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Bringing Light, Instead of Just Heat, To GA Security Debates As GA News readers know, a topic on everyone’s mind in our industry was the recent event in Austin in which a suicidal pilot flew into a Texas office building. The basic question I have heard most often from people in general aviation has been: “Ed, what does NBAA think of the situation, and what are you telling people in Washington?” Beyond a doubt, the Austin event was horrific and tragic. But having said that, we in general aviation know that the incident shouldn’t reflect on our community as a whole. That’s the message I delivered to top officials at the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration when I put in phone calls to their offices immediately after the event. Of course, NBAA has also been forcefully responding to inaccurate or incomplete statements about GA security in the news media. For example, I spoke with USA Today for a recent story and I told them the events in Austin do not suggest new rules are needed beyond current security initia-

tives. “I think this has a lot to do with a troubled individual. I don’t think it’s a reflection of the industry,” I was quoted as saying. Similarly, I have sent letters to editors of a number of newspapers across the country in response to GA security coverage after Austin, and my letters have appeared in papers including the Tacoma News Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and others. Here’s the bottom line, the simple fact we’re working to make sure policymakers and news organizations understand: Since 9/11, businesses and individuals that rely on these aircraft - and the organizations that represent them in Washington - have worked aggressively on a host of security enhancements. We have petitioned for new regulations and additional surveillance tools, initiated security-demonstration programs and promoted security best practices. It’s important that, in finding ways to ensure we don’t have a repeat of last week’s tragedy, policy responses aren’t implemented that create far-reaching and harmful consequences. NBAA will continue to promote workable, effective policies that enhance security while allowing for the mobility and flexibility that are the cornerstones of business aviation. And, we know we’ll be able to count on your continued vigilance to ensure that security remains a top priority. Sincerely,

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News & Features Going glass | Doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contribute to safety, NTSB says........................................5 Victory | Pilots in Washington State save Vista Field...........................................6 Flying high:â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;TeamKitfox.com, a website for Kitfox builders, has hit a milestone, reaching 1,000 members. While not affiliated with the company, Kitfox owners John and Debra McBean often contribute to the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forums........................ 6

Fight continues | Against potential 1,400% increase in aircraft taxes................6 Capital Comments | Security takes center stage ..............................................7 Finally a TSA administrator? Retired general nominated for post.....................7 History repeats itself | LSA movement recalls ultralight craze of 1980s............8 A dream come true | North Carolina pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private airport flourishes...............9 Visserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Voice | Debate essential to finding solutions to technical challenges...27 The future of aviation | Requires fresh faces .................................................27 Winter flying at its best | Minnesota pilot shares his latest adventure ...........34

A DREAM COME TRUE:â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Long-time pilot Roland Gilliam opened his own airport in North Carolina in 1994 just for his own use, but soon found he had a flourishing business enterprise................... 9

Short Final | Our columnist gets more powerful...............................................39

Only at GeneralAviationNews.com/web The surprising secret | To negotiating a good hangar lease Reaching the next generation | Women Fly introduces girls to aviation Virtual Aircraft Museum | Website â&#x20AC;&#x153;exhibitsâ&#x20AC;? thousands of aircraft flying high in hawaii:â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Aviation photographer Max Haynes documents his trip to Hawaii, which included everything from a tour of the islands in a G8-A Airvan to a look at a sailplane operations to a first-time flight in a Breezy.............................................32

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Reaching a new audience New online TV series showcases motorcycles inspired by warbirds Warbikes LLC has launched a new online TV series for historic warplane and custom motorcycle enthusiasts called “WarBikes — Kickstarting History.” Episodes offer viewers an up-close look as a team explores the history and craftsmanship behind American military aircraft and then produces a custom motorcycle worthy of its namesake. The inaugural series — “Gunfighter” — is based on the Commemorative Air Force’s World War II-era P-51D Mustang fighter plane (pictured). Spurred by a commission from the CAF, WarBikes is shot in high-definition and supported by behind-the-scenes pic-

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tures, technical specifications and more. “The WarBikes project showcases the history of these great American airplanes in a very unique way, by repackaging their stories in a medium that impacts a new audience,” said CAF President and CEO Stephan Brown. The next series to launch this spring — “Sentimental Journey” — will showcase a motorcycle inspired by the quintessential World War II bomber: the CAF’s B-17 Flying Fortress. The warplane-themed custom choppers are hand-built by Ralph Randolph, who is a pilot, and his team of fabricators. Based in Mesa, Arizona, Randolph is the owner of Knockout Motorcycles Co., and has built themed motorcycles for companies like Snap-on Tools and Patron Tequila, and celebrities, including Lorenzo Lamas and Matthew McConaughey. New episodes will be posted to Warbikes.com ever y week.

Before Sebring, Florida, was known for auto racing and the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, thousands of young men swarmed to the airport at the bequest of Uncle Sam. From 1942 to 1946, the Army Air Corps used the field we know as Sebring Regional Airport (SEF) as a training facility for multi-engine bomber crews. At that time the airport had four runways. After the war, part of the airport property was converted into the Sebring International Raceway. As time passed, still more land was handed off for non-military industrial and commercial use. Despite the passage of time, you can still detect the field’s military heritage. From the air, you can see the outlines of the old runways. Old timers at the airport will tell you about the remains of a B-17 crash that’s near the end of a runway, but which runway it is depends on who is telling the story. One thing not in dispute is the pride the airport has in its history. At the base of the control tower there’s a plaque dedicated to the men who served in the military during World War II.

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“The best safety device is the pilot, who, deep down, regardless of the aircraft, retains a sense of fallibility and vulnerability. No system can ever substitute for that.”

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Lincoln County Airport.............................. 27 Lumberton Regional Airport.................... 27 Mandan Airport Authority.......................... 27 Micro Aerodynamics................................... 7 MN Aviation.............................................. 28 MH Oxygen Systems................................ 34 National Business Aviation Association..... 2 Nevada Aircraft Engines LLC..................... 3 Niagara Air Parts...................................... 36 Northwest Propeller Service..................... 20 Pacific Coast Avionics.............................. 18 Palatka-Kay Larkin Airport........................ 27 Para-Phernalia.......................................... 28 R & M Steel................................................ 9 Ram Air Avionics...................................... 22 Regal Aviation Insurance......................... 20

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uuu The FAA is forecasting that airspace safety and modernization efforts will play a vital role in spurring long-term growth in air travel and the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall economic health, underscoring the need for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and continued investment in airport infrastructure projects, FAA officials said. While much of the forecast deals with airlines, there were some GA-specific predictions, including one that states the GA fleet will increase from 229,149 aircraft in 2009 to 278,723 in 2030. It also predicts that GA hours flown will increase from 23.3 million in 2009 to 38.9 million in 2030. FAA.gov

uuu Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has declared March â&#x20AC;&#x153;General Aviation Monthâ&#x20AC;? in the state. The proclamation states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;aviation plays a critical role in the lives of our citizens, businesses, and rural villages across our vast state,â&#x20AC;? noting Alaska has six times as many pilots per capita, and 16 times as many aircraft per capita, as the rest of the U.S. Gov.State.AK.us

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uuu TeamKitfox.com, an online community for builders, owners, and prospective purchasers, recently surpassed its 1,000th registered member. With more than 4,500 Kitfox kits sold worldwide, membership is expected to increase substantially in the coming months, say developers of the website, which launched in 2008. The centerpiece of the site is a set of forums where users can exchange information. The permanently archived information threads are a valuable knowledge base and resource for both owners and prospective builders, according to developers. The site is free. TeamKitfox.com

uuu Cessna recently delivered the 9,000th Independence, Kan.-produced singleengine piston aircraft, a 182T Skylane, to New York pilot Rob Logozio. The first Independence-produced single-engine piston came off the line in November 1996 following a 10-year hiatus from producing single-engine piston aircraft. Cessna ceased production in the mid-1980s due to rising liability costs, resuming production after the 1994 passage of the U.S. General Aviation Revitalization Act.

report. A temporary no-fly zone was in effect over parts of the island, barring flight operations inside a 10-mile area centered on Kailua, affecting air tours, flight instruction and other GA operations. uuu The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) is now taking nominations for the first annual Lawrence P. Burke Trophy, which gets its name from Larry Burke, who co-founded the organization in 1982. The trophy will be awarded to the person gaining the most nominations from his or her peers for the greatest achievement in light aviation with respect to improving performance, efficiency, and safety of light aircraft during the preceding year. LAMA.bz

uuu L ast monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference drew nearly 3,000 attendees from 20 countries, according to WAI officials. Highlights included the distribution of more than $678,000 in scholarships and the induction of five women into WAIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Pioneer Hall of Fame, including Trish Beckman, the first woman to qualify as a crewmember in the F-15E program; Vice Admiral Vivien Crea, the senior ranking woman in the history of the United States Coast Guard; Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, chief training pilot for The Boeing Co.; Alice du Pont Mills, who received her pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license in 1929 when she was 18 years old; and Kathy Sullivan, a member of the first Space Shuttle astronaut class and the first American woman to walk in space. Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference is slated for Feb. 24-26, 2011, in Reno, Nevada. WAI.org

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uuu The FAA has put two employees at the John F. Kennedy Airport Tower on administrative leave following an incident last month when a child was permitted to talk with pilots on an air traffic control frequency. While the agency investigates the incident, where a veteran controller brought his children to work during a school break, all unofficial visits to ATC facilities have been suspended.

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uuu T h e 5 3 rd a n n u a l A i r c r a f t Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention & Trade Show kicks off April 7 in Orlando. The conference includes an exhibit hall, technical and business management training sessions and the latest regulatory updates, as well as the awarding of more than $100,000 in scholarships. Photo courtesy Kitfox

The National Transportation Safety Board unveiled a study March 9 concluding that single-engine airplanes equipped with glass cockpits had no better safety record than airplanes with conventional instruments. The study, initiated more than a year ago, looked at the accident rates of more than 8,000 piston-powered airplanes manufactured between 2002 and 2006. It found that those equipped with glass cockpits actually had a higher fatal accident rate than similar aircraft with conventional instruments. NTSB officials determined that because glass cockpits are complex and vary from aircraft to aircraft, pilots are not always provided with all of the information they need â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by aircraft manufacturers and the FAA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to understand the â&#x20AC;&#x153;unique operational and functional detailsâ&#x20AC;? of the primary flight instruments in their airplanes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This study clearly demonstrates the life and death importance of appropriate training on these complex systems,â&#x20AC;? said Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that while many pilots have thousands of hours of experience with conventional flight instruments, that alone is just not enough to prepare them to safely operate airplanes equipped with these glass cockpit features.â&#x20AC;? The NTSB has made recommendations to the FAA to boost training on the new systems.

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Pilots successful in efforts to keep Washington State’s Vista Field Airport open By MEG GODLEWSKI General Aviation News

“Congratulations! It’s an airport!” With these words Marjy Leggett, AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer for Vista Field Airport (S98) in Kennewick, Wash., let pilots know that their efforts to keep the airport open worked. On March 8 commissioners for the Port of Kennewick, the airport sponsor, voted unanimously to keep the airport open. The airport is run by the port for the city of Kennewick under a long-term lease that expires in 2020. City officials had been exploring the idea of closing the airport and redeveloping its 92 acres. Several studies have been done to determine if an airport is the best use for the land. Vista Field is one of three airports in the Tri-Cities area of eastern Washington built by the Navy during World War II. Closing it would have necessitated moving aircraft operations to nearby Richland Airport (RLD) or Tri-

Cities Airport (PSC) in Pasco. Today approximately 35 aircraft are based at Vista Field, which sports a 4,008-foot runway. Most of the traffic is itinerant. For the better part of three years public opinion on the best use of the airport’s land has seesawed back and forth, according to Leggett. The effort got a boost in November when several airport-friendly candidates were elected to key positions in the city and county. Airport supporters say the influx of pro-airport candidates helped them educate the public about the role the airport plays in the community. According to a report submitted to the commissioners, Vista Field could be worth up to $7.7 million if the airport is closed and the land readied for redevelopment. However, the report, prepared by Port Executive Director Tim Arntzen, also noted it could cost up to $9.17 million to close the airport, plus the port would have to pay approximately $500,000 to the owner of an aircraft hangar, and another $274,000 to the state to repay a state aviation grant for past airport improvements. Ideas for the redeveloped land included a convention center and recreational facility. Opponents were quick to point out that jobs created by the redevelopment would likely be lower-paying service industry jobs, not family-wage jobs.

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VICTORY: Built by the Navy during World War II, today Vista Field is recognized as a vital part of the community. Efforts to save the airport from a redeveloper were helped by the election of pro-airport lawmakers.

Washington aircraft tax down to the wire Proposed tax could hike registration fees a whopping 1,400% By MEG GODLEWSKI General Aviation News

As this issue of General Aviation News was going to press, pilots in Washington State were making a final push to persuade lawmakers not to enact a proposed aircraft excise tax. The proposed tax, which is part of Senate Bill 6143, would levy an annual excise tax of 0.5% based on the value of aircraft manufactured after Dec. 31, 1970. Aircraft manufactured before that date will be assessed an annual fee, with lawmakers proposing to double the current fee.

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Upon hearing that the legislation was in the works, pilot groups in the Evergreen State launched an education campaign to persuade lawmakers to drop the bill. Realizing it was necessary to present a united front, aviation groups joined forces to create the Washington Aviation Coalition, which sent e-mail reminders to pilots urging them to express their opposition to the tax to their elected officials. The coalition “is made up of some pretty heavy hitters,” according to Bruce Hinds, director of the Washington Seaplane Pilots Association. “That opens up their resources, such as lobbyists, to help the little guys like us.” Besides the state’s Seaplane Pilots Association, the coalition includes the Washington Pilots Association, the San Juan Pilots Association, the Washington Aviation Association, Northwest War Bird

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Chapters, the Washington Search and Rescue Association, Washington Airport Management Association, the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Northwest Recreational Flying Association, and the National Business Aviation Association. “It’s a much bigger picture than a simple tax on aircraft owners,” Hinds said, noting that a few weeks ago when the coalition was in Olympia, the state’s capital, to speak before lawmakers, one of the speakers was a representative from Alaska Airlines. “They realized that even though they are exempt, they would be affected because of the severe impact to their vendors,” he said. “Those businesses also serve GA, so if they suffer, their costs go up and they move out of state or they go out of business.”

In its e-mail campaign, the coalition warned pilots that the annual tax “could represent an increase of 1,400% or more over previous aircraft registration fees.” “It is vitally important that you let your state senator know you want the aircraft excise tax increase removed from the bill,” the e-mail continued. “Some legislators erroneously feel this bill will have little effect on the Washington general aviation community, and that all aircraft owners are wealthy. Tell them the truth!” Hundreds of pilots have responded, contacting their elected representatives, pointing out that aviation in the state is already heavily taxed, so adding more expense may make some people quit flying altogether. The legislative session ended March 11, before this issue went to press. Look for an update in the next issue.

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Security takes center stage User fees off table for now, but Austin crash ignites anti-GA forces By Charles Spence WASHINGTON, D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Many pilots and aircraft owners breathed a huge sigh of relief when President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget for 2011 did not contain user fees, but none of Capital the groups working Comments Washington have let their guards down. Not only do user fees remain an issue, but security has raised its ugly head in the wake of the Austin IRS crash. Another budget must be presented next year and the current administration shows no signs of letting the user

fee issue drop. What happens with FAA reauthorization could help determine which way several issues, including user fees, will go. The airlines are not giving up on their push for user fees. Helping to defray the costs of the ATC system is not an issue as important to them as is moving general aviation out of what most airlines consider their airspace. With user fees at least temporarily off the table, the big push now is security. The pilot who crashed his Piper into the IRS building in Austin, Texas, gave the anti-general aviation interests a dramatic incident to rally around. Many publications have carried editorials and news stories questioning the security of GA aircraft. General aviation interests were already busy on the road, lobbying to keep tighter security measures restricted to heavier aircraft, usually flown by professional crews from larger businesses, which can more easily handle the entanglements that security programs bring. Austin changed that. The Department

of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board wanted no part of investigating the crash, declaring it was a criminal act, so the Federal Bureau of Investigation was assigned to handle it. That agency is mum. There is some speculation that seats were taken from the Piper and a load of flammable liquid put in their place, which caused the large fire. This has not been confirmed. Certain members of Congress are using the incident to make security an even bigger issue, pushing the Transportation Security Administration to set out major programs to supposedly make general aviation airports, plane owners, and pilots more secure. Among the leaders is West Virginia Democrat Senator John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jayâ&#x20AC;? Rockefeller IV. Chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, he strongly favors user

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History repeats itself LSA movement brings back memories of 1980s ultralight craze By Dave Sclair Reading issues of The Pulse of General Aviation and Dan Johnson’s SPLOG column on Light Spor t Aircraft (LSA) in the latest issue of General Aviation News put my Touch & Go memory on overload the other day. It also sent me digging into my files of far too many unfiled and poorly organized slides. Do you remember slides? That’s what folks used before the digital camera came along. Back in the film days, a person would shoot a few pictures of various planes and hope they had the correct exposure and angle, etc. Today, you know immediately what you’ve got, the time and date is automatic, and you even get to designate where the picture was taken. Wait a minute — pictures on slides vs. digital is beside the point. But while I was looking through the slides, it got me started thinking about the many ultralight aircraft from the early 1980s. That’s when the ultralight craze was sweeping the aviation world. One of the designs was built by a couple of guys working at Robertson Aircraft on the Renton Municipal Airport (RNT) in Washington State. Called a B1-RD, it was a high-wing, fabric-covered ultralight. It came in kit form and I decided to build one. The kit arrived in several boxes with a manual that I felt left a lot to be desired. Unpacking the boxes I found a couple hundred small brown paper bags with only a part number written on the outside. There was no indication of what the part looked like. I remember spreading out the bags on the hangar floor in numerical order to make it somewhat easier to find the needed items. Helping me was son Ben, then 12 years old! Finally we got the thing put together and the designers, the Bashforth brothers, came down and checked it out for me, made the initial flight and pronounced it ready for general flight. I proceeded to fly it and recall it was comfortable, stable in takeoff, cruise and landing. Of course, the cruise was about 25-30 mph, so a crosscountry flight took plenty of time but didn’t get you very far from home. I flew it some, my daughter Robyn flew it and Ben learned to fly by taxiing it up and down the runway at Shady Acres, the airpark where we lived at the time. Finally, when he was 13 years old, we decided he was ready and he made his first solo flight.

From that point on we spent a lot more time looking at ultralights and attending events for these flying machines than almost anything else. I recall the ultralight competitions we attended, with time to climb contests, short field takeoff and landing tests, speed runs and so on and so forth. The number of models continued to expand and the number of planes showing up at each event grew dramatically. Most arrived in a trailer, but more and more of them were flown to the event from areas 50 to 200 miles away — often a day-long trip. At the height of the movement, there must have been hundreds of ultralightfocused events around the country. There were ultralight flying activities around the world, as a matter of fact. We all know that the ultralight movement kind of withered in the ensuing years, but a small — but dedicated — base kept it alive and operating. Today the LSA movement is a repeat of the ultralight era. Of course, the new LSAs are much more capable and well-built aircraft (and cost considerably more, too). However, LSAs are doing exactly what the ultralight movement did: Introducing a whole new group of people to general aviation. Many of those who started out in ultralights eventually moved into general aviation airplanes. The ultralight pilots who got tired of sitting out in the open catching bugs in their teeth went for machines with enclosed seating areas. They wanted to have ready communications so they installed handhelds. They also got tired of hearing their spouses chew on them for going flying and leaving them home alone, so they started going for two-seat machines. Then they wanted to go faster so they could get somewhere and back in a day. Today, beginning pilots are going for the LSAs and experienced pilots who are worried about renewing their medical certificates are seriously trying out LSAs, which don’t require a valid medical. As long as a pilot has not been rejected for a medical, he or she can continue to fly as pilot of an LSA. I see these machines getting more complex in the coming days. They will ultimately have more carrying capacity, higher speed, increased equipment and even more reliability than they already have achieved. In other words, we’re seeing history repeat itself. Let’s face it, weren’t the early ultralights similar to the original airplanes, such as the Wright Flyer? And isn’t the current LSA movement similar to the ultralight movement? And, didn’t general aviation show great growth with each improved segment of planes? I, for one, am looking forward to climbing into an LSA — you know, low and slow and simple! Dave Sclair was co-publisher from 1970-2000.

March 23, 2010

FAMILY VALUES To Deb McFarland: Your column, Short Final, is an easy to read, interesting, family-oriented (including Lester, even if he is made out of iron) column that I look forward to each month. Keep up the good work. RICH FISHER Spruce Creek Fly-in Port Orange, Florida

POLITICS FOR PILOTS Jamie Beckett’s new blog, Politics for Pilots at GeneralAviationNews.com, is so right on! I too have only recently become interested in the study sessions and airport board meetings...What an eye opener. I’ve always offered our tower and airport personnel, including the manager, free flight instruction until they solo in the hope of developing a positive relationship with the people I spend every day of the week with. I mean, what a concept — an airport run by pilots. You’re exactly right in that these people need to be held accountable for their actions — or lack of. They must support and promote GA in every way they possibly can, not only for their own survival, but for all of us involved in the industry. What reason would there be for them to be here, if not for us? How long will a manager last who is constantly abusive and adversarial with his most important constituents? About all we have to sell here is fun and the TSA and the administration are making it very hard to survive in their world of intimidation and useless security directives. I would encourage everyone to visit StopLASP.com and become engaged in stopping this travesty being heaped on our country by an agency run amok. Get involved with the advisory and board meetings and make the airport what it needs to be: A friendly, kind, courteous place that people want to come to. MIKE BUTTERFIELD Submitted online at GeneralAviationNews.com

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In response to the guest editorial “UAS and the GA pilot” in the Feb. 23 issue: This is all the more reason that active transponders supporting ADS-B should be mandated equipment throughout all of general aviation without delay. It is not just remotely piloted vehicles that want to avoid other aircraft. I do too! ANDREW BROWN Mountain View, Calif.

WHY SHOULD OKC SECOND-GUESS AME? In reference to the article “Is it time to fire your AME?” in the Jan. 26 issue, which advocates the careful selection of an AME: Why even have a network of AMEs when their decisions are second-guessed by bureaucrats in Oklahoma City who never examine or have personal contact with the pilot? The FAA in Oklahoma City recently stonewalled the acceptance of my flight physical submitted by a local AME. After more than six months of delays I suggested to the FAA that they stick it. Previously I had spent much of my time flying with the Civil Air Patrol, an organization that practices redundancy in flight tests and examinations, and now spend much of that time downhill skiing, sailing, and riding my old Honda Goldwing. Apparently that is the FAA’s goal. ROBERT PATENAUDE Suamico, Wis.

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Gilliam-McConnell Airfield flourishes A pilot’s dream of his own airport becomes reality in North Carolina By BILL WALKER Roland Gilliam’s dream was a familiar one for pilots: He wanted his own airport. In 1994, at age 54, he stopped dreaming and built 5NC3, Gilliam-McConnell Airfield at Carthage, N.C. Since then, his personal airport has developed into a business enterprise that will not stop growing. It all began with a friend who wanted to build a house alongside Gilliam’s 2,500-foot runway. Gilliam sold one lot, then another and another. Before he knew it, he owned an airpark. Carthage and the surrounding Pinehurst/Southern Pines area is great golf country, so many pilots brought their clubs along. How about building a driving range, one of them proposed? Gilliam agreed. With the increased traffic at the field, an A&P decided to open a repair shop. Same story for the avionics shop and the organizer of biplane and helicopter rides. Why can’t we buy fuel here, someone asked? So Gilliam put in a tank and often pumps the fuel himself. A restaurateur wanted to sell barbecue from a mobile van. That van turned into the Pik N Pig, one of the most

GETTING THERE Gilliam-McConnell Airfield is on the Charlotte sectional (N35-20-30 W079-26-13) seven miles north of Moore County Airport (SOP, AWOS 127.575). Common traffic is 122.9. Runways are 13/31. Trees surround the field. Field elevation is 445 feet. For those approaching via the Fayetteville area, there is restricted airspace around Fort Bragg. A call to Fayetteville Approach at 127.8 is advised.

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A DREAM COME TRUE: A Cub arrives at GilliamMcConnell Airfield, the pride and joy of Roland Gilliam (right), who began building his own airport in 1994. The private airport has grown exponentially since then, now boasting an airpark, avionics shop, a maintenance facility, fuel, driving range and a restaurant. popular restaurants in the area and one of the best fly-in restaurant in the Carolinas. There’s also the matter of Gilliam’s airplanes. He began flying as a teenager and has been at it more than 50 years, doing crop dusting and banner towing along the way. His first was an Aeronca Champ, but that one plane grew into hangars filled with three World War I biplane replicas, a Mooney, a Twin Commander and a Stearman. One of the World War I planes, an S.E. 5, was in the movie, “The Aviator.” These days, 22 planes, including Gilliam’s, are based at his airfield. Best of all, said Gilliam, is the fact that income from all the enterprises pays the bills. “There is no mortgage for Gilliam-McConnell Airfield,” he said.

In fact, he has made money in aviation, a rarity many would say. “And I put the profits back into improving the place,” he added. On a recent Sunday afternoon, Gilliam, who turns 70 this year, stood behind the counter of yet another airfield enterprise, a gift shop called The Pilot’s Wife. The shop is attached to the restaurant and it was Nancy, Gilliam’s wife of 40-plus years, who decided a gift shop was needed to complete the airfield experience for (Continued on page 33)

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Now, the company that brought you aviation’s rst “mini-MFD” is taking the concept to a whole new level: With the Garmin aera™ lineup of touchscreen GPS portables. Featuring crisp 4.3-inch QVGA wide-format displays with menu-driven tap-and-drag user interface, these four versatile “dual boot” models let you transition seamlessly from runways to roadways with the best in Aviation and Automotive moving-map navigation. Leveraging Garmin’s industry-leading expertise in integrated systems design, the aera series offers a full range of smart, easy-to-use guidance solutions for today’s pilot/motorist. Aera 500 Americas (Pacic and Atlantic also available) ........P/N 11-08044........ $799.00 Aera 510 Americas ................................................................P/N 11-08045..... $1,299.00 NEW LOWER PRICES ON GPSMAP 696 & 695 is our ultimate portable Aera 550 Americas (Pacic and Atlantic also available) ........P/N 11-08046..... $1,499.00 MFD: the GPSMAP 696, an all-in-one navigator de- Aera 560 Americas ................................................................P/N 11-08047..... $1,999.00 signed exclusively for aviation. Featuring a large screen, GPSMAP 496 & 495 New features include: Garmin’s SafeTaxiTM detailed electronic charts and real-time weather, the 696 airport diagrams; AOPA airport directory data; enhanced terrain and aviais your own personal avionics system. GPSMAP 695 tion databases (showing private airports and heliports); significantly faster With features that focus on aviation-only navigation and 5 Hz updating on maps and “Panel” page instruments; and for go-anywhere mapping, GPSMAP 695 is Garmin’s ultimate portable versatility, built-in automotive street mapping for USA/Canada or Europe. MFD. Similar to the 696, the GPSMAP 695 comes with 496 Americas ...........................................P/N 11-04684 ...............$1,999.00 a large screen and detailed electronic charts — minus XM compatibility — at a price you’ll love. GPSMAP 696 Americas. GPSMAP 696 495, Americas (No Weather) ....................................... P/N 11-06248..............$1,299.00 495, Atlantic (No Weather) .......................................... P/N 11-06317 ..............$1,299.00 Americas................................. P/N 11-07022 ............... $2,999.00 GPSMAP 695 Americas ......... P/N 11-07023 ............... $2,399.00 495, Pacic (No Weather) ........................................... P/N 11-06318 ..............$1,299.00

ICOM Tranceivers A210 Panel Mount .................P/N 11-05618 .. $1,339.00 A210 Mobile Mount ...............P/N 11-05836 .. $1,430.00 IC-A14 (Simple Key) ............P/N 11-05903 ..... $231.00 IC-A14 (Full Key) ...................P/N 11-05904 ..... $231.00 IC-A24 Nav/Com ...................P/N 11-02942 ..... $325.00 IC-A6 .....................................P/N 11-02944 ..... $269.00 Accessories Headset PTT A6 A24 A14 .....P/N 11-18529 ....... $22.50 Cig. Lighter Cable A6 A24.....P/N 11-03604 ....... $46.50 Headset Adptr. A6 A24 A14 ..P/N 11-18537 ....... $49.95 Battery NI-MH A6 A24...........P/N 11-04385 ....... $41.60 Desktop Chrgr. A6 A24 A14 ..P/N 11-04773 ....... $54.50 Charger Adptr. A6 A24 ..........P/N 11-04774 ....... $15.95 Antenna A6 A24 A14 A4 .......P/N 11-05031 ....... $29.75 Cig Lit. A22, A23, A4, A5 ......P/N 11-18604 ....... $31.85

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AR 4201 TRANSCEIVER (pictured) Extremely small and lightweight transceiver offers 760 channels and is certied for use in VFR and IFR equipped aircrfat. .............. P/N 11-01566 ........... $1,296.25 BECKER ATC 4401 175W Transponder P/N 11-01094 ........... $1,895.00 CCX-175 COM/TRANSPONDER MODE C PACKAGE - Package consists of the Becker AR 4201 Com and the ATC 4401-1 175W transponder ....................................................... P/N 11-01096 ........... $3,415.50 ATC 4401 250W XPDR ....................... P/N 11-01095 ........... $2,205.00 BXP6401-2-(01) Mode-S Transponder P/N 11-05326 ........... $2,474.00 BXP6401-1-(01) Mode-S Transponder P/N 11-06190 ........... $3,120.00 SCX-175 Remote COM/Transponder Mode C Pkg P/N 11-03513 ........... $4,743.00

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RCA22-7 Vacuum Horizon .....P/N 10-01371 .....$689.00 RCA22-7F Vac. Hor. w/ag ....P/N 10-00504 .....$817.00 RCA22-11 Vacuum Horizon ...P/N 10-00502 .....$796.00 RCA2600-3 Dig. Attitude ........P/N 11-07325...$2,495.00 RCA26BK-2 Elec. Attitude......P/N 10-01119 ...$2,099.00 RCA26AK-4 Elec. Attitude......P/N 10-01392 ..$1,989.00 RCA11A-8 Directional ............P/N 10-01370 .....$689.00 RCA11A-15 Directional ..........P/N 10-00390 .....$689.00 RCA15AK-2 Directional..........P/N 10-01390 ..$1,989.00 RCA82A-11 3” Turn Coord. ....P/N 10-01372 .....$689.00 RCA56-3B 3” Turn Coord.......P/N 10-01684 .....$796.00

Castleberry Instruments & Avionics introduces a new FAA certified back-up attitude indicator. This instrument is an approved substitute for previously mandated rate of turn indicators in Part 23 aircraft operating in Part 91 and less than 12,500 pounds. This substitution is based upon the FAA Advisory Circular AC91-75 that promotes the installation of a backup attitude indicator. In the FAA words, “Substituting a second attitude indicator (with a power source independent from the primary attitude indicator) for the rate-of-turn indicator will provide an increased level of safety.” 14V ................................... P/N 10-02823 ..................$2,196.00 28V .................................... P/N 10-02824 ..................$2,298.00 14V w/ 8° tilt...................... P/N 10-02828 ..................$2,195.00 28V w/ 8° tilt...................... P/N 10-02829 ..................$2,195.00

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Alcor Multi-Probe Analyzers provide the peace of mind pilots want whether they are flying over mountains, oceans or just around home. By monitoring temperatures in each cylinder, a pilot has all the information necessary to safely and accurately tune and monitor the engine for desired performance and reliability. 2-1/4” EGT ................................................P/N 46150 .......$145.95 2-1/4” CHT ................................................P/N 46151 .......$149.95 CHT Probe (Bayonet)................................P/N 86251 .........$69.85 EGT Probe (Type K-Clamp)......................P/N 86255 .........$62.50

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Debates must continue To find solutions to aviationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming technical challenges By Ben Visser I recently received a lett e r f ro m Pe t e r Mortensen criticizing one of my previous columns (a part of his letter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global warming: Is the debate over?â&#x20AC;?, was published in Visserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Feb. 9 issue). Voice I appreciated his letter and he made several valid points. Letters, even critical ones, ensure that we stay centered and help us ensure that what we write is valid and can stand up to scrutiny. However, I disagree with some of his comments, including when he says â&#x20AC;&#x153;the

debate is over,â&#x20AC;? implying that we should all accept global warming as fact and not question any part of it. I stated very clearly that I did not have a clue as to whether or not there is global warming. But Mr. Mortensen was apparently offended that I would even question some of the data and how it has been analyzed. I agree that we should protect our environment, but feel that solutions like ethanol do not help the environment. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read several recent studies that show ethanol actually increases total emissions if one takes into account all production, transportation and manufacturing effects. I feel that our only hope to find reasonable solutions to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems is if we have open and informed debate. Unfortunately, most of the debate today is based on profit or political motive, with the facts slanted to show only the sponsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view. In his letter, Mr. Mortensen also

noted that we should do everything we can to reduce global warming â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just in case it is real. Besides, what could it hurt? This type of logic just blows me away. If we use this logic in aviation, then we would say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get rid of leaded fuels, even though we have no evidence of any health hazard, just in case it could be harmful to someone, somewhere.â&#x20AC;? What could it hurt? Let me see: It could cause numerous engine failures and possible accidents. This would result in lawsuits that could ruin many aviation companies. It could also make many airplanes worthless. It would take away many of the warbirds or at least make them so slow that they would need a five mile runway to get airborne and then need to struggle to keep up with a J-3 Cub. And, oh yes, it could put another nail in general aviationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffin, which many politicians would like

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read several recent studies that show ethanol actually increases total emissions.â&#x20AC;?

to get rid of any way. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. The problem in GA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the rest of the world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is that we are facing some very real technical problems in our future. But instead of technical solutions, we get solutions that sound good to the public or ones that the big money end of our society can make even bigger bucks on. Never mind that they do not solve the problem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they sound good or are at least profitable. I would like to again thank Mr. Mortensen for his letter. I agree that we need to protect our environment. However, most of the solutions being proposed are not solutions but rather a â&#x20AC;&#x153;feel good thingâ&#x20AC;? to get politicians elected and give an uninformed public the warm fuzzies. Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. He has been a private pilot since 1985. You can contact him at Visser@GeneralAviationNews.com.

Fresh faces the future of aviation Get them while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re young. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the key to the future of aviation, according to the head of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA). Speaking at a symposium on the next generation of aviation professionals, IAOPA General Secretary John Sheehan said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing aviation professionals should

start in grade school by providing introductory flights, visits to maintenance repair organizations and mentoring youthful aviation aspirations.â&#x20AC;? Sheehan noted one way to draw fresh faces into aviation is to support International Learn To Fly Day, slated for May 15. Pilots, mechanics and airport personnel can do that by inviting people to their airports, offering

introductory flights and helping people explore careers in general aviation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the beginning there is general aviation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no pilot ever made their first flight in an A320 Airbus,â&#x20AC;? Sheehan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Likewise, few, if any, aviation maintenance technicians started work on transport category aircraft.â&#x20AC;? For more information: IAOPA.org.

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THE FLY-INN Seeley Lake Montana (23S). Beautiful 2BD/2BA, sleeps 4, awesome views. Sleep next to your airplane! $150 per night/ $900 per week. 435-901-1198. Video, Audio, DVD - 9400

ORLANDO AREA Aviation properties, hangars, hangar rentals & residential property. Chandelle Properties 407712-4071 www.chandelleproperties.com Keller Williams Advantage II Realty.

QUAD CITY CHALLENGER VIDEO. 45 minutes of flying fun on floats, ski’s, soaring and other neat stuff. Send $10 to QCU, POBox 370, Moline IL 61266-0370. Money back if not totally satisfied Also see our web site. www.quadcitychallenger.com For VISA/MC order call 309-764-3515. X-Country Directory - 9500

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CLEAR TO LAND!! And what a place to park your prized plane...3000sq ft of hangar, w/rec rm, and full bath. PLUS mtr home garage, PLUS fantastic 3 bdrm 2 bath home. PLUS beautifully landscaped double lot, PLUS your own 1000 gal. fuel tank, PLUS paved, lit strip and taxiways..now that’s a lot of PLUSES. $345,000 and it’s ALL YOURS. Indian Hills Airpark Salome, Az. More pics www.airporthomesandhangars.net 928-231-9500

PHOENIX AREA-PEGASUS AIRPARK (5AZ3) Bank says sell, drastic reduction in 1acre equestrian/aviation lots. 50% off 2006 price. 41X36’ Hangars available. Will be constructing 57X62’ hangars. Some foreclosures available. www.pegasusairpark.com Dick Schmitt 877371-2838.

WAIT TIL You see this home and hangar. Wonderful colors and open living area..One hangar next to the home & large shop possible. Add’l hangar..5 acres, 3BD 2 1/2 BA. Yours for $599K. Eagle Roost Airpark. More photos: www.airporthomesandhangars.net 928-231-9500.

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FANTASTIC HANGAR 40X50 w/heat and a/c...plus great home, 4bd 2bth, fireplace, formal dining room, great taxiway location, easy access to the runway. Salome, AZ, Indian Hills Airpark. Fly nearly 365 days a year, come enjoy your airplane daily, not even 30’ from your home, $220,000. 928-231-9500, more photos: www.airporthomesandhangars.net

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AEROZONA AIRPARK PROPERTY. $999,000. FOR SALE. Taxi up to your beautiful home, park your prized possession in a 40’X60’ hangar...cool off in the pool...now is that perfect? This is a premier airpark with a hard-surface runway surrounded by elegant homes. 2610 sq ft home with attention to the finest detail & a kitchen that will delight the chef in the family. The workshop attached to the hangar for many a project, & what pilot doesn’t have a couple of projects? Close enough to Phoenix for fine arts, shopping & medical facilities yet distance enough for total peace & serenity of desert living. 5 Acres...Contact Martha T. Home 928-231-9500.

ARKANSAS VALLEY Airport Cotter. Runway lot. $64,900. 2.44 acre Taxiway-tract 200’ from White River $69,900. 4% mortage available. 870-430-5545, aerov@centurytel.com

LAND FOR LANDING....ARIZONA FIVE ACRE PARCELS...$110,000-$145,000. Eagle Roost Airpark, 3600’ paved runway w/lights, paved taxiways, gated community.25 miles west of Wickenburg. Come build your lifestyle...as Dave says “living with your plane”, it’s fantastic. More pic:.www.airporthomesandhangars.net 928-231-9500. COME FLY WITH US....Hangar with room for your favorite airplane plus covered RV space, plus great 2 bdrm 2bth home, $240,000, now isn’t that just about perfect? paved, lit runway, paved taxiways. You’re going to love living at Indian Hills Airpark Salome. AZ, more photos www.airporthomesandhangars.net 928-231-9500.

RIVERFRONT TIMBER frame home w/3300sqft hangar on 2500' grass runway. Trout Stream w/dock. Minutes to Heber Springs, AR. www.RiverAcresAirpark.com. Reba, 501-206-6466. Boyd, 501-206-8845. Crye-Leike Brock Real Estate. California - 9650

C77 POPLAR Grove. Large upscale Duplex condo with 2-car garage. Many O’Hara airline pilot residents. Dramatically reduced! $220,000. Hangars available. cessnaviator@aol.com 815-544-1751

MAJOR FIXER-UPPER in Cameron Airpark. 2700sqft. pool, hangar. All need renovations. Best Airpark anywhere. $330,000. Nickson, Broker, 530-677-9760. dennis@nickson.biz www.nickson.biz

CAPE COD-FALMOUTH Airpark. Outstanding large wooded lot on taxiway with nearby tennis court. Steal it at $189.9K. 978-314-4626

PINE MOUNTAIN Lake, CA.(E45). Taxi to your airpark home or live on the lake. Championship golf, tennis, stables in a gated community near Yosemite. Capt. Larry Jobe. “UAL”retired. 209-962-5501/6540. www.YosemiteAreaRealtors.com

LINO AIRPARK LOTS, MINNESOTA. Fly in, fly out. Build own hangar & home. Ron Mikolai, KWPR 651-4832001. Details @ www.IKnowThisArea.com

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. Reduced AGAIN! Access to private F25 Airport. Airstrip has been recently paved. Property features 3 hangars on 5 beautiful acres. Remodeled 3br, 2.5ba, 2100sf home+ separate guest/inlaw/caretaker studio w/bath & kitchenette. Close to 3 recreational lakes. Level & private land yet only 30 minutes to Oroville (driving time) or Marysville. Fabulous views. $467,000. www.dianehelms.com or call 530-271-1669.

CALIFORNIA IDEAL climate, Pine Mountain lake. (E45) Taxiway homes or lots in the Sierra foothills near Yosemite Nat'l Park. Gated community with boating, golf, tennis and stables “Red” Rossio, The Flying Broker, Pine Mountain. Lake Realty, 209-962-7156. Florida - 9650

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GREAT HANGAR w/attached 800sqft 2-bed, 3/4 bath home. Covered-patio, Desert-landscape w/watering system. Julie, Outback Realty 928-859-4141, 928-486-8984.

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CA, PALM Springs area 2700+sqft custom home. 3br, 2.5ba, office, pool+spa. 45X43’ hangar. 5000’ rwy+svcs. 15min to PGA-west $595,000. 760-899-3706.

FLORIDA-MASSEY AIRPARK (X50) Edgewater. 1acre cleared w/city water, elec, paved taxiway. FAA approach. $109,000 obo. 386-451-5535 adnasap@bellsouth.net

PILOT PALACE. $350,000. Available for sale. This is a pilot’s dream/hangar&home all in one. Salome Arizona. 3 bd 3 ba. Fantastic 60x60 hangar w/Hydrolift door/30x30 workshop/2car garage/gun room/amazing view from living quarters/fp/custom decor/attention to detail/right on the runway. This is a one of a kind property, paved, lit, hardsurface runway & taxiways. Come see for yourselffly or fly to the grocery store from here. You’ll love it here. Contact Martha T. Home. 928-231-9500.

ATLANTA, LYONS Landing Airpark, 1.4acre to 3acre lots available, runway, taxiway, and lake lots, all lots have access to 3,000’ runway, 35easy miles to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. Gated Community has clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, paved roads, county water, cable, high-speed internet, lakes, walking/golf cart trails. Convenient to shopping(etc). Prices start at $75,000, details: lyonslanding.com or call 770-832-7000 Illinois - 9650

ONE ACRE and 2 1/2 acres alongside runway for sale. Adelanto Airpark, Southern California, near Victorville Call Broker Bill 760-792-8072.

AIRPARK LIVING AT IT’S BEST $265,000 .YOUR SEARCH IS OVER. WOW!!!! It’s all here.Home, Hangar, Pool.This doesn’t happen very often. Open floor plangreat 50X50 R&M hangar w/storage & full bath..salt water indoor pool...paved taxiways to paved runway with lights. 928-231-9500. www.airporthomesandhangars.net

WELLINGTON AERO Club beautiful cleared lot ready for you to build your dream home on! Property is a short taxi from the runway. $299,000. 561-308-0863 sheldon411@hotmail.com Georgia - 9650

ARKANSAS BULL Shoals Lake acreages w/airpark, 3+ acres, $25,000-$80,000, Village Land Office, 870-4454266, 870-453-2966 eves, www.villagelandoffice.com mears@southshore.com

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AIRSTRIP + .5 MILE WATERFRONT w/boathouse on 93 acres So Maryland, 60mi from DC 352-209-4800.

HOW’S THIS For Perfect...Located on the corner of the runway...How close can you be. A great 42X60 hangar in your back yard.Brand new home, Pick out your appliances. Reduced!!/$316,000. Bring your horsepower and your horse, 5acres. Valley of the Eagles Airpark. More photos: www.airporthomesandhangars.net 928-231-9500

America’s Premier Fly-In and 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. SPRUCE CREEK FLY-IN REALTY, Pat & Lenny Ohlsson, 800-932-4437. www.fly-in.com

MONTANA, WINDSOCK SKYPARK. The Last Best Place! Only 20-lots left for sale. One-acre or larger, on the Shores of Beautiful Fort Peck Lake in NE MT. City water, sewer, nat-gas, underground-utilities installed. paved-streets, taxiway to 37S public airport. Call Lanny Hanson at 406-526-3535 or 263-1154. Visit our website: www.windsockskypark.com Don’t miss the opportunity to Live in a beautiful hunting and fishing recreational paradise! LOTS NOW SELLING $60,000. 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 NO CAROLINA airpark 8NC2. Acreage lots starting at $24,500. Between Ashville & Charlotte NC. 1.5 miles to Hwy 74 bypass. 2500’x90’ turf runway,landing lights, pilot lounge w/bath/hangar space. $125/mo, 864-812-0482 Oregon - 9650

VERO BEACH FL. On taxi-way.. Contemporary, 4BD, 3BA, large recreation room, island kitchen, beautiful country setting. 1+ acre. CBS. 772-633-3050. FLORIDA’S CANNON Creek Airpark, paved & turf runways. 2409 SW Sisters Welcome Rd. Suite 101, Lake City, FL 32025. Hangars and homes for rent when available. 800-766-0406. URL: http://www.ccairpark.com

$394,000 INDEPENDENCE Airpark home. Lovely 3bd/ 2ba w/open plan. 36X42 hangar w/ofc & full bath. Immaculate grounds. #617928. Marian Fitts 503-949-3334 Windermere/Western View Properties. 503-838-1141.

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Washington - 9650 BEAUTIFUL FRONTIER Airpark home on 5 acres in the great Pacific Northwest. Call Joe, $919,000. 425-7700888. View: www.johnlscott.com/84278

Independence Airpark, Oregon: 7S5 runway 2935â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x60â&#x20AC;&#x2122; paved & state owned. Runway access fee $180/yr. Centrally located 1 hr. drive to Portland, Pacific ocean coast and Cascade mountains. 6 homes & hangars available starting at $389,900 In a class of its own! Custom designed and constructed in 2008: 3/3 2774 sq.ft. home w/a bonus 1700 sq.ft. of unfinished upstairs, for a total of 4474 sq.ft. 48â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;insulated and heated hangar with 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;bi-fold door and 13â&#x20AC;&#x2122;RV door. $579,900.00 For photos please visit www.windermere.com/tid275350 Deluxe remodel: 4/3 home with hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen w/granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Oversized hangar with 44â&#x20AC;&#x2122; bi-fold door, shop area w/ built-in workbenches and 9â&#x20AC;&#x2122;RV door. $479,900.00 For photos please visit www.windermere.com/tid169057

SAN JUAN AVIATION ESTATES BLAKELY ISLAND, WA. Premier Recreational Airpark. Paved lighted runway. Exceptional marina. Owner access to 3000ac protected forestland w/2 - 70ac lakes: fish/swim/boat. Airpark

Real Estate/Airport Property - 9650 TEXAS: NOW Subdividing prime runway frontage lots on 4340x60 instrument runway serving San Antonio, Boerne and Hill Country. Visitwww.5c1.net/thresholdranch for pic, plats and prices from 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Predevelopment special pricing now thru the summer. LOCATION! 20 minutes from everything you'll ever want. 830-981-2345.

$398,900 INDEPENDENCE Deluxe 3 BR, 2.5 BA Airpark home. 50X50 Hangar w/ofc, workshop area, 1/2 bath & 3 roll up doors. #622047 Marian Fitts 503-949-3334 Windermere/Western View Properties. 503-838-1141.

ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, (WA09)- New Hangar fits King Air. Paved Taxiway. $395,000. Owner/Agents. Diane Giesy, Windermere. 360-378-3600 SEVEN BAYS WA 1/2-acre lot. Small lake-view, 40X30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; building. Can be used for hangar, boat-storage, or RV storage. $79,900 360-420-5786.

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HILLTOP AIRSTRIP southerly slope, 5acres, Mt Hood view, (1400â&#x20AC;&#x2122;X150â&#x20AC;&#x2122;grass strip). Home, hangar and machine shop. Washougal, WA. $289,000. 360-798-7406, Hilltopairstrip@gmail.com

land & homes from $139,000 to $1,950,000. DECATUR ISLAND, WA: Taxi to 4bdrm, 3bath sunset bathed octagonal home w/hangar: $900K. Adjacent lot w/nearly new hangar, garden & fruit trees: $400K. Judy, Flying Island Realty, 360-375-6302 www.flyingislandrealty.com judy@flyingislandrealty.com

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MIDLAND, TX- 5,500 SqFt Hangar on TaxiWay, includes 4BR/3.5BA Home on 1.5 acres. $449,950. Sandy Hanson 432-638-3819, 432-618-0613 Legacy Real Estate 432-687-6500. Washington - 9650 PILOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DREAM NW Wash, beautiful private setting, 38+ac, creek, woods-cedar/fir/pine/alder, house, barn, 1800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;strip, $785K. www.DIANESINES.com 360-573-1000.

$650,000 INDEPENDENCE Airpark home 0.41ac & 3888SF, 4/bd/4ba. Massive family room & dining area. 3car garage, 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;X60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;hangar w/RV door. #617932. Marian Fitts 503-949-3334. Windermere/Western View Properties 503-838-1141. Pennsylvania - 9650

NEW AIRPARK, Northeast Pennsylvania, 47-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), 2500â&#x20AC;&#x2122;paved IFR approach, lighted, all services, Build Your Dream Home This Spring! 866-924-7787 or www.SkylineEstates.us

MT RAINIER view airport home (5500sqft), garage (760sqft), and attached hanger (2700sqft) near Seattle on Evergreen Sky Ranch (51WA). $1.5 M, 425-7703011, http://albrashear.mywinderemere.com Publisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notice: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise â&#x20AC;&#x153;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.â&#x20AC;? 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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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. Seven 1-acre lots available, also some homes. 940-321-5758, www.hiddenvalleyairpark.org HiddenValleyAirpark@prodigy.net

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Adventure flying in Hawaii By MAX HAYNES For General Aviation News

Before my recent vacation with family and friends, when I thought of aviation in Hawaii, the first thing that came to mind was the “day of infamy” — Dec. 7, 1941. Pilot Alan Miller showed me his version: Barefoot flying in a Breezy. We were at Dillingham Field (HDH), on the island of Oahu, to capture images of sailplane rides by Honolulu Soaring. It was extremely beautiful... and I was petrified! I guess I like my airplanes with sides. LET THERE BE LIGHT: Alan also took us for an island-hopping tour in a GA-8 Airvan (below) owned by Air Ventures Hawaii. We stopped on several of the islands, including Molokai, where I caught this shot of the Airvan flying past the lighthouse near Kaluapapa Airport (LUP).

LIFE IN PARADISE: My traveling companion Stan Ross gives the thumbs up to meeting legendary Alaskan bush pilot Pat Magee, who escaped the harsh climes of the tundra to run Island Seaplane Service, which is another tour company on Oahu. Pat has earned his time in the sun: He has over 32,000 hours in seaplanes, perhaps more than anyone else in the world.

TROUBLE IN PARADISE: Stan, Alan, and my son Riley survey a jumble of destruction. It used to be a Beech 18, but in 1986 the pilot had an engine failure on a cargo run and had to put it down in the coral beyond the runway. Fortunately, the pilot walked away from crash, hopped another plane back to Oahu, and caught a Stevie Ray Vaughn concert that night!

A COOL SURPRISE: George’s Aviation is set up in a hangar at Honolulu International Airport (HNL). The door is wide open; no need for heat, air-conditioning, or mosquito control. On a personal note, I was very pleasantly surprised to find copies of General Aviation News laid out on the table...with a picture I took of winter flying on the cover!

To see more images of my adventures in Hawaii: MaxAir2Air.com.

A STEAMY FLIGHT: If you get to the Big Island of Hawaii, you should really consider taking a helicopter tour of the active volcano where you can witness lava pouring in the ocean, causing great plumes of steam.

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experience by building a winding taxiway near the front of the restaurant. Like to try it out? The restaurant is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and noon-3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information: Pik-N-Pig.com. As for Gilliam, he says it is “very, very gratifying” to own his own airfield.

“I hate to sound corny, but it is a dream I’ve had for many, many years and, just luckily I was able to make it happen,” he said. “If I hadn’t been in the right place at the right time, bought the land at the right price and been in the construction business, I couldn’t have afforded to have done it. It cost enough as it was.”

Photos by Bill Walker

LIFE AT 5NC3: Janie Sheppard owns The Pik N Pig restaurant with her son, Ashley. A father and son watch planes land and takeoff at the airport, which was named for its founder, Roland Gilliam, who added McConnell to honor Carthage resident James Rogers McConnell, one of seven founding members of the World War I Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron of American pilots fighting for France.

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visitors. Also in the works: 15 recreational vehicle camping pads with full electrical, water and sewer hookups. “I’m always adding something,” Gilliam said. Gilliam, the owner of a construction company, started clearing land for the airport in 1991. “It was nothing but a forest here on the edge of Carthage,” he recalled. “We decided to pave the runway in 1994 and it started out as a private strip for me just to fly off of. Now I’ve got nine property owners and we’ve built six houses so far.” Gilliam’s construction company built all six houses. His company is not only in the housebuilding business, but is also involved in underground utilities, treatment plants and general contracting. “If I hadn’t had the equipment I probably wouldn’t have built the thing because it would have been too expensive,” he said. The airfield’s popularity surged about two years ago when The Pik N Pig opened, Gilliam said. “We’ve had as many as 50 planes in here at one time,” he noted. “They are doing as well or better than any other restaurant in Moore County. People really like coming out here and eating and sitting in a grassroots atmosphere watching airplanes take off and land. “As we all know, the secret to a fly-in restaurant is to have good local support — and we have very good support,” he continued. “Usually there is a waiting line to get in. That’s one reason I put the canopy over the patio to give them more seating. Now, doggone it, they got a waiting line there too.” Janie Sheppard runs The Pik N Pig with her son, Ashley. Their specialty is hickory-smoked pork prepared from a family recipe three generations in the making. She noted that, except in the hottest of weather, her patrons prefer to be outside close to the planes. That’s why Gilliam enhanced the airplane watching

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Winter flying at its best where he and his brother, Tim, had lunch at Buzzies Restaurant at Macs Twin Bay Resort. “You taxi right up to the restaurant. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that.” Also on the agenda, a visit to his friend, Ken Olson, who built a home on the Mississippi River, just north of Sartell (second photo). “Now this fellow has the best runway in the world at his fingertips — water in the summer, ice in the winter.” There also was a trip to Pleasant Lake with his brother, Bill, for some ice fishing (first photo). “I probably could drive there faster, but where is the fun in that? In the plane we taxi right up to the fish house,

have coffee, tell stories and maybe fish.” This winter trip is just one of many for Priglmeier. “I love to fly,” he said. “I love to explore.

Photos courtesy Mark Priglmeier

Minnesota pilot Mark Priglmeier recently shared some photos and the story of a week-long adventure of flying, fishing and getting together with family. “I scoped out and prepped an ice runway at my folks’ lake that was to become my transportation hub for the week,” he said. Based at this “Ice Airport,” he traveled around the state, including a stop at Sky Harbor Airport (DYT) in Duluth (third photo), where he and his daughter Lainey (bottom photo) had lunch with Grandma and enjoyed a scenic walk along the Canal Park boardwalk. Next up: A trip to Mille Lacs Lake,

I love the utility of my airplane. Above all, I love spending time with family and friends — and what better use for an aircraft is there than that?”

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Airplane runs out of fuel on takeoff These March 2008 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 206. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Peyton, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot did not check the fuel prior to takeoff. The engine lost power during the climb-out and the pilot performed a forced landing in a field. During the landing the airplane flipped over. In a telephone interview with the FAA inspector and the NTSB investigator, the pilot stated that he “didn’t check his fuel prior to departure and that he ran out of gas.” Probable cause: The loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of

the pilot’s inadequate preflight planning. uuu Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Bremerton, Wash. Aircraft damage: Minor. What reportedly happened: The pilot was taxiing to his hangar when he noticed a pickup truck parked in front of a hangar. He attempted to veer left to maintain taxi clearance. While manipulating the rudder pedals, his left foot got caught on something, and the airplane veered 180° left. The pilot was unable to stop the turn before the airplane hit a hangar. The impact put a dent in the left wing to the spar, damaged the aileron near the inboard hinge, and separated the wing root from the fuselage by approximately one inch. The pilot suspected the hiking boots he was wearing impeded his ability to manipulate the rudder pedals.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while taxiing.

uuu Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Apple River, Ill. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on runway 35. There was a 90° crosswind. When the plane touched down, a gust of wind pushed it to the left. Before the pilot could react, the left main gear hit a snowbank and the airplane nosed over. Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for wind conditions, and his failure to obtain/maintain directional control. uuu Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Charlottesville, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot attempted to start the engine using the key, but was unsuccessful, so he decided to attempt to hand-prop the airplane to get the engine started. There was no one in the cockpit at the controls. As he hand-rotated the propeller, the engine started, and the 172 began to roll forward. It continued across the ramp and hit two other airplanes before it came to a stop. Probable cause: The pilot’s improper engine starting procedures. uuu Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Batavia, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot had logged 97.5 hours, including 5.8 hours as pilot-in-command, of which 2.3 hours was in a Cessna 172. She was practicing solo takeoffs and landings in what she described as gusty winds. The plane was established on final approach at about 65 knots. The airplane was slightly low, but she did not feel the need to cor-

rect the glide path. The airplane touched down and its nose suddenly turned to the left and the plane bounced several times. Her efforts to regain control were not successful and the airplane came to rest in a grass area to the left side of the runway and the nose landing gear collapsed. Probable cause: The pilot’s misjudgment of the landing flare and inadequate recovery from the bounced landing. uuu Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: Two minor. Location: White Mountain, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The weather at the time of departure was reported as a ceiling of about 3,000 feet and a visibility of 10 miles. The ATP told investigators that the plane was in cruise flight at 2,500 feet MSL in VFR conditions over snow-covered mountainous terrain when visibility began to deteriorate. He descended to about 2,000 feet MSL in an attempt to avoid the clouds, but flew into whiteout conditions. The plane hit a mountain ridge. Probable cause: The pilot’s continued VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions. uuu Aircraft: Piper Saratoga. Injuries: None. Location: Honolulu, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The airplane was on short final when it encountered wind shear. Before the pilot could take corrective action, the plane landed hard and bounced to a second hard touchdown. The impact collapsed the right main and nose landing gear. The right wing spar was bent and the skin wrinkled. The left main landing gear separated from the fuselage, damaging the left flap and stabilator. Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for the wind conditions and his subsequent failure to maintain an adequate airspeed during landing.

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Calendar Eastern United States March 25-27, 2010, Polk City, FL. Living History Symposium: “A Passionate Pursuit” featuring the WASP 863-984-3500. March 27, 2010, Tampa, FL. AMERICA’s AIRSPACE. Be Safe Not Sorry 715-252-3326. March 27, 2010, Fort Stewart, GA. MidCoast Reg Airport Spring-Time BBQ 912-877-4359. April 3, 2010, Columbia, SC. Sixth Annual RV Fly-In Cookout 803-238-2199. April 3, 2010, Lawrencevile, GA. EAA Chapter 690 1st Sat Aviation Prog/Pancake Breakfast (LZU) 678-6345393. April 7-10, 2010, Orlando, FL. Aircraft Electronics Association Convention 816-373-6565. April 10, 2010, Burgaw, NC. EAA 297 Aircraft Weigh-In Clinic 910-791-1855. April 10, 2010, Liberty, SC. Wings & Wheels for Meals Fly-In/Cruise-In (864)843-9692. April 10-11, 2010, Bonifay, FL. Emerald Coast EAA Chapter 1464 Fly-In 850-260-5493. April 12-17, 2010. Lakeland, FL. Skymaster Owners and Pilots Assc. (SOAPA) 616-401-3637. April 13-18, 2010, Lakeland, FL. Sun ’n Fun Fly-In (KLAL) 863-644-2431. April 21-25, 2010, Wauchula, FL. 37th Annual Bensen GyroPlane Fly-In 407-788-1040. May 1, 2010, Philadelphia, PA. Angel Flight East Fly-In Breakfast 215-358-1900. May 1, 2010, Americus, GA. Lindbergh Boogie Fly-In (ACJ) 229-931-2590. May 2, 2010, Lock Haven, PA. Pancake Breakfast/Lunch Fly-In 570-748-5123. May 7-9, 2010, Roxboro, NC. Carolinas Virginia Antique Airplane Foundation Spring Fly-In (TDF) 843-7537138. May 9, Ocean City, MD. Ocean City Airport’s 50th Anniversary 410-213-2471. May 10, 2010. Woodbine, NJ. EAA 287 Pancake Breakfast Fly-In 609-861-1300.

North Central United States March 29, 2010, Brooklyn Center, MN. The Pilot/ Owner’s Role in Aircraft Maintenance 651-234-7248.

April 10, 2010, Brookings, SD. SDSU Aviation Program Fly-In Breakfast (BKX) 712-229-2615. April 10, 2010, Stevens Point, WI. AMERICA’s AIRSPACE: Be Safe Not Sorry 715-252-3326. April 15-19,2010, Dayton, OH. Doolittle Tokyo Raiders 68th Reunion 941-921-7361. April 17,2010, West Lafayette, IN. Purdue University Fly-In April 23-25, 2010, Newark, IL. 3-day Groundschool for Sport Pilot 630-664-1892. May 1, 2010, Lincoln, IL. Airport Daze, Heritage-in-Flight Museum and Logan County Airport annual open house 217-732-7126. May 1, Cincinatti, OH. Lunken Airport Days (LUK). 513241-1661. May 8, 2010, Sandusky, OH. EAA Chapter 50’s Spring Fling Fly-In (SKY) 440-258-1761. May 8, 2010, Toldeo, OH. Super Breakfast 2nd Sat FlyIn 419 360-7414. April 10, 2010, Stevens Point, WI. International Learn To Fly Month (STE) 715-252-3326. May 16, 2010, Stevens Point, WI. IFR Refresher/Safety Meeting 715-252-3326. May 16, 2010, Romeoville, IL. EAA Chapter 15 Fly-In Breakfast (LOT) 630-257-1705. May 22, 2010, Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND. Thunder Over the Red River 701-747-5023. May 28-30, 2010, Janesville, WI. Southern Wisconsin AirFEST (JVL) 608-754-5405. May 30, 2010, Lake City, MI. 48th Annual Dawn Patrol Fly-In Breakfast (Y91).

South Central United States March 25, 2010, Mexico, MO. Zenith Aircraft Kit Assembly Factory Workshop (MYJ) 573-581-9000. March 27, 2010, Enid, OK. Enid Woodring Fly-In 580234-5476. March 27, 2010, Gladewater, TX. EAA 972 Runway Gumbo Fly-In 903-574-3641. March 27, 2010, San Marcos, TX. BiPlane Fly-In 512297-1833. April 3, 2010, San Antonio, TX. Annual Bluebonnet Picnic, Fly-in, L-bird Gathering (53TX) 210-902-0372. April 9-11, 2010, Pineville, LA. Spring Fly-In & Campout 318-452-0919.

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April 10, 2010, San Antonio, TX. EAA 35 Pancake Breakfast 210-410-9235. April 16-17, 2010, Addison, TX. Pilot’s Review of Proficiency (PROP) 972-248-3108. April 17, 2010, Somerset, TX. Annual Bluebonnet Picnic and Fly-In 210-902-0372. April 17, 2010, Houston, TX. Wings & Wheels – Women in Aviation Day! 713-454-1940. April 24, 2010, Franklin, KY. EAA Chapter 1165 Spring Fling (35KY) 270-726-1558. May 1-2, 2010, New Iberia, LA. Acadiana Airfest 850288-0657. May 8, 2010, Brewton, AL. Brewton Spring Fly-In and Car Show 251-867-9997. May 8, 2010, Florence, AL. Bluegrass Splash-in 256767-0096. May 8, 2010, Smithville, TX. Smithville Airport Fly-in & Pancake Breakfast 512-237-2313. May 8, 2010, Uvalde, TX. Uvalde Spring Fly-In 830-2790877.

Western United States March 26-28, 2010, Jean, NV. Alternative Engine Roundup 559-816-4332. March 27, 2010, Seattle, WA. American Fighter Aces Panel, Museum of Flight 206-764-5720. March 27, 2010, Riverside, CA. 18th Annual Airshow 2010 (RAL) 951-682-1771. March 29-April 1, 2010, Phoenix, AZ. Avionics Maintenance Conference 410-266-2008. April 2-4, 2010, Hollister, CA. Hugh’s Vintage Aircraft Museum Display 831-245-7994. April 2, 2010, Riverside, CA. First Friday Flicks (RIR) 951-683-2314. April 3, 2010, Hollister, CA. Frazier Lake Airpark Antique AC Display & Fly-In 831-726-9672. April 10-Sep 25. 2010, Yakima, WA. EAA 206 Every Sat Morning Coffee and Donuts 509-248-7892. April 6-10, 2010, Riverside, CA. Air Academy High School (RIR) 951-683-2315. April 10, 2010, Riverside, CA. Young Eagles/Chapter One Meeting (RIR) 951-683-2316. April 10, 2010, Independence, OR. EAA 292 Meeting– Lycoming 541-754-3609. April 17, 2010, Mojave, CA. Vintage Aircraft Display

661-824-2839. April 17, 2010, Riverside, CA. Aircraft Day and Car Show, Design Group (RIR) 951-683-2318. April 23-23, 2010, Sonoma, CA. 4th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium 707-526-3925. April 24-Sep 25. 2010, Yakima, WA. EAA 206 Every Sat Morning Coffee and Donuts 509-248-7892. May 1, 2010, Hollister, CA. Frazier Lake Airpark Antique Aircraft Display & Fly-In 831-726-9672. May 5-9, 2010, McCall, ID. McCall Mountain Canyon Flying Seminars Spring Canyonlands Safari 208-6341344. May 7-9, 2010, Hollister, CA. Hugh’s Vintage Aircraft Museum Display 831-245-7994. May 7-9, 2010, Red Bluff, CA. Save The Taildragger FUNraiser (RBL) 530-524-6498. May 8, 2010, Greenwater, WA. Ranger Creek (21W) Work Party to open airstrip for summer flying 425228-6330.

Alaska May 1-2, 2010, Anchorage, AK. Alaska Airmen’s Alaska State Aviation Trade Show.

International March 24-25, 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Avionics Europe 603-891-9119. April 2-4, 2010, Temora, NSW, Australia. Recreation Aviation Australia Inc-NatFly +61 2 6280 4700. April 8-11, 2010, Messe Friedrichshafen, Germany. AERO Friedrichshafen-The Global Show for General Aviation. May 4-6, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE European Business Aviation Conv & Exhibition. May 15-16, 2010, Cancun, Caribbean. Caribbean Sky Festival (55) 56.35.85.32. May 18-20, 2010, Kensington, England. Everest Events Ltd 01342 324353. June 8-13, 2010, Berlin, Germany. ILA Berlin Intl Air Show (Intl Aerospace Consultants) 916-394-9179. June 25-27, 2010, Booker, England UK. AeroExpo Europe +44 (0) 208 549 3917. July 6-8, 2010, Bejing, China. Aviation Outlook China 2010 +65 6322 275.

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ON THE MARKET Wash your plane without water Aero Cosmetics has introduced the Wash Wax Mop. Designed to increase safety by eliminating the need for ladders, the patentpending Wash Wax Mop also improves efficiency by saving time and reducing use of the Wash Wax All cleaning product, company officials say. The Wash Wax Mop includes an extendable handle or pole, a dual receptacle mop head, and two replaceable micro fiber mop pads.The pole comes standard with a reach of 3 feet to 6 feet, while long reach versions are available that extend cleaning out as far as 12 feet. The twin wrap-around pads were designed to clean airplanes with the Wash Wax All waterless cleaning product without scratching the aircraft. Mounted on either side of the mop head, each pad performs a specific task; one for the “wet step” and one for the “dry step.” Made from specially blended chenille micro fibers, the pads are also washable, company officials note. For more information: 800-Wash-Wax (927-4929) or WashWax.com.

CFI renewals over the web The FAA recently gave approval to AVSeminars to offer the nation’s first CFI Renewal through a “live” webinar. The webinar launch is scheduled for April 3-4 with 24 positions available. CFIs who have renewal months of April, May, June and July can register at AVSeminars.com. AVSeminars also offers live Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics (FIRCs), with a visit to Fort Lauderdale on April 17-18. Registration fee for either the webinar or live presentation is $69. For more information: AVSeminars.com.

Sporty’s offers portable oxygen system Sporty’s now offers two sizes of Single Place Oxygen Systems.The Large Single Place Oxygen System ($299) holds 113 liters of oxygen and weighs 3 pounds. Measuring 12-1/2 inches by 3-1/4 inches, it provides oxygen for just under four hours with a cannula and one hour with a mask. The small system ($275) holds 42 liters of oxygen and weighs 2 pounds. Measuring 9-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches, it provides oxygen for just under two hours with a cannula and 30 minutes with a mask. For more information: 800-SPORTYS or Sportys.com.

Aviation Weather Manuals go digital Find-it Fast Books now offers a library of electronic books (eBooks) that can be instantly downloaded into laptops, desktops, and handheld devices equipped with PDF readers. Available titles include “Preflight Weather Analysis Made

Easy,” “The METAR & TAF Quick Reference Manual,” and “NOTAM’s Illustrated.” For more information: FindItFastBooks.com

Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot’s Guide released Just released is the 2010 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot’s Guide. The 400-page guide is organized into tabbed sections: the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Hispaniola/Cuba (Dominican Republic, Haiti), Western Caribbean (Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Yucatan, Belize, Roatan), Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla south to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao), United States (Florida airports

with Customs) and Survival.Within each section there is travel information on the islands and the country, accommodation and car rental listings, pilot information, maps and airport information. Included are frequencies, runway details, hours, fuel availability, GPS designators as well as longitudes and latitudes — a necessity to find some of the small airports that won’t be in your GPS database.The general information section covers customs, flight plans, forms, procedures, and required equipment in great detail. Price: $56.95. For more information: 800-521-2120 or FlyTheIslands.com.

Ameritech Aerospace Protectant debuts Ameritech Industries, Inc. has introduced Ameritech Aerospace Protectant, a UV screening surface treatment. It offers 100% prevention of UV-caused slow-fade, company officials said, adding the product has been proven to increase the longevity of wing and propeller de-icers, tires and cabin seals. Also, it restores flexibility in leather and vinyl and keeps all plastics, including lexan, looking like new. For more information: 530-221-4470 or Ameritech-Aviation.com.

The Finer Points of Flying unveils Virtual Office Hours The Finer Points of Flying has introduced Virtual Office Hours. Through one-on-one video chat or telephone appointments, Jason Miller, a CFI and the host of The Finer Points of Flying, elaborates on some of the finer points of particular courses of training in sessions that replicate dual ground training. The Finer Points blends fundamentals of flight instruction with storytelling and music. The online video series and podcasts cover everything from coaching on crosswind landings to explanations of meteorological conditions. For more information: TheFinerPoints.net.

WxWorx launches new website WxWorx has launched its new website, which features improvements in navigation, appearance and accessibility, according to developers. The new site provides quick access to the latest WxWorx product news and information, including software updates, articles, a site-wide search tool and frequently asked questions (FAQs) page, product video demonstrations, a searchable database and new payment methods like PayPal. For more information: WxWorx.com.

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Lean and powerful Reaping the benefits of the Old Man’s retirement I thought retirement would be different. I envisioned lunch dates on sunny days at small cafes. I could see the Old Man and I snuggled together on the couch on rainy or cold days, reading or just talking while sipping hot tea or coffee. I imagined romantic interludes. Not. Short If there were any interludes in Final the two months since he told his professional world goodbye, they have been working ones. I thought all this working business would be over and done. I was so very wrong. My Old Man retired and winter came to Georgia. He has spent most of his newly liberated time cutting, hauling and splitting firewood. Days and days of hard, manual labor. I really felt sorry for him. I felt sorry for me more when I had to help, but as a native southerner, I’m allergic to the cold and a nice toasty fire in our wood heater is a good thing. Every time he considers alternative heat sources, a family member, friend or neighbor bemoans their gold-plated fuel bill, and the Old Man walks our property to find his next victim. It’s recycling at its best. At least he’s able to use all those “best management practices” he espoused for 35 years. He has always been a slim person, but in recent years my cooking and his time spent in front of a computer instead of in the field added a little potbelly to his profile. After weeks of intimate contact with the chainsaw, my Old Man has become a lean, mean sawing machine. I’ve lost eight pounds myself, but nobody noticed. He has not just spent his time managing the woodpile. Upon his return home full time, our house decided some repairs were necessary. I am amazed at the things that can fall apart without notice. Although this is more work and less fun time, I have reaped the benefits. I have new cabinets in the laundry room, and the earth shook (literally) when we purchased new furniture for our living room. I must say that having him around has been dandy. Perhaps one of the hardest chores he has endured has been fulfilling a promise he made to me some months back. For Christmas, he bought me a Plane Power 50 amp alternator, a lovely piece of workmanship. After years of struggling to power Lester with a hit-and-miss generator, my Old Man promised to replace the contrary thing with something that actually works. When that box arrived, I opened it with glee. It was a beautiful thing to behold, and it was wonderful holding such power in my hands. I envisioned the ability to actu-

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ally run my transponder on the ground. Typically, I turned it on in the air when I reached cruise speed so I wouldn’t run my battery down. I also envisioned cold starts and actually using my nav lights and landing lights. Well, maybe not the nav lights. They are so small no one can see them, but I’ve got two big honking landing lights that could rival a 747. I have always wanted to blind someone in the pattern, but I never used them. When I turned them on, things started to sizzle, pop and crackle. Just looking at the alternator made me feel powerful and rather warm and tingly inside. Unfortunately for the Old Man, that’s not what he felt. If I had to guess, I’d say he felt frustration and intense discomfort. His pain was not from the installation of the alternator itself. That was relatively easy — well it was after he got that hateful generator off. That old monstrosity held on for dear life, requiring that he remove a mag and nearly the engine to get it gone. Luscombes are not known for their roomy engine compartments. Installation was easy, but that was just part of the Old Man’s promise to me. He determined some time ago that Lester needed some rewiring under the panel, and it was going to take some time and effort to do so. What a job that turned out to be! I have a fuse/switch section to the right of my panel where the few electrical devices I have are managed. Henry wanted to remove the spaghetti wiring at that panel and replace it with appropriate gauges. He also wanted to replace the fuses with modern breakers. Folks, in a tiny Luscombe, that is easier said than done. The poor man unfurled his newly acquired lean, mean sawing machine body in the cockpit and worked for days. We removed the seats and the cargo cover where he could lay somewhat flat. I covered the rudders

and floorboard with cushions to make the ordeal less painful, but I couldn’t make the panel area less confining or turn the airplane over where his arms were not constantly up. All I could do was nod when he cursed, rub his aching arms and feed him. In the end, it was worth it. At least it was to me. The results were immediate, but Lester wasn’t ready to be signed off just yet. I learned of a new malady that affects those who choose to take the path from old technology to new. It’s called alternator whine and, unfortunately, my radio didn’t whine, it screamed. I nearly decided then and there to rip out all of those annoying electronic devices and go NORDO. The Old Man checked and double-checked for possible causes. The most prevalent, I understand, is the “ground loop” or improper ground. I guess ground loops are to be avoided all the way around. He didn’t find any, so the next plan of action was to install a filter and Lone Star’s Eliminator. While this may seem like overkill in a Luscombe, it is my hope that I will soon have a strobe/beacon to go with those landing lights. The Eliminator will fix potential problems with my radio and that device, too. It did work. I have all the power a woman could want and no screaming radio. Now when I’m maneuvering on the ground, I don’t hear comments about my garbled communications. I’m loud and clear. However, I’m not lighting up the pattern, yet. The Old Man has limited me to day VFR until he can look over my landing lights and their wiring. He doesn’t want to fry anything with all that power. I may argue with the man, but I never question the IA. Retirement may not be as easy as I thought it would be, but we’ve gotten lots of things done. In a couple of months, the Old Man is in fabulous shape for a geezer, and I’ve become über powerful. I can live with that. Deb McFarland is the proud owner of Lester, a 1948 Luscombe 8E, and part of the “Front Porch Gang” at Pickens County Airport in Georgia. She can be reached at ShortFinal@generalaviationnews.com.

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