The pilot stated that he calculated that the Piper PA 24-250 had sufficient fuel on board for about 90 minutes of flight; he estimated that the flight to his intended destination would take about 70 minutes. [Read more…]
More than 300 families gathered at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK) in Maryland Nov. 19 to welcome Santa Claus at the second annual Paws and Planes: Holiday at the Airport. [Read more…]
Myricks Airport (1M8) in Berkley, Massachusetts, is a small general aviation airport privately owned by Murray Randall. Its one grass runway averages 88 flights a week and there are nine aircraft based at the field.
But there is a big mission at the former cow pasture turned airport: To preserve the grass runways that abound in this nation and spread the good news about general aviation. [Read more…]
Gene Lee of The HD Pilot recently posted this video, which shows he and a friend using the Synthetic Vision feature of ForeFlight Mobile during a recent flight.
He notes the feature is a “very intriguing tool to experiment with. At night, or in poor visibility, ‘seeing’ what’s out ahead of you could be an absolute life saver! But, living in the flat lands of the Dallas, Texas area, we can’t even begin to truly appreciate what it’s capable of.
“So my friend David and I took advantage of the fact that the Ouachita Mountains of southeast Oklahoma and West Arkansas are less than an hour flight away. Although they are not true mountains, and are nowhere near the size of the Rockies or even the Appalachian, they’re something we hoped would make synthetic vision more interesting to play with.
“In this video, we used GoPro cameras to simultaneously record the view out in front of the plane at the same time we recorded the view on the iPad of ForeFlight’s synthetic vision display. We wanted to know how accurately their synthetic vision replicated the real world.
“We landed in Talihina Oklahoma and staged our camera from there, following some of the ridges that run east/west in that area.
“In the end, we came away being pretty impressed.”
On the heels of the NTSB’s Nov. 14 release of its “Most Wanted” list of transportation safety improvements that included general aviation loss of control, the University of North Dakota, in partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI), have launched a study of the use of a continuous turning approach or “circular pattern” as an alternative to the traditional “box” or rectangular traffic pattern. [Read more…]
DAYTON, Ohio – On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
The raid was an extremely important event in the development of American air power. It marked the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II. While the attack itself caused little actual damage to Japanese war industry, the psychological impact on the Japanese military and the American public proved to be immense. It forced the Japanese military to pull forces back from the front lines to protect the home islands and showed Americans that the war could be won. [Read more…]
The latest edition of the The Pilot’s Manual: Private Pilot Syllabus is now available in print and PDF formats.
This syllabus meets FAA Part 141 and Part 61 requirements and has been updated to comply with the Airman Certification Standards for Private pilot Airplane (FAA-S-ACS-6) and the new fourth edition of The Pilot’s Manual: Ground School (ASA-PM-2C). [Read more…]