Organizing an airshow is always a big job, but the folks working to put on the next Catalina Air Show, set for October 2016, face some extra challenges. The show is held on a small resort island, 26 miles off the coast of southern California, meaning any support gear that can't be flown over has to come on the ferry. And the island's only runway sits on a small mountain site, with steep drop-offs at both ends. To make the airshow work, the organizers have established the show box just offshore, above the harbor, well in sight of all the coastal restaurants, boaters, beachgoers and tourists. "That means our audience is not at the airport, but in the resort area at Avalon," says Jeff Herold, who is heading up the show planning. "So we can't charge admission to the show -- we have to find other ways to make it work."
With hundreds of participants left hanging after the cancellation of this year's Bonneville Speed Week, organizers of the event managed to secure another location for the annual event, moving it temporarily to the Mojave Air and Space Port, home of the Mojave Mile speed trials.Scheduled for this weekend, Speed Week had attracted more than 550 entries from all over the globe – racers bent on testing their hot rods, streamliners, and motorcycles on the salt of Bonneville. Even after the announcement of Speed Week's cancellation last month, enough of the people who had entered still wanted to race, so officials at the Southern California Timing Association searched for an alternative venue.
Written by JAMIE BECKETT - General Aviation News
- August 06, 2015
Everybody knows that people who are into aviation are rich. They're spoiled, self-absorbed, 1%-ers who have no regard for what it takes to get by in the real world. Heck, airplanes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that's just for the small ones. Yep, pilots and aircraft owners are filthy rich scum who do nothing but sponge off the poor and the middle class so they can live out their dreams in luxurious splendor.
New FAA Video Aims to Help Reduce Wildlife StrikesLast July, the FAA posted a new video designed to enhance airport safety and help curb wildlife strikes. Entitled "The 2015 Wildlife Hazard Management and Strike Reporting Update," the video outlines the benefits of wildlife hazard strike reporting and how airport operators use the information to reduce wildlife strikes at airports. The video also discusses the FAA's partnerships with other federal agencies and organizations to reduce wildlife strikes.This is the second video in a series first launched last year to provide the airport community with information to help them continue to operate the nation's airports safely and efficiently. To view the video, go to: http://www.faa.gov/airports/safety-video-series/.
U.S. House and Senate approval of a three-month extension of the highway reauthorization bill late last week dimmed hopes for renewal of the Export-Import Bank's charter before its funding runs out on September 30. At the same time, backers of the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2) must look for a new means to get their bill through after the Senate failed to act on a PBOR 2 amendment that also had been intended for the highway bill.
Written by GENERAL AVIATION NEWS STAFF
- July 30, 2015
JULY 29, 2015 The Experimental Aircraft Association and other general aviation groups have fired back at an inflammatory letter sent by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) to all U.S. senators that "made numerous false and unsubstantiated claims regarding the efforts to expand freedoms in general aviation and reform aeromedical certification," according to EAA officials.
EAA leadership was fuming at AirVenture on Saturday morning, as they dealt with a last-minute, unexpected letter from the Air Line Pilots Association sent to members of Congress, opposing the Pilots' Bill of Rights 2 now under consideration -- with a vote in the Senate expected as soon as Tuesday. ALPA cited concerns over safety if the bill, which would allow GA pilots to self-certify under most circumstances, were to pass. "This is an out-and-out attack to derail the bill," EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said at an impromptu news conference at Oshkosh on Saturday morning. "We think it's unconscionable, and unfair to the GA public." Pelton and the EAA staffers quickly worked to rally the troops at AirVenture to call their senators on Monday to let them know the bill is important to them.
Written by Pia Bergqvist - Flying Magazine
- July 24, 2015
There is hope for third-class medical reform and it may become a reality soon. A bipartisan amendment to the Senate highway bill was filed this week by Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and John Boozman (R-Arkansas), adding language to support third-class medical reform.The language introduced in the highway bill mirrors suggested medical rules included in the Pilots Bill of Rights 2, which was presented to Congress earlier this year by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma). Support for the bill has been gaining momentum in the House and Senate, AOPA said.