Earlier this year, Jet Aviation was awarded a 30-year lease for a 17-acre site by the City of Los Angeles to establish an FBO at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The company has since been granted approval by Los Angeles World Airports to begin operating, and is now offering FBO services from an interim terminal. [Read more…]
Myricks Airport (1M8) in Berkley, Massachusetts, is a small general aviation airport privately owned by Murray Randall. Its one grass runway averages 88 flights a week and there are nine aircraft based at the field.
But there is a big mission at the former cow pasture turned airport: To preserve the grass runways that abound in this nation and spread the good news about general aviation. [Read more…]
On the heels of the NTSB’s Nov. 14 release of its “Most Wanted” list of transportation safety improvements that included general aviation loss of control, the University of North Dakota, in partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI), have launched a study of the use of a continuous turning approach or “circular pattern” as an alternative to the traditional “box” or rectangular traffic pattern. [Read more…]
DAYTON, Ohio – On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
The raid was an extremely important event in the development of American air power. It marked the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II. While the attack itself caused little actual damage to Japanese war industry, the psychological impact on the Japanese military and the American public proved to be immense. It forced the Japanese military to pull forces back from the front lines to protect the home islands and showed Americans that the war could be won. [Read more…]
Dispatch from T74, Taylor, Texas: I’m sitting in the cockpit, not ready to get out. The engine makes little pinging sounds as it cools. The canopy is open and the lightest of breezes ruffles my hair.
Off to my right a growing line of planes is queuing up to refuel before the awards ceremony. I hear the distant banter of my fellow racers, comparing notes on the final race of the season, the Rocket 100.
A first-time racer’s voice reaches me: “That was awesome!”
But still I sit in the cockpit. [Read more…]