Buckeye Air Fair 2015

December 8, 2014 by  
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The Buckeye Air Fair program includes aviation demonstrations; aircraft displays; the Arizona SciTech Festival; a Kid’s Zone; and demonstrations by Buckeye Police and Fire. Visitors can also visit the Lauridsen Aviation Museum and there will be food vendors, booths, entertainment and more. Admission is FREE and includes entrance to the Lauridsen Aviation Museum and a car show. For more information on this family-fun event, please visit www.buckeyeairfair.com

Date: 21 Feb 2015
Venue: Buckeye Municipal Airport
City: Buckeye
State: Arizona
Country: United States

Imperial Aviation Day 2015

December 8, 2014 by  
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This great family-fun, “open house” community event features celebrities and stand-ins from aviation movies and loads of entertainment. The event will also include EAA Young Eagles flights for youngsters between the aes of 8 and 17 years-old, aimed at sparking their interest in aviation as a hobby or career. For more information visit http://imperialaviationday.com/

Date: 17 January 2015
Venue: Imperial County Airport
City: Imperial
State: California
Country: United States

US Sport Aviation Expo 2015

December 8, 2014 by  
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The US Sport Aviation Expo will take place on 14-17 January 2015 at Sebring Regional Airport. The event’s slogan is “The Affordable Aircraft Expo” and will feature light-sport, homebuilt, refurbishes production aircraft and ultralights. With more than 160 exhibitors and thousands of visitors, the Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo is the place to see the latest products, trends and technologies. The 2015 event will offer private aircraft owners the opportunity to sell their aircraft. For more information visit http://sportaviationexpo.com/

Dates: 14-17 January 2014
Venue: Sebring Airport
State: Florida
Country: United States

Historic Aircraft: Bell X-1 Breaking the Sound Barrier

November 4, 2014 by  
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Ever since man first took to the skies in powered aircraft, pilots and aviation engineers have sought to overcome challenges and push perceived boundaries as technology developed. One of the much debated challenges back in the early 1940s was whether it was possible for an aircraft to travel fast enough to break the sound barrier. On October 14, 1947, legendary pilot Chuck Yeager proved it was indeed possible when he pushed the Bell X-1 he was flying to Mach 1.06 (1,100 km/h; 700 mph) going down in history as the first pilot to break the sound barrier.

Nicknamed Glamorous Glennis in honor of Yeager’s wife, the Bell X-1 was built by the Bell Aircraft Company under the direction of a joint supersonic research project run by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the US Army Forces and the US Air Force. The concept for the airplane was developed in 1944 and it was built the following year. The fuselage of the X-1 was shaped like a 0.5-calibre machine gun bullet for stability and the thin wings were designed to reduce drag. As it was only later discovered that the swept-wing design is more efficient for speed, the X-1’s wings were at a 90 degree angle to the fuselage. The pilot was seated inside a confined cockpit in the nose, behind a sloped, framed window, and the airplane was powered by a single XLR-11 engine running on liquid oxygen, alcohol and water.

On the historic sound barrier breaking flight, the supersonic Bell X-1 was drop-launched from a B-29 Superfortress bomber airplane at an altitude of 23,000 feet (7,000 meters), where it quickly climbed to its test altitude of 43,000 feet (13,000 meters) and proceeded to break the sound barrier before landing on a dry lake bed. In recognition of their achievement, the 1948 Collier Trophy was awarded jointly to Larry Bell of Bell Aircraft, Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager, and John Stack of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

As the first in the so-called X-planes, the X-1 set the pattern for future projects, with data collected during its test flights providing essential information for later aircraft designs.

Middle East Business Aviation 2014

October 15, 2014 by  
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Taking place on 8-10 December 2014, MEBA is the leading business aviation event in the Middle East. More than 400 exhibitors will be attending the event, including Boeing, Gulfstream, Bell Helicopter and Pratt & Whitney. For more information visit www.meba.aero

Middle East Business Aviation
Date: 8 to 10 December 2014
Location: Dubai World Central
Country: UAE

Aviation Nation 2014

October 10, 2014 by  
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Open house at the Nellis Air Force Base is the largest freee public event in Nevada. Visitors can expect to see aerial demonstrations by a host of aircraft, including A-10 Warthog, A6M Zero, AT-6 Texan, B-1 Lancer, B-25 Mitchell, CJ-6 Yak, C-45 Expeditor, F4U Corsair, F8F Bearcat, F-16 Falcon, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning, F-86 Sabre, as well as the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. For more information visit www.nellis.af.mil/aviationnation/

Date: November 8 & 9, 2014
Venue: Nellis AFB
City: Las Vegas
State: Nevada

Pensacola Celebrates a Century of Naval Aviation

October 7, 2014 by  
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To mark a century of training the Navy’s top pilots, and more than 50 years since the opening of the National Museum of Naval Aviation, the Pensacola Naval Air Station held a gala on September 20, 2014, attended by a host of dignitaries, some of whom were once trainees at the legendary institution. The event featured a slide presentation paying tribute to the first naval aviators, as well as a speech by Jeb Bush Jr., grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, during which he read a letter from his grandfather. Also present was former US Navy Blue Angels pilot, now Aviation Museum director, retired Navy Captain Bob Rasmussen, who expressed his hope that the museum will continue to expand, as it has since it opened in 1962.

Located just southwest of the Pensacola city limits the Naval Air Station Pensacola is often referred to as “The Cradle of Naval Aviation”. It is the home base of the Blue Angels, and the initial training base for Navy, Marine and Coast Guard pilots, as well as Naval Flight Officers. It is also home to the National Naval Aviation Museum, offering visitors the opportunity to discover the history of naval aviation through exhibits, multimedia displays, an IMAX theater and more.

The entrance hall of the museum features a static display of an F14 Tomcat, with bronze statues of support personnel preparing the iconic aircraft for takeoff. Upon entering the museum itself, visitors will see superbly restored vintage aircraft suspended overhead. There are more than 150 aircraft at the museum, ranging from early World War I through to modern day. Large-scale models of aircraft carriers, complete with aircraft on their flat decks, give visitors an idea of the immense size of these craft.

On most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, between March and November, the Blue Angels can be seen practicing in the skies above the museum. Practice starts at 11:30 am and continues for about an hour. There is a viewing area with bleachers and visitors may bring lawn chairs, although it should be noted that for security reasons, no backpacks, daypacks etc. are permitted in the area during practice.

Entrance to the museum and to watch the Blue Angels practice sessions is free of charge. For a fee, visitors can watch an aviation themed movie in the IMAX theater, or experience what it’s like to be a jet plane pilot in the Flight Simulator. Visit the National Naval Aviation Museum website for more information and to plan your visit.

Aviation Innovator Rex Buren Beisel

September 23, 2014 by  
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Designed by American aeronautical engineer Rex Buren Beisel, the Vought F4U Corsair was the first fighter aircraft with the capability of exceeding a speed of 400 mph in level flight carrying a full military load. The single engine aircraft was used extensively in World War II, allowing the Allied forces to dominate the skies in the Pacific. Between 1940 and 1953, the number of F4U Corsairs built by Vought across 16 models totaled 12,571, but because demand for the aircraft outstripped Vought’s production capacity, F4U Corsairs were also built by Goodyear and Brewster, with the prefix of FG for Goodyear and F3A for Brewster identifying the manufacturer.

Born in San Jose, California, on October 24, 1893, and raised in Cumberland, Washington, Rex Buren Beisel earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Washington, while at the same time working at various jobs. Upon graduation Beisel completed a civil service examination in mechanical engineering which led to a job offer in the US Navy’s Bureau of Construction and Repair, and later at the Bureau of Aeronautics in 1917 where he served as a draughtsman. Although he had no previous aeronautical experience, and limited access to relevant data, he started designing wing floats, pontoons and hulls for seaplanes with such skill that he was soon assigned to major aeronautics projects, and in 1919 became one of the few aeronautical engineers in the United States.

In 1923, Beisel went to work as Chief Engineer at the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company where he designed award winning airplanes, among which were the N2C-1 Fledgling and F8C Helldiver. In 1931, as Assistant Chief Engineer at Chance Vought, Beisel designed the SBU-1 and SB2U Vindicator bombers. He was soon promoted to Chief Engineer and was head of the design team that produced the legendary Vought F4U Corsair. He became General Manager of Vought Aircraft in 1943, during which time he oversaw the relocation of the company from Stanford in Connecticut to Dallas, Texas, and move that included huge quantities of equipment and 1,300 employees and their families. He was promoted to Vice President of Vought’s parent company, United Aircraft Corporation in 1949, retiring a few years later. Rex Buren Beisel died on January, 26, 1972, in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 78, having made an indelible and noteworthy impression on aviation history.

Boeing Backs Biofuel Derived From Tobacco

August 26, 2014 by  
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The aviation industry continues to strive to be in the forefront of industries with regard to managing carbon emissions. To this end the industry aims to attain carbon-neutral growth by the year 2020 as laid out in a resolution dubbed “CNG2020”, as well as working toward cutting emission by up to 50% by 2050 in comparison with 2005. Biofuels are expected to play a significant role in meeting these goals as research and development continues to turn up new biofuel options, and Boeing recently announced that it is partnering with South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG to produce biofuel for aviation from the seeds of a new tobacco plant hybrid.

The new hybrid, named Solaris, is virtually nicotine-free and has a high seed yield. At this time the biofuel will be made from the seed only, but it is anticipated that with the development of new manufacturing processes, at a future date the entire plant may be used to produce biofuel. In a press release from SAA’s Group Environmental Affairs Specialist, Ian Cruickshank, it was noted that using hybrid tobacco allows the project to draw on the knowledge of South Africa‘s tobacco farmers, while giving them the alternative of growing a product the doesn’t encourage smoking. It is anticipated that the new biofuel will be in use in the next few years.

While it’s been proven that biofuels are workable, many onlookers have noted that price is likely to be an issue in implementing them on a large scale. Nobody is likely to take issue with existing tobacco fields being turned into biofuel producing areas, as is the case with food crops, but the question remains whether tobacco farms will be as economically viable producing biofuel crops. Also, various regions will need to find the biofuel crop that works best for them, for example Saudi Arabia is experimenting with a plant that can be grown in the desert and watered with sea water, while other options are algae-based biofuel, or biofuel generated from discarded cooking oil and other waste. Nevertheless, the focus on biofuel is encouraging as it raises awareness of the need to find viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

Atlantic City Airshow 2014

July 25, 2014 by  
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Under the banner of “Thunder Over the Boardwalk”, the 12th Atlantic City Airshow is set to take place on 13 August 2014. Aviation enthusiasts will once again flock to the beaches of Atlantic City to watch this free event which features the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the US Army Golden Knights parachute team, as well as a host of amazing aerobatics by skilled pilots. For more information visit www.atlanticcitynj.com/events/airshow.aspx

Date: 13 August 2014
Time: 11:30am – 3:30 pm
Venue: Atlantic City Beachfront
State: New Jersey
Country: United States

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