OK, so there is no doubt that electric aircraft are way cool. But a lot of people make big claims about how ‘green’ an electric vehicle can be. I suppose that is true if you just look at the electrons poured into your batteries vs. the gasoline the fossil-fuel burner pours into his fuel tank. ...
The FAA's aircraft re-registration is continuing along, although it is not always as smooth a process as everyone hoped. There are certain pitfalls in the process and Jim Sweeney joins us to talk about those bureaucratic traps and how to at least try to avoid them.
When we talked about the tornado that ripped through Sun 'n Fun and damaged so many aircraft, the topic of tie-downs naturally came up and we promised to come back to the subject. Jim Sweeny talks about the different styles of tie downs, what works, and of course the importance of actually using them.
When Dan Johnson was with us last week, we didn't even begin to cover everything that happened at the AERO show in Germany. This time we focus on some of the happenings in the ASTM meetings and in the electric aircraft world.
The ultralight and light sport aircraft categories are judged by teams headed up by Dr. Lee Woodriff. Doc joins us to talk about the categories judged, the winners, and what made them winners at this year's Sun 'n Fun.
Jim Sweeney joins us for an update on the requirements to reregister all aircraft between 2011 and 2013. This is something that the FAA is notifying aircraft owners about, but they are using a published formula to determine when you need to reregister. Now a software developer has put together a web site that allows you to look up an aircraft by N-number to determine when it will have to be reregistered. The same site offers a way to push METAR reports on a Twitter account.
Minimums change. Weather minimums, that is. For most, weather minimums are set by each pilot depending on their skills and training. But what if the pilot moves from one aircraft to another? As it turns out, as a pilot's aircraft changes, the weather minimums may change, too. Jim Sweeney explains.
It's always exciting to learn about new aviation engines. Viking Aircraft Engines was at the Sebring Expo showing their engine based on the Honda Fit engine. Jan Eggenfellner joins us to talk about the history of and specifications for the Viking.
We had David Kruger with us a few weeks ago when he talked about cutting costs with aircraft partnerships. This week we talk about an important step in the process, selecting a partner or partners to share an aircraft with. We talk about why some partnerships work and why others don't.
The First Ultralight and Light Sport Aviation-focused safety seminar will be held this upcoming weekend in Lakeland, Florida. If you are in the area, this free event is well worth attending!