Blake Godfrey, a passionate pilot, CFI, and newly hired airline pilot, has won the King Schools Alaska Seaplane Rating Sweepstakes.
Blake, of Taylor, Arizona, takes home a package of prizes that includes a seaplane rating and bush pilot flying vacation at Alaska Floats and Skis in Talkeetna, Alaska. [Read more…]
Banyan recently celebrated its 10th annual AMT Day. This annual event pays tribute to Charles E. Taylor, the first aircraft maintenance technician (AMT), who built Orville and Wilbur Wright’s engine.
It is also a day that Banyan uses to honor its aircraft maintenance technicians, avionics technicians and parts team. [Read more…]
The instructor pilot and a student were flying in the Piper J3-Cub near Selma N.C., when the CFI attempted to make a landing on a grass strip. [Read more…]
I was once blinded by my best friend while flying at night. He was trying to help me read a map. We were out of KDAL, heading to KSMO.
Inbound to KSMO, at night, over California’s high desert, the earth below looked black as pitch, the sky above a planetarium ceiling’s worth of stars. I’d purposely kept cockpit lighting low to preserve my night vision.
When ATC descended us from12,000 to 8,000, I dropped my sectional. Thinking he was being helpful, my non-pilot friend saw this as an opportunity to show off the new, high-intensity headband flashlight he’d brought along, the kind intended for caves, not cockpits.
“Check this out!” he said. I turned toward him just as he flicked on the flashlight.
“AHHH!” I screamed and jerked away, but not before being blinded completely. [Read more…]
Smitty Smith from FunPlacestoFly.com recently posted this video of a recent flight to The Taxiway Café at the Lancaster Airport in Lancaster, Texas. He notes: “We flew out of McKinney National Airport, flying over Mesquite and then direct to Lancaster. The Taxiway Café has some of the best food around. Be sure and give them a visit. You won’t be sorry!”