Andrew Lyons submitted the following photo and note: “Dropped into N41 in Waterbury, Connecticut, with my Cessna 172P on a beautiful August afternoon to stretch my legs and enjoy the weather for a bit. Great little airport with two grass runways in the hills north of Waterbury.”[Read more…]
In July’s column we took a look at why captains sit in the left-hand seat, which ended up generating a lot of reader speculation that it might have had something to do with right-of-way rules, which in turn generated a lot of requests that we look at the origins of today’s right of way rules.
Here in FAA land, 14 CFR § 91.113 lays out the law of the air above the land, saying that if two planes are approaching more or less head on, each “shall alter course to the right.” Similar language is found in ICAO Annex 2, “rules of the air.”
Them be Da’ Rules. But where did they come from? What logic is there to them?[Read more…]
Recently posted to YouTube by AirShowStuffVideos is a video shot at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. The video, shot during the Saturday air show, compares two legends of World War II: A North American P-51C Mustang “Lope’s Hope 3rd,” piloted by Bernie Vasquez, and a Supermarine Spitfire MkIXc, “Half Stork,” piloted by Warren Pietsch.[Read more…]
The Colorado Division of Aeronautics has been presented the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Agency Best Practices Award for innovative programs, positive culture, and its commitment to supporting Colorado’s airports in ways that benefit the entire aviation industry.
Since 2005, the award has been presented to 22 federal officials and agencies. This is the first time a state aviation agency has won the award, according to officials.[Read more…]
Registration has opened for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) 2020 Aviation Design Challenge.
The Aviation Design Challenge is an annual competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in U.S. high schools through an aviation-focused curriculum and a virtual fly-off.[Read more…]
The solo student pilot reported that, after completing three takeoffs and landings unassisted with his flight instructor, he took off for his first solo.
He added that, during the first solo landing, the airplane “floated” in ground effect for about 4 to 5 seconds, and he added rudder to align the airplane with the runway centerline.
He said the airplane’s nosewheel was “not straight when it touched down” on the runway at the airport in Chandler, Arizona.[Read more…]
Jeff and Kari DeFreest submitted the following photo and note: “Early morning coffee in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness. The Tongass National Forest offers some great fly-in cabin rental opportunities. This is the view from the historic Big Shaheen Cabin on Hasselborg Lake on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska.”[Read more…]
By TED LUEBBERS
The bright yellow single-seat Light-Sport Aircraft had been nearly destroyed in a tornado. The original builder threw in the towel and decided to donate the remains to EAA Chapter 534 thinking members could use it as a restoration project for the Aviation Youth Program.[Read more…]
A video recently posted to YouTube by the FAA is all about using weather information.
Presented by Delia Colvin, the almost 18-minute video notes that while pilots enjoy a wealth of weather information sources, having weather information available is only part of the weather decision-making equation.
“Knowing how to acquire, interpret, and make operational decisions based on weather information is essential to safe flying. This video acquaints general aviation pilots with available weather information sources and offers guidance on making well-informed weather decisions.”[Read more…]
In the summer of 2020, an American team will fly the historic Alaska-Sibera (ALSIB) air route to pay tribute to American and Allied war veterans.
Cameras will follow the epic journey to create a documentary film series on the historic flight, according to officials with the Bravo 369 Foundation.
Pilots from both the United States and Russia are preparing to fly ALSIB in World War II aircraft “to honor the brave men and women of the United States, Canada, Russia, and our other Allied nations as part of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II,” foundation officials said.[Read more…]