The year in pictures

Aircraft have to be the most picture-worthy mode of transportation (an objective opinion if I’ve ever read one) — and we’d like to see your best shots of 2014. These should be your photos you’ve taken in 2014.  I can’t think of a better way to cap off 2014 than sharing your great pictures in our two December print issues.

Email your photo (be sure to include specifics like where it was taken, the plane description and the full name of anyone in the photo) to Editor Janice Wood

Note: Please send the largest file size you have available. Bigger is better.

The advent of the light twin

Photos by Meg Godlewski

With the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, the prohibition on the production of civil aircraft was rescinded. Many articles published that year were harbingers of the post-war boom expected for the general aviation industry. Indeed there was a huge boom in production — general aircraft production went from 1,946 in 1945 to an unbelievable 33,254 in 1946.

This was truly the golden era of light aircraft production. But it was a short-lived one as the market rapidly went sour as returning GIs and the public were struggling with other demands. Sales in 1947 fell to around 15,515 airplanes, and by 1949 had plunged to 3,500.

But out of this post-war bust would come a boom in a new category of general aviation aircraft — the light twin. [Read more…]

Call for teams to compete in GAMA/Build A Plane challenge

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, have partnered for a third year to sponsor the GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The challenge seeks to promote STEM education through aviation in high schools across the United States.

GAMA will provide the first 100 teachers who enter the competition with “Fly to Learn” curriculum, as well as five complimentary copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane, for their classrooms. The lessons can be used to teach the basics of aerospace engineering and design. Students will learn to apply their knowledge to modify and fly their own virtual airplane in a fly-off.

The competition is free to enter. Registration is open until Feb. 13, 2015, or until the first 100 schools register. Each school’s team must have four students to be eligible for the competition. Each team must include at least one male student and at least one female student.

Great Lakes Aviation Conference returns to Lansing

The 15th Annual Great Lakes Aviation Conference and Expo returns to the Lansing Center Jan. 23-24 in downtown Lansing, Michigan. The conference and expo is designed to provide an interactive and educational event, offering more than 60 breakout sessions for pilots, maintenance professionals, sport pilots, instructors and students, including two days of IA renewals and continuing education. The conference also features approximately 100 exhibitors. Advance registration is open now.

Wanted: Even more photos

the P-51 Mustang "Obsession" arriving on the 3/31/2014 at last light in front of a dramatic Floridian sky as it was the final arrival before Lakeland Linder airport shut for the night at the 20:00 curfew.

We’ve received some beautiful photos from our readers, including this one from RAF Cadet James Hancock, taken at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN. We’re still looking for more photos to publish in our two print issues in December, as well as online. In fact, we’ll be publishing a reader photo of the day all during December, so get your photos to Editor Janice Wood by Dec. 1 for consideration.

 

the P-51 Mustang "Obsession" arriving on the 3/31/2014 at last light in front of a dramatic Floridian sky as it was the final arrival before Lakeland Linder airport shut for the night at the 20:00 curfew.

The P-51 Mustang “Obsession” arrives at SUN ‘n FUN at last light as the final arrival before Lakeland Linder Regional Airport shut for the night.

the P-51 Mustang "Obsession" arriving on the 3/31/2014 at last light in front of a dramatic Floridian sky as it was the final arrival before Lakeland Linder airport shut for the night at the 20:00 curfew.

the P-51 Mustang “Obsession” arriving on the 3/31/2014 at last light in front of a dramatic Floridian sky as it was the final arrival before Lakeland Linder airport shut for the night at the 20:00 curfew.

Search for 100LL replacement raises many questions

When I started to write this post on unleaded avgas, I sat down to read about the upcoming evaluation program for four candidate fuels. The more I read the more questions it raised.

For instance, why does Swift Fuels have two candidates?

But the biggest question concerned the percentage of the piston aviation fleet that the new candidate fuels will satisfy. A few questions arise, like which engines are the most critical, under what conditions will they knock, which airframe, propeller, operating conditions are most critical, and on and on.

[Read more…]