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Save the Date: Cranky Dorkfest 2020 Is Coming September 12:

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It is time to mark your calendars. Cranky Dorkfest 2020 has officially been set for Saturday, September 12 at LAX!

Last year, I had the successful progressive dinner and the airport tour in addition to the regular spotting event. What will this year bring? I have absolutely no idea. No, …

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February 26, 2020 at 01:45PM Source:

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule to Enhance Air Carrier Pilot Development:

The rule requires specific training for newly-hired pilots and supplemental training for captains.

February 25, 2020 at 10:40PM News and Updates

United Shuffles Its Express Carriers, Trans States Will Disappear:

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United has eight different airlines flying under the United Express banner owned by seven different companies. Does it really need all of those? Probably not; so it’s good to see that United will simplify a couple operations and remove one entirely. Trans States will go away toward the end of …

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February 25, 2020 at 01:45PM Source:

Will the HNA Airline Empire Finally Fail?:

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Long before the coronavirus decimated travel to China, HNA Group was in trouble. It had overspent not just on airlines, but on a variety of companies all over the world. The coronavirus just made things worse for the teetering conglomerate, and now it appears that the end may be near. …

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February 24, 2020 at 01:45PM Source:

New Members Join the Drone Advisory Committee:

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has appointed two new members to theFederal Aviation Administrations (FAA)Drone Advisory Committee(DAC).

The new members are Christian Ramsey, President of uAvionix Corp., headquartered in Bigfork, MT, and Lee Moak, founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Moak Group in Washington, D.C. They were appointed on February 5, 2020.

The DAC is a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides the FAA advice on key unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The committee helps to create broad support for an overall integration strategy and vision.

Members of the DAC are executives who represent a variety of UAS interests, including industry, research, academia, retail, technology and state and local government.

The DAC is chartered to have up to 35 members. Twelve members were previously added to the DAC on May 20, 2019, to fill open vacancies.

February 21, 2020 at 05:00PM News and Updates

3 Links I Love: Norwegian Keeps Going, An Expensive A380 Move, Pleasures of Plane Spotting:

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This week’s featured link

Norwegian doubles 2019 underlying operating result before ownership costs and achieves cost-reduction targetNorwegian Press Release
Even though Norwegian has released its most recent results, I’m not going to write them up because it’s just more of the same. The airline continues to try to …

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February 21, 2020 at 01:45PM Source:

Fly Safe: Addressing GA Safety:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about safety, including loss of control (LOC), powerplant failure, and controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).

Stay safe! Thisserieswill show you how you can incorporate safety into every flight.

What Is Mountain Flying?
Flying over mountains can offer beautiful scenery and views you just cant get from the ground. Whether its the Sierra Nevadas, the Rockies, or the Appalachians, mountain flying is often an unforgettable experience. However, keep in mind that mountain flying also involves more risks than flying over the flatlands.

Flying in mountainous areas is challenging, not only because operational altitudes and winds are higher, but also because weather reporting and off-airport landing opportunities are fewer than in other flight environments. Thus, while there are fewer accidents in mountainous areas than in the flatlands, mountain flying accidents are more likely to result in fatalities.

Keep in mind also that the conditions of mountain flying can be found in many areas that are considered to be non-mountainous. For example, density altitudes over 8,500 feet can be found over the eastern plains of Colorado in the summer. Mechanical turbulence and even mountain waves can be found in areas that arent considered to be mountainous.

Know Before You Go
Mountain flying is precise flying, and its made safer by using every available clue about the weather and the terrain. While all flying involves risk, mountain flying brings even more challenges. You need to be on your toes, think quickly, and weigh your options. You will need to fully understand your abilities as a pilot, and the limitations of your aircraft.

For starters, its essential that you attend a recognized mountain flying course, which is a good first step in giving you the knowledge and skills you will need. Contact your local FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam Rep) or an FAA Flight Standards District Office for references.

A good rule of thumb is to have about 150 hours of pilot-in-command time under your belt before you take mountain training. These hours will give you the experience you need to be familiar and comfortable with your aircraft. Youll also have gained greater experience with flight planning.

Mountain flying can stretch your abilities to fly the airplane proficiently as you navigate and confront weather challenges. There are many dos and donts of mountain flying, and its important that you take the time to understand all of them.

  • Dont allow yourself to be pressured into completing a flight. Mountain flying requires you to think clearly and evaluate quickly. Understand your aircraft, and know how to read the weather.
  • Dont fly too close to rough terrain or cliffs, even for that perfect picture.
  • Dont fail to recognize that air, although invisible, acts like water and will flow along the contours of the mountains and valleys. Visualize where the wind is coming from, and imagine what water would do in the same situation.
  • Do recognize that frost and air density are real threats with mountain flying. Understand how they both could affect your aircrafts performance.
  • Do ensure your aircraft is properly fueled and that you have survival equipment onboard.
  • Dont be too proud to check with experienced mountain pilots when you have a question.
  • Do consider a training course! Training is essential to fully understand all the challenges with mountain flying.

The Final Word
Fly regularly with a flight instructor who will challenge you to review what you know, explore new horizons, and to always do our best.

Be sure to document your achievement in the WINGS Proficiency Program. Its a great way to stay on top of your game and keep your flight review current.

Did you know?
Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight.It can happen anywhere and at any time.

There is an average of one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.

Resource Guide:

This FAA Safety Video will give you a good introduction to Mountain Flying, as well as this 57 Seconds to Safer Flying video.

This FAA Fact Sheet will give you solid, helpful tips.

A long list of dos and donts can be found in this FAA Tips document.

The FAAs Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge covers aircraft performance in Chapter 11 here.

Chapter 5, Section 7-5-6 of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) covers Mountain Flying.

The NTSB has prepared this important Safety Alert on Mountain Flying.

This AOPA Safety Advisor also has excellent tips.

Curious about FAA regulations (Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations)? Its a good idea to stay on top of them. You can find current FAA regulations on this website.

TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars, and more on key general aviation safety topics.

TheWINGS Pilot Proficiency Programhelps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. It is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience.

TheGeneral Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC)is comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of GA accidents. The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers in the FAA, several government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and stakeholder groups. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The National Transportation Safety Board and the European Aviation Safety Agency participate as observers.

February 20, 2020 at 10:31PM News and Updates

Great Service, Not-So-Great Product on a Delta 767-300ER From JFK (Trip Report):

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After our stay at the TWA Hotel at JFK, it was time to go home. Fortunately — unlike on the way out when we flew into Newark — this time we were flying home from JFK so we didn’t have far to go. We opted to take a mid-day flight …

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February 20, 2020 at 01:45PM Source:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $520.5 Million in Airport Grants:

Grants will help keep our nation’s airports in good shape and make air travel a better experience for passengers.

February 19, 2020 at 10:53PM News and Updates

Going Back in Time at JFK With A Night at the Spectacular TWA Hotel:

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When the TWA Hotel opened in the old Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK airport last year, I knew that I wanted to go just like every other airline dork in the world. It took me long enough, but on my recent trip to New York, I …

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February 18, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: