SURVEY – have you tried LED nav lights ?

Jim is interested in hearing if anybody is using LED navigation lights, and how they are working.

He tried 2 sets of ‘low cost’ led wingtip nav lights, and all 4 lights failed within hours.

With that he’s going back to standard bulbs and the 6 amps of current load.

We’ll collect the replies and send a summary. Mail Jim with your results / comments.

Your Action Needed Before House ATC Privatization Vote

The House 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act (H.R. 2997) is moving rapidly and may get a vote on the House floor within days. As proposed in the bill, the privatized ATC system would be governed by a board dominated by commercial and financial interests. With no congressional oversight, the board would be accountable to no one, devastating general aviation and your freedom of flight, rural and GA airports, and the fly-ins and aviation activities you enjoy. Learn more.

Take Action Now.

Herbert Plucker, Gone West

Sadly we have to report that Herb Plucker passed away this weekend.

He was recently diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to his liver. The disease was already at a very advanced state when he was diagnosed and it progressed quickly.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Important Change to CONUS Text Area Forecasts (FAs)

Notice Number: NOTC7226

What: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have been working jointly to retire the six (6) CONUS text FAs, while also directing users to utilize finer resolution graphical and digital weather forecast products.

Why: The CONUS FAs (c. 1940) are a suite of products that cover very large geographical areas, have limited text size, cannot account for certain meteorological conditions and are updated only three times a day. Several NWS digital and graphical products are available today that provide the same weather forecast information found in the CONUS FA, but with much finer resolution in both space and time. These digital and graphical products provide users much improved weather forecast information.

When: A transition period of three (3) months begins July 10, where all the NWS products will be available. Production of the CONUS text FAs will cease October 10.

Where: Only the CONUS FAs are affected. Other (off-CONUS) FAs will continue to be produced, until further notice.

The Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) can be accessed at: https://www.aviationweather.gov/gfa

PowerPoint slides with additional information are available at: https://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/libview_normal.aspx?id=132160

For additional details, please contact:

FAA: Mr. Michael ‘Pat’ Murphy
NextGen Aviation Weather Division
1250 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20025
(202) 267-2788
Michael.Murphy@faa.gov

NWS: Mr. Kevin Stone
Aviation and Space Weather Services Branch
1325 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 427-9363
Kevin.Stone@noaa.gov

Act Now for ADS-B Rebates

For a limited time, the FAA is offering a $500 rebate for completed ADS-B installations in fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft. The FAA is implementing this program to emphasize the urgent need for pilots to equip for the ADS-B Out rule ahead of the January 1, 2020 deadline. Are you eligible for a rebate? Please visit faa.gov/go/rebate/ for details. But act now! The last day to apply for your rebate is September 18, 2017.

SAIB Stresses Inspection of Cessna Main Landing Gear Actuator Assembly

On June 9, 2017, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for Cessna Models 172RG, R182, TR182, FR182, and all variants of 210/T210/P210-series airplanes with the exception of the Models 210 and 210A airplanes. The SAIB emphasizes the importance of inspecting main landing gear actuator assemblies for cracks following Textron Aviation Inc. supplemental inspection documents (SIDs) applicable to each model to prevent gear extension and retraction malfunctions. To view the SAIB, click here

SAIBs Issued for C-150/152 Elevator; Continental 550/520 Series Engines

On May 11, 2017, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) that highlights the potential for loose elevator attach bolts on certain Cessna 150/152 models. The SAIB was issued based on a service difficulty report of an elevator hinge bolt backing out on a C-150. The FAA recommends performing the inspections detailed in the Cessna supplemental inspection document (SID) 55-10-01. Both the SAIB and the SID(s) can be found here.

The FAA also issued an SAIB on May 10 which outlines available service instructions for identifying causes of engine kickback and recommended engine inspections following a kickback event on certain Continental Motors, Inc., 550 and 520 series reciprocating engines. See the full bulletin here.

NOTICE: New KTRK Tower, as of 6/01/2017

We wanted to notify you that Truckee Airport KTRK will become a tower operated airport from 07:00 to 21:00, as of June 1, 2017. It is vital to note that the chart will still indicate the airspace as Class E airspace all the way to the ground, not Class D despite the tower.

The chart will also label the tower frequency as a “CTAF.” The frequency is 120.575. There is no ground frequency, just tower. Use the frequency just like a class D airport even though the airspace on the chart indicates class E and the frequency is indicated as a CTAF. After a year, the airspace will be properly promoted to Class D.

As always, check your NOTAMs before each flight and blue skies and tailwinds to you!

More details here.