Classic Jet Aircraft Association

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CJAA Guide to the Reno Air Races

Sep 4, 2015 - After the CJAA Annual Convention, the next largest gathering of CJAA members is the 2015 National Championship Air Races, Sep 16-20 in Reno, NV. Most of the pilots are CJAA members, many crew and owners are members, and there will be quite a few of us in the crowd. Whether you’re a repeat or first time visitor, here’s our guide to the races:

Russian Civilian L-39 Jet Team

Sep 2, 2015 - How many of you knew there was a civilian jet team in Russia? Aerobatic team RUSS was founded in 1987 on the base of Vyazemskiy Avicenter. RUSS is the oldest Russian jet formation team and the pilots of the squadron RUSS are the only ones in Russia to fly shows in the L-39 "Albatros". The same light attack aircraft used in the Russian Air Force as training jets. Currently the group is composed of 10 L-39 aircraft. RUSS performs in Russia and abroad.

Inside the 61.58 Check

Aug 31, 2015 - Earning the rating to fly Classic Jets is one of the best days in a pilot’s career. Classic Jets are not only wonderful aircraft to fly, they also represent important aviation history that seems to echo from every rib, stringer and rivet. One of your most important responsibilities as a pilot is to remain current and competent in every aircraft you intend to operate. According to FAA 61.58, if you intend to carry passengers in a Classic Jet, you must have completed a 61.58 checkride or equivalent within the prior 12 months.

Support Pilot's Bill of Rights II

Aug 28, 2015 - In a recent letter to AOPA membership, President Mark Baker is asking members (and others) who haven't contacted their senators and representative yet to do so and urge them to cosponsor the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (HR 1062/S 571), which includes third class medical reform.

Turbojet Braking Performance on Wet Runways

Aug 27, 2015 - The FAA has just published SAFO 15009, "Turbojet Braking Performance on Wet Runways." The SAFO warns turbojet operators and pilots that the advisory data for wet runway landings may not provide a safe stopping margin under all conditions. The FAA has compiled data that indicates that applying a 15% safety margin to wet runway time-of-arrival advisory data as, recommended by SAFO 06012, may be inadequate in certain wet runway conditions.

Tragedy in England

Aug 25, 2015 - There was a terrible accident in Shoreham, England involving a Hawker Hunter last weekend that tragically resulted in many injuries and deaths. Our hopes and prayers go out to the families affected by this devastating event. Situations like this should serve to focus all Classic Jet Operators on our responsibilities to the public for the safe operation of these historic machines. We must be committed to safety in every phase of maintenance, training and operation of Classic Jets.

WHAM Warbird Museum Expands

Aug 19, 2015 - The World Heritage Air Museum (WHAM) announced the opening its new headquarters and flight operations base at a renovated hanger at Oakland County International Airport (OCIA).  The hanger will be home to several rare vintage jets from around the world where visitors can get an up close view and learn more about the aircraft and the roles they played in history.

L-139 Wins "Best Jet" At 2015 EAA AirVenture

Aug 7, 2015 - At the recently concluded 2015 EAA AirVenture, CJAA member Dianna Stanger received the EAA Warbirds Award for "Best Jet" for her Aero Vodochody Albatros L-139 -- the only one of its kind in the world.

“The Jet division at Oshkosh is filled with some of the best jets in the world for competition. It is an extreme honor to have the winning entry with such a distinguished field of competitors." said Dianna Stanger.

ADS-B Update

Aug 6, 2015 - ADS-B, or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, is a cornerstone of NextGen air traffic modernization. The FAA has mandated that aircraft operating in airspace that now requires a Mode C transponder must be equipped with ADS-B Out by Jan. 1, 2020. ADS-B Out transmits information about altitude, airspeed, and location derived through GPS from an equipped aircraft to ground stations and to other equipped aircraft in the vicinity.

Formation Guidance Updates

Aug 5, 2015 - During the last several months, the FAA and Transport Canada have identified inconsistencies and omissions in federal guidance on some types of formation flying at public air shows. Regulators asked ICAS to work with other industry groups to recommend changes to current guidance that would eliminate these inconsistencies and omissions.

Earlier this month, during EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a small group of ICAS members and representatives from other organizations met to begin this process.

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