What time it isn’t

In 1998 Charles Spence – our beloved Capital Comments columnist – was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the National Business Aviation Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

We played a part in making sure Charlie (as we call him) and his lovely wife Majel could be on hand to accept the awards by assigning Charlie the task of helping us cover the back-to-back conventions in Las Vegas and Palm Springs. After all, it was to be a surprise. [Read more…]

‘The show is back on’

When Dee Hanson, Executive Director of the Alaska Airmen’s Association called on Thursday, she sounded relieved. The first words out of her mouth were, “The show is back on.” The “show” is the annual Great Alaska Aviation Gathering.

Until Thursday, there was doubt about an 18th annual show taking place in the FedEx Express maintenance hangar at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport next May. [Read more…]

Reduce, reuse, recycle… hangars in this case

The great state of California reduced the number of general aviation airports in 2014 by at least one. Specifically, Rialto Municipal (L67) was shut down on Sept. 18 to make way for a 1,439-acre residential and business center. (I know, but don’t get me started…)

From the ashes of L67, nearby Flabob Airport (RIR) will reuse Rialto’s hangars. Flabob is just 8 nm on a heading of 169° from L67… as the homebuilt flies.

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2015 Alaska Airmen’s show in doubt

The Alaska Airmen’s Association sent an email to its members on Monday, Dec. 15, detailing the status of the 18th Annual Great Alaska Aviation Gathering. “As you may know for the past 17 years, FedEx has graciously hosted The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in their Anchorage maintenance hangar,” said Dee Hanson, Alaska Airmen’s Executive Director. “Every year we submit a written request to FedEx for permission to host the show. Due to reasons unknown to us, this year we have been told unofficially that the hangar may not be available.” [Read more…]

Stunning images a violation in the waiting, perhaps

Quartz magazine compiled a collection of images taken from the flight decks of commercial aircraft the world over. The post also dives deep into the violations of FAA and EASA regulations – potential or actual – taking these photos creates.

Images from “The pilots of Instagram: beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air” on Quartz.