ANACORTES, Wash. — After several years as the flight test director and vice president at Micro AeroDynamics, Anni Brogan has become president of the company. She succeeds founder Charles White, who remains active in the company.
West Star Aviation recently added accessory shop capabilities at its Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) location. The new shop became fully operational in April. In addition, West Star will open another all new accessory shop at its East Alton, Ill. (ALN) location during the fourth quarter of 2014.
In just three months, the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will take aviation’s center stage, opening on Wednesday, Jan. 14, and closing on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
The show will feature the latest in light-sport, homebuilt, and refurbished production aircraft and ultralights, as well as engines, avionics and more, according to organizers. [Read more...]
Aircraft: Piper Warrior. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Marana, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The non-instrument-rated pilot had amassed an estimated 185 hours of total flight experience, of which 7.3 hours were conducted at night over sparsely populated terrain. He had flown the route twice before in the day time.
By any number of surveys, the P-51 Mustang is one of the most admired airplanes in the history of aviation. Even though that statement sounds bold — on the verge of exaggeration — most readers will surely agree.
Like most aviators, I’ve never flown in an original P-51, although I have flown in a light kit version called the 5151 and a closer-to-original-size S-51. The Loehle Aviation version was made entirely of wood and had a Rotax two-stroke engine. While it had the right basic shape, it was docile to fly … unlike the immensely powerful original, I’m told. The Stewart Aircraft iteration was bigger and bold, powered by a 450-horsepower Corvette engine.
However, while both were close-enough recreations of the original to be desirable, even a non-pilot could tell they were replicas. I see nothing wrong with that, but is it simply too challenging to make one that looks truly like the original? It turns out the answer is “no.” Someone finally did do so.
DULUTH, Minn. — Cirrus Aircraft is collaborating with OpenAirplane. Pilots who participate in the Cirrus factory approved initial and proficiency training will be offered rental credentials through OpenAirplane for the same model of Cirrus, without the hassle and expense of another checkout.
With its universal checkout, OpenAirplane makes renting an airplane as easy as renting a car. Once pilots pass the checkout, they can go to OpenAirplane-affiliated flight schools and FBOs and rent an airplane.