Silver Eagles to give free rides to retired and former pilots

SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Retired and former aviators of all ages are invited to take to the skies again on Saturday, Feb. 7, as San Carlos Flight Center hosts Silver Eagles, a celebration of flight at San Carlos Airport (KSQL).

San Carlos Flight Center created the Silver Eagles program as a way for club members to pay tribute to elder aviators, to honor fellow pilots who are no longer flying. [Read more…]

Quadruple rent hike proposed at Hawaii’s Kalaeloa Airport

Tenants at the Kalaeloa Airport (PHJR) said they’re being driven out by soaring rents and heavy-handed management policies. According to a report at HawaiiNewsNow, the state is proposing a quadruple increase in rents at the general aviation airport, which is the state’s No. 2 airport. The story quotes GA pilot Tony Ferrara: “They don’t want general aviation. They are not here to make general aviation thrive. They are not assisting general aviation in any sense of the word.”

Oil starvation, miscommunication prove fatal

The lineman who serviced the Beech Bonanza prior to the flight noticed visible oil leaks on the airplane during refueling. He pointed them out to the pilot. The pilot, accompanied by two passengers, was flying in VFR conditions at an altitude of about 7,500 feet over Palm Coast, Fla., when he reported engine vibrations and an “oil pressure problem” to air traffic control and asked for radar vectors to the nearest airport. [Read more…]

Program on forced landing survival skills offered

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) Air Safety Institute has released a new video and printed guide to help pilots and passengers survive conditions following an aircraft forced landing.

The program, “Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing,” covers best practices for general aviation flights that result in off-airport landings. It also reviews survival communications, preferred gear and offers advice for detection from rescuers.

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New terminal and hangars in works for KBKL

Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL), the top airfield for business aviation in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, is getting a new terminal. According to a report at Cleveland.com, Landmark Aviation expects to break ground in the spring on the 8,000-square-foot terminal for general aviation aircraft. The $6 million to $7 million project also will add 20,000 square feet of hangar space, doubling Landmark’s hangar capacity at Burke.