OSHKOSH, Wis. — Sonex Aircraft recently hosted the FAA’s National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET), as it audited the new Sonex and Waiex B-Model kits, and the new Xenos Motorglider Quick Build Kit. [Read more…]
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College will launch a new associate degree program designed to prepare students for a career in aviation this fall. [Read more…]
The pilot of the North American SNJ-6 had planned an overhead traffic pattern at the airport in Santa Fe, N.M, which provided for better visibility when he sat in the rear seat.
While on downwind he was directed to extend downwind and fly a straight-in approach. He accepted the instructions, knowing his visibility for landing would be restricted and he would likely have to drop the nose of the airplane on approach to see forward during landing. [Read more…]
South Carolina aviator Jeff Warren liked the look of the Bellanca Cruisair Senior the first time he saw it. And when the opportunity came to buy one, Warren, an architect from Simpsonville, S.C., jumped at the chance.
That was in 1991 and Warren says he has been answering questions about his plane ever since. [Read more…]
My associate in Europe, Jan Fridrich of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) Europe, has been the source for a database search for many years as I seek to report light-sport aircraft (LSA) market share statistics in the USA.
He scours the FAA registration information and laboriously assembles the numbers. As he and I work to produce accurate info, Jan often makes contact with selected companies when questions arise, as they often do.
I also reach out to producers in our effort to make the best possible use of the registration data to create our rankings.
Jan has been one of his country’s representatives in the Czech Republic’s official work with the Chinese to help that nation build its lighter aviation infrastructure. He’s made many trips to China in the last two years.
Along with frequent travel in his job for LAMA, time is short for him to find the hours it takes to review the FAA’s data. For 2015 data, he completed the effort as I headed to SUN ‘n FUN and then to AERO in Germany, so finally, here is our report with hearty thanks to Jan for doing this tedious work. [Read more…]
THERMAL, California — Students from the Desert Mirage High School Aviation Academy accepted the keys to a donated fully operable Gulfstream GII on behalf of the new Jacqueline Cochran Discovery of Flight and Education Center. [Read more…]
Ever heard the story about the guy who landed a C-119 in Iwo Jima, in a typhoon, while seated on the floor of the cockpit?
What about the guy who, in 1963, flew a DC-4 1,200 miles north of Point Barrow, Alaska, and landed on an “ice island” in support of the Arctic Research Laboratories? [Read more…]