Dust devil dents Cessna

The pilot of the Cessna 175 reported that upon arrival at his destination in Albuquerque, N.M., he realized there were dust devils in the vicinity, but didn’t think they would be a factor during the approach and landing. [Read more…]

Picture of the day: Amazing sunset views


Brian S sent in this sunset photo, explaining: “My girlfriend and I were treated to this view as we taxied out in a C172 at KOLM (Olympia, Wash.) on April 7 for our flight home after dinner with family. We had amazing sunset views of the state capitol building, Mt. Rainier and the waters of Puget Sound on the short trip back to Renton. Hard to beat the PNW on nights like this!” [Read more…]

The beginning of the light airplane movement

Moth2 copy

In the 1920s Great Britain saw a great growth in civil aviation, which was an outgrowth of its light aircraft movement.

This movement originated with light plane trials held in Lympne, England. These competitions led to the development of new light aircraft for private ownership and flying clubs. The flying clubs saw thousands of pilots learn to fly in the light planes, creating a market for these aircraft. This, in turn, led to the development of one of the most iconic of light planes, the de Havilland Moth. [Read more…]

NC sponsors free wildlife hazard training sessions

Wildlife can wreak havoc for airports and their staff. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds. To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer free training sessions for airport personnel. [Read more…]