“This is the largest high school flying club on the planet,” said SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts. [Read more…]
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) joined with Dynon Avionics at SUN ’n FUN to reveal they have established a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) process to install Dynon’s EFIS-D10A in certificated aircraft.
This allows innovations developed for the amateur-built aircraft fleet to make their way into Cessna 150s, 152s, and 172s, as well asPiper PA-28 and PA-38 models. [Read more…]
In the weeks before SUN ’n FUN opened, fly-in officials found themselves scrambling after the FAA told them the estimate for air traffic control services at this year’s event would be a whopping $325,000.
That’s a big difference from last year’s bill of $202,000.
“We told them we can’t survive,” recalls SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts, adding he told FAA officials “you will literally put us out of business.” [Read more…]
For the first time in SUN ’n FUN history, the fly-in opens not only debt free, but with more than $500,000 in the bank.
That’s the latest report from SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts, who added that the fly-in also has $175,000 that it is building into an endowment fund.
“That means we will be able to continue to fund flight training, A&P and college scholarships,” he said Sunday before the show opened. [Read more…]
New book about the millionaire mindset highlights pilots
A newly released book highlights three famous aviators — Sean D. Tucker, Julie Clark and Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger — as examples of people who have achieved great success after facing many challenges.
“Millionaire Legacy” by Thomas P. Curran also features other well-known business and thought leaders, including Bob Proctor, Brendon Burchard, Mark Victor Hansen, James Malinchak, and Russell Brunson.
The book outlines eight success strategies used by self-made millionaires to “achieve an abundance of financial and emotional wealth,” according to the author. [Read more…]
As an aircraft owner, you know how important your maintenance records are. Keeping them safe and up to date is the mission of the new web portal recently launched by PlaneLogiX with the tagline “You belong in the clouds. Your maintenance records belong in the cloud.”
It’s all about digitizing those all-important records to not only keep them safe, but to make regular maintenance — and those unexpected trips to the mechanic — a lot easier, which translates to a lot less money. [Read more…]
A proposal to privatize the FAA’s Air Traffic Control services is being met with strong opposition by general aviation advocacy groups.
The proposal, part of the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4441) was
approved Feb. 11 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on a vote of 32 to 26. Besides reauthorizing the FAA — which not only provides funding for the agency, but also lays out Congressional mandates — the proposed bill has a number of reforms, including some long-anticipated by GA, such as third-class medical reform and changes to the certification process.
But it also contains user fees for the commercial segments of GA, as well as the proposal to create a federally chartered air traffic control corporation that would be governed by a board of representatives from the aviation industry, with airline interests making up the majority.
And that’s what makes GA advocates nervous. They worry that this will ultimately result in restricted access to the skies for private pilots. [Read more…]
For those who love general aviation, as well as history, a visit to the National Aviation Heritage Area in Ohio is a must.
The federally designated heritage area surrounds Dayton, the hometown of the Wright brothers. The eight-county area is chock-full of aviation sites, from the original Wright brothers’ bicycle shop, to Huffman Prairie, where the brothers perfected their flying skills, to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
What’s even better? Many of the sites are free, which means more money for avgas. [Read more…]
As he sat in the hospital room with his wife and new son, he remembers getting an email that a project had posted to the new website, which helps aircraft owners find shops to overhaul their engines.
“Then another and another,” he recalls. “I checked my Analytics and it showed my website was loaded up with users all posting projects. By the time things settled, I had received 450 visitors from GeneralAviationNews.com and $1.2 million of overhaul projects in a day. This was the point that all my work over the last year came to life. The invention became real.”
“That was an emotional day for me — my son was born, and my business was born,” he added. [Read more…]