IFA American Flyer
Mar. 18, 2015

Rutan's next airplane in the works
It's no secret that legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan has been at work on a seaplane during his retirement in Idaho, but now the airplane is getting close to first flight and new details have been released about the design. The amphibious airplane, called a SkiGull, will be equipped with retractable skis, and will be able to land on water or snow. The skis also will be equipped with small wheels for runway landings.More

FAA recommends replacing hook-and-loop ELT fasteners
The FAA has found that hook-and-loop Velcro-style fasteners for ELT units are subject to failure in an accident, but the agency said it has decided against issuing an airworthiness directive that would address the problem because manufacturers have already either revised or are in the process of revising those designs. The FAA did recommend that any aircraft owners or operators who have already installed ELT units with hook-and-loop fasteners should voluntarily switch to a metal strap restraint method.More

Air Boss: Keeping airshows and fly-ins safe
General Aviation News
According to author Amelia Reiheld: Ever flown into AirVenture at Oshkosh? SUN 'n FUN in Lakeland, Florida? Any of the major fly-ins around the country? If so, you'll know it's true: Air bosses rock! I'd flown into the two big events several times, and marveled at the Air Traffic Control at both places. People wearing bright pink polo shirts, armed only with binoculars, headsets, and quick wits, were standing on flat-bed trailers, calmly directing more traffic than O'Hare sees on a bad day. I was impressed. More

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As easy as A-B-C
By Susan Parsons, reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
Emergency approaches were one of the hardest areas to master when I was learning to fly. I struggled to remember what to do first, fumbled around the sky looking for the best field, and constantly lost my place on the emergency checklist. I eventually came across a simple ABC checklist for emergencies, which calls for an immediate focus on the most important tasks. More

IFA pilot quiz — Women pioneers in aviation
I Fly America
Knowing the names of men like Charles Lindbergh, Wiley Post and others who pioneered in aviation is common among pilots and much of the public. But, how about the women? They, too, achieved much and contributed to advancement of flying by being first. More and more women are becoming pilots today and the ones who led the way for them deserve greater acknowledgment. Check your recognition of names of women who achieved fame by being first.

1. Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?

    a. Anne Lindbergh
    b. Shannon Lucid
    c. Amelia Earhart

2. First woman pilot to circle the globe and first to fly over both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans?
    a. Geraldine Mock
    b. Beryl Markham
    c. Jackie Cochran
Continue the quiz and find out the answers. More

Accident Report — Improper flare and recovery on a bounced landing — De Havilland DHC-6
I Fly America
A de Havilland DHC-6 was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following an aborted landing at Hilty Field (OI68), Rittman, Ohio. The certificated airline transport pilot received serious injuries, and the second pilot, also a certificated airline transport pilot, received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the parachuting flight. More

Sleep Apnea guidance sent to AMEs
The FAA has released the new medical examination requirements and information documents for pilots regarding sleep apnea risk and all U.S. pilots can expect to be asked questions about it and have their bodies measured at their next medical. The guidance follows the American Academy of Sleep Medicine risk criteria for the disorder, which has always been a disqualifying condition for flight medicals. More

Garmin brings stability protection to G3X
Garmin has announced the release of a product for the experimental market that automatically brings airplanes back to a safe flight attitude if they go beyond certain pitch, bank and airspeed limits. The Electronic Stability and Protection concept has already been available in certified airplanes for some time, but now is also available for aircraft equipped with G3X or G3X Touch avionics with autopilot servos. More

Here's the incredible flying car you can buy in 2017
This high-tech car could be flying off the showroom floor by 2017. At SXSW, AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik unveiled plans for a flying car for the "wealthy supercar buyer" that will likely cost a couple of hundred thousand euros, The Verge reports. "We need another revolution, we need a revolution in personal transportation," Vaculik said.More

Harrison Ford, death wishes and dangerous planes
According to author Robert Goyer: The voice on the end of the phone was that of Bob, a producer from CNN I got to know over the phone last year when I was asked to appear to speculate on the mystery of the still missing Malaysia 777 Flight 370. What was happening now, I wondered. With clearly no time for pleasantries, Bob came right out and asked me the question he wanted to ask: He'd heard I was close friends with Harrison Ford. Could I appear on the show to comment on the Harrison Ford crash, like right now? More