WACO, Texas — When Waco Flying Service began operating as a one airplane, one instructor flight school in 2009, its two-man team had big dreams of improving the services provided to student pilots. They succeeded, and that success attracted investment and some big ideas.
Aircraft: Cessna 206. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Stanwood, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, 55, held multiple ratings, including Airline Transport Pilot. He had logged more than 4,200 hours, including 474 hours in seaplanes. [Read more...]
The odds are good you’ve never heard of Lon Cooper. There’s no reason you would have, really. But you should have. We all should have. At least we should have if life is fair, which it is not.
After flying more than 350 different aircraft models, I’ve become reasonably adept at what some pilots call “stick wiggling.” The reference is for all the actions you take to physically fly the plane. This is about what’s required on very basically-equipped ultralight aircraft that I still love to fly. Modern LSA, however, typically offer loaded instrument panels and, while I check out stalls, flight qualities and landings of a LSA, I rarely get any time to play with the panel goodies.
Fortunately, a recent experience in a brand-new Flight Design CTLSi provided a three-hour window to wiggle the stick, plus a whole lot more. [Read more...]
Pilots are being asked to complete the General Aviation Flight Data Monitoring Survey, designed to evaluate the familiarity and perceptions of the general aviation community concerning flight data monitoring capabilities and objectives. The 18-question survey takes about five minutes to complete. Check it out here.
To the relief of many in the aviation community, when President Barack Obama signed The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Jan. 2, he extended the 50% bonus depreciation for capital goods, including aircraft, through the end of 2013. This means that new business aircraft purchased in 2013 are eligible to qualify for 50% Bonus Depreciation.
According to officials with the National Business Aviation Association, if there is a written binding contract in place to purchase the aircraft by Dec. 31, 2013 and the aircraft qualifies as “Certain Aircraft” or “Long Production Period” as defined in the Internal Revenue Code, the aircraft can be placed in service during 2014 and still qualify for 50% Bonus Depreciation. Find out more here.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is teaming with the Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) to host a career day in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 27.
SMITHVILLE, Texas — Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) recently positioned an R-22 at the airport in Smithville, Texas (84R), for flight training and scenic flights of the Colorado River.
The Flying Musicians Association is gearing up for the first aviation event of 2012, the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held in Sebring, Fla., Jan. 17-20.
Aircraft: Piper Malibu Meridian. Injuries: None. Location: Phoenix, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to slow down during the landing roll. As he placed the propeller into reverse, the aircraft veered to the right. [Read more...]