Test your virtual flying skills

Red Bull virtual game web

A new virtual version of the Red Bull Air Races will give fans the chance to test their own virtual flying skills in a new tournament-style competition and crown themselves as the first ever Virtual Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

The latest version of the smartphone racing game “Red Bull Air Race – The Game” has been upgraded to include a virtual tournament that mirrors the real World Championship of air racing.

The Virtual Red Bull Air Race World Championship will culminate with the champs of each race winning invitations to Las Vegas where they will battle it out to become the first ever Virtual Red Bull Air Race World Champion and attend the 2015 season finale race as special guests. The Virtual Champion will be crowned by the actual world champion and also wins a G-flight experience in a real two-seater air race plane. [Read more…]

Contaminated fuel blamed for Maule crash

The passenger reported that he could not remember if the pilot of the Maule M5 checked the fuel before the flight, which originated from Woodinville, Wash. The passenger told investigators that it took several tries to get the engine to start. About 30 minutes into the flight, the engine started to sputter, then stopped. [Read more…]

Picture of the Day: Evening Instruction

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Joseph Marszal noticed the sunset over the wings of the Cessna 172P at Crystal River (KCGC). Joe and his instructor, Carlos Tamayo, had flown to Crystal River to meet with Gudi Davis about Joe’s Commercial check ride. “The 172 has round gauges and a GPS,” noted Marszal. “I also had on board the Levil Technology iLevil SW and my Samsung Tab 4 running iFlyGPS for backup. On the way back we did an intersection hold and three approaches, under the hood, to minimums.” [Read more…]

The dangers of overthinking

Cessna 172N. "Cessna172N" by FlugKerl2 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cessna172N.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Cessna172N.jpg

My wife’s lovely voice pierced an almost-as-lovely evening flight. “What’s that red light on the instrument panel?”

She was pointing to the alternator fail red warning light. And now a fancy-free evening above central Virginia pine forests had just turned into “a situation.” [Read more…]

Living in the Age of Airplanes premieres April 8

Airplanes Poster

This spring, National Geographic Studios presents “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which promises to carry audiences across 200,000 years of history and around the globe on a journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. The world premiere of the movie will take place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on April 8. [Read more…]