Formula 1 Racers to Round the Pylons at Ely (NV), 13-16 June

Photo courtesy of Ely Air Races.

If once a year at Reno doesn't give you enough of an air racing fix, join the Formula 1 Class at Ely, Nevada for four days of racing this June!

More than 15 racers are scheduled to attend the four days of pylon racing in the eastern Nevada town, and the venue promises to provide spectators a good view of the closed course spectacle, with the home stretch right up the edge of runway 36. The events starts with qualifying on Wednesday, June 13, and continues with heat racing each day through Saturday. In between races, the organizers promise ballon rides, smoke jumper demonstrations, and displays of Sport Class and T-6 race planes. Continue reading "Formula 1 Racers to Round the Pylons at Ely (NV), 13-16 June"

Product Minute: Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines

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At Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines.

Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder. Continue reading "Product Minute: Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines"

Largest Yet: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2018

There was a little of everything on the ramp during the Mojave Experimental Fly In. Andrew Angelotti's Spingarage KR-2 sits low and white in the center of this view.

With 344 transient aircraft and 16 local operations logged by the tower, plus what might have been 100 airplanes on the ramp at any one time, the 2018 Mojave Experimental Fly-In April 21, 2018 certainly looked and felt like the most-attended MEFI in the event's six-year history. It's true that many of the aircraft arriving at Mojave were certified transportation, but they were carrying experimenters and there were still plenty of experimentals to eyeball on Mojave's ample ramp. Continue reading "Largest Yet: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2018"

Safari 500 at Sun 'n Fun

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At Sun 'n Fun I had the opportunity to meet with Bobby and Delane Baker, the owners of Safari Helicopters. The Safari Helicopter line has a long history dating back to 1954--started by Harold "Pop" Emigh and the original Commuter which evolved into the Commuter II. The rights were bought by Murray Sweet and production was taken to Canada under the 'Canadian Home Rotors' brand name. A machinist by trade Murray made many evolutionary improvements to the helicopter and took it to Oshkosh in 1995. Due to the visual similarities with a Bell-47 the type became known as the "Baby Belle" but was later renamed the Safari. Continue reading "Safari 500 at Sun 'n Fun"

Are you Ready for AirVenture!?

Ok, so maybe you want to wait until your spot in Homebuilt Camping dries out just a little bit... but Oshkosh is a great place to visit, even when the snow is a foot deep where you'd like to be parking your homebuilt. Granted, this isn't how the Chamber of Commerce would like you to envision April in the Midwest - but it happens!

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Kitplanes Editor in Chief and Former NASA Flight Director to Speak at EAA Museum

Paul Dye, NASA flight director

Before Paul Dye signed on as the Editor in Chief of Kitplanes Magazine, he was longest-tenured flight director in NASA history.

As part of the EAA Aviation Museum's Aviation Adventure Speaker Series, Paul will be presenting about his career and aviation experiences on Thursday, April 19. His entire life has revolved around flight - from building and flying models in grade school, rebuilding old Cubs and earning a pilot certificate at 17, to a degree in aeronautical engineering and a distinguished career at NASA. And if that was not enough, he flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder's Council. Continue reading "Kitplanes Editor in Chief and Former NASA Flight Director to Speak at EAA Museum"