The ‘voice’ of the Friday Harbor Fly-In

If you have been at Friday Harbor Airport in Washington state for its annual Fly-In and Community Open House, you have heard its announcer describing the exciting fly-bys of antique and military planes.

But you may not know that you were hearing the voice of Richard Drury. Rick really knows airplanes, especially the giant Douglas Skyraider, which opens the show every year, with its low and loud passes over the runway. He knows that airplane because a part of his flying career included piloting them in combat in Southeast Asia.

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Pilot Proficiency Project returns to AirVenture

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and Redbird Flight Simulations will host free Pilot Proficiency Program sessions at AirVenture 2014 from Monday, July 28, through Saturday, Aug. 2.

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Platinum Tools introduces PRO 6-in-1 Screwdriver

CAMARILLO , Calif. – Platinum Tools has introduced the PRO 6-in-1 Screwdriver.

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ATP Flight School acquires Higher Power Aviation

DALLAS — ATP Flight School has purchased a majority ownership interest in Higher Power Aviation, marking ATP’s entry into the transport-category type rating business.

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Low approach proves fatal

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Plainville, Conn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The  pilot was flying an approach to his home airport in daylight VFR conditions that terminated in a go-around. On the second approach, the airplane flew lower than normal. It hit a berm at the approach end of the runway, crashed and caught fire.

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Saving Ocean Ridge Airport

In the 1930s when Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney needed to raise money, they found themselves a barn, got the gang together and put on a show. These days fundraising is done online through crowdsourcing, where lots of people donate whatever they can.

In Gualala, Calif., the owners of Ocean Ridge Airport (E55) have turned to the crowdsourcing site Smallknot.com to raise money to repair the runway. If the runway isn’t repaired by Sept. 30, the airport will close to the public.

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Governor declares July ‘Aviation Appreciation Month’ in Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared July 2014 “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Kentucky, general aviation accounts for more than $1.7 billion in economic activity annually. To view the proclamation, click here.

San Diego utility gets FAA nod to test drones

The FAA recently granted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a Special Airworthiness Certificate for a small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), allowing the utility to research, test and train flight crews on the UAS in a sparsely populated airspace in Eastern San Diego County. SDG&E is the first utility in the nation to be granted FAA approval for this technology.

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Garmin Pilot goes global

Garmin has launched worldwide coverage of the Garmin Pilot application for iPad and iPhone, which provides flight planning capabilities, weather information and navigation. Pilots also have access to expanded coverage of European charts in a single application, including geo-referenced FliteCharts and SafeTaxi airport diagrams.

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Avemco Oshkosh forums focus on safety tips

Avemco Insurance Company will present educational sessions before and during EAA’s AirVenture 2014.

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