A Week of Firsts in Aviation History

The week of April 7-13 seems to be a popular week for new airplane introductions. Look at all these FIRSTS.
1964: First flight of the de Havilland DHC-5 Buffalo
1966: First flight of the Pilatus PC-7 prototype
1967: First flight of the Boeing 737
1969: First flight of a UK built Concorde
1994: First Boeing 777 is rolled off the assembly line
1997: First production of the Lockheed Martin F/A 22 Raptor
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Add comment April 11th, 2014

Lawsuits Fly at Santa Monica Airport

Good news for Santa Monica Airport and the pilots that use it. In a victory for general aviation, a U.S. District Judge has dismissed the lawsuit by the city of Santa Monica to release it from operating the airport. In 1948 the federal government agreed to transfer the land to the city. The city of Santa Monica forgot that the land reverts back to the government if they close the airport. Oops, looks like the real estate developers will have to try again.

Add comment April 7th, 2014

Military to be First with Flying Car Technology

Darn. It looks like the military gets first dibs on flying cars. Lockheed Martin and Advanced Tactics are close to military use for flying cars. Lockheed is developing ARES (Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System). Their design will use VTOL and can be unmanned. Advanced Tactics has already done testing for their bus size design called Black Night Transformer with ground speeds of 70 mph and up to 150 mph airspeed. Frankly, we think the designers had too many transformer toys as kids.
Wishing you Blue Skies & Tailwinds!™

Add comment April 4th, 2014

Facebook and Drones to Connect!

It looks like the tech firms in Silicon Valley will be some of the first civilian companies to make use of drone technology. Facebook has created a lab with 50 aeronautical experts and space scientists. Their job is to find a way to beam the Internet down for a new way to connect using solar-powered drones. FB has already purchased a British company that has developed solar-powered drones.
Wishing you Blue Skies & Tailwinds!™

Add comment March 28th, 2014

AOPA 2014 Fly-In Schedule

2014 AOPA Fly-In Schedule
Here is something fun to plan for pilots, their families and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA has planned a series of fly-ins which will have static displays, airplane rides, aviation speakers, and the like to further build interest in aviation and create more understanding of the aviation community.
4/26/14 San Marcos Municipal Airport (HYI)
5/31/14 Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ)
7/12/14 Plymouth Municipal Airport (PYM)
8/16/14 Felts Field, Spokane (SFF)
9/20/14 Chino Airport (CNO)
10/4/14 Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK)
11/8/14 Malcom McKinnon Airport (SSI)
Bring the whole family for a day of funfly-in

Add comment March 24th, 2014

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