Megan Vande Voort sent in this photo with a note: “Meyer Vande Voort wasn’t alone on the ramp on this spring evening and that made us so happy. A MU2 came to visit Pella Municipal Airport (KPEA) in Iowa. It was so good to see some GA life during these challenging times.”[Read more…]
When SUN ’n FUN was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it did more than disrupt an airshow.
It severely impacted the education programs that have grown from the annual fly-in into the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE).
The fly-in is the biggest yearly fundraiser for ACE, which includes a high school, the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, the Florida Air Museum, a flying club, an airplane restoration center, as well as summer camps, flight training scholarships, college scholarships, and more.
So when shelter in place orders forced officials to cancel the 2020 fly-in, it was time to get creative.
As with so much these days — like classrooms, business meetings and family get-togethers — the fly-in went online.
The SUN ’n FUN Home Edition debuted in late April, just a few weeks after the show was supposed to happen. The episodes in the last month — known as Phase I — culminate May 30, 2020, with a four-hour live online airshow and fundraiser.[Read more…]
CAPUA, Italy — Tecnam has introduced the P2010 TDI, powered by Continental’s CD-170 engine, which can use either Jet-A or diesel fuel.
With the EASA Type Certificate expected by July 2020, the P2010 TDI has been one of the most secret development programs ever, Tecnam officials said. FAA certification is expected soon after EASA certification.
First deliveries to customers in Africa and Asia are expected to be in September or October of 2020.[Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has announced a new initiative called the Flight Training Experience Project, which will take the place of the AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards in 2020.
“Even though many schools have had to close their doors during the pandemic, we believe it is important to celebrate the value and significance of the flight training community in this difficult time,” said Chris Moser, AOPA senior director of flight training education. “With the project, we will highlight the inspiring stories of the flight training community, which has come together in support of one another to overcome the obstacles of COVID-19 and a struggling economy, and proved resilient in the face of adversity.”[Read more…]
The pilot reported that, during landing in gusting crosswind conditions at the airport, the Beech 58 hit the runway unexpectedly, and he initiated a go-around by adding full power.
He added that the plane hit the runway again, but he continued the go-around.[Read more…]
Rolling out of bed, heading out of the house, and participating in anything resembling a normal routine is a bit more challenging in this post-COVID-19 world. Certainly, it’s not quite as automatic as it used to be. There are issues to address. There might even be PPE (personal protection equipment) requirements in your area.
Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. That old adage seems more apt than ever right now.
In aviation it is not just the hobbyists and the weekend warriors who are affected. Even those of us who are involved in general aviation professionally have to jump through a few extra hoops to get airborne these days.
That includes flight training.[Read more…]
The Warhawk Air Museum and P-51 owner Mark Peterson put up a flight of two P-40s and one Mustang on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020. There to capture it was Frederick A. Johnsen, the force behind the Airailimages YouTube channel and the Of Wings & Things columnist for General Aviation News.
“The museum traditionally makes an overflight of the Veterans Cemetery in Boise on Memorial Day,” Fred said. “This year, the formation included flyovers of additional cemeteries. The warbird flight also flew by area hospitals and medical centers to salute pandemic care workers.”[Read more…]