Every since Orville bet Wilbur he could squeeze out ten more feet on those first precarious runs at Kitty Hawk, aviators have been setting-and beating-records in the air. Not content with highest, fastest, longest, todays aviation records include such obscurities as distance goals for RC aircraft and numbers of skydivers attempting a vertical formation.
Emma Hutchinson, a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, has won the inaugural Richard L. Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots, according to Sportys Pilot Shop. The company established the award last year under the banner of its Air Facts Journal, an online resurrection of the publication Richard L. Collins father, Leighton, launched in 1938.
The 62nd annual Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Palm Springs, California, marked the official retirement of Paula Derks, the association's longtime president. In this podcast recorded at the show, Paula reflected on the changes she's seen in more than two decades overseeing AEA. Hint: It's a lot.
Microsoft co-founder and aviation entrepreneur Paul Allen died Monday after a struggle with cancer. He was 65. Allen is well known in the tech industry as a co-founder of Microsoft in the 1970s, along with Bill Gates. But he had wide-ranging interests including major business ventures in aviation, most recently the Stratolaunch multi-engine jet designed as an airborne launching platform for orbital payloads, a project thats expected to enter service in 2020.
Bruce Landsberg, who is well known in GA circles thanks to 22 years with the AOPA Foundation and Air Safety Institute, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member and vice-chair of the NTSB. Landsberg was nominated to the position last September by the White House.
Just in time to join AVwebs firehose coverage of Sun n Fun, aviation journalist Kate OConnor is now a member of the AVweb news team. A 2009 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universitys professional pilot program, OConnor comes to AVweb from a stint as an associate editor at Plane and Pilot magazine, where she wrote and edited features on aviation and technology topics.She also brings to our staff a rich experience in science fiction writing and editing for Abyss & Apex and she has been a guest lecturer in academic writing at the College of New Jersey. At AVweb, OConnor will be taking on news, feature and multi-media assignments across a range of aviation topics. If you see her on either side of the camera at Lakeland, be sure to say hello. Just dont spoil the take.
The most improbable hands to ever handle the controls of an airplane belong to Niloofar Rahmani. She was born in Afghanistan just as the Soviet Union was departing her country as the repressive Taliban became dominant. A captain in the Afghan Air Force, she was the first woman in the country's history to become a pilot. Rahmani spoke at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring this week. AVweb recorded this exclusive podcast with her during the show.