Dispatch from P14, Holbrook, Arizona: Looking down off my wing, I can see the ramp is nearly empty. Most of the race planes have already left. Gone home. I know I’m slow, but geez, couldn’t the other racers have at least waited until the last plane landed before they called it a day?
I key the mike button on my yoke as the tip of the dirt runway slides beneath the nose, “Race Five-Three, finish.” I snap the yoke to the right, the nine-and-a-half-foot ailerons cartwheeling the Ercoupe into a steep bank, showing her belly to the timing judges.
There’s actually no need to turn that sharply.
But it feels good. [Read more…]
With the East Coast still cleaning up after Hurricane Hermine — and hurricane season just now entering its busiest time — the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association wants to be sure owners know how to protect their aircraft and what to do in the event a storm strikes near them.
Check out the association’s hurricane reference page for information.
Sept. 1 was a special day for Wichita: It was the 100th anniversary of the day the Air Capital of World was born.
It was Sept. 1, 1916 when Clyde Cessna signed a contract at the J.J. Jones Car Co. building to start manufacturing planes, reports The Wichita Eagle.
Today, more than one-fifth of America’s civilian aircraft are built in Wichita or by Wichita companies.
“As one airline pilot once said, ‘You can’t land at any airport in the world without seeing a Wichita airplane,’ ” the story quotes Richard Harris, former chairman of the Kansas aviation centennial.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is once again sponsoring the 2016 Iowa Aviation Photography Contest. Deadline is Oct. 14. [Read more…]
On Sept. 6, we posted photos from Penny Rafferty Hamilton, the AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer at Granby/Grand County Airport (KGNB) in Granby, Colo., from the recent “Touch An Airplane Meet a Pilot Day” at the airport.
Today we received more photos from the event, sent in by Ashley Bobo, director of Grand Kids Child Care. [Read more…]
One you build, the other you buy. Both have a long lineage. The Evolution is designed atop three-and-a-half decades of Lancair’s homebuilding experience. Piper’s M350 is a direct descendent of the original Malibu of the early 1980s.
Both are pressurized. Both are fast. While many pilots prefer the flexibility and customization of a homebuilt, others prefer the consistency of a production aircraft. [Read more…]
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site and the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently conducted the state’s first civil unmanned aerial delivery of simulated medical cargo.
Engineers from UMD flew a Talon 120LE fixed wing aircraft across the Chesapeake Bay with saline solution simulating four vials of Epinephrine to demonstrate the role that UAS can play in emergency situations. [Read more…]
The FAA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact/ Record of Decision for the Southern California Metroplex project.
The decision enables the agency to move forward with the project, which will replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic control procedures with new satellite-based procedures. [Read more…]