GAN contributing writer Amelia Reiheld participated in the Air Race Classic with partner Linda Keller. Here’s their latest blog post: It wasn’t a flawless race, it wasn’t without its challenges, but we got here to Mobile, safe and sound, and even though we weren’t able to leave Borger, Texas, until noon, we crossed the finish line at Brookley Field a good 19 minutes before the deadline.
GUEST EDITORIAL By RADEK WYRZYKOWSKI, founder, IMC Club
Success can be measured in many different ways. When it comes to the recent and very timely Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Pilot Training Reform Symposium, I confess to having mixed feelings about what was achieved.
GAN contributing writer Amelia Reiheld and her partner, Linda Keller, will take off in the Air Race Classic June 21. We’ll follow their adventures online, but first a look at how the partnership began:
What have I gone and gotten myself into this time? It started simply enough. Complicated things usually do. I heard via the grapevine that there was a woman based at Alabama’s Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) planning to fly the Air Race Classic this year, joining the all-women cross-continental airplane derby. Happening to be in my hometown visiting, and sniffing a possible story, I gave Linda Keller a call. Soon I was sitting across from her at the FBO. “So,” I began: “Tell me about this air race, what it involves, and why you’re doing it?”
By DAVID NIXON
Back in the 1950s, if you wanted to build your own experimental airplane from a “kit” with all the plans, builder instructions, and parts provided, you were out of luck. This was the era of the scratch-built experimental airplane. If fact, you were lucky if you even had formal plans. Fast-forward to 2011 and just about all of that has changed. But one thing that hasn’t changed is a product of that early homebuilding era: The Coast Ranger #1, which is still flying today, doing what it was intended to do — be a low-cost, easy-to-maintain and, most important, fun-to-fly airplane.
By BILL SCHROEDER, MCFI
The sky is clear, visibility is unlimited, and the early morning air is cool and calm. You decide to take that trip to the mountains that you have always wanted to do, but never seemed to have the time.
By DAVID NIXON
Maybe there is a little bit of the Stone Age hunter in me that makes me always on the look-out for airplanes in out-of-the-way places.
GUEST EDITORIAL By Matthew Kiener
“Any new ideas regarding the trees?” someone asked. A group had gathered to discuss, among other things, the trees at the end of several New Jersey runways, forcing the implementation of displaced thresholds. These trees are on adjacent properties and oftentimes the land owners are less than receptive to our plight. That question launched a discussion that should have been as unnecessary as it was frustrating.
Takes ‘outstanding award’ at Sun ’n Fun
By MARK STULL
Lucky Stars III is my eighth original ultralight design, but my first with a tractor engine. It was a worthy challenge, significantly different from my previous designs, and includes a couple fun and interesting experiments.
The past meets the present for a mechanic at a small GA airport
By DAVID NIXON
When you are around old airplanes you can’t help but feel part of the fabric of the past. When you grow up in a family that has old airplanes, that is even more apparent. When you work as airplane mechanic in general aviation you add even more to the texture.
Mechanics become part of the history woven in the make and model, N number, serial number, and logbook entries of a flying machine. Your work literally becomes the next page in the life of an old airplane. It is what I like about general aviation and my line of work. How and when the past comes to the present is often a function of happenstance. It happens when you least expect it, sometimes with the simplest of conversations.
By BRIAN D’AMBROSIO, For General Aviation News
Cromwell Dixon awoke Oct. 1, 1911, as the talk and toast of the aviation world after the child prodigy turned aviator became the first pilot to fly across the Continental Divide, in his aeroplane “The Little Hummingbird.”