USA Decides Not To Fly Several F-35 Fighters After Accident On The Texas Runway!

The U.S. military has grounded some F-35 fighter jets after a crash forced a pilot to eject from the Marine Corps version of the aircraft earlier this month in Texas.    An unspecified number of planes are being investigated as part of a Time Compliance Technical Directive (TCTD), issued by the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) on Tuesday, an official from the office confirmed to The Hill Thursday. The directive recommended “restrictions on a small number of aircraft, which have been evaluated to be of higher risk, from flight operations and…

United States Sets Record Number of Pilot Productions in 2022

The US is on track for a “record year” for new pilots, according to the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). From January through November 2022, 8,805 commercial airline pilot certificates (ATP-MELs) were issued in the US, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data, which ALPA said exceeded analyst forecasts and airline demand. Around 6,400 new pilots a year are needed to meet industry demand, according to Boeing. The number of new pilots to date in 2022 put the US “on pace to break [records] this year”, said the association, which…

Want a Tip on Education and Safety? : The Logbook Never Lies

It may surprise you to learn that there is no requirement to keep a logbook. The FAA has no such rule. However, student pilots are required to keep a record of their training flights. And certificated pilots need to document hours and the aircraft category and class flown to prove their currency and that they have earned the credentials applicable to their certificates and ratings. One way to do this is by keeping a logbook that reflects reality—not one that embellishes your total time or experience. Each listing should be…

HOW DOES THE TEST PILOT’S LIFE FEEL?

The test pilot’s mind is stuffed with mathematics and engineering concepts, but his life is suffused with adrenaline and adventure. “One of the greatest charms of test-flying is that you can fly any aircraft!” says Group Captain Ajit Agtey (Retired), the pleasure behind his words palpable over the phone. He and my father were friends from the decades they spent in the Indian Air Force — both were fighter pilots — but also part of a smaller group of elite aviators. Various stints in Bangalore over the years, where the…

What’s Happening at CESSNA 172s and What Should We Know About It?

Just about any pilot can tell you about the time they’ve had their first taste of flying. In all likelihood, that first flight might have been in a Cessna 172. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a steady workhorse, a top choice for many flight schools, and an amazingly reliable aircraft. It doesn’t use up a lot of fuel, it’s relatively inexpensive to operate, and it’s surprisingly easy to fly. Given all these, on top of its longevity and storied history, many consider the Cessna 172 to be the king of light aircraft.…

Cause Unknown, Four Airbus A340s ‘Disappeared’ Over Iran and Nobody Knows Where

Flight tracking platforms drew public attention this Friday (23) to the flights of four Airbus A340s which took off from Johannesburg/OR Tambo (JNB) in South Africa, in a possible transfer of aircraft to Iran. According to our partner media Aeroin, if confirmed the move could be classified as an evasion of U.S. sanctions. As reported by Twitter profile @Gerjon_, known for monitoring unusual movements on tracking tools and satellite photos, the four aircraft were previously owned by Turkish Airlines, but were retired in early 2019 and returned to its Hong…

United States Sets Record Number of Pilot Productions in 2022

The US is on track for a “record year” for new pilots, according to the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). From January through November 2022, 8,805 commercial airline pilot certificates (ATP-MELs) were issued in the US, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data, which ALPA said exceeded analyst forecasts and airline demand. Around 6,400 new pilots a year are needed to meet industry demand, according to Boeing. The number of new pilots to date in 2022 put the US “on pace to break [records] this year”, said the association, which…

A New Wind of COVID in China Could Impact the World, With Terrible Consequences

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appeals for detailed information as China battles a surge of COVID cases. China could be struggling to keep a tally of COVID-19 infections as the country experiences a big spike in cases, a senior World Health Organization official has said, amid concerns about a lack of data from the country. Official figures from China have become an unreliable guide as less testing is being done across the country following the recent easing of the strict “zero-COVID” policy. WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said he was…

Arctic Cold Outbreak Will Remain in Midwest, South and East Through Christmas

A​ dangerous arctic outbreak has delivered some of the coldest weather in decades to parts of the Rockies and Northern Plains, and is sweeping into the Deep South and East where it will linger through the Christmas holiday weekend. H​ere’s a look at some of the notables about this arctic plunge that we’ve seen so far plus details on what’s to come. C​old Notables So Far -C​heyenne, Wyoming, saw its temperature plunge 40 degrees colder in 30 minutes on Wednesday. That broke the city’s record for its largest temperature drop…

Here Is The Family That Travels The World With Their Own Single Engine Aircraft!

They have all given up their jobs to go on the adventure which is set to cost them between $200k and $300k.  A family-of-five is on a 14-month round-the-world holiday flying their own single-engine plane. The Porter family took off in June and has already traveled to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, US Virgin Islands, and Argentina.  Dad Ian, 59, a real estate developer, mum Michelle, 58, and kids, Samantha, 21, Sydney, 18, and Christopher, 15, traveled 15,000 nautical miles, stopping off in 12 countries. The brood, from Vancouver, Canada, believe…