Idaho Aviation Expo set for May 16-17

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The annual Idaho Aviation Expo, May 16-17 this year, is once again taking place in the 30,000-square-foot Aero Mark hangar at IDA. Admission is $10 at the door, but I’ve got some “Free Admission” tickets. Send me an email if you are interested. [Read more...]

Privateer taking shape

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The nearly decade long dream of John Meekins is taking shape — literally. The Privateer, an amphibious turbine pusher, has been in development for more than seven years.

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17th Alaska Airmen’s event a success

ANCHORAGE – The 17th Annual Great Alaska Aviation Gathering came off without a hitch this past weekend, May 3-4. Housed inside the massive FedEx Maintenance Hangar at Anchorage International Airport, more than 275 exhibitors, indoor and outdoor static aircraft and a large handful of seminars were packed into the two-day event.

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New line of towbars from Picker Tugs and Towbars

Pilots pulling an airplane through wet grass, soft soil, mud or loose sand or gravel often struggle. In response, Arizona-based Picker Tugs and Towbars designed the HD Baby Bush B-series manual towbar. The new line of towbars features four 10-inch flat free turf tires making it easier to pull LSA up to Stearman over a variety of surfaces.

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How I Did It: Cirrus Aircraft’s Dale Klapmeier

I read a good many “How I Did It” type stories in various business magazines. It is always interesting to learn that “now successful” business operators struggled with the same challenges I, and many others, struggle with. So when I learned that Cirrus Aircraft CEO Dale Klapmeier would be in the Seattle area retelling his “How I Did It” type story, I had to sign on.

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10,000 miles in an LSA in a month-and-a-half

BOISE, Idaho – From one end of the United States, and back, to the other end, and back. Paul Leadabrand of Stick & Rudder Aviation flew his Kitfox S-LSA from Boise to Lakeland, Florida, for the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and back to Boise — a 4,800-mile round-trip so the Rotax 914-powered “Big Foot” edition of the Kitfox could be on display at the Rotax booth.

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Touch & Go: Perspective matters

I’m excited to see what comes of the future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones. There is a great deal yet to learn, and ways UAV technology will scale up to the benefit of all aerospace. Of that, I have no doubt.

However, there is also much to figure out and, frankly, worry about.

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Texas airpark wins appeal in court battle

The Dallas Morning News recently reported that Collin County-based Air Park Estates, at Air Park-Dallas Airport (F69), shut down an attempt to turn the airpark over to a real estate developer. From the story:
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USAF Academy Wings of Blue skydivers to open 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show

DAYTON, Ohio — Skydiving cadets and instructors from the U.S. Air Force Academy will help open the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger on June 28-29 at Dayton International Airport.

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New book: Area 51 – Black Jets

Area 51, until recently, was the worst-kept U.S. government secret. We all knew it existed, but the mystery of the place remained, and still does.

Bill Yenne’s book, “Area 51 Black Jets – A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America’s Secret Aviation Base,” does much to unveil the mystery.

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