Les Taylor submitted this photo and note: “My M-20K sits on the ramp at Yellowstone Regional Airport (KCOD) in Cody, Wyoming, ready for a non-stop dawn patrol to Three Rivers in Haines, Michigan.”[Read more…]
Jessie, a private pilot and new aircraft owner from Colorado, asks: How does engine baffling work?
In a way much more baffling than most pilots realize! Most of us —including me until I researched the question — look at the rat’s maze of aluminum sheets and rubberesque material (technically called baffle seals) that run around the upper third or so of our engines, and assume that it’s a complex system of sluices to guide airflow.
But nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s waaaaaay more complex than that.[Read more…]
AeroVenture Flight Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, took home top honors as the best overall flight school in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 2019 You Can Fly Flight Training Experience Survey.
The flight school also was named the winner for the Eastern Region.
Christopher Kreske, owner of MIL2ATP flight school in Goldsboro, North Carolina, was the winner in the national certificated flight instructor (CFI) category and also the winner from the Southern Region.[Read more…]
Researchers from The University of Manchester in England are exploring a new way to produce the next generation of bio-based jet fuels using seawater.
Scientists have discovered that a bacteria species called Halomonas, which grows in seawater, provides a viable “microbial chassis” that can be engineered to make high value compounds. This in turn means products like bio-based jet fuel could be made economically using production methods similar to those in the brewery industry and using renewable resources such as seawater and sugar, according to researchers.[Read more…]
The 2019 Astronomy Night at Havana Regional Airport (9I0) in Illinois has been cancelled yet again because of weather.
Originally slated for Sept. 28, it was rescheduled to Oct. 19, but it has been cancelled again because “nature is not cooperating,” according to Mike Purpura, Illinois State Liaison for the Recreational Aviation Foundation.
The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped Pitts departed from Runway 3 at the airport in Farmville, Virginia, flew out to the aerobatic practice box, completed his practice, and returned to the airport.
He entered a downwind for Runway 3 and announced his location relative to the traffic pattern throughout the landing. He heard another aircraft making calls in the traffic pattern, but nothing he was concerned about.
After he landed, during the rollout about midfield, he heard someone announce on the radio that there was an airplane on the runway. This was the last thing he remembered before hitting the Staudacher S600.[Read more…]
John Marzulli has a wonderfully built and painted Zenith 701. He lives in Ballard, Washington, and flies from Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO).
While John and I have exchanged a few e-messages over the last few years, this year’s edition of the Arlington Fly-In was our first chance to meet up face to face.
John was at the fly-in, camping with his 7-year-old daughter, Penny, living a truly wholesome aviation experience. (He and 11-year-old daughter Genevieve have camped at prior fly-ins and 3-month-old son Nicolas is next in line.)[Read more…]
The NTSB has released its preliminary report on the Oct. 2, 2019, crash of the Collings Foundation’s B-17 Nine-O-Nine.
The plane crashed shortly after departure from Bradley International Airport (KBDL) in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, resulting in seven fatalities, five people seriously injured, and two with minor injuries.[Read more…]