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Cessna will move the Skycatcher from the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category to the primary category to aid in certification in countries around the world that do not recognize the LSA category. In the U.S., sport pilots will still be able to fly it as an LSA, according to Cessna officials. The move comes after Cessna was forced to refund deposits on the Skycatcher to its European customers because of certification issues. Company officials say they expect to begin deliveries of the Skycatcher in Europe in 2013. The Terrafugia Transition, known by most as the flying car, has moved into Phase 2 of its six planned phases of flighttesting, said company officials, who did not bring the prototype to this year’s AirVenture because they didn’t want to disrupt flight tests. Phase 2 flight tests, a precursor to the start of documented ASTM compliance flights, focus on performance envelope expansion, airspeed system calibration, control surface effectiveness, and power-on and power-off stalls, company officials noted. Drive testing of the Transition is proceeding concurrent with flight-testing, officials add.

Icon Aircraft has chosen the new Rotax 912 iS engine to power its A5 LSA. Icon officials report they have taken more than 750 deposits for the amphib. Wipaire rolled out its new Wipline 1450 amphibious float on opening day of AirVenture. The float will be approved under ASTM standards for LSA and eventually certified under TSO for CAR 3 and Part 23 installations. The Wipline 1450 will also be offered as a straight seaplane float. Prices are $30,000 (amphib) and $23,000 (straight). The Associated Press is reporting that the union representing the machinists at Hawker Beechcraft is trying to block the proposed sale of the bankrupt aircraft manufacturer to a Chinese company, contending it would give China access to technology it doesn’t yet possess and would saddle American taxpayers with paying the Wichita-based company’s underfunded pension obligations.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed July 23 to 29 “Aviation Week” in the state in conjunction with this year’s AirVenture. He noted that aviation and airports generate almost $3 billion annually in the state and support more than 41,000 jobs. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has named Thomas L. Hendricks as its new president. He succeeds James K. Coyne, who has served as president since 1994. Hendricks, who will start his new duties Sept. 1, most recently served as the senior vice president, safety, security and operations for Airlines for America. The Tailwheels Etc. flight school has moved to new facilities at LakelandLinder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida, home to the annual SUN ’n FUN fly-in. The flight school had been based at Winter Haven’s Gilbert Airfield (GIF).

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OSHKOSH — Cessna debuted its Skylane Turbo 182 NXT powered by an SMA engine that runs on Jet A on opening day of AirVenture. “Cessna’s Turbo 182 NXT delivers a solution that the marketplace has been asking for,” said Jeff Umscheid, Cessna 172, 182, 206 business leader. “The 230 horsepower Jet A engine offers customers increased range and greater payload capacity and does not sacrifice performance. This plane offers significantly lower direct operating costs due to the fact that Jet A fuel is typically more affordable and much more widely available.” The Turbo 182 NXT is powered by the Safran-made SMA engine, which is engineered specifically for aviation and is already FAA and EASA certified, he noted. The engine uses 11 gallons per hour of the typically lower-cost Jet A fuel at the estimated maximum cruise speed of 155 knots. Flight at the maximum cruise speed dem-

onstrates greater fuel efficiency, and will burn approximately 30% to 40% less fuel than comparable avgas engines, according to Cessna officials. There are environmental benefits, as well, company officials noted. The fuel technology used in the SMA engine eliminates concerns about carbon monoxide emissions, fuel mixtures, propeller control and exhaust gas, Cessna officials explained. The engine also operates at a lower propeller speed. As a result, the turbocharger technology delivers a quieter flight line and reduces noise, Umscheid said. Another benefit, according to Cessna officials: There are zero lead emissions and zero CO emissions. The Turbo 182 NXT has a seating capacity for four and an estimated range at maximum cruise speed of 1,160 nautical miles. The certified ceiling is 20,000 feet. It features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Price: $515,000.

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35%, according to company officials. The new flexible pricing structure is scheduled to be available within two months, linked to the upcoming release of Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck version 2.0, officials said., Aspen Avionics has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval of Connected Pilot, the first in the series of the company’s Connected Panel product line that provides a wireless link between certified panel avionics and portable smart devices. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for Connected Pilot is imminent, company officials said, so with TSO in hand Aspen has begun production and shipment of Connected Pilot units. Connected Pilot, which lists for $2,499, is designed for Apple iOS mobile devices, such as iPads and iPhones, and is able to receive data from almost any panelmounted GPS. Connected Pilot also can

Chris D’Acosta, a 30-year veteran in the global oil and gas industry, has been named CEO of Swift Fuels, a recently reorganized chemical research firm that is developing a commercial replacement for 100LL. BRS Aerospace has partnered with US Aviation at Denton Airport (DTO) in Texas, to create a national service center to provide new installation, inspection, removal, replacement, and repack services of its whole airframe parachute recovery systems on a variety of GA aircraft, including Cessna 162, 172 and 182, the Symphony, and all LSAs that include a whole-frame parachute. The service center was established in anticipation of the upcoming 10-year service requirements for these GA/certified aircraft and the six-

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Pilots can now turn iPads or iPhones into cockpit voice recorders with FlightLink, a free, downloadable app developed by Lightspeed Aviation to work with newer Zulu.2 headsets. All communications through the intercom are recorded. FlightLink also incorporates a scratchpad for the iPad so that pilots can make notes and diagrams with their fingertips.

ExxonMobil Aviation Lubricants has a new telephone hotline — 609-737-4411 ­— to provide guidance to customers in the event of aviation lubricant-related technical emergencies. Trained professionals staff the hotline 24/7, officials note.

The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame has unveiled its inductees for 2012: Joseph Fleeman of Lawrenceburg, an award-winning antique aircraft restoration craftsman; Gen. Bruce K. Holloway, USAF (1912-1999) of Knoxville, a decorated World War II ace, SAC Commander and Vice Chief-of-Staff USAF; Robert Minter, Sr. of Gallatin, founder of the hall of fame; and Dr. Morris W. Ray of Memphis, who has had “two extraordinary ca-

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Microsoft has stopped all new development on Microsoft Flight, the successor to Microsoft Flight Simulator. The company will continue to support the Flight community, officials said in a statement on the website, noting the game will still be available to download for free. Women in Aviation will repeat “Take Your Daughter to the Conference Day” at its 2013 conference, scheduled for Nashville March 14-16.


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Airplane kit manufacturer Glasair Aviation has been acquired by Fang Tieji, chairman of Jilin Hanxing Group Co. in China. Glasair, which manufactures the Glasair, Glastar and Sportsman aircraft, has delivered about 3,000 planes around the world. Fang has formed Glasair Aviation USA and plans to invest substantially in Glasair’s existing product lines, starting with certifying the Sportsman design, according to Mikael Via, president. “In addition, Mr. Fang plans to substantially grow Glasair Aviation USA by acquiring and consolidating additional airframe designs and other aviation related companies,” he said. There are no plans to relocate or terminate any existing Glasair Aviation employees, Via added. Fang plans to retain

Glasair’s U.S. headquarters, management team and employees, he said. Fang has business interests in real estate, chemical production, automobiles, and aviation. He plans to open a network of FBOs across China in the next 10 years, as well as work with the Chinese authorities to get approval for homebuilt aircraft in that country. Fang noted he is learning to fly now and hopes to have his private license by the end of the year. Speaking through an interpreter, Fang noted that China is the largest potential market in the world for GA and that this acquisition is the “first step in a long-term journey” to “fulfill our dream of having private planes flying all over China.”

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New kit association officially takes off The Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA) formally organized during AirVenture, in response to the recent NTSB report on homebuilt accidents. First order of business was agreeing on a mission statement: “AKIA’s mission is to represent aircraft kit manufacturers, designers, suppliers and supporters with a unified voice in the promotion and safety of the aircraft kit industry.” The initial 14 charter members came together after reviewing the 16 recommen-

dations put forth by the NTSB that focus on the Experimental Amateur Built (EAB) safety record. Those items were discussed earlier this year by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the FAA, but without a single kit manufacturer present, AKIA officials noted. “In many respects we’ve been invisible,” said Dick VanGrunsven, president of AKIA and Van’s Aircraft. “We don’t manufacture aircraft; we make aircraft parts. Our customers buy those parts and they

manufacture the aircraft. But we do have a direct link to EAB aircraft and it’s time we make our presence known and become proactive in addressing safety issues. There needs to be more attention paid to the first pre-flight, Phase One flight testing and transition training for pilots. The record has to be improved and we believe it can. AKIA expects to be at the table in all future discussions about EAB safety. Collectively, we have the knowledge and

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Don’t tell David and Laramie Resler that America’s young people aren’t interested in general aviation. The Indiana couple — winners of the 2012 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award presented at this year’s AirVenture — are on a mission to get kids interested in flying. The Reslers have personally introduced 700 kids to the wonders of flying in their Piper Cherokee 180, while leading their EAA chapter efforts to send nearly 3,400 Young Eagles into the skies. The Reslers are the Young Eagles coordinators for EAA Chapter 2 at Smith Field Airport (SMD) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They coordinate and fly Young Eagles rallies that often draw 100 kids and 10 to 15 volunteer pilots. And when that’s not enough, David flies kids on weekends and nights from the Resler’s own grass runway. If bad weather stalls a rally, it’s common for the Reslers to invite kids and parents out to their farm for a flight. “I bet I fly more on my own that I do at rallies,” said David. “We’re pretty passionate about pushing it hard to get kids involved. We’re out looking for kids 8 to 17 all the time. We hand their parents a card and say ‘hey this is something you might want to look into.’” Their record since becoming coordinators in 2005 speaks for itself. EAA Chapter 2 started holding Young Eagles rallies in 1992 and flew 3,150 by the time it recruited the Reslers to take over. Since then, nearly 3,400 kids have gone flying at the rallies. That’s double the Young Flights in a third of the time. “Without David and Laramie, the Young Eagles program would not be what it is today for EAA Chapter 2,” said Kevin Stahl, chapter president. “They

deserve an award for their exceptional leadership and hard work. David and Laramie work great as a team.” Still, David credits his chapter volunteers. “One thing I have to say, it’s not all because of us, it’s because of the people that volunteer to work these rallies,” he said. “They help us keep this thing going. We have 40-plus ground crew volunteers and pilots to help us — that’s why we are so successful, because we have the support of the chapter.” They also have the support of Phillips 66 Aviation, which offers a Young Eagles fuel rebate to volunteer pilots. “We definitely use the Phillips 66 rebate,” David says. “It helps encourage more Young Eagle flights.” Since the rebate program began in the mid-1990s, some 4,000 pilots have used it to fly hundreds of thousands of Young Eagles. When they’re not working at their jobs at an insurance company or running rallies, David and Laramie are always recruiting new aviation converts. “The Reslers have a great willingness to share their love of aviation with anyone of any age,” says Kurt Beuchel, newsletter editor for EAA Chapter 2. “I’ve seen David hand out Young Eagle information to complete strangers in a restaurant while waiting in line. They are always recruiting volunteers and thinking of ways to create a better experience for the children at our rallies.” David does most of the flying — flying 249 Young Eagles in 2011 ­— while Laramie handles ground-based demands like insurance, paperwork and event planning. Inspired by the rallies, Laramie got her pilots license and has taken 25 Young Eagles flying. The couple is making an impact.

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David and Laramie Resler with their Piper Cherokee 180. “David and Laramie had a lot to do with my decision to become a pilot and participate in the Young Eagles rallies,” said Brad Moore, EAA Chapter 2 member. “Leading by example, they encouraged me and other members to participate in the rallies at any level.” Moore has flown 150 Young Eagles in his two-seater Champ. One of those Young Eagles now wants to design and build airplanes. Another grew up to be a helicopter pilot. Yet another helps at the rallies as part of the ground crew. Laramie says their most unusual passengers were a pair of blind Amish girls. “You know, they feel vibration, they can feel the flight,” says David. “I think

they had as much fun as anybody else who flies a plane. You’re describing everything to them, ‘we’re above the trees, the houses look small, we’re banking right,’ whatever you can do to describe the experience.” But it may be the Reslers who are having the most fun. “We enjoy seeing the kids’ faces light up after a flight,” Laramie explains. “We’re hooked.” For his part, David is shooting for 1,000 flights. Then, he says, he’ll slow down and Laramie can fly more Young Eagles — “so I can get to 50 and earn my hat,” she said.,

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By JANICE WOOD WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pilot’s Bill of Rights, which made it through the legislative process in “record time,” according to an official with the Experimental Aircraft Association, has been approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives and is now on President Obama’s desk awaiting his signature. As of press time on Aug. 2, the president hadn’t signed the bill, but he had 10 days from the time it made it to his desk on July 26 to sign the bill, said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and a CFI with more than 10,000 hours who introduced the bill. “We have every reason to believe he will sign it,” added Doug Macnair, EAA’s vice president of government relations. Once approved, the bill will “radically change your ability to defend yourself” if caught in an FAA enforcement action, he noted. The heart of the bill is fairness, according to Kathy Yodice, an aviation attorney who has worked with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. “We all want to respect the FAA rules,” she said, “but for a while that was getting eroded because of injustices allowed in the system.” The Bill of Rights grew out of Inhofe’s own encounter with the FAA’s enforcement process. In 2010, Inhofe landed on

a closed runway at Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport (PIL) in Texas. A builder and developer, Inhofe said he had landed at the airport “more than 300 times.” While PIL is uncontrolled, Inhofe did have flight following and as he approached the airport in his Cessna 340, a controller said he was “cleared to land,” according to the Senator, who acknowledges that that was unusual. That was when Inhofe saw there were people working on the first 2,000 feet of the 8,000-foot runway. He landed beyond the workers, but frightened many of them. “People on the field called The Washington Post and it just broke my heart,” he said at AirVenture. It took him four months to get the voice recording from the controller clearing him to land — “and I’m a U.S. senator,” he said. “I never saw the evidence against me and the FAA couldn’t show me the NOTAMs closing the runway.” “If you are challenged by the FAA, you are completely helpless,” he continued. “You are at their mercy.” Introduced at last year’s AirVenture, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights seeks to remedy “the serious deficiencies in the relationship between general aviation and the FAA, and ensures that pilots are, like everyone else, treated in a fair and equitable manner by the justice system,” he said. The Bill of Rights covers several key areas. Perhaps the most important is that in an enforcement action against a pilot, the FAA must show the pilot all evidence 30 days prior to a decision to proceed with an enforcement action. “This is currently not done and often leaves the pilot grossly uninformed of his violation and recourse,” Inhofe noted. It also makes contractor-run flight service station and contract tower communications available to pilots. Currently, if a request is made for flight service station information under the Freedom Of Information Act, it is denied because the contractor is not the government, per se, he said. “However, the contractor is performing an inherently governmental function and this information should be available to pilots who need it to defend themselves in an enforcement proceeding,” he said. Another big change the bill brings for pilots is that in the appeals process, the

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Sen. Jim Inhofe and Congressman Sam Graves, who pushed the bill through the House of Representatives, at this year’s AirVenture. Both are pilots and airplane owners. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) must conform with the Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Previously, the NTSB operated under something called “statutory deference,” which meant that NTSB administrative judges and officials had to defer to the FAA’s expertise in appeals cases. “Too often the NTSB rubber stamps a decision of the FAA, giving wide latitude to the FAA and making the appeals process meaningless,” Inhofe said. The bill also allows a pilot to appeal the NTSB’s decision to a federal district court judge. This is important because a review by the federal district court is “de novo,” meaning the pilot gets a new trial with the ability to introduce evidence and a new review of the facts, he added. These changes to the appeals process are critical, according to Inhofe, who notes that it should create some fundamental changes at the beginning of the entire process. “When we have access to appeals, it changes the attitude of the guy in the field,” he said, noting an FAA employee will be less likely “to harass” a pilot if he knows that his work is going to be checked. “They will be more fair,” he predicted.

The bill also requires the FAA to improve the NOTAM system, which would involve simplifying the system as well as archiving NOTAMs in a central location. “This will ensure that the most relevant information reaches the pilot,” Inhofe said. “The NOTAM system after 9-11 is getting more and more convoluted,” Yodice said. “Pilots would make innocent mistakes, but they were being treated like ordinary criminals and it all could have been avoidable.” Making innocent mistakes on the FAA’s medical application is another area where pilots often find themselves in trouble. That’s why the Bill of Rights requires a review of the medical process, including a revamping of the 8500-8 form. “That medical application is antiquated and is asking questions that are no longer relevant,” Yodice said. “When the FAA finds something wrong on the application — even if it is just a mistake — they will seek to revoke all the pilot’s licenses and ratings. That could have been avoided if the form was clear.” Non-profit general aviation groups will make up an advisory panel for the review of the medical process, as well as the NOTAM system. Once the bill is signed, all of the provisions except the review of the NOTAM system and medical process will become effective immediately, according to Inhofe. The bill requires reports from the advisory groups on the NOTAMs and medical within a year.

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Drone activity increases Charles Spence Capital Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress is getting active in the question of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly called drones, as the push continues to integrate more and more of them into the national airspace system. In late June and in July, three more bills were introduced to try to assure the public that the use of drones will not infringe on their privacy rights despite the ability to photograph and record even the slightest activity or object. So far, drone use by the military has been successful and rewarding. Now, law enforcement and security organizations are the principal groups wanting FAA approval for operations, but the field could be opened to private individuals or companies. The FAA has been active for more than five decades introducing this technology into the national airspace system. A milestone for expediting civilian use came in the 2012 reauthorization of the FAA. This called for the FAA to find a way to expedite the process by which a waiver may be granted. Currently, requests for grants to fly drones are mostly from officials in metropolitan areas. This means that when the unmanned vehicles are operational, they will be centered mainly in areas in the vicinity of airports. However, interest is growing for use in other areas, including commercial photography, aerial mapping, crop monitoring, advertising, communications, and broadcasting. In the United States alone, approximately 50 companies, universities, and government organizations are developing and producing more than 155 unmanned aircraft designs. Drones may vary in size from model airplanes to having wingspans as large as a Boeing 737. The FAA’s regulations relating to recreational use of drones by modelers comes under Advisory Circular 91-57. This generally limits operations to below 400 feet above ground level and away from airports. Use of drones for surveillance and other activities would mean the vehicles would fly much higher and in less restricted areas. Expansion of drone activity — both in numbers and in metropolitan areas — poses many questions. Not the least of these is the ability of a drone commander to see other aircraft. Operators are required to be licensed pilots. They do not, however, have radar on their screens to identify any potential traffic conflicts. Currently, if a drone is operated outside the designated and restricted airspace, there must be an

accompanying “chase” airplane to maintain visual contact with the drone and serve as the eyes for the UAS pilot. The FAA is working diligently to find ways for drones to mix safely with all aircraft in the national airspace. Technical working groups within the agency are working with the aviation community. Steve Brown of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), says he is in contact almost weekly with the

FAA and other alphabet groups working on solutions to the problems. He reports he sees no immediate problem. Similarly, officials at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) say they see no immediate concern. Spokeswoman Benet Wilson said safety is a main concern for the association, which is encouraging the FAA to develop regulations to ensure that unmanned vehicles are flown safely in airspace shared with general aviation. While safety is the primary issue, a secondary effect could be adding another element in the continuing struggle for access to allegedly crowded airspace.

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Aviating ... the cure for what ails us

August 10, 2012

Touch & Go

You want to go flying. But you are away from your home airport and rental fleet. What to do? Until now, you had to search local airports for an FBO with aircraft to rent and spend two to three hours getting checked-out. That’s soon going to change. Enter OpenAirplane, which has a goal of making it as easy to rent an airplane as it is to rent a car by providing a standardized checkout that’s accepted by a network of FBOs. You launch your OpenAirplane app on your iPhone and answer the simple question, “Where do you want to fly?” Type in the city you want to fly from, or let the app search based on your location and click the “Direct To” button, which takes the place of the “search” button. Returned to your phone are aircraft options, based on your OpenAirplane qualifications, with fees and equipment information. Scroll through the list, check out the details, and schedule the plane you’d like to fly. After your flight, you will enter the hobbs and tach time in the app. OpenAirplane, having your credit card on file, will charge it for the time used, add a 10% OpenAirplane fee, and voila, a successful Ben Sclair is Publisher. He can be reached at

a problem in aviation that can’t be cured by more flying.” All pilots enrolled in OpenAirplane will have to pass a universal pilot checkout (UPC) at any of the participating FBOs. The UPC is a pass/fail checkout and, once passed, will also reset the clock on an FAA Flight Review as well as qualify for the FAA Wings program. “We modeled the UPC after the Civil transaction. Air Patrol (CAP) checkout,” noted RaOpenAirplane will save you a few kic. “Why create something from scratch hundred dollars and a few hours of local when a model already exists?” check-out time — time and money that CAP’s accident rate is just 2.8 accidents can be used for the flying you want to do. per 100,000 flight hours while general OpenAirplane co-founder Rod Rakic aviation in total suffers 7.7 accidents per outlined the program at an AeroInnovate 100,000 flight hours. forum at AirVenture. Rakic and co-found“Our research tells us er Adam Fast have that 96% of respon“There isn’t a done a great deal of dents would rent more problem in aviation thinking and research if the process were on OpenAirplane. The simpler,” said Rakic. that can’t be cured UPC, as well as FBO “Our goal is to make by more flying.” and member agreerenting a plane as simOpenAirplane’s Rod Rakic ments, are in various ple as renting a car.” stages of completion In 2011, general and review. aviation flight hours The growing list of industry support is totaled 26.3 million. Of that, 10.9 million impressive. As of this writing, it includes: hours were in single-engine piston airStarr Aviation, Avemco, Chartis, USAIG, craft, with 4.9 million in the rental marGlobal Aerospace, QBE, the National Asket. Aircraft rental is roughly a $1 billion sociation of Flight Instructors (NAFI), the annual market. OpenAirplane intends to Aviation Insurance Association (AIA), W. make a measurable impact on that market. Brown & Associates, Cirrus Aircraft, the A 10% bump in rental hours pushes flight Society of Aviation and Flight Educators hours close to 5.4 million and adds $100 (SAFE), and Phoenix Aviation Managers. million through the rental economy. Will the program be for everyone? “The only thing that can save aviation Nope. is aviating,” continued Rakic. “More flyI posted a news item about OpenAiring means more fuel is pumped, more plane on our website (GeneralAviationmaintenance is performed, more from Oshkosh. One of the tion is conducted, more consumables are early comments was, “As a flight school consumed, more, more, more. There isn’t

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owner, there is no way I’d go for this. I want to physically meet and fly with everyone who wants to rent. It’s my business and reputation on the line. My insurance requires a checkout flight by our chief CFI even for highly qualified people. I don’t see how they will get around insurance issues.” The first three sentences say it all to me. “No way...,” “I want...,” and “my business...” So when OpenAirplane “gets around insurance issues,” it will still have to get around the “flight school owner.” To be certain, Rakic and Fast have a good deal of work ahead. Sad to say, the hardest part may be from the very people this program will help the most. I’m pulling for OpenAirplane, if that isn’t obvious. Stay tuned and start asking yourself, “Where do you want to fly?”


After reading “Rich Suicidal Idiots,” the guest editorial from Thomas Turner in the June 8 issue — which even as a 53-year-old student pilot I very much agreed with — I saw two stories in that same issue that, frankly, I should have read in USA Today: “From street gang to supersonic jet ride” and “General aviation used to combat malaria.” These are two, among probably thousands of others, that need to be forcefed to the mainstream media — and I do mean force fed. They don’t match the general perception of GA and so WE need to make sure they are published as widely as possible. As much as I enjoy General Aviation News, I want — and we all need — to read these articles in the Dallas Morning News or whatever our local paper is. Spread the word! ERIC O. JAKIMIER Domus Development


I have to say that Mr. Spence’s article (What does Pilot’s Bill of Rights mean to

Have something to say? Send comments to or fax 858712-1960. Include your full name, address and telephone number (for verification purposed only). Please limit comments to 250 words or less. GA pilots? July 20 issue) hit a sore spot with me. I hope this is the right place to air out FAA corruption. The “Pilot’s Bill of Rights” is very important to protect all airmen from FAA retribution. Believe me, I have seen and experienced first hand FAA fraud, waste, abuse and criminal activity. The FAA has lost its way and is not following its mandate to protect the public and develop aviation any longer. I only hope the bill makes it through Congress, because it will give us all a level playing field instead of the rubber stamp of Government Administrative Law. If government employees are fired just for doing their jobs, how can an airman hope for any real justice when they run afoul of the FAA? RICHARD WYEROSKI Former FAA Safety Inspector FAA Whistleblowers Alliance

Congratulations on this important bill. I hope to see in the future a similar initiative in the EU (European Union) on behalf of the rights of pilots in the 27 EU member states. SYLVAIN DE WEERDT Retired EU-Lobbyist, General Aviation and Aerial Work Operations


Re: Still time to comment on medical petition, July 20 issue: Nearly 15,000 pilots responded during the 20-day comment period. Now it’s your turn. BILL LEAVENS via


Re: Honoring the WASP: Restored Stearman helps tell the story of heroic women, July 6 issue: Thanks for your efforts, Mike Porter.

I knew a former WASP back in 1966. She towed gliders for our club at the Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport (VVS) in Connelsville, Pa. We knew her as “Tuffy” Call. Her maiden name was unknown to us. Her husband, Lance Call, a retired Air Force brigadier general, also towed us. They were the airport managers at the time. She was an excellent pilot. They moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1968 and we have completely lost track of her. I hope she got to see your Stearman. R. JONES via The National WASP World War II Museum was delighted when this beautiful WASP #12 Stearman was flown to WASP HOMECOMING 2011. It is a real showpiece! Thanks to the Porters for all of their painstaking work and for sharing it with the nation! SHARRON DAVIS Executive Director The National WASP WWII Museum

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How to fill a hangar Jamie Beckett

It’s you. It’s me, too. It’s all of us. UAVs. Simultaneously, they seem to beLet’s assume there are a quarter million lieve that the airline pilots who shuttle active pilots in the United States. That’s them to their vacation get-aways and not enough to keep the props turning and business conventions are drawn from an the turbines burning into the coming deinexhaustible supply of airplane pilots in cades. But if every one of those active waiting. pilots committed to the idea of bringing You and I know better, of course. Airone new person in and helping them to line pilots have traditionally come from become a pilot, we’d be up to a half a the ranks of the military, at least in part. million active pilots very shortly. And if Yet the military is training fewer pilots. every one of those new pilots made the Airline pilots also come from the ranks of same commitment, we’d be over a million general aviation, which is dwindling down by the end of the decade. Now that would now to the point where there are probably turn the trend around, wouldn’t it? well under a quarter million active pilots So the question is not why the non-pilot in the United States. A simple mental population doesn’t understand us better. calculation suggests that we are running It’s really a question of why we don’t short on an important skill set, and not doget out and tell our story ing much to replace with the kind of enthuthe owners of those siasm we feel when the skills. “People have to be nose pitches up and our This growing diinspired, motivated, wheels leave the ground. lemma is almost You don’t have to be entirely the result of educated, mentored, a professional speaker, a simple misunderchallenged, and you just have to be honstanding. That misunderstanding can congratulated in order est and care about the future of aviation. Don’t be dispelled simply to make a successful simply give a kid a ride. enough. That’s a nice gesture, but The truth is this: transition from the doesn’t often result in a People are not born crib to the cockpit.” itnew pilot coming into the to be pilots. They are fold. Become a true menborn to be little boys tor. Find someone who and girls who are really shows an interest in flying, and perhappy to watch television and play video sonally help them become a pilot. games. They’re more inclined to throw a You’ll feel better about yourself, I have ball around or braid each other’s hair than no doubt. Your airport manager will be head down to the airport in an effort to pretty darned happy when those hangars navigate their way to a functional gate so start filling back up, too. And they most they can get inside and start the process. certainly will fill up. It may take a while, And even if they are fortunate enough to but more pilots translates to more hangar find the front desk at the FBO, they’ve rentals, without a doubt. So get out there still got a bushel basket full of problems and tell a story. You’re a pilot for goodness to solve before they get their wings. sake. You’ve got to have at least a dozen People have to be inspired, motivated, absolutely fantastic stories to share. educated, mentored, challenged, and conAnd who doesn’t like hearing kids gratulated in order to make a successful shuffling out of a room, muttering to each transition from the crib to the cockpit. other under their breath, “That guy is so It can be done, of course, as it has been cool. We should become pilots too, don’t in the past. But the right incentive is reya think?” quired. Fortunately we have it on hand.

Politics for Pilots

How can your airport fill up its empty hangars? Perhaps the most effective method would be to send a pilot or two into the local middle schools and high schools to tell a few stories, pop a slideshow up on the smartboard, and invite a whole bunch of the kids out to the airport. Let me provide a little context for that idea. It’s valid, believe me. But as fixes go, this isn’t a quick one — nor should it be. In the late 1930s the United States faced a real problem. There were relatively few airports, very few airplanes, and a shockingly small number of pilots. World War II changed all that. The Army was forced to ramp up from hundreds of pilots to hundreds of thousands of pilots — and they had to do it in a tremendously short time-frame. Today, the United States faces a similar problem. We have a reasonable number of airports, an abundance of airplanes, and a rapidly shrinking pilot population. That spells trouble for a variety of reasons, most of which have not yet been recognized by the non-aviation public. While the variables are different, the challenge of filling the shortage is every bit as serious as it was in 1937. A country that puts insufficient emphasis on the value of aviation puts its long-term ecoJamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P mechanic who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport. He is also a founding partner and regular contributor to You can reach him at


nomic future at risk. That’s not just hyperbole, either. It’s a statement of fact. Grab a globe, pick out a country where aviation is unloved and finds no support, and you will have found a Third World country where the outlook is bleak. That is not a future I would care to be a part of. Fortunately, we can arrest this trend. No, we can’t stop the progression of time, and we can’t make our World War II veteran population live forever in a perpetual state of youthful vigor. But we can realistically assess our strengths and challenges so that we can craft solutions that will actually work. This growing pilot void is becoming evident across the country in the form of empty hangars. While municipalities added hangars in large numbers over the past several decades, they often did it for all the wrong reasons. They mistakenly believed that pilots were coming out of the woodwork, buying airplanes and demanding ever more hangars. More often than not, the increased demand was a combination of a relatively good economy and a pilot population that was mature enough and affluent enough to afford an airplane of their own at long last. Business aviation also figured into the need for available hangar space. Those same pilots, the World War II generation who brought their skills to the civilian market after leaving the military, are now losing their medicals, giving up flying, and visiting the airport less and less. They are not being replaced in large numbers, because society as a whole doesn’t perceive a need for pilots the way they did in the 1940s. They believe the military will be served well enough by

Patient AirLift Services (PALS), a nonprofit volunteer pilot organization, reached a major milestone July 22 when it completed its 1,000th charitable flight, flying Afghanistan war veteran and double leg amputee Marine Corporal Jessie Fletcher from Boston to Baltimore. Fletcher, a Purple Heart Medal recipient who was wounded by an IED blast during his second deployment in Afghanistan, was flown back to Baltimore where he receives treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by PALS volunteer pilot Don Catalano in his Piper Meridian. Don, also a veteran of the Army 7th Special Forces Group, said he feels a special connection to Fletcher and all service men and women he refers to as his brothers- and sisters-in-arms. “That’s a big part of why I do this,” Catalano says. “I feel a special affinity to

these young service members and appreciate what they have given for our country.” “It shows that the folks at Patient AirLift Services really do care, they’re just humanity at its best,” Fletcher added. Patient Airlift Services, formed in 2010, arranges free air transportation for patients requiring medical care, as well as for other humanitarian purposes. When treatments require that they travel far from home and they cannot afford to fly commercially, or have a condition that prevents them from flying commercially, PALS steps in to help with their transportation at no cost to the patient. PALS accepts flights for locations throughout the Northeastern United States. The organization is always looking for volunteer pilots to help in its endeavors., 888-818-1231

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PALS pilot Don Catalano (left) is shown outside his Piper Meridian with Corporal Jessie Fletcher and his girlfriend Emily, after completing PALS’ 1,000th charitable flight.


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August 10, 2012

been available in aviation on the Multi Function Display or digital aircraft instrument, but now, for the first time, that information comes from a digital sensor, reporting fuel or ice protection fluid level in binary one’s and zero’s. The sensor technology provides information completely isolated from the tank contents and provides a steady data stream of liquid level to the MFD. There is no need to amplify or condition the signal to compensate for long wiring runs or corroded connections, as the digital sensors report tank level or nothing at all. The end result is precise and reliable fuel level reporting in all con-

By BEN SCLAIR OSHKOSH – A new patented digital Fuel Level Sender from Redmond, Ore.based CIES is now available on all new production Cirrus SR22T, SR22, and SR20 aircraft. CIES anticipates additional manufacturers and retrofit installation options later this year. Scott Philiben, CEO and founder of CIES, stated that “digital level sending technology in the Cirrus Aircraft is bringing a new level of reliability and accuracy to fuel levels. Display of fuel levels has

ditions and with all fuel types.” Philben added that while interest in the Fuel Level Sender is growing in the general aviation market, it’s also caught the attention of folks in other markets. “It is very gratifying to see an idea that started in aviation to solve a unique aviation problem is generating interest for fuel level sensing throughout the worldwide transportation and fuel storage market,” Philiben added. “The patented CIES Fuel Level Sensor will be compatible with any new fuel combination that follows 100LL in aviation. The system will work with any fuel or fuel

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leadership, persistence and patience, Wathen officials said. They earned credit toward flying scholarships, and most of them have completed their private license. “We wanted to put the aircraft on display at a facility that gets a lot of traffic so it can serve as an inspiration to other young people,” said Bill Sawin, CEO of The Wathen Center. “With the aircraft in EAA’s hands we know that people will recognize and appreciate the tremendous accomplishment of the students at Flabob.” “We don’t use kids to build airplanes; we

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The one-of-a-kind “Red Tails” edition 2013 Ford Mustang developed by Ford Motor Co. sold for $370,000 at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction at AirVenture. While EAA officials wouldn’t release the name of the person who won the car, they did say it was the same person who won last year’s Mustang. This year’s auction raised about $3 million for the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992. Since 2008, Ford has produced a one-ofa-kind car for the auction. The cars have raised more than $2 million for the Young Eagles, Ford officials report.

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New study shows power of autogas The Aviation Fuel Club has released initial results from a study that shows about 80% of the current fleet of piston engine aircraft could safely operate on autogas. First approved by the FAA as an aviation fuel in 1982, autogas, also known as mogas, is ethanol-free, lead-free automotive fuel. Either 87 or 91 AKI may be used, depending on the engine’s STC or TC. About 59,000 autogas STCs have been sold since the FAA approved the first one in 1982, club officials report. Autogas currently sells for about $1.40 a gallon less than leaded avgas at airports where it is offered. Todd L. Petersen, a founding director of the Aviation Fuel Club and owner of many autogas STCs, described the motivation behind the study: “We last looked at the FAA’s registry of aircraft in 1992, two decades ago. We determined then that approximately 115,000 aircraft were capable of burning autogas using STCs from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and my company, Petersen Aviation. This represented about 78% of all piston aircraft in 1992, and we did not include homebuilts, ultralights, or piston rotorcraft, most of which may operate on autogas. Much has changed since 1992, with many owners of heavy twin aircraft that needed avgas having switched to turbine aircraft, and with continued growth in the homebuilt and, more recently, the LSA sectors. We felt it was time to look at the latest data and see to what extent autogas could be used to lower the cost of flying and reduce lead emissions from our aircraft.” To make sense out of the FAA’s massive online registry of aircraft, the club employed the services of Dilip Jumani, a database expert and member of EAA Chapter 1114 of Apex, N.C. He was tasked with extracting the number of aircraft that could legally operate on autogas today. The study revealed that 127,168 fixedwing and rotary piston aircraft can operate with autogas today under the EAA or Petersen STCs. This represents 80% of the 159,007 active aircraft in the latest General Aviation Statistical Database from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Autogas-burning aircraft are found in every class — from light aircraft (Piper J-3), popular two- and four-seat singleengine pistons (Cessna 152/172/182, Piper Cherokee), some high-performance singles (early Bonanzas), crop dusters (Ayres Thrush, Grumman Ag Cat, Piper Pawnee), and radial-engine aircraft, including many models of the Stearman, T-6, de Havilland Beaver, Beech 18, and even the DC-3, club officials said. This also includes piston-engine helicopters, 74% of which may operate today on autogas, officials add. Two other categories of aircraft were considered in the study: ExperimentalAmateur Built (E-AB or homebuilts) and Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA). In its 2012 Report to Homebuilders, the EAA claims that 33,000 E-ABs are registered. By definition, 100% of these home-

builts may use autogas (or any other fuel), although some have high-performance powerplants that require the use of 100LL avgas, Fuel Club official Kent Misegades noted. According to the most recent listing of the LSA market by Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) Chairman Dan Johnson, there are 2,235 S-LSAs currently registered. Approximately 1,600 of these use engines, such as Rotax, Jabiru, VW conversions, etc., that are factorycertified to operate with autogas. The

remainder use Continental’s O-200-D engine, which is not currently certified for autogas. “With Continental now offering its autogas-burning O-200-AF, we expect these LSA manufacturers to offer this engine in the future,” Misegades noted. Including E-ABs and LSAs to those aircraft covered under STCs brings the total to 83% of all piston engine aircraft that could be operated today on autogas, club officials report. Not counted in the study are several thousand ultralight aircraft, typically

powered by two-stroke engines or the same powerplants found in modern LSAs (Rotax, Jabiru, etc.) that are generally run best on autogas, club officials note. The bottom line: Somewhere between 80% to 83% of all active piston engine airplanes and helicopters registered in the U.S. could operate on autogas today, dramatically reducing the cost of flying and lead emissions from general aviation, according to the report. or



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By JANICE WOOD OSHKOSH — The FAA’s medical certification staff has two main goals, Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton told a crowd at AirVenture. The first is to make sure that the airspace is safe. “Safety is our first commitment,” he said. “Our next goal is to make sure we get everybody that we can into the air.” And while stories abound about people getting denied for medicals, effectively ending their chances of becoming a pilot, Tilton noted that just 1.21% of applications are denied. He reported that in 2011 the FAA’s medical certification division received

384,726 applications. Of those, 29,175 were for special issuances. In 2011, 4,667 applications were denied. Of that number, 4,313 were denied because the applicant failed to pur- Dr. Fred Tilton sue the application further or provide asked-for information. The remaining 354 applicants went through the entire process, including an appeal to the Federal Air Surgeon, before receiving a final denial, Tilton reported. He added that his office isn’t the final

Alphabet soup By JANICE WOOD During AirVenture, the heads of GA’s top alphabet groups met to discuss how they are “stronger together.” Speaking to a crowd at the EAA Welcome Center, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) President Rod High­ tower said, “this group of people does a tremendous amount of work to protect our freedom to fly.” Joining Hightower on the stage was Ed Bolen of the National Business Aviation Association, Craig Fuller of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Pete Bunce of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Matt Zuccaro of the Helicopter Association International, and Henry Ogrodzinski of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. Each took a few minutes to talk about the top issues affecting their members, covering everything from TFRs during the presidential campaign to how to increase the pilot population. A similar forum was held last year and NBAA’s Bolen noted that the issues that were top of the list last year — the need for FAA reauthorization and the threat of user fees — were addressed thanks to the grass roots advocacy of the groups and their members. “But there is more work ahead of us,” he said. “I’d like to be able to say that we’ve won the user fee fight, but I can’t. In Washington, it’s impossible to kill a bad idea.” The budget uncertainties facing the federal government — specifically sequestration or the “fiscal cliff” that will cause draconian cuts to the military budget accompanied by the largest tax increase in history — could result in another fight against user fees, he warned. “Compromises will need to be made and that may bring us back to user fees,” he said. Another issue facing GA is the cost of flying — not just in what we pay at the pump — but in costs to the industry to certify new aircraft and equipment, said GAMA’s Bunce. “The average age of the typical general aviation aircraft is 42 years old,” he noted. But certifying new aircraft and equipment is prohibitively expensive because

of the cost — in both time and money — required by the FAA process, he noted. As an example, he said an Angle of Attack indicator used in an experimental aircraft costs about $800. Want to put it in a certified aircraft? Then the price increases to $8,000 — a factor of 10 thanks to the cost of the certification process. “We certify to the highest level, so the simplest aircraft certification has to be the same as certifying a business jet flying at 41,000 feet. We all know this is ridiculous, but worse, it stifles innovation.”

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Getting more people into the air step in the appeals process. Pilots who care to fight can appeal to the National Transportation Safety Board. The cases are first heard by an administrative judge. If the pilot is turned down there, he or she can appeal to the entire NTSB board. Still not happy? Next step is the U.S. Court of Appeals, with the U.S. Supreme Court as the last step. He also noted that some pilots contact their Congressional representatives or Senators to make their cases for a medical. He noted that the Pilot’s Bill of Rights that’s on President Obama’s desk waiting his signature may change things. “But I don’t know how that’s going to affect the process,” he said. Some other statistics Tilton shared with the crowd: • Three people who have had heart transplants have been given special issuances, with another two going through the process right now; • 3,551 pilots with sleep apnea have

been given special issuances; • 450 people who are insulin-dependent diabetics have received special issuances; and • Four anti-depressants have been approved for use: Fluoxetin, Sertraline, Citalopram and Escitalopram. FAA officials approved those antidepressants with “a lot of nail-biting,” Tilton said. “People thought we were crazy,” he acknowledged. “But we knew people were either flying on anti-depressants or flying depressed. Would you rather have someone who is depressed flying the plane?” The FAA started with a “rigorous” program that is “very conservative” regarding anti-depressants, he said. Pilots must be stable on their meds for a year, with close monitoring by their AMEs. “We need to be certain people are thinking straight before they get into an airplane,” Tilton said.

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RV-1 #1 donated to EAA By BEN SCLAIR OSHKOSH — Richard “Van” VanGrunsven’s first RV-1 was donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at a ceremony on Phillips 66 Plaza on opening day of this year’s AirVenture. “The RV-1 had a tremendous impact on the industry,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president. “It and subsequent models became the most successful kit aircraft in

the country.” A community of Van’s Aircraft fans, dubbed Friends of the RV-1, came together for the purpose of finding, buying, restoring, and donating the RV-1 to EAA. “This was truly a community effort,” said Friends of the RV-1’s Ernie Butcher. “The Friends of the RV-1 consists of people whose dreams came true as a result of Van’s Aircraft.” Butcher thanked Hightower, Chad

Jensen, EAA’s Manager of Community, Tom Poberezny, Van, and everyone “who made this happen.” “I wanted an enjoyable, useful and safe airplane,” said Van in his typically understated manner. “I kept continually improving the design until I took it as far as I felt I could, then started the RV-3.” At this point in the afternoon ceremony, Van pulled his granddaughter, Lilly, from the audience. She was modeling a flight

suit his wife made for their son Greg more than 30 years ago. Van then handed over the keys, hesitantly, to Hightower. As he did, he mentioned he hopes it remains airworthy so he can come back and fly it. Hightower grinned, turned to the crowd and said, “This is the key to innovation.” To the delight of the crowd, Hightower confirmed the RV-1 will be kept airworthy.,

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My first Oshkosh

with no concrete idea of what to expect is a funny thing. Immediately, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of it all: Endless “Silver and white Cirrus, right side rows of aircraft, vendor booths, parking of the runway.” As I taxied my aircraft lots, porta-potties, campers, and planes through the chaos at Wittman Regional lined up on final. It was Sunday and the Airport (OSH) on the last day of AirVenshow was not scheduled to start until the ture, it was hard to believe that only one following day, yet there were thousands week ago I had arrived at the big show for of people already there. In the short walk the first time. from the main gate to the Cirrus display, Not really knowing what to expect, I reI began to realize that Oshkosh was so member I approached the main gate with a much more than I had ever imagined. I cautious attitude of excitement and dread. was at the center of the general aviation I am a regional sales director for Cirrus nervous system with my finger on the Aircraft and for the last six years I manpulse, and it was awesome. aged to avoid Oshkosh. I was prepared As the hot, sticky, sweaty days passed, I for battle based on everything I had heard became more and more inspired but tried about being a vendor at AirVenture. It to temper my excitement. I reminded mywould be hot, the days would be long, the self that after a certain number of days qualified prospects would be few and far staffing the display unbetween, but the childer the relentless Middren with ice cream“For the first time west sun, my enthusistickied fingers would in my 15 years of asm would wane and be plentiful and they the drudgery would would all want to sit in flying, I felt like I creep up on me. “How my airplane. My feet was invited into a do you like Oshkosh?” would hurt, I would get people would ask. “It’s sick of answering the special and unique fantastic, but it’s only same questions over family of people and day 2. I may feel difand over, and the drive ferent in a few days.” to and from Appleton adopted like I was “Silver and white every day would be one of their own.” Cirrus, cleared for awful. takeoff.” It was pouring Of course, these rain, the windows were words of warning were completely fogged over (is an IFR clearlayered through the overall description ance required on a VFR day if the winof Oshkosh and its collective cool factor dows are so foggy you can’t see outside?), but, for some reason, I never listened hard and I was departing OSH eight days after enough to hear the positive side. This year, I had arrived. As I applied the power and my curiosity got the best of me and I derolled down the right side of runway 18R, cided to see for myself what this Oshkosh I remembered Dale Klapmeier addressthing was really all about, so I raised my ing the crowd at the Cirrus display on hand and volunteered to work the show. the previous Sunday evening. He talked In the days preceding my departure, I about how much he loved Oshkosh and put together a survival kit: Advil, gel inthat there was always a twinge of sadness serts for my shoes, Chap Stick, sunscreen, when it was over. At that moment, I unhand sanitizer, baby wipes, vitamins, and derstood what he meant and completely breath mints. I had a list of reminders sympathized with the sentiment. The last from veterans of the show: Drink plenty week had been a blur of airplane noise and of water, don’t forget to eat, try to stay in aircraft specs; 6 a.m. meetings followed the shade when possible, keep smiling, by long, hot, sweaty days and late nights and have patience. I was determined to with not enough sleep; the days blending keep an open mind and a positive attitude together, as did the conversations, but I in hopes that this would be my key to surcouldn’t believe how fast eight days had viving the week. flown by and I was not ready for it to be Arriving at an event as big as Oshkosh

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Oshkosh by the numbers Attendance: 508,000 Volunteers: 4,800 Total aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. Total showplanes: 2,489 including 978 homebuilts, 907 vintage airplanes, 336 warbirds, 105 ultralights, 97 seaplanes, 35 aerobatic aircraft, and 31 rotorcraft. Commercial exhibitors: 802 International visitors registered: 2,078 visitors registered from 71 nations, with Canada (479 visitors), Australia (286), and Brazil (216) the top three nations. (Note: This total includes only non-U.S. visitors who registered at the International Visitors Tent, so the actual international contingent is undoubtedly larger.) Media: 897 media representatives on-site, from five continents. Next year’s show: July 29-Aug. 4

over. I felt a sense of melancholy as I climbed away from the earth and headed west back home to Seattle. How was my first Oshkosh? Inspiring. I witnessed a gathering of 500,000 aircraft owners, pilots, and aviation enthusiasts who genuinely love flying. It was an opportunity to meet well-known legends like Kirby Chambliss and unknown legends like the gentleman who had just earned his private pilot’s license at the age of 72. When his friends asked why he decided to learn how to fly now, his reply was: “What was I going to do? Wait another 10 years?” While at Oshkosh, I got to fly right seat in a Ford Tri-Motor with Rand Siegfried, who is a CFI and signed me off for 0.2 hours of dual flight instruction in a Ford 4-A-T-E, NC8407, the same aircraft Sully Sullenburger of Miracle on the Hudson fame had flown the previous day. I was able to see a row of beautifully restored Cessna 195s, close to 200 Piper Cubs, a Stinson, a Waco, a Howard DGA (does it really stand for Damn Good Aircraft?), an Aeronca Chief, and countless other vintage aircraft all parked in the same field, tents pitched aside each wing. I watched a night airshow where Bill Leff flew his T-6 trailing sparks and shooting fireworks from the wings. I met aircraft builders and aircraft buyers, saw crazy aircraft designs and new aviation innovations, and spoke with pilots from New Zealand, South Africa, and all over the U.S. and Canada. I was peppered with questions about flying the Cirrus and how to get into an avia-

tion career. I heard a story about shearing off the entire right side of the tail on a Cessna 185 during a misjudged approach but not realizing that there had been extensive damage and flying it home with no adverse handling, then following that up with a letter to Cessna recounting the event: “No wonder your aircraft are so expensive, you use twice as many parts as you need!” The simple two-word reply from Cessna: “Holy S***!” I learned about Glacier Girl, a P-38 that was recovered from her crash site 260 feet below the surface of the ice in Greenland and restored to flying condition. But most of all, for the first time in my 15 years of flying, I felt like I was invited into a special and unique family of people and adopted like I was one of their own. “Cirrus 327NM, cleared to land runway 13R.” As I flew down the glideslope towards Boeing Field, I wondered how I would summarize my trip to AirVenture. I had met so many interesting people, heard so many stories, and felt like I had gained a whole new appreciation for general aviation. From the 12-year-old boy who visited Oshkosh with his dad on a fact-finding mission for his budding aviation career to the builder of the eggshaped death-trap to the Edge 540 and Citation Mustang pilots, we all shared a special bond that is impossible to describe. I am looking forward to my next visit to Oshkosh, this time as an AirVenture veteran and proud EAA member. Care to join me?

August 10, 2012 —

By JAMIE BECKETT There was a particularly compelling event at AirVenture this year — one I wish I had been there to see. Sadly, I was unable to attend. But that puts me in the same boat with many thousands of aviation enthusiasts. I was interested, but from afar. I was motivated, but constrained by circumstance. In short, I was somewhere else and I missed it. The event I allude to is the Cubs 2 Oshkosh mass fly-in. The expectation was that Cub owners would fly to Oshkosh from far and wide — and they did. On the field at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) during the big show there were about 200 Cubs and teeming throngs of Cub-crazy visitors. Seething masses of tube and fabric fans were granted the visual satisfaction of seeing a grassy infield populated by the kind of airplanes so many of us wish we had in our hangars — assuming we are lucky enough to have hangars. There is something undeniably appealing about a Cub — and that’s the crux of

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the issue, ladies and gentleman. Because for all the preconceived notions we might have about what a Cub is and what a Cub is not, there is a tremendous amount of diversity in the breed. It’s unfair to generalize. When dealing with people, we call that stereotyping. And while most stereotypes are borne from a few basic similarities shared by a group, the individuals in that group are in no way responsible for maintaining the attributes they’ve been arbitrarily assigned. That goes for people, and it goes for airplanes, too. Consider the Piper Cub. There may be no more ready example of a barebones, basic airplane. The high wing, tube and fabric classic is simplicity at its best, instantly identifiable in flight by that familiar silhouette of gracefully rounded wingtips and diminutive tires. The sound of a Cub is familiar too, with a time-tested 65-hp engine rattling away out front, spinning that little prop for all it’s worth. They’re yellow, as we all know. Yellow with a black lightning bolt streaking down both sides, pointing the way forward hopefully, as if real speed is a possibility for an airplane of such considerable drag and limited power. That’s not entirely true, of course. Cubs aren’t all yellow. They don’t all have diminutive tires, or 65-horse motors, or black lightning bolts plastered on their sides. They’re a diverse bunch, just like we are. They come in all colors, with myriad modifications, propelled to individualized greatness with all the panache an individual owner can muster. Some are stock. They look pristine, as if they were delivered new from the factory just the other day. Others look like they’ve been sandblasted by the desert winds for so long they can’t possibly

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Lessons from the Cub


hold together for one more day. But they do. And they fly just fine, even though they might look as if they’re as old and weatherbeaten as the hills. The original Cub panel could be described as spartan at best. Some still are, too. Others have all the doohickeys and gizmos installed that an owner can find room for. GPS units and handheld radios adorn the cockpit. Whatever works, and fits, seems to be the order of the day. Not even the trusty 65-horse engine is sacred. Some have been reworked to pump out 85 horses or even 100. Heck the General Aviation News crew even found one with a 3-cylinder Lenape radial installed out front. We liked it so much we put a photo of it on our Facebook page. The point of all this is that, of course, they are all Cubs. Whether they’re called L-4s and hail from a military lineage, or have a checkerboard paint scheme that makes it look like a Purina Dog Chow

billboard, they’re all Cubs. And we can lust after their simple beauty with as much fervor as ever, regardless of what variations they might have among them. Let’s consider that gathering of Cubs to be a lesson about ourselves. We aviation enthusiasts, whether male or female, young or old, with different complexions, different religious affiliations, and different political allegiances, are all similar in some way. We are human beings with a common interest. That’s enough. At least it’s enough most of the time. Certainly we have as much in common as any random gathering of people at a business conference. So let’s dispense with focusing on what divides us and spend our time more deliberately on what unites us. We are aviation enthusiasts — that ought to be enough. It was certainly sufficient to get a whole field full of Cubs to Wisconsin from all over the map. And that worked out pretty darned well, don’t you think?

Able Flight honors newest pilots By BEN SCLAIR OSHKOSH — In what has become an AirVenture tradition, Able Flight pinned wings on five of its newest pilots at Phillips 66 Plaza during this year’s show. “We’ve trained eight pilots so far in 2012,” said Able Flight founder Charles Stites. “And it’s only July.” All learned to fly at the third annual Able Flight/Purdue University joint training project this summer. Five of the six pilots who trained at Purdue were on hand to receive their wings: Jason Jernigan, Wesley Major, Devon Radloff, Tyrell Rhodes and Matt Sponaugle. The pilots were part of a six-week intensive training program where they were taught by university instructors while living in university housing. “We purchased more than 250 hours of flight training over the past five weeks,” noted Stites. Also honored was pilot Jessica Scharle, who recently earned her FAA Airline

From left: Jason Jernigan, Devin Radloff, Tyrell Rhodes, Matt Sponaugle, and Wesley Major Dispatcher Certificate with support of an Able Flight Career Training Scholarship funded by the TBMOPA Foundation. Able Flight provides scholarships for

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Jessica Scharle (right) is honored for earning her FAA Airline Dispatcher Certificate funded by a TBMOPA Foundation scholarship. With Scharle is fellow pilot Jessica Cox.

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Thunderstorms loud enough to set off car alarms couldn’t keep people away from the annual Arlington Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention held July 12-15 in Arlington, Wash., just north of Seattle. The event attracted people from all over the west coast of the United States and Canada. Although attendance numbers were down over previous years, those who did attend had many things to see and do. Next year’s show is slated for July 1014.

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The Black Jack Squadron, made up of RV pilots, entertained with their precision formation flying.

One of the more impressive airplanes belonged to Greg Toste, from New Castle, Calif. Toste owns a 1956 Piper 22/20 Pacer. Note the vibrant colors and clean panel.

This 1938 Ryan SC-W was one of 13 built, and one of only four that are still airworthy. It takes three days to polish all that aluminum to the show gloss you see.

Under the wing of a (insert the name of ANY highwing aircraft) made a great spot to watch the afternoon airshow.

A pair of Stearmans were among the vintage designs on display.

Aircraft builder Bob Johnson and owner Bob Juranich pose in front of Juranich’s award-winning Waco with two Spencer Girls from Spencer Aircraft.

In the homebuilt area Velocities were well represented.

An L-19 Birddog with the rockets under the wing owned by John MacGregor of Langley, BC.

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Garmin introduces ADS-B lineup Garmin has introduced a suite of certified and portable ADS-B solutions, providing options for any aircraft owner to satisfy the NextGen mandate for ADS-B Out and also gain access to the benefits of ADS-B In, including traffic and subscription-free weather information. “NextGen represents a significant opportunity for pilots to fly with greater safety, efficiency, flexibility and situational awareness,” said Carl Wolf, vp of aviation sales and marketing. “Our solutions go further than meeting the minimum requirements for ADS-B. They offer a full range of traffic, weather and other datalink display capabilities to give pilots the most complete picture of their operational environment. Our full line up of ADS-B products, along with our...ADSB Academy website, support Garmin’s commitment to making the ADS-B tran-

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tection of traffic both above and below the aircraft while working to minimize blind spots caused by the wings or fuselage during aircraft maneuvering, officials add. It is expected to receive the FAA’s Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certification (AML STC) in the fourth quarter of this year. It will be approved on a model list covering most Part 23 fixedwing aircraft. Pricing will start at $3,995. Garmin also expects to receive FAA TSO-C166b authorization for the GTX 330 and GTX 33 transponders with Extended Squitter (ES) transmission capabilities. The new certification allows these Mode-S transponders to meet current ADS-B compliance standards as a certified ADS-B Out solution, when paired with a compatible WAAS position source. The GTX 330/33 ES broadcasts on the 1090 MHz ADS-B frequency. For experimental aircraft equipped with G3X, the GTX 23 ES is also available as a path to compliance to the ADS-B mandate. Customers with a standard GTX 330/33 transponder can purchase an ES upgrade for $1,200, available in the fourth quarter, according to company officials. For aircraft owners who already have a GTX 330 ES, GTX 33 ES or a GTX 23 ES, a free update will be available through Garmin authorized dealers. Garmin expects to receive the new Technical Standard Orders (TSO) certification in the fourth quarter. The GTX 330 ES and GTX 33 ES are also expected to receive AML STC in the fourth quarter. Also introduced was the GDL 39 portable ADS-B receiver, which combines a dual-link ADS-B receiver and a GPS receiver into a single product that streams ADS-B traffic and subscription-free weather information to select Garmin aviation portable GPS and Garmin Pilot on an iPad, iPhone or Android devices. Traffic and weather compatible displays for the GDL 39 include the aera 796/795, aera 500 series, GPSMAP 696/695, G3X experimental flight display, and select Garmin Pilot app compatible devices. The GDL 39 provides wireless support for Garmin Pilot compatible mobile devices via built-in Bluetooth connection. Bluetooth support for the aera 796/795 will be available later this year, company officials note. Other Garmin portables, including the GPSMAP 696/695 and the aera 500 series, can connect to the GDL 39 with a single cable. Traffic only compatible displays include the GPSMAP 496/495 and GPSMAP 396/296. Customers who purchase a GDL 39 before Aug. 31 will be eligible for a mail-in rebate to receive a free rechargeable battery pack and carrying case. To help pilots prepare for ADS-B, Garmin created the ADS-B Academy, an online resource the provides the tools pilots need to make informed decisions about how to transition to this new air traffic technology. Pilots will find answers to their ADS-B questions through graphics, videos and an interactive tool that guides them to their best ADS-B solution, Garmin officials note.

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Accident Reports These August 2010 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: Taylorcraft BC12-D. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Harrison, Maine. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The mechanic who performed the last annual on the Taylorcraft saw the 73-year-old pilot take it out of the hangar. He noted that the main fuel tank indicator wire was all the way down, indicating a low quantity of fuel. He mentioned that to the pilot, who responded, “it sinks,” and then said he knew how much fuel was on board. He took off and flew to another airport where he picked up the passenger for a short flight. The Taylorcraft made a trip around the pattern, then departed to the north. Several witnesses reported seeing it flying north, then heard sputtering sounds, following by engine silence. The plane headed towards a highway then disappeared from view. It hit the tops of trees, then nosed down into to the ground. An inspection of the fuel supply system revealed a total of four ounces of fuel were drained from the entire airplane. Probable cause: The pilot’s improper fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. Aircraft: Van’s RV-6A. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Grass Valley, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land at an airport with a 4,350-foot runway. The plane touched down approximately 2,500 feet down the runway. The pilot applied the brakes heavily, and attempted to turn off the runway to avoid an embankment, but was going too fast to make the turn. The plane went over the embankment and nosed over. The pilot stated the crash resulted from a combina-

tion of too much airspeed and not enough runway to stop the airplane. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to attain a proper touchdown point, which resulted in an overrun of the runway and nose over. Aircraft: Ryan Navion B. Injuries: None. Location: Fort Myers, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, during a previous flight he discovered that the elevator trim adjustment wheel was binding when set to the full airplane nose-up position. He planned to have it inspected at the conclusion of that flight, but upon arriving at the destination, all of the facilities were closed. He picked up passengers and then departed for the return to his home airport. The flight was normal until he began to trim for the landing flare. The plane pitched up uncontrollably. The left wing hit the ground, resulting in substantial damage. An examination of the wreckage revealed that the trim wheel was binding on the instrument panel when it was set to a nose-up position. When the trim wheel was removed from the trim system, the remainder of the mechanism was free to move in both the up and down directions. Probable cause: The binding of the trim wheel on the instrument panel and the pilot’s improper decision to depart with a known mechanical deficiency. Aircraft: RV-6A. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Nampa, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was performing a series of high-speed taxi test runs and planned to complete his first flight in the recently completed homebuilt later in the day. During the first test run, the nose wheel began to shimmy. The pilot appeared to slightly raise and lower the nose, in what was assumed by witnesses to be an attempt to eliminate the shimmy. Upon reaching the end of the runway, he

reversed course and made another taxi test run in the opposite direction. During the second test run, the nose wheel began a significant shimmy, followed by the nose beginning to rise. Almost immediately the airplane, in what was most likely an unintended consequence, lifted off the runway. Soon after it became airborne, the nose lowered, in what appeared to be the pilot’s attempt to get back onto the runway. The nose wheel came down and the plane entered into a porpoising sequence that ultimately resulted in the nose gear strut collapsing. The plane slid off the side of the runway, and nosed over onto its back.The reason for the nose wheel shimmy could not be determined. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control, which resulted in a collision with terrain during an inadvertent takeoff. Aircraft: Piper Super Cub Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Buena, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot decided to fly to a grass strip and practice landings. During the second landing, while on the landing roll, he applied brakes and the airplane nosed over. The pilot noted that, in hindsight, he felt that the plane would not have nosed over if he had applied less brake pressure. Probable cause: The excessive brake application, resulting in a nose over. Aircraft: Piper J3C-65. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Williamstown, N.J. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The airplane had not been flown recently so the pilot conducted two preflight inspections, an engine run-up, and two full-power takeoff test runs where the plane became momentarily airborne with no discrepancies noted. During the accident flight takeoff, the plane accelerated and became airborne at the same point along the runway as it had during the two test runs.

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New Products devices. Although the new app can be used as a standalone pilot logbook, it is designed to be used in conjunction with a cloud-based user account at ZuluLog. com, company officials said. Customers can use the app to enter, edit, and view records from anywhere, regardless of data connection availability. Once back online, customers can sync data from the app to their online accounts with a single click, company officials said.

ATP adds SMA technical publications to its library

ATP has reached an exclusive partnership with Société de Motorisations Aéronautiques (SMA) to provide digital technical publication services for SMA engines to ATP customers. All SMA technical libraries will be available via the ATP Aviation Hub Online Service with upcoming iPad access, as well as the NavigatorV Desktop Platform.

and Powerplant textbooks and reference books are now offered on iPad. The e-books have enhanced capabilities such as on-screen search, highlighting, hyper-linking, bookmarking, note taking and font size adjustment features, company officials said.

Hartzell debuts alternator

Hartzell Engine Technologies has received FAA PMA approval for its new ALV-9610 100-amp aircraft alternator, a lightweight, compact design with integral noise filtering that replaces traditional heavier gear-driven 100-amp Crittendon and ALV-9510 units on Continental -470, -520 and -550 series engines, company officials said. List price is $1,100 plus a core charge of $425. releases new pilot logbook app has release its new free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

New approvals for Concorde Battery Aero 454 launches

Guardian Avionics launched its newest product, the Aero 454, at AirVenture. The Aero 454 receives data from your airplane’s Garmin GPS units (430, 530, 650, 750, G900, G1000) and re-transmits it simultaneously to as many as three iPad/tablet devices held by pilots or passengers. An FAA/TSO certified product, it can reference locations, maps, flight plans, approaches, departures, and more, according to company officials.

Jeppesen publishes e-books

Jeppesen now offers digital e-books textbooks and materials to supplement its training solutions for student pilots, flight schools, universities and current pilots. Available for download through the Apple iBookstore, Jeppesen’s Private Pilot Guided Flight Discovery manual and the A&P Technician General, Airframe

Concorde Battery has approved the BC8000 (Battery Charger and Capacity Tester), BC-9000 (25 Amp Battery Charger) and BatteryMINDer 12V and 24V versions for use on all RG Series Batteries. The new BC-8000 was designed to provide a cost-effective battery charger and capacity tester for 12 and 24 volt batteries in one lightweight unit, company officials said. Additionally, the unit is a 25A charger capable of constant voltage and constant current charging for use on lead acid and nickel-cadmium batteries. The new BC-9000 is a portable 25A

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MT-Propeller goes vintage

MT-Propeller has introduced its new 5400-Series of 2-blade ground adjustable aluminum propellers for vintage aircraft. The new propellers are reconstructions of ground adjustable propellers made by the famous Standard Steel Propeller Co. (later Hamilton Standard) manufactured from 1925 through 1945. This type of propeller, used primarily on vintage aircraft, has been out of production for decades, making the propellers scarce, company officials said. The newly produced and certificated propellers are typically used on radial engines of up to 450 hp at 2,300 rpm and in diameters of between 7 and 10 feet. There are three different blade model designations — 1C1, A1C1 and A11C1 — each available in different lengths.

Electroair’s high energy spark plugs STC’d

Electroair has received STC approval for its high energy aircraft spark plugs. The new line of spark plugs were engi-

neered and pre-gapped to work with the Electroair electronic ignition system, according to company officials. The “HE” spark plug line includes a massive electrode with extended reach outer electrodes and a fine wire plug, both with a gap of 0.032 inches. This gap accommodates the high energy output of 70,000 volts delivered by the Electroair system, company officials said. Electroair partnered with Tempest to produce the new HE spark plug line.

Dynon debuts Pocket Panel portable EFIS

Dynon has introduced its D1 Pocket Panel, a portable true attitude indicator that utilizes Dynon’s MEMS-based AHRS technology. The new D1 Pocket Panel, priced at $1,425, is a true artificial horizon with accurate pitch and roll, and can find the horizon even if turned on in flight, according to Dynon’s Robert Ham-

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Sennheiser premieres passive headset

Sennheiser has debuted the S1 Passive headset for general aviation pilots. Company officials said the headset was designed for pilots who want noise attenuation but do not want to use an active headset. It is also a good choice for flight students, they said. The headset is equipped with the ActiveGard feature, which protects the pilot’s


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August 10, 2012 Aeronca - 1050 —  Classified Pages — Cessna 150 - 1904

CITABRIA, AERONCA Scout, Decathlon, salvage, surplus, 5-ply birch formers, gear legs straightened, repair, wing inspection kits. RAINBOW 509-765-1606/fax:1616.

1975 C-150M, N63679 5910-TTAF, 1530-SMOH, AudioPanel w/MB, 2 NavComs, ADF, Nov.2011-annual, hangared. $18,000. Kevin-503-931-6281, Jim-503-838-2185. More details/picture @

1946 AERONCA Champ 65hp, TTE/AF-1633: New:: Wood Prop/Compass/Tach w/Drive cable. Wing-Tanks (6gal-each): Slick Mags/New Harness/plugs: Carb Overhaul. $15,000. MI. Tom/989-786-4908

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FREE UNIVAIR INVENTORY LISTING Hundreds of FAA-PMA’d parts. Contact: UNIVAIR, 2500 Himalaya Rd, Aurora CO 80011-8156. Toll free 1-888-433-5433, info 303-375-8882, fax 800-457-7811, 2005 RENAISANCE 165 built from a 1946 Aeronca 7AC, O-320-Lyc. All new fabric. $37,500. Davids Aviation. 209736-2526. For more info/pictures see:: Beech Bonanza - 1505 1957 H Model, 3612-TT, 92 on-prop, 1090-SMOH, audio panel, 2-KX-155’s, KT76A-Transp, II-Morrow GPS, Many mods&upgrades. For More info and pictures: 509-6383898. and

1951 C-170A 3986TT, 768SMOH, KX155, transponder, Cleveland wheels & brakes, 800:6 tires, excellent-paint, new-interior, metal wings, Horton STOL kit, fresh annual. Lost medical. $35,900. Call Ted 503-843-3616. Cessna 172 - 1907 1978 C-172N, Texas Tail Dragger, 1600 TTSN, 200 SFRMAN, original paint/ interior. One family California airplane. $39,950. 510-783-2711,

BEECH M-35 3930TT, 250SMOH engine & prop. King radios, Garmin 300XL, oxygen, Tip-Tanks. Too much to list. $50,000 928-468-0235, 928-970-0709.

1981 A36TC, Spectacular Avionics, Garmin 480, MX200, New interior, New engine. President’s Aircraft. Call Sandy Waters for Details. 510-553-8437. 1947 BONANZA 7829 TTAF, 445-SMOH, 10.3-SPOH, engine 22 STOH, dual control, IFR. 3rd window, $27,500. Will trade. Earl 360-754-5221, 360-292-7220. Beech Baron - 1602

1946 CESSNA 140 2963TT, 725-SMOH, Chrome Cyl. RT35A Bendex King-KY97A Flite COM-403. New Exhaust & Tailwheel Sys. $19,000. 715-547-6122,

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1953 CESSNA C-180, 2435-TT, 10 since total rebuild, updated radios, 2 GPS, loran and moving map, $93,000 229-924-6426, 229-938-4819, 1973 C-180J. 2630TT, 360 since total rebuild. Wheel gear and aqua 3190’s. $135,000. AK 907-254-2163. 1973 C-180J, 2630TT, 360 since total rebuild. 2863.5/383.9 SMOH, Wheel gear and Aqua-3190’s. $129,900. AK/907-254-2163, See pictures at Cessna 182 - 1909

FREE UNIVAIR INVENTORY LISTING. Hundreds of FAA-PMA’d parts Univair, 2500 Himalaya Rd, Aurora CO 80011-8156. Toll-free 1-888-433-5433, info 303-3758882, FAX 1-800-457-7811, Citabria - 2150

1974 C-182P Skylane, IFR, King digital-panel, 4,022TT, O-470R-engine, 990SN, 120hrs STOH, leather-interior, extensive records, hangared. Located at Paine Field. 206-949-0532.

1946 AMERICAN Champion 7ECA, 2193TT, 792SMOH, McCauley-prop, SPA400-intercom. Cleveland-wheels, fresh-annual, good-glass, newer interior. $29,000. 715365-3456. See more details/pictures @

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1976 CESSNA 182, 3100 TT, 1250-SFREM, Same Milwaukee owner since 1978, King+ Garmin + Cent 2 AP. $56,900/offer. 414-461-3222, Cessna 200 Series - 1912

1981 C-172RG Cutlass, O SMOH, 7800 TTSN. Nice paint, new interior, digital IFR, DME, fresh annual. $49,950. 510-783-2711,

1960 C-210, 150 SMOH, IFR, Very Nice Aircraft. All Ad’s complied. Reduced!! $35,900. West One Air, 208-4559393. Cessna 300 Series - 2005

1969 C-172K, TT3373.49, O-320-E2D, SMOH805.17, Exterior-7, Interior-9, PMA7000MS, Audio/Panel, KX155 W/GS, KX170B, KT79 Transponder w/Blind Encoder. Annual due 10/12. $34,900. Dennis 360-580-3038.

COLORADO 1973 CESSNA-340 RAM, regularly flown, well maintained, hangared, 7+/10 exterior/8+/10 interior. $182,900. 657-622-0706, 949-632-7439. See more info/pictures at

1963 C-172 project. Without engine. New glass Has STC’s, Lyc. 160hp. $15,000 paint job. $15,500. Contact Earl Pearson, 360-292-7220. 360-754-5221

1956 C-172, 3900-TT, 55-SMOH, alternator conversion, Cleveland wh/brks, dual MX170B radios, 1-piece windshield, many extras, call for details $25,000/obo. 810964-6280. Cessna 180/185 - 1908 1954 C-180, 4015-TT, 15-SMOH, 15 SNPROP, King, Strobes. New P&I, much more! $89,000. 641-933-4316, 641-777-0494. See more details/pictures at Aircraft for Sale - 5020

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SELKIRK AVIATION Inc. has FAA approval on composite cowlings for all Cessna 180, 185 & years 1956-1961 Cessna 182 planes. Also interior panels, extended bag kits, glare shields & nose bowl for most C-170 to U206 models. or 208-664-9589. Champion Parts - 2055

1973 182P, P-Ponk ,530W, 340 audio, HSI, ME406 ELT, SR8A analyzer, 3bl-prop, King-155, 2Lightspeed, 4ploxy. Loads of TLC. 541-8821887.

1965 BARON, IFR, coupled GPS autopilot, 275 SMOH Reduced!. $68,750. Will Trade. West One Air. 208-4559393 Bellanca - 1650 1947 BELLANCA Cruiseair Senior, 724 SMOH w/new top overhaul 165HP, not 150HP, 1750TT. Good P&I. Antique Classic. $30,000 OBO. MS/662-822-7291 Cessna 120/140 - 1902

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1969 C-310 4200 hrs TT, King radios, clean! NDH, boots/ 3-blade hot prop, $57,500. Texas 903-821-0918. Cessna 400 Series - 2010 1973 C421B $169,000. 2450TT, 350/450SMOH, Newwindshields, Robertson-STOL/VG’s, Garmin-430W, 2HSIs (EFIS/Analog), Radar, Deice, Trades considered. David@No-Spin Aircraft Sales 719-650-8667. Info/pics: Cessna - 2020 CESSNA WING rebuilding, using factory jigs. CRS #UDIR892K. Aircraft Rebuilders 2245 SO. Hwy 89, Perry UT 84302 435-723-5650. Cessna Parts - 2030

CESSNA WINGS REBUILT ON JIGS BEECH/CESSNA Control surfaces reskinned on jigs Call for quotes. West Coast Wings 707-462-6822. FREE UNIVAIR INVENTORY LISTING. Hundreds of FAA-PMA’d parts for 120-185.Contact: UNIVAIR, 2500 Himalaya Rd, Aurora CO 80011-8156. Toll free 1-888433-5433, info 303-375-8882, FAX 1-800-457-7811, Aircraft for Sale - 5020

CITABRIA, AERONCA Scout, Decathlon, salvage, surplus, 5-ply birch formers, gear-legs straightened, repair, wing inspection kits. RAINBOW 509-765-1606/fax1616 Citabria Parts - 2155 FREE UNIVAIR INVENTORY LISTING. Hundreds of FAA-PMA’d parts Contact: UNIVAIR, 2500 Himalaya Rd, Aurora CO 80011-8156. Toll free 1-888-433-5433, info 303-375-8882, FAX 1-800-457-7811, Commander - 2180 BEAUTIFUL 1978 Commander 112TCA, 2925TTAE, 1172SMOH, Full IFR, Oxygen, “9”-P&I, EXTRAS, $59,000. David Miller, No-Spin Aircraft Sales, 719-6508667, Info/pics: Ercoupe - 2550 1948 ERCOUPE 415E N3460H, C-85, 194-SMOH, 4.5gal/hr Millennium-cyl, auto-gas STC, no rudder-pedals, fabric-wings, King-radio, full-panel, 3gyros, hangared. fresh-annual, Non-LSA. $20,000. 307-250-4739 See picture @ FREE UNIVAIR INVENTORY LISTING Thousands of type Certificated parts direct from our factory. Contact: UNIVAIR, 2500 Himalaya Rd, Aurora CO 80011-8156. Toll free 1-888-433-5433, info 303-375-8882, FAX 1800-457-7811, Grumman - 2850 1975 GRUMMAN AA-5. Same owner since-‘78. 1300TT engine & AF, always hangared, ADF, 4place intercom, Excellent-original condition. $40,000. 250-652-2742, Luscombe - 3300 LUSCOMBE SUPPORT: Parts, PMA, NOS, used; knowledgable technical help. 480650-0883.

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Aviation Abbreviations A/C .....................................Air Conditioning ADs .......................Airworthiness Directives ADF ...................Automatic Direction Finder AH ..................................... Artificial Horizon A&P ......................... Airframe & Powerplant AP............................................. Audio Panel A/P................................................. Autopilot CDI ....................Course Deviation Indicator CHT .................. Cylinder Heat Temperature Com..........................Communication Radio C/R ...................................Counter Rotating CT.......................... Carburetor Temperature DF.......................................Direction Finder DG ..................................... Directional Gyro DME........... Distance Measuring Equipment EFIS.... Electronic Flight Instrument System EGT ................... Exhaust Gas Temperature

ELT ............ Emergency Locator Transmitter FD..........................................Flight Director FWF...................................Firewall Forward GPS ................... Global Positioning System GS ......................................... Groundspeed G/S ........................................... Glide Slope GSP ............................Ground Service Plug HF.......................................High Frequency hp ............................................. horsepower HSI................. Horizontal Situation Indicator IFR.......................... Instrument Flight Rules ILS ................... Instrument Landing System LE ..............................................Left Engine LMB............................Light Marker Beacon LOC ...............................................Localizer Loran.............Long Range Area Navigation LR............................................ Long Range

LRT................................ Long Range Tanks MB .......................................Marker Beacon MDH ........................ Major Damage History MP .................................. Manifold Pressure NDH............................. No Damage History NM .........................................Nautical Miles Nav ...................................Navigation Radio NavCom .Navigation/Communication Radio OAT ...................... Outside Air Temperature OH .................................................Overhaul RB .................................... Rotating Beacon RDF ......................... Radio Direction Finder RE........................................... Right Engine RG ....................................Retractable Gear RMI ...................... Radio Magnetic Indicator RNAV..................................Area Navigation SBs................................... Service Bulletins

SCMOH .......Since Chrome Major Overhaul SFRM ...........Since Factory Remanufacture SHS ................................ Since Hot Section SMOH....................... Since Major Overhaul SOH.....................................Since Overhaul S/N........................................ Serial Number SPOH .........................Since Prop Overhaul STOH............................Since Top Overhaul STOL ...................... Short Takeoff / Landing TBO ...................... Time Between Overhaul TT ................................................Total Time TTAE ..............Total Time Airframe / Engine TTAF............................. Total Time Airframe TTSN ........................ Total Time Since New XPDR....................................... Transponder VLF............................. Very Low Frequency VOR .................................VHF Omni Range


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FREE UNIVAIR INVENTORY LISTING Hundreds of FAA-PMA’d parts. Contact: UNIVAIR, 2500 Himalaya Rd, Aurora CO 80011-8156. Toll free 1-888-433-5433, info 303-375-8882, fax 800-457-7811, Maule - 3400 MAULE AK WORLDWIDE has various MAULES for sale at competitive prices. High performance 3&2 blade props, floats, etc. 707-942-5934, MAULE M-4-145, 2180 TTAF&E, 130 SMOH, annualled thru 2/2013,, 406-839-7642,. Mooney - 3500 1968 M-20-C Ranger, TTAF2165, 162SMOH, Lo360A1D inst. Certified, New-annual with purchase. Always-hangared, collectors-trophy, 352-821-8748 Trustee. For full disclosure and photos.

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1945 NORTH AMERICAN P51D Mustang, 1305TTSN, 135SMOH by Nixon, Rolls Royce Merlin 1650-7 with transport-heads. Dual-controls. New Martin-radiator, new hoses, new tubes new hydraulics, fresh annual. $2,145,000, will accept Harvard or AT6 on partial trade. Ron Fernuik 806-662-5823; Piper Single - 3800

1959 PIPER Comanche 180, TTAF-3766, SMOH-1252, SPOH-191, must-see, price reduced. Gorgeous ”all 9s”,rare NDH, modern-avionics w/Garmin 430-IFR suite, beautifully-restored, outstanding-condition, meticulouslymaintained, numerous-upgrades, “like new” engine-compression, all ADs, always-hangared, no-corrosion, regularly-flown, complete detailed original logs, Oregon, $44,900. Gabriel or Dave 541-479-2230. Piper J Series - 3818

FREE UNIVAIR INVENTORY LISTING FAA-PMA’d approved parts. Contact: UNIVAIR, 2500 Himalaya Rd, Aurora CO 80011-8156. Toll free 1-888-433-5433, info 303-375-8882, FAX 1-800-457-7811, Experimentals - 5300 RV4: Lyc. O-320, 126 hrs SN & SMOH. All-lights, 1 axis AP, 250XL, GPS/Com, TXP, G-Meter. Price Negotiable. 903-815-0957, KITFOX ROTAX 582, with fully enclosed trailer, 9-gal main-tank, 2-6gal wing tanks, Tundra Tires. $15,000. 541-263-2832.

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NEW CONTROL LOCK for Pipers! Holds the ailerons neutral and the stabilizer down. Installs in seconds, weighs 3oz., easy to store. Only $39.95. Airplane Things, Inc, 866-365-0357 or see at Piper Arrow - 3804 1974 PA28-200 Piper Arrow, TT-2372, SMOH-1,076, SPOH-342, annual-8/16/11. IFR-capable, NDH, audiopanel, autopilot, 2-Nav/com’s, ADF, always hangared. $47,500. 253-307-1760, Mel-206-824-6668. Piper Cherokee Series - 3806 1966 PIPER Cherokee 140, upgraded to lo time. 160 HP. 2 Wisconsin owners, hangared since new. $24,900/offer. 414-461-3222 1967 CHEROKEE 180, 400 SFRMAN, 4000 TTSN, Garmin GPS, King-KY97A digital Com. One owner last 30 years. $32,950. 510-783-2711, 1974 CHEROKEE ARROW II, 2800 TT, 600 SMOH, IFR, autopilot, hangared. $49,750. West One Air, 208-4559393, PIPER CHEROKEE 6 PA32-300 w/7-pl seating, TTAF3846, SPOH-192, SMOH-89. Michel MX300 NavCom. Narco MK12D NavCom w/DME. 6-pl intercom. $59K. 360-268-5204.

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2002 GLASTAR 275 TTSN. Like new! For pictures/details contact Vernon G Goff. 402-333-4118, 402-616-1867. See pictures also at: COUGAR, LSA, O-200, 750TT, 25hrs since rebuild (fabric, paint,etc). Whelen Nav strobe lights, NavCom, transponder. $22,000/OBO. OH/419-294-2677/419-310-0122. See picture: A/LII (TOAD) $5,000. 2-pl ultralight (F.I.O.), 305hrs. NDH. 372lbs, no engine. 10/2TTAF. Military-Colors. Al Hoppe, 434-585-2728. See picture @ Floatplanes - 5400 Seaplane Ratings & Solo Rentals in central Florida and Minnesota PA12 & C172 available 612-868-4243 - 612-749-1337

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ARKANSAS VALLEY Cotter Airport, Final Sale. One Runway lot $30,000. 2.44-acre taxiway-tract $30,000. Seller pays all buyers closing costs. 3% financing available. 870-430-5545, California - 9650 Title Services - 9210 TITLE SEARCHES: Same day reports if called before noon C.T., most searches. 800-666-1397 or 405-2328886. Visa/ MC. Aircraft Title Corp. Established 1957. Tugs & Towbars - 9300

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PINE MTN Lake, CA(E45). Taxi to your airpark home or live on the lake. Championship golf, tennis, stables in gated community near Yosemite. Capt LarryJobe. “UAL” retired. 209-962-5501 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. BUY 3 (1acres)$20,000 each, along Taxiway. Keep the grandkids in mind. Adelanto Airpark, So.Calif, near Victorville, BrokerBill 760-792-8072, LIVE WITH Your Plane. Home/hangar. 3000’ paved lighted runway, near fishing, boating, water, snow skiing, major shopping, boat launch to Sacramento River, Only!! $350,000. Mel 530-347-3164, EVERY PILOT’S Dream(O61)Excellent-level .43acre-lotjoint use roadway. $160,000. Yvonne Rand, Lyon Real Estate 916-673-8226, CA DRE# 01834318. Details/pics at Colorado - 9650 AVIATORS DREAM! 35acre home sites only $12,000per acre! With access to your 4,000’ private runway!! Mark Bulla 720-495-7607 Prudential Rocky Mountain/Realtors. More details/pictures at Florida - 9650 SARASOTA FLORIDA Hidden River Airpark, 2640’ paved+ lighted runway, lots w/homes 5-20acres. Katty Caron, Realty Executives 941-928-3009 ORLANDO AREA Aviation-properties, hangars, hangarrentals, Some priced like bank-owned. Chandelle Properties. Call Ron Henderson 407-712-4071 Keller Williams/Advantage II Realty

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Alabama - 9650 AL-HUNTSVILLE HOUSE, private Hangar on 1-Acre treed lot, Direct trailway to #7-runway, 2540-SF 5BDRM/4BA Custom built 3-story Home. $179,900. 256468-1328

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Daytona Beach, (East Coast of Florida). Taxiway homes from $450,000, non-taxiway homes from $200,000, condo’s from $139,000. Lots-available. Long and short term rentals available. SPRUCE CREEK FLY-IN REALTY, Pat & Lenny Ohlsson, 800-932-4437. CANNON CREEK Airpark. Florida’s Finest just got better. 600+acres, 2-Runways along I-75 North Fl. at Lake City and I-10. The best approaches, Golf and Tennis and snack Bar by Golf Cart. 4,000Ft Turf 4,000 paved. 150 Homes Now and growing. New section greater than 40 lots, Incredible Beautiful Lots. No rush to build, Finance and no interest, 10 lots set at $19,000. Each DoorBuster Pricing. CCAIRPARK.COM Call 386-984-0283, Ray Sessions After 35years of Building this Airpark and starting others at Sun N Fun, This is my last Subdivision, time to find a Honey, give her a Home. I’ll be 70 this year. Time to see The Grandchildren in Kissimmee and San Antonio. Call me, you will get the buy of a LifeTime. No Salesmen, Direct to you. Idaho - 9650

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: Don’t miss the opportunity to Live in a beautiful hunting and fishing recreational paradise! LOTS NOW SELLING $60,000. Nevada - 9650 NW NEVADA Airstrip property. 5+ acres 35 miles SE Lake Tahoe $115K Terms. Also A 62 M20C Mooney. NV 775-266-3796 New Mexico - 9650

PRIVATE AIRPORT on 33.75-acres, St Louis Metro-East Airport/Shafer Field FOR SALE. 2,662’x 50’ asphalt-runway. 24/7 fueling-station, three 10-place T-hangars. Machine-shed/office,etc. Owner retiring after establishing this business/airport., 618-444-3888. Kansas - 9650 FAA CERTIFIED Airport, 147 acres, 2 grass, runways, cross-taxi, hangar. Possible fly-in community. 352-8218748 trustee details and photos on request. “TOPEKA, KANSAS: 10 BEST MIDSIZE KIPLINGER 2010. 2600’X100’ Lighted Grass strip. (90KS) Twenty Minutes to “Everything”. From Cradle to Retirement. $60K. Kris 785-224-4211, SE KANSAS, 160acres w/19acre LAKE, 8miles from Fort Scott, 2.5miles from Ft Scott A/P.(FSK). $599,000. 316650-6581. Details/pics: Michigan - 9650 SUGAR SPRINGS Airpark Home, 1840SF 2-level, 4BD/2BA, full basement, 2garages, indoor heated pool, access to golf course/pro-shop/restaurant/pub. $167,900 989-430-0966, WALKOUT RANCH with 60’x78’ hangar & workshop on 24M. 10ftx2543ft lighted grass strip. N of Grand Rapids, MI. $190,000. 616-678-7582. See pictures at Missouri - 9650 FREDERICKTOWN, MO. 4cd remodeled home. 2400 sqft hangar w/one piece Hydro door and office/media room. 3.61 acres lot. Lots of wildlife. 80' x 2000' grass runway. Homeowners association contract, restrictions being drafted and available. Pictures on request. Scott Frisella 314-359-2392.

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NORTH of Hurricanes, SOUTH of snow 3300turf. 10mi to Myrtle Beach. 1, 5,10,acre lots Low taxes/insurance, “free DVD”. 843-602-8220. SC-CUSTOM basement home featuring exquisite details and artistry, an oversized hangar and paved/lighted runway. $775,000. 864-498-9595. See pictures at

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

FOR SALE OR TRADE FOR LSA. Once in a lifetime chance to own a SHARE of Timber Basin Airpark (ID24) near Sandpoint, ID. Comprised of 80acres of beautiful mountain timberland, 2200’ grass strip, private lake full of fish, community cabin & prime lot to build your very own cabin. You will own a share of a very nice 1400sqft home, 60x35ft maint hangar & you can hunt our back 40acres for deer/elk or bear. Catch the big ones on nearby world famous Lake Pend Oreille. Best of all, the property & buildings are free & clear. Priced at only $40,000 and WE WILL FINANCE. Don’t miss this one! 520-9094999, or visit: TAXI TO your cabin. Bare land in beautiful Elk River, Idaho. Adjacent to airstrip. $57,000. Sean Wilson, Latah Realty, LLC, Moscow, ID. 208-596-8170. Illinois - 9650

New airpark, Northeast Pennsylvania, 29-lots for sale. 1.25-3 acres, great views, underground utilities, sewers, some lakefront. EZ flight/drive to NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Connecticut. At Seamans Airport (9N3), 2500’paved IFR approach, lighted, all services, Build Your Dream Home This Spring! “Model Home Being Built Now”. 866-924-7787 or South Carolina - 9650 Palmetto-POBox 777-Manning-SC 29102-803-473-2199 DISTRESS SALE!! Pilot’s Dream. Only home on 3500’paved-runway in Tennessee-mountains. 6.18acres. 4800sqft 5br/4ba, lodge. Price reduced/$300K. W/trade for late model Piper-6X. 904-669-9661. Texas - 9650

PICTURESQUE MOUNTAIN views: Hangar & log home in SW New Mexico on private airpark. 60’x60’ hangar on runway, includes 3bd/3ba custom log home on 1.5acres overlooking runway. Nancy Whatley 214-587-1763, REDUCED PRICE: $499,000. New York - 9650 NORTHERN ADIRONDACKS: 60 acres with 1800’ grassy airstrip, hangar/ house needs restoration. Near Lake Placid/ Montreal. $55,000. 518-483-4163.

TAILWIND AIRPARK A quiet country airpark 50 min east of Dallas near Canton, TX. Lots for Custom Homes and Hangar/Homes 903-896-4647 Hidden Valley Airpark Denton, Texas GATED COMMUNITY. 1.0acre, 5634sqft home, & 4225 hangar. Landscaped yard w/gazebo & waterfall. Priced to sell., 214-663-9143.

August 10, 2012 Real Estate/Airport Property - 9650 SAN JUAN AVIATION ESTATES BLAKELY ISLAND, WA. Premier Recreational Airpark. Paved lighted runway. Exceptional marina. Owner access to 3000ac forest preserve w/2 - 70ac lakes: fish/swim/boat. New Listing: Remodeled Beach Cabin on no-bank beach includes off site hangar: $650,000. New Listing: Sunset bathed waterfront home near runway: $515,000. Superb Hangar/Home on no-bank beach w/boat ramp: $850,000. Marine View top-of-the-line PanAbode Home near runway: $1,279,000. Taxiway Cabin w/room to build Hangar: $379,000. Airpark Marine View Home: $490,000. Hangar/Home Marine View Building Lot: $205,000. DECATUR ISLAND, WA: Decatur Shores Airpark. Community dock plus waterfront park. Taxi to octagonal home w/hangar. Includes adjacent lot w/large hangar, garden and fruit trees: $1,100,000 Judy, Flying Island Realty, 360-375-6302 WA-FRONTIER AIRPARK(WN53) A premier Seattle Airpark Gorgeous-custom built home & hangar on private/gated 5-acres w/pond. $637,000. 360-658-5850. View pix: PARKSIDE AIRPARK, Battleground-WA fy-in-estate 2.36acres w/beautifully updated 2475sf home, 4000 sf hangar/office/shop. Sharon-360-600-7493 for details/ showing. $485,000 Pics: FOR SALE: Two Bedroom House, large Hangar w/bedroom included plus 20 acres, paved runway, near Chelan. Call for details. 509-630-0045. FANTASY FIELD (FA99): 2.96acres, 748sqft 1bdrm, home w/attached 1892sqft hangar, deck, heated 10'x18'shop. 2150x84' grass runway. Reduced!! $169,000. 206-783-4556, 253-906-7799. PURCHASE A public use General Aviation Airport on partially wooded park-like acreage near Olympia WA $575,000 View pics/information: 360-747-7079. YEAR ROUND living at Lake Roosevelt, Seven Bays WA. 3BR/ 2-1/2 Bath with 2000’ hangar. (2 Lots). $375,000. 310-508-4046. PRICE REDUCED! 30-Acres/home/hangar/community airport. This property has it all and more! $199,000. Dave Hanna, Hanna Realty 509-486-4528, 877-593-7238. More details/pictures at:


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

Oregon - 9650 OR-EXPANSIVE VIEWS, 66.68acres! 5341sf Craftsman style-home, covered-porch/mature-landscaping. MasterBDRM w/private deck. Ingroundpool/workshop/barn/shop/hangar. $1,200,000. Oregon Opportunities. 800-772-7284. See more details/pictures:, PINE HOLLOW Airpark 3BD/2BA home w/part airport ownership/hangar w/full size 1-bdrm apt. $290,000. 503625-7079, 503-502-7954. See more details/photos at

Pine Hollow, Oregon (32OR) Fly in to your own backyard. Enjoy sun 300 days a year

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

Pennsylvania - 9650 SEAPLANE BASE with brick home on Delaware River, commute 50mi to New York City or Philadelphia,. ramp, helipad, hangar. 4bd/2ba. $410K.

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

Washington - 9650 MINI AIR PARK $594,950. Own your own turf airstrip. 1700’ on 38 acres, very nice, large rambler. Sandi 360770-8670 WA.

NO INCOME TAX!! 4622sqft gorgeous home w/2masters! 5bdrms/6baths, theatre/hotub/pool, much more! 5060sqft hangar. $799,000. 360-921-3844. See more details/picures at

PILOT’S DREAM. Home & hangar at Concrete, WA, Municipal Airport (3W5). 3BD/2BA, 1500+SF double-wide. 50x60’ metal hangar, misc. outbuildings, approx 1.5acres on two lots with legal access to runway. Possible trade for home and property in Western WA or flexible owner terms on other offers. $299,950. 360-853-7564.

discovery trail farm airpark Sequim, Washington A neighborhood for pilots and their families. Publisher’s notice: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limited or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodian, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 800-669-9777. Toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 800-927-9277.

STUART ISLAND AIRWAY PARK has waterfront lots, cabins and homes. Community airstrip, beaches and dock. Dick Sandmeyer/Windermere 1-360-378-7508.

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LSAs at the big show Dan Johnson Splog

In the next few days, I’ll assemble more complete stories of the many unveilings at Oshkosh for Light-Sport and other lightplane fans. The following is what I observed delivered in machine-gun fashion, but it is by no means a complete list. Early on in the week, Cessna announced it would transition its LSA Skycatcher to Primary Aircraft status. That requires a Type Certificate and FAA production approval, but the Wichita giant can do this handily even if will add some cost. This is a way Cessna can recapture some 80 orders from Europeans cancelled earlier this year. The French company Lisa made its firstever U.S. showing of the dreamy Akoya seaplane (pictured). I got to climb inside it to discover that the example at Oshkosh was the one and only flying prototype. If they can build a test article this pretty, I can’t wait to see the final version. With its sea wings — front and back I discovered — Akoya spurns the usual chine-edged hull for a smoothly rounded fuselage. They invited me to come fly and see for myself and I’ll try that in early 2013. Randall Fishman of Electra Flyer Aircraft showed his superb ULS, a sleek single-place ultralight-style motorglider that can make Part 103, he says. At $59,000, this is the most expensive Part 103 ultralight vehicle ever, but it is also by far the most sophisticated. The soaring crowd will see that price tag as an incredible bargain and I expect he’ll sell a few. I hope I didn’t drool on it when I shot photos; it is gorgeous and represents his fourth generation all-electric aircraft. In another corner of the Lightplane area was last year’s electric charmer, the eLazair, returning with even better hardware that allows an hour flight after a one-hour charge! Now they plan to supply all the drive components where last year they said it was just an example to demonstrate electric flight. Speaking of Part 103, aviation’s most free segment celebrated its 30th anniversary, slightly before the official September date. If you thought the category went away, the truth is you drifted, not the aircraft. One reason you may have felt it disappeared is because serious accidents, fatalities in particular, are very rare. Let’s review: You still need no pilot license (none!), no N-number, no airworthiness certificate, no medical, and you can buy one ready-to-fly. In our heavily-regulated society — aviation most definitely included — this near-total freedom is simply remarkable. Every line of the regulations for this charming class of airplanes can be For more on Sport Pilot and LSAs:

printed on the front and back of a single page of standard office paper. A standout example is the Aerolite 103, selling nicely equipped (electric starting, flaps, brakes, partial enclosure, and more) for $15,000 factory-built and ready-to-fly. Quicksilver, now called Quicksilver Aeronautics, made a splashy return with displays in the Lightplane area as well as the LSA Mall. The company announced plans to pursue Special LSA status (and ELSA) while retaining kits as Experimental Amateur Built. Officials are already well underway with the work and we might see a new SLSA by the LSA Expo in Sebring in January if all goes well. It’s also worth noting this company was the very first to earn FAA approval for its GT 500 two-seater as a Primary Aircraft...way back in 1993. Pipistrel had a spectacular show, reporting 10 paid orders — the “best Oshkosh ever,” officials said — split about half for the new $89,000 Alpha (including freight and prep) plus selected other models from its wide line. The Slovenian company with production facilities in Italy has already delivered 10 of the just-finished Alpha Trainer models and goes home flush with new orders. While I didn’t ask all companies, I know Flight Design logged several sales and so did Evektor. Though plenty of exhibit spaces were empty around the grounds — and even more unbelievably inside the four giant exhibit halls — many companies were upbeat about the quality of visitors and felt they gathered many good leads. New Sky Arrow producer, Magnaghia Aeronautica, brought its first production

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example as it revs up the assembly line. This company took over from the nowbankrupt developer and is blending this manufacturing in with its substantial aerospace business. Importer Jon Hansen was all smiles as folks recognized the return of a great flying LSA (that also has Part 23 approval, by the way!). As a very important side note, Sky Arrow has helped more Able Flight disabled scholarship winners earn their Sport Pilot wings than any other model. Dynon showed its new ADS-B box for just $995. Way down from what we once though might be $20,000 an aircraft, the avionics leader offers a remotely-mounted device that interacts with its SkyView glass screens and provides airborne traffic and subscription-free weather.

continue selling the even-less-expensive Cheetah. Doc Baily and Reiner Tauren gave Oshkosh attendees their first look at the B.O.T. Speed Cruiser. Reiner took this project over from the original designer, made some 60 improvements big and small, and was testing the market for yet another LSA model. (On a side note, FAA officials and I compared notes and we see another 30 to 40 models in various stages of development!). Speed Cruiser is not yet approved

Other companies also offered low-cost ADS-B solutions, including a portable, panel-top Garmin ADS-B. Dual Electronics showed off its offering, while Grand Rapids also introduced its unit, so ADS-B, previously available only for jet owners, is now available for everyman pilots. SkyReach showed its new BushCat, another super value LSA for less than $60,000, decked out in a striking zebra graphic scheme. The company has taken over from Rainbow Aircraft and will

under the ASTM standards, but work is underway. GA mainstays, Sensenich props and Wipline floats, both announced LSA products in a continuing endorsement of the importance of this new aviation category. It was just eight years ago at Oshkosh that FAA announced the Sport Pilot/LightSport Aircraft rules and the industry has since put out close to 3,000 aircraft in a dizzying 125 models from 88 manufacturers.


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