WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Transportation Inspector General has released a scathing report outlining numerous shortcomings of the FAA’s efforts to implement reforms intended to help the agency operate more effectively and efficiently, improve the delivery of air traffic services, and modernize the U.S. air traffic control system. [Read more…]
Avfuel’s AVTRIP Scholarship recipient from 2013, Kelly Hicks, is soaring to new heights after completing training to obtain her multi-engine rating.
“It’s been the best experience,” said Hicks. “Receiving my multi-engine rating means I’ve accomplished my dream— I can now fly the King Air, my favorite aircraft since childhood. This just solidifies that I have achieved my goals.” [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, at 17,000 feet mean sea level, the Cirrus SR22’s engine suddenly started vibrating severely and partially lost power. He declared an emergency and an air traffic controller provided vectors for an instrument approach into an airport near Pocatello, Idaho. [Read more…]
American traveler and pilot Brian Ogilvie rented a Cessna 172M while on vacation in the Philippines in November 2010. On this occasion he invited his companion on a flight, taking off from Clark Airfield in Papanga, Philippines.
Upon landimg they took this picture to commemorate the wonderful visit and trip. Brian and Evelyn married two years later and now happily live in the United States and frequently enjoy the privilage of flying for the fun of it. [Read more…]
What flight training tools do you use (online courses/videos, sim time, DVDs, etc.)? What advice would you give someone who hasn’t started their training yet to help them keep down the costs and improve the quality of their training?
How do you stay current? What training/currency tools are most effective and why?
“Welcome to Cuba!”
With those warm words, my first Cuban contact, a thoroughly competent Havana Approach controller, vectored me for the ILS at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. He handed me off with, “Contact tower 118.1, have a good stay.”
Meanwhile, airliners were holding in the clag offshore as five American single-engine airplanes slid down the glide slope on that hard-IFR morning.
Havana Tower’s first words were, “Welcome to Havana. Cleared ILS Runway 6, maintain 2,000 til established.” So much welcome already. I was going to like this place.
I liked it even better when 13,000 feet of runway lights and actual ground appeared out of the gloom at 800 feet. We’d had a heck of an hour-long ride from Key West, with heavy precip and impressive turbulence the whole way. [Read more…]
A recent trip to Cuba revealed that, unsurprisingly, it’s not as easy as it looks, nor as easy as it might someday become. (See story on that trip here).
Here are a baker’s dozen suggestions, compiled through conversations with our exceedingly competent guides, Anthony Perea of Miami, and Galin Hernandez, of St. Augustine, Florida. These two men, with the help of Galin’s energetic wife, Millie Santiago, have led Caribbean flying trips for six years, and this year, with easing of prohibitions on both sides of the Florida Straits, they aimed their sights at the formerly forbidden land of Cuba.
It took a lot of work, and several visits there on their own, to prepare for the excursion. [Read more…]