If NBAA’s vast array of aircraft at the static display isn’t enough to satisfy your aviation cravings or if the roar of a radial engine sets your pulse racing, you will be pleased to learn the Orlando area is home to one of the country’s finest collections of vintage aircraft.
Overnight-package carriers FedEx, UPS and Airborne Express use big jets to move cargo between major hubs and rely on smaller piston and turboprop airplanes, such as the Cessna Caravan, to service outlying airports. Packages, which are shipped in containers on the cargo jets, must be removed from the containers and placed on pallets for loading into the smaller airplanes.
The Reno Air Races were back on form this year as some 180,000 people trekked to Stead Field in mid-September to watch 128 aircraft compete in six race classes for a record $800,000 in prize money. Last year’s event was canceled early in race week due to September 11.
Owners of ex-military aircraft are up in arms over a rider to the Senate bill to appropriate military funds for next year. The Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, S.1438, deals mostly with appropriations for regular military expenses but contains a small section, or rider, calling for the “demilitarization” of “significant military equipment” formerly belonging to the DOD.
Fred Furth (the jet-piloting, law-litigating, wine-growing vintner) and his trusty sidekick Brandenburg (a six-year-old Great Dane) planned to blast off at precisely eight this morning for the next leg of their round-the-world odyssey in a Citation Mustang very light jet.
One month ahead of schedule, the first Citation Mustang production aircraft (S/N 0001) took to the air on Monday. The very light jet (VLJ) flew exactly two hours, performing basic systems and avionics checks, including engaging the autopilot, testing handling characteristics, operating the gear and flaps, activating the de-ice system and evaluating engine response and performance.
Bob Pond, who owns the first production Piaggio P.180 Avanti, has ordered a new Avanti II to replace it. He plans to add the superseded airplane to the 25-plus aircraft in the Palm Springs Air Museum in California, which he founded in 1996 after retiring as CEO of Advance Machine Co.
If giant airshows such as Paris, Farnborough, Asian Aerospace and Dubai–even NBAA– represent business aviation’s economic engine, then EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., (July 25 to July 31) measures the pulse of flying’s human side.