Arthur Billingsley sent us this video, with a quick explanation: “Decided to experience the solar eclipse 2017 on the wing at 10,000 feet over South Carolina. Afternoon summer coastal weather would have made viewing from the ground less than best. Departed from Charleston, S.C., (KCHS) heading toward Columbia, S.C. The event was great and surreal from the air. Slight downside of not having the proper filters onboard to photograph the eclipse directly. Enjoy.” [Read more…]
The FAA reported Aug. 30, 2017, that it has continued to handle emergency and relief operations at a number of airports in the area devastated by Hurricane Harvey, including at Houston Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental.
Agency officials advise General Aviation pilots that the FAA has issued a number of TFRs for the Houston area and Beaumont over the past few days. Pilots should always check Notices for Airmen before a flight. Continue monitoring TFR.FAA.gov for the latest information. [Read more…]
SAN ANTONIO – The Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing began flying aerial imagery missions Aug. 30, 2017, for the state of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency over the coastal areas initially ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.
During the ongoing missions, CAP aircrews will fly over Corpus Christi, North Padre Island, Mustang Island, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Port Lavaca, Gregory and Portland. The aircrews will depart San Marcos with a refueling stop in Alice, Texas, prior to taking photos of the affected areas. [Read more…]
In the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, PilotsNPaws, a non-profit organization that uses volunteer general aviation pilots and planes to transport rescued animals, has put out a call for larger airplanes to help rescue animals caught in the hurricane and flooding.
“Our small planes just cannot get in and out and fly in this weather,” said Deborah Boies, founder of PilotsNPaws. “We have animals that were already in rescues and shelters waiting for adoptive homes, we have places for them to go, in order to make room for the animals that are displaced from the hurricane who really need to stay in the area to try and connect with their owners.” [Read more…]
ARGUS International recently released its TRAQPak Solar Eclipse Business Aviation Flight Activity graphic, which analyzes data for the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse and compares it against all other 2017 Mondays through Aug. 21.
It shows the top five airports, the top five aircraft and more. While skewed towards business aviation, it includes data for all general aviation. [Read more…]
Culminating a two-decade-long effort, a new 8,600-foot runway was dedicated Aug. 25, 2017, at Taos Regional Airport (KSKX) in New Mexico.
The new runway is perpendicular to the original runway. It will enable pilots to operate more safely at times of the year when wind directions make the airfield more challenging, according to FAA officials. [Read more…]
A new post on MyChamplainValley.com reports that Miss Vermont was the first ever Miss America contestant to fly herself to the pageant in Atlantic City.
“I get to go to Miss America, a once in a lifetime experience, and I get to fly myself there, another thing I love to do. It’s a win win all around,” said Erin Connor, 22, a pilot since the age of 16.
The competition will air on Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Read the full post, plus watch a video, here.
Interested in venturing into the drone arena? Jess Miller recently wrote a detailed 7,000-word guide on how to fly a drone that is packed with tips and advice.
It begins: “If you’ve got a drone and you don’t know how to fly it yet, don’t despair – flying a drone isn’t rocket science. It’s not exactly a walk in the park, either.
“With a little bit of determination and practice, you’ll soon get the hang of flying your drone.”
Check out the full post to read about everything from a preflight, to where to fly, to drone racing.
Seven Honduran high school students, along with their host-family students, got the chance to try their hand at flying at Greene County Regional Airport (I19) in Xenia, Ohio, in July 2017.
MacAir Aviation flight instructors Chuck Daley, Ashley Paulus and Doug Magoffin gave the group of students some basic ground instruction (with the help of translators), and then they took to the skies for their orientation flights in Cirrus SR22s. [Read more…]
Devastation from Hurricane Harvey is still being assessed, with the aftermath of the storm still wreaking havoc in Texas.