North American pilots swept the top three places in the Red Bull Air Race stop in Kazan, Russia, on Sunday. Kirby Chambliss, of the U.S., flew one of the few penalty-free runs of the Russian race to claim his second first-place finish in a row in a time of 58.378. More
The B-29 known as Doc will be making its first appearance at EAA AirVenture this week, and after returning home to Wichita, Doc’s Friends will get to work on building the airplane’s new home. The Friends announced last week they have chosen a site at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport where they’ll build a 32,000-square-foot hangar to provide shelter for the airplane, maintenance facilities, public access and educational programming. More
Owners impacted by the recently announced Lycoming connecting rod bushing service bulletin will be on their own to pay labor charges, the company told AVweb this week. However, Lycoming will provide the necessary parts. Customers who bought factory engines still covered under warranty will be afforded a labor allowance, according to Lycoming. More
The Stratos 714 VLJ (very light jet) will be making its public debut at AirVenture 2017, as promised by company officials earlier this year. The 714 is designed to carry six people up to 1,200 NM at 400 knots, which, if realized, will make the Stratos 100 knots faster and slightly larger than the Cirrus Vision Jet—though the Cirrus has the considerable benefit of being for sale now. More
AOPA awarded its Sweepstakes Cessna 172 to its new owner, Gary Walters, at Henderson Executive Airport this week. As in past years, the sweepstakes winner was lured to meet his new airplane under false pretenses, sort of. In Walter’s case, he was expecting to meet a potential home buyer at the FBO for a possible real estate transaction. Mark Baker, AOPA president, was there to present Walters with a set of keys to a very large poster. The actual Sweepstakes 172 will be spending next week on display at Oshkosh for AirVenture 2017. More
A year ago, you couldn't find an autopilot system for under 20 grand. Now you can hardly open a car door without bumping into three or four. More
What a great trip. A bunch of Taylorcraft owners go together for a 3200 mile trip through the West and Mark Bowden shot this at Marble Canyon (L41). Nice picture, Mark and it looks like a great time.