Jet Struck by Missile

Sad news. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has been shot down between the Russian and Ukrainian boarder with no survivors. Over 300 passengers were on board including 23 Americans. Flight altitude was 33,000 feet when struck by a missile. BN-DS935_0717MH_G_20140717125126

Add comment July 17th, 2014

Restored Fairchild 71

We guess this week’s contest for Plane Spotter Tuesday was too difficult as there were no guesses, even with the outline of the radial engine. The answer is the Fairchild 71 aircraft. Only 3 of these planes were flown by Pan Am, and if you like slow flight this one is for you as it cruises at only 100 mph. Gary Coonan is the current owner of this beautifully restored Fairchild 71, and it is making appearances at a major airshows.
Wishing you Blue Skies & Tailwinds!™

Add comment July 2nd, 2014

New World Aviation Record

Congratulations to Michael Combs and son Daniel that just set a new world aviation record. The father and son team set the record for world’s fastest flight in a LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) across the U.S. This is Michael’s 6th world record for LSAs. It took 4 years of planning and 2 previous attempts to succeed. Hope One, as the Remos aircraft is named, took off from Ontario, Ca and 34 hours and 1 minute in flight, landed at Mt. Pleasant Regional Airport. LSA pilots may only fly during daylight hours.
Wishing you Blue Skies & Tailwinds!™mike-combs

Add comment June 27th, 2014

NTSB Results of Asiana Crash

The NTSB have released the official results of the July 6, 2013 Asiana crash at SFO airport. The overall results were pilot mismanagement. Key findings were:
-Accidental deactivation of speed control system
-Complex Boeing 777 autothrottle and flight director
-Over reliance on automated systems that were not fully understood
-Faulty pilot training

Add comment June 25th, 2014

Top Ten Finishers of the 2014 Air Race Classic

2014 Air Race Classic Winners – the top 10 finishers
1st Dianna Stanger/Joyce Wilson/Erin Cude
Cirrus SR22 310 hp

2nd Valdeta Mehanja/Nancy Snyder
Cessna 172S 180 hp

3rd Melody Dowlearn/Alicia Isacson
Piper PA 28R-201 200 hp

4th Emily Applegate/Zia Safko
Cessna 182T 230 hp

5th Megan Grupp/Jessica Dyer
Piper PA 28R-201 200 hp

6th Gayle Schutte/Tanya Gatlin
Piper PA 28R-201 200 hp

7th Terry Carbonell/Ellen Herr
Cessna R182 260 hp

8th Camelia Smith/Julia Matthews
Cessna R182 235 hp

9th Susan Larson/Amy Ecclesine
Cessna 182P 230 hp

10th Kristin Garcia/Marlene Wessel
Cessna 172S 180 hp

Congratulations ladies!

Add comment June 22nd, 2014

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