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The co-pilot reported “a flock of buzzards” passed in front of the Beech A36 while en-route, and “the PIC [pilot in command] took evasive action.”
A buzzard collided with the airplane at the top of the windscreen and there was a “loud bomb-like bang/thump” followed by a loud rush of air. [Read more…]
Mary Ann Lebold submitted the following photo and note: “A Stearman slips the surly bonds of earth at Lenhardts Airhaven (7S9) in Hubbard, Oregon, in the late afternoon of Nov. 2, 2018.
In my past two columns I put forward the idea that for the future of general aviation, we need to update technology to meet the demands of a changing world. I would like to further that discussion and answer a few of the comments from readers.
The first step is to forget the 100 unleaded avgas program and go to a two fuel system. The two fuels would be very similar, with one being the present 100LL and the other being the same fuel only without the lead. It would have an octane of around 94 lean rating (call it 94UL) and would meet all of the other properties of 100LL.
Now I know there is the problem of FBOs needing two fuel systems. But many of them presently have two systems or sell mogas.
The advantages of the two fuels are very significant. [Read more…]
A record number of solo flight students will be recognized Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at a Solo to Success Ceremony held on the SUN ‘n FUN campus at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Florida.
Starting at 10 a.m., 28 engraved commemorative bricks will be placed in the Solo to Success walkway in front of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), a high school on the SUN ‘n FUN campus.
The annual Solo to Success Ceremony, sponsored by the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), recognizes the exceptional accomplishment of students 15 to 18 years of age who have completed the necessary steps to solo an aircraft in the past 12 months. [Read more…]
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has inked a ten-year agreement with First General Aviation Operation & Management (Beijing) Co. (FGAOM) to expand closed course, multi-class pylon air racing into China.
As part of this partnership, FGAOM received a license to use the RARA brand, intellectual property, and consulting support to plan and implement closed-course pylon air racing in the Chinese market. [Read more…]
Garmin will expand its pilot training opportunities for 2019, adding more classes throughout the United States.
Training classes will be available for the G3X Touch, GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi, G500/G600 flight display systems, Garmin Integrated Flight Decks, and the GWX aviation weather radar. [Read more…]
The commercial pilot reported that, about 20 minutes into the cross-country flight, the Cessna 210’s engine suddenly experienced a partial loss of power.
He attempted to restore engine power, but was not successful. During the subsequent forced landing to a road in Pleasanton, Texas, the plane hit a car, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. [Read more…]