It's turning out to be an even bigger week for aviation than we
expected. With the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first
powered flight just over a week away, The Lancair Company is
celebrating a century mark of its own - the delivery of the 100th
Lancair Columbia certified aircraft.
"Having the two milestones fall so close to one another is a
fitting coincidence," said Lancair President Bing Lantis. "This
delivery is symbolic in that The Lancair Company has seen more than
its share of challenges, but we've persevered and today our outlook
for the future is limitless. I don't know how Orville and Wilbur
felt after their flight a century ago, but we're very
The company's 100th aircraft, a Lancair Columbia 350 (N241GB),
rolled out of the factory escorted by
Remember that poor pipeline patrol pilot who unwittingly flew
over the Presidential motorcade in Philadelphia earlier this
The Pennsylvania legislature certainly does. AOPA President Phil
Boyer was the honored guest of state Rep. Gene McGill (R-Dist. 151)
as the state House of Representatives on Monday passed by a
near-unanimous vote a resolution sponsored by McGill that calls on
federal security officials to reduce the size of Presidential
movement temporary flight restrictions (TFRs).
The four-page resolution also calls for authorities to "reconsider
the need to issue such restrictions based on nonspecific threats
and ways to improve the timely dissemination of flight restriction
information to pilots."
An unidentified pilot escaped serious injury Saturday when his
single-engine Cessna apparently encountered engine trouble, forcing
him to make a crash-landing in Watsonville (CA).
"It was doing good until the plane sunk into the mud and flipped
over on its top," said Ron Hart, a battalion chief for the
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "He did an
excellent job of getting that plane on the ground. As we say in the
emergency services field, any landing you make is a good one."
For the 16th consecutive year, the Eagles Flight Team from
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University took first place at the Region
IX NIFA SAFECON (National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety
and Flight Evaluation Conference) competition. The annual event was
held Nov. 12-15 at the Florida Institute of Technology in
This year, 75 students on five university teams from the
Southeastern United States took part in landing and navigation
events in the categories of Aircraft Recognition, Computer
Accuracy, Instrument Flight, Message Drop, Navigation, Power Off
and Short Field Landings, Preflight, and Simulated Comprehensive
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