Flying the Grand Canyon

Gene Lee at Sedona Airport

The latest blog from Gene Lee at The HD Pilot chronicles a flight to the Grand Canyon in his RV-7A. He begins: “It was the first week of May when I took a trip out to Tucson, Ariz., to visit friends. At that point, already being far west of Dallas and relatively so close to the Grand Canyon, I just couldn’t resist going out of the way to see it from my RV-7A. I looked at it as possibility a once-in-a-life-time opportunity.” Read the full post here. [Read more…]

Window World sponsors Veteran Airlift Command missions

window world

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Window World of Tidewater sponsored two Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) missions Sunday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 3, transporting Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Scott Woods and his family to and from Memphis, Tennessee, to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. These flights marked the 80th and 81st VAC missions sponsored by Window World. [Read more…]

Air Boss: Keeping airshows and fly-ins safe

Eyes to the sky.

Ever flown into AirVenture at Oshkosh? SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland, Florida? Any of the major fly-ins around the country? If so, you’ll know it’s true: Air bosses rock!

I’d flown into the two big events several times, and marveled at the Air Traffic Control at both places. People wearing bright pink polo shirts, armed only with binoculars, headsets, and quick wits, were standing on flat-bed trailers, calmly directing more traffic than O’Hare sees on a bad day. I was impressed. [Read more…]

Result Of CEH lawsuit settlement: Were there any?

Fly Unleaded map

Late in 2011, a little known environmental organization, perhaps totally unknown in aviation circles, Center For Environmental Health (CEH) filed a lawsuit against “30 companies that sell and/or distribute lead-containing aviation gas (avgas) at 23 California airports, calling on the companies to provide safer alternative fuels.”

At the time, there was some fanfare in the aviation press about the lawsuit and it has been news off and on for three years. (Go ahead, Google: CEH leaded avgas I dare you).

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