The other day at the hangar, we were talking about how many times I’ve rebuilt my airplane: twice for the engine, twice for the fuselage and once for the rest of the airframe, which included re-cover and painting.
It’s no secret that learning to fly is expensive. Recent studies by AOPA and other general aviation groups have confirmed that the cost of flight training is one of the major barriers to entry into aviation for the average person.
Somebody at the L.A. Times has got a sweet tooth for the flying car, specifically the Terrafugia Transition SLSA-legal “roadable” airplane. No less than six feature articles about flying cars have appeared in the prestigious newspaper’s online edition in the last month alone, in departments as diverse as Business, U.S., Nation Now, Tech Now and more »
Aviation seems to promote camaraderie among many of those who relish being part of this unique affinity group.
Aviation is the greatest science known to man simply because every other mental discipline comes into play each time an aircraft takes flight.
Last year: tornados and wrecked airplanes. This year: sun. Way sun. What a glorious week. Temps in the ’80s. Refreshing breezes everyday. Billowy cotton-ball clouds and only one minor afternoon thunderstorm.
In the midst of a couple weeks away from home to marry off my firstborn daughter, I remain nonetheless able and willing to mine the LSA infoverse for newsworthy veins. Also, check out Aero Friedrichshafen going on right now in Germany. It’s one of Europe’s premier aviation events, with lots of new aircraft (like the more »
Slovenian eco-friendly manufacturer, Pipistrel, revealed their super-sleek “Panthera” at Aero Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany this week.
It’s official: Cirrus Aircraft is moving ahead with the development of its SF50 Vision Jet
One of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I’ve flown.
Neither the wind given to you by the tower, nor that shown on a mid-field wind sock, is likely to be what you actually experience when landing.
When FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned after being arrested by police in Fairfax City, Va., on a drunk-driving charge, some of my pilot acquaintances were quick to express astonishment at the irony of Babbitt himself likely having to face the bureaucratic hurdles set up by the FAA for pilots caught drinking and driving who want to continue flying.
I’m still learning to fly. Even three decades after earning my private pilot certificate at 17, I’m still a student pilot, and I’m okay with it.
All really great flying adventures begin at dawn,” wrote Stephen Coonts in his cross-country odyssey Cannibal Queen, and those words were all I was thinking about as I drove to the airport with the sun still hiding and the new day before me.
I first heard about Amelia Earhart three years ago on Facebook. The new Amelia Earhart, that is.
The sky isn’t falling on the LSA phenomenon, though daily reports of global financial megadoom continue apace.
It’s ironic that even in a multimillion-dollar aircraft, the ultimate cockpit situational awareness comes through a pair of headsets that can be anything from an $80 pair of eBay budget buys to $1,100 ANR big-namers.
The airplane had been climbing through 8,000 feet out of Baghdad for Bahrain when it was hit in the left wing by a shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missile, fired by a Fedayeen terrorist.