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NBAA’s Regional Forums Showcase Business Aviation’s Value A strong crowd of 1,236 Attendees at the Business Aviation Regional Forum on February 17 in Boca Raton, FL, proved the continuing value of the Association’s Regional Forums to the business aviation community, and highlighted for local media outlets and elected officials the industry’s important role in Florida’s economy. The Regional Forum, held at Boca Raton Airport (BCT), featured 70 Exhibitors on a sold-out Exhibit floor and 19 aircraft on static display. The event also featured education sessions on the industry’s safety record, the latest on a proposed European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and a discussion presented by the National Transportation Safety Board. Additionally, the Forum played an advocacy role in helping those in business aviation communicate about the value of a flight operation not just to their own company leaders, but also to local elected officials and even news organizations. An update on the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, was included in each of the education session schedules. NBAA’s Florida Forum also provided an introduction to local leaders interested in learn-

ing more about the industry. Attendees and Exhibitors said they viewed the Forum as a condensed version of NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention, in that the event provided the elements most valued at the Convention: networking opportunities, education sessions, an exhibit floor and a Static Display of Aircraft. Observing the importance of business aviation in the Sunshine State, the South Florida Business Journal reported on its web site on February 17: “Community airports handle nearly 80 percent of all aircraft operations in the state, and contribute $7.5 billion, or $462 per capita, to Florida’s economy, with a payroll of $680 million, according to NBAA. Nationwide, business aviation contributes $150 billion to U.S. economic output, and employs more than 1.2 million people. Several aviation companies, including Piper, Embraer, Rockwell Collins, Piaggio and Avidyne, have facilities in Florida.” NBAA’s Boca Raton Regional Forum will be followed by similar local events in Dallas, TX, on April 14, White Plains, NY, on June 8 and San Jose, CA, on July 14. For more information on the Forums, please visit We look forward to seeing you there.


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Cessna Aircraft Co. recently made the first international delivery of a Model 162 Skycatcher to a customer in Australia. The aircraft also was on display at the Australian International Airshow — Avalon 2011 — in early March. Cessna’s entry in the Light-Sport Aircraft category, the Skycatcher is priced at $113,500. Skycatchers have already been delivered to several Cessna Pilot Centers around the U.S., while more international deliveries are slated for later this year. Cessna has delivered more than 30 aircraft to date and plans to deliver 150 Skycatchers in 2011. Meanwhile, Cessna officials say they plan to unveil a next-generation Corvalis at Sun ’n Fun. Originally built by Columbia Aircraft as the Columbia 400, the Corvalis is the world’s fastest fixed-gear single-engine piston aircraft, with a top speed of 235 knots, according to Cessna officials.

More than 1,800 errors by air traffic controllers — including 43 most likely to cause a midair collision between planes — were reported to the FAA last year, according to a USA Today story. Air traffic errors that allowed planes to get too close jumped 81% from 2007 to 2010, rising from 1,040 to 1,887. Those most likely to cause a collision or an accident were also up from 34 in 2007 to 43 last year, a 26% increase. The higher number of errors isn’t a breakdown in the system, according to FAA officials, who say they are the result of several years of improved reporting. Florida’s Sebring Regional Airport (SEF) kicked off its monthly pancake breakfast fly-in/drive-in March 12. The gourmet pancake breakfasts will take place the second Saturday of every month. Guests are asked to donate $5, which will benefit the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) Young Eagles program. The breakfast is free to pilots who fly in and

top-off with a minimum of five gallons afterwards. Pilots must show their receipt to receive $5 off their fuel. Two movies about the Flying Tigers are in the works, according to, with John Woo and Terence Chang getting to the box office first with their film. But New Regency, 20th Century Fox, and Tom Cruise are working on a rival project that carries the identical title, the website reports. Both films are based on the story of the volunteer fighter squadron formed by General Claire Chennault to help the Chinese fight against the Empire of Japan before the United States entered World War II. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation CoalitionNew Jersey will host the 2011 New Jersey State Aviation Conference Friday, May 6, at Newark Liberty International Airport. This year’s conference will focus on the business aspects of New Jersey’s

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Quest Aircraft Co., manufacturer of the Kodiak (pictured), recently got a capital infusion from private investors that will allow the company to ramp up production, as well as increase its marketing and sales efforts. Customer deliveries began in late 2007, and the Kodiak has since been deployed in more than 10 countries around the world in service with charter operators, small businesses, personal owners, skydiving operations, U.S. and international governments, and humanitarian organizations. The company is also investing in customer service and continuing the establishment of a network of service partners. Late last year, Wipaire was named the first factory-authorized service center for the Kodiak. Company officials say they expect to appoint several other service centers in the next few months. •

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This year’s National General Aviation Award winners are Joseph Morales of Lakewood, Colo., Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Russell Callender of Houlton, Wis., Avionics Technician of the Year; MCFI-Aerobatic Judy Ann Phelps of Santa Paula, Calif., CFI of the Year; and MCFI Vicki Lynn Sherman of DeLand, Fla., FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt will present the national awards in July at EAA AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh. The research study for the AOPA Flight Training Student Retention Initiative is now available online. AOPA commissioned the study from APCO Insight to gain a more in-depth understanding of the student pilot experience, and to address the “abysmal student dropout rate,” according to AOPA’s Jennifer Storm. AOPA officials plan to hold meetings with flight training providers around the country this year. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple proclaimed March 6-12 “Aviation Week,” highlighting the critical impact that aviation has on the state of North Dakota. General aviation alone drives more than $248 million in economic activity and supports more than 2,500 jobs across the state, according to the proclamation.

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China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA) has entered into an agreement to buy Cirrus Industries, manufacturer of the SR20 and SR22. This is just the latest in a series of announcements by the Chinese company of deals to buy American companies: Last year it successfully bid on the assets of bankrupt Epic Aviation; it also has entered into deals to buy Teledyne Continental Motors and is bidding on the assets of bankrupt Emivest Aerospace, the maker of the SJ30 business jet. Adding Cirrus to its portfolio would bring the Chinese company one of GA’s most popular brands. Over the last decade the Duluth, Minn.-based company has delivered nearly 5,000 piston airplanes. For nine years in a row, the Cirrus SR22 family of aircraft has been the best-selling four-place airplane in the world, according to company officials. The company now has a jet (pictured) under development, which should benefit from a cash infusion from new owners. “This transaction will have a positive

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impact on our business and our customers because we share a common vision with CAIGA to grow our general aviation enterprise worldwide,” said Brent Wouters, Cirrus’ president and CEO. “CAIGA brings new resources that will allow us to expedite our aircraft development programs and accelerate our global expansion.”

To allay fears of lost jobs, Wouters said, “CAIGA understands the strength and the talent of Cirrus’s workforce and the prominence of the Cirrus brand in general aviation,” adding the Chinese company has committed to keeping manufacturing in the U.S. Cirrus currently has manufacturing facilities in Duluth and Grand Forks, N.D.

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“CAIGA is dedicated to being an international leader in the provision of general aviation products and services, and light piston aircraft is one of CAIGA’s business focuses,” added Meng Xiangkai, CAIGA’s president. “We are very optimistic to begin our partnership with Cirrus and add Cirrus’s strong brand as the cornerstone in our aviation product portfolio.” He noted the Chinese officials are “deeply impressed” by Cirrus’s performance in the global GA industry, as well as its “highly skilled employee base and advanced production facilities,” adding the new owners plan to “further expand production volume” as well as “produce greater job opportunities in Duluth and Grand Forks.” The transaction is expected to close around mid-2011. The acquisition must be cleared under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and by the U.S. Government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Avgas transition committee named The FAA recently named the organizations that will have seats on its unleaded avgas transition aviation rulemaking committee (ARC), which is tasked to investigate the issues related to the transition to an unleaded fuel, and recommend the tasks necessary to investigate and resolve these issues. Five members of the General Aviation Avgas Coalition will serve on the ARC, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and the National Air Transportation Association. The Clean 100

Coalition, representing users of aircraft with high compression engines, will have a seat, while Cessna, Cirrus, Teledyne Continental, and Lycoming will represent airframe and engine manufacturers. Shell, ExxonMobil, General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI), and Swift Fuels will represent refiners and alternative fuel developers. The Environmental Protection Agency, the FAA’s Emissions Division of the Office of Environment and Energy, and the Friends of the Earth will represent environmental interests. “The chartering of the rulemaking committee and naming of its members is clear evidence that the FAA is stepping into a

leadership role on the issue — a role that is vital if we’re going to succeed in finding an unleaded alternative,” said Rob Hackman, AOPA’s vice president of regulatory affairs and liaison to the GA Avgas Coalition. “The agency will have to certify current and future aircraft engines to operate on any new fuel and has pulled together a group that can identify the issues that need to be addressed, from production to distribution to operations to environmental impact.” The ARC is expected to issue a report by the end of July that provides recommendations for a collaborative industrygovernment initiative to “facilitate the

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Failure rates jump after FAA changes tests The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has asked the FAA to clarify or rescind recent changes to airman knowledge test-bank questions that the agency made without notification — a shift that has caused unusually high numbers of failures in recent weeks, association officials said. “We learned that the FAA’s Airman Testing Standards Branch recently implemented changes to the banks of questions the agency uses to compile knowledge tests for pilot candidates,� said NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair, noting the changes were “significant revisions.� NAFI and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently submitted a letter to the FAA to request that “the knowledge test banks be reverted back to

the questions in place prior to the recent update [and] that students who failed the exam since the changeover be allowed to retest and have the initial failure expunged from their record.� The associations also asked for a more transparent transition to new test-bank questions, giving them the opportunity to notify their members that changes were being made. That would allow training providers and students to adapt learning processes and avoid surprising applicants with unexpected test material, Blair said. While the actual test questions have not been public for nearly seven years, companies produce study guides with historically accurate representations of test questions that pilots can use to study for the exams, Blair said. A variety of these

test-prep vendors also provide sample exams to help applicants gauge how they will do on a test. However, because of the changes that have apparently been made to the test banks, the rate of failure has increased significantly over the past month, Blair said. For example, some university flight programs have indicated that they’re experiencing diverging results between their own practice tests and results on the actual instrument pilot knowledge tests their students are taking. “We fully support the FAA’s efforts to improve the quality of the knowledge tests,� Blair said. “It’s important that applicants aren’t simply studying ‘sample test’ questions at the rote memorization level to pass a knowledge test, and we

agree that a focus on learning material and skills to the correlative level is the best method to teach applicants to be safe, knowledgeable pilots. However, we’re concerned that the test changes were made without any notification to the industry.� That hasn’t provided the opportunity to promote the testing changes, which eliminates any opportunity for applicants and instructors to adjust their study and teaching strategies to accommodate the new content, Blair said. The result isn’t an improvement in teaching or learning efforts. Instead, it represents a wasted testing experience that results in unrecoverable costs for applicants who had prepared for a test that was not what they expected, he said.

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Jim Hirsch has been named president of Air Tractor, following the death Feb. 20 of Air Tractor founder and president Leland Snow. “This decision is in keeping with comments that Leland Snow made as recently as few days before his passing,� said board member Kristin Edwards. Hirsch has been an engineer at Air Tractor for 19 years and most recently served as vice president, engineering at the company, which manufactures a line of radial engine and turboprop aircraft that are used around the world for agricultural spraying and aerial firefighting. Hirsch will oversee the new product initiatives begun by Snow, direct product engineering and work with the management team on strategic planning efforts. “On a personal level, it’s a deeply sad

“Leland knew that he wouldn’t be around forever, and he wanted to see Air Tractor continue to be the strong and successful company that it has become,� echoes Air Tractor Board Member Nancy Snow, who was Leland’s wife. “So, years ago he began delegating more responsibilities and building a management team, allowing each person’s strengths to help guide the decisions and direction of the

company. He relied on the experience and knowledge of Air Tractor’s Group Leaders to keep things running smoothly in the plant and make sure that we could build more and more airplanes.� In 2010, Air Tractor produced 123 aircraft, with international sales accounting for more than 50% of its business. Hirsch notes the company is returning to business as usual. “Thanks to Leland’s planning, the support of the Snow family, as well as the heart and commitment of all the employees here at Air Tractor, the company today moves forward without skipping a beat. That’s testament to just how much Leland cared about his employees, business associates and customers,� adds Hirsch.

FAA rules for soaring at Hemet Ryan After Riverside County shut down their operations at Hemet Ryan Airport (HMT) in Southern California in October 2009, soaring pilots, with help from the Soaring Society of America, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and California Pilots Association, filed a Part 16 action with the FAA Airports Division asserting that denying their right to access at the publicly owned airport was illegal. In a decision released last month the FAA agreed.

The FAA found many of the county’s arguments “disingenuous� and has ordered it to create a corrective action plan within 30 days or face the suspension of future grants from the FAA. The FAA generally provides 80% of the funding for airport improvements, with the remaining 20% coming from local authorities. The county is ordered to 1) provide glider operators access to the airport, 2) negotiate in good faith, 3) utilize the ex-


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county by the non-profit Orange County Soaring Association (OCSA), Mary Rust, Larry Tuohino, and Chris Mannion. OCSA’s mission is to train new pilots in the art of aviation, according to OCSA officials. After soloing in gliders, many OCSA members have gone on to aviation careers in military and commercial aerospace, association officials add.,

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transportation systems,� he said, citing the Roman Empire in olden days and the development of the Ford assembly line manufacturing system and their effect on advancements. In the 21st century America’s economy and world position will be defined by transportation and the key mode will be aviation, airlines, general aviation, military, and all the sub-segments of each, he said. Bolen named five priorities that all aviation has to work together on. First is completion of FAA reauthorization. “Nothing can be accomplished when there is no consistent financing,� he said. National security is the second and he noted that although aviation has taken security more seriously than any place in the world, aviation can’t do it alone as security is an issue for everyone. Reducing aircraft emissions is a third priority. Aviation takes this very seriously, he said, and has put up a sustained record

By CHARLES SPENCE WASHINGTON D.C. — Transportation drives economies and aviation drives transportation, Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), recently told an audience here, adding that all aviation’s alphabet groups must work together. “No segment of aviation can succeed unless we all succeed,� he told an audience of leaders in the Washington aviation community at a luncheon of the Aero Club of Washington. “We all need each other.� He said aviation groups are working more together and need to keep focused on shared goals. Like any family, aviation groups will have differences, he said, noting it is important to speak as one voice. He added that in recent years groups have been working more closely together and that this must continue. “Through history great economies and great countries have been defined by their

of reducing emissions and “this progress must continue.� A fourth priority is making sure it is recognized that government investments in aviation are not a handout to the industry, as taxes on aviation feed into the aviation trust fund. Finally, Bolen said government-industry collaboration is needed to assure that the movement of our ground-based navigation system to digital is accomplished as soon as possible. In response to a question from General Aviation News, Bolen said one of the challenges is to find ways to advance airport development. China is building 10 major airports a year, he said, and with eight out of the 10 busiest airports in the world in the U.S. — and growth predicted — the U.S. needs to find ways to advance development. He closed by saying: “Two miles of waterway takes you two miles, two miles of road takes you two miles, two miles of rail takes you two miles, but two miles of runway takes you any place in the world.�

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Charles Spence Capital Comments WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aviation is getting a double whammy in the increasing struggles over budgets, with the first being reauthorization of the FAA, followed by the President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Neither seems to be approaching anything near agreement between the House and Senate. The FAA, which has been working with short-term extensions since 2007, needs either passage of a long-term reauthorization or another short-term extension before March 31. As of the second week of March, neither the Senate nor the House had brought up the subject for floor discussion. Both Houses of Congress are more interested in reaching agreement on the bigger issue of the total budget, which means aviation has been sidetracked. Although aviation leaders here have a “stiff upper lip” optimistic appearance that reauthorization will be achieved, there is a concern by some that another extension will be needed. If so, this will run it into consideration of the FY2012 budget squabble. The 2012 budget from the President requests $18.7 billion for the FAA, an increase of $3 billion over FY2010’s enacted level, but $685 million below the revised 2011 level. The latest request is for $9.8 billion for maintenance, communications, and logistical support of the air traffic control and navigation systems, including 106 new safety inspectors and data analysts. In operations, $24 million is for staffing, studies, and analysis of environmental impacts of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, known as NextGen. Operations include taking $485 million less from the general fund and $958 million more from the aviation trust fund. Overall, the President’s budget requests $1.1 billion for NextGen and $50 mil-

“Two miles of waterway takes you two miles, two miles of road takes you two miles, two miles of rail takes you two miles, but two miles of runway takes you any place in the world.” — NBAA’s Ed Bolen

lion for near-term improvements in the air traffic infrastructure. This is an increase of $347 million enacted in 2010. Requests propose: $26 million for area navigation/required navigational performance; $285 million for implementation of satellite-based surveillance capabili-

ties; $150 million for air-to-ground data stay in the final funding is questionable. communications; $109 million for data Both the Senate and the House are digcommunication; $109 million to conduct ging in their heels. With the federal debt system level engineerrunning more than ing reviews of human trillion, one thing “Both the Senate and $14 factors, safety, environis certain — there will ment, wake turbulence, the House are digging be cuts. What they are future ATC communiand how much they in their heels.” cations, and surveilwill be is bringing lance requirements; and speculation and heavy $58 million to develop technologies and lobbying from all sides, including aviadecision support tools to improve operation groups. tions in the terminal environment. In aviation — like everything else in Grants in aid for airports proposes $5.5 the budget — the cry is “reduce spending, billion in FY2012. Of this, $2.4 billion but not in my area.” would be for on-going grants to support Even the politicians know spending smaller commercial and general aviation must be reduced. As one elected official airports. Larger airports would be given said a few years ago, “A billion here and a more flexibility to generate their own revbillion there pretty soon adds up.” enue. Charles Spence is GAN’s How much of these financial requests Washington, D.C., correspondent.

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Over-the-top FAA oversight Dave Sclair Touch & Go I was reading Charlie Spence’s column in General Aviation News recently and I became intrigued by the numbers he was quoting from the FAA’s annual forecast. This annual study, which predicts aviation activities over the next 20 years, is used by the FAA to plan for the effects of expected growth. The study predicted a rate of growth for general aviation over the forecast period of less than 1%, with fixed wing pistons having the smallest growth — barely 2/10ths of 1% a year! According to the information Spence gleaned from the forecast, the GA fleet will increase over the next 20 years to 270,920 aircraft, a gain of nearly 50,000. The hours those planes are flown is also predicted to climb to 37.8 million hours by 2031, an increase of about 13 million. Annually that averages out to about 2,500 more planes a year and 650,000 additional hours flown each year. Meanwhile, the FAA’s budget for Fiscal

Year 2010 is $16 billion, up from $14 billion in FY2008. Its staff is at about 45,000 people in all areas of administration, with the number of controllers expected to climb to 15,596, a hike from 14,879 from 2007 to 2009. That means there are 45,000 FAA employees for the nation’s 613,748 pilots, of which about 222,000 are private pilots … that works out to about six private pilots for every FAA employee or 13 for every pilot out there. That takes into consideration all persons with a certificate, no matter how active or inactive. Which begs the question: Is the cost of the FAA one of the aspects of flying that has made the costs go up? We all know the price of gas has increased dramatically in the last 10 years, with the recent spike driven by turmoil in the Mideast. But everything that goes on an airplane or in one seems to have soared in price as well. Airplane costs, whether the aircraft are jets or Light Sport

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Aircraft, haven’t been immune to higher don’t deny their neighbors the enjoyment ticket prices, even though inflation over of such luxuries. The reason? Virtually the last five years has been stagnant. anyone can visualize himself or herself in Government costs — all governments, a boat of some size (count me out on those including local, county, state and, espebeautiful, but hazardous, sailboats). At the cially, federal — have seen regular insame time they can’t visualize themselves creases. Right now there are battles in flying an airplane of any size or complexseveral states seeking ity, from the simplest to reduce the cost of to the most exotic. “When it requires labor union benefits. Can we do with 13 people to The issues are numerfewer FAA personnel? ous and the arguments I suspect we could. oversee every are many but it seems that reduce individual with a pilot Would to me our costs must the cost? To a degree, certificate, there’s be pared to help the but it will take lots of general aviation compressure to get things something wrong munity grow. turned around. Most with the system.” There’s a continuing countries around the interest in flight, but world are increasing we’ve got to find a way to get more people rules and regulations and it seems to me into the industry. Obviously lowering the we are following that model. That’s the cost of entry is as important as encouragwrong direction. ing those who can afford to fly as a hobby The solution? I don’t have one. But I to get involved in general aviation. know finances make a big difference for a The perception that anything smaller lot of people — not all, but many. Reducthan a Boeing 747 is unsafe also needs to ing the costs will help and one way to do be changed. that is to make flying less complicated for At the same time, we’ve got to find a the new pilot. When it requires 13 people way to encourage people to get into the to oversee every individual with a pilot cockpit. I watched 50 sailboats racing past certificate, there’s something wrong with my home the other day and I am willing the system. to bet many of these boats cost as much to own, house and maintain as many airDave Sclair was publisher planes at any local airport. But, people from 1970-2000.


Re: Visser’s Voice: The fuel of the future: Is it already here at your local gas station? March 4 issue: Well it’s about time more emphasis was placed on mogas or auto gas or whatever you want to call it. People tend to keep older aircraft flyable and many of those need a high octane fuel. But that does not mean new aircraft powerplants should use high octane fuel. The technology is there to upgrade the amount of power produced while lowering the octane requirements. All new aircraft should be built to handle ethanol fuels, including the problems associated with storage of fuels with ethanol. Right now ethanol production is subsidized and has been for some time. That means it may or may not be used in gasoline in the future. But building new aircraft, or even replacement parts for current aircraft, that are not compatible with the possible fuels of the future is just plain foolish. DENNIS REILEY Submitted at Thank you for explaining the different reactions of ethanol with fuel tubing. That is particularly important for aviation. The company that built our ethanol plant also flies aerobatic airplanes fueled with ethanol. What have they done to make this a successful fuel? Nearly all of the problems with etha-

nol production have been addressed. Anti-ethanol efforts generally are using data that is years old. The following are examples: Corn now produces about 2.8 gal/bu rather than the 2.3 of a few years ago; my corn yields are approximately 40 bu/acre more now than just a few years ago; fuel use per acre has been reduced by 50% using new farming methods; and our new irrigation methods use less than half the water of previous years. Using ethanol is one way of putting solar energy to work for us. JOE HULTQUIST Submitted at Here at Barnwell Airport (BNL), we stock 93 octane mogas, ethanol free. The key is ethanol free. Without state level legislation to protect mogas from ethanol, this will also go away. Few aircraft are certified to run on ethanol adulterated fuel and some that were are having that rescinded by the manufacturers. Cal Hoffman Submitted at


Re: Beware the tax another state, Feb. 18 issue: Doesn’t this constitute double jeopardy? J. JOHNSON Submitted at


Re: GA sales down last year, but optimism up, March 4 issue: Canada is having the same problem as the U.S. Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto is closing mainly due to government interference. It has the largest training in Toronto Airways, can handle business jets, and a number of FBOs that will have nowhere to go. Edmonton Alberta is closing the municipal airport, while the international airport is at least 30 miles south of the city. It seems that general aviation is fighting an uphill battle. But where do these smart people expect pilots to come from? It is a little early for robots to fly the passenger plane to and fro! DICK CHAPMAN Submitted at


I was glad to see Meg Godlewski’s article in General Aviation News (Empty Nester LSAs, Feb. 18 issue). I’ve had several people tell me they saw it. I enjoyed it, except for one major error that I feel a need to correct. You mentioned that the J230-SP has a variety of engine choices, including the Rotax. The J230-SP only has one engine option, which is the Jabiru 3300, a 120hp, 6-cylinder, direct drive, air-cooled aircraft engine. The J170, which is the smaller aircraft we offer, features the

four-cylinder Jabiru 2200. Jabiru Aircraft PTY LTD in Australia builds certified aircraft, kits, and their own aircraft engine. Jabiru USA is the chief distributor for Jabiru engines for experimental aircraft builders in the United States, and we build our aircraft from Jabiru airframe kits. All of our aircraft use Jabiru engines exclusively. There is no way we would ever put a Rotax product on any of our aircraft. Rotax is our chief competitor in the engine market. That would be like Ford putting a Chevy Corvette engine into a Mustang — it ain’t gonna happen! In addition, LSA are not horsepowerlimited. I hear this all the time at airshows, where people think there is a 100hp limit. That is not true. LSA are limited to a maximum level cruising speed of 120 KCAS at sea level, at maximum continuous power (referred to in the ASTM standards as Vh). Our aircraft are placarded to have a maximum continuous power setting of 2,850 rpm, which keeps them under the speed limit for LSA, but allows extra horsepower for takeoff and climb. For information about our aircraft or Jabiru engines, you can reference the following websites: or Jabiru. The Aussies even have all the engine manuals on their site available for free download. (Our aircraft manuals differ from theirs significantly, however.) KATIE BOSMAN US Jabiru

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You can’t win if you don’t play Jamie Beckett Politics for Pilots Late last year, after attending a board meeting on transportation (the bus kind, not the aviation kind,) a county commissioner asked me if I thought it might be possible to market aviation county-wide. If a partnership existed between the four large public use airports in the county, he reasoned, wouldn’t we be better positioned to make the most of tourism, business travel, aviation educational programs, and the like? Yes! As a matter of fact we would. And in a county that’s approximately the size of Rhode Island, you’d really have something there, too. I’ve thought about that conversation quite a bit over the past few months. At the local level I have a considerable amount of input into the care and feeding of the airport in my small city. From the selection of a new FBO, to discussions on expanding the boundaries of the airport, beginning the process of bringing in new service providers, and even working to make sure that relations between the airport users and the city remain positive — city commissioners have a fair amount of sway over avia-

tion at a specific field. Not so for county commissioners. They have to take a more broad-based approach if they want to have an effect on aviation. At least that’s the case here, where the county doesn’t own or operate an airport of its own. The fact that a county commissioner was interested in the idea piqued my interest, though. So it was a welcome occurrence when another highly placed county employee asked me over lunch last week: How can we better market aviation in Polk County, Florida? It didn’t escape my notice that the focus had shifted from a question of “can we do it?” to a question of “how can we make this happen?” That sounds to me like a door that was slightly cracked just swung wide open, ladies and gentlemen. Consider me enthusiastic, motivated, and dedicated to being involved in the process of making that happen. Each community has its own personality. The business climate, the manufacturing base, the labor pool, the geography, and

even the weather all play a role in defining who the major and minor players will be in that particular area. I will suggest, however, that aviation, like electricity and potable water, plays a significant role in each and every community today. Some of us may recognize that and some of us may not, but the reality is unchanged. Aviation is a vital part of life in the 21st century. So when two people who work in government suggest that we might be able to promote aviation better, more fully, and to a wider segment of the population, you can bet that I’m right there to help in any way I can. There will be more lunches and there will be more board meetings. I have no doubt that there will be strong feelings that pull in different directions, and there may even be a wrong turn or two in our future. But when the aviation community and the political structure that oversees it can come together with a single, common goal, the sky’s the limit — literally. This summer will mark seven years since the Summer of Hurricanes, when the eye of three storms blew right through my county, devastating the area. Lake Wales Airport lost virtually every structure on the field. The roof of Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base was peeled back and tossed into Lake Jessie as if it came off a giant sardine can. Bartow, Lakeland, and Winter Haven all absorbed substantial damage in the first storm, then took it on the chin with two more nearly direct hits, and more than a handful of powerful thunderstorms that exacerbated


the problem. Aviation was beaten down for a time, there’s no doubt. But it rebounded, and it has grown to the point that aviation in Polk County may be healthier, more vibrant, and more welcoming than it has ever been in the past — and it wasn’t doing a bad job then, let me tell you. The key to all this improvement is personal involvement. To succeed in the fight to save your airport, expand your airport, or contain costs and control the development of your field, you’ll need to find an enthusiastic, outspoken supporter of aviation, and put them in office. It might even be you. So get ready for a bumpy, but worthwhile, ride. Even from the lowest elected position a well-spoken individual with a true grasp of the issues can have a profound effect. You won’t win every fight, and you won’t be able to do all the heavy lifting by yourself. But if you truly want to make general aviation a bigger, more vital part of life in your community, your county, or your state, get involved in a substantive way. As the saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t play. That goes for politics and aviation, too. So play. You’ll be glad you did. 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 is also a partner and regular contributor to You can reach him at jamie@


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Great Bend, Kansas By MEG GODLEWSKI If a coast to coast flight is in your future, chances are good that you’ll make a stop at Great Bend Municipal Airport (GBD) in Great Bend, Kansas. “If you look at a map of the United States you will notice that Great Bend, Kansas, is just about in the dead center of the country. We make a good fuel stop,� said Assistant City Administrator Dawn Jaeger. The airport was built during World War II and saw service as a training base for B-29 crews. Testament to this is a memorial plaza to honor the B-29, as well as the men and women who kept them flying. In 1946 the airport was declared military surplus, and the city acquired it and began the process of turning it into a civilian field. The airport now occupies 1,880 acres and has two runways, 17/35, which measures 7,851 feet, and 11/29, which measures 4,706 feet. GBD has commercial service provided by Great Lakes Airlines and approximately 40 based aircraft, including twins and single-engine aircraft, as well as antiques. Commercial service is co-located with all the GA activity on the main ramp, according to Martin Miller, airport manager. Centerline Aviation is the FBO that

provides fueling, flight training and charter. The airport has a self-fueling service that caters to both the 100LL and Jet-A crowd. While much of GBD’s traffic is made up of transient general aviation aircraft on cross country flights, Jaeger notes the airport is an important piece of the city’s economic infrastructure. “We have the Fuller Brush manufacturing plant here, an air ambulance, a bank check service, and a United Parcel Service contractor. They all utilize the airport,� she said. “We market the airport as both an economic engine for development and as an asset to the community, because a lot of economic development is based on quality of life — and we have that here.� The airport also is a recreational focal point of the community, because after World War II part of the property was turned into an Expo Complex and one of the runways was turned into a car race track. “Both are a pretty big deal,� said Jaeger. “The Great Bend Expo Complex hosts a huge farming implement show each year and the race track is historically significant because The National Hot Rod Association held its first national event in Great Bend.� Races are run on a 8,000-foot runway

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turned into a drag strip. The first drag race was held May 17, 1953, by a local car club called the Gasket Blasters, according to Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association, which organizes the races today. Just two years later, on Sept. 29, 1955, the National Hot Rod Association’s inaugural race was held at Great Bend, attracting 219 cars and 15,000 spectators. Over the next 40 years the Great Bend track had a variety of operators and hosted club-organized racing events of one kind or another. When interest in the races declined, so did the upkeep of the track, and there was talk about shutting it down for safety reasons. A newly reconstituted Sunflower Rod and Custom Association stepped up in the 1990s to improve the track with resurfacing and changes to the timing and lighting systems. “Each year this group of all volunteer people, racers, and a multitude of local



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sponsors make improvements to maintain and preserve its historical presence in drag racing and to promote our fantastic community as a great place to race,� he said, noting that each year the association hosts about 14 events. Denning has been involved in the airport and the races since he was a teen. His mother installed radios in aircraft during the war and his father was a World War II veteran and Prisoner of War. “They would converse about the training and the aircraft that would come in and out of the facility,� he recalled. “I took it for granted that everybody did that. Then as you age you find out that is not the case and we have a special part of the history of our nation sitting in our backyard.� Miller, who has been airport manager for about eight years, notes that efforts are made to celebrate the aviation heritage of the airport. “We host a fly-in or an air festival annually,� he said. “The event includes World War II exhibits and aircraft. These events are designed for the public and, to date, have no admission costs to the local citizens.�,

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The MySky-1 has LSA economy with racing airplane looks.

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both the front and rear cockpits if the customer desires. What do you get when you create an The MS-1 can also be outfitted with a aircraft that is inspired by the Reno Air two-axis autopilot. Races and the P-51 Mustang and wrap The display MS-1 had leather seats and it up in a package that fits neatly in the a rear-attach canopy because it was used Light Sport Aircraft category? You get the for flight testing. The production models MySky-1, a tandem, low-wing built by will have a side flip canopy design, which MySky Aircraft in Spruce Creek, Fla. should make it easier to open and close The MS-1 debuted at the U.S. Sport when you are sitting in the cockpit. Aviation Expo in January. Judging by the The LSA is controlled with a side-stick. reaction from the crowds, the design is the The throttle is also on the side. hit. “You feel like a fighter pilot when you “Is it a kit?” one man asked, tentatively sit in it,” said McCartney. “The combinarunning his hand along the leading edge tion of the side stick and throttle makes it of the wing. just so much fun to fly.” “It’s a ready to fly model,” replied DaWingspan is 30 feet. For comparison, vid McCartney, director of operations for the wingspan of the Cessna 172 is apAeroController, the marketing company proximately 37 feet. representing MySky at the show. The flaps on the MS-1 have extrusions “It looks too sexy to be an LSA,” anknown as gurneys, which give it greater other visitor said. stability at slower airspeeds. McCartney just smiled. On the front of the MS-1 hangs a Sex and the MySky seem to go hand in ground-adjustable Sensenich composite hand. The write-up on the MySky webpropeller. The engine is a 120-hp Jabiru page plays up the sensuous lines of the 3300, which burns an economical 4.5 galairplane: “The nimble MS-1 is responding lons per hour in cruise flight, according to to every nuance of your touch. A warm McCartney, who noted it cruises at 120 smile spreads over your face. Just when knots and can burn either 100LL or moyou thought the thrill of flying a true sport gas. “The hundred dollar hamburger just airplane was out of reach, you discovered got that much cheaper,” he said. the ultimate LSA. The marvelous MS-1. The cost savings extend to maintenance, Welcome to the MySky McCartney said, pointadventure.” “After you’ve landed, ing to the wheel pants. Are we still talking “The wheel pants people will turn about airplanes here? are an open World War Definitely, said McI-inspired design that their heads and Cartney, who noted covers the front and remark ‘that’s a that the MS-1 is one of back of the tire but the few aircraft specifileaves the sides open,” cool airplane’.” cally designed to meet he said. “We knew we — David McCartney could make the airplane the LSA category. The airplane on disless expensive to operplay at Sebring was the flying prototype. ate if we made it easier for the mechanic The production airplane’s design is in the to work on. It can take a mechanic about final stages of design perfection, accordan hour to take off a wheel pant. That can ing to McCartney. be $65 an hour and that gets expensive “It is 99.9% done,” he said. “When we quickly. You’ve already spent over $300 are 100% happy with it, we know other to take off the wheel pants and the mepeople will be happy with it.” chanic hasn’t even touched the tires yet. The prototype airplane is fiberglass With this design you get the same aerodywith carbon fiber spar straps. According namic efficiency as full wheel pants but to the designers, they are experimenting you are able to check your brakes and tire with more carbon parts, and there is a pressure without removing the pants.” good chance that the production aircraft In addition to good looks, the MS-1 has will have carbon control surfaces. the performance that pilots crave. The MS-1 was designed to be easy “It’s a lot fun to fly,” said McCartney. enough to fly for the training market, but “I do competition aerobatics in a Pitts, sporty enough for pilots who have been and this airplane is just as much fun. Piflying for decades who “want something lots with 10,000 hours are going to enjoy akin to a flying Porsche, yet docile enough it, pilots with 10 hours are going to enjoy for the fledgling aviator,” he said. it.” The LSA has a stall speed of 38 knots It is sure to turn heads on the ramp, he with full flaps and an approach speed of added. 65 knots. “You really have to do some “It doesn’t look like a typical LSA,” he serious messing up to lose 30 knots on fisaid. “After you’ve landed, people will nal,” McCartney said. “If you trim it up, turn their heads and remark ‘that’s a cool add full flaps, pull the throttle all the way airplane’. Not every LSA can do that.” back, and point it to the runway, the airThe base price for the MySky is $124,500. Production is slated to begin plane practically lands itself.” next year. The panel is equipped for daytime, VFR flight using the GLX-glass panel in By MEG GODLEWSKI

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Sporty’s celebrates its 50th

March 18, 2011

As Hal Shevers prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sporty’s, he shakes his head in disbelief that so much time has passed. “I can’t believe it’s been 50 years,” he says. “But when you are able to pursue your passion, time goes quickly.” What is also hard to believe is that Shevers, one of the most well-known names in general aviation, almost didn’t become a pilot. Fascinated with flight from a very young age, every aptitude test the New York native ever took showed he should be a pilot. The problem was his lazy right eye. “I was born with it and if it isn’t picked up by age 4, it can’t be cured,” he says, remembering people would say, “it’s a shame that as much as you love flying, with your bad eye, you’ll never be a pilot.” But that all changed during an internship at Sikorsky Aircraft between his junior and senior years as an engineering student at Purdue University. The company had a flying club and when he was invited to join, Shevers told them why he couldn’t. “But there’s a waiver process,” one of the flying club members told him. “Before the summer was over, I had a waiver and by December of that year I was a private pilot.” But while he was flying for fun, his career track was strictly engineering. After graduation, he got a job with Cincinnati

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Hal and Sandy Shevers at Sporty’s headquarters in Batavia, Ohio. According to the Sporty’s founder, his wife “limits” him to 80 hours a week at the airport. Shevers has also developed an airpark, Sandy’s Farm, next to the airport. It boasts one famous GA personality among its residents: Retired AOPA President Phil Boyer. Sporty’s catalogs (below) have evolved over the years. Milling Machine Co. (now Cincinnati Milacron) traveling in several states demonstrating and servicing machines. While his colleagues took the train to their assignments, Shevers flew the Cessna 170 he bought in 1959 with a partner. While it got him to his assignments quicker, the plane also brought him to the attention of his bosses. One day they called him into the office and told him that while he had a future at the company, he wouldn’t be happy there. “You like flying better than you like machine tools,” he recalls his bosses saying as they fired him. So there he was — just 25 years old with a couple bucks in his pocket and nowhere he needed to be. So, of course, he headed to the airport. He remembers getting his instrument rating and instrument instructors rating on the same day — “talk about the blind leading the blind,” he says with a laugh — and settled into instructing full-time in 1961. Instrument students and the Bonanza

Hot dog! Every Saturday, Sporty’s hosts a hot dog barbeque, which attracts pilots from all over. “We have a lot of fun,” Shevers says, adding the gettogethers also allow the company to get “direct feedback about our products from pilots themselves.” On Saturday, May 21, Sporty’s will host a special open house and fly-in to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

ness venture. “He said he was not going were his specialty, he recalls. At nights, he to go two nights a week for a year to get would hang out at the bar at Cincinnati’s through his instrument ground school,” he Lunken Airport, where he began selling says. “He told me he wanted to do it in a a little transistor radio that picked up the weekend.” control tower. His dad, who had been in So Shevers rounded up three more stuthe electronics business, found a source dents, bought a Paul Sanderson course, for the radios and Shevers would sell them and “locked the four of out of the trunk of his car, them in a hotel room and as well as through small “Every day we taught them Friday, Satadvertisements in aviation solo somebody urday and Sunday, then magazines. “I was in the they all took the test on mail order business, I just is a good day.” Monday and passed,” he didn’t know it,” he says. — Hal Shevers recalls. “And that was the But his main focus was beginning of the threeinstructing. “At that time, day ground school.” we had all the World War II guys who had With help from Purdue University’s Joe all bought planes and they knew nothing Vorbeck, the course was reworked, comabout instrument flying, but they wanted plemented with slides in a carousel that to,” he says. were advanced using a garage door openIt was one of his students — an MIT er, making the 1960s classroom wireless. grad — who inspired Shevers’ next busi-

“We put on a good show,” says Shevers, who was inducted into the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame in 2007. For the next seven years, Shevers traveled the country giving the three-day ground schools. His last was a Beech ground school on June 27, 1970. “I remember the day because it was my 35th birthday and I was burned out,” he says, noting that he was traveling three out of every four weeks. “I made a lot of money, but I was burned out from the travel.” After that he devoted full-time to Sporty’s. During the time he had been doing the ground schools, Shevers was also still selling the radios, then started adding other products. His first brochure featured about eight products and was mailed to 1,300 people. Today, the company carries more than 12,000 products and sends out about 7 million catalogs a year, plus sells online. “We don’t just sell these products. We really use them. We throw them on a plane

Telling it like it is Anyone who has had a chance to talk with Shevers knows he is one of those refreshing people who “tell it like it is.” Ask him about the future of aviation and he doesn’t hesitate to state that it’s critically important to “let other people know that private air transportation is available” so they can experience the “freedom that we have to go where we want, when we want.” And ask him what the biggest challenges are to GA today and he replies without hesitation: The TSA and the FAA. “The TSA is a facade looking for a place to govern,” he says. “And the FAA — we’ve got to get them out of the 1940s flight training mentality.” One thing that could help GA is that recreational pilots should have the same drivers license medical requirements as glider pilots and sport pilots, he adds. But the FAA “just won’t move on stuff like this...everybody is scared to make a move.” And don’t get him started on some other facets of the industry. “My biggest gripe is FBOs that do nothing but pump jet fuel,” he says. “They aren’t doing anything for the future of the business. They should support a flight school or give money to a program that teaches people to fly. That is the future of our business.” •


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Part flight school, part legend, flying to visit Sporty’s is a rite of passage for many aviators. Be sure to have your logbook stamped when you go inside the terminal. (Left) Shevers teaching a ground school back in the day. (Below) The radio that started it all, next to the latest in technology, such as apps for the iPad. or use them in our schools,” he says, adding, “we turn down more products than we accept.” Besides the thousands of products it sells, the company, which is now based at Clermont County Airport in Ohio, also boasts Sporty’s Academy, an FAAapproved Part 141 flight school that also manages the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training program; Eastern Cincinnati Aviation, the airport’s sole FBO; and Cincinnati Avionics. Just a few years ago, Shevers launched The Sporty’s Foundation, with the mission to “ensure a healthy general aviation community for the next generation.” The foundation funds aviation education and safety programs with an emphasis on attracting and retaining young people as part of the aviation community. Part of its efforts are the Next Step program through the EAA Young Eagles, which offers Young Eagles free access to Sporty’s Complete Pilot Training Course online. “We’re also adding to that two videos: One for Young Eagles before they take their ride so they know what to expect, and another for the pilot with some suggestions on how to handle the flight,” Shevers said. Also in the works is another video that the Young Eagles will take away with them after the flight that spells out what they can do at age 10, age 12, and onward. The foundation also contributes to a variety of other aviation-oriented groups,

learn to fly with the simplest panel posincluding AOPA’s Air Safety Institute, the sible,” he adds. “We don’t teach people to Aircraft Electronics Association Scholdrive in a Mack truck and the Boy Scouts arship Fund, the Boy Scouts of America don’t start out as Eagle Scouts. We need Aviation Exploring Scholarship Fund, to use a building block approach.” and others. The approach seems to Through all of it, the be working at Sporty’s, basis for Sporty’s re“The day after I which solos between mains instruction and sharing the love of flight retire you will see 80 and 100 people each year. “Every day we with as many people my obituary in the solo somebody is a good as possible. That’s why day,” Shevers says. Sporty’s takes a differnewspapers.” In fact, Shevers adent tack in training than — Hal Shevers mits, every day is a some other providers. pretty good day when Getting a private ticket you get to spend it at the airport. His wife, is not the main goal. Instead Sporty’s stuSandy, “limits” him to 80 hours a week at dents have smaller goals. For instance, the airport. And he flies about 300 hours Sporty’s makes first solo a huge deal and a year in his Citation jet or his favoran end in itself. Students then earn their ite plane, a 1963 Aztec that’s taken him recreational pilot certificate, “so they can on trips ranging from Canada to South start having fun with it!” says Shevers. America. Only then do students continue to their As he looks ahead to the next 50 years, private certificate. Shevers, who has logged more than Using this module approach, Sporty’s 12,000 hours, has no plans to retire. claims a drop-out rate of just 30%, compared to the industry average of 70%. “The day after I retire you will see my One reason for that high drop-out rate, obituary in the newspapers,” he says. “I according to Shevers, is that tackling a hope I can keep my good health a lot lonprivate ticket is “too long a tunnel” for ger. I have to live for another 50 years to most student pilots. kick the asses that need to be kicked.” “I’m a firm believer that people should



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By JANICE WOOD Seven years ago, the engine in Jon Croke’s Zenith 701 failed on takeoff, crashing the homebuilt into trees a short distance from his backyard strip in Brussels, Wis. “Although the aircraft was destroyed, I miraculously walked away from the wreck without a scratch,” says Croke. He also walked away with a new career: Founder of HomebuiltHELP, a company that produces instructional videos for homebuilders. Of course, he didn’t realize that at the time. The day after the crash, he ordered a new 701 kit and began the project about a month later when the first parts arrived. “As the rudder was the first section of the kit to be constructed, I decided to use my skills as a technical educator to describe each step, on camera, to create a video presentation for those who wondered what it took to build a kit aircraft,” said Croke, whose “day job” was as a corporate educator who traveled the country teaching Oracle software programming to the IT departments of large companies. “I already possessed skills in computer video editing from my job, so that part came naturally. This was the second time around building that rudder, so the presentation of the building techniques was easy. This effort resulted in the Metalworking101 video, which chronicled every step required to understand how the rudder is constructed. A video chapter was also included that demonstrated the use of the metalworking tools required for building.” In 2004, Croke created a website with a marketing pitch that promised that the $29 video would show anyone how to put together an aircraft kit rudder — virtually step by step. A price of $29 was set with no extra charge for postage or handling.

The video really took off, however, after officials at Zenith Aircraft offered it for sale on the kit builder’s website. “This nearly doubled sales, which had been about five copies per month,” Croke said. “Although it would have been easy to call it quits and make this the only video, the feedback from viewers made me feel like a millionaire,” he continued. “As the months passed, customers regularly sent e-mail comments that carried some common themes: The video made the effort so easy compared to relying on the written plans and instructions from Zenith and the project was now able to be finished, where it had been previously stalled due to problems and lack of confidence in building. It is an amazing feeling to receive such compliments and to be thanked for something you did.” For the next year, Croke continued his full-time job teaching Oracle software around the country, while sales of the Metalworking video were slow but steady. He also had another video in the works, but with a twist: He decided to use another person’s expertise. “Having flown ultralights for a number of years, I knew the importance of maintaining 2-stroke Rotax engines, so I figured what pilots needed was to have an expert engine rebuilder describe and demonstrate an engine teardown and show the areas of wear.” An arrangement was made with a Rotax repair mechanic to film a detailed account of an engine overhaul and analysis. Traveling to the mechanic’s shop, eight hours of filming produced a three-hour video, “Deep Inside your Rotax.” From there, the company’s catalog took off. “There are about 35 titles and that number continues to grow,” said Croke, who quit his day job to devote his full time to the new company. The videos fall into two categories: Individual topics that apply to most all air-

Photos courtesy Jon Croke

Nothing beats watching over someone’s shoulder to learn

HomebuiltHELP’s founder Jon Croke with one of the rudders that he built. Below, just some of the more than 35 videos the company has produced to help homebuilders. craft (Weight & Balance, Scratch Building, Electrical 101, etc.); and specific aircraft libraries, including the Zenith CH701, CH750, CH601, and the Van’s RV-12. “Building these entire aircraft is quite an undertaking, so there are multiple video titles for each aircraft model,” he noted. Croke is seen on camera as the builder, but explained that he always has a couple of A&P mechanics off camera to consult for the best techniques to be used at each step. As Croke finishes up the RV-12 videos, he also recently completed a video detailing the step-by-step construction of amphibious floats. Next up? “We’ll select another popular kit aircraft, probably Sonex,” he said. The company’s most popular video to date — “and I still am amazed,” Croke said — is Scratch Building Basics, a double DVD set that features “one of the best metal aircraft builders, Mark Townsend, who can make every piece of the aircraft from raw materials. The video captures his unique talent of explaining and demonstrating the techniques and tools that anyone can learn to duplicate his efforts.” The company continues to get a lot of

feedback from its customers, so much so that a “Wall of Shame” (referring to the slightly shameful nature of boasting about accolades, Croke explained) showcases many of the customer testimonials. “You cannot imagine how nice it is to hear, ‘I could not have finished this project without your video. You saved me money from mis-drilling that part when I saw how you did it’ to other comments like, ‘It would have taken me 10 minutes to figure how those parts were supposed to go together from looking at the drawing; it made perfect sense in an instant when I saw you put them together.’” Croke also hears from a different kind of customer — those just thinking of tackling a homebuilt project. “Many customers purchase these DVDs prior to purchasing the aircraft of their interest,” he said. “These DVDs have sold many aircraft as prospects can see what it takes to build before taking the plunge.” “Flying is done largely with the imagination.” — Wolfgang Langewiesche

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Tips to install an oil cooler Paul McBride Ask Paul


We have a Citabria 7ECA with a Lycoming O-235-C1 engine. We live in East Texas, where summers are very long and very hot. Even with an external oil filter with a blast air tube, the oil temps push 220°+ on normal altitude flights, even when babying the air speed and climb rate (which means that we need to climb to pattern altitude to get from cruise to landing configuration. Not really, but the old joke does illustrate the point.) We think we need an oil cooler. The O-235-K2C, which is externally similar to the C-1, does have the requisite oil cooler. American Champion has drawings for oil cooler installation on the ECA so getting the airframe outfitted should be easy. The accessory case on the C-1 has the bosses where the oil cooler lines would attach if one were to be installed. The bosses are not bored or tapped for fittings like the K2C. Would it be feasible to change the accessory case to a K2C case and hook up an oil cooler? BILL TALUTIS Murchison, Texas


Here’s a good question for any of you who have a Lycoming engine that does not have the accessory housing machined to accept oil cooler lines. This was quite common on several models of the O-235 series and was primarily done to reduce the cost of manufacturing by Lycoming and a lower purchase cost for airframe manufacturers. Remember, it’s the airframe manufacturer who must keep all engine operating temperatures within the limits set by Lycoming, so if the manufacturer could keep the oil temperature within the specification without using an oil cooler, then one wasn’t required. This is just one of many things the airframe manufacturer has to establish during the certification process. If the manufacturer can’t keep the oil temperature within the spec, then a cooler or some device to keep the oil temperatures within the requirements is necessary. For those who reside in warmer climates or who may be seeing oil temperatures that come close to the maximum of 245°F and want to install an oil cooler, it is possible even on those accessory housings that are not machined for oil cooler lines. This may be done by installing an adapter, Part Number 62416, that mounts where the pressure screen is mounted on the current accessory housing. I’d suggest getting a copy of Lycoming SSP-885-2, dated February 2003, and refer to page 8 for a sketch of the components. Depending on the engine to firewall clearance, you can probably even mount a full flow oil filter to this adapter. If there isn’t sufficient clearance to mount the filter, then I’d recommend installing the

screen housing Part Number 69510 with the appropriate oil pressure screen and gaskets,

which permits using an oil thermostatic bypass valve (vernatherm valve) rather than the spring and plunger used with the single port housing and screen. If you decide to go this route, make certain you remove the spring and plunger located at about the 11 o’clock position on the accessory housing under the screen housing. Failing to do this will cause the vernatherm to be inoperative because the mechanical spring and plunger will override it. Contacting the airframe manufacturer

for additional information regarding the oil cooler and lines it recommends should be all that’s required to complete the job. Don’t forget to complete all of the necessary paperwork for our friends at the FAA. Before and after pictures are also good to have with the paperwork. Engine expert Paul McBride retired after 40 years with Lycoming. Send questions to AskPaul@ General­

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NW Aviation Conference draws crowds scenario, at which times the “tower” operator would call out “we have an unauthorized aircraft in the vicinity!”

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For many, the Northwest Aviation Conference held at the Conference Center at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, south of Seattle, signifies the beginning of the flying season in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s conference was held Feb. 26-27. According to show coordinator Rachel Hansen, the winter weather, including snow and ice, kept some exhibitors and visitors from attending the event, but the numbers were still impressive. “The show attracted 190 exhibitors and more than 10,000 visitors,” she said. The event is part trade show, part shopping spree, part educational seminar. Most visitors spent their time shopping for the latest in avionics and pilot gear, or in seminars about weather, maintenance and flying techniques. AOPA President Craig Fuller and a slew of other notaries addressed the crowd at intervals. Next year’s show is planned for Feb. 25-26.

the order to sink it. Underwater Admiralty Sciences, a nonprofit organization out of Kirkland, Wash., is leading the expedition. The organization has extensive experience in aircraft recovery operations, including the recovery of a B-17 from Labrador in 2004.

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In the southwest corner of the expo building the FAA Safety Team and the Civil Air Patrol set up a model airport environment to test visitors’ skills negotiating taxiways and runways. Participants wore vests lettered with aircraft tail numbers and carried handheld radios so they could get instructions from the tower. There was even a published holding pattern — done on the floor in white tape — for instrument pilots. Occasionally a small child or unaware visitor would blunder into the

A diorama showing the recovery of a B-314 Flying Boat from beneath the ocean drew lots of interest. The diorama is an artist’s interpretation of the recovery of Pan American NC18601, known as the Honolulu Clipper. The Honolulu Clipper was over the Pacific in November 1945 when it developed engine problems and made an emergency landing on the ocean. The crew and passengers, 45 souls in all, were rescued. Attempts were made to tow the airplane to shore, but when it was damaged in a storm the Navy gave

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The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, located in Hood River, Ore., continued its practice of bringing unusual exhibits to the show. This year they showed off a 1928 Heath Parasol Racer Airplane (pictured) and 1927 Chevy Outlaw Dirt Racer.

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That’s one way to find a hangar... being a safe pilot than getting my rating quickly, since much of my business flying will entail cross country, mountains, and marginal weather.” Christman is looking forward to having a larger airplane, which should help expand his business. “With expanding our reach we will offer qualified clients transport in the Mirage to BFI, which is five minutes from our shop with no TSA hassles. Up to 500 or 600 miles out can actually be quicker

family often made trips to the San Juan Islands. Most of Christman’s flying has been in Cessna and Cirrus aircraft. He often flies to meet clients, because the design work can be very abstract. “A staircase is a very organic, tactile object. Our design process is quite interactive and works best with face-to-face dialog with key parties, whether it’s the architect, contractor, or homeowner,” he said. Christman is working on his instrument ticket. “I am coming up on 400 hours and have my high performance and complex aircraft endorsements,” he said. “I am intentionally doing my IFR training in a 182RG to be forced to deal with the complexity of the aircraft in the instrument environment. I’m more concerned about

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In this time of high-tech electronic advertising in the form of banner ads and e-mail, it’s refreshing when someone takes a low-tech approach to getting the message out, like walking around a trade show with a hand-made sign. Spirit Olivier from Seattle Stair and Design spent the weekend of Feb. 26-27 walking around the Northwest Aviation Conference holding a sign that read on one side: “Wanted: A partner for Mirage or Malibu” and on the other a plea for hangar space south of Seattle at either King County International Airport-Boeing Field (BFI) or Renton Municipal Airport (RNT). “People were sort of shocked at first, then they thought it was a really good idea,” said Olivier. “I got a lot of contacts about the hangar.” The airplane and the hangar are to be business tools, said Shawn Christman, the owner of Seattle Stair and Design. “We have been in business over 30 years and custom stairs have always been our specialty. They get more demanding and complex every year. We build them in steel, wood, glass, stainless cable, stone and acrylics. We also do furniture and woodturning things like architectural columns.” Christman earned his private pilot’s license in 2003, “half for fun and half for business,” he said, adding that he grew up flying with his father in seaplanes. The

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than flying commercially. This is very safe and comfortable travel with the pressurized cabin.” According to Christman, he often draws inspiration for his staircases from aviation. “There is crossover between VOR navigation and circular stair design,” he said. “Occasionally, there is good inspiration for dramatic handrail designs from chandelles and lazy eights.”


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Accident Reports These March 2009 accident reports are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, they are intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others. Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Carrollton, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The 168-hour pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, and two passengers departed under visual meteorological conditions. A witness near the accident site stated she heard a high-speed sound followed by a “thud.” She noticed water splashing up from a lake, which was followed by silence. The airplane was located at a depth of approximately 16 feet and heavily fragmented, consistent with a high speed impact. Subsequent examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any pre-impact abnormalities. The pilot did not obtain a weather briefing prior to the flight. Witnesses near the accident site described the weather conditions at the time of the accident as foggy with low clouds. Probable cause: The pilot’s decision to continue visual flight rules flight into an area of reduced visibility weather con-

ditions, which resulted in disorientation and subsequent loss of aircraft control. Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Sanford, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The student pilot, who was flying with a CFI, intended to make a stop-and-go landing. He used maximum wheel and aerodynamic braking to stop the airplane. After coming to a stop, both pilots realized that the engine had stopped running. After calling tower personnel and advising them of the situation, the instructor made four attempts to re-start the engine. After the final attempt, the pilots noticed smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment. The instructor moved the mixture control to idle cut-off, and exited the airplane. There was fire damage to the engine and airframe, including firewall deformation. The fire appeared to originate in the induction system air box. Damage to the air box was consistent with a fuel-air explosion. During the course of the investigation the source of the original loss of power was not identified, nor was it definitively proven how the air box was damaged. However, flooding of the en-

gine during repeated attempts to start the engine could have played a role in the accident, investigators said. Probable cause: An engine air induction explosion for an undetermined reason during repeated engine start attempts. Aircraft: RV-6. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Paulden, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: A friend of the pilot, who was also an aircraft mechanic, reported that prior to the accident flight he and the pilot found an oil leak originating from a stainless steel high-pressure oil line from the propeller governor to the forward area of the engine crankcase. The mechanic stated that he had removed the oil line and the pilot had it repaired by a local weld shop. After reinstallation of the oil line, the mechanic conducted an engine run and did not observe any oil leaks. The pilot then decided to fly the airplane around the area on a test flight. According to the mechanic, as the airplane departed the runway, he observed a trail of white smoke originating from the airplane. The mechanic radioed the pilot in flight, twice requesting that he return to the airport. The pilot stated that everything was fine and he was going to

continue to a nearby airport. No further radio communication was received from the pilot. A witness to the crash said the RV-6 was at tree-top level and trailing white smoke when it pitched down and crashed. Examination of the engine revealed that the stainless steel high pressure oil line from the propeller governor was in place. The oil line exhibited a repair weld on the forward area of the line, and corresponding wear marks were observed on the engine crankcase. The oil line was removed and the forward end of the oil line was capped off using a bolt. The area of the weld was placed under water and compressed air pressure was applied to the opposite end of the oil line. A leak was observed originating from the area of the weld. Partial disassembly of the engine revealed that the number two connecting rod was separated from the crankshaft and exhibited signatures consistent with oil starvation. Probable cause: A total loss of engine power due to oil starvation as a result of a leak from the inadequate weld repair of a high-pressure oil line. Also causal was the pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering that resulted in a stall during an attempted off-field landing and the pilot’s decision to continue flight with a known discrepancy.

Calendar of Events Eastern United States

March 19-20, 2011, Columbus, GA. Thunder In The Valley Air Show (CSG) 706-393-3000. March 20-31, 2011, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Caribbean Air Challenge 2011 (FXE) 450-969-2247. March 26, 2011, Ashburn, GA. Fireant Fly-In (75J) 229-567-1871. March 26, 2011, Rock Hill, SC. Safety Fly-In (UZA) 864-907-8248. March 29-April 3, 2011, Lakeland, FL. Sun ’n Fun Fly-In (LAL) 863-644-2431. April 2, 2011, Morristown, NJ. Fly-In/ Drive-In w/Free Lunch & Wings Semi-

nar (MMU) 973-267-3223. April 2, 2011, Barnwell, SC. South Carolina Breakfast Club (BNL) 803-446-0214. April 2, 2011, Kissimmee, FL. Young Eagles Flight Rally (ISM-Hangar 4) 407-414-8359.

North Central United States

Apr. 2, 2011, Oshkosh, WI. EAA 252 Pancake Breakfast Steve Wittman Birthday Celebration (OSH) 920-419-5631. April 9, 2011, Savoy, IL. U of Illinois Flying Team Fly-In Breakfast (CMI) 630-338-7880. Apr. 9, 2011, Brookings, SD. SDSU Aviation Fly-In (BKX) 605-688-5769. April 10, 2011, Ashland, OH. Pie-In-

The-Sky (3G4) 419-281-3966. April 15-17, 2011, Cincinnati, OH. Sporty’s Private Pilot Ground School (I69) 513-735-9500. April 16, 2011, Dubuque, IA. U of Dubuque Flight Team Pancake Breakfast (DBQ) 630-660-6413.

April 2, 2011, Mesa, AZ. Falcon Field Open House (FFZ) 480-644-2450. April 16, 2011, San Anderas, CA. Calaveras Air Faire (CPU) 209-754-3909. April 16, 2011, Fort Jones, CA. Scott Valley Pilots Assn Fly-In (A30) 530-467-3158.

South Central United States

April 16, 2011, Anchorage, AK. Alaska Seaplane Seminar 907-262-3872. April 30-May 1, 2011, Anchorage, AK. Alaska State Aviation Trade Show & Conf 907-245-1251.

April 2, 2011, Addison, TX. Fly-In/ Drive-In w/Free Lunch & Wings Seminar (ADS) 972-407-0295. April 8-10, 2011, Pineville, LA. Spring FlyIn & Campout (2LO) 318-452-0919. April 16, 2011, Newton, KS. Wings Of Remembrance Spring Fly-In Breakfast (EWK) 316 644-6525. April 16, 2011, Eastland, TX. Fly-In. Free BBQ lunch (ETN) 254-631-1830. April 16, 2011, Bryan, TX. Flying Aggies Annual Fly-In (CFD) 979-450-2048. April 16, 2011, Houston, TX. Wings & WheelsCessna Sky King Day (HOU) 713-454-1940.

Western United States

March 18, 2011, Billings, MT. Rocky Mtn College Aviation Prog Open House 406-657-1060. March 19, 2011, Fort Jones, CA. Scott Valley Pilots Assn Fly-In (A30) 530-467-3158. March 19, 2011, Mojave, CA. Vintage Aircraft Display (1CL2) 661-342-0604. March 22-25, 2011, Reno, NV. AEA Intl Conv & Trade Show 816-347-8400. March 26, 2011, Riverside, CA. 19th Annual Airshow 2011 (RAL) 651-682-1771. April 2, 2011, Hollister, CA. Frazier Lake Airpark Antique Aircraft Display/ Fly-In (1C9) 831-726-9672.



April 4-6, 2011, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas. Bahamas Adventures Fly-Out (MYGF) 954-236-9292. April 24-26, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Aerospace Meetings Kuala Lumpur +33141864146. Apr. 27-29, 2011, Singapore, Singapore. Aerospace Supplier eXchange +65 6319 2668. June 9-10, 2011, Bangkok, Thailand. CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 023 568 5390. June 25, 2012, Tianjin, China. Aeromart Tianjin +33141864186.

The Calendar of Events is published as a public service for our readers and is available in its entirety on our website. To submit an event, go to General­, click on Calendar, then follow Submit an Event instructions, or fax your information to 253-471-9911.

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New Products Sporty’s releases new AOPA watch

Sporty’s offers a new watch that combines a premium Swiss movement with aviation features, including an E6B bezel. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association wings logo complements the pilot’s watch. The AOPA Flight Watch has a full-featured alarm with a dedicated subdial for easy setting. The solid stainless steel, 44mm face includes a date window, luminous markers and hands for night viewing. Price: $195. A portion of every watch sale is donated to AOPA.

ties and two hangars. It offers training for all ratings from Sport Pilot to Commercial and CFII. Success Aviation is the 16th addition to the national network of Remos dealers., CFI Renewal webinar slated

New fueling system for Kodiak from Wipaire

Wipaire has received certification of its single-point fueling system for the Quest Kodiak, which enables the aircraft to be filled from the ground, eliminating the need for ladders.

AVSeminars is offering a Flight Instructor Renewal Course via webinar beginning March 28. With a webcam, headset and highspeed Internet connection, CFIs can participate in the eight day webinar, which runs for two hours each day. President and Chief Instructor Bruce Micek points out that each two hour, nightly module may be taken consecutively or spread out over several weeks or months as long as the first module is taken within four months of the CFI’s renewal date and the eight modules are completed by the renewal date. Total cost is $96, which includes the Temporary Airmans Certificate.

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Pilots can choose between the single seat Sbach 300 or the two seat Sbach 342 models. Both are capable of aerobatic competition in the “unlimited” class. The two seat model also doubles as a cross country touring model, with a range of over 900 miles and a cruise speed of over 200 mph, according to Extreme Aero­ sports officials. MatchBox unveils new line of electronics

MatchBox Aeronautical Systems recently unveiled a new line of aviation electronics designed and engineered by pilots for pilots. adds import engine, a provider of aviation record-keeping services and software, has added a redesigned import engine to its flight logging service. The new import engine allows automatic parsing and saving of data into’s database from dozens of other electronic flight logging and pilot logbook software packages, according to company officials. Although the data import process is automatic,’s engineers double-check every import by hand for accuracy, officials add. ZuluLog’s standard logbook service is offered free to individual pilots. Because the software is web-based, it runs in any modern browser with nothing to download, install, or upgrade. ZuluLog is compatible with PC, Mac, Linux, and smartphones. Success Aviation upgrades to Remos dealer

Having launched a Remos Pilot Center a year ago, Success Aviation has upgraded, becoming a Remos Aircraft dealer. The Houston-based company currently has two Remos GX demo aircraft, which are used for primary flight training.

Power Flow offers Mooney rebates

Power Flow Systems, manufacturer of high performance tuned exhaust systems, has set up a progressive rebate program for 180-hp and 200-hp Mooney aircraft owners. The amount of the discount depends on the number of Mooney owners who purchase a tuned exhaust, according to officials, who note the program runs through the end of EAA AirVenture or July 31.

Centurion expands service network

Each Mooney owner will receive an initial discount of $500. For every five Mooney orders, Power Flow will provide an additional rebate of $100. The program peaks out at 25 when the rebate has reached $500, providing a maximum discount of $1,000. Rebate checks will be mailed within 90 days after the program ends. SimCom debuts Twin Commander training

Success Aviation, on Houston Southwest Airport (AXH), began as a flight school in 1996, soon added a pilot shop, then a testing center for administering FAA written exams, maintenance facili-

In aircraft equipped with a TKS antiice system, the risk of damage resulting from over-the-wing fueling is eliminated, according to company officials. Wipaire’s electronic monitoring ensures that the aircraft is reliably topped-off and an all new digital display with touch screen controls ensures an easy interface for the user, officials add.

SimCom Training Centers recently added simulator training for all turboprop Twin Commanders at its Dallas/Ft. Worth facility. Initial and recurrent courses are available and are approved by all major aircraft insurance underwriters, according to SimCom officials. The Turboprop Twin Commander simulator is SimCom’s 43rd simulator in operation, officials added.

Centurion Aircraft Engines has expanded its service network for the Centurion diesel aircraft engine. The German company now has 75 service centers in the U.S., which are part of the 320 FBOs in the company’s worldwide service network. Its warehouse in Dallas also has been recently stocked with new gearboxes and clutches, as well as gearbox oil, according to company officials, who note that last year 160 technicians were trained on how to maintain Centurion engines in seminars in Dallas and Lichtenstein, Germany, while this year’s seminars are “well booked.” Extreme Aerosports US agent for Sbach

Extreme Aerosports of Corvallis, Ore., has been named U.S. agent for XtremeAir’s Sbach series of aerobatic aircraft.

Matchbox’s flagship handheld unit is the Flight Companion Model FC-1, which houses an Altitude Alert system, a digital Tank Timer for fuel management, pilot audio interface system, and a new cell phone interface system. Each feature of the FC-1 is also sold separately in compact cases, which are about the size of a matchbox. Lycoming adds Air Power as distributor

Lycoming Engines has added Air Power Inc., located at Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY) in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, to its worldwide distributor network. Founded in 1992, Air Power has sold more than 27,000 factory engines worldwide, according to Lycoming officials. Lycoming maintains a worldwide network of 54 distribution partners in more than 50 countries.,

“Remember, you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands and feet.” — Aerobatic pilot Bevo Howard

March 18, 2011

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Rosen Sunvisor Systems: See what you’ve been missing In 1985, Rosen Sunvisor Systems manufactured the first multi-positioning seethrough visor for the aviation industry. Today, Rosen Sunvisor Systems are installed as original factory equipment for many aircraft, including Cessna and Boeing. Designed by pilots for pilots, Rosen visors offer unparalleled safety and comfort.

Rosen Sunvisor Systems improve safety and pilot comfort by filtering harmful ultraviolet radiation and glare without compromising the ability to see surrounding traffic. The systems boast several features, including: • Increases visibility through glare reduction; • Optically balanced transparent lens prevents color distortion; • Reduces 99.9% of harmful UV light; • Integrated with adjustable articulation arm; • Extended coverage with sliding capacity; • Multi-axis feature increases Sunvisor placement options; • Quick and easy installation; • Easy to operate; • Limited three-year warranty.

A.E.R.O. Hose Shop: Your first source for quality aircraft hose assemblies and kits

A.E.R.O. Aviation Hose Shop is an authorized Parker distributor for bulk hose and fittings and is an authorized TSO manufacturer of hose assemblies and kits. Complete hose kits are available for most general aviation applications in popular 111, 124, 156, 171, and 193 hose with 2650 fire sleeve and integral J-molded fire sleeve. If a hose kit is not available for your particular aircraft model, then we’ll be more than happy to build a kit using your old hoses for reference. Replicating your old hoses ensures correct and hassle-free installation of the new replacement hoses. Send us the old hoses and we’ll do the rest. If you don’t have hoses to return, you can talk to a trained sales representative who can help you with your hose needs. A.E.R.O. Aviation Hose shop is committed to keep your aircraft flying! 800-362-3044, 618-797-6630 ext 230, or

GAN contributing writer wins award

Guy Maher, a contributing writer to General Aviation News, has won an “Excellence in Communication” award from the Helicopter Association International. The award was presented during HeliExpo 2011, the world’s largest trade show dedicated to the helicopter community held earlier this month in Orlando.


A widely known and respected aviation photojournalist, Maher has spent 30 years “providing a vital and unique firsthand perspective on the industry, while tangibly promoting a focus on safety,” according to HAI officials. The Excellence in Communication award is given to the individual or organization achieving the most creative and distinct dissemination of information about the helicopter, association officials add.


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Stewart Systems: A safe and user-friendly coating system Stewart Systems is the first truly safe-to-use aircraft coating system. Not only safe to use, it is also very user friendly, with a good instruction manual and instructional videos. Stewart Systems fabric covering process is a three-step process starting with EkoBond, a very strong glue that allows you to work at your own speed, not the speed of the glue’s tack and dry time. The second step is Stewart Systems EkoFill, a filler coat/UV block that is unsurpassed for adhesion and UV protection. The third step is applying Stewart Systems EkoPoly topcoat. Stewart Systems EkoPoly topcoat is a true two-part polyurethane that is waterborne, is extremely flexible, and very shiny. A NIOSH-approved charcoal filter mask is all that is required when spraying Stewart Systems products. For fiberglass substrates we recommend steps two and three of the fabric coating system. The Stewart Systems EkoFill is a high-build primer along with UV protection, and is an excellent primer for fiberglass to prepare the surface for top coat. On composite surfaces, a light scuffing for adhesion and an application of Stewart Systems Primer/Sealer is recommended before top coating. Aluminum surfaces require some prep work before applying the Primer/Sealer, using Stewart Systems EkoClean, cleaner degreaser and EkoEtch aluminum etch. When using Stewart Systems, the same EkoPoly top coat is applied to all substrates, giving you good color match throughout your aircraft. The Stewart Systems process is easy to apply, and with the instructional videos,

is ready for all builders from the first-time kit builders to the “old timers” in covering. Stewart Systems hosts covering seminars in the spring and fall. 800-356-7659 (800-EKO-POLY) or

Save up to $5,000 on a rebuilt engine Get a zero-time, factory-rebuilt Lycoming engine with a discount of up to $5,000. It’s built to factory new limits and comes with a zero-time logbook and a twoyear factory warranty. But best of all, a Lycoming rebuilt engine increases the value of your airplane. Only Lycoming can truly rebuild your engine. This offer requires the return of a new engine core. A new engine core is defined as a Lycoming factory new engine that has never been overhauled, otherwise known in the industry as a first-run core. Certain restrictions apply. This discount cannot be combined with the Fleet Rebate program. Offer subject to end or change at any time. For more details, see your distributor, visit www.lycoming. com, or call 800-258-3279 to find an authorized Lycoming Distributor near you. Lycoming Engines specializes in the engineering, manufacture, service and support of piston aircraft engines. Headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world’s general aviation fleet — both rotary-wing and fixed-wing. Lycoming Engines is a division of Avco Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc.

Team RV to perform at Sun ’n Fun Team RV, the world’s largest air show team, will perform March 30 at this year’s Sun ’n Fun with 11 homebuilt aircraft. “At Sun ’n Fun, pilots from all over the world converge to kick off the flying season, and Team RV intends to wow them with an action-packed performance unlike any other in the industry,” said Mike “Kahuna” Stewart, Team RV founder and

flight lead, who added that at times, the airplanes will be all over the aerobatic box, flying formation shapes or close trail and aerobatics simultaneously. The group of ex-military, commercial, and civilian pilots who live throughout the southeast fly their RV-8s, RV-7s, and RV-6s in air shows mainly in the eastern US. This is the first performance at Sun ’n Fun for the team since it expanded in size and incorporated aerobatics into its routine.

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De-ice with B/E Aerospace The need for pneumatic de-icer products for general aviation aircraft has been recognized by B/E Aerospace, Inc. for a number of years. Ice Shield De-icing Systems offers an extensive line of pneumatic de-icers available for replacement of original de-ice boots. Ice Shield is available for a wide variety of piston and turboprop aircraft operating today. All Ice Shield pneumatic de-icers feature Edge Guard technology, which has been laboratory proven to extend service life up to 60%. Ice Shield 2, an extension of the existing Ice Shield de-icer line, applies the sewn-carcass technology to the most popular older aircraft, while fitting the exact

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footprint of the older tube-type (Type 23) de-icers. Ice Shield also offers a line of propeller boots, both in etched foil and wire wound patterns. The propeller de-ice boots feature a tapered edge design for easier application and have a textured bond surface for superior adhesion. Wire harnesses are available in a variety of lead configurations from traditional ring terminals to quick disconnect systems. With a focus on customer service, Ice Shield offers a no-charge, 48-hour delivery guarantee to customers in the United States and no-charge UPS delivery to Canada. The product line is readily available through a network of distributors throughout the world. Additionally, a network of factory certified installation centers is established to provide convenience in picking a location closest to the aircraft owner and operator. B/E Aerospace is the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and a leading aftermarket distributor of aerospace fasteners. B/E designs, develops and manufactures a broad product line for both commercial aircraft and business jets and provides cabin interior design, reconfiguration and passenger-tofreighter conversion services. or

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Mountain High’s breakthrough FADOC technology is the only panel-mounted built-in one to four-person “MH EDS IP Pulse Demand Oxygen Delivery System” available. It is the only built-in Pulse-Demand digitized oxygen system currently available for kit and personal built aircraft. Easy to install and use, the MH IP reduces oxygen system workload to almost nil. There are no oxygen flow indicators to watch or manually operated constant flow valves to adjust due to altitude changes. Push buttons cycle the MH IP through the various modes that automatically deliver the required supplemental oxygen pulses for various altitudes for both the pilot and passengers. The MH IP with the patented digital electronic “Pulse Demand” FADOC oxygen delivery system enables the pilot and passenger/crew to fly at pressure altitudes up to 25,000 feet with complete safety and comfort. Different from the “standard” constant flow systems, the MH IP pulse demand system wastes no oxygen during the breathing cycle (exhaling and pausing before inhaling again) when oxygen is not being delivered to the lungs. The average user will enjoy a conservative consumption drop of at least four times compared to the constant flow systems. The system operates with one, two, three or four people. The complete standard system consists of an aluminum oxygen cylinder (buyer has a choice of sizes), primary reducing regulator, pressure service lines, connection fittings, the MH IP FADOC glass panel control head, distributors, breathing cannulas, face masks and all necessary hardware. It is a complete system. The complete (including aluminum cylinder) two-place MH EDS IP PulseDemand FADOC Oxygen Delivery System starts at under $5,000. 800-468-8185, or

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Superflite unveils new look Superflite, manufacturer of FAA-approved fabric covering and finishing systems, has unveiled a new look for its two systems. The stylized red Travel Air biplane is the new representative for System I, while the GeeBee is now the face of System VI. These two images will be used in ads, e-mails, literature, on the Superflite website, and eventually on product labels when describing either System I or System VI. Superflite is hoping this will help eliminate confusion and help customers distinguish between the two finishing systems. System I, represented by the customized Travel Air, has been around since Superflite’s beginnings in 1949. It’s a classic butyrate dope coating system — with nitrate, silver, and a butyrate topcoat — that provides a vintage or classic finish on your airplane. System VI is an all urethane system, pioneered by Superflite almost 30 years

A.E.R.O.: The In-Stock Company Having trouble finding an undersized main bearing for your Continental or Lycoming engine and you desperately need to talk to a customer service representative who actually knows what you’re talking about?

In a world where other companies are cutting customer service, A.E.R.O., Inc. still offers you excellent customer service and great inventory levels. A.E.R.O. also extends its goal of excellent customer service to is one of the most user-friendly websites in the aviation industry. If you are having difficulty finding the correct part number, you will find many resources on our website to help you. If you would rather speak to a live person, we have a very technically knowledgeable sales staff ready to help you 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at either of our convenient locations in Granite City, Ill., or Bath, Pa. Whether you like to order online or speak to a live person, A.E.R.O., Inc. is committed to helping you meet your aircraft parts requirements. Our “In Stock” inventory and competitive pricing allows customers to order parts from a single source either online or by phone. A.E.R.O., Inc. is your #1 “In-Stock” source for aircraft cylinders, crankshafts, camshafts, lifters, gasket sets, engine parts, brake discs and linings, hose assemblies, engine accessories, vacuum pumps, starters, alternators, ignition systems, and much more. 800-362-3044, 800-831-5454 or

“One could say that the Wright brothers were the first homebuilders, since they never relied on a factory to construct their airplanes. They, like the homebuilders of today, used their own abilities and craftsmanship to construct a safe and efficient flying machine.” — Experimental Aircraft Association


ago, that provides durability and a high gloss finish. It’s made up of a urethane primer — eliminating the need for a filler and a silver — and a urethane topcoat. System VI is perfect for an aerobatic plane, a show plane, or even a yellow J3 Cub! In addition to the finishing systems, Superflite also manufactures its own FAA-approved fabric and tapes, including pre-shrunk tapes. Pre-shrunk tapes only have about 2% shrinkage left, making them perfect for darkcolored airplanes and straight edges, like ribs and longerons. Superflite is currently the only manufacturer of pre-shrunk tapes. 800-323-0611 or


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Cee Bailey’s: For all your windshield and window needs Surprisingly in today’s fast paced world, there is still a company that refuses to sacrifice quality for speed and mass production. That’s Cee Bailey’s Aircraft Plastics Inc. in Montebello, Calif., where precision handcrafting is still practiced daily. The company’s windshields and windows are throwbacks to the past. You can find mass produced acrylics everywhere, but you won’t find our USA-produced handcrafted products sitting on a dusty shelf waiting for your order. We custom build your windshield to fit your aircraft’s serial number. The end result is a perfect,

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distortion-free windshield trimmed and ground to fit your aircraft, with little or no modification. All windshields are still handmade, just as we did in 1955 when the company was founded. The company offers windshields and windows for more than 60 types of aircraft. Cee Bailey’s also sells accessories, including aircraft shades, pitot tubes, safety flags, tire/wheel safety tote bags, cowl plugs, tie-downs, restorations kits and more. All of our handcrafted windshields are unconditionally guaranteed to be the finest. Supplying unsurpassed optical qualities, contour, and fit in every product, all windshields and windows are FAA/PMA approved for your safety. A full list of authorized Cee Bailey’s Aircraft Plastics dealers and installation centers is online at There also is detailed instructions on care and maintenance on the website so you can get the best out of your new windshield or windows. 800-788-0618 or

Zephyr exits the ‘stone age’ Zephyr Aircraft Engines of Zephyrhills, Florida, named #1 in the 2010 Aviation Consumer engine shop survey, has long offered top quality repair and overhaul for Continental and Lycoming cylinders. Like many — if not most — shops around the country, at Zephyr Aircraft Engines most valve guide and seat installation is done using what are basically hand-operated cutters and tools. Valve seats are ground to spec using stones turned on a hand-held long shaft drill-like affair. This methodology, while adequate, is very labor intensive, requiring a tremendous amount of operator skill to maintain proper concentricity and seat angles. This was viable until a dozen or so years ago when Sioux, the primary provided of stones and tooling, ceased production. The replacements available for stones, tooling and equipment are of very poor quality, further adding to the time and skill required to produce work that meets our strict high standards. With the installation of a new Rottler SG8 cylinder head seat and guide machine, Zephyr has left “the stone age.” The problems are now history. Rottler offers the cutting edge in tooling with digital technology controlling machine operation. The result is repeatable perfection in concentricity of valves and valve seats and seats cut to exact specification every time. Cylinders reworked in this manner should easily make or exceed TBO. In addition to overhauling or performing teardown repairs on more than 100 engines a year, Zephyr’s cylinder shop repairs or overhauls hundreds more cylinders.

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Wicks sponsors programs at RIR

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The Thomas W. Wathen Foundation has received a grant from Wicks Aircraft Supply to supply two restoration projects by high school students at Flabob Airport (RIR) in Riverside, Calif. The students, from the Flabob Airport Preparatory School, are restoring a Stinson 108-3 and a Sky Coupe aircraft. They are rewarded with flying lessons. “We consider the restorations an extremely valuable program for introducing young people to aviation,” said John Lyon, foundation president. “A number of former students have taken up careers in aviation as a result of what they experienced in our restoration shops and through the flying lessons they received.”,

March 18, 2011

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Niagara Air Parts: Everything you need to keep flying safely If you’ve got questions about parts needed to get your airplane back into the air or to keep it flying reliably and safely, a good place to start getting the answers you need is Niagara Air Parts. From the company’s extensive “in stock” inventory of parts in Niagara Falls, New York, ordered parts can be shipped anywhere in the world, usually on the same day the order is received. Niagara Air Parts is a factory direct distributor in the United States for Canadian Aero Manufacturing, a Transport Canada-approved aircraft parts manufacturer and maintenance organization. Both companies are owned by Ronald Newburg, a Toronto native who has been flying since 1964. After a successful career in insurance, Newburg founded Canadian Aero Engine & Accessories in 1987 to provide a source of quality engines overhauls and repairs. Through that business, he discovered a need for another company to manufacture parts, such as clutches, which were a continuing problem for his customers. The company has since branched out, receiving manufacturing approvals for the en-

The most advanced brake disc for your experimental aircraft If it doesn’t say “Black Steel,” then it’s not. Aviation Products Systems, Inc. (APS) precision manufactures the most advanced replacement brake disc available for many popular homebuilt aircraft and most other general aviation aircraft utilizing Cleveland type brake systems. Each APS disc is CNC machined using a premium quality steel forging. After machining is completed, each disc is heat treated using the proprietary Black Steel process. The heat treatment strengthens the steel by bonding the carbon, oxygen and nitrogen in the top layer of the metal. This is not a coating or paint that can wear off during the life cycle of the disc. The steel itself is transformed. The heat treatment gives the steel its aesthetically pleasing black appearance and provides a surface with a high resistance to the corrosion and oxidation (rust) associated with the extreme thermal cycling experienced in aircraft


tire starter adapter and all of its components. It also manufactures and supplies oil coolers, oil pumps and other parts. It also provides replacement window latches for 100, 200 and 300 series Cessna aircraft. By opening Niagara Air Parts in New York, the Canadian businessman solved the problem of customs delays so his company could live up to its motto: Call Today, Fly Tomorrow. Niagara Air Parts also provides the highest quality overhauls with the lowest possible price and excellent warranty. 800-565-4268 or braking systems. This makes it an excellent choice for any aircraft, including private, high-time corporate, and agricultural aircraft that work in harsh chemical environments, as well as anyone who leaves their plane outside for most of its life. APS also produces high quality brake linings that are second to none in performance and durability. APS linings are available in semi metallic (organic) and sintered iron metallic for most applications.

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HII: Designer & manufacturer of oxygen/nitrogen booster packages

Aircraft Spruce: The Homebuilders Headquarters

Hydraulics International Inc. (HII) has more than 35 years of hydraulic and pneumatic engineering experience in the design and manufacture of a wide range of portable and stationary high pressure breathing air, oxygen, nitrogen booster and hydrostatic test packages. Applications include, but are not limited to, charging oxygen life support cylinders for onboard aircraft use, military, medical, fire and safety, diving, filling and charging of carbon dioxide cylinders for the inflation of escape chutes and life rafts, filling of nitrogen cylinders for tire inflation, charging landing gear suspension struts and accumulators, and processing industries. We offer standard products and custom configurations. We separate ourselves from other manufacturers by offering the ability to design a specific need into a standard product in an integrated package. HII manufactures every major component at our Chatsworth, California, facility with a large inventory of boosters and parts. We pride ourselves on supporting the sales efforts with the ability to respond to customer requirements quickly and accurately. We are committed to giving you the very best professional and personalized service with responsible answers regarding model selection, availability and delivery. Our three facilities accommodate our complete product lines with stock for immediate delivery. Our expanded inventory and competitive pricing allows you to order from a single source. Please contact us for a FREE catalog at 818-407-3400 or 888-780-7867.

Since 1965, when Flo Irwin began cutting up Sitka Spruce in her garage, Aircraft Spruce has been responding to the needs of homebuilders. It began locally, soon took on a national scope, and today responds to aircraft builders’ and restorers’ needs from around the globe. Aircraft Spruce has been The Homebuilders Headquarters serving the homebuilt aviation community for more than 45 years. With one phone call, fax, or visit to the website, it’s possible to order every item needed for a homebuilt aircraft. Aircraft Spruce stocks spruce spars, plywood, aluminum and steel tubing and sheet, AN/MS hardware, covering supplies, and much more. Need plans? Aircraft Spruce sells complete sets of plans for 35 different scratch-build projects and also has a complete materials package available for building that design. Anyone thinking seriously about building an aircraft or bringing an antique back to its former glory will benefit from the catalog and buying power of Aircraft Spruce. The Aircraft Spruce parts catalog (available in hard copy format, CD, and on-line) details a vast assortment of materials, tools, books, avionics, pilot supplies, and hardware. Aircraft Spruce buys in such volume that it is able to pass on tremendous savings to its customers. This savings is guaranteed with Aircraft Spruce’s Lowest Price Guarantee. Most orders placed by 4 p.m. are shipped out the same day. Customers can take advantage of free UPS ground shipping on most orders over $500 or free UPS truck freight on most orders over $5,000. For more information, please contact Aircraft Spruce at 877-477-7823 or 951-372-9555. Aircraft Spruce’s complete product line is available at Request your complimentary copy of the company’s free 800page parts catalog.

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LSAs spawn new business in Pacific Northwest By MEG GODLEWSKI Rotax engines and Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) will always be linked. Because the aircraft, by regulation, are limited to a gross weight of 1,320 lbs., most LSA manufacturers opt for the Rotax as it is a light engine. When the LSA category was created in 2004, many flight schools, FBOs and even pilots resisted buying the Rotax-equipped airplanes because there was no one in their local areas to perform maintenance on the engine. Others, such as Jim Scott from Arlington, Wash., saw the creation of the new category as a business opportunity. Scott opened Air Core Aviation at Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) in 2006 to provide maintenance and other services for Rotax-equipped aircraft. “We’re doing well,” he said during the recent Northwest Aviation Conference, noting that Arlington Municipal Airport is known for hosting the show, which caters to the experimental and homebuilt airplane crowd, and that many of those aircraft use Rotax. “We are very, very busy,” he said. “The LSA movement is huge in the Puget Sound area and lots of it in the experimental category. There are hundreds of Rotax engines in the Puget Sound area and more

coming in all the time.” In addition to Rotax, Air Core Aviation also works on Jabiru, Continental and Lycoming powerplants. “The majority of our business, though, comes from Light Sport Aircraft,” he said, noting, “we are certified for Rotax repairs, heavy maintenance, overhauls and repairs on LSAs ranging from airplanes to powered parachutes to gyrocopters. We also do extensive work with experimental LSAs.” For the E-LSA owner who wants to do his or her own maintenance, Scott’s shop offers a course for them to earn an E-LSA repairman certificate. The Special LSAs, the ones that can be used for flight instruction, also have a place in the business. “Approximately 40% of our business comes from the S-LSAs,” said Scott. “We are actually a factory authorized service center for Tecnam aircraft, Flight Design CT aircraft, SportAir Sting aircraft and Evektor aircraft. Our business is growing every day. We just rented more space so we could expand.” Other services provided by Air Core include a builders assist program for aircraft owners who need that extra push and appreciate the expertise of certified mechanics when building an aircraft you intend to fly in.

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Legislation introduced to honor CAP WASHINGTON, D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the 112th Congress to honor World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol. The two identical bills are intended to award a single Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol in recognition of the service performed by the volunteer men and women of the organization who, using their own aircraft, conducted combat operations and other emergency missions during the war. In the U.S. Senate, Sen. Tom Harkin, DIowa, introduced S. 418, along with Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Mike Crapo, RIdaho, Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore. In the U.S. House, Rep. Bob Fil-

ner, D-Calif., has introduced H.R. 719. The introduction of the two bills starts a national campaign to honor Civil Air Patrol veterans in time for the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 70th anniversary on Dec. 1, 2011. CAP was established in 1941, one week before Pearl Harbor. The Congressional Gold Medal commemorates distinguished service to the nation and is considered by many to be the highest form of congressional recognition. Since 1776, only about 300 such awards have been given to a wide range of military leaders and accomplished civilians, including George Washington, John Glenn, Robert Frost, Douglas MacArthur, and Colin Powell.

The award to the Civil Air Patrol would be unusual in that a single medal would be awarded for the collective efforts of all CAP World War II adult members. Other organizations that have been recognized by Congress for their wartime contributions include the Navajo Code Talkers, Tuskegee Airmen and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). CAP and its members have received little recognition for their World War II service, particularly the anti-submarine coastal patrols, and were not granted veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; benefits. Other than some air medals for Coastal Patrol participants, CAP volunteers received little official recognition of their service, according to CAP

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After years of packing up truckloads of nylon fencing, fence posts, barrels, signs, tents and more for storage, this year’s Virginia Regional Festival of Flight volunteers will have a huge logistical advantage: On-field storage. Last year The Virginia Aviation Council purchased a 40-foot SeaLand container with funds donated by Aero Industries at Richmond International Airport. A volunteer crew headed by Cliff Martin and Ron VanSickle built support piers and graveled the approved location on the Suffolk Executive Airport. Fortuitously, a crane hired for another job appeared and had time to set the huge Hyundai-emblazoned box in place. Martin, VanSickle, and painter Bobby Clarke cleaned and painted the exterior and interior. For efficient storage Martin is designing and building customized storage racks and shelves. He also installed windows for natural light for which he plans awnings to enhance the appearance of the container. A side door with a stoop for quick access and a front loading ramp will make it easier to pack and unpack. The final fillip will be a banner designed by graphic artist Jim Heidish mounted on the container facing airport traffic to advertise the fly-in throughout the year. “When we put away the tents, custom banner supports, and dozens of pieces of equipment in April, the efficiency of this new addition will really be apparent,” said Martin. Dennis Holbrok, the Field Setup Chairman, agreed. “For years the major effort to offer the flying public a quality fly-in has been particularly labor intensive. Volunteers had to truck materials to a farm in another county. Now it’s right here on the airport.” Along with the older “Blue Goose” storage trailer that currently holds the pancake breakfast equipment, the Virgin-

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Students from seven high schools across Kentucky recently displayed their aviation knowledge at a statewide competition that brought together aspiring pilots and experienced aviation industry professionals. Frankfort High School took home top team honors at the SkillsUSA Aviation Competition at Shawnee High School in Louisville on Friday, Feb. 25. Jacob Alvey (pictured), a Frankfort High School aviation student, came in first in the advanced division. Also placing in the advanced division were Stephanie Jones of Frankfort High School and Jonathan Harvey of Muhlenberg County High School. Winners in the Fundamentals category were: Terry Lessor, The Academy@ Shawnee; Blake Greever, Monroe County High School; and Nick Hoffmann, Frankfort High School. More than 50 students attended the third annual statewide competition. The event was sponsored by SkillsUSA, a career and technical education organization based in Leesburg,Va. Students aspiring to launch careers as pilots, airplane mechanics, and airline managers were quizzed on their general knowledge of airplanes, which included making a safety check of a plane that had problems deliberately planted on it. Students’ flying skills also were tested on simulators. The competition also included an aircraft recognition test. Students were asked

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1945 NORTH AMERICAN P51D Mustang, 1305TTSN, 135SMOH by Nixon, Rolls Royce Merlin 1650-7 with transport-heads. Dual-controls. New Martin-radiator, new hoses, new tubes new hydraulics, fresh annual. $2,145,000. Will accept Harvard or AT6 on partial trade. Ron Fernuik 806-662-5823; ad#201 Piper Single - 3800

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FLORIDA, OCALA, Leeward: 2 homes w/ large hangars, 3bed/2bath. $299K & 5bed/4bath $599K. owner 407440-2209, ad#1543

AEROZONA AIRPARK PROPERTY. $887,500. FOR SALE. Taxi up to your beautiful home, park your prized possession in a 40’X60’ off in the is that perfect? This is a premier airpark with a hard-surface runway surrounded by elegant homes. 2610 sq ft home with attention to the finest detail & a kitchen that will delight the chef in the family. The workshop attached to the hangar for many a project, & what pilot doesn’t have a couple of projects? Close enough to Phoenix for fine arts, shopping & medical facilities yet distance enough for total peace & serenity of desert liv. ing. 5 Acres...Contact Martha T. Home 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 A/P Cotter. Spring Sale 20% off advertise prices below: Runway lot $64,900. 2.44-acre taxiway-tract 200’ from White River $69,900. 4% mortgage available. 870-4305545, ad#1573 NW AR Ozarks 83 acres, 1550 grass strip, hangar foundation. Unfinished 1000sq ft Home. Outbuildings. $160K 479-677-2679. 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. CaptLarryJobe. “UAL” retired. 209-962-5501 ad#167 ONE ACRE and 2 1/2 acres alongside runway for sale. Adelanto Airpark, Southern California, near Victorville Call Broker Bill 760-792-8072.AD#1173 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. Reduced AGAIN! Access to private F25 Airport. Airstrip has been recently paved. Property features 3-hangars on 5 beautiful acres. Remodeled 3br, 2.5ba, 2100sf home+ separate guest/inlaw/caretaker studio w/bath & kitchenette. Close to 3 recreational lakes. Level & private land yet only 30 minutes to Oroville (driving time) or Marysville. Fabulous views. $349,000. 530-271-1669. ad#1016 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.AD#1568 FLY ALL YEAR ROUND. Air-conditioned hangar and home on paved/lighted runway, gated-community, RVparking. Northern/CA. Only! $399,000. 530-347-3164, 541-848-0298. ad#978 PARADISE LAKES ESTATES and AIRPARK, gated community. Beautiful-lot on two-private water-ski lakes and a fully-permitted runway. $225,000. 818-891-8813. ad#343 Colorado - 9650 KELLY AIRPARK CO. Lot-#50. 4.4 AC site, survey, soils test and septic perc test done. $98,500. 719-3589437. ad#973

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SUGAR SPRINGS, OMI1, Airstrip lots. Choice Camping or building lots. Afforable prices. Call Alice Moore Remax Agent: 989-430-0966. Ad#’s1252-1255. Missouri - 9650

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PILOT’S DREAM: DISTRESS SALE! Only home on 3500’paved runway in Tennessee-mountains. 6.18acres. 4800sqft 5br/4ba, lodge. $350K. W/trade for late model Piper-6X.

NW MONTANA 2.74 acre Cabin Creek Landing lot. $85,000 OBO. Significant discount from developers lots. Call Jason 619-316-9718. ad#1533

ORLANDO AREA Aviation-properties, hangars, hangarrentals, including bank-owned. Chandelle Properties. Call Ron Henderson 407-712-4071 Keller Williams Advantage II Realty .ad#907 FLORIDA’S CANNON Creek Airpark, paved & turf runways. 2409 SW Sisters Welcome Rd. Suite 101, Lake City, FL 32025. Hangars and homes for rent when available. 0 interest, $280/mo. financing. 800-766-0406. ad #656

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MONTANA, WINDSOCK SKYPARK. The Last Best Place! Only 20-lots left for sale. One-acre or larger, on the Shores of Beautiful Fort Peck Lake in NE MT. City water, sewer, nat-gas, underground-utilities installed. paved-streets, taxiway to 37S public airport. Call Lanny Hanson at 406-526-3535 or 263-1154. Visit our website: Don’t miss the opportunity to Live in a beautiful hunting and fishing recreational paradise! LOTS NOW SELLING $60,000. Nevada - 9650 AUSTIN NEVADA 3BD/ 2BA Home across street from Kingston Airport. FAA LID (N15). $149,900. East 50 Realty. 775-964-2005. ad#1577 New York - 9650 ALMOST NEW Beautiful Home. 3,000sqft, 4BD/2 1/2BA, w/hangar,1.3acres, Lake-privileges. Rural Airport only 45miles from NYC. Warwick(N72) $535K. 973-865-9240. ad#851

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NC GSO-INT Area. Airstrip, T-Hangars, land and lots. ATT: Fed-X pilots. Call cell-336-707-8076. Possible partnership & owner financing. ad#1549 NO CAROLINA airpark 8NC2. Acreage lots starting at $24,500. Between Ashville & Charlotte NC. 1.5miles to Hwy 74 bypass. 2500’x90’ turf-runway, landing-lights, private lounge w/bath/hangar space. $125/mo, 864-8120482 ad#1569 Pennsylvania - 9650

CENTRAL TEXAS 2-story Condo, 3-BR/2-BA on 2acres, all-electric, 50X55-hangar, shared 3800’grass runway, swimming pool, $167,000. No State Income Tax..

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,

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SW UTAH Grassy Meadows Sky Ranch Airpark, 4000+ sqft home, 3br/3baA w/7200sqft hangar, $1,549,000. 435-635-7793. Details: ad#1090 Washington - 9650 TRI-CITIES WA, view home, private runway community, with 7 lots. Re/Max Fifth Ave. WA/360-808-4444. ad#1489 WA STATE. Cleared 2.23 acres, paved runway, Kadwell Field, Onalaska. Pilots only. Make offer. Possible Some financing. 425-335-1375. ad#1499 IMPRESSIVE COMBINATION of 20+level acres of land with deeded access to private airpark (51WA) Evergreen Sky Ranch, Key Realty. 206-276-2651. SEQUIM WA 2BD/2BA, 1250SQFT Home with hangar. Taxi right to Diamond Point Airport. Private Beach w/boat launch $183,000 425-346-5180. ad#1400 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. Airpark homes from $375,000 to $995,000. DECATUR ISLAND, WA: Taxi to 4bdrm, 3bath sunset bathed octagonal home w/hangar: $900K. Adjacent lot w/hangar, garden & fruit trees: $400K. Judy, Flying Island Realty, 360-375-6302

All lots 50% off now thru Dec 31. New airpark, Northeast Pennsylvania, 47-lots for sale. 1.25-3 acres, great views, underground utilities, sewers, some lakefront. EZ flight/drive to NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Connecticut. At Seamans Airport (9N3), 2500’paved IFR approach, lighted, all services, Build Your Dream Home This Spring! 866-924-7787 or South Carolina - 9650

A MUST SEE IN CLARENDON COUNTY SC “WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL” Gated airpark with underground utilities in place. Palmetto-POBox 777-Manning-SC 29102-803-473-2199 NORTH OF Hurricanes, south of snow: 3300 turf. 10mi to Myrtle Beach. 1acre. $75,000.Low taxes/insurance, “free DVD”. 843-602-8220. See at Sun N’ Fun. booth#99. ad#570

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tailwheel varieties, but the majority of my experience is with my two-seater, light vintage airplane. In the past few years, there has been a resurgence in popularity of these airplanes. Cubs have always been popular, but our Luscombes, Champs, Taylorcrafts and the like are becoming attractive to aviators who want an economical, fun airplane to fly that also qualifies for sport pilot privileges. Because of this growth in popularity, Internet forums and type club lists are bombarded with questions about our vintage tailwheel airplanes that qualify for sport pilot flying. Wow, that’s great except the requests that follow usually boggle the Deb’s pride and joy, Lester, at Pickens mind. Buyers want an airplane with full immaterial because there is always a headelectrical, including a starter, a radio (just wind when you fly these things, so you one will do), a VOR, a Garmin 430, an might as well sit back autopilot, an espresso and enjoy the view. machine with a five“Buyers want an A lot of the requests hour range, and a “deairplane with full for information are cent” cruise. In most cases in the electrical, including a from pilots who are looking to downsize classic market, they starter, a radio (just and are unfamiliar will get a fun, 65- or 85-horsepower, handone will do), a VOR, with type. In that case, when you find the propped airplane with a Garmin 430, an classic airplane that a handheld radio and GPS. You can bring autopilot, an espresso fits your fantasies, join the type club. There your own iPad with machine with a five- you will find accurate Foreflight for those information about purcomplex flight planhour range, and a chasing, maintenance, ning needs. The espres‘decent’ cruise.” and training. If a tailso machine is out. The wheel endorsement range is about two is needed, you will also find the CFIs hours because your butt can’t take much qualified to make the transition to the new more than that without a break. Cruise is bird a smooth one, especially since most of these do not have brakes on the right side. Please, please take any information that is handed out on other forums with a grain of salt. A lot of folks think because our vintage trainers are tailwheel airplanes, they are also STOL bush planes. They are not. Yes, a Cub can land in a small space, but take off on a hot day with two fat chicks and see if the rate of climb overwhelms. Remember, there are Cubs and there are Super Cubs, most of which are highly modified super performers. A 65-hp Cub is not Super. It’s sport pilot legal. It’s a delightful airplane, but it is not Super. Next, know your limitations and the limits of your airplane. Most of these light two-seat classic airplanes are a delight to fly and simple to land. Some just have quirks. Landing is straightforward. Land straight with the direction of travel. More, as in more speed, is not better unless the crosswind is excessive, then you need to go elsewhere for that landing. I read of heroic landings in crosswinds of monstrous proportions. Personally, I would pee my pants if such a landing Photo courtesy Deb McFarland

I was going to write about something pleasant this month but a comment, casually stated as fact on an Internet forum, really cooked my goose and has become the basis of the following rant. My flying buddies and regular readers are probably rolling their eyes right about now, thinking, “Lord have mercy. Here she goes again.” First, some background. I have been flying since 1997, not that long compared to some of the gray beards out there. I have accumulated 1,600 hours, again not as many as the CFIs or professionals who fly on a daily basis, but enough to have learned a few things from experience. About 600 of those hours were flown in the airplane I learned to fly in called Boy because the 80Y in the registration looked like B-O-Y. This 1962 Cessna 172C was my best buddy for five years. I loved the 40° of Johnson bar flaps. He and I, along with my friend Boonie Darnell, flew to a lot of places in that airplane. Then Lester came into my life. Flying took on a new perspective. I became very conscious of wind and its direction, and I learned that Luscombes land straight. Not a little cocked to the left or a little cocked to the right, they land straight. Or else. So for the last 1,000 hours I’ve tried to keep him into the wind and as straight as humanly possible. I like flying locally with the window open and the earth sliding slowly under me just as much as I like traveling abroad. Over the years I have had the opportunity to fly and land other aircraft, mostly

County Airport in Georgia. were necessary in Lester. Frankly, winds of that nature are usually gusty and turbulent. I can’t even get him to the ground to attempt such a Herculean endeavor. You don’t see the Twetos flying a small vintage taildragger in the Discovery Channel’s TV program “Flying Wild Alaska.” If anyone has experience and perspective, it’s those folks. Then there are the generalities, statements casually thrown out to encompass all situations. Using brakes on the landing roll “is a matter of course in a cross wind landing” is the statement that really got this rant rolling. My sensitivity to this statement is bias because I do fly a Luscombe. Brakes and Luscombes are not a happy combination. I use them to maneuver on the ground, but in my 1,000 hours, I have never used them to land. In 30 years of Luscombe ownership, neither has my Old Man. That has to mean something. Besides, the term braking on these old birds can be a stretch. Firestone Shinns often required that the owner perform a rolling run-up. Parts for the other brands are either so scarce or expensive that the use of brakes is banned all together. So if my experience carries any weight, classic tailwheel airplanes are a delight to fly. Are they great traveling airplanes? That’s up to the pilot to decide. Which is more important, the trip or the destination? Are you going to get all the bells and whistles and still fly sport pilot? Probably not in these birds. Will you be landing in 50 mph crosswinds, landing on gravel bars and stomping brakes in the landing roll? Maybe. But only once. 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. Deb can be reached at ShortFinal@

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