July 9, 2014
There are very few Sikorsky airplanes in the air these days, but there was a time when the Sikorsky was queen of the sky. Usually associated with helicopters, Igor Sikorsky’s first certified airplane was the Sikorsky S-38 Amphibion (Sikorsky preferred this spelling), developed primarily for Pan American Airways. Barry Schiff flew this rare bird for AOPA Pilot (“The Flying Boat,” September 2003).
Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.
Dassault Aviation on Dec. 17 rolled out the first of its new line of ultra-long-range business jets—the Falcon 8X.
Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.
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