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Wings & Wheels 2015
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What better way to spend Father's Day weekend than saluting our veterans at the picturesque Teterboro Airport, as The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey hosts its annual vintage aircraft and car show. This charming family event features WWII airplanes, helicopters and other unique aircraft. In past years, classic cars such as an original Corvette — and even a Batmobile — have been on display for the enjoyment of adults and children alike.
Some fascinating aircraft are already committed to Wings & Wheels, including an Aero L-29, a Curtis SB2C Helldiver, a P-47 Thunderbolt, and a Grumman TBF Avenger. For those who are not content to stay on the ground, the B-17G "Yankee Lady" will be returning once more to offer breathtaking rides for a small fee.
Military memorabilia and informative displays on aspects of aviation will deck the halls of the hangar, while live performances will entertain.
All proceeds benefit the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey, a non-profit organization wholly invested in bringing excitement and understanding of aviation to all generations. Donations of $15 for Adults and $8 for Seniors and Children over three are strongly suggested. Veterans (proudly wearing a veterans cap of any kind), and Active Duty Military (with I.D.) are welcome to enjoy for FREE.
Check the website (www.njahof.org) for latest information, or call: 201-288-6344. There is no parking at the airport. Follow signs for FREE off-site parking, with FREE bus service to/from the exhibit area.
Saturday, June 20 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, June 21 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Clouds to Avoid?
Pilot Workshop via I Fly America
Most pilots have been taught to stay away from virga. However, not all virga is dangerous. Virga is produced when snow or rain is falling from the base of the cloud, but evaporates in dry air before reaching the surface. The key here is the dry air below the clouds. Evaporation is a cooling process. As the rain or snow evaporates, it cools the air, and the air becomes denser than the surrounding air. The heavier air tends to accelerate toward the earth producing a downdraft. Why is this a hazard? A large enough downdraft could cause the airplane to sink.
Accident report — Flight too high, too fast: runway too short — Cessna T210L
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According to the pilot, while making a localizer approach to runway 36, in IFR conditions, the airplane broke out of the overcast at about 400 feet above ground level. The pilot forced the airplane down and landed about 2,000 feet past the runway's threshold at about 100 to 120 knots indicated airspeed. The pilot stated that he was unable to stop the airplane before it departed the end of the runway and collided with the airport's perimeter fencing. There were no mechanical problems reported by the pilot or discovered during the post-accident examination of the airplane.
IFA pilot quiz — Aviation safety
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Every FAA Administrator proudly declares that safety is the primary concern of the administration. (It's often quipped that if a new mop was needed in the FAA building it would be reported as a safety purchase.) But, safety is a serious subject. Let's test some safety questions.
1. The aviation safety and reporting system (ASRS) was developed and is operated by the:
a. Federal Aviation Administration
2. If an emergency landing must be made in trees, it is best to:
b. National Transportation Board
c. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
a. Land gear up
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Land gear down
c. Depends on circumstances and aircraft type
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Maybe it's time for privatized ATC
Once again, it's the season to talk about fixing the FAA, this time by moving the air traffic function out of the agency and into a separate agency or a privatized corporation of some sort. As we reported, Rep. John Mica has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would turn ATC into an employee-owned, non-profit company charged with all aspects of air traffic control.
This is by no means a new thing. Several times during the past four decades, privatizing ATC has come up in Congress, only to be shot down by unfavorable political alignments or potent special interests.
The greatest threat to aviation
General Aviation News
I was once blinded by my best friend while flying at night. He was trying to help me read a map. We were out of KDAL, heading to KSMO.
Inbound to KSMO, at night, over California's high desert, the earth below looked black as pitch, the sky above a planetarium ceiling's worth of stars. I'd purposely kept cockpit lighting low to preserve my night vision.
When ATC descended us from 12,000 to 8,000, I dropped my sectional. Thinking he was being helpful, my non-pilot friend saw this as an opportunity to show off the new, high-intensity headband flashlight he’d brought along, the kind intended for caves, not cockpits.
Historic Windecker Eagle in restoration
It's not often that a grounded airplane design returns to the skies, but such will be the case for a Windecker Eagle currently in restoration. The airplane was designed in the 1960s. It was the first composite airplane to achieve certification and one of the first, if not the first, airplanes certified under Part 23 rules. As an early adopter of composite materials, the Eagle outran the Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 210 and Bellanca Viking in its day.
Bill would affect VA aviation training benefits
Aviation groups say a proposed new bill will essentially block military veterans from using their Veterans Administration benefits to obtain aviation degrees. The new measure would cap the VA benefits at $20,235 per year for flight training, a fraction of the cost of the programs that form the basis of degree aviation programs. The provision was rolled into a bill (H.R. 475) by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Solar Impulse 2 flight postponed due to weather risk
The planned flight of the sun powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, has been postponed.
The team in Nanjing, eastern China, say the weather forecasters have assessed that conditions are no longer good for the attempted flight to Hawaii.
Pilot Andre Borschberg told the BBC's John Sudworth that he was pleased not to be flying as the journey would have been too much of a risk.
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