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Shining at the show | This BT-13A was just one of thousands of aircraft at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in April for Sun ’n Fun, the traditional kick-off of the airshow season. Find news and photos from the fly-in throughout this issue. Cover photo by Ryan Cleaveland . .............................. 11
CROSS-COUNTRY IN A 150: Sun ‘n Fun volunteer Joel Keister of Boulder, Colo., flies his 1959 Cessna 150 to the annual fly-in each year.................................... 4
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A GA pilot who is also FAA administrator | Randy Babbitt at Sun ’n Fun......7 Flight Design debuts | New models and floats.................................................8 Breaking ground | Florida aerospace academy gets $7.5 million grant ............8 Guest Editorial | Why flight is so important.....................................................10 Scenes from the show | Photos from Sun ’n Fun............................................11 ‘We’re here all year’ | LAL manager enthusiastic about airport’s future...........12 From idea to plane in nine months | Explorers build Kitfox.........................12 Flight & Flyers | Flying on tandem wings.........................................................26
Flying on tandem wings: Flight & Flyers’ columnist Dennis Parks looks at a variety of tandem wing designs, including this behemoth, designed by an Italian count, that weighed more than 55,000 lbs........................................ 26
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If you learned to fly after 1965, chances are pretty good that you have logged some time in a Cessna 150. The two-place airplane with the 100-hp Continental engine is a staple in many flight schools, but it doesn’t have a reputation as a strong cross-country airplane. That doesn’t matter to Joel Keister of Boulder, Colo., who flies his 1959 Cessna 150 all the way to Sun ’n Fun each year. “It’s great fun to fly,” he says. Keister’s airplane sports a faded green paint job with horizontal stripes and large registration numbers. It doesn’t have a spinner on it, and the pitot tube really is a tube. It may not be beautiful, but it sure evokes memories of carefully wedging oneself into an airplane for those primary lessons. There isn’t a lot of cabin space in the airplane. At seat level it measures just 34 inches across. “It has the bench seat like the Cessna 140,” he points out. “It also has a pull-to-start handle and the flaps are manually actuated by a lever on the floor.” Keister previously owned a 140, putting about 1,000 hours on it before buying his 150. He says he learned to fly in 1963 out of necessity. “I was divorced and I was driving 350 miles both ways every other week to visit my daughter,” he recalls. “I thought it would be more fun to fly that distance, so I learned to fly.”
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You may have noticed that Sun ’n Fun changed its name this year. It’s official name now is the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.
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fact that each year the fly-in attracts visitors from all over the world. Last year, people from 86 countries attended the event. Adding “Expo” brings attention to a “significant dimension” of the show — education — which is the core mission of Sun ’n Fun, Bernegger said. “Through the Expo the industry can share current information and developments with the pilot population, while the fly-in retains much of the character of Sun ’n Fun with the forums and the workshops.” The changes are subtle, he admits. “But it’s a significant statement recognizing the movement of the industry to a more global profile,” he said. You also may notice that the organizers continue the mantra that “the aviation year starts here.” “Many people look to the show to give the industry a jump start on new products and developments,” he said.
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The 79-year-old has been volunteering at Sun ’n Fun since 2004. This year he worked as an aircraft marshaler for general aviation aircraft. “It’s fun because you see all the planes coming and going and all the people,” he said, but adds that being assigned to a specific job at Sun ’n Fun doesn’t really limit his duties. “Today I picked up the ice for the water and lemonade and I drove the courtesy car and worked on a gas grill that wouldn’t light,” he laughed, then scurried off to help move yet another plane.
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Piper ups production By JANICE WOOD General Aviation News
While 2009 was a tough year for the aviation industry, things were a bit different for Piper Aircraft. The company, flush with funds from its new owner, Imprimis, an investment company with offices in Bangkok, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam, increased production rates more than 50% last year and hired 240 people, including 60 engineers for its PiperJet. “Our dealers are telling us they are seeing more and more activity,” said President Kevin Gould on Sun ’n Fun’s opening day. “That’s given us the confidence to increase our production rates.” While busy developing the PiperJet and introducing its Light Sport Aircraft, the PiperSport, Piper also spent a lot of time last year concentrating on its basic trainers, including the Archer. “It’s had a low profile the last couple of years, but it’s making a comeback,” Gould said, noting it is now available with the G500, as are the Warrior and Seminole. International markets, particularly, are interested in the trainers, he said, noting that Piper will “probably build eight times as many trainers this year than last.”
Meanwhile the company has completed its Preliminary Design Review of the PiperJet. Next step is to finish up design details, then build the conforming jet. “We’re still on track for first deliveries in the first half of 2013,” Gould said. On the other end of the spectrum, Piper expects about 75 LSAs will be produced in 2010. The LSA is built by Czech Aircraft Works and distributed by Piper. In other news, Piper announced that Forward Vision Systems’ EVS-100 and EVS-600 Enhanced Vision Systems can now be installed on its Malibu, Matrix and Mirage models. In addition to offering the systems as an option on all new versions of those PA-46 models, Piper and Forward Vision are teaming up to offer STCapproved systems for Malibu, Matrix and Mirage aircraft in service worldwide. Piper also will offer an optional system on new Piper Meridians, as well as an STC-approved system for Meridians already in service, once an EVS is certified to address the Meridian’s higher performance envelope (maximum approved altitude of 30,000 feet in particular), Gould noted. EVS systems — commonly known as infrared or thermal imaging cameras — present a real-time picture outside the cockpit to offer pilots a view that penetrates haze, fog, smoke and precipitation eight to 10 times farther than the unaided human eye. For more information: Piper.com, Forward-Vision.net.
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Gould handed over the keys to the very first PiperSport to three veteran pilots on opening day of Sun ’n Fun. The three co-owners — all from Miami — are Charlie Carlon, 62, a 20,000-hour former Delta Airlines pilot who works for Airbus North America teaching pilots how to fly the Airbus via simulation; Brian Garhammer, 52, a 16,000-hour former ATA pilot, who also works for Airbus North America; and Dr. Mike Morduant, 62, a veterinarian and a pilot for 42 years. There are three variants of the LSA: The PiperSpor t, which sells for $119,900; the PiperSport LT (primarily a training model), which sells for $129,900; and the PiperSport LTD (professional model), which sells for $139,900. Each is equipped with a 100-hp Rotax 912 engine, which can run on auto fuel, and a BRS aircraft parachute recovery system.
Next Step helps grow pilot population By JANICE WOOD General Aviation News
Hal Shevers, founder of Sporty’s, has no doubt what his mission in life is. “When I was 25 years old, I thought I was put on this Earth to make every woman happy and burn as much avgas as possible,” he joked at Sun ’n Fun. “50 years later, I know my purpose is to get everybody to take their first flying lesson.” He reported that the Next Step program, which made its debut at last year’s Sun ’n Fun, is an important part of that mission. With the Next Step program,
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and president. The Next Step program takes the enthusiasm generated by the first flight and leads youngsters to pursue flight training. “Having young people learn how to fly is important, and it’s important to get them at a young age so they can be part of the flying community for a long time,” Poberezny said. He noted there’s a feeling among many today that young people are not as passionate about flight. “I tell you they are,” he said. “It’s just that they have so many things vying for their time. We have to compete for their time, so they have the
goal of becoming a pilot and an aircraft owner.” Another initiative in growing the pilot population is slated for May 15, which is International Learn to Fly Day. There will be events across the country, including at Sporty’s, where the event is tied into the company’s annual fly-in, according to John Zimmerman, vice president of the catalog division. At the fly-in, the company will give away its sweepstakes plane, a Garmin G-300-equipped Skycatcher. The LSA is Serial #5, Zimmerman noted. For more information: Sportys.com, YoungEagles.org, EAA.org.
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Flying is serious business. That was one of the messages from FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt during his visit to Sun ’n Fun this year. Introduced as “a GA pilot who happens to be FAA administrator,” Babbitt is the first GA pilot to be FAA administrator. He grew up in Florida, working as a CFI until he made it to Eastern Airlines. He told the crowd at the fly-in’s Meet the FAA forum that he’s logged over 14,000 hours — “12,000 hours for the airlines, but that was only to pay the electric bill,” he joked. “The real fun flying is GA.” Babbitt spent four days at Sun ’n Fun — a record for an FAA administrator — and he brought more senior staffers with him than have ever attended the fly-in. While he had many closed-door meetings and a tour of the airport, Babbitt also walked the flightline and the grounds, talking to pilots and repeating his mantra of professionalism and responsibility, and the need to continue to hone our skills as pilots. “We have a responsibility to the airspace, to people and to the machines,” he said. “There is a need for all of us to take recurrent training.” He pointed out that the best golfers in the world continue to take lessons, as do world-class tennis players. “The best pilots also still take lessons,” he said, telling the story of a top aerobatic pilot who told him he had just spent 140
hours training with an instructor to hone his skills. “All of us can benefit from more training.” He noted that Sun ’n Fun provides a perfect venue to increase skills, whether it’s through forums, workshops, FAA seminars or just good, old-fashioned hangar flying. “When you spend time with fellow pilots, you exchange stories. I can assure you that everyone can learn something new here to make us better pilots.” Sun ’n Fun also affords the opportunity to see the latest in technology. “But no matter how many gadgets you have — there’s more information on one side of the panel in a Cirrus than I had when I was flying for the airlines — if you don’t have the basic skills, all that doesn’t matter. “It’s time to ask ourselves, ‘Am I doing enough in my training?” he continued, adding that not only the FAA website, but also the AOPA and EAA websites, offer classes to help pilots hone their skills. “When was the last time you got a couple of hours of dual to see how you are doing?” he asked. “And being an old CFI, it’s not a bad idea to keep our CFIs in business.”
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS Babbitt noted there’s “good news” in GA: The fatal accident rate has fallen 4%. “But the bad news is that GA traffic has decreased significantly, so the rate of accidents is still high,” he said. “We want
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to see more improvement.” “We’re still seeing too many GA accidents, like VFR to IMC, where pilots who know better get into bad situations and the outcome is not good,” he continued. “We see a lot of bad decisions being made. We’re seeing things that just shouldn’t happen.” The worst part, he said, is when you look at accident reports and wonder, “what were they thinking?” he said, such as in cases of fuel exhaustion or trying to recover from a bad approach. “We all know that a good landing is made at the beginning of the approach,” he said. “People need to realize that there’s no shame in doing a go-around — pilots do it all the time. There should be no embarrassment in that.” The FAA is also worried about homebuilt accidents. Homebuilts account for 10% of the fleet, but 27% of the accidents. Babbitt pointed out it’s not the builders who are crashing, but the second owners. “The builders are not doing a good job of training the people they are selling to,” he said, noting that second owners usually crash in the first 20-40 hours of ownership. On the flip side, Babbitt said the safety record of Light Sport Aircraft is “excellent” and that the FAA is pleased with the results of manufacturers building to the ASTM standards. “They are in line with where we expect certified aircraft to be,” he said. In answering questions from the audi-
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Flight Design debuts floats, new models By JANICE WOOD Flight Design, which manufactures the best-selling Light Sport Aircraft in the U.S., is not sitting on its laurels. The German company, which already offers several models, including the CTLS, the MC and the CTLS Lite, debuted another model, the CTLS-HL (for High Lift) Turbocharged model, at Sun ’n Fun. It’s also busy on a joint venture with Clamar Floats to develop floats for the company’s LSAs. The CTLS-HL, which sports a 12% longer wing and stabilizer, was originally developed for glider towing, according to Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA. Powered by a turbocharged Rotax 914, it also features — like all Flight Design airplanes — a BRS airframe parachute. The CTLS remains the company’s flagship model, targeted at both individuals and flight schools. Often it is the first glass cockpit, first LSA and first composite airplane people fly, he said, adding, “It’s also very popular for rentals.” The production version of the MC, the company’s metal LSA, was on display at Sun ’n Fun. Designed specifically for flying clubs and training, the plane is
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made mostly of aluminum with a steel cage. While it has lower acquisition and operating costs, “it looks like a GA plane and it feels like a GA plane,” Peghiny said. Making its U.S. debut this week is the CTLS Lite, which features a lowered price and a higher useful load than the CTLS. The company was able to lower the price by making many of the items that are standard on the CTLS options on the Lite model. It also uses more American-made parts, especially avionics, while weighing 50 lbs. less than the CTLS. It sells for $119,980, about $20,000 less than the CTLS. Flight Design officials spent the last year looking for just the right floats for its LSAs. “We don’t have so much water in Germany,” joked Matthias Betsch, CEO
of Flight Design, on opening day of Sun ’n Fun, “so it is hard to develop expertise in floats.” The Clamar floats match the “structure and the feel” of the Flight Design planes, said Peghiny. Meanwhile the company continues development of its hybrid powerplant, introduced last year, which combines a certified engine with an electric motor that is used only for takeoff and climb. Target price is $34,000 for the engine, which is expected to fly this year. Also in the works are hand controls, as well as a cargo pod, which can hold a wheelchair. With about 300 CTs flying in the U.S., the company has spent a lot of time developing a support network, which includes seven distributors and 12 dealers. It’s also building up its Flight Design Pilot Centers and has developed a transition syllabus, which is useful not only for CT pilots, but for all pilots transitioning from GA planes to LSAs, said John Gilmore, Flight Design USA’s national sales manager, who noted the syllabus is available on the company’s website, FlightDesignUSA.com. In the midst of all this activity, Flight Design officials, who spent last week at AERO Friedrichshafen, the big GA airshow in Germany, are hopeful that the worst of the economic woes are over. “The market is starting to come back — it’s not jumping, but it’s starting,” said Betsch.
Florida aerospace academy receives $7.5 million grant By JANICE WOOD General Aviation News
Officials from Sun ’n Fun and the Polk County School Board broke ground during Sun ’n Fun on a new $7.5 million building that will house the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), an aviation-oriented career academy that is already located on the Sun ’n Fun campus. The new 58,000-square-foot facility, which will house up to 500 high school students, is slated to open in August 2011.
The building is made possible by a $7.5 million grant from the Aviation Education Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by James Ray, a pilot and a successful businessman with interests in ranching, oil and gas exploration, real estate development, and investing. A B-17 pilot during World War II, Ray has provided the start-up funding for more than 300 businesses, including Eclipse Aviation and Cirrus Design. He’s also made significant donations to the University of North Dakota, EAA, and the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Ray is donating
another $500,000 to the school district for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new building. “It is my belief that teaching young people the discipline required to learn the science of flight builds character and confidence,” Ray said. “The experience of solo flight teaches them that they are independent and free-thinking individuals who are fully capable of being in control of their own lives.” In presenting the check to Sun ’n Fun officials, Ray noted it is “really a baton on the starting line, which is going to slip into little relay batons,
given to the construction companies and the teachers and all you young guys,” he said, talking to the many students present for the groundbreaking. “The only reward we want is the success of each of you.” The presentation was especially poignant for Rick Garcia, president of Gulf Coast Avionics and a Sun ’n Fun board member, who initially proposed the idea of building a high school on the Sun ’n Fun campus. “When I was 14, I got involved in aviation at a similar academy in Miami,” he said, “and I had a dream, like Mr. Ray, that giving these young people the opportunity to experience flight can ignite the passion and confidence within each one of them to change their life. Thank you Mr. Ray.” Garcia presented Ray with a rendering of the school, then Bill Eickhoff, Sun ’n Fun chairman, noted it was “time to get this started,” as he, Garcia, Ray, Sun ’n Fun President John Burton, Dr. Gail McKinzie, superintendent of the Polk County School Board, and Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields, broke ground for the new school. The current CFAA facilities, which are in their second year of operation, house 115 sophomores and juniors. “The new academy will allow us to almost triple the enrollment,” said Assistant Principal Chad Smith. He noted that students who attend the academy have improved attendance and academic performance. “Students who come to school here don’t want to leave at the end of the day,” he said.
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NextGen delays continue Poor leadership, funding just some of the problems By Charles Spence WASHINGTON, D.C. — NextGen (the Next Generation Air Transportation System) is running into problems, causing delays, which means the program might not be fully Capital operational before Comments the half-century-old radar-based system is scheduled to be replaced. Seven government agencies and of fices are involved with the FAA in developing NextGen. The House Subcommittee on Aviation recently held its fourth hearing to see how well this group is working together to make the transition from radar to a satellite-based program. The findings? Mixed reviews, with most pointing to poor leadership, funding problems, a lack of coordination between agencies, and not including controllers and users in the decision making. On the positive side, there is success in some areas, like ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast). But many problems need to be resolved. For instance, problems discovered when the first step of the program was tried at Salt Lake City included no acceptable way to hand off a flight from one controller to the next, radar processing failures, and key information being assigned to the wrong aircraft. The FAA has been spending $14 million a month trying to resolve these and other problems. Also, the FAA has yet to make certain key decisions about NextGen, such as how much responsibility can or should be delegated to pilots. Another sticking point: The inability of various agencies to share the costs of the modernized air traffic control system. A Joint Planning and Development Of fice (JPDO) within the FAA was established by Congressional action to get the agencies working together. Those agencies include the Depar tment Of Transportation, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the White House Office of Science and Technology. The JPDO has met “infrequently,” Dr. George Dillingham of the Government Accountability Of fice told committee members. In fact, since it was established in 2003, the JPDO has met only four times. These agencies must share informa-
tion for NextGen to work and the FAA has not yet defined what each agency’s role is to be, meaning agencies aren’t able to budget or to even agree if they are willing or able to accept a specified role, he reported. A panel of witnesses told the committee there has been a lack of leadership and frequent turnovers in personnel, adding to the difficulties. Dr. Karlin Toner, current director of JPDO, has been in the position only two months. She is the fourth person to hold that position. Until recently, responsibility for NextGen was spread throughout the FAA. Now, Toner reports directly to the acting associate administrator, another temporary appointment. Confirmation of a nominee to fill that position is held up in the Senate.
Dillingham cited another issue that developers of NextGen have not tackled. He declared there is no plan for new runways, without which other parts of the program will not be effective. By 2030 the FAA estimates the number of passengers carried by airlines will increase 75% over 2009 and operations at the nation’s 35 busiest airports will increase 60%. Without more runways — or more airports — the system will not be able to use the advantages of NextGen, continuing the arguments over who can use the airspace. In his opening statement, Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), ranking member of the subcommittee, reminded others that some parts of the program are mired in environmental review processes mandated by Congress. These procedures,
he said, “can take years and cost millions of dollars.” Congress shares some of the blame for the NextGen problems, said Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), who chairs the full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, because of its failure to pass FAA reauthorization. He expressed impatience with the FAA’s handling of the NextGen program, charging that the FAA has not learned how to handle multi-billion dollar programs. He promised his committee will keep the spotlight on the NextGen program and closed with the statement that the FAA “had damn well start doing something.” Charles Spence is GAN’s Washington, D.C., correspondent.
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Why flight is so important By Michael Parfit Charles Lindbergh could see things in the distance. Not just other airplanes, or a landing strip in France one May night in 1927. He was the best of Guest Editorial risk-takers. He could visualize both trouble and achievement before their time, and he was determined to adapt the tools of the present to the needs he could see in the future. In aviation and elsewhere, we need more of that kind of thing. So I’d like to give you some perspective on an organization that’s trying to help people find that vision and act on it. It’s the Charles A. and Anne Mor row Lindbergh Foundation. I’m not a spokesman for the organization. I’m a pilot who now serves on its board of directors. I first met people from the foundation one day in the 1980s when I landed my Cardinal at Little Falls, Minnesota, where Charles Lindbergh spent some of his childhood. I crossed the Mississippi and visited his home, where he used to go to bed in the middle of winter in a freezing cold, screened porch near the river, just so he could watch the stars. In Little Falls, I went to the annual meeting of what was then called the Lindbergh Fund. That day the organization was giving $10,580 grants — equal to the price of “The Spirit of St. Louis” — to young scientists. The grants were given for projects that were dedicated to a concept of balance between technology and nature that the Lindberghs believed is vital to the survival of humans and the planet. Today this quiet but persistent organization is, in many ways, coming home. It is sharpening its focus on the stunning human achievement that will forever be
linked to the Lindbergh name: Human flight. In my view, the foundation is focusing on aviation because aviation needs the qualities of both Lindberghs — Charles’s drive and innovation, and Anne Morrow’s wisdom and poetry — as we all face new challenges, both to aviation and to the Earth. Both are in various forms of crisis. Aviation is in a kind of crisis of invisibility. Aviation remains astonishing, but people aren’t astonished any more, so it gets more attacks — for energy use or perceived elitism — than awe. And crises also threaten Earth and our species — extinctions, dead zones in the seas, pollution of many kinds, warming, shortages of water, food, and energy. To reach its full potential as the marvelous tool that it is, aviation needs to lift not just our freight, but our hearts. Of course it must address its own role in the problems of energy and pollution, but it can do much more. Charles Lindbergh took new technology that others had made, adapted it and used it to open doors of possibility. That’s what aviation can do again this century, and that’s what the Lindbergh Foundation is here to help us achieve. When I think of that balance between our human ability to make tools and our planet’s need for care, I remember a favorite image of Charles when he was young. It’s of the boy in Little Falls, Minnesota, who knew how to drive his father’s car better than the old man did, but who also bundled up in the winter so he could go out on that screened porch, wide awake and dreaming, beside the river and among the stars. That was less than a hundred years ago. Human flight is still very young. The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation is here to remind us why flight is still so important — and so wonderful — and how we must learn to adapt it and use it so future children, too, can watch the stars and dream.
Ben Visser’s column, “The death of Common Sense,” in the April 20 issue, was absolutely on target! I resonate completely with your assessment that, “Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, in general aviation.” Over the years there have been many occasions where long-established “common sense” solutions are cast aside in favor of new, untested (and questionable) replacements. Without fail, they are a concession to the “change” mentality, driving another nail in the coffin of Common Sense. WAYNE BOYD via e-mail
I enjoyed Ben Visser’s well-written article, “The death of Common Sense.” You, sir, are spot on. As a professional pilot and Super Cub owner, I simply can’t agree with you more. Legislators trying to outlaw 100LL because it sounds unhealthy is testament to where we are as a nation. What are we leaving our great-grandchildren when Rome is burning and too many are searching for a bag of marshmallows? Personal responsibility, rugged individualism and peace through strength seem to be things of the past. JAMES ROBERGE via e-mail
“Aviation remains astonishing, but people aren’t astonished any more, so it gets more attacks than awe.”
Michael Parfit is a pilot, writer and filmmaker. His book “Chasing the Glory” describes his flight around the U.S. following the route of Charles Lindbergh’s tour of the country after his flight to Paris. He is a member of the board of directors of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. For more information: LindberghFoundation.org.
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I sense your grief at the loss of common sense. I would add to that list “courtesy.” In the postindustrial age dominated by electronic relationships, our relational skills and wisdom have suffered from decades of neglect. We don’t talk anymore. We grunt at each other in staccato blurbs on Facebook or e-mail. I think common sense comes from running with those wiser than we are, learning from their experience and sometimes humor. Not much place for that in a society that wants to be constantly breast fed from the government. It’s nice to know there are others out there with a little common sense left. JIM McGUIRE via e-mail
Just received the April 20 issue of General Aviation News. “The death of Common Sense” was a great article! You hit the nail on the head. I could elaborate further, however I feel I’d be preaching to the choir. With that being said, I just want to compliment you on an excellent article and to say that General Aviation News is an excellent publication. THOMAS CHUDY JR. Necedah, Wis.
SEVEN STEPS TO SURVIVAL “Seven steps to survival” in the April 20 issue was a great piece of work. I have been a pilot since 1956 in the Air Force, the Massachusetts Air National Guard, and now flying a Cessna 182 in retirement from Pratt & Whitney after working there for more than 40 years. I have made copies of this article by Alan Sorum to share with EAA Chapter 740, our Haverhill Airport Commission, and other pilots. Keep up the great work you do for general aviation and ALL pilots. JOEL GODSTON Posted online at GeneralAviationNews.com
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New LAL director says pilots are his best marketing tool By JANICE WOOD General Aviation News
You might say Gene Conrad is in the family business. The new director of Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL), home to Sun ’n Fun, was born in Oshkosh, where his father was airport director. Conrad grew up on airports, as his dad took over management positions at Huntsville International Airport (HSV) in Alabama and Dayton International Airport (DAY) in Ohio. When the opportunity to become LAL’s director came up, Conrad didn’t think twice. “This is a unique opportunity,” he says. “I have a little boy and I’d like him to grow up like I grew up.” Of course, Conrad didn’t get the job based on his father’s resume. He started his career at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Ohio, then worked at DAY, and most recently worked at Branson Airport (BBG) in Missouri, the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the nation. “Branson was an awesome experience,” he says.
Conrad, 34, has no doubt that his experience at LAL will be just as awesome. “This airport is ripe for growth,” he says. “There is a tremendous amount of opportunity here.” And Conrad is not shy about telling anyone who will listen — from pilots to the FAA administrator to potential new tenants — about those opportunities. “We’re aggressive,” he says. “We’re going to do our due diligence and identify these opportunities. We’re not going to wait for them to come to us.” Providing a lot of those opportunities is Sun ’n Fun. Having an international event fly-in every year is a “huge deal,” he notes. “Any airport would love to have an event like this.” And any airport director would love to have the FAA administrator visit his airport, which is what happened when FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt attended this year’s show. “This will give us face time with the administrator,” Conrad said a few days before the show kicked off. “He’s a pilot with great knowledge of GA, so we’re looking forward to meeting with him and giving him a personal tour of our facilities. This is a great opportunity.” LAL just received a $2.4 million FAA grant, which will be used for taxiway improvements. Construction will begin in summer, and should be complete by next
spring. Conrad notes that the FAA and the Florida Department of Transportation support LAL and share his vision of “what the possibilities are.” “There’s the possibility of commercial service at some point,” Conrad says, “but GA will always be at our core. If we do bring commercial service here, we can blend it in so it mixes without interruption to our GA activities.” For one week every year, the prime activity at LAL is Sun ’n Fun, when hundreds of thousands of people descend on the airport. Well before opening day, LAL employees are ready for the big event. “We’re the support role,” Conrad says. “We make sure everything is safe, then we stay out of the way.” That’s because the Sun ’n Fun staff and volunteers do a “great job,” Conrad says. “Sun ’n Fun is an awesome partner.” The fly-in is also a great way to “showcase” the airport, he admits. That’s why earlier this year, airport crews painted hangars on the north side of the airport so they match the colors of the terminal. A new restaurant, Earhart’s Runway Grill, opened just days before the fly-in and the airport is preparing to kick off a new marketing campaign. It’s theme? “We’re here the rest of the year,” Conrad says. “We have more than
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150 tenants and there is so much activity occurring here all year.” The airport’s business community is strong, boasting long-time businesses like Gulf Coast Avionics — which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year — to the newest tenant, Okeechobee Painting Center, which just moved from the Okeechobee Airport (OBE). “We have 1 million square feet of facilities,” Conrad says. “About 65% is leased and we’re working hard to get that other 35% leased.” Conrad notes that LAL is a “one-stop shop,” offering a broad array of businesses that cater to all GA pilots, whether they fly a 172 or a G-IV. Conrad hopes to enlist the help of those pilots to help LAL thrive. “When they come here, we ask that they look around and then spread the word,” he says. “Pilots are our biggest marketing arm. We want them to come in and have a great experience.”
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www.GeneralAviationNews.com • facebook.com/ganews Cessna 170/175/177 - 1906 1972 C-177B Cardinal TT 4339, SMOH by Lycoming 1746, $39,000. Call Pete 806-637-4656. 1973 177B Cardinal 2579TTSN. Exceptional in & out. Imron custom paint. Hangared. 684hrs on factory reman. Fresh annual. $55,950. 541-471-9337. Cessna 172 - 1907 1977 C-172N, 4700TT, 38SMOH, Horton factory float-kit. MX-300/GS, KMD-150 GPS, articulating seats, exc mech/logs, $50,000, 208-587-3585, cell 208-629-6272. 1962 172C 4118 TT, 433 SMOH by Mattituck. Fresh annual. KX125 radio. Narco AT150 xpdr. One sweet airplane! $27,900. 360-681-4965 1972 C-172L. Complete logs. TT 6170, 970-SMOH. King radios, new: windows/paint. Fresh annual. Want to trade up! Offers considered! 509-346-2417. 1974 C-172M, IFR, NDH, 1480 hr eng, 3860 AF, very good condition, always hangared, fresh annual, $32,000. Bremerton WA 360-297-1324. 1977 172N, VFR, NDH, 2250 TT, 1656 SMOH, one owner, hangared. Having difficult in getting medical. $42,000. 503-662-4505. email@example.com 1969 CESSNA-172K, 4629-TT, 1546-SMOH O-320 E2D. Aircraft is configured for floats, had PK-2300 floats on it. Asking/$45,000. Call William-Duvall 253-307-9271. 1977 C-172N, 2670-TTAF, 1420-TTE O-360 Lyc-180hp, all logs, flybuddy-GPS, DME, full-IFR, NDH. CSP, new annual, Hangared Bandon OR, $59,000. 907-305-3056. 1968 C-172, lowtime AF, 200hrs eng, Horton STOL, full King stack, King KX155 w/GS, xpdr/enc, leather interior, $45,000, 503-838-5286, 800-831-6513. 1971 C-172L Super Hawk, Penn Yan 180hp, 3464TTSN, 192-SFOH, new paint, King-IFR, same owner 30yrs, NDH, $49,950. CA/510-783-2711. www.american aircraft.net 1969 C-172K. 180 HP conversion. STOL kit. 105 SMOH $67,000. 509-750-7225.
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1965 C182H, P-Ponk 0470R/50 275HP, 160 SMOH, 2621-TT, King IFR, nice original, hangared. $69,950. CA/510-783-2711. 1960 SKYLANE, 5350+ TT,1170-SMOH, 150-SPOH, P&I 9, Garmin135A GPS/com, King KX170A VOR w/GS, Apollo SL70 xpdr, EGT/CHT, cowl/manual flaps. slant tail, Horton STOL, aileron/ flap-gap seals, leading edge cuff wingtips, stall fences, 4-pl intercom, ext baggage, May annual. $47,000. Ron/509-750-7225. Cessna 190/195 - 1910 1953 C-195B, 3300-TT, 680-SMOH, 266-SPOH, hangared, wheelpants, 8 in/out, Cleveland brakes, some spares, dual Com/Nav, xpdr, $89,000, 253-631-0958. Cessna 200 Series - 1912 1960 C-210 2800 TT, 150 SMOH, IFR, 3-blade prop, fresh annual. Very Nice! $55,750. “Trade” West One Air. 208-455-9393. firstname.lastname@example.org Cessna - 2020 CESSNA WING rebuilding, using factory jigs. CRS #UDIR892K. Aircraft Rebuilders 2245 SO. Hwy 89, Perry UT 84302 435-723-5650.
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