Every year, we devote the two December print issues of General Aviation News to photographs sent in by our readers. It’s amazing the number of photos we receive showing airplanes in all their glory — from backcountry flying to a Cub sitting on a grass runway to a dad taking his daughter for her first flight. [Read more…]
The popular seaplane base and marina at Tavares, Florida, known as “America’s Seaplane City,” was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma as it swept through the central part of the state Sept. 10-11, 2017.
Salvage operations are underway, but it will months before the area returns to normal.
“We prepared for the storm, but it came right at us and when the curfew was lifted we returned to find extensive damage to the docks and fuel system,” said Matt Elia, Aviation Manager for the city of Tavares, which is northwest of Orlando. “It appeared to be a very targeted storm, since the seaplane base and marina were destroyed, but the nearby aviation-themed playground received only minor damage and our waterfront store called The Prop Shop was undamaged.” [Read more…]
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…]
The FAA has made mitigating runway incursions a focal point over the past few years, aiming to reduce airfield risk factors that could ultimately lead to collisions between aircraft.
At Juneau International Airport (PAJN) outside the capital city of Alaska, a new runway incursion mitigation (RIM) study showed that 50 runway incursions had occurred since 2004. The culprit appeared to be taxiways that did not meet current FAA design standards, according to officials with RS&H, an architecture, engineering, and consulting firm.
RS&H aviation consultants Michael Becker and Alex McKean needed more than data to draw conclusions. McKean and Becker, a former airport manager and commercially licensed pilot, had to get a closer look.
So the two stood for days watching takeoffs and landings and taxi maneuvers at the airport. But that was just the first step. [Read more…]
As one of the only Houston area airports with the facilities to support military aircraft, and one of the only ones that were open during Hurricane Harvey flooding, Houston Executive Airport provided support for Army Reserve and National Guard units from all over the United States flying rescue and support operations during the flooding. [Read more…]
The second annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase will take place Nov. 2-4, 2017, at DeLand Municipal Airport (KDED) in Florida.
This year’s show will mimic the inaugural show in design, layout, daily schedule, and hospitality.
But most important, the mission will remain the same: Committed to Sport Aviation, according to organizers. [Read more…]
ALBANY, Georgia — There is an additional parking space being occupied at the already busy Thrush Aircraft factory, as Robert Garrett has joined the company as director of training.
Garrett, a veteran of the ag aviation industry, will oversee Thrush’s new factory-based ag aviation flight and maintenance training programs. [Read more…]
The PreBuyGuys recently interviewed Arthur Billingsley, a frequent contributor to General Aviation News, about what it’s like to own, fly, maintain, and manage his 1974 Cessna 310Q.
Arthur gives the inside scoop on aircraft ownership from aircraft ownership costs, aircraft maintenance, pilot training, great tips for every aircraft owner, and more.
There’s two companion videos, a cockpit tour, and an inflight video of the C310 cockpit in approach and landing into Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (KFTY) in Atlanta in stormy weather. [Read more…]