The President’s 2016 fiscal budget will include $450,000 for the National Park Service to acquire the original Wright brothers factory buildings in Dayton, Ohio.
The former president of Sikorsky Aircraft was killed when his P-51D crashed near Maricopa, Arizona, on Feb. 5. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched a grassroots campaign in response to the House Transportation Committee’s FAA reauthorization proposal to establish a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation.
The legislation — which poses a significant threat to the entire general aviation community — will be considered Thursday, Feb. 11, by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. [Read more…]
According to the pilot, he was practicing an engine out maneuver to a landing on the water in the Piper PA-18-150 near Lake Wales, Fla.
At 500 feet mean sea level, he “cut” the engine power and turned the carburetor heat to full on. As he neared the water, he started to flare when the left float grabbed the water first. [Read more…]
Max Lightsey of Orlando, Florida, sent in this photo of Fat Albert, the transport aircraft for the Blue Angels. He explains: “The Lockheed Martin C-130T “Hercules” (AKA: “Fat Albert”) smokes the tires performing a short-field, assault landing at the Melbourne Air and Space Show on March 21, 2015.” [Read more…]
George Gould, an A&P/IA at Scholes Field in Galveston, Texas, noted that the most overlooked preflight item is a tire pressure check. [Read more…]
A good new year’s resolution for a frugal pilot is to determine how much his or her flying habit REALLY costs.
No, not the number that you tell your significant-other (or the tax collector), the actual costs of owning or renting and flying an airplane. Calculating those costs annually is a good way to discover whether you’re getting the most for each dollar you spend on flying.
Knowing the numbers doesn’t mean that you’re going to dramatically cut back — in fact, it may mean you spend more on some expenses.
However, it does mean that you are focusing on value. Remember, a frugal pilot isn’t cheap. She or he seeks value, safety, and fun. [Read more…]
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Windecker Aircraft’s American R&D facility will follow up the successful restoration of a 1969 Windecker Eagle with a clean sheet design for a new composite, high performance, single engine, low wing, four-seat aircraft. [Read more…]