By GUY R. MAHER
From May 28-30, 50 twin Cessnas — from the earliest of classic 310s to the latest 421 Golden Eagles — descended upon Colorado Springs, Colo., for the annual convention of The Twin Cessna Flyers (TTCF). [Read more…]
It is easy to get caught up in the minutiae and challenges of aviation. But we need to remember the WHY we fly. So, the Boldmethod crew asked their readers to leave a voice mail with the answer to two simple questions, “How’d you get your start in aviation?” and “What was your most memorable flight with your Dad or Mom?” Those messages turned into the latest Direct To podcast from Boldmethod. Take 24 minutes… enjoy the stories, and then take a walk through your own memories. [Read more…]
A French couple found they had an unexpected passenger on a recent flight:
The solo student pilot was attempting to land the Cessna 172 on the runway in Grand Forks, N.D. His first approach was too fast, so he performed a go-around. [Read more…]
Gene Sanders sent in these shots from Detroit River Days this past weekend. Ron Staley and Bill Werth, among others, were taking advantage of a box of waivered airspace 7,000 feet long and 500 feet wide straight through the heart of “The D” above the Detroit River,” he reports. [Read more…]
My last column on aircraft maintenance that can be performed by aircraft owners in Canada, but not the U.S., stirred up a lively discussion online.
Reader Greg Wilson summarized it best, noting that the owner of a U.S. standard category aircraft can maintain the aircraft, refurbish or overhaul all or part of the plane, install certified parts, install or replace many instruments or avionics, modify the aircraft (within limits), and even rebuild an aircraft out of service — as long as it is under the supervision and signed off by an FAA-licensed A&P/IA mechanic.
“Finding a mechanic to work with you may take time, especially if you want to do a lot of changes,” he wrote. “Give the mechanic time to trust your abilities and you will be amazed at what an owner can do.” [Read more…]
Researchers at Harvard University are conducting an anonymous pilot health study.
The study, open to current and retired airline, will be used to research the environmental effects of the cockpit environment, including fatigue, air quality, radiation, noise, and more. To date, the study has pilots from over 23 countries participating.
You can participate by going to PilotHealthStudy.org
“The F-104 Starfighter in the Warhawk Air Museum is scheduled to be painted and marked in its original USAF colors for static display at the Warbird Roundup at Nampa, Idaho 27-28 June 2015. Other World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War-era aircraft are on the show’s flying schedule.” [Read more…]