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Flying Models & Aviation’s Next Generation

3 days agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

If puzzled by present options for your descendants ’ Christmas morning surprises, might I suggest a flying model. Regardless of their age, it may instill a lasting interest in aviation and teach them how to figure things out as theyShow More Summary

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Hello, this thing on...anybody here?All joking aside, this is the longest I've gone without posting in the 11 years I've had this blog, and if you read the other blog you know why. We've been so busy working on our new boat and preparing to go cruising that we've scarcely had time to update that one. Show More Summary

Seeing the Future of Aviation in the Past

2 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

With its back to the coastal mountains of Oregon, the world’s largest free span wooden hangar sleeps like a giant on green grass under a rusty blanket of tin. Known as NAS Tillamook Hangar B, it is the sole survivor of the 17 wooden hangars the U.S. Show More Summary

Branson's New Project Will Get You From NYC to London in 3.5 Hours

Sir Richard Branson seems to always have something up his sleeve. A couple of weeks ago we told you about his new cruise line called Virgin Voyages, and this week the innovator debuted the brand’s first 40-seat supersonic jet. The billionaire unv... via

The Secret World of Invitation-Only Airline Loyalty Programs

If you’re a frequent traveler, loyalty programs are nothing new or exciting to you. Plus, most of you have earned enough points with your preferred airlines to be able to access their VIP lounges. But in some airports, only the most elite guests... via

Casper: Airport Appreciation Past & Present

last monthVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Working my way home on US 20, about 10 miles outside of Casper, Wyoming, I approached the entrance to the Natrona County International Airport. For a moment I debated making the left turn because nearly all of the airports I’d visited in the preceding several weeks were deserted, with few signs of aeronautical life. Show More Summary

Curiosity Quest: The FAA Cargo Focus Team

2 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

To keep up with the FAA, I subscribe to the news feeds for most of its branches. The other day, the Flight Standards Service (AFS) sent me notice of a draft policy document, and its subject, updated air cargo definitions and abbreviations caught my attention. Show More Summary

Overwhelmed at Planes of Fame Air Museum

2 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

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 months 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

2 months 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

3 months agoVehicles / 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

3 months agoVehicles / 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

5 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?

5 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

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