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.

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.

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Aviat Husky CNG visits Lycoming

Photos courtesy Lycoming

Last week Lycoming Engines hosted Stu Horn, president of Aviat Aircraft, who flew the company’s Aviat Husky CNG to Williamsport, Pa., which is powered by a Lycoming IO-360-A1D6. The engine was modified to be the world’s first dual-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) aircraft, and can be powered by CNG or 100LL aviation gasoline with the flip of a switch. Members of the Lycoming engineering team gathered to examine the engine and its modifications during the visit.

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MyGoFlight introduces ‘future proof’ device holder

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DENVER – MyGoFlight has introduced a Universal Cradle device holder that, when combined with MyGoFlight mounts, simplifies and lowers the cost of pilots using EFBs, iPads or tablets in the cockpits of planes, according to company officials.

“Every time you upgrade your iPad, tablet or EFB, it can wreak havoc on your existing mounting system, especially in situations when not all pilots carry the same exact device or use the same case,” said Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight. [Read more…]

Low altitude stall kills two

Aircraft: Grumman American. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Burlington, Wis. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot had not flown much in the preceding two years. His most recent flight occurred more than five months before the accident flight.

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