A museum that proves nothing is impossible

Imagine this: A woman who moved to Oklahoma in a covered wagon has a son who grows up to fly to the moon. It’s not the beginning of an epic movie, but the real life of one of the state’s shining stars, Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford. Now 87, Stafford finds time every day to […]

A veteran pilot’s favorite aircraft

Longtime pilot Ken Haenlein’s favorite flights are at the controls of his 1941 Boeing Stearman over the pine-covered North Carolina Sandhill region. But his professional flying has always taken him a lot farther from home. Haenlein is owner and chief pilot of Time Saver Aviation, a Part 135 on-demand flying operation headquartered at Moore County […]

The trick to blending fuels

After a review of the notes I received last year, the number 1 area of interest again was octane and engine knock. The latest question was about blending octane number. For example, if you blend a 100/130 (commonly referred to as 100LL) fuel with a 90 octane mogas, will a 50/50 mix give you a […]

The fun of formation flying

“Mooney Flight of Four, departing Runway 25, Suffolk.” With a slow nod, “Lead” advances his throttle, and begins his takeoff from the left side of the runway. A one-potato, two-potato count to five, and “Two,” on the right side of the runway, eyes fixed on Lead’s wing root, follows suit. Exactly five seconds later, “Three” […]

New airport opens on a bet

Dianna Stanger opened her new airport in Texas on a bet. “It actually started out as a bet,” she said. “My husband has his own golf course, Wolf Point Club, and I’m not a golfer at all, but he wanted to make our primary residence at the golf course because he was there every day. […]

Droning on

I checked off a New Year’s resolution in 2017 when I successfully added Unmanned, small Aircraft System Remote Pilot to my list of pilot certifications. I am one of the more than 23,000 people who has earned that license since the FAA began issuing it in 2013. More than 23,000 licenses in only four years […]

Pilot Perspectives: Amy Hoover

If the best way to learn something is to teach it, then one would be wise to look towards Dr. Amy Hoover for flying advice. As a long-time professor and twice elected chair (2007-2015) of the Aviation Department at Central Washington University, Hoover’s 30-year career in aviation includes more than 6,000 hours of logged flight […]

Alaska aircraft registration proposal is a tangled web in the making

“Oh, what a tangle web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” To be honest, I have no idea if this line from Walter Scott’s poem “Marmion” is apropos to the proposed aircraft registration discussion currently taking place in Alaska. But it was the first thing that popped into my head after reading through […]

Production begins on advanced XL-2

Discovery Aviation has started production of its new advanced XL-2 with a three aircraft order from a current XL-2 operator in Seoul, Korea. The company’s business plan calls for production to ramp up in 2018, with full production expected to be achieved later in the year, according to company officials. The new XL-2 will feature […]

KSDL taxiway construction project takes off Jan. 22

A project to upgrade Taxiway A at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL) in Arizona takes off Jan. 22, 2018, requiring some night-time runway closures. According to officials with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the taxiway will be upgraded from A1 to A10 over the course of five phases. The project is expected to run through Aug. […]