Jay Maynard
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Didn't have to surrender my pilot certificate yesterday...

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 8:00am 5 Comments

...because a Sport Pilot CFI ticket is a separate certificate.

One result of the fiasco surrounding the NTSB's recommendation that the Zodiac fleet be grounded was that my original pilot examiner backed out on me. I'd located one near Janesville, WI, and today the weather cooperated enough that I could go take the checkride.

Big Foot Airport, 7V3, near Janesville is 261 nautical miles from Fairmont. I'd set my alarm for 5 AM, hoping to be in the air by 6:30. I woke up at… Continue

First real result of the NTSB report

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 6:30pm 4 Comments

I was scheduled for a CFI-SP checkride tomorrow. I'm all ready for it. I've been boning up on all the stuff for the oral exam, which is reported to be a bear.

The DPE who I'd scheduled the ride with told me she wasn't comfortable flying in a Zodiac, and postponed the ride until the issue is better understood at minimum, and ideally resolved.

I understand and respect her decision.

I'm still annoyed, not at her, but at the whole situation. I've spent 6 months… Continue

NTSB recommends grounding US 601XLs

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 5:42pm 12 Comments

According to an NTSB press release:

Washington, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board today issued an urgent safety recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in which it asked the agency to prohibit further flight of a type of a small airplane that has been involved in six in-flight structural breakups since 2006. The recommendations apply to the Zodiac CH-601XL, a low-wing, fixed-gear,…

Zulu changed my mind

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 8:03am 2 Comments

My Zodiac and I are featured on Lightspeed's new Zulu page. Check it out.

ARF pictures

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 9:32am 4 Comments

I just posted several pictures from a couple of ARF flights. ARF is Animal Rescue Flights, a group that helps get animals from shelters where they'll likely be killed to new shelters or new owners that will take care of them. If you're looking for something to do with your airplane, give them a look.

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At 1:15pm on August 10, 2009, Juan Vega said…
Jay, I saw pictures of Oshkosh. How was it? How was the flying in to the airport?
At 5:26pm on May 17, 2009, Juan Vega said…
Jay, since theaileron rib is not flush for ou to do the tie downs I designed with the tennis bals(see Seb's Blog) I have an idea for your tie down. Get a small surf board strap. then get a piece of regular carpeting say, 15 by 20 inches. Tthen take two thin (thin is the word) pieces of plywood. staple or glue them 2 3 inches apart from the center of the carpeting. these will give the carpet stiffness. place the strap around the wing ( i preffer the straps made by Rhino) which have a cushoned wrap around the tightening mechanism. ) slip the carpet on the aileron and flap, , then have it held by the strap. it should work pretty good.

Juan Vega
At 3:37pm on May 8, 2009, Mark Ertz said…
Jay, I am impressed by your pretty flight suit. In fact, your fotos tell me you take the right to flight as a given. It's not in most of the world. Our rights and our safety should work hand in hand. I have worked in aviation, too. In addition, overseas were you cannot blog the issues or speak to the facts. And the facts in this case according the the FAA do not require grounding. The wing on the 601XL is about as common and safe a design in aviation ever came up with. More to the point, most manufactures put weight in their a/c to cover up the faults in their design. Well designed & balanced a/c do not need weight added if built & flown correctly. But if you think that AMD builds it better because of the paperwork, you are at risk. I know every rivet in my aircraft because I put them in. You have no idea of the skill level or educational level of the workers who built your a/c. AMD could have hired subcontractors or even migrant labor to rivet together your a/c. ADs are issued more often than not to certified aircraft for a reason. Correcting faults is great. However, the numbers speak for themselves. Weight balancer or not in your controls does not mean you will make a controlled landing when cables break or rods snap. I do not take safety for granted nor do I take may right to flight for granted. Hundreds of hours building, hundreds of hours flying & hundreds of hours maintaining speak for themselves. And that is on this one a/c not to speak of all the other a/c I have flown or worked on.
At 3:42am on March 4, 2009, Bob Archibald said…
Your plane looks great. Glad to see all the interest you are showing in Sport Aviation, enjoyed your comments here and on the other list. Congratulations on your soon to be CFI-SP status - you have come a long way.
Cheers, Bob
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