The Piper Cheyenne had not been flown for about four months and was being prepared for export. The pilot, accompanied by two passengers, was attempting a local test flight out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after avionics upgrades had been performed. [Read more…]
Jack Kenton sent in this photo, explaining: “At the Chanute Air Museum in Illinois (with a storm on the way). This is a WV-2/EC-121 that was refurbished by former Navy types that been associated with the plane during their active duty. The Navy crews referred to it as a ” Willie Victor.” [Read more…]
Shhhh. I’m going to trust you to keep this to yourself. It’s a secret. It has been for years. Yet, I’m going to tell you the truth. Here. Now. Only a few sentences hence.
Now, if I’m going to be completely honest, I have to admit the paragraph you just read is hyperbole. I’ve used a writer’s trick to get you reading, and hopefully keep you reading. Exaggeration is my tool of choice. By elevating something that’s largely unknown to the status of a well-kept secret, I’ve grabbed your attention a little more forcefully than I might have done if I chose more passive words, or a less impassioned approach. Good.
What I have to share is important. It truly is. For while it might not really be a closely held secret that’s been shielded from the wider public, it is information that’s unknown in the wider world and directly affects the future of general aviation in a very real way.
You’re still with me, right? Excellent.
In only a matter of weeks the second largest aviation-related event in North America will take place in my back yard. It’s called SUN ‘n FUN and it’s been one of the highlights of my year for more than two decades. You’ve probably heard of it too. Hopefully, you’ve been there to experience it for yourself. It is, in a word, amazing. [Read more…]
The latest blog from Gene Lee at The HD Pilot chronicles a flight to the Grand Canyon in his RV-7A. He begins: “It was the first week of May when I took a trip out to Tucson, Ariz., to visit friends. At that point, already being far west of Dallas and relatively so close to the Grand Canyon, I just couldn’t resist going out of the way to see it from my RV-7A. I looked at it as possibility a once-in-a-life-time opportunity.” Read the full post here. [Read more…]
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Window World of Tidewater sponsored two Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) missions Sunday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 3, transporting Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Scott Woods and his family to and from Memphis, Tennessee, to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. These flights marked the 80th and 81st VAC missions sponsored by Window World. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Piper Saratoga was conducting a GPS instrument approach near Stafford, Virginia, with the autopilot engaged when the engine lost power. He adjusted the airplane to obtain the best-glide airspeed and tried to troubleshoot the problem, but was unable to restore engine power. [Read more…]