Night landing goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 177. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Branson, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident occurred as the pilot attempted to make a night landing on a lighted runway. [Read more...]

A mile-high airshow takes flight


Colorado is the home of several airshows and mile-high airshow fans turned out in force to welcome the birth of a new airshow in the state.  The inaugural Pikes Peak Regional Air Show took place in August at Colorado Springs Airport (COS). The show benefits two museums in Colorado Springs: The National Museum of World War II Aviation and the Peterson Air and Space Museum.

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Search unearths story of Wright factory seamstress

DAYTON, Ohio — An effort to gather the stories of Wright Company factory workers has uncovered information about one of the first women in the world to work in the aircraft industry.

Ida Holdgreve, born in Delphos, Ohio in 1881, worked as a seamstress for the Wright Company in Dayton from 1910 to about 1915, according to information provided by a distant cousin. She sewed the surfaces for the company’s wood-and-fabric airplanes. The job made Holdgreve a pioneer aircraft manufacturing worker in the first American factory built for the purpose of producing airplanes. She and her co-workers were the first Americans hired and trained for specialized aircraft manufacturing jobs.

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Sisters sweep Scheme Designers Oshkosh scavenger hunt

The Scheme Designers Scavenger Hunt at this year’s AirVenture drew contestants of all ages and nationalities.  Ultimately, the winners of the scavenger hunt was a team of sisters, Amelia Stagg, 11, and Piper Stagg, 9, of Lancaster, Pa. (shown in the photo below with Craig Barnett, Scheme Designers president).

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Latest issue of FAA Safety Briefing online

The September/October 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the world of student pilots and airmen-in-training.

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LiveAirShowTV releases Heritage Invitational preview

LiveAirshowTV has released its annual preview of the planes participating in the National Aviation Heritage Invitational during the Reno Air Races. This year over 25 planes are entered.

WGN-TV’s WeatherBug camera now live at Lewis University

WGN-TV has located one of its WeatherBug cameras on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville, Ill. The camera’s high power lens shows weather conditions on the campus and can be focused to provide views of conditions at the Lewis University Airport. The camera can also be accessed online 24 hours, seven days a week here.

International Air & Space Hall of Fame names Class of 2014

SAN DIEGO — The International Air & Space Hall of Fame has revealed its Class of 2014, which will be inducted Nov. 1 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Pavilion of Flight,.

This year’s class includes: Joe Engle, astronaut, space shuttle commander and X-15 rocket plane test pilot; Fitz Fulton, test pilot on the XB-70 Supersonic Bomber/B-58 Hustler, Blackbird pilot, considered one of the greatest test pilots of all time; Bill Boeing, Jr., influential preservationist of air and space history; retired Marine General and aviator John (Jack) R. Dailey, director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; The Ninety-Nines, international women pilot fraternity whose first President was Amelia Earhart; WD-40, created in San Diego, that played a significant role in the quest to protect the Atlas Rocket, a world renowned name in lubricants; Roger Schaufele, aircraft engineer and designer, and Bessie Coleman, first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license.

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Culpeper Air Fest slates flight over Washington, D.C., monuments

CULPEPER, Va. — Culpeper Air Fest will serve as a home base on Friday, Oct. 10 for the ground-breaking Potomac Flight, a unique flyover of Washington D.C.’s greatest landmarks including the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery.

This once-in-a-lifetime flight will feature the North American T-6 Texans, [Read more...]

Airplane hits power lines

Aircraft: Republic RC-3 Seabee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Cedar Bluff, Ala. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot of the amphibious airplane flew to visit a friend who lived on the shore of a lake. According to the pilot’s friend, the pilot normally approached the lake from the north, made a left 180° turn, and then landed to the north.

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