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Aircraft anniversaries to be celebrated at Oshkosh

An RV-6 "Super Six" in flight (EAA photo/Ken Lichtenberg)

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — More than a half dozen types of airplanes will be celebrating special anniversaries in 2016, and owners of those aircraft are commemorating the occasion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the 64th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, is July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The aircraft types celebrating anniversaries at Oshkosh are from across the spectrum that includes homebuilts, vintage aircraft, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, and ultralights.

An RV-6 "Super Six" in flight (EAA photo/Ken Lichtenberg)

An RV-6 “Super Six” in flight (EAA photo/Ken Lichtenberg)

Owners of anniversary aircraft types are encouraged to register early to help ensure parking and other special events surrounding their gathering.

Among the aircraft types celebrating anniversaries at Oshkosh are:

  • Van’s RV-6 – 30 years
  • Ultralights at Oshkosh – 40 years
  • Cessna C120/C140 – 70 years
  • Navion – 70 years
  • De Havilland Chipmunk – 70 years
  • Interstate Cadet – 75 years
  • Grasshopper (L-Bird) – 75 years
  • Stearman Aircraft, commemorating Boeing’s 100th anniversary.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAircraft anniversaries to be celebrated at Oshkosh

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum offers look behind hangar doors

Open House

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will hold an open house at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Saturday, Jan. 30, in Chantilly, Va.

For one day only, visitors can tour areas usually off-limits to the public, including the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar and the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory.

Open House

A museum technician talks to visitors about Flak-Bait at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Open House.

The daylong event includes behind-the-scenes tours, demonstrations, presentations and hands-on activities for all ages.

Visitors can:

  • Meet curators, conservators, archivists and other specialists and learn how they care for objects in the museum’s collection.
  • Tour the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar and see the museum’s current projects, including the Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder Flak-Bait, Horton HO 229 V3 and the Gemini IV and Friendship 7 spacecraft.
  • Visit the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory and learn about how the museum restores and preserves artifacts like the original studio model of the Star Trek starship “Enterprise.”
  • Find out how aircraft are suspended for display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar.
  • See how the museum’s most fragile artifacts are cared for and stored.
  • Discover the research that is needed before a restoration project can begin.
  • Get tips for photographing objects in the museum from a staff photographer.

Admission to the museum and open house is free; parking is $15.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comSmithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum offers look behind hangar doors

Should you use an iPad during flight training?

Flight training ipad

Editor’s note: This post is a guest editorial by David Zitt, Flight School Manager at Sporty’s Academy. He offers valuable insight into how to best integrate technology into the flight training process.

Many students beginning their training often ask the question “is the iPad the right tool for me in my flight training?” There are many schools of thought on the use of technology during flight training and I couldn’t possibly cover all of them, so rather than try, I will stick with how we recommend the use of technology in a balanced learning approach to flight training.

Flight instruction in airplane

Does the iPad have a place in flight training? Yes, if used properly.

Depending on if you are working on your first certificate (Sport, Recreational or Private) or if you are adding on the Instrument Rating to your Private certificate, the use of an iPad will differ greatly on how best to integrate it into your training so as to not provide an unnecessary distraction or complication.

The most important rule that you should follow when using an iPad, regardless of VFR or IFR, is to learn to use all of its functions properly! Fumbling to find a required piece of information or getting lost into the sea of images and functions will only delay or compromise your training, not accelerate it. Spend the time to learn the features of the iPad and the aviation program that you are using. This time can be by yourself with the help page or a tutorial video, or it can be spent with a qualified instructor who has experience in that app. Either case, this training time will save you money and make your investment work for you during your training.

VFR Training

One of the most important decisions about using an iPad during VFR training is to decide when do you want to begin using the device? The right answer is as soon as you get it, but with one large caveat; don’t bring it in the air until you’re ready. The iPad is a fantastic tool to use during ground training and preflight briefings. Its notepad functions are extremely useful for detailing items to remember from ground lessons. Using the internet or an aviation app allows access to a sea of weather information to help during the go/no-go decision. Having access to PDF documents of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, or the Aviation Weather book, along with the POH for your aircraft and a FAR/AIM app, will turn your lightweight iPad into the largest library you can carry with you. These tools you can begin using on day one.

iPad in airplane cockpit with pilot

If you don’t know how to use it, don’t bring it into the cockpit.

I mentioned that you shouldn’t bring the iPad into the air with you until you are ready. How do you know when is the right time? Your instructor will often be the best judge, but in absence of their judgment, I would wait until after you have soloed the plane and have mastered basic flight and maneuvers. The use of the iPad in this critical VFR, outside-perspective time, can distract from subtle learning cues whose importance can’t be overstated in the long term of your flying. I often use the milestone of consistent travel to other airports as a good marker to help introduce the iPad’s flight usability to a primary student.

The inflight moving map feature is probably the most important, obvious assistant to the new pilot. Its easy to use, self-locating functions help a student pilot get from A to B that much easier, but a word of caution: don’t rely on GPS-based moving maps as your sole source of pilotage/dead reckoning information. I always teach my students how to use just the map feature without GPS positioning before I allow them to use all the features.

One of the most anticipated, welcomed capabilities of most aviation apps is using the flight planning section to calculate your dead reckoning, fuel burn, time en-route, and other cross country related items. The unfortunate problem with this immediate use of technology is the over-reliance on it later in flying. The best way to handle this is the balanced approach I referenced to early. For each automated feature (like fuel burn calculations, time en-route, wind correction angles, etc.) learn the manual way FIRST! This might seem like double duty, or perhaps even a slow-down in your training, but it won’t be. The knowledge that you gain by learning “the old school method” will allow you to appreciate the speed and simplicity of the app, but more importantly it will help solidify these important learning concepts in your head (i.e. How long does it take to travel 10 NM at 120 kts?). Learning these key objectives and how they interrelate to other topics in aviation is one of the foundations that aviation teaching has been using for decades.

Other useful tips for VFR

When planning a VFR cross country, one of the shortcomings of many aviation apps is the inability to specify a fuel/distance to climb, different fuel burn rates based on altitudes, and time to climb performance. The best way to overcome these is to use a blended approach from “old school” paper and POH and the technology of the app. Using a TOC (top of climb) waypoint that is calculated based on POH numbers can be used as an add-on to the time and fuel calculated by the program to increase its calculations’ accuracy. Using a GPS to help update your dead reckoning planning (like you would with a timer and pilotage checkpoints) will help keep you honest during your cross country flights. Don’t forget that sometimes an E6B app is still the only way to get the calculation that you want. Don’t be afraid to supplement the information from your app with some common sense and manual numbers.

IFR Flying

If using an iPad and aviation apps for VFR flying is good, then using them for IFR flying is great. An app like ForeFlight or Garmin Pilot can become your best friend in the IFR world for resource information, calculations, situational awareness, and cockpit management. But before you rush out and burn your paper TPPs, there are still some things to consider.

Garmin Pilot plates

Geo-referenced plates, organized in neat binders, is a major benefit for IFR pilots.

IFR flying as a rule is less forgiving than VFR. As such, our understanding of the device and software go from important to critical. All the basic rules listed above for VFR flight come into play in the IFR world: things like know the “old school” method before you let the automation do it for you, or know where to find source information so as to not be surprised when asked for something unexpected. If I have a student wanting to train with an iPad for IFR training, we sit down and have a full ground lesson dedicated to the safe use of it in flight. Failing to understand what the app does for you behind the scenes could leave you in a perilous situation if the app decided to fail (i.e. situational awareness).

IFR chart information is often separated in most apps to be in different locations than you might think, and in several cases not all information is automatically downloaded; you have to select certain supplements and download them in a different location. Knowing where to find this information and having it current and downloaded is vital to using these wonderful tools in IFR. A great example of this is the digital terminal procedures supplement in ForeFlight. This is located in the documents section and contains vital information like legend data, inoperative components table for non-functioning lighting equipment, and climb/descent tables. Without this key supplement, “going digital” would leave you without required information that you might need or an examiner might ask for.

When practicing multiple approaches, know how best to locate different approach charts for close-by airports and practice switching them on the ground.  In many apps you can create folders or favorites that allow you to access these faster without having to search the whole database. Setting these up in advance is one of the items that we teach as a preflight action for cockpit management and organization for an IFR flight (local or cross country).

For those students who are having difficulty with situational awareness, or if you are flying without a panel mounted GPS, one of the options available to you is geo-referenced approach plates. This feature will allow your iPad (with GPS) to depict the aircraft position on the approach plate plan view. When flying without additional situational awareness tools (like IFR-approved GPS) this additional feature can be a tremendous help to getting you aware and prepared for your approach. I don’t recommend it for all students, as the additional cost can be a deterrent for some, not to mention unnecessary depending on the other equipment in the airplane.

Safety Concerns

When going to an all digital solution for VFR or IFR flying, there are obvious safety questions that should be answered and anticipated. This topic is so vast, rather than covering it in this article, it is easier to refer you to this article to fully explain these important preparation concerns.

Decision time

Deciding when, how, and with what, to go digital with your iPad in flight training is a topic that you should give great consideration to and discuss with your instructor. Given certain precautions and using it in a balanced manner, the use of an iPad and aviation app will greatly aid your flight training, regardless of VFR or IFR. These tools are invaluable and offer a tremendous value to help you learn faster, cheaper, and fly safer.


For more in depth tips about using the iPad during flight training, watch our webinar recording. It’s over an hour of information for student pilots and flight instructors alike:

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Museum of Flight to celebrate Boeing’s centennial

Historic Boeing

SEATTLE — The Museum of Flight draws upon its collection of Boeing aircraft, artifacts, images and documents to present The Boeing Company story during the year of its 2016 centennial. Opening Jan. 23, Boeing aircraft and artifacts will be highlighted throughout the museum campus, and most galleries will offer new exhibits focusing on the company.

The Centennial Hub

The Centennial Hub, located in the main lobby, will invite visitors to share their connection with the Boeing Company, strike a pose in front of a mock-up of the posh 1960s 747-100 “Tiger Lounge,” and listen to the oral history videos from some of Boeing’s most influential innovators.

Boeing History Timeline

The Boeing History Timeline exhibit in the Great Gallery highlights Boeing’s major milestones. Artifacts on display include the vintage, official employee clock from The Boeing Airplane Company’s main office in the first manufacturing plant.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a Boeing P-26 Peashooter fighter aircraft on loan from the San Diego Air and Space Museum. It is a new, temporary exhibit.

The Red Barn

The museum’s largest artifact is the original Boeing airplane factory, Plant One, affectionately called The Red Barn. The Red Barn’s Boeing history exhibits will be enhanced for 2016, with new exhibits emphasizing the employees’ stories.

Historic Boeing

Centennial Weekends

Beginning Jan. 23, monthly Centennial Weekends will offer public lectures, fly-ins, films, live music and living history performers that focus on popular culture and the Seattle experience during each decade since Boeing’s founding in 1916.

Above and Beyond Exhibit

Above and Beyond” is a new interactive science exhibit opening May 28 that explores transformative innovations in aerospace. The 5,000-square-foot touring exhibit will present an interactive demonstration of advances in aviation and aerospace, from the first powered flights to the newest innovations on Earth and in space.

After entering an immersive wraparound theater, visitors can venture into five galleries comprising dozens of interactive displays for all ages. Exhibit closes Sept. 12.

The New Aviation Pavilion

On June 25, the museum’s largest and most popular aircraft will be displayed together for the first time under a single roof when the three-acre, $23 million Aviation Pavilion opens to the public.

Nowhere else in the world will people be able to see the prototypes of Boeing’s 727, 737 and 747 airliners. Other significant Boeings on display in the exhibit will be the Model 247 from 1932-the first modern, all metal airliner; while at the other end of the spectrum is the first all-composite airliner, today’s 787 Dreamliner. Among other historic planes in the Aviation Pavilion will be the World War II-era B-17 and B-29, and a B-47 Stratojet from the 1950s. The Pavilion will also offer playgrounds for children, and a café.

Boeing Founders Day Weekend

A three-day extravaganza begins on The Boeing Company’s official birthday Friday, July 15. Sponsored by Boeing, the events include special exhibits and fly-ins, limited free admission and evening shows by leading personalities.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comMuseum of Flight to celebrate Boeing’s centennial

Propel Aviation named dealer for Seeker Aircraft


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Seeker, a purpose-built light observation aircraft specifically designed for aerial surveillance missions, will now be sold by Propel Aviation Sales & Services (PASS).

seeker-PASS will be responsible for the marketing and sales of the aircraft throughout Florida, the Caribbean Basin, including Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana, and Africa.

Based at Miami Executive Airport in Florida, PASS is an authorized Cessna Service Station for a full range of propeller products as well as a Continental Diesel Conversion Facility and a Lycoming Engine Service Station. It is also an FAA and EASA Certified Repair Station.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPropel Aviation named dealer for Seeker Aircraft

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