FourPoints Television, producers of “The Aviators,” has signed Vince Neil, lead singer of the rock band Mötley Crüe, to head-up a new reality series based on his exploits as a newly-certified pilot. The series, “Vince Neil Escapes,” will follow Neil in his dream to finalize his pilot’s license, for which flight training occurred on-camera during season three of the PBS aviation program. [Read more...]
Jeppesen now offers its complete suite of pilot training textbooks as e-book selections for iPad. Available for download through the Apple iBookstore, Jeppesen’s e-book titles include Instrument/Commercial pilot training, Multi-Engine airplane training, and Flight Instructor training from Jeppesen’s Guided Flight Discovery series, and Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM) and FAR/M regulation reference guides.
NEW ORLEANS — Avfuel-branded Hawthorne Global Aviation Services has reopened its FBO at Lakefront Airport (NEW) in New Orleans, following an extensive renovation after Hurricane Isaac caused damage to the airport earlier this fall.
Gleim Publications, Inc. has released a new edition of its Flight Instructor’s Flight Maneuvers book. This 5th edition incorporates new features to help CFI candidates pass all portions of their practical test, historically one of the hardest to pass, Gleim officials note.
Aircraft: Lancair Legacy. Injuries: None. Location: Troy, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot obtained a weather briefing prior to the flight. There were no reports of icing along the intended route of flight.
Aircraft: Beech Bonanza. Injuries: None. Location: Des Moines, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, shortly after takeoff the airplane’s alternator indicated a discharge condition. He attempted to return to the departure airport. [Read more...]
It started with Louis Bleriot in 1909. Bleriot, who was essentially an engineer and an auto parts manufacturer, had been interested in aviation for nearly a decade. His fascination with flight nagged at him until he designed his own airplane, built it, and climbed into the pilot’s seat. Of course he didn’t do all this work personally. But he was a major player in the early days of aviation, and so we owe him a great debt of gratitude for several of his accomplishments. Louis was a trailblazer, as we all can be, given the opportunity and the drive.
GAfuels readers already know of the many advantages to using mogas in aircraft approved for its use. Not only does its save them $1.40-$1.50 per gallon compared to avgas, but these pilots are making real progress in reducing lead emissions from general aviation, the only significant consumer of leaded fuel on the planet.
While your bloggers would always recommend obtaining aviation-grade mogas directly from a fuel terminal, and have it delivered and stored in aviation-grade fuel equipment at your airport, in many instances the gasoline obtainable at retail gas stations and marinas is quite suitable for aircraft, provided it has the correct octane (AKI) rating and contains no ethanol. It is absolutely necessary to check each and every batch of fuel obtained from retail sellers of gasoline for the presence of ethanol, regardless how the pump may be labeled. (Fuel contamination is rare, but occurs for every type of fuel, including avgas and Jet-A).
Ohio Governor John Kasich has declared December “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Ohio, general aviation airports contribute more than $5.5 billion into the economy every year.