GALLATIN VALLEY, Mont. — Jim Ortman takes off frequently with a government biologist in an Aviat Husky for the kind of flights most pilots only get to dream about. An ATP rated pilot with nearly 19,000 hours logged in everything from bush planes to 747s, Ortman is comfortable flying low and slow over the Rocky Mountains in Northern Montana. [Read more…]
Hanging just above the desk in my office is a lithograph called “The Dealer.”
The artist’s signature is included just below his mustachioed nose. It’s a self-portrait of Kurt Vonnegut, a profoundly influential writer who did more than anyone else to push me in the direction of the literary arts.
Beside it is a thank-you note from the truly great and entirely underrated Earl Morrall. Earl played second-string quarterback for the Colts, behind Johnny Unitas, and the Dolphins behind Bob Griese. In 21 seasons with the NFL he established the model of what a quiet, stoic leader looks like. It was in Miami he did the impossible, leading his team through an undefeated season that culminated with a Super Bowl victory.
Yes, I collect autographs. [Read more…]
On the eve of a U.S. Senate committee’s consideration of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, 17 aviation groups, including the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and those representing medical professionals and airline pilots — have signed a letter urging passage of the bill that would bring significant aeromedical reform. [Read more…]
Making the best use of space in a hangar is a challenge. Tom Green of Marcelona, Mich., found the best solution for his two-plane hangar at his Lakes of the North Airport home, which is in the shape of a star. [Read more…]
LOS ANGELES – With drones expected to be a holiday season must-have, a new interest in aviation is emerging from the hobbyist to professional pilots. Industry leaders and enthusiasts will gather at the International Drone Expo (IDE), to discuss the future of this developing drone economy at the Los Angeles Convention Center Dec. 11-12. [Read more…]
During the depths of the Great Recession in 2009, U.S. airlines hired just 30 pilots, a record industry low. This year, they are on track to hire nearly 4,000, the most in the past 15 years. In fact, pilot hiring in 2016 “will set a new record,” according to Nevada-based FAPA.aero in its latest study. [Read more…]
SINGAPORE — Setouchi Trading Asia Pacific has named Utility Air, based in Sydney, Australia, as its exclusive KODIAK sales representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and the South Pacific Islands.
Setouchi Trading has been a KODIAK dealer since July 2014 for the airplane, manufactured by Quest Aircraft in Sandpoint, Idaho.
The Taylorcraft BC-65 pilot instructed the runway repair technicians at the airport in Fallston, Md., to move their equipment so that he could depart from the closed runway that was NOTAM’d. He then took off downwind.
Later, he returned and the technicians were surprised when the airplane “committed” to landing downwind on the closed runway. [Read more…]
Since 1973, seaplane pilots have gathered at Moosehead Lake in Maine for the annual Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In. This year’s fly-in, the 42nd, was held Sept. 10-13.
The International Seaplane Fly-In brings thousands of participants and spectators to the Moosehead Region on the weekend after Labor Day each year. (Next year’s fly-in will be held Sept. 8-11).
The fly-in is hosted by the International Seaplane Fly-In Association, a non-profit organization whose main focus is to provide aviation education (and a whole lot of fun) to participants and spectators alike. The organization provides a scholarship each year to a high school student who plans to pursue a career in aviation.