Flight into the future

Posted on July 12th, 2010 by

A cool website to check out is Octuri.com, developed by Laurent Barrou, which details several “Aircraft of the Future,” including a flying yacht (pictured), sailing airplane, honeymoon space shuttle and flagellum oscillator. While his day job is as an an... Continue Reading →

JFK Jr.: 10 Years After the Crash

Posted on July 8th, 2010 by

Book Review By DREW STEKETEE © 2010 All Rights Reserved Seeing “10 Mistakes JFK, Jr. Made” in a pilot magazine, I wanted to read this “pilot’s perspective” on the infamous July 1999 crash. The book, “JFK, Jr. — 10 Years... Continue Reading →

Cirrus and the search for 100LL’s replacement

Posted on July 1st, 2010 by

As the industry scrambles to find a replacement for 100LL, officials at Cirrus Aircraft weighed in recently on what it’s doing to ensure its customers can continue flying. In a letter posted at CirrusAircraft.com, President and CEO Brent Wouters notes... Continue Reading →

What do you need to know about oil coolers?

Posted on July 1st, 2010 by

What do aircraft owners need to know about oil coolers? The folks at Pacific Oil Cooler Service Inc. share a lot of information on the company’s website, including “An Inside Look at Oil Coolers,” “Common Oil Cooler Woes,” and “How... Continue Reading →

WASPs honored at museum gala

Posted on June 30th, 2010 by

Six WASPs (Women’s Air Force Service Pilots) of World War II were recently recognized at the Museum of Flight’s Hangar Gala at Seattle’s Boeing Field. In addition to the WASPs, the gala was held to recognize the anniversary of the... Continue Reading →

A few words in the first person

Posted on June 28th, 2010 by

One of the great advantages of a blog is the immediacy it offers both the reader and the writer. Unlike a traditional article published in the hard-copy version of a publication, the blog format allows for rapid feedback from readers,... Continue Reading →

Know when to crow

Posted on June 15th, 2010 by

To at least some degree we pilot types have gotten a bad rap. More often than not I find that we’re characterized as whiners, babies, rich guys who want everybody else in town to pay for their playthings. And while... Continue Reading →

CT LSA used to measure volcanic ash

Posted on June 15th, 2010 by

A specially equipped Flight Design CT Supralite from a German company, UL GmbH is being used by the Duesseldorf Technical University’s Department of Volcanology to study airborne ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. To allow higher altitude measurements, the... Continue Reading →

NextGen lab opens

Posted on June 15th, 2010 by

The NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability (NIEC) display area at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center opened June 7. The NIEC is a research platform where scientists will use simulation to explore, integrate and evaluate NextGen concepts, including area... Continue Reading →

Coalition asks for avgas extension

Posted on June 13th, 2010 by

Leaders from the general aviation and petroleum industries recently formed a coalition to work together and develop a process to reduce lead emissions from GA aircraft, balancing environmental benefit with aviation safety, technical feasibility, and impact upon the GA industry,... Continue Reading →