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Experience a world without the sun for 2 min 19 sec and be inspired by the cosmos at the Eclipse Aire Fest at the Amelia Earhart Airport. Join us in Atchison with an estimated crowd of 5k at Eclipse-Aire Fest 2017. Event activities include a coordinator for the Vatican Observatory’s international consortium who will give a scientific presentation on the solar eclipse and astronomy. Also, view the only plane in existence just like Amelia Earhart's the beautifully restored Lockheed 10-E. Flannigans Right Hook is a Kansas City-based trio of friends will perform live from our main hangar, vintage cars will line the drive, airplanes everywhere, foodie trucks, VIP tent, Bi-Plane rides and much more! Contact: Angie Cairo - Website: Atchisoneclipse.com...

Safe Piloting is like a three-Legged Stool… If one leg is flawed, then the entire stool becomes unstable For well over 40 years I have flown and observed other pilots. I have come to encapsulate the safe and successful art of piloting into a comprehensive package which I call the three legs of the flying stool. These three legs are: the physical aspect of flying an aircraft, from take-off through cruise to landing; the combination of what must be known to fly safely, such as regulations, aircraft performance and limitations, and all the flight planning data needed to insure a safe and successful flight; and judgement, the ability to consider all information available and make the best decisions. If one of these legs is off, the entire stool can become unstable and unsafe. I have known a few pilots who have attained a high level of functioning in all three areas. Most of us do not achieve that but do perform well enough to be v...

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA's award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft. This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA's New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the award at an event Monday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. “NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter – all while developing aircraft that travel faster, and building an aviation system that operates more efficiently,” said Bolden. “To that end, it’s worth noting that it's been almost 70 years since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 as part of our predecessor agency's high speed research. Now we’re continuing that supersonic X-plane legacy with this preliminary design...

– One Person’s Opinion — by Rose Marie Kern There has been a great deal of speculation about the President’s current remarks concerning ATC privatization – and most of the statements I’ve read and heard indicate that perhaps his advisors are behind the power curve when it comes to what is and isn’t real. The loudest and most concerning rhetoric indicates that our current Air Traffic Control System is out of date and not safe. This flies in the face of statistics which show the U.S. as the nation with the best safety record worldwide. Are changes needed and necessary? Most definitely.   What is not being given out to the general public is that many of these changes are already in the works. A decade ago the FAA began a slow, systematic changeover of technology and procedures needed to move the U.S. from RADAR based surveillance to Satellite tracking. The FAA contracted the Lockheed Martin Company (LMCO) to d...

AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker expressed dismay June 5 over President Donald Trump’s characterization of the U.S. air traffic control system as being “an ancient, broken, horrible system that doesn't work” during his remarks calling for the privatization of the system. Photo by Christopher Rose These comments were surprising given the fact that the American system handles orders of magnitude more traffic than any other in the world at efficiency and safety levels and costs per operation that are second to none. “We applaud President Trump’s calls to invest and improve our nation’s infrastructure including our airports. However, the U.S. has a very safe air traffic system today and we don’t hear complaints from our nearly 350,000 members about it,” said Baker.Trump made his remarks June 5 in a White House speech kicking off what has been described as “Infrastructure Week,” a week...

This months Throttle Forward column.  CLICK ON POST AND CLICK ON IMAGE TWICE. ...

Back some years ago, I was taking flying lessons with Arnie Sims.  He was very accomplished as a pilot, "A good Stick" as we say.  He came back from Vietnam with three Distinguished Flying Crosses.  Actually, only one made it back to the USA.  The others he gave away.  You see, Arnie was not a war monger... he just loved flying.  As he said, "I am the only pilot to leave the peace symbol in smoke over Saigon." Arnie was raised in California, but some way ended up in a small town in Arkansas teaching flying, owned a plane paint shop, flew commercially and participated in anything that had to do with flying. I have to give him credit for being an extremely firm but calm instructor.  He would let me get the plane into situations and expect me to get it out.  While he calmly sat in the right seat.  My flight training was very meaningful.  He did complement me after my written test score came back.  He said, "I have had a...

Looking for a museum to tour? Try this one.   Poplar Grove Wings and Wheels Click on the post and then CLICK HERE  ...

Info on the upcoming resurrected Breckenridge TX Airshow over Memorial Day Weekend. http://breckenridgetexas.com/breckenridge-airshow-2017/ P-38 5 Corsairs 3 Sea Furys 5 P-40s 7 P-51s 3 B-25s 2 Wildcats 2 Bearcats 2 A-26s Tigercat, DC3, C-47 and mmmoooorrrreeeeee! Excited yet? TBM Avenger T-6s Lodestars Beech 18s KI-51s Yaks CLICK https://www.facebook.com/breckenridgeairshow/     http://breckenridgetexas.com/breckenridge-airshow-2017/...

BASICMED GOES LIVE Yesterday....  One day results. 1,354 PILOTS READY TO FLY FREDERICK, MD – Today, May 1, is the first day aviators can fly under the new BasicMed rules, and 1,354 pilots have already successfully completed the self-assessment checklist, physical examination with a state licensed physician, and AOPA's free online Medical Self-Assessment Course. "AOPA has fought for medical reform for years, and we are happy that so many pilots are ready to fly under BasicMed on the first day," said Mark Baker, AOPA President and CEO. AOPA has developed Fit to Fly, a series of resources to help pilots understand BasicMed which include a Pilot & Physician's Guide, FAQ, video, and more. To help those who have been away from flying, AOPA is partnering with flight schools to offer Rusty Pilots seminars in hundreds of locations across the United States. By attending the three-hour seminar free to all AOPA members, you...

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