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Tragedy halts Nebraska STOL event

A Cessna 140 flown by California pilot Tom Dafoe was taking part in a traditional short takeoff and landing heat on the second day of the MayDay STOL 2022 at Wayne Municipal/Stan Morris Field in Wayne, Nebraska. The event had been planned to include four days of precision aviation competition. Winds were too strong on […]

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Warbird pilots and enthusiasts set to gather in Minnesota

Dozens of warbirds and hundreds of spectators will descend on the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum grounds for warbird-specific airshows and demonstrations, to honor veterans, and to enjoy a performance from country music singer Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry. Although the lineup is still being finalized, attendees can expect to see a unique array of warbirds […]

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Fly the economy going again

You will not have to go out of your way to find a beleaguered business that survived the sharp drop in trade. A few dollars from many people make a big difference for the tourism industry. While some FBOs have stayed busy, or even benefitted from increased private aircraft travel during the coronavirus pandemic (and […]

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An urban adventure with a historic aviation link

Visitors come to the largest city in a state nicknamed “Land of 10,000 Lakes” for easy access to those famous bodies of water (there are actually 11,842 lakes, according to state officials) while also enjoying the mix of arts, culture, entertainment, and dining that a city of nearly 4 million people offers. In the heart […]

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Hangar hangout snowballs into food truck festivals

The president of the newly formed nonprofit Vermont Aviators Association Inc. is a relative newcomer to general aviation. In a video chat, Ryan Bliss explained how he came to love GA while stuck in traffic on his daily commute between Nashua, New Hampshire, and Waltham, Massachusetts. In those conga lines of cars and trucks that […]

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Safety begins on the ground

All pilots have been informed, ad nauseum, about the importance of preflight planning and its value in preventing accidents. What does that mean nowadays? Sure, getting a weather brief 48 or 24 hours in advance of a cross-country trip is smart, as is really laying out your flight plan. Planning for the unexpected is also […]

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(Not all) pistons remain popular

Data published May 19 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reveal a move toward less-expensive models that might have amounted to a turbine aircraft delivery decline had one company not bucked the trend. Textron Aviation posted double-digit gains in first-quarter aircraft shipments and total billing, which approached $700 million including all models, a revenue increase […]

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‘Its just such a great job’

Culler was raised around aviation but didn’t catch the flying bug until she was 18 years old when her father, who was a pilot, encouraged her to take an introductory flight. “I said yeah, I think I will sometime. He reached in his pocket, and he gave me $20, because that’s all it was back […]

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FAA adding staff to reduce aircraft registration processing time

AOPA’s Pilot Information Center staff continues to hear from members who are caught in a bind by the ongoing gap between the supply of authorized FAA staff for processing aircraft registration renewal requests and the demand for those services. As of May 19, the FAA was processing registration applications received in the mail “on approximately […]

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‘Enstrom is back’

Surack, known for founding Sweetwater Sound, an online retailer of musical instruments and professional audio equipment, announced in a press release he purchased Enstrom to rebuild the brand “into one of the leading American-made helicopter manufacturer[s] as it once was.” Surack is the second buyer to step forward since Enstrom declared bankruptcy and shut its […]

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