New app connects pilots to aviation events

Where2 Interactive has launched SocialFlight, a free mobile app that provides pilots with an interactive map of aviation events.

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Popular Rotorcraft Association slates convention

Gyroplanes, gyrocopters, helicopters and autogyros, including other sport and general aviation aircraft, will gather at the Mentone Airport (C-92) in Indiana, July 31 through Aug. 4 for the 50th annual convention of the Popular Rotorcraft Association.

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U2OSH: Unleaded to Oshkosh

The Aviation Fuel Club is organizing a special event called “Unleaded to Oshkosh” — U2OSH — for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FAA’s approval of the first autogas STC, an effort led in part by EAA founder Paul Poberezny. All pilots flying aircraft to Oshkosh that are capable of operating on autogas will be given special recognition. Awards will be given for the longest distance traveled, oldest/newest aircraft and smallest/largest aircraft flown using lead-free autogas.

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Airshows, spectators, and the inimitable Fred Rogers

If you’re reading this post, you can be fairly sure that you’re an aviation enthusiast. You might be a pilot, but you might not be, too.

Believe it or not, there are massive numbers of people scattered across the globe who are aviation enthusiasts, yet who don’t personally feel the need to grasp the controls and guide a machine through the air. There’s no contradiction there. Not all NASCAR fans rush the pits to force their way into a car so they can experience the big banked turns of Daytona first hand.

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Warbirds Over Whiteside slated

Warbirds Over Whiteside will be held at the Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Ill., July 20-22. Owners of all types of warbird-type airplanes are invited to share in the festivities and comradry. To register your aircraft for our event, or to find out more information, go to  WarbirdsOverWhiteside.com.

 

Skywriters

BY MATT FERRARI

What a gift it is to fly. To fly and write is an even greater gift. For those of us who find our home in the sky, we have been graced with fellow aviators who have taken the time to put pen to paper to deliver us, through words, back to our place of belonging.

In the pages of their books these “skywriters” will take you along in the cockpit with the crew of a stricken airliner en route from Honolulu to San Francisco in Ernest K. Gann’s “The High and The Mighty” [Read more...]

New chairman of Sun ’n Fun named

Following the retirement of long-time Sun ’n Fun chairman Bill Eickhoff, the Sun ’n Fun board of directors has elected Bob Knight, president of Knight Industrial Equipment of Lakeland, Fla., as the new chairman.

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NTSB sets agenda for hearing on airshow safety

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has set the preliminary agenda for a one-day hearing on airshow and air race safety. The hearing, which is open to all and free to attend (there is no registration), will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

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