Tips from a backcountry flying expert

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Mountain flying instructor Joe Kuberka drew one of the largest groups of the week for his Alaska presentation at this year’s SUN ’n FUN fly-in. The turnout for his session about flying from the Lower 48 to Alaska topped 75 aviators.

With good humor and a lively photo presentation, Kuberka did not disappoint, honing in on safety and offering common sense suggestions for backcountry and Alaska-bound aviators. [Read more…]

Lisa Turner to receive Bingelis Award

Lisa Turner

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Lisa Turner of Hayesville, North Carolina, is the 2015 recipient of the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s Tony Bingelis Award.

The award recognizes her 10 years as an EAA technical counselor, promoter of builder education through EAA chapters, and the writer of numerous articles on flight, building and safety in a variety of magazines and local chapter newsletters. [Read more…]

Pilot shortage: Where’d all the pilots go?

Professional pilot Erika Armstrong asks — then answers — that question in a recent blog post at DisciplesofFlight.com. The problem, she says, comes down to respect and pride. “The aviation industry begs for leaders who recognize the balance required between honoring this glorious industry, while still making enormous amounts of money. It can be done, but not with a ruler and discipline. It will be done with respect, pride and profit. Bring back the pride and you will bring back the pilots.”