News and commentary about homebuilt/experimental aviation from the editors of Kitplanes Magazine.
Author: Myron Nelson
Myron Nelson soloed at 16 and has been a professional pilot for over 30 years, having flown for Lake Powell Air, SkyWest Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. He also flies for the Flying Samaritans, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that provides medical and dental care in Baja California, Mexico. A first-time builder, Myron currently flies N24EV, his beautiful RV-10. He has also owned a C-150 and a Socata TB-9.
One of the inherent pleasures of OSH are the little gems, rarities, and curiosities that one can stumble upon. One of those present this year is an apparent "Maule" parked in homebuilt camping like an Asian bike at Sturgis.
Of the half a million or so aviation fanatics who will pass through the gates of Oshkosh in a couple of weeks, there are perhaps a mere couple of dozen who have reached the level of "household names", not just to the aero masses, but more impressively still, in renown and respect from their fellow household names in the greater aviation community. Our world just lost one of those giants.
Burton Montgomery "Monty" Barrett, founder of Barrett Precision Engines of Tulsa Oklahoma, passed away on July 6. On his last days, he had been working on his Pitts Model 12 aircraft. Continue reading "A Legend Passes"