More than 100 air race pilots competing in the 36th annual Air Race Classic descended on the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport in Ohio last week, after flying a 2,330 nm cross-country course in four days. Starting on June 19, the aircraft left Lake Havasu, Arizona, on a course that would take them east, north, and finally southeast to Sporty’s.
General Aviation News columnist Dan Johnson recently wrote about LSAs vs. Cessna 150s. The post discusses the pros and cons of a new Light-Sport Aircraft versus the venerable Cessna 150. Dan was a long-time 150 owner and is “the man” when it comes to new LSAs, so he’s as much an expert on both — at the same time — that any of us could hope to find.
Suffice it to say, neither a brand-new LSA or a 30-year-old 150 is the perfect airplane for everyone. The comments quickly evolved into most “cost-effective” and most “expensive” arguments. Very black and white, which makes no sense to me.
Do you remember the first airplane you flew? For many people, this event is right up there with your first kiss.
And some aviators are lucky enough to find their first and make it their own many years later. Randall Patterson of Palm Coast, Fla., is one of those lucky people. He owns the very 1947 Aeronca L-16A that he logged his first hour in.
The history of aviation is a long record of man’s restless urge to emulate soaring eagles and swooping hawks, to escape the earth and reach the freedom of the skies.
Even though the air had been harnessed for centuries with aerodynamic devices such as the feathers on an arrow or the shape of a boomerang or used to power sailing ships and windmills, it took eons for the principles to be applied to human flight. In attempts to achieve human flight, mankind failed for millennium to put principles witnessed in bird flight and sail power into practical application. Let’s examine some of the steps taken to progress from myth to tower jumpers, from kites to gliders to arrive at the airplane in a short pre-history of flight.
U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) took to the Senate floor June 14 to ask for passage of his Pilots Bill of Rights legislation. The effort, however was blocked by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), according to a report at RotorNews.
The bill would require, among other things, that the FAA notify pilots when they are under investigation, along with beginning a process to improve NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen), but with the top two lawmakers in charge of aviation opposed, the bill is unlikely to be considered in the Senate anytime soon, the report concludes.
For the next two weeks, students and teachers from four high schools will participate in the first annual Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education (KIAE) Solo Flight Camp at Capital City Airport in Frankfort, Kentucky. The goals are for student pilots to solo and pass the FAA’s Private Pilot Written Examination.
The fifth annual “Fly in to Summer” Open Hangar Day and Fly-In Gathering at the Zenith Aircraft kit factory in central Missouri will be this Saturday, June 23. The informal grass-roots fly-in is open to all aviation enthusiasts: Come visit the factory, see the new Zenith demo planes, and meet with fellow builders and pilots.
Special to GAN By DON PISCHNER
My day with Denny Hague: He’s a former Air Force Officer, aviator, fighter pilot, and hero with an outstanding career who has participated in several astounding exploits. During Vietnam, he flew 189 combat missions. He and two fellow airmen flew cover for military pilot Bernie Fisher, who’s life-saving bravery earned him the Air Force Medal of Honor.
It’s been my good fortune to have maintained a friendship with Denny since Coeur d’Alene High School days in the 1950s. Now entering a new era of life, Denny was recently diagnosed with beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. Still, he recalls earlier times reasonably well.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is now accepting applications for three $5,000 flight training scholarships to be awarded at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs Oct. 11-13.
Student pilots working toward an initial sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate may apply online for the ASA Flight Training Scholarship, Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship, and the Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarship.
GUEST EDITORIAL By THOMAS P. TURNER
Rich, suicidal idiots — that’s what most people think about general aviation pilots. In many ways we bring these perceptions on ourselves. If we are to improve the public’s opinion of personal aviation, these are the stereotypes we need to address and, if possible, refute.