Terry Hocking recently contributed an article to HometownFocus.us about his favorite day of the week: Wednesday. That’s when the airport bums gather at Range Regional Airport (KHIB) in Hibbing, Minn., for hangar flying and so much more. [Read more…]
It’s an iconic airplane that is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
About 17,500 Bonanzas have been produced over the past seven decades, with production still continuing, but at a much lower rate. In 2016, 25 Bonanzas were produced by Textron Aviation, which bought the Beechcraft brand in 2014.
The Bonanza is also a plane that its owners are passionate about and fiercely loyal to. But what feeds that passion? [Read more…]
As the Bonanza celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, there’s another big celebration in the works: The 50th anniversary of the American Bonanza Society (ABS).
ABS officials are planning an “epic” event in September to commemorate the Golden Anniversary in — where else? — Wichita, where the Bonanza was born seven decades ago.
“We call the gatherings the Beech homecoming,” noted Paul Damiano, ABS president. [Read more…]
Any time two or more pilots get together, no matter the reason, the conversation eventually turns to flying.
Even if one of them just got married, they’ll at least ask each other how their flight in went, and where they’re headed next.
In fact, the only real exception to this rule is when the pilots are in an airplane or working on one in a hangar, when the subject rarely involves actual flying and usually centers on members of the opposite sex. [Read more…]
The airport restaurant is to general aviation what the yacht club is to sailing, or the country club is to golf — a gathering spot for friendship and conversation.
It is a place for a cup of coffee, a piece of pie or a pancake breakfast with a few fellow pilots to discuss your last landing, or while planning your next cross country.
That’s why, in October 2016, a small group of aviation industry professionals looking to increase overall general aviation activity in New England launched the New England Flying Gourmet Challenge. [Read more…]
Margins of Safety: Avoiding Traffic Pattern Stalls looks at the various complexities of flying in the pattern, as well as the importance of avoiding distractions and focusing on stick and rudder skills. [Read more…]
GlobalAir.com blogger Tori Williams just posted “10 Comments Pilots are Tired of Hearing.”
Some of those include: “You must be so rich!” “Will you fly me to Florida?” “You aren’t a real pilot until you fly tailwheel,” “I didn’t know women could fly!” and “I could never do what you do. Flying is SO unsafe.”
Check out her full post here, then comment below on what you’re tired of hearing…