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PIA Receives National Recognition

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April 16, 2014 (Pittsburgh, PA) – Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics’ students and instructors received major recognition at the Aviation Technician Education Council Conference on April 7 in San Antonio, Texas.

Director of Campus Operations Gary Hoyle attended the event. Hoyle said he advocated PIA’s students and staff to apply for the honors.

“I challenged the faculty and students to step up to the plate and apply for these scholarships and awards,” Hoyle said.

The Aviation Technician Education Council and the Northrop Rice Foundation (an organization dedicated to promoting education in the aviation field) selected PIA students for three scholarships valued at a total $3,750. Snap-On Incorporated also provided a PIA student with a $4,000 tool certificate.

ATEC and NRF also acknowledged PIA’s faculty as some of the best in the country.  Hagerstown campus instructor Paul Eisenhart received an aircraft maintenance course scholarship valued at over $7,000. Myrtle Beach campus instructor Michael Smith was chosen as ATEC’s Educator of the Year.

PIA students and instructors received training and tool scholarships valued higher than any other school recognized at the ATEC Conference.

Hoyle said he expects more recognition for PIA’s students and instructors in the future.

“I expect us to win awards every year because our education is superior,” Hoyle said.

About Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

The school was opened by Glenn Curtiss and Orville Wright in 1927 as Curtiss-Wright Flying Service, and became PIA in 1929. It offers “hands-on” training for traditional and non- traditional students in Aviation Maintenance, Aviation Electronics, Mechanical Systems, and Electronic Systems. The instructional staff combines their real world experience with class room instruction for an outstanding education. PIA also provides a wide range of student services while the student is in school, and after graduation.  The Placement Department works one on one with the students to reach their employment goals. PIA is often the first stop for many employers looking for quality employees. 

PIA offers an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree at its West Mifflin, PA location and Diploma programs in Youngstown, OH, Hagerstown, MD, and Myrtle Beach, SC.  There is open enrollment through the year accompanied with admissions requirements. For more information, call 1-800-444-1440, or visit www.pia.edu

 



Aircraft Washing - Military Contracts, Washing the Stealth Fighter

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Back in the late 80s my company had a contract to clean aircraft for the United States Air Force. It wasn't a very big contract, as we had larger aircraft cleaning contracts with regional airlines, large corporations and wealthy business owners. But it was rather good for bragging rights as a young man. There are solicitations given out from time to time by various branches of the military that own aircraft which need cleaning because they wish to save labor costs and hire a service vendor contractor.

What kind of airplanes might you clean? Well we were cleaning transport aircraft, nothing special, but there are other solicitations and contracts available. Imagine if you got to clean fighter planes? Wouldn't that be cool?

Okay so, how do you wash a military aircraft, better yet, how do you wash an F-22 Stealth Fighter? Hint: Very Carefully - how, carefully? Very, but why not watch the YouTube video titled; " F-22 Wash And Maintenance," posted by AIRBOYD YouTube Channel on Mar 17, 2014 which states; "Video by Senior Airman Sarah Trachte Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs - An F-22 wash and maintenance."

Why not note how carefully they clean the interior of the wheel wheels. Consider washing a regular aircraft or corporate jet, generally you use a bit of pressure and a squirt bottle, not too much, but at least 1200 to 1500 PSI or so. Here in this video, they use a special solution and very low pressure and not much volume either.

Interestingly enough, we were not allowed to use high-pressure hot water inside the wheel wells of military aircraft either, not even back in the late 80s. We were able to use a two inch fire hose under moderate pressure and higher volumes along with a cleaning product called Turco. It did a pretty good job, and cleaned all the hydraulic fluid out, even if it wasn't so glamorous cleaning all that muck.

I did note on the video that it was as if they were cleaning a piece of high-tech equipment, wearing special clothes, safety equipment, and being sure not to break anything or cause any issues with an airplane that cost well over $180 million.

If you own an aircraft cleaning service you may consider getting on the bidder's list for the United States military or with a prime contractor which already has a contract to clean military planes. It might be one more avenue and provide you with steady work throughout the year. Although the military is cutting back and may be slower to pay in the future, they're always going to need contractors do the work, maybe more so in the future as they cut more personnel. Please consider all this and think on it.

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Belite Electronics Introduces Innovative Liquid (Fuel) Probe Sensor

New sensor system inserts in bottom of any fuel tank and has no moving parts.

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Wichita, KS March 31, 2014 –Belite Electronics, maker of lightweight avionics, announces its new Liquid (Fuel) Probe sensor. This patent pending new sensor system is inserted into the bottom of any fuel tank and will provide a calibrated indication of empty to full for any size or shape of fuel tank, from a minimum depth of 6" up to a maximum depth of 48". Calibration is easy, with programming switches included for setting low and high level.

The unit does not intrude significantly into the fuel tank (unlike capacitive probes) and has no moving parts (unlike float probes).  It utilizes MEMS technology sensor, and is constructed from tough stainless steel.  It is designed to be immune to shock, temperature and vibration.  

"This new liquid level probe is ideal for aviation use," said James Wiebe, CEO of Belite.  "It doesn't intrude into the fuel tank, is easier to install, works with any shape of tank and may be calibrated by the user," he continued.

"Furthermore, it is immune to mechanical failure and water contamination failure (unlike resistive and capacitive probes, respectively) and will work with any type of liquid.  Therefore, it is also ideal for applications in other areas, such as aerial agricultural tank level determination."

Priced at $199.95, the stainless steel probe includes a small electronic control module and a programming switch assembly, along with a power connection pigtail harness.

Click here to see complete specifications and installation instructions. 

Belite Electronics designs and manufactures innovative, lightweight, affordable instruments for ultralight, experimental and light aircraft.

Note: As this unit is non-TSO’d; non-PMA’s, the accuracy of this unit is not certified or guaranteed.  Use only in appropriate aircraft as a backup to certified instruments and pilot fuel calculations.  Do not use in any aircraft where such installation would violate appropriate aviation regulations. 

  

Belite Aircraft Introduces the ProCub LiteTM Ultralight Aircraft

New design uses CNC cut foam to smooth aerodynamics, improve looks and speed build times


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Wichita, KS March 31, 2014 – Belite announces the ProCub Lite, its latest ultralight aircraft design. This new design is designed to provide a nostalgic look while incorporating numerous manufacturing and aerodynamic advances.

The overall look is that of a J3 Cub, complete with accurate tail feathers and wingtips.  Wingspan has been enhanced, and Hoerner technology has been incorporated into the wingtips for extraordinary takeoff and feathery landings.

There are many technical points within this new design.  The most unusual are as follows: 

·         The rear fuselage is manufactured using CNC cut foam with embedded aluminum or carbon fiber longerons and supports. The resulting structure is surprisingly smooth.

·         For safety and ease of assembly, the cabin is manufactured from Belite's crash-proven CNC aluminum structure.  

·         The wing is manufactured either from classic spar and rib construction, or from CNC cut foam.  All wings feature the rounded Hoerner wingtips.

·         When the CNC cut foam is selected for the wing, the overall look of the wing is nearly absolutely smooth, eliminating drag and providing a stunning visual appearance.

·         The turtledeck (upper rear fuselage) is also CNC cut foam, and provides a completely smooth, aerodynamic structure complete with nostalgic half moon windows.

The aircraft has been engineered to support a new engine, the Polini Thor 250 with water cooling, geared reduction and 36.5 HP. The flight testing has already documented extraordinary takeoff performance.

 In kit form, this new entrant to the ultralight market is priced $11,995, including everything required to build the aircraft firewall back, with the exception of glue, rivets, and covering materials.  Brakes, wheels, tires, spring gear and cowling are included. Numerous weight reduction and performance improvement options are available.

 In Ready To Fly form, the ProCub Lite may be purchased complete, FAF, for $26,895. This includes a 28HP Hirth engine with electric start, cowling, complete covering, and instruments.  Many other engine and option variations are available.

 

 




A Takeoff Window For Drones

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A sudden thaw in the regulatory climate has given at least some U.S. operators of drone aircraft clearance to fly, but there may be more clouds creeping over the horizon. Here's hoping the storm passes without grounding drones once again.

Drones got their unexpected boost when Patrick Geraghty, an administrative law judge for the National Transportation Safety Board, wrote that "There was no enforceable FAA rule" in place to support the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to fine drone pilot Raphael Pirker for unauthorized flying. (1) Pirker, 29, is an entrepreneur and photographer who used a small Styrofoam unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to create promotional images for the University of Virginia. The FAA charged him with operating a UAV for commercial purposes without a license and with flying recklessly close to pedestrians, buildings, and cars in a tunnel. The fine was set at $10,000.

Pirker objected to the fine, saying the FAA's stance on a craft the size of the one he used was irrational. He did not, however, argue that the FAA shouldn't regulate such devices at all; on the contrary, he told The Wall Street Journal, "One can clearly understand the FAA's point of view that they want to regulate this." (1) Instead, he explained, he is against outright bans that make no distinction for a craft's size and weight.

For now, Geraghty's decision has opened the door to commercial use of drones, formerly banned in this country under most circumstances. The ruling authorizes for-profit flights of at least some model aircraft, though exactly how large those aircraft can be does not seem to be clear.

That ruling is unlikely to stand unchallenged. The FAA is appealing the National Transportation Safety Board's decision, NBC News reported, and it seems probable that this incident will trigger a re-evaluation of current standards and, most likely, adoption of a new and presumably binding set of rules. (2)

In the aviation world, private pilots (technically including me, though I have not actually flown in five years) cannot be paid to fly. For that, a pilot must hold a commercial pilot's license, which requires adherence to stricter standards and more rigorous testing. The FAA's action against Pirker implies that has it extended that mindset into the world of model aircraft and UAVs.

All thoughtful people should, like Pirker himself, support some restrictions. We would not want a total absence of regulation of UAVs. The sky is a dangerous place. So is the ground, for that matter, if things swoop or tumble out of the heavens unexpectedly.

But we shouldn't have regulations so severe that they impede the valuable use, public and private, hobbyist and commercial, of unmanned aircraft.

The population of private pilots continues to drop steadily. Though anyone who appreciates aviation, as I do, would want to see more people encouraged to fly manned aircraft, the fact is that it is an expensive, time-consuming and relatively inflexible way to travel. Sure, you can fly to a lot more places than via commercial flight and do it on your own schedule. But in most aircraft, your speeds will be much lower, your range much more limited, and your schedule much more sensitive to weather disruption than when traveling in commercial or private jets, usually flown by professional pilots. General aviation is of only limited use for most of us as a means of transportation.

But there are many things you can do with a light unmanned aircraft, such as photographing real estate, observing wildlife populations and monitoring timber, livestock and other assets. In law enforcement and search and rescue, the uses are varied and apparent. We certainly want regulation in place to keep UAV use within safe parameters, but that doesn't mean we want to regulate them into no use at all - not when they offer so many advantages and potential applications that can't be easily duplicated by other means.

The FAA should get into the business of making these benefits available to Americans, not keeping them away from us. I hope the fallout of the recent decision leads to regulations that are smart rather than stifling.

Sources:

1) The Wall Street Journal, "The Drone That Shot Down the Feds"

2) NBC News, "FAA Fine Against Drone Photographer Dismissed"

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Continental Buys Rights to Cessna 406 Caravan II

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In a surprise move, Continental Motors Inc., a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding Company of Beijing, China, announced today that in partnership with ASI Innovation of Reims, France that they have acquired the Type Certificate, inventory and manufacturing rights for the F406 twin engine turboprop, more commonly known as the Cessna 406 Caravan II. Developed as a turboprop version of the Cessna 404 Titan by Reims Aviation of Reims, France, a former subsidiary of Cessna, it appeared in 1983, proving popular as a freighter, particularly in more remote areas of the world, although it is not well known in the U.S. A total of 85 were built, the last reportedly in November 2013. A few 406s were imported to the U.S., but most remained in Europe.

The F406 can fill multiple roles, including cargo hauling, passenger transport (as many as 14 seats) and military surveillance. According to Continental, the acquisition offers the partners a rugged, respected aircraft that can be configured to fill many missions and roles throughout the world. In addition, the airframe can be powered by either the Pratt and Whitney PT-6 or Continental Motors' piston engines using any of the company's geared, FADEC and diesel engine technologies. "We are pleased by the acquisition of this great airframe," said Rhett Ross, president of Continental Motors Inc. "We will be excited to see it return to production in both a turbine and piston engine configuration to meet global demand for a cost-effective twin-engine utility aircraft." Continental spokesperson Mike Gifford said that Continental does not plan to build the F406 itself, but is looking to partner with an experienced airframe manufacturer to resume production. Partner ASI will provide support and service for current owners.


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