Nearly 10% of the estimated 11 million to 12 million people who attend airshows each year have a pilot’s license.
MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Wright “B” Flyer Inc.’s one-of-a-kind airplane is traveling to the world’s biggest general aviation fly-in — by road.
The slow-flying, open-air biplane isn’t designed for cross-country flights, so Wright “B” Flyer loaded the machine into its custom semi-trailer on Saturday, July 11, for the 490-mile journey to Oshkosh, Wis., [Read more…]
Once, when I was a teenager manning the pumps at a full service gas station, a gentleman rolled up in a gorgeous Rolls Royce. He claimed it had previously belonged to the velvety-voiced crooner Nat “King” Cole.
You can imagine my surprise when he climbed out and encouraged me to take a seat behind the wheel. [Read more…]
For the month of February, we are going to focus on airshows and fly-ins, so we wanted to ask our readers “What makes a good airshow or fly-in?” What are the elements to success? What do organizers do that make it more enjoyable for you? What detracts from the experience? You can comment below or send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
GUEST EDITORIAL By PHILIP HANDLEMAN
Sequestration is forcing the Pentagon to slash $41 billion this year on top of the $487 billion reduction in defense spending already mandated over the next 10 years. Resultantly, a cruel triage within the Defense Department has taken hold. Communities across America are waking to the reality that their scheduled airshows will not feature military air demonstration teams or that, in the absence of the teams, the shows themselves are being scrubbed altogether.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The leadership of the U.S. Air Force has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year, including standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs.
We are all encouraged to “Write Congress” to support [fill in the cause here] from time to time. Often, the intention of the person seeking help is honorable.
A post I just read on the Facebook page of Kyle Franklin from Franklin’s Flying Circus is a good example. It is a plea with the best of intentions: