Archive for the ‘News & Stories’ Category

121.5 MHz ELT Ban Rumors

Friday, August 6th, 2010

There have been rumors that the Federal Communications Commission was going to ban the use of 121.5 MHz ELTs by Aug. 1, 2010.  You’re still legal to fly with that 121.5 MHz ELT in your aircraft, but the FAA and the FCC are trying to sort things out.

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NASA Flying Car Concept

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

A NASA engineer long obsessed with flying cars has produced a concept design for a one-man, electrically powered helicopter/plane/glider podcraft. However the work was done largely without backing from NASA, and designer Mark Moore admits that battery technology must improve massively before the design becomes practical. Read the full article

Straight outta Compton or Fly-in!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

A hidden gem of an airport in the gangland of Southern California Compton-Woodley Airport (KCPM) is doing its part to both survive and promote a healthy love for aviation along with a healthy outlet for today’s youth.  Read the LA Times article

Compton Woodley Airport KCPM

Compton Woodley Airport Bret Hartman/For The Times / 12-10-2009

General Aviation Expanding in China

Monday, October 19th, 2009

China held a general aviation airshow/event in the northwest Shaanxi Province October 16-19, 2009 displaying aircraft from around the world.

China International Aviation Event Picture Courtesy of and Sinhuanet News

China International Aviation Event Picture Courtesy of and Xinhuanet

Link to article

FAA finalized 51% percent rule on aircraft building

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The FAA fortunately left the limiting language out of the new 51 percent rule that applies to aircraft owners building their own planes.

Here is the FAA rules for amatuer built aircraft

Here is the link to the FAA Advisory Circular 20-27G, on Certification and Operation of Amateur-Built Aircraft, which tells amateur builders on how to properly certify each step of the building process and help those guys, like me who would have to do the builder assist program to not only finish, but to get it right!   According to the rule existing kits will be grandfathered in under the new rules.

Thanks to our GA lobbists at AOPA and EAA for getting these things done right for us pilots and aircraft owners!