED lighting to create optimal working conditions during maintenance operations. Nested between existing hangars, the new facility allows for unobstructed access with an adjoining 21,000 square foot hangar.
U.K.-based Monarch Aircraft Engineering has signed a line maintenance technical handling agreement with Pakistani carrier Shaheen Air International for its fleet of A330 aircraft.
Under the terms of the agreement, Monarch's engineering division will carry out maintenance on the aircraft type from its facility at Manchester Airport.
As the inevitable autonomy of everything looms just ahead, rock-star entrepreneur Elon Musk had this to say at a recent development conference: "You can't have a person driving a two-ton death machine. It's too dangerous." And that's to say the driverless car visionaries don't just want to offer you an autonomous vehicle, they'll insist on denying you even the choice of manual operation as part of a brave new safer (and boring) future that could arrive as soon as a decade from now.
Three years after he made the first flight in a small aircraft from Rhode Island to North Carolina using aviation biofuel, pilot Ross McCurdy is taking to the skies again, this time on a historic transcontinental flight.
The Smithfield resident and Ponaganset High School science teacher plans to fly a certified light aircraft 5,000 miles round-trip from Rhode Island to California, using biofuel made with renewable Camelina plant seed oil.
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The pilot reported that after landing at the airport in Glendale, Arizona, and during the turn onto a taxiway intersection, he inadvertently raised the landing gear lever by mistake, rather than the adjacent flap lever.
The left landing gear collapsed, which caused the left wing tip to strike the ground.
The impact resulted in substantial damage to the left wing of the Grumman TMB-3E.
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