Noted biplane racing champion Tom Aberle passed away from cancer on June 15, 2019. He was 75 years old.
Tom's aviation career started early via his parents, Harry and Yvonne Aberle. Harry was a celestial navigator on trans-Atlantic airliners back in the round motor days; later he and Yvonne operated a flight school in Compton, California. They relocated the FBO to Fallbrook, California in 1968 where it remains in operation as Fallbrook Air Service. Continue reading "Tom Aberle 1943 - 2019"
A devastating fire broke out at the manufacturing facility for Belite Aircraft late last week. The company produces the Chipper experimental and the UltraCub ultralight, as well as the Radiant instrument line. Continue reading "Fire Damages Belite Factory"
About six and a half years ago, I looked around my cleaned-up NASA office, wrote "So long, and thanks for all the fish, and walked out the door, wondering what my next adventure would be like. I was privileged to have lead human space flights for America for close to twenty years, and it was hard to imagine I'd enjoy anything as much. But then the call came from Kitplanes owners, asking if I'd step into the role of editor in chief a job for which I had no experience in aviation journalism other than submitting my monthly columns and occasional features and flight reviews. That was OK they said - "you know experimental aviation... we have people who can do the editing!" Continue reading "Passing the Baton"
Zenith Aircraft's spring "Fly In to Summer" Open House is Saturday, June 15, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, at the kit aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.
Zenith Aircraft Company invites all aviation enthusiasts to its "Fly in to Summer" Open House at the kit aircraft factory in central Missouri. This will be a fun gathering of Zenith builders, flyers, and enthusiasts, and is an informal grass-roots fly-in open to all aviation enthusiasts. Continue reading "Zenith Aircraft's Spring "Fly In to Summer" 2019"
Burt Rutan will be celebrated and heard at Oshkosh this year. And if that sounds nothing like news, consider he hasn't been an active participant since 2015. This year, though, Burt will take part in a Theater in the Woods event on Thursday and have three daytime forums during the show week. Continue reading "EAA: Rutan To Be Celebrated At Oshkosh"
Garmin announced several new enhancements and the addition of new features within the GTN 650/750 series touchscreen navigators. With the latest software update and a compatible ADS-B In receiver, pilots can now view new FIS-B weather products on the GTN. Also, when the GTN 650/750 is paired with a G3X Touch flight display in experimental/amateur-built aircraft, pilots now have the option to edit VFR flight plan information from the G3X Touch. These features and more are available immediately from Garmin Authorized Dealers for hundreds of aircraft makes and models. Continue reading "Garmin adds latest FIS-B weather products to the GTN 650/750 series"