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.

T-X: Finally a Fun USAF Competition to Watch?

The USAF is holding a competition to replace the Northrop T-38C. The USAF is referring to the new trainer simply as "T-X" for now. After a couple decades of USAF aircraft competitions that have felt unfulfilling or even disappointing, I think this competition has the potential to actually be fun to watch.

SpaceX One-Ups New Space Race with Interplanetary Transport System

SpaceX just announced that it's taking humanity to Mars and beyond. SpaceX made their announcement on the heels of Blue Origin announcing their New Glenn launch system - a big step from their suborbital New Shepard rockets aimed at space tourism. SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) will be larger than the Saturn V, the largest rocket humanity has produced so far.

Pipistrel's HY4 First Flight - Is Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aviation Becoming Practical?

A Pipistrel aircraft recently completed its first flight at the Stuttgart airport. Why is this cool? It's the world's first 4-seat aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The aircraft is part of the HY4 Project that aims to build a fleet of these aircraft and start a network of clean, efficient air taxis.

Blue Origin Announces New Glenn Orbital Launch Vehicle

The heat just got turned up another notch in New Space Race. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin just announced a new rocket, the New Glenn. NASA reports that the 23' diameter rocket will provide 3.85 million pounds of thrust. While Blue Origin's new rockets are enormous, they don't have quite enough thrust to match the 5 million pounds of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy.

AviationBull's First Podcast Guest Appearance

It's been almost a year, but my guide for converting military logbooks to civilian standards is still one of our more popular articles. Based on follow-ups from that article, I'm preparing an in-depth evaluation of the most popular electronic logbook apps on the market.

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