The ceremony caps a year of improvements at the airport, which began at last year’s SUN ’n FUN when ground was broken for the new tower. [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…]
One day, Chris Day of Fort Mill, S.C., caught a glimpse of his wife’s headset and it gave him an idea.
It was a color described by another pilot as “puke green” with no personalization or design whatsoever. What if he could come up with something that would give GA pilots and their headsets a little bit of pizzazz?
An advertising and marketing professional who is now a stay-at-home dad to daughter Emelia, Day took the idea and ran with it.
He came up with a prototype for a decal, similar to a skin used on smartphones. The first, featuring Rosie the Riveter, was done just in time for a checkride for his wife, Angie, an Embry-Riddle graduate who works at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina as an air traffic controller. [Read more…]
Back in 1949 Don Sly was a recent high school graduate and had what he thought was the opportunity of a lifetime.
“A friend had an uncle who owned an old biplane that he used to do airshows,” Sly, now 83, recalls. “Through my friend I got to ride in that biplane.”
That ride ignited a passion for aviation that stays with Sly to this day. [Read more…]
GA advocates are sounding the alarm about a plan to create a privatized Air Traffic Control system funded by user fees. [Read more…]
A Kickstarter campaign launched by the Commemorative Air Force to raise $75,000 to buy the Douglas C-47 “That’s all, Brother” — the airplane that led the massive paratroop drop on D-Day — was an overwhelming success.
In the first two days after launching the Kickstarter campaign, CAF raised the $75,000 it needed to acquire the iconic airplane, which was discovered in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin.
The fundraising campaign was such a success — becoming one of the top 10 Kickstarter campaigns in the world — that CAF officials turned it into a “stretch” campaign, upping the ante to $250,000. [Read more…]