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.