The National Aeronautic Association, the official record keeper for United States aviation, certified 99 national records in 2018.
New U.S. records are certified by NAA and those qualifying as world records are then ratified with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). At the end of each year, under the direction of the NAA Contest and Records Department, records certified for that year are reviewed and a list of the “most memorable” is created.
The most memorable records of 2018 include: [Read more…]
The episode premieres Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 10 p.m. ET.
“The airplane is the machine that gave us our greatest superpower – the ability to fly,” PBS officials say. “The journey to successful flight is a story full of passion, danger and death, and this episode showcases the revolutionaries and visionaries who made it possible to leave the ground.” [Read more…]
Registration begins May 1, 2019, for ZERO-G‘s nationwide contest Mission: Microgravity for educators to test their research on board G-FORCE ONE.
ZERO-G is asking science classes in grades 8-12 to create a video showcasing a handheld, creative, and thought-provoking experiment that can be conducted under microgravity conditions. One lucky teacher will get to board the company’s specialized aircraft, G-FORCE ONE, as they test their experiment over the course of 15 parabolas.
“We wanted to give teachers and students the chance to discover and explore together,” said Terese Brewster, CEO of ZERO-G. “We are excited to share our resources with curious classrooms and we can’t wait to see the amazing research these groups will conduct.” [Read more…]
The airline transport pilot reported that, during a formation flight, the Yak 52’s engine started to run rough. Unable to maintain level flight, he detached from the formation to troubleshoot the problem.
He noted there were about 29 gallons of useable fuel onboard and all other indications were normal. The engine continued to lose power, and about 500′ above the ground, he elected to land in a vineyard in Porterville, California. [Read more…]
Rick Cohen submitted the following photo and note: “Reflections off Lake Griffin en route to Leesburg International Airport (KLEE) in Florida for practice approaches right at sunset in my 2002 C172R.”
By TED LUEBBERS
Seaplane pilots got a jump-start on the annual SUN ’n FUN 2019 activities by taking part in Seaplane-A-Palooza at “America’s Seaplane City” (FA1) in Tavares, Florida, last weekend. This is the third consecutive year this event has been affiliated with SUN ‘n FUN.
A good number of these seaplanes and their pilots continued their flights to Lakeland’s Linder International Airport (KLAL) on Monday morning for the week-long aircraft extravaganza. [Read more…]
Frederick A. Johnsen, General Aviation News’ Of Wings & Things columnist and the force behind Airailimages, just posted a new video to YouTube, explaining: “Big news is the first flight of the huge Stratolaunch aircraft at Mojave, California.”
Also included in the video are rare images from a New Guinea AAF boneyard in 1945, plus a March visit to the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB in Florida, Fred reports.
“Loss of control in flight is one of the main causes of aviation accidents. This survey is part of a research project which explores the connection between the flight training process and preventing loss of control accidents,” [Read more…]
Duncan Aviation’s Duncan Family Trust has given $56,000 to Western Michigan University for the ongoing annual award of a Duncan Aviation Maintenance Scholarship.
With the gift, WMU will make available an annual scholarship of up to $2,500 for a student enrolled in the university’s four-year aviation maintenance program. In addition to receiving the scholarship, the chosen student will participate in a paid internship program at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) location. [Read more…]