About the Alameda Aero Club

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Alameda Aero Club
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As the CEO of medical technology company Medweb, I spend most of my time spearheading attempts to broaden the usage and development of technology for the betterment of the medical community. However, I also enjoy other pursuits, such as flying. As an amateur pilot, I value my membership with the Alameda Aero Club, a nonprofit entity that seeks to make flying accessible to members from a variety of backgrounds.

Now located at Oakland Airport, the Alameda Aero Club was founded in the 1980s and moved to its current location roughly 10 years ago. Its members, all flying enthusiasts, enjoy visiting the headquarters, a flight hanger at the Old T’s in Oakland’s North Field. The Alameda Aero Club welcomes all interested parties from the Bay Area to join its ranks; approximately 100 members currently belong to the club.

For the dual purposes of facilitating leisure flying and helping new flyers learn their way around aircrafts, the Alameda Aero Club owns and operates two Cessna 172 planes. A four-seat, single-engine plane, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk first flew in 1955 and is still in production. Members can rent either plane, Alameda Aero Club uses the fees to continue the club and maintain the planes.

In addition to the fee charged for renting the Cessna 172 planes, the Alameda Aero Club asks that members pay membership dues. These two financial channels are the club’s only sources of income, and all members participate in events on a volunteer basis. For more information on the Alameda Aero Club, visit www.alameda-aero.com.

About Dr. Peter Killcommons:

Dr. Peter Killcommons established Medweb in 1992. Based in San Francisco, California, Dr. Peter Killcommons and Medweb strive to deliver web-enabled secure telemedicine solutions to over 1,000 locations around the globe.

AOPA Advocates for LSA Certification for Multi-use Plane

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American Owners and Pilots Association
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Dr. Peter (Pete) Killcommons leverages more than 20 years of experience in the field of telemedicine to serve as the CEO of Medweb, a San Francisco-based firm he founded in 1992. Outside of his responsibilities with Medweb, Dr. Peter Killcommons enjoys flying and maintains membership with the American Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

AOPA recently issued a press release stating that it has urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deliver stall-speed and weight exemptions so that the Terrafugia Transition can qualify as a light sport aircraft (LSA). The Transition was designed as a street-legal aircraft that can easily shift from flying to driving. Due to its multi-use design, the Transition must meet both highway and aviation regulations, but the safety equipment mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes the Transition exceed the LSA weight limit. Terrafugia has therefore requested an extra 480-pound weight concession, as well as an equivalent increase in stall speed so that the Transition is eligible for LSA certification.

According to the AOPA, releasing the Transition from the FAA’s LSA weight limit will help grow the general aviation market, foster innovation in general aviation, and offer unprecedented safety to the Transition’s users. The AOPA also stated that is has long recommended that the FAA implement performance-based certification criteria.