By TED LUEBBERS
A group of young folks came to Leesburg International Airport (KLEE) in Leesburg, Florida, Oct. 7, 2017, to take flight for the first time as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 Young Eagles day.
At 9 a.m. cars with kids and adult leaders from the “Dads for a Day” program based in the Villages, Florida, and others pulled into the parking lot in front of the EAA hangar at the Leesburg Airport. They all seemed excited to get into an airplane and head off into the wild blue yonder. [Read more…]
Backcountry flying poses its own set of flying challenges. Flying close to the ground, approaching and setting down on short, narrow runways adds risk to flying.
In the interest of furthering safety in these situations, the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) is partnering with the Air Safety Institute on a survey focused on the safety challenges backcountry flyers face. [Read more…]
Bidding is now open for the Recreational Aviation Foundation FUNdraising Auction.
Items up for auction range from VIP tours of Garmin’s headquarters and the Boeing Paine Field Factory, to a Hartzell propeller (valued at $5,000), an Aspen Avionics Pro Plus Primary Flight Display and much more. Items are being added daily, RAF officials note. [Read more…]
Members of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) elected new officers and regional directors for 2018 during its 86th annual convention and trade show held in Point Clear, Alabama.
Ronnie Mitchell, Aviation Division Director for the Nebraska Department of Transportation, was named Chairman of the NASAO Executive Board of Directors for 2017/18. [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently released its self-titled app to allow members and aviators to stay up to date on the latest AOPA news, videos, podcasts, and events.
The app, which is free from iTunes and GooglePlay, has already had more than 4,800 downloads in its first few weeks of release, according to AOPA officials. [Read more…]
To help encourage owners of general aviation aircraft to meet the FAA’s ADS-B Out equipage 2020 mandate in the United States, the Aircraft Electronics Association randomly awarded five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh, July 24-30, 2017, in Wisconsin. [Read more…]
Ben William Ryan, the creator of Ryan Field in Montana, passed away July 26, 2017, at the Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls. He was 94.
In 2005 Ryan and his wife, Agnes “Butchie” Ryan, donated the field to the Recreational Aviation Foundation.
“Ryan Field is for everyone to enjoy,” he said. [Read more…]