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Former NTSB chair Sumwalt to lead ERAU safety program

Sumwalt served on the NTSB under three presidents: George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. He began his NTSB tenure in 2006, served as a vice chairman, and became the fourteenth chair of the NTSB in 2017.   The ERAU distinguished fellow shared his background and some of the inner workings of the NTSB […]

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SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR FUTURE CALIFORNIA AERONAUTICAL GRADUATE MORGAN YOSS

Who would imagine this young but ambitious “flying buddy,” as her dad, a private pilot, called her, would set her eyes on making aviation a career? “We would fly United’s Dreamliner from San Francisco to Chengdu, China, often and at first thought of becoming a flight attendant once I graduated from college,” recalled Yoss. She […]

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Family celebrates 72 years with J–3 Cub

Second-generation aviator Bob Jones and his daughter, third-generation aviator Emily Herron, are in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the family’s 1946 Piper J–3 Cub. This Cub has been in the Jones family since Herron’s grandfather, Kenzie Jones, purchased the airplane in 1949 for just over $700. He owned the Cub named “45 Hotel” […]

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‘The World’s Most Awesome Backcountry Fly-In’

The High Sierra Fly-In is a backcountry event that takes place on the Dead Cow lakebed, 30 nautical miles north of the Reno/Stead Airport, each October. The dry and dusty lakebed, owned by event founder Kevin Quinn, features three separate runways and room for an entire niche of general aviation to gather for one weekend […]

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Beech Party draws young and young-at-heart with STOL and warbird workshops

Each October the Beechcraft Heritage Museum hosts its annual Beech Party on the museum grounds in Tullahoma, Tennessee. The event, which is open to every make and model of aircraft, features guest speakers, seminars, wine tastings, outdoor movies, and even a short takeoff and landing demonstration. Christian Campbell, 25, and Madison Murray, 20, flew a […]

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Bonanza Society boosts ruddervator replacement design prize

On October 15, the foundation announced that the ABS/ASF Manuel Maciel Ruddervator STC Prize of $500,000 will be awarded to “the first firm that certifies and markets kits to replace ruddervator skins on V-tail Bonanzas” covered by Type Certificate 3A15 or Type Certificate A-777, or both. There are an estimated 5,000 airplanes in the fleet […]

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Sky is the limit for future CAU graduate Morgan Yoss

Who would imagine this young but ambitious “flying buddy,” as her dad, a private pilot, called her, would set her eyes on making aviation a career? “We would fly United’s Dreamliner from San Francisco to Chengdu, China, often and at first thought of becoming a flight attendant once I graduated from college,” recalled Yoss. She […]

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Visit ‘Top Gun’ sites ahead of sequel release

Fly into McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, a gateway to San Diego’s North County and within a 20-mile drive of the “Top Gun House” in Oceanside. Before 1986, the structure was known as the Graves House, an 1887 Victorian beachfront cottage built for Dr. Henry Graves. Fans of the movie will remember Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, […]

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Fly for dinner and a movie

As a birthday surprise, my then-boyfriend (now husband) rented a Piper Arrow to take me out for a flight from our home base at the time in Frederick, Maryland, to Lancaster Airport in Pennsylvania, where we watched a matinee and then enjoyed dinner afterward at Fiorentino’s Italian Restaurant and Bar on the field at Lancaster. For […]

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Diamond developing all-electric trainer

Diamond has been working on electrifying aviation for many years, though it has not attempted to commercialize the technology until now.   The global aircraft manufacturer has been researching and developing electric and hybrid aircraft platforms since unveiling its DA36 E-Star at the Paris Airshow in 2011. The E-Star was “the world’s first aircraft with […]

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