Owning, renting or borrowing an airplane can be complex – from both sides of the relationship – but help is available. Canada-based Buddypilots Aviation has recently launched buddypilots.com to serve everyone from FBOs and flight schools to partnerships, sole owner-operators and even non-owner pilots and mechanics.
The private pilot and a CFI were on an instructional flight in a Cessna 172 near Peoria, Illinois. The airplane was equipped with an electric trim activation switch on the yoke.
According to the private pilot, during the takeoff shortly after rotation, the nose pitched downward and the plane bounced on the runway. The CFI took control of the airplane and attempted to abort the takeoff, but the plane bounced several more times before the nosewheel collapsed and the airplane slid to a stop. [Read more…]
Jean-Yves Duplessis submitted this photo of Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Douglas Dakota’s Wright Cyclone R-1820 engine. “I used Corel Painter software to give it the painterly effect,” he reports. [Read more…]
By BILL WILSON
Florida’s sometimes finicky winter weather released its grip midway through the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, allowing the event to hit its stride.
Attendees, and a record number of exhibitors, crammed four days worth of activity into the last two days of the show Jan. 16-17. From preliminary reads, most were happy with the results. [Read more…]
Cdr. Leroy Robinson, a World War II naval aviator, flew in the Pacific Theatre and is a confirmed “Ace.” He also flew in the Korean Conflict and had a 32-year career at Delta Air Lines. In failing health now, most of his time is spent in his Civil War-era Tignall, Georgia, farmhouse.
The FAA flight advisory for Super Bowl XLIX has been issued. It describes the expected, but not final, plans for the Temporary Flight Restriction that will be in place during the Super Bowl. [Read more…]
General aviation’s alphabet groups are urging the FAA to address barriers to ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) equipage, including high cost and lack of certified solutions for some types of aircraft. [Read more…]