Sporty’s Legend Cub Sweepstakes

Sporty's Legend Cub Sweepstakes
Congratulations to the lucky winner of Sporty’s Legend Cub Sweepstakes!

For the second time Sporty’s Pilot Shop has awarded a new Legend Cub to a customer, first in 2013 and now again in 2017. Keep your eyes open for the next great partnership between legends in general aviation. If you didn’t win, now is the time to order your new Legend Cub or Super Legend by visiting today.

Meeting Bob Hoover

Bob Hoover
One among a select group of legendary pilots and great persons, Bob Hoover passed away in 2016. I had the great fortune of meeting him on April 9, 2000 in Lakeland, Florida.
At Sun ‘n Fun 2000 R.A. “Bob” Hoover gave his last performance prior to retirement. Hoover, in his well-known Shrike Commander, entertained the crowd. In this brief final flight, he rolled his aircraft on takeoff followed by trails of smoke. After a short climb and 180-degree turn, Hoover approached the airport shutting down both engines on descent. In a glider-like maneuver the Shrike Commander then drifted with the winds and once again climbed, still without power. Prior to stall, Hoover turned one final time. Descending toward the runway one wheel touching gently, then the others. Rolling silently, his aircraft stopped in front of a dazzled crowd.

At the time, I knew relatively little of Bob and the legacy he would leave. But the experience of watching and meeting him remains an indelible memory, and a great inspiration. To learn more about Bob Hoover, watch Remembering Bob Hoover – The Greatest Ever on

AERO | Friedrichshafen 2017

Simply AERO, the European event that is all about general aviation manifest its 25th anniversary from April 5–8, 2017. AERO hosted 700+ exhibits of airplanes, and then some. The trade show is a well-established, essential stopover for aviators.

AERO | Friedrichshafen 2017

While AERO is billed as “The Global Show for General Aviation,” a more apt description in 2017 might have been “The European Show for General Aviation.” Because while European aviators were gathered for AERO at Bodensee-Airport in Friedrichshafen, Germany, many of their counterparts from around the globe, and particularly in the U.S., were taking part in similar exercises at Sun ‘n Fun on Lakeland Linder Airport in Florida. Though AERO remains the grandest of its kind across the Atlantic.

WHAT to see

Flieger fascinations at AERO 2017 included something from every class of winged vehicle. There were ultralights and gyros, singles and twins, bizjets, rotorwings, gliders, and drones fulfilling pilot’s fantasies in abundance. Ensuring that aviators were well-provisioned with everything from aircraft to training to attire, more than 34,000 participants turned up exchanging products, ideas and camaraderie.

AERO 2017 proved to be the largest ever since its start in 1977. At a glance, the show looks a lot like an AirVenture or Sun ‘n Fun; it is indeed similar. However, AERO has a different feel than the big celebrations you’ll find in the U.S.

Annual Bluebonnet Picnic / Fly-in by Alamo Liaison Squadron

Celebrate the Liaison Pilots and L-birds (Liaison aircraft) with Alamo Liaison Squadron members at Cannon Field in San Antonio. Event date is May 20th. Visit the L-bird Museum and watch presentations in the L-bird Theater. Plus, see the L-bird Demo Team, participate in the annual Flour Bomb Contest, and much more.

Alamo Liaison Squadron

View the eblast online.

AERO Friedrichshafen 2017 Show Mosaic

AERO Friedrichshafen Photo Mosaic
AERO 2017 Photo Mosaic from Friedrichshafen, Germany – Published in General Aviation News | April 27, 2017 (pp 22-23).

AERO, held in Friedrichshafen, Germany is the most elegant and upscale of global shows for general aviation. AERO is where a dressed for business crowd gathers to see everything related to flying that is non-commercial aviation. In its spacious and modern halls, the show caters to comfort and the sophisticated senses of European buyers and sellers.

There’s a bit of military and police aviation thrown in, and now UAV/drones have joined in the spectacle, but at AERO the highlights are all General Aviation (GA). This year’s 25th anniversary event was no exception, and there is strong evidence that this segment of aviation is growing throughout Europe, being pushed in particular by advancements in Ultralight (UL), Very Light Aircraft (VLA) and Light-sport Aircraft (LSA).

The atmosphere at AERO is a combination of relaxed, à la AirVenture Oshkosh and Sun ‘n Fun, with the formal flare of a National Business Aviation Association on the cabin class end. It’s an appealing mix, highly amenable to conducting business. This year featured an airshow, drawing crowds outdoors midday Saturday. On each of the four days, there was a steady flow of traffic through the 12 indoor exhibit halls. With sunny weather on both Friday and Saturday, crowds flowed into the courtyard where the newly constructed Messe Alm catered to guests with Swabian and Bavarian specialties from an authentic Alpine structure, typical of the region’s mountain pastures.

AERO officials reported 707 exhibitors and 34,200 visitors attended the show. Dates for next year—Aero Friedrichshafen 2018—are April 18–21. |

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Bearhawk Aircraft Now Flying on Five Continents

Austin, Texas, March 28, 2017 – Bearhawk Aircraft announced today its Bearhawk line of utility, transport and recreational aircraft are now flying on five continents. The Barrows Bearhawk was originally conceived and first built in the mid-90s in Virginia, USA. Bearhawk aircraft are now operating globally through an expansive network of builders. Three models are offered in both plan and kit form for amateur aircraft builders.

The global Bearhawk is a “Go Anywhere” aircraft that serves a variety of flying activities. Designer Bob Barrows originally brought the aircraft to fruition as a means of transporting aircraft engines in support of his engine overhaul business. The Bearhawk grew from that single idea into a lean and reliable airframe that found a place among adventure pilots. From rural strips and backcountry destinations, the Bearhawk can easily haul passengers plus gear.

For more information on Bearhawk Aircraft, visit, or contact Bearhawk at or 1-877-528-4776.

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Bearhawk Aircraft

Bearhawk Aircraft