LightHawk, a non-profit conservation group, has begun flying monthly aerial surveys over the northern Gulf of California to save the critically endangered vaquita, a rare type of porpoise. Only about 97 of the vaquita still exist.
As a premier sponsor of CAP’s Congressional Gold Medal presentation, CITGO is sponsoring the purchase of replica Congressional Gold Medals to be awarded to CAP World War II veterans who will travel to Washington, D.C., for the medal presentation, as well as the celebratory reception/dinner. Those who are unable to travel to Washington will be presented a replica medal by CAP in their hometowns.
CAN is a charitable organization that helps cancer patients access medical treatment by arranging free air travel to recognized treatment centers by utilizing the empty seats onboard corporate jets during their normal business trips.
Textron Aviation announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando that it is expanding its ProAdvantage customer support suite with the introduction of ProManagement, a program designed to help first-time owners navigate aircraft operations.
Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Maryland Heights, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: A witness, who saw the airplane approaching the airport for a night landing, remarked that the engine sounded like it was sputtering. He thought the pilot was attempting to land on the beach of a nearby lake. The airplane hit the water and cartwheeled before sinking.
Reader JD Casteel responded to our call to readers to see how they make a living in aviation. Here’s what he had to say:
“I have loved general aviation since I can remember…no, really, since I can remember. One of my earliest memories was on a small ranch near Tishomingo, Oklahoma, that my father worked on. They were using a Bell 47 for a spraying job. I remember the pure excitement seeing that helicopter approaching our truck for landing, followed by the pure fear from the loud noise it made.
Forget a Sweet Sixteen party. Wyatt Angel of Mount Airy, N.C., spent his 16th birthday doing something way more fun — flying 11 airplanes solo at the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport (KMWK), then making his way to the Piedmont Soaring Society in nearby Farmington, where he soloed three gliders.
He hopes his birthday celebration will win him a spot in the world record books.
Soloing 14 aircraft on the first day he was legally allowed to solo was something Wyatt had been planning for a long time.