April 8, 2014
Practicality was the name of the game as aviation’s Golden Age ended in 1938 and war quickly approached. Despite the previous era’s name, there was little gold in the slowly growing industry.
The Beech Staggerwing sold well as a business aircraft, but at $26,000 it did not appeal to the general public. Not even the $1,000 Cub from Taylor Aircraft sold well. The Boeing Stearman was near the end of its career as a mail plane.
All these companies were sustained by sales during World War II. mostly as trainers, but also as transport aircraft —and even ground attack roles in the unusual case of the Piper Cub.
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The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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