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Nominations sought for Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

NAFI Hall of Fame logo

The National Association of Flight Instructors is looking for nominations for the 2016 selection to the National Flight Instructor Hall of Fame.

NAFI Hall of Fame logoNAFI sponsors the National Flight Instructor Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation education and flight instruction. It highlights the important role flight instructors play as a foundation for the safety of the entire national air transportation system, NAFI officials noted.

This year’s inductees will be honored at the NAFI member dinner at SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland, Florida, on April 6, 2016.

Candidates will be judged by an independent selection panel on superior performance in the field of aviation education, as well as contributions to and accomplishments in aviation, including:

  • Enhancement of aviation safety;
  • Development of effective/innovative teaching techniques;
  • Advancement of professional standards;
  • Development of significant technical support;
  • Achievement of professional excellence;
  • Creation of innovative instructional materials;
  • Partnership on projects with the FAA and/or industry;
  • Being a role model for and a mentor to other aviation educators.

NAFI membership is not a requirement to be selected as an inductee, nor is it a requirement to nominate an individual. You may also nominate yourself.

How to Nominate

To nominate, click here to download the application, then submit the completed package to NAFI headquarters either via email to nafi@nafinet.org, or by postal mail: National Association of Flight Instructors, 3101 East Milham Ave., Portage Mich., 49002.

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2015.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNominations sought for Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

New survey confirms value of business aviation

A new Harris Poll survey commissioned by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has confirmed that business aviation is utilized mainly by small and medium-size companies that typically fly turboprops or small jets to maximize employee efficiency and productivity while providing travel schedule flexibility.

The poll, released at last week’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, also confirmed that a broad mix of employees – not primarily top executives – fly on business aircraft, which usually travel to community airports that usually have little or no scheduled airline service.

This most recent snapshot of business aviation — titled “The Real World of Business Aviation: A 2015 Survey of Companies Using General Aviation Aircraft” — was based on surveys of 323 pilots and aviation managers of turbine-powered business aircraft, as well as 132 business aircraft passengers, conducted by Harris Poll from late October through early November.

Like two similar Harris surveys conducted in 1997 and 2009, the results of the 2015 study show that:

  • Most companies using business aviation are small companies;
  • Most companies using business aviation have only one airplane;
  • More than half of the turbine-powered business airplanes flying today are turboprops or smaller jets;
  • Many business aircraft are largely flown to towns with little or no airline service;
  • A primary driver of business aircraft use is scheduling flexibility;
  • Business aviation missions often involve multiple destinations;
  • Companies use both business aircraft and the airlines as appropriate;
  • Top management is on board business aircraft less than half the time;
  • Employees use their time on company aircraft to be highly effective and productive;
  • Many business airplanes are used to fly humanitarian missions; and
  • An increasing number of companies are using business aircraft to fly internationally

The Real World of Business Aviation is part of a suite of tools, developed under the No Plan No Gain joint advocacy campaign, for use by NBAA members and other industry advocates when educating policymakers and the general public about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities.

Review the survey here.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNew survey confirms value of business aviation

What to buy an iPad pilot this Christmas

iPad Gift Guide feature

Whether you’re a pilot shopping for another aviation enthusiast or you’re a non-pilot desperately trying to figure out what to buy the (slightly weird?) aviator on your list, iPad apps and accessories are a good bet. Five years into the tablet revolution, pilots are still snapping up this gear at a tremendous rate. Here’s our list of the top 10 things any iPad pilot would like this Christmas.

10. Screen protector – Screen protectors are one of the most useful accessories for the iPad, and the latest generation has some significant enhancements over earlier designs. We particularly like the MyGoFlight ArmorGlas, which is made of tempered glass so it goes on quickly and easily. It reduces glare (although it doesn’t completely eliminate it) and prevents scratches and broken screens. It’s an essential item for almost any pilot. Shop Now

Flight Outfitters Lift Bag

The new Flight Outfitters Lift Bag is made for the iPad, and has quickly become a popular choice for pilots.

9. Flight bag – The iPad has fundamentally changed what most pilots carry: a single tablet has replaced stacks of paper charts, paper manuals and so much more. That means your old flight bag is probably outdated (and most likely too big). Fortunately, a new crop of flight bags is tailored to iPad pilots, with slimmer sizes and lots of iPad-specific pockets. Two of our current favorites are the Flight Gear iPad Bag and the Flight Outfitters Lift Bag.

8. Backup battery – This little battery pack is our nominee for most under-appreciated iPad accessory, allowing you to carry a “get out of jail free” card with you at all times. Simply charge it up and plug in up to two 2.4 amp devices and two 1 amp devices simultaneously–it more than doubles the battery life of your iPad, and does not require a cigarette lighter or a wall plug. You’ll find dozens of uses for this, and not just in the cockpit. Shop Now

Garmin D2 Bravo HSI

The Garmin D2 Bravo has a digital HSI that makes a nice backup feature.

7. Smart Watch – This category didn’t exist about two years ago, but it’s now one of the hottest accessories, and it’s not limited to aviation use. Connect one of these to your smartphone and you can get push notifications, activity tracking, GPS directions and even some handy in-flight features. It’s not a replacement for an iPad, but it is a nice accessory for the gadget geek who has it all. The two best options right now are the self-contained Garmin D2 Bravo GPS Watch or the Apple Watch.

6. Flight simulator – If you want to really master your iPad, the best way is to do some flying at home with a flight simulator. Most simulators now allow you to fly with your iPad and EFB app, so as you shoot a simulated instrument approach the app will show you flying right now the approach plate. It’s a lot of fun but it’s also really valuable training experience. Shop Now

5. Mount – A mount is a must-have accessory for many pilots and they are available in several sizes and configurations. The most popular options are the Yoke Mount and Suction Cup Mount, both of which are available for the Mini and iPad Air. For the ultimate in flexibility check out the MyGoFlight universal mounts that allow you to quickly secure your iPad without removing your case. Shop Now

iPad Kneeboard

Some new kneeboard designs are more flexible than ever.

4. Kneeboard – If you don’t like a mount the other option is a kneeboard, and there are plenty to choose from, ranging from $15 to $129. Roughly, there are two main styles: basic leg strap and bi-fold kneeboard. Both are excellent for keeping your iPad stable on your leg; it’s mostly a matter of deciding how much more you want the kneeboard to do. For example, do you like to write on paper? Some bi-fold kneeboards include a clipboard for paper and pen. Do you fly an airplane with a center stick? A basic leg strap is probably all you have room for. Shop Now

3. Apps – Yes, you can send an app as a gift. It may not be as beautiful as a perfectly wrapped box under the tree, but apps do make excellent gifts – especially if you know of one that a friend or family member would really enjoy. For the beginning pilot, there are a number of training apps that can be both inspirational and helpful during training. For a more experienced pilot, consider an app that helps them master their favorite Electronic Flight Bag app. Any app in the App Store can be sent as a gift – here’s how to do it

Stratus 2S

Portable ADS-B receivers are the must-have accessory.

2. Deluxe iPad GPS – iPad GPSs have been a top accessory for a while now, but there’s a new crop of higher end GPSs that add some exciting new features. Both the Bad Elf Pro Plus and the Dual Electronics XGPS160 SkyPro allow you to connect up to 5 devices to the same GPS, ideal for two pilot cockpits or for using your phone and iPad. Both also include data loggers, and the Bad Elf even has a built-in screen for basic GPS performance data. These are outsanding GPSs, and our first choice for a reliable iPad moving map. Shop Now

1. ADS-B Receiver – For the fourth year in a row, portable ADS-B receivers are the hottest iPad accessory among pilots. Part of the reason for their popularity is that they’ve grown into more than just weather receivers (although that’s still the most valuable feature). Many of these now offer traffic and backup attitude as well, so that synthetic vision display in your favorite app really comes alive. Some, like the new Stratus 2S, even include flight data recorders to help you log your flights. Shop Now

Source: Ipad appsWhat to buy an iPad pilot this Christmas

Garmin introduces GAD 27

Garmin GAD27

Garmin has introduced the GAD 27, a small, lightweight and solid state integrated controller that provides a solution to many of the typical airframe interfacing needs.

With the GAD 27, pilots are provided a consolidated system that would otherwise require multiple adapter modules, which streamlines configuration of experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft (LSA), company officials noted.

Garmin GAD27Enhanced capabilities include a programmable flap controller, multiple lighting bus outputs, pilot/co-pilot trim mixing, taxi and landing light control options including automatic flashing, a voltage stabilizer and additional discrete inputs.

These features are enabled by the GAD 27 adapter and give pilots additional configuration options among various systems and functions via the G3X Touch system, streamlining the installation process.


The GAD 27 is now available at a price of $499.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comGarmin introduces GAD 27

Latest edition of Instrument Procedures Handbook released

InstrumentProcedures Handbook

The latest edition of the FAA’s Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-16A) is now available from ASA.

This new edition supersedes the previous version (FAA-H-8083-16), and contains substantial changes, updates, and reorganization of material that should be reviewed by anyone who flies under instrument flight rules (IFR) or will be flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), ASA officials note.

InstrumentProcedures HandbookUpdates were made to reflect new information, as well as current practices and procedures related to Terminal Arrival Areas, RNAV and GPS-based approaches, ILS and parallel ILS approaches, and important concepts and principles related to obstacle avoidance and departure planning, among others.

The handbook is used as a reference for the Instrument Rating and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) FAA Knowledge Exams and Practical Test Standards.

Detailed coverage of instrument charts and procedures including IFR takeoff, departure, en route, arrival, approach, and landing, safety information such as runway incursion, land and hold short operations, controlled flight into terrain, and human factors issues also are included.

Available in print, eBook PDF, eBook ePub, eBundle, and in a combo pack paired with the Instrument Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-15B).


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comLatest edition of Instrument Procedures Handbook released

How one man can make a difference for so many



When you find yourself going out of town, you usually ask a neighbor to keep an eye on things around your house. But when you have an airport to run and you are gone for months at a time, who do you ask?

A few years ago when Jack and Georgia Hoffman, the owner/operators of the Sandy River Airport (03S) in Sandy, Oregon, were faced with finding someone to help out with the day-to-day running of the airport, they did not go far afield to find help. In fact, they didn’t even have to ask anyone — airport local Paul LaPlante volunteered.


Paul has a variety of experience, including volunteer firefighter/EMT, tow truck driver, trucker, talented remote control airplane enthusiast, computer whiz, coupled with a lifelong love of aviation. His interest in aviation began as a youngster with flights in his grandfather’s Piper Tri-Pacer.

And like so many general aviation enthusiasts, Paul goes out of his way to make things run smoothly at the airport not just for the owners, but for visiting pilots as well. And he’s been known to go out of his way to encourage others to get involved in the aviation lifestyle.

Jack and Georgia Hoffman say Paul is an asset to the airport community.

“Paul is an aviator in the true sense of the word,” Georgia added.

Paul has been on the airport since 2008, first working for a company that built electrical components for the RC aircraft industry. During that time he got to know the Hoffmans and just about everyone else on the field. He says he “loves being at the airport.”

While the Hoffmans were off mining gold, Paul could be found mowing the 2,100-foot grass runway and adjacent taxiway/ramp area, fixing hangar doors, or handling a myriad of other issues.

Paul proved his ability to handle the position in 2009 when a Luscombe 8A overran the end of the runway on landing and flipped over. The Hoffmans were leaving to scout gold fields when the accident happened. The pilot and passenger were both unhurt, but the Luscombe was off the end of the runway, upside down.


The Hoffmans were hesitant to go, but Paul said he could handle the challenge and told the Hoffmans that everything would be fine. Being a former tow truck driver, he understood the many facets of recovering machines without incurring more damage and he also knew how fragile the airplane was in this condition.

Paul skillfully used a boom truck to right the poor Luscombe and get it off the runway without any further damage to the ship. That was no small feat.

After that, Paul volunteered to help out around the airport for the 2010 and 2011 gold mining seasons. He was more than just an extra hand around the airport. He kept an aviation transceiver on his golf cart to listen to and for traffic. He could be found on the airways if he recognized you flying overhead and offer a friendly “Hello.”

That’s a comfort for many a pilot as 03S is a challenging strip to come into when the wind is blowing up or down the river canyon. It is always nice to have a pilot on the ground giving you the current conditions.

One December when the Portland area was blanketed in a thick fog, Paul was at the airport when a Cessna 210 landed. The pilot, en route from Idaho to California, explained that Sandy River was the only open VFR airport in the area. The pilot tried to reach McMinnville for a fuel stop but could not make it VFR. Paul took him into the airport clubhouse, started a fire, made a pot of coffee, and brought out his laptop computer so they could see real time weather and send out emails to those waiting for the pilot’s arrival.

By the afternoon, four other planes were on the ground at Sandy River to wait out the fog. Paul even shuttled a few pilots up into Sandy so they could catch the transit system into Portland. To Paul, the effort was worth it.

“By the end of the day I had new friends from Canada to California,” he said.

And it can’t be a surprise to anyone that Paul volunteered as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Airport Support Network representing Sandy River Airport.

Being on and around the airport so much, Paul was motivated to complete his private pilot’s license, something he had been working toward since the late 1980s. In 2011 he finally earned his private pilot’s certificate.

Sandy River is a local hotbed of Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) activity with 11 LSA ships out of the 34 aircraft based at 03S. Being around so many LSA airplanes, Paul picked up a Sport Flight Talon XP airplane. It required a bit of hands-on work and paperwork shuffling getting it airworthy and legal.


Paul replaced the fabric envelopes on the wings and sheparded the airplane through the process to gain the Experimental-Exhibition Light Sport Aircraft certification from the FAA. All of this experience led Paul to seek out and earn the FAA Repairman’s Certificate for Light Sport Aircraft. He hopes to someday open a Light Sport repair facility to help owners/pilots and promote LSA activities in the area.

Paul has recently stepped away from helping around the airport so he can focus on his new endeavor — a homebuilt airplane. He is actively building a Zentith CH701. The tailfeathers and fuselage are mostly complete now. He is planning on using a Continental 80-hp motor for the powerplant. It will be a simple cruiser, for flying around the valley.

As if Paul helping out in so many realms of aviation isn’t enough, he can also be described as an general aviation booster as well.

One of his flight instructors knew a woman, Amy Shearer, at his church who was interested in aviation but never took the first step toward obtaining a license because she thought it was out of reach. The CFI told Paul about Amy’s dream of flying in a Piper J-3 Cub. Through Facebook, they connected and that got Paul thinking.


Amy preparing for her first flight.

He had another friend who was also a CFI who had access to a J-3 Cub. Paul made arrangements for Amy, someone he had never met in person, to go for a one-hour ride in a J-3 as a Christmas present. He posted to her Facebook page to bring a logbook, because “she would be logging the time towards her private pilot license.”

Amy said she couldn’t believe that not only would she be able to get close to a J-3, but be able to fly it. She was so overwhelmed by the generosity of a stranger that she almost cried on the way to the airport. When she arrived and saw the Cub there, waiting for her to sit in the pilots seat and go flying, she said she almost burst into tears again.

When she landed she said she wanted to get her pilots license even more. “I NEED to be pilot,” she exclaimed.


Paul and Amy

Since the flight in the J-3, Amy completed her private pilot license. She is also now checked out in a Sport Cub at Stark’s Twin Oaks Airport. She is known to drop in and say hello to Paul out at Sandy River in a Cub.

Looking back on all this aviation activity, Paul said in each case he was just helping someone fulfill a dream.

After all he is living his dream: Doing what he loves to do, and being around airplanes and the people who fly them.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comHow one man can make a difference for so many

EAA Chapter lives the aviation (and safety) lifestyle

FAAST Seminar hosted by EAA Chapter 157.

REDDING, Calif. — EAA Chapter 157 is like any other Experimental Aircraft Association chapter. Or is it? According to FAASTeam representative William Hill, Chapter 157 stands out.

In 2005, Hill was appointed the lead volunteer for northern California for the newly created FAASTeam. Hill committed to starting a monthly aviation safety seminar series. All he needed was a venue.

Searching around the Redding, Calif., area, Hill was contacted by EAA Chapter 157 member Jim Barry, who was looking to increase the chapter’s activities and had heard of Hill’s safety series. Barry and Hill met to discuss specifics and logistics, and the rest — as they say — is history.

FAAST Seminar hosted by EAA Chapter 157.

FAAST Seminar hosted by EAA Chapter 157.

Hill calls his safety series the “Second Saturday Safety Series every month” or SSSSem for short.

“That first Saturday pulled in 23-24 people,” recalls Hill. “Today, SSSSem pulls in about 50 attendees from as far as 50 miles away.”

So far, Hill figures more than 4,500 people have attended SSSSem. And none of it would’ve been possible without the long-term help of EAA Chapter 157.

“Jim Barry was a member of the Tres Amigos flying club at Redding’s Benton Field (O85) at the time,” continued Hill.

Tres Amigos had three planes in a large hangar on the airport. They committed to opening the hangar, pushing out the planes and hosting the SSSSem each month.

While SSSSem has moved among various locations on the airport, Chapter 157 has steadfastly remained involved.

“EAA Chapter 157 has been a key factor in insuring that this safety seminar series has been successful and continues to be successful today,” said Hill. “Without fail, they make certain the meeting location is ready for the attendees. That means pushing aircraft out of a hangar, moving and setting up folding chairs, making coffee for sometimes up to 82 people, and setting up audio/visual equipment. And then reversing all of the above at the end of the seminar.”

“The SSSSem is the nation’s longest running safety seminar,” that EAA Chapter 157 president Jim Bremer is aware of. “Since we started, we’ve never missed one. And bringing the pilot community together each month has been great for the chapter and the greater community.”

Bremer adds they may have picked up a few members as a result of the seminars “but that has never been the point.”

Today, SSSSem meets in Chapter 157’s quonset hut on the west side of Benton Airport. November’s SSSSem, held Nov. 14, was Chapter 157’s 113th consecutive seminar.

If this isn’t an example of living an aviation (and safety) lifestyle, I don’t know what is.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comEAA Chapter lives the aviation (and safety) lifestyle