Charlie Johnson inducted into Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame

From left:  Joe Thibodeau, Charlie Johnson and Lance Barber, President of Colorado Aviation Historical Society. Photo courtesy of David Kempa.

DENVER, Colorado – Charlie Johnson, president and COO of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Oct. 4.

Johnson, the former president of Cessna, is a well-known industry veteran and advocate of electric propulsion for general aviation. He is a co-founder and director of AEAC, which is planning to offer the first U.S.-sponsored, practical, solar-electric airplane serving the aviation training market. [Read more...]

Broken mag brings down Piper

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Allentown, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: During the initial climb on an instructional flight, the engine lost partial power. The CFI performed a forced landing into a cornfield.

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The future of fuels

Fuel is the lifeblood of aircraft and pilots. Most aircraft need it to power their engines; pilots need it, in the form of oxygen and proper nutrition, to power themselves. The November issues of General Aviation News will turn the spotlight on fuels — all kinds — and look at the current state of affairs, as well as what we can expect

As always, we’d love to hear from our readers. Email General Aviation News Editor Janice Wood with your feedback.

NASA technology helps remote Alaskan pilots

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA has formally delivered to Alaskan officials a new technology that could help pilots flying over the vast wilderness expanses of the northern-most state. The technology is designed to help pilots make better flight decisions, especially when disconnected from the Internet, telephone, flight services and other data sources normally used by pilots.

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SmartPilot.ca launches Be Ready Contest

QUEENSVILLE, Ontario, Canada – Canada’s single source web portal for all things related to flying safely has just launched a contest to promote general aviation safety and at the same time help some lucky winners be prepared for a “bad day.”

The “Be Ready” contest is a chance to review a recently developed and launched safety video and then enter online for the chance to win, by random draw, one of four prizes. Each prize is an emergency safety related item.

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