National AMT of the Year

As pilots, we owe a lot to those who help keep our aircraft airworthy. Recently, General Aviation Awards named Joe Morales of Lakewood, Colorado as National Aircraft Maintenance Technician of the Year. He has been an airframe and powerplant (A&P) technician for 31 years and has held inspection authorization (IA) for 18 of those years. Joe works at the US Air Force Academy for Doss Aviation Inc performing contract maintenance on aircraft used in the academy’s soaring and skydiving programs. Joe is also a CFI and provides flight training at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC) in Broomfield, Colorado, on a part time basis.

He has an astonishing breadth of experience as shown in the below video produced by Aeronautical Proficiency Training:

Free Safety Seminar – Spatial Disorientation

On September 21, there’s a free safety seminar dealing with spatial disorientation.

Spatial disorientation has been to blame for some of the highest profile accidents in aviation, including those that killed singer Buddy Holly and John F. Kennedy, Jr.

What: “The Day the Music Died” – Spatial Disorientation Seminar
Where: Maryland Heights Centre
2344 McKelvey Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
When: Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm.
Who: FAA Safety Team

You can register for the event here.

You can find a flyer for the event here.

Burning Man Airport

The Burning Man circa 2010; ccimage courtesy of donotlick on flickr

In what has to be on the top of many people’s lists as one of the “most interesting” airports to visit. The burning man airport (Black Rock City – 88NV) is now open for the next week.

From Wikipedia: “Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event starts on the Monday before, and ends on the day of, the American Labor Day holiday (August 29 to September 4, 2011). It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.”

A big Hattip to AVweb’s Russ Niles who has a great article and podcast interviewing the volunteer pilots that make this happen.

Aviation Poker: St. Louis-Style

Here’s a fun idea:

On October 16th, GSLBAA is sponsoring a charity “Poker Run” around the St. Louis area. You fly from point to point picking up a card, and the person with the best hand at the end wins!

You can find a flyer for the event here.

Here’s the course.

From the GSLBAA’s website:

GSLBAA Educational Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to promote and advance corporate aviation through educational programs and scholarships. The Educational Foundation was founded to encourage young people in the St. Louis region to pursue careers in general aviation by providing scholarships, mentoring programs, and introducing aviation to elementary through high school students.

You can read more about GSLBAA here.

Sport Pilot Training Should Count

A few years ago when the FAA introduced the Sport Pilot Certificate, it was envisioned as a stepping stone to encourage more people to get into aviation. Unfortunately, in the hustle to get the regulations approved, Sport Pilot Training received from a Certified Flight Instructor with a Sport Pilot (CFI-SP) rating does not count towards future certificates.

It’s time to rectify the situation.

A number of aviation groups have petitioned the FAA to revise these rules. I wholeheartedly agree with the petition. I received a Sport Pilot Certificate before I stepped up to the Private. When I started my training, I had no idea of this potential pitfall. Luckily, the vast majority of my training was done by full CFIs.

You can read more about this bureaucratic bungle and find a link to lend your name to the petition here.

There’s Still Room At The Top

Here’s an interesting read from Drew Steketee at General Aviation News:

“Would you advise today’s young person to pursue an aviation career? Recently, many airline pilots have said no. It’s still a tough, long slog. In our GA world, corporate aviation offers new opportunity but life there can be a tough, too. Forecasters say aviation will grow, however. You only need look far enough down the road.

I never talk down a flying career, although fewer young people ask me these days. I offer up the minuses and well as the pluses. Being realistic, I hope to avoid their future disappointment. After that, it’s all down to one thing: If you live to fly, there’s no substitute.”

I definitely agree about this part – If you live to fly, there’s no substitute. Read the entire post here.

Roush Prepared to Get His Wings Back

NASCAR team owner Jack Roush has been sidelined from flying for more than a year. But the Detroit News reports that he’s about to jump back into the left seat:

“I’m totally recovered,” said Roush, of Livonia, wearing his trademark Panama-style hat while signing autographs.

“I just got my medical back from the FAA, indicating that I’m medically sound and I’m without restriction. I have one more validation flight for the (injured) eye and I have that Tuesday. Once I get that done I can fly anything I did before. I plan to fly Tuesday.”

You can see images and read more about Roush’s 2010 visit to Oshkosh here.

National CFI of the Year

This video was produced by John Teipen, a St. Louis-based DPE and flight instructor. It highlights the accomplishments of the National CFI of the Year awarded at the EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh.

John houses his Citabria at our airport. If you’re ever looking to get that tailwheel endorsement or to take a leap and try some spin training you can find him here.