Pictures of the day: Biplane fly-by

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Bill Kiviat sent in these photos taken Feb. 7. “I was working at my desk shortly before 1100 hours this morning. Through the window I could hear the sound of reciprocal engines in the area. I grabbed my Canon 7D Mark 2 with the 70 to 300 mm lens and went out the front door.

“I could hear the engines, but not see the aircraft, so I searched the sky,” he continued. “Then from the north a flight of five biplanes were heading south to my location. I set the camera and started to track the aircraft. Below are some of the images I recorded during the two fly-bys of my location.” [Read more…]

Mooney on the move

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This is not your grandfather’s Mooney

The distinctive “backwards” tail remains, but a full-scale mock-up of Mooney’s new M10 model, which made its U.S. debut in April at SUN ’n FUN, revealed an important part of the company’s vision for the future.

Dr. Jerry Chen, Mooney’s CEO, wants pilots to progress from trainers to high speed cruisers while staying within the Mooney product line. [Read more…]

Rainier Flight Service launches FBO at RNT

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Rainier Flight Service recently opened its new location at Renton Municipal Airport (RNT) in Washington State and will hold its official grand opening and fly-in May 30.

Launched in 2009, Rainier Flight Service specializes in flight training, aircraft maintenance, aviation seminars and social events. Amenities include several briefing rooms, a 50-seat classroom, free wifi and coffee.   [Read more…]

Goulian modifies plane for first-ever Red Bull Air Race in Japan

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Ever since the introduction of standardized Lycoming racing engines in 2014, the Red Bull Air Race teams have focused their engineering efforts into the aerodynamic performance of their airframes.

Any possible drag reduction is now more important than ever. The more aerodynamically sleek the airframe, the more speed the race plane will carry around the track.

Team Goulian’s new 2015 race airplane incorporates shorter gear legs with state-of-the-art wheel pants, and a wing with slightly different dimensions than the previous season’s aircraft. These changes help the #99 Edge retain more energy around the tightest corners, carrying that extra speed during the run and through the start/finish gate, officials note. [Read more…]