IFR Fix: Aircraft for rent, maybe
A flight school/aircraft rental business had a double scare recently when two of its aircraft didn't show up at two different destinations on separate days.
Coming to America
For the first time in American skies, the Breitling Jet Team brought its unique brand of airshow performance to the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo—and spectators were left breathless.
Training Tip: No way out but down
Pilots who fly into obviously deteriorating weather don't always land or turn around in time.
Pete Weber dubbed oldest active living pilot
Every time Pete Weber Jr. of Cameron Park, California, takes an aircraft aloft these days, he beats his own record—at least, unofficially.
Baker talks GA issues over ice cream
Protecting airports, growing the pilot community, and making aircraft accessible were among the topics AOPA President Mark Baker emphasized in a Pilot Town Hall and ice cream social at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 25.
Nurse Killed In Fall From Helicopter
An experienced flight nurse fell from a medical helicopter during a rescue mission in Austin,Texas, Monday night and was killed, officials have reported. The Star Flight EC-145 was operating at about 9:45 p.m. and the crew was working to hoist aboard a woman who had fallen from a cliff in a hiking area and injured her legs. Flight nurse Kristin McLain, 46, who had worked with the Star Flight team for seven years, fell from the helicopter's hoist and died at the scene.
In the late '70, I was flying up the East Coast in the early morning, in the low stratus along the Atlantic beaches. Our flight, an Allegheny Commuter Twin Otter en route to Atlantic City's Bader Airport, was operating IFR with Atlantic City approach. Essentially, we were on top at 2,000 with high cirrus above. ... Normally, at this time of the morning, there would be no other aircraft operating, so it was a nice distraction to hear a Cessna request assistance from Atlantic City approach regarding the weather ahead, as conditions were deteriorating under the clouds as he proceeded up the coast. Approach asked our flight conditions, and we happily passed along the "smooth ride with tops about 1,000 feet, clear above." ... The Cessna then asked for an IFR to VFR on-top and, after the usual fuel on board, SOBs, instrument qualified, etc., approach asked, "Cessna 12345, you're a Skymaster, correct?" ... The pilot responded, "No, sir -- private pilot." -- Stephan Gnecco
First Piaggio Evo Delivered
Piaggio Aerospace has delivered the first Avanti Evo, its third-generation version of the twin turboprop, to a customer in Greece, the company has announced. The seven-seat airplane, with a VIP interior, will be used for charter. Piaggio CEO Carlo Logli said the company expects to deliver five more of the airplanes by the end of this year, to customers in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
FAA Unions Reject Privatization Suggestion
The heads of all seven unions representing FAA employees have jointly condemned Congress's exploration of privatization of the air traffic operation, saying what's needed is reliable funding for the agency.
Gear-Up Touch And Go
Forums and blogs are buzzing about video of a remarkable touch and go that, based on everything we can determine, happened at Aero Acres Air Park, near Port St. Lucie, Florida, on April 11. A Piper Aerostar landed gear-up but instead of grinding it to a stop and climbing sheepishly out of the damaged aircraft, the way these things usually end up, the pilot firewalled the engines and, with props clanging against the pavement, managed to get airborne again.