Late Tuesday afternoon we lost a brave airman. Geoffry “Craig” Hunt died while battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park. Hunt, age 62, a member of Cal Fire for 13 years was piloting an S-2T air tanker when he impacted the hillside. The Grumman manufactured aircraft, was purchased from the U.S. Navy, and had been converted from an anti-submarine tracker airplane to an air tanker. The S-2T air tanker could hold 1,200 gallons of fire retardant. We thank these brave pilots that fly so close to known treacherous terrain in smoky and obscured conditions.
October 9th, 2014
Nicolas Ivanhoff of France has won the 6th stage of the Red Bull Air Race competition. Flying up to speeds of 250 mph Nicolas won the 3.7 mile, 2 lap race in a winning time 54.118 seconds. He edged out his competitors by a mere .135 seconds!
September 9th, 2014
United Airlines is the first North American carrier to accept the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. It is scheduled to begin flight in October with its longest route from LA to Melbourne, Australia flying non-stop. The 787-9 has a range of 8,550 miles and can fly at 687 mph. It is the most fuel efficient aircraft of its type using 20% LESS fuel and can hold 280 passengers. You’ll know the 787-9 when you see it as it will be the largest bird on the tarmac.
September 8th, 2014
Burning Man creates the single LARGEST annual aviation event in Nevada. Now that it is becoming more international over 17,000 people fly-in commercially to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The airport is burning man friendly with an 8-foot tall replica at the airport. General aviation pilots land at the Black Rock Desert Airport which is a temporary field on the playa. Looks like pilots fit right in with the creativity! There are over 70,000 participants at Burning Man.
August 28th, 2014
And the race is on… That is DARPA, aka Defense Advanced Research Products Agency, is challenging companies to develop a spaceplane. The spaceplane must be reusable and be able to achieve speeds of up to Mach 10. That is 7,612 mph or less than 1 hour between New York and Tokyo. The image is an artist’s conception of a prototype being developed by Northrup Grumman.
August 25th, 2014