Category Archives: News from the web

News from various sources around the web.

Airforms, Inc. Awarded FAA PMA Approvals

Baffle Kits Now Available For Mooney M20J The FAA has awarded PMA approval to Airforms for engine baffle kits fo the Mooney M20J. The newly approved components join Airforms’ engine baffle product line covering more than 60 applicable aircraft models. The baffles are eligible for installation on all Mooney M20J aircraft, serial numbers 24-0001 through 24-1623, and 24-1632 through 24-3431. Airforms’ engineering department received the new PMA’s (Part Manufacturing Approvals) recently through its continued work with the FAA Anchorage ACO (Aircraft Certification Office).
Source: aero newsAirforms, Inc. Awarded FAA PMA Approvals

Picture of the day: Warbird in flight


Ken VeArd of Pilot Partner captured this shot while flying in formation with a Vietnam-era Cessna 0-2 piloted by Lee Denham over College Station, Texas. The O-2 saw significant action in Vietnam and still has skins patched from bullet holes received during service. The Warbird will be available for sale soon, VeArd noted.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPicture of the day: Warbird in flight

Lexington: Horse capital of the world and birthplace of bourbon

A foggy spring morning in the Bluegrass. (Photo courtesy of Gene Burch)


Located six miles west of Lexington, Kentucky, the Blue Grass Airport (LEX) is a public airport including commercial, corporate and general aviation with an approach that arguably has to be one of the most scenic.

Where else in the world can you fly over rolling emerald hills and neatly manicured horse farms as you approach your runway?

TACAir LEX (Photo courtesy TACAir)

TACAir LEX (Photo courtesy TACAir)

TAC Air LEX is the FBO at the airport, providing 24-hour services that include fuel, pilot briefing and weather information center, tie-downs, avionics and maintenance, and on-site rental cars. It also has the most competitive prices on Jet-A and 100LL aviation fuel at Blue Grass Airport.

Considered to be TAC Air’s flagship terminal with state-of-the-art services, pilot amenities include an HD movie theater, gym and exercise facilities, wireless printing from laptops and smart phones, two conference rooms, showers, and pilot lounges with sleep rooms.

The atrium at the TACAir FBO at LEX (Photo by Bill Straus)

The atrium at the TACAir FBO at LEX (Photo by Bill Straus)

The public space in the terminal is also quite remarkable with an art gallery featuring works by local artisans.

After you tie-down, visit the nearby Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Within walking distance, the museum contains 20,000 square feet of restored aircraft and memorabilia along with airworthy, flyable aircraft.

All museum photos by Karin Leperi
Arlington Sisu 1-A at Aviation Museum of Kentucky - photo by Karin Leperi
Aviation Museum of Kentucky - photo by Karin Leperi
Aviation Museum of Kentucky static display - photo by Karin Leperi
Blue Angels a-4 Skyhawk at Aviation Museum of Kentucky - photo by Karin Leperi
Static outdoor display at Aviation Museum of Kentucky - photo by Karin Leperi

The facility also houses a fully equipped shop for aviation restoration projects, a library/archive, and a gift shop.

Exhibits range from the Sellers Quadruplane, a replica of the first aircraft that was designed, built and flew in Kentucky only five years after the Wright brothers’ historic flight, to a Lockheed Electra 12, owned by an Australian businessman who converted it into a spy plane.

There’s also a Blue Angels A-4 Skyhawk, Crosley Moonbeam, and T-38 Talon.

Horse Capital of the World

A trip to Lexington isn’t complete unless you immerse yourself in local horse culture. Home to more than 450 horse farms, Lexington is widely known as the “Horse Capital of the World.”

It is where the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park is located, the only park in the world focusing solely on man’s relationship with equine. And within the park is the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate Smithsonian Institution that traces the history of the horse.

Bluegrass Country Driving Tour. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Rogers)
(Photo by Karin Leperi)
A foggy spring morning in the Bluegrass. (Photo courtesy of Gene Burch)
This memorial honors the 1977 Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew.  (Photo by Karin Leperi)
Up close with a racing steed at the Kentucky Horse Park. (Photo by Karin Leperi)

If you crave more, sign-up for a Horse Farm Tour where you can meet some of the world’s greatest champions on their own beautifully manicured turf.

Birthplace of Bourbon

As the birthplace of bourbon whiskey, one would naturally expect that Lexington is home to some of the world’s greatest bourbon. Celebrate the living history of Kentucky bourbon at Buffalo Trace Distillery, a working distillery that’s been in operation more than 200 years where the flagship bourbon, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is crafted.

Buffalo Trace Distellery Water Tower - by Karin Leperi copy
The cellar at Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Sign - by Karin Leperi copy
Alltech Bourbon Flight. (All photos in this gallery by Karin Leperi)

Next head to Alltech Town Branch Distillery, where you get first-hand experience of how beers and spirits are produced. The $9.2 million distillery is the first to be built in Lexington in nearly 100 years. Be sure to sample its beer and bourbon products — the only place you can do this on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Also try the bourbon-infused coffee liqueur.

Historic Homes

Take time to visit the Mary Todd Lincoln House in downtown Lexington. The two-story brick, late Georgian house was built in 1803-1806 and served as the girlhood home of the future first lady. Abraham Lincoln visited the home with his wife in the fall of 1847.

The dining room at Ashland. (Photo by Karin Leperi)

The dining room at Ashland. (Photo by Karin Leperi)

Ashland, the Henry Clay estate, is equally remarkable as a National Historic Landmark and 18-room mansion containing many historical artifacts. It was the home of famous statesman and orator Henry Clay, a giant of a figure who greatly influenced the political views of a young Abraham Lincoln.

Southern Hospitality at its best

Of course you’ll want to stay at a place historically unique to Lexington, one that oozes Southern hospitality. That place is the Gratz Park Inn, located on a site first settled in 1781. Here you’ll sleep on a Tempur-Pedic mattress while experiencing the best in Southern hospitality. (They even have certified Southern Hospitality Ambassadors at the front desk.)

Gratz Park Inn (Photo by Karin Leperi)

Gratz Park Inn (Photo by Karin Leperi)

The only small boutique hotel located in Lexington’s Historic District, the hotel is within easy walking distance of many of Lexington’s great restaurants, pubs, and local attractions.

Cuisine that goes way beyond grits

Plan on sampling the numerous culinary delights of Lexington. For breakfast, stop at Shakespeare & Co. for comfort food and European favorites. Doodles is another great place for breakfast and lunch, offering “comfort food with a conscience,” while serving local organic whenever possible. Be sure to try the mouth-watering beignets.

At lunch try County Club Restaurant for flavor traditions that include the best smoked meats on hardwood at low temperatures.

Located in the city’s oldest surviving post office building, The Village Idiot is a great choice for pub food at a new level of sophistication. Using locally sourced foods for an inventive menu, it is Lexington’s first gastropub.

Dudley’s on Short is a two-story restaurant serving creative American cuisine with an extensive wine list. It has quite a local following because of superb quality and commitment to local purveyors.

For the ultimate in fine dining and white table cloth sophistication, make reservations at the Distilled at Gratz Park Inn. Chef Mark Wombles and his culinary team specialize in farm-to-table southern cuisine. It also has an exceptional wine, bourbon, and whiskey selection.

The Lexington skyline at night. (Photo courtesy Jeff Rogers)

The Lexington skyline at night. (Photo courtesy Jeff Rogers)

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comLexington: Horse capital of the world and birthplace of bourbon

Wipaire?s Gateway To Success Program For A&P Students Returns

Applications Are Currently Being Accepted To Work For The Company Wipaire’s Gateway to Success internship program is returning for its third year. The program is designed for students pursuing an airframe and powerplant maintenance certificate, and is comprised of several checkpoints for aspiring maintenance technicians.
Source: aero newsWipaire?s Gateway To Success Program For A&P Students Returns

New This Week

AVweb’s search of news in aviation found an electronic flight manual for Cirrus aircraft, an online course for new drone flyers, an airshow debut for the Legend Cub, and a new takeoff weight for the Airbus H145 helicopter. Cirrus Aircraft today the debut of their latest innovation in flight training – the Interactive Flight Operations Manual (iFOM).
Source: avwebNew This Week