Britain’s Nigel Lamb won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday with a dramatic victory under pressure at the season finale in Spielberg, Austria. Lamb’s second place finish secured him the championship after Austria’s Hannes Arch ended up a disappointing fourth place in a final race in front of a sell-out crowd of 35,000 spectators.
A Kickstarter campaign to publish Turbo the Flying Dog that launched Sept. 3 became fully funded Oct. 22, surpassing 105% of its minimum goal and was ranked number two in the top 100 crowdfunding book projects.
The fully illustrated book, for children ages 4 to 8, follows the life of Turbo, who is excited to finally leave his life at the pound behind, only to find that he must get in an airplane to reach his new home.
FORT WORTH, Texas – American Aero FTW, an FBO at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, presented a $10,000 donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation at the National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Orlando. The Navy SEAL Foundation provides support to soldiers and veterans during times of illness, injury and loss.
Just published is “Notes on the Tailwheel Checkout and an Introduction to Ski Flying,” which covers the basics for both the tailwheel and ski plane ratings.
Aircraft: Swift GC-1A. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: East Moriches, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The airplane departed with an adequate supply of fuel in the main fuel tank but an unknown amount in the tip tanks. The Swift’s takeoff was witnessed by the mechanic who performed the last inspection on the airplane. The mechanic thought the engine sounded unusual and thought the pilot would return for landing, but he did not.
Fuel is the lifeblood of aircraft and pilots. Most aircraft need it to power their engines; pilots need it, in the form of oxygen and proper nutrition, to power themselves. The November issues of General Aviation News will turn the spotlight on fuels — all kinds — and look at the current state of affairs, as well as what we can expect
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The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum received a $6 million pledge from Anne and Travis Engen to support preservation and conservation of the museum’s collection.
This contribution will establish a permanent endowment for a Chair in Conservation and a post-graduate fellowship program that will enable the museum to expand and enhance its conservation efforts. The Engens’ gift is made as part of the Smithsonian Campaign, which launched publicly Oct. 20.