Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Recognized for Contribution to Safety
In 1996 the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and the EAA established the Spirit of Flight Award to recognize those EAA members who made a significant contribution to aviation safety and flight testing, with the goal of encouraging further improvements in these areas. This year the William “Jeff” Edwards and Bob Pastusek, founding members of the Lancair Owners and Builders Organization (LOBO), were so honored. Continue reading "Spirit of Flight Award"
The FAA administrator comes to EAA AirVenture just about every summer, and as a rule the main thrust of the current officeholder's speech is pretty predictable--whoever is in the job will talk about how great GA is and how much they support it, but how hard and slow it is to change any of the rules and regs that frustrate pilots and aircraft owners. This year, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta had the lucky opportunity to tout actual progress the agency has recently made toward giving GA something they dearly want — third-class medical reform — and even more. “We’re committed to making general aviation safer and more efficient and we’re making a lot of progress,” Administrator Michael Huerta told the Oshkosh crowd today. “Collaboration between the FAA and industry is allowing the GA community to benefit from upgraded technology, lower costs, and higher levels of safety.” Continue reading "Huerta Stresses Safety At AirVenture"
Bear with me a few paragraphs as I talk a little about my previous life. I have been in aviation since my teenage years, and was incredibly fortunate to spend most of my career in the operation and testing of spacecraft, primarily the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Those were incredible decades, flying incredibly complex machinery with little to no margin for error. And sometimes – errors were made. Continue reading "Kindred Spirits – Fallen Colleagues"
Yes, sometimes there are rocks in those clouds - a good reminder for anyone flying in the mountains this time of year. I shot this on a flight from the Tahoe area down to Inyokern, California, down at the northern end of the Mojave Desert. Cruising at 11.5K, I was above the terrain, and on top of a broken deck of clouds that was quickly going scattered – beautiful, but a reminder that scud running in areas where rocks stick up into the airspace can be a poor decision. If you look closely, you can see that there is not much air between the terrain and the bottom of those clouds – at flying speed, you could run out of room real quick! For me, I had wide-open sky and lots of desert off my left wing – far better than having no options but gliding down through a solid layer to the mountains below if the engine decided to quit. Continue reading "Rocks!"
Fatal accident total down 20 percent; EAA strives to build on improvement
The safety level of homebuilt aircraft continues to improve, as fatal accident totals have dropped significantly over a 12-month period covering much of 2015, according to data analyzed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
The totals, which include fatal accidents during the 2015 federal fiscal year (October 2014 through September 2015), showed that fatal accidents in amateur-built aircraft registered in the Federal Aviation Administration’s experimental category fell 20 percent from the previous 12-month period. The specific totals indicate 40 fatal accidents in those aircraft during the period, compared to 51 during the prior year. Continue reading "2015: Significant Improvement In Safety For Amateur-Built Aircraft"