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Friday
Apr122019

Kansas Aviation’s Past, Present & Future 

By Carl Chance, Editor/Consultant/Writer/Kansas Aviation History
and Frank Rowe, Writer/Brave New World & Manager-Design/Textron Aviation


It is prudent to start by looking back and reviewing the unique history of what birthed the beginning of Wichita, The “Air Capital of the World.” This article features the various stages and paths that the founders created that has led us to where Wichita has found itself today. Featured will be outstanding aircraft built by Boeing, Learjet, Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft. Finally, we’ll look into our crystal ball in an effort to forecast the future of flight.

“Kansas sometimes seems to have more sky than ground. So much sky that people walk outside and naturally look up. So much sky that it seems to overtake the ground. So much sky that it almost seems to invite dreamers and explorers to test the limits.” – Anonymous

Kansas Aviation On Standby

Kansas’s aviation history dates back to the early 1900s when Carl Dryden Browne began promoting commercial airplane manufacturing out of Freedom, Kansas. While Browne failed to ever fly his aircraft and closed his factory just two years after its opening, other Kansans were getting ready to see successful take-offs on the Kansas prairies.

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Tuesday
Apr092019

Register Now for UAV Drone Expo

 

Drone technology is reshaping how organizations approach and execute numerous tasks. In many cases, it’s more effective, faster, cheaper and safer to use drones than traditional methods.

That’s what led Boston Properties, owner of 1,070-foot Salesforce Tower, San Francisco’s tallest building, to seek out potential partners to inspect the skyscraper using drones. SiteAware and DroneHive were selected to work with the property owner to plan and execute the inspection, capturing high-resolution images and providing meaningful data. There were numerous challenges along the way, such as magnetic interference that resulted in compass deviations and high winds to contend with, but the approach was highly successful, saving both time and money.

Read more about the Salesforce Tower inspection here, including project planning and safety concerns, as well as DroneHive CEO Paul Huish’s advice for asset owners selecting drone operators.

Aerial inspections with drones are now widely used, from construction projects like the Salesforce Tower to power lines and flare stacks, communications towers, roads and bridges, oil and gas pipelines and much more.

Learn how drones are being used for asset inspections at Commercial UAV Expo Americas from professionals using them successfully. Hear case studies, get educated on best practices, and learn the pitfalls to avoid.

Save the date for October 28-30, 2019 or register now to reserve your spot.

Wednesday
Mar062019

West Coast Favorites – So Far!

By Eric McCarthy 

Last time I shared with you some of my favorite New England airfields. There are others, but let’s shift gears and take a look at some that I’ve discovered here in Southern California. I’ve been flying here for about five and a half years, and I fully recognize that I’ve barely scratched the surface when it come to visiting all the great airports the west coast has to offer – but, we’ve got to start somewhere. So here goes:

Santa Paula (KSZP)– Wedged in against a line of mountains to the southeast, Santa Paula is my favorite airport in Southern California. It is such an “alive” airport, full of old hangars and small aircraft of every description. I’ve flown in there a handful of times, and every time there was a busy traffic pattern full of aircraft ranging from Piper Cubs and Cessna 120s, to Decathalons and Swifts, antiques, homebuilts, and of course, more contemporary Pipers, Cessnas, and Beechcrafts. Aeroncas, Navions, Pitts’, and Extras – you name it, you’ll often find them at SZP. Pilots young and old, student and veteran, ply the pattern and ramp, lining up to refuel for another round of touch and goes or an aerobatic training session. In addition to some of the least expensive avgas around, the airport has a nice restaurant overlooking all the activity, and they’ve even got an aviation museum. Despite being non-towered, traffic sorts itself out smoothly, easily accommodating all comers. Once on the ground, open hangars reveal beautiful and pristine antiques and other aircraft in various stages of assembly. There’s a surprise around every corner! Steve McQueen, the King of Cool himself, used to keep his aircraft there in the hangar near the approach end of 22. 

Santa Paula Decathlon.Speaking of runway 22, be aware of the utility lines crossing the approach near the runway – no dragging it in low! There aren’t any glide-slope indicators, but the threshold is displaced to help you over the wires and at 2,700 feet. The runway is plenty long enough for most small aircraft.

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Wednesday
Mar062019

What do You Think?

By Ed Downs

This writer regularly teaches classes for most FAA written exams in addition to flight instruction and conducting special tutoring. Last weekend was no exception, as I taught a two-day IFR program. Yes, aimed at primarily passing the written exam, this class is a bit like taking a drink out of a fire hose. Classes always have a mix of students learning their IFR skills in all imaginable aircraft, ranging from a modest Cessna 150 to a Cessna Citation (really!) with Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) always well represented.  Some students have zero IFR flight training while others are being pounded on by their CFI-I’s to “get the written out of the way,” as they are ready for a check ride. The diversity makes such classes challenging to teach yet fun. This writer started his instrument flying career very modestly, learning in a 1955 Piper Tri Pacer, equipped with a 27 “crystal” transceiver and Narco Super Homer VOR (with whistle-stop tuning!), top- notch equipment back in the day.  As the years passed, advance technology became a part of my world, primarily through air transport aircraft, corporate jets, the most recent GA entries, and even a spacecraft.

Given this background, one of the class attendees caught me on our lunch break and asked an interesting question. This student was planning to purchase a plane, using that plane for IFR training. Budget considerations permit the purchase of a nice used plane with a six pack and upgraded avionics, or perhaps a plane that has already been upgraded to a high tech, flat panel form of display, complete with an integrated database and autopilot. Of course, the latter is more expensive but still a top-end option.  Now came the questions, “Would it be best to learn in the six-pack plane, with good avionics (to be upgraded later), or should I start by learning in a TAA equipped machine?” Good question, eh? What advice would you give?

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Wednesday
Mar062019

AEA 2019 Palm Springs 

AEA International Convention & Trade Show
March 25-28, 2019 — Palm Springs, California
The Most Training Ever Offered!

Discover more than 120 hours of training and 70 different class offerings!

The 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show is the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. Join aviation’s technology experts, March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Click the links below to see the complete training schedule for each day.


Click here to register for the biggest training week in the avionics industry! Full attendee registrations are still being accepted online. Avoid the long lines at on-site registration by taking care of this in advance of the show. 
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