The pilot of the AX8 105 hot air balloon reported “a gust of wind created a false lift effect on the balloon” during takeoff near Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
Heat application to increase lift was insufficient to avoid colliding with a building. [Read more…]
David Baldwin sent in these photos documenting flying in the spring in Alaska. He says: “Absolutely beautiful, smooth and crystal clear ‘Spring time’ flight, 6,500 feet and 16°, across the top of the mountains and over Whittier, Alaska, which can only be accessed by boat or through the longest shared vehicle/train tunnel. [Read more…]
Dispatch from 2,500 feet above Georgia: I’m so bored I could puke. This is an air race, but watching paint dry would be more exciting. I’m about 150 miles into the Sunshine Express 400, a cross country “race” across South Carolina, Georgia, and down the Florida peninsula.
I hate cross country races. It’s all about precision navigation. A complete void in the fun department. [Read more…]
At this year’s SUN ‘n FUN, visitors saw a fuel truck with Swift Fuels emblazoned on its side.
It was there to promote the company’s unleaded UL94 avgas, the first of the company’s products to make it to market.
“We introduced the 94 fuel two and a half years ago to make it clear that this stuff is doable,” said CEO Chris D’Acosta. “People shouldn’t think, ‘Oh my God, is it going to be some weird thing?’ It’s not. It’s just unleaded fuel, that’s all. Airplanes still perform like airplanes.” [Read more…]
Keith Smith recruits students for the Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the SUN ‘n FUN campus at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Florida with an unusual opening question: “I ask what are you going to be doing when you’re 26 years old?”
According to Smith, the chief administrator at CFAA, that question provokes a lot of responses from middle schoolers.
“They tell me I want to be a football player or a dancer or whatever. I also ask how many of them don’t know what they want to do and how many are considering aviation,” he said. “What I find is that the students don’t have a clue as to what is being offered in aviation.” [Read more…]
Women in Aviation International has released a short video documenting all the activity at its 28th Annual International Conference held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in March 2017. With a theme of Connect. Engage. Inspire., this year’s conference hosted more than 4,500 participants. [Read more…]