Flying while grounded

By GRANT BOYD Whether we like it or not, sometimes we can’t fly all the times we would like to. Whether it be for weather, money, maintenance — or who knows what — sometimes you are grounded. Just because you can’t take to the sky doesn’t mean you can’t “fly.” Thankfully, “flying” while grounded is […]

A museum about the best of mankind

Celebrating the period of aviation from 1927-1957, the Historic Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, Washington is a museum about more than just aircraft technology — it’s a museum about the best of mankind. Striving to share the enthusiasm not only of engineering, but of an era, each aircraft in the collection is complemented by a noteworthy […]

Girls look to the sky

All over the world in late September, thousands of girls were introduced to aviation. For the third annual Girls in Aviation Day, 74 events were held for an estimated 9,700 girls in the United States, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Zambia. The day’s mission: Help girls between the ages […]

Human Factors: Self-inflicted

Last year I gifted my readers with stories of men and women pilots who acted heroically, and lived to tell about it. This holiday season I’m going in a different direction. The Aviation Safety Reporting System reports I chose this time come from pilots who, in their own way, shot themselves in the proverbial foot. Failure […]

Pilots deliver good cheer to Michigan foster kids

The first weekend of December is marked on many pilots’ calendars every year in Michigan. That’s when Operation Good Cheer takes off. General aviation pilots join hundreds of other volunteers to ensure that children in foster care have a merry Christmas. This year, Operation Good Cheer delivered at least three gifts to 6,453 children — […]

Aircraft brokerage firms merge

DENVER — Two aircraft brokerage firms, Front Range Aviation and Wetzel Aviation are merging, effective Jan. 1, 2018. “We are excited to unite with such a great partner as Front Range,” said Bryon Mobley, Wetzel Aviation partner. “Our team has previously worked together with Jim Riner and Pat Searle as part of the same sales […]

ATP Flight School adds King Schools courses to curriculum

ATP Flight School has added King Schools’ online video courses to its Airline Career Pilot Program. On sign-up, students will get a head-start with the King Schools Private Pilot Ground School and Test Prep Course. Then, when they start their flight training, they will be enrolled in the King Schools Private Pilot Practical Test Course, which […]

Why is lead needed during engine break-in?

In a past column I gave some background on what happens during break-in of a new or overhauled aircraft engine. Since then I have received numerous questions about why leaded fuel is needed during break-in. Unfortunately, I do not know anyone who has a perfect answer for this. My opinion is based on lab tests […]

Real Flight 8 sim now has virtual reality capabilities

Now available is Real Flight 8, a flight simulator with virtual reality capabilities. See a demo video below: According to officials with Hobbico, Real Flight 8 ($99.99) with an InterLink-X Controller  $179.99) features: More than 140 aircraft; More than 40 flying sites; A simple, intuitive interface with “zero learning curve, zero hassle,” according to company […]

Free web-based flight planner debuts

Seattle Avionics has introduced FlyQ Online, a free web-based flight planner for PC and Mac, with dozens of new features. FlyQ Online, a companion to the FlyQ EFB app for iOS, has been in public beta testing for some time with a focus on easy yet flexible flight planning, fuel prices, and group management for […]