Hayward Air Rally prepares for takeoff

Organizers note it’s less than 60 days from the start of the Hayward Air Rally from Hayward, Calif., to Oshkosh. More than 30 aircraft have entered to date, but organizers say they hope to have 50 to celebrate the rally’s 50th year.

Wonder what it’s like to fly in the air rally? Following is an account by Gil Takemori, who flew in the rally for the first time in 2013:

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Are you a ‘real’ pilot?

According to “experts” — whoever they may be — “real pilots” only fly taildraggers, don’t use GPS, and don’t cancel flights. But Air Facts blogger John Zimmerman says he has a different definition of a real pilot. “It starts with someone who is smart enough to stay alive while flying, and it ends with someone who has fun doing it.” See his list of 10 Things Real Pilots Do here.

Renting vs. owning

For many private pilots, renting makes more sense than buying an airplane. The ongoing costs of compliance, maintenance, and storage — added to the rising costs of fuel — can bring the hourly cost of flying your own aircraft within the range of renting one.

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CWU Aviation offers new pilot certification

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University’s Aviation program has become the first in the Pacific Northwest approved to authorize graduates for a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate. The FAA gave its final approval in early April.

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New video help pilots make decisions on Cirrus aircraft for sale

Innovation Aircraft Sales operator Jeff Baber has created a video series to assist those looking to buy a Cirrus aircraft for sale.

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Flying with Diabetes fly-in planned

A Flying With Diabetes weekend is planned for July 26-27 at Council Bluffs Airport (KCBF) in Iowa.

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FAA pursues rulemaking on third class medical

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is moving ahead with the rulemaking process to possibly expand the number of pilots eligible to fly without the need for a third-class medical certificate.

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DeLorme introduces contract-free subscription plans

DeLorme now offers a new contract-free subscription plan for its line of inReach satellite communicators.

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AOPA launches Rusty Pilots Initiative

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today launched the Rusty Pilots program, which allows lapsed pilots a way to return to flying in a matter of hours through a free session of ground school that fulfills the FAA’s flight review requirement for ground instruction.

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Pilot bias

The first time I rode in a helicopter it was to chase down Donald Trump’s yacht. It would be another six years before I would get my own pilot’s license, so the pilot told me to keep my feet away from the rudder pedals and not to move them — no matter what.

I opened my mouth to assure him I wasn’t going to mess up this opportunity, but he cut me off. “Don’t take it personally. It’s my standard practice to tell anyone sitting in the seat next to me the same thing. Even the cameraman who flies with me all the time gets the same message. Every day.”

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