The pilot of the float-equipped Helio Courier stated that after takeoff from a lake near Bethel, Alaska, about 30-50 feet above the treetops, the plane encountered a downdraft and descended uncontrolled into trees and terrain. [Read more…]
Penny Hamilton sent in these photos, snapped when two different aircraft with a James Bond theme visited Granby/Grand County Airport-Emily Warner Field (KGNB) in Colorado.
“A James Bond 007 fan painted his RV to celebrate the British super agent,” she noted. [Read more…]
By CELIA VANDERPOOL
Eyebrows raised when I mentioned flying to Idaho from Southern California to view the eclipse from the air.
There were a lot of questions: “That’s a long way to go for two minutes.” “You’ll have to be night current.” “How do you know what altitude to fly?” “How will you protect your eyes?”
And there was more dismay from non-pilot family and friends and not much encouragement. And yet I went. [Read more…]
Want to help in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey? While general aviation pilots are being sought to provide relief efforts, it is imperative that these missions are performed safely.
That’s why Patient Airlift Services (PALS) and Sky Hope Network developed some basic guidelines for volunteer pilots wishing to fly in support of relief efforts following disasters or major emergencies.
In addition to these recommendations, officials with the Air Care Alliance also recommend that pilots take the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Flight Safety Institute’s short online interactive tutorial called “Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion.” [Read more…]
In the wake of several natural disasters throughout the U.S. — including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires throughout the western states — FBOs have become an integral part of the disaster relief efforts. [Read more…]
The transition to graphical forecasts for aviation (GFAs) for the continental U.S. is set to be complete Oct. 10, 2017, when the current textual area forecasts (FAs) will be discontinued.
The move, in a transition phase since July, is expected to result in improved weather information from forecasters with the National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center, according to FAA officials. [Read more…]
Aircraft Spruce will hold its annual Customer Appreciation Day Oct. 7, 2017, at its facility in Corona, California.
“Come join the fun and get a chance to win big prizes during our hourly raffles,” officials said.
The event begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast sponsored by Teledyne Batteries, followed by a BBQ lunch sponsored by Champion Aerospace.
Representatives from many companies will be on hand to demonstrate their products. A series of workshops will also be held during the event, which wraps up at 3 p.m.
The pilot reported that during an agricultural application flight in a Schweizer G 164 B, he was making spray passes under a power line near Paxton, Nebraska.
During the last pass, the left wing hit the power line, and the plane descended and hit the ground. [Read more…]