Zero Flies Above Japan

A World War II-era Zero fighter plane flew above Japan last week, offering a sight seldom seen since the end of World War II. Flown by retired U.S. Air Force pilot Skip Holm, the restored airplane took off from a naval base in Kanoya, near the southernmost tip of the country. “I wanted for the people of Japan and especially young people to know about this Zero airplane, as well as those who are old who remember the past,” said Masahiro Ishizuka, who bought the airplane in the U.S. and brought it to Japan last year.
Source: avwebZero Flies Above Japan

Wanted: Pilot Tips on … Avionics and ADS-B

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Inspector General report notes that FAA reforms ‘falling short’

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The Department of Transportation Inspector General has released a scathing report outlining numerous shortcomings of the FAA’s  efforts to implement reforms intended to help the agency operate more effectively and efficiently, improve the delivery of air traffic services, and modernize the U.S. air traffic control system.

The report finds that the FAA’s efforts have fallen short of anticipated cost savings and operational efficiencies, as well as in improving the delivery of new technologies and capabilities.

According to the Inspector General’s report, although the FAA has implemented performance-based compensation systems, established the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), contracted out flight service stations operations, and reorganized multiple times over the years, costs continue to rise while operational productivity has declined.

The FAA has also missed opportunities to complete large-scale facility consolidations that would maximize operations, improve the flow of air traffic, avoid the cost of maintaining aging facilities and facilitate the transition to NextGen capabilities.

Furthermore, major FAA air traffic control modernization projects continue to experience problems that delay the introduction of new technologies, postpone benefits to users, and defer the retirement of costly legacy systems, the report noted.

The Inspector General found that several underlying and systemic issues, including overambitious plans, shifting requirements, software development problems, ineffective contract and program management, and unreliable cost and schedule estimates, impact FAA’s ability to introduce new technologies and capabilities that are critical to transitioning to NextGen.

The Inspector General’s complete report, “FAA Reforms Have Not Achieved Expected Cost, Efficiency, and Modernization Outcomes,” is available here.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comInspector General report notes that FAA reforms ‘falling short’

Greg Koontz adds Legend Cub to his airshow act

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American Legend Aircraft Company reports it is now sponsoring Greg Koontz Airshows in cooperation with C&D Aviation, an aircraft sales and service center.

Under the agreement, one of Koontz’ signature airshow acts will feature the Legend Cub.

Based at Bessemer Airport (KEKY) in Bessemer, Alabama, C&D Aviation specializes in Piper Cub parts and building and restoring aircraft.

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Koontz is a popular showman on the national airshow circuit. When performing, he offers two distinctly different acts. One is a solo aerobatic routine that culminates with his aircraft flying low and inverted for a ribbon cutting.

The other is called “Alabama Boys” and is also known as the “World’s Smallest Airport.”

The Alabama Boys act was originally flown in a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub. In the skit, Koontz dognaps the airplane. As crewmembers chase him down, a wheel is shot off. Koontz lands the Cub on a moving pickup truck.

Beginning this year, Koontz will perform his Alabama Boys show in a newly manufactured Super Legend HP (like the one pictured above).

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The Legend Cub will make its debut in Koontz’s act at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN in April.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comGreg Koontz adds Legend Cub to his airshow act

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