Randy Whitson submitted this photo and note: “Early flight at Marco Island Executive Airport (KMKY) in Florida.”
Picture of the Day: Ready for the day
Missing the point
We don’t know what we don’t know, until someone helps us learn it. Should we somehow get past the educational requirements of flight training without ever grasping the basics, we’re as lost as we might be on an Algebra II test, if we chose to skip Algebra I and go straight to the big time. Stalls are a good example of the phenomenon of misunderstanding.
What’s it like to fly a Fire Boss?
In Peak Performance: Flying the Fire Boss, the Air Safety Institute’s Richard McSpadden rides along to see how firefighting pilots safely scoop 800 gallons of water out of a lake in 15 seconds, and then release the roughly 6,600-pound load in less than two seconds to douse fires — and then he tries it and sees how hard it really is.
2023 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship goes to Nathan Hammond
Air show star Nathan Hammond, who performs as GhostWriter, is the 2023 recipient of one of the air show industry’s most prestigious awards.
ASA updates Lesson Plans to Train Like You Fly
The fourth edition incorporates “critical information previously published in ‘Train Like You Fly: A Flight Instructor’s Guide to Scenario-Based Training,’ current best practices, and tried and true advice for teaching both visual and instrument flight, Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) officials said.
Discovery flight goes awry
Immediately after touchdown, the discovery flight customer held the left brake, sending the plane aggressively to the east side of the runway and into the grass.
Picture of the Day: Ready for departure!
Sandy Gurley submitted this photo and note: “Winston is ready for departure.”
I’ve replaced the problem cylinders, should I replace the others?
Given the engine times and now having #2 and #4 pistons and rings replaced and valves rebuilt, I’m leaning heavily toward performing the same maintenance on #1 and #3, with new pistons and rings, even though they aren’t suspected of any issue, but wanted to seek your wisdom on this first.
Volunteers improve safety at Oregon’s Rager Airstrip
Volunteers brought in a tractor and rotary mower to mow the airstrip, the turn-around areas at each end, the aircraft parking area, as well as clearing out about six feet of obstructions on each side of the airstrip, RAF officials reported.
Santa Clara glider replica takes place of honor in San Diego FBO
The original Santa Clara glider was designed by John J. Montgomery with two wings spanning over 25 feet each and its replica is on loan from the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Crownair Aviation is located at San Diego’s Executive Airport (KMYF), formerly named Montgomery Field after the glider’s designer.
First FAA-certified ALSIM SR20 simulator in the USA
Now that the simulator is certified by the FAA, students at All In Aviation in Nevada can count their training hours in the sim toward their private and commercial license or instrument rating.
Student pilot seriously injured during first lesson
The flight instructor’s improper decision to direct the student pilot to exit the airplane with the engine running, which resulted in serious injury when the student walked into the propeller arc.