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Southeast Aviators takes off

Pilots at the first meeting of the Southeast Aviators

Two Greenville, S.C., pilots have joined forces to create a new group for minority pilots called Southeast Aviators.

While a relatively new pilot — he got his private ticket in April — Theron Burton has been fascinated with flight since he was a child. A ride in a neighbor’s plane when he was just 12 ignited the fire for him to finally pursue his certificate last year.

But he noticed one thing at the airport: There weren’t a lot of other minority pilots.One day when he was preflighting his Cessna 182 at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center, home of the old Donaldson Airport in Greenville, he saw another black pilot, Clint Thompson.

Theron Burton

Theron Burton

“That was the first time I saw another black pilot out on the airfield,” Burton said. “He came over and we started to chat.”

The two exchanged phone numbers and eventually decided to start a networking group for minority pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

The first meeting, held at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), attracted about 15 people. While most were pilots, there were also aircraft mechanics and aviation enthusiasts. While many were from the local area, there were also people from other parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida.

Pilots at the first meeting of the Southeast Aviators

Pilots at the first meeting of the Southeast Aviators

“There was obviously a need for this type of a club,” Burton noted. “Once I put it out there, there was a lot of good response. There are a lot of pilots who want to be involved.”

He hopes the group will become active in flying together to local fly-ins and the weekly South Carolina Breakfast Club outings, as well as the bigger shows like SUN ’n FUN and Oshkosh.

“There’s not a lot of minority pilots at these shows,” he said.

And he hopes the group will help get more minorities, including kids, involved in aviation.

First meeting

First meeting

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, 97% of pilots in the aviation industry are white, while just 2% are black, and 1% Asian. The breakdown for general aviation pilots wasn’t available.

While the new group is focused on minorities, Burton noted that “all pilots are welcome.”

That includes pilots of all races and ethnicities, as well as all pilots who live in the southeastern part of the U.S.

“We don’t want to be just a local group,” he said.

It also includes pilots of all experience levels, from students to veterans who have been flying decades.

“That was one of the main reasons I wanted to start this group,” Burton said. “Once I got my private pilot certificate, I wanted to have places to go, but I didn’t want to fly to Oshkosh by myself, for example.”

He noted he and some other members of the group are also planning a fly-out to the Bahamas.

“That’s a trip I would never do myself as a low-time pilot,” he said. “But it would be great to go with a group of pilots with lots of experience.”

To learn more about the group, check out its Facebook page at Facebook.com/SEAviators.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comSoutheast Aviators takes off

Overhaul Bids makes pricing public

Premium Project

What does an average engine overhaul cost? Now you can see actual numbers from projects that have gone through OverhaulBids.com.

Continental Overhauls

Lycoming Overhauls

Pratt & Whitney Overhauls

Alan Depauw, Overhaul Bids founder, said jokingly, “Don’t ask me how long it took to do this. I’d rather forget.”

“We already have a complete directory of all overhaul shops in the country and wanted to give people a price list too,” he continued.

The price lists are a great way for anyone looking to buy an aircraft, or just for long term budgeting, he adds.

For those who need their engine overhauled within the next six months, Overhaul Bids just launched a new feature to get quotes in an easy to understand apples and apples comparison.

“After quoting the first $15 million of overhaul projects, we know what to look for when comparing quotes to one another, but the average person doesn’t,” Depauw said. “So we spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of programming hours to build a matrix comparison structure that includes all the major factors needed to compare options and find the best value.”

Upgrades are offered in two levels: Premium ($49.99) and Top Gun ($99.99). Both have the same display of quotes, but Top Gun allows the whole thing to be exported to Excel so the user can add local options to a spreadsheet and make modifications. Also with Top Gun, the user gets Depauw’s cell phone number for unlimited support.

“We’re finding that 25% of our projects are upgrading and they are really happy with the support,” he said.

“One example of someone who upgraded to Top Gun saw the value in it right away,” he reported. “He had a cracked case and in five minutes I made contact with him to get pictures. Once I had the pictures, I forwarded them to all my shops and he got nine different opinions on whether or not it was repairable. I took the phone calls and discussed the situation with my shops so he didn’t have to. Within two days he had five quotes and after several phone conversations we had options customized to his changing situation as more info came in. According to him, it was worth every penny. He said he wanted to look his wife in the eye and say that he has considered all options.”

When Overhaul Bids first started, quotes looked like this:

Free Project

Now with the new upgrade feature you can get quotes like this:

Premium Project

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comOverhaul Bids makes pricing public

The Amélia Project uses aviation to help change lives

Cirrus SR22

CAMBRIDGE, U.K. — A Community Interest Company has created a new project to use aviation to help people in need and charities.

The Amélia Project supports people facing hardship, such as those fighting life-threatening conditions, or people who have suffered abuse, and their families. It does this by offering free flights, often to the places of their dreams or to visit family abroad.Although primarily focused on the UK, The Amélia Project also helps projects abroad, such as in Myanmar, where the mortality rate of children with cancer means for every 100 sick children, only five survive.

The organization World Child Cancer is developing a partnership between Yangon Children’s Hospital in Myanmar and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

The partnership is creating training workshops and mentoring from volunteers, the provision of a reliable drug supply, subsidization of patient food, travel to the hospital and improvements to the infrastructure of the hospital. The Amélia Project is helping by providing free air transportation for the medical team involved in the next visit to Yangon.

Cirrus SR22

Cirrus SR22

To fund the cost of its social and humanitarian projects, the C.I.C. created FLY The Amélia Project, a service that offers private pilots the opportunity to co-own a Cirrus SR22.

“Aviation has the power to bring people together, whether that is reconnecting families, helping families build important memories or linking those in need with those who can help.” says Fernando Pinho, founder and director of The Amélia Project C.I.C. “We wanted to create a project with primarily social objectives, whose surpluses could all be reinvested for that purpose in the community. By using business solutions to achieve public good, we believe that social enterprises and aviation have a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.”

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comThe Amélia Project uses aviation to help change lives

Bad Elf launches Kickstarter to fun initial production of ADS-B for iPad

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Bad Elf has introduced an ADS-B receiver product for the iPad.

Bad Elf in flight.

“It’s the industry’s first affordable weather and traffic receiver for the iPad and other tablets, starting at just $299,” Brett Hackleman, CTO and co-founder of the company, said. “We also offer a model with an integrated Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) for backup attitude information, for just $150 more.”

The company launched the initiative as a Kickstarter project.

Bad Elf in flight2“(This) allows us to take pre-orders to help fund the initial production run and ensure a sizable initial user base,” he said. “Our goal is to rapidly increase the adoption of ADS-B weather and traffic in the cockpit, which today is under 10% of pilots flying with the iPad.”

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comBad Elf launches Kickstarter to fun initial production of ADS-B for iPad

Fire detection flight fatal

The commercial pilot departed on a fire detection flight for a state fire commission using a predetermined flight route. He was receiving flight-following services from the dispatch center and was reporting his flight progress to a dispatcher.

He reported entering the eastern boundary of the forest district near Oden, Ark., and then turning north toward the next checkpoint. Five minutes later, he reported that he was turning back due to low cloud ceilings. About 14 minutes later, the Cessna 210 hit trees on a ridgeline, which had an elevation of 1,473 feet. The pilot was killed in the accident.

A post-accident examination of the propeller revealed damage consistent with a medium-to-high power setting at impact. Although the plane was equipped for flight in instrument meteorological conditions, the instruments required for instrument flight were not maintained to those standards, so the plane was limited to flight in visual flight rules conditions only.

Surface weather reports indicated low cloud ceilings of 700 to 1,100 feet above ground level along most of the route of flight. Wave clouds and associated turbulence also existed in the area about the time of the accident.

A surface weather reporting station located 21 nautical miles west of the accident site and within the planned route of flight was reporting clouds overcast at 500 feet at the time of the accident.

The fire commission’s aviation department did not use flight risk assessments.

No record was found indicating that the pilot received a preflight weather briefing, however, it could not be determined if the pilot obtained weather information using other sources.

Toxicological testing detected nortriptyline, which can be impairing, in the pilot’s liver; however, no evidence was found indicating that the nortriptyline impaired his decision-making or flying skills at or around the time of the accident.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident as the pilot’s improper decision to fly into an area with reported marginal meteorological conditions in an airplane not maintained for instrument flight and his subsequent failure to maintain clearance from trees and terrain.

NTSB Identification: CEN14GA135

This January 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comFire detection flight fatal

New ways to read iPad Pilot News

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iPad reader apps like Flipboard present the iPad Pilot News channel in an interactive, easy-to-read presentation.

iPad reader apps like Flipboard present the iPad Pilot News channel in an interactive, easy-to-read presentation.

At iPad Pilot News we’re dedicated to helping pilots keep up with the latest in mobile technology, covering new apps, accessories and best practices for flying in a paperless cockpit. Our goal is to cut through the clutter and help you get the maximum utility out of your mobile phones and tablets.

We also work hard to deliver our content in all the popular online formats, allowing you to read iPad Pilot News on the platform or app that’s most convenient for you. Here’s a rundown of all the options to help decide:


iPad Pilot News got its start as a website, and it is still the easiest way to keep up with new articles when a web browser is within reach. Look for a redesign of iPadPilotNews.com in early 2016 featuring a new modern design.

Email Newsletter

Every two weeks we send out the latest articles and news directly to your inbox in an easy-to-read format. It takes just a few seconds to subscribe: iPad Pilot News Email Signup.

Apple News

We have a dedicated channel in the Apple News app for convenient reading. The News app is completely free and is automatically installed on all iPhones and iPads running iOS 9 or newer. A quick search in the app will display the iPad Pilot News channel, or you can access it directly by clicking on this link from your iOS device: iPad Pilot News.


This popular news aggregator app is similar to Apple News and assembles articles from all your favorite publications in one location. Here’s a direct link to our Flipboard channel.

RSS Feed

If you use an RSS reader to keep your news sources organized, like feedly.com on the web or the Feedly app for iPad, make sure to add the iPad Pilot News RSS feed.

The Flying with the iPad Kindle eBook is available in the Amazon store.

The Flying with the iPad Kindle eBook is available in the Amazon store.

iPhone/iPad home screen shortcut

To make it even easier to access our blog in the Safari web browser on your iPhone or iPad, add a dedicated iPad Pilot News icon to your home screen that will display right along with your other apps. To do this, open ipadpilotnews.com in the Safari web browser, tap the “Send-to” button (located at the bottom of the iPhone and top right on iPad, looks like a square with an up arrow towards the top), and select the button labeled “Add to Home Screen”.

Kindle eBook

If you’d like to catch up with all our buying guides and useful tips during times when an internet connection isn’t available, check out our 152 page Kindle eBook, available in the Amazon eBook store.


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Follow our Twitter feed to get instant notifications when new articles are available on the website.


In addition to our written articles, we regularly produce original video segments with aviation app and accessory tips, webinars and interviews from iPad industry experts. You can subscribe to the playlist here, or start watching right away in the video player below.

Source: Ipad appsNew ways to read iPad Pilot News

Not all doom and gloom


Doom and gloom too often find the spotlight. While some view the world through Eeyore’s sad eyes, many are too busy enjoying what life — and flying — have to offer.


Swayne Martin is a freshman at the University of North Dakota (UND). He also happens to co-lease a 1968 Cessna 172I with three friends.

From a video Swayne posted on YouTube, it’s pretty obvious a top priority for his 172 is having fun. All four seats are typically filled with smiling occupants.

In fact, a sentence from the video’s description says it all: “Meeting dozens of pilots my age that love flying as much as I do is BY FAR my favorite part of going to UND.”

Since arriving at UND in August, Swayne has flown about 55 hours.

“About 30%-40% of those hours have been outside UND,” said Swayne.

“If the weather is good, I’ll round up three friends — pilots and non-pilots — and we’ll go fly around for an hour,” continued Swayne. “It’s a lot more fun flying with others.”

And when he fills the seats and splits the cost, that hour costs each occupant about $20.

Swayne is also a member of EAA Chapter 1342. While not an official UND Student Club, 90% of the more than 80 members are UND students. From Swayne’s description of the chapter, it could easily be called EAA “Social” Chapter 1342. Having flying-centered fun and experiences is a primary goal of the chapter.

To be sure, a good many students at UND are on the professional pilot path. General aviation aircraft are merely a conduit for that goal. For others, like Swayne and his friends, general aviation may someday be a career, but it will always remain a way of life.


In August, Dan Tarasievich — maker of Softie Parachutes — bought a Carbon Cub kit from CubCrafters. Never interested in doing things the normal way, Dan hitched a ride — in Jeanne Howe’s Twin Beech — from Arlington, Wash., to Yakima to take delivery of his kit.

Dan Tarasievich hitching a ride to Yakima.

Dan Tarasievich hitching a ride to Yakima.

“This was the first wing kit we’ve ever fit into a Twin Beech,” said CubCrafters Mitch Travis. “We put an engine firewall forward kit into a Twin Beech a few years ago, but this was the first time for the wing kit.”

Carbon Cub wing kit fits in a Twin Beech.

Carbon Cub wing kit fits in a Twin Beech.

Travis did some measuring before Dan flew over. The wing spar, at 16 feet, is the long piece in the kit. “It ran from the rear bulkhead up to in between the pilot seats,” continued Travis.

Fuselage, wing and firewall kits, because of their size and weight, are typically shipped via truck. “We do get a kick out of delivering kits or smaller parts to airplanes though,” Travis noted.

Plenty of room.

Plenty of room.

There’s fun to be had in general aviation. Let’s do more of it in 2016.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNot all doom and gloom

Starting a frugal flying club

Photo courtesy joolsgriff

The Wright Brothers Flying Club (motto: Wright side up!) was the first of thousands of organizations intended to enjoy flying on a budget. Though not as popular as they were in the 1970s, flying clubs are resurging in interest throughout the country, especially among budget-conscious pilots.

Flying clubs are about the passion pilots have for flight, as well as their budgets. For many pilots, the cost of owning an aircraft is beyond their means. Flying clubs offer a way for frugal pilots to co-own an aircraft.

A year ago, this column covered flying clubs. Following is a different perspective: How to form a frugal flying club with a focus on one of the most complex expenses — insurance.

Keeping an eye on insurance as you form a club can help you make smarter and more cost-effective decisions.

How do I know this? Recently, Bill Sneed of Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) shared some valuable tips with me on forming a flying club with a focus on getting the best value. Bill has been a pilot since 1974 and flew as a California crop duster. He’s worked for AVEMCO and Falcon/Great Lakes and was president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Insurance Agency before joining AIR. He’s a big advocate for flying clubs.

Bill offers sound advice on the three factors that all flying clubs need to consider: Type of aircraft, number of pilots, and insurance coverage.

Choosing a plane

The least expensive and easiest to insure club planes are under 200 horsepower, fixed-wing, fixed-gear planes manufactured by Cessna, Piper, and Beech. Of course, many other GA aircraft can be and are insured in flying clubs, but the least expensive ones to insure are the ones that are the most popular.

Photo courtesy joolsgriff

Cessna 172. Photo courtesy joolsgriff

Bill recommends starting a frugal flying club with four-seat Cessna 172s and Piper PA-28s for the lowest initial purchase and lowest operating and insuring expenses.

Choosing members

How many members should your frugal flying club have? For the lowest per-member cost, aim for less than 10 pilots per aircraft. Five to 10 per plane works out the most economical while allowing ample time for flying for each pilot.

Old pilots? New pilots? Yes! Successful flying clubs have a broad mix of pilots, from students to veterans. Often, the enthusiasm of newer pilots rubs off on the more experienced ones who may not still be in love with flying. And veteran pilots often enjoy sharing their skills and experience with newly-minted pilots.

To get the best insurance rates for your flying club, provide agents with a roster of members and data on their personal information and their flying experience, including names, birth dates, type license, ratings, total hours logged and in what make, model, and complexity.

If the club operates a compex aircraft (such as RG or MEL), make sure the pilots who use it are up-to-date on their log requirements.

Also note each pilot’s data regarding accidents, incidents, submissions, losses, or DUIs. Your aviation insurance broker will want to know this — and probably penalize your club if they find out important facts after the policy has been issued.

Even if you think the data is not fully relevant, include it as the insurance agent or broker will make the final decision as to what to include in the application to the insurance company. Your insurance broker is your partner in this transaction.

Choosing coverage

How much insurance does your frugal flying club need? For the lowest policy price, keep the hull value at or below $100,000 per aircraft, at least for the first year of the policy. With a good record, you can increase the hull value if the actual value is higher.

For the best balance of coverage and costs, initially keep the liability limits at $1 million for each occurrence and $100,000 per passenger, Bill recommends. If appropriate, ask for quotes on higher liability limits. The difference in costs may be slight and offer greater peace of mind to flying club members.

Also, register your new frugal flying club with the AOPA Flying Club Network and review its Checklist for Starting a Flying Club. Take a look at AOPA.org/Pilot-Resources/Flying-Clubs.

And as you build your frugal flying club, email me your tips, resources, and stories for future columns.

See you in the pattern!

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comStarting a frugal flying club