As the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) mounted a “national pilot alert” against the proposed permanent air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the Washington, D.C. area, general aviation received another black eye when a 22-year-old commercial-rated pilot allegedly stole a Citation VII and took it on a 350-mile joyride from St. Augustine Airport in Florida to Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Ga.
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John and Martha King, co-chairmen and owners of San Diego, Calif.-based King Schools, are best known among owner-pilots for their folksy flight-training videos. But with more than 4,000 hours total flying time each, the husband-and-wife team has operated as a jet crew since 1987, when they bought a Cessna Citation after first receiving type ratings.
It was 25 years ago last month that New York Yankees team captain Thurman Munson was killed in the crash of his Cessna Citation I. The accident remains one of the most significant in general aviation, especially among those who fly their own turbine-powered aircraft for business, pleasure or both.
Pennsylvania will provide more than $4 million in state-aid grants to pay for improvements at six airports heavily used by general aviation: $1.5 million for a new runway, taxi turnaround and ramp at Allegheny County; $225,000 for T-hangars at Berks County; $45,000 for new runway lighting and a beacon at Dauphin County; $450,000 for a passenger terminal building at Elk County; $1.05 million for a GA terminal at Fayette County; and $1.1 million
Scheduled to start November 1, GA IFR slot reservation requirements will be reinstated for at least six months at O’Hare International Airport as part of the DOT’s plan to reduce traffic in the Chicago area. NBAA is unhappy with this surprise development and is trying to get the DOT to change its mind.
According to BP, rapid growth in demand for all forms of energy dominated world energy markets last year, leading to rising prices. While growth in demand from China in particular was exceptional, BP said the strength of demand growth was a global phenomenon, increasing above the 10-year trend in every region of the world.
What goes up must come down, unless of course you’re talking about the price of crude oil. Last month, oil topped $55 a barrel after an April report from Goldman Sachs warned of a possible “super spike” period during which the price of oil could surge to as much as $105 a barrel.
Smartsoft recently released Flight WTK 2.1, a new version of weight-and-balance software for cellphones that support Java scripts. The software performs both helicopter and airplane weight-and-balance calculations, and users can either download data for their aircraft model or manually input aircraft data. In addition, the $59.95 Smartsoft software can calculate runway crosswind and headwind components.
A Senate amendment that called for severe fines, loss of license and aircraft confiscation for violating the flight restricted zone (FRZ) in the Washington air defense identification zone was stripped from the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill last month.
If giant airshows such as Paris, Farnborough, Asian Aerospace and Dubai–even NBAA– represent business aviation’s economic engine, then EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., (July 25 to July 31) measures the pulse of flying’s human side.