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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Matthew R. checks out the prop on one of the many Model Airplanes on display at the Cradle’s Annual ExpoThe Cradle of Aviation Museum will hold the Eighth Annual Flying Model Expo on Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Each year the event continues to grow and attract hundreds of model builders, collectors and beginners to the largest event of its kind on Long Island.The Expo provides model builders and flying model fans with a wonderful opportunity to see some of the best in class in model aircraft. Everything from electric, gas, RC, rubber-powered, gliders, helicopters and more will be on display throughout the museum. Plus, special free family activities will be available for junior flyers throughout the weekend.Outdoor flying demonstrations will take place in front of the museum both Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Flying demonstrations of some RC electric airplanes will take place throughout the day in the museum. The Expo will have representatives from Flying Model clubs from all over the metropolitan area. A wealth of model building and flying experience will be on hand for anyone interested in either getting started or if you’re looking to perfect your own model.Admission to the Flying Model Expo is free with your admission to the Aviation Museum galleries. The Cradle of Aviation Museum is home to over 75 air and space craft representing over 100 years of aviation history. The museum is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City/Uniondale area. Directions to the museum are to take the Meadowbrook Parkways to exit M4 West, and then follow signs to Museum Row. For information call 516-572-4111 or log onto www.cradleofaviation.org.
“The FAA will not speculate when the work will be completed. The agency continues to follow a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing’s work,” the FAA said.”We will lift the grounding order only after FAA safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards.”The MAX has been grounded worldwide since March 13, 2019, following an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. That catastrophe came just a few months after a Lion Air MAX crash that killed 189 people.The MAX’s anti-stall flight system, the MCAS, was partially to blame for both crashes. But other technical malfunctions, including one involving electrical wiring, were subsequently detected during the aircraft’s modification process, slowing down its recertification.The FAA, like Boeing, is under scrutiny over its role in the development of the MAX, which has been sharply criticized by government auditors and on Capitol Hill.Representatives Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who chairs the House Transportation Committee, and Rick Larsen, a Washington state Democrat who chairs the aviation subcommittee, released a letter late Monday asking the agency to provide a recent safety culture survey of employees. “We believe reviewing the results of this survey will help our Committee properly fulfill our congressional role overseeing the FAA and its efforts to help improve the safety culture at the agency,” DeFazio and Larsen said.Topics : The public comment period will be open for 45 days.The FAA statement moves the MAX a step further on the recertification path after the agency on July 1 completed test flights on the plane.While the FAA said the announcement is an “important milestone,” the agency emphasized that recertifying the MAX was not a done deal and that there were additional steps even after the public comment period is complete.These include a final report reviewing and addressing public comments, and a review of Boeing’s final design documentation. All MAX aircraft manufactured since the crashes also will need to be personally inspected by FAA staff. The grounded Boeing 737 MAX moved another step closer towards flying again Tuesday as US regulators said they would soon accept public comments on a roadmap to recertify the jet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would issue a proposed airworthiness directive for the MAX, which has been grounded since March 2019 following two deadly crashes.The listing published in the Federal Register will seek comments on suggested design changes and crew procedures “to mitigate the safety issues identified during the investigations that followed the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents,” the FAA said.
M/V Shearwater, the vessel which was scheduled to carry out the Port Clyde cable route survey. Image source: Alpine OceanThe consortium behind the Maine Aqua Ventus demonstration project has reportedly decided to stop investigating the Port Clyde route as one of the preferred for the transmission link to the mainland. According to the local media, Maine Aqua Ventus has given up on this route due to concerns raised by local fishermen, who would be banned from operating in the route area. In early November, the project team had scheduled a subsea geophysical survey of the cable route between Port Clyde and the project site, only to announce the survey was postponed to January 2018 shortly after, as a response to feedback received from the Zone D fishing community and the Maine Department of Marine Resources.The following month, Maine Aqua Ventus notified the fishermen and other stakeholders that the subsea cable geophysical survey was delayed until February-March. “The additional time allows us to identify cable routes where the cable can be buried so that you can continue fishing over it, just like the undersea cable to Cutler. We are working with state and federal agencies to ensure that all fishing, both fixed and mobile, can continue unaffected once the buried cable is installed,” the project’s notice reads.In response to a petition to ban subsea cables in Port Clyde issued in October 2017, Maine Aqua Ventus said that the offshore cable for the project was proposed in an existing, charted route, where existing active cables serve the islands off Port Clyde, and that locating the project’s transmission link in the existing cable way minimised impact on local fishermen. The project team had also proposed burying the cable as much as possible and using existing transmission infrastructure to minimise visual impact.However, according to the latest news from the local media, fishermen using mobile gear are allowed to operate in the charted cable way since the cable is inactive and they would have been otherwise prohibited from fishing there. If the offshore wind project would had gone ahead with adding its cable, the Maine Department of Marine Resources would have had to restrict fishing in the route area.The project team had identified eleven other cable routes and will start investigating two most favourable of those in March 2018.Meanwhile, Maine Aqua Ventus is waiting for an approval of its power purchase contract with Central Maine Power Company from Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which recently decided to delay making a final decision and to obtain more public comment, due to changes in the energy market since 2014, when the initial terms were approved. After the PUC’s decision, Project Counsel for Maine Aqua Ventus said that the project developers will work with the PUC and Central Maine Power Co. on a new proposal for the power contract.