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A new company, Aeroplane Manufactory, has purchased the Chinook and Beaver (pictured) lines of light-sport aircraft. The Houston-based company will immediately begin to manufacture parts for the Chinook Plus 2 and Beaver RX550 for delivery in early 2014, according to John Couch. It is anticipated full kits will be available later in 2014. AMplanes.com

The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association has presented the first Ken Johnson Memorial ATC Scholarship to Lewis University student Michael Indelli. Johnson, a member of the association’s board, passed away unexpectedly in March. The $4,000 scholarship was created to honor his memory. A Chicago resident, Indelli recently completed an internship at Chicago Executive Airport. CABAA.com Addressing the need for a single hub of information about the aviation maintenance industry, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has launched AVMRO.arsa.org. AVMRO, which stands for aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul, features pages explaining the industry, the global regulatory framework governing MRO operations, the industry’s economic

The company is also adding field service representatives in the New York, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati metropolitan areas and at Washington Dulles Airport. DallasAirmotive.com The TBM Owners and Pilots Association’s 10th convention surpassed the 100-airplane milestone with the presence of 104 TBM 700s and TBM 850s at its annual gathering held in late September at the Coeur d’Alene Airport in Idaho. Next year’s convention is slated for Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2014, in New Orleans. TBMOwners.org

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Ross Aviation in Denver has acquired the assets and current FBO operations of Chester County Aviation at Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport in Coatesville, Pa. (KMQS). Ross Aviation now has 17 FBOs in 10 states. RossAviation.com

and employment footprint globally, within the United States, and for each individual state. It also connects to an MRO jobs board, ARSA newsletters, and more. AVMRO.arsa.org NationAir Aviation Insurance has created a new Aviation Products Liability division. NationAir.com West Star Aviation recently broke ground on a new maintenance facility totaling 47,000 square feet at St. Louis Regional Airport (ALN). It also plans to open a 14,000-square-foot wood shop and a 6,000-square-foot accessory repairs shop at ALN. The company also has plans to open a new paint facility, as well as an additional maintenance facility and shop, at its Grand Junction, Colo., (GJT) loca-

tion. An additional 10,000 square feet of maintenance facilities are also planned at the Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) location, company officials said. WestStarAviation.com AOPA Insurance Services has launched a new line of coverage for aviation businesses, including FBOs, charter and agricultural aviation businesses, flight schools, repair stations and other aviation enterprises. Insurance.AOPA.org Dallas Airmotive plans to expand its support services in the Northeastern United States. A new regional field service representative and a mobile response vehicle capable of on-site inspections, repair work and carbon seal replacements will be added to the Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York.

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Lycoming Engines has been selected to power the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which is set to return in February 2014 after a three-year hiatus. Each Red Bull Air Race airplane will feature a Lycoming Thunderbolt engine, standardized to Red Bull Air Race’s specifications for all 12 pilots participating in the races. Thunderbolt Engines are Lycoming’s brand of high-performance, built-toorder powerplants for experimental aircraft, Lycoming officials explained. Having a standard engine on all race planes is just one of several moves designed to increase safety at the races, according to officials. Other changes include a move to a lightweight nylon pylon material, mak-

ing it easier for them to burst apart if they are clipped by plane wings, and raising the height of the pylons that the pilots pass through from 65 feet to 80 feet. The seven race series, which kicks off Feb. 28 in Abu Dhabi, includes two races in the U.S.: In the Dallas/Fort Worth area at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 6-7, and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 11-12. For the race planes, Red Bull officials chose Lycoming’s Thunderbolt AEIO540-EXP engine, according to Jeffrey Schans, Thunderbolt product manager at Lycoming Engines. “These engines are powerful and impressive, and meet the requirements of this unique customer,” Schans said. Lycoming.com, RedBullAirRace.com

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Jet Aviation has expanded its FBO at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), adding two tenant hangars. JetAviation.com/ Dallas Aeronautical Services recently began construction of a new 50,400-square-foot facility in Cedar Hill, Texas. DAS now operates from five separate buildings. The new aircraft component repair station has been custom designed to provide DAS with the space needed to provide all of its services under one roof. The new facility will feature two autoclaves, two custom paint centers, an environmentally controlled clean room, walk-in oven, and transmissivity test range. A machine shop, a structures shop, a radome shop, and an advanced composite and thrust reverser overhaul shop also will be at the facility. DASvcs.com

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other products and services. Officials noted that Cessna and Beechcraft have already donated enough to fund the program for the first year. KansasGlobal.org Dallas-based RBR Maintenance now has a Mobile Maintenance Service Team that can respond to aircraft owners in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. The team can provide minor inspection, AOG services, and light repairs on-site without relocating the aircraft. If the aircraft must be moved for repair, RBR can prepare the aircraft for a ferry flight back to its facility at Dallas Love Field. RBRmx.net

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MANITOWOC, Wis. — Leon Sigman and Jim Wheeler were recently honored by the FAA for 50 years of flying safety and contributions made to general aviation. Plaques for the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards were recently presented by Wesley Hakari from the Milwaukee FAA Flight Standards District Office during an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Safety Seminar, held at Lakeshore Aviation in Manitowoc. Sigman and Wheeler, employed as flight instructors by Lakeshore Aviation, began their flying careers in the 1950s, became CFIs in the 1970s and have more than 12,000 hours of flying

time each, according to officials with Lakeshore Aviation. Sigman has been a legend in the Manitowoc area flight training community for many years. He instructs private, commercial, instrument and multi-engine pilots, plus flight instructor candidates. He also is active with many civic organizations, including the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra. After years of flying and a career as a high school science teacher, Wheeler joined the instruction staff at the Manitowoc airport. While he works with many primary students, his real specialty is tailwheel and light-sport aircraft, flight school officials said. LakeshoreAviation.com

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(L to R) Curt Drumm, Lakeshore Aviation president; Leon Sigman; Judy Sigman; Jim Wheeler; Sharon Wheeler; Wes Hakari, FAA.

Cessna recruiting pilots for Special Olympics airlift Cessna is organizing its seventh Citation Special Olympics Airlift (CSOA), which involves recruiting Citation jet owners to transport Special Olympics athletes and coaches to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. Next year’s games will be held from June 14-21 in New Jersey in the Greater Princeton/Mercer County area. The first airlift in 1987 involved more

than 130 jets carrying nearly 1,000 athletes, while the 2010 airlift involved 161 Citations transporting 832 athletes and coaches. It has been called the largest peacetime airlift in the world, as a Citation business jet will land or takeoff every two minutes for 10 hours at Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN), according to Cessna officials. “Over the past six airlifts, Citation

owners have contributed millions of dollars to the Special Olympics USA Games by way of donations of time, fuel, and resources,” said Rhonda Fullerton, Cessna director of the CSOA. “The airlift provides a rare opportunity for Special Olympics athletes, and for the Citation volunteers,” said Bob Gobrecht, Special Olympics president. “Many athletes have never flown on a

plane of any kind, and many have never even left their home state. To have the personalized attention and support of Citation owners and pilots provides tremendous comfort and assistance to our delegations.” Cessna has a goal of recruiting 175 Citation owners to transport 800 athletes to and from TTN. CessnaAirlift.com

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Grand opening for Seattle high school SEATTLE — Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) celebrated its grand opening at Boeing Field Oct. 17. The school, part of the Highline Public Schools, is located on the Museum of Flight campus. The day started with a unique “bus ride” for 100 fortunate students and a few dozen school staff, supporters and dignitaries. They arrived via an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900ER, dubbed “Spirit of Education,” from SeattleTacoma International Airport. “Congratulations to everyone who earned four Alaska Airlines frequent flyer miles on the flight from Sea-Tac to Boeing Field,” noted a chuckling Mike Hallman, Museum of Flight chairman. “Having this school on the grounds of the Museum of Flight, so close to more than 200 aviation industry businesses like Boeing and Alaska Airlines, gives our students something truly special — an unparalleled chance to be simultaneously immersed in learning and industry,” noted Reba Gilman, the school’s

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principal. That proximity has already led to 245 aerospace industry mentors and 170 aerospace internships for 400 students. RAHS has to be the definition of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school. The high school cost $44.5 million to build. About 35%, or $16 million, came from private sources, including indi-

viduals and foundations. The school is named after its major donors, James and Sherry Raisbeck. “I’ve not often wished I could return to high school,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “But if I did, I know where I’d be. Thank you,” he said while pointing at James and Sherry Raisbeck, “for

making this happen.” “When we put our minds to it, it is amazing what we [public/private partnerships] can do,” said Raisbeck, an aeronautical engineer known for his entrepreneurship in developing products that enhance the performance of aircraft and the force behind Raisbeck Engineering. When he introduced James Raisbeck, proud father Doug Hill noted that his son, Sebastien, is at Air Force fighter pilot school “because of here.” As the story goes, Raisbeck made quite an impression on Hill’s then-young son. While at a Pathfinders Award event, Raisbeck told young Hill, “when you go to work, it should feel like you’re seeing your girlfriend for the very first time.” Hill came home and told his Dad that he had “met the coolest guy” that night. Raisbeck concluded by saying he hopes to “slip in the back door from time-to-time and start learning all over again.” I have a feeling he can drop by anytime he likes. Highline.Schoolwires.net

Students in a new aviation program at the Nenana High School in Nenana, Alaska, have received a flight simulator provided by the Medallion Foundation. “Medallion is about changing the safety culture at a young age as these students learn to fly, promoting and educating safety first, so as they grow and advance, the culture is already learned,” said Jerry Rock, executive director of the Medallion Foundation. The simulator is a Precision Flight Controls Cirrus II unit running XPlane software on two screens. The FAA authorized Aviation Training Device has all of the normal single-engine Cessna, Piper and Diamond Katana aircraft. The Nenana City Public Schools, located 300 miles north of Anchorage

with about 115 local students and 88 students from rural Alaska, recently initiated a program for students to learn flying skills and aircraft maintenance. “We are only in our third month of our ‘pilot’ Private Pilot Licensing Program. Our future teacher is taking the course right alongside this first set of students,” said Nenana Superintendent Eric Gebhart. “The program has eight students that were vetted by an application process, teacher recommendations, and completion of an Algebra I class,” said Collin Stone, a teacher at the high school. “But we have a stack of students who want to be in the program next.” The program includes ground school, flight instruction, and basic airplane

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Alaska school’s ‘pilot’ program takes off

Left: Carol Keel shows her excitement after her first solo flight. Right: William Horn and the aircraft he flew on his first solo flight. maintenance for the initial six girls and two boys, according to Stone, who is also working on his private ticket, with the goal of becoming a CFI. Students Carol Keel and William Horn did their first solo flights on Saturday, Oct. 19. Jesse Mortensen and Pa-

tricia Alexia did theirs on Sunday, Oct 20, at the Nenana Airport, according to Gebhart. The non-profit Medallion Foundation, an aviation safety organization, operates 18 simulators in Alaska. MedallionFoundation.org

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By CHARLES SPENCE WASHINGTON, D.C. — The aviation industry and the government must come together and answer the question of what kind of aviation system it wants and how it can be financed, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta recently told the Washington Aero Club. The aviation industry has many segments with different interests and each is pushing its own agenda, he said, adding that sequestration and the government’s 16-day shutdown showed that a comprehensive view of priorities and stable funding are needed. Recognizing that each segment of the

industry promotes that which is most important to its constituency, there are still broad priorities that can be agreed on, he noted. Industry and the government must work togeth- Michael er on the details Huerta of how to achieve these priorities, he said. Funding is one of the important areas to be faced. He said the aviation trust fund pays only about two-thirds of the FAA’s budget and the agency is consis-

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FAA and industry must come together tently asked to do more with less. “I think we need to ask ourselves — and you, our stakeholders ��� whether we really want to, and need to, do everything the way we’ve always done it,” he said. Huerta told the audience of primarily aviation industry representatives that the recent continuing resolution provides the FAA with an annual rate of $100 million more than last year’s budget. But cuts the agency is facing have serious consequences on both the FAA workforce and the sustainability of the system, he warned. The agency must cut hundreds of millions of dollars this year under se-

questration, he noted. In addition, it is facing a $5 billion backlog in deferred maintenance of facilities and equipment. “We’re going to have to have a thoughtful conversation about what it makes sense for the FAA to continue doing, and what we might stop doing, or do differently,” he said. The administrator confirmed that work on the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) stopped during the government shutdown and a backlog of work piled up. During the shutdown, the FAA issued about 1,000 stop-work orders, he reported. FAA.gov

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Hypoxia is a lower than normal level of oxygen in your blood. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath, impaired speech, slowed reaction time and passing out. Historically, the most common way to detect hypoxia is by physical signs and individual symptoms. One of the most commonly studied effects of hypoxia is reaction time. The research team used the King-

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The lingering effects of the shutdown Charles Spence

the past this and other general aviation meetings provided an opportunity for FAA personnel to get to know at least a little bit about GA. Meanwhile, air traffic controllers warned that training delays for controllers threaten staffing and skill levels. Not immune from the problems is the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Word around Washington is that it is sure to be delayed and possibly hobbled by budgets and sequestration. Even though the shutdown has ended, the turmoil is far from over. Expect a tussle over the budget for 2014. There is still a push by the administration to charge a $100 fee for some flights. The Aerospace Industries Association, the

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A twoweek shutdown by the federal government may seem to many like just one grain in the sands of time, but when there is a backlog of work, bitter divisiveness, continuing questions about budgets and sequestration, utter confusion, and a mid-term election only a little more than a year away, it is not just a grain. It is a huge hour glass. That’s the situation here. Before the shutdown, sequestration — enacted months ago because Congress could not agree on spending or retrenching — was already taking away some of the spending power of government agencies and threatening more. For general aviation, today’s conditions pose new challenges and questionable results. Before the shutdown, there was always a backlog of medical certificates to be processed. Now that backlog has increased. Before the shutdown, manufacturers wanted quicker approval for products and the processing of paperwork for new aircraft. When the shutdown ended, manufacturers had 150 new aircraft worth $1.9 billion waiting for certificates of registration. A week after the partial government shutdown ended — only about 17% of total government had not been on duty — the FAA was still trying to determine where it was in relation to “normal” duties. Aircraft registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis. Documents for that Oklahoma City office during the 16-day shutdown were held and delivered in one batch when the office reopened. The FAA has authorized overtime for employees and contractors to try to get back to some kind of rhythm. There was always a backlog of registrations to be processed and the shutdown increased the delay. Not keeping up with registrations is a serious problem for companies, but it is a personal problem for homebuilders. Dick Knapinski of the Experimental Aircraft Association said when a person spends a major part of his life building an airplane, any delay getting it into the air is heartbreaking. The FAA had planned to issue a new pilot training rule in October. However,

some employees in the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget responsible for finalizing the rule had been furloughed, so there is an unknown delay. The FAA administrator told the president of the National Business Aviation Association that neither he nor members of the agency could attend the NBAA annual meeting this year. Always in

group representing the manufacturers of commercial and military aircraft, is urging Congress to eliminate sequestration. They charge the mandatory curtailing of spending hurts national defense and costs jobs. As the turmoil mounts, alphabet groups working here in the interests of general aviation are closing ranks to work more closely together. Knapinski puts it this way: “One group will take the lead resolving a problem and the others will support.” Under its new president, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently realigned its departments and responsibilities to meet today’s challenges. Stay tuned. There are busy months ahead.

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NPRM’s unintended consequences Ben Sclair Touch & Go

The FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that targets cylinders manufactured by Airmotive Engineering Corp. (AEC) and marketed by Engine Components International (ECi) has received 512 comments as I write this column. Brief background: The FAA is proposing 36,000 AEC/ECi cylinders be replaced on more than 6,000 engines as a result of 33 cylinder failures. The FAA states this AD will cost $82.6 million. I don’t currently own an airplane, so I don’t have a dog directly in this fight. But I’ve been in the general aviation game all my life, so the indirect effect is certainly palpable. My scan of the comments show two overarching themes: Poor and/or missing data and unintended consequences. Mike Busch, owner of Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, takes the FAA to task on both the data and consequences front. Excerpts from his 12-page comment on the proposed AD include: “The FAA enumerates 33 specific head-to-barrel separations of ECi cylinders. However, the first four of those separations are not relevant to the proposed AD because they occurred on cylinders with serial numbers below Ben Sclair is Publisher. He can be reached at ben@generalaviationnews.com.

7709 that were previously required by AD 2004-08-10 to have been removed from service.” So, according to Busch, the FAA is overstating the number of failures by more than 12% — 29 versus 33. For an opposite perspective, an anonymous commenter states [verbatim], “I support this proposed AD. For every cylinder failure that gets reported there are many more that go unreported. Sacrificing safety because of financial reason is ridiculous. If you can’t afford to operate an aircraft responsibly then you shouldn’t own it. This is not the first AD against ECI and there is a reason for it.” This comment is the definition of anecdotal and simply lacks any statistical support, whatever the commenter is attempting to state. Another anonymous commenter attempts to compliment the FAA into submission: “I have been flying for 30 years and have 3,000 flight hours in the higher horsepower Continental engines. I am an A&P mechanic, as well as a pilot, and have many times had to replace cylinders due to cracks. Virtually all of those cylinders were manufactured by Continental, not by ECi or Superior. I really hope you will re-evaluate the position that you have taken on this wholesale recall of ECi cylinders. It appears to be a lapse in your normally good judgment.” Is “virtually all” 99%?...80%?...

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lies. Not to mention the employees and 70%?... or something else? families of ECi, and every other repair William Middlebrook, CEO of Penn facility and manufacturer out there. Yan Aero, takes a more philosophical “If there is a problem with the manapproach while venturing into the unufacturing process or design of the intended consequences end of the pool: product, why did the FAA approve it? “My grandfather started this engine The industry uses the FAA regulations overhaul shop in 1945. I was born into to approve a design. Maybe the FAA this industry. In over 30 years workshould look internally for the fix to this ing in the piston aviation world, and problem. Either show us why we need with 40-plus long-time employees, we to be concerned about this proposal or have seen it all when it come to cylindrop it. It’s hurting everyone and helpders. Most cylinders that are returned to ing no one.” us after a life in the field will exhibit Lastly, there is a real (intended or cracks of some variety. This includes not) consequence to replacing cylinall brands of cylinders. Some can be ders. From Busch’s comments, “Cylfixed and will run to another TBO. Othinder replacement ers must be removed is a highly invasive from service and de“This is a and risky procedure stroyed. The cracks tremendous reach that must be executed which this NPRM refers to is somewhat by our FAA to answer perfectly. When it isn’t, there can be dire nebulous. a question that consequences. The “We see no data, we see no examples,” he hasn’t been asked. proposed AD creates 36,000 opportunicontinued. “We see no need for this reaction If it isn’t broken, why ties for mechanics to based on our experi- are we scarring and screw something up. if the mechanics ence. This company scaring the industry Even who perform those sees over 2,000 cylby trying to fix it?” mandated cylinder inders come though the door every year. — William Middlebrook, changes do the job perfectly 99.9% of the This is a tremendous CEO, Penn Yan Aero time, a 0.1% screwreach by our FAA to up rate could yield 36 answer a question that catastrophic engine failures. As somehasn’t been asked. If it isn’t broken, why one who works daily with thousands are we scarring and scaring the industry of A&Ps at hundreds of maintenance by trying to fix it? It is over-reaching facilities, I would be astonished if the and over-taxing. The effects are already screw-up rate was as low as 0.1%.” over-burdensome. We are spending too This proposed AD is serious business much time quelling the concerns of cusfor AEC/ECi, to be certain, but also to tomers who are calling and emailing any pilot and passenger of an affected asking if they have a problem to worry aircraft — and beyond. about. Most are angry. Have you weighed in? You have until “The FAA is taking time, labor and Dec. 11. Go to Regulations.gov, Docket money away from this engine shop, its Number FAA-2012-0002. employees, and the employee’s fami-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A SHORT FINAL FAN

To Short Final columnist Deb McFarland: You stole my heart when I read “Planes at the Swan” in the Oct. 25 issue. I love your sense of humor and I would also love the movie, Disney’s Planes. The concept of the Front Porch Gang really hit a nerve. I was brought up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire where you could walk into a country store and get a pickle from the barrel or a lobster for a dollar. I do miss those times. Today I fly out of Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver, Colorado. Gates galore, ramp passes, modern buildings and the loss of that atmosphere and wonder in flying out of a small country strip.

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THE LOST GENERATION

Jon Boyd is correct about factors eroding the base for aviation (The lost generation, Guest Editorial, Oct. 11 issue), but there are reasons seldom mentioned, such as fixed base operators who can be questioned as to whether they know how to run a business. As sales director, Jon might look into

simple marketing principles that FBOs ignore. My work involves traveling the highways of Illinois and that allows visiting general aviation airports. With rare exception, I am amazed no one asks “May I help you?” Youngsters seem to only think of the airlines as a vocation. I recall years ago flying with a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources pilot who didn’t want to say much about his job. He finally opened up by stating he had a

great job flying C-172s and was afraid someone would offer to do the work for less money. Here’s the catch — he had no desire to leave the position. DONALD YORK Machesney Park, Ill. Great issue of Oct. 11, with back to back articles of opposing, passionate debate relative to the current GA genre (The lost generation by Jon Boyd and Snowballs and dominoes, the Politics for Pilots column by Jamie Beckett). One view is factually exemplified, and the other metaphorically enlightening. Fox News here we come! FRANK SPERANDEO III via email

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Critical thinking Jamie Beckett Politics for Pilots

There is an important difference between critical thinking and being critical. Knowing that difference can be the deciding factor in whether you are successful at affecting change or become an ineffectual aggravating irritant. Now that I have your attention…it will come as no surprise to learn I have a tendency to critique almost every aspect of the world around me. Don’t get too excited about the admission, however. You probably do the same thing. We all do. It’s human nature. As a general rule it’s easier to criticize than it is to create. Consequently, the line of critics is always longer and louder than the line of people who actually produce something of value — or intended to be of value. Think about our tendencies for a moment. When we’re in traffic we see what the guy in front of us is doing wrong immediately. We often comment on his or her limited driving skills, too — sometimes in a loud voice peppered with less than hospitable words. When we watch the government at work we often wonder why it doesn’t work better. Anyone who has been to the Department of Motor Vehicles, stood in line at the Post Office, or climbed aboard Amtrak has to wonder exactly what it is about being connected to government that makes high-quality customer service an almost universally unattainable goal — and don’t even get me started on Congress or the FAA. Having said all that, it’s important

that we all know there’s nothing inherently wrong with being critical. It is that tendency to observe, evaluate, and critique that allows us to learn, to grow, to become better people — assuming, of course, that we do more than just criticize others. And there’s the rub. Most of us limit ourselves to the singular task of being critical — we side-step the subsequent tasks of thinking up a better method of getting the job done, or partnering with someone we recognize as competent and on the right track. And very few of us actually get up and actively lend a hand in an effort to help solve a problem. It’s just not our way. And that tendency becomes a selfimposed limitation that’s detrimental to us. Certainly I have dished out my share of criticism in person, in print, and even on video. As regular readers know, I’m not the least bit shy about sharing my observations or of putting a label on them, whether positive or otherwise. But I have also learned an important lesson: Simply pointing out the failings of others is not a constructive plan. Complaining does not improve the situation. Disparaging others does not automatically elevate us or our argument. Consider this: In virtually every community where some form of administrative hierarchy exists, the same dynamic plays out. A small group of dedicated

Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport. He founded and serves as a member of the Polk Aviation Alliance in central Florida, and is an unabashed aviation advocate. You can reach him at Jamie@GeneralAviationNews.com

people work to resolve problems. They often disagree. They sometimes dislike each other. But they persevere. These people are leaders of the community, often to the consternation of others. A larger group of people constitute the nay-sayers. These people are unhappy. They dislike the status quo, yet they are resistant to change. They speak up in opposition to new plans proposed by the leaders of the community, however they rarely make an effort to gain support for an alternative plan. Rather, they focus on drumming up more opposition. These people are rarely leaders of a community. The largest group of people are disconnected, disinterested, and perfectly content having no role in the process of leadership. They may not be happy with the direction things are headed, but they are more focused on the tangible aspects of their own lives than the intellectual, political, or theological machinations of the leaders or the critics. This group represents the majority, and while they

care about the future, they have come to believe they have no personal involvement in setting its course — so they roll with whatever happens and just do their best to keep their heads above water. Which group you or I belong to is really of little consequence. What matters is the realization that no matter which group we’re in, we can transition from one to another. We can move up or down on the ladder, and we can do it more than once. The determining factor in which way we move is simple. Are we leading, critiquing, or just living with the issues that affect us? For those who want to be leaders, act accordingly. Watch, read, listen, and discuss the issues affecting you and your community. Critique the process, the participants, and proposals being made. Then participate openly, positively, and with an open mind. Build consensus. Develop partnerships. Make a difference. Know the difference between critical thinking and being critical. It matters.

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I am in the process of purchasing a Cherokee 160 with a 180 engine that recently had the cylinders repaired. We flew it back from South Carolina after it had roughly 25 hours on the TOH. The flight from South Carolina was 11.6 hours total and we had to add two quarts of oil during that trip. Today I had my mechanic teach me how to change the oil and we checked the spark plugs and did a compression check. All four cylinders checked 79, but the #2 and #4 had oil on the spark plugs. In fact, the front left cylinder had so much oil you could pour it out of the spark plug. My mechanic said he’s very concerned and hasn’t seen spark plugs oil up that bad unless it’s a one-hour engine or a 2,000-hour engine. He is recommending having the cylinders taken off and sent in for repairs again. Is it possible the rings just haven’t seated yet on the two cylinders? ERROL ROTTMAN via email Paul McBride, an expert on engines, retired after almost 40 years with Lycoming. Send your questions to: AskPaul@GeneralAviationNews.com.

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Errol, I’m going treat this one like I’ve done my entire career and that is to be honest, as I see it, from the information you’ve provided. I don’t want to discourage you from purchasing this Piper Cherokee 160, but let’s just slow down a little bit before putting your money on the table. Unfortunately, you didn’t offer any details regarding the cylinder repair that just took place in South Carolina, which would have been helpful in determining what kind of action I’d take in working towards a solution. That being said, I’ll make some assumptions and see if it takes us close enough to the point we can make a decision as to whether to buy the aircraft or not. There is one thing that may have a big impact on what you observed. Nothing was mentioned about the type of oil that was used following the cylinder repair. Hopefully, it was a straight weight mineral base oil, which is recommended for engine break-in by Lycoming in its Service Instruction 1014M. Another important factor that must be followed is to operate the engine at full power for takeoff and 75% for cruise until the oil consumption stabilizes. The two quarts of oil consumption

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ular flight envelope you fly, the current you experienced during your trip from spark plugs do not have a hot enough South Carolina is certainly well within heat range. I’d suggest you cross check the specification for this engine. I bethe spark plug part number presently lieve it will improve with a few more being used against Lycoming Service hours on the engine. Instruction 1042Z. You may find going Now, with regard to the oil found on to a hotter spark plug will help. the spark plugs, this could be a result of If it were my aircraft, I’d fly it hard extended ground operation. Were these (75% power or higher) for five to 10 conditions discovered following a flight hours, being aware of all operating temat higher power or following a ground peratures and not exceeding those menrun? If this condition occurred followtioned in the Lycoming a flight, then there could possibly “The good thing is ing Engine Operators Manual. This means be some glazing on the problem can be cylinder head temthe cylinder walls, meaning the piston corrected. The bad perature not to exceed 500°F and preferably rings have not yet thing is that it may around 385° to 425° fully seated. It would not be require a fairly large during the flight and oil temperature not to unusual to find good amount of money.” exceed 245°, with 185° readings when conto 210° ideal. ducting a hot differAlso be certain to do a close inspecential compression check if the rings tion of all engine baffling to assure it’s had not seated because there would be properly located and doing its job. excessive oil in the cylinders. This alThe worst case situation, barring any lows a false reading whereby the exunforeseen problems, would be concessive oil fills spaces rather than the firming that the rings have not seated. piston rings being forced against the cylinder wall as they would if the rings Then the corrective action would be removing all cylinders, rehoning them, were fully seated. Was the differential compression takand installing new piston rings — then going through the entire engine breaken by your mechanic completed with the in procedure again. engine at normal operating temperature In closing, the good thing about all or was it cold? This may also give you of this is that I think the problem can be different readings, so the check should corrected. The bad thing is that it may always be made with the engine at norrequire a fairly large amount of money mal operating temperatures. to correct it if you can’t confirm the rings One other thing comes to mind when have or can be seated by some means someone mentions having oil in their other than removing all of the cylinders. spark plugs. It may be that for the partic“The Name to Remember for Aircraft Engine Parts and Service”

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Machado receives Crystal Eagle award Well-known aviation author, humorist and flight instructor Rod Machado is the 31st recipient of the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award, presented annually by the Aero Club of Northern California to honor those whose achievements are among the highest endeavors in aviation and aerospace.

The awards dinner was held earlier this month at the Hiller Aviation Museum at San Carlos Airport in San Mateo County, California. Additionally, three $2,000 scholarships, funded by a silent auction at the dinner, will be awarded to students enrolled in San Francisco Bay Area college and university aviation programs, club officials noted. Machado, a pilot since 1970, is best

known as an author of aviation books and a seminar speaker at events such as EAA AirVenture, SUN ’n FUN and other airshows. His seminars include “Defensive Flying,” “Handling In-Flight Emergencies,” and “Aviation Humor.” Born in Oakland, Machado started flying at age 16 at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose. He soloed at 17 and took his private pilot check ride with famed flight instructor and airshow pi-

lot Amelia Reid. By age 19, he was a certified flight instructor. Over the years, he earned a number of other pilot ratings, including instrument, commercial and airline transport pilot. He has several type ratings, but usually flies a Cessna 150. He has logged more than 8,000 flight hours, most of it giving dual instruction. AeroClubNorCal.org, RodMachado.com

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When the public was given a chance to comment on our proposal, 16,000 people and organizations put their thoughts on record with the FAA. And almost all of them said our idea was a good one. And then we waited, and waited, for the FAA to give us a response. We’ve been patient, but enough is enough. I raised this issue with the FAA administrator when I met with him in October. He told me that he is concerned about safety. That’s understandable. Safety is always our highest priority. But I feel sure this is a safe proposal. been an accident attributed to a medical issue. We think our plan would actually increase safety giving pilots detailed information about topics like the warning signs of serious illness, the effects of altitude on medication users, and how to conduct a thorough self-assessment, the course would help pilots make better decisions. proposal would only apply to single-engine aircraft with 180hp or less, no more than four seats, and

the same way. This is important to tens of thousands of pilots, and we’ve waited long enough. So I want you to know that I will keep pushing FAA for an answer, and I won’t settle for “no.”

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State legislators from Ohio and North Carolina held a rare joint news conference Oct. 24 to defend the legacy of the Wright brothers against a claim by the state of Connecticut. Ohio State Rep. Richard Perales and North Carolina State Sen. Bill Cook, linked by a Skype connection on the Internet, spoke from locations in their home states to rebuke a law Connecticut passed earlier this year that claimed one of its residents, Gustave Whitehead, flew two years earlier than the Wright brothers. They also released a statement signed by 34 historians, archivists, and others that said the evidence “fails to support the claim that Gustave Whitehead made sustained, powered, controlled flights prior to the Wright brothers.� Wilbur and Orville Wright lived in Dayton, where they developed the principles of controlled flight and built their first airplanes in their bicycle shop. They made their first flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C., at a location now within the town of Kill Devil Hills. Historians regard their powered flights of Dec. 17, 1903, as the first successful manned flights of a controlled, powered, heavier-than-air machine. “Ohio and North Carolina are known to have a longstanding rivalry over who

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The Wright “B� Flyer, a replica of the Wright brothers’ 1911 airplane, is operated by Wright “B� Flyer Inc. at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport south of Dayton. gets to claim the Wright brothers, but the simple fact is we both do,� Perales said. “Heritage organizations in Ohio and North Carolina have worked together for years to preserve our common heritage. Today, Ohio and North Carolina stand side by side for the Wright brothers.� Supporters of the Whitehead-flewfirst claim point to a fanciful newspaper article published in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1901, and some statements gathered

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LOS ANGELES — Always wanted to fly an F-16? Now you can, sort of. Fly The Dream has opened a new facility that’s bringing authentic F-16 flight simulation to the public, with no flying experience necessary. Fly the Dream is home to seven cockpit simulators, each one having more than 100 functions found in the actual US Air Force jetfighter, according to company officials. Officials say that every screen, button and readout in the sims are designed to replicate the genuine article, from the heads-up display (HUD) to the combat

rudder pedals and the ejector seat (minus the ejection mechanism, of course). To complete the experience, a 180° field of view provides visual feedback. Company officials note the sims were engineered with help from the Air Force. Despite having 12 touchscreen monitors with which to interact, Fly the Dream staff claim they are not kidding when they say no flight experience is required. Every session begins with a short technical briefing where all cockpit controls are explained in layman’s terms. Hands-on, in-flight assistance is

Upgrades slated for KPTN Upgrades to the 4,500-foot seaway at the Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport (KPTN) in Patterson, Louisiana, were set to take off Nov. 4. The upgrades began with the construction of a new, additional concrete ramp for launching and retrieval of straight float aircraft, which will be overlaid by wood for use by amphibious aircraft, airport officials noted. In addition to the new ramp, there will be two water wells drilled and electric

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larger jets, Honeywell officials said. Honeywell forecasts 2013 deliveries of approximately 600 to 625 new business jets, a single-digit decrease over last year. The reduced deliveries expected in 2013 are largely due to new program delays rather than deterioration in demand, according to the report. Cobham introduced the S-TEC 5000, a three-axis configurable autopilot that will allow for fully digital or combination digital and analog interface. Availability is expected late 2015 or early 2016, company officials said. Garmin unveiled new weather pricing plans, as well as a new position reporting service. Using their Garmin Flight Deck or avionics, pilots can choose how frequently they wish to send a position report, to be displayed by a provider such as FlightAware. com. Lexavia Integrated Systemsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debuted its latest enhanced vision systems sensor, the LFS6000, on the Eclipse 550 jet. The first production Eclipse 550 also made its debut at the show. STC approval for the sensor is expected soon, company officials said. Cessna revealed that best-selling author and pilot Stuart Woods is the launch customer of the Citation M2. A long-time Citation customer, Woods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps best known for his Stone Barrington thrillers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; recently visited Cessnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independence, Kan., facility to see his Citation M2 nearing completion, Cessna officials said. Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convention is set for Orlando, Florida, from Oct. 21-23, 2014. NBAA.org

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Dennis Parks Flight & Flyers

Born Mildred Mary Petre in November 1895, the Hon. Mrs. Victor Bruce made her name during the 1920s and ‘30s as a record breaker on land, sea and in the air. Her fame soared in 1930 when she undertook the first solo lightplane flight around the world. At the age of 15, Bruce was the first girl to appear before a court on a charge of speeding (on her brother’s motorcycle). She got into the world of competitive driving when she entered the 1927 Monte Carlo Rally, for which she won the Coupe des Dames. She then set the land speed record for driving solo for 24 hours. She next took to the water and set a record crossing the English Channel in an outboard motor-powered boat with a time of 1 hour, 47 minutes. She then turned her eyes on the sky. In June 1930, Bruce was wondering what to do next. While in London she spotted an airplane for sale in a shop window. A sign on the airplane said “Bluebird, Honeymoon model: Ready to go anywhere.” She asked if it could fly around the world; “easily” said the salesman. That evening she started planning a world flight. Calling the Air Ministry, she was informed that she would have to depart Dennis Parks is Curator Emeritus of Seattle’s Museum of Flight. He can be reached at dennis@generalaviationnews.com.

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before the end of September because of the Monsoon rains in India and Burma. Two days later she bought the plane and then realized she had never been up in the air. She tried to get lessons at Brough Airport where the Bluebird had been built by the Blackburn Aeroplane Co., but was told they were busy with Air Force training and she would have to wait two weeks. She replied that wasn’t good as she would be flying around the world by then. With help from Robert Blackburn, she started her lessons and soloed at the end of a week. On Sept. 25, 1930, eight weeks after receiving her license and with just 40 hours in her logbook, she commenced her great adventure around the world. The Bluebird originated as an entry in a 1924 light plane competition at Lympne, England. It was designed as the prototype for a training aircraft. Seating was side-by-side, which was convenient for conversation between instructor and student. The most famous Blackbird was probably the one Bruce used for her world flight. This was a Blackbird IV, which had much increased performance due to the installation of a 120-hp de Havilland Gipsy II engine. Total fuel capacity was increased to 90 gallons with an additional tank occupying the left side of the two-seat cockpit. It was also fitted with long-range radio equipment that automatically transmitted a

signal via a clockwork-driven Morse code signal every 15 minutes. There was no room for a parachute or other emergency equipment. Bruce left Heston Airfield in England Sept. 25, 1930. However perfunctory her flight training was, she had studied navigation thoroughly from a master navigator and provided herself with a set of charts to keep track of her course. Her route from England initially saw her fly to Munich, Vienna, Belgrade, Istanbul, and on to Karachi. The most challenging event in the world flight took place over the desert near the Gulf of Oman on the way to Karachi. She encountered a sand storm and then lost oil pressure. She attempted to land on what seemed like firm ground, but sank into it and overturned. She was OK, but the propeller was broken. Baluchi tribesmen rescued her, taking her to their encampment. After surviving for some days on water and dates, she persuaded the chief to send word to Jask, some 40 miles distant, where there was a British cable office and an Imperial Airways field. Three Englishmen came to her aid and mended the plane — thanks to a spare propeller she strapped to the fuselage — and she flew on to Jask, where she had to wait for new engine parts. She then flew eastwards with impressive reliability and reached Tokyo after a magnificent 600-mile crossing of the Yellow Sea to Seoul, Korea, arriving seven weeks after leaving London. The Bluebird was then shipped to Vancouver, Canada, and flown to Seattle. She then headed down to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and on to San Diego, arriving there Jan. 18, 1931. From San Diego she started her long flight across Arizona, Texas, through

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Bruce was the first person to solo across three continents in a lightplane. the Midwest and on to New York. She was again delayed a fortnight later when the Bluebird overturned in thick mud at the Glenn Martin Co.’s aerodrome at Baltimore. After getting repaired, the aircraft reached New York on Feb. 5 for shipment to Le Havre, France, on the passenger liner Ile de France. She then flew to Le Bourget outside Paris before returning via Lympne to a triumphal reception at Croydon on Feb. 20, followed the next day by a welcoming party at Heston, which was attended by nearly every existing Bluebird. Bruce had indeed made her mark on aviation, including the first solo flight from England to Japan; the longest solo flight, 19,000 miles; the first to solo over three continents; and the first world encircling flight.

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The Photo Issue airshow performances and more. We wish we had room to publish each one, but had to choose just a few to feature here. You’ll be able to see more of our readers’ photos online at GeneralAviationNews.com.

Photo by Kris Siuba

Photo by Lee Kluger

Welcome to our first-ever Photo Issue featuring photos sent in by our readers. Hundreds of photos were received over the past few months, ranging from photos of owners with their planes, to great in-flight shots, to spectacular

Lee Kluger of Bi-Plane Adventures in Atlanta captured this shot after he built a mount for a camera on his 1941 N3N-3 Naval Aircraft Factory biplane.

Photo by Kenneth Hetge

The first time Kris Siuba flew as an LSA pilot in the Chicago area was in this Topaz LSA on Labor Day 2013.

Photo by Lane Luttrell

Photo by Paul Davis

“This is a shot of my step-son, Jason Dusel, landing a DC-3 “Super” on a very wet remote strip in Alaska. He works for Trans Northern Air in Anchorage.”

Taken from the “cockpit” of a QuickSIlver Sprint 2 over Reserve, La., September 2013.

“This photo was taken at the Mojave Air and Space Port on my Commander 112. It was one of the first flights I took with my girlfriend Liza, now my wife.”

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Itty bitty Cub: Ben Lachendro, 14, took this picture en route to Iowa this summer. The photo was taken from the family’s PA-16 Clipper, while Max Platts flew the Lachendro’s J-3 Cub.

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Low, slow and yellow: A Stearman departs Van Sant Airport in Erwinna, Pa.

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Andrea Hopkins’ passion for planes soared when her boyfriend became a pilot. He trained in this Cessna 150 at Missouri’s Festus Memorial Airport (FES).

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“Miss Pearl,” which has won more than 50 national championships, is shown over the Mississippi River. She is hangared at Drake Field Airport (FYV) in Fayetteville, Ark.

This photo of a P-47 was taken at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pa., in 2010.

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This picture of Dave Fisher’s PiperSport over the Grand Canyon was taken by Ron Kreienkamp from his CT in October 2012.

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A Mission Aviation Fellowship Cessna 206 prepares for takeoff in Borneo.

Elena Johnson, 16, of Hayden, Idaho, prepares for her intro flight in a Savannah S-LSA at the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s floating green.

A mass RV formation.

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Photo by Jim Buxton

Jim Buxton took this photo of his son at AirVenture 2013. “The fact that my favorite airplane graces the background is no coincidence. I like the contrast of a child’s dreams taking flight, and my dream airplane in the background. It is also a study in what my priorities are currently. That Albatross keeps getting blurrier in the distance!”

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This B-17 was at an airshow at Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR). Note the air dock in the background.

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A Diamond DA-40 during a flight across Southern California to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA).

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Pat McClure’s Cessna 140 at Sedona, Ariz.

Saul Rangel’s Diamond DA-40 coming in to land at El Monte Airport (EMT) in California.

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Photo by Amy Schapiro

“On the way to our first fly-in breakfast with my granddaughter Maddie, 7, and my just-completed CH750. Great memories for both of us.”

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Hudson Schapiro, 1, takes a real airplane ride with Uncle Steve Schapiro, while he has fun in his airplane-shaped raft in the pool.

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Oregon’s Creation Explorers Aviation Club restored this research vessel. It is shown with a 1939 J-3 Piper Cub in the Columbia River Gorge. Joseph Chambers snapped this photo of his nephew waiting for a Young Eagles flight — his first time ever in an airplane — at the annual EAA Fly-In at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport (GVL) in Gainesville, Ga. “I love the pure anticipation he had and the picture almost captured that.”

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This photo of a Skystar Kitfox 5 outfitted with a Lycoming O-290-D with a Props Inc. maple prop was taken in the Alvord Desert in Oregon in June 2013.

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The new Zenith CH 750 Cruzer kit airplane, powered by the 130-hp UL350iS engine from UL Power, is piloted by Roger Dubbert over central Missouri.

“This is of me on the event of my first flight (Sept. 15, 2008) in the RV-8 that I built, over the Iowa countryside.”

This shot of a 1938 Luscombe 8 was taken at Tehachapi, Calif.

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Michael Lessard’s C-150 donning her winter garb at the Beech Hill Pond Fly-In on a chilly winter day in Maine.

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Rob Jacoby snapped this photo when he was cleared for a “shortcut” through Central Park in New York City.

Sharon and Richard Allen’s 1946 Piper PA 12, photographed on the couple’s private, snow-covered, grass strip (3NJ9) in Southampton, N.J.

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Jon and Berkley Hudson’s Aviat Husky at the annual Recreational Aviation Foundation Fly-In at the RAF’s Ryan Field (2MT1) in Montana.

The annual fly-in on Beech Hill Pond in Maine. At one time during the day, 45 airplanes were on the ice.

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This picture was taken at Lloyd Stearman Field (1K1) in Benton, Kansas.

Juan Guevara from Argentina sent in this photo taken by his girlfriend.

A Maryland Air National Guard A-10A Thunderbolt II, AKA Warthog.

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Jerry Waddell’s Angel Aircraft taken over the Kansas Flint Hills area.

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“This photo, taken at sunset at Centential Airport (APA) in the Denver metropolitan area, is of my Gobosh 700GX with my mother, Cheryl Schultz, along for a ride in the pattern with my flight instructor, Barbara Scott Marx. I was lucky enough to capture a wonderful window of color with amazing cloud layers, some contrails and their shadows over the Rocky Mountains. I hope this captures the spirit and beauty of GA flight for your readers!” Chris Schultz

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Accident Reports These November 2011 accident reports are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, they are intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others. Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Sturgis, S.D. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The accident happened while the student pilot was practicing supervised solo takeoffs and landings. The CFI stated that after the second solo landing, the student did not retract the flaps before beginning the next takeoff. After takeoff, the plane entered a half-turn spin and hit the ground. Toxicology tests detected acetaminophen and diphenhydramine in the pilot’s urine. Although diphenhydramine can cause drowsiness, the investigation could not determine whether it contributed to the accident. Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain control during takeoff with extended flaps. Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Alexandria, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land at night when the airplane lost electrical power. During the landing flare, he lost sight of the runway lights on the right side of the airplane. The airplane went off the runway and hit a runway sign. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the night landing. Aircraft: Citabria Injuries: None. Location: Basker, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was part of a flight of three airplanes that had taken off from a private dirt airstrip. The pilots intended to land in a field 18 miles from the departure point. They overflew the intended 1,000-footlong landing area to make sure it was clear. The accident pilot was second to land. He told investigators that during the touchdown, the winds were variable, but as the plane rolled out he determined that he had a tailwind of about five knots, which caused a higher ground speed than expected.

The plane was going too fast to stop in the remaining distance and a goaround was no longer possible, so he entered a left turn and let it progress to a controlled ground loop to avoid overrunning the landing area. The right wing hit a raised dirt area, and the right wing tip and spar, right aileron, and right landing gear and wheel were damaged. Probable cause: The pilot’s delayed decision to perform an aborted landing. Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: None. Location: Brooksville, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was not familiar with the area, was using his GPS to find the airport. He attempted to land on what he thought was the runway. During the landing roll, as the wings hit mailboxes and fences, he realized he had landed on a residential street and the runway was about 1.5 miles to the west. Probable cause: The pilot’s incorrect identification of the runway, which resulted in an off-airport landing and subsequent collision with objects. Aircraft: Grumman Tiger. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Bulverde, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was on a short final approach with an airspeed between 70 and 75 knots indicated, with one-third flaps extended. He reduced the throttle to idle. The plane settled more rapidly than he expected. He reapplied power, but it was not quick enough to keep the plane from hitting trees in a ravine 300 feet short of the runway. Both wings and the fuselage were buckled. Probable cause: The pilot’s improper glide-path while on final approach. Aircraft: CX4. Injuries: None. Location: San Carlos, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that, during takeoff from an asphalt runway, the tailwheel-equipped plane experienced a gust of wind from the left. He corrected for it and maintained directional control until the plane encountered a second gust of wind from the left and, despite his control inputs, the plane went off the right side of the runway and into trees. Probable cause: The inadequate directional control during takeoff.

Aircraft: Bellanca Cruisemaster. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Borger, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was on a cross-country flight. Twenty miles from the destination airport, at an altitude of 9,500 feet MSL, he began the landing sequence. He intended to change fuel tanks when the plane reached 5,000 feet. During the procedure the engine lost power. He turned on the fuel pump and attempted to turn the fuel selector knob. The knob broke in half, leaving just the post. Unable to turn the post and restart the engine, he made a forced landing in an open area. During the forced landing, the left wing hit a tree, the landing gear collapsed, and the fuselage sustained substantial damage. After the accident, the pilot told investigators that he mistakenly turned the fuel gauge selector knob rather than the fuel selector knob, then got distracted by the knob breaking. Probable cause: A total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of improper fuel management. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s diverted attention with the broken fuel gauge knob. Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: New Orleans. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: Shortly after takeoff in IFR conditions over water, the pilot noted a rapid increase in the temperature of the #2 cylinder head, followed by a drop in oil pressure. He declared an emergency and attempted to return to the airport. The engine failed and the propeller seized. The plane came down in the water. The pilot was rescued by a local fisherman. Examination of the engine revealed the #2 fuel injector nozzle was clogged, resulting in detonation of the #2 cylinder. A review of maintenance records revealed that each of the fuel injector nozzles was removed and cleaned five days before the accident. The pilot said he had the nozzles cleaned because he noticed a high CHT on the #2 cylinder during a cross-country flight. After the nozzles were cleaned, they were placed back on the engine and two separate engine runs were conducted. No anomalies were noted. The pilot then flew a 2.5-hour cross-country flight without incident. However, on his next flight, which was the accident flight, the engine failed. Probable cause: A loss of engine

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power due to detonation of the #2 cylinder from a clogged fuel injector nozzle. Aircraft: Beech Bonanza. Injuries: None. Location: Elkhart Lake, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot departed for the planned 1 hour and 40 minute flight with 58 gallons of fuel on board. While in cruise flight at 2,500 feet MSL, the engine lost power. After switching fuel tanks and several unsuccessful engine restart attempts, he made a forced landing in a field. He stated that, at the time of the accident, he estimated that the left and right fuel tanks were about half full. A post-accident examination showed about 35 gallons of fuel in the left fuel tank and no fuel in the right tank. The fuel selector was selected to the right tank. The right fuel tank was intact, and the left fuel tank bladder contained a tear, in which the fuel drained until it reached a level below the tear. No fuel was in the fuel lines from the right tank and through the engine fuel system, which was consistent with fuel starvation. Probable cause: Improper fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Eau Claire, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: During a personal sightseeing flight in the late afternoon, the pilot landed at a controlled airport without contacting the tower. According to the manager of an FBO at the airport, the pilot didn’t know what airport he was at, and was unsure of how to get to his intended destination. Although the manager reminded him to do so, the pilot did not contact the control tower during his departure. While en route, it became dark, and the airplane experienced a loss of electrical power. The pilot spent an hour trying to find an airport. At the time, the sky was clear and visibility was 10 miles. The pilot elected to land on a road. The airplane hit a pole. The post-accident examination revealed that the battery had a low power state. Probable cause: The pilot’s disorientation during a night flight, which resulted in an off-airport landing, and his inadequate directional control during the landing roll. Contributing to the accident was the loss of the airplane’s electrical system power.

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New Products to the autopilot, company officials explain. Additionally, it has the capability to immediately disengage the autopilot if an AHRS fault is detected. Price: $2,495. AspenAvionics.com

SunSocket available at Aircraft Spruce

Now available at Aircraft Spruce is the SunSocket Solar EnergyBar 250, a high capacity portable battery pack powerful enough to be classified as a “generator,” but still extremely lightweight and safe for aircraft. It uses lithium iron phosphate battery technology, which is stable and nonhazardous (unlike other lithium-ions), according to company officials. It can provide up to 30 hours of power for many USB devices, and up to six hours of power for larger electronic equipment like thermal coolers or laptops. AircraftSpruce.com

Blackhawk taps J.A. Air Center as distributor

Blackhawk Modifications has named J.A. Air Center as the newest distributor of its engine performance solutions for Beechcraft King Airs, Cessna Caravan 208A/208Bs, Conquest I and Cheyenne aircraft. Based at Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR) in Sugar Grove, Ill., about 45 miles west of Chicago, J.A. Air Center recently completed its first Blackhawk installation, an XP135A upgrade that incorporated two factory-new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A engines on a corporate operator’s King Air C90. Blackhawk.aero, JAAir.com

FlightSafety expands eLearning program with new ADS-B course

FlightSafety International will offer a new web-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) course as part of the ongoing expansion of the company’s eLearning programs. The course is designed to develop the pilot’s knowledge of ADS-B system operation, including both normal and abnormal operating procedures. FlightSafety.com

through the iPad, to provide greater flexibility for late changes entered on short notice. Frequently-used favorite route options are stored in the system, to save time with entering route information. Graphical current and forecast weather overlays are also available. Jeppesen.com

Beechcraft appoints Kalamazoo Aircraft service center

Beechcraft has tapped Kalamazoo Aircraft in Kalamazoo, Mich., as an authorized service center for the company’s Baron (pictured) and Bonanza aircraft. Kalamazoo Aircraft is a full-service MRO and FAA certified repair station specializing in piston-powered single engine and light twin engine aircraft. It is located at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO). KalamazooAircraft.com, Beechcraft.com

Sectional Charts: Not just for the cockpit

The most popular and colorful aviation charts are now available framed from Sporty’s Wright Bros. Collection. Beginning with a sectional chart and specified city or airport of your choosing, Sporty’s in-house framing department will smooth out the folds, then mount and frame the chart in a black frame. Price: $89.99. Allow two weeks for delivery. Sportys.com

EA100 autopilot interface approved to replace Century attitude indicators

Aspen Avionics’ EA100 autopilot adapter is now approved for the Century 21, 31, 41, 2000 and 4000 autopilot systems. The EA100 provides a digital-to-analog data conversion between the Evolution 1000 and an aircraft’s attitudebased autopilot system. The adapter enables the Evolution Flight Display’s Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS) to provide accurate and reliable attitude information directly

New features for Jeppesen FlitePlan Online

Jeppesen has introduced new features for its Jeppesen FlitePlan Online. New Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) validation and multiple scenario analysis functionality, including recently cleared routes, provides flexible, optimal routing options and higher flight plan filing acceptance rates, according to company officials. This route optimization ability reduces overall fuel consumption and simplifies the overall flight planning process for pilots, officials add. New capabilities for the web-based flight planning solution also include runway performance analysis and optimized access to flight planning features

Garmin enhances GTN capability

Garmin has unveiled expanded capabilities and new features for the GTN series. With the latest software, pilots have access to optional Class A TAWS, ADS-B-out compatibility with select third-party transponders, and scheduled message alerting. Class A TAWS offers pilots an increased level of situational awareness by providing alerts such as excessive closure rate, large glideslope deviations, and the potential for terrain impact when the aircraft is not in landing

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configuration, company officials said. To help pilots meet ADS-B requirements around the world, this update incorporates an open industry protocol to send information from the GTN to a compatible transponder. This software update can help bridge the gap to compliance for many pilots who have already invested in a GTN and a compatible transponder, company officials noted. Scheduled message alerting can help remind pilots of routine operations. These messages can be configured to provide a custom message alert on the display using a specific preset date and time reference, countdown timer, or periodic timer. For example, a “Switch fuel tanks” message can be programmed as a helpful reminder in-flight. Garmin.com

ASA debuts iPad mini kneeboard

ASA has introduced an iPad mini kneeboard. The elastic strap secures the binderlike case to the pilot’s leg while in flight and is easily removable for everyday use, company officials note. Inside, the sleeve holds the iPad mini securely with full access to controls and buttons. The left side has pockets to store documents and provides a writing surface. The cover folds into a flap to serve as a horizontal desktop stand, providing landscape viewing and full keyboard access. A hole on the back panel exposes the camera lens for picture taking, and a pen/stylus holder is accessible in any configuration, company officials note. Price: $49.95 ASA2Fly.com

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Parachutes - 8150 PILOT’S EMERGENCY Parachutes --hundreds of new and used rigs --military and aerobatic types. Prices from $250 and up. Western Parachute Sales, Inc., 29388 SE Heiple Road, Eagle Creek, OR 97022. 503-630-5867 or fax 503-630-5868.

Arkansas - 9650 Arkansas Valley Cotter Airport, Final Sale. One runway lot $30,000. Seller pays all closing costs. 3% financing avail, 870-430-5545, aerov@centurytel.com

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Title Services - 9210 TITLE SEARCHES: Same day reports if called before noon C.T., most searches. 800-666-1397 or 405-2328886. Visa/ MC. Aircraft Title Corp. Established 1957. Tugs & Towbars - 9300 LEKTRO 8500 tug with fresh batteries and tires. Nice serviceable condition. Outlets for jump starts and the steering and brakes are great. $6000 takes it away. Located in Aurora, Oregon. 503-678-2678. Mtreit@aol.com

ARKANSAS BULL Shoals Lake acreages w/airpark, 3+ acres, $25,000-$80,000, Village Land Office, 870-4042059, 870-453-2966 eves, www.villagelandoffice.com mears@southshore.com California - 9650 10 ACRES 51CA, Kelly Airport, Lucerne Valley, CA. $27,500. Roger 310-530-7854. PRICE DROPPED $30K to $295K for wonderful 3bd/2ba 1580sqft home, 2.5ac, North California fly-in community (Swansboro). See www.zillow.com/homedetails/6298Pine-Needle-Ln-Placerville-CA-95667/69234795_zpid/ 916-849-4273, larry@milesfirm.com

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7T7-No airport fees; no POA fees; lighted 5,000ft paved N/S and 2800ft dirt E/W runways. 3000sqft house; 2500Sq.ft. shop; 3750 Sq.ft. hangar; on 1.2 acres; all 150 yards from paved runway w/private taxi-way to runway. 5700sqft heated and air-conditioned. $745,000. For further info and pictures contact Sandy J. Hanson, REALTOR at Legacy Real Estate, 432-638-3819 or sandy@sandyjhanson.com in Midland, Texas.

PINE MTN Lake, CA(E45). Taxi to your airpark home or live on the lake. Championship golf, tennis, stables in gated community near Yosemite. Capt LarryJobe. “UAL” retired. www.YosemiteAreaRealtors.com 209-962-5501 RIGHT ON the airport with Runway and Taxiway Access. Home and Hangar. 3000ft paved lighted runway, near fishing, boating, water and snow skiing, Major shopping, boat launch to the Sacramento river, Only!! $399,000. Call Mel 530-347-3164, email melandann@charter.net www.lakecalifornia.info 2/ 1/2 Acres along side Runway $45,000.Adelanto Airpark, So. Calif, near Victorville, Broker Bill 760-792-8072, billbergsjo@verizon.net Colorado - 9650 SOUTHERN Colorado Cattle or Horse Ranch. 960Acres w/5000ft. FAA Airstrip. (31CD) $1,500,000. Possible Owner Financing. See pics:www.diamondstarranch.com Call Mike-772-971-5157 or Melinda 772-559-2673. Florida - 9650 DAD’S ESTATE SALE: 2 Airports, 3 Runways. 30 Acres Lake Front with an Airstrip located near Lake Nona::This gorgeous piece of property is on Lake Gentry. It is inclose proximity to The Lake Nona Project as well as being 10minutes from Orlando. This property is loaded with potential and has the added bonus of being green-belted with low taxes. It has 700ft of lake-frontage. It also has additional room for expansion. This is a must see for any investor or developer as well as private individuals. 100 acres on Lake Gentry. This a one of a kind piece of property with an income producing citrus grove. It has paved road-frontage on Lake Gentry and is located in Osccola County. Additional Option to Purchase Properties Including 5-6 Houses as well as 17 Separate Parcels of Land. Please Contact Christy @ 386-466-4838 for more info. ORLANDO AREA Aviation-properties, hangars, hangarrentals, Some priced like bank-owned. Chandelle Properties. Ron Henderson 407-712-4071 Keller Williams/Advantage II Realty www.chandelleproperties.com

AIRPORT FOR SALE HOBART, IN. 3,125’runway, 200+ self storage units, 3-bdrm home. Much more. $1,395,000. www.HobartSkyRanch.com Hangar Homes Realty. 312-543-1220. Kansas - 9650 FOR SALE: 2800SQFT Brick Ranch Home on almost 3acres, 4-miles North of Colby on major Highway. Full partially-finished basement. 3BD-upstairs, 1BD in basement. 2 1/2BA, 1car garage & shop. New 24x30 shed, 2-older trailer houses for storage. Established Northern tree windbreak. Many fruit-trees along with the Evergreen & Pine. Yard mostly of Buffalo grass. No muddy-roads to sink into. Drive in right from Hwy. 2miles from Airport. Neighboring stable. Go to: oasisontheplains.com to see all of Colby, KS. $195,000. Call for more info if seriously interested. 785-462-6936.

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200+ acres for sale, Utilities in 3300' grass strip near beautiful Torch Lake Terms possible — Phone: (231) 632-2412 info@torchport.com, www.torchport.com

LUXURY HOME & 50x60 HANGAR w/16’ Hydroswing door on gated 3.4acres w/immediate access to 2700’runway at Evergreen Sky Park, Auburn(WA). Built-2006, all brick home, 3bdrms, +bonus room, 2.5baths +outstanding architecture. Pilot’s dream hangar w/heated floors, plumbed w/compressed air, 220 outlets. Property has it all! PRUDENTIAL NORTHWEST REALTY, Paula Huse, Realtor, 206-510-3976. paulahuse@pnwrealty.com http://api.vzaar.com/videos/1251977.embed

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2 br, 2 bath on 2/3 of an acre, on private airstrip. New decks, carpet, blinds, kitchen appliances, washer, dryer, furnace & metal roof. Includes airstrip ownership. www.PineHollowAirport.org Contact Jim @ 425-864-1732

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SARASOTA FL Hidden River Airpark, 2640’ paved and lighted runway, lots w/homes 5-20acres. Katty Caron, Realty Executives. www.floridaaviationproperties.com katecaron@realtyexecutives.com 941-928-3009 CANNON CREEK Airpark. Florida’s Finest just got better. 600+acres, 2-Runways along I-75 North Fl. at Lake City and I-10. The best approaches, Golf and Tennis and snack Bar by Golf Cart. 4,000Ft Turf 4,000 paved. 150 Homes Now and growing. New section greater than 40 lots, Incredible Beautiful Lots. No rush to build, Finance and no interest, 10 lots set at $19,000. Each DoorBuster Pricing. CCAIRPARK.COM Call 386-984-0283, Ray Sessions After 35years of Building this Airpark and starting others at Sun N Fun, This is my last Subdivision, time to find a Honey, give her a Home. I’ll be 70 this year. Time to see The Grandchildren in Kissimmee and San Antonio. Call me, you will get the buy of a LifeTime. No Salesmen, Direct to you.

MONTANA, WINDSOCK SKYPARK. The Last Best Place! Only 20-lots left for sale. 1-acre or larger, on Shores of Beautiful Fort Peck Lake in NE MT. City water, sewer, nat-gas, underground utilities installed, paved streets, taxiway to 37S public airport. Lanny Hanson Visit: www.windsockskypark.com 406-526-3535, 406263-1154. Don’t miss the opportunity to Live in a beautiful hunting and fishing recreational paradise! LOTS NOW SELLING $60,000.

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NV-MINDEN Tahoe Airport(KMEV) 20-Aircraft Hangars. 2-buildings, 2650sqft/3150sf. 50-yr ground-lease, electric bi-fold door&man-door per-hangar. Investment-opportunity. $1,200,000 775-332-7304 “Avison Young/Western Alliance Commercial Inc.”

America’s Premier Fly-In & Country Club Community, Daytona Beach, (East Coast of Florida). Taxiway homes from $450,000, non-taxiway homes from $200,000, condo’s from $139,000. Lots available. Long/ short term rentals avail. Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty, Pat & Lenny Ohlsson, 800-932-4437. www.fly-in.com sales@fly-in.com

WA-GORGEOUS Residential Airpark in Toledo. Lots1.33acres, water/electric to property. Panoramic-view of Mt.Rainier& Mt. St.Helens. $85,000. 360-864-6271. Owner Finance. 4% interest.

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Michigan - 9650 WALKOUT RANCH with 60’x78’ hangar & workshop on 24M. 100ftx2543ft lighted grass strip. N of Grand Rapids, MI. $190,000. 616-678-7582.

Washington - 9650

PRICE REDUCED, LET’S NEGOTIATE! 6bd/5ba, 9car garage w/RV parking inside. 1acre land. Very quiet neighborhood. Fully landscaped withtimed watering, large decorative pond. Gas heated with AC and the latest energy efficient systems. One minute drive to Aurora Airport &Langdon Farms Golf Course. Two minutes to I-5. Fairly priced in the current market at $575,000. Call Don at 503-260-4949.

Nevada - 9650

NEW AIRPARK: Northeast Pennsylvania, 29-lots for sale. 1.25-3 acres, great views, underground utilities, sewers, some lakefront. EZ flight/drive to NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Connecticut. At Seamans Airport (9N3), 2500’paved IFR approach, lighted, all services, Build Your Dream Home This Spring! “Model Home Being Built Now”. 866-924-7787 or www.SkylineEstates.us South Carolina - 9650

A MUST SEE IN CLARENDON COUNTY SC “WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL” Gated airpark with underground utilities in place.

www.palmettoairplantation.com Palmetto-POBox 777-Manning-SC 29102-803-473-2199

NW NEVADA Airstrip property. 5+ acres 35 miles SE Lake Tahoe 38 miles S. Carson City. $95K Terms. NV 775-266-3796

North Carolina - 9650 AVIATION, INVESTMENT & residential properties. Licensed in both Carolina’s. Sell airpark & airstrip property That’s what we do www.NC-Airparks.com 877-279-9623.

NORTH of Hurricanes, SOUTH of snow 3300turf. 10mi to Myrtle Beach. 1, 5,10,acre lots Low taxes/insurance, “free DVD”. 843-602-8220. www.hardeeairpark.com Texas - 9650

NORTH TEXAS PILOT'S DREAM! Exclusive community of 140 homesites in a 340-acre residential airpark. Live with your plane in quiet seclusion only 5 minutes from shopping, restaurants and universities, just 25 minutes North of DFW, near 23,000-acre lake. Taxi from the paved runway to your home. Several 1-acre lots available, also some homes. 940-321-5758,

SAN JUAN AVIATION ESTATES BLAKELY ISLAND, WA. Premier Recreational Airpark. Paved lighted runway. Exceptional marina. Owner access to 3000ac forest preserve w/2 - 70ac lakes: fish/swim/boat. Taxiway cabin with room to build your hangar $365,000. Like new architect designed runway/ marine view home: $500,000. Judy, Flying Island Realty, 360-375-6302 www.flyingislandrealty.com judy@flyingislandrealty.com FOR RENT: House and Hangar. $1150 at Desert Aire Airport (M94). Nice 2-bed, 2-bath, landscaped. Hangar 35x45, bifold door. 509-439-2098. FOR SALE: Two Bedroom House, large Hangar w/bedroom included plus 20 acres, paved runway, near Chelan. Call for details. 509-630-0045. Publisher’s notice: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limited or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodian, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 800-669-9777. Toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 800-927-9277.

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Why registrations are down Dan Johnson Splog

A number of people have asked about an updated Light-Sport Aircraft sales report for 2013. While remembering that we report registrations, not sales, this year has been a different sort. LSA registrations are down from 2012, with the exception that CubCrafters remains the registration (and presumably sales) leader. American Legend and its Cubs are also showing more activity this year. Beyond the yellow taildragger squadron, it’s something of a mixed bag. Let me offer another statistic that amazes me while speaking to the evergrowing interest in LSA and kit aircraft that sport pilots may fly. In September, ByDanJohnson.com set an all-time record with 71,400 unique visitors, 25% higher than our previous record. In 2013, unique visitors have averaged more than 35,000 per month, a figure more than double 2012, which had been our best year ever. If I appear to be bragging too loudly, let me say that I believe the website is merely the messenger and that it is a fleet of great LSA and a solid team of suppliers and service providers that is delivering visitor growth. People are flocking to ByDanJohnson. com because, I believe, LSA and Sport Pilot-eligible kits and other aircraft are THE growth area for aviation. Thanks to less obtrusive regulations and greater design freedom, this sector is where innovation shines at (relatively) affordable cost. So if our website traffic is soaring and if LSA are the growth area, why are registrations off significantly in 2013? It’s a valid question and I don’t presume to have all the answers. However, I’d like to present a little history to help explain. At the dawn of LSA, anticipation had grown to a fever pitch over this new class of airplane with its own pilot certificate. The fact that you didn’t need a medical was a huge component, but there was more. General aviation manufacturers, hobbled by a frightfully expensive regulatory structure, were only rarely coming out with new airplanes and the cost of these aircraft was breathtaking (and still is...a Cirrus SR22 can sell for more than $800,000!). The FAA is finally acting to move toward industry consensus standards for GA aircraft and we think that will be helpful. For more on Sport Pilot and LSAs: ByDanJohnson.com

In the heady days of 2005-2007, LSA manufacturers could not keep up with demand. Many built larger factories, hired more workers, and spent millions to create more and better designs. Component manufacturers also kept a steady drumbeat of sought-after instruments, accessories, parts, and add-on features. Then the “Great Recession” hit. Industries far beyond aviation were pummeled. Sales declined (see chart) and LSA manufacturers scrambled to adjust. Many lost money as they had built too much capacity right about the time demand slacked. It was even worse for GA and bizjet makers, but it was hard on the LSA industry. So, manufacturers got small, the only defensive posture they could take as these are not deep pocket companies. The recession supposedly ended in 2009, though many will tell you their lives haven’t improved much. Another factor emerging since 2006 is increased regulatory burden, in the USA and other countries, contributing to more effort needed by manufacturers to demonstrate compliance and meet added rules. At the same time, new technologies such as glass panels, autopilots, and more complex engines, have demanded more from producers. Add these requirements to a difficult economy and you have ample reasons why manufacturers are not building airplanes as fast as they once were.

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That said, the future remains bright for LSA with interesting designs in the pipeline, improved models from wellknown builders, and a wide price range able to suit most budgets. Importantly, the safety record remains good. The industry is leaner but still active. However, all these factors translate to longer delivery times. Some aircraft builders, like Aerotrek and Phoenix Air, never went overboard and both companies have maintained steady businesses with deliveries stretching into 2014. Producers who made many more airplanes are still building, but in more cautious volumes. So, when demand finally began rising as it did early in 2013, orders were written and deposits made, but airplanes were in the supply line and not available to be registered. Hence, 2013 registration numbers are soft. As demand and supply find equilibrium, delivery times will come down and registrations will rise. We may not see the manufacturing pace of 2006 for

some time but I remain convinced that LSA are the new entry point in aviation. Prices range from less than $40,000 to more than $200,000 but consider that a new Cessna 172 Skyhawk will sell for nearly $400,000 in 2014 — and that venerable design will still be a 195060s design. Will 2014 be a year of much improved results? I don’t know. My crystal ball is no better than yours. Yet I know this: Flying remains a very special activity and we should celebrate how easily and affordably we can pursue it. LSAs make this possible for more people and that value will only get stronger.

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