Sunday, December 12, 2010

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Federal Aviation Administration announced new requirements for plane owners.

Scottsdale pilot and plane owner, Arthur Rosen, likes the new requirements for plane registration.

"It's a good thing to do," Rosen said Friday. "Clear the rolls and see who's active and what's being flown today."

The FAA's aircraft registry is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial planes in the U.S.

The FAA fears the information gap could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.

The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new
computer systems designed to track suspicious flights.

"This is new for the FAA and they're doing a little house cleaning," Rosen said.

About 119,000 of the planes on the U.S. registry have "questionable registration" because of missing forms, invalid addresses, unreported sales or other paperwork problems.

To fix the problem, all aircraft owners will be ordered to reregister their planes.

Next year, the FAA will begin canceling the registration certificates of all 357,000 aircraft and require
owners to register anew.

Some owners received notices last month.

Monday, November 15, 2010

F 22 Demo Flight


Call it whatever you want...EXPO or Summit, this years event at Long Beach was far and away the best ever. I have attended numerous EXPO’s in Las Vegas, Palm Springs and San Jose and this was the best planned ever.

Starting with landing at Long Beach (LGB) the volunteers were really prepared. We landed on 30 and taxied to taxiway Juliet (J) where volunteers directed us to park. We were given a sheet with our location as Blue 5 so that when we left the van took us right to our plane without driving around forever to look for it. We shuttled in and unloaded at an outdoor area next to Air Flite FBO to check in and give our fuel order. In the past I have had FBO’s forget to fill our aux tank, this did not happen at Air Flite. They did an excellent job. Upon departure Air Flite had our bill ready and took us back to the plane. We were loaded and departed IFR in 15 minutes.

A shuttle bus took us to the convention center and we walked the .7 mile to our hotel with an easy check in. After unpacking we walked back to the convention center. We picked up our badges and were on the exhibit floor in minutes. This year exhibits seemed to be more numerous than in the past. The aisles were wider which allowed us to walk around without bumping into people. One difference this year was that live seminars were held on the exhibit floor. We spent more time on the exhibit floor than we have in past EPOS’s. Almost every vendor in Aviation seemed to be there. You would not know that Aviation was in a deep slump attending this years event. As usual Garmin had the busiest booth. There was not a lot of new things on the exhibit floor this year. One of the most exciting booths was Wing X whose program is now on Apple, Android and Windows. ForeFlight is still just written for the I Pad.

The static display was the best ever hands down. It was like a mini Oshkosh. Two of the most viewed and talked about planes were the B29, the only one still flying, and the Lockheed Electra. This was the first Lockheed Electra that I have ever seen in person, and this includes going to Oshkosh and Sun N Fun. There were over 100 planes on display. Cessna, Cirrus, LanceAir, Beech, Kestrel and Piper had all their planes there and there were also 4 WACO’s. In addition the AOPA had the Remos and the 182 give away planes on exhibit. Two concept planes were also shown. Terrafugia, the flying car/airplane and ICON amphibian were also on display.

In addition to the Exhibit Hall and Static Display there were numerous seminars. My favorite is still Rod Machado who helps educate and save lives by using humor to get his point across.

There were night time activities including a block party on Friday night closing down Pine Street to traffic. I would like to thank AOPA and Chris Dancey for the wonderful media dinner on Friday. It was fantastic.

Overall I would have to rate this years summit as a 10. It will be hard to top this one.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Anyone who has tried to fly out of Teterboro in NJ knows you are going to have to wait! Thanks to Joe Abrahamson for this.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


We had a very unfortunate situation occur Monday at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT). A Bonanza suffered engine problems and the plane crashed into an empty building and the lone occupant, the pilot from Scottsdale, was killed. I was unaware of this as my wife and I were taking off from San Diego back to DVT at the time. When I fly, I turn my phone to Airplane Mode as to not drain the battery. It was 105 degrees when we landed, fueled the airplane and put it back in the hangar. I was hot and tired and did not turn on my cell phone until we arrived back at the house. When my phone connected, I had 30 emails and text messages along with 40 voice mails from friends concerned that it might have been my plane that crashed. I felt horrible for the pilot that crashed and thankful to have to many friends that were concerned for my well being. My thoughts and prayers go out to the pilot's family.


I had the pleasure of attending a FAA meeting for Scottsdale (SDL) airport Tuesday. I can't publish the topic of the meeting as it is confidential at this time. There were FAA representatives from Seattle to Los Angeles to Phoenix, as well as NBAA representatives and my self representing AOPA. Everyone was there but the man who was responsible for this event. Evidently he did not deem it necessary to attend his own meeting. I did receive an excellent education of the issues and was surprised that there is so much conflict among different factions of the FAA. I also felt cheated that the ADO did not attend the meeting. When this issue is complete and public knowledge I will publish a column on the issues.

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home : features : featuresSeptember 29, 2010

9/26/2010 10:00:00 PM
Achievers: Aspiring pilot lands another scholarship

By Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Drew Cochran, a junior majoring in aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University here, said he enjoys the thrill of piloting a plane.

"What do I like about flying?" he asked rhetorically. "I like being able to look down and see things from a different perspective and the dynamic of being able to take a machine and move it through the air."

Piloting is "also a mental challenge, " he said. "You have to be able to anticipate what is going to happen. It is not just the airplane. It is the weather. It is the cargo. It is the people you are carrying. The airports are your destination."

Cochran's immediate destination after graduating in May 2012 is landing a job as a flight instructor at Embry-Riddle. His career ambition is to become a commercial pilot, perhaps for a corporation.

Making it possible to attain his goals are scholarships to help pay for attending the private college. The eldest of seven children of an aerospace industry machinist and a school district librarian, he said he has been fortunate in earning scholarships.

Cochran, 20, recently received the 2010 Angel MedFlight Scholarship for Excellence in Education from Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance in Scottsdale.

"We believe that Drew is an exemplary student," Kelly LoCascio, Angel MedFlight's chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement. "We were impressed by his commitment to his education. In fact, he works two jobs to cover the cost of his tuition and flight instruction."

Angel MedFlight sponsors the scholarship through a partnership with the Arizona Business Aviation Association. The award includes $3,000 toward Cochran's tuition and a commemorative plaque.

Cochran, who grew up in Maple Valley, Wash., 20 miles east of Seattle, said the scholarship will cover half of the cost of his commercial single-engine flight training at Embry-Riddle. He said he learned about the scholarship through the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a general aviation advocacy group.

Cochran has a promising career after he graduates, said Bill O'Hara, who chairs the flight department at Embry-Riddle and has known the student for two years.

"He is always asking questions," O'Hara said. "He is going to be a five-star commercial pilot. He will probably be running his own business in five years. He is a top-drawer guy, and he is going to be successful no matter what field he enters."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Meeting with two wonderful pilots this week for 2 new columns. Flying a Nanchung, which is the Chinese version of the Russian Yak; and a Grumman Widgeon seaplane.

Now for some humor:

15 Differences between Airplanes and Women...

1) Airplanes usually kill you quickly - a woman takes her time.
2) Airplanes can be turned on by a flick of a switch.
3) Airplanes don't get mad if you do a "touch and go."
4) Airplanes don't object to a pre-flight inspection.
5) Airplanes come with manuals to explain their operation.
6) Airplanes have strict weight and balance limitations.
7) Airplanes can be flown any time of the month.
8) Airplanes don't come with in-laws.
9) Airplanes don't care about how many other airplanes you've flown
10) Airplanes and pilots both arrive at the same time.
11) Airplanes don't mind if you look at other airplanes.
12) Airplanes don't mind if you buy airplane magazines.
13) Airplanes expect to be tied down.
14) Airplanes don't comment on your piloting skills.
15) Airplanes don't whine unless something is really wrong.

...and One Similarity

When airplanes go quiet, just like women, it's usually not a good sign.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A hilarious takeoff on Delta 502 that got lost going to Philadelphia.

Friday, August 20, 2010



I never thought these two words would go together in the same genre. For years when the FAA came out with a policy there were no exceptions. Oh my how things have changed.

The FAA now has two policies on crossing runways and who you communicate with. Some airports you stay on ground frequency for all runway crossings, and some airports you start on ground, monitor tower to get clearance to cross and then go back to ground. One has to always listen carefully to ATC instructions, but in this case standardization has left the building.

The FAA has just come out with a new policy on runway crossings. However numerous airports have been given exemptions from this policy. Again one has to listen to ATC carefully in any situation.

These policies are not conducive to safety which is what the FAA is supposed to be all about. We need to have standardization from the FAA.

SSI’s are a problem nationwide. This is special use airspace for sporting events. They include football and baseball stadiums along with major race car tracks. The problem is one cannot ascertain what time these SSI’s are in effect. If you look at the screen on your GPS they are always there. It is almost impossible to find out what time an event occurs and this airspace restriction is in effect. I have put in a request with AOPA to work on this so we can be better informed.

I had the pleasure of attending my first Phoenix Aviation Users Group (PAUG) meeting yesterday. This meeting is held quarterly and is run by Phoenix TRACON. Represented at the meeting were TRACON, all tower managers, Luke Airforce Base, Deer Valley Pilots Association, Arizona Pilots Association, Airport Managers, AFTW, AOPA and NBAA. It is a laid back informal meeting that deals with airspace issues in the Phoenix area. I must say that in all my aviation meetings that I have attended over the past 40 years this was one of the best. It is a group that gets things done. PAUG meets on a quarterly basis, and I am looking forward to attending my next meeting.