FAA Publishes 3rd Class Medical Reform

The FAA finally announced their new BasicMed rule last week. (This is the rule that let's pilots fly a lot of aircraft without the need to hold a 3rd class medical.) It's a really big deal in a lot of ways. It will help further the cause of aviation in the United States. Of course, it also has some caveats that make it far less of a good deal than I'd hoped.

(You can read the FAA's final rule here, or you can catch it in the new 14 CFR Part 68 when it's published.)

Time to Face the Truth: F-35 = F-117B (Long read)

Nearly nine years ago I wrote about a suggestion from Boeing that the USAF buy F-18 E/F Super Hornets instead of the F-35. Their suggestion was so obviously a great idea that it almost felt tongue in cheek...but they weren't joking. Our coverage of this discussion must have struck a nerve because more people read it than any other post for a long time.

Logbook Battle Royale!


All right friends, it's time for what you've all been waiting for: The Logbook Battle Royale!

If you're a pilot, you need to keep your own logbook. End of debate. Questions?

Not convinced? Check out this page addressing some of the reasons why it's important to keep a logbook.

Snag a Fun Side-Job and Save the (Pilot) World!

Ladies and Gentlemen, AOPA needs presenters for their Rusty Pilot program...and you can be one of them!

The Rusty Pilot program is aimed at getting pilots who haven't flown in a while excited about aviation again. It seeks to help them brush up on their pilot general knowledge, complete a BFR, and get back into flying. It very wisely tries to coordinate this effort with flying clubs or other organizations so that returning pilots will have a built-in group of flying buddies for support and camaraderie. It's a great thing.

Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Finally FAA Certified

More than nine years ago, the second article I ever wrote on AviationBull was about the Cirrus Jet. As reported by AvWeb, the dream of a single engine Very Light Jet (VLJ) is finally becoming a reality.

What Can't We Learn From Bob Hoover?

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Bob Hoover last week. AOPA's Tom Haines wrote a wonderful tribute to Mr. Hoover. I'm disappointed to say that I didn't follow his exploits as closely as I could have. (And I presume to write an aviation blog!?) However, in reflection, I find that I've learned a lot more than I realized from Mr. Hoover.

I have seen him fly an airshow. I watched as he flew maneuvers in a Twin Commander that many people wouldn't attempt in an Extra 300. Here's a great YouTube video of him flying:

A Raptor For the Restuvus

I doubt there are many pilots who wouldn't love to own and fly an F-22 Raptor. It's supremely powerful, maneuverable, fast...a real "mach 2 with your hair on fire" kind of machine. Sadly, as a multi-million dollar jet with classified systems, few of us are likely to ever so much as touch one. There's a consolation prize though. Some ingenuitive people have created a Raptor for the restuvus.

Electric Belite SkyDock Flies After Just 2 Months

Less than two months ago I wrote about the first flight of the Belite Skydock. It's a spindly little airplane, but made with modern technology and materials. It promises fun, affordable aviation. Now, in just two months, they've gone from first flight of their design to first flight using a pair of electric motors.

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