Editorial: New Third Class Medical Provisions

By Ed Downs

It is now official, as of May 1, 2017, the FAR’s will contain provisions that allow an individual to exercise the privileges of a private pilot without the need for a third class medical certificate. But, let me quickly add, there are a number of conditions and caveats in the new rule. Those looking for specific details must review the “Final Rule,”, and Advisory Circular 68-1, Circular/AC_68-1.pdf. These two fun-filled documents total 112 pages of legal language that needs to be read several times in order to get a full grasp on what is going on.

It had been the intent of this writer to summarize this final ruling, but space will simply not allow this. Instead, allow the opinions of this writer to set the stage and then take a look at the FAQ’s that are included directly from Advisory Circular 68-1. This is probably the fastest way to get some idea of what this ruling entails.

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Lone Star Flight Museum Hall of Fame 

Lone Star Flight Museum to Announce 2017 Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees

Preview $38 million, state-of-the-art 130,000 square-foot museum to open Labor Day



WHAT: The Lone Star Flight Museum will announce the 2017 Texas Aviation Hall of Fame inductees and offer an update preview of the $38 million facility at Houston’s Ellington Airport slated for opening Labor Day weekend, Tuesday, Feb. 7.


The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame honors the legacy of famous Texans and is part of the new 130,000-square- foot state-of-the-art aviation museum and S.T.E.M. learning center featuring interactive educational exhibits and Lone Star’s award-winning collection of historic aircraft. Visitors will be able to explore and experience the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts essential to flight and learn about the contribution of Texas and Texans to the history of aviation. Highlights also include a high-tech Aviation Learning Center and the opportunity to purchase flight experiences in some of the museum’s historic aircraft.


WHO: Douglas H. Owens, Lt. Gen., USAF (Retired), Chief Executive Officer, Lone Star Flight Museum

Scott Rozzell, Chair, Lone Star Flight Museum Board of Directors 

Jerome Simon, Managing Director, Northern Trust Bank and Co-Chair of “Taking Flight” Gala


WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

                        11-11:30 AM


WHERE: Future site of the Lone Star Flight Museum

Ellington Airport

11551 Aerospace Avenue

Houston, TX 77034


PARKING: Parking will be available on the west side of the building, enter from Aerospace Avenue. Please wear closed-toe shoes, hardhat will be provided.

CONTACT: Kim Stinebaker, Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations,713/305-6602



Business Aircraft Productivity Calculator 

Business Aircraft Productivity Calculator



How Much Time and Money a Business Aircraft Can Save on Typical Business Trips

Hawkeye Aircraft Acquisitions LLC, a boutique private aviation consulting firm, has launched a free web-based Business Aircraft Productivity Calculator to help individuals and companies determine the time savings and value added a business aircraft can provide over commercial airlines. This tool was designed to provide a high-level overview of the hours, productivity, and the value of time saved.

“The inspiration for designing this tool and making it readily available is two-fold,” Mike McCracken, President said. McCracken continued, “One, we wanted a simple method that would allow first-time buyers of private aviation travel solutions, an easy way to see the value added, whether that is charter, time share, or full ownership. Second, we felt that it is important for existing flight departments to track these metrics for justifying their current aircraft or increased use of their aircraft.”

Taking less than five minutes to complete, users are able to select travel destinations from a drop-down list and pick from three different aircraft types; super-mid, large, and “My Aircraft,” resulting in block speeds and hourly operating costs being automatically populated based on the selected criteria. When choosing “My Aircraft,” users are able to provide their own block speed and operating costs to allow for a more accurate analysis of the costs of their own aircraft, charter, or a fractional share.

Additional features include the ability to input ground travel time for the nearest airport serviced by commercial airlines as well as links to look up current commercial airfare for the inputted trip. If commercial airlines limit the ability or do not provide the capability of completing the trip within a single day, the “Overnight” button can be selected, which layers in the additional costs and time loss that would be avoided when utilizing a business aircraft.

For the value of the time saved, users are able to input salary ranges for C- Level executives and upper management employees. The tool then calculates common productivity factors from NBAA and No Plan No Gain reports to determine a value for the time saved when using a business aircraft.

Visit and select the Productivity Calculator from the upper menu to see the difference for yourself.

About Hawkeye Aircraft Acquisitions

Hawkeye Aircraft Acquisitions is a boutique aviation consulting company. We challenge convention by viewing the world differently. HAA was created because we felt there should be an easier and more productive method to evaluate complex aviation solutions. Through our unique application of resources, data, and industry expertise, we identify the best solution for you. Our services include aircraft acquisitions, marketing, fleet planning, ASA certified appraisal services, and general aviation consulting services.


New Hires at Paz Aviation 

Paz Aviation Announces New Hires as Firm Grows


Paz Aviation, a leader in the aircraft MRO industry for more than 25 years, announces that three new professional MRO technicians have joined the Paz Aviation team: David Rivas, Dana Harris, and Edward Johns.

David Rivas is an experienced Avionics and Electromechanical Technician who has worked for multiple aerospace companies, including airlines, repair stations, and avionics OEMs. David adds his technical knowledge in expanding shop capabilities to the Avionics and Electromechanical Departments at Paz Aviation. David has 20 years in the industry.

Dana Harris is a 30-year Aviation Technician with his Airframe and Powerplant Certification. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics at Embry Riddle University. Dana’s significant experience includes working for General Electric, Hill-Rom, and the U.S. Air Force. He will be working in Paz Aviation’s Pneumatics and Hydraulics Departments.

Edward Johns is a U.S. Navy veteran with 30 years of experience in the industry. He has his Airframe and Powerplant Certificate, and has worked for a number of the largest MROs in the industry. Edward brings his wealth of experience to Paz Aviation’s CSD and Generator Department, where he has already excelled.

Brendan Campbell, Principal and Chief Financial Officer at Paz Aviation, said the new hires are key elements in Paz Aviation’s strategy to attract top MRO industry talent to enhance its technical and professional capabilities to better serve current and future clients.


The professional MRO technicians at Paz Aviation have been trusted for more than 25 years to provide dependable, on-budget, on-time delivery of a comprehensive suite of MRO services. The team at Paz Aviation is collaborative and cooperative in providing cost-effective customer service with a reputation for high-quality MRO service. Paz Aviation is proud of its culture of honesty, openness, fairness, and reliability, where customers and brokers are part of the Paz family. For more information, contact Paz Aviation at 305/825-4828 or contact Campbell at


Love is in the Air at American Helicopter Museum 

 Say “I Do” In the Air on Valentine’s Day 


It’s high-flying romance the helicopter way on Sunday, Feb. 12, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at West Chester’s American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC). The museum, located at 1220 American Boulevard, has a special Valentine’s Day Proposal Package available for adventurous lovers to propose, renew vows, and more in midair.


The Proposal Package entails accommodations for three in a helicopter: two seats in back for the happy couple and one adjacent the pilot for possibly a photographer, child, friend, prospective mother-in-law, or anyone else who wants to go along for the joyous moment. It costs $250 and also includes a fresh rose and bottle of champagne or sparkling cider.


AHMEC is having a contest for one lucky couple to win the entire package. Simply write a brief note as to why you should win and email it to Robyn Morgan at  by Thursday, Feb. 9.


Advance reservations and payment are required by Thursday, Feb. 9, by calling AHMEC at 610/436-9600 or visiting the Gift Shop Wednesday through Saturday10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundaynoon to 5 p.m. Proposal Package rides are assigned flight times. For more information, email 


Regular priced helicopter rides are also available for $60 per person – no reservation required – and can be purchased via the website at, phone, or in the Gift Shop.


The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores, and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including more than 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros, and convertaplanes.

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