Windecker Eagle to fly again

Pre-restoration

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — The restoration of a rare Windecker Eagle is expected to be completed this summer. Once done, it will be the only airworthy example of the first composite aircraft certified by the FAA, according to the men working on the project. Reportedly, it was also the first aircraft certified under the rules for Part 23. [Read more…]

B-52 to be featured at Oshkosh

B52

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin —  The Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber, which for more than 50 years has been the backbone of the U.S. Air Force bomber fleet, will be a prime attraction at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in.

The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) convention, which annually draws 10,000 airplanes and total attendance of 500,000, is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. [Read more…]

Universal Avionics partners with Rockwell Collins for ADS-B solution

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TUCSON, Arizona – Universal Avionics has joined forces with Rockwell Collins to bring an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution to business aircraft operators.

The solution was designed to allow owners to add the Rockwell Collins TDR-94(D) Mode S Transponder to their Universal Avionics SBAS-Flight Management System (FMS) installation to meet the ADS-B Out mandate. In addition, owners are able to equip for Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV).
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First Mooney Summit planned for June

Mooney Acclaim

PASO ROBLES, Calif. – The first Mooney Summit, sponsored by The Mooney Flyer, will be held June 12-14 at KPRB. Planned events include a wine tour, evening reception at Estrella Warbird Museum, seminars for Mooney owners and pilots as well as non-pilots, and a lunch presentation by the Commander of the Navy’s Strike Fighter Wing, US Pacific Fleet, Captain David E. Koss sponsored by Mooney International.

Navigating a box canyon

Cessna 210

I once flew into a box canyon on purpose.

A friend of mine lived in a canyon between Pacific Palisades and Malibu on the southern California coast. He’d introduced me to a powerful men’s weekend retreat and it course corrected my life. That one retreat helped me achieve the dream of becoming a pilot, and so when I got my helicopter license, I decided to give him a view of his home like he’d never seen it.

He accepted the gift. That day, we departed Torrance Airport to the east instead of to the west due to strong easterly winds. Temperatures were also unusually high for December. [Read more…]