As the Red Bull Air Race World Championship heads to Spielberg, Austria, for the second race of the season, Austrian pilot Hannes Arch got in a little practice at the Tauern Wind Park in his hometown of Styria, Austria.
Arch turned one of the world’s highest windfarms – located at 6,200 feet above sea level – into a slalom course, hurtling at speeds exceeding 185 mph around 14 wind turbines. The Spielberg race takes place on April 23-24 at the famous Red Bull Ring, known worldwide as a Formula One venue. [Read more…]
The title to the newest video from our friends at FunPlacesToFly.com says it all: “I love to fly. It doesn’t matter how much it costs!”
But they do add: “If you love something this much, you’ll find a way to make it happen.”
A display of drone technology by Intel Corporation with 100 small remotely piloted aircraft being launched skywards in formation has earned a new world record title for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously.
Backcountry Aviation‘s Patrick Romano continues his series of STOL Tips with Going Around, in which he talks about go-arounds and balked landings, a useful technique for safely aborting a landing or evaluating a landing zone, but also an action that can often increase the workload on the pilot. [Read more…]
Interested in learning more about backcountry flying? Patrick Romano of Backcountry Aviation published a series of stories and videos on BackcountryPilot.org that will give you tons of tips on mastering the techniques needed to be successful.
The first installment of The Approach — a series on strategy for approaching and departing backcountry airstrips — covers final approach, and shows how proper use of attitude flying can produce a stable landing with very little excess energy that could otherwise extend landing and rollout distance.
Backcountry Pilot‘s Zane Jacobsen readily admits the inspiration for his latest 1 Minute Film: “In the grip of the wet El Nino winter, dredging up nearly 3-year-old footage from a warmer season can help the seasonal-affective disorder. How about a gaggle of CubCrafters Carbon Cubs playing on some river bars that are currently under several feet of water?” [Read more…]
“While I don’t think VR [virtual reality] will ever replace the real thing, it’s a way to attract new people to sport aviation, and allows existing pilots to share the great experience of flying in a light airplane,” said Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft Company, about the release of a new 360° virtual reality video that showcase the Zenith factory and a flight. [Read more…]