If you've been flying in to AirVenture since it was still just called "Oshkosh," you probably have the arrival and departure procedures down cold. There are minor changes or additions to the NOTAM each year of course - but I can't really recall a major change to the procedures themselves in years. Every year we hear suggestions for improvement, but overall, they tend to work pretty well, and I think the powers that be figure more people would mess up if they were changed than if they leave them as they are and just deal with the occasional deviation. Thats' just a guess of course - I have no inside knowledge of how the procedures or book are created. Continue reading "Reviewing the NOTAM"
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"
Two days to go before Sun 'n Fun 2018 takes of in Lakeland, Florida, and the exhibit area is full of trucks delivering all of the dimply items and products that pilots can imagine! Aircraft are flying in to find their spots and tractor-trailer rigs are headed in every direction as items as diverse as a free-standing hangar door and intricate aircraft models are delivered to their places.
Volunteers are everywhere, rigging signs, delivering water, and sprucing up the grounds - all in anticipation of the first big flying of the year. Continue reading "On Your Mark... Get Set..."
Zenith Aircraft's popular hands-on kit building workshops are returning to the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo next month.
The Zenith workshops are aimed at the first-time airplane builder and have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts who are considering whether or not to build their own aircraft, but are unsure if they have the required skills, work-space and tools. Skills learned at this workshop are applicable to any metal design. Continue reading "Zenith Workshops Return to Sebring 2018"
You're invited! Join Zenith Aircraft Company at the Open Hangar Days and Fly-In at the kit factory in Mexico, Missouri on September 22 & 23! All aviation enthusiasts are invited to drive or fly-in for the activities. Starting on Friday morning there are two full days of activities planned. Come for the free educational seminars on building and flying your own airplane, and learn about new avionics and engine technology for sport aircraft. Continue reading "Zenith Open Hangar Days"
I admit it. I'm frugal and I chose my fuel stops mostly by finding the "cheapest route", with a quick check of on-line reviews to ensure that others weren't reporting broken credit card machines or other deal breakers. So, for this trip home I selected Yankton, South Dakota. Low fuel price and nice reviews. What I didn't know until I arrived Continue reading "Half the Fun is Getting There... Or Going Home"