Congress is listening… at least one member is

Posted on October 19th, 2011 by

Congressman Todd Rokita (Indiana) is a commercially-rated pilot who shares my concern with regulatory bloat and responded to my editorial “Have you put on some weight?” I recently read your editorial in General Aviation News titled “Have you put on... Continue Reading →

Flight time for pay?

Posted on October 13th, 2011 by

Clay Lacy was honored at NBAA2011 with the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award. From Mary F. Silitch’s story at AINonline, Lacy is quoted as saying, “at 12, I started working at Cannonball Airport receiving flight time for pay.” Historically, that... Continue Reading →

Meet Larry Cruz, Reno Air Races crash survivor

Posted on October 9th, 2011 by

Meet Larry Cruz. Larry was at the Reno’s National Championship Air Races last month when The Galloping Ghost crashed. Actually, Larry was under The Galloping Ghost when it crashed. When the dust and debris settled following the horrific crash of... Continue Reading →

A model for leaning the FARs

Posted on October 5th, 2011 by

The bloat we’ve seen in the Federal Air Regulations is a hurdle to those interested in learning to fly. I’ve said it before. Now I’ve got proof. OK, so it’s not regulatory bloat, but it translates. In the September 2011... Continue Reading →

‘Congress must now act responsibly’

Posted on September 15th, 2011 by

By Ben Sclair The U.S. Senate passed legislation today (Thursday, September 15) that extends funding for the FAA four months and avoids a second partial FAA shutdown. The following quote on the topic blows me away. “It is a positive... Continue Reading →

10-hour flight for EnergyOr UAV

Posted on August 30th, 2011 by

MONTREAL — EnergyOr Technologies, a fuel cell energy developer, announced its fuel cell powered Faucon H2 UAV completed a 10-hour, 4-minute flight. From the press release, the Faucon H2 has a 3-meter (9.84 foot) wingspan, a 1.2-meter (3.93 foot) length... Continue Reading →

Lake Tahoe Airshow pictures

Posted on August 30th, 2011 by

LAKE TAHOE, California — Ed Rosiak, president of the California Pilots Association, attended Saturday’s (August 27) Lake Tahoe Airport‘s Airshow. Below are a few pictures from the ramp, and from Ed’s email to me, a few comments on the airport.... Continue Reading →

Mountain High supports civilian, military pilots

Posted on August 29th, 2011 by

Mountain High Oxygen and Supply has built its 3,000th two-person O2D2 Pulse-Demand Oxygen Unit. I spoke with Mountain High’s Robert Jamieson who confirmed the first unit was shipped in 2008, and they’ve delivered about 1,000 units per year since. In... Continue Reading →

Have you put on some weight?

Posted on August 24th, 2011 by

I have a copy of the Federal Aviation Regulations, published by Boeing Field’s Merrell Aviation in Seattle. It dates from 1965 and is deliciously compact. For example, Part 91 spans 21 pages ranging from 91.1 (Applicability) to 91.175 (Rebuilt engine... Continue Reading →

#OSH11 sales good for Kitfox, Wicks

Posted on August 4th, 2011 by

“We expanded our booth this year, increased our inventory, and it sure paid off” said Scott Wicks, owner of Wicks Aircraft Supply of their presence at AirVenture Oshkosh. As a result, “sales were up 60% [measured in dollars] from 2010,... Continue Reading →