As of January 1 the FAA’s Airmen Certification branch began issuing mechanic and repairman certificates with a new design on the back of the certificate honoring Charles E. Taylor, who served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with building the engine for the 1903 Wright Flyer. Since the introduction of the updated airman certificate in 2003, the mechanic and repairman community has requested that the FAA issue a certificate that represents Taylor’s contributions.
Dale Meiler, lead maintenance inspector for Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, is the recipient of the ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician’s Award. The annual honor is given in recognition of the outstanding performance of a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for 20 or more years.
On October 30, Dr. Jan Galla opened an aviation medical examination office at the Jet Aviation facilities on Teterboro Airport. Galla, a cardiac surgeon for the past 20 years, decided to become an aviation medical examiner (AME) full-time after five years of offering airman medical exams in his spare time. Galla’s practice is solely for aviation medical exams, primarily for professional flight crews.
Telex Communications, a long-time provider of commercial aviation headsets, has a new product that offers battery-free active noise reduction (ANR). The Airman 850, being demonstrated at Booth No. 2106, is the only headset on the commercial market to use voltage from microphone bias to power its active noise reduction technology and requires no special aircraft panel power.
Hayden Sheaffer, the pilot-in-command of the Cessna 150 that violated the Washington, D.C. ADIZ on May 11, will be allowed to reapply for his airman certificate in 10 months. The FAA reduced the original one-year penalty and Sheaffer, 69, agreed to drop his appeal to the NTSB.