MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Flying Eyes Sunglasses now include the option of bifocal lenses that are designed specifically for the cockpit.
Aircraft: Beech Bonanza. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Taos, N.M. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The 79-year-old private pilot, who held an instrument rating and had logged 1,643 hours, obtained two abbreviated weather briefings prior to departure.
He initially planned to fly a familiar route over mountainous terrain, but then changed his proposed route of flight to one that would take him further north over the mountains on an unfamiliar path.
As a college student, Austin Meyer was finding it difficult to keep up his instrument currency.
Like so many pilots at the time, he was using Microsoft Flight Sim, but “I wasn’t happy with its flexibility,” he recalled. “I was having a heck of a time passing my currency check.”
That’s when he turned his dorm room into a computer lab and created his own flight simulator, now known as X-Plane, which actually predicts how an airplane will fly.
In a court filing Monday, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) called the FAA’s decision to close 149 contract control towers “arbitrary, capricious, and fundamentally flawed, leaving the safety and efficiency consequences largely unknown.”
The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will feature a new starting point in 2013, plus several new aircraft classes that will allow even more pilots to participate in this competition prior to the EAA AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The oldest cross-country air race, the Air Race Classic (ARC), will be sponsored this year by the only watch company dedicated to female flyers, The Abingdon Co.
The Great Lakes Aviation Expo is expanding in its 14th year with a move to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.
“With a recent addition of an on-site Hyatt Hotel and the expanded exhibit floor, it is a natural move for us to handle the increasing attendance for this annual event,” said Dr. Phil Tartalone, event chairman.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services has acquired the development rights for an FBO at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK).
Aircraft: Bellanca Viking. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Rock Springs, Wyo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The private pilot did not have an instrument rating. According to his logbook he had accumulated about 3,040 flying hours, including 1,330 hours in a Bellanca. The pilot’s initial plan was to make the cross-country flight on the day before the accident flight actually took place. The pilot decided to postpone the flight until the next day because of poor weather.