Every year, we devote our 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…]
Tim Walker of Brockport, N.Y., responded to our call for our readers’ favorite pictures of 2017 with this one of his 10-year-old son “basking in the warmth of the late evening sun sometime in June, just outside the Rochester, N.Y., area in our Piper Cub. Pop and son time — and son’s smile…priceless!” [Read more…]
By STEVE SCHAPIRO
Mention a runway to most Miss America contestants, and they’ll likely think of evening gowns and heels. But not Miss Vermont.
Mention a runway to Erin Connor, this year’s representative from the Green Mountain State, and she’s expecting to hear, “Cleared for takeoff.”
Erin earned her private pilot certificate at the age of 17 and is using her Miss America platform to encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. [Read more…]
That’s the question Richard Collins asks in a new blog post at Air Facts.
He notes: “The higher incidence of accidents in experimental aircraft is just as logical as the fact that the fatal accident rate in private (general) aviation is almost infinitely higher than it is in airline flying. When more freedom is granted by reducing regulations and eliminating stifling procedures, then the risk goes up.” [Read more…]
There are so many headsets out there for pilots that’s it’s hard to pick the one that’s best for you.
The right headset can make a difference as to enjoying a flight or suffering through communications problems, complete with headache.
Jeppesen has reached an agreement to provide its Airport Mapping Database to Universal Avionics‘ new InSight Display System, providing the general aviation market with airport diagrams and other information to enhance operational efficiency. Jeppesen will provide Airport Mapping Database information, digital charts, NavData navigation information and cultural data services for the InSight Display System. [Read more…]
The commercial-rated pilot and passenger — who owned the airplane — were conducting a cross-country business flight. Several witnesses reported seeing the Beech G35 overhead.
One witness stated that the engine made a “sputtering” sound like it was running out of gas. She stated the airplane was flying north and then turned west when it began to “nose dive” out of sight. [Read more…]
By CAROLINE DOUGHERTY
I pushed the throttle forward, quickly glanced at the tachometer to check for the full 1450 RPM, let my feet dance on the rudder bar to keep the nose straight down the runway, and thought, “Wow! I’m actually out here on my own!”
That’s how I celebrated my Sweet 16: Making my first solo flight in my father’s 100-year-old Curtiss Jenny. [Read more…]