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Torqued: Pilots and mechanics must communicate after critical maintenance
If you missed the NTSB's safety alerts this past month, three were targeted at general aviation pilots and one at GA mechanics. The three aimed at pilots involve flying in mountainous terrain; transition training when flying different aircraft or aircraft with different flying characteristics or avionics; and the importance of performing detailed preflight checks after maintenance, especially maintenance involving flight control and trim systems. The alert targeted to the GA maintenance community stems from recent accidents involving improperly rigged flight controls and trim system.
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NBAA supports proposed rule to ease RVSM maintenance program approval
NBAA via Aviation Pros
The National Business Aviation Association recently welcomed a notice of proposed rulemaking that would eliminate a costly and time-consuming requirement for operators to develop and submit a separate maintenance program for equipment required to operate in reduced vertical separation minimum airspace — at altitudes between FL290 and FL410.
The NPRM follows a joint industry-agency effort between NBAA and the Federal Aviation Administration to streamline requirements for business aviation operators seeking RVSM approvals.
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Alaska's sky highway: Pilots and planes that keep Alaska connected
Alaska Dispatch News
A shoe box with wings. A flying bathtub. There's not one perfect way to describe the SC-7 Skyvan parked behind the offices of Alaska Air Taxi. But one thing's certain: It doesn't seem possible that something so ungainly could fly. But it flies. With Alaska Air Taxi owner Jack Barber at the helm, it's flown all over the state, carrying cargo as varied as groceries, ATVs, fuel — horses. Roughly a third of Alaska's population is reachable only by boat or airplane, so pilots like Barber serve as a lifeline to the Bush.
AAR named Best Airframe MRO Provider worldwide
AAR Corp. via Aviation Pros
AAR was named Best Airframe MRO Provider at the 2015 Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance Awards ceremony in London. AAR has earned the recognition three times in the last four years, however, this year the category was geographically expanded from "The Americas" region to recognize entrants' global impact. Winners were shortlisted by ATE&M readers before being vetted by a panel of expert aviation industry judges.
Why do airplane windows have tiny holes?
According to author Mark Vanhoenacker: My friends laugh at me when I ask for a window seat. You're an airline pilot, they say. You have the window seat all the time.
True enough. But the cockpit, well, that's work. As a passenger I'm actually free to enjoy the experience — to listen to music or a long-postponed podcast while gazing out at the world below, to remember that it's still a wonder to look down, not up, at clouds. The window seat is like the best table in a café on a busy street, except that instead of people-watching, entire cities, oceans, and mountain ranges parade past.
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Often unnoticed, Rose Parrakeet is homebuilt born of certified beginnings
Despite its rich red plumage, the slight, single-seat biplane often goes unnoticed amidst a tied-down flock of homebuilt aircraft. In its three-point pose, its 20-foot wood wingspan and narrow, 16-foot-4 tube-and-fabric fuselage are hidden in the rakish and modern shadows cast by taller, flashier metal or composite creations. But when the other airplanes fly off, giving it some room, its lithe lines speak of aviation's more romantic era.
Harrison Ford back in skies months after plane crash
Just three months after Harrison Ford survived a horrific plane crash, the actor has been seen taking flight once again.
Ford broke his pelvis and ankle while suffering a severe head laceration when he crashed his World War II era plane on a golf course March 5.
He was seen at the Santa Monica airport in California.
Carrying only a small rucksack and wearing a smile, the actor climbed into his $2.6 million green 2013 Bell 407 Helicopter, along with a co-pilot.
Aeronautics Commission Chief: GA airports key to Oklahoma's economy
During his speech at the Claremore Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Vic Bird pointed to the relative strength of Oklahoma's economy despite current challenges in the energy industry.
One of the reasons for that strength is the state's aerospace industry, which is responsible for 127,000 jobs and is one of Oklahoma's top economic engines, Bird said.
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