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.

TBM Owners and Pilots Association convention breaks records

TBM

The TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) report that the 2014 annual TBMOPA convention broke another attendance record with the presence of more than 100 TBM 700s and TBM 850s, along with several brand-new TBM 900s.

Attracting almost a quarter of the entire TBM fleet in North America, this year’s convention, held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, registered an increase in attendance of 3% from last year, officials note.

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AIAA Science and Technology Forum set for Kissimmee

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2015 (AIAA SciTech 2015), Jan. 5-9 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

AIAA SciTech 2015, which combines 11 aerospace conferences under one roof, will draw registrants from nearly every field in the aerospace community, according to AIAA officials.

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Solo cross country ends badly

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Red Oak, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was on the third leg of a VFR solo cross-country flight. He was on approach to an airport where he planned to do a touch and go, then return to his initial departure airport.

During his first and second approaches for the touch and go he executed go-arounds due to what he described as turbulence when the airplane came into ground effect.

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Ho, ho, ho, let’s go

Here’s a pertinent and timely question for you to ponder. What does general aviation have in common with the Christmas shopping season? The answer is unfortunately both depressing and obvious — Nothing.

Let’s set about changing that. You and me. Right now. Today.

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Putting aviation (and maybe you, too) in the movies

Jason Schappert

If you’ve ever fantasized about being a movie producer, or even starring in a feature length motion picture, this may be your chance.

“Flying Again is a film that any aviation enthusiast would enjoy,” says CFI, small business owner, and independent filmmaker Jason Schappert.

The film is a project of borne of Schappert’s love of flight and his love of instructing. Perhaps more than anyone in the industry, Schappert and his online ground school business, MzeroA, have adapted to the Internet and instructional videos in a big way. He’s engaging, enthusiastic, and driven. And he needs your help.

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25° nose down in Fat Albert

Here's what a 24-degrees nose down approach to landing looks like from the cockpit.
Here's what a 24-degrees nose down approach to landing looks like from the cockpit.

Here’s what a 25-degrees nose down approach to landing looks like from the cockpit.

In April of this year, I was lucky enough to be chosen to ride with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels support ship, a C-130 named Fat Albert. Not only did I get to ride in Fat Albert, I got one of the coveted cockpit jumpseats. Watching the crew perform… er, I mean fly, Fat Albert was a treat I’ll not soon forget. The above image is the view out the cockpit window on a 25° nose down approach to landing. If the photo isn’t enough, you can watch (or re-watch) the video below. [Read more…]

Type clubs latest to join push for medical reform

The Type Club Coalition has become the latest group to join in urging the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to speed up their review of a proposed rule to reform the third class medical process. The coalition is made up of more than 30 separate organizations representing a specific aircraft type. A Oct. 23 letter coordinated by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and signed by 19 different groups, including the AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute, cites the long and successful history of pilots self-certifying their fitness to fly, noting that pilots have flown safely without a third class medical certificate under sport pilot rules for a decade, according to a report at AOPA.org.