One of Elvis Presley’s private jets, a 1962 Lockheed Jetstar, has returned to the auction block.
Grounded in Roswell, N.M, for decades, the jet remains unrestored and has not been altered since Elvis last owned it. This is the only known jet from Elvis’ fleet that remains privately owned.
The aircraft features original external painting and detailing, as well as an interior custom designed to Elvis’ specifications — from the gold-tone hardware, custom woodwork and inlays, to red velvet seats and red shag carpet. [Read more…]
COLUMBIA, Missouri — The FAA’s BasicMed regulation created a greatly simplified medical requirement that serves as a replacement for the Third Class Medical, allowing pilots to operate any aircraft with six seats or less with the submission of a simple medical form and a copy of a valid driver’s license, similar to the LSA Pilot requirement.
The ruling, however, created an issue for owners of Piper PA-32 and PA-34 aircraft, some of which can seat up to seven people.
With a new STC developed by Aeronautix, pilots can restrict a PA-32 or PA-34 (14 models), to six seats, qualifying for operation under the FAA BasicMed regulation, CFR 61.113(i). [Read more…]
YAKIMA, Washington – CubCrafters will significantly increase production of the line of light two-place tandem aircraft it manufactures in 2019, according to company officials.
“Backcountry flying is increasing in popularity and CubCrafters has seen continuous sales growth since the introduction of the Light Sport Carbon Cub in 2009,” said CubCrafters’ Director of Sales Brad Damm. “The launch of the Part 23 Certified XCub in 2016 and the addition of the Garmin G3X glass avionics package for the XCub in 2017 further accelerated sales. Now, with the introduction of the new third generation of the Carbon Cub that includes an advanced engine and constant speed propeller, our order backlog has increased to almost two years.” [Read more…]
You know the classic Twin Beech Model 18, right? It has twin tails, a tailwheel, and a bit of a pug nose.
That is until Pacific Airmotive took it into its Burbank shop and created a tricycle-gear, single-tail, high-forehead pointy-nose business aircraft and commuter airliner in the 1960s from this pre-war design.
Any P-38 Lightning fighter of World War II is a crowd-pleaser. The Lightning called “Glacier Girl” amped that enthusiasm even higher at SUN ‘n FUN 2018.
“Glacier Girl” was literally frozen in time from 1942 to 1992. Part of a flight of six brand-new P-38s and two B-17s heading to Europe to bolster American forces, the then-anonymous future “Glacier Girl” and her compatriots were forced down on the Greenland ice on July 15, 1942. The crews were rescued, but the warplanes had to be abandoned in that remote and inhospitable scene.
Bob Cardin was central to efforts to recover and restore “Glacier Girl,” and he talked about that daunting project during a Victory’s Arsenal Theater session on the corner of the Warbird ramp during this year’s SUN ‘n FUN. [Read more…]
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a pilot program allowing seaplane pilots to clear U.S. Customs remotely at two locations in Minnesota, using an app downloaded to a cell phone or tablet.
According to a story by Dan Namowitz of the Aircraft Pilots and Owners Association, pilots can use the Reporting Offsite Arrival-Mobile (ROAM) app to clear U.S. Customs by video conference at Scott’s Seaplane Base on Crane Lake, and at the Shagawa Lake Seaplane base in Ely. [Read more…]
WALHALLA, SC – Just Aircraft has added a new ultralight aircraft design to its growing list of flying machines.
Just 103 was created to conform to the FAA’s Part 103 criteria for an ultralight. The single seat aircraft weighs less than 254 pounds and flies with a top speed of 63 mph. The Just 103 will be available as a ready-to-fly aircraft or as a complete kit, company officials note. [Read more…]