An experienced pilot will make a better decision about whether to attempt a marginal landing while showing only about half as much brain activity as less experienced pilots, according to a recent study completed by scientists at Stanford University. A report on AVweb quotes the study’s lead author, Maheen Adamson: “The data show that the expert pilot seems to just know what to look for, where to look and when to look.”
Picollecta, the picture-sharing community for collectors, has compiled a top 10 list of historic aviation memorabilia, including what they sold for at auction. Items are from the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. Care to guess No. 1? It’s probably not what you think…Check it out here
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation’s (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) has launched the “Earn & Learn Safety Challenge,” a new program that enters those who take aviation safety courses into a quarterly drawing for aviation gear.
A new prize will be awarded each quarter, beginning with a Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver – an $899 value — courtesy of Sporty’s Pilot Shop. The first prize winner will be announced in April.
PlaneSense, a fractional aircraft company based in Portsmouth, N.H., filled a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft with more than 800 pounds of food for the New Hampshire Food Bank.
The food was flown to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 17, where New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas greeted the aircraft full of food. [Read more…]
F. Clifton “Clif” Berry, Jr., a long-time journalist, author and public relations professional in the aerospace and defense field, has been selected to receive the 2014 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications.
Jeff Poplin sent in this photo of his 2-year-old son Cooper’s first helicopter ride in Myrtle Beach, S.C. [Read more…]
Congress has passed a spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through the end of the fiscal year in September 2015, according to a report at AOPA.org. The bill includes $12.4 billion for the FAA, approximately $17 million less than the FAA’s 2014 funding level. It also covers full operation of the air traffic control system, as well as $3.35 billion for the Airport Improvement Program, which funds infrastructure repairs and improvements at airports, including general aviation airports.
Sporty’s has launched its new Cessna 172LITE project, acquiring Cessna 172s and equipping them with basic flight instruments. In fact, the only avionics are a communications radio and a transponder.
A factor not usually considered in attracting new pilot starts is today’s trainers overwhelm beginning students as they stare at dozens of switches, buttons and knobs providing access to unneeded information, Sporty’s officials note. For solo training, the mission is simple: To launch an airplane into the sky and return it safely to the runway, officials say.