Oh heck--no, it's not an airplane part, and I wasn't cruising along at altitude, trying to stay awake - but it is definitely aviation related, since its part of our new workshop, so let's talk about large hydraulics that require gallons of fluid - and bleeding is a matter of pumping enough fluid to empty a four gallon reservoir. Along with working on airplanes, we've been slowly building a shop addition to our hangar, and part of that addition includes a hangar door big enough to roll airplanes in and out for work. Design restriction meant we needed to keep the building low, so the outside wall could only fit a nine-foot high door. Continue reading "Large Hydraulics"
The EAA is reporting that after several years, thousands of public comments, and the introduction of legislation, the FAA released its latest policy regarding non-aeronautical use of airport hangars. This is the latest development in the general aviation community's work to clarify acceptable hangar and land use for federally-obligated airports. Past FAA legal interpretations and policy have repeatedly threatened the airport as a hospitable place for building and restoring aircraft, as well as socializing and serving as a breeding ground for the pilots of tomorrow. A 2014 update to the policy rolled back some of the most restrictive guidelines, but was still severely lacking in other areas, particularly as it related to building and restoring aircraft. Continue reading "EAA Advocacy Yields Hangar Use Improvements for GA"
Agency grants extension requests from EAA, CAF, others
September 2, 2014 - The Federal Aviation Administration will allow an additional 30 days to comment on its proposed hangar-use policy under an extension granted Tuesday following multiple requests from the GA community.
EAA early last week submitted a request for a 60-day extension to the comment period based on the intense interest the policy had generated in the general aviation community. Other extension requests were submitted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) and by U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO).