The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has passed an amendment offered by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to S. 571, better known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2). The move brings third-class medical reform one step closer to reality, according to officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. [Read more…]
By Deborah Grigsby Smith, Centennial Airport
While a majority of B-17s made their way to Europe during World War II, one hit the U.S. Army Air Corps inventory too late to ever see military action.
However, thanks to a compelling love story and a Colorado filmmaker, the “Aluminum Overcast,” a 1945 B-17G Flying Fortress, will finally fulfill its destined role of strategic bomber over Nazi-occupied Europe, albeit some 70 years late — and as what some might call the ultimate movie “prop.”
FilmIt Productions founder and executive producer Darla Rae stumbled on to the extraordinary connection in late October when the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17 made its annual stop in Englewood, Colorado, at Centennial Airport. [Read more…]
OTTUMWA, Iowa – For the second straight year, a select group of top aviation technicians emerged from the 2015 Midwest Aviation Invitational held in October. Hosted by Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) at its campus adjacent to the Ottumwa Regional Airport, this event – comprised of 29 competitors – was open to industry personnel, including professional technicians and repairmen, students, and military service members with a focus on aviation maintenance.
At the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition (NBAA 2015), World Fuel Services announced that Clay Lacy Aviation locations at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (KBFI) in Seattle and Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) in Los Angeles have signed with the Air Elite Network. [Read more…]
If you couldn’t make it to Las Vegas this week for the National Business Aviation Association‘s annual convention — one of the biggest in aviation – you can go there virtually, thanks to a photo gallery on the association’s website. It features everything from aircraft on display to shots of the exhibit hall.
Sennheiser will withdraw from the pilots’ headset business beginning March 2016. The company will fulfill all obligations for servicing and spare parts as a result of sales guarantees. Headsets for the air traffic control (ATC) sector are not affected by this decision, according to company officials. [Read more…]
For $21.99 a month, Pro Pilot provides services and protections to professional pilots whose livelihood depends on maintaining their pilot certificate and medical certification. [Read more…]
RICHMOND, Va. — A retired NASA pilot who has the distinction of being the only person in the world to have flown and tested both the Concorde and Russian TU-144 supersonic transports has been inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.
Robert A. Rivers spent 14 years, from 1990 to 2004, as a research pilot at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, as well as a number of years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. [Read more…]
Our December issues will feature The Year in Pictures and we want to run the best shots from 2015 from our readers.
Email your photo — and be sure to include specifics like where it was taken, the plane description, and the full name of anyone in the photo — to Editor Janice Wood.
Note: Please send the largest file size you have available. Bigger is better.
On the eve of a U.S. Senate committee’s consideration of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, 17 aviation groups, including the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and those representing medical professionals and airline pilots — have signed a letter urging passage of the bill that would bring significant aeromedical reform. [Read more…]