EAA 1418 meets every third Saturday at Noon in the pilots lounge at Rohnerville Airport, Fortuna, California.  Lunch and a beverage are provided for a suggested $5.00 donation to the chapter.  Anyone interested in aviation is welcome to attend.


Humboldt County, California Aviation Webcams

North Coast Aviators, EAA 1418, installs and maintains webcams at our local airports. These cameras show real-time weather conditions and have proved invaluable to aviators, local government agencies, and area residents.

All NorthCoastAviation.com webcams, AWOS, and more 

 Rohnerville Airport

Eureka/Arcata Airport

 Murray Field

Kneeland Airport

 Garberville Airport

Shelter Cove

See NorthCoastAviation.com for all the aviation cams, weather and local links, local highway cams and technical information about this program.


Affiliated with Lost Coast Aviators is the
AVI8CANDO Youth Aviation Program
Rohnerville Airport, CA


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Thursday
Oct052017

EAA Webinar

I listened to and watched the slideshow for the Second Annual General Aviation Engine Summit webinar.  It was given by Mike Busch of Savvy Aviation.  Here are some highlights of the five main areas of discussion.

FAA Organizational Change:  Directorates are gone.  The Small Airplane Directorate and the Engine and Propeller Directorate will be Included in the Policy & Innovation Division and the Compliance & Airworthiness Division.   The 78 FSDOs will no longer report to the 7 Regional Offices but will report directly to the Flight Standards Offices.  No more regions but the regional offices will be renamed. 

The electric revolution:  A standard for a simple pure electric motor system and means for compliance for small GA aircraft is near completion.  Hydrid electric propulsion systems will come next.  Then transport.

100LL avgas will be gone within a couple of years:  There is only one supplier of tetraethyl lead worldwide (in the UK).  l67,000 GA aircraft depend on 100LL.  There is an discription in the webinar of the Phase 1 testing that occurred.  Two candidate fuels were selected for Phase 2 testing:  Shell UL100 and Swift UL102.  Phase 2 testing will be completed in early 2018.  Catch 22:  FAA doesn't certify fuels; it certifies engines and aircraft to operate on specified fuels.  Approval of each engine and aircraft is impractical.  New statutory authorization will be required.  The FAA, Congress, and industry are currently working on this.  

FAA study of over 700 GA power-loss accidents (2000-2014):   200-300 power-loss accidents every year; one in five are fatal (about 50/year).  Rate of fatal power-loss accident is more than twice as high for twins than for singles.  Rate of fatal power-loss accidednts is six times higher for experimentals than for certified planes, most accidents occur in Phase 1 flight testing.  Most were caused by fuel problems.  See webinar for breakdown of fuel and component failures.  74% of power-loss accidents caused by pilots and 23% caused by maintenance errors, including 57 overhaul errors, 43 assembly/istallation errors, and 12 repair errors.

Discussion of ADs and AMOCs:  Role of FAA in Continued Operational Safety.  Airworthiness Concern Sheet process. 

You can watch this webinar by clicking this link.

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