Tempest sponsors Able Flight scholarships

Arleen Herman, John Herman, Jessica Cox and Charles Stites at SUN 'n FUN.

Becoming a pilot is a metaphor for life: Getting your pilot certificate is a challenge, and conquering that challenge can give you the confidence to tackle other life obstacles.

Charles Stites, executive director of Able Flight, a not-for-profit organization that makes flight and aviation career training possible for disabled people, knows this only too well. On opening day of SUN ’n FUN, he noted that it would never happen without the support of businesses such as Tempest Plus Marketing Group out of Gibsonville, N.C. [Read more…]

Simulated engine-out leads to wire strike

The pilot of the Cessna 152 and a passenger were returning to their home airport at the conclusion of a cross-country flight. The pilot elected to perform a simulated loss of engine power and subsequent practice approach to a farm field.

During the approach, the airplane descended to about the height of the irrigation system installed in the field. The pilot noticed a “glint of light” and instinctually applied full power, increased pitch, and rolled the airplane right. [Read more…]