Mon, Aug 29, 2016
Aerobatics Legend, Mikhail Mamistov, Takes Record Fifth FAI European Aerobatic Championship
The World Air Sports Federation (FAI) European Aerobatic Championship (EAC) competition was held last week in Moravska Trebova, Czech Republic. While the competition was stiff, Mikhail Mamistov has won the championship, and it’s the fifth time he has won this title.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Accidents in Oregon and China Take Pilot's Lives
It's been a lousy weekend to be an aviation journalist as we document the tragic loss of two well-known pilots in two separate airshows accident.. each on the other side of the world. At the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention held at Danxia airport in China, well-known Red Bull pilot Michel Leusch (shown here) was lost when a performance resulted in a series of rolling descending maneuvers that inexplicablu terminated in a ground impact some 300-400 feet from the edge of the runway. Leusch made a name for himself in both model as well as full scale aviation. On the other side of the world, a 1941 450 Stearman flown by NW Aerobat Marcus Paine apparently failed to execute a loop, which terminated in contact with the ground shortly before 1500 local time, in Madras, OR. The aircraft caught fire shortly after impact but Paine was extricated quickly by first-responders... but none-the-less succumbed to his injuries.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016
The Next Day, An Ultralight Helicopter Goes Down In Ashland Reservoir
Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Belchertown and the Air Wing, along with FAA and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) personnel, responded Tuesday to calls of a plane landing inside the Quabbin Reservoir just east of Amherst.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016
One Was Well-Known Local Pilot 'Glider Bob'
Two people were fatally injured Wednesday in a motorglider accident in Telluride, CO, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016
A Look Back At The Aero-Equivalent Of Burning Man, Woodstock, And An Old Fashioned Tent Revival—All Rolled Into One Week in Wisconsin
With Oshkosh all of a few weeks in the rear-view mirror, we come to a time when we TRY to evaluate what happened this year… in both positive and negative terms.
We’ve tried a few variants on this report in the past… and some of them have worked better than others, but we’re going to try to present a group of shorter segments, as we move through a few general categories (Heroes, Regrets, Coolest Players, Coolest Moments, Bozos, Planes, Gadgets, Fan Favorites, etc…) so that we can try to make a proper report of the many high and low-points of AirVenture 2016…
If any of you have anything to add, please do so, we’ll be revisiting this topic via a half dozen or more categories over the next month and we’d love to have YOUR viewpoints added to the mix.
But for now… Here are our selections for Oshkosh Heroes 2016...