On Friday, March 30, a distinguished group of aviators received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award during a ceremony at the FAA Production Studios on the Sun ’n Fun campus at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL).
Four years ago, Ravi the Raviator didn’t even know what CFI stood for. Now he travels the country, giving inspiration talks about how to rejuvenate aviation and increase the number of people in our community.
“It’s important to go out and fan that flame,” he said. “This is an opportunity to participate in one of humanity’s greatest achievements.”
By BEN COLEMAN, Safety Advisor to the Sun ’n Fun President
The subject of insurance was not very popular in my formative years. As a kid, I can recall my Dad complaining about insurance rates, especially when my older brother came of driving age. It was explained to me that insurance would pay you back if you had a wreck or got sick. I liked this “insurance” thing. Every year, you pay the insurance company money and if you have a wreck, they buy you a new car. Cool! If you don’t have a wreck, they get to keep the money. Not so cool! Not sure I like this “insurance” thing.
There are many men who will tell you that when they suggested the idea of buying an airplane to their wives, it very nearly resulted in divorce. But Kenneth Spivey Jr., from Vestavia, Ala., says he had a completely different experience when it came to the purchase of his Cessna 170B.
“My wife actually MADE ME go buy this airplane!” he insists.
Have you ever wanted to fly around the world?
Those lucky pilots who have held a reunion before SUN ’n FUN began and hosted a variety of forums throughout the airshow, according to Bob Gannon, chairman of the Earthrounders 2012 reunion. To become a member of the Earthrounders, a pilot must have flown a single- or twin-engine plane around the world.
BY MATT FERRARI
What a gift it is to fly. To fly and write is an even greater gift. For those of us who find our home in the sky, we have been graced with fellow aviators who have taken the time to put pen to paper to deliver us, through words, back to our place of belonging.
In the pages of their books these “skywriters” will take you along in the cockpit with the crew of a stricken airliner en route from Honolulu to San Francisco in Ernest K. Gann’s “The High and The Mighty” [Read more...]
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will hold summer camps focusing on aviation and aerospace topics this summer at its Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses. The Summer Programs run from June 3 to Aug. 9, with individual camps ranging in length from five days to 49 days.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today jointly filed a request for an exemption with the FAA that, if granted, would give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a 3rd class medical or, instead, participating in a recurrent online education program that will teach them how to self-asses their fitness to fly.
One of the Civil Air Patrol’s earliest members, Dean Hammond, now holds the rank of colonel after being recognized with not only the new grade but also lifetime membership and the Distinguished Service Medal this month at the Mississippi Wing’s annual conference at Keesler Air Force Base. Hammond, who had already soloed in January 1938, joined CAP at the first organizational meeting in Wichita, Kan., where he was working for Boeing.