The new official timekeeper of the fly-in, Alpina also is a sponsor of airshow star Michael Goulian. [Read more…]
At this year’s SUN ‘n FUN, visitors saw a fuel truck with Swift Fuels emblazoned on its side.
It was there to promote the company’s unleaded UL94 avgas, the first of the company’s products to make it to market.
“We introduced the 94 fuel two and a half years ago to make it clear that this stuff is doable,” said CEO Chris D’Acosta. “People shouldn’t think, ‘Oh my God, is it going to be some weird thing?’ It’s not. It’s just unleaded fuel, that’s all. Airplanes still perform like airplanes.” [Read more…]
More than two decades ago — in 1994 — the Sherpa made its Oshkosh debut.
Heralded as a “Super Cub on steroids,” the airplane drew a lot of attention.
But not much action. [Read more…]
It’s an iconic airplane that is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
About 17,500 Bonanzas have been produced over the past seven decades, with production still continuing, but at a much lower rate. In 2016, 25 Bonanzas were produced by Textron Aviation, which bought the Beechcraft brand in 2014.
The Bonanza is also a plane that its owners are passionate about and fiercely loyal to. But what feeds that passion? [Read more…]
While the Beechcraft Bonanza has a loyal following, it also has an infamous moniker: The Doctor Killer.
It gained that name decades ago following a spate of high-profile crashes, with many of the pilots doctors. [Read more…]
When he was just 19 years old, Matt Guthmiller did something epic: He flew around the world in a 1981 Bonanza A36.
He set the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to circumnavigate by aircraft, solo.
But even more importantly, he had the adventure of a lifetime.
So how does a 19 year old manage such a feat? [Read more…]
As the Bonanza celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, there’s another big celebration in the works: The 50th anniversary of the American Bonanza Society (ABS).
ABS officials are planning an “epic” event in September to commemorate the Golden Anniversary in — where else? — Wichita, where the Bonanza was born seven decades ago.
“We call the gatherings the Beech homecoming,” noted Paul Damiano, ABS president. [Read more…]
In the space of one week in February, a report calling for sweeping changes to Air Traffic Control, including taking control of ATC from the FAA and putting it in the hands of a non-profit organization funded by user fees, was released, just days after a survey was released showing that most voters oppose privatizing ATC.
While privatizing ATC has been brought up time and time again, it gained a lot of headlines last year when House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) proposed it as part of an FAA reauthorization bill.
It never made its way to a full vote of the Congress, but many of its proposals are echoed in a new report just released by the Eno Center for Transportation, an independent, non-partisan think tank, as well as President Trump’s recently released “skinny budget” for fiscal year 2018. [Read more…]