The pilot had planned to depart on a local solo flight in St. Petersburg, Florida. He completed a preflight inspection of the Cessna T182T, which was parked outside of the pilot’s hangar, and pointed towards a set of hangars about 50 feet away. [Read more…]
The winners of the first-ever Recreational Aviation Foundation photo contest were recently revealed, with RAF officials noting they received more than 200 entries for the contest.
The three Grand Prize Winners are Mike Hart, Bjorn Eriksen and Lisa Ballantyne. Richard Sugden and Bryan Minnear won Honorable Mention for their photos. Each won RAF greeting cards with their winning photo on the front.
See all five photos below, with comments from the judges: [Read more…]
Aviation Search Group, a recruiting firm dedicated to the aviation industry, recently surveyed more than 300 aviation executives and found that an overwhelming majority — 86% — believe the results of the recent election will have a positive impact on aviation as a whole.
Additionally, 79% feel more jobs will be created within the aviation, according to the survey.
In a totally unscientific poll, Sporty’s asked its customers to provide their opinions on a variety of questions on products introduced or in use in 2016.
Somewhat surprisingly, when it comes to naming the most interesting new product of 2016, the winner is Garmin’s G5, which is driving down the cost of panel upgrades while driving up the reliability of panel-mounted equipment.
Another Garmin product, the D2 Bravo Titanium, ranked second, while the Sirius XM Aviation Receiver SXAR1 came in third.
Other findings of the survey include: [Read more…]
Margins of Safety: Avoiding Traffic Pattern Stalls looks at the various complexities of flying in the pattern, as well as the importance of avoiding distractions and focusing on stick and rudder skills. [Read more…]
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will again promote “12 Planes of Christmas,” an online giving campaign.
Located at SupportCAF.org, the campaign provides an opportunity to aide in the restoration and maintenance of the aircraft, as well as learn more about the CAF’s fleet of 165 airplanes. All of the CAF aircraft are restored, maintained, flown and exhibited by a volunteer force, which operate out of 60 different CAF locations across the country. The organization depends on donations to keep em’ flying, officials note. [Read more…]
Organizers of the Los Angeles County Air Show report that Lockheed Martin is returning as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 Air Show, themed “Red, White and Boom!”
Also, returning to General William J. Fox Airfield is the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team, slated as the headline act for the air show, which is slated for March 25-26, 2017. [Read more…]
Printed in full-color, the new edition of the Risk Management Handbook (FAA-H-8083-2) includes Change 1 (effective January 2016) and covers subjects such as human behavior, identifying and mitigating risk, aeronautical decision-making, single-pilot resource management, automation, and risk management training.
Appendices contain checklists and scenarios to aid in setting personal minimums, sample risk management scenarios, and a CFIT (controlled flight into terrain) checklist.
Available in softcover or as an eBook.
The Cessna 182Q pilot departed from a dirt airstrip in mountainous terrain earlier during the day, and was preparing to land at another mountain dirt airstrip near San Luis Obispo, Calif. [Read more…]
Frequent contributor Ted Luebbers recently sent in this photo of the Bob Hoover tribute on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport.
Hoover, considered one of the best pilots in history, passed away Oct. 25 at the age of 94.
Luebbers adds: “Notice his plane, the North American Rockwell Shrike 500S “Sweetie Face” and the life-size statue of the man.” [Read more…]