Nearly 10% of the estimated 11 million to 12 million people who attend airshows each year have a pilot’s license.
By ALLISON LEEWARD
I’m awoken on a cool Georgia morning by the sound of a shiny blue beauty buzzing my tent only 50 yards away. Long-time friend and fellow aviator Rocky Driggers enjoys waking us all up with a dawn patrol, whether it is in his pristine V-tail Bonanza or with the grumbling radial of a Stearman.
At 7 a.m. when most people my age are sleeping, we young aviators are waking each other up with high speed passes eager for another day of formation flying, short-field takeoffs and landings, aerobatics, and trading rides to experience new airplanes. These are just a few of the reasons grassroots fly-ins have stolen my heart (and weekends) and I always keep coming back for more. [Read more…]
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — The AERO will take off with about 600 exhibitors from April 20-23, 2016.
The focus of Europe’s largest general aviation trade fair will stretch from light aircraft and helicopters to business jets. At the same time, special focus areas like the e- flight expo, Avionics Avenue, the Aero Conferences, the Engine Area and RPAS Expo will return in 2016. The Aviation and Pilots Competence Center will be oriented towards the next generation of potential pilots, organizers noted. [Read more…]
PEACHTREE CITY, Georgia – Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK) will be transformed into a World War II airfield Sept. 24-25, 2016, when a squadron of vintage military aircraft from across the United States descend on the former Navy training base to celebrate the third annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend. [Read more…]
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo staff has released the forums for the upcoming show, which is slated for Jan. 20-23 at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida. [Read more…]
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Van’s Aircraft RV-6, part of the world’s most popular kit aircraft family, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2016 with a “family gathering” of all RV aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. [Read more…]
The Breitling Jet Team will extend its North American Tour into 2016. The aerobatic display team is made up of seven pilots flying L-39 C Albatros jets, at times reaching speeds of 565 mph and flying within just a few feet of each other.
The team’s 2015 North American Tour took the team from coast to coast across the United States and Canada — something it will repeat in 2016. [Read more…]
By JONI M. FISHER
“Dream big or go home,” said Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) Executive Director Steve McCaughey on plans to build a permanent home for the association. [Read more…]
LAKELAND, Florida — There are thousands of airshows around the world each year.
SUN ‘n FUN hosts 50 to 60 airshow acts each spring. To make meeting prospective performers — in the flesh — easier, SUN ‘n FUN officials are inviting organizers to the upcoming fly-in, slated for April 5-10, 2016. [Read more…]