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  1. Aviation Safety Resources (ASR) has reached an agreement to acquire parachute company Strong Enterprises, ASR announced at the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo on Tuesday. Strong, which designs, engineers, tests and manufactures parachute systems, has customers in the general aviation and military segments. The acquisition is effective immediately. https://www.avweb.com/flight-safety/asr-acquires-strong-enterprises/?MailingID=590&utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Sun++N+Fun+Opens+New+Airshow+Command+Center%2C+Tecnam+Shows+Off+P2012+Traveler&utm_campaign=Sun++N+Fun+Opens+New+Airshow+Command+Center%2C+Tecnam+Shows+Off+P2012+Traveler+-+Thursday%2C+April+15%2C+2021
  2. Actually lightning is the cheapest source of electricity. Now if we can figure out how to capture it and use it. Shorting out all the wiring in your house and blowing up your TV isn't very cost effective.
  3. The PIA web site lists the dates for the symposium as August 30 - September 3, 2021, 5 months from now. All the links say stay tuned or information will be posted at a later date. Has anyone heard if those dates are still firm. I would think moving it to February 2022 then holding it every even year may be a better idea since the current dates are busy skydiving months.
  4. Sorry, I looked at that one first and copied the wrong link. The one you posted is correct.
  5. The FAA just issued AD 2020-21-22. Within the next 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of this AD or within the next 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, and thereafter every 500 hours TIS or 5 years, whichever occurs first, visually inspect each stabilizer hinge bracket, tailcone reinforcement angle, corner reinforcement, stabilizer hinge reinforcement channel, stabilizer hinge assembly, stabilizer aft spar reinforcement, and the lower half of the stabilizer aft spar from station (STA) 16 on the left side to STA 16 on the right side for corrosion and cracks; remove any corrosion; and replace any part with a crack by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 9 This AD applies to Textron Aviation Inc. (type certificate previously held by Cessna Aircraft Company) Models 180, 180A, 180B, 180C, 180D, 180E, 180F, 180G, 180H, 180J, 180K, 182, 182A, 182B, 182C, 182D, 185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E, A185E, and A185F airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. https://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgad.nsf/0/2b1748995176e04686258629004a0191/$FILE/2020-24-06.pdf The Cessna 182E and later are affected by AD 2020-18-01, the strut attachment and the Cessna 182D and earlier are affected by the tail cone AD 2020-21-22. Looks like they got everybody.
  6. Robert Newlon Airpark, West Virginia Airport Ownership and Management from official FAA records Ownership: Publicly-owned Owner: CABELL COUNTY COMMISSION SUITE 300 CABELL CO CTHOUSE HUNTINGTON, WV 25705 Phone 304-526-8634 Manager: CARL BAILEY P. O. BOX 1493 HUNTINGTON, WV 25716 Phone 304-733-1240 OR 304-417-2343 MGR CELL. http://www.airnav.com/airport/i41 https://wvtourism.com/company/robert-newlon-airport-rv-and-camping-and-fly-in-cafe/ Sounds like a great little place. Read the reviews on the RV Park and they were mixed. Sounds like the place needs a little attention but reviews were a couple years old so some of that may have been taken of. Cafe got good reviews. Too bad the County is trying to close it down.
  7. AD 2020-18-01 On Cessna 182's, the AD is for 182E, 1962 and newer. The 1956 - 1961 struts attach directly to the airframe bulkhead. It is a pain to remove the lower bolt because you have to work through 2 inspection holes in the floor, usually cutting your wrists on the sharp edges. The "E" model and later have a fitting fastened to the bulkhead that sticks out past the outer skin. It is much easier to remove the lower strut bolt because you are not working through the inspection holes. Most jump planes have the interior removed making it a little easier to do the inspection.
  8. Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew not so much.
  9. I will be interested to see what the stock market does on Monday.
  10. I had a Canadian doctor for a flight physical tell me 20 years ago the USA was too big to manage and should be split up into 4 countries. Split at the Mississippi then each half split into north and south segments. Made sense to me.
  11. One more day until the election and it will all be over...................in a few months................maybe...........don't hold your breath
  12. I have been jumping 47 years and seldom mention it also. I am tired of the line "why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane"
  13. "Modifying an existing airframe to electric power would still be cool, but would probably be substantially cheaper than a new one.To be honest, I would expect to see an outside shop do conversions before the manufacturer.Stuff like Van's turbine 182, or the Basler DC-3 conversions are good examples. " Van installed a turbine on a C-206 not a C-182. Ask him how long it took and how much it cost. Electric jump planes are only 10 years away, and always will be.
  14. A $10 part for a car costs $100 for a boat and $1000 for a plane. Converting a plane to electric will be expensive and getting it certified will be really expensive. With a car, the research and development is spread across several million units, with a plane, a few thousand maybe. A Jet-A powered Cessna 182 had a base price of $515,000 in 2012. Now lets talk about a new design, what do you think a new 4 skydiver electric jump plane would cost to build and certify in 2020. You can buy a 575 HP Corvette engine for $9000. A used, overhauled Continental O-470-L engine costs $28,000. It it is for an airplane, it is expensive.
  15. As of Monday, Oct 26 the 2020 Presidential Election Odds are, Joe Biden favorite at -200 and Donald Trump at +170. https://bookies.com/news/presidential-election-odds-daily-tracker