Calling all backcountry pilots

It’s time again for our special focus on backcountry flying in the print issues of General Aviation News. We’re reaching out to backcountry pilots with a call for memories of your most memorable or notable backcountry flight. What makes it so noteworthy? Where was it? Who was with you?

If you are a backcountry pilot, do you have any advice for readers who haven’t yet ventured off the airport? What’s the important lesson you’ve learned from your adventures? Where is a great place for a novice backcountry pilot to begin? What do you wish you had known before beginning your backcountry flying?

Add your comments below or send them to janice@generalaviationnews.com. Also, send your photos from your backcountry adventures and you may see them published in the July 20 issue.

Thanks!

 

Lisa Turner to receive Bingelis Award

Lisa Turner

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Lisa Turner of Hayesville, North Carolina, is the 2015 recipient of the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s Tony Bingelis Award.

The award recognizes her 10 years as an EAA technical counselor, promoter of builder education through EAA chapters, and the writer of numerous articles on flight building and safety in a variety of magazines and local chapter newsletters. [Read more…]

Picture of the day: Mystery Field Trip to the airport

Matt Warren

Today’s photos were originally published in the Vermont Aviation June newsletter, with a great story about how students from the Molly Stark Elementary School visited William H. Morse State Airport (DDH) in Bennington, Vermont.

The accompanying story by 2nd Lt Christopher Wright — who also took the photos — notes that “a group of Mrs. Kline’s students from Molly Stark School visited the William H. Morse State Airport in Bennington on a ‘Mystery Field Trip.'”

The trip was arranged with the assistance of airport manager Rob Luther.

Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Matthew Warren, 2d Lt David Sutton, 2d Lt Roland Smith, 2d Lt Christopher Wright and airport regular Dave Anderson gave the students a tour of the airport, operations and numerous aircraft.

Matt Warren

Squadron Commander Matt Warren greets the students.

Matt answering questions.

Matt answering questions.

Dave Sutton flew in from Rutland to show the CAP Cessna.

Dave Sutton flew in from Rutland to show the CAP Cessna.

Dave Anderson describing how to assemble an RV-8.

Dave Anderson describing how to assemble an RV-8.

Roland Smith explaining why STOL can takeoff so quickly.

Roland Smith explaining why STOL can takeoff so quickly.

Pilot shortage: Where’d all the pilots go?

Professional pilot Erika Armstrong asks — then answers — that question in a recent blog post at DisciplesofFlight.com, The problem, she says, comes down to respect and pride. “The aviation industry begs for leaders who recognize the balance required between honoring this glorious industry, while still making enormous amounts of money. It can be done, but not with a ruler and discipline. It will be done with respect, pride and profit. Bring back the pride and you will bring back the pilots.”