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The pilot was flying on a cross-country flight to check on his son, who was participating in a mountaineering class in Talkeetna, Alaska.
He had exhausted the fuel in the left fuel tank and was operating the Aeronca 15-AC on the right fuel tank. He reported that he thought the airplane had about 12 gallons of fuel remaining.
Beechcraft Defense Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, announced that it has signed a contract with Affinity Flying Training Services to provide ten Beechcraft T-6C Texan II military training aircraft to the U.K. Ministry of Defense's Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. A second contract also has been signed to include 5 years of engineering services, parts support, maintenance training, and the placement of on-site Field Service Representatives, who will provide ongoing technical expertise to U.K. Ministry of Defense maintenance personnel.
Aviation groups are becoming increasingly concerned that the U.S. Congress is headed for another extension of the FAA’s operating authority, with a more comprehensive reauthorization bill possibly pushed off until next year. The FAA is already operating under its second extension, and Congress has a July 15 deadline to pass a comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill or opt for a third extension.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said that U.S. airline pilots will not have to undergo psychological testing, at least not in any formal way. At a news conference Huerta said aviation medical examiners have been given extra training to spot potential mental health issues in pilots but there will be no structured testing program.
Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions has landed an exclusive, five-year contract to perform engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services on CF34-3 engines for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation. The Lockheed unit, a Montreal-based subsidiary acquired by the aerospace giant in 2013, offers MRO and testing services, well as component and part repairs, for commercial engines in the CRJ-200, D-8, 707, and A320 and 737 jet series.
A new certification program offered by Cape Cod Community College in Massachusetts will prepare students for both airframe and airline powerplant maintenance in one year.
The practice hangar for the new program opened recently.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate a half-way point in the inaugural year of the program, which began in January.
My Record Journal
Wilcox Technical High School senior Dylan Barclay has had a lifelong interest in aviation, but a recent project with his classmates has helped turned the hobby into a possible future career.
Federal Aviation Administration
Based on collaboration with a diverse group of aviation industry experts, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is launching exciting improvements that will enable testing and training standards for pilots to keep pace with today's operating environment. Beginning June 15, the FAA will replace the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the private pilot (airplane) certificate and the instrument (airplane) rating with the new corresponding Airman Certification Standards (ACS). Other certificates and ratings will transition in the future.
McClatchy via Aviation Pros
For 30 years Kaman Aerosystems has been successfully producing aircraft parts. And now, even with three buildings on 320,000 square feet and 450 employees on Jacksonville, Florida's Northside, the company is looking to expand because of increasing demand for its products.
Jacksonville's Kaman operations is a business unit of Kaman Aerospace Group Inc. headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut. But the factory facilities near Gun Club Road are an entity that runs well on its own, producing parts for fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters.
Western Aircraft is the first Pilatus-authorized service center in the U.S. to complete a life-extension program on a Pilatus PC-12. The program is a detailed inspection that invloves "vast disassembly" of the airframe to be evaluated and rebuilt to like-new condition.
When completed, it extends the life of an aircraft by several thousand hours. According to Western Aircraft, the inspection is scheduled for a minimum of three months of maintenance time, along with extensive assessment and engineering hours to research the aircraft's repair history.
General Aviation News
MT-Propeller has received an FAA STC for the next generation three-blade scimitar composite propeller MTV-9-B/198-52 on the Cessna 177A, 177B, 177RG, F177RG powered by Lycoming engines O-360-Series and IO-360-Series. The installation is already EASA certified.
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