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General Aviation Community Unites to Assist Following Recent ‘SuperStorm’

The recent, devastating storms across the northeastern United States demonstrated all too well the value of general aviation in America today. When “Superstorm” Sandy pounded the East Coast last month, roads were often impassible and electric power was absent in the region. In the wake of the destructive storm, general aviation pilots and operators from across the country banded together to transport much-needed supplies and aid to areas still cut off from relief efforts. While ground transportation is often the preferred means of assisting with relief efforts, general aviation aircraft have long served as a lifeline to people and communities in crisis, and are uniquely suited to providing a first response to natural disasters and other emergencies. As GA News readers know, aircraft are often able to reach locations impacted by natural disasters when airliners and sometimes even ground vehicles cannot - operating on short notice into outlying airports with small runways, unpaved airstrips or even onto roads. NBAA is honored to play a role in relief efforts involving aircraft, in part through the Association’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database, a list of people and companies throughout the business aviation community who have volunteered to assist with disaster-response mobilization efforts, including aircraft support and volunteer staff.

In the aftermath of major crises, NBAA provides basic information from the database to government agencies, private-sector relief organizations and others to assist with their coordination of relief efforts. Additionally, organizations such as AERObridge and the Sky Hope Network provide a valuable lifeline in coordinating between entities needing immediate assistance, and pilots willing to donate their time and aircraft to bring relief to stricken areas. In the week following the arrival of “Superstorm” Sandy, AERObridge directly assisted in the delivery of 40,000 lbs. of food, water, and other supplies, and helped coordinate delivery of an additional 150,000 lbs. of aid. Of course, the relief missions came together in a variety of ways. For example, a post to an NBAA online message board spurred a group of volunteers across several companies to organize the transport of a load of critically-needed supplies onboard a medium-sized business jet – with the aircraft, flight crew, and even fuel donated by operators. Taking a solo approach to providing relief, a business owner and pilot flew his single-engine Cessna from Illinois to New Jersey, carrying dry cereal and granola bars for children in Tom’s River whose families have lost everything in the storms. All costs associated with the flight were handled by that pilot. These examples emphasize not only how valuable general aviation is during times of crisis; they also demonstrate the compassion and humanitarian spirit of general aviation pilots and operators willing to give of themselves to help others in their time of need.

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has awarded a Validation of Type Certification (VTC) to CubCrafters for its CC18-180 Top Cub, allowing it to be imported and flown in China. Aircraft will be shipped with wings and stabilizer removed, according to CubCrafters’ John Whitish, who noted the Yakima, Wash.-based company is still searching for a company in China for reassembly. Blackhawk Modifications, which designs, develops and installs performance improvement systems for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft featuring Pratt & Whitney engines, recently completed its 400th performance upgrade installation. The company also launched its newest venture, Blackhawk Services, which offers new programs, including more comprehensive maintenance and support after completion of upgrade installations. A recent expansion of the company’s headquarters in Waco, Texas, has added parts storage and engineering and fabrication

Ameritech Industries, the parent company of Eagle Engines and American Propeller Service of Redding, Calif., has become a dealer for Engine Components International (ECi) TITAN EXP experimental engines.

space to accommodate growth, company officials note. WACO Classic Aircraft has won FAA approval of the S-TEC System 55X autopilot STC for installation in the WACO YMF-F5C and 5D. Stallion 51 Corp. at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida now offers Unusual Attitude Training in a specially equipped L-39 turbojet. With a curriculum five years in the making, the training covers prevention, recognition and recovery from unusual attitudes, according to Lee Lauderback, Stallion 51’s president. Indiana’s 69 public-use airports contribute $14.1 billion in economic output and create and sustain more than 69,000 jobs in Indiana, according to data released by the Aviation Association of Indiana (AAI) and Conexus Indiana as part of the

2012 Indiana Airports Economic Impact Study. Almost half of those jobs — 47% — are at GA airports. Piper Aircraft is incorporating the Garmin G1000 avionics suite into new twin-engine Piper Seminoles and singleengine Piper Archers available in 2013. Launch customer for the new Garmin G1000-equipped Pipers is the Florida Institute of Technology. FIT’s College of Aeronautics will take delivery of the Archers in 2013 and has options on 16 additional trainers. When Quicksilver Manufacturing became Quicksilver Aeronautics earlier this year, the ownership change triggered a requirement to prove the company’s kits meet the 51% rule of the Experimental Amateur Built category. Quicksilver officials report that several kits have now received letters of authorization from the FAA, including the MX Sport, MX II

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BRIEFING | From Page 3 ation Foundation has presented $50,000 in grants to five aviation charities chosen through online voting by the aviation community. This year’s award recipients are: The Civil Air Patrol; JAARS; Mission Aviation Fellowship; The NinetyNines Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund; and the Recreational Aviation Foundation. Nominations and grant applications for the 2013 Pilot’s Choice Awards are available online. Lockheed Martin Flight Services has opened online registration for its Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) Pilot Web Portal and new Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS). The portal allows pilots to file flight plans online and retrieve the same briefing information and weather graphics provided to Lockheed Martin specialists. Pilots who register for ACAS will receive alerts of new adverse conditions specific to their flight plans via text, email and Iridium satellite devices.

1971. Sporty’s Academy, the flight school at the airport, has partnered with the University of Cincinnati in its professional pilot program for the past 20 years.

The alerts prompt pilots to call or radio to receive an abbreviated briefing addressing the new adverse condition. Airshow performer Team RV is changing its name to Team AeroDynamix with the onset of the 2013 airshow season. Team RV founder and flight lead Mike Stewart said the new name better communicates the “high entertainment nature of the team’s precision formation aerobatic performance.” He also noted that the old name was often confusing to some spectators, who thought RV stood for recreational vehicle. Team AeroDynamix members fly their own homebuilt Van’s RV aircraft. Sporty’s Founder and Chairman Hal Shevers has received the Edward J. Parish Pacesetter Award, presented by the Clermont County, Ohio, Chamber of Commerce, to honor a businessperson living or working in the county who has a “genuine concern for the welfare of Clermont County and its residents and who

Deadline is Dec. 15 for grant proposals to the Wolf Aviation Fund. Applications must fit into the fund’s seven major program areas: Developing public policy and airports; networking and mutual support; development and alternative resources; communications, media, and community relations; general aviation technology, safety, and noise; improving public understanding and perception; and aviation and space education.

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Tecnam North America has launched the new P92 Echo Classic Light priced at $74,999 through the end of 2012. Tecnam officials say the manufacturer has responded to market demand for a nofrills, basic, Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) that retains the flight characteristics of the P92 family of aircraft. Prices start at $74,999 for a day VFR aircraft powered by a Rotax 912UL 80hp engine that can use standard grades of automotive fuel. Other features include: All metal construction for structural components; special lightweight seats that are adjustable in flight; steerable nose gear with center handbrake; fuel tank that holds 11.9 gallons (second tank optional); and all required day VFR instrumentation for flight outside of controlled airspace. Standard useful load is 496 pounds, while max cruise is 103 knots. The LSA comes with the company’s standard twoyear/200-hour manufacturer’s warranty.

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Redbird Skyport, located on the field at San Marcos Airport (HYI) in Texas, is home to the second Recreational Aviation Foundation Fire Hub. Dedicated on Oct. 23, the San Marcos Fire Hub joins the inaugural Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association-sponsored Fire Hub on the SUN ’n FUN campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida. Fire Hubs are opportunities for individuals to buy commemorative bricks with a personalized message, according to RAF officials, who note the bricks are permanently placed around the artistically etched hub. “Our Fire Hub projects are well-received as fundraisers, and every dollar of

profit furthers the RAF mission of preserving our freedom to enjoy recreational destinations,” RAF Fire Hub Project Manager Jim Lynch said. “A campfire naturally attracts folks, and what better way to come together and share our passion for recreational flying?” adds Dan Prill, RAF vice president. The initial “cornerstone” contribution is provided by a corporate sponsor, which guarantees their name on the inlaid propeller blade. Each Fire Hub is installed by RAF volunteers, under Lynch’s supervision. Donors can use the RAF website to purchase any number of bricks for $100 each. Fire Hub locations are planned in each state.

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A team of researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received funding for a project to assess the performance of pilots when they land general aviation airplanes at GA airports using an approach normally employed at airports with longer runways. The results could help shed light on the feasibility of letting GA aircraft use GPSaided approaches at GA airports, according to university officials. In the project, funded by the FAA and

sponsored by the MITRE Corporation, instrumentrated pilots from central Florida will conduct approaches and landings using a Level 6 Cessna flight simulator that can replicate low-visibility conditions. Dr. Michael The research, led by Wiggins

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Last flying B-29 grounded

November 23, 2012

During the last airshow flight of the season, the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, experienced an engine problem. The crew returned the airplane safely to the ground, but it was soon determined that FIFI’s number two engine would need major repairs. In response, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for one of the world’s most famous World War II bombers. At nearly $10,000 and 100 volunteer hours per hour of flight, keeping FIFI in the air is no easy task, according to

CAF officials, who estimate the cost for repairs to the number two engine and the purchase of a spare will top $250,000. “The number of World War II veterans is dwindling every day,� said Neils Agather, commander of the B-29 Squadron of the CAF that operates the aircraft. “Our mission is to preserve the living legacy of the Greatest Generation and we intend to do all we can to preserve their story of sacrifice and honor. But the continued flight of FIFI is at risk. We need your help, each one doing a little bit, to continue to spread the message.� For more information about the campaign, visit

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When Victor Boyce, who heads the Workshops Area at SUN ’n FUN every year, walked into the Florida Air Museum, which is on the SUN ’n FUN campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL), he noticed something was missing. “I saw a number of 12-foot by 12-foot murals on the wall of the museum’s Hangar A — there were murals of the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart and others. But there were no murals of Charles Taylor,� said Boyce, a long-time aircraft mechanic who received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award about nine years ago. For those who aren’t familiar with the name, Charles Taylor was the Wright brother’s mechanic. “Charles hand-built the engine for the Wright brothers’ first powered flight be-

cause no one else was interested in supplying them with a suitable engine,� Boyce said. “History has forgotten Charles Taylor and left him behind, so I decided to do something about it, at least in our museum. Charles should have his mural up there with the others as part of history.� After checking with museum members and staff, Boyce found a local artist who agreed to do a Charles Taylor mural for $1,600. So far, he has collected $600 towards the mural. He’s now working to raise the additional $1,000. SUN ’n FUN has created an account for tax-deductible donations to the Charles Taylor Mural Fund, making it easier for interested donors to contribute, according to Boyce.

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NBAA wraps up successful convention ORLANDO — On Nov. 1, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) wrapped up the third and final day of its 65th Annual Meeting & Convention, which President and CEO Ed Bolen termed “a very good show.” “Attendees and exhibitors at this year’s show have told us that it was a very strong event, despite its timing alongside Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on the East Coast, and a Temporary Flight Restriction for the Orlando area late on Sunday evening and Monday morning before the show,” Bolen said. “We’re delighted that, espe-

cially given those challenges, convention participants reported strong traffic on the exhibit floor and at the aircraft static displays, along with a high level of enthusiasm among attendees.” Bolen pointed to several figures illustrating the strength of this year’s show: • The show closed with 25,150 people in attendance, a number comparable to the final total of 26,077 for the 2011 convention. The show drew attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 87 countries. • The number of exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center was 1,073;

• A total of 105 aircraft were shown on two separate static displays, and an additional four aircraft were shown inside the convention center. The show featured a Light Business Airplane Conference, with sessions specifically tailored to entrepreneurs and companies using light business airplanes, accompanied by a Single-Pilot Safety Standdown focused on business aviators. Released at the show was a new study, commissioned by NBAA, which concludes that more companies began using

business aviation during the “Great Recession” than did so beforehand, and that companies using a business airplane were better inoculated from the recession’s impact than similar companies that did not use business aviation. Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, D.C., NBAA represents more than 9,000 companies who use general aviation aircraft to get business done. The association’s annual convention is touted as the world’s largest civil aviation trade show.


Bob Hoover (sitting) chats with NBAA show-goers. close at hand compared to the 100-airplane display off-site at Orlando Executive Airport. The Light Business Aircraft display boasted a big exhibit by Piper, plus single planes from Eclipse, Quest, Husky and others. There was a side-by-side featuring Cirrus’ SR22 and its SF50 single-engine jet mock-up. Fittingly just inside from the Cirrus static was a booth and mockup promoting Alan Klapmeier’s big, sleek Kestrel single-engine turboprop. Most of these Light Business airplanes seemed to belong. The Quest looked capable and ready to work; the SR22 (with BRS safety system) made its point with a clever sign: “Chute Happens. Live With It.”

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The NBAA show made it into the Orlando Convention Center unscathed Oct. 30-Nov. 1 despite an on-again/off-again Presidential TFR, turmoil in the Northeast and economic headwinds in the industry. Along with multi-million dollar jets, more everyday GA was on display. And while one hero was to be remembered, a second often took the honors wherever he went. The importance of what happens at NBAA can’t be doubted. Business aviation today is where it’s happening. It’s big bucks. It’s important people. It’s industry leaders promoting GA’s newest and highest performing products. And it’s thousands of supporting entities: Airports, FBOs and fuel companies, parts makers and product innovators, completion centers and many, many business support services you hadn’t thought of before. My reason for attending this year was the Light Business Airplane initiative showcasing aircraft useful for business. There were also seminars of interest for those new to business aviation or wanting to get started with a smaller aircraft. Outside the exhibit hall was a small Light Business Aircraft static display,

A Cirrus SR22, seen from the cockpit of the SF-50 jet. This year’s show was officially dedicated to the late Neil Armstrong, billed not only as a humble space pioneer but business aviation supporter. Also noted was the just-departed Al Ueltschi, founder and long-time CEO of FlightSafety International. He brought formal airline-style

training and sims to business aviation, was admired by all and was a personal friend to many here. At a kick-off National Aviation Hall of Fame reception, Astronaut Gene Cernan was the headliner to memorialize Armstrong — but he spent considerable time honoring another legend as “our best living pilot.” It was Bob Hoover, one of several former Hall of Famers present, including the likes of aerobat Sean Tucker and Cessna ex-CEO Russ Meyer. In fact, you couldn’t help but notice the parade of industry leaders approaching Hoover to pay their respects. And all week in the exhibit hall, informal crowds gathered as Hoover scootered through, politely stopping at length to chat with young and old while remaining the kindly, chipper gentleman and modest hero he is.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pilots — as well as everyone else in the United States — can expect political turbulence over the next months and longer. In fact, what this lame-duck Congress can and will do in the weeks before the inauguration may give hints as to what the next four years will bring to general aviation. One thing we already know: General aviation will have to look out for the three Rs. No, it’s not reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic — it’s rules, restrictions, and rates. In the rules category, some of the concerns are equipment requirements to operate in certain airspace, more regulations relating to safety, and experience levels. Restrictions continue as something to watch as they have since Orville said to Wilbur “Let’s build another one.” For example, restrictions to limit traffic around major metropolitan airports will make more congested times a bigger challenge for GA. Rates is the place where most open battles will take place. The ugly head of user fees is sure to be raised as Congress and the president attempt to cut the horrendous debt. Fees are not taxes and therefore may be charged by the Department of Transportation and not need Congressional approval. On top of user fees, costs of new equipment demanded by regulations, possible increased certification costs, and expenses of meeting experience levels are some of the areas to watch out for in the belttightening era. The possibility of severe inflation also looms as a problem in the rates. Unless the three arms of the federal government can get together and really cut the deficit, the dollar is going to be asked to do more, meaning it is worth less. That raises costs on everything from certification and construction of aircraft, to insurance, equipment and service. After the election, basically the same cast of characters is in Washington. As would be expected, GA advocates commented on the election with sweetness and light because they must work with those in power to protect general aviation. Craig Fuller, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, said that group congratulated the winning candidates and looked forward to working with them. He added to those who will serve in public office: “We want you to know that our deep commitment in protecting our freedom to fly has never been stronger. We look forward, at the earliest opCharles Spence is GAN’s Washington, D.C., correspondent.

portunity, to work with you to build and strengthen the general aviation community at the state and federal levels. Your

constituents and our members should expect nothing less.” The National Business Aviation Association also made friendly overtures to the winners, with an equal determination to strive for the climate in which business aviation can continue to serve communities, the economy, and its members. Ed Bolen, NBAA president, noted: “Business aviation is an essential American industry that generates jobs, fosters economic development, contributes to our balance of trade, helps companies be productive and

efficient, and assists our nation’s humanitarian efforts.” Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Control Association, said the next four years will present some challenges, but added, “I have never been so hopeful about our future.” He noted the recent collaborations between the FAA and NATCA has been the result of the president restoring collective bargaining rights for controllers and strong leadership to restore and expand labor-management partnerships in the federal government.



Deeply Engaged With every group of pilots I meet, I talk about the importance of getting engaged—with advocacy, with politics, and with general aviation. At AOPA’s recent Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, I had a chance to see thousands of pilots who were deeply engaged. They came to learn more about the issues affecting our future. They came to explore the newest aviation products. They came to learn from experts during more than 100 hours of educational programming. And they discovered something unexpected—each other. When you get thousands of pilots together in one place, the energy is powerful. But when you add in opportunities to network and interact, so that individuals with shared interests can get connected, the result is truly potent. During Aviation Summit, I saw pilot communities growing before my eyes. Roundtables gave pilots a chance to learn from the experts and from each other in a discussion-group format. Some pilots were so engaged they continued their conversations long after the formal discussions had ended. They exchanged contact information and ideas. They launched friendships and professional relationships. This kind of interaction, built around shared interests and goals, gives pilots a support network of peers—a community. But we need to build our aviation communities every day, not only at big annual events like Summit. If you are lucky enough to have that sense of belonging that comes from being part of a community, look for ways to broaden and deepen those connections by hosting get togethers, planning Åy-outs, and seeking new learning experiences to share. If you don’t feel like part of a community, why not be the catalyst that starts one. Hold an event at your airport. Introduce yourself to pilots at yourÄLSK Create an opportunity for pilots to meet. At AOPA, we believe in the importance of community. So why not work together to build communities large and small. It’s one more way we can help keep GA strong.

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The other side of Summit Meg Godlewski Touch & Go

Picture this: 80 airplanes, more than 400 booths, and hours of seminars in beautiful Palm Springs, Calif. That pretty much sums up this year’s Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Aviation Summit. In the more than 10 years I have been working at General Aviation News, I have been to the annual event many times as a reporter. This was the first time I attended as a presenter, as I volunteered wearing my flight instructor cap. Seminars ran the gamut from protecting your airport from redevelopment, expediting flight training, fun places to fly, using social media to recruit more aviators, to managing the cost of aircraft ownership. By far the most popular seminars dealt with the use of portable cockpit technology, such as iPads, tablets and smartphones. These sessions were packed, and the hallways of the convention center looked like a scene out of a Star Trek movie as people walked around with their faces buried in their data screens. In a sense it was the new technology that brought me to this year’s Summit. I spent the bulk of my time in a RedBird Meg Godlewski is staff reporter and a Master CFI. She can be reached at Meg@

intentional spin and was gun-shy. This is where the RedBird shines. It does not have dual controls. The instructor talks the client through recovery. In my opinion this does wonders for the client’s confidence. She finished off her session in the RedBird by landing on the aircraft carrier. When I wasn’t getting tossed around in the RedBird — my apologies to the people who were pocket dialed because I full motion flight simulator as an instrucleft my cellphone in the side pocket of my tor pilot for the Pilot Proficiency Project. cargo pants — I was representing Women The project, launched by the Society of in Aviation at the Ask the CFI seminar. Aviation and Flight Educators at AirVenThe seminar was set up like speed datture, gives pilots a chance to polish their ing. There were tables with a CFI and an flight planning, stick and rudder and deciassigned topic, such as Picking a CFI and sion making skills in a controlled environHow to Pass a Check Ride. There were ment. Each client gets one hour of instrucfour 15-minute sessions offered during tion consisting of a 15-minute brief, 30 the one-hour seminar. One of the people minutes in the RedBird, and a 15-minute who sat down at my debrief. The RedBird table was a newlywas configured as a minted CFI who was G1000-equipped Cess“Stories like this looking for tips on na 172. make me both sad getting over those first Scenarios run the gamut from VFR into and angry. You want to few hour butterflies. person was IFR conditions, inbeg people like that Another stuck on the dreaded strument approaches, not to reproduce.” run-out-of-money-mycrosswind landings, CFI-leaves-for-anothmountain flying, and, er-job-I-run-out-offor fun, a chance to money-again treadmill and was looking “land” on an aircraft carrier. for information on streamlining her trainOne man, prior to his RedBird session, ing time. was skeptical of the value of the training, The most poignant encounter was with since it “wasn’t real.” I pointed out that a woman who had the misfortune of getairlines make extensive use of simulators ting an intro flight from a CFI who, from prior to allowing their pilots to fly actual her description, sounds like the poster boy aircraft. His attitude changed after his sesfor hazardous attitudes. She stated that the sion. flight was done in a Light-Sport Aircraft Another client asked for spins, since and the young man performed aerobatics. she’d had a bad experience with an un-

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The airplane is not designed for aerobatics. She had been in a small airplane before, and during the stunt flight she could hear the airplane oil-canning and knew that this was not good. Stories like this make me both sad and angry. You want to beg people like that not to reproduce. I assured her that most CFIs are not prone to such behavior, and offered to check with my contacts in her part of the world to see if there was someone she could work with. One of the best parts of events like Summit is the chance to catch up with other aviators you haven’t seen in months. There was a new twist this year as people commented on various Facebook posts that have been shared over the months. People retire, launch new projects, get married, change jobs, and acquire new airplanes. Although we may be at different places in our lives, aviation is the glue that binds us. Some of the conversations were bittersweet. There were condolences on the loss of former senior news editor Tom Norton, who died in December, Dean Boyd, my aviation mentor, who passed away in March, and my father, who went West in August. All of them lived long, full lives, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss them, and I thought about them as I looked at the airplanes and products on display. Dad, in particular, would have been impressed by the Waco. And I think he would have enjoyed seeing his “His Adventurous One” teaching in the RedBird. Next year’s Summit is slated for Oct. 10-12 in Fort Worth, Texas.


I just finished reading Deb McFarland’s “The other husband” (Short Final, Oct. 19 issue). That is about the best, most moving, best written enjoyable short story I have read in my life. You have a new fan. Thank you! DAVID MARSAUDON Friday Harbor, Wash. I just wanted to let you know that I look forward to Deb McFarland’s articles in General Aviation News, especially the one on Boonie (The other husband). Keep up the good work. HOWARD SQUIRES via email


We are seeing more press on flying clubs that may increase the pilot population, but I think the key to increasing the number of pilots is to create LSA clubs using older, inexpensive aircraft. The FAA would have to increase the number of LSA-eligible aircraft and a marketing effort established to bring people into aviation. I envision LSA clubs flying Cubs, Ercoupes and 120s, 140s and 150s, where flying is fun and low cost. To be success-

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Re: Dennis Parks, Flight & Flyers, Aviation spreads its wings, Oct. 19 issue: My first flight was only 30 years after the Wrights’ first hop. I was born only 28 years after that first hop and only 10 years after World War I. The Alcock and Brown transAtlantic flight in the Vimy, eight years before Lindbergh, doesn’t get much press over here. Alcock was the pilot and he sat slightly ahead of Brown, the navigator, so before they left Newfoundland, Alcock shouted

to the reporters: “Don’t forget lads, it’s Alcock in front and Brown behind!” A guy after my own heart. ERIC CLUTTON via email I recently read the Flight & Flyers about the flight across the Atlantic by Alcock and Brown. You also mentioned an-

other famous Vickers Vimy flight, which was performed by Ross and Keith Smith in the 1919 England to Australia air race. I thought that I would share with you a photo of their Vimy (above), which is on display at the Adelaide International Airport in South Australia. LETTERS | See Page 11

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In times of crisis, GA is vital Jamie Beckett Politics for Pilots

Hurricane Sandy made a mess of the northeast. More than 20 states were lambasted by wind and rain, while snow piled up in West Virginia. From Georgia to Maine, weather that nobody was happy to see came their way anyhow. There will be more to come, too. There always is. It comes year after year. Somebody finds themselves in the crosshairs. It’s just a matter of time before some meteorological mayhem finds you. Rest assured, your turn will come. In the aftermath of these storms, floods, mudslides, wildfires, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that might befall some corner of the world, my television screen becomes rich with aerial photography showing us just how bad the damage really is. Seeing it from the ground is bad enough, but seeing it from the air — well, now we have scope and context. The emotional argument is much more powerful given aerial photography. So naturally, photographers from all sorts of media outlets launch to the skies Jamie 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 maintains multiple blogs and interacts via the Internet at He can be reached at

LETTERS | From Page 10 Since you were talking about ocean flights, I thought I would also attach a photo of the Fokker F-V11b/3m “Southern Cross,” which is on display at the Brisbane International Airport in Queensland, Australia. This was the first aircraft

as soon as possible after a natural disaster occurs. It’s news, after all. What few who view those shots ever think of is, “How did they get that video from above the rim of the volcano?” As we watched images of the Jersey shore in disarray, how many people stopped to think, “Thank goodness general aviation is healthy enough to give us the opportunity to get up in the air quickly and see the damage from a better vantage point?” Cynical as it may seem, I’m guessing there weren’t many. And that’s disappointing because there are people who are aware of the value of general aviation, yet remain quiet about it. Certainly the television news stations who keep a helicopter on standby just in case a big story breaks know the value of general aviation. I can’t recall ever seeing them report on its value, however. Not even when general aviation has been attacked as being not much more than a playground of the very rich. If I’m not mistaken, those images beam out to anyone with a television set, regardless of their income. The truth is general aviation is a vital part of our country’s infrastructure. And not just because general aviation can get the picture we all want to see after the bad thing happens, or even in real time as the bad thing happens. No, general aviation offers more than that. When it’s in the best interest of the public for the governor to get up high and see

to be flown across the Pacific Ocean in 1928, by Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm. Each of these aeroplanes are enclosed in a glass area, so I apologize for the reflection of the Vimy. KEITH MYERS via email

the situation for himself, it’s general aviation that allows that opportunity. When emergency crews are needed, it’s general aviation that can get them in and put them right on the spot, quickly. When your Uncle Phil’s car is thrown off the highway by a boat washed onto the road by the storm surge, it’s general aviation that will put an emergency medical team right on the centerline of the road, extricate him from the car, and get him to a hospital in time to save his life. General aviation does so much, for so many of us, yet we seldom hear its praises being sung by anyone outside our own community.


of us the best seat in the house.” Or when that video plays of the shoreline after a disaster, you might point out, “Thank goodness general aviation is there to get the information the governor needs to quickly handle this situation, with real insight.” Maybe you could consider putting a photo of a general aviation airplane on your office wall, with a beaming individual standing next to it. When people ask why you have that photo you can proudly exclaim, “That’s my son/daughter/niece/ nephew/neighbor/friend on the day they passed their private pilot check ride. I’m so proud of them.”

“As we watched images of the Jersey shore in disarray, how many people stopped to think, ‘Thank goodness general aviation is healthy enough to give us the opportunity to get up in the air quickly and see the damage from a better vantage point?’” What to do, what to do? What to do is obvious — talk about the value of GA. Maybe the more important question is, who can do something about this? Well, you can. If you, a general aviation authority in your community, were to speak up from time to time and point out the benefit of general aviation, the non-flying public might start to get the message over time. General aviation matters, to all of us. You know it, I know it, so let’s tell someone besides each other about it. So the next time you’re sitting around with friends from work, watching the big game, and a shot of the stadium from directly overhead comes on the screen, you might want to shout out, “Those are my people! General aviation gives every one

It won’t happen overnight. But given time, and sufficient participation (and yes, that means you) there could be millions of non-fliers who start to think differently. Perhaps they’ll get the message in a meaningful way. Who knows? The day might come when they’re sitting around with friends or family watching a movie, when a spectacular shot races in across the water, lifts up over the tree line, climbs a mountain, then drops down into a valley on the other side with all the drama the audience can stand. Right then your friend just might pipe up and say, “You know, a general aviation aircraft got that shot. My buddy at work is a pilot, and he told me all about it. Yep, this general aviation thing, it’s awesome.”


direction on that airport and not hit anything— you can’t even rent an airplane there today. Today if someone wants to learn to fly, they are faced with two choices: One is the large formal schools around the country, which all fail to give a good stick and rudder experience but, more importantly, the candidates to revive GA are not going to spend the time and money to go to one of these schools. The other choice is to learn on a local basis. Unless the candidate lives in a large metropolitan area, this is almost impossible. Within a 50-mile radius of where I live, one airport has a full time flight training program; one has a part-time program 8-5 Monday through Friday; one has a flying club for private pilots or better; two have university programs not open to the general public; and the remaining 14 have nothing but selfhelp fuel pumps. If you simply want to learn to fly it is almost impossible in today’s environment. Therein is the problem we have in GA today, therein is the reason pilot numbers are declining, therein is the reason that I think we have reached that point that GA cannot be saved. JOHN WESLEY via email

Just read your Touch & Go column “By the numbers” in the Oct. 19 issue and you are as far off as everyone else in aviation The big problem is that nobody is addressing the real problem, they keep coming up with solutions, some totally off the wall, that do not address nor will they come close to solving the problem. We have been our own worst enemies in GA. For years the industry has failed to recognize what is needed to keep the lifeblood flowing and now it is too late. Let’s talk about why, as well as address the large elephant in the room that nobody can see, or they just don’t want to talk about. Years ago, I worked for a very successful FBO on a local airport. The owner was a go-getter, totally dedicated to GA, and he was the first I heard raise the specter of what is going on in GA today. He said that flight training is the lifeblood of an airport. Without it, an airport will die and, with it, aviation in general. The airport that he was on was a growing hotbed of activity. When he sold his business and retired, the new owner in a few years deemed flight training to be non-profitable. Today, on any day, you can fire a shotgun in any


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North Dakota eyed for UAS ‘mall’ In a visit to Grand Forks, N.D, just ahead of election day, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) got a good look at a spot for a mall — an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) mall. A key spot on the tour was the University of North Dakota’s UAS facilities. UND would be a key tenant of the mall. McCain was brought to the area by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) to ponder the outlook for a UAS business park based in the region, which also is home to the Grand Forks Air Force Base and, just across the river in Minnesota, the Northland Community and Technical College, home to UAS technician, sensor operator, and image analysis programs. The focus of McCain’s visit was UND’s extensive UAS program, including a Center of Excellence for UAS training and research, a training facility — including UAS simulators — run by UND at the air base, and the school’s flight and maintenance operations center. “The mall concept referred to during Sen. McCain’s visit is really easy to understand,� said Eric Icard, a senior business development specialist at the Grand Forks Economic Development Corp. who focuses on attracting UAS-related businesses to the region. “What we see is a UAS business park, including the major facets of training: Pi-

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A Global Hawk arrives at Grand Forks Air Force Base. lot, maintenance, sensor operators, and image analysis,� he continued. “That last one is as important as the others — that’s where all the work is on the back end. In fact, I’ve heard it said that for every UAS pilot, there are eight or nine support people, or mission support.� Icard sees the mall concept as apt because it encompasses the concept of one or more anchor tenants. “In the context of a UAS mall, we’d be looking at an anchor tenant or tenants such as Northrup Grumman, General Atomics, and Boeing, to name just a handful of possibilities,� Icard said. “And we’re not just talking about military applications. There also are many civilian applications, such

as crop analysis, forestry surveys, and the oil and gas industry.� Icard also noted that with a major anchor tenant such as Northrup Grumman, related companies would likely follow. For example, in the case of Northrup Grumman’s RQ4 Global Hawk, you have multiple manufacturers involved: The airframe is built by Aurora Flight Sciences; the ground control station is built by Raytheon; the communications are from L3; and the engine is from Rolls Royce. “So though we’re actually talking a business park, we simplify it by using the mall concept,� Icard said. The mall concept would revolve around a focal point: North Dakota’s relatively uncrowded airspace. UND, the air force base, and North Dakota’s congressional team hope to make the Grand Forks region — with that uncrowded airspace — a test site for a federal pilot program that aims to integrate UAS safely into the National Airspace (NAS). The idea for new pilot sites followed the passage of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The FAA has achieved the first UAS milestone included in the 2012 FAA reauthorization bill — streamlining the process for public agencies to safely fly UAS in the nation’s airspace. According to Hoeven, the amendment directs the FAA to work with the military to integrate UAS into the NAS. It also

directs the FAA administrator to develop the six pilot test sites — dozens of locations are competing to participate in this program — as part of a program for safely flying manned and unmanned aircraft concurrently in the NAS. Further, the legislation requires the FAA to consider geographical and climatic diversity, as well as the location of ground infrastructure, in naming the test sites. “We brought Senator McCain (to Grand Forks) to show him the tremendous talent and technical capabilities at the school’s UAS program,� said Hoeven who hosted McCain’s visit with former Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D. “In partnership with Grand Forks Air Force Base, UND and UAS-related businesses, Grand Forks has created the region’s premier hub for UAS training, testing and associated businesses and is a perfect location for one of the sites.� McCain also weighed in on the mall idea. “UAS have been a force multiplier for the armed services abroad and for border enforcement here at home,� he said. “The University of North Dakota facility has the potential to fulfill a critical role in the training and educating of future UAS operators. The need for trained operators is a key component for increasing our UAS presence on the southern border and hopefully, in the near future, with the help of this facility, we’ll fulfill this need for our border patrol and armed services.�


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15 (more) tips on breaking in your engine Ben Visser Visser’s Voice

In the past few months, my friend Paul McBride has written several very interesting and informative articles on “breaking in” an aircraft engine, including one in the Sept. 7 issue. I recommend you read them when you have a new or rebuilt engine to install. There is a lot of excellent information in these articles and I would like to just add a few points to them. At this year’s Oshkosh, I was thrilled to find some old friends who actually knew what they were talking about. One of them was Jim Tubbs of ECi. He showed me a set of pistons that were completely “coked up” due to overheating. I asked how many hours, and he said less than 100. What happened was that the engine had been rebuilt, and then ground run for Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. He has been a private pilot since 1985. You can contact him at

“Extra care now will definitely have a payout over the life of your aircraft engine.” about an hour as the mechanic did all of the adjustments and run it in. The first point is never run an aircraft engine on the ground for more than three minutes. If you need more time, shut the engine off and let it cool down until you can rest your hand on the cylinder, then you can run it for another three minutes. The problem here is twofold. A fresh engine runs much hotter before it is broken in due to poor ring to cylinder contact. Also, an engine without the cowl will not force air to all of the areas that need air cooling. And, even with the cowl on, the prop moves a lot of air, but not near the hub. Aircraft depend on the ram effect of air being forced into the cowl by forward movement. This ram air builds up

pressure above the engine, which forces air down around all of the engine parts to cool them. No forward movement means inadequate cooling. The second point is what oil to use. As Paul points out, always follow the rebuilder’s recommendations. If they do not specify an oil, I recommend you break in using a straight mineral oil meeting the SAE 1966 and Mil L 6082 specification. The third point is oil change interval during the break-in process. If you have a factory reman engine or one done by a shop that does a dyno run, the first oil change has been done. If your engine has not been run in, I suggest you do your ground checks and then do a couple of short flights. I usually like to do them around the airport so that I can be sure that everything is right before doing any long flights. After a few hours, if everything seems to be working well with no leaks, change the oil. Again fill with mineral oil, or the oil recommended

by the builder, and change the filter. You can now can start using your aircraft as you normally would, and I agree with Paul that you should not baby it. I recommend that you fly about 20 hours or so on this oil change. Refill with the same spec oil and change the filter. Now fly about 25 or so hours on this oil. When you change the oil, cut the oil filter apart. If you do not find metal particles of any significant amount or size, say larger than a pencil lead, your oil consumption is down to normal levels, and your oil and engine temperatures are normal, you can consider your engine broken in. You can then put in your normal oil, but I recommend that you continue to monitor your engine performance and cut the oil filters apart at each oil change. I know this sounds like a lot of extra work, especially compared to what is required for a new car, but extra care and work now will definitely have a payout over the life of your aircraft engine.

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More regulations equal higher repair bills The FAA has once again introduced its new rating system for repair stations, which was dropped in 2001. A major part that will affect general aviation is the potential that the rewrite will require certification of the repair station to be model specific. An example would be the Cessna or Piper product line, i.e, 170, 172, 150, 152, 210, PA140, PA46, PA31, and J-3, to name a very small fraction of the specific models. A repair station would need to acquire a rating based on each model. A small repair station, which has been a Piper or Cessna Service Center, would need to acquire more than 300 of these new certifications. Who is going to handle all of this work Dale Forton is president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). Find out more about PAMA at

at the FAA of researching the capabilities lists submitted by the repair stations for each model? Then approving them? Who is going to pay for this work at the repair station end? That is an easy answer: The owner operator will in higher labor rates. Or here is another possibility: A&Ps can still work on your aircraft. To make it easier, repair stations may just dissolve and leave the individual A&Ps to sign off their own work. That’s fine, you say, as that’s what my guy does now. Well many of us like the security of liability insurance when working on aircraft. So maybe we then leave this career to work on roller coasters, wind turbines, or many of the other industries scooping up A&Ps. Either way the same thing happens: The price to the owner operator goes up and general aviation takes another economic hit. If the individual has to get their own

liability insurance, it will cost more than $75,000 per year at a minimum based on how many aircraft they work on. Throw in a shortage of A&Ps coming in 10 to 15 years and salaries can go up as well, which means the shop rate goes up. As an advocate for the aviation maintenance professional, you may ask why I am against higher wages for the individuals I represent. I am not, nor is the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). We just realize that this rewrite is bad for general aviation and will reduce the number of aircraft owners, which will reduce the number of A&Ps and increase the number of the unemployed. The relationship A&Ps have with aircraft owners is a trust that is based on your life. We want more of both pilots and maintenance professionals, not unneeded regulations that hurt aviation’s growth potential.

COPAMA Holiday Dinner

PAMA’s Columbus, Ohio, Chapter is holding its 2012 Holiday Dinner Dec. 11

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at the Villa Milano Restaurant in Columbus. This is always a terrific annual event. The meeting agenda will include the election of officers that were selected at the October meeting for the 2012-2013 COPAMA Board. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with supper at 6 p.m. This event allows all to enjoy good food, a light non-technical aviation presentation, and a night of fun and prizes. Regardless of where you’re from or what your beliefs, we share the bonds of peace and joy the holidays bring.

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We are proud to announce that PAMA is maintaining a 90% renewal rate over the last year. We are pushing to keep our numbers up and growing. By joining or renewing today you can help us reach our growth rate of 50% for this year. The $49 dues are just a small token in giving towards your profession of maintaining aircraft.

GA pitches in after Superstorm Sandy More than two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, there were people still without shelter, electricity and other basic needs. But even before the storm was over,

general aviation was offering help, so much so that FAA officials were asking pilots to avoid New York’s Class B airspace because of the number of disaster

relief, search and rescue, and reconnaissance missions in the area. Some of those aircraft were from the Civil Air Patrol, which was busy flying missions from New Hampshire to West Virginia, with the first aerial missions taking place as soon as the storm’s winds subsided sufficiently to allow aircrews to photograph damage to the coastal areas of Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, along with Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island and Rhode Island’s Block Island. “We expect to do hundreds of sorties and obtain thousands of images for FEMA,” said Lt. Col. Paul Ghiron of the Northeast Region. Aircrews from all nine CAP wings in the Northeast Region were called on for the effort, with hundreds of members involved in the air and on the ground, including officers and cadets providing assistance to Red Cross shelters in New

York and New Jersey, CAP officials said. Meanwhile, the general aviation community sprang into action to help those in need. “We have between 25-30 aircraft, ranging from PC-12s to the Global Express, ready to assist with the relief effort in New Jersey and New York,” said Douglas Schultz, board member of AERObridge and a founding member of Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies (CARE), a group of volunteers from the business aviation community who coordinate donated aircraft for transport during and after disasters. In the week after the storm, AERObridge coordinated 32 flights, and was involved in at least 18 additional flights to five collection sites. Schultz estimated the organization assisted in the delivery of 94,000 pounds of relief supplies in that short time. A call was put out to all pilots planning to fly near the area, with requests to fill empty seats with food, water, and other necessary items. Many general aviation businesses started their own grassroots efforts to help, including a group in Orlando, who donated water left over from the National Business Aviation Association convention. Another group in Phoenix collected supplies and flew them to areas affected by Sandy. For information on how you can help in the efforts, go to,, or

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The origin of ‘White Lightning’ By MEG GODLEWSKI One of the best parts about interviewing someone about their airplane is that after the story is published, someone who has additional information about the airframe will often send a note. After his black Ercoupe “White Lightning” was featured in the Oct. 5 issue, Kevin Gassert of Cincinnati, Ohio, heard from Mark Hardin, an Ercoupe aficionado from Texas who shed some light on the name of Gassert’s plane. According to Hardin, Gassert is in possession of Ercoupe serial number 38, add-

ing that in post-World War II, “everyone called the Ercoupe a poor man’s P-38.” “Now let’s go to the 1960s, when the Confederate Air Force (now Commemorative Air Force) was formed,” Hardin continued. “Lefty Gardner was a founding member of the CAF. He flew a P-38 that he named ‘White Lightning.’ It was white and raced at Reno and performed at CAF shows for many years. It was the most well known P-38. Your ‘coupe was painted black and named ‘White Lighting’ as an ironic funny tribute to the poor man’s P-38, and the original ‘White Lightning,’ Lefty’s P-38.”

By MEG GODLEWSKI It’s not unusual to see a leather A2 flight jacket at AirVenture, but when it comes to a unique A2, Tom Schad of Gainesville, Texas, may have the granddaddy of them all. Schad is the proud owner of a customized A2 that bears the signatures of some of the most famous names in aviation. According to Schad, the A2 was just a plain A2 when he acquired it. He had aviation artist RT Foster adorn the back with a painting of a Mark 1 Challenger biplane that Schad built.

“Then one year I’m up here at Oshkosh and it’s cold and I’m wearing the jacket and I see Tex Hill doing Warbirds in review,” he said. Hill was a fighter pilot and flying ace in World War II and Korea. During World War II he flew with the Flying Tigers and shot down 18 enemy aircraft. Hill is always a great draw at Oshkosh. That particular year he was selling books from a tent, Schad recalled. “I already had the book, so I decided that I would have Tex sign the inside of the jacket,” he said. “Tex was the first signature, and from there it kind of grew.”

Today the jacket has more than 50 signatures, among them some 30 Medal of Honor winners, including six of the Doolittle Raiders. “Some of the pilots whose names you’d recognize include Gayle Halvorsen, who was known as the Candy Bomber for throwing chocolate bars out of airplanes during the Berlin Airlift, Guenther Rall, who was a German ace with 275 kills, Bob Martin, a Tuskegee Airmen, Bud Anderson, the pilot of the P-51 ‘Old Crow,’ triple-ace Robin Olds, and designer Dick Rutan, to name a few.”

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Tom Schad’s signature look


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Plane shipments up 4.2% so far this year Numbers compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association ( Manufacturer Air Tractor AT-401B AT-402A AT-402B AT-502A AT-502B AT-504 AT-602 AT-802 AT-802A Total Units Total Billings American Champion Aircraft 7EC Champ 7ECA Aurora 7GCAA Adventurer 7GCBC Citabria Explorer 8GCBC Scout 8GCBC 8KCAB Super Decathalon Total Units Total Billings Cessna Aircraft Company 162 Skycatcher 172R Skyhawk 172S Skyhawk SP 182T Skylane T182T Turbo Skylane 206H Stationair T206H Turbo Stationair 350 Corvalis 400 Corvalis TT 208 Caravan 675 208B Grand Caravan 510 Citation Mustang 525A Citation CJ2+ 525B Citation CJ3 525C Citation CJ4 560 Citation XLS+ 680 Citation Sovereign 750 Citation X Total Units Total Billings Cirrus Aircraft Cirrus SR20 Cirrus SR22 Cirrus SR22T Total Units Total Billings Diamond Aircraft HK-36 DV20 DA20-C1 DA40 (All) DA42 (All) Total Units Total Billings GippsAero Pty Ltd. GA8 Airvan Total Units Total Billings Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Beechcraft Bonanza G36 Beechcraft Baron G58 Beechcraft King Air C90GTx Beechcraft King Air 250 Beechcraft King Air 350i Beechcraft Premier IA Hawker 900XP Hawker 4000 Total Units Total Billings





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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently released the results of the first nine months of general aviation industry shipments and billings for 2012, which shows that airplane shipments increased 4.2% compared to 2011, while the accompanying value of the deliveries rose 1.4%. “What we heard from our customers recently at AOPA’s Aviation Summit and NBAA’s convention indicate that purchase decisions continue to be delayed due to fiscal uncertainty in our North American and European markets,” said

Manufacturer Liberty Aerospace XL2 Total Units Total Billings Maule Air, Inc. MXT-7-180 M-7-235C M-7-260C Total Units Total Billings Mooney Aircraft M20R Ovation M20TN Acclaim Total Units Total Billings Pacific Aerospace Ltd PAC 750XL Total Units Total Billings Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II Total Units Total Billings Pilatus PC-6 PC-12 Total Units Total Billings Piper Aircraft, Inc PA-28-161 Warrior III PA-28-181 Archer III PA-28R-201 Arrow PA-34-220T Seneca V PA-44-180 Seminole PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage PA-46R-350T Matrix PA-46-500TP Meridian Total Units Total Billings Quest Aircraft Company Kodiak 100 Total Units Total Billings SOCATA TBM 850 Total Units Total Billings Thrush Aircraft, Inc. S2R-T34 S2RHG-T65 S2R-T660 S2R-G10 S2R-H80 Total Units Total Billings Grand Total Civil Shipments Grand Total Airplane Billings

GAMA’s President and CEO Pete Bunce. “Now that the U.S. election is behind us, we hope that legislators quickly act on the nation’s budget crisis so that individuals and businesses can begin to chart their own long range fiscal paths.” Piston airplane shipments grew 3.5% to 597 for the first nine months compared to last year. Turboprop airplanes saw the strongest growth, with 368 compared to 333 in 2011, which is a 10.5% increase. There was one more business jet delivered so far in 2012 compared to 2011.





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26 0 0 3 0 29 $23,633,797 1,410 $12,251,971,365

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Frank Swinehart was part of the Piper migration to this year’s Oshkosh. His Piper Cub has been in his family since 1963 — before he was born

By MEG GODLEWSKI “They look like a field of buttercups,” is how one visitor to AirVenture 2012 described the sea of J-3 Cubs parked in the vintage area of Oshkosh. This year is the 75th anniversary of the popular Piper airplane and, as part of the celebration, Cubs arrived in droves at the big show, one after another like a disciplined line of butterflies. One of those belonged to Frank Swinehart, from Lock Haven, Pa., the very home of Piper Aircraft back in the day. “This airplane is a 1946 J-3,” said Swinehart, gesturing to the airplane like he was introducing a family member. “It has been in the family since 1963. My Dad bought it. The paint scheme is very similar to the way my Dad bought the airplane. Even when we removed the skin to recover it, we put it back the way it was. It has been rebuilt and recovered three times. I’m the caretaker of the airplane now and proud to be it!” Swinehart was part of a three-ship convoy that made the trip to Oshkosh from Lock Haven. “We split the trip up in two days,” he said. “We gathered with the Cubs in Hartford, Wis., for the Cub Club celebration and came up here as part of the mass arrival.”

“It was quite unique and interesting,” he continued. “I was proud, but a little nervous. We had so many Cubs and no one really knew the other pilots. I’ve been to Oshkosh before, but this is the first time I had ever flown in. I was glad I arrived early in the morning before it got too busy.” Swinehart made the trip to Oshkosh in part to pay homage to his parents, both of whom have gone west. “You’ll find the name ‘MaryAnn’ painted on the side of the airplane,” he said. “MaryAnn is my mother. She passed away in 1996 and my father and I decided it was right to put her name on the side of the airplane.” “My father passed away a year and a half ago. I felt like I had to make this flight to honor both my parents. My Dad would have been so proud of the airplane — it made that long trip from Lock Haven without a single cough or wheeze.” Even if Swinehart hadn’t been standing next to his yellow and red airplane, you would have known he is a Cub man based on his attire. He sported a bright yellow Piper Cub T-shirt, a watch with the Cub logo on the face, and a cap with the Piper logo. “There is a lot of Cub pride,” the 32year-old explained. “My father spent 17 FAMILY CUB | See Page 19

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The family Cub

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A sentimental journey


Drew Steketee Drew’s Views

It was a sentimental journey Nov. 10 to Vero Beach, Florida, for Piper Aircraft’s Factory Fly-In, the final event of the Cub’s 75th anniversary year. Scattered among the approximately 40 Cubs that attended the invitational fly-in were the all-metal Pipers of my youth. I could only reminisce. I recalled times in Vero Beach as a young staffer for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). It’s painful now to see what’s not there. Missing are Drew Steketee was president of BE A PILOT, senior vp-communications for AOPA and executive director of the Partnership for Improved Air Travel. He also headed PR and media relations for Beech, GAMA and the Airport Operators Council International.

acres of new planes ready for flight test, sure, but even some newer buildings are gone — victims of a 2004 hurricane. Flyin guests saw today’s production snaking through buildings dating from Piper’s expansion to Florida in 1957. While tempted to see Piper as “halfempty,” I was happy the company is still building our kind of airplane. My mood improved on finding a row of newly assembled Pipers still in unpainted aluminum and temporary N-numbers, just as I remember them. And Piper’s GAMA shipment numbers are looking up these days. I hope this proves that the company, properly scaled, can do sustainable business, even if half of it is overseas. You’ve got to follow demand where it takes you, across the country or around the world. That’s why president Simon Caldecott

told guests that Piper is again called to the flight training market — its focus many times even since an aggressive, ever-expanding Cessna “taught the world to fly” in the 1960s. Now, Piper boasts it’s the only manufacturer that offers single- and twin-engine trainers cut from the same cloth. That’s valuable commonality for both student training and fleet support. To illustrate, Piper will offer G-1000equipped Archers and Seminoles in 2013, beginning with eight Archer TXs for near-

Swinehart’s mother’s name is on the cowl. The panel is basic. Navigation is done by looking out the window, and attitude flying consists of needle, ball, airspeed. FAMILY CUB | From Page 18 years working at Piper, most of that time as a welder, and some of it as a methods analyst. You could say that I grew up at the airport in Lock Haven with the airplanes. My first airplane ride was in a Piper Cub. I don’t remember it, but I was told that my mother held me in the backseat.” While he was growing up, Swinehart would join his father for flights to

scout for deer during hunting season. “My Dad would take me flying without my Mom. He’d put me in the front seat and within a few minutes I’d fall asleep! He had to reach around and pull me off the stick.” Swinehart soloed the Cub on his 16th birthday. His flying experience includes Cessna 150 and 172 trainers, a few Piper trainers, and a few hours in a flight school twin flying deadhead legs from the right

seat. He’s logged about 900 hours, with the majority — 700 — in his Cub. Swinehart makes his living as a mechanic and IA, so he does his own work on the J-3. “The last restoration the airplane just needed recovering,” he said. “It still had the cotton on the frame. The wings are still covered with cotton and they are the next thing to be redone. The rest of the airplane is done in Seconite.”

by Florida Institute of Technology (plus options for 16 more singles and twins later.) Piper has also established an Aviation Career Alliance with FIT encompassing “Piper internships, scholarships, career interviews and mentoring.” Piper can do some good again in flight training. In fact, the following week’s Wall Street Journal series was quite convincing about a fast-approaching pilot supply SENTIMENAL | See Page 25 Over the years, Swinehart has added a few upgrades to the J-3 in the name of safety. “We added an electrical system with a wind-driven generator so we could have a decent radio without having wires hanging all over the place,” he said. “We also added the nav lights so we can come back from a night flight at dusk and not be illegal, but I hope I never get caught out after dark!” Swinehart notes it’s not a challenge to find parts for the Cub. “It has some of the best support for a vintage airplane out there,” he said. “You can practically build a Cub out of a catalog.” What sets Swinehart’s airplane apart from so many other 1940-era Cubs is the detailing. Rather than black accents, the Swinehart Cub has red trim and a large Germanic S on the tail. “The colors are Lock Haven Yellow and Tennessee Red,” said Swinehart. “The S is for Swinehart. When Dad bought it, it had dual Piper slashes on the tail. He had a little bit of an incident shortly after he bought the airplane. He put it into a tree. Of course the tail had to be recovered. A friend of Dad’s in the paint shop came up with the family German S and said ‘let’s put this on the tail!’ and we did.” Today Swinehart takes the Cub for breakfast runs to grass strips near his home. “I fly low and slow with the doors off. Sometimes I carry an air horn when I fly low over people to get their attention,” he said. He certainly didn’t need the horn at AirVenture to attract attention to his family Cub. “I get more comments about it,” he beamed. “It stands out in a crowd. People are so happy to see the old airplane.”

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Snakes on a (vintage) plane There are certain traditions at airshows. For example, AirVenture is not complete for me until I see Ron Johnson’s 1941 PT-22. Although it’s technically a warbird, Johnson, who hails from Rockford, Ill., parks in the Vintage Area — and places toy rubber snakes on the wings of his airplane. According to Johnson, the snakes are an international way of saying DON’T TREAD ON ME. That’s important when you have a low-wing open cockpit airplane, he says, noting that some people aren’t respectful of the “Please don’t touch” placards issued by the Experimental Aircraft Association at the Oshkosh show. Most people are accustomed to seeing fake snakes used to keep birds from roosting on aircraft, but they also work for humans, Johnson notes. He has been coming to AirVenture since the event was held in Rockford, Illinois. He became interested in the PT-22 in 1976 when one of the World War II-era trainers taxied past him. “I wanted to know what kind of

airplane it was, and I knew I wanted one,” Johnson says. He bought his plane in Kenosha. “It was tired, but a good airplane,” he says, noting it needed fabric and an engine overhaul and paint. It took two years to restore. The PT-22 — PT stands for “Primary Trainer” — was built by the Ryan Aircraft Co. in the late 1930s. According to Johnson, it is a militarization of the Ryan STA aircraft. “The PT-16 and PT-20 were similar, but with the narrow landing gear and the lighter weight they didn’t challenge the students enough, so Ryan added about 280 pounds and added this big wide landing gear and shock struts,” he explains. “They also swept the wings back and put a big five-cylinder Kinner engine on it. Some people say, ‘You killed this beautiful Ryan STA! But what they actually did was make a military trainer out of it.” Johnson’s airplane is done up in military colors, but he’s not sure if the paint scheme is authentic. “I knew I didn’t want to

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polish it, so I shot it with dark blue and put the US Army insignia under the wings and threw the checkerboard on the tail because I thought it made it look fast,” he says. Johnson also added the number 367 on the tail. “I truly don’t know what the number was for this airplane,” Johnson says with a shake of his head, adding, “because I had no panels that came off with numbers on them. I was told that the military would use the last three digits of the military assigned numbers as the field numbers, and this one is 41-15367 so I used 367.” The engine is an R-55 Kinner. “It is 540 cubic inches that makes 160-hp on a good day,” says Johnson. “It’s kind of a boat anchor and downright bullet-proof compared to the Monasco engines that were used in the early Ryan trainers.” Johnson notes that the Kinner engines are not without their quirks. “The Kinner has a

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master rod-related issue,” he says. “It would crack at 500 hours, so at 500 hours there is a mandatory overhaul. This is not an airplane that you want to lose an engine in because it drops like a stone. It you try to stretch the glide, it will likely end up on its back.” Johnson, who estimates he has 1,170 hours in the PT-22, notes with pride that he hasn’t missed AirVenture in 34 years. At the big show, Johnson’s airplane is a people magnet, especially attracting men of a certain age who began their flying careers in the PT during World War II. “According to the guys who flew them, they were superb military trainers

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which I earned in 1963 in an Aeronca Champ. Getting into the PT-22 was certainly a challenge,” he recalls. “It’s not a forgiving airplane, but after 10 hours I was signed off in the summer of 1979.” Look for Johnson, his airplane, and the faux snakes in Vintage parking at next year’s AirVenture.

Ron Johnson spends a lot of time at AirVenture cleaning his prized possession, polishing it from top to bottom.

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because they have a high stall speed and nasty stall characteristics,” he says. “You get this thing under 65 mph and aggravate it and you’ll be on your back. This characteristic made some people ask, ‘why would you make a trainer that way?’ and the guys who flew them said it gave them an edge when they got to the BT-13, also known as the Vultee Vibrator, because they were used to an airplane that didn’t have a lot of power and nasty stall characteristics. There’s not a lot of envelope between cruise and stall speed, so it made an excellent military trainer.” But not such a great machine for civilian pilots in the 1970s, he adds. “When I bought the airplane all I had was a private pilot license,


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To keep people from climbing on the wings Johnson deploys a pair of toy rubber snakes, the international symbol for DON’T TREAD ON ME.


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1 million airshow fans can’t be wrong San Francisco Fleet Week Story and Photos By HAYMAN TAM Over 1 million spectators flocked to San Francisco in October to enjoy the Fleet Week festivities and watch the airshow that is the highlight of the event (although the America’s Cup attendees may have a different opinion). Anyone along San Francisco’s waterfront had a ringside seat for two jet teams and the many other performers flying over show center, marked by ships and buoys in the bay. Some folks chose to watch the show from Alcatraz Island, site of the infamous prison. The weather was wonderfully cooperative with clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures. Unlike a traditional land-based airshow, there were no static displays and the performers staged out of nearby airports. The Blue Angels flew out of San Francisco International Airport, still executing their precision ground drills, but with very few spectators to observe. The pilots flying in the airshow used

the terrain and the historic sites to their advantage, like high-speed passes over the iconic bridges or Alcatraz. Fleet Week shows the American taxpayer the strong and capable Navy that they pay for and gives them a chance to observe U.S. naval capabilities first hand. Since 1981, this has been an annual opportunity to honor the men and women of the armed forces, with a focus on the United States Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Besides the airshow acts, many naval ships were open to the public during the week for tours. This tradition started over a hundred years ago in May 1908, when 16 Navy battleships, their escort ships and 14,000 sailors entered San Francisco Bay. This fleet remained in San Francisco for two months before departing for the remainder of its 14-month cruise around the world. Next year’s Fleet Week is slated for Oct. 11-14.

The Blue Angels solo goes transonic at mast height.

The Blue Angels roar over one of their biggest crowds of the year.

The Blue Angels fly the oldest F/A-18s in the fleet.

A United Airlines 777 makes a low pass over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sean Tucker goes inverted in his Oracle Challenger III.

Greg Colyer flies his beautiful T-33 Shooting Star over Alcatraz Island.

The Coast Guard recovers a rescue swimmer during a demonstration.

A F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and P-51 Mustang made up the airshow’s Air Force Heritage Flight.

Mike Wiskus mingles with the boaters during his performance.



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Remembering Pete

November 23, 2012

It was late one night at our home in Copperas Cove, Texas, while still serving with the 1st Cavalry Division at nearby Fort Hood around 1986, when I received a phone call that started with a very brief preamble that I will never forget: “Dan, this is Pete.” At that moment, I knew that I had arrived as an aero historian — at least that was how I felt about it at a very personal level at the time. It was one of those Golden Moments. My childhood hero, “I-wannabe-like-Pete-when-I-grow-up” had called me and addressed me by my first name. It seldom gets much better than that. I’ve tried to locate the very first thing that I ever read by the late Peter M. Bowers. It must have been when I was 10 or 12 years old, and I think it was in the now defunct Air Progress magazine, but I’ve been unable to zero in on it. To put it mildly, I read — devoured, really — everything from that time I could that had his name on it, and I confess unashamedly that he had a profound influence on my determination to become a practicing aero historian. Many readers will know that Pete was the patriarch of the aero historical community in the Puget Sound area; that he was a photographer of considerable talents in his own right, obviously a published author, an amateur aviation enthusiast and aircraft designer with seemingly innate talent, a founding member and trustee of the Museum of Flight and a generally allaround swell guy. I did a quick survey of the journal and periodical articles that he penned between 1983 and his passing in 2003 and was astonished to find not less than 84 titles, not to mention at least 26 books, and this was by no means a comprehensive bibliographic assessment. What you may not know is that he was “hooked” on aviation from the time that Lindbergh flew the Atlantic in 1927, and started — like so many of us — by collecting clippings from magazines and sending off to the aircraft manufacturers for photos, and buying Army Signal Corps prints for 15 cents each in his hometown of Los Angeles. As a student, he reportedly had a gift for writing, and before he was out of high school, had sold articles to model airplane magazines — complete with plans that he first drew up in his mechanical drawings classes as part of homework assignments! In 1940, while living in San Francisco (where he was born in 1918), he enrolled at the Boeing School of Aeronautics, an intensive aeronautical engineering course that compressed a four-year collegiate program into two, the start of what turned out to be a very lengthy association with the company. He also learned about photography on his own, and started taking good quality

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Dan Hagedorn, Chief Curator for The Museum of Flight in Seattle, pays tribute to General Aviation News columnist and renowned aviation historian Peter M. Bowers in this piece reprinted with permission from the museum’s magazine “Aloft.”

Peter M. Bowers in 1940 with the original “Fly Baby” model, and (below) as 1st Lt. Peter M. Bowers. black-and-white photos of aircraft at the busy Oakland, Calif. airport. There, he met William T. “Bill” Larkins — another of my personal heroes — who taught him darkroom techniques. Soon, he began trading some of his negatives with a nationwide, tightly knit fraternity that, to put it mildly, had a huge part in helping document the first 100 years of aviation in this country. Not long after he graduated from high school, he had some of his photos published in “LOOK” magazine as well as the prestigious “Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Annual,” a relationship that persisted for 51 years. Although he was unable to pass a flight physical, because of his aviation schooling and background, he joined the Engineering Cadet Program of the USAAF and was given a commission in the Army Air Forces in 1943, and served a full five years during World War II and afterward as an engineering and technical intelligence officer. His service included a tour in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater where he took the opportunity to shoot some truly memorable — and very rare — aircraft photos. Unable to obtain standard film for his personal camera, he found that local photo-reconnaissance aircraft usually didn’t shoot all of the film in their film magazines on every mission and, since these did not include light shielding to aid the transfer, he “liberated” some of the left-over film for his own use by feel, in total darkness! By the end of the war, his recognition skills had been recognized service-wide, and he was appointed to become the chief of the U.S. Army Aircraft Recognition Program. Discharged in 1947, he joined Boeing as an engineer in December and retired from the company in 1983. He also

learned to fly and eventually gained commercial, instructor, multi-engine and instrument ratings, as well as seaplane and glider qualification. In 1948, Pete purchased his first aircraft, a Luscombe 8E Silvaire, which he promptly fitted with floats, flying it virtually around the border of the U.S. the following year. This led him to the restoration and operation of truly antique aircraft, one of which, a replica 1912 Curtiss Pusher, figured prominently at numerous airshows. He became so popular that the USAF actually “borrowed” Pete from Boeing and transported him — in Air Force aircraft — all over the country. In 1962, he designed the single-seat Fly Baby, which the Museum of Flight now has, and which won the coveted Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) design contest. To date, more than 500 are known to have been built. Perhaps to exhibit his trust in his own design, he made a concerted effort to fly as many of the kits as he could, and is known to have flown at least 65 of them. In fact, many of his client-builders asked him to make the first flight in their creation, and he never shied away from the duty. After more than 7,000 hours of flight in more than 45 standard production aircraft as Pilot-in-Command, and a 20-year stint as the FAA Designated Glider Flight Examiner for the Seattle area, Pete’s piloting days ended after a 1985 stroke. He was also very proud of the fact that he had some exceptional dual time, in everything from a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny to a Lockheed F-104B — plus time in not fewer than 24 different glider types and 25 homebuilt designs. Pete always referred to himself as an “Amateur Professional” when asked about his contributions to aviation his-

tory. He never handed out business cards with “Aviation Historian” — or anything else — embossed on them. In 1983, Pete came very close to achieving the Lindbergh Chair of Aeronautical History at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and, but for some timing complications on his end, would have held that coveted chair for at least a year — certainly an international recognition of his stature in the aviation history community that was, by this point in his career, richly deserved. In November 2002, while still on staff with the Smithsonian, I made a special trip to Seattle to do research on a book, and made arrangements beforehand to get together with Pete for lunch. Even though we had corresponded many, many times, and, since being on a “first-name” basis since 1986, I had never actually met my childhood hero. He was tall and distinguished, soft-spoken and articulate, a handsome gentleman for his years. I communicated to him that the NASM would BOWERS | See Page 25

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SENTIMENTAL | From Page 19 crisis (thanks to the upcoming 1,500hour Total Time requirement.) Flight academies and academic institutions are likely fleet buyers if professional training booms anew. Piper claims it taught 28% of the pilot population to fly. I hope it gets another chance with this wave. Back outside with the Cubs and Spam Cans, I recalled riding my bike to the little old Morrisville, Pennsylvania, airport in 1961 to look into flying lessons. One gander at their Colts and Tri-Pacers had me riding home pronto. But four years later, I was prime meat for the “big airport” Cessna Pilot Center and its sleek new C-150s and 172s. Then as a young commercial-rated pilot in my 20s, it was those low-wing Pipers that were the real, grown-up airplanes I was proud to fly, sitting atop the wing with an unobstructed view of everything at my altitude. I finally felt like an adult, not a trainee. Among the draws at Piper’s 75th was a just-restored sky blue-and-white 1957 Apache from Naples, Florida. (I got my multi in an Apache. Didn’t you?) It was on the line with a Comanche, a Cherokee BOWERS | From Page 24 be delighted if he would consider placing his lifetime collection with us, as we regarded it as being of national — indeed, international — importance. His simple answer was “Well Dan, I’m not finished with it yet.” He made his last flight a scant four months later, in February 2003, but not before he made it clear in his will that his collection was to come to The Museum of Flight, which he had helped create. To put it as gently as possible, Pete was not quite ready to leave this mortal plane when he was called. When a museum team and some of his friends went to his home to retrieve his collection, some of which was lost in a disastrous fire in a self-storage unit, they found the more than 300 cubic feet of material in virtually every room of the house in considerable disarray — and if there was an order to it all, it was known only to Pete. No one can say exactly how many negatives, prints, albums, documents and associated aeronautical treasures there are in the collection. A conservative estimate, based on known negatives and prints that were in files, puts the number somewhere north of 1 million individual items. It could be much larger, but certainly not smaller. But the numbers are not really important. It is the content that is, in many instances, —

and a PA-32 or two. It reminded me that I liked these planes from way back as a kid after first discovering the purposeful Piper Comanche as a plastic model. I was privileged to fly many hours in the Saratoga, Seminole and Seneca for work. A typical mission would depart Washington National in a PA-32 at 1800 Friday night to arrive in Vero Beach in four hours non-stop. Next morning, I’d switch to a factory twin for that trip’s VIP jaunt out to the Islands. Tough duty for me, good exposure for Piper. VIP trips and meetings in Vero Beach were my first exposure to an aircraft factory. On one occasion, I got into hot water for being at the wrong place (outside the Piper flight test center) at the wrong time (when someone left the hangar door open.) In an instant, chief engineer Jim Griswold was poking me in the ribs fuming, “What you just saw, you didn’t see!” Of course, it was the rumored but still-secret Piper Malibu. Face it: the company is a treasure trove of GA heritage. (Go to Lock Haven and it will break your heart.) But ours is not to wallow in history, if we are to survive. This new Piper management is out to make history again. simply stunning. Pete had many, many interests, but chief among these were aircraft of the Central Powers during World War I — Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was also interested in sailplane and glider history, Stearman and Travel Air aircraft, and many other subjects that seemingly gripped him far beyond mere curiosity. They are all represented about as well as anywhere on Earth, if not better, but the breadth of the collection is, in the favorite term of my 13-year-old granddaughter, just awesome. Our wonderful archival staff, led by Photo Archivist Amy Heidrick — who in fact made the Peter M. Bowers Collection the subject of her Master’s Degree dissertation — is pressing ahead with putting his treasures in order, so that students and researchers down the line can continue to learn from this amazing man. Indeed, our local, Puget Sound-based 4Culture has awarded the museum a generous grant to help facilitate access and utilization of this regional, national and international treasure, as part of its 2012 Heritage Collections Care Awards series. Pete would be so pleased. Reprinted with permission from the Museum of Flight

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ASRS Reports These are excerpts from reports to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS. The narratives are written by pilots, rather than FAA or NTSB officials. To maintain anonymity, many of the details, such as aircraft model or airport, often are scrubbed from the reports. Aircraft: Bonanza 36 Primary Problem: Human Factors As I landed on Runway 14 at SLC International Airport I was instructed to taxi to the end of the runway and hold short of Runway 17. I acknowledged the clearance and continued to roll out to the end of the runway. As I hit the numbers for Runway 32 and

saw the boundary line I commented to my passenger (another pilot) that we needed to hold short of 17 and I was looking for the hold short line. He commented that he believed we had just passed it. I stopped immediately and looked behind my aircraft and could see the hold short line. As I had been cleared to taxi to the end of the runway, I was looking for a hold short line past the end of the runway and had not seen the actual hold short line, which is located on the runway near the runway numbers short of the end of the runway. Prior to the flight I had reviewed the “Hot Spots” at SLC, and had also discussed them with my passenger, and was aware that Hot Spot #1 is the Hold Short Line for Runway 17/35 at the end of Run-

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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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General Aviation News —  Classified Pages — 800.426.8538 Florida - 9650 ORLANDO AREA Aviation-properties, hangars, hangarrentals, Some priced like bank-owned. Chandelle Properties. Call Ron Henderson 407-712-4071 Keller Williams/Advantage II Realty

Arizona - 9650 MOHAVE VALLEY, AZ. 60’ monolithic dome home, 7800sqft/3 level elevator. 42X48’ hangar w/1/2bath, deeded 5acre 2585X100’ asphalt chip runway. No "Eagles Roost" crowd here, but tri-cities Laughlin, NV, Bullhead City, AZ, Needles, CA 20min close, Colorado River Marina membership included. FSBO-$254,000. Dr Steelman 928-273-3895. 2BED, 2BA, TV RM, 1300sqfthome, 50x50 hangar w 1/2 bath, DEN AND LOFT RM, IG POOL, AUTO IRR SYS, 3500’ PAVED R.W. AND C.W.R.W. $196,000. 928-2745001, 928-859-3796. WINLOCK WA-5 ACRE-LOT on private-airstrip, half-way between Portland/Seattle, near small-towns, beautiful green trees/view, close access to I-5 freeway. $125,000. 623-693-1320. Arkansas - 9650 ARKANSAS BULL Shoals Lake acreages w/airpark, 3+ acres, $25,000-$80,000, Village Land Office, 870-4042059, 870-453-2966 eves, ARKANSAS VALLEY Cotter Airport, Final Sale. One runway lot $30,000. Seller pays all closing costs. 3% financing avail, 870-430-5545, California - 9650 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 BUY 3 (1acres)$20,000 each, along Taxiway. Keep the grandkids in mind. Adelanto Airpark, So.Calif, near Victorville, BrokerBill 760-792-8072, 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. Colorado - 9650 AVIATORS DREAM! 35acre home sites only $12,000per acre! W/access to your 4,000’private runway!! (Only 225) left. Mark Bulla 720-495-7607 Prudential Rocky Mountain/Realtors. Details at MAGNIFICENT SOUTHERN Colorado Ranch. 960Acres w/5000ft. FAA Airstrip. Modern Cabin/Barn with/Corals. Close to I-25 and Colorado City. $995,000. POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING with 10% DOWN. See pictures on Call Mike-772-971-5157 or Melinda 772-559-2673. PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colorado Executive home with business center and lodge designed like an Old West Town on 124-acres bordering National Forest, no restrictions. 29,000+sqft under roof. $5,000,000. Visit Lee Riley at Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate. 970-946-3856,, see pics: Florida - 9650 DAD’S ESTATE SALE: 2 Airports, 3 Runways. 30 Acres Lake Front with an Airstrip located near Lake Nona::This gorgeous piece of property is on Lake Gentry. It is inclose proximity to The Lake Nona Project as well as being 10minutes from Orlando. This property is loaded with potential and has the added bonus of being green-belted with low taxes. It has 700ft of lake-frontage. It also has additional room for expansion. This is a must see for any investor or developer as well as private individuals. 100 acres on Lake Gentry. This a one of a kind piece of property with an income producing citrus grove. It has paved road-frontage on Lake Gentry and is located in Osccola County. Additional Option to Purchase Properties Including 5-6 Houses as well as 17 Separate Parcels of Land. Please Contact Christy @ 386-466-4838 for more info.

DIRECT OCEANFRONT GATED PRIVATE ESTATE 5BR, 5BA. Just South of Vero Beach Estate Section. Includes Executive II Hangar at KVRB. $1,795,000.00 See virtual tour on Call Mike772-971-5157 or Melinda-772-559-2673. 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.


Real Estate/Airport Property - 9650 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 CUSTOM BUILT energy efficent Home, single level, 1780sqft, 3Bedrooms/2Bath w/1600sqfthangar on 3/4acre. $279K. 575-536-3176, C-575-574-2656. See more details/picture at New York - 9650 NEW YORK, Private airport by owner. 2300ft. grass strip, two 60x80 metal hangars, one 100x80 metal hangar with heated-office and shop. 70mi. north of NYC and easy access to interstates. NK79. Asking $1,400,000. Price and payment method negotiable. Call 845-355-8531 North Carolina - 9650 AVIATION, INVESTMENT & residential properties. Licensed in both Carolina’s. Sell airpark & airstrip property That’s what we 877-279-9623

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America’s Premier Fly-In & Country Club Community,

Daytona Beach, (East Coast of Florida). Taxiway homes from $450,000, non-taxiway homes from $200,000, condo’s from $139,000. Lots-available. Long and short term rentals available. SPRUCE CREEK FLY-IN REALTY, Pat & Lenny Ohlsson, 800-932-4437. SARASOTA FLORIDA Hidden River Airpark, 2640’ paved+ lighted runway, lots w/homes 5-20acres. Katty Caron, Realty Executives 941-928-3009 Idaho - 9650 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. Custom built home on 1.3acre lot in an Airpark Subdivision. Agate Creek Real Estate 208-880-7430. See more details/pictures at Kansas - 9650

6bd/5ba, 9car garage w/RV parking inside. 1acre land. Very quiet neighborhood. Fully landscaped with timed watering, large decorative pond. Home gas heated with AC and the latest energy efficient systems. One minute drive to Aurora Airport and Langdon Farms Golf Course. Two minutes to I-5. Fairly priced in the current market at $695,000. Call Don at 503-260-4949 Pennsylvania - 9650

SUGAR SPRINGS Airpark (5M6) properties available. Build your dream hangar/home on well-maintained 3500’ grass airstrip at ground level prices. Ownership gives access to beautiful recreational community w/fitness center, pool 18-hole GC, 2 all sports lakes, beaches, restaurant, more. Alice 989-430-0966 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. Montana - 9650

TAILWIND AIRPARK A quiet country airpark 50 min east of Dallas near Canton, TX. Lots for Custom Homes and Hangar/Homes 903-896-4647

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

Washington - 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 CHEHALIS: 2.96 acres w/shared 2150x84’ grass runway. 748sqft 1bdrm home w/attached 1892sqft hangar, heated 10'x18'shop. No flooding. $169,000. 206-7834556, 253-906-7799. KAPOWSIN AIRPARK (86WA) custom-rambler 4-bedrooms, 2.5-bath, 3317sqft. Gazebo off 5-pc. Master-bath, huge hangar w/shop. 5-acres. $459,950. 425-270-3210. pictures at

discovery trail farm airpark 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 NORTH of Hurricanes, SOUTH of snow 3300turf. 10mi to Myrtle Beach. 1, 5,10,acre lots Low taxes/insurance, “free DVD”. 843-602-8220.

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.

A MUST SEE IN CLARENDON COUNTY SC “WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL” Gated airpark with underground utilities in place. Palmetto-POBox 777-Manning-SC 29102-803-473-2199 Tennessee - 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.

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WA-FRONTIER AIRPARK(WN53) A premier Seattle Airpark Gorgeous-custom built home & hangar on private/gated 5-acres w/pond. $637,000. 903-283-8881. View pix:

“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, Michigan - 9650 MI-TORCHPORT (59M) For Sale 200+ acres. Call for price. Venture North Inc. 231-632-2412. For more info see:

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DISTRESS SALE!! Pilot’s Dream. Only home on 3500’paved-runway in Tennessee-mountains. 6.18acres. 4800sqft 5br/4ba, lodge. Price reduced/$275K. W/trade for late model Piper-6X. 904-669-9661. Texas - 9650 RWJ AIRPARK in Beach City, TX. 1.65acres w/3330 sqft 3bd/3ba, lighted 5,100x40paved, 3300-turf runway. More info or 281-573-2968. NICE AIRCRAFT hangar 50x60 on four acres in Silver Wings Fly-in Ranch (TS36).Central Texas. 3800’x60’ lighted/paved runway. All utilities. $279,000. Barry McCollom Realtor 830-896-2587, Call/email for addl info/pics.

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New beginnings Deb McFarland

he helped me get current in his 8A, and we made several flights following our favorite hiking trails. We didn’t get to go Thomasville, but we did make our annual corn maze tour on one of the most beautiful fall days. There were no local fly-ins either, but my Old Man took me on an aerial tour of the Rich Mountain Wilderness dressed in all God’s glory that can only be truly ap-

Today, my sister-in-law is getting married. There is a smile on my face and joy in my heart as I write this. While my readers may think, “Gee that’s nice, Mrs. McFarland, but what does this have to do with flying?” It has everything to do with my flying of late because it gives me perspective. Toni, my sister-in-law, became a single woman again several years ago. As is often the case, at that time, she didn’t expect such a change in her life, but she moved forward and enjoyed the possibilities that were presented to her, a new home, a new town and a new job. Then one day — and this is aviation related — out of the blue, she was hit smack-dab in the middle of the forehead with Cupid’s arrow. It happened, in all places, at the local funeral home. The Front Porch Gang was there for our airport friend Helen’s passing, which I wrote about several months ago. Toni knows almost all of the airport gang from our gatherings over the years and from her own flying experience. She soloed years ago, and while she enjoys being a passenger, she realized she was not as passionate about the actual flying part. It was only natural that she be there. This is small-town, small-world, sixdegrees-of-separation kind of stuff. Russ and Helen knew Bradley because of Russ’ epic attraction for the local Waffle House. That old pilot loves late night conversations over multiple cups of coffee. Bradley is a local funeral director and the county’s deputy coroner. His business often found him grabbing a late bite to eat at the only eatery open at that time of night. It was inevitable that Russ, Helen and Bradley would establish a wonderfully quirky friendship, and it was natural that when Russ and Helen realized Helen’s Alzheimer’s was progressing rapidly that the couple turn to their friend to help settle her affairs. The rest is history. Family and friends gathered together thankful to have known such a wonderful human being. Toni and Bradley met officially, traded email addresses and a charming romance that was a delight to observe flourished. Russ is ecstatic that something so positive came from that service, and he insists that Helen, who was such a romantic, would have loved that those two “youngins” started their courtship there. I am not even surprised that after Bradley got Deb McFarland is the proud owner of Lester, a 1948 Luscombe 8E, and part of the “Front Porch Gang” at Pickens County Airport in Georgia. She can be reached at

down on one knee and asked Toni to be his bride and they decided to celebrate with lunch at the Waffle House that Russ (not me) was the first to see the engagement ring. In a few weeks, those “two youngins” will be 60. And it does my heart good to witness such a wonderful new beginning. This past year has been hard on the Front Porch Gang. We’ve had to say goodbye to many close friends. It has also been a hard year in our community, church and family. We’ve been to a lot of funerals this year. In fact, we’ve not attended one flyin this fall because of circumstances such as these. It can make a soul down and out until you get that perspective I mentioned earlier. Yes, we’ve suffered some partings, but we’ve known some good people and interesting characters who share our love of flying. Yes, we’ve been to several funerals, but we’ve been so blessed to have large families, a close community and a myriad of flying friends all over the country. As Henry and I age, it’s only natural (I’ve used that descriptive three times now) that time takes her toil. No, we didn’t get to go to Triple Tree, but with Henry’s back much improved,

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preciated when flying low and slow. This new beginning has made me realize that as life ebbs and flows, there will be endings and there will be beginnings. There will be sorrows and there will be joys. There will be times we can visit our aviation friends at fly-ins and there will be times that we’ll just have to make that local morning flight alone and watch the mist rise with the new day.

Some of the most beautiful sites can only be seen flying low and slow.

One of the corn mazes seen during a recent flight.

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