Laser pointer sentenced to six months

What appears as a dot of light on the ground can illuminate an entire cockpit, 
disorienting a pilot or causing temporary blindness

Aaron Huffman repeatedly shined “a laser into the cockpit of a Washington State Patrol airplane,” over the Labor Day Holiday in 2014. On Tuesday, September 1 a judge sentenced Huffman to six months in jail. According to the The News Tribune story, this is not Huffman’s first run-in with the law. The judge went so far as to advise Huffman “to give up his young son for adoption.”

Embracing perfection for 44 years

Scott Francis MXS


New Garden Flying Field (N57), located in beautiful Chester County, Pa., was transferred to the New Garden Township by the DuPont family. It is nestled in a valley surrounded by trees, layered landscapes, mushroom farms and is without fences. The airport is managed by Jon Martin, a dynamic leader and a gentleman, who proudly runs a very active young aviators program.

The 2015 airshow, held Aug. 22-23, was the 44th airshow; Jon has orchestrated the last nine. [Read more…]

FAA releases updated model aircraft guidance

Model Aircraft

The FAA published updated guidance on model aircraft operations Sept. 2 that reflect current law governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft.

Advisory Circular (AC) 91-57A replaces a previous guidance written in 1981.

The updated advisory circular reflects rules Congress wrote into Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, according to agency officials. [Read more…]

Airshow firefighters pitch in to fight fast-moving fire

The Erickson Skycrane that had been on display at the airshow helped fight the fire. Photo by Tom Brown

On Friday, Aug. 28, the Airshow of the Cascades, in Madras, Ore., had an awesome night show. But that is not news, as it happens all over the country.

What is news is that for the first time in the airshow’s 16-year history, the aerial acts had to be cancelled on Saturday, Aug. 29, because of a fire that started around 10 a.m. at Cove Palisades State Park, near Madras Airport, by improperly disposed of charcoal briquettes.

The fast-moving fire caused at least 100 people to flee, leaving behind their gear and trailers to be lost to the fire. [Read more…]

Cessna 182 hits fence

After an uneventful departure, climb, and cruise, the pilot performed a standard 45° entry into the traffic pattern at the high elevation airport in Big Bear, Calif.

The Cessna 182Q descended low during the final approach, and the pilot applied full forward throttle control. The engine responded, however the descent was not arrested as he expected. [Read more…]