Five on the Fly: Randy Groom

Five on the Fly: Randy Groom

WHO: Randy Groom POSITION: Founder and President, Groom Aviation Former President, Beechcraft Former Executive Vice President, Piper Aircraft HOMEBASE: Vero Beach, FL RATINGS: Commercial Instrument Single/Multi Land & Sea King Air 300/350/1900 Type Rating NUMBER SKYDIVE JUMPS: 11,000+ 1. Throughout your career, you’ve had a front-row seat to many of general aviation’s dramatic changes, consolidations and significant downturns Read More

A Letter Answered

A Letter Answered

Earlier this spring, I got wind of a remarkable letter that Cessna had received from a recently retired employee from the company’s Independence, Kansas manufacturing plant. As you may know, Cessna built the facility adjacent to the Independence Municipal Airport (KIDP) when it restarted production of its single-engine piston aircraft following the passage of the Read More

On the Fence About Going to AirVenture Oshkosh? Here’s 10 Reasons Not To.

On the Fence About Going to AirVenture Oshkosh? Here’s 10 Reasons Not To.

(Lead Photo Courtesy of Connor Madison) As the topic for my Editor’s Briefing a few years ago, I penned a piece called “10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Oshkosh This Year.” Being perennially passionate about general aviation’s biggest celebration, the article was inspired by my efforts to convince my spouse to make the trek Read More

Five on the Fly: Kirby Chambliss

Five on the Fly: Kirby Chambliss

WHO: Kirby Chambliss POSITION: Owner, Team Chambliss Aerobatic Performer & Red Bull Air Race Pilot HOMEBASE: Flying Crown Ranch near Eloy, AZ FLEET: Piper M600 Edge 540 (airshow plane) Two-place Edge 540T (for media/publicity) 1946 Piper J3 Cub Fieseler Storch RATINGS & HOURS: ATP 28,000 hours NUMBER SKYDIVE JUMPS: 1000+ Aerobatic champion and Red Bull Air Race star Kirby Read More

Lightspeed Offers Gift Card Give-away

Lightspeed Aviation has announced that it will put $14,500 worth of gift cards in the hands of 100 lucky pilots this spring. By registering a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset, partici­pants are automatically entered into one of four drawings to take place between April 17, 2018 and May 29, 2018. Each winner will be awarded a Read More