May 28, 2013
Spring brings a blooming of aviation as entertainment. Whether a plane spotter goes to the airshow, or the airshow comes to the plane spotter, performances provide a fine opportunity to add a new aircraft genre to your spotting catalog. If the performer is flying a low-wing taildragger through a dazzling display of maneuvers, the aircraft could be one of Walter Extra’s aerobatic series. Two-seat Extra aircraft also serve as aerobatic trainers. Champion aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff’s Extra 260 is on display (inverted, naturally) in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Alaskan aviators now have 221 cameras scattered across the state that can be accessed online, offering a real-time picture of fast-changing conditions during daylight hours.
New Zealand helicopter company Composite Helicopters is moving from kit to certified carbon fiber rotorcraft.
Crews prepared Solar Impulse 2, the gossamer aircraft powered by the sun and designed to inspire, for a hoped-for March 7 departure from Abu Dhabi.
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