LAS VEGAS — A day before the 2017 National Business Aviation Association convention kicked off, NBAA President Ed Bolen announced a $10,000 donation to the Las Vegas Victims Fund, in support of those affected by the horrific events of Oct. 1. [Read more…]
Sporty’s Classic Kneeboard, one of the products offered the longest by the pilot shop, demonstrates that sometimes old school is best, according to company officials. Its simple design withstands decades of use, they note.
The pilot reported he was taxiing on the ramp at the airport in Abilene, Texas, after landing. He looked to his left at the line serviceman who was “marshalling” him and the right wing hit a fence post. [Read more…]
Bill Whitney of Yakima, Washington, sent us these photos of his 1952 Cessna 170B he bought in Anchorage.
He notes: “180-hp Lycoming engine conversion, 31″ Alaskan Bushwheels, Horton STOL kit, VGs and many other mods make it a very capable backcountry airplane.” [Read more…]
“It simply won’t work,” say too many pilots. “You cannot run a business making only 50 airplanes a year. To build good, safe airplanes, you must operate a large enterprise.”
If you are one of those naysayers, are you sure about that?
I write about the world of light aviation, a segment of recreational aircraft spanning hang gliders to Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA). In that space, we have only a few companies that make 100 aircraft a year; most are far smaller.
Are these micromanufacturers too small to build reliable aircraft or to provide a reasonable living for their employees and owners?
Based on many years of writing about these companies, I can attest they are not too small. One proof of their right size is that many of these small companies boast very low employee turnover. Another is their steady innovation. [Read more…]
The FAA has made mitigating runway incursions a focal point over the past few years, aiming to reduce airfield risk factors that could ultimately lead to collisions between aircraft.
At Juneau International Airport (PAJN) outside the capital city of Alaska, a new runway incursion mitigation (RIM) study showed that 50 runway incursions had occurred since 2004. The culprit appeared to be taxiways that did not meet current FAA design standards, according to officials with RS&H, an architecture, engineering, and consulting firm.
RS&H aviation consultants Michael Becker and Alex McKean needed more than data to draw conclusions. McKean and Becker, a former airport manager and commercially licensed pilot, had to get a closer look.
So the two stood for days watching takeoffs and landings and taxi maneuvers at the airport. But that was just the first step. [Read more…]
As one of the only Houston area airports with the facilities to support military aircraft, and one of the only ones that were open during Hurricane Harvey flooding, Houston Executive Airport provided support for Army Reserve and National Guard units from all over the United States flying rescue and support operations during the flooding. [Read more…]
The second annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase will take place Nov. 2-4, 2017, at DeLand Municipal Airport (KDED) in Florida.
This year’s show will mimic the inaugural show in design, layout, daily schedule, and hospitality.
But most important, the mission will remain the same: Committed to Sport Aviation, according to organizers. [Read more…]