The First Annual Reese Dill Aviation Safety Lectureship Series Celebration, sponsored by the Aero Club of New England (ACONE), kicked off Wednesday, Nov. 14, with a presentation by Patty Wagstaff, six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team, gold, silver and bronze medalist, and first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion.
Aircraft: American Champion 8GCBC. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Bremerton, Wash. Aircraft damage: 1 Fatal.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, 74, held an airline transport pilot certificate with an instrument rating. [Read more...]
Story and Photos By KEVIN GARRISON
Low ceilings, wet-gusty weather and cool temps did not keep dozens of beautiful Cessna 195s and their owners from flying to Frankfort, Kentucky, for their 42nd yearly gathering on the last weekend of September.
Nothing sounds quite like a round engine. Capital City Airport (FFT) was bathed in the deep rumbling sounds of the radials powering the 195s as the swarmed the skies over Frankfort.
What’s going on out in the marketplace? More than any time since the launch of Light-Sport Aircraft in 2004, I have not observed such a frenzy of activity for a particular niche, this time for LSA seaplanes. Next season, in 2013, we could see no less than nine entries — three brand new — and that count does not include any LSA equipped with floats, possibly adding several more. Yet some major potholes appear in the runway…or perhaps that should be waves sloshing over the bow.
It’s a beautiful day to be flying your Cessna above Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore, taking in the view of the Chesapeake Bay, when — out of nowhere — an F-16 fighter jet suddenly pulls up beside you because your plane has no business being there.
Charlie Martinez, Rick Mickerand Robert Bolling know the feeling. Recently the trio — MITRE colleagues and members of Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Squadron — flew a CAP Cessna 182 to pose as intruders in restricted airspace. In effect, they were targets, giving U.S. Air Force Air Defense F-16 fighter pilots charged with defending Washington, D.C. a chance to practice their intercept procedures.
Bill Schmalz, who organizes the South Florida Seaplane Splash-in every year and is quite active in the Seaplane Pilots Association, recently sent us some pictures of a “new” seaplane base in the New York City area — LaGuardia Airport after Superstorm Sandy. He notes that it’s only fitting, as the airport was originally a seaplane base: “Back to its roots,” he said, adding, “bring on the Pan Am Clippers.” Photos below: [Read more...]
Germany-based XtremeAir has received FAA certification for its two-seat aerobatic airplane XA42.
Study shows distractions may alleviate boredom and improve drone operators’ performance.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On its surface, operating a drone looks a lot like playing a video game: Operators sit at workstations, manipulating joysticks to remotely adjust a drone’s pitch and elevation, while grainy images from the vehicle’s camera project onto a computer screen. An operator can issue a command to fire if an image reveals a hostile target, but such adrenaline-charged moments are few and far between.