Mike Guidry submitted this photo and note: “Two Cardinals meet each other at Peter O’Knight Airport (KTPF) in Florida. The skyline of Tampa is on the horizon.”[Read more…]
If this was any other year, General Aviation News would be chock full of stories and photos from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh right about now. Of course, it’s not any other year and the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled all the big shows.
With that in mind, we decided to give you a rare look at a classic air show from an earlier era.
Slip back in time to 1976. Gasoline cost 57 cents a gallon. That January saw the first commercial Concorde supersonic transport flight. The Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria. Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs started a new company called Apple Computers. And in Harlingen, Texas, the Confederate Air Force gave an air show for the ages.
Many Americans know the CAF today as the Commemorative Air Force, an organization with 85 units around the country that have, collectively, 175 aircraft with which to tell stories of military history at air shows. The legacy of the CAF includes its era at Harlingen, Texas, where the group honed skills in flying diorama presentations and pioneered the use of spectacular pyrotechnics to punctuate the action during their air show.
Between Oct. 7 and 10, 1976, the skies over Harlingen were filled with warplanes from the Second World War, modern military jets, air show performers including Bob Hoover, Art Scholl, Duane Cole, and others, the Blue Angels, and a six-helicopter Army demonstration team, the Silver Eagles.[Read more…]
Gary Huffman likes to kid people when they come inside his hangar “man cave” asking him where the hangar door is. He tells them he takes the wings off his plane and brings it in through the window.
Except for the telltale red hydraulic cylinders on each side of the closed door, it really isn’t very easy to tell where the hangar door is. When you look at the door, it closely resembles another white pine wall decorated with deer antlers, maps, and photos.
Huffman, who lives in southern Michigan, about 60 miles from the state capitol of Lansing, has a 43-foot, 7-inch by 11-foot, 1-inch custom-made Schweiss hydraulic door on his hangar. The hydraulic pump is hidden away in a white pine box he built to conceal it.[Read more…]
Now approved with a 15-inch antenna and a new two-wire slim-line remote switch, the ELT 345 is available in three different retrofit configurations featuring flexible options that allow for easier and less expensive installations on experimental and general aviation aircraft, according to company officials.[Read more…]
The airline transport pilot had performed three touch-and-go maneuvers without braking at the airport in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
On the fourth and last planned landing roll about 30 mph, the Stearman PT17 experienced an excessive tailwheel shimmy. About 25 mph, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.[Read more…]
Q: Our flying club’s airplane, a 1976 Cessna 172 Model M, has a Lycoming O-320 E2D engine that runs hot only during the summer months of June, July, and August near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Here are the details we compiled from our JPI EDM-730-4C engine monitor on May 25, 2020, after 15 minutes of level flight:[Read more…]
52 new aviation weather cameras installed on the Colorado Division of Aeronautics’ network of 13 Mountain Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) site are now operational.[Read more…]