Chuck and Shannon Avon attended the 2015 Blakesburg Fly-In. When Chuck came across Sparky Barnes Sargent’s story on the fly-in on the General Aviation News website, he called me to buy a copy of the print edition with that story. His Stinson 108 was in the “sunset” photo at the end of the online story. Sadly, we didn’t have space in the print edition for the photo he was interested in. [Read more…]
Mike Patey is a pilot and airplane builder. Since getting into flying 15 years ago, he has earned multiple ratings and accumulated over 7,000 hours and flies about 400 hours per year.
More impressive is the fact he’s built a Van’s RV-6 and RV-10, a Zenith 801, a Compair 8 Turboprop, an Epic LT, and six Lancair Legacies including Turbulence, a turboprop-powered model.
“So far, 11 builds,” said Patey. “I have averaged eight to 10 months per complete build.”
His last Legacy took just five months. [Read more…]
At the personal level, aviation can be described as a lifestyle. It’s just like recreational boaters, Harley-Davidson riders, and RVers. It’s a lifestyle.
And like our ground-bound brethren, businesses have grown up supporting this lifestyle.
In 2005, Hill was appointed the lead volunteer for northern California for the newly created FAASTeam. Hill committed to starting a monthly aviation safety seminar series. All he needed was a venue. [Read more…]
When the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2) was introduced, much ink (physical and digital) was spilled on the many shortcomings of Senator James Inhofe‘s proposed legislation.
Many complained about the initial limitations of only being able to carry one passenger to no more than 10,000 feet in VFR only conditions using a driver’s license as a medical certificate. [Read more…]