Thursday, November 29, 2007

New Aviation Lecture Series

  • Lecture Series

    A series of seminars is planned which are aimed at pilots and/or aircraft owners and potential owners. They are designed to de-mystify and to add depth to the training curriculum followed by student pilots and those generally interested in aviation matters.

    The duration of each session is planned for 3 hours.
    The location of the lectures will be at Laurentide Aviation’s classroom and hangars.
    The time will be evenings 7-10 pm or alternatively on weekends 10 am – 1pm
    Starting date is December 11. Future dates to be published.
    Cost is $25.00 / session

    Please e-mail Frank Hofmann at with your contact information if you intend to participate. Visit for a course outline of some of these seminars.

    Planned seminars are:

    1) To Buy/own your own airplane. Choices of type, costs, operations
    2) Owner Responsibilities regarding maintenance.
    3) Owner Performed Maintenance. CARs 625 App. A. Portions are hands-on.
    4) The Annual Inspection. Hands-on
    5) Equipage. Modern Requirements and Equipment. ELT, ADS-B, Autopilot, Engine monitor, Ballistic Parachute, Transponder, Collision Avoidance.
    6) Airplane Design. The steps in designing an airplane.
    7) Making your own short and long-range weather forecasts for flying and holidays. Applied Meteorology.

    Frank Hofmann

Monday, November 12, 2007

Airbus 380 arrives in Montreal

While doing my runup at Cedars airport today I looked up and saw what I thought was a low flying airliner flying downwind ready to turn on to final approach on runway 6R in Montreal. I finally realized that it was the 380 doing a tour of Montreal. I qualifies being named an Aluminum Overcast. Being as big as it is it looked very slow - too slow to be lifting all that weight. Even from the ground one can tell that the fuselage is very big. I wondered how big the vortices were and for how long they would be sustained.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Bad news from Precision Carburetors

The following appeared on the web today. Insurance, its costs and the ability to obtain it is a constant influence on aviation to continue to exist.

"November 1, 2007
Precision Airmotive LLC has discontinued sales of all float carburetors and component parts as of November 1, 2007. This unfortunate situation is a result of our inability to obtain product liability insurance for the product line. Precision Airmotive LLC and its 43 employees currently manufacture and support the float carburetors used in nearly all carbureted general aviation aircraft flying today. Precision has been the manufacturers of these carburetors since 1990. These FAA-approved carburetors were designed as early as the 1930s and continue to fly over a million flight hours a year. After decades of service, the reliability of these carburetors speaks for itself. Nonetheless, Precision has seen its liability insurance premiums rise dramatically, to the point that the premium now exceeds the total sales dollars for this entire product line. In the past, we have absorbed that cost, with the hope that the aviation industry as a whole would be able to help address this issue faced by Precision Airmotive, as well as many other small aviation companies. Our efforts have been unsuccessful. This year, despite the decades of reliable service and despite the design approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, Precision Airmotive has been unable to obtain product liability insurance for the carburetor productl ine. While we firmly believe that the product is safe, as does the FAA,and well-supported by dedicated people both at Precision and at our independent product support centers, unfortunately the litigation costs for defending the carburetor in court are unsustainable for a small business such as Precision. Therefore, as of November 1, 2007, Precision Airmotive LLC has been leftwith no choice but to cease production and support of its float carburetor line.We are working with the engine manufacturers and others in the industry in an attempt to minimize the impact on general aviation and to provide future support for this product line. There is a substantial quantity of parts and carburetors stocked at our distributors, which should be sufficient to support the industry for a short time."