Braulio Cosme submitted the following photo and note: “First flight around Manhattan as a student pilot with my CFI, getting Class B experience in a C172SP with the G1000. Picture taken from an action camera installed in the tail ring.”
More than 100 aviation professionals, representing government, industry, advocacy groups and other aspects of aviation, gathered in Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2018, to discuss the shortage of pilots and mechanics facing the industry.
“The aviation community has always come together to tackle its most pressing challenges, and today we need to do it again,” FAA Acting Administration Dan Elwell said at the start of the agency’s Aviation Workforce Symposium: Ensuring America’s Pilot & Mechanic Supply. “There needs to be a common understanding of the gravity and urgency of the situation. We have a diminishing supply of qualified pilots and mechanics and technicians.” [Read more…]
Zenith Aircraft Co.’s Open Hangar Days and Fly-In will be held Sept. 21-22, 2018, at the kit factory in Mexico, Missouri.
The event includes a tour of the factory where Zenith aircraft kits are made, as well as opportunities to network with company employees, Zenith customers, and representatives from several companies. A variety of seminars also is planned, including: [Read more…]
Earlier on the day of the accident, the pilot/mechanic flew the Cessna 172 from its home base airport to another airport to perform scheduled maintenance.
Airport security video captured the entire maintenance event and showed the pilot/mechanic removing the engine cowling, draining the engine oil, and inspecting the spark plugs, air filter, and other components.
The video did not show him adding engine oil before reinstalling the engine cowling and departing on the accident flight.
Shortly after takeoff, the pilot reported to an air traffic controller that the airplane’s engine was losing power and that he was returning to the airport. [Read more…]
Rob Stapleton submitted this photo, along with a short note: “Shot this image on my way to a film shoot at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at nearby Lake Hood Seaplane Base. deHavilland Beavers waiting for moose hunters to show up for a lift to the bush.”
By TED LUEBBERS
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 Aviation Youth members and some of their parents flew away on general aviation aircraft for lunch at the Pyper Kub Café at the Williston Airport in Florida on Sept. 1, 2018.
Organizers of the chapter’s Aviation Youth program wanted to add a little spice to the program as a reward for all the hard work the kids have put forth this summer learning how to repair real airplanes. They were not charged for the lunch or the flight. Who says there is no free lunch? [Read more…]
The second annual Astronomy Night at Havana Regional Airport (9I0) in Havana, Illinois, was “without doubt a success,” according to Mike Purpura, Illinois State Liaison for the Recreational Aviation Foundation.
“It was a night of discovery where a small, country airport came alive when over 150 people came together to gaze at the wonders of the universe,” he reported. [Read more…]