This weekend, Aug. 12-14, members of the Recreational Aviation Foundation will fly to Sullivan Lake State Airport (09S) in Metaline Fall, Washington.
RAF officials invite all pilots for “scenic beauty, fun and camaraderie.” [Read more…]
Headlining the event is Master Instructor Rich Stowell, the 2014 National FAASTeam Rep of the Year and 2006 National CFI of the Year.
The multi-day program offers several activities: [Read more…]
On Saturday, Aug. 13, model aircraft hobbyists from around the country will celebrate National Model Aviation Day with 120 free events open to the public.
This national event will bring together thousands of hobbyists and members of local Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) clubs to fly together and provide basic safety tips to newcomers.
Click here to find an event near you.
PEACHTREE CITY, Georgia — Three World War II veterans of the legendary American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers” will share their experiences at the Atlanta Warbird Weekend (AWW) “Dinner with the Tigers,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the 57th Fighter Group restaurant at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear first-hand about from some of the dwindling number of heroes who operated aircraft during the early days of World War II, according to organizers. [Read more…]
Dispatch from KMHE, Mitchell, South Dakota: An airplane. High above me and slightly to the left. I nudge my 14-year-old son, Rio, with my elbow and point up through the canopy. His dark brown eyes, hawk-like when he’s flying, narrow as he studies the silhouette. “It’s white,” his voice crackles through my headset. “It’s not him.”
Rio, the ink on his student pilot ticket barely dry, is in command. He has us dead on course, and climbing slowly, which is the plan. We know there are good tailwinds aloft, starting at either 6,000 feet or 7,000 feet, depending on which forecast you believe, so the only question is: What’s the best way to get up there?
There are two choices: Climb sharply to get up there as quickly as possible, which sacrifices speed over the course; or climb more slowly and keep up a faster ground speed on our way to altitude.
As it’s a long race — the 400-mile AirVenture Cup Race — and as our climb performance ain’t so great, we decide the slow and steady climb is the bet most likely to pay off for us.
At the start of the race 15 minutes ago, Rio and I were the first to lift off. As soon as we heard our time “hack” on the radio, I banked sharply onto course, keeping low and building speed. I glanced over my shoulder out the large back windows of Race 53 and saw the second plane take off. My competitor, standing on his tail, climbing so steeply I wondered if he’d stall. Clearly, he’d chosen the other option.
Which one of us made the right call? [Read more…]