One of the unwritten basics of flight is that everyone has a life-and-death stake in midair collisions. That rule has been turned upside-down by the CIA, the military, and now policing organizations by using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The link below takes you to a story at Defensetech about a collision between a UAV and ...
You know that a fly-in is going to be a party when instead of planning a pancake breakfast, they hire a band. Keith Smith is going to be hosting such an event that is open to powered paragliders, trikes, fixed wing ultralights and just about anyone who can fly or drive to his field. He talks with us about what is shaping up to be a new look for what already has been a great event in the St. Louis area.
Flying alone is certainly appealing and often necessary if your friends are working or doing something else, but things can go wrong. Jeff Goin and Michael Purdy talk about a newish pilot who was recently hurt enough to be immobile, and laid there for hours after flying alone. We'll look at the risks and what can be done to reduce them.
The Golden West Fly-In is coming soon and John Gibson joins us to talk about it. There are a lot of things going on at the event as well as some new attractions such as the alternate engine round-up and an outreach to ultralight and light sport pilots.
A question that constantly comes up is the legality of taking pictures from ultralight and light sport aircraft. The issue is whether or not you can actually sell the pictures. The initial answer is usually 'no' since you aren't supposed to do anything in furtherance of a business. However, there are exceptions and Jim Sweeney joins us to talk about it.
A couple of weeks ago Dr. Lee Woodriff told us about the Sun 'n Fun award winning ultralights for 2011. This week we focus on the winning aircraft and owners in the light sport aircraft category.
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.
We talk with Art Thompson about Verner four-stroke engines for experimental and ultralight aircraft. Weighing in at as little as 59 pounds for an electric start engine with an alternator, these engines are especially suited to sport aviation.
One of the most fascinating bits of aviation technology is the Mosquito ultralight helicopter. Not only is it great that a helicopter can be built that meets the requirements of Part 103, but it looks great, too. John Uptigrove joins us to talk about the aircraft.
The big IUAC Safety Seminar is coming up in Springfield, Illinois and Jim Sweeney talks about the speakers, the event and what you can expect there.