The FCC last week issued a report that would ban emergency locator transmitters that operate at 121.5 MHz, in a decision that could affect thousands of GA aircraft.
The abolition of the devices, approved by the FAA, would take place in August.
The FCC said if the 121.5 ELTs were not available, aircraft operators will migrate to 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs monitored by satellite. The assumptive posture is that satellite monitoring would make the devices more effective in search and rescue.
The AOPA spoke out against the decision yesterday, calling it costly and unnecessary.
“The FCC is making a regulatory change that would impose an extra cost on GA operators, without properly communicating with the industry or understanding the implications of its action,” said Rob Hackman, AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.
Sound off below and let us know how this regulatory decision could affect you and whether or not you think it's the right move.
The first deliveries of the beefed up Cirrus SR22T take place today at Cirrus headquarters in Minnesota.
Cirrus announced Friday at its annual owners and pilots association meeting that it will ramp up its SR22 with a twin-supercharged model of the SR22 powered by a Teledyne TSIO-550-K engine. The aircraft manufacturer has dubbed the new model the SR22T, saying it complements the SR22 Turbo.
(The SR22T unveiling took place during a weekend that saw GA leaders from the AOPA sit down with representatives of piston-aircraft manufacturers for a four-hour meeting during the Dayton, Ohio convention to discuss concerns about pending conversion of aviation fuel to 94-octane unleaded to replace 100LL.
Those against the fuel-type transition say the changes will lead to thousands of aircraft owners needing conversions to their planes or losing power ratings.)
Other airframe modifications on the latest Cirrus offering include lighter nose landing gear, in addition to dedicated induction inlets and exit air louvers for better cooling.
Cirrus says the SR22T will also feature better and quieter takeoff and climb along with a higher useful load.
Starting price on the aircraft is $475,000.
Boeing today tested a 787 powered by General Electric’s next-generation composite engine.
GEnx-1B64 engines in a four-hour flight.
Flightglobal reports that this is the fifth Boeing 787 aircraft to be tested. Royal Air Maroc will deploy the 787-GEnx platform starting in early 2011.
The composite 787 is expected make its first commercial flight, powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines, for Japan’s All Nippon Airways by the end of this year.
On June 26, we will gather at Bowman Field (KLOU) to fly out and raise money for the WHAS Crusade for Children in an Aviation Poker Run. The above video comes from the Crusade’s web site.
It is a fantastic cause, from which every penny goes back into the communities that support it.
In addition to the poker run, there will be music, food, a Monte Carlo event and children’s activities. Check out our registration page for more info. Even if you cannot make the event, you can donate to the Crusade online.
Many King Air C90s can now fly faster on less fuel.
Hawker Beechcraft Services announced this week at its Wichita headquarters that it has completed testing and certification on a composite winglet for the King Air 90X.
The composite combines the aerodynamic benefits of a winglet with a gross-weight increase that increases handling, range and payload, a press release said.
The 90X package, first unveiled at last year’s EAA Airventure, now is available at all U.S. HBS service centers.
Read the entire release from Beechcraft here.