Something to brag about

Today is a good day to brag a bit. With the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo in the rearview mirror, it’s a great time to celebrate where we are as an industry, because there is a lot going right in general aviation these days. So let’s take a moment to recognize just a few of the folks who are setting the table for success.

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Are federal regulations helping to increase flying costs?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If costs of flying have increased in recent years, one reason might be new federal regulations on small businesses, such as FBOs, airport managers, and others who must raise prices to meet increases in their costs of doing business.

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P-51 raffle winner named

And the winner is…Jim Penn.

At SUN ’n FUN, Penn’s raffle ticket was plucked from a tumbler filled with hundreds of tickets and now he gets an orientation flight in the P-51 “Crazy Horse” operated by Stallion 51.

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Run For The Angels 5K slated at ORL April 19

The Orlando Executive Airport will host its fourth annual “Run for the Angels 5K” on April 19. All proceeds will benefit Angel Flight Southeast, [Read more...]

Continental Motors acquires F406 type certificate

Continental Motors has partnered with ASI Innovation of Reims, France, to acquire the Type Certificate, inventory and manufacturing rights for the F406 twin engine turboprop formerly produced by Reims Aviation of Reims, France.

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Harrier jet to fly at Vectren Dayton Air Show

DAYTON, OHIO — A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier will show off its gravity-defying vertical flight capability at the 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show June 28-29 at Dayton International Airport.

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STC meets ADS-B regulations for GTN 650/750 Citation 500 Series Install

JETTECH has received an STC amendment making it Cessna Citation 500 Series Garmin GTN 650/750 touchscreen install compliant with the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) regulations.

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Runway closure surprises pilot

Aircraft: Piper Seneca. Injuries: None. Location: San Marcos, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot called the Flight Service Station before departing on a cross-country flight to ask if there were any restrictions along his flight route that he needed to be aware of. None were mentioned.

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Celebrating 40 years of great times and great people

“In the uniquely different manner the event is managed, there is the freedom to explore and innovate by any volunteer.”

That’s how Karl “Bud” Davidson begins his recounting of SUN ‘n FUN’s 40 years in a new book, “Unfreeze Your Bird: The History of SUN ’n FUN” debuting at SUN ’n FUN this year.

Bob Hoover put it another way: “SUN ‘n FUN always felt like a homecoming for me… [Read more...]

Too big for one airport

Thousands of spectators stream through the gates to SUN ‘n FUN each day. They come from down the street and around the world. When they step onto the grounds they encounter hundreds of aircraft of all shapes and sizes.

Flying overhead are biplanes built in the 1920s, transports from the 1940s, production aircraft that span several decades, and fighter aircraft at the cutting edge of today’s technology. Vendors take up residence seemingly on every square inch of ground that isn’t already taken up by campers or parking lots.

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