In reply to our call for photos for The Year in Pictures, David Baldwin sent us this photo, taken by his wife, Belinda, of him taking off in his Kitfox, “with the first signs of winter showing up on the mountains at Chugiak, Alaska.” [Read more…]
Dispatch from KSAF, Santa Fe, N.M.: My chief mechanic and I are standing in his hangar, glumly staring at Race 53. Her engine is missing.
Forward of the firewall, black fuel lines, orange air hoses, and white sensor wires dangle in mid air. Her new exhaust stack angles downward at a crazy angle. Her tails are held off the floor by two bags of Quikrete, balanced on a board stretched between her upper engine mounts — ballast to compensate for the missing engine.
I mentally count off the months I’ve been planeless. Most of July. All of August. All of September. Now, it’s clear I won’t have Race 53 back in October. And maybe not even in November.
I take off my hat and run my fingers through my hair. I don’t know what to say. The way this whole thing has unfolded is absolutely unbelievable… [Read more…]
Jason Schappert, the force behind MZeroA.com, just posted a video, “My Favorite Checkride Question.”
He notes: “I get the benefit of sitting in on a lot of checkrides. When you sit in as many as I do you start to see common themes despite the tests being administered by different DPEs (Designated Pilot Examiners).
The question: “You’re recovering from an unusual attitude. What is the first instrument you’re going to look at?” [Read more…]
What that means is that as part of the Foreflight Connect program, echoUAT and SkyEcho display ADS-B weather and traffic through the ForeFlight Mobile application. [Read more…]
FreeFlight Systems has introduced its Model 1201C SBAS/GNSS sensor. As an ADS-B rule-compliant position source, the 1201C SBAS/GNSS sensor meets the performance requirements of GPS certification, according to company officials.
The 1201C has been designed to replace the 1201, the first SBAS/GNSS sensor to receive FAA TSO authorization. [Read more…]
As the pilot was taxiing for takeoff, he inadvertently turned onto a vehicle service road instead of the taxiway as he was leaving the ramp area at the airport in Dallas.
He then looked down to review the airport diagram on his tablet. As he was reviewing the airport diagram while still taxiing, the Beechcraft A36’s left wing hit a fence post. [Read more…]
One of the first photos to come in from our call for readers’ favorite photos of 2017 was from Piergiorgio Goldoni from Italy, who sent in this photo of a sunset at Modena-Marzaglia Airport (LIPM).
“A ray of sunshine pierces the cockpit of a Piper PA 38-112 Tomahawk II of the flying school of the Aero Club of Modena during the sunset,” he writes. [Read more…]
It’s rare that a week goes by that I don’t get an inquiry from someone, somewhere, about their desire to become a pilot. Or if not a pilot, to find some role in general aviation as a real participant.
Aviation is an attractive business. One might go so far as to say it’s sexy. [Read more…]