EAA Vintage Director Killed In Jenny Crash

ron-alexanderEAA Vintage Aircraft Association board of directors member Ron Alexander was killed Thursday in the crash of his recently restored Curtiss Jenny at Peach Tree Airport in Williamson, Georgia. An unidentified passenger was also killed. A local newspaper is reporting that the passenger was an FAA official but that has not been confirmed. Initial reports suggest the aircraft encountered some kind of difficulty on takeoff. It crashed in a wooded area and caught fire. First responders rushed to the scene but were unable to save the occupants.

Alexander founded Alexander Aeroplane Company, which was later sold to Aircraft Spruce. He had restored a Stearman in addition to the Jenny. He also established the Candler Field Museum at Peach Tree Airport. Alexander was an ex-military pilot who retired a captain with Delta after 33 years in 2002.


Ron Alexander's restored 1917 JN-4 Jenny. (Photo: Barbara Kitchens)
Ron Alexander's restored 1917 JN-4 Jenny. (Photo: Barbara Kitchens)

SNF Grass Runway Extension Not Ready

Glasair Sportsman at Paradise City
Photo: Glasair Aviation

The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) is warning those flying into Paradise City at Sun 'n Fun that the runway extension is not ready for prime time. In an urgent message to light aircraft exhibitors, performers and attendees, LAMA said the new sod on the extension isn't grown in yet and that could be a dangerous problem for anyone trying to use it. "While the runway has indeed been lengthened, the added length will not be useable," LAMA said in an email to members and media. "You must assume the runway length continues to be the 1,400 feet (430 meters) it has been for the last few years. The reason is that fresh sod has been laid and any aircraft using the extended portion to the west of the former end could experience problems plus it could damage the sod and create expense." Continue reading "SNF Grass Runway Extension Not Ready"

Australia Mandates Control Cable Replacement At 15 Years

control cablesAustralia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued a final rule that will require the full replacement and re-rigging of primary flight control cable system assemblies in most aircraft in Australia by January of 2018. The rule does not apply to secondary control system cables. In the last seven years, there have been 48 reported incidents of cable control terminal failure due to stress corrosion cracking and CASA says the cheapest and most effective way to mitigate the hazard is to replace the entire primary flight control cable system every 15 years. It would appear that virtually every aircraft more than 15 years old on Jan. 1, 2018, except for a relative few (mostly airliners) maintained through a maintenance steering group-3 (MSG-3) process, will have to have all-new primary control cables to remain airworthy. There is no indication yet that the FAA intends to impose a similar measure. The problem originates in the stainless steel connectors that link the cables to various fittings throughout the control systems. Continue reading "Australia Mandates Control Cable Replacement At 15 Years"

Aero Adventure amphibious LSA Crash at Sebring

Aero Adventure Amphibian LSA
An Aero Adventure amphib, similar to the one that crashed.

Our sister publication AVweb is reporting that Sheriff's deputies have confirmed two people died in the crash of an Aero Adventure amphibious LSA near the main runway at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida, site of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. AVweb publisher Tom Bliss is on the scene and reports the incident occurred late Friday morning about 200 yards from the main exhibit area of the show. Continue reading "Aero Adventure amphibious LSA Crash at Sebring"

Lightspeed Unveils "Quietest" Headset

zulupfxLightspeed says it has raised the standard for active noise reduction headsets with its new Zulu PFX. At a news conference at AirVenture 2013, the company unveiled a headset that automatically customizes the noise reduction while enhancing the sounds that the pilot wants to hear for a "personal flying experience." The ANR system uses microphones on the outside and inside the earcups to sense and then act on unwanted sounds while at the same time increasing the fidelity of voice transmissions and music. It also measures and maps the ear of the wearer to customize the sound response. "It's a significant breakthrough," said CEO Allan Schrader. The new headset will cost about $1,100, up from $900 for its existing Zulu 2 ANR line. Continue reading "Lightspeed Unveils "Quietest" Headset"