Inside this historic airplane are a thousand hidden mysteries.
The Boeing B-29 is one of the most remarkable airplanes in history, for a number of really big reasons. Today, there are two of them flying, “Fifi,” operated by the Commemorative Air Force, and “Doc,” which flew just a couple of weeks before I had my flight in “Fifi” at AirVenture 2016. The flight itself more »
The FAA STC on the 5-blade QFJ MTV-27 from MT-Propeller is in progress
MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH has received EASA STC for installation of the 5-blade Quiet Fan Jet (QFJ) scimitar natural composite MTV-27 prop for the Cessna 208 and 208B Blackhawk. The German company reports that the FAA STC is in progress. Bonded on a nickel-alloy leading edge for erosion protection of the blades, the QFJ MTV-27 features more »
The agency is partnering with two universities to conduct R&D on technical training
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected teams from the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to lead its new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP). The COE will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians. more »
The airshow may have concluded for this year, but a proposed business park could bring aviation to Oshkosh year-round
Another successful AirVenture Oshkosh just wrapped up, but city officials are hoping to bring aviation to the area all year long. Along with Winnebago Country, Oshkosh city officials are attempting to launch a new aviation business park. An open 80-acre area near Wittman Regional Airport is where city and county leaders are planning to build more »
Have you had a close call or a cool aviation experience that left a lasting impression? We’d love to share your story in the magazine!
If you’ve had a close call or a really compelling non-mishap-related experience in an airplane, we’d love to publish your story in our popular regular feature, “Lessons Learned about Flying (and about life).” Illustrated by the remarkable Gabriel Campanario, “Lessons Learned” has become a big star in the Plane & Pilot lineup. Indeed, since we more »
The Red Reflet Ranch is offering 12 private parcels in the western foothills of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains
Mountains, horses—and planes! Located in the beautiful Big Horn Basin in the western foothills of the Big Horn Mountains, Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, is home to the famed guest ranch and luxury resort. Owners of the 27,000-acre ranch are now offering 12 private parcels with the same 5-star service and recreational activities more »
The same model aircraft flown by Amelia Earhart is making its way to the new museum in the pilot’s Kansas hometown
The last known remaining 1935 Lockheed Electra L-10E is being transported from El Cajon, California, to Atchison, Kansas. Named “Muriel,” the restored aircraft was acquired by the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation with plans to house it at a new Amelia Earhart Museum. The plane will be on permanent display at the museum, which is also more »
How big was the world’s biggest airshow? EAA tells all.
The tally is in for the 2016 edition of AirVenture Oshkosh, the biggest fly-in airshow in the world, and the numbers didn’t disappoint. Huge crowds and gaggles of planes flocked to OSH for the weeklong celebration of all things with wings (and then some). According to EAA, approximately 563,000 people attended AirVenture, a figure that more »
The new powered glider improves on the popular S10 in numerous ways
If there were a contest to name the Tesla of the air—that is, a cool, slick, fast and technologically advanced plane that appealed to well-heeled technology nuts—the Stemme powered sailplane would get our vote. The company, based in Germany, announced at AirVenture its latest model, the S12 Twin Voyager, which improves upon the popular S10 more »
Officials from the State of Ohio are working to give seaplane pilots access to more bodies of water
Ohio officials have announced the state will begin to take steps to open more bodies of water to seaplanes and their pilots. In the coming months, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is planning to proceed with rulemaking to allow seaplane landings on Buckeye Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake and Salt Fork Reservoir, and more »
The central mystery remains, but troublesome details emerge
The crash of a hot air balloon in Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday left 16 dead in the largest air disaster of its type in U.S. history. The balloon, operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, was piloted by Alfred “Skip” Nichols, who had a disturbing record of drunken driving convictions, with four convictions more »
Garmin Goes Titanium With D2 Bravo Pilot Watch: With new features and updated styling, Garmin’s latest pilot watch is a nice upgrade to a popular product A couple of years ago, it looked as though newfangled smart watches were going to be a must-have item for every connected pilot. Turns out the interest in the more »
More than 2,200 cadets have enrolled in the Encampment Assistance Program this year through Air Force grants
Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Encampment Assistance Program (CEAP), which was launched last year with $490,000 in U.S. Air Force grant money, has enabled more than 1,400 cadets to attend wing encampments throughout the nation. The program has proven even more successful this year. The number of CEAP cadets attending encampments in fiscal year 2016 has more »
Probably not as secure as you think. One company has an answer.
Even though they happened a couple of decades ago, I can still vividly remember a couple of big wind events. The most dramatic took place in Southern California, with sustained winds in excess of 40 knots and a couple of gusts that hit 70. I remember seeing a row of light planes—a big red Stinson more »
Aircraft Spruce president Jim Irwin is an amazing guy, but maybe I think so because we share so much in common, not the least of which is that our parents’ first dates revolved around airplanes—both sets of parents owned Vultee BT-13s—and we grew up immersed in airplanes, from a family-wide love of flight until it more »
The brand-new service options for light plane owners
At AirVenture, Sporty’s provided new details of its recently announced “roadside” assistance program. The new plan, called the Breakdown Assistance Program, is designed to give pilots the kind of concierge assistance they need when mechanical things go “bump” when away from home. When you’re a new pilot, you depend on the community to help you make more »
Jeppesen approach charts are widely recognized as the gold standard the world around. Now pilots can use them in their Garmin Pilot app.
There’s good news for pilots who love their Garmin Pilot app but miss the Jeppesen charts they also love. Garmin Pilot can now incorporate Jepp charts. This move should help Garmin grow the app and drive some additional business Jeppesen’s way. There are some really great apps out there these days. And these new products more »
Don’t tell these pilots having fun that they’re training.
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is, after four or five years, depending on how you do the math, still in its infancy, but this year’s incarnation is enjoying staggering success, which we figure based on the numbers of pilots being reached and, anecdotally, by the smiles on their faces as they head out from the more »