At a closing day media briefing, Sun ’n Fun president John ‘Lites’ Leenhouts said airshow performers donated $250,000 worth of performances to the fly-in this year. Lites was a few minutes late to the media briefing because he was thanking performers at the airshow safety briefing. “When a group donates $250,000 of services,” Lites said, “I think it is important to say thank you.”
Nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals have converged at the 55th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened today at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The four-day event takes place April 3-6, and it is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world.
Build A Plane unveiled a new campaign called Kids Across America at Sun ’n Fun. The new program encourages kids to find sponsors for every mile they travel to reach AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. The kid who raises the most money wins a complete Private Pilot course from Red Bird Flight Simulations. Runners up can win other prizes like a week vacation to the Bahamas from Air Journey or a $1,000 scholarship from AOPA.
“While small in size, airplanes like the Baby Bullet played a huge role in showcasing aviation to the general public,” said Bob Ellis, Air Zoo president and CEO. ”And at only $199 for the kit, nearly anyone who wanted to own an airplane could afford one.”
This April 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: None. Location: Truckee, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: During the approach to the destination airport, the pilot obtained an airport condition report from airport personnel indicating that there was ice with a layer of snow blanketing the runway surface. The pilot aligned the airplane for landing and flared over what he thought was the normal touchdown point.
When you think corporate airplane, the image of Gulfstreams and Citation jets may come to mind. The folks at ComLine Pro have something else in mind: a 1969 Polish-built PZL.
I wonder if the insurance industry will accept a “driver’s license” medical should the AOPA/EAA petition for exemption of a 3rd class medical succeed. After all, just because the FAA says I don’t need a medical to operate a Cessna 172, an underwriter doesn’t have to insure me without one. It’s their money — but my butt — on the line.
Interested in building an airplane, but just not sure if you can do it? Those who attended Sun ’n Fun last week found that they could hone their skills — and increase their confidence — at the Sun ’n Fun Workshops.