Boldmethod Launches Weekly Podcast

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In the first episode of BoldMethod’s new weekly Podcast – Direct To – Aleks Udris and Colin Cutler explore the history of the transponder, and why pilots use the phrase “squawk” with ATC. They also dig into why airliners are required to use nitrogen in their tires, and if the payoff is worth the cost for general aviation aircraft. [Read more…]

Gathering attracts a crowd

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ANCHORAGE – It feels like half of Alaska showed up at the FedEx Maintenance Hangar at Anchorage International on Saturday. In all the years I’ve been coming to the show, I don’t ever remember seeing the show this busy.

In addition to thousands of people, and a sold-out exhibit area, a wide variety of planes are on display inside and out. Suffice it to say, the 2015 Great Alaska Aviation Gathering is a hit.  [Read more…]

SUN ‘n FUN an absolute blast

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The 41st annual SUN ‘n FUN fly-in is the books. It was hot, humid and an absolute blast. I’d say that even if I hadn’t gotten a ride on a B-25 — with four T-6s and four CJ-6s in tow —as part of a My MacDill Air Force Base support flight.

No longer just “Spring Break for Pilots,” SUN ‘n FUN is “Building a Better Future through Aviation.”

Everything the 20-person full-time team does at SUN ‘n FUN is with an eye on adding pilots to our rolls. SUN ‘n FUN is really just a big fundraiser that supports education opportunities — an effort made easier by recently retiring more than $2 million of debt over the past three years. Today, SUN ‘n FUN is debt free. [Read more…]

Build Your Own Door kit from Schweiss

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Homebuilt doesn’t apply to just airplanes any longer. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, and need (or want) a new door for your hangar, Schweiss Doors’ Build Your Own Door Kit might be of interest.

Provide the designers at Schweiss the dimensions of your hangar opening, tell them where you want doors and windows, if you do, and they’ll design the schematics for the door. Pair that with Schweiss hinges and hydraulics and you’ve got a Schweiss hangar door. [Read more…]

Picture of the day: What is it?

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In Vintage Aircraft Parking at this week’s SUN ‘n FUN is an odd looking twin-engine taildragger that — in just the few minutes I was chatting with owner Eric Hayes from Mobile, Ala. — elicited a great many “oohs,” “ahhs,” and “what is its?” It’s a 1965 Dornier Do 28 B1. [Read more…]