75 Mental Health and Stress in Pilots, Seattle Stolen Plane, Blackfly and Sun Flyer 2 Electric Aircraft


75 Mental Health and Stress in Pilots, Seattle Stolen Plane, Blackfly and Sun Flyer 2 Electric Aircraft

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Mental Health and Stress and Pilots
In the news, Max talks about electric aircraft at AirVenture. Then he talks about the rate of depression among pilots, two recent pilot suicide accidents, and two stories where the death of a family member or friend resulted in pilots having in one case a fatal accident, and in the other a pilot deviation. Here’s a link to an FAA page on depression writen by Glenn Stoutt, Jr, who’s an Aviation Medical Examiner. And this is the FAA’s Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners on Psychiatric Conditions – Use of Antidepressant Medications.

Fatigue and Accidents Related to Death of a Friend or Family Member
No Greater Burden: Surviving an Aircraft Accident video
Jay Hopkins article – Flying Magazine column

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Mentioned in the Show
Flying and Life podcast, EP #43
Cirrus Migration 16 Event – Las Vegas, October 11-14, 2018
Simple Flight Radio podcast
“The Columbia” from the Undone podcast, by Gimlet from January 23, 2017.

News Stories

69 AirVenture 2018 at Oshkosh – Jack Pelton, EAA CEO Interview


69 AirVenture 2018 at Oshkosh – Jack Pelton, EAA CEO Interview

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69 AirVenture is the World’s Largest Aviation Celebration. It’s held in July each year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and it’s run by EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association. Over 10,000 airplanes fly in for the event, 40,000 people camp on the campgrounds, and over 500,000 people attend the week long show. AirVenture is the best of everything about aviation, and it’s a must visit destination for every pilot.

Jack Pelton is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of EAA, and he’s the former CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company. Before that, Jack was Cessna’s Senior VP of Engineering. While at Cessna, he was an active advocate for GA, often meeting with members of Congress about general aviation issues. Today that work still continues for Jack and his staff, as advocacy is just one of many facets of the Experiment Aircraft Association.

Jack talks first about what’s special and unique about EAA. He then discusses some of the advocacy issues that the association is currently involved in, including STCs that allow avionics for experimental aircraft to be used in certificated aircraft, and future changes needed for the Light Sport Aircraft category. Jack then talks about the many activities planned for AirVenture 2018. These include the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and a visit by the Gloster Meteor, the oldest flying Jet. The only flying XP-82, a twin fuselage Mustang, is also expected to fly to the show. The “One Week Wonder,” returns this year, in which show attendees help build a Vans RV-12 during the week and then see it fly on Sunday.

Other events include:
Doc – B-29, one of two flying in the world
Pilot Proficiency Center
Annual Salute to Veterans & Honor Flight to D.C.
Innovation Day – Tuesday
Founder’s Innovation Prize
Women Venture Day – Wednesday
KidVenture & Aviore Superhero
Night AirShows on Wednesday and Saturday
Twilight Night Fest on other evenings
Aircraft Rides – B-17, Ford Tri-Motor, Bell 47
Seaplane Base
EAA Museum

Mentioned in the Show
AirVenture Planning Site
Tedx Talk, by EAA’s Dick Knapinski on AirVenture
EAA AirVenture App – iPhone/iPad
EAA AirVenture App – Android
Join EAA – $10 Off Offer

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64 New Book on Engines, General Aviation Maintenance – Interview with Mike Busch of Savvy Aviation


64 New Book on Engines, General Aviation Maintenance – Interview with Mike Busch of Savvy Aviation

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64 Max interviews Mike Busch, 2008 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year about his new book, Mike Busch on Engines. Mike founded Savvy Aviation, Inc, which includes a concierge maintenance management service, a prebuy management service, an engine monitor data analysis service, and a new 24/7 fast-response breakdown assistance service. His latest book, Mike Busch on Engines: What every aircraft owner needs to know about the design, operation, condition monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting of piston aircraft engines, was published in March 2018. His first book was Manifesto: A Revolutionary Approach to General Aviation Maintenance.

Mike was born in New York City and grew up in the northeast. After majoring in math in college, he did graduate work in math and business, and soon after moved to the West coast, where he’s been ever since. After college, he worked in the computer industry as a software developer, and he managed major software development projects for corporations including Computer Sciences Corporation, General Electric, Honeywell, NCR, Phillips, and Visa.

In 1995, he began working fulltime in the aviation industry, when he cofounded AvWeb.com, a well known aviation news web site. He’s also a prolific writer of articles on maintenance that have appeared in many General Aviation magazines including his monthly maintenance column, “Savvy Maintenance” in AOPA PILOT magazine.

Mentioned in the Show
Order Mike’s New Book on Amazon: Mike Busch on Engines
Order Mike’s 1st Book on Amazon: Manifesto: A Revolutionary Approach to General Aviation Maintenance
Mike Busch’s 70+ EAA Webinars on YouTube
Savvy Aviation – Mike Busch’s main web site

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Low Cost, Garmin G5 Electronic Flight Instrument for certificated, experimental and LSA Aircraft – Garmin Interview – EP14



Garmin recently announced that their low-cost, G5 Electronic Flight Instrument will now be available for use in certificated aircraft. It fits directly into a standard 3 1/8 inch hole used for instruments in most aircraft, which reduces installation time and cost. In this Newsmakers episode of the Aviation News Talk podcast, we interview Garmin software engineer Joe Gepner, who helped design the G5.

The Garmin G5 is a direct replacement for a round-gauge attitude indicator, and it was originally introduced for experimental and LSA aircraft in July 2016. Pricing of that version starts at $1199. Later, Garmin introduced a second page in the G5 that displays a HSI, so that it can also be used as a direct replacement for a DG, heading indicator, or HSI. If a pilot has two of these instruments in an aircraft and the one displaying the attitude indicator fails, the G5 displaying an HSI can be switched in flight to display the attitude indicator.

In May 2017, Garmin announced a version of the G5 Electronic Flight Instrument that can be used to retrofit attitude indicators and DG/heading indicators in over 600 models of the most common certificated aircraft. That makes it easy for Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft and other aircraft owners to easily retrofit their aircraft with a low cost glass panel display. A single Garmin G5 for certificated aircraft sells for about $2500, and includes an installation kit, magnetometer and 4-hour backup battery.

When configured as a attitude indicator replacement, the Garmin G5 looks like a miniature version of a Garmin G1000 PFD (primary flight display). Like the G1000, it displays the six primary flight instruments: airspeed, altitude, vertical speed, an attitude indicator, HSI, and turn coordinator with slip/skid indicator. It also displays ground speed and ground track from a built-in GPS.

The experimental/LSA version of the Garmin G5 also has a built-in autopilot. To use it, two optional servo motors need to be installed.

Listen to episode 14 of the Aviation News Talk podcast now to learn more about how owners can retrofit older aircraft with the Garmin G5 to add glass cockpit features and reliability to these planes.

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