Uncontrolled Airspace (UCAP) – broadcasting since August 22, 2006 – is the grand-daddy of aviation-themed podcasts. Hosted by Jeb Burnside, Dave Higdon and Jack Hodgson, UCAP is a heavy dose of hangar flying.
Suffice it to say, I’ve been to many more airshows than car shows. But back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, my wife and I met up with my in-laws at a few car shows around the country.
Roy Nisbet, my father-in-law, was a car guy. After a lifetime as owner of Grand Forks Welding and Machine, he sold the business and retired. He retired right into a job building and maintaining street rods for a friend in Grand Forks, N.D. [Read more…]
Prepare to be jealous. Very jealous. BackcountryPilot.org founder Zane Jacobson enjoyed a multi-day trip into the wilds of the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska. What’d he get all of us? A video. A very beautiful video (and story). [Read more…]
It’s not often we get to learn – in such a graphic way – from an inflight emergency. At the May 8, 2015 Arsenal of Democracy Flyover a TBM Avenger suffered a “1500psi pinhole hydraulic leak vaporized in the cockpit, appeared like smoke, and prompted a decision to abort the flyover and land at Reagan DCA airport.” [Read more…]
I know a guy who hates it – HATES IT – when anyone touches his computer screen. He’s a big guy, with a dark beard, long hair and many tattoos. Get close to his screen and you can hear the grumble starting deep down in his belly.
In today’s world of smartphones, tablets and touchscreen avionics, not touching a screen is near impossible. So what to do? [Read more…]
Aviation Week is reporting, “U.S. airlines expect that will allow a five-year “grace period” for full compliance with the agency’s 2010 mandate that carriers’ aircraft be Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out capable by Jan. 1, 2020.”
Airlines for America filed a “grace period” petition, but it isn’t just the industry begging for more time. Technical issues – on the FAA’s side – are cited. Despite repeated proclamations from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta that the 2020 deadline won’t be delayed, it’ll be interesting to see how this petition plays out.