Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL) is the busiest non-towered airport in Colorado. Air traffic is a busy mix of commercial air service, military operations and a wide variety of private aircraft. FNL will also set the standard for remote tower systems in the United States. [Read more…]
Grant Ancelet just wanted to help Operation Airdrop “transport supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey.”
And as he prepared for his flight, he posted a message to Facebook asking if anyone wanted to donate money or supplies. A few hours later he had a kitchen full of stuff and $3,000 in his PayPal account. [Read more…]
As the crow — or drone flies – Santa Monica (SMO) and Van Nuys (VNY) airports are just 12 nautical miles apart. But they might as well be on different planets. While Santa Monica seeks to give their airport a 1,500-foot haircut, Van Nuys is crowing – rightly so – about a number of achievements and accolades. [Read more…]
Twenty-nine years ago last month, my mom, dad, sister and I loaded all my belongings into our 1973 Beechcraft Baron and flew me to Grand Forks, N.D., to move me into McVey Hall at the University of North Dakota.
Fast forward 29 years and the roles had reversed. My wife and I drove to the southeastern Washington town of Walla Walla to move our daughter Savannah into her dorm at Whitman College. [Read more…]
It is safe to say that hundreds of thousands of pilots learned to fly in a Piper Cub. For many non-pilots, the Piper Cub is the entirety of small aircraft aviation — like Kleenex is to facial tissue.
2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the J-3. As a tribute to that milestone, following are eight random facts you may — or may not — know about the yellow little two-seaters. [Read more…]
Many people buy vanity license plates to show their aviation pride. AV8R or RAMPRAT or I FLY or hundreds of other clever plates are seen in airport parking lots around the country.
Some states allow residents to go one step further by offering aviation-themed license plates. [Read more…]
There are few things in life more magical than flying. Even better is when we take someone else along for the ride.
Whether our passengers are kids or kids at heart, nurturing their interest is key. Some may want to become pilots themselves. Others are happy to be passengers.
While a few are interested, many need a little more knowledge before signing up to be a plus one. Whatever the case, there’s a new program that aims to stoke the flames of interest. [Read more…]
When was the last time you heard someone say “Flying was Plan B”? I’ll guess never.
But that is exactly what flying is for Alaska’s Leighan Falley. Once she decided mountain guiding wasn’t a long-term path for her, she executed Plan B. The short film, “Denali’s Raven” is Leighan’s story… [Read more…]