GA rallies to save ‘That’s All Brother’

The name was a message to Hitler that, with the invasion, his plans were done. The antenna is part of the "Rebecca-Eureka" system that homed on beacons placed ahead of the main force by special forces known as Pathfinders.

A Kickstarter campaign launched by the Commemorative Air Force to raise $75,000 to buy the Douglas C-47 “That’s all, Brother” — the airplane that led the massive paratroop drop on D-Day — was an overwhelming success.

In the first two days after launching the Kickstarter campaign, CAF raised the $75,000 it needed to acquire the iconic airplane, which was discovered in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin.

The fundraising campaign was such a success — becoming one of the top 10 Kickstarter campaigns in the world — that CAF officials turned it into a “stretch” campaign, upping the ante to $250,000. [Read more…]

When do you plan to equip with ADS-B Out?

According to a recent poll conducted by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, more than 58% of survey respondents indicated that they would install ADS-B equipment prior to the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline mandated by the FAA.

In addition. 3.7% planned to equip in the next six months, and another 8.7% plan to equip in the next year.

Less than 15% indicated they never planned to equip [Read more…]

Educating the public — and pilots — about RPAs

Justin Newcomb and Lindsey Helland, Micro Drone Vision Creative Director marketing answer questions during SUN 'n FUN.

Can you imagine ordering an aircraft off the Internet, then learning to fly it by trial and error without knowledge of physics, weather or airspace?

That’s what’s happening when people buy Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), also referred to as drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS). These non-commercial RPAs can range in size from under five pounds and about the dimensions as a six pack of soda to ones that weigh more than 50 pounds and are larger than a medium-sized suitcase.

And they are sharing the airspace with full-sized aircraft, often because the owners don’t realize they are breaking the rules. [Read more…]

Fly Safe Campaign launches

Aspen Avionics AOA

The FAA and general aviation groups launched the Fly Safe national safety campaign to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents this flying season.

FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker officially kicked-off the #FlySafe campaign on Saturday, June 6, at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) Fly-In at the Frederick Municipal Airport, Frederick, Maryland. [Read more…]

Contest winners begin building plane

GlasairSportsman

CHEF Homeschoolers, the winners of the third GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge, will spend the next two weeks building a Glasair Sportsman airplane at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington.

The four students from Cuba City, Wisconsin, won the all-expenses-paid trip to assemble the plane as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition last month. [Read more…]