Jay Maynard's Blog (5)

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

...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

Added by Jay Maynard on May 15, 2009 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

First real result of the NTSB report

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

Added by Jay Maynard on April 15, 2009 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

NTSB recommends grounding US 601XLs

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,…

Added by Jay Maynard on April 14, 2009 at 5:42pm — 12 Comments

Zulu changed my mind

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

Added by Jay Maynard on March 10, 2009 at 8:03am — 2 Comments

ARF pictures

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.

Added by Jay Maynard on February 22, 2009 at 9:32am — 4 Comments

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