VIDEO: Baumgartner’s 24-mile jump from new perspective

Felix Baumgartner jumped from more than 24 miles above the earth’s surface back in October 2012. Millions watched it live via YouTube. On Friday, January 31, GoPro uploaded a first person view of the jump. To see Felix exit the Red Bull Stratos capsule is toe curling. To see his suit barely move in the first minute of his free fall shows exactly how little atmosphere he’s falling through. Enjoy this 8+ minute perspective.

Hungry? Stop in at 68C any Friday

Iola is about 50 miles northwest of Oshkosh, Wis., and home to Central County Flyers Association. A good many have heard of their weekly, since 2002, Friday lunch gatherings. Year-round, pilots and non-pilots fly (or drive) to 68C for a hot meal prepared by Bill Kinsman. Cost is $8 for any member (who has paid a $10 life-time membership fee). For those of us less familiar with 68C, Barry Adams wrote a wonderful story titled, “Fridays at the fly-and-dine” for the Wisconsin State Journal. It is well worth the read. Friday’s menu is Chicken Tenders, french fries, salad, rolls, cake, coffee and milk. Soda is $.75 extra.

Hamilton to be inducted into Colo. Hall of Fame

Dr. Penny Hamilton of Granby, Colorado will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame on March 20.

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VIDEO: Backcountry fun in Just Aircraft SuperSTOL

The Idaho backcountry makes for a picturesque scene in the hands of a capable pilot. Wild West Aircraft‘s Steve Henry shows off the abilities of the Just Aircraft SuperSTOL in this 4+ minute video. Fun stuff.

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What’s your story?

We tell stories. In 2014 we want to tell your story.

This year, we will dive deeper into fewer subject. Don’t worry, we’ll still deliver the news and information you read General Aviation News for. But there are a few topics we want to expand, and need your help.

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Podcast: Slipstream Radio launches

So a corporate/GA pilot and a fighter pilot walk into a bar… Brent Owens, is a corporate (Falcon) pilot and an RV-8 owner/pilot. Rob Burgon is an Air Force F-22 pilot. Together they’ve formed Slipstream Radio, a twice monthly aviation podcast.

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Video: Interesting way to pick up a flag

The inverted ribbon cut has been a staple of many airshow acts over the years. This video raises the bar (or is it now lower) greatly. Any U.S.-based act care to step up and try this?

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Astronaut Chris Hadfield has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. A recent 144 days stint as commander of the International Space Station (ISS) saw him post hundreds of spectacular images to Twitter (@Cmdr_Hadfield) which earned him more than 1 million followers.

In addition to still images, Hadfield interacted with students from the ISS on subjects as mundane as How to Wash Your Hands in Space and How to Make a Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich in Space and his Space Oddity cover of the David Bowie song has been viewed on YouTube nearly 20 millions times. [Read more...]

Blog: ‘A Starship in the Wild’ conjures up wonderful memory

Ron Rapp is a pilot and blogger. His blog is called The House of Rapp and his Jan. 20 post, A Starship in the Wild ,conjured up a wonderful memory.

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Podcast: Around the pattern with SimpleFlight.net

The pilots behind SimpleFlight.net (Al Waterloo and Marc Epner) host a weekly (Sunday) podcast. I joined Al and Marc on Jan. 12 and discussed the publishing aspect of the aviation industry for 30 or so minutes. Via the magic of the internet, you can listen at your leisure.