This is the second part of a two-part series. Read the first story here.
Dispatch from an oil-soaked tarmac at KSAF, Santa Fe, New Mexico: My chief mechanic, sitting in Race 53’s cockpit, slowly inches the throttle forward. The dull thrum of the engine changes in tempo, becoming an angry snarl. Then the snarl shifts into a throaty baritone.
Race 53 shakes and bucks, fighting her brakes. I can see the metal skin on the underside of her wings rippling in the prop wash blasting back from the propeller, now dissolved into a pale grey disc of motion.
My other mechanic, standing to my right on the tarmac, catches my eye. He points to the plane, points to his ear, then flexes his bicep: The engine sounds strong.
It does. [Read more…]
Our friends at FunPlacesToFly.com posted this video of highlights from the Flights of our Fathers Airshow and Fly-in in Terrell, Texas.
“This annual event draws thousands of aviation enthusiasts, local and regional residents to enjoy a full day of events and attractions,” noted Smitty Smith. “We had a great time taking in the sights and sounds of the event. A must see again for next year.” [Read more…]
SimplyFly Adventures is launching a STOL clinic at on the 2,200′ grass strip at Havana Regional Airport (9I0) in Illinois Oct. 20-21, 2017.
“It is a BYOP event — Bring Your Own Plane,” organizers note.
The first session will be ground school to review slow flight and short/soft field operations, followed by dinner in downtown Havana and a campfire at the airport. According to organizers, there is no charge for the ground school, which is open to everyone. WINGS credit applies.
The flying portion of the event is limited to the first 25 pilots who sign up. There is a $150 fee for the flying portion of the event. [Read more…]
A new study of S&P 500 companies shows that the use of business aviation is a sign of a well-managed enterprise among America’s most highly valued and well-respected companies. [Read more…]
After taking off from a frozen gravel bar by a river in remote wilderness near Arctic Village, Alaska, the Cessna 170B stalled. The left main landing gear struck the edge of the cut bank and the left wing hit the ground.
The fuselage then hit the top of the bank and spun counterclockwise. [Read more…]
The Breitling DC-3 recently completed its historic journey setting the world record as the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe.
Departing from Geneva last March, the Breitling DC-3 made its grand return to Switzerland after circling the world, landing in Sion where 100,000 aviation enthusiasts were expected to attend the Breitling Sion Airshow.
The DC-3 toured the U.S., arriving first in Seattle, making stops in Oshkosh, New York and other cities. Enjoy the photos below: [Read more…]
Hurricane Maria ripped apart homes and caused destruction across Dominica, Barbuda, and other Caribbean islands already reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irma.
As families in the Caribbean struggle to recover, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has staff on the ground and in the air providing assistance.
“MAF is working with Samaritan’s Purse to survey the needs and bring help to the islands that have been torn apart by hurricanes Maria and Irma,” said John Woodberry, global manager of disaster response for MAF. [Read more…]