On the Fly

1.     NTSB (8.9kb) New Methodology Employs Statistics

2.     Check-Rides  (15.4kb) Great Check-ride Moments by a Flight Instructor
Courtesy of
Eugene Evans

3.     Trust your Pilot (5.6kb) Some strange fields.

4.     X-Wind Landings  (2,960kb) Scary!  These should bring back some nostalgic memories to you 747 and 777 Jocks.

5.     Aircraft Photos (Link)– Thousands of them.
Courtesy of
Bob Earl

6.     FAA’s  Air Transport Organization  (7.9kb) ATO to see a major reorganization.  It is responsible for the Nation’s Air Traffic Control System

7.     Eclipse 500 Receives FAA Type Inspection Authorization (7.1kb). Members will recall SLAC had two fly-ins to Albuquerque to tour the Eclipse 500 Jet Facility.

8.     Shhh...: Gulfstream Researching Sonic Boom Suppression (6.0kb) Soon we will have supersonic jets overhead which will be quiet.

9.     The Eagle Eye UAV (16.4kb) Intelligent; Watchful; No Runway Needed.

10.10 Minute Flight Claims Record  (6.0kb) Dick Rutan flew XCOR’s EZ-Rocket from Mojave to California City.  The first time a rocket-powered plane made a point to point flight with the pilot in command for most phases of the flight.

11.Mid-Air over Uberlingen, Germany  (46.2kb) A U.S. Controllers analysis of what went wrong. Very interesting reading.

12.Question: During my last IFR flight, the CDI (course deviation indicator) needle didn't appear to be working correctly. Thankfully, I was in VMC. Should I have reported this malfunction to air traffic control?

Yes, you should have. If you are on an IFR flight plan in controlled airspace, 14 CFR 91.187 requires the pilot in command to report the malfunction of any navigational, approach, or communications equipment during flight as soon as you can. Because the CDI needle is part of your navigational equipment, its unreliability should have been reported. When providing the report to ATC, you should include the aircraft identification, equipment affected, the degree to which your capability to operate under IFR is impaired, and if you require any assistance. For additional information on reports to ATC or FSS facilities, see the Aeronautical Information Manual, Chapter 5. For a reference on other communication requirements, see AOPA Online.