Getting With The (Tower) Program

With all the concern around the FAA’s officially announcing the closing of 149 ATC control towers, Pilot Workshops of Nashua, NH is getting with the program to help ease pilot anxiety about the transition. The company just put out three free videos that are aimed to help us all refresh our memories about  Non-Towered Airport operations. PilotWorkshops more »

Towering Inferno

UPDATE TO POST BELOW: CHICAGO – Mar 22 – Associated Press announced that the FAA put the final list of air traffic control tower closures at 149. The process of shutdown will start early in April. One key point: closures will not force the airports themselves to shut down, but all pilots will use unicom more »

Wrangling An Air2Air Photo Shoot

  My flyin’ pal, industry leader and co-blogger Dan Johnson suggested recently that I throw some tips your way about how I put together and do air2air photography.  Since I’ve done around 600 in my 30 year career, it’s not a topic I have to research, always good news.  So for those of you interested in more »

50 Years with No Crashes…and 25 of them In A Quick!

It’s enough to be proud of flying a “real” airplane for 50 years without accident, incident, or citation for 50 years.  But imagine if half of those years were flown in those crazy death wish machines:  ultralights! Of course, those of us who’ve flown hang gliders, ultralights and other true bird experience aircraft know just how safe more »

LSA Industry On Life Support…ummm…Nah.

In a recent article in Flying Magazine, an editor volunteered his opinion that the Light Sport industry is on life support.  There are so many good arguments to refute such a sky-is-falling assessment, it kind of makes you wonder why a respected journalist would go out of his way to attract a lot of heat more »

LSA Fun Foreign and Domestic

Back from a busy, weather-challenging (for photography) trip to the Bahamas, I stopped by to visit Dan Johnson and his soul mate Randee at their Spruce Creek air park digs north of Florida.  If you haven’t had the pleasure, visit Spruce Creek sometime to see how cool an air park can be.  Hundreds and hundreds more »

Adieu Sebring 2013

Sebring’s final day ended at 2 p.m. with the customary light attendance and gathering clouds.  I spoke with a couple of the principals of the Expo staff that did such a superb job making this no doubt the smoothest running, most feature-packed event that I’ve certainly been too.  Kudos to all: it was a beautifully more »

Sebring Day Three Evening

The big Saturday came and went, bookended by winds, overcast and raindrops of the intermittent kind.  No doubt many potential showgoers were deterred by the non-Florida-like weather. LSA demo flights were conducted apace, although none of the three days of the show have shown the kind of flight activity of previous years because the weather more »

Sebring Day Three morning

Just after I posted in the wee hours last night I got this late email from Greg Lawrence about his work with deaf flight students.  Greg added a link to more information, check it out, it’s very interesting. “Nobody can hear very well in a small aircraft,” writes Greg, “and fewer than ‘nobody’ can process more »

Sebring Day Two…and our National Treasure (initials P.W.)

More airplanes made it through the winter weather blanketing much of the midwest and east. Pipistrel’s much-awaited Alpha Trainer arrived at 8 last night thanks to its much-fatigued pilot Don Sharp who soldiered on through the crud all the way from Indiana. Highlights?  Too many to list, but in the wee hours meself we’ll go more »

Sebring Expo Day One

Sebring is off and running!  The day in pix and captions…                                                    

Sebring LSA Expo Next Week!

    This year’s LSA bash in Sebring which starts next Thursday, 17 January and runs through the weekend looks to be far and away the best ever.  Jana Filip and crew have been working hard all year to make  this a top professional event. Lots of new things in addition to the usual comfy, more »

Electric Airplane in 48 hours!

With all the bright minds drilling down for electric flight gold worldwide these days, including extensive research into battery storage technology and electric motor development, you’d think it’s only a matter of time before a major aircraft company comes out with an off-the-shelf aircraft to officially “launch” electric flight for the masses. Yuneec, a Chinese more »

CTLSi, as in *sigh*

Yes, as the pics show, I did indeed take advantage of a rare, calm, beautiful, warm (for winter) day in New England to drive over to Tom Peghiny’s Flight Design USA and take my first hop in a fuel-injected Rotax-powered LSA: the new CTLSi. Company Chief Pilot Jonathan Carter did me the honors as we went more »

If It Works For Morgan Freeman…

In case you don’t know about Able Flight, here’s a link to the organization’s website, and another to its donation page. This wonderful endeavor helps paralyzed and otherwise physically challenged people, both civilian and war-wounded, to achieve their dreams of flight by taking them through a complete Sport Pilot training  course. Able Flight uses specially-outfitted Sky Arrows more »

The Longest Flight

U.S.Sinus motorglider owner/dealer Rand Vollmer recently flew 1170 statue miles nonstop at mostly economy cruise settings from Oshkosh to Florida on one 24.5 gallon fill up in his Pipistrel Sinus, 49-foot span motorglider. Color me green with envy and drooling from sheer lust for flight. For the trip, Rand’s average speed was  102 knots.  Fuel more »

Tecnam’s New Entry-Level (and Affordable!) LSA

Tecnam North America’s CEO Phil Solomon dropped me a line yesterday to make sure I heard the news that there’s a new, all-metal, budget-priced Tecnam LSA, just released, that should generate some enthusiasm among the “LSA: too expensive!” crowd. It’s called the P92 Echo Classic Light. It’s priced at $74,999, and that’s fly away from Richmond, more »

Quicksilver Adds Five Aircraft to FAA Kit List

Last Spring I had the pleasure of photographing the several aircraft that make up the stable of the re-emergent Quicksilver Aircraft company. Quicksilver is the once-and-future, Cessna-style flagship of the ultralight industry back in the 70s and 80s, when it sold almost 15,000 single seater and two-seat aircraft kits under the FAA Part 103 regulation. What more »