In response to our call for seaplane stories, Ed Heinen sent in these two photo with an explanation: “In June 2002 I got my floatplane endorsement when I was over from Holland visiting my parents on Vancouver Island. The pictures were taken while getting the floatplane ready on a deserted pebble beach at Cowichan Lake for my five solo splash and goes for the endorsement. What fun!” [Read more…]
Ben Rayl of Loudonville, Ohio, will soon fly a piece of World War II history. Mercy Flight Southeast drew Rayl’s winning raffle ticket for a chance to fly a P-51 Mustang.
Stallion 51 had donated the experience flying its P-51 “Crazy Horse” to raise money for Mercy Flight Southeast, which provides free air transportation to adults and children who need to get to far-from-home medical care. [Read more…]
The FAA recently published its 2016 NextGen update, which provides an overview of where NextGen stands today, and where it’s going in the years to come. As part of this update, the FAA posted an online ADS-B equipment database, which allows pilots and aircraft owners to learn what equipment has been certified and other useful information. Simply enter the type of aircraft you have and a list of available equipment appears. Find out more here.
John Secord is no stranger to flying fast in his Glasair Super II, so this year’s Sunshine Express 400 from Greenwood, South Carolina, to Winter Haven, Florida, was another great opportunity to race in the highly regarded but fairly new venture, which debuted last year as the “Race to the Sun.”
And, while John is a familiar figure at general aviation races, the same might not be said for the airplane he chose to fly in this year’s race — a Meyers 200C built in 1964 and not flown in competition for more than four decades. [Read more…]
SEATTLE — The world’s oldest flyable Boeing airliner will make its last flight April 26, according to officials with the Museum of Flight.
The classic twin-engine Boeing 247D from the 1930s — one of four remaining in the world, and the only one flyable — has been in the museum’s collection since 1966. [Read more…]
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has released an interactive analysis that finds 38 types of business operations have been approved by the FAA to fly remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — commercially in the National Airspace System (NAS).
According to the report that analyzed more than 3,000 FAA exemptions, aerial photography received the most, followed by real estate and aerial inspection. The report also finds that exemptions have been approved in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. [Read more…]
The pilot of the float-equipped Cessna 206 reported that he intended to practice water landings and operations after about seven months of seaplane inactivity due to winter. [Read more…]
By PETE BUNCE
What can general aviation learn from NASCAR? When it comes to adopting new safety technology, quite a bit.
Following the death of racing legend Dale Earnhardt in 2001, NASCAR took a serious look at the safety of the sport. The racing group took a broad approach to better protecting occupants in the event of an accident by properly restraining the driver, using energy-absorbing materials, and creating survivable volume inside the car. As a result, drivers now regularly walk away from crashes at very high speeds and conduct television interviews immediately afterward.
The general aviation industry has been doing its own research and paying attention to what the auto racing industry is doing. Unfortunately, the current regulatory structure governing the design of most general aviation airplanes doesn’t easily allow similar innovative, safety-enhancing products and technologies to come to market.
That may be about to change, however. [Read more…]