Chris Linn of Farragut, Tennessee, flies every chance he gets. The retired aerospace engineer, who keeps his floatplane at Sky Ranch Airport, home of the East Tennessee Pilots Club, was recently honored by the FAA with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for “practicing and promoting safe aircraft operations for more than 50 years” during a ceremony in Nashville. A story at KnoxNews.com quotes Linn as saying it was one of the greatest moments in his flight career.
While the Waterloo Air Show at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) in Canada is slated for June 2 and 3, activities surrounding the airshow have already begun.
The Wings over Waukesha Air Show in Wisconsin will celebrate the centennial of flight in Waukesha County with an expanded airshow. The show is slated for Aug. 25-26 at Waukesha County Airport (UES).
The FAA said on Tuesday it’s ready to “reevaluate its policy” regarding the operation of historical aircraft for hire, and announced a series of public meetings on the topic. According to a report at AVweb, the meetings, which are open to the public, will be held June 26, 27, and 28 at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
It takes a lot of energy to cover an airshow or a fly-in. Over the years I have experimented with different ways to boost my energy levels. These methods include physically training for a show (running several miles a day or climbing stairs with a 20-pound pack on my back) and during the show ingesting lots of caffeine in the form of coffee, soda, and the dreaded energy drinks. At the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, earlier this year, an acquaintance who knows of my caffeine habit suggested that I give a new product, Pilot Chews, a try.
“I took them and within minutes the mental fog lifted — and they taste good,” he said in wonder, leading me over to the exhibitor who was offering free samples.
Jennifer Julian, 54, is a double lung transplant survivor. Scratch survivor. She’s a “thriver.” And today, she is a student pilot.
Bill Moltenbrey of Business Jet Center (BJC) at Dallas Love Field has added one more job to his growing list of duties — cleaning up after the FBO’s four-legged customers.
Jim Torphy has celebrated quite a few birthdays over the course of his life. At 90 years old, his personal anniversary has become somewhat more impressive though, and so his birthday party last month surpassed what most of us go through each year by quite a bit.
Torphy is a pilot. In fact, he’s a pilot’s pilot. He’s an airplane kind of guy, who loves gliders, too. He’s flown with wheels on the end of his gear, but is equally comfortable putting a set of floats down on the water. He’s the kind of man who is right at home in a Piper Cub, yet holds himself and his students to the highest standards.
Angela McCartney Miro and her brother James F. McCartney recently teamed up to write a memoir on his aviation career in “Jim McCartney: My Life in Flight.” After being diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, McCartney said he wanted to record his experiences in the air to pay tribute to his friends in aviation.
Many years ago when I took my Commercial checkride, the Designated Pilot Examiner told me that a pilot’s commitment to safety ebbs and flows. We are at our safest right after a checkride. As we gain experience, our vigilance can diminish, replaced by a new-found confidence that can lead to complacency.
Over the years efforts to keep pilots at that just-back-from-the-checkride level of safety has led to the creation of FAA-sponsored safety programs. The most recent incarnation is the FAASTeam, the name derived from FAASafety Team.