Can I use #1 diesel in my airplane?

I have received numerous questions from farm and ranch pilots about using #1 diesel fuel in aircraft with diesel cycle piston engines. The reasoning behind these questions concerns the availability and price of Jet A in rural agricultural areas. #1 diesel is cheaper and more readily available. [Read more…]

Medical reform amendment added to Highway Bill

Boozman

Two GA advocates have filed an amendment to the Senate highway bill now under consideration that includes third-class medical reform.

The amendment, which was filed by Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and John Boozman (R-Arkansas), mirrors language in the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2). Both senators are longtime general aviation advocates and Manchin is also a pilot and AOPA member. [Read more…]

EAA unveils Founder’s Innovation Prize to spur new safety technology for homebuilts

Burt Rutan speaking at the EAA AirVenture Museum in 2005. EAA photo

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — At this week’s AirVenture, officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) introduced a new Founder’s Innovation Prize competition designed to encourage innovation to enhance safety in amateur-built aircraft.

It will use the best ideas from EAA members and chapters, with cash prizes for the best emerging technology. [Read more…]

Pictures of the day: Oshkosh bound

DSC_3950Reliant

By ALBERT DYER

As aircraft began their annual migratory flights toward EAA AirVenture, weather Saturday afternoon, July 18, became threatening between DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (KDKB) in Illinois and KOSH, resulted in many aircraft having a three-hour layover at KDKB instead of just a fuel stop.

This Stinson Reliant, which left from Georgia earlier in the morning, was the largest, roomiest, slowest and had the largest GPH fuel burn of all the planes that made a fuel stop at KDKB. Addressing the questions of speed vs. fuel burn, the pilot said, “economy fuel settings is about 14 gph@105-110 mph.” [Read more…]