Couple builds replica Sopwith Schneider

Their love of aviation and history have led Retired USAF Colonels Blake and Sandy Thomas to build replicas of World War I aircraft. Last year at SUN ’n FUN, they brought the replica they built of a 1917 Nieuport-28. This year, they brought a replica 1915 Sopwith Schneider they built in 2012. It took them […]

Trust but verify redux

I flew co-pilot on a 19-seat turboprop during my airline pilot rookie year. One hot summer day, we landed at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (KROA), deplaned our passengers, and loaded up 19 more. We didn’t take on any more fuel because we needed to be as light as possible for the windy, high, hot and humid […]

Pilot Perspectives: Randy Brooks

With more than 13,000 hours of flight time, Randall Brooks has had one of those varied and interesting careers that most aviators can only dream of. Gliders, biplanes, corporate aircraft, executive jets, retired Russian military trainers — if it has wings, Randy knows how to fly it. The son of an Air Force test pilot […]

Synthetic greases and your aircraft

Lately, I have received numerous questions about grease. The general theme of most of them is “why can’t I use synthetic grease from the local parts store in my aircraft?” Synthetic lubricants are one of the present “now” or “buzz” words. If a lubricant is synthetic, people believe it will last forever and lubricate anything. […]

LA County Airshow honors the Skunk Works

The fifth annual Los Angeles County Airshow marked my season opener this year, taking place March 24-25 in the high desert locale of Lancaster, California, where I was joined by tens of thousands of airshow fans at General William J. Fox Airfield, commonly known as Fox Field. This region is intimately linked to aviation history […]

Ever seen a Cessna Tail Slide?

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That is certainly the case for Pete and Shiley Nelson from Challis, Idaho. The husband and wife have owned and operated Middle Fork Aviation in the backcountry of Idaho for more than two decades. I met up with Pete and Shiley at the Great Alaska Aviation […]

Dick Cole represents his Raiders compatriots well at SUN ‘n FUN

Hundreds of people gathered to be with Dick Cole at SUN ‘n FUN 2018 in Lakeland, Florida, on April 14, 2018. Cole has earned their acclaim in so many ways. At 102 years of age, his wise and experienced perspective should be sufficient to garner respect from the rest of us. Cole is a World […]

Just 103 introduced

WALHALLA, SC – Just Aircraft has added a new ultralight aircraft design to its growing list of flying machines. Just 103 was created to conform to the FAA’s Part 103 criteria for an ultralight. The single seat aircraft weighs less than 254 pounds and flies with a top speed of 63 mph. The Just 103 […]

Air Plains Services celebrates 500th 182XP engine upgrade

WELLINGTON, Kansas – Air Plains Services, which provides extreme performance upgrades for a variety of general aviation aircraft, recently sold its 500th 300-horsepower 182XP engine upgrade, this one for a Cessna 182 owner in Kansas City. “This was special for us, not only as the 500th 300-horsepower upgrade, but because it ended up sparking a […]

Aircraft shipments up in first quarter

Aircraft shipments were up in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, GAMA officials note that while overall delivery of airplanes and rotorcraft rose compared to the same quarter of 2017, there were some mixed performance within the types. “We are pleased to see the […]