As a relatively new pilot — having received my pilot certificate on April 3, 2015 — I’ve logged about 190 hours. Some of that includes the first multi-state, week-long trip I’ve ever done and by far the furthest I’ve flown as PIC.
The series of VFR flights would take my wife, Tameka, and I from our home base in Greenville, S.C., to visit Nashville, Indianapolis, and Dillard, Georgia.
The trip in our Cessna C-182 would span several days and cover hundreds of miles. As the pilot, I would be dealing with mountains, unfamiliar airports and several weather patterns. [Read more…]
Last summer, while on a flying trip to Alaska, I visited two popular tourist destinations in the backcountry.
One of them, Chena Hot Springs, was half an hour by air from our home base at Chena Marina Airport (AK28) in Fairbanks. The other, 184 air miles south, was the historic town of Talkeetna, aerial gateway to Denali, North America’s highest peak. [Read more…]
Ever since the beautiful flying scenes in the movie “Out of Africa” were first screened in 1985, aviators have wished they could fly low and slow over the mountains, plains and waterfalls of the “Dark Continent.”
Soon, a group of vintage aircraft owners will do just that as they embark on a journey to celebrate the golden age of aviation and the early aviators who opened the skies of Africa to the world.
Organized by Prepare2Go, a Brussels logistics company, the upcoming five-week Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally will involve a maximum of 15 antique biplanes from all over the world, plus a fleet of support aircraft and helicopters. [Read more…]
By Tim Gaffney
OSHKOSH, Wis.— For one week in late July every year, flight enthusiasts from around the world gather for what’s billed as the world’s greatest aviation celebration — the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture convention and fly-in.
More than 500,000 visitors, including more than 2,000 from 80 foreign countries, flock to EAA’s headquarters at Wittman Regional Airport, many in their own planes. The field is covered by more more than 10,000 aircraft, ranging from garage-built sport planes to the mighty Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport jet.
Amidst the sprawl of aircraft, vendors’ booths and sponsors’ pavilions, a National Park Service exhibit reminds visitors that this vast and varied collection of flying machines has common roots in Dayton, Ohio. [Read more…]
By MIKE PURPURA
On July 16, at 6 a.m., the earth was cloaked in cotton candy clouds as 200 airplanes converged on Washington Island in Wisconsin for the annual fish boil.
Some slipped unnoticed across the Cheddar Curtain and into Wisconsin from Northern Illinois. Others flew east out of the North Woods and across Green Bay. A few pilots and passengers put on their life vests and flew across the lake at Charlevoix, skipping over the Beaver Island chain and following the coast down to Washington Island. They flew in for one purpose: To enjoy boiled Whitefish, potatoes, onions and friends. [Read more…]
By Michael Purpura, Illinois State Liaison, Recreational Aviation Foundation
A work party was held June 17-19 at the recently reopened airstrip on North Fox Island in Lake Michigan.
Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) Michigan Liaison Brad Frederick had issued a request for volunteers to fly in for the weekend to clear brush, make improvements to the airfield and have a good time. Answering the call were 17 aircraft and two dozen people ready to work. [Read more…]
Headset manufacturer Lightspeed Aviation has launched the Fly Me to the Moon contest, which runs through June 26, 2016.
The pilot who flies the most miles during private flights — as tracked through CloudAhoy tracking and debriefing service — will win their choice of any of the four models of Lightspeed ANR headsets including Sierra, Zulu.2, Zulu PFX, or the new Tango wireless headset. [Read more…]