Brian Neidhardt sent in this photo taken the last week of November on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire from above in a Cessna 175 of a Cessna 206 on glassy water. [Read more…]
What advice would you give to pilots who have never flown into SUN ‘n FUN or AirVenture before? How can they best prepare, not just for flying in, but surviving the show in style?
What are the can’t-miss airshows and fly-ins?
Chances are high you know a rusty pilot. After all, the population of that particular pilot class hovers around 500,000. But, it’s not enough to simply say, “Go get current.”
There’s most likely a backstory to why they stopped. Fortunately, they share the “why” with thousands of others. After all, there are only so many reasons they became rusty in the first place. Family, work, health, and money are the usual suspects. So how can we re-re-engage them? [Read more…]
When I was a boy I spent summers with my grandparents. They lived on the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen. The water was as clear as a pane of glass. The bottom was soft white sand. It was paradise.
This idyllic location was nine miles from a small town. It was the kind of place where I could walk to the store barefoot and shirtless, put 30 cents on the counter and buy a pack of cigarettes…when I was 4 years old. Yes, that happened. There was nothing unusual about it, at all.
My best friend during those summers was Steve, who lived with his parents next door. As we got older we were allowed to drive motorboats without adult supervision, essentially giving us the run of the lake and all we could discover there.
By the time I was in my late teens, Steve had taken a job as a line-boy at Gainesville Regional Airport, roughly 40 minutes away by car. Life being what it is, we lost touch after that. I went my way and Steve went his. Eventually his parents sold the house on the lake and moved away. It’s been 35 years since I’ve seen Steve, and try as I might, I have never been able to find him.
Last week, totally out of the blue, an email showed up in my office account. It was from Steve. He’d seen me in a video running on the Internet and tracked me down based on information from the video. [Read more…]
I’m submitting this blog on Feb. 2, 2016, Groundhog Day. I think it is the appropriate date choice for my latest GAFuels topic.
It is the kind of day the FAA should get out its plan for the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), dust it off and see if there is a ray of hope of finding the 100 octane unleaded fuel holy grail.
Or perhaps they see no light at the end of the tunnel and shelve the project into the dustbin of bureaucracy, hoping nobody notices. [Read more…]
Zenith Aviation, an aircraft parts supply and logistics support company, has been appointed a fully authorized distributor for Hutchinson Aerospace and Barry Controls Aerospace.
The agreement allows Zenith to represent Hutchinson’s full line of vibration isolators, engine mount systems, APU mounting systems, electrical harnesses, and other engine components for the full line of commercial, regional, and general aviation aircraft.
The pilot completed his third aerial application sortie of the day in the Grumman G164-A, and was returning for landing on a paved private airstrip near Caruthers, Calif. On touchdown, he heard a “huge bang,” and the airplane began to roll right wing down. [Read more…]
Evan Seitz sent in this photo, snapped when he was visiting Quillayute State Airport (UIL), on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula in a 1966 Cessna 150G. “Quillayute Airport is an old 1930s Navy blimp base,” he says. “You can see one of the old abandoned hangars in the background.” [Read more…]