Podcast: Keeping Flying Affordable

A quick follow-up with a former podcast interviewee, RV-8 builder Brent Owens, finds him engaged in a new endeavor -- an online blog ( dedicated to sharing tips on keeping flying affordable.

OpenAirplane: Maximizing Your Pilot’s License

For those who dont own an airplane, the pilot certificate often turns off when the pilot is away from their home base because the process of renting an aircraft while away from home can be a hassle. OpenAirplane hopes to change this.

Podcast: Get Out There and Fly! — SocialFlight’s Jeff Simon Can Help

It's a beautiful day for flying -- but where will you go? SocialFlight has an answer or ten at your fingertips. Jeff Simon chatted with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli at AirVenture this year about SocialFlight's growth and its new ambassador program.

Social Flight Expands; Adds Regional Ambassadors

Just a year after launching, Social Flight, the aviation online resource that connects those interested in aviation with events and activities in the industry, is expanding its reach with regional ambassadors. Social Flights Jeff Simon told AVweb at AirVenture that the service was several years in the making, but just a year after its public launch, it reaches 20,000 pilots and has listed more than 4,000 events worldwide.

Video: A Homebuilt Balloon Designed for a Homebuilt Airplane

When Noah Forden finished building his RV-7 in his garage, he wanted to use it to fly to distant hot air balloon events, so he designed a sport balloon that fits inside the airplane.

Video: Jack Pelton AirVenture Preview 2013

EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh aviation trade and air show faced challenges this year, but Jack Pelton remains optimistic and lists his reasons.

Question of the Week: Show Plans

Air shows will look a little different this year without the U.S. military presence, but they're working hard to get you to come. What air shows are you planning to attend?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers about their summer flying plans; click through to view the breakdown of their answers.

“SocialFlight” App Aims To Bring Pilots Together

A new free app and website called "SocialFlight" makes it easy for pilots to find events taking place in their area by collecting aviation events on an easy-to-use map. The site was created "to promote GA flying," the creators said. "We believe that by providing pilots with a great resource to see all the wonderful events going on around them, they will fly more and strengthen general aviation." The site just launched a few weeks ago, and the developers said this week at EAA AirVenture they already have registered thousands of users and have posted about 2,000 events. SocialFlight is available for iPad/iPhone, Android, and on the web at

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Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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