On Dec. 18, 1990, Tom Casey became the first person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine seaplane, landing only on water. He did it in a converted Cessna 206 named the “Liberty II” equipped with floats. A new novel by William Coleman, “Floatplane Odyssey,” details the account of this historic adventure. [Read more…]
The pilot was flying over a heavily wooded, remote area near Sisters, Ore., when the Cessna 172B’s engine lost power. He restarted the engine several times, and each time it ran for a shorter period of time. [Read more…]
The Breitling Jet Team, supported by the Swiss watch company Breitling, took in some of the most incredible sights during its first-ever North American Tour this summer.
Performing in the U.S. for the first time this year, the team took the opportunity to see some of the incredible sights our country has to offer, given the bird’s eye views they have from the cockpits of their seven L-39 C Albatros jets.
Flights included a breathtaking pass over the New York City skyline, and a flight to salute the iconic French warship, the Hermione, as well as a flight near Mount Rushmore, the Kennedy Space Station in Florida, Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rainier in Washington State. [Read more…]
I spent my Saturday productively, standing at the front of the Eickhoff Conference Room at SUN ‘n FUN, leading a donut and coffee fueled group of Rusty Pilots back through the intricacies of airspace, weather reports, and right of way rules. It was great. We spent three hours together laughing, learning, and sharing a few personal stories that gave context to the art and science of flying in the general aviation environment.
Near the end of the formal presentation, a very attentive fellow near the back of the room asked a great question. “Do we know why so many people have fallen away from flying?” he asked. [Read more…]
The number of General Aviation Caucus members in the U.S. House and Senate is approaching all-time highs. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON D.C. — Bob Hoover will be recognized today, Aug. 19, for his contributions to aviation for this year’s National Aviation Day event at the U.S. Capitol. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that during the takeoff roll in Mackinac Island, Mich., the Cessna 182T visually appeared and felt to be accelerating normally, but the airspeed indicator never increased above 40 knots. He aborted the takeoff when the plane was halfway down the runway. [Read more…]