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Sebring Plans Changes For 2017

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held in Sebring, Florida, every January since 2004, may be changing to a new date next year, organizers said on Monday. “Weather challenges in recent years have given us the opportunity to review and assess the best possible time to produce a successful 2017 event,” airport director Mike Willingham said in a news release. This year’s event started off strong on Jan. 20 and 21, with robust attendance, but over the next two days, winds gusting to 35 miles an hour kept most airplanes on the ground, and some exhibits were closed.
Source: avwebSebring Plans Changes For 2017

NTSB: Citation Jet Broke Up In Flight

A Cessna Citation 525 twin-engine jet broke up in flight while maneuvering near Cedar Fork, Utah, the NTSB says in a preliminary report now posted online. The pilot and passenger both were killed. The CJ3 took off from Salt Lake City International Airport about 9:50 in the morning on Jan. 18, headed for Tucson International Airport. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot called ATC to report a failure in the flight management system, and said he needed to fly straight ahead and climb while he tried to program the backup FMS.
Source: avwebNTSB: Citation Jet Broke Up In Flight

EasyJet To Develop Fuel-Cell-Powered Taxi Motors

EasyJet is developing a hybrid hydrogen fuel-cell system that could power taxi operations with zero emissions, the company said in a news release today. “Each aircraft would have motors in their main wheels, and electronics and system controllers would give pilots total control of the aircraft’s speed, direction, and braking during taxi operations,” the company said. “The system would therefore reduce, if not remove altogether, the need for tugs to maneuver aircraft in and out of stands, delivering more efficient turnaround times and increased on-time performance.”
Source: avwebEasyJet To Develop Fuel-Cell-Powered Taxi Motors

Tip: How a retired airline pilot stays current

Dan Albers of Conroe, Texas, sent in this tip: When I retired from the airlines, my flying went from 70 to 80 hours a month, to maybe 50 to 60 a year.

How I work on staying current is each time I fly, I pick a different airport about 20 to 30 minutes flying time from my home base. I plan a short cross country, get the weather and decide what I want to work on en route.

I may practice slow flight, stalls, or steep turns on my outbound leg. Once at my destination, I’ll do two or three touch and goes, maybe working on soft/short field technique.On the way home I’ll intercept airway radials, or do more air work.

When I want to work on instrument currency, I’ll take a safety pilot, and we will each fly a leg.

We are fortunate in southern Texas to have many good general aviation airports and approaches. We can practice intercepts, holding, and just about any type of approach.

This has worked well for me to stay current and have fun flying.

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