I’ve watched a lot of aviation YouTube videos. Who hasn’t? The Backcountry Pilot channel is one you should bookmark, anyway, but this video featuring the “DoubleEnder” aircraft kept my attention until the end. Fantastic videography.
It is unlike anything the aviation world has seen, with its twin Rotax 914 push-pull engine configuration, its unobscured view over the pilot’s feet from the bubble canopy, its active STOL wing design using slats on the leading edge and enormous double-slotted flaps, and its super-beefy landing gear with 35″ bushwheels.
Definitely check out the video and the linked article.
Sedona’s Runway 3/21 is perched on the edge of a 500-foot tall mesa, surrounded by iconic red rock peaks that glow bright orange from the rising sun. The approach can be a bit precarious with unpredictable up and down drafts, along with opposite direction arrivals and departures.
This write-up features great details about exploring the area, including must-see items. I’ve bookmarked this as a reference for possible future trips.
Checking the weather report at your destination airport is an important step in your landing checklist. Like a good co-pilot, ForeFlight anticipates your needs and automatically displays the weather frequency approximately 20 nautical miles from your destination airport.
This is an example of why I always end up using ForeFlight, despite trying other apps. These simple feature additions show how their team can identify a common pain point and include a simple solution that just works. I’m looking forward to using this very soon. (Update: I’ve flown several times since this original post and this feature is as good as I had hoped!)
Other notable features in ForeFlight 8.3 include color inversion for charts and documents, new logbook features and some additional XM weather enhancements.
The new version is available now in the App Store.
Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France’s well-known Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation in just seven months.
A true pioneer in the aviation world. She also appears to have specialized in aerobatics and skydiving.
I always seem to be in the market for a good DIY project. I’ve been eyeballing the Stratux ADS-B receiver for some time, but finally pulled the trigger this past December.
After you’re done collecting the basic parts and putting everything together, you’ll have an ADS-B receiver capable of overlaying traffic and weather in your favorite electronic flight bag app. And you really can’t beat the price: $130.
I’ve always been fascinated by Air Force One, the Boeing 747 that carries the leader of the free world.
This visual tour from CNET includes great photos (as much as can be shared) and some interesting historical information about presidential aircraft. For example, do you know who the first president was to take flight? I didn’t.
NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast is one of my favorite podcasts to begin with, but this episode features Herb Kelleher, one of the founders of Southwest Airlines. He’s a character, and any aviation geek will appreciate this story.
(I couldn’t find a way to link directly to the episode, so here’s the embed. Also searchable on iTunes, etc.)
Buying an airplane was one of those “holy crap!” moments in our family’s life. Oddly, though, we didn’t have any trouble financing our purchase through our local bank.
In this article, Adam Meredith pulls back the curtain on how aircraft loans differ from other consumer loans. Interesting stuff.
One of the primary insights Meredith shares:
That’s because the underwriting process for an airplane loan is more like that for a house than it is for a car. With both a house and an airplane, lots of documentation needs to be collected and presented.
True. Tons of documentation to consider, and sometimes it’s not all easily available. Meredith mentions that many things are getting easier, though, as the FAA is becoming more accepting of electronic documents.
If you’re considering a purchase or if you’re just curious, it’s a good read.
Under the reforms, pilots who have held a valid medical certificate any time in the decade prior to July 15, 2016, may not need to take another FAA medical exam.
After meeting the initial requirements to fly under the reforms, pilots will need to visit any state-licensed physician at least once every four years and take the free aeromedical factors online course every two years. The course will be available for free on AOPA’s website.
Pilots aren’t off the hook for at least a basic medical evaluation, but I think this is an easier path forward for many. It also keeps your care in the hands of your usual physician, something I’m looking forward to.
I’m guessing most pilots never thought the day would come, myself included. This is a big deal.