Hayman Tam submitted the following photo and note: “The Easter Bunny arrives in style at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California, for his annual visit. This is just one of many holidays throughout the year where the museum has incorporated the use of helicopters.”[Read more…]
Thirty years ago, after wasting an inordinate amount of time and money at a series of local flight schools, I moved more than 1,000 miles away in my quest to become a professional pilot. In less time than I had already invested in getting my private pilot certificate, and for an amount of money that was fairly accurately quoted, I earned a series of certificates and ratings that put me on the road to where I am today.
A co-worker of mine recently added a rating in a similar manner. Although there are flight training providers near him, he chose to travel half-way across the country to work with a specific provider that has an excellent reputation for helping their customers achieve his exact goal. And they did.
Yay him.[Read more…]
The starting point for the D-Day Squadron‘s journey to Europe over the original “Blue Spruce” route to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy will be Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC) in Oxford, Connecticut.
The squadron will take off for Normandy on May 19, but there will be a full week of activities to kick off the event, including a special Squadron fly-over of the Statue of Liberty, according to officials.[Read more…]
Twin Commander Aircraft is offering two free upgrade kits for Service Bulletin 241.
FAA Airworthiness Directive 2013-09-05 is a mandatory maintenance item for owners of Twin Commander 690/A/B models. Owners who have not yet complied with Service Bulletin 241, the AD’s compliance method, can now receive a free kit from Twin Commander Aircraft.
The kit has a value of $16,325 and includes the major components necessary to complete the service bulletin, which addresses potential cracking in the aft pressure bulkhead, company officials said.[Read more…]
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, has introduced a flexible-option Rotor Transition Program that provides financial assistance for rotorcraft pilots to gain the fixed-wing certifications necessary to begin a flying career with the airline. The program provides up to $22,000 in assistance and the flexibility for participants to choose where they complete their certifications.[Read more…]
The two private pilots were making a local flight in the Luscombe 8, which was equipped with dual flight controls. Both pilots were qualified to fly the airplane, and it could not be determined which pilot was manipulating the flight controls at the time of the accident.
Following a flight of about 30 minutes, witnesses observed the airplane make a full stop landing, taxi back, and take off to the east. The engine sounded normal during the takeoff and initial climb.
One witness then observed the airplane shaking, then tipping left and right, followed by an abrupt turn to the left. The nose of the airplane dropped, and the airplane descended rapidly to ground impact. The wreckage was found in a wooded area in East Windsor, Connecticut, about 1/2 mile northeast of the airport in an inverted, nose-low attitude. Both pilots died in the crash.[Read more…]
Robbie Culver submitted the following photo and note: “My friend Kirk took me on my first trip through the Hudson River VFR corridor in his beautiful Cessna Cardinal RG. NY approach, LaGuardia tower and Newark tower were all incredibly helpful.”
“As we passed the Freedom Tower I captured this photo. If you look close you can see the Ground Zero WTC memorial reflection pools.”
“What an amazing GA experience!”
Q: I am looking to purchase a Cherokee Six. I would prefer a 300, of course, but budget-wise the 260 looks more appealing. Can the horsepower be increased on the 260?
Would a RAYJAY turbo increase horsepower or just increase performance at higher altitudes? I don’t need altitude, I’m a flat lander in northeast Arkansas, but the added power would be nice. [Read more…]