Robert Blankenheim recently sent in this photo, taken at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California, explaining: “I recently became a private pilot this past September. This is one of my favorite pics this year.” [Read more…]
Dan Torres from Baldwin, N.Y., notes that he’s been equipped with ADS-B for almost two years now and admits he’s now “addicted.” [Read more…]
Flying the same aircraft all the time can be boring after a while. It’s an affliction most aircraft owners share, though it’s not one to generate much sympathy from non-owners.
But after months and years flying the same familiar flivver, one begins to seek out new opportunities, different aircraft and even additional ratings. So it was for me recently. [Read more…]
The President’s 2016 fiscal budget will include $450,000 for the National Park Service to acquire the original Wright brothers factory buildings in Dayton, Ohio.
Plans call for the buildings to be restored as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
In a public-private partnership, some of the five buildings — which are now empty and in disrepair — would be restored as part of the historical park, while others would be renovated to make room for new businesses in the area.
It’s a plan that has been in the works for years, according to local officials.
“The legislation I authored to include the Wright Co. factory in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park was signed into law almost seven years ago, and the administration’s request is long overdue,” U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, was quoted in the Dayton Daily News.
The property is now owned by Home Avenue LLC, a real estate development company formed to bring business to the site.
Learn more about the plans for the buildings in a recent story on visiting Dayton.
The former president of Sikorsky Aircraft was killed when his P-51D crashed near Maricopa, Arizona, on Feb. 5. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched a grassroots campaign in response to the House Transportation Committee’s FAA reauthorization proposal to establish a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation.
The legislation — which poses a significant threat to the entire general aviation community — will be considered Thursday, Feb. 11, by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. [Read more…]
According to the pilot, he was practicing an engine out maneuver to a landing on the water in the Piper PA-18-150 near Lake Wales, Fla.
At 500 feet mean sea level, he “cut” the engine power and turned the carburetor heat to full on. As he neared the water, he started to flare when the left float grabbed the water first. [Read more…]
Max Lightsey of Orlando, Florida, sent in this photo of Fat Albert, the transport aircraft for the Blue Angels. He explains: “The Lockheed Martin C-130T “Hercules” (AKA: “Fat Albert”) smokes the tires performing a short-field, assault landing at the Melbourne Air and Space Show on March 21, 2015.” [Read more…]