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by Pat Purcell USA Unlimited Teeam L-R  Bob Freeman, Robbie Gibbs (alternate), Mike Ciliberti, Mark Nowosielski, Jim Bourke, Craig Gifford, Tim Just, Rob Holland, not present Mike Gallaway   2016 FAI WORLD ADVANCED AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIP August 4-14, 16   Radon, Poland It is an amazing accomplishment to send a team and aircraft to the World Aerobatic Championships every year.  There is much fund raising involved and then the travel and getting the planes all around the world.  The pilots will be involved for weeks with the travel, prepping, practicing and then competing.  The Worlds are a big stage and the US stands tall on it year after year.  The pilots are selected in the preceding year at the National Championships in September and then compete the following August at locations that change each year. The US 2016 Advanced Team stood on the podium in Poland proudly wearing Silver Medals.  The French tea...

WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board determined Tuesday that the flight crew’s mismanagement of the approach and multiple deviations from standard operating procedures caused the Nov. 10, 2015, crash of a Part 135 on-demand charter flight in Akron, Ohio. The charter company’s casual attitude toward compliance with standards was a contributing factor in the accident. Execuflight flight 1526, en route to Akron Fulton International Airport, was on a non-precision approach and descended below the minimum descent altitude, even though the pilots did not have the runway in sight. When the first officer attempted to arrest the descent, the airplane, a British Aerospace HS 125-700A (Hawker 700A), entered an aerodynamic stall and crashed into a four-unit apartment building, killing all nine persons on board the airplane. There were no fatalities on the ground. “Execuflight’s casual attitude toward safety likely le...

What is the RAF... No, not the Royal Air Force.   Try again.. or better take a look at their website.   Click on post and go HERE....

The Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum features  two 1929 historic structures: a 55-foot airway beacon tower and its electric generator shed as the initial display area.  Phase One was dedicated on June 9, 2012.  Since then, the 1953 Flight Service Station has been slowly renovated - and is now the main exhibit hall. If you are traveling anywhere near this museum, it is a "go see" for sure. To see more click on the article and CLICK HERE....

RAF Opens New Airstrip in Arkansas The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) announces the opening of Trigger Gap, a new recreational airstrip, this time in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas. It lies on lands owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) above the Kings River. The RAF developed this new turf airstrip through grants, donations and volunteer efforts. Its future is ensured by a long-term lease with TNC and local RAF volunteers have committed to its ongoing maintenance. “Our success is the result of having developed a great partnership with this international conservation organization,” said RAF Arkansas Liaison Dave Powell. “This new destination will help us broaden the community of recreational flyers. It has good approaches and is three thousand feet long,” he added. “Trigger Gap is ready for the public to enjoy now,” said RAF Director Tim Clifford. Runways are 10/28 and lined wit...

We are proud to have Ernie Smith as a friend of FLY-LOW.  The oldest active pilot is Ernest Eli Smith (USA, b. 21 December 1917), who aged 98 years and 114 days still regularly flies light aircraft, as verified in Red Oak, Iowa, USA, on 13 April 2016. Ernest’s grandchildren and friends supported him in this attempt, as they wanted him to achieve the record. We featured Ernie on the front cover in 2015 as the oldest living USA pilot.    There was a many in CA that held the title and he was two years younger than Ernie.  I urged him to go for the Guinness title.  So did his kids, grandchildren, and friends. The Guinness website is wild and crazy.  To keep it simple, here is the direct link.  Seems they have an agenda to keep you on this site.  CLICK HERE Now he gets the attention he deserves....

The Junkers F13, an aircraft that was designed nearly 100 years ago and last flew in the Sixties, has flown again thanks to luxury luggage company Rimowa and its aviation-loving CEO Dieter Morszeck. The world’s first all-metal commercial aircraft, which was a decade ahead of its time when it first flew in 1919, set records for altitude (22,000 feet) and endurance (26 hours with added fuel tanks) and was entirely reconstructed from scratch by the luxury luggage company with a team of engineers led by its CEO and other supporters. And from, of all places, GQ Magazine we find this piece of history. To see more click on the post and then Here Aviation history...

Support from Patty Wagstaff for the Wright brothers' factory     https://youtu.be/hk8j0efMXLE...

It is nice to know that flying may come back to many pilots (not so for others).  There is a lot of controversy over the Pilot Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2).  AirVenture had their doomsayers.  Some were from the government and medical fields.  That is not a surprise.  Not everyone thinks the PBR2 is good for aviation or pilots.  Then there are the others, those who believe that pilots need less intervention of Uncle Sam.  Part of this battle is now over.  It is law and up to the FAA to make the Bill into FAA law.  They have a year from July 2016 to do this. The problem that I have with PBR2 is there are two many interpretations of the Bill from people who just don’t know.  It isn’t a long Bill.  It has been rewritten many times.  What we have now is the passed final version.  It is still ambiguous to some degree.  I have discussed the Bill with several Airman Medical Examiners (AME) only to find contradiction among them....