Airline Accidents – Airline Maintenance

By John B Beck  |   Submitted On June 22, 2009 I am neither an Airline Pilot nor an Aviation Mechanic. I have observed the news with regards to airliner accidents though. The articles that I have read talk about the possibility of poor or shoddy maintenance, mediocre at best. I believe that the majority of Aviation …

The Latest News in Aviation Regulations

Aviation rules and regulations are ever-changing. To help you stay legal, in compliance, and in-the-know, here are some of the latest FAA regulation headlines in the news that pilots and fixed base operators should know. FAA releases new document on general aviation safety. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just released a comprehensive Fact Sheet …

Planespotting, A Peculiar, Yet Hugely Popular Hobby

Spotters are a separate breed. Many people would indeed wonder what makes it so attractive to write down airplane registrations. Well, it’s a hobby. Nothing more and nothing less. Or is it? The term ‘spotter’ applies not only to planespotters. There are also spotters who take pictures and write down numbers of trains, buses and …

FAA News and Regulation Update

There’s always something new to know regarding Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations. Here are brief overviews of some of the latest FAA news for fall 2012. October 16: FAA Approves More Medical Oxygen Units The FAA has authorized the use of seven more portable oxygen concentrator models for passenger medical use on airplanes. Portable …

The Co-Pilots Help Guide

If you’re a co-pilot and/or companion to a general aviation pilot, there are many things you can do in the right seat to help the pilot manage his or her duties and improve the safety and enjoyment of the flight. Here’s a help guide of co-pilot responsibilities, courtesy of the July/August issue of FAA Safety …

What’s Up in Aviation News?

By Santo Silvestro  |   Submitted On March 08, 2012 What’s up in the world of aviation? Here are some of the latest headlines relevant to small aircraft, executive jet pilots, and FBOs. FBOs must meet Stage 3 noise standard requirements by 2015. In late February, President Obama signed into law an FAA bill requiring fixed-base operators …

The History of Long Island MacArthur Airport

Introduction Long Island MacArthur Airport, located on 1,310 acres in Suffolk County, is the region’s only commercial service facility which has, for most of its existence, struggled with identity and purpose. Its second–and oval-shaped–50,000 square-foot passenger terminal, opened in 1966 and sporting two opposing, ramp-accessing gates, had exuded a small, hometown atmosphere-so much so, in …

The History of American Trans Air

Indianapolis-based American Trans Air, once an emerging carrier, continually searched for an identity. Established in 1973 as an aircraft provider for the Ambassadair Travel Club, it inaugurated service with a single Boeing 720 dubbed “Miss Indy,” doubling its fleet five years later with a second, “Spirit of Indiana.” But its March 1981 issuance of common-carrier …