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Sun, Jan 17, 2021

US Aviation Academy Welcomes Norwegian Pilot Flight Academy Students

Private Pilot Curriculum Will Involve 45 Hours Of Dual Flight And 50 Hours Of Solo Flight

US Aviation Academy (USAA) welcomes their first class of student pilots from Pilot Flight Academy (PFA) in Norway. Fourteen Norwegian student pilots will be completing an extended Private Pilot curriculum that involves 45 hours of dual flight and 50 hours of solo flight. USAA flight instructors are granted a special permit by the Norwegian Civil Air Authority (NCAA) and EASA to teach a dual enrollment course. US Aviation’s Denton campus is an approved Aviation Training Organization (ATO) under PFA’s EASA certificate. In addition, PFA students have the option to complete a FAA Private Pilot certificate while earning credit hours towards their EASA certification. Upon completion of the course, the students will return to Norway to continue training in Instrument and Multi Engine curriculums.

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Sun, Jan 17, 2021

GAMA Welcomes Five New Members

Aviation Safety Resources and Whelen Aerospace Technologies Lead The List

GAMA has added Aviation Safety Resources and Whelen Aerospace Technologies as Members; Kitty Hawk as an Associate Member Full; and Aura Network Systems and Jump Aero as Associate Members EPIC. Aviation Safety Resources is based out of Nicholasville, Kentucky, and was founded in 2000. They design, test and produce whole aircraft emergency recovery parachute systems for experimental, light sport and general aviation aircraft, as well as for the emerging advanced aerial mobility (AAM) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) markets. Whelen Aerospace Technologies is headquartered in Sebastian, Florida, and was founded in 1952. They design, engineer and manufacture lighting products for the aerospace industry, including landing, taxi, anti-collision and position lights for general aviation aircraft.

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Sun, Jan 17, 2021

NTSB Prelim: Cessna P210

The Engine Experienced A Total Loss Of Power

On August 7, 2020, about 1036 eastern daylight time, a Cessna P210N, N6300W, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Allendale, South Carolina. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he departed Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida, with an intended destination of Allendale County Airport (AQX), Allendale, South Carolina. Prior to departure, he fueled the airplane with 58 gallons of fuel. The flight was unremarkable, but when the airplane was on short final approach to runway 35 at AQX, the engine experienced a total loss of power.

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Sat, Jan 16, 2021

New Dynamic Regulatory System Tool Available on FAA Website

DRS Is Constantly Evolving, And In The Future Will Provide Even More Features

The FAA says that they will make it easier to research aviation safety guidance material from the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS). The Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS) combines more than 65 document types from more than a dozen different repositories into a single searchable application. This comprehensive knowledge center centralizes the FAA’s aviation safety guidance material from the Flight Standards Information System (FSIMS) and the agency’s Regulatory Guidance System (RGL).

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Sat, Jan 16, 2021

AD: Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes

AD 2020-26-16 Was Prompted By A Report Of A Wing Separation

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Models PA-28-151, PA-28-161, PA-28-181, PA-28-235, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200, PA28R-201, PA-28R-201T, PA-28RT-201, PA-28RT-201T, PA-32-260, PA-32-300, PA-32R-300, PA32RT-300, and PA-32RT-300T airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a wing separation caused by fatigue cracking in a visually inaccessible area of the lower main wing spar cap. This AD requires calculating the factored service hours for each main wing spar to determine when an inspection is required, inspecting the lower main wing spar bolt holes for cracks, and replacing any cracked main wing spar. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective February 16, 2021.

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Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 01.14.2: FSANA21 Is On!, FAA v CFIs, AeroSport Expands

Also: GA UK Restrictions, Educational UAS Protections, Duncan Aviation Interns, CAE USAF KC-135 Training

The flight school business is one of the few that seems both intent and surprisingly successful surviving even during a pandemic. As such, the community is readying a critically important get-together to takes notes and learn from each other as well as a great line-up of speakers and instructors in just a few more weeks. Flight school operators, chief flight instructors, and persons considering opening a flight school should take special note of the upcoming International Flight School Operators Conference. Attendees will have over 25 multi-track sessions to choose from during mornings and afternoons March 4-5. Citing inadequate training of a pilot whose plane crash resulted in 11 deaths, the NTSB has called on the FAA to better monitor the effectiveness of flight instructors. Three safety reco

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