Lara Gaerte submitted this photo and note: “Nick Gaerte flew his first solo flight on his 16th birthday, Jan. 11, 2023, at Fort Wayne International Airport in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in his family’s PA28-180 Cherokee. Nick has grown up in aviation; his parents are both corporate pilots. Nick’s dad is also an A&P IA mechanic and his mom is a Master CFI and is his flight instructor. Lara, his mom, adds that “Nick feels like he’s been waiting his whole life to fly solo and didn’t think that it was such a big deal. Everyone else at the airport that day (corporate pilots, tower controllers, line and maintenance staff) thought that it was a huge deal!”
One Pilot’s View: The fear of NOT flying
There will come a time in my life when I must quit flying. This is the big creeping dread that hangs around in the back of my mind. It scares me.
GA advocates, safety experts honored at Bob Hoover Trophy reception
Lawmakers, safety experts, general aviation advocates, and one of the industry’s biggest companies were recently honored with awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Full Stop Aviation tapped for MX Aircraft service and sales
Through a partnership with aerobatic champion Rob Holland for sales, the company now provides maintenance and sales services for MXS and MX2 aerobatic aircraft.
Next generation iFly GPS debuts
One of the new features in iFly EFB is Weight & Balance, which will allow pilots to calculate and manage their aircraft’s weight and balance information, according to company officials.
Plane lands while another plane is still on runway
As we were rolling down the runway I looked behind us to discover the other aircraft on the runway at the same time as us (within 500 feet) and moving faster than we were.
Pictures of the Day: Scenes from SUN ‘n FUN 2023
General Aviation News photographer Geremy Kornreich sent in these photos taken on opening day of the 2023 SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo. Enjoy!
Questions from the Cockpit: ADM for Dummies
The dad of an airline-bound student pilot writes: I know I probably shouldn’t, but I find myself reading about pretty much every small airplane crash online, and much of the time I find myself shaking my head and asking myself, “What was the pilot thinking?” So that’s my question: Don’t they teach pilots to think in flight school? Or is it all just about how to operate the controls?
Tecnam unveils P2010 Gran Lusso
On opening day of the 2023 SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo, Tecnam unveiled the P2010 Gran Lusso, what officials with the Italian company call the “luxury version” of the P2010 four-seater powered by the Continental CD-170.
Quality Aircraft Accessories expands Fort Lauderdale repair station
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Quality Aircraft Accessories (QAA) has reopened its expanded Fort Lauderdale repair station focusing on maintenance, repair, and overhaul of general aviation accessories, principally magnetos and exhaust systems. Located close to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), the facility is an extension of QAA’s main operations and headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, company officials […]
Wipaire and Hartzell introduce Yukon prop for Caravans
“There is up to a 26% decrease in total takeoff distance from land and up to a 31% decrease from water,” added JJ Frigge, president, Hartzell Propeller. “This translates into safer takeoffs and landings on smaller lakes and shorter runways.
Beech bent after pilot misidentifies runway
The pilot’s misidentification of the airport’s active runway, which resulted in an off runway landing and a collision with a snow berm. Contributing to the accident was the runway’s lack of identifying markings.