OSHKOSH — Able Flight pinned wings on five of its newest pilots at Phillips 66 Plaza on Tuesday at AirVenture. “We’ve trained eight pilots so far in 2012,” said Able Flight founder Charles Stites. “And it’s only July.” All learned to fly at the 3rd annual Able Flight/Purdue University joint training project this summer.
OSHKOSH — More than 600 single-engine turboprop TBM700 and TBM850 (pictured below) in the global fleet have amassed nearly 1 million flight hours, Daher-Socata‘s Senior Vice President Nicholas Chabbert said Tuesday at AirVenture. In addition to the fleet milestone, officials reported the TBM850 Elite was certified.
Michael Porter’s restored Stearman helps tell the women’s story
“Is that what I think it is?”
There’s something special about seeing a military aviator reunited with an airplane that he or, in this case, she flew during the war. It can be an emotional moment, like watching the reunion of long-lost family members.
During this year’s SUN ’n FUN, a handful of members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were reunited with a 1942 Stearman that had been based at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, during World War II and used in primary training. The reactions of the women ranged from smiles and eyes growing misty as the memories came flooding back, to girlish giggles and the sharing of war stories.
Team RV, the world’s largest formation aerobatic team, will perform for aviation fans from around the globe at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. This is the team’s first appearance at the big show. with performances on opening day, Monday, July 23, and Wednesday, July 25.
Garmin has introduced a suite of certified and portable ADS-B solutions, providing options for any aircraft owner to satisfy the U.S. NextGen mandate for ADS-B Out and also gain access to the benefits of ADS-B In, including traffic and subscription-free weather information.
The Aviation Fuel Club will hold the first-ever Unleaded to Oshkosh event — U2OSH — at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. U2OSH celebrates the 30th anniversary of the FAA’s first approval of lead-free autogas (aka mogas) as an aviation fuel. Any pilot who flies to Oshkosh in an airplane capable of operating on autogas will be recognized at U2OSH headquarters, the booth of club sponsor U-Fuel.
The Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA), working in conjunction with the FAASTeam, the FAA’s safety education program, has received approval to grant WINGS continuing education credits to pilots attending the Aug. 1 seminar on Radio Use in the Traffic Pattern by Pilots of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA).
The 44th annual Arlington Fly-In (AWO) began today, Thursday, July 12, and will run through Sunday, July 15 at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington.