Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Can you believe it?! FCC BANS 121.5 ELTS

The Federal Communications Commission took the general aviation world by surprise when it said in a recent report it will prohibit the sale or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters, effective in August. The Aircraft Electronics Association said it just learned of the new rule today, and has begun working with the FAA, FCC and others to allow for timely compliance without grounding thousands of general aviation aircraft. The 121.5 ELTs are allowed under FAA rules. The FCC said its rules have been amended to "prohibit further certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs." The FCC says that if the 121.5 units are no longer available, aircraft owners and operators will "migrate" to the newer 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs, which are monitored by satellite, while the 121.5 frequency is not. "Were we to permit continued marketing and use of 121.5 MHz ELTs ... it would engender the risk that aircraft owners and operators would mistakenly rely on those ELTs for the relay of distress alerts," the FCC says. AOPA said today it is opposed to the rule change. Reprinted from AVWeb Biz daily e-mail.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Strictly Sail Miami Returns to Miamarina at Bayside

Strictly Sail Miami Returns to Miamarina at Bayside

Show Moves Back to Traditional Venue February 17-21, 2011

CHICAGO (June 14, 2010) – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), North America’s leading boat and sportshow producer, announced today that Strictly Sail Miami is returning to its traditional landscape of an all-sail environment at Miamarina at Bayside, in 2011 to meet the needs and preferences of exhibitors and attendees. The show will continue to be held in conjunction with the Miami International Boat Show February 17-21, 2011.

Strictly Sail Miami made a temporary move in 2010 to Sea Isle Marina, co-locating with the in-water power portion of the Miami International Boat Show, which show organizers deemed necessary for the show to stay viable in the future.

“While Sea Isle Marina was a needed move to address industry demands in 2010, the return to Strictly Sail Miami’s traditional home at Miamarina at Bayside is the most logical and favored location for the sailing industry and enthusiasts,” said Kevin Murphy, Strictly Sail Miami show manager. “We’re thrilled to be returning to Bayside, a venue that has proved ideal in providing one place for everyone to reap the maximum benefits of an all-sail show.”

Miamarina at Bayside gives exhibitors and attendees an ideal all-sail buying and selling environment with an in-water marina and upland space adjacent to the sailboats, plus restaurants, entertainment, parking and hotels nearby.

The 26th annual Strictly Sail Miami boat show will take place February 17-21, 2011 with the Miami International Boat Show. Additional information about the show can be found at

About Strictly Sail Miami

Strictly Sail Miami is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit

Strictly Sail Miami is endorsed by Sail America, the sailing industry trade association, in cooperation with NMMA. For more information about Sail America, visit

Friday, June 4, 2010

Electric flight, this could be very interesting.

For more information contact:
Kevin Hazaert, Media and Public Relations
(920) 426-6521



EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 4, 2010) - As part of its commitment to advancing electric flight, GE Aviation Systems has agreed to sponsor the World Symposium on Electric Aircraft as well as the Aviation Learning Center, which will host a week full of activities devoted to the emerging era of electric-powered flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 being held July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport.

The day-long World Symposium on Electric Aircraft sponsored by GE Aviation Systems, scheduled for Friday, July 30, will feature several influential industry leaders discussing electric propulsion aircraft in an open forum, offering what they envision is the future for this rapidly growing flight segment that is attracting the attention of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and investors.

"We're really excited about this electric aircraft partnership with EAA," said Chet Fuller, GE Aviation Systems president and scheduled speaker for the World Symposium on Electric Aircraft. "We believe the path to electric flight is through fundamental technologies, and the research and development GE is doing within those technologies include generation, distribution, energy storage and platform-level load management."

Among the confirmed participants for the symposium are Scaled Composites founder Burt Rutan, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Electric Aircraft Corporation founder Randall Fishman, Yuneec founder Tian Yu, Sonex Aircraft founder John Monnett, Earthstar Aircraft founder Mark Beierle (EAA #47579), who displayed his eGull ultralight aircraft at AirVenture 2009, and commercial pilot and flight instructor Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh.

Daily themed forums will be held at the Aviation Learning Center presented by GE Aviation Systems on safety and airframes; motors, fuel cells, and propulsion; advanced batteries and controls; and regulations.
The week will conclude with working sessions on Saturday, July 31.

Airplane concepts and active prototypes will be on display throughout the week capped off by with special flight demonstrations to showcase these aircraft.

If you'd like to register to attend the free symposium or participate in the event's forums or presentations, contact Kelly Meyer at EAA headquarters at or 920-426-4800.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at