https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/AF-approach-lights-feature.jpg 280 520 Bob Buck https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Bob Buck2019-03-19 09:48:042019-03-19 09:48:19From the archives: Bob Buck on low approaches
This article, published 50 years ago in Air Facts, shows how the fundamentals of instrument flying remain constant. While the technology has changed dramatically since Bob Buck wrote these words, the practical lessons are as valid today as they were in 1969.
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Given its string of success in evolutionary model design it was natural for people at Beech to continue to look for more ways to evolve their airplanes in new directions. In the early 1980s somebody, or perhaps a small group of people, realized they had the basis for a very good single-engine turboprop.
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In this prescient article from 50 years ago, legendary pilot and writer Wolfgang Langewiesche considered the role of general aviation airports in a world of ever-expanding suburban communities. He saw the need for a quieter breed of airplanes in order to prevent a public backlash. Now, with electric airplanes tentatively finding a foothold, this article seems as relevant as ever.
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With the investors’ money, two 7-hp motors were obtained and mounted, and a flying demonstration was planned in the town square. What happened next has been the subject of considerable speculation, some more fanciful than others. All of it is unsubstantiated and has become part of the local folklore.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/1950convair.jpg 476 700 Len Morgan https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Len Morgan2018-12-26 09:05:442018-12-26 12:29:35From the archives: Len Morgan on the personal stories a pilot sees
Most airline flights involve simply moving people and things from point A to point B, but sometimes an airline pilot gets a view of the human side. In this touching article by Len Morgan, the legendary pilot and authro shares a memorable flight that shows how powerful air travel can be and the lives it can connect. This article originally appeared in the November 1956 edition of Air Facts.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/crash-site.jpg 618 918 Kim Hunter https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Kim Hunter2018-12-19 11:14:572018-12-19 11:15:57Remembering a Christmas tragedy 50 years later
During the holiday season of 1968, in an isolated Pennsylvania community, Allegheny Airlines’ professionalism, safety culture and luck would abandon the airline to a sequence of events no fiction writer could invent. And the echo of those tragedies continues to resonate a half century later.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/waiz-in-airplane.jpg 312 468 John Bone https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png John Bone2018-11-28 10:11:492018-11-28 10:11:58A brief history of single-engine solo circumnavigation flights
Earth Rounders currently document 231 single-engine circumnavigations by more than one pilot and 124 solo circumnavigations. The range of single-engine airplanes that have made circumnavigations is amazing: Long EZs, RVs, a Stearman, a Searey. Unbelievable! Of course Mooneys, Bonanzas, Pipers, several Cessna 182s and all kinds of homebuilts have made the trip.
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While datalink weather is all the rage these days, some 60 years ago, Captain Robert N. Buck thought another hot weather technology, onboard radar, was ready to change the world. This article originally appeared in the November, 1956 edition of Air Facts, and it's still a fascinating look at how pilots interact with new technology.
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There were two theories on the status of airspace for international air navigation. One argued for freedom of airspace much like the freedom of the seas, by which the countries underlying the airspace exercised no sovereignty in the airspace and flight was free. The other argued that the airspace above national territories was not free, but subject to the sovereignty of the underlying country.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/T-28-landing-bw.jpg 274 400 Arnold Reiner https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Arnold Reiner2018-10-22 12:48:292018-10-25 11:53:40Doing it the old school way: carrier qualification in the 1950s and 60s
In the spring of 1965, my turn came to hit the boat in the T-28C, a burly trainer with a 1425 horsepower two-stage supercharged R1820-86 radial engine and performance comparable to World War II fighters. Up to that point, flying T-34Bs and T-28Bs, we had mastered aerobatics, instrument flying, two and four plane formation and night flying.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/prince-harry-tom-n_3440864b.jpg 387 620 Wayne Cochrane https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Wayne Cochrane2018-07-16 11:41:392018-07-16 11:42:28Tom Neil, One of Two Living WWII RAF Aces, Flies West
On July 11, 2018, Tom Neil, one of only two living RAF aces from the Battle of Britain, died a few days short of his 98th birthday. He flew an astonishing 141 combat missions in the Battle. His very long career in the RAF (he did not retire until 1964) also included such things as the Battle of Malta, and intercepting jet-powered V-1 "buzz bombs" over Britain in 1944.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Airplane-on-stand.jpg 600 800 Ted Luebbers https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Ted Luebbers2018-06-28 10:18:312018-06-28 10:19:04Everyone wanted to be the first to fly across the pond
While my wife Joan and I were recently traveling in Europe we came across a surprise to us in Portugal that commemorated a flight across the South Atlantic from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1922. This was accomplished five years before Lindbergh.
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Beech, as every successful company does, had ongoing efforts to design improved and replacement airplanes for the company line. In the late 1970s John Pike had his preliminary design group perform configuration studies on airplanes that could supersede Beech’s King Air 90 and 200 stalwart turboprops. The X700 seemed to be the best idea, but it was never made.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Flying-W-building.jpg 372 564 Air Facts Staff https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Air Facts Staff2018-03-05 14:38:342018-03-05 14:39:03From the archives: Flying W Ranch
In this trip through the Air Facts archives, we stop in June, 1963, where Richard Collins reported on a new airport just east of Philadelphia with a unique community atmosphere. The airport is still around, but the idea never caught on. Why not?
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Archie Trammell died in early February at age 89. Archie accomplished much over decades in aviation, including being a foremost expert on use of airborne weather radar. But I think his greatest contribution was making it possible to compare airplane performance, weight and price using a constant standard.
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When one examines a failure of such monumental scale as the Beech Starship program, the inevitable question is, “Why did they do that?” As in almost every instance where things go badly wrong, it was a series of decisions made under shifting circumstances that led to the ultimate disaster.
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In this trip into the Air Facts archives, ride along with Leighton Collins as he gets a familiarization flight in a Lear Jet 24 in 1967. With a variety of small jets hitting the market in recent years, from the Cirrus Jet to the Eclipse, many of Collins’s reactions to flying a powerful jet 50 years ago might sound familiar. Collins concludes, "they’ve really got themselves a show horse in the Model 24."
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Anniversaries of important events are times for remembering and other things good and bad, including reminding oneself of the dangers of misplaced trust and overconfidence. Forty-five years ago, October 16, 1972, two Congressmen on the campaign trail were lost somewhere in Alaska. They had trusted their pilot to get them from Anchorage to Juneau.
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By the mid-1960s general aviation was booming, but airplanes and pilots were still regularly coming to grief in stall-spin accidents. Robert McCulloch sought to revitalize the autogyro concept for the mass GA market. Surely there must be demand for a stall-proof, slow-speed-capable flying machine that was both easier to fly and less complex than a helicopter.
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This article should have been a joke. My goal was to write a satire piece that would make a mountain out of what I had anticipated was a mole hill. Unfortunately, it seems I’ve been beaten to the punch by none other than three state governments, a federal government, and some New Zealanders. I had naively believed that at most this first flight thing would be a minor kerfuffle. I was wrong. It’s a major kerfuffle.