Maintenance checks are supposed to uncover mechanical issues on the ground before they become emergencies in the air, so in that respect the recent engine run up of the Airline History Museum’s Lockheed Constellation was a success. The aircraft, known as “The Star of America,” is the only airworthy Constellation left and the star attraction at the Kansas City, Mo., museum. During a routine check last month, one of the four engines caught fire and failed.
One of the highlights of summer in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., is the appearance of large Fiberglas fish on street corners. The sturgeons are part of a citywide art event called Sturgeon Around the Bay. This year two of the entries had an aviation bent. One resembled a cross between a sturgeon and a P-51 Mustang. The other was a fish turned business jet created by Toby Kamark, a commercial pilot and part-time artist.
One of the complaints kids voice about having to learn history from books is how dry it is. If you could interact with it, it might be more interesting, they say.
In October of 2004, General Aviation News brought you the story of a Spartan that had been restored as a way to showcase the products of Superflite Aircraft Covering and Finishing Systems in Chicago.
How would you like someone from the FAA telling you that you had to get more training because of a violation committed by another pilot? If you are based within 100 nautical miles of the ADIZ in Washington, D.C., that’s exactly the situation you face. That information came from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey during the Meet the Administrator forum at this year’s EAA AirVenture.
AirVenture 2005 marked the first where the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft rule was a done deal. What better way to celebrate than to give pilots and wannabe pilots a central location to view all the different models that fall into the LSA category? That place was the LSA Mall, located in a grassy area just south of AeroShell Square.
Were you part of the annual migration of aviation enthusiasts to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture? Pilots joke that attending the event at least once in your lifetime is required by the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations.
Although women have been involved in aviation nearly since its beginning, some museums give the impression that Amelia Earhart was the only woman to fly, ignoring the thousands of women who came after her or even those who flew before her.
If you’re flying in the vicinity of South Bend Regional Airport (SBD) in Indiana and see what looks like a kangaroo on the ground…well, it might be a kangaroo.