Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome airshows take off

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will launch its 2012 airshow season June 2, with staff and volunteers meeting for the annual airshow update. A free public open house will follow the meeting at 1 p.m.

New volunteers are invited to come out and sign up on that day because everyone who works on the airfield must attend the safety briefing held at 10 a.m. Volunteers being recruited include aircraft handlers, auto and aircraft mechanics, gift shop BS administrative personnel, and pilots having substantial taildragger experience.

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Take to the Skies AirFest prepares for takeoff

A festival of aviation featuring two days of aerobatic airshows takes to the skies at Mesquite Metro Airport (HQZ) in Texas Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27.

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The engines of AERO Part II

Your blogger briefly mentioned the engines on display at AERO Friedrichshafen 2012 in a previous report on April 22. With Europe’s largest general aviation show now two weeks past, I thought it was time to provide a few more details. With the previous two shows having focused great attention on electric propulsion, AERO organizers wisely chose 2012 to showcase advances in piston and turbine engines, and there was a great deal to see indeed.

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Nominations for Air Show Hall of Fame open

The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation is looking for nominations for the Air Show Hall of Fame.

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Warbirds Over Whiteside slated

Warbirds Over Whiteside will be held at the Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Ill., July 20-22. Owners of all types of warbird-type airplanes are invited to share in the festivities and comradry. To register your aircraft for our event, or to find out more information, go to  WarbirdsOverWhiteside.com.


Positive news for Paradise City

Even as we prepared for this year’s Sun ’n Fun, I attended a meeting relative to the area known as Paradise City or the Light Plane Area, though some simply call it the Ultralight Area. Whatever you call it, dramatic changes are underway and you should pay attention.

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Warbird community rises to meet threat

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Warbirds of America are joining with the Commemorative Air Force, Collings Foundation, and other warbird groups in opposition of a proposed amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) that could have a devastating effect on the fleet of civilian-operated historic military aircraft.

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Changing lives, one rivet at a time

Interested in building an airplane, but just not sure if you can do it? Those who attended Sun ’n Fun last week found that they could hone their skills — and increase their confidence — at the Sun ’n Fun Workshops.

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What a gift it is to fly. To fly and write is an even greater gift. For those of us who find our home in the sky, we have been graced with fellow aviators who have taken the time to put pen to paper to deliver us, through words, back to our place of belonging.

In the pages of their books these “skywriters” will take you along in the cockpit with the crew of a stricken airliner en route from Honolulu to San Francisco in Ernest K. Gann’s “The High and The Mighty” [Read more...]

Heli-Expo breaks records

The Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo 2012 concluded Feb. 14 in record-breaking fashion. By the time show ended Tuesday afternoon, 19,239 people had walked through the doors, breaking the old record of 17,995 — set in 2009 — by more than 1,200.

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