By GUY R. MAHER
The stats are in and the 2014 series of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) regional fly-ins were a resounding success.
By JIM CAVANAGH
The fourth annual RedBird Migration Flight Training Industry and Design Conference was a success no matter how you look at it. Held in late October at Redbird SkyPort at San Marcos Municipal Airport (KHYI) in Texas, the weather was beautiful, the speakers inspirational, and the crowd receptive to what can only be called invigorating presentations.
Redbird Flight Simulations is a leader in flight training technology and marketing. The company’s simulators are renowned, with almost 1,500 in use all over the world. The company has also taken the first steps in adapting strong, dependable airframes to diesel and glass technologies, while its training syllabus is designed to cater to Millennials, the latest generation of young adults.
At the last Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) regional fly-in of the year, pilots clamored to sign a giant petition calling for reform of the third class medical.
It’s a scene that’s been played out at all the AOPA events throughout the year, association officials say, reporting that more than 10,000 signatures have been garnered since the petition first appeared at SUN ’n FUN. The panel that was at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI) in Georgia was the 10th panel.
“It’s been really popular,” said Steve Hedges, AOPA’s spokesman.
Gray skies didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association regional fly-in Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Simons Island, Georgia, at the McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI).
AOPA President Mark Baker reported that the regional fly-ins were such a success that 45 airports are now bidding to host next year’s fly-ins. AOPA officials estimate that between 16,000 and 17,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts attended the regional fly-ins, which were held throughout the country.
A few photos from the show follow, look for more in the Nov. 20 print edition of General Aviation News.
HOUSTON — Steve Hinton was named the recipient of the 2014 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime of Achievement in Aviation by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) 30th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow.
In addition to performing in a North American F-86F Sabre, America’s first swept wing fighter jet, Hinton serves as president of the Planes of Fame Air Museum and is the owner of the aircraft restoration company Fighter Rebuilders.
RANGER, Texas – Ranger Airfield turns 103 years-old this fall. To celebrate, organizer Jared Calvert and friends organized an Oct. 3-4 fly-in. “We brought in about 200 aircraft,” said Calvert. Aircraft of all shapes and sizes showed up for the good ole-fashioned fly-in. If these six images aren’t enough, swing by our Ranger Airfield Fly-In Flickr album to see more. [Read more…]
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Orlando Oct. 21-23 was termed a “massive success” by NBAA President Ed Bolen. Always is. Despite some down years, corporate aviation is booming (comparatively) and attention and spending follow the money. But there’s always more to NBAA than corporate jets.
In just three months, the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will take aviation’s center stage, opening on Wednesday, Jan. 14, and closing on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
The show will feature the latest in light-sport, homebuilt, and refurbished production aircraft and ultralights, as well as engines, avionics and more, according to organizers. [Read more…]