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5/23 Fly-Over: US Coast Guard MH-65 5/28 = HERE    5/23 ALPA Rejects Boost In Retirement Age - HERE    5/22 New York State Supreme Court Keeps East Hampton Airport Public, for Now    5/13 FAA Revokes Certificates of Red Bull Plane Swap Pilots - HERE    5/10 NEW - KSLC Runway Safety Video -     5/08 Mexico City Airspace - Is It Safe? - LA TIMES - Here    5/05 Jet A More Expensive Than Avgas - HERE    4/20 SAFETY ALERT: 28 Day NASR Subscriber File Airway T370 Error - PDF Here    4/17 Santa Monica-Area Resident Challenges City Council In Airport Letter - Here    4/15 Crew Jailed After Finding Cocaine On Plane - HERE    4/13 Ukraine’s Air Defenses Holding Strong 50 Days Into War as New Military Aid Announced - HERE    4/12 Pacific Airshow Returns to Huntington Beach, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022 - MORE HERE    4/1 FedEx Express to Test Elroy VTOL for Autonomous Middle Mile Cargo Delivery - HERE    3/28 East Hampton ‘Privatization’ Approved - HERE     3/15 Pilot Acquitted In MAX Case - HERE    3/18 EASA Warns Of GNSS Outages Near Ukraine - HERE    3/2 With flying taxis on its way, FAA seeking help to design vertiports - HERE    2/16 NAV Canada to Implement New ADS-B Airspace Mandate in 2023 - HERE    2/14 NASA picks Lockheed Martin to build rocket that can launch samples of dirt off of Mars - HERE    2/06 FAA Reaches One Million Airspace Authorization for Drone Pilots - HERE    2/02 NEW AD PROPOSED FOR CERTAIN CESSNA 120 AND 140 MODELS - HERE    2/01 Incidents with Piper rudder posts spark NTSB concern - HERE    1/20 NTSB Prelim Explains 172 Train Collision Crash Sequence - HERE    1/13 FAA Releases 1,500 Notams To Address 5G Disruptions - HERE    1/09 Bad News at KWHP - Engine Out Plane on Tracks hit by Train - HERE    1/08 FAA 5G STATEMENTS - Airport Lists & More - HERE    01/05 California Challenges San Bernardino Air Cargo Facility Used by Amazon - HERE

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For Aerobatic fans: 2020 Contest Listings - The IAC 2020 contest season will begin in March, with the first contest in Arizona, the Estrella Cup (Glider only contest). Visit IAC.org/Contests for more information.

For U.S. Navy Blue Angeles Fans:  2022 Show Schedule
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Have COVID-19 questions?

Check out the FAA’s Coronavirus Information page for regulatory updates as well as helpful guidance/resources at https://www.faa.gov/coronavirus.

 

CHART CHANGE (STARTED FEB '21):

Following up on a SCAUWG MTG.  chart change discussion.  The Western Service Center Operations Support Group provided the attached “CHARTING NOTICE – 56-Day Visual Charts” from the FAA web site; https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/safety_alerts/

The notice states: "Like other FAA Supplement, Enroute and Terminal products, each new visual navigation chart title panel will indicate the applicable AIRAC effective date range and no longer include an edition number.

As the IFR charts on 56-day publishing schedule do not have an edition number, the new 56-day visual charts will be identified in the same way using effective dates.

 

CHARTING NOTICE

April 13, 2022    To: Users of digital-US Terminal Procedures Publications
From: Aeronautical Information Services    -    Subject: dTPP Desktop discontinued due to Internet Explorer retiring

Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer (IE), and their support of IE, as of June 15, 2022.

When distribution of the DVD was discontinued in approximately 2016, the dTPP DVD folder structure was included in the DDTPPE.zip file. The dTPP DVD folder structure, when downloaded to the user’s computer, allowed the user to access the dTPP Desktop application to browse individual dTPP chart files using the XML. The dTPP Desktop application w/as developed using Internet Explorer. dTPP Desktop does not work in Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome due to security measures inherent in Edge and Chrome.

Because Internet Explorer will be retired by Microsoft, the dTPP DVD folder structure will no longer be included in the DDTPPE.zip file beginning with the September 8, 2022 effective date. The only files provided in the DDTPPE.zip file beginning September 8, 2022, will be the pdf compare files and the XML. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via the Aeronautical Information Portal at: https://nfdc.faa.gov/nfdcApps/controllers/PublicSecurity/nfdcLogin

 

Aeronautical Charting Meeting  (Charting Group)

May 23, 2022  The Aeronautical Charting Meeting (ACM) is a public meeting held two times every year. The purpose of the ACM is three-fold:

  • Identify issues concerning safety and usefulness of aeronautical charts and flight information products/services.
  • Discuss and evaluate proposals concerning aeronautical charts and flight information publications, digital aeronautical products, database coding, instrument flight procedures, and instrument flight procedure development, policy, and design.
  • Provide an opportunity for government and interested participants to brief and/or discuss new navigation concepts, terminal instrument procedures (TERPS) policy/criteria changes, and charting specifications and methodologies.

The Aeronautical Charting Meeting is divided into two groups — the Instrument Procedures Group (IPG) and the Charting Group (CG) See Order 7910.5.

The CG portion of the ACM includes briefings and discussions on recommendations regarding aeronautical charts and flight information products/services. Please visit the ACM Instrument Procedures Group Web Site for information regarding Instrument Procedure issues.

Aeronautical Charting Meeting (ACM) — Charting Group

ACM 22-01

The meeting was held on April 25–28, 2022 as a virtual meeting.

 

LA FLEET WEEK 2022

 

 

HI-SPEED MILTARY-STYLE AERIAL FLY-OVER FLIGHT - SLI 264 degree radial @ 9.7 nautical miles - 2 mile radius - MAY 28-29-30 - NOTAMS will be issued 72 hours in advance. PLEASE BE ADVISED and AVOID this AREA - Be SAFE!

 

9th SUMMIT of the AMERICAS 2022 -  June 6-10

The Ninth Summit of the Americas is to be held in Los AngelesUnited States, on June 6th thru the 10th, 2022. The theme is "Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future". The White House announced Los Angeles, California as the host city in January 2022. As host, the US selects the site of the summit and its attendees. At least foreign leaders form 32 countries have been invited.   TFRs Can Be EXPECTED During this period, primarily located over the downtown area covering 1 mile. 3 miles, & 5 miles, and up to 30 miles depending upon which VIP is visiting, as well as a section of V186, and the N/S routes over LAX might be affected, As soon as SCAUWG.ORG  gets anything publishable [draft TFRs are not] we will print it!  We would expect to see something for a portion of the visit, that is based on the LA convention center that is 30NM and 10NM in radius for at least a portion of the Summit.

 

This Page [latest] was added on 05/10/22  -  See Pages  IW 1-4 for Previous Posts  -  Thank You!

Let's Begin: 

05/26/2022  The Level Turn - SAFETY - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "Turning is fundamental to controlled flight and breaking it down into its basic parts also helps us understand how to use the flight controls." Continue reading Here.

05/24/2022   Seeing The Invisible - WIND / SAFETY INFO - From AVweb - "Most pilots venture into windy conditions with enough skills and smarts to know how to either avoid or cope with them. But wind-related accidents are still commonplace, so clearly we don’t always get it right. One reason for this may be fairly simple: With the exception of blowing snow, tornadoes, dust devils and some cloud formations, wind is usually invisible. To visualize what is going on, you have to..."  Continue Here.

05/23/2020   2022 curtain to rise on USA’s Aerospace Valley Air Show - EVENT NEWS - From Aerotechnews -  "LANCASTER, Calif. — This is the year when the planets align over Southern California’s High Desert Aerospace Valley, declaring the region to be, “The Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe.” - Chase Kohler, chief of media operations for the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., updates the local community on planning for the 2022 Edwards AFB Air Show.

Accompanying the expanded mid-October 2022 Aerospace Valley Air Show at Edwards Air Force Base is a separately organized and funded companion project of the Flight Test Historical Foundation to complete and open the aerospace museum under construction just outside the west gate to Edwards Air Force Base. - With this year’s restoration of an Edward AFB air show, last held in 2009, timed to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of Supersonic Flight... - The stars of the Aerospace Valley Air Show will be the USAF Thunderbirds, precision flight demonstration team, supported by a cast of military and NASA aircraft and civilian historic and aerobatic planes." 10/12 through 10/17, 2022 More about the event HERE.

05/23/2022   Drones can help dairy farms control methane - INFO / NEWS - From Western Farm News - "Dairy farmers bulldoze the mess into artificial ponds called manure lagoons, where anaerobic microbes break it down into methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Methane traps 80% more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, contributing to around one fourth of climate change to date. The cow digestive tract also produces methane and releases it when the cow burps." Methane is a major problem - Read it Here.

05/23/2022   Competitor Killed In STOL Competition Crash - SAFETY WARNING - From AOPA - "During the fourth heat, Dafoe's Cessna rolled and dove during or soon after the base-to-final turn, and struck the ground in view of shocked spectators." Read the sad story Here.

05/22/2022   Cool, Fun, and Free Ways to Learn More About Aviation Weather - With all the advances in weather technology and all the resources that pilots can access, why do weather-related accidents continue to plague GA? The answer is not so simple — it’s complex — just like a bank of towering clouds ahead. Pilots are not meteorologists, but they do need to know and understand the weather. So, where can pilots go to learn aviation weather, and in ways that are not only cool and fun but also free? Check out the digital atmosphere. In the article “Surfing the Digital Atmosphere — What’s Cool, Fun, and Free for Pilots to Learn Aviation Weather” (https://medium.com/faa/surfing-the-digital-atmosphere-834c04cb3eea), you’ll find products and apps that really up the coolness factor to learn aviation weather. Click for more weather technology tools and resources in our May/June weather-themed issue here: https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-safety-briefing-magazine.

05/22/2022   Why Pilots Don’t Want To Talk About Mental Health—and Why They Should - HEALTH - From Flying - "Pilots get anxiety and depression just like many other people do, but they seem less likely to seek support and treatment. Why? How can we change it? - An airline captain flies long-haul on heavy equipment for an international carrier. He’s at the top of his game—both professionally and personally, with a young family and a successful side business that keeps him busy and fulfilled even on his days off. But there’s an illness he must hide..." Read this very informative story Here.

05/17/2022   Pentagon getting more UFO reports now that 'stigma has been reduced' - DEFENSE -  VIDEO - From Politico - "Pentagon getting more UFO reports now that 'stigma has been reduced' - The Pentagon has compiled hundreds of additional reports of UFOs since last summer, including more “unidentified aerial phenomena” that appear to rely on leap-ahead technologies that are not known to exist in any U.S. or foreign arsenals, officials told Congress on Tuesday. - “Reports of sightings are frequent and continuing,” Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence..."   Continue Here for VIDEO and report data.

05/17/2022   NBAA Underscores Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 in House Committee Statement -PR  - From NBAA -  "Washington, DC, May 17, 2022  – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen outlined the aggressive steps business aviation is taking to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint in a written statement submitted today to the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.

In NBAA’s statement for the hearing, “Preparing for Take-Off: Examining Efforts to Address Climate Change at U.S. Airports,” Bolen detailed the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change, where the industry has pledged to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

“This goal builds on our proven track record of leading the way on fuel-saving technologies from winglets to highly efficient engine technology and advanced avionics,” Bolen wrote. “To achieve our 2050 goal, business aviation is making significant investments in zero-emission electric aviation, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), optimizing GPS technology to fly the most direct and efficient routes and utilizing sustainable infrastructure at airports. These initiatives will lead to a sustainable future for business aviation while maintaining the critical jobs our industry provides to American workers.”

In addition, he explained how NBAA’s Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation Program, which has a specific focus on infrastructure and ground support equipment, is leading the way toward more efficient and sustainable U.S. airports.

“This comprehensive accreditation program will stimulate, document and audit how operators are making widespread investments and progress toward a carbon-neutral future,” Bolen added. “For airport operations, participants will work toward measurable reductions in CO2 emissions through the modernization of hangars and other facilities, concentrating on reduced electric and water consumption.”

Read Bolen’s full written statement.

He also discussed how NBAA and its coalition partners in the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel continue to educate the airport and operator community about the benefits of SAF, which has led to broad acceptance and demand for the fuel. However, the SAF market is still in a nascent stage and requires a long-term, technology- and feedstock-neutral tax incentive to meet growing demand. Bolen thanked the subcommittee for its leadership in supporting H.R. 3440, the Sustainable Skies Act, and underscored that a blender’s tax credit specifically aimed at incentivizing the production of SAF is the most important action that Congress can take to support decarbonization of the aviation sector

He also detailed how electric aviation and advanced air mobility (AAM) will advance the U.S. toward sustainable, zero-emission aerospace, and open new transportation opportunities to move people between and within urban, suburban and rural areas.

Bolen explained that general aviation airports will be an essential part of electric aviation’s future. “These airports will support AAM operations as they are often located closer to communities and provide the existing infrastructure that can readily support electric aviation.”

Last fall at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the leaders of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and NBAA agreed to continue the industry’s goal of increasing aviation fuel efficiency 2% per year between 2020 and 2030. Read more about the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change.

05/16/2022   Congressman Calls for Temporary Closure, Investigation of Whiteman Airport - NEWS - From my news LA.com - "Following several recent plane crashes at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Panorama City, called Monday on Los Angeles County and the Federal Aviation Administration to place a 30-day moratorium on flights at the airport and conduct a safety audit. - The accidents have impacted the northeast area of the San Fernando Valley, represented by the congressman." You can read the ARTICLE HERE.

The following is the Webmaster response submitted to the publisher:

"It is a shame that the congressman addressing the KWHP airport has not done his homework. The quote: “These incidents have demonstrated that Los Angeles County is failing to achieve the required safety standards and, as a result, trust with the community has been broken,”

The gentleman referred to three incidents: the 337, the Cessna Hit by a Train, and a CAP Plane.

  1. The 337 was flown by a Torrance Pilot, not Whiteman. The cause of the accident has not been determined, but neither L A County, nor the airport, was responsible for that plane's maintenance, the pilot's employment, or his certification as a pilot.
  2. The Cessna landing safely will no doubt be found to be caused by airplane failure, complicated by train operation/communication failure. In neither instance was the circumstance caused by an airport operation failure. In fact, the FAA instructs pilots to, in most cases, land straight ahead with less than 30 degrees of deviation, in the event of an engine failure low to the ground. The pilot landed per the process recommended by the FAA.
  3. Voice recordings indicate that the CAP pilot apparently chose to ignore present engine warnings, exercised poor judgment, and chose to try stretching his flight to KWHP. This was a pilot error accident, not an airport operation failure.

Closing the airport for any amount of time will not address successfully the concerns as the congressman addressed them.

The congressman and the community would be better served by his support of pilot proficiency programs such as the FAA WINGS program, which encourages pilot recurrent training, maintenance quality, and proper aeronautical decision making. Also, other community programs like the EAA Young Eagles, allowing area youth to become aviators and aviation industry leaders deserve support."

05/16/2022   Groups urge passage of bill creating blenders tax credit for SAF - ARTICLE - From Biodiesel Magazine - "The National Business Aviation Association and nearly 80 stakeholders sent a letter to Congressional leaders on April 22 advocating for passage of the Sustainable Skies Act, which would create a blender’s tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). - We believe the most important action..."  Continue Here.

05/16/2022   The Biggest Problem With Flying Cars Is on the Ground - ARTICLE - From Wall Street Journal - "Whether you call them eVTOLs, ‘flying cars’ or air taxis, these all-electric, vertical take-off-and-landing passenger vehicles promise to make George Jetson’s commute a reality—if only their manufacturers can figure out where to land them - The startups and investors that have sent hopes soaring for “flying cars” could be in for a rough landing, in more ways than one." (Sub Model) Read More Here.

05/15/2022   What’s The Difference Between Jet Fuel And Gasoline ? Here Is The Answer - ARTICLE - From Wonderful Engineering 2017 - Webmaster: Recently as republished here on SCAUWG.ORG [see banner slide] a lady complained at a small protest that was covered by Channel 5, and was recorded as saying that Van Nuys Airport was spewing Toxic Jet Fumes into the neighborhood. So, I asked myself,  "what is the difference between Jet A, used by comparison a small number of KVNY flights, and Gasoline, used by the millions of cars that travel through the Van Nuys area via the 101 freeway, as well as surface streets?" I did an internet search, and this is what I found: 

"The kerosene family is close relatives of Diesel, including Jet A, which is high purity kerosene prepared to exhibit specific physical properties, to fuel the jet turbine engines. If the production of jet-A results in less purified form of kerosene, it will be recycled as a highway diesel. Much like diesel, Jet A can be used in compression-ignition piston engines, other than more suitable turbine engines.

The Gasoline Family is further divided into Avgas, Autogas and Gasohol, all produced for the spark ignition engines."   You can read the ENTIRE ARTICLE Here.  NOTE: (It is recognized that this article does not address the new fuel technology that 100UL & SAF now brings to the 2022 flight environment.)

05/13/2022   Latest Pilot Minute Video Covers Depression and Anxiety - FAA - In the latest episode of the Pilot Minute video series, FAA Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Susan Northrup discusses what pilots can do if they experience depression or anxiety. The video explains the importance of early treatment for mental health and reinforces preflight self-assessment using the I’M SAFE checklist. See the video here, and be sure to check out other videos in the series.

05/13/2022   Making the Most of Your Flight Service Online Weather Briefing - FAA - Most pilots are not meteorologists, so the plethora of available weather information can cause some “analysis paralysis,” especially with the migration towards online self-briefings. The folks at Leidos Flight Service know how important it is for pilots to get the essentials they need to make sound go/no-go flight decisions. Leidos’ website 1800WXBRIEF.com has evolved significantly in recent years to give pilots greater access to the information they need and when they need it, but in such a way that doesn’t make your brain explode.

To read more on how these advancements can help you get familiar with all available resources before your next flight, check out the article “Leveraging Leidos — Making the Most of Your Flight Service Online Weather Briefing” here: https://medium.com/faa/leveraging-leidos-ec6882a980bb. Be sure to check out our entire weather and technology-themed issue here: https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-safety-briefing-magazine.

05/11/2022   Whiteman Airport Under Community Attack - You can help fight back - Obtain meeting information, and Give your feedback at Home | Whiteman Airport (reenvisionwhitemanairport.com)   The situation: The County is developing a community informed re-envisioning process for the airport. The process will include baseline assessments of environmental resources and community outreach to identify objectives that will reduce environmental impacts, realize economic benefits, and improve community relations. Read more about the Community Advisory Committee. Keep an eye on the SCAUWG.ORG EVENTS Page for KWHP public meetings.

05/11/2022   Whiteman Airport Under Community Attack #2 Even before the most recent tragic loss of life ,the members of Friends of Whiteman were preparing to request all persons who have an interest in Whiteman airport to participate in a letter writing campaign to let our elected politicians know our feelings concerning this valuable community resource.  After each incident there has been a public cry for the immediate closure of the airport, even though the airport itself did not have anything to do with the accidents, other than being the departure point or intended landing location.  In all of the incidents no one on the ground was physically injured or killed.  During discussions with politicians about the closure of Whiteman, they stated that they needed to hear from the public as to their position on the closure.  Now is the time to let them know loud and clear.  Get KWHP Airport Information and the names and addresses that you can mail too. Click HERE.

05/11/2022   Chart Changes Upcoming for the San Gabriel Valley to be published 5/19 on the VFR Flyway Chart and the Terminal Chart per the Airspace and Procedures South Team (AJV-W22):

March ARB Approach and Departure Updates - The rwy 30 departure now clearly depicts the exit of the Class C Surface Area as it turns south - Added is an arrival/Departure corridor that routes flights directly over the Homeland VOR.

Ontario: The problem was the departure route to the west wasn't in line with the runway. Now it is. It can proceed straight out to the west, or it turns to the southeast.

San Bernardino International: (New Routes) An Arrival route now that comes of the PETIS NDB direct to rwy 6 - A Departure route from rwy 24 direct to Paradise. Plus, the chart profile view is now corrected to reflect an extended 2-mile departure before it turns right and proceeds over Redlands airport.

05/11/2022   ChartCompare Has Been Updated so that the new charts dated May 19 are already featured.  ChartCompare allows the user to instantly compare the expiring chart to the newly revised chart, and find changes instantly. Chart Compare was created by SCAUWG,ORG Contributing Editor Mike Carson, and is featured exclusively on SCAUWG.ORG. See it Here.

05/11/2022   FAA PUMPS BRAKES ON EVTOLS - AIRCRAFT APPROVAL ONE THING, PILOT RATING ANOTHER - NEWS - From AOPA - "A May 10 statement from the FAA cast doubt on ambitious timelines for bringing a new generation of electric vertical-lift aircraft into service, as the agency shifted attention to how pilots will be trained and qualified to fly them." Continue Here.

05/11/2022   NTSB Lays Into FAA For Inaction On Safety Management System Mandate - From AVweb - "The National Transportation Safety Board has placed a substantial amount of blame on the FAA for a 2019 fatal air tour helicopter crash in Hawaii. In a statement released today (May 10), Board Chair Jennifer Homendy wrote, “The NTSB previously made 11 recommendations to the FAA to prevent accidents like this one, but our recommendations only work when they are implemented. It’s time for the FAA to act.” She added, “When the NTSB issues safety recommendations, they are data-driven, supported by factual evidence developed from investigations, and are carefully crafted to prevent accidents.”  Continue Here.

05/11/2022   ‘Avgas Coalition’ Petitions DOT And FAA To Retain 100LL During Transition Period - From AVweb - "A May 6 letter from stakeholders associated with the 110-plus-member Avgas Coalition, addressed to Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen, implores the powers that be to retain the availability of low-lead 100LL aviation fuel until an orderly transition to unleaded fuel can be accomplished. Among the stakeholders, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker said, “The need to remove lead from aviation fuel is something everyone is behind. [However]..."  Continue Here.

05/10/2022   Have You Done a PRICE Check Lately?   In the latest episode of the Pilot Minute video series, FAA Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Susan Northrup discusses how to use the PRICE check to inspect emergency oxygen equipment before and during flight (Pressure, Regulator, Indicator, Connections, and Emergency). And don’t forget to brief your passengers on how to use the oxygen system. See the video here. For more information on aircraft oxygen equipment use, see our latest aeromedical safety brochure here (PDF).

05/09/2022   FAA wants U.S. airlines to retrofit, replace radio altimeters - NEWS - From Reuters - "AT&T (T.N) and Verizon Communications (VZ.N) voluntarily agreed in January to delay through July 5 switching on some wireless towers and depowering others near airports just hours before the planned Jan. 19 deployment, averting what airlines had warned would cause a potentially "catastrophic" aviation safety crisis. - The delay did not prevent dozens of countries from canceling flights to the United States, casting the U.S. regulatory system in an ugly light." Get the update re: altimeters and antennas Here.

05/09/2022   Microlearning for Aviation Medical Examiners - VIDEO - "For this edition of the AME Minute, Warren Silberman, DO, MPH explains why after-visit summaries and current status reports were replaced by a detailed clinical progress note (DCPN), and how gathering information from the pilot’s provider in one document will expedite the medical certification process. (Running time: 1:37)"  See it Here.

05/09/2022   Will GA Have a Fuel Problem? - From Flying - "With avgas a boutique product and jet-A supplies in mitigation, experts see price volatility rather than more shortages ahead, for general aviation." Continue Here.

05/08/2022  MIDAIR COLLISION AVOIDANCE(MACA) PAMPHLET - MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE - IMPORTANT MIDAIR SAFETY - "Southern California is noted for many things. One of them, unfortunately, is the potential for a midair collision due to the heavily congested airspace. This part of the country is one of the most hazardous areas in the world for aircraft. In order to reduce the risk of a major accident, know your personal limitations, learn as much as possible about the airspace system you operate in and know the flight characteristics of the aircraft around you. This pamphlet was developed in the interest of promoting flight safety. It details factors affecting vision, collision avoidance techniques and March ARB aircraft and their departure/approach routes. Hopefully this information will assist you in avoiding situations where the potential for a midair collision is the greatest." Webmaster: Dated 2017 but this 16 page PDF is incredibly detailed and provides chart depictions of the many March ARB operations and the airports that surround March ARB. Also provides many references and a link to today's current issue of, "Keep 'em Flying From March Field" with updated events and info.  Get it HERE. Note: An Update re: Peris Valley - "Perris Valley: The frequency is 122.775 (see small insert frequency box on chart) We don't listen to 122.90. Please DO NOT fly over this airport 14,000 and below. 9 multi engine jump planes. Maybe 15 ultra lights. Usually one of the top 3 busiest drop zones in the United states."

05/08/2022  Aero Friedrichshafen 2022: GAMI’s G100UL high octane unleaded avgas wins the Flieger magazine 2022 AWARD for the innovation of the year. - CURRENT FUEL NEWS & PR - ARTICLE & VIDEO - From GAMI - Includes: GAMI G100UL™ Press Conference at Sun 'n Fun 2022 & G100UL™ Presentation - Sun 'n Fun 2022 - Get some of the latest Fuel News Here.

05/08/2022   Could SAF Be a Cost-Effective Solution to Rising Aviation Fuel Prices? - ANALYSIS - From Flying - "As fuel prices skyrocket, will sustainable aviation fuel ever be a less-expensive alternative? - With the price of conventional aviation fuel skyrocketing in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, could sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offer any relief?  For a while now, governments, major airlines, and several aviation organizations have been encouraging the industry to embrace SAF to help achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is because SAF burns more cleanly and is made from renewable resources, such as used cooking oil and grain. OK, but how does it compare on price?"  Read More Here.

05/08/2022  As Demand and Prices for Jet-A Rise, Is Supply Dwindling? - FUEL INFO / HISTORY - From Flying - "Reports of diesel shortages cause concern about the amount of available aviation fuel. Airports, FBOs, and pilots are increasingly feeling the pinch of rising fuel prices driven by a number of factors ranging from Russia’s war with Ukraine and related economic sanctions to the booming shipping industry and the coming summer travel season. But jet fuel just became a special case. According to a report..." Continue Here.

05/05/2022   How to Care for Your Lycoming Camshaft - Maintenance - From Flying - "Often called the Achilles heel of the Lycoming engine, here’s how to keep that camshaft doing what it should."  Continue Here.

05/05/2002    Moose Stalls - SAFETY - From Aviation Safety - "On September 5, 2013, a hunter near Glenallen, Alaska, was killed in a crash while searching for a moose he had earlier shot and field-dressed. According to a friend who was hunting with him, the pilot had failed to mark the area where the carcass could be found before hiking away from the site and subsequently chose to conduct a quick aerial search for it in his Cessna 170B. As the witness later recounted to investigators, the pilot flew by at about “80 to 100 feet above the ground traveling at about 45 mph.” The aircraft then started a left turn,..."   Read this important story Here.

05/04/2022  A Radar Primer - WX INFO - From AVweb - "Radar, whether we’re talking air traffic control, thunderstorm detection, navigation, or even air combat, is a technology that has shaped the history of flight in countless ways. The word “radar” is an acronym (RAdio Detection And Ranging) and was coined in 1939 by the United States Army Signal Corps as it worked on these systems for the Navy. Its rapid development during World War II is still well known in the aviation community and it’s often associated with that era." Learn about history, products and strategies Here.

05/04/2022   American Robotics Expands Network With Seven More Sites - From Flying - "Additional stations will allow company to deploy automated drones without operators from more places. - The seven new sites range from 0.1 square miles to 14 square miles and are located in:

  • North Dakota
  • Louisiana
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • California
  • South Carolina

Read the full article Here.

05/04/2022  Rotorcraft Collective - VIDEO - 5 video selections - “The Rotorcraft Collective” is a group of engineers, pilots, mechanics, accident investigators, and communication specialists from industry and the FAA who produce short safety videos packed with information on topics such as preflight inspections and passenger briefings, helicopter icing, and securing cargo. Produced by the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), this series is a collaborative effort between the FAASTeam, United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), Helicopter Association International (HAI), and the Helicopter Institute in Dallas. Choose from the Videos Here.

05/04/2022  Train and Plan for Emergencies Before they Happen - VIDEO - 78 Videos - These videos have been selected for pilots and aircraft maintainers by the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam). Go to FAASafety.gov for more info and training opportunities.- You can choose from the entire list Here.    Lot's of good selections.

05/03/2022   Airline pilot shortage prompts college aviation course at Ontario airport - From Dailly Bulletin - "Mount San Antonio College is teaching a class at Ontario airport to entice more students into aeronautics jobs - When folks at Ontario International Airport and Ontario City Hall noticed aviation jobs — including airline pilots — were falling behind demand for air travel, they reached out to Mount San Antonio College. - But instead of just asking the school to increase enrollment in its accredited aeronautics program, they did something never done before. They brought the college to the airport." Continue Here.

05/01/2022   Airport Climate Challenge launched to meet U.S. net zero targets - From International Airport Review - "The FAA believes partnering with U.S. airports, while providing support and funding programmes, will be key to the U.S. lowering greenhouse gas emissions and achieving sustainable air travel. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. airports have launched an Airport Climate Challenge to help achieve the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Airports can take advantage of several FAA funding programmes to meet this goal, including grants for low- or zero-emissions vehicles, renewable energy production, energy assessments and other efforts. The challenge is one of a number of initiatives underway to meet the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a net-zero aviation system by 2050. Read More Here.

05/01/2022   NEW FAA Safety Briefing - The May/June 2022 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine focuses on the variety of tools and technology aviators can use to avoid and/or safely mitigate weather risks. -  Feature articles cover some of the FAA’s latest weather research work and programs, including more effective ways to steer clear of turbulence and interpret weather products and resources. We also explore some tips to improve your preflight self-briefings. Additional Topics; Pulling Gs, Allergies and Allergy Medication, and Aircraft Corrosion. Plus More. Download the .pdf file Here.

04/28/2022   Stall Warning Systems - SAFETY INFO - From Aviation Safety - "Most personal airplanes have some kind of stall warning system, as a final attempt to get our attention. They come in two basic flavors: the vane type or the reed type."  Read what you might need to know about stall warning systems Here.

04/27/2022   Virtual Reality’s Impact on Flight Training Continues to Grow - INFO - "KLM Airlines and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are two entities using this new technology to big benefit. - How KLM Airlines Uses VR Training for Pilots - Continue Here

04/27/2022   FAA Begins Investing $1B of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding into Air Traffic Control System  - FAA NEWS - WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has started investing the first $1 billion of $5 billion into the country’s air traffic control system. The funding — made possible through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law — will sustain, repair or replace hundreds of buildings and pieces of equipment that make flying in the United States the safest in the world.

“Air traffic control facilities are the nerve centers of our airspace system, and a big part of the reason why flying is the safest mode of transportation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will repair, replace and modernize the infrastructure that our air traffic control system relies on to keep the traveling public safe for generations to come.”

Secretary Buttigieg visited one of the 22 air traffic control facilities that will received funding thanks to the infrastructure law. View the video of Secretary Buttigieg’s visit.

The FAA controls more than 5 million square miles of airspace in the U.S. and more than 24 million square miles over oceans. The air traffic system includes hundreds of towers at airports and terminal approach control facilities, which provide air traffic services to aircraft approaching and leaving busy airspace. It also includes 22 centers handling aircraft at high-altitudes. These facilities depend on power systems, navigation and weather equipment, and radar and surveillance systems across the country.

“There’s a great deal of work needed to reduce the backlog of sustainment work, upgrades and replacement of buildings and equipment needed to operate our nation’s airspace safely. We are going to make sure small and disadvantaged businesses owned by women and minorities have the chance to do this work so we can expand jobs and opportunities across the country,” said FAA Deputy Administrator A. Bradley Mims.

Below is a breakdown of how the FAA will invest the $1 billion available in the first year of funding. Click on the graphic to view an interactive data visualization online.

  • Reinforce Navigation, Weather & Tracking Equipment: The FAA uses a host of communications, surveillance, weather and navigation systems to guide aircraft safely. We will complete the backlog of supporting infrastructure sustainment projects to keep these systems reliable.
  • Power SystemsReplace underground cables, transformers, switches at airports, engine generators and fuel storage tanks that are part of primary and back-up power systems for our air traffic systems.
  • Enroute Flight CentersUpdate and repair the country’s 22 Air Route Traffic Control Centers that handle aircraft flying at high altitudes.
  • Long-Range Radars: Renovate or replace the supporting infrastructure at long-range radar sites, which are critical to tracking flights between airports.
  • Replace Towers: Pay for design, site evaluation and preparation for the first air traffic control towers that will be replaced over the coming years. Many of the towers selected will be located at regional and smaller airports.
  • Improve Towers and Approach & Departure FacilitiesMore than 50 percent of our towers and TRACON facilities, which handle flights entering and exiting busy airspace, are over 40 years old. Funding will pay for new elevators, plumbing systems, and supporting infrastructure.
  • Environmental and Safety: Remove and restore areas where we have outdated facilities or personnel safety infrastructure that is no longer used and incorporate environmental and personnel safety updates.
  • Personnel & Travel: Recruit and hire installation technicians and engineers needed to improve and modernize these facilities.
  • Facility Security: Upgrade various integrated security systems at all FAA staffed facilities. Upgrades include those for guardhouses, visitor parking, fencing, perimeter hardening, window blast protection and lighting.

The projects that this funding supports will create jobs for local suppliers, construction workers and communities nationwide. - For additional information, visit www.faa.gov/bil/air-traffic-facilities.

04/25/2022    PILOTS PUSH FOR HELICOPTER WAKE-TURBULENCE AWARENESS - SAFETY - From AOPA - "A group of helicopter pilots and aviation safety professionals have come together to research and share the importance of helicopter wake-turbulence safety with the aviation community. While long known to exist, the aerodynamic details of helicopter wake turbulence are not fully understood, or documented. Recent accidents and incidents inspired a new push to educate all pilots—both fixed-wing and rotorcraft—about the hazard created for nearby aircraft when helicopters are generating lift near runways and taxiways."  Read More Here.

04/25/2022   7 Tips for Drone Operators To Not Interfere with Agricultural Aircraft - SAFETY - From Agweb - "The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking all unmanned aircraft (UA) operators to be mindful of low-altitude manned agricultural aircraft operations." Read them Here.

04/21/2022   Seeks Self-Healing Concrete for Infrastructure, Runway Repair - See our Runway Safety News Page for Details.

04/20/2022    Your 90-Second Survival Plan for Takeoff Emergencies - SAFETY - From Flying - "Stack the deck in your favor with some simple planning, preflight briefing, and by using a four-part departure framework." Read it Here.

04/20/2022    China Eastern Jet Crash Investigators are still analyzing data from the two black boxes on the Boeing Co. 737-800 NG aircraft, according to a one-page summary of the report posted by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. No evidence has emerged of any pre-flight mechanical failure, weather issue or problem with the pilots’ qualifications, it said.  (Report is in Chinese). The report is noted as less than informative.

04/20/2022    Interested in Los Alamitos Army Airfirld?  Open to the Public - April Regional Military Affairs Committee Meeting at the Airfield. - Tuesday, 26th of April. See SCAUWG.ORG's EVENTS page for details.

04/20/2022   Ag Flyers’ Group Asks Drone Operators To Beware Of Low-Flying Aircraft - SAFETY - From AVweb - "The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) has appealed to operators of unmanned aircraft (UAs) to “be mindful” of the vulnerability of low-flying aircraft flying aerial applications missions." - NAAA wrote, “UAs are not constantly visible to pilots, meaning it is up to the drone operator to avoid a collision.” Read More Here.

04/19/2022   Pilots Now Able to Track Medical Applications in Real-Time - FAA NEWSWASHINGTON—The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has added a new feature to MedXPress that allows pilots to track the status of their medical certificates online throughout the application and review process. Prior to adding this new feature, pilots had to call the Office of Aerospace Medicine to check their application status. - “If you can track where your ridesharing car is or the status of a company delivering your package, pilots should be able to see online the real-time status of their application,” said Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Susan Northrup “We will continue to explore how we can be more transparent with the aviation community.”

As soon as an application is submitted, it will appear in the pilot’s MedXPress profile. Status updates will change as the application moves through the FAA’s review process. If an application is deferred or denied, the applicant will receive detailed information through the mail. The certification process itself does not change. You can learn more about FAA’s medical certification process at https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/

04/19/2022   Updated Airport Design Guidance Includes Turf Ops - AIRPORT DESIGN - From AVweb - "According to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), it first suggested the policy change a few years ago during the annual EAA/FAA Winter Recreational Summit. The update covers key risk factors to consider for turf operations along with airport design recommendations, FSDO safety assessments, maintenance requirements and pilot education. - “This policy update has been several years in the making..." Continue Here.

04/18/2022   This is just an FYI. The annual U.C. Berkeley Airport Systems Planning and Design course will be held in person this summer on the UC Berkeley campus from July 11 to 15, 2022. I have attached a flyer that provides more information about the course. You can also access the course website at this link https://its.berkeley.edu/nextor/airportcourse  Please note that the early bird registration ends on May 13, 2022. - "I attended this course back in 2018 and gained much from the experience.  Dr. Geoffrey Gosling, who is active on many of the Transportation Research Board aviation and airport committees, is one of the chief instructors." - roshi John Ishikawa, Ph.D. - Senior Regional Planner—Aviation Program - ishikawa@scag.ca.gov  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS - 900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1700, Los Angeles, CA 90017

04/17/2022   Santa Monica-Area Resident Challenges City Council In Airport Letter - AIRPORT (POLITICS) NEWS - From AVweb - "A Santa Monica-area resident—a pilot and a mother—published an open letter in the local newspaper, taking Santa Monica Airport Commissioner Joseph Schmitz to task for claims he made in a March 28 statement regarding the airport’s status and the dangers of leaded aviation gasoline (100LL). Eve Lopez wrote, in part, “As a resident of Sunset Park and a general aviation pilot who flies for public benefit, I am a member of the class most highly exposed to lead. As a mother, I too am concerned for the health and welfare of children. Countering widely circulated claims of unusually high levels of lead...” Read the Rest of the Story and some newly published assertions Here.

04/17/2022   Airbus eXtra Performance Wing Demonstrator Finishes Wind-Tunnel Testing - PR NEWS - From AVweb  - "Airbus announced on Tuesday that it has wrapped up wind-tunnel testing of its eXtra Performance Wing demonstrator. Alongside fello’fly’s widebody formation flights and AlbatrossONE’s flapping wings, the eXtra Performance Wing is one of the company’s “biomimicry” projects that engage in “the study and imitation of nature … to help solve human challenges.” Launched last September, the goal of the project is to accelerate and validate technologies that will improve and optimize wing aerodynamics and performance for future aircraft."  Continue Here.

04/17/2022   Aero Friedrichshafen 2022: A Preview of LSA after MOSAIC? - From Flying - ‘Ultralights’ in the European Union hint at what light sport aircraft can be in the U.S.' - "We all know that looking into the future is only possible in sci-fi movies. Even the finest crystal ball will not be able to say with any degree of accuracy what the light sport aircraft (LSA) market will look like in the U.S. after the FAA releases its final version of the upcoming MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification) rulemaking effort. Read nore about MOSAIC Here.

There is, however, a way to take a pretty good look at what LSAs might become once MOSAIC is etched in stone. You’ll need to travel to Friedrichshafen, Germany, and attend the upcoming 2022 Aero Friedrichshafen trade show (AERO22), known affectionately as “AERO”—much like EAA’s AirVenture is referred to by many simply as “Oshkosh.”

04/17/2022   FAA Contract Tower Grant Program - Application Process Opens to Modernize Small Town, Regional Air Traffic Towers Using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds -  WASHINGTON— The Federal Aviation Administration has opened the application process for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to modernize air traffic control towers at many small town and municipal airports. The FAA will fund projects that sustain, construct, repair, improve, modernize, replace or relocate airport-owned towers and install communications equipment.

“Residents of smaller and rural communities rely on aviation to get where they need to go. This funding will help ensure that air traffic is safe and reliable in communities across America,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. -  The FAA Contract Tower Competitive Grant program provides $20 million annually for five years within the newly established Airport Infrastructure Grant program. Grants awarded under this program are at a 100 percent federal participation. No airport match is required.

There are currently around 156 airports with air traffic control contract towers eligible for this funding. These towers are staffed by employees of private companies rather than by FAA employees. The FAA pays for the services on a contract basis. The FAA’s Contract Tower Program began in 1982 to allow the agency to contract out the operation of certain low-activity towers. “This funding will allow airport sponsors to build or repair their facilities to meet safety standards and be environmentally friendly and sustainable,” said FAA Associate Administrator of Airports Shannetta Griffin. - Airports are encouraged to submit eligible projects as soon as possible, but must do so by May 16, 2022.

The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan for building a better America with a $1.2 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. It will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, upgrade and expand public transit, modernize the nation’s ports and airports, improve safety, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably so that everyone gets ahead for decades to come.

04/17/2022    FAA Awards $4.4 Million in Drone Research Grants to Seven Universities - FAA - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced $4.4 million in drone research, education and training grants to seven universities. Research will focus on three areas: electromagnetic compatibility, detect and avoid classifications, and cybersecurity oversight. -  The universities receiving grants are University of North Dakota, University of Kansas, Drexel University, The Ohio State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mississippi State University and Oregon State University.

“This funding and our ongoing partnerships with these universities will allow the FAA to safely integrate the airspace that has a growing number of diverse aircraft users,” said FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen. The research initiatives and grant awardees include:

Evaluate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Electromagnetic Compatibility - This research will assess the risks, identify drone design vulnerabilities, identify material and procedural mitigations, and propose guidance for safer electromagnetic compatibility with emitted and static fields.

  • University of North Dakota $325,042
  • University of Kansas $325,000
  • Drexel University $325,830

Investigate Detect and Avoid Track Classification and Filtering - This research will provide proposed metrics, guidance, and test methods to assess the effects of false or misleading information on detect and avoid capabilities. The findings will support Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations.

  • The Ohio State University $732,441
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University $371,000
  • Mississippi State University $330,000
  • University of North Dakota $80,000

Illustrate the Need for UAS Cybersecurity Oversight and Risk Management - This research will address UAS Cybersecurity Oversight and Risk Management as it pertains to the National Airspace System and other FAA systems.

  • University of Kansas $651,982
  • Oregon State University $609,226
  • Drexel University $608,783

Today’s announcement is the second round of Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) grants, which brings the total of 15 grants valued at $18.3 million for Fiscal Year 2022.The ASSURE Center of Excellence is one of six that the agency has established to help advance technology and educate the next generation of aviation professionals. Research conducted through ASSURE is focused on helping the drone market safely grow and integrate into the nation’s airspace.  -  More than 800,000 recreational and commercial drones are in the active drone fleet, and that number is expected to grow.

04/17/2022   Air France Launches Strategic Program for Decarbonization - INFO & PR - From Aviation Today - "Air France is launching a new program to accelerate decarbonization, called “Air France ACT,” including a three-part strategy. The first aims are to reduce direct and indirect CO2 emissions from Air France’s operations; the third priority is to support projects that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Air France is targeting a 30% reduction in CO2 per passenger/kilometer over the span from 2019 to 2030. The Air France ACT program is part of the airline’s participation in achieving the objectives spelled out in the Paris Agreement. Read More about SAF and plans Here.

04/13/2022   CHARTING NOTICE:    To: Users of digital-US Terminal Procedures Publications
From: Aeronautical Information Services    -    Subject: dTPP Desktop discontinued due to Internet Explorer retiring

Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer (IE), and their support of IE, as of June 15, 2022.

When distribution of the DVD was discontinued in approximately 2016, the dTPP DVD folder structure was included in the DDTPPE.zip file. The dTPP DVD folder structure, when downloaded to the user’s computer, allowed the user to access the dTPP Desktop application to browse individual dTPP chart files using the XML. The dTPP Desktop application was developed using Internet Explorer. dTPP Desktop does not work in Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome due to security measures inherent in Edge and Chrome.

Because Internet Explorer will be retired by Microsoft, the dTPP DVD folder structure will no longer be included in the DDTPPE.zip file beginning with the September 8, 2022 effective date. The only files provided in the DDTPPE.zip file beginning September 8, 2022, will be the pdf compare files and the XML. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via the Aeronautical Information Portal at: https://nfdc.faa.gov/nfdcApps/controllers/PublicSecurity/nfdcLogin

04/12/2022   Angle of Attack Awareness - A lack of awareness, with respect to angle of attack (AOA), has resulted in the loss of aircraft control and contributed to fatal GA accidents. Increasing a pilot’s awareness of the aerodynamic effects of AOA and available technology will help general aviation pilots avoid an inadvertent loss of control. Read more about this and our other #FlySafe topics on our blog at https://medium.com/faa/flysafe/home.  Angle of Attack FACT SHEET Here.  Watch Angle of Attack in 57 Seconds VIDEO Here.

04/12/2022   Satellite Navigation — GPS/WAAS Approaches - Get the latest update number and info Here.

04/10/2022   The Language of Aircraft Maintenance? It Starts Here - TECH INFO - From Flying - "The ATA 100 code table provides common terminology for documenting aircraft systems, components, spare parts, and maintenance. - Airplanes are highly specialized, extremely complicated, and operated with precision metrics that can be critical when a failure occurs. Aerospace OEMs adopted the standard and incorporated it into their processes, identifiers, and technical manuals to ensure continuity." Read about the History and Purpose Here.

04/09/2022   Engine Failure After Takeoff - Recorded Webinar w/ Barry & Brian Schiff - "This video describes the results of my father's decades-long research into the subject of turning back towards the runway after experiencing an engine failure shortly after takeoff in a single-engine airplane. I discuss techniques for determining when it is safe to do so, and how to practice the maneuver and become proficient at it."  See it Here.

04/08/2022  ZeroAvia, ZEV Station to Develop Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure at Airports in California - From Advanced Aviation Report - ZEV Station, a hydrogen fueling firm, is partnering with ZeroAvia to build green hydrogen refueling infrastructure at airports in California. In an announcement from ZeroAvia this week, the company announced…Read More »

04/07/2022   Air Force Tests Scramjet Hypersonic Missile - NEWS - From AVweb - "The Air Force says- it successfully tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March but didn’t announce it at the time because it didn’t want to inflame tensions with Russia. The test occurred off the Pacific coast just as President Joe Biden was heading to Europe to discuss the war in Ukraine with NATO leaders. Russia has claimed it used two..."   Continue HERE.

04/05/2022   South Lake Tahoe LDA Approach Requires Key Points Not to Miss - IFR SAFETY - From Flying - "Surrounded by lofty mountains, the instrument approach to KTVL requires your attention. - Arguably one of the most stunning lakes in the United States, Lake Tahoe sits at a relatively high elevation surrounded by even loftier mountains. This can make flying an approach to South Lake Tahoe, California, something that requires a little more attention than your average approach, especially if you are going to be using the LDA Runway 18 procedure.

If I had to choose, this might be one of the coolest and most beautiful approaches to fly in the United States—in VFR weather. In IFR, it certainly has a few key points you wouldn’t want to miss."  Continue to Learn About this Here.

04/05/2022   El Monte, California VOR-A: A Deceptively Simple Approach? - IFR SAFETY - From Flying - "VOR approaches may look easy to perform, but check the details. - THE POMONA VOR on the VOR-A approach to El Monte, California (KEMT), may not be on the FAA’s “keep list,” when considering the eventual transition to a minimum operational network (MON) of VORs. But it’s a good example of a VOR approach for our analysis. - A VOR approach procedure may look simple at first, but it can get a little complex."  Continue To Learn About this Here.

04/05/2022   Harrison Ford to Receive Howard Hughes Memorial Award - NEWS - Video - "The Aero Club of Southern California announced Monday that award-winning actor Harrison Ford will be the recipient of the 43rd annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award. The honor will be presented to Ford during a ceremony on June 10 at the California Science Center Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavor Pavillon in Los Angeles. - It is an honor to celebrate Harrison Ford, the illustrious actor, pilot, and passionate aviation advocate for his volunteer work with Young Eagles, humanitarian and aircraft rescue efforts,” George Butts, president of Aero Club of Southern California, said in a statement."  Read / View More Here.      For Ticket Information CLICK HERE

04/05/2022   Administrator's Fact Book - FAA - The “Fact Book” is a page-by-page compendium of who we are and what we do. Without question, the FAA manages the most complex aviation system on the planet. Approaching a billion passengers. Thousands of pieces of equipment and facilities. And an elite corps of professionals to manage all of it. The National Airspace System is a national treasure—a dynamic organism that’s constantly evolving. Knowing the precise areas experiencing air traffic growth can lead to a greater focus on implementing new technologies, reexamining resources and sharpening infrastructure requirements. Each of these has a vital role in the FAA’s primary mission: safety. This booklet enables you to connect the dots. - Last updated: Monday, September 13, 2021 - View the .PDF file Here.

04/05/2022   Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) - FAA FACT SHEET - The EMAS technology improves safety benefits in cases where land is not available, or not possible to have the standard 1,000-foot overrun. A standard EMAS installation can stop an aircraft from overrunning the runway at 70 knots (approximately 80 miles per hour). An EMAS bed can be installed to help slow or stop an aircraft that overruns the runway, even if less than a standard RSA length is available. - Further Info and a Incident Success Chart Here.

04/05/2022   Accident Probe: Pilot Incapacitation - SAFETY - From AVweb - "The typical personal airplane lacks many creature comforts we’ve come to expect in private transportation. Perhaps foremost among them is air conditioning, but the cabin heat systems also can leave a lot to be desired, especially among piston singles. The primary reason is that the vast majority of these airplanes employ air-cooled engines, unlike the car we drove to the airport, which extracts heat from engine coolant to warm the passengers." More Info Here.

04/04/2022   FAA Updates Airport Design Guidance - FAA - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration updated its advisory circular on Airport Design that provides guidance to airport sponsors and airport consultants designing and developing airports around the country.

“The advisory circular provides a critical roadmap for the aviation industry when planning, designing and developing the nation’s airports,” said FAA Associate Administrator of Airports Shannetta R. Griffin. “This update contains the latest information the industry needs as we work collaboratively to build safe, sustainable and accessible airport infrastructure to safely transport passengers, goods and services.”

This advisory circular outlines the FAA’s recommended standards for an acceptable level of safety, efficiency and capacity when designing and implementing projects at airports to meet the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation, Part 139 Certification of Airports. Airport sponsors that receive federal funding from the Airport Improvement Program and the Passenger Facility Charge Program are required to fully comply with the advisory circular.

The updates to the advisory circular include restructuring the document, explaining the meaning of terms used, expanding information in certain chapters and adding graphics to support information in the circular. - This advisory circular takes effect immediately and cancels the prior version, dated September 28, 2012.

04/03/2022   The Latest 5G C-Band Interference on Radio Altimeters Research, Testing and Technology Updates - INFO - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "While the number of new directives and policy updates from the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the impact of 5G C-band wireless service interference on aircraft radio altimeters has slowed since January, research, testing, and debate on a long-term solution for the safe co-existence of the two sides continues. Here, Avionics International provides an overview of some of the latest research and testing that is occurring to understand the interference that can be caused by 5G C-band stations located near airports." Continue Here.

04/03/2022   NASA Workshop Defines Progress and Goals for Advanced Air Mobility Integration - INFO - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystem Working Groups (AEWG) hosted a virtual workshop this week featuring discussions on AAM integration. Starting in June, the AEWG will develop more formal roadmaps based on the priorities and sequencing discussions taking place during this week’s workshop. Robert Pearce, NASA’s Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, shared his perspective on AAM integration strategies. Two other representatives from NASA, Davis Hackenberg and Ken Goodrich, also discussed some of the next steps for establishing an AAM ecosystem." Find out more Here.

04/02/2022  Accident Case Study: Final Approach - VIDEO - From AOPA - The AOPA Air Safety Institute reviews how mistakes, missed opportunities, and a failure to recognize and declare an emergency led to tragedy. Watch the video >

04/02/2022  Beware of thin air - SAFETY - From AOPA - High density altitude equals degraded aircraft performance, so it's critical to know your airport's values on a standard day. Learn more and order or download the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Density Altitude Poster as a reminder.

04/02/2022   Learn and live - SAFETY - From AOPA - The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new VFR into IMC Safety Spotlight provides new research and recommendations to help you stay safe.

04/02/2022  Avoid, escape VFR into IMC - SAFETY - From AOPA - Check out the AOPA Air Safety Institute's VFR Into IMC: Avoidance and Escape resources to learn how to protect yourself from an unexpected encounter with instrument meteorological conditions.

04/01/2022  KLGBCHANGES TO THE CHART SUPPLEMENT SOUTHWEST - The “Noise” section of LGB’s Airport/Facilities Directory listing was changed from:
Touch and go, stop and go, low apch only permitted 1500–0300Z‡ weekdays and 1600–2300Z‡ weekends and hol only on Rwy 08L–26R and Rwy 08R–26L.
to
Touch and go, stop and go, practice low apch, VFR practice missed apch only pmtd 1500–0300Z‡ weekdays and 0800–
1500Z‡ wkends and hols only on Rwy 08L–26R and Rwy 08R–26L.
Many thanks to RICHARD GARNETT & the Long Beach Flying Club for pointing out this omission!