Gene Sanders submitted this photo from opening day of SUN ‘n FUN, of the Breitling Jet Team poised for its American debut on Tuesday. [Read more…]
Legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan’s latest project is the SkiGull, a seaplane that’s currently undergoing initial hydro testing.
Mike Kincaid, a seaplane expert who has written often for General Aviation News and happens to live near Burt’s retirement home in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, reports that the SkiGull “will land very slowly, takeoff quickly, cruise fast, and have an almost forever range. Like all of Burt’s creations, this seaplane will be very unique and could change the way we fly water planes.”
The latest design will also be featured in a new documentary, “Looking Up, Way Up! The Burt Rutan Story.” [Read more…]
Just as SUN ’n FUN kicks off, it was announced that Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared April “Aviation Appreciation Month.”
In Florida, general aviation airports contribute more than $7.7 billion to the state’s economy annually.
JSfirm.com, an online aviation only job board, has released its sixth annual Hiring Trends Survey.
“This year’s results show that our industry is continuing to trend in the right direction,” said Jeff Richards, JSfirm.com manager. “There will be more hiring in 2015 than any of the past six years.” [Read more…]
Three people with no aviation experience will be put through six days of intensive training, preparing them to be ready to conduct a supervised solo flight at the end of one week. That’s the goal of “One Week Ready to Solo.” The program, launched at SUN ‘n FUN, is a collaborative effort of Redbird Flight Simulations, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Jeppesen, Sporty’s, Garmin, LightSpeed, and SUN ‘N FUN.
IMC Radio’s “Plane Talk,” a live-streaming aviation internet radio talk show sponsored by the IMC Club International, will broadcast live from a remote studio in Lakeland, Florida, during the 2015 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, starting April 21 and continuing through April 25. [Read more…]
The Recreational Aviation Foundation will host its annual Potato Bake Thursday, April 23, at the RAF Fire Hub in the SUN ‘n FUN campground starting at 6:30 pm. This year the RAF will play host to BackcountryPilot.org contributor Patrick Romano to lead a backcountry safety seminar based on his popular STOL Tips series. [Read more…]