“A wet Beaver is a happy Beaver,” says Mark Stevens, who owns what may be the world’s finest example of a deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver on amphibious floats.[Read more…]
Do you have what it takes to be a missionary pilot?
Six supporters of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) had an opportunity to find out firsthand at MAF’s headquarters in Nampa, Idaho, east of Boise.
We were invited to the first-ever “Mission Aviation Experience,” an abbreviated version of the course that pilots applying to serve with the Christian ministry must pass before being accepted into the program.[Read more…]
Another EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is in the books and the 2019 show was packed with “only at Oshkosh” moments and lots of memories.
Early arrivals were impacted by several days of rain. Severe weather moved through the Oshkosh area on the Saturday before the show officially opened and winds at Appleton International Airport (KATW), just north of Oshkosh, were reportedly around 60 mph. At least five airplanes were damaged at Appleton, including two almost-new Carbon Cubs.
Luckily, my friend and I landed in a Cirrus at Appleton on Sunday afternoon with no problems.[Read more…]
“If you want a like-new P-51, just send me a damaged Mustang and we will do the rest,” says Art Teeters, president of Cal Pacific Airmotive of Salinas, California.
As owner of the original FAA Type Certificate for the Mustang, TC-11, plus the parts manufacturing approvals to go along with it, his company can build or rebuild most of the components of the famous World War II fighter.[Read more…]
Jan Johnson is not your typical Warbird pilot and owner. She flies a Warbird designed to save lives as a flying ambulance.
Configured as the planes were used during World War II and the Korean War, Johnson’s 1945 Vultee Stinson L-5/G Sentinel attracted attention at EAA AirVenture 2018 because most of the right side of the fuselage opens so a wounded soldier on a litter could be flown from the front lines to a field hospital.
Complete with a mannequin on a litter to demonstrate the plane’s unique capabilities, Johnson brought the Stinson to Oshkosh for the first time after a long flight from California’s San Francisco Bay Area. [Read more…]
Although Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman Jack Pelton acknowledged that a “perfect” AirVenture may be unobtainable, he said the 2018 event “came about as close as one could imagine.”
A robust economy and good weather for most of the seven day fly-in convention combined to draw a record 601,000 attendees, an increase of nearly 2% over 2017’s record total.
“Attendance on opening day was the best in history,” Pelton continued, “as the vast majority of our guests came to Oshkosh early and stayed throughout the week.” [Read more…]
Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), acknowledged by many as general aviation’s best friend in government, returned to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 for his 40th consecutive year after a busy week in Washington, where he introduced legislation to revitalize aviation.
The new bill, S.3270, named the Securing and Revitalizing Aviation Act of 2018 (SARA), is a follow on to Inhofe’s Pilot’s Bill of Rights 1 and 2, passed in 2012 and 2016. That legislation led to significant improvements in legal due process for FAA violations and reforms to the Third Class Medical called BasicMed.
“I’ve taken advantage of BasicMed along with thousands of others,” confirmed Inhofe, 83, who is the only active commercial pilot in the Senate. [Read more…]
Many pilots dream of owning a high performance plane and actively flying it at 88 years of age.
And others dream of passing on a love of aviation and raising children and grandchildren who solo at a young age and carry on the family tradition.
These dreams and more are being lived today by Bob Siegfried of suburban Chicago, who is known in many aviation circles as “Old Bob,” because his son, Bob II, often attends the same fly-ins. [Read more…]
Situated in northern Italy near the Swiss border, Lake Como has been attracting tourists ever since Julius Caesar.
Although most visitors end up seeing portions of its 106 mile shoreline from one of the many excursion boats plying the beautiful blue-green waters, Lake Como offers unparalleled vistas best appreciated from the air … and especially from a seaplane.
I first became aware of the opportunity to fly seaplanes at Lake Como when a friend from Chattanooga earned his seaplane rating at Aero Club Como several years ago while on vacation.
Then, last year the Florida-based Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) organized a group trip that got rave reviews.
Frustrated by being unable to join in at the time, I added Lake Como to my personal bucket list. A recent business and pleasure trip to Italy opened the door to this memorable flying experience. [Read more…]