Swiss watch company Breitling is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) with the release of a special limited edition timepiece, a scholarship program aimed at expanding the aviation community, and special events focused on sharing the passion of aviation with people across the USA throughout the year.
Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Beltzville, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: Before launching on the instructional flight, the flight instructor completed a preflight inspection and noted that each wing fuel tank contained about 18 gallons of fuel. At the conclusion of the flight, while returning to the airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power.
For many frugal pilots, sharing their wings makes a lot of sense. Most private pilots fly less than 1% of the available hours in a year, often not enough time to keep their aircraft from suffering from inactivity. Add another pilot or two and the plane actually stays in better condition —and the costs go down.
But the big question isn’t so much should you share your wings, but how?
Obviously, it’s not a thorough analogy, but sharing wings is somewhat like sharing a life in marriage: The partnership can either be twice as good or twice as bad as going it alone.
A promised top-down review of general aviation enforcement practices by the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Office of Air and Marine shows that the agency has heard GA’s concerns. But officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) said they will remain vigilant to ensure the rights and freedoms of pilots are respected.
HAMPTON, Va. — The successful crash test of a former Marine helicopter could help lead to safer civilian and military helicopters, according to NASA aeronautics researchers.
The full-scale test sent the fuselage and its 15 dummy occupants crashing into the dirt at NASA Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research facility in Hampton, Virginia, at about 30 miles an hour.
LEESBURG, Florida — Mercy Flight Southeast will hold its 18th Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Harper Family Charitable Foundation, at Arlington Ridge Golf Club on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
Mercy Flight Southeast coordinates approximately 3,000 free flights each year for children and adults who need transportation to life-saving, far-from-home medical care. The non-profit relies on a network of 650 pilots who donate time and aircraft to fly Mercy Flight Southeast passengers.
A new iPad app from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum helps children learn about airplanes and rockets through four games inspired by the history of early flight.
Pilot Pals, the museum’s first app, also enables children ages 4 to 6 to personalize their experience by naming their hangar and choosing a Pilot Pal to accompany them.
Any mechanic knows that working in confined spaces can be challenging. That’s why Snap-on Industrial introduced its new 3/8” Drive Short Handle Flex Ratchet.
“Notes on Flying VFR” has just been published by University Aviation Press.