“All four of us are career pilots — 30-plus years each — and we’re looking around and there is a rather large demand for pilots,” said Harvey Meek, team lead. “We got to thinking that it’s not really a mainstream career like doctor, lawyer, teacher, or police officer. So if a young person is interested in aviation, who do they go to? We found that a lot of times the traditional guidance counselor route does not help a young person find the best or the most comprehensive information.” [Read more…]
When he signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, President Donald Trump changed everything at SUN ’n FUN — at least for this year.
That’s because included in the bill is a requirement that the FAA cover all costs of ATC services at general aviation events that promote aviation, like SUN ’n FUN and EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
That saves SUN ’n FUN $280,000 this year. [Read more…]
When buddies Trey Brewer and Shiloh Dudley took off from St. Augustine, Florida, Friday morning March 23, 2018, they knew they were embarking on an adventure of a lifetime.
And they wanted to share that adventure with the world.
To do that, they created Aviation Overland Adventures, a YouTube channel where they will document their three-week (or so) journey flying 4,000 miles from Florida to Alaska in Dudley’s 1998 American Champion Scout.
They hope their adventure will inspire others to take similar trips or even inspire people who have dreamed of learning to fly to finally head to the airport and begin their own journey. [Read more…]
Imagine this: A woman who moved to Oklahoma in a covered wagon has a son who grows up to fly to the moon.
It’s not the beginning of an epic movie, but the real life of one of the state’s shining stars, Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford.
Now 87, Stafford finds time every day to touch base with the museum that tells his story — as well as the story of flight — The Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma.
Just as Stafford came from humble beginnings, so does the museum that bears his name. [Read more…]
Back in 2011, Darryl Fisher took a flight that changed his life — and the lives of thousands of veterans and senior citizens.
On a cross-country trip in a Stearman with his father, Darryl suggested offering rides to veterans at each stop. His dad enthusiastically said yes.
The first stop: Oxford, Mississippi. The first flight was given to Hugh Newton, a World War II veteran. [Read more…]
As Valentine’s Day approaches, men around the globe are preparing to ask the most important question of their lives: Will you marry me?
And many who want to make the proposal unforgettable turn to the skies — and the seas.
Dianna Stanger opened her new airport in Texas on a bet.
“It actually started out as a bet,” she said. “My husband has his own golf course, Wolf Point Club, and I’m not a golfer at all, but he wanted to make our primary residence at the golf course because he was there every day. Our house was about seven miles away. It had a helicopter hangar and some grass strips. The only way I would concede was if he built me a runway.”
“It worked out well for me,” she added with a slight laugh.
The new airport in Port Lavaca is named Shank ’n Bank (08TS). While puzzling to most people, it makes perfect sense to Stanger. [Read more…]
In October, Ask Paul columnist Paul McBride, who retired after 40 years with Lycoming, received this letter from Mike Stolyarch in far-off Russia:
“In order to be completely confident in my engine, I decided to do a major overhaul of the O-435A on my 1947 Stinson 108-1. I have already found all the necessary spare parts, except the fuel pump plunger. The plunger is broken off at one end.” [Read more…]
When the government’s fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2017, the Civil Air Patrol hit a milestone, flying 100,000 flying hours for the second year in a row.
In fiscal 2016, CAP flew 104,525 hours — the highest in the last few years.
What fueled those high flying numbers?
While some missions may not be a surprise — including the rush of hurricane-related flying towards the end of the fiscal year — other missions are not what most of us traditionally consider when we think Civil Air Patrol.