The new LODA order is out. Yay. This is the order that allows local FSDO's to write letters of deviation authority for flight instructors to provide flight instruction in experimental aircraft. There are some good things in the order, especially for gyroplanes. It is very close to the document that sport pilot CFI's needed in 2009. Unfortunately it is now 2011. David Oord talks about the order, what is good in it and how instructors can apply for a LODA so that they can get instructing again.
You know that a fly-in is going to be a party when instead of planning a pancake breakfast, they hire a band. Keith Smith is going to be hosting such an event that is open to powered paragliders, trikes, fixed wing ultralights and just about anyone who can fly or drive to his field. He talks with us about what is shaping up to be a new look for what already has been a great event in the St. Louis area.
The FAA's aircraft re-registration is continuing along, although it is not always as smooth a process as everyone hoped. There are certain pitfalls in the process and Jim Sweeney joins us to talk about those bureaucratic traps and how to at least try to avoid them.
Two-stroke engine ignition systems have come a long way in the history of aviation engines and the new capacitor discharge systems have made daily tinkering with ignitions a thing of the dusty past. However, the systems do have their own maintenance issues, some of them created by how pilots install the engines. Mike Stratman joins us to tell us how to keep your engine running well.
Flying alone is certainly appealing and often necessary if your friends are working or doing something else, but things can go wrong. Jeff Goin and Michael Purdy talk about a newish pilot who was recently hurt enough to be immobile, and laid there for hours after flying alone. We'll look at the risks and what can be done to reduce them.
Many years ago there were a number of ballistic parachute companies in the United States building whole-aircraft rescue systems for pilots and their planes. One was out of the scene for a while, but now Second Chantz is back building and selling ballistic chutes. We talk to John Dunham about both the history and the future of Second Chantz.
Trikes have been getting a lot of press recently. Unfortunately, all of it is the worst kind of attention. With trike pilots arguably being the smallest community (OK, elite group) of pilots out there, it becomes even more important that trike pilots be good ambassadors for the sport. Terri Sipantzi joins us to talk about that and more. For example the TSA is becoming a lot more interested in who trike CFI's are training. Terri talks about how to stay straight with the TSA.
Memorial Day is over so I guess that means summer is here. But the wet weather is not necessarily making it easier on pilots. Add a little sun to the mixture and you have wet fields with tall grass. Jim Sweeney talks about how to do soft field takeoffs and landings as well as the special problems soft fields offer up to pilots.
The Golden West Fly-In is coming soon and John Gibson joins us to talk about it. There are a lot of things going on at the event as well as some new attractions such as the alternate engine round-up and an outreach to ultralight and light sport pilots.
Jeff Goin just returned from "The Endless Foot Drag" Fly-In. He has a full report including the first competition under the new rules. On a related subject, Michael Purdy and Jeff Goin discuss whether PPG competitions should favor (the much faster) reflex wings. All this and more on the Powered Paragliding Show.