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.
Andrea Deyling has joined Airship Ventures in the San Francisco Bay area as an airship pilot, becoming America’s first female Zeppelin pilot. A licensed LTA pilot, Deyling has been training on the Zeppelin Eureka since November 2011 and officially earned her Zeppelin qualification this month.
Are you flying into Oshkosh for AirVenture this year? EAA has a new set of videos that can help pilots — whether they are first-timers or experienced attendees — who are planning to fly to Wittman Regional Airport for the convention this year. The videos show “real world” examples of the VFR Fisk Arrival, including approach routes to both major Oshkosh runways, a go-around, and a VFR departure.
Chris Linn of Farragut, Tennessee, flies every chance he gets. The retired aerospace engineer, who keeps his floatplane at Sky Ranch Airport, home of the East Tennessee Pilots Club, was recently honored by the FAA with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for “practicing and promoting safe aircraft operations for more than 50 years” during a ceremony in Nashville. A story at KnoxNews.com quotes Linn as saying it was one of the greatest moments in his flight career.
While the Waterloo Air Show at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) in Canada is slated for June 2 and 3, activities surrounding the airshow have already begun.
The Wings over Waukesha Air Show in Wisconsin will celebrate the centennial of flight in Waukesha County with an expanded airshow. The show is slated for Aug. 25-26 at Waukesha County Airport (UES).
The FAA said on Tuesday it’s ready to “reevaluate its policy” regarding the operation of historical aircraft for hire, and announced a series of public meetings on the topic. According to a report at AVweb, the meetings, which are open to the public, will be held June 26, 27, and 28 at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.