According to the Lake LA-4 pilot, he made a pass over a lake near Monticello, Ky., in search of a landing site with the least amount of boat traffic. After an uneventful water landing, he began to water taxi the airplane.
He and his passenger then noticed a large wave approaching at a 45° angle from the port side of the airplane. [Read more…]
Bob Martin sent in this photo of Jack Stuart hand propping a vintage Taylorcraft at the annual fly-in at the Havana Regional Airport (9I0) in Indiana. More than 50 pilots took advantage of beautiful weather and awesome pancakes over Labor Day weekend, Martin reports. [Read more…]
The FAA posted a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) regarding Salem, Oregon’s McNary Field (KSLE) Class D and E airspace to the Federal Register on May 1, 2015. On Aug. 20, the proposed rule became final. No one noticed.
This happens all too often. I’d hazard a guess that most of the time, it isn’t even a problem. Or at least not a major problem. In this case, the proposed-now-final rule had a significant impact to the area’s airspace. But no one noticed.
No comments were made. Because no one noticed.
Upon learning the damage, the Oregon Pilots Association (OPA) took action. Congressmen were contacted. The Oregon Department of Aviation was contacted. The KSLE tower was contacted. The FAA was contacted… a lot.
So much noise was made, the KSLE airspace re-design has officially entered a do-over phase. [Read more…]
In my last column, we covered defining your flight missions — summarizing why you fly.
The purpose of that exercise is to help you decide what you should fly. Are you flying an aircraft that is more than you need for what you want to do? Put another way: Are you paying for things you don’t really use? [Read more…]
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. —More than 12,000 aviation fans and family members filled the tarmac at the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing’s second annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend, held Sept. 12-13, at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport.
Guests toured a DC-3, the B-17 “Memphis Belle,” and viewed 33 World War II warbirds brought in for the occasion. They were able to see a fleet of five P-51 Mustangs, a British Royal Air Force Hurricane, and other famous aircraft from that war.
World War II veterans and other pilots attracted large crowds as they discussed their experiences and their warbirds at a series of “Warbirds in Review” sessions in front of various aircraft. More than 37 veterans attended as honored guests. [Read more…]
CHICAGO – OpenAirplane reached a milestone this week as it topped more than 10,000 pilots signed up to fly with the airplane rental service.
More than 58% of those pilots’ home airports are now less than 25 miles from the nearest participating airplane, compared to just 22% when the service launched in mid-2013, according to officials. Hours flown using OpenAirplane have more than doubled year over year. [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has awarded its 2015 Giving Back grants to programs that use general aviation to help critically ill children obtain medical services, prevent youth gang involvement, and allow low-income students to attend a week-long aviation and space camp.
Build a Plane, Hope Flight Foundation, and Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth will each receive a $10,000 grant. [Read more…]
United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) reports Aviation Performance Solutions (APS), which provides Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, is now part of its Performance Vector safety initiative.
Performance Vector is available to USAIG policyholders who insure turbine-powered aircraft or place multiple policies with USAIG. Eligible policyholders can choose annually from a range of safety programs and services, company officials note. [Read more…]