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Overwhelmed at Planes of Fame Air Museum

There is no other way to put it. The Planes of Fame Air Museum overwhelmed me. Drowning in the aviation history it showcases, and the aviation provenance of the airport in Chino, California, where it presents it, I don’t know where to start this piece. So let me start with the smell. Show More Summary

Don’t Let Santa Monica Airport Become Another Meigs Field

2 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Don’t Let Santa Monica Airport Become Another Meigs Field In the pre-dawn darkness of March 31, 2003, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s wrecking crews laid siege to Meigs Field, a single 3900-foot runway airport on the western shore of Lake Michigan near the city’s downtown. Show More Summary

EAA Chapter 1158 Goes Old School With Dead Reckoning Navigation Challenge

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

The meeting room at the EAA Chapter 1158 hangar on the West Bend (Wisconsin) Municipal Airport (ETB) bubbled with eager anticipation, and a little bit of anxiety, before the briefing for its rain-postponed Navigation Challenge (see Fly-In...Show More Summary

Eastwood Got It Right With Sully

last monthVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Eastwood Got It Right With Sully Most pilots tend to take airplane movies with a grain of salt because they’re usually riddled with mistakes or enough exaggerations to quickly make us nuts. Remember big snoozers like Tuskeegee Airmen,...Show More Summary

Aircraft Storage: Kingman Airport’s Legacy

last monthVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Following the airport signs posted along the historic path of Route 66 added some welcome surprises on the journey from Chicago to Santa Monica, but several airports were predetermined destinations. One of them was Arizona’s Kingman Airport (IGM). Show More Summary

Fly-In to Challenge Flying Fundamentals

2 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

If you are confident in your proficiency in flying fundamentals and are willing to put it to the test, consider a cross-country flight to the West Bend (WI) Municipal Airport (ETB) this coming Saturday, September 10, for Kettle Moraine EAA Chapter 1158’s 3-in-one fun flying day. Show More Summary

Labor Day 2016: Strategies for Aviation

2 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Ed. Note: While this article was originally written back in 2008 and while many of the names of the top folks at the organizations have changed, the issues by and large have not. That said, I believe this is worth a few minutes of your time to think about the role of the labor movement in the U.S. Show More Summary

Oklahoma Small-town Promotes Aviation

2 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

The last thing I expected to find on the historic route of US 66 at the edge of the small town of Weatherford, population 10,833 (according to the 2010 census), in western Oklahoma was not only a first-rate air and space museum, but one affiliated with the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Show More Summary

US 66 Surprises: Heritage In Flight Museum

2 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

On a journey from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, that followed the historic route of what was US Route 66, I kept my promise to heed the little green signs I passed that pointed toward small town airports. Riding down...Show More Summary

Back Corners: EAA AirVenture Encore

3 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

The EAA AirVenture grounds on the Wittman Regional Airport cover a vast area. It is a hike and a half to reach its back corners, but it is worth it because it is where the interesting airplanes seems to be. Take this skeletal Cub-like...Show More Summary

Hump Day: EAA AirVenture Part 2

3 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

When Mother Nature cooperates, Wednesday is traditionally the day that those who arrived at EAA AirVenture last weekend leave town, and those who will go home this coming weekend arrive. That sort of happened today, but Mom’s rainy tantrum...Show More Summary

Zero Day: Before EAA AirVenture Starts

3 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Since 1970, when EAA moved its annual convention to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, it has tried starting the event on different days of the week. But finding a day that suits everyone’s schedules is an impossible task because there are really three different groups of participants. Show More Summary

Want to Fly at AirVenture?

3 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Want to Fly at Airventure? Is there anything sadder than a bunch of pilots standing around watching a handful of other aviators fly past looking like they’re having all the fun? Ho hum. But it happens to all of us at AirVenture … every...Show More Summary

AirVenture Anticipation: Meeting the Martin Mars

3 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Coming face-to-face with a truly rare airplane is one of aviation’s singular rewards. And to actually see it fly, oh, be still my fluttering aviation geek heart. The Martin Mars is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and for the firstShow More Summary

H.R. 636 Will Help Fix ATC Staffing, I Hope

4 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

I’d like to interrupt your afternoon for just a minute before you head out the door for the weekend. Congress is expected to vote next week on another FAA funding extension – H.R. 636 – and the industry’s hoping it’s all thumbs up … but not just because a majority vote will keep the agency’s lights on until October 2017. Passage of H.R. Show More Summary

Wisconsin Flying Hamburger Social Unites Airports & Gives Pilots a Reason to Fly

4 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Employing social media, airports across Wisconsin have taken the $100 hamburger flight to the next level with the Wisconsin Flying Hamburger Social. They divided the state in to eight regions or “branches,” with an airport in each of them holding a social every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5 p.m. Show More Summary

EAA Oshkosh: The Best AirVenture Photography Refocuses Participatory Emotions

4 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

In the English language, there must be a word that summarizes the emotional conflation of the self-satisfaction that comes from a distinctive personal accomplishment and the whispers from a subconscious troll holding up that same achievement as primary evidence of intellectual failure. Show More Summary

Worst. Email. Ever.

My 35th birthday was on April 17th, and I spent it in about the best way I could imagine: Dawn and I cruising up the west coast in our Piper Pacer. The day prior we started in Torrance, CA, where the plane had been kept since our February...Show More Summary

Supersonic Technology is About to Transform Aviation (Again)

The newest trends in private aviation are being supported by NASA and DARPA, which is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. NASA needs no introduction, but to give you a clearer view on what DARPA does, know that they’re the brains behin... via

Could You Pass a Checkride Based on the New Airman Certification Standards?

5 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

One of the tried and true tropes of aviation is that, in general, the successful completion of a checkride marks the peak currency and proficiency of a pilot’s knowledge and skills. For those rarely exercised after that point, it is all downhill from there. Show More Summary

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