“I’ve always wanted to do that.”
That’s the response you are likely to get if you tell someone that you have a seaplane rating. Float flying is on the bucket list of many an aviator, and it starts with finding the right place to do the training. [Read more…]
Continental Motors Group has inked a deal with Danbury Aerospace to purchase essentially all of the assets associated with its operating divisions, including Engine Components International, Inc., Precision Machined Parts, Inc., Airmotive Engineering Corporation, Aircooled Motors, Sterling Machinery and Process, and EC Services, located at its site in San Antonio, Texas, as well as the Titan brand of engines and parts. [Read more…]
“What is that?”
My student and I were on downwind to Runway 16 at Pierce County/Thun Field (KPLU) in Puyallup, Wash., when he uttered this phrase. “It looks like something out of World War II!” he exclaimed as we saw the high-wing boat-hulled aircraft make its final approach.
And he is right. The “that” in question is a 1945 PBY, an amphibious Patrol Bomber (the PB) built by Consolidated Aircraft. During their military service, many of the PBYs were used for patrol and to rescue sailors and aviators from the ocean. Many were kept in the military until the 1980s, then released to become water bombers for fire fighting.
This particular PBY belongs to Bud Rude of Spanaway, Wash., and it’s set to star in a movie with Nicolas Cage about the rescue of sailors from the USS Indianapolis during World War II. [Read more…]