In response to our call for readers’ seaplane stories, Howard J. Whaley sent in his: “I was born and raised next door to the Philadelphia Seaplane base in Essington, Pa. — the oldest seaplane base in United States. [Read more…]
HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Nakajima B5N Torpedo Bomber was the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was considered the most effective aircraft of its kind at the beginning of World War II. She caused most of the battleship damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.
Now, 75 years later, the Type 97 Carrier Torpedo Bomber, dubbed the “Kate” by the allies, will return to the exact spot where she made aviation history and be displayed at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Ford Island. [Read more…]
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing will host a Law Enforcement and First Responder Appreciation Day on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is free to the public to tour the museum, aircraft, and vehicles. Law Enforcement and First Responders will receive a free lunch, which starts at 11 a.m. [Read more…]
Garmin has unveiled new enhancements for the Garmin Pilot app for iOS mobile devices.
Pilots flying around the globe, including Europe, are now offered the option of filing VFR flight plans for free directly with the country Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) with a Garmin Pilot subscription.
Additional features for iOS include a flight profile view, new VFR charts for the United Kingdom and France, customized personal minimums, preferred runway selection based on favorable winds, aera 660 integration and new pricing subscriptions. [Read more…]
The pilot was taking off from a sloping beach in Kenai, Alaska, in his tailwheel-equipped Piper PA-18A-150. He noted that the tide had come in, narrowing his takeoff path. [Read more…]
Ace photographer Brian Neidhardt sent in this photo taken in Greenville, Maine, of a Quest Kodiak on floats. Look for more of Brian’s photos in our April 21 print issue. [Read more…]
With a goal of “perpetual flight,” Daniel Preston and a small group of engineers and professors are working to design an unmanned, autonomous, solar-powered electric airplane that can achieve that milestone of staying aloft around the clock … even during the longest, darkest night of the year.
And why, you might ask, would you need such a plane? [Read more…]
In response to our call for seaplane stories, Eric Ziegler sent us this one: “When I was a pre-pilot with about eight hours of land time, my wife and I visited her brother, who lived in Thibadoux, La. He worked for the gas pipeline company there, and frequently inspected small concrete data islands in the swamp. He invited me along for such a trip in a float C-180. Our first takeoff exhilarated me — so smooth.
“From the left seat our pilot allowed me take the controls, even for our first landing. Looking forward to a great splash-down after a good approach, I was startled when he took the airplane from me at about 100 feet and did a go-around. At 500 feet he chuckled “bumps in the water.” In this case, alligators.
During our brief stay on the little island I saw gators, water mocs, and more. I was quite happy to leave, but happier to get my splash-down on the lake by the headquarters. Surreal, but great day!”