Back in September 2013, a very special aircraft came to Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport, home to my former employer the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) — a fully restored Ford Tri-Motor. The 1929 three-motored aircraft is owned and operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association. For $70 in advance or $75 on the day of the flight, you can take a ride in this piece of history.
Click here to see where the aircraft will be — and spend the money to take the flight. Below is a shot I took from my window seat as we flew over Frederick. Go to the 6:35 minute mark for my 3-minute video clip of the very first story I did for AOPA Live This Week on my ride, and see all my photos from the event at my Flickr account. Enjoy!
In my old job at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, we were always working on initiatives and writing stories about efforts to build up the pilot population. And this story from Reuters notes that with restrictions on general aviation loosening and more citizens wanting to fly their own aircraft, China will need to train a half a million new pilots by 2035 to meet the expected demand for commercial and private air travel.
In October 2013, I was in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Aviation Summit. I flew into and out of Dallas Love Field, so I was snapping away. Below is a shot I took of a pair of Southwest Airlines jets as I stood in front of the airport’s Cool River Cafe. Enjoy!
Back in October, I was in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Aviation Summit. I got to Dallas Love Field early for my flight, so I had some time to kill. The airport recently went through a major upgrade, and I like what they’ve done to the space. Below are some cool red heart-shaped chairs I’ld gladly put in my living room. Enjoy!
Back in August, as part of my day job, I got to fly the AOPA Cessna Grand Caravan down to First Flight Airport in North Carolina to celebrate Orville Wright’s birthday. It was a great event, with presentations, events and kite flying. Enjoy this shot, below.