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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Happy anniversary Captain Capra

This year’s SUN ’n FUN marked the 10th anniversary of Jason Capra as co-pilot on the Douglas C-54 “Spirit of Freedom,” a flying museum dedicated to telling the story of the Berlin Airlift. And he’s only 30.

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Stallion 51: Mustangs and more in 2014

Stallion 51, an aviation business that specializes in rare vintage aircraft, has become a cornerstone of the Mustang world — restoring, operating and marketing the rarest of the breed.

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Twin Bee donated to flight school

By JONI M. FISHER

Earlier the week at SUN ’n FUN, Roger and Jeanette Glazer of Newport Beach, Calif., donated a Twin Bee seaplane (N123BR) to the Vermont Flight Academy.

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EFB Challenge launched this week

A competition to measure pilots on their use of the iPad as an EFB launched this week at SUN ’n FUN.

The contest, led by MyGoFlight and the IMC Club, is designed to advance the use of low cost, readily available tablets such as an iPad as an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB).

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iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0 released

FlightPlanner has released iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0, an upgrade to its iPad-based flight planning solution presented by Sennheiser.

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King Schools launches pilot forum

Pilots often say that one of the things they miss about general aviation is a sense of community. Today, John and Martha King of King Schools unveiled a new pilot community at JohnAndMartha.KingSchools.com.

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Ground loop for Piper Pacer

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Fairbanks, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a hard surfaced runway. [Read more...]