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Just a few weeks after finalizing the purchase of the assets of Thielert Aircraft Engines, Continental Motors Group reports that its Technify Motors division in Germany has successfully renewed all EASA certifications required to design, produce and maintain its line of Jet-A fueled Centurion engines. The certification renewal was required as part of the process to complete the acquisition of the Thielert assets, according to company officials. The Hangar Ten Aviation Services complex, located at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) in Kansas City, is responding to pent-up demand for new hangar space by adding an 11,000-square-foot multi-use facility. The planned structure will feature a large bay capable of hangaring aircraft the size of a Citation X, as well

as adjoining offices. Construction will begin in September with completion scheduled for January 2014. Arizona Flight Training Center now offers the ground school portion of its private pilot certification for free. The move is designed to boost the student pilot ranks, according to Rick Rademaker, president and chief flight instructor. He noted that pilots need to start training now to fill future openings for a “significant pilot shortage in the very near future.” Classes start in September. Spirit Avionics Global Parts Support Division, based in Columbus, Ohio, recently hit a milestone: Garnering $10 million in global aircraft parts sales in less than a year, achieving a 60% in-

crease over last year’s sales. The division distributes, sells, and maintains new, overhauled, and exchange parts and components through a network of OEMs and vendors. It also is an authorized Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Aircell, and Garmin service facility. Aviation Search Group reports that management hiring in the aviation industry is strong so far in 2013. When compared to 2012, the first half of 2013 reflected an 11% increase in all assignments, with the most noticeable increase — 40% — in executive and management roles, according to officials with the Fort Worth-based company. They add it is important to note that these positions were due to growth and not attrition.

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OSHKOSH — Paul Poberezny, the founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and a general aviation icon, passed away Aug. 22 at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, after a battle with cancer. He was 91. “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months,” the Poberezny family said in a released statement. “As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends,” the statement continued. “He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA.” The family also sent thanks to all

EAA members and aviation enthusiasts for “respecting our family’s privacy during this time.” Only private family services are scheduled at this time. Memorials in honor of Paul’s life and legacy can be made to any of the following: • EAA Aviation Foundation, P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, Wis., 54903; • Evergreen Foundation Inc., 1130 North Westfield St., Oshkosh, Wis., 54902; and the • American Cancer Society, Northeast Wisconsin, 790 Marvelle Lane, Green Bay, Wis. 54304. Look for more on Paul’s life and legacy in the next issue of General Aviation News.

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cially designed case in “The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age,” an exhibition whose centerpiece is the 1903 Flyer, the world’s first successful powered aircraft. Admission to the exhibition is free and viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis.

A rare Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, “Codex on the Flight of Birds,” is on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum until Oct. 22. The document, created in 1505, shows da Vinci’s interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. It includes sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight that predate the invention of the airplane by 400 years. It will be on view in a spe-

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame has named the Class of 2013: Retired Major General Patrick H. Brady, considered by many to be the top helicopter pilot in the Vietnam war and the first Army aviator to be enshrined in the hall; the late C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, recognized as the father of African-American aviation, who served as chief instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen; Capt. Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson, a Navy fighter pilot, astronaut, aeronautical engineer, record-setting pilot, and air racer; and the late Dwane L. Wallace, who worked at Cessna 41 years, retiring in 1975 as chairman and CEO. The enshrinement dinner and ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 4,

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at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Jeff Baum, founder of Wisconsin Aviation, the state’s largest FBO, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Oct. 26. Baum is one of Wisconsin’s most successful aviation entrepreneurs and business operators — and has been for the past 32 years, according to Hall of Fame officials. Wisconsin Aviation, which he started in 1981, offers flight training, aircraft rental, sales, maintenance, avionics, interiors, and line services at its three locations: Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in Madison; Watertown Municipal Airport (RYV); and Dodge County Airport (UNU) in Juneau. The 17,000-hour pilot has grown Wisconsin Aviation from a handful of employees in 1981 to more than 150 today.

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Kansas State University (K-State) will recognize training completed at any of the domestic Cessna Pilot Center flight schools as credit towards a student’s bachelors degree in technology management at the university’s aviation school at the campus in Salina, Kansas. Students will be able to take flight training at Cessna Pilot Centers and begin receiving university credit as of the fall semester of 2014.,

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Mark Baker has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Baker is to take office Sept. 6, succeeding Craig Fuller, who has held the position for five years. According to Bill Trimble, chairman of the AOPA Board of Trustees, Baker “has all the tools this job demands. Mark brings 35 years of involvement in the GA community as a pilot and decades of experience in leadership positions in the home improvement industry, such as Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. and The Home Depot. He has an extraordinary understanding of the importance of serving our membership and advancing their needs. He is well-suited to build on the foundation established by his predecessors and move AOPA forward.”

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A native Minnesotan, Baker, 55, became a pilot in his 20s and has logged more than 7,500 hours. An aircraft

owner, he said he enjoys flying everything from light seaplanes to turbines to helicopters, but his favorite airplane continues to be his Piper Super Cub. Baker and his wife, Vickie, have four children and six grandchildren. Not only did he encourage his father to learn to fly, but two of his sons-in-law have their pilot’s certificates and his own son will become a pilot soon as well. “Being selected as only the fifth leader of AOPA is a tremendous honor,” said Baker, an AOPA member since 1987. “Many of my happiest moments have been spent flying and sharing my passion for aviation with others. I am committed to the priorities of the membership and will ensure that AOPA’s focus remains on carrying out our mission of protecting the freedom to fly. Through the years, Baker worked

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16-year-old solos 10 planes in one day By BEN SCLAIR EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Nathan “Nate� Bruss turned 16 years old on Friday, Aug. 16. He celebrated by soloing 10 different aircraft from Flying Cloud Airport (FCM). “The day went great,� said Nate via email. “The wind picked up towards the afternoon and I had a 5 knot crosswind component, but it was within my personal limitations.� Nate started the day with three takeoffs and full stop landings in a Cessna 152. The remaining flights consisted of one takeoff and one landing per plane. In total, Nate logged 4.5 solo hours in

two Cessna 152s, one Cessna 162 Skycatcher, five Cessna 172s, and two Piper PA-28-161 Warriors. “I did two go-arounds throughout the day because of the wind and I had radio problems on one of the 172s that I fixed on downwind,� continued Nate. “Other than that, everything went very smoothly.� “Nate showed incredible determination throughout his flight training,� said Steve Bruss, Nate’s father, flight instructor and owner of Wings Insurance. “Most student pilots only solo one airplane.� In addition to launching his flying career, Nate’s birthday solos was an attempt to set a Guinness World Record

for “The Most Tricycle Geared Airplanes Soloed on the Same Day.� The attempt has yet to be verified. “Now that I have soloed, I will finish my private pilot requirements by the end of the month and begin work on my instrument rating, tailwheel endorsement, seaplane rating and sailplane license,� noted Nate. “I have also begun planning for the next record.� Nate finished the day with a ride in a Beechcraft T-34 Mentor. He made two passes with the smoke on. After landing, the entire group celebrated the day and his birthday with cake and congratulations.

Copperstate Fly-In not paying for FAA controllers CASA GRANDE, Arizona — Each October, pilots arriving for the Copperstate Fly-In at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ) have been greeted by an enthusiastic crew of FAA air traffic controllers, drawn from facilities throughout the western United States, all proud to have been selected to staff the temporary Copperstate Control Tower. This year, however, things will be different.

While both management and controllers are eager to support this year’s fly-in, slated for Oct. 24-26, the FAA’s implementation of user fees to fund such operations has dictated otherwise, according to Copperstate officials. For the first time in the 40-year history of the event, Copperstate organizers would be required to pay a user fee of many thousands of dollars to cover controller salaries, overtime, travel


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and other expenses. To add insult to injury, the FAA also declared the military surplus control tower that Copperstate has provided for the past 10 years (and which has worked flawlessly, unlike the FAA tower used previously) to be unsuitable for controller use, organizers note. The cost of the FAA-mandated portable control tower, and the technical staff to support it, would be added to the bill, officials added. As a volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Copperstate runs a “lean and mean� operation, maximizing the funds available to fulfill its mission of providing scholarships for young men and women seeking careers in the aerospace industry, organizers noted. “While the FAA has not provided a firm quote of the costs demanded for this year’s temporary tower — despite numerous requests that they do so — off-the-record estimates and a perusal of reimbursable agreements paid by similar events make it clear that paying the FAA will severely compromise, if not eliminate, the scholarship programs,� organizers said. The bill for FAA services at SUN ’n FUN was more than $250,000, while

the bill for AirVenture — which is being fought in court by the Experimental Aircraft Association — topped $450,000. Casa Grande Municipal Airport is a non-towered airport — and it will simply remain so during the fly-in, organizers state. While traffic volume is expected to be high during the fly-in, “a safe environment for air operations can be maintained by eliminating the operational complexity of previous years, which was primarily due to the use of special traffic patterns for local flights (passenger rides, factory demos, showcase, etc.),� organizers said in a released statement. “During this year’s event, these special traffic patterns have been eliminated, and all pilots will follow standard recommended practices for operations at non-towered airports.� While Copperstate’s usual Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) will disappear along with the tower, much of the flyin information previously provided by the NOTAM can be found in a Notice To Pilots, published on the Copperstate website.

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By CAROL LEE ANDERSON When school teacher Dan Caron begins classes this new school year, a new honor will have been added to his already impressive resume: 2013 Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year. Caron, a technology and engineering teacher at Bedford High School, is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He also serves as director of WinnAero’s Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy at Laconia Municipal Airport (LCI) in Gilford, N.H. WinnAero is a youth-based aviation organization that promotes science, technology, engineering and math through the use of aviation. The CAP’s Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a teacher for outstanding accomplishments in aerospace education and for possessing the attributes expected from our country’s teachers. Caron was nominated by Col. William Moran, who is New Hampshire Wing Commander. “Dan is energetic and dedicated to youth development, especially in aerospace,” he said. “He’s trustworthy, well organized, and is a wealth of information. He constantly provides interactive processes for learning and knows how to teach and hold

the students’ attention.” Susan Mallet, CAP youth development program coordinator on the national level, said Caron’s nomination stood above all the rest because he “works not only in his school but with youth during the summer. He has garnered the support of the community and has facilitated alliances with the aviation community to propel his programs ever onward — and he allows youth to be a part of the learning process — from design and creation to flying and experimentation themselves.” Caron didn’t plan to become a teacher. A competitive swimmer in high school, he was mainly concerned with finding a college that had a good swim team, and at the time, Keene State College in Keene, N.H., had one of the best. He enrolled and then began searching for a major that interested him. He became fascinated with technology and engineering when he saw his roommate returning with interesting projects he had constructed for his technology and shop classes. He decided to become a teacher and focused on the subjects that interested him: Science, technology, engineering and math. He graduated with a degree in industrial education. While employed as a teacher at DuVal High School in Maryland, a project

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in a 5 cubic foot canister, which would then be added to the payload of the Discovery. The students chose cockroaches mainly because it was already proven that the not-so-popular insect can withstand a ride into weightlessness, as well as the tremendous G-forces of a trip into space. Caron and his students built the habitat over a number of years. The experiment took almost nine years to prepare, and more than 150 students and 100 adults participated. The group made history when some of the roaches arrived back on earth alive, a first for an experiment prepared by a civilian group. Besides his teaching gig, Caron is also director of the ACE Academy based at Laconia Airport. “Having WinnAero located at Laconia Airport is fantastic,” he said. “The kids get to fly with pilots at Skybright. The Civil Air Patrol, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Laconia Airport Authority are all right there, and they are all a tremendous help.” Even after all these years, Caron’s face lights up when he talks about being a teacher. “I love teaching. It’s never the same; there’s always something different I can work on,” he said.,

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AD could have devastating effect on GA Charles Spence Capital Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the 1940s to the 1970s, Max Karant was a senior vice president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) who tirelessly and fearlessly fought for the interests of GA. Even though he frequently was blunt and sometimes vicious in his discussions with — and about — the FAA, most people respected him. In fact, on one occasion, an FAA official told me, “we weren’t always right, but he made us be right.” On one of the lighter occasions, Max asked an FAA official how he got ideas for proposing and writing regulations. “Well,” replied the official, “I’m sitting in my office and I hear a booming voice say ‘write a rule.’ I say ‘yes sir, good or bad? And the voice replies ‘BAD.’” That friendly exchange was good for a few moments of laughter, but the latest proposal from the FAA might have more serious consequences. That booming voice undoubtedly said BAD. This is a proposed airworthiness directive (AD) to limit the allowable time-in-service on cylinders produced by Engine Components International (ECi) that are in more than 6,000 Continental engines. The estimated cost of compliance is $82.6 million. Not only would enactment of the proposed rule have a devastating effect on owners of today’s aircraft, it could have an even greater impact on the entire general aviation world in the future. A few of the secondary effects: It could raise the cost of new and used aircraft and it could mean shorter time between overhauls. It also could result in fewer aircraft available, as the lack of replacement parts could ground an entire group of aircraft. Rob Hackman, a vice president for regulations at AOPA, and Dick Knapinski, senior communications advisor at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), point out these and other concerns. And on what is the proposed regulation based? Alleged problems in 30 instances out of more than 30,000 cylinders installed. This comes out to 1/100th of 1%. Add to this the lack of evidence that shows even one accident attributed to the alleged problem. Officials with all of GA’s alphabet groups want more information before Charles Spence is GAN’s Washington, D.C., correspondent.

filing their formal comments. The FAA needs to be more forthcoming with in-

formation, says Hackman. EAA and AOPA are exploring avenues for getting more information, including asking for public hearings. Another is to ask for an extension on the date comments are due to the FAA. Currently, Oct. 11, 2013, is the deadline for comments. (Comments can be made at; type Continental into the search box.) The proposed AD is based on recommendations from the NTSB. NTSB

recommendations are just that — recommendations. They have no governmental or legal authority. To paraphrase the jokester who said the way to eliminate mid-air collisions is to allow only one plane in the sky at a time, the only way to avoid engine parts problems is to allow only gliders in the air. Then, some government official would have to form an agency to figure out to get those safe vehicles in the air.

GA Caucus Gains Record Membership At a time when it feels like the GA community is under siege, I’m excited to be able to share some good news. The General Aviation Caucus in the House recently reached 197 members—a new record. Why is that signPÄJHnt? BLJHuse Congress routinely makes KLJPsions that afMLJ[[OL^Hy ^e Åy. Whether the KPZJussion is about FAA funding, user fees, avgas, GPS, NextGen, or sequestration J\[Z,^hat Congress says matters. The GA CauJus gives members of Congress a forum to disJuss ho^these issues and others afMLJ[ general aviation. It’sHWSHJL^herLLSLJ[LK ofÄJPHSs from HJross the WVSP[PJHS sWLJ[rum and the nationJHnJVUsider the role and value of general aviation. And it’s a WSHJL^Oere resWLJ[Ld and ar[PJulate GA advVJH[Ls like Harrison Ford JHn speak to LSLJ[LK leaders about^Oat the freedom [VÅ` means to the general aviation JVmmunity. With ever`LSLJ[PVn JyJSL, JHuJuses must be re-formed, starting from sJrH[Jh. That makes setting a membership rLJVrd just seven months into a nL^*Vngress an esWLJPHSSy promising sign, and ^LOVWL[VsLLWHY[PJPWH[PVU JVntinue to gro^. The House GA CauJus is JVJhaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. John Barro^(DGA), t^o leaderZ^Oo understand the value of general aviation as an LJVnomPJ engine and its PTWVY[HUJL to our national transportation system. Along^ith other members of the GA JHuJuses in both the House and Senate, they’ve been vVJHS advVJH[LZ for general aviation in JrP[PJHS battles over user fees, prV[LJ[PUN the integrity of GPS, delivering stable funding for aviation, and giving the FAA the ÅL_PIPSP[y it needed to make YH[PVUHSJhVPJLs regarding sequestration Juts. Their leadership is making a differenJLMVY pilots, airJraft o^Uers, and aviation enthusiasts ever`^Oere. 0LUJV\rage you to visit to Änd out if your LSLJ[LK representatives are GA CauJus members. If they aren’t, let them knV^ that general aviation is important to you. If they are, thank them for being engaged and helping preserve our freedom to Åy.

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Old Coot pilots propose new medical John Christensen Guest Editorial

I recently attended my 50th high school reunion. I had a wonderful time reminiscing with classmates. As one would expect, the rather large crowd quickly organized itself into small groups, according to interests, past and present. I found myself embedded in a pod of old coot pilots. After the hangar stories, lies and exaggerations were dutifully processed, the conversation topic switched to the Class 3 medical and our collective assortment of various health issues keeping us grounded. Many colleagues are aircraft owners John Christensen is retired Navy submariner, retired electronics engineer and retired (read grounded) private pilot. He satisfies his aviation yearnings with radio controlled warbird models, aircraft homebuilding as an EAA member and pestering his pilot friends for “passenger” time in the right seat. He lives in Manteca, Calif., with his wife, Ann and a gaggle of RC planes.

and pilots. Tickets run the gambit from ATP to private. All had one common interest: To somehow legally get back into the air as seniors. My story was simple. On my 40th birthday I had bypass surgery. No heart attack, just some odd feelings leading to a doctor exam, leading to an angiogram, leading to surgery. Two years following the surgery I had a couple of strokes, just for good measure. It turned out that the strokes were small bleeds in my left cerebellar, caused by improper dosage of the blood thinner I was taking. Years pass, I recuperate. After consulting my cardiologist, I decide to try again for my Class 3. A big mistake! I went to the FAA medical examiner, filled out the form 8500-8 and passed all medical tests. The doctor issued my medical certificate and I went home a happy camper. That lasted three days. That’s when I received a letter and phone call from the FAA demanding I immediately return my medical certificate. I’m sure my doctor was scolded as well.

Interestingly, the emergency recall had nothing to do with my actual health. Rather, the FAA had a laundry list of questions regarding medicines and a sizable demand for copies of my medical records. The oddest part of that request was a demand for 10-year-old bypass records. After submitting these records — and more — I finally gave up. This story is typical of my classmates. Conversation at the reunion quickly morphed into a discussion of the sport pilot certificate. All observed that while they supported the sport pilot ticket in principle, the privileges just do not satisfy the desires of a 1,000-hour grounded aircraft-owning pilot. During this brainstorming session we mutually conceptualized parameters for a possible new class of medical. Imagine the creation of a Class 3B restricted medical certificate. It could be issued by the FAA as a substitute for the standard Class 3 medical to a licensed private pilot encountering a medical ineligibility. This new medical would allow the private pilot to continue to act as PIC with no restrictions in aircraft type or operating privileges if accompanied by a second licensed pilot possessing a valid medical, whether it is Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 or Class 3B. Why do this? One look at Part 61.23 presents a dazzling array of allowable conditions, prohibitions and limitations

for various medical certificates. This could be simplified with the creation of a Class 3B certificate. This should be easy to enact and ultimately be a much easier transition for us “elderly” pilots. Furthermore, the statistical likelihood of two pilots becoming simultaneously disabled is vastly less than the risk of a single pilot medical failure. Importantly, pilot redundancy is already fully recognized by the FAA and has been practice for decades. I expect pilot compliance would be high. Most pilots have other pilots as friends and fly together anyway. Some of us own single-place aircraft, but that is a much easier issue to manage than having no medical. I do not believe a driver’s license will ever be authorized as a private pilot medical. This use is already established in the sport pilot realm and there is just too much uncertainty in the issuance of drivers licenses to meet the FAA requirement for private pilot. My 86-year-old father-in-law received a renewal from the DMV. He was bedridden with Alzheimer’s. Personally, I do not wish further restrictions on what, when or where I can fly; rather I would happily comply with the requirements of the Class 3B medical. I guess there is a downside, though. I’m sure the number of “lost medical, must sell” classified ads would drop.


Deb McFarland has done it again with her great Short Final column, “The Surly Bonds of Earth,” in the July 19 issue on those who have gone from us. We just lost two pilots here at Collegedale Municipal Airport (FGU) in Tennessee. One was 70+ who crashed his Cassutt racer and another was thrown out of his Zenair 601 because his seatbelt was not fastened and the canopy was not properly latched! GEORGE MILLER via email Deb, can you see them up there telling the angels to angle their wings differently for faster, smoother flight? KIMBERLY BUSH via A friend of mine and client slipped the surly bonds last month. Upon returning from a trip in the morning, he told the chairman of the company he wasn’t feeling well. He went home to his wife and two little kids an hour later and collapsed dead in front of them at age 40.


Have something to say? Send comments to or fax 858712-1960. Include your full name, address and telephone number (for verification purposed only). Please limit comments to 250 words or less. Dan Wesson was a corporate pilot, mentor to young kids, friend, husband, father, devout follower of Jesus Christ, and a great American. He will be sorely missed. DAVID PERDUE via Deb, another great story. Losing friends is never easy, but with the knowledge they have shared with us and the friendship they have given, they will always be remembered. We have lost our share of greatness here in North Carolina as well — we all have, no matter where we park our planes. But their memories and stories are still with us. It’s true that “Pilots NEVER die,” they just fade away. JIM DUKEMAN via


Re: The feature about Lowell Farrand, “The go-to guy for homebuilders” in the July 19 issue by Bill Wilson: There are not many people who can claim that they were the first pilot of an entirely new category of aircraft. I doubt that any of the others are with us yet today. It is great to see that the pioneer in powered parawing flight is truly a great guy, too! Good job, Bill! ROY BEISSWENGER via Love your article, but you left out a really important detail: Lowell and Gay are two genuinely nice people. JOHN WESLEY via

Re: Thomas Turner’s Guest Editorial “He died doing what he loved” in the Aug. 16 issue: As one who has attended a number of funerals for fallen aviators while in the USAF and in civilian life I agree with you. At 76 and still flying, I cannot tell you the number of times that I have suggested to people that they not engage in a particular activity and was told that they could handle it. I have admitted my reluctance to “take chances” verbally and in writing. Flying is a joy that I love, but only with the reasonable assurance that I will return to do it again. I do not intend to die “doing what I loved” and I am sure my wife of 47+ years agrees with me. DR. KENNETH NOLDE via Mr. Turner always makes his “point” a lasting one; this time was one of his best! If you have lost a very good friend to an aircraft accident, this will stay with you like the friend’s memory. DAVE WILSON via

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Declare your independence: Fly cheap Jamie Beckett Politics for Pilots

There are two kinds of GA pilots in the world. The first group is the experienced pilot who wants to continue flying as often and for as many years as possible. A major deterrent to meeting that goal is cost. Renting an airplane at $100 an hour or more is difficult for many of us. And let’s face it, $100 an hour has become a pretty attractive rate in many parts of the country. The second group is the wannabe pilots. These are the folks who dream of flying, but are either dissuaded by well intentioned, but ill-informed, friends and family, or by what they perceive as the exorbitant cost of learning to fly. It doesn’t matter which factor turns them away. This group represents the future of GA in the United States, and if we cannot appeal to them with a legitimate argument that dispels their fears, we will lose the battle for access to the skies. Case closed. This is important because whether you agree with the idea or not, cost is undoubtedly, inescapably, undeniably a Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport. He founded and serves as a member of the Polk Aviation Alliance in central Florida, and is an unabashed aviation advocate. You can reach him at

Never “cheat” death. Make him work so hard he is on the verge of giving up. Remember your weapon is SAFETY, wield it with passionate abandon! RAY KLEIN via I would think that if any pilot who has been killed in a crash could come back and say just one thing, it would be “but I didn’t want to die, period.” SANDY ST. NOBLE via


I enjoy Dan Johnson’s Splog column, but take exception to one or two things. You state there are 132 different models of Light-Sport Aircraft available and that is true. The only problem is that there are only about 10 that the average Joe Pilot can afford and they are iffy. I am 6-foot, 2-inches, 275 pounds and

factor of considerable importance in the decisions people make. It matters when they buy a house, a car, a motorcycle, a boat, or a country club membership — all of which are purchased in large numbers on a continuing basis across the country. You’ll notice a unifying thread in that last paragraph, too. I didn’t talk about renting, I suggested people buy, because they do. Yet we still encourage people to rent airplanes as a matter of course. It’s time for us to wake up, change course and set our sights on success. The key to inexpensive flying is airplane ownership. It’s true. Owning is less expensive than renting. The math bears me out on this, too. Wanna fly for cheap? Buy an airplane. Wanna learn to fly for $5,000 or less? Become an owner. A good, well maintained, perfectly airworthy Cessna 150/152 can be had in any corner of this country for less than $25,000. It will typically burn something on the order of six gallons of fuel per hour. Insurance is reasonable, parts are plentiful, and it continues to be the enjoyably docile trainer it was half a century ago. For a slightly higher price you can put a number of Piper, Cessna, or other venerable names on the ramp at your home airport. The fuel burn may be a bit higher, but the utility of the aircraft will be enhanced, too. 80 years old. Just how many of those sub-$150,000 airplanes am I supposed to fit in, carry a passenger and be able to load more than a couple of gallons of fuel? I’ve been flying since 1959 and still utilize my 1966 C-172. I’d love to let my medical expire and go LSA, but can’t afford to. Thanks for letting me vent my spleen. BOB DASZY via


Re: “The frugal owner” by Brent Owens in the July 5 issue: I owned a Mooney for 13 years and sold it last year because it just got too expensive and it wasn’t right for the mission. I bought a LongEZ and I absolutely love it. Operating costs are minimal and I do most of the maintenance under the supervision of a good A&P mechanic.


comfortable in. Best of all, you can afTake your pick. The options are plenford it. tiful. The total? You can earn your priNow, take that purchase price, the vate pilot certificate for $4,350. That insurance rate, the tie-down or hanassumes 50 hours of total flight time gar cost, and maintenance expenses. and 40 hours of dual instruction over Add them all up, then cut them in half. a three-month period. Shoot for a sport Heck, cut the big number in quarters, or pilot ticket and you can cut that cost eighths. It doesn’t matter what percentdown below $3,000. age you pick. Find a fraction of ownerThose are absolutely achievable ship that works for your wallet, and call goals for most people who are motivatthat your goal. Then go find partners, ed to fly. And best of all, that’s a price a a flying club, or a fractional ownership high school kid with a part-time job can deal that works for you. They’re all cover without going into debt. A year available, yet most of us never look for of working at the local burger joint will them, or recommend the option to our put enough in the bank to learn to fly. friends. Another tremendous benefit to this Consider the math however, and this method is the new less-than-traditional pilot has built-in acapproach starts to cess to a familiar and make a lot of sense. “The key to affordable airplane. Let’s say you want to learn to fly, but inexpensive flying is Time building just got cheap. you can’t part with airplane ownership. Of course I left out $10,000 or more for one important figure the privilege. So you It’s true.” in that math. I did buy a one-eighth not include the value share of a 40-year-old of the equity share in C-152. It’s well mainthe calculation. In this case, $3,125. tained with a mid-time engine, less than And I left that number out for a very 5,000 hours on the airframe, and has important reason. It’s recoupable. If the reasonable radios installed. student quits, or loves flying so much Even in a full-equity partnership, they want to step up to a bigger, fastyour share of the purchase price would er, more capable aircraft, they can sell be only $3,125. Assume $150 per month their share and get every dollar of their contributed to a common account for investment back. maintenance and fixed costs. You could Yep, you really can learn to fly, or operate that airplane for less than $50 fly recreationally, for a very affordable an hour. rate. It’s certainly not as effortless or Hire a CFI independently at $35 an immediate as walking up to the counter hour, which is more than most flight and renting an airplane. But then, did schools pay their CFIs, but less than you drive to work this morning in a car they would charge the end user for his you owned or a car you rented? or her services, and you’re in the ball This discussion will continue. It’s game. time to change the GA paradigm. Let’s You’re learning to fly in an airplane do it together, shall we? you know well and feel increasingly Experimental aircraft are not for everyone, but I imagine that an LSA would be comparable (but probably a bit more expensive to buy). My issue with flying is not the operating costs, including fuel. The problem I am having is that in the area I live (Miami), small general aviation is not welcomed. I share a hangar at a small GA airport and we have been told that we will be evicted when our lease expires because they want to put airplanes that spend more in fuel and maintenance at the field. Plain, simple and direct. Some people in the field threatened to sue and the FBO operator backed out on that statement but mentioned that leases would be renewed at $1,200 a month. You can fly for less. It’s called sport aviation and I had a beautiful sunset flight yesterday after work in an aircraft that flies like a dream, turns everyone’s heads at the airport, and used only three

gallons of fuel. Can’t get any better (well, except for the hangar situation). CHRIS MARTIN via I hear you Chris. Our local airport has catered to jet traffic and hasn’t built a new hanger or fixed up the terminal in 30 years. Hangars are used to store boats, RVs, and furniture. They don’t care about the little guys with airplanes. It really bothered me for awhile and then I realized I was wasting valuable energy being pissed off. I think in the future we will need public “airplane launch” airports where you can land and takeoff and then drive or trailer your airplane home. Let the FBOs cater to the big guys — they need to make payroll like every other business. DAVE HILL via


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Introducing The Frugal Pilot Dan Ramsey The Frugal Pilot

costs by a factor of four or more. If it’s required for safe flight, such as frequently flying out of a cloudy home airport, it’s a necessity. If it’s only required once or twice a year, it’s really not a necessity; it’s a want. Maybe it should stay in your budget, but only after the safety and other vital needs are met. Recent economic changes also can make you rethink your flying budget. Maybe your job was downsized, so you’re considering cutting back on your toys, or you’re planning for an imminent retirement and want to fly more. In any case, it’s a good idea to review the costs of flight. The solution to overspending is to periodically analyze why you fly and to come up with a realistic mission for your future flying — then measure it against your flying budget. Once a year, maybe during the winter or other non-flying season, sit down with your log book and your check book to make sure they reflect your flying mission. To get your creative juices flowing, here are some typical reasons why many pilots fly: • To go somewhere. Frugal pilots often define their flying by where they

In the July 5 issue, I offered readers my 10 Tips for Frugal Pilots. Evidently there are many pilots who want or need to fly on a budget, so I’m now offering the first of a regular column on being a frugal — not cheap — pilot. Thanks to the readers who commented on my article and to my airport buddies who shared their ideas. The first tip offered was: Remember why you fly. That makes sense, but it is quite easy to forget as we start thinking about all the options and opportunities we pilots have. Faster aircraft, new electronics, upgraded instrumentation, a fancier paint job — they all vie for our interest and our wallets. But do we need them? Maybe. The problem is that complexity increases costs exponentially. Upgrading simple VFR instrumentation, for example, to IFR can easily multiply Dan Ramsey is The Frugal Pilot ( and author of books and websites about low-cost aviation. He flies a 1958 Cessna 150 from his tie-down at a rural airport in northern California, where he’s also the airport manager to help fund his flying.

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the flight is solo or with a friend or fly, such as to specific airports, new relative or two, so why not share the airports, for business, for scenery, or for a great hamburger. They may ride? Maybe it’s a colleague from also define where they go by how work, a spouse, a child or grandthey go: Fast or slow. Pilots often child, or someone who recently exprefer one over the other. pressed a desire to go flying. Flying • To go nowhere. Many pilots prefer is a gift to be shared. to stay near the nest, simply flying • To overcome fears. Not everyone the pattern to someday achieve the feels totally comfortable in an airultimate goal of the perfect landing. plane high above the ground — inOr they have a specluding many pilots. cific course they In fact, that’s why most enjoy flying, some became pilots, taking in the scento overcome a natu“Flying is a gift ery, but typically ral fear with the irto be shared.” only landing at refutable facts of their home airport. aeronautics. Once • To see the world accomplished, they from above. Many pilots fly because help others overcome similar fears. it literally adds a new dimension That’s why they fly. to their lives. Looking down from • To build a professional aviation ca2,000 feet, crab grass is invisible. reer. Many pilots fly for a living. Hanging in the air in familiar surTheir private pilot or sport pilot cerroundings can be a real stress-reductificate is just the first of many. It’s a er at the beginning or end of a workworthwhile goal that motivates them day or week. to select an aircraft and fund their • To discover themselves. Most pilots flying, typically on a budget, to meet have other titles: Father, mother, specific goals. In the real world of flying, there is no husband, wife, partner, employer, single goal for any pilot. All have mulemployee, professional, workaholic, tiple goals. But one or two of these flyetc. But they all take a back seat to ing goals is prominent — at least for the pilot-in-command. In the left seat, next few years. To be a frugal pilot, first they are in control. And the hard consider the primary and secondary reawork and study that brought them sons why you fly and keep them clearly to this title and position gives them in mind as you plan and purchase your individual pride found in few other flying needs for the coming year. personal endeavors. In the next column, I’ll talk more • To share recreation. Many pilots about keeping it simple. See you in the prefer not to fly alone. The fuel costs pattern! about the same no matter whether “The Name to Remember for Aircraft Engine Parts and Service”

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Continuing a family tradition By JANICE WOOD

The Pilot’s Bill of Rights, Part 2

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More than 30 years ago, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) taught his son Perry to fly in the family’s 1954 Grumman Tiger. Perry’s first cross-country flight after he soloed was to Oshkosh, his dad sitting proudly in the seat beside him. Fast forward to this year’s Oshkosh and Inhofe, a regular at Oshkosh no matter what is going on in Washington, D.C., keeps looking at his watch. He’s waiting for the arrival of the family’s Grumman, this time piloted by his grandson, Cole, who soloed just three weeks before the big show. “He’s flying up here in the same Grumman Tiger with his dad sitting next to him,” Inhofe said, unable to contain a smile. In the family tradition, Cole was taught to fly by his father at Riverside Airport in Tulsa. Making his first landing at Oshkosh was “exhilarating,” said 16-year-old Cole, who noted that it was also his first-ever short approach. “I’ve seen my dad fly in here for eight years straight,” Cole said. Like so many things in life, trying to describe how he felt as he navigated the Oshkosh skies was difficult, according

Cole, James and Perry Inhofe at this year’s Oshkosh. to the teenager. “You hear people talking about how much fun it is,” he said. “But when you do it the first time, it’s a feeling you can’t replicate.” He said he thought it was going to be “cool,” but “that doesn’t even begin to compare to when you actually fly in.” “It’s like the first time you ever tried dessert,” he said. “You just want to do it again.” Cole plans to continue in the family tradition, earning his private pilot certificate, then adding on as many licenses and ratings as he can. Looking farther into the future, he

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After his grandson’s safe landing, Inhofe went to work at Oshkosh, meeting with pilots to get input on a second Pilot’s Bill of Rights. It will be designed to cover circumstances that weren’t addressed in the first Bill of Rights, Inhofe noted. If you would like to make suggestions, you can contact Inhofe through his website at Inhofe. Inhofe also hopes that GA’s leading alphabet organizations, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, can act as clearinghouses for ideas.,

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I have received a number of questions regarding the level of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP) in modern automotive engine oils. It appears that people are experiencing a significant number of camshaft and lifter failures on newly overhauled engines with flat tappets. The failures appear to be caused by a lower level of ZDDP in the latest spec oils. This does not concern normal certified aircraft engines, which are designed to run on non-ZDDP oils, but may concern some Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) engines, automotive conversions, or your ground transportation engines. Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. He has been a private pilot since 1985. You can contact him at

About 40 years ago, the oil industry began using a standardized rating system for oils. In spark ignition gasoline automotive engines, the classification ratings were SA, SB, SC, and SD. Through the years, the specs have been updated to today’s SN rating, which you will find on almost every quart of oil you buy. This change in spec never caused a problem with older engines because the newer spec oils usually met all of the requirements of the previous specs. But that has changed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a requirement that all automotive manufacturers must not only meet the emission specs for cars when they are new, but they must also maintain a certain level of emissions over most of the expected life of the vehicles. Testing showed that the phosphorus from the ZDDP in the motor oil was poisoning the catalysts in the exhaust converters, which resulted in failing the emissions tests at high mileage. To help solve this problem, the manufacturers issued the ILSAC GF-1 through GF-5 specifications a few years ago that limited the allowable amount of ZDDP in the automotive oils sold for

their new vehicles. The limit went from about 1,000 parts per million (PPM) for GF-2 oils down to around 600-800 PPM for GF-5 oils. The spec is even more confusing because the limit is in percent by weight of phosphorus and different ZDDP additives have varied levels of zinc. But the bottom line is if you use an SM or SN oil with the ILSAC GF-5 label, it will have the lower limit of around 600-800 PPM zinc. In a flat tappet lifter engine, the point where the camshaft contacts the lifter is the highest load point for the lubricant. ZDDP additives work by attacking and coating the cam and lifter face with a microscopic layer. Then when the lobe starts to open the valve, that layer is sheared off. This is called sacrificial lubrication and it greatly increases the load-carrying capability of an oil. Tests have shown that the amount of wear on a cam decreases as the amount of ZDDP is increased, up to around 1,400 PPM zinc. Above that level, the wear will actually increase due to zinc pitting. So all automotive oils have contained around 1,400 PPM of zinc additives for many years. The new SN spec works well in new engines because they all have roller valve lifters that do not need the higher ZDDP level. And most older cars are well broken in and can usually live with the lower level of ZDDP. However, if someone overhauls their engine or replaces the camshaft, the lower level of ZDDP will not provide enough anti-wear characteristic to protect the new cam and lifters.

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So what do you do? One solution is to replace the cam with a roller cam and lifters. If that is not an option, you will need to check with your lubricant supplier to see if it has an oil in its line that still has 1,200-1,400 PPM zinc. Putting an additive with ZDDP may not work, because it could put the zinc level over the limit, which could increase the cam wear. So it’s important to stick with the right oil. Now this is were the confusion really kicks in. I called or went on the websites of four different oil companies, and got five different answers. But one thing they all agree on is that any oil with SN and a GF-5 label will have only 600-800 PPM zinc. But some oils have an SM label and not the GF-5. What are the zinc levels of these oils? Most thought they would have 1,200-1,400 PPM zinc. Also there was some confusion about heavy duty engine oils. Most agree that unless the oil has an ILSAC GF-3 to -5 label, that it probably would contain 1,200-1,400 PPM zinc. I have been using a heavy duty 15W-40 oil and have not had any problems. Another option would be to buy a specialty racing oil or an oil recommended by your mechanic or camshaft supplier. I would like to restate that you should never use an oil containing ZDDP in a certified aircraft engine as it can cause valve sticking, bearing failure, and possible pre-ignition. This information is meant for the VW, Corvair, and other auto engine planes and ground vehicles that may have a problem with low zinc oil. Now I do not have a problem with the EPA requiring long-term testing. I think it is a good idea. I do not have a problem with the auto manufacturers changing their spec. But why they do not bother to tell the automotive service community that there may be a problem does bother me. I guess they expect us to just buy new cars and not fix the old ones.

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OSHKOSH — As Sonex Aircraft celebrates its 15th anniversary, the company created a lot of buzz at this summer’s AirVenture, announcing that it is now taking deposits for the SubSonex jet; debuting a new Sensenich propeller for the Aero-Vee-powered aircraft, as well as unveiling special honors for company founder John Monnett. “AirVenture 2013 is shaping-up to rank among the top of the list as one of the most significant and exciting shows in Sonex history for our ownership and staff, prospective and current customers alike,” Sonex Aircraft General Manager Mark Schaible said at the show. “Our management team and staff have worked tremendously hard over the past 12 months to maximize the number of strategic goals we can bring to the table in 2013, and the stars have aligned for Sonex Aircraft in many other respects this year.” Among the news announced: Kit reservation deposits are now being accepted for the SubSonex Personal Jet. Company officials said $10,000 refundable deposits will be used to assign reservation numbers to prospective SubSonex customers on a first-come, first-served basis. A guaranteed price of $125,000 is being offered for the first 10 deposit holders, to include the SubSonex Ultra-Quick Build Kit, along with the PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine with installation accessories. Kit deliveries are anticipated to begin mid-year 2014. Sonex also recently announced the availability of Quick Build Kits for Sonex, Waiex and Onex models, including pre-built fuselage and wing structures, along with an installed canopy. The Quick Build versions are available as a $10,000 upgrade. The Quick Build Kit has been audited by the FAA’s National Kit Evaluation Team and offers construction services near the maximum percentages allowed under the Experimental/Amateur-Built 51% rule, company officials said. While at AirVenture, Monnett was honored for his contributions to the Experimental Aircraft Association community by being presented the EAA Freedom of Flight Award and the SETP Spirit of Flight Award. EAA’s Freedom of Flight Award is bestowed annually to an individual whose contributions to aviation closely mirror the integrity, entrepreneurship, and innovativeness of EAA members. “EAA’s Freedom of Flight is the organization’s highest honor and represents the ideals and culture of the organization by sharing the spirit of aviation,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman. “John Monnett is a most deserving recipient because of his vision, his ingenuity, and his focus on welcoming more people into the world of flight. We are honored

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Deposits are now being taken for the SubSonex. to welcome him to the list of those who have earned this award.” The Spirit of Flight Award, sponsored by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, is presented annually to an EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development or flight test. The winner is nominated by EAA and is selected by SETP’s board of directors. “The SETP Board of Directors is delighted to select John as this year’s Spirit of Flight Award recipient,” said President Doug Benjamin. “He is an exceptional individual whose contributions to sport aviation are unparalleled. The values John has brought to the world of homebuilding and, in particular, his work in the development and testing of the Sonerai family of aircraft and their many derivatives puts him in a class by himself.” Monnett is a multi-thousand hour private pilot with glider and seaplane ratings, as well as turbine aircraft authorization for the SubSonex Personal Jet. He got his start in the homebuilt aircraft industry with the Sonerai I aircraft design in the early 1970s, and has the full line of Sonerai aircraft designs to his credit, along with the Monerai sailplane, Moni motorglider, world-record holding Monex racer, and the entire Sonex Aircraft product line. He is an inductee of the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame and has received honors such as EAA’s August Raspet Award, the Oshkosh Key to the City (awarded during AirVenture and traditionally reserved for legends in the aviation world), and many others. Also at Oshkosh, Sonex officials gave an update on the company’s new T-Flight Transition Training program, which took off in May. The program provides transition training ranging from half-hour basic aircraft familiarization flights, to multi-hour ground

John Monnett with the Sonerai I and Waiex. and dual instruction packages targeted to satisfy the most-common homebuilt aircraft insurance industry requirements while preparing students for flight in their own Sonex Aircraft. So, far, 24 students have gone through the program, company officials report. Several have gone on to successfully accomplish the first flights of their Sonex Aircraft projects, Sonex officials add. The syllabus used for the T-Flight Transition Training program is a collaboration between Sonex Aircraft and the newly-formed Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation, a type club for Sonex designs. The syllabus is available for download from the websites of both the company and the club, in an effort to encourage more flight instructors to offer transition training for the growing community of Sonex Aircraft pilots, company officials said. Also at AirVenture, Sensenich Pro-

peller introduced a new ground adjustable propeller designed specifically for AeroVee powered aircraft. This propeller use Sensenich’s same internal pressure molded system that has proved successful on so many Light-Sport Aircraft, company officials said. The Sensenich/AeroVee Ground Adjustable Propeller is available from Sonex Aircraft for $1,750. Lastly, officials noted that 2013 is a landmark year as the company marks the 15th anniversary of the Sonex design and the founding of Sonex Aircraft. Feb. 28 was the official start of the anniversary celebration, being the 15th anniversary of the first flight of the Sonex prototype in 1998. Sonex Aircraft (originally named Sonex-Ltd.) was established soon after and the sale of the first set of Sonex plans followed in August 1998.,

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Celebrating new Able Flight pilots OSHKOSH — For the sixth consecutive year, the manufacturers of the Sky Arrow Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA) joined with Able Flight at AirVenture to welcome new pilots into the aviation community. During a ceremony at the show, Charles Stites, founder and executive director of Able Flight, introduced the program’s latest new pilots — Dennis Akins, Young Choi, Warren Cleary, Deirdre Dacey, Stephany Glassing and Andrew Kinard — who each received their pilot wings from various members of the Able Flight Board of Directors. The pilots trained in specially adapted Sky Arrows. According to officials with Italian-based manufacturer Magnaghi Aeronautica S.p.A., the hand controls are provided at no extra charge to disabled pilots who buy new Sky Arrows. “We couldn’t have accomplished this dream without the adaptive elements of the Sky Arrow,” noted new pilot Warren Cleary. The Able Flight pilots trained this summer with instructors from Purdue University, who used two Sky Arrows. Collectively, the Able Flight pilots

logged 250 hours of flight training in five weeks. In its six years of existence, Able Flight has helped 33 disabled men and women earn pilot certificates; 24 of these students have taken their training in the adaptive Sky Arrow. “We change lives, make pilots, and give people aviation career skills,” Stites said. “Our students are three times more successful at attaining a pilot certificate than the national average of student pilots. That speaks to the quality of instruction and the suitability of the aircraft.” Mike Hansen, a partner in Hansen Air Group, which rents the Sky Arrow out of its suburban Atlanta flight center, said Cleary has become one of his best customers. “Warren recently rented a Sky Arrow to fly several of his family members off his parents’ private strip, Mustang Field, after earning his private pilot certificate in the Sky Arrow,” Hansen said. “We love seeing Warren at our facility.” “I can’t stay away from that aircraft,” Cleary added.,

Able Flight’s newest pilots at this year’s AirVenture.

Living With Your Plane directory open to all The directory of residential airparks at our website is now open to all visitors. The directory includes a plethora of information, including airpark contact information, as well as airport details, including lat/long, runway surface type, length, obstructions, lighting and more. On the airpark side, we include the number of lots, average lot size, and utility information, as well as a Google Maps overhead image. To access the directory, go to and click on the Directory link in the top navigation bar. CC&RS

Stephany Glassing with aerobatic superstar Patty Wagstaff.

Club awards scholarship At this year’s AirVenture, the IMC Club awarded its first-ever proficiency scholarship to Florida pilot Matt Lockhart. Lockhart was one of 30 IMC Club Inner Marker fellows who participated in a raffle for the $1,000 scholarship. To qualify for the Inner Marker Circle you must be a current IMC Club member and have flown at least one instrument approach every month for six months prior to your application. Flights can

be in IMC, under simulated instrument conditions or in an FAA certified AATD flight simulator. The IMC Club is dedicated to the promotion of safety and proficiency among its instrument-rated members. The club has chapters around the country, where members meet to discuss topics specific to instrument flying. Members call it “organized hangar flying,” according to club officials.






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A slice of aviation heaven in Illinois



This summer marked my 13th AirVenture. After a few years of going to the big show, I noticed that whenever I encountered someone with a particularly unusual or well-kept airplane, the names Bel Air Estates and Poplar Grove Airport (C77) in Illinois were attached to them. The privately-owned, public use airport came first, says Steve Thomas, whose father Dick established the airport in 1972 after retiring from dairy farming. “Before what is now known as the Poplar Grove Airport, we did have a strip on the farm where I grew up,” Thomas says. “It was a marginal grass strip complete with a hill, trees and AL FOCUS — A I wires for obC E IRP SP A stacles at each end. It wasn’t an ideal, safe landing strip.” According

to Thomas, his mother was behind the idea of creating a better, safer airport, so his father went to work on his new project. “Boone County was the only county in the state that didn’t have an open to the public airport, just a few private strips, so it made sense for him to create one,” Thomas explains, adding, “I had a very important job in the beginning: Cleaning the manure out of a couple of cattle sheds that we converted to the first hangars, which we still use today.” In 1994 Dick Thomas went west, and Steve Thomas and his wife Tina bought the airport. At the time, it was home to approximately 40 airplanes, a small flight school, and a maintenance shop. “The airport was struggling like other small, general aviation airports,” Thomas says. “Recognizing that we could never be a meaningful commercial-corporate airport with Rockford located 14 nautical miles away and no state or federal funding, we chose to develop our airport as a lifestyle airport — friendly, fun, home to cool airplanes, and the people and pilots who love them.” Poplar Grove Airport is located within an hour’s drive of Chicago, Milwau-

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This 1946 Taylorcraft is just one of 400 aircraft based at Poplar Grove.

The airpark is centered around families, neighbors and aviation. kee, and Madison, Wisconsin, an area saturated with pilots. This, coupled with available land, led to the establishment of Bel Air Estates in 1997. By 2001, the airpark was sold out. There are 100 lots with airport access, 40 lots without access, and 39 condominiums on the property. The airport has a 4,000-foot hard surface runway, as well as north-south and east-west grass runways. “The grass runways are very impor-

tant to us,” Thomas says. “We maintain the airport like a golf course, which is important to maintain desirability, property values, and demand.” The airpark doesn’t have a homeowner’s association, according to Thomas. “Since I already owned and maintained the common area, there was no need for an association,” he says. “When people purchased a lot for their home and hangar they were granted an easement for the use of the runways.

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The airport also has a museum, staffed primarily with volunteers. There are some good benefits to this arrangement. Besides not having the job of creating and maintaining an association, these folks aren’t subjected to the liability of the common area, runways, underground fuel storage and such — I already have it. The homeowners with airport access just pay the airport a monthly fee for the use and maintenance of the airport, which is currently $77 a month.” You don’t need to be a pilot to live at Bel Air Estates, according to Thomas, who notes that three of the homes with airport access are occupied by nonpilots. “They love the neighborhood,” he explains. “What makes this a true neighborhood is everyone gets to know everyone, unlike subdivisions today where you barely get to know the folks three doors down. Another important aspect to our neighborhood is that it’s large enough that you’re bound to connect with someone who has the same interests as you. These common interests could be the type of airplanes you like — antiques, classics, Bonanzas, RV — or it could be age, military background, families, you name it. To a certain degree, our neighborhood is one big family.” The airport has a symbiotic relationship with the airpark. The FBO, Poplar Grove Airmotive, has a flight school and, according to Thomas, a “well-respected” engine overhaul shop. “Our flight school is important to

bringing and developing new blood, so to speak, into aviation and our community,” he says. “In addition to the typical flight school airplanes, we teach, rent and promote tailwheel instruction in our J-3 Cub and Cessna 140. Our business has a great relationship with the neighborhood. The flight school seems to be a gathering place for coffee, stories, and to see who’s going to what fly-ins or activities.” The airpark is home to a wide variety of aircraft.

Vintage planes are the norm at C77, as are open hangars and BBQs. um. The idea was to create a pre-World War II museum highlighting automobile and aviation transportation. One of the most important acquisitions for the museum was the stone hangar that houses many of the artifacts. The hangar was built in 1937 by the Workers Progress Administration at Waukesha Airport near Milwaukee. As the museum was beginning to take shape, the association learned that the hangar was slated for demolition and removal. “It would break our hearts to see this

“We chose to develop our airport as a lifestyle airport — friendly, fun, home to cool airplanes, and the people and pilots who love them.” — Owner Steve Thomas “As you might expect, there are a number of RVs here, 20 J-3 Cubs, 15 to 20 Cessna 120-140s, Luscombes, homebuilt biplanes, lots of Bonanzas and other store-bought airplanes,” he says. “Another important aspect is people fly their airplanes. It is very active here on a nice day, so there’s always something to see.” In 1997, the shared interests in vintage aviation led to the creation of The Poplar Grove Aviation Education Association and the creation of the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Muse-


beautiful stone hangar get demolished and end up in a landfill,” Thomas recalls. “We made a pitch for it to the local authorities and they agreed to allow us to dismantle it stone-by-stone and restore it here at Poplar Grove. It was a huge task.” According to Judi Orsi Zangs, the general manager of the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, the exhibits are made up of donated and loaned items. “One very popular item is a new 16foot bronze statue of Elrey Jeppesen

by sculptor George Lundeen, which was just donated to the museum this year,” she says. “There is also the 1931 Corben Baby Ace, Serial #1; a 1930 Model A Mail Truck; and a cutaway of a Wright Cyclone R-1820 engine, soon to be joined by a completely restored airworthy 1941 Aeronca Chief.” The museum’s curator, Joanna Dowling, has a long-term plan to create exhibits that show how the early aviation and automotive industries grew together in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, she continues. “The exhibits show how these innovations in transportation changed society and how we work and play,” she says. The museum has three part-time employees and many volunteers. It is funded by donations, memberships, and year-round fund-raising events, such as a monthly hot-dog brat lunch. The museum’s educational foundation gives away $8,000 a year in scholarships to fledgling pilots. The airport also is home to the thriving Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1414, which holds Young Eagle events and, during the summer months, monthly fly-in breakfasts. “Considering the airport, neighborhood, the diverse personalities and airplanes — there are over 400 based here — and the activity, we truly have a special place here,” Thomas says.,


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A most extraordinary place to live By LARRY GRIGGERS Nestled under the airspace of the busiest airport in the world, Mallards Landing is home to about 150 property owners who love living in this aviationcentric community located in Henry County just south of Atlanta. The airport, identified as GA04, features a 4,500-foot grass runway, pilot controlled lighting, and a nice comfortable width of 150 feet over most of its length. Homeowners can easily taxi to the runway from hangars located on their lots. The community features a 76,000gallon state-of-the-art pool and tennis courts and is managed by a homeowners association and several working committees consisting completely of volunteers. One neighbor even maintains a sophisticated weather station for the use of the pilots. Larry Griggers is secretary-treasurer of the Mallards Landing Homeowners AL FOCUS — A ECI IRP SP A

Interaction is encouraged by two annual fly-ins where hundreds of home­ owners and their guests assemble to cheer on the aviation skills of pilots who compete with each other and keep the crows thrilled with their antics. The neighbors take up anyone for a free flight who wants to fly. Many of the residents are commercial pilots, as well as active and ex-military pilots. Some of the resident pilots have flown in every theater of combat from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. From a Chili Cook-off that allows residents to compare their culinary skills to Bob’s Movie Night at one of the neighbor’s full-sized old-timey movie theater in his hangar, to awesome fireworks displays on the Fourth of July, Mallards Landing lives up to its slogan of “A most extraordinary place to live!”

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Luxurious living with your airplane

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The mantra “if you build it, they will come” may have worked to attract baseball fans in the movie “Field of Dreams,” but it takes more than a runway to attract homeowners to an airpark. For the developers of SilverWing at Sandpoint Airpark in Sandpoint, Idaho, there were three important attributes in mind when they looked for a place to build a new airpark. “It had to be adjacent to a public airport with a runway long enough for larger aircraft; it had to be close to a vibrant town where people could walk or take a short drive to restaurants, shopping and activities; and it had to be in a beautiful location that offers year-round recreational activities and flying,” said Mike Mileski, one of the developers of SilverWing at Sandpoint. The project was spearheaded by owner John McKeown, an avid pilot who had always wanted to build a residential airpark. A flight that took him over Long Bridge, Lake Pend Oreille, and downtown Sandpoint, culminating with FOCUS — AIR CIAL a landing at E PA SP Sandpoint Airport (SZT) on the 5,501foot runway convinced him he’d

found the right place. The airpark is located on 18 acres adjacent to the airport. SilverWing purchased the property in late 2006. The first model home was completed in 2011. There are 44 residential lots ranging in size from 6,000 square feet to 27,000 square feet. Lots can be individually built on or combined for larger hangarhome units. “There are five designs to choose from, ranging from a 50 x 42 foot hangar with an equal size residence above to a 60 x 70 foot hangar with over 4,200 square feet of residence above,” said Mileski. “The average cost of building a hangar and a residential shell starts at $75 per square foot and can increase depending on finishes and other items an owner wants to do. All of our lots are on fee simple land and ready for immediate build out.” Lot buyers have the option of using their own contractors or using SilverWing’s builders. They can also buy the lots and hold them for future use, he noted. The streets, entryways, taxiways, parking and tie-down areas are paved. The community is fenced with a gated key pad entry. Mileski noted that there are plans for the construction of a 10,000-square-foot common area, which will include an exercise center with a pool and spa and a BBQ area. The airpark is under the jurisdiction of the City of Sandpoint, while the airport is owned and operated by Bonner

County. The development has a recorded perpetual easement for access to the runway, as well as an approved residential Through The Fence agreement with Bonner County, in perpetuity. “Having a TTF agreement with an airport sponsor on a public airport is an extremely rare attribute to an aviationrelated residential development,” said Mileski. A recent decision by the FAA that all new TTF agreements will be considered on a case-by-case basis means that future approvals may be difficult to come by. That decision also grandfathered in existing TTF agreements, like the one at SilverWing, Mileski noted. The perpetual TTF is structured so that each owner pays an annual fee of $150 to Bonner County for access rights. Fees of $75 a year will be required for any additional aircraft that are hangared for longer than 30 days. SilverWing also runs the FBO on the Sandpoint Airport through a sister company, SilverWing Flight Services. The FBO offers Jet-A and 100LL, as well as other amenities, such as a pilot’s lounge, rental and courtesy cars, catering, de-icing, hangar space, and tie-downs. Flight instruction, scenic tours, and aircraft rental are also available. Mileski noted that the airpark developers are not the only people to see the appeal of the northern Idaho community. “The Sandpoint Airport is one of a few mountain resort airports located in the center of town, just minutes from skiing, boating, shopping and restaurants,”

he explained. “USA Today named Sandpoint one of the best five small towns in America and we couldn’t agree more. In the winter, Schweitzer Ski Mountain is the place to be. Just a 15-minute drive from the SilverWing, Schweitzer was named the ‘best kept secret’ by Ski Magazine. From the top of mountain, at 6,400 feet, the stunning views include Canada’s Selkirks, Montana’s Cabinet and Bitterroot Mountain Ranges, as well as Lake Pend Oreille. Downtown Sandpoint is picturesque with holiday lights, earning Travel+Leisure’s accolade as one of ‘America’s Prettiest Winter Towns.’ When the weather heats up, activities on Lake Pend Oreille are boundless. At 65 miles long and 1,150 feet deep, Lake Pend Oreille is Idaho’s largest and the fifth deepest lake in the United States, making it great for boating, kayaking, fishing and more.” In addition, Sandpoint has a thriving arts community with year-round cultural events, including art gallery tours, and a community-owned theater that features performing arts and weekly films, he said. Sandpoint is also home to many festivals, including the two-week-long Festival at Sandpoint, an annual event featuring showcases of both international and local composers, and performing artists in an outdoor setting on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. A virtual tour of the development, including a fully-furnished model home, is available on the SilverWing at Sandpoint website.

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ASRS Reports These are excerpts from reports made to the Aviation Safety Reporting System ( The narratives are written by the pilots, rather than FAA or NTSB officials. To maintain anonymity, many of the details, such as aircraft model or airport, are often scrubbed from the reports. Aircraft: PA-28 Primary Problem: Procedure This was an IFR flight. Takeoff and climb was normal and the original altitude request of 4,000 feet was amended to 6,000 feet by the pilot to get on top of the cloud layer. No visible ice was observed during the climb out. Upon reaching 6,000 feet, oil started to flow freely onto the wind screen. An emergency was declared and assistance requested. TRACON responded by providing a new transponder code and vectors to the nearest airport. As oil pressure was decreasing rapidly, power was reduced and an emergency descent started. Because oil covered the windscreen, visibility was reduced and the descent was made on instruments. TRACON continued to provide vectors to the airport until radar and voice contact was lost at about 2,300 feet. Airport was identified and landing was made. Upon inspection of the aircraft, it was determined that the crankcase breather tube was blocked by ice. This caused it to be pressurized and oil was forced out through the crankcase/prop seal. The aircraft lost five quarts of its eight quart capacity. Contributing factors could have been that the aircraft was placed on heat 48 hours prior to takeoff, creating an excessive amount of moisture within the engine crankcase and engine compartment. Air intake winterization kit was not installed. Engine was not generating enough heat to dissipate moisture picked up from climb through clouds. Aircraft: Skyhawk 172 Primary Problem: Human Factors I was making a second approach after going around due to a gust of wind just before touchdown. During the second attempt the wind was about a 20° right quartering crosswind steady at about 10 knots. As the upwind wheel made contact with the runway, a gust of wind from the right blew the airplane toward the left side of the runway. I put in right rudder and aileron, but by this time the aircraft was pointed toward the left edge of the runway and the airplane went off the left side of the runway, narrowly missing a runway light. The airplane came to rest in a gully about 50 feet

from the left side of the runway where I shut down the engine to prevent damage. After inspecting the airplane and propeller for damage and finding none, I took the tow bar out and pointed the aircraft toward the runway and got it as close as possible. I cleared the rocks out of the path of the aircraft and restarted the engine and taxied to the ramp. After this incident I learned an important lesson on crosswind landings and making sure that you are well versed in the operation of the type of aircraft you intend to fly. Aircraft: Bonanza 36 Primary Problem: Human Factors I was flying to CDW. I was about three miles east of MMU and around about 1,500 MSL and talking to MMU Tower. The sun had just fallen below the horizon. ATIS at CDW was calling about 4 or 5 miles of visibility and it was hazy. CDW seemed to have what appeared to be an overcast/broken layer at what I would estimate to have been 4,000 feet. The light seemed very flat and there was a sort of “graininess” to the scenery. This is an area that I have been flying in for over 20 years. To be ahead of the airplane and to give the greatest amount of time for the CDW Tower controllers to be aware of my arrival, I always ask MMU Tower to allow me to switch frequency to CDW at their earliest convenience. MMU instructed me to switch frequency while still about two miles outside of CDW’s Delta airspace. CDW was using Runway 22 and I was predisposed to expecting that (Mistake Number 1). I switched to CDW Tower frequency and announced that I was landing. The Controller asked me to set up for left downwind 22 entry. I was already west of the extended Runway 22 centerline and was caught unprepared (Mistake Number 2). I asked if I could have right downwind 22 entry and I was told by Tower that he needed me to be on left downwind 22. I confirmed and tried to get my visual cues. The only way I can describe the visibility and visual cues was that they were extremely strange. After 20 seconds of scanning the land features to no avail, for the first time in my flying life, I was having a hard time discerning where I was in relation to the airport. For some reason I came to the false conclusion that I must have changed headings by accident and may have wandered too far east towards TEB. I immediately turned about 90° left to the northwest and flew in that direction for what I believe to have been 30 seconds. Then I looked at my GPS and realized that I had made a mistake and I initiated a 180 to the right and

headed southeast. About a minute later I located CDW. I estimate that I was 4 nm to the west of the airport and concluded that I was far enough away that I should not interfere with close traffic (Mistake Number 3). A short while later I saw a low-wing aircraft at my 1 o’clock, opposite direction, approximately 200 feet higher than me, and approximately 400 feet horizontal from me. I suspect that he was flying the right crosswind for 22. I was sure that we would pass each other without incident; as a result I did not make any sudden maneuvers in order not to surprise the other pilot. About 10 seconds after we passed each other, I heard a pilot report that an airplane passed directly in front of them. I immediately transmitted to Tower that I believe it was me. I was reprimanded by CDW Tower and he asked why it was that I headed west and then east. He went on to say that his instructions are to be followed and that if he instructed left downwind entry, I had to do as he instructed. To compound matters, it was apparent that he was coordinating an aircraft with some difficulty that was coming in from the west. Once I heard that, it all made sense to me. He wanted the aircraft with the difficulty to be alone in the western quadrant and that is why he sent me to the eastern quadrant. Aircraft: PA-32 Primary Problem: Ambiguous I was safety pilot, right seat, the pilot was hooded, [and] we were VFR below the ceiling. We were cleared for the ILS 20L approach to PDK and were established on the localizer at AABEE. The pilot had started descending from 4,000 feet. ATC ordered an immediate 500 FPM climb for traffic at 12 o’clock. I took the controls, pitched up and advanced the throttle. The pilot removed his hood and we both began scanning for the traffic, which was made difficult because of the pitch attitude. I reported the traffic was not in sight and moments later saw movement to my right. The other aircraft passed about 300 feet below us, 90° to our course. I reported the traffic was no longer a factor. I turned the aircraft over to the pilot; he replaced his hood and continued the descent. ATC turned us over to the Tower. The traffic call was incorrect; we expected it to be from the front. The approaching aircraft was probably about 2 o’clock when ATC called. This seems like a small difference but the 12 o’clock call focused my attention in the wrong direction. The resulting tunnel vision caused me to miss the traffic until it was very close.

Aircraft: Beechcraft Twin Primary Problem: Aircraft During climb out after second power reduction, right engine lost power. During the immediate action drill on right engine, left engine lost power. Regained power in left engine by full throttle and fuel booster pump on. Engine was surging. Same for right engine and for each fuel tank. With power reduction on final both engines lost power. Landed aircraft, coasted to taxiway but initially could not get clear of runway. Was able to restart left engine and occasionally right engine with full throttle to get to ramp. The aircraft had not been flown in a long time. Maintenance had been done on the fuel tanks in preparation for this flight, which stirred up 50 years of contaminates that got into the carburetors. Aircraft: PA-28 Primary Problem: ATC Jacksonville Center’s radio coverage at Vidalia and Reidsville, Georgia, is limited to about 2,000 to 3,000 MSL, or about 2,000 AGL. Most of the terrain in this area is about 200 feet above sea level. The problem is we are at the very edge of radio reception on certain frequencies. The designated frequency for ZJX at RVJ and VDI is 127.57. This frequency works best when the remote transmitter at Alma and AMG (VOR and airport co-located) is operational. The problem is this remote transmitter is frequently out of service. When it is working, we can pick up ZJX on 127.57 down to about 2,000 MSL. When not in operation aircraft must be at or above 3,000 MSL and it is still spotty reception. The next closest frequency for JAX is 132.5. The remote transmitter for this frequency is located at Millen, Georgia. Millen is about the same distance (30 to 40 miles from VDI as AMG), but it seems we are able to pick up ZJX on this frequency constantly down to about 1,500 MSL. My question is how do we go about making an official request to get the 132.5 frequency for VDI and RVJ? It will greatly improve safety and communications in VMC and IMC conditions when aircraft must descend below 1,000 or even 1,500 AGL for approaches. There have been numerous occasions when relays through other aircraft have been required to maintain contact with ZJX during instrument approaches and cancelling IFR flight plans and VFR flight following into VDI and RVJ. I am certain this must be frustrating for the center controllers, as well as transient aircraft passing through our area.


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Scheyden launches new watch line at Oshkosh

Scheyden launched its True Aviator watch series at AirVenture with the introduction of its first model, Steam Gauge. The watch, priced at $2,992, offers a bi-directional ATIS bezel as a paperless reminder of Automated Terminal Information Service (ATIS) recordings. The lower gauge is a multi-feature digital IFR timer that can be used for timing instrument procedures or assisting with timed checklist items. The upper gauge features a magnetic compass. Other features include a chronograph, alarm, count-down timer, water-resistance, and global airport identifiers.

with dual-band ADS-B transceiver for $1,994 or an iFly 720 with AHRS enabled single-band ADS-B transceiver for $2,394. This all-in-one GPS/ADS-B package allows pilots to flight plan, position track, and monitor ADS-B weather and traffic while in-flight. The iFly 720 includes a transceiver control panel for initial setup and functions like changing the squawk code, using the Ident commands and more.

Mobile app for G1000 training released Glass cockpit retrofit debuts for TBM 700/850

A glass cockpit retrofit kit for DaherSocata’s TBM 700 and TBM 850 aircraft was unveiled at AirVenture. STC approval for this installation is expected later this year. Key elements of the retrofit kit are a Garmin G600 dual-screen as the primary flight display, a Garmin GTN 750 touchscreen as the multi-function display, a Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics MD302 stand-by instrument module, and a replacement panel. Cost of the basic upgrade will be approximately $120,000, and initial installation time is estimated at 300 manhours, according to company officials.

iFly 720 bundle introduced

Now available is the iFly 720 GPS/ Vision-Pro ADS-B bundle presented by Adventure Pilot and SkyGuardTWX. Pilots can choose from an iFly 720

Jeppesen has released a mobile app that offers Garmin G1000 avionics system training on the iPad. The app covers all IFR and VFR operational aspects of using the avionics system in flight, Jeppesen officials said. The app offers several choices, including the full G1000 training course, or individual programs, such as IFR, VFR or individual course chapters.

iLevil AW for homebuilts and LSAs premieres

The new iLevil AW ADS-B receiver for experimentals and light-sport aircraft (LSA) from Levil Technology integrates an AHRS, 978 MHz ADS-B receiver, WAAS GPS and iPad/Android compatibility using its integrated WiFi technology. It also introduces three key features, including an integrated

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8-32V power adapter, which allows direct connection to the airframe’s 1224VDC system, leaving the cigarette lighter receptacle free for other portable systems. In case of a power-failure emergency, the AW continues to function as a portable device by using its internal rechargeable battery, company officials explain. It also provides speed and altitude measurements by connecting directly to the pitot-static system. There’s no need to recalibrate existing instruments, and its internal pressure transducers are already calibrated, providing “right now” airspeed and pressure altitude information while still monitoring ground speed and GPS altitude, officials note. The iLevil AW also features two RS232 ports, which facilitates connection between an iPad and the panel instruments. The AW outputs ADS-B and GPS information through one of its serial ports, enabling standard panel mounted avionics to access free weather and traffic information while the tablet is used simultaneously for backup or complimentary display. The iLevil AW is available now, priced at $1,395.

pany officials. Pilots can receive TIS-B and FIS-B uplinks, giving them access to traffic, graphical weather and other data displayed on a compatible MFD or iPad via a WiFi module, as well as being fully compliant with the upcoming 2020 ADS-B equipage mandate, company officials noted.

New iPad display from MyGoFlight

MT-Propeller earns FAA nod for new propeller

MyGoFlight unveiled at AirVenture the MyGoFlight Sight Line Display (SLD), which puts flight information in a pilot’s line of sight, company officials note. It can take the heat with an operating temperature range between 0° to 140°F; is sunlight readable with an anti-glare display; and can be mounted without blocking existing instruments, officials said.

FreeFlight ADS-B transceiver receives TSO

FreeFlight Systems has received TSO authorization for its RANGR FDL978-XVR ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) 978MHz transceiver family with optional internal WAAS/GPS. The transceiver provides full ADS-B In and ADS-B Out capability, with a WAAS/GPS in a single box that meets pilots’ needs today, according to com-

Engine Install Retro Kit now available for RANS

Now available from RANS is an engine install retro kit, which features a fiberglass or carbon fiber cowling. With no more rad louvers on the top cowl, the new design has a reverse scoop on the belly, and radiator under slung, company officials said. Benefits are better cooling from a smaller, lighter radiator, less cooling drag, and easier engine maintenance, officials add.

MT-Propeller has received FAA certification for the Mitsubishi MU-2B for its latest generation high performance composite propeller. The five-blade propeller reduces cabin noise from 105 dB(A) to 90 dB(A) and improves the takeoff, climb and cruise performance, according to company officials The risk of a hot start is also reduced due to the faster start-up with the light composite blades. The composite blades also reduce the aircraft’s empty weight, officials add.

‘Private Pilot eBR’ released

Pilot Mission has released “Private Pilot eBR,” an interactive flight training eBook created for the iPad.

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New Products The book was written and illustrated by Robert Wilkes, while William Hecksteden created the videos. The videos are built into the book, which saves readers the trouble of having to stream them if they are not near a network, company officials say. The “Private Pilot eBR� can be purchased on Apple’s iBookstore for $19.99.,

Twin Commander updates fuel tank liner install kit

Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a new Custom Kit (CK) that improves the removal and reinstallation of the center fuel cell liner. Repeated removal and reinstallation of the center fuel cell and liner system can lead to damage to the parts, as well as oversized assembly holes, company officials noted. CK189 features reusable fasteners for reassembly of the liner encasing the center fuel cell on affected models. Installation also will reduce the time required for subsequent inspections and disassembly of the fuel cell liner, officials add.

tion. Inside each book is a code that will grant you access to Prepware Online, allowing you to take practice exams. You also can obtain endorsements to take the actual FAA Knowledge Exam for pilots.

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Sporty’s offers fresh approach to checklists

Now available from Sporty’s are Thru-View Checklists. Available for many models of aircraft, the checklists are printed on transparent static-cling vinyl so they can be placed on a window, a clear visor or any smooth surface. The Thru-View Checklist requires no adhesive and includes a takeoff checklist, a before landing checklist and several emergency checklists. Price: $17.95. Aircraft make and model will be specified when you place your order.

Dual and WSI take flight with integrated weather and flight planning solution

Dual Electronics’ XGPS170 GPS+ ADS-B Receiver is now compatible with the WSI Pilotbrief Optima for iPad. The in-flight weather received through the XGPS170 integrates with the WSI Pilotbrief app, giving pilots real-time weather coverage from pre-flight to final approach, according to company officials. The WSI Pilotbrief platform delivers high-definition weather, integrated flight planning and charts in one app. The continuous reception of ADS-B weather data during flight enables the pilot to make informed decisions during unpredictable weather, company officials note. The Dual XGPS170 receiver retails for $699.,

Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has launched its new online training program directed at FBOs, corporate flight departments, municipalities, fueling agents, line service technicians, and mechanics. New regulations were adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) saying that employers must have employees trained on the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) elements and Safety Data Sheet format by Dec. 1, 2013. The new course meets the requirements of the new regulation, ATA officials said. Cost of the online training is $89.95.

ASA releases 2014 test prep books

Now shipping are ASA’s 2014 Test Prep books for pilots and Fast-Track Test Guides for mechanics. New to the 2014 line is the addition of free online testing and authoriza-

Eclipse releases safety enhancement package

Eclipse Aerospace has released a new package of safety enhancements for existing Eclipse Jet owners that includes anti-skid brakes, auto throttles, a new, independent standby display, and improved EFIS software, including the ability to display full size charts on the current Multi-Function Displays.

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Calendar of Events



Western United States

Sept. 06-08, 2013, Reno, NV. The Great Reno Balloon Race, 775-826-1181 Sept. 07-08, 2013, Sidney, MT. Wings of Freedom III, 406-480-1173 Sept. 07, 2013, Burlington, WA. Skagit­ Flight Fest 2013, 360-757-0011 Sept. 07, 2013, Albuquerque, NM. Land of Enchantment Fly-In Sept. 07-08, 2013, Hood River, OR. Annual Hood River Fly-In, 541-308-1600 Sept. 07, 2013, Yakima, WA. Coffee-Social Fly-Out planning. Sept. 07, 2013, Fresno, CA. End O’ Summer Fly-In & Car Show, 559-289-8000 Sept. 07, 2013, Fort Jones, CA. Scott Valley Fly-In Sept. 07, 2013, Ephrata, WA. Great Northwest Air Race, 206-399-7097 Sept. 07, 2013, Ramona, CA. EAA Chapter 286 Meeting, 760-489-9031 Sept. 08, 2013, Willits, CA. Willits Airport Day & Kinetic Fly-In, 707-841-6252 Sept. 10, 2013, San Martin, CA. Pilot Gathering & West Coast Aviation Historian, 408-390-3581 Sept. 11-15, 2013, Reno, NV. Reno Air Races Sept. 12, 2013, Mountain View, CA. Hangar Flying and Coffee Drinking Sept. 14, 2013, Payson, AZ. 2013 Payson Aero Fair Sept. 14, 2013, Yakima, WA. Coffee-Social Fly out planning. Sept. 14, 2013, Moriarty, NM. Young Eagle Rally, 505-263- 6657 Sept. 14, 2013, Compton, CA. 3rd Annual EAA 96 Fly-In and Model Expo, 310-612-2751 Sept. 14, 2013, Hood River, OR. Second Saturdays at WAAAM Air and Auto Museum, 541-308-1600 Sept. 15, 2013, Las Cruces, NM. EAA 555 Pancake Breakfast, 575-541-1198 Sept. 15, 2013, La Verne, CA. Antique Aircraft Display/Car Show and Hot Dog BBQ Sept. 18, 2013, Santa Monica, CA. Public Benefit Flying for Angel Flight West, 310-390-2958 Sept. 18, 2013, Palo Alto, CA. Public Benefit Flying for Angel Flight West, 310-390-2958 Sept. 21, 2013, Sedona, AZ. Sedona Airport Family Fun Day, 928-862-0210 Sept. 21, 2013, Mack, CO. EAA Chapter 800 Young Eagles Flight, 970-858-4261 Sept. 21, 2013, Hanford, CA. Display Day, Breakfast, & Young Eagles, 559-585-2589 Sept. 21, 2013, Erie, CO. Young Eagles Rally, 720-675-8643, Sept. 21, 2013, Concord, CA. EAA Chapter 393 Young Eagles Rally Sept. 21, 2013, Mojave, CA. Classic aircraft display day

South Central United States

Sept. 07, 2013, McKinney, TX. EAA Chapter 1246 1st Saturday Coffee and Donut Fly-In, 214-549-9563 Sept. 07, 2013, Troy, MO. EAA 1387 Sept. 21-22, 2013, Mexico, MO. Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day & Fly-In, 573-581-9000 Sept. 21, 2013, Terrell, TX. Flights of Our Fathers Fly-In, 972-524-1714

Sept. 21, 2013, Bartlesville, OK. 57th Annual Tulsa Regional Fly-In, 918-622-8400 Sept. 21, 2013, Louise, TX. Under the Wire Fly-In Sept. 21, 2013, Granbury, TX. EAA 983 Fly-In, 817-889-7036 Sept. 22-27, 2013, Sherman/Denison, TX. U.S. National Aerobatic Championships Sept. 26, 2013, Maryland Heights, MO. Monocoupe Fly-In/Reunion, 636-939-3322

North Central United States

Sept. 06-07, 2013, Galesburg, IL. National Stearman Fly-In, 309-343-6409 Sept. 07, 2013, Midland, MI. Pancake Breakfast, 989-835-5828 Sept. 07, 2013, York, NE. Breakfast Sept. 07-08, 2013, Greencastle, IN. Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days Sept. 07, 2013, Peoria, IL. Breakfast, 309-453-5602 Sept. 07, 2013, Wheeling, IL. LEFC Breakfast Meeting, 847-791-9964 Sept. 07, 2013, South St. Paul, MN. Saturday Lunch at the Hangar, 612-991-0013 Sept. 07, 2013, Poplar Grove, IL. Poplar Grove Dog n’Brats Lunch Sept. 07, 2013, Red Wing, MN. Annual Bar-B-Que, 715-441-1790 Sept. 08, 2013, Mt. Morris, IL. FlyIn Breakfast, 815-732-7268 Sept. 08, 2013, Jackson, MN. Annual Fly-in Breakfast Sept. 08, 2013, Waukegan, IL. Wings over Waukegan Sept. 08, 2013, Maple Lake, MN. Pork Chop Dinner Fly-In/Drive-In, 763-670-6021 Sept. 08, 2013, Cloquet, MN. EAA 1221 Food and Fun Gathering, 218-310-4301 Sept. 12, 2013, West Chicago, IL. Fox Flying Club Membership Meeting Sept. 14, 2013, Jackson, MI. EAA 304 Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In, 517-783-3988 Sept. 14, 2013, Oshkosh, WI. Fly-In Drive-In Pancake Breakfast & Airport Expo, 920-725-5352 Sept. 14, 2013, Council Bluffs, IA. Great Plains Wing CAF Flight Breakfast, 402-981-4633 Sept. 14, 2013, Lansing, IL. Illiana Air Derby Sept. 14, 2013, Fort Wayne, IN. EAA Chapter 2 Young Eagles Rally, 260-693-6191 Sept. 14, 2013, Pewaukee, WI. Chapter 18 Young Eagles Rally, 414-732-6782, Sept. 14, 2013, Roscommon, MI. Fiesta Fly-In, 989-821-9158 Sept. 14, 2013, South St. Paul, MN. Saturday Lunch at the Hangar, 612-991-0013 Sept. 14, 2013, Hanover, IN. The Buzz About Bees, 812-866-3211 Sept. 15, 2013, Hector, MN. 71st Annual Hector Flight Breakfast, 320-848-2745 Sept. 15, 2013, Neillsville, WI. Fly-In Breakfast-Rotary Club, 715-238-7378 Sept. 15, 2013, Urbana, IL. Fall Festival, 217-714-9573 Sept. 17, 2013, South Saint Paul, MN. EAA Chapter 1229 Sept. 19, 2013, Lakeville, MN. Twin Cities Chapter IMC Clubs meeting, 612-710-7141 Sept. 20, 2013, Caro, MI. Michigan Air Tour 2013, 586-552-8118 Sept. 20, 2013, Rogers City, MI. Michi-

gan Air Tour 2013, 586-552-8118 Sept. 21, 2013, Jacksonville, IL. Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast Sept. 21, 2013, Peoria, IL. Breakfast, 309-453-5602 Sept. 21, 2013, Marquette, MI. Michigan Air Tour 2013, 586-552-8118 Sept. 21, 2013, Mora, MN. Fall Colors Fly-In Chili Fiesta, 612-390-5029 Sept. 21, 2013, Rock Falls, IL. The Old Fogeys Fly-In, 309-441-6106 Sept. 22, 2013, Hinckley, IL. EAA 241 Hinckley Grassroots Breakfast Fl-In, 815-375-1772 Sept. 22, 2013, Enderlin, ND. Enderlin Airport Fly-In, 701-799-6082 Sept. 22, 2013, Joliet, IL. Joliet Airport Festival, 815-741-7267 Sept. 22, 2013, Sugar Grove, IL. Young Eagles Rally, 630-640-6869 Sept. 22, 2013, Greenville, MI. Michigan Air Tour 2013, 586-552-8118 Sept. 22, 2013, West Chicago, IL. Civil Air Patrol Fly-In Lunch, Open House & FAA WI, 630-660-8231

North Eastern United States

Sept. 06-08, 2013, Greenville, ME. International Seaplane Fly-In, 207-695-2928 Sept. 07, 2013, Delaware, OH. Aviation Day at KDLZ Sept. 07, 2013, Williamsburg, VA. Saturday Morning Coffee & Doughnuts, 757-206-2995 Sept. 07, 2013, Keene, NH. 5th Annual Northeast Sonex Fly-In, 978-897-5957 Sept. 07, 2013, Blue Bell, PA. Wingsn-Wheels, 800-383-9464 Sept. 08, 2013, Taunton, MA. American Aero Services Breakfast Flight Sept. 08, 2013, Pottstown, PA. PAOP’s 59th Annual Drive-In/FlyIn Breakfast, 484-524-2180 Sept. 09, 2013, Glen Allen, VA. IMC Club Meeting, Richmond, Virginia, Chapter, 804-564-3233 Sept. 12, 2013, Sussex, NJ. EAA Chapter 891 Monthly Meeting Sept. 13-15, 2013, Troy, OH. WACO FlyIn & Homecoming, 937-335-9226 Sept. 13-16, 2013, Provincetown, MA. NGPA Weekend in P-Town Sept. 13-15, 2013, Falls of Rough, KY. Kentucky Sport Aviation Weekend, 502-935-8235 Sept. 13-14, 2013, Washington Court House, OH. Fayette County Airport Camp Out Sept. 14, 2013, Ghent, NY. Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, 518-598-3832 Sept. 14, 2013, Alliance, OH. EAA Chapter 82 Fly-in Breakfast, 330-495-5447 Sept. 14, 2013, Greenwood, DE. Sugar Hill Fly-in Hot Dog Day, 302-339-3949 Sept. 14, 2013, Factoryville, PA. Young Eagles Ralley, 570-945-5125 Sept. 14, 2013, Stow, MA. Diamond Aviation Expo, 978-607-0052 Sept. 14, 2013, Wilmington, OH. Clinton County Flight Competition and Car Show Sept. 14, 2013, Stow, MA. Young Eagles Rally, 978-212-9196 Sept. 14, 2013, Stevensville, MD. Chesapeake Sport Pilot Open House, 410-604-1717

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South Eastern United States

Sept. 06-08, 2013, Woodruff, SC. Triple Tree Fly-In, 864-270=1166 Sept. 06-07, 2013, Tupelo, MS. 2013 North Mississippi Aviation Expo, 662-489-8331 Sept. 07, 2013, Woodruff, SC. Grumman AYA Gathering at Triple Tree Fly-In, 321-663-5391 Sept. 07, 2013, Lakeland, FL. Servapalooza Volunteer Festival-Polk County, 863-644-2431 Sept. 07, 2013, Dallas, GA. Cookout, 678-384-8510 Sept. 10, 2013, Valkaria, FL. Chapter 1288 Meeting, 772-581-2764, Sept. 12, 2013, Fort Lauderdale, FL. EAA Chapter 133 Meeting, 954-326-3439 Sept. 12, 2013, Chattanooga, TN. Twin Commander Fly-In, 360-835-1090 Sept. 12, 2013, Stuart, FL. IMC Club Monthly Meeting, 586-801-6146 Sept. 14-15, 2013, Orlando, FL. EAA SportAir Aircraft Building Workshops, 800-967-5746 Sept. 14, 2013, Mooresville, NC. Miller Fl-In, 704-491-4425 Sept. 14, 2013, Vidalia, GA. EAA 1332 Young Eagle Rally Sept. 15, 2013, Moncks Corner, SC. South Carolina Breakfast Club (KMKS), 803-446-0214


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1965 BEECH Baron 500SMOH since factory overhaul. Garmin-GPS, coupled, 3-Axis, always hangared. $65,750. Will Trade. West One Air, 208-455-9393.

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CESSNA 172M 1974 8680 TT, 2084 SMOH, KMA24, KX155/209, KX155/208, KN64, AT150, PMA1000, March annual. $31,000. Vista Aviation, 818-896-6442. 1972 C-172, 2100-TT, 180hp Lyc-200SN, 2axis AP, extra wingtip tanks, full IFR, interior very nice, needs paint, $47,500. 360-754-5221, 360-292-7220.

1967 150G. N4809X TT6670, SMOH149, 2011 New paint/interior,/shoulder-harnesses, radios-KX170B, GPS, 295-Garmin, transponder/encoder, Mode-C, KT-78 certified June-2012, Demer wing-tips, auto-fuel STC, Brackett air-filter, fresh-annual inspection 5/2013. $21,000 Will accept trade. Call 208-989-1517. 1969 CESSNA 150/150, N5678E, Lyc O-320-E2A 1000SMOH, 4800-TTAF, dual MX-300 nav/coms, KMA-12 w/3 light marker, IFR, Horizon electric tach, EGT/CHT, carburetor heat gauges, strobes, Garmin 320A, wheelpants, Clevelands, Concorde sealed battery, shoulder harness, Lowrance Airmap 500 GPS. $25,000. 509-522-1847. BUYING OR FLYING A CESSNA 150/152? Read the complete, authoritative guide! Second Printing! Officially endorsed by the 150/152 Club! Fly safer, save thousands. You’ll love it! Cessna 152 - 1905 1981 C-152, TTAF 13,780, TSOH 156.6 hrs. 1radio, xpdr, interior 9, exterior 9, $25,000, Olympia Airport. Earl Pearson 360-754-5221, 360-292-7220. 1981 CESSNA 152 Aerobat 1600TT, 40hrs since 125hp conversion. 2-Garmin moving maps, Narco 12+, more! Call for details.. $70,000. CA/760-880-2543.

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REDUCED! 1971 C-172L Skyhawk, TTAF-6775, OSMOH/SPOH. New paint/upholstery, NDH, $59,500. Also Lycoming O-320-E2D engine, 2500SMOH. $5500. plus accessories. 360-371-2489.

CESSNA WING rebuilding, using factory jigs. CRS #UDIR892K. Aircraft Rebuilders 2245 SO. Hwy 89, Perry UT 84302 435-723-5650. Cessna Parts - 2030

1964 CESSNA 172E. TTAF 3953.8, TSTOH 3926.6, NDH, last annual 11/12. Excellent condition, $25,000, 509-525-8504. Cessna 180/185 - 1908

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CESSNA 180 1956, 5680 TT, 221 SMOH, 324 SPOH, PMA3000, GNS430 KX155/209, AT150. $75,000. Vista Aviation, 818-896-6442. 1974 C-180. 40 SMOH, 6-place, 1461# useful, Horton STOL. $84,900. 208-949-9389, 1973 C-180J, 2630 TT, 360 since total rebuild. 2863.5/ 383.9 SMOH, Wheel gear and Aqua-3190’s. $129,900. AK/907-254-2163,

1960 CESSNA-150, TTAF-7390, SMOH-920, NARCO AT150 mode-C, King-KY97A Comm, tip-strobes, good paint & interior, always hangared, fresh annual, $12,500. 360-268-5204.

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1954 C-180, 4030 TT, 30 SMOH, 30 SNPROP, King, Strobes. New P&I, much more! $79,000. 641-933-4316, 641-777-0494. Cessna 182 - 1909 1964 C-182G Annual 6/13, 2418TT, 538 TTSMOH, 101SPOH, Garmin 430w/MX-20 dsply, KX-155, STOL $78,000. Silver City NM. Linda/575-538-1623, Harry/ 575-388-8533. 1969 C-182, TT8950, 357SFRM, Prop TSM-925, Large landing-gear, KMA24H71w/icom, 430-KX155, 300 Xpdr w/Mode-C, LR Fuel, Atlee Dodge seats. $59,500. 208879-5728. 1966 C-182 4100 TT, 370 SMOH. Firewall Forward, Garmin. $59,750. West One Air,, 208455-9393. 1961 C-182 Horton STOL, 206 nose gear. Reduced!! $35,750. West One Air, 208-4559393. 1981 CESSNA 182R 5341TT, 2180 SMOH, KX155A’s K1208, KI209, KT76C, KR87ADF, $49,500.. Vista Aviation 818-896-6442. 1973 182P, P-Ponk ,530W, 340 audio, HSI, ME406-ELT, SR8A analyzer, 3bl prop, King-155, 2Lightspeed, 4pl oxy. Loads of TLC. 1959 C-182B 3850TT, 1380 SREMAN. MOGAS STC, KX155, KI208-VOR, PANEL-MT INTERCOM, AMERIKING AK450-ELT, APOLLO-2001 GPS, FRESH ANNUAL W/SALE, $39,000. MT/406-443-0066. 1963 SKYLANE 182F 3200TT, 800SCMOH, 2 NavComs, 1GS, 4pl IC, Mode C, oil filter. $45K. 209-533-3679.

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Ercoupe - 2550 LSA AIRCRAFT: 1946 Ercoupe, 787.4-SMOH, 1770.8TTAF 1682.5-SPOH, no rudder pedals, very nice aircraft, fresh annual, $25,500. Earl Pearson, 360-292-7220, 360754-5221. Howard - 3020 1941 HOWARD DGA-15P, 300 hrs since complete rebuild, new Garmin panel with 430/530. $165,000. 509522-1847. Luscombe - 3300 LUSCOMBE SUPPORT: Parts, PMA, NOS, used; knowledgable technical help. 480-6500883. Luscombe Parts - 3310 FREE 400-PAGE UNIVAIR CATALOG with hundreds of FAA-PMA’d parts. Order toll-free 888-433-5433, or Foreign orders pay postage. Maule - 3400 1985 MX7-235, fuel injected. 1,680AF, 975 on O time engine, factory Terra radios, interior-8.5, exterior-6, VG’s, glass doors. Photos. 208-253-4879. $56,000. MAULE AK WORLDWIDE has various MAULES for sale at competitive prices. High performance 3&2 blade props, floats, etc. 707-942-5934, Mooney - 3500 1967 M20E, 3990TT, 745 SMOH, 10SPOH, Dual 125 Nav/Coms, Tsp, intercom, WX900 Scope, No Damage. $41,500. 1-800-447-6066. St.Louis.

1968 MOONEY M20F new paint, nice interior, electric gear, IFR certified w/moving map, GPS, 3371TT, 597SMOH, IO-360, 200hp, 159SNPROP, 03/11/13 annual, $58,900 OR 1/2 share $30,000. Financing available, hangared Troutdale, OR. John 503-668-5814 or Joe, 503-284-5552. 1989 M20K 252TSE, 1350TTAE, NDH, King Silver Crown, KX155/KI206/KX155/K1203/KMA24/KR87/KN64/ KAP150/KT76A, speed-brakes, large-02, P&I-7, TSIOMBI eng. Jan-annual, all logs, to be sold as is, where is at KTME. $135,000/OBO. 954-873-5848.

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1945 NORTH AMERICAN P51D Mustang, 1305TTSN, 135SMOH by Nixon, Rolls Royce Merlin 1650-7 with transport-heads. Dual-controls. New Martin-radiator, new hoses, new tubes new hydraulics, fresh annual. $2,145,000, will accept Harvard or AT6 on partial trade. Ron Fernuik 806-662-5823, Piper Single - 3800 1948 PA-14 Family Cruiser, SN/14-75, 1230-TT, O-235C1, Sensenich-prop, all cowlings/seats, apart for recover/ restoration. Complete, all-logs, No damage/corrosion. $30,000. Jim/828-729-5921.

NEW CONTROL LOCK for Pipers! Holds the ailerons neutral and the stabilizer down. Installs in seconds, weighs 3oz., easy to store. Only $39.95. Airplane Things, Inc, 866-365-0357 or see at THREE AIRCRAFT FOR SALE...1949-PA-14 150 $135,000./PA23-150/J3C 75.(RESTORED) Please call or email if interested. Will consider all offers. John/253-8208287. 253-845-1343. Piper Cherokee Series - 3806 1974 CHEROKEE ARROW II, 2800 TT, 600 SMOH, IFR, autopilot, hangared. Must Sell!! $43,750. West One Air, 208-455-9393, Piper Comanche - 3809 1964 PA-24-250, 3043-TT, 504-TSMOH, “0”SPOH, new tires, new strut seals, new bungees, KX-155, always hangared, $58,500 obo 951-313-7156. Piper Super Cub - 3820 SUPER SUPER CUB. $75,000. w/floats and 3ls. 5600TT, 800-SMOH. Electronic ignition, matched flow cyls, 5 1/2 6ph. Many Mods. 406-544-4641. Piper Warrior - 3838 1977 PA28-161, 11033.4-TT, 1977.3-SMOH, fresh annual and P/S cert, new interior plastics & carpet, engine runs strong and all cylinders are in 70’s. $24,495. CA/661-393-1818, 800-316-3131. 1979 PIPER Warrior II 161, 6291 TTSN, 1601 SFOH, Digital IFR, recent paint /interior. NDH. $29,950. 510783-2711. Stearman - 4450 1942 STEARMAN R680-13. 90 hrs SMOH, 2B20-9 90 hrs SMOH. Sell or Trade! 406245-7250. 406-839-7642. Stinson - 4455 FREE 400-PAGE UNIVAIR CATALOG. Thousands of type certified parts direct from our factory. Order toll-free 888-433-5433, or Foreign orders pay postage.

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2002 BELL 206L4, excellent corporate history. $1,975,000. Ron 806-662-5823, Ultralights - 5835 SORRELL SNS-8 Hiperlite. A real nice flying machine. Rotax 2 stroke, composite prop, $10,000 360-872-0020. Airframe Construction - 6300 AIRFRAME CONSTRUCTION: 4130 Steel tubing and sheet metal, all Tig welded, complete machine and fabricating facility. All metal airframe construction per FARs. Stardusters, Skybolts, Marquart Charger, or your design. Customer supplies all airframe drawings. Walker Airplane Enterprise, 1067 American St, San Carlos, CA 94070. Ron Walker, AP/IA,, 650-5935010. Announcements - 6375

Flying Club - 7200

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NEW LSA FLYING CLUB. Members will own the Aircraft. Olympia Airport and surrounding area. Need 5 people. I have one already. Aircraft is Ercoupe. Earl Pearson, 360-754-5221, 360-292-7220.

Engine Parts - 6955 PARTING OUT Lycoming and Continental engines, all parts, large & small! Cores & overhauled parts available. Jerry Meyers Aviation. 888-893-3301.

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Real Estate/Airport Property - 9650 Arizona - 9650 ARIZONA: Indian Hills Airpark 2 bedroom, 2 bath, inground pool, 40x 48 hangar fronts on runway. $295,000. Outback Realty. 928-859-4141

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Arkansas - 9650 Arkansas Valley Cotter Airport, Final Sale. One runway lot $30,000. Seller pays all closing costs. 3% financing avail, 870-430-5545, ARKANSAS BULL Shoals Lake acreages w/airpark, 3+ acres, $25,000-$80,000, Village Land Office, 870-4042059, 870-453-2966 eves,

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AUBURN WA (S50) box hangar 55’Wx45’Dx14’H. All steel, bi-fold door, windows, polished-floor, bay-lighting, 220V, plumbed, 8-years old. Sell-$168,000. 206-7908908. Instruction - 7350

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2/ 1/2 Acres along side Runway $45,000.Adelanto Airpark, So. Calif, near Victorville, Broker Bill 760-792-8072, “WONDERFUL 3 bd 2 bth cabin in Swansboro, CA. (Placerville) fly-in community. $325,000. See 916-8494273”. Real Estate/Airport Property - 9650


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MAGNIFICENT SOUTHERN Colorado Ranch. 960 Acres w/5000ft. FAA Airstrip. (31CD) $1,500,000. Possibe Owner Financing. See pictures on Call Mike-772-971-5157 or Melinda 772-559-2673. CO-% financing, Silver-West Estates. 5+ acre lots, 7,000’ paved runway. HURRY, only 5 left. OWC w/20% down, non-qualifying/reporting. 719-4921885. Florida - 9650 SARASOTA FL Hidden River Airpark, 2640’ paved and lighted runway, lots w/homes 5-20acres. Katty Caron, Realty Executives. 941-928-3009 HOME NEEDS pilot: Love’s Landing Airpark, Central Florida, cute 2/2, pool in/out, hangar doors, on runway. Patty 352-362-4206, Reduced!! $329,900. DAD’S ESTATE SALE: 2 Airports, 3 Runways. 30 Acres Lake Front with an Airstrip located near Lake Nona::This gorgeous piece of property is on Lake Gentry. It is inclose proximity to The Lake Nona Project as well as being 10minutes from Orlando. This property is loaded with potential and has the added bonus of being green-belted with low taxes. It has 700ft of lake-frontage. It also has additional room for expansion. This is a must see for any investor or developer as well as private individuals. 100 acres on Lake Gentry. This a one of a kind piece of property with an income producing citrus grove. It has paved road-frontage on Lake Gentry and is located in Osccola County. Additional Option to Purchase Properties Including 5-6 Houses as well as 17 Separate Parcels of Land. Please Contact Christy @ 386-466-4838 for more info. CANNON CREEK Airpark. Florida’s Finest just got better. 600+acres, 2-Runways along I-75 North Fl. at Lake City and I-10. The best approaches, Golf and Tennis and snack Bar by Golf Cart. 4,000Ft Turf 4,000 paved. 150 Homes Now and growing. New section greater than 40 lots, Incredible Beautiful Lots. No rush to build, Finance and no interest, 10 lots set at $19,000. Each DoorBuster Pricing. CCAIRPARK.COM Call 386-984-0283, Ray Sessions After 35years of Building this Airpark and starting others at Sun N Fun, This is my last Subdivision, time to find a Honey, give her a Home. I’ll be 70 this year. Time to see The Grandchildren in Kissimmee and San Antonio. Call me, you will get the buy of a LifeTime. No Salesmen, Direct to you.

BEAUTIFUL 8 acre estate on the only residential airstrip in Sandpoint, Idaho. The home features 3+bdrms incl 2 master suites on the main floor, 3 full bathrooms, ICF construction, soaring blue spruce cathedral ceilings throughout, massive art gallery hallway, stainless appliances, etc. The FAA approved runway is 3500’ long. The hangar is 55’x 50’ with a Schweiss electric bi-fold door & includes a 600sqft heated shop with a full bath. The property borders Sand Creek & is minutes from Schweitzer Mtn ski area. Asking $575,000. Property can be viewed at Owner/agent Beth Hall. 208610-5858. Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty. Illinois - 9650 DWIGHT, IL Private Airport Home. Built 2005. Brick ranch, 5-acres. 72’x48’ heated hangar. $499,000. Hangar Homes Realty. 312-543-1220. info/pics: PRIVATE AIRPORT home located in Brookeridge Aero. (LL22) Huge attached heated hangar/ separate garage/ workshop. $599,000. 312-543-1220, details/pics: Kansas - 9650 KS-TOPEKA,Kansas: 10-best midsize Kiplinger 2010. 2600’X100’ lighted/grass airstrip: (90KS) 20-minutes to “everything”.from cradle to retirement. 200x500’lot $60K. Kris 785-224-4211, Michigan - 9650


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200+ acres for sale, Utilities in 3300' grass strip near beautiful Torch Lake Terms possible — Phone: (231) 632-2412, Montana - 9650

America’s Premier Fly-In & Country Club Community, Daytona Beach, (East Coast of Florida). Taxiway homes from $450,000, non-taxiway homes from $200,000, condo’s from $139,000. Lots available. Long/ short term rentals avail. Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty, Pat & Lenny Ohlsson, 800-932-4437. ORLANDO AREA Aviation-properties, hangars, hangarrentals, Some priced like bank-owned. Chandelle Properties. Ron Henderson 407-712-4071 Keller Williams/Advantage II Realty Georgia - 9650

PRIVATE AIRPORT (05GA). Hunting, retreat, development. Landscaped, irrigated. Paved runway. Houses, tennis, hangars, Avgas. C-182Q, Rolls Royce, tractors, mowers, UTV, bulldozer. Tom Peterson 229-824-7788. Idaho - 9650 TAXI TO your cabin. Bare land in beautiful Elk River, Idaho. Adjacent to airstrip. New Price!.$49,999 Sean Wilson, Latah Realty, LLC, Moscow, ID. 208-596-8170. 3000’ SHARED grass strip. Northern Idaho, 60x74 hangar w/hydraulic doors, pilot’s lounge/apartment. Outside RV hook-up, 2acres. 1500sqft 3bd 2ba nice manufactured home. Trees, garden area. Reduced and motivated at $300,000. Doug at Century 21, 208-660-4378.

INDEPENDENCE AIRPARK custom home. 2154’ home w/views of the Coastal Range. Attached Hangar. otion_picture Marian Fitts, Windermere 503-949-3334.

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NEW AIRPARK: Northeast Pennsylvania, 29-lots for sale. 1.25-3 acres, great views, underground utilities, sewers, some lakefront. EZ flight/drive to NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Connecticut. At Seamans Airport (9N3), 2500’paved IFR approach, lighted, all services, Build Your Dream Home This Spring! “Model Home Being Built Now”. 866-924-7787 or South Carolina - 9650 NORTH of Hurricanes, SOUTH of snow 3300turf. 10mi to Myrtle Beach. 1, 5,10,acre lots Low taxes/insurance, “free DVD”. 843-602-8220. “WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL” Gated airpark with underground utilities in place. Palmetto-POBox 777-Manning-SC 29102-803-473-2199 MONTANA, WINDSOCK SKYPARK. The Last Best Place! Only 20-lots left for sale. 1-acre or larger, on Shores of Beautiful Fort Peck Lake in NE MT. City water, sewer, nat-gas, underground utilities installed, paved streets, taxiway to 37S public airport. Lanny Hanson Visit: 406-526-3535, 406263-1154. Don’t miss the opportunity to Live in a beautiful hunting and fishing recreational paradise! LOTS NOW SELLING $60,000. Nevada - 9650 NW NEVADA Airstrip property. 5+ acres 35 miles SE Lake Tahoe $95K Terms. Also A 62 M20C Mooney. NV 775-266-3796 NV-MINDEN Tahoe Airport(KMEV) 20 Aircraft Hangars. 2-buildings, 2650sqft/3150sf. 50-yr ground-lease, electric bi-fold door & man-door per-hangar. Investment-opportunity. $1,400.000 Rick, 775-332-2800. North Carolina - 9650 AVIATION, INVESTMENT & residential properties. Licensed in both Carolina’s. Sell airpark & airstrip property That’s what we do 877-279-9623.

Washington - 9650 Publisher’s notice: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limited or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodian, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 800-669-9777. Toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 800-927-9277.

TURF AIRSTRIP, Rambler, Barn, Private, Quiet, Green, 38 acres, Skagit Valley. $447,950. 206-595-1409. HOME, 6 SPACE trailer park that borders Oroville Airport (0S7) Views of Osoyoos Lake, mountains. 509-429-8322, see all details:

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



Texas - 9650

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

WALKOUT RANCH with 60’x78’ hangar & workshop on 24M. 100ftx2543ft lighted grass strip. N of Grand Rapids, MI. $190,000. 616-678-7582. SUGAR SPRINGS Airpark(5M6)properties available. Build your dream hangar/home on well-maintained 3500’ grass-airstrip. Ownership gives access to beautiful recreational community, pool 18-hole GC, 2-all sports lakes, more. Alice 989-430-0966

August 30, 2013

Tennessee - 9650 DISTRESS SALE!! Pilot’s Dream. Only home on 3500’paved runway Tennessee-mountains. 6.18acres. 4800sqft 5br/4ba, lodge. Price reduced/$275K. W/trade for late model Piper-6X. 904-669-9661. Texas - 9650 HANGAR for sale in the Texas Country near Fredericksburg/Kerrville. 50x60 well-constructed, insulated, built 2007. 3800’paved/lighted runway Silver Wings Fly-in Ranch. TS36. 4acres. all utilities. Reduced $254,900. Barry McCollom Realtor. 830-896-2587 Call/email for addl info/pics.

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,

SAN JUAN AVIATION ESTATES BLAKELY ISLAND, WA. Premier Recreational Airpark. Paved lighted runway. Exceptional marina. Owner access to 3000ac forest preserve w/2 - 70ac lakes: fish/swim/boat. NEW LISTINGS: Like new architect designed runway/ marine view home: $485,000. Taxiway cabin with extra large deck for viewing runway activity: $395,000. Judy, Flying Island Realty, 360-375-6302 FOR SALE: Two Bedroom House, large Hangar w/bedroom included plus 20 acres, paved runway, near Chelan. Call for details. 509-630-0045.

Discovery Trail Farm Airpark Sequim, Washington A neighborhood for pilots and their families IMPRESSIVE COMBINATION: 20+ level acres of land w/deeded access to private airpark. $590,000. Evergreen Sky Ranch(51A), 206-2762651. KeyRealty. YEAR ROUND living at Lake Roosevelt, Seven Bays WA. 3BR/ 2-1/2 Bath with 2000’ hangar. (2 Lots). $375,000. 310-508-4046. WINLOCK WA-5 ACRE-LOT on private-airstrip, half-way between Portland/Seattle, near small-towns, beautiful green trees/view, close access to I-5 freeway. $125,000. 623-693-1320. LUXURY HOME & 50x60 HANGAR w/16’ Hydroswing door on gated 3.4acres w/immediate access to 2700’runway at Evergreen Sky Park, Auburn(WA). Built 2006, all brick home, 3bdrms, +bonus room, 2.5baths +outstanding architecture. Pilot’s dream hangar w/heated floors, plumbed w/compressed air, 220 outlets. Property has it all! PRUDENTIAL NORTHWEST REALTY, Paula Huse, Realtor, 206-510-3976. Wisconsin - 9650

Oklahoma - 9650 LAKE TENKILLER Airpark, Oklahoma(44M). 2-Hangar lots available, #1 ready to build, #2 requires fill & grade. Call for price Jim/918-812-5099.

WI-4000sqft home on 49acres w/23acre lake, brick caretaker’s home also. 30x70&70x100 heated shops. 52x56 heated hangar at local-airportw/14x18 bi-fold door. 2010 80hp tractor w/loader, pontoon boat, jetski & dock included Call for price. 715-584-2540-cell715-754-4664.

Oregon - 9650 PINE HOLLOW Airpark 3BD/ 2BA home with part airport ownership/ hangar w/full size 1-bdrm apt. $260,000. 503625-7079, 503-502-7954.

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GREAT OPPORTUNITY to own an entire airport in the Houston area! This property can be commercial or residential. 3110’x100’ grass runway, a total of 46+ acres, and out of Class B airspace.

NEW RICHMOND WI(RNH) hangar, 60’door, infloorheat, 50’x100’. 5000sqft w/log-cabin style-office, bath w/shower, nat-gas, $175,000. 330-283-3200. Tom 330307-8338. Showings: 715-410-8848,

August 30, 2013

My last nerve —


“The experience made me realize that the activities that I enjoy, such as piloting an old Luscombe, can be beyond my abilities in just a blink of an eye.”

Deb McFarland

This summer I had an eye-opening life experience — not with my own mortality, thank goodness, but with my own mobility. I am 50. In the scheme of things, I am a mere pup in the flying community. I am healthy and very active. I fly, hike and garden. I am always busy doing something, and if I am still, you can bet I am asleep. So it was rather startling to go to bed on a Sunday night and wake up Monday morning unable to get myself out of that bed. After the Old Man offered assistance, it was downright frightening that I couldn’t walk because of the excruciating pain that radiated from my shoulder and down my arm. Each step was agony. A trip to the ER reassured us that I was not having a heart attack. A note to any FAA types reading this column: The monitors showed that I had the vitals of a 20-year-old (just as long as they kept the morphine flowing). I did learn that I wasn’t struck with some exotic disease, but instead I had a pinched nerve in my neck. What? Pinched nerves do not make a person immobile. Pinched nerves do not cause such pain and agony. Pinched nerves are caused by a fall or injury. Boy, was I wrong! Consequently, the heart of my summer was spent finding the most comfortable position in which to wait for the inflammation to recede and the nerve to heal. It took a long time — eight weeks, in fact. And as I type this on my laptop nearly three months later, I still feel twinges that remind me I am not in control of most things that affect my life. During my recovery, there was no sitting and no laying down flat. No flying, no driving, no sitting in a restaurant, no sleeping in bed. Trial and error found that I could recline in the recliner in the living room, which is where I slept for several weeks. I could rest comfortably in the ergonomic yard lounger that the kids gave me as a Mother’s Day gift. And thankfully, with a pillow under the affected arm, I could recline comfortably in the passenger’s seat of the car. Deb McFarland is the proud owner of Lester, a 1948 Luscombe 8E, and part of the “Front Porch Gang” at Pickens County Airport in Georgia. She can be reached at

I did whine. I let everyone know that I was in pain, but that got old after a while. I really wanted my life to return to some semblance of normalcy. From past experience with the Old Man’s back problems, I already knew that our local diner, the Keithsburg Cafe, had no qualms about serving a customer who “stood” at the counter, so my opportunities for dinner out were not limited to the drive-thru. The ergonomic yard lounger conveniently folded and fit nicely into the trunk of the car, which meant I could visit my airport bum friends on the porch or enjoy a pleasant tête-à-tête at the hangar while the Old Man flew. When fellow Luscombe owner, Bill Jennings, posted on the Luscombe List that the Tellico Plains Pilots Association was hosting one of its monthly summer cookouts, I saw the potential for a really great day for this partially immobile woman. I hatched a plan. We could drive a couple of hours to Tellico Plains, Tennessee, on Highway 411, enjoy some good food and pilot camaraderie, then take the beautiful Cherohala Skyway over to Robbinsville, N.C., and then back home. A nice round robin trip. It was a good plan. The nice folks at Tellico Plains didn’t think me too strange to be lounging among them in a lawn chair that the Old Man conveniently placed facing the part paved and part grassed runway. I was in the shade and was able to watch airplanes take off and land. In fact, Bill and several other pilots related their experiences with the same malady that I was currently suffering. Misery loves company, and I did feel that better days were ahead if I were patient. Recovery was going to take time. It did, and the experience made me realize that the activities that I enjoy, such as piloting an old Luscombe, can be beyond my abilities in just a blink of an eye. I also came to realize that I am one blessed woman whose companion didn’t mind chauffeuring her around because she was bored, depressed or because sometimes it was the only way the pain would relax. I also have a great airport family whose concern and encouragement really touched my heart. Now, I just have to see if that 1946 Luscombe 8A remembers how it feels to have a “real” pilot at the controls. Watch out airport folks. She’s back!

Photos by Deb McFarland

Short Final

My view at a cookout hosted by the Tellico Plains Pilots Association in beautiful Tellico Plains, Tennessee, about two hours north of JZP. I am facing the runway, which is 1,500 feet paved with 750 feet of grass on each end for a total of 3,000 feet of landing surface. The pilots association manages the airport.

My view on the porch at Pickens County Airport. I was soon surrounded by airport friends as they helped to entertain me during my recovery.

My view from the hangar while the Old Man enjoys a late afternoon flight in his 8A.

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Aug. 30, 2013  

The August 30, 2013 edition of General Aviation News

Aug. 30, 2013  

The August 30, 2013 edition of General Aviation News