June 1, 2010
By Julie Summers Walker
“Like a band of gypsies, we head on down the highway”—and skyway. It’s the Fun to Fly Road and Runway Rally and our intrepid editors headed south to Sun ’n Fun in an unofficial race that took the meaning out of the word race. Two small but mighty vehicles—the Remos GX and the smart fortwo—meandered their way down the eastern seaboard, enjoying the sights and experiences only a good-time road trip/cross-country can provide. See some of the adventures, and the grand finale, in this online video.
Keyword: Sweeps Rally
As reported in our story on page 86, airshows are experiencing good times again—and the crowds just love them. Wouldn’t it be great to get a chance to fly with an aerobatic team? Join Technical Editor Mike Collins as he flies along with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team in this exclusive online video. A gallery of airshow photos by California’s Guy Motil is also available online.
Keywords: Aeroshell flight; airshow photos
Editor at Large Tom Horne airlined it to Brazil but joined the jet set once there as he test-flew Embraer’s Phenom 300. In this online video, Horne takes you with him as he learns the nuances of this new jet.
Keyword: Phenom 300
Actor and avid pilot Harrison Ford shared his love of flying with members of the congressional general aviation caucuses on Capitol Hill. Your own private screening is available in this online video.
Keyword: Ford on Hill
AOPA Director of Publications and Managing Editor for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training, Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
Safety and Education,
Aircraft Power and Fuel
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.
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