IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The annual Idaho Aviation Expo, May 16-17 this year, is once again taking place in the 30,000-square-foot Aero Mark hangar at IDA. Admission is $10 at the door, but I’ve got some “Free Admission” tickets. Send me an email if you are interested. [Read more…]
I read a good many “How I Did It” type stories in various business magazines. It is always interesting to learn that “now successful” business operators struggled with the same challenges I, and many others, struggle with. So when I learned that Cirrus Aircraft CEO Dale Klapmeier would be in the Seattle area retelling his “How I Did It” type story, I had to sign on.
BOISE, Idaho – From one end of the United States, and back, to the other end, and back. Paul Leadabrand of Stick & Rudder Aviation flew his Kitfox S-LSA from Boise to Lakeland, Florida, for the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and back to Boise — a 4,800-mile round-trip so the Rotax 914-powered “Big Foot” edition of the Kitfox could be on display at the Rotax booth.
I’m excited to see what comes of the future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones. There is a great deal yet to learn, and ways UAV technology will scale up to the benefit of all aerospace. Of that, I have no doubt.
However, there is also much to figure out and, frankly, worry about.
A brilliant 10-minute video profiles two women (An & Ria) who’ve never met, and never flown. One is excited, the other less so. Admittedly, a first flight via business jet is beyond the reach of most, but the emotional roller-coaster has to be much the same.
Do yourself a favor and watch this 10-minute video.
SUN ‘n FUN was fantastic this year. If you didn’t make it to Lakeland, Florida, at the start of the month, be sure to put it on your 2015 calendar: April 21-26, 2015.
We produce SUN ‘n FUN Today, the daily newspaper for the fly-in, so my view of SUN ’n FUN is slightly different.
As I look back through my notebook, I now understand why I’m so tired. The following will give you a peak into what it takes to cover a fly-in like SUN ‘n FUN or AirVenture.
The story, true from start to finish, could not have been written better. In fact, it could serve double duty as a math problem so many of us recall from our time in school.
A young high school athlete needs to be in two places at roughly the same time. On one end, in Toledo, Wash., to lay her 58-year-old father to rest following his year-long battle with melanoma. One the other end, in Yakima, Wash. (about 140 miles away) to play in the Washington State 2A Girls Basketball Championship game.
If I told you 25-29 year olds with a third class medical were the largest segment of aviators, would you believe me? Thankfully, you don’t have to take my word for it. Download the 2012 Aerospace Medical Certification Statistical Handbook for a little light reading.