My first Oshkosh

By IVY McIVER

“Silver and white Cirrus, right side of the runway.” As I taxied my aircraft through the chaos at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) on the last day of AirVenture, it was hard to believe that only one week ago I had arrived at the big show for the first time.

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SAFE Pilot Proficient Project deemed a success

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More on 650 aviators participated in the new Pilot Proficiency Project spearheaded by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) at AirVenture. Conceived by SAFE, presented in partnership with Redbird Flight Simulations, and hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), SAFE member-instructors presented 14 forums, while all 58 simulator training sessions in the Redbird FMX were filled as well, with daily slots booking completely within the first two hours each day, while more than 50 pilots received instruction in Redbird’s Crosswind Trainer. Pilots who participated in the project also qualified for WINGS credit.

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Contact!

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In the old days, the word “Contact!” was central to the process of getting things going. The pilot yelled  “Contact!” The mechanic then responded in kind while laying hands on the prop. Seconds later, after a grunt, a flip of the prop, and a puff of smoke, an airplane would leap to life.

Technology has changed that process a bit. But the need to make contact is as important as ever, in whatever form it takes.

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What role does radio-controlled flying have in GA?

At the Arlington Fly-In in July I bought a Blade Scout radio-controlled (RC) helicopter. It’s a beginner-level RC. It’s also an absolute blast to fly.

Horizon Hobby was the exhibitor. “We are trying to reach new markets, that’s why we are here in Arlington,” said Kim Payne from Horizon Hobby. “We’ll be at AirVenture as well.” Both displays were packed with people every time I happened by.

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Triple Tree fly-in set for Sept. 5-9

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WOODRUFF, S.C. — “Now I realize why visiting aviators call this place the Augusta National of aviation,” stated Dan Roehrs, local pilot and Triple Tree volunteer. The Triple Tree being compared to where the Masters golf tournament is played and why this year you should mark your calendars (September 5-9) to experience one of the most unique aviation properties in the world. [Read more…]

‘Backstage look at Blue Angels’

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Museum of Flight‘s Need for Speed Festival, “gives our visitors the opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at some amazingly fast aircraft, cars and even a hydroplane,” said Doug King, Museum of Flight president and CEO. “We are excited to partner more closely with Seafair this year to offer a unique, backstage look at the Blue Angels air show, while giving our guests and members a weekend packed full of family-friendly activities for everyone.”

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