Why is lead needed during engine break-in?

In a past column I gave some background on what happens during break-in of a new or overhauled aircraft engine. Since then I have received numerous questions about why leaded fuel is needed during break-in. Unfortunately, I do not know anyone who has a perfect answer for this. My opinion is based on lab tests […]
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AOPA app reaches 10,000 users

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) app, which has been downloaded more than 10,000 times, was recently honored with a Silver Award at the 13th Annual Davey Awards in the Mobile Apps/Sites-Lifestyle category. Web, app, and mobile developer Ascedia, headquartered in Wisconsin, worked with AOPA to develop the app, which launched in July. The […]
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Real Flight 8 sim now has virtual reality capabilities

Now available is Real Flight 8, a flight simulator with virtual reality capabilities. See a demo video below: According to officials with Hobbico, Real Flight 8 ($99.99) with an InterLink-X Controller  $179.99) features: More than 140 aircraft; More than 40 flying sites; A simple, intuitive interface with “zero learning curve, zero hassle,” according to company […]
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Aircraft Electrician Certificate now offered

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Flamingo Air‘s Airline Ground Schools now offers an Aircraft Electrician Certificate. The course is fully accredited by the National Center for Aerospace Technology and Training (NCATT) and American Standards Training and Materials (ASTM). The covers basic wiring, harness building, avionics removal and installation. Once completed, a technician will be fully qualified to […]
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Enjoy your Holiday Laser-light Display-Responsibly

Each holiday season for the past several years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received reports from pilots who said they were distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays.

The FAA’s concerns about lasers regardless of the source is that they not be aimed at aircraft in a way that can threaten the safety of a flight by distracting or blinding the pilots. People may not realize that systems they set up to spread holiday cheer can also pose a potential hazard to pilots flying overhead.

So if youre going to install a holiday laser-light system, please make sure the lights are hitting your house and not shining up into the sky. It may not look like the lights go much farther than your house, but the extremely concentrated beams of laser lights actually reach much further than most people think.

If the FAA becomes aware of a situation where a laser-light display affects pilots, we start by asking the owner to adjust them or turn them off. However, if someone’s laser-light display repeatedly affects pilots despite previous warnings, that person could face an FAA civil penalty.

Source: FAAEnjoy your Holiday Laser-light Display-Responsibly

Latest edition of ATP Oral Exam Guide released

Just released is the fourth edition of the Airline Transport Pilot Oral Exam Guide by Michael D. Hayes, which has updated references, and new and revised questions to reflect the latest regulations and procedures. An appendix, the FAA’s ATP-Airplane Multiengine Applicant Qualifications Job Aid, has also been added. All the subjects an ATP candidate will […]
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Picture of the day: From one generation to the next

Ted Cowan of Opelika, Alabama sent us this photo, explaining: “Taking my 8-year-old granddaughter Dakotah on a flight. She loves my little Kolb SlingShot.” Ted Cowan of Opelika, Alabama sent us this photo, explaining: “Taking my 8-year-old granddaughter Dakotah on a flight. She loves my little Kolb SlingShot.”
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