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Interiors of 17 more aircraft added to free museum app, virtual tour

By Sarah Swan, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


AOPA helps pilot get back in left seat, buy an aircraft

‘Flying to my heart’s content’

William Buchanan poses with his Cessna 170A after flying it from Arizona to his home airport, Harvey Field, in Snohomish, Washington. Photo by Jon Counsell.










William Buchanan poses with his Cessna 170A after flying it from Arizona to his home airport, Harvey Field, in Snohomish, Washington. Photo by Jon Counsell.

Aircraft owner to aircraft owner, taildragger pilot to taildragger pilot, talking to William Buchanan is like chatting with a boisterous veteran pilot who has flown for decades. The joy in Buchanan’s voice as he talks about outfitting his 1952 Cessna 170A for backcountry flying doesn’t come from years of exciting aviation experiences, but from being back in the left seat after more than a decade away.

“I basically quit for 15 years,” Buchanan said, explaining that his progression from a zero-time student to a 150-hour multiengine-rated private pilot between 1995 and 2000 took a backseat to other areas of his life—marriage, children, and a house. “That kind of precluded flying for a while.”

Buchanan said he thought building an airplane might get him back into aviation but decided he just wanted to fly. He learned that an AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar would take place near him at Skagit Regional Airport in Burlington/Mount Vernon, Washington. While attending the three-hour seminar on Feb. 28, 2015, Buchanan, who said he was nervous yet excited about the prospect of getting back into flying, learned that he wasn’t alone—other pilots were in his same situation. Rusty Pilots seminars bring together lapsed pilots and present that path forward to get back into aviation while covering material required to satisfy the ground portion of the flight review.

After the seminar, Buchanan talked to his wife about flying again. It took five months for him to get his medical because he needed to gather documentation for minor surgeries he had over the years.

He returned his King Schools private pilot VHS tapes to the company to get a discount on access to their online courses so that he could continue studying. “Now I can just grab my iPad if I want a little refresher,” he said.

Buchanan also researched the cost of aircraft ownership on AOPA’s website and worked with the AOPA Aviation Finance Co. to obtain a flexible loan to purchase a Cessna 170A in Arizona. After 10 hours of instruction in a Champ, Buchanan traveled to Arizona, received five hours of instruction in the Cessna 170, and then flew it back to his home airport, Harvey Field in Snohomish, Washington, with an instructor for another 13 hours.

Less than one year after attending the Rusty Pilots seminar and receiving 34 hours of instruction, Buchanan is an aircraft owner and active pilot with a new tailwheel endorsement and fresh flight review.

With about 180 hours in his logbook, Buchanan said his goal is to fly once a week. “I’m trying to fly as much as I can, considering the Northwest winter.” Buchanan is taking advantage of the downtime during the winter to modify his Cessna 170—adding a P. Ponk landing gear beef-up kit and a climb prop through a Kenmore Air Harbor supplemental type certificate among other things—to turn it into a backcountry machine so that he can explore strips throughout Washington State and take mountain flying classes in Idaho.

“I’m flying to my heart’s content,” he said.


Boeing Completes Successful 737 MAX First Flight

- First new airplane of Boeing's second century takes to the skies launching flight test phase of program
- 737 MAX 8 remains on track for first delivery in third quarter of 2017
Boeing 737 MAX First Flight

SEATTLE, Jan. 29, 2016 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] 737 MAX 8 took to the skies for the first time today. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.

With the latest technology LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the first member of the efficient 737 MAX family completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 9:46 a.m. local time and landing at 12:33 p.m. at Seattle's Boeing Field.

"Today's first flight of the 737 MAX carries us across the threshold of a new century of innovation – one driven by the same passion and ingenuity that have made this company great for 100 years," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner. "We are tremendously proud to begin testing an airplane that will deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market for our customers."

During the flight, 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson and Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bombendeparted to the north, reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometers) per hour typical of a first flight sequence. While Capts. Wilson and Bomben tested the airplane's systems and structures, onboard equipment transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground in Seattle.

"The flight was a success," said Wilson. "The 737 MAX just felt right in flight giving us complete confidence that this airplane will meet our customers' expectations."

With the other three members of the 737 MAX 8 flight-test fleet currently in different stages of final assembly, the 737 MAX remains on track for first delivery to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

The new 737 MAX 8 will deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market with 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s – and 8 percent per seat lower operating costs than the A320neo. The 737 MAX 8 is the first member in Boeing's new family of single-aisle airplanes – the 737 MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 200 and MAX 9 – to begin flight testing. The 737 MAX will extend the Next-Generation 737 range advantage with the capability to fly more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,510 km), an increase of 340 - 570 nmi (629-1,055 km) over the Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX family has 3,072 orders from 62 customers worldwide.


G5000 Retrofit Open House at Banyan

Garmin G5000

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Banyan Air Service and Garmin are hosting a free one day event for Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP operators to discuss Garmin’s pending STCs and to experience the new G5000 kiosk on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 8 am – 5 pm.  To RSVP for this event, go on-line to banyanair.com/G5000 or contact Matthew Schepers, email mschepers@banyanair.com, (954)491-3170.

The Garmin G5000 is an advanced flight deck for Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400 XP series aircraft.  It offers dual touchscreen displays/controllers with an intuitive menu interface offering each crew member full operational accessibility. Three split screen (dual PFD and MFD) displays offer six customizable screens to present graphical flight data.  

The system enables WAAS LPV approaches to 200’ minimums and provides the convenience of flying safely into smaller airports closer to your ultimate destination.  Full FMS features like autopilot coupled with VNAV and STARS/SIDS give the pilot easier operation in congested The GFC 700 autopilot has features like Flight Level Change (also known as indicated airspeed climb and descend) plus optional Electronic Stability and Protection.  Replacing legacy avionics with the Garmin 5000 saves over 150 pounds of weight which enables additional passengers, cargo or fuel.

Other advanced capabilities include ADS-B “Out”, TCAS II, and advanced solid-state weather radar.  The G5000 also offers optional satellite weather, voice calling, and text messaging as well as supporting RVSM operations.   Future technologies like CPDLC, FANS 1A, and 7.1 TCAS II can be accommodated via future software updates.  

The G5000 Retrofit Open House takes place the day before Banyan’s NextGen Mandates and Aircraft Upgrade Event on Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  The NextGen event is geared to Citation, Learjet, King Air, PC-12, Challenger 604, Piaggio and Falcon 2000 aircraft owners and operators.  This event is sponsored by Rockwell Collins, Universal Avionics, Garmin, CMD Flight Solutions, BLR, Blackhawk, Raisbeck Engineering, Flight Display Systems, Gogo Business Aviation, Aircraft Lighting International, ForeFlight, MidContinent, L3 Communications, Appareo, Bendix King, Honeywell, FreeFlight Systems and BurgerFi.  To RSVP for this event, visit banyanair.com/2020.

About Banyan Air Service: Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is an aviation complex that offers award-winning FBO services, a unique aviation store, Jet Runway Café, aircraft sales, and a comprehensive maintenance and repair operation (MRO) that includes extensive airframe, avionics and aftermarket part sales.  


89th Airlift Wing 2016 at NMUSAF [VIDEO]



Members of the 89th Airlift Wing from Joint Base Andrews were here on temporary duty cleaning and polishing historic presidential aircraft in the museum's collection this week. The work is being done in preparation for the aircraft to move into the museum's new fourth building, which opens June 8th.



SPAR Sport Pylon Air Races 2016

March 12, 2016; DeLand, Florida

Sport Pylon Air Races

SPAR Sport Pylon Air Races

1580 Old NDB Rd
DeLand, FL 32724-8500
Phone: 314-322-5660


River Cruizers Presents Cruizin' on the River 2016

January 14-17, 2016; Laughlin, Nevada


MuscleCarsOfAmerica.com will be there!
Be sure to Visit our Booth and Buy a Tshirt.

  

7th ANNUAL CRUIZIN’ ON THE RIVER

NON-PROFIT Classic Car Show Proceeds go towards local charities

January 14-17,2016

Cruizin on the River 2016

 Held at The Riverside Resort & Casino – Laughlin, Nevada

FEATURING

OPEN TO ALL YEARS, MAKES AND MODELS, STREET RODS, MUSCLE CARS, TRUCKS, CLASSICS & SPECIALTY VEHICLES, 4x4 & MOTORCYCLES

Automotive Parts Swap Meet

Car Corral for Vehicles for Sale

Vendors

 

FUN EVENTS WILL INCLUDE:

                              OPEN HEADER CONTEST, RAFFLES, AUCTIONS, POKER WALK, LADIES LUNCHEON w/ ENTERTAINMENT, DAILY TRIVIA w/Prizes,

DOOR PRIZES & 50/50 CASH DRAWINGS  THURSDAY,FRIDAY & SATURDAY

T-SHIRT SALES, VENDORS,  DJ , BOWLING PARTY

***PARADE OF CARS ***

Commemorative token to each parade participant and donuts.

Plenty of COOL “Hangin Out”

REGISTRATION & FUN begins at NOON on Thursday c FRIDAY & SATURDAY – 8:00 a.m.

Schedule of events will be posted at the show and in goody bags

              Registration closes Sat. @Noon Show and Shine judging Saturday 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SUNDAYAwards Presentation: Continental Breakfast Riverside Hotel

Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. Awards start at 7:30 a.m.

                           Special Room & RV Rates at the Riverside Resort  1-800-227-3849

       Thursday $36  Fri.& Sat. $52   RV’s $22 **Mention “Cruizin’ on the River” code C/CRU15




14th WBCA Stars & Stripes Air Show Spectacular

February 14, 2015; Laredo, Texas

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
The Laredo International Airport roars to life as the WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular lifts off. Any airplane aficionado and thrill seeker of any age can enjoy some of the most spectacular and explosive stunts that the WBCA has to offer. This exhilarating crowd pleaser offers food, fun, and aerial excitement for the entire family. So massage your necks and put on your sunglasses because this year promises to delight both the young and young at heart!

Performers:
- Redline Air Shows
- Ace Maker Airshows

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
1819 E Hillside Rd
Laredo, TX 78041-3383
United States of America
Phone: 956-722-0589
Airport: Laredo International Airport(LRD)

For more information - www.wbcalaredo.org


The Top Boeing Videos of 2015

From the groundbreaking experiments aboard the International Space Station to the 787-9 Dreamliner’s breathtaking rehearsal for the Paris Air Show to a new unmanned underwater vehicle, Boeing in 2015 showcased the passion, imagination and innovative spirit of our people. Check out the 2015 Top 10 Boeing Video Showcase on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our official YouTube channel.


Make Way for the Uber Jet Business Model

Article by Juliet Van Wagenen
Uber Jet JetSmarter
The JetSmarter app. Photo: JetSmarter

[Avionics Today 12-14-2015] With connectivity and mobile applications changing the landscape for business and commercial aviation alike, private aviation is seeing the impact in the palms of their hands. Mobile marketplace applications that allow users to book private jets directly from their smartphones, such as PrivateFly, Ubair and JetSmarter, are looking to eliminate the hassle of finding, scheduling and pricing a private jet flight for both operators and passengers — but could app companies offer the security necessary to ensure a safe and smooth trip for passengers?

The rapidly popularizing charter-booking apps have a business model similar to Uber, the popular ride sharing service for ground transportation that pairs riders with drivers and has severely disrupted the taxicab industry since its introduction in 2011. Users of apps such as JetSmarter, which launched in 2012, can book a jet through their phone in a matter of minutes and be in the air on the way to their destination within 6 hours, Sergey Petrossov, CEO and founder of Jetsmarter, told Avionics Magazine.

The company currently works directly with more than 3,000 aircraft around the world through 800 carriers to schedule aircraft, plan flights from and to anywhere around the globe, and book a single seat on flights that are already scheduled. And the app company is continuing to grow, announcing a partnership with Globair, a European private jet company to offer customer flight options across Western Europe.

JetSmarter also announced it had raised $20 million from a group of influential investors with its most recent Series B funding in July. The company is using the new capital to support its technology upgrades and expansion plans, including distributing new technologies to air carriers to better streamline the booking process, launching new private jet sharing services, opening customer support offices in Europe, Middle East, South America and Asia, as well as expand its private jet services around the globe, according to JetSmarter.

“You simply drive to the tarmac, park right beside your jet and then you’re taking off within a matter of minutes. Our goal is to one day make all air travel private aviation accessible to the masses, not just a privileged 1 percent,” said Petrossov.

The company works directly with its operator partners, who maintain their own aircraft, and performs its own safety audits as well as rely on third-party safety auditing companies such as Wyvern and ARG/US to ensure maintenance, safety and mandate compliance for the aircraft involved in the operation. Petrossov also noted that having a reliable in-flight Internet connection on all of the flights involved with the app is paramount in this digital age, as the app relies on Internet connectivity and thus aims to ensure its members are always connected.

The popularity of such apps seem to be picking up. Jetsmarter alone has seen significant growth since its launch in March 2013, growing 15 to 20 percent each month, according to Petrossov, and logging more than 300,000 app downloads. But James Butler, CEO of Shaircraft Solutions, a consulting firm for the private aviation marketplace believes the “Uberization” of private air travel is simply the digital version of an established concept: the third party charter.

“In a private aviation market environment in which there is underutilized capacity, e.g., aircraft sitting on the ground, creative marketers are wont to dream up ‘programs’ with catchy names and slogans that make use of this excess capacity,” said Butler, noting that the companies simply serve as charter brokers, matchmaking private fliers with owners and operators.

This can lead to safety concerns, which Butler claims are “paramount.” While the companies look to private services such as ARG/US and Wyvern to vet the aircraft, it can be less transparent to the customer as to whether the equipment is well maintained, the pilot is experienced, and the provider has a well-established aviation and financial pedigree.

“Flying at 40,000 feet is not like taking a two block ride in someone’s car, especially so if the company you are paying to has little experience in the business, and only the most tangential relationship to the person ‘driving’ the car, and the cost of the flight is perhaps 5,000 times greater than that short ride,” said Butler. “There are few fender benders in private aviation.”

While Uber-like jet apps aim to make access to charter aircraft quick and easy for both the flying elite and the common traveler alike, Butler warns that passengers should fully vet any and all aircraft programs they look to take part in.

“It’s essential that you see beyond the fancy marketing and do extensive due diligence to make certain that you are making the right choice,” Butler said. “Look behind the cool app and ask the right questions — who is really operating the aircraft? What type of aircraft is it and what is its vintage? What safety equipment does it have? What is the pilots’ experience flying this aircraft? What is the cancellation policy? And so on.”

- See more at: http://www.aviationtoday.com/av/topstories/86737.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=3191575&hq_l=1&hq_v=07cb84ae1f#.VniNAfkrKUk