More than 40,000 aircraft now equipped with ADS-B

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More than 40,000 aircraft now equipped with ADS-B

As of Sept, 1, 2017, rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment is now on board more than 40,000 aircraft flying in the United States.

The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to be equipped with ADS-B Out before the Jan. 1, 2020, mandate. The FAA is also offering a $500 rebate to offset an owner’s cost on an eligible aircraft until midnight Sept. 18, 2017.

“We’re now just over two years out from the FAA compliance deadline,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO Pete Bunce. “As we move forward, knowing that date will not change, it is essential that those operators who haven’t yet make a plan for equipage to avoid having their aircraft grounded and losing its residual value.”

Since the FAA announced the mandate, general aviation manufacturers have worked hard to design, develop, certify and make available ADS-B products that enhance safety at a reasonable cost, GAMA officials said.

Some solutions for light general aviation aircraft are available for a range from $1,200 to $4,000, each providing safety benefits when presented on an ADS-B IN capable display.

“By choosing to equip now, operators are investing in their safety and ensuring they meet the 2020 deadline before installation lines grow long,” added Bunce. “We are very pleased with the continuous growth in equipage, and manufacturers will continue working with the FAA and operators to facilitate equipage as the deadline approaches.”

Seahawk Aviation of Wilmington flies relief supplies to Florida

By: Zach Driver, WECT General Assignment Reporter

Seahawk Aviation took to the skies on Sunday to give relief to those affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida.

The Wilmington-based aviation company took seven planes to the Sunshine State, and they plan to take more next week.

Ryan Evans, vice president of Seahawk, said the company was originally headed to the Keys, but then changed plans late last night.

“I got called about 5 in the evening after all the planes were loaded up,” Evans said. “They told me Key West was already inundated with a whole bunch of supplies.”

Seahawk quickly rerouted to Ocala, Florida, where they were met by teams from Crossroads Alliance and Convoy of Hope.

All of the volunteers unloaded the planes and put them into a Convoy of Hope truck. Many on the ground were affected by the hurricane themselves.

“I had a lot of trees down and lost some fences,” said Steve Ewing with Crossroads Alliance. “It took me about a day or two just to dig out, and my house is still kind of a wreck, but this is what we do. We try to rise to the occasion when called upon.”

Ewing said the entire day was a display of Americans helping Americans.

“We have been using the saying over the last few weeks, ‘Make Florida great again,'” he said. “So being a Floridian, I am grateful. Working in emergency management and a nonprofit organization, it makes us motivated because you know you have people around you and people that are going to support you and your efforts. For us, the supplies in the truck here, they are going to go directly to the people that need it most.”

Jeff Burns came to Florida from New Jersey. As an emergency management coordinator, he has worked during several disasters, including aiding with relief from Hurricane Katrina.

Burns said there was a common theme between everyone working toward the cause.

“The Carolinas have been through similar things like this, being along the East coast,” Burns said. “They know what it is like to receive help, so they like to give it back.”

The supplies will be distributed across the state by multiple groups.

Evans said he is looking into other ways to help, and he plans to return to Florida with more planes soon.

“I know all the people down there appreciate it,” he said. “This is going to be one of many, but for our first one, I think it went off pretty good.”

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Hickory Aviation Museum lands P-3C sub hunter

The Hickory Aviation Museum added another piece of military aviation history to its collection when it accepted a recently retired P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, a submarine hunter.

The aircraft was in service 48 years and was flown into Hickory by a U.S. Navy crew Wednesday. It is only one of four at a museum.

Navy veteran Jim Munday remembers the aircraft from working on them in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He lives in Caldwell County now but visits the Hickory Aviation Museum every couple of months. He’s always had a love for airplanes.

“When I was younger I used to come to the Hickory airport and watch the DC-3s take off,” Munday said.

The P-3C Orion is a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft. Its mission includes surveillance of the battle space, either at sea or above land with a long-range and long loiter time. The P-3C has proved to be invaluable during overseas contingency operations, according to It has a crew of up to 12 and a variety of armament: AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-84K SLAM-ER, AGM-65F Maverick missiles, Mk46/50/54 torpedoes, rockets, mines and depth bombs.

Hickory’s P-3C Orion (156515) was accepted from Lockheed Martin in 1969 by the U.S. Navy. The turbo prop aircraft is 116 feet long, 33 feet high and has a wingspan of 99.6 feet.

It has been attached to the following squadrons: VP-30, VP-31, VP-48, VP-46, VP-1, VP-62, VP-92, VP-4, VP-40, VP-9 and VP-10.

The P-3C Orion in Hickory actually belongs to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., which loans out assets to other museums.

Retired Senior Chief from the Navy, Stan Lenharr is in charge of the demilitarization of the P-3C, working for PMA 290 out of Patuxent River, Md. The organization manages the acquisition, development, support and delivery of the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, according to

Lenharr and Kregg Kirby with the Hickory Aviation Museum worked together to coordinate things with the museum in Florida to get the P-3C, which was last attached to VP-30, the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron.

What excited Lenharr the most about bringing the aircraft to Hickory was the chance to use it as an educational tool.

“When Kregg and I talked about this and he told me he could have thousands of kids a year go through these airplanes, I said, ‘you don’t know what’s in that kid’s mind at 6 or 7 years old and they’re inside that airplane,” Lenharr said. “They could be potential academy grads flying the future fighter planes or other future aircraft for the U.S. Navy down the road because of the experience they had in that airplane.”

Lenharr said it’s an honor to know the legacy for the P-3C is going to be able to stay here in Hickory for years to come.

Navy veterans, Wayne Vaughn and Skip O’halloran will be part of the team to help demilitarize the aircraft and prepare it for the museum as well. They both worked on P-3C s when they were in the service.

“It’s as dependable as a hammer,” Vaughn, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1964-69, said. “We’d go 12-hour flights over the ocean. Our whole mission was over the ocean.”

O’halloran remembers coming off missions with the aircraft white, covered in salt from flying over the ocean. He was a flight engineer in the Navy reserves for 17 years and got out in 1999.

Instrument Ground School Oct 14 and 15

Next PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL will be November 18 and 19.
Here’s details about the October Instrument Class.

·        What: Instrument Ground School

·        When: Saturday, October 14, & Sunday, October 15, 8AM to 5PM

·        Where: 534 Air Harbor Rd.GreensboroNC 27455

·        Guarantee:  I guarantee students pass the instrument written; if they do not pass, I work with them one-on-one until they do pass

  • Items to Bring: An E6B, pocket calculator, and something to write with.  We do have E6Bs for sale at our cost of $11.00
  • Extras: We provide doughnuts and coffee for breakfast, ham sandwiches for lunch, and we also have soft drinks and water
  • Cost: $300.00 Cash or Check: Make checks payable to: Zenda Liess
  • We collect the fee the first morning before class
  • To Register: Call or e-mail (see contact information below)