Back in 1949 Don Sly was a recent high school graduate and had what he thought was the opportunity of a lifetime.
“A friend had an uncle who owned an old biplane that he used to do airshows,” Sly, now 83, recalls. “Through my friend I got to ride in that biplane.”
That ride ignited a passion for aviation that stays with Sly to this day. [Read more…]
Officials with Bede Corp. report that Jim Bede died July 9 as a result of an unrecoverable aneurysm suffered at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. [Read more…]
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…]
OSHKOSH, Wis. — Sonex Aircraft officials are reporting that CEO Jeremy Monnett and assembly mechanic Mike Clark died June 2 in an accident involving Sonex Sport Acro N123SX at the east end of Wittman Regional Airport’s runway 9 around 3:30pm.
The cause of the accident remains unknown pending investigation by the FAA, NTSB and Sonex Aircraft. [Read more…]
“In the four short years since it was formed, the Superior Aviation Group has rapidly grown and now includes eight international companies representing everything from piston aircraft engine production, to aviation fuel supply, to the development of China’s Superior Aviation Town,” said Timothy T. Archer Superior Aviation Group CEO. “That broadening scope of experience has attracted a number of aviation product and service companies and entrepreneurs based in China, U.S., Europe and South America, that have come to us asking for our help and guidance in bringing their products or services into these global markets.” [Read more…]
Rich Englert has joined Hillboro Aviation‘s management team as chief pilot for the company’s contract and charter division. Division missions include external load, firefighting, aerial survey, film and photography, power line patrol and search and rescue. The company operates a fleet of 13 turbine aircraft and 25 pilots. [Read more…]
Pulling up to his ramp in back of a Piper two summers ago, the front-seater asked if the energetic kid who had raced up to pull the floats onto the slippery wood could be trusted around the prop. That “kid” was 92-year-old Bill Brooks, looking and acting youthful as a seaplaner.
I convinced the pilot his seaplane was in good hands. Although Bill’s trouble in renewing his medical certificate forced him from the cockpit of his Beaver and Cessna 206 in his early 90s, he still showed up for work everyday with his faithful dock-dog at his side. [Read more…]