Amidst this year’s airshow season and continuing extreme/destructive weather, I wonder if aviation events are fully prepared. The National Weather Service’s Storm Ready program can help event organizers minimize weather catastrophes like 2011’s SUN ’n FUN tornado or the multi-fatality Indiana State Fair stage collapse. But how many fly-ins and airshows are so prepared?
Able Flight will pin wings on its newest pilots at a special ceremony Tuesday July 24, at AirVenture in Oshkosh.
Terrafugia’s prototype street-legal aircraft, the Transition, has moved into Phase 2 of its six planned phases of flight-testing, said company officials, who note the prototype won’t be at next week’s AirVenture in Oshkosh as they don’t want to disrupt flight tests.
Story and Photos By JEAN-PIERRE BONIN
I like to call myself an aviation freak.
Though I never became a pilot, I have been an aviation lover since I was a teenager, but it was not until some decades later that I stumbled into general aviation. In 2000, a neighbor began building a Ultravia Pelican Sport 600 kit plane in his garage and that was the start of a whole new era for me.
From an aircraft photographer, attempting, like others, to upload some pictures to websites like Airliners.net, I slowly began to widen my interest (and contacts), making me a more complete aviation photographer. Through the last 10 years or so, I have witnessed the true Spirit of Flight as pilots, owners, mechanics and just “plane” volunteers have shared their passion with me.
What began as a one-time program in 2008 has now become a tradition at EAA AirVenture. WomenVenture is a way to gather like-minded women during AirVenture, exchange information, do some hangar talking, and informally match mentors with mentees.
By ELLIOTT PRATT
The Sumner County Regional Airport, in Gallatin, Tennessee, hosted the first-ever Tennessee Steam Plant Fly-In Saturday, June 23. Organized by EAA Chapter 1343 and GTO Aviation, Inc., the inaugural fly-in featured vendors, information sessions, flight simulators, food, music, and more than 200 airplanes. Aviators from across the southeast and as far as Las Vegas flew in to help kick off what EAA Chapter 1343 Vice President Len Assante hopes will be an annual success.
The Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for their sixth year of performing in at the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show July 7 in Cedar Creek Lake, Texas.
Where2 Interactive has launched SocialFlight, a free mobile app that provides pilots with an interactive map of aviation events.
The Aviation Fuel Club is organizing a special event called “Unleaded to Oshkosh” — U2OSH — for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FAA’s approval of the first autogas STC, an effort led in part by EAA founder Paul Poberezny. All pilots flying aircraft to Oshkosh that are capable of operating on autogas will be given special recognition. Awards will be given for the longest distance traveled, oldest/newest aircraft and smallest/largest aircraft flown using lead-free autogas.