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GARMIN DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS AWARDED FLIGHT TEST  PILOT HONOR FOR CERTIFICATION OF AUTOLAND

GARMIN DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS AWARDED FLIGHT TEST PILOT HONOR FOR CERTIFICATION OF AUTOLAND

Garmin ® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd.
(NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced its Director of Flight Operations and Chief Test Pilot, Tom Carr, has received the prestigious Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ (SETP) 2020 Iven C. Kincheloe Award for his outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing. SETP presented the award to Carr last week during a virtual awards ceremony that was held in place of its annual gala.  The Iven C. Kincheloe Award was established in 1958 in memory of the veteran flight test pilot and U.S. Air Force Korean war ace. The Kincheloe Award honors test pilots who have made exceptional contributions to an aerospace program and is the most honorable recognition among the society. “From the day Tom started at Garmin, he has dedicated himself to growing our business and developing a team of passionate and talented flight test professionals and in doing so, he has built a world-class flight department,” said Phil Straub, executive vice president and managing director of aviation. “His dedication to the advancement of flight testing, along with his perseverance and pioneering vision, have played a vital role in bringing innovative Garmin products to market and into the hands of our customers, all of which further illustrates why he is extremely deserving of the Iven C. Kincheloe Award.”

Carr was honored with the Kincheloe Award in recognition of his achievements as an experimental test pilot during the industry-first Garmin Autoland flight test program. He has flown Autoland development flights on the Columbia 400, Piper M600 and the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet and flew as test pilot in hundreds of approaches and fully-automated landings. These tests were conducted as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of Garmin Autoland, which was achieved on May 18, 2020. The award-winning Autoland system has since received FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification on several additional aircraft types. Serving as director of flight operations and chief test pilot at Garmin for 17 years, Carr has over 42
years of experience in experimental flight test. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with 14 type ratings and is rated for single-engine and multi-engine airplanes, seaplanes and gliders. His flight experience spans 192 different aircraft types ranging from gliders to four-engine jets. Carr has more than 12,000 hours as Pilot-in-Command (PIC), including more than 5,000 hours in the conduct of experimental flight tests. At Garmin, Carr oversees flight operations in Olathe, Kansas and Salem, Oregon and has flown numerous avionics development and certification programs, including the G1000 ® and G5000 ® integrated flight decks, GFC™ 700 autopilot, Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™)
and Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP™).

Carr graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S in Aerospace Engineering. He also has a M.S in Aviation Human Factors and a law degree. Prior to Garmin, Carr was a senior engineering test pilot at Beech Aircraft and Raytheon Aircraft in Wichita. At Raytheon, he flew research and development, as well as certification flight tests, specializing in aircraft stability and control, envelope expansion, high angle of attack and spin testing, finishing his career there as Hawker Horizon chief test pilot. Previous Iven C. Kincheloe Award recipients include some of the aerospace and aviation industry’s most accomplished and recognized individuals in experimental and exploration flight testing, including those who contributed to the NASA Space Shuttle and Apollo space programs.

MCFARLANE AVIATION PRODUCTS AND TEMPEST AERO GROUP EXPAND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

MCFARLANE AVIATION PRODUCTS AND TEMPEST AERO GROUP EXPAND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

McFarlane Aviation, Inc. is pleased to announce an expanded distribution agreement with Tempest Aero Group LLC. The expanded product lines allow McFarlane to increase their product offerings to the full line of Tempest products; Marvel Schebler, Precision Airmotive, Alcor and Tempest Plus providing their valued customers a smoother all-encompassing shopping experience for their general aviation needs.

“Tempest Aero Group™ is excited to expand our partnership with McFarlane Aviation” said Vince Bechtel, Director of Aftermarket Sales for Tempest Aero Group. “For the past several years McFarlane has represented our Alcor® brand of sensors and probes with a high level of service and we feel they will have the same success with our other affiliated brands. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”

The expansion brings additional spark plugs, vacuum pumps, carburetors, oil filters, sensors and more to the McFarlane storefront. Anyone interested in learning more about Tempest Aero Group’s product lines or McFarlane’s FAA-PMA Products please visit McFarlane’s website www.mcfarlaneaviation.com, or call 866.920.2741.

Located in the Heartland, at the Vinland Aerodrome in Baldwin City, Kansas, McFarlane is a diversified manufacturing company that has been providing affordable, high-quality aircraft components for over 30 years. McFarlane believes in high-quality products at affordable prices; with over 30,000 FAA-PMA parts available, along with being the largest distributor of MT propellers in the world, McFarlane is proud to be a part of the commercial and general aviation market.

Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes - Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM); reopening of comment period.

Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes - Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM); reopening of comment period.

The FAA is revising an earlier proposal for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Models PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-160, PA-28-180, PA-28-235, PA-32-260, and PA-32-300 airplanes. This action revises the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) by including a revision to the manufacturer's service information, including an additional inspection method, and removing the requirement to install the access panel. The FAA is proposing this airworthiness directive (AD) to address the unsafe condition on these products. Since the actions in the revised service information would impose an additional burden over those in the NPRM, the FAA is reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these changes.

DATES:

The comment period for the NPRM published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2017 (82 FR 51583), is reopened.

The FAA must receive comments on this SNPRM by September 18, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
  • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

For service information identified in this SNPRM, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32960; telephone: (772) 567-4361; internet: www.piper.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

Examining the AD Docket

 

You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1059; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this SNPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

 

 

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