May 13, 2011
By Dave Hirschman
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will fly their first public performance using an alternative fuel at the Joint Services Open House at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on May 20 through 22.
Two of the Thunderbirds’ six F-16 fighters will use biofuels during the performances while the others burn regular jet fuel.
The Air Force is testing biofuels derived from plant seed oil, animal fat, and various waste oils and grease. The Air Force has approved biofuel in a 50-percent blend with petroleum-based jet fuel in its A-10, F-15, C-17, and F-22 aircraft. All Air Force jets are expected to be certified for biofuels within two years.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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