Max Conrad: The early years

When he died in 1979, Max Conrad was known the world over as the “Flying Grandfather.”

A long-distance record breaker in light aircraft, most notably the Piper Comanche, Max was generally credited with more flying time than any other pilot — more than 50,000 hours. In 1954 he flew solo, non-stop from New York to Paris to deliver a Piper Apache, the first such flight since before World War II.

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EASA STC granted for diesel Archers

Piper Aircraft and Continental Motors Group have collaborated to obtain a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate for Piper Archer aircraft powered by the Centurion 2.0S diesel engine.

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Tecnam reports success at SUN ‘n FUN

Tecnam reports its most successful visit ever to the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo at Lakeland, Florida, with both the announcement of the launch of Tecnam USA Inc.’s dedicated facilities in Sebring, Florida, and sales orders on 12 Tecnam aircraft.

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Trailer for new Disney Planes movie premieres

The new “Thunder” trailer for Disney’s PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE is now available on Disney.com. Check it out here. The movie opens in theaters July 18.

Barksdale AFB Open House and Air Show features Thunderbirds

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, La. — Barksdale Air Force Base, in partnership with the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council, is hosting the annual Barksdale Air Force Base Open House and Air Show from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., April 26-27.

This free event invites the public onto Barksdale’s military base located in Bossier City, Louisiana. to watch the air show with a line-up of more than 25 performances by Barksdale pilots, civilian and other aerobatic pilots, including the famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Boeing B-52.

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Frasca integrates Garmin’s GTN 650 into sims

Frasca International recently delivered flight training devices (FTDs) with Garmin GTN 650 avionics.

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Tennessee law firm expands practice with focus on UAS

NASHVILLE — Bone McAllester Norton has expanded its Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law practice group to include legal services in the area of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones.

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New video help pilots make decisions on Cirrus aircraft for sale

Innovation Aircraft Sales operator Jeff Baber has created a video series to assist those looking to buy a Cirrus aircraft for sale.

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Low-altitude manuever kills three

Aircraft: Cessna 185. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Blanding, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was accompanied by his father and his flight instructor, who was very experienced in mountain flying and familiar with the local canyon areas.

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Confusion surrounds Motor octane rating

Earlier this year I gave several state IA renewal seminars. I always enjoy these because I get to greet many old friends and find out what is going on in the industry. I also get a lot of excellent information from people who are actually doing the work, along with some great questions.

One of the questions was a version of one I receive at almost every session: “Why can a Rotax with 9:1 compression ratio run knock free on 91 R+M/2 auto gas and a 8:1 compression ratio Lycoming need 100LL with an R+M/2 of around 104+?”

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