Two balloonists lifted off from Saga, Japan, about 6:30 a.m. local time on Saturday in a quest to cross the Pacific and set new distance and duration records for their category of aircraft. Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev plan to continue flying for up to 10 days, perhaps to Albuquerque or beyond.
A Maryland man pleaded guilty this week to a federal charge of pointing a laser at a Baltimore County police helicopter in 2014, the Baltimore Sun reported. The helicopter was flying over a high school in September when a green laser beam twice illuminated the cockpit, according to the Sun's report on the court case. James Robert Hensler, 24, will be sentenced in March and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Advocates of third-class medical reform hope the campaign will forge ahead with help from new leadership in the congressional GA caucuses. Sens. John Boozman (R-Arkansas) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) will co-chair the Senate caucus. In the House, Reps. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) and Marc Veasey (D-Texas) will serve as co-chairs. Boozman and Graves (also a member of the House Aviation Subcommittee) had previously spearheaded medical reform legislation.
Fourteen GA groups told the FAA on Friday the agency must straighten out issues with the ADS-B Out compliance rules if aircraft owners are to meet the 2020 deadline for the new equipment requirements. In a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, they highlighted concerns including compliance for experimental aircraft, which don't have type certificates and so can't comply with a new certificate or STC.
The FAA will impose new guidance on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to air medical examiners on March 2. The new rules are much different than the controversial 2013 edict that came from then-Chief Flight Surgeon Fred Tilton, which automatically grounded pilots with body mass index of 40 or more.
Avgas prices have dropped enough to garner attention, prompting aircraft owners to ask FBOs if they'll keep going down like prices at their local car-gas stations. Hoping for $2 avgas is unrealistic, but FBOs around the country told AVweb their posted prices have ticked down in recent months.
A tall (but true) tale of a rare aircraft find in Texas, progress on third class medical reform, amazing aviation videos, pilot saves, new aircraft from Mooney, and one pilot's surprise of a lifetime topped the most-read stories of 2014.
Also: Disruptive Innovation, V22 Ospreys, USAF Lets Bluebook Loose, Dawn and Ceres, FAASTeam Virtual Safety Stand Down As SpaceX's Elon Musk pushes ahead on his development of rocket and delivery systems to supply the International Space Station, he is also looking at finding a way to provide high-speed Internet communications for the entire world. If that sounds like an ambitious plan… it is…and it's reported that Google and Fidelity seem to agree to the tune of $1 billion. General aviation comes to the rescue. More than 200 dogs and cats were flown from Greenville Airport in Alabama to various locations in Florida last Saturday in an effort to find new homes for the animals. Called the "Plots N Paws Sunshine Flyway", the effort was coordinated by pilots Devon and Jill Barger. It involved 15 Florida planes and pilots working together with 22 sending rescue organizations in Alabama and 17 receiving rescue organizations in Florida. A campaign is underway to restore the P-3 aircraft to firefighting service. Heading up the call to bring the Orions back is Dale Head, CEO of Orion Aerial Firefighters. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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"That's going to be the initial focus over the next year. Certainly in the next year-and-a-half or so, we will be far enough along in continuing (tactics development) to develop a weapons school syllabus for the F-35. ... In the next two years, we'll be transitioning pilots in the short term to get F-35 experience, but we'll also be developing the (combat air forces) syllabus." Source: Col. Adrian Spain, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron commandant, who will be developing a weapons curriculum for the first F-35 course.
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