Oct 3, 2015 - Online registration for the Oct 22-25 St George Jet Blast is now available. Planners have succeeded in combine flying, instruction, proficiency rides, some challenge flights, air-to-air photography, and of course, fun, into this multi-day, flying event. Early registration is only $125 for participating pilots and $90 for non-flying guests. Those prices include most meals, snacks and drink throughout the event, as well as entertainment and presentations after the flying.
For more details and to sign up, follow these links:
Oct 2, 2015 - If you have never been in a hypobaric chamber and experienced real hypoxia, you may want to consider scheduling some training in the near future. Considering the altitudes and climb rates of many Classic Jets and recognizing the age of the equipment, you are much more likely to face hypoxia than the average pilot.
Sep 30, 2015 - What constitutes a "Classic Jet" has never been defined, but adopting the 30-year age requirement of classic cars is a start. Typically, a "Classic Jet" also isn't a primary aircraft at major Air Forces although the Indian Air Force MiG-21s come to mind as an obvious exception. In any case, the recent retirement of the last operational T-2A Buckeyes qualifies it as a "Classic Jet." Congratulations!
Sep 29, 2015 - As the Romanian Air Force prepares to transition to the F-16 from its aging MiG-21 fleet, Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST) was able to get up close to MiG-21 operations during a visit to two Romanian bases in late September.
According to the online article, "Romania’s MiGs are in regular demand as a simulated threat, and have gone up against U.S. F-16s, F-15s, F/A-18s and A-10s, as well as the many different European fighter types. Romanian pilots use “hit and run” style tactics to deal with air threats."
Sep 21, 2015 - It's been a remarkable year leading up to the races, and a remarkable week of racing. Pilot and CJAA member Pete Zaccagnino returned to the winner's circle after his 2013 win, and he did it in a new aircraft type, the de Havilland DH.115 Vampire. Sean Cushing, in particular, put up a valiant fight, but just couldn't squeeze enough speed from his L-39. Rick Vandam finished third while fighting fuel controller problems.
Sep 15, 2015 - Jane's Defence Weekly is reporting that Aero has conducted Phase 1 flights of an L-39 with the Williams International FJ44-4M powerplant. The aircraft also includes western-standard avionics and cockpit, with multifunction displays from Genesys Aerosystems and a heads-up display (HUD) from SPEEL Praha.
For Phase 2, Aero will use a newbuild airframe that features integrated fuel tanks, a redesigned airframe to increase service life, a fully integrated avionics suite including an all-glass cockpit, a new single-piece cockpit, a new escape system with zero-zero ejection seats, and five hardpoints (two on each wing, and one under the fuselage) for external stores.
Sep 4, 2015 - After the CJAA Annual Convention, the next largest gathering of CJAA members is the 2015 National Championship Air Races, Sep 16-20 in Reno, NV. Most of the pilots are CJAA members, many crew and owners are members, and there will be quite a few of us in the crowd. Whether you’re a repeat or first time visitor, here’s our guide to the races:
Sep 2, 2015 - How many of you knew there was a civilian jet team in Russia? Aerobatic team RUSS was founded in 1987 on the base of Vyazemskiy Avicenter. RUSS is the oldest Russian jet formation team and the pilots of the squadron RUSS are the only ones in Russia to fly shows in the L-39 "Albatros". The same light attack aircraft used in the Russian Air Force as training jets. Currently the group is composed of 10 L-39 aircraft. RUSS performs in Russia and abroad.
Aug 31, 2015 - Earning the rating to fly Classic Jets is one of the best days in a pilot’s career. Classic Jets are not only wonderful aircraft to fly, they also represent important aviation history that seems to echo from every rib, stringer and rivet. One of your most important responsibilities as a pilot is to remain current and competent in every aircraft you intend to operate. According to FAA 61.58, if you intend to carry passengers in a Classic Jet, you must have completed a 61.58 checkride or equivalent within the prior 12 months.
Aug 28, 2015 - In a recent letter to AOPA membership, President Mark Baker is asking members (and others) who haven't contacted their senators and representative yet to do so and urge them to cosponsor the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (HR 1062/S 571), which includes third class medical reform.