May 2019 “Read More”

Read more…  (Drone Deliveries)

Wing said its data shows a lower risk to pedestrians from drone deliveries than the same trip made by car.

Internet giant Amazon is also pursing certification as a cargo airline to deliver products more quickly than existing methods.

Meanwhile, WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh NC is using drones to fly blood and urine samples from the hospital to its primary testing lab in three-minute flights on a daily basis. The flights are conducted in partnership with drone manufacturer Matternet and UPS, using drones that can travel 12.5 miles with a load of up to five pounds,

Read more… (Sun Flyer)

Among the largest pre-orders is from OSM Aviation Group, neé Scandinavian Aviation Academy. It has agreed to purchase 60 of the new trainers. OSM, which is based in Vasteras, Sweden has training bases in Arendal, Norway and San Diego CA, is described as “a leading provider of air crews for the international airline industry.”

Bye Aerospace was founded in February 2014 to produce “a clean, renewable energy, electric training aircraft.” Late last year, Bye Aerospace received a large financing round from a Subaru-related investment group. A video of one of the latest test flights, February 2019 is available.

OSM Aviation literature describes the company is an innovative and global specialist in the employment, training and administration of cabin crew and pilots worldwide, which has renewed the way airlines approach talent management. In less than five years, it has grown from zero to 6 000 employees. The company is currently in 18 countries, and its large customer base includes Norwegian, Finnair, Emirates, ASL Aviation and Thomas Cook. OSM Aviation’s pilot training arm, the OSM Aviation Academy, is present in Norway, Sweden and the USA.

Read more… (EAA PPC)

“Come join the best and the brightest at the PPC,” continued St George.

He said 38 flight and ground Instructors are needed to teach in the Center each day, including:

– 14 CFIs each shift to operate Redbird LD AATDs.

– 2 Instructors each shift to operate a Redbird Xwind simulator.

– 2 Instructors in the Ready Room each shift to assist pilots in selecting the scenarios they would like to fly.

– 2 Instructors to operate a Redbird MCX in the NAFI Professional Development Center (PDC) tent to train PPC Instructors.

EAA Pilot Proficiency Center 2019 CFI Application

The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is supported by SAFE, NAFI, Hartzell Propeller Inc., Jeppesen, Redbird Flight, Cloud Ahoy, Community Aviation, Mindstar Aviation, PilotEdge and Plane & Pilot.

Read more… (NTSB Lear Crash)

  • Follow SOPs and industry best practices for stabilized approach criteria, including a normal glidepath, specified airspeed and descent rate, landing configuration (flaps, gear, etc.), appropriate power setting, landing checklists, and a heading that ensures only small changes are necessary to maintain runway alignment. In most cases, the approach should be stabilized by 1,000 ft in instrument conditions or 500 ft in visual conditions. If the approach becomes unstabilized at any time after that, go around.
  • Practice go-arounds and missed approaches so that you are comfortable with the procedures when needed. Remember to establish personal minimums for all types of operations, including go-arounds and missed approaches.
  • Use effective single-pilot resource management or crew resource management. A stabilized approach begins with an effective approach briefing. Ensure that you understand critical aspects of the approach, such as the minimum safe altitude, hazards, approach conditions, and missed approach procedures.
  • Do not allow perceived operational pressures (for example, from air traffic controllers, passengers, etc.), continuation bias, or last-minute runway changes to influence your decision to execute a go-around; if your approach is not stabilized, go around. • Never attempt to “save” an unstabilized approach. If the approach becomes unstabilized, conduct an immediate go-around. Remember, when two pilots are on duty, either crewmember may call for a go-around at any time.

 Read more… (SAFE CFI-PRO™)

“I don’t have much tolerance for minimum standards (on a CFI checkride),” DPE and SAFE Board member Mike Garrison said in the discussion. “That’s exactly why SAFE was formed; to raise standards and raise professionalism in the flight instruction community.”

Ziesenitz decried “shade tree CFIs” who don’t keep up with the rapid changes in aviation, and fail to set and enforce high standards. “So if you cut corners, that’s what your student will see as the standard,” he said.

Other recommendations included focusing more strongly on risk management, and flight control fundamentals, also known as “the basics.” Another common problem is recommending CFIs who do not make use of the almost step-by-step guidance in the CFI PTS or the new Airman Certification Standards for pilots. Increased emphasis on ADM, especially since publication of the new ACS publications, was a hot topic for the examiners. Also mentioned was the free SAFE CFI Toolkit as a resource to get training hours and endorsements correct for “test day”

Other TV presentations done in the SAFE TV studio during Sun ‘n Fun and at other times will be available on the SAFE YouTube channel soon.

Read more… (FAA Drug Tests)

The NTSB had asked for the tests to compare the prevalence of OTC, prescription and illicit drug use among pilots not involved in accidents with those in fatal accident, where drug analyses are routine. The NTSB said recent post-mortems have shown more trace amounts of medications and drugs, although accident causes were not medically related.

SAFE and the other GA groups are asking the FAA to instead focus its resources on educating pilots about harmful drugs identified in toxicology reports and point them to safe alternatives. The groups also call for the FAA to develop a comprehensive list of medications and publish it online.