Ya Wanna Land? That'll Be $20!
ANN has received a number of complaints in the last few
days describing the "exorbitant" new landing fees enacted by the
Catalina Conservancy that controls the once popular Catalina
The airport, which has been a popular "100 Dollar Hamburger"
destination (there is a restaurant near the airport with pretty
good '$120' burgers...), is located in the center of the Island, at
1602 feet elevation. It hosts a single 3250 foot runway and is
managed by The Catalina Island Conservancy.
Built in 1946, the airport was constructed to improve access to the
island, which was formerly accessible only by boats and amphibious
aircraft. The runway was constructed by blowing up two local
mountains and using "200,000 truckloads of r
Methinks We're About To Get Screwed... Again
Tuesday night's promos for the Wednesday edition of CBS's
much-maligned (for good reason) Evening News is carrying a story on
GA Airport Security and it does NOT look good. One of the text
promos starts out, "There are thousands of general aviation
airstrips around the country with little or no security. How can
that be after 9-11? We'll have the story on Wednesday's CBS Evening
There is also a video promo on the CBS Evening news site. The promo
starts with what appears to be a Cessna 172 flying into the center
of the screen with the header "Garage For Your Plane?"
It then segues into, "But What About Local Airport
Security?" Uh oh... It gets worse.
The next sound byte is particularly w
AOPA and the T-34 Association are telling the FAA that the
proposed timeframe for owners of Beechcraft T-34 Mentors to comply
with an airworthiness concern is too short and needs to be
The FAA issued an Airworthiness Concern Sheet (ACS) following a
recent fatal T-34 accident involving a wing-spar failure. The FAA
also issued Flight Standards Information Bulletin FSAW 03-11,
Special Inspection for T-34 Mentor Aircraft, which requires each
flight standards district office to inspect every T-34 in its
district for compliance with an earlier wing spar airworthiness
directive (2001-13-18), annual or 100-hour inspection, and general
aircraft condition. The FAA also intends to require owners to
comply with Raytheon Service Bulletin SB57-3329. But doing so could
mean owners woul
The NTSB recommends that the FAA:
Require that Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60 series engine
starter-generators be electrically isolated from the rest of the
Require that Pilatus PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes up to serial
number (SN) 231 be equipped with a central advisory and warning
system that will display engine magnetic chip detector warnings
during all phases of flight. (A-03-59)
Require on Pilatus PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes the
installation of a magnetic chip detector, in accordance with
Pilatus Service Bulletin No. 79-005, or an equivalent device, in
the accessory gear box oil-drain to monitor the Pratt & Whitney
Canada PT6A-67B engine's entire oil system, as soon as the
necessary parts become available. (A-03-60)
Another VIP TFR
Issued: 01/13/2004 17:00
Effective: 01/14/2004 05:10 - 01/15/2004 19:05
Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.
Description: FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY
13-15, 2004 LOCAL
I continue to be amazed at all the ways the intensely rugged
little R-22 (file photo, below) is being worked throughout the
world.... but herding cattle?
This, I gotta see...
A MESQUITE HELICOPTER SERVICE, N7061V, ROBINSON R-22 ROTORCRAFT,
WHILE HERDING CATTLE, TAIL ROTOR STRUCK A TREE AND THE AIRCRAFT
CRASHED, NO INJURIES REPORTED, 10 MILES SOUTH OF ENCINO, TX
PC Aviator Inc, has released its MegaScenery USA 2004 Volume 2:
New York, a high-resolution photorealistic scenery for
Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2004, featuring New York city
and 22,000 square miles of surrounding area.
MegaScenery USA Volume 2: New York is the second title in the
MegaScenery series and features some of the USA’s (and the
world’s) busiest airspace, and the world’s biggest
metropolis New York City and surrounding areas including areas of
New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Created from 5 meter per pixel satellite imagery, MegaScenery New
York captures the true essence of this area of North Eastern United
States. Flight simulator pilots can now cruise the skies above New
York city (The Big Apple), plus an extensive 22,000 squ