Orcas Island is at the heart of the San Juan Islands, and lies midway between Bellingham and Victoria. It is noted for bucolic fields, refreshing forests, and a suspension of time as can be found only on remote islands. Orcas … Continue reading

Accidents & Incidents, [2016Q1]

The following table presents a chronology for the first quarter of 2016, showing all known ‘fatal’ U.S. civil aviation accidents, as well as a few selected non-fatal accidents and incidents. Data shows date (weekends are underlined), location, number of fatalities, … Continue reading

FAA History: pre-1930

FAA History (main page) Thursday, May 20, 1926:President Calvin Coolidge signed the Air Commerce Act of 1926 into law. The act instructed the Secretary of Commerce to foster air commerce; designate and establish airways; establish, operate, and maintain aids to … Continue reading


KBDR Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport (800 acres) Bridgeport, CT Four Nearby Instrument Airports: [KHVN] 12 NE ; [KOXC] 19 N ; [KDXR] 20 NW ; [KISP] 22 S ;(ave. distance: 18 nm) Total Based Aircraft: 190 (139 single-props, 15 … Continue reading


The airport at Bellingham rests in a remote area far north of Seattle. The local residents appreciate being away from urban clamor. So, when Allegiant Air started scheduled air service using older, noisier MD80 jets, it created a backlash. Subsidies … Continue reading


KFHR Friday Harbor Airport (145 acres) Friday Harbor, WA Four Nearby Instrument Airports: [KORS] 12 N ; [KNUW] 18 SE ; [KOKH] 21 SE ; [KBVS] 24 E ;(ave. distance: 19 nm) Total Based Aircraft: 145 (135 single-props, 7 multi-props) … Continue reading

Air Tour Accidents at and around Grand Canyon

The following list shows Grand Canyon air tour accidents since 1980, as well as incidents involving operators who offer air tours around Grand Canyon. All dates are linked to online reference materials such as news articles and NTSB reports… 5/18/2014: … Continue reading