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Briefing Quest Aircraft Co. has received FAA approval for an increase of 565 pounds to the maximum landing weight of the Kodiak (pictured). With the increase, the landing weight is now 7,255 pounds, same as the maximum takeoff weight. The increase gives owners increased flexibility, especially in carrying extra fuel, according to company officials. This is significant as many of the company’s airplanes are used by missionary organizations flying in remote regions. QuestAircraft.com

Piper Aircraft also achieved doubledigit growth in new airplane deliveries for 2013, fueled by increases in the sales of piston-powered training aircraft. Piper ended 2013 with a 13% increase in revenue from new aircraft sales, the second consecutive year of 13% revenue growth. The revenue increase was a result of a nearly 19% boost in new aircraft deliveries for 2013 — up 30 airplanes to 188, compared to 158 in the previous year, according to company officials. Piston-powered aircraft deliveries increased 22% to 154 aircraft in 2013 from 126 aircraft in 2012, reflecting increased trainer aircraft sales. Piper.com The S-20 Raven from RANS, which debuted at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in January, is now available in both kit and ready-to-fly models. RANS.com/Aircraft

Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE) will host a Garmin seminar March 20. Presented by Garmin’s Joe Stewart, it will include updates on the latest avionics, including the G1000, G600, G500, G500H, GTN 750, aera 796, and Garmin’s GDL 88 and GDL 39 ADS-B solutions. BanyanAir.com Landmark Aviation has begun operations at King County International Airport (BFI) on Boeing Field in Seattle through the acquisition of Galvin Flying Services. The Houston-based company operates a network of FBOs through the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. LandmarkAviation.com

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Cirrus Aircraft reports that in 2013 it delivered 276 new aircraft, nearly a 10% increase over 2012, marking its best aircraft shipment performance since 2008. Company officials note the company’s market share has grown to an all-time high of 37%. CirrusAircraft.com

Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, March 16-18. Stops include: Batavia, Ohio (I69); Greenwood, S.C. (KGRD); Atlanta (KPDK); Mount Airy, N.C. (KMWK); St. Augustine, Fla. (KSGJ); and Daytona Beach, Fla. (KDAB). Demo rides are available at each location. WACOClassic.com

Pipistrel reports that the 600 aircraft from the Sinus/Virus family has been completed and delivered to its new owner in Australia. Officials also report that the company’s entire yearly production for 2014 has been sold out already, so #700 will also be produced this year. This is the 25th anniversary of the company, which has produced more than 1,200 aircraft, including other models and powered hang-gliders. Pipistrel.si th

Cessna notes that the fleet of Citation jets is passing the 30 million flight hour mark.

More than 6,600 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service more than 42 years ago. Cessna.com The first two new production Great Lakes were recently completed, according to officials with WACO Aircraft. The first will be going to Australia, while the second will stay in the company’s home state of Michigan. Company officials also note they will be barnstorming across the eastern half of the country, on the way to attending the National Aircraft Training Symposium at Embry

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MEXICO, Mo. — Zenith Aircraft Co. reports it has shipped 10,000 sets of plans to aircraft builders in more than 50 countries. Most sets of plans are sent with complete or partial aircraft kits, though some go to builders who prefer to scratch-build the aircraft, company officials said. Over the past four decades, aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz has developed a dozen aircraft designs. Today, Zenith markets kits for four of his concepts: The original STOL CH 701 Sky Jeep, the STOL CH 750, the CH 750 Cruzer, and the low-wing CH 650. Additional Heintz designs are built and sold by Zenith’s sister company, Zenair Ltd., in Canada. “We allow our customers to choose how to build their own airplane, whether as a scratch-build project or from a complete kit or anywhere in between,” said Sebas-

tien Heintz, president. “It’s not uncommon to see people begin with basic materials and then upgrade to a quick build kit; others might start with a quick build rudder kit and then order basic materials for a scratch-build program because they enjoy the construction process. By far, however, most opt for the complete kits so they can get to the flightline faster.” Detailed plans for the two-seat designs start at $425 a set. The sets contain step-bystep guides to build a complete airplane. The company also holds monthly workshops to give people an idea of the kinds of tools and skills required to build a Zenith design. During the two-day workshops, people learn how to build an actual rudder for one of the designs, according to Heintz. ZenithAir.com

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Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, in pursuit of a degree in electrical engineering. He will soon leave for Wuhan, China, to a language school for 12 weeks to study Mandarin. SDCAP.us

personal experiments to commercial operations, according to its developers. Droneport.com Governor Dennis Daugaard recently issued a proclamation designating Feb. 20 as “Civil Air Patrol Day” in South Dakota. The proclamation commended CAP’s South Dakota Wing “for its willingness to undertake a multitude of missions and perform a variety of services in support of communities, counties and the state.” The South Dakota Wing has approximately 300 members, six aircraft and 17 vehicles available to federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. One of the wing’s members, Cadet Colonel William Small was recently presented with the squadron level Outstanding Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the Year award by the Air Force Association. Small, the senior ranking cadet in CAP’s South Dakota Wing, has a busy next few months before entering college at the Rose-

The free Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention app is now available. Compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices, the app includes the convention schedule, exhibitor list and more. The convention is slated for March 12-15 in Nashville. AEA.net Aircraft Spruce is offering a SUN ’n FUN preorder pick-up option. Customers can order products online, then pick them up at the show, which is April 1-6 in Lakeland, Fla. Preorders must be placed by noon (EST) March 27. When ordering, use “Store/Airshow Pickup” as the shipping option. AircraftSpruce.com A new space shuttle exhibit has opened at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The exhibit features NASA’s first Crew Compartment Trainer.

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Visitors are able to enter the payload bay and look into the flight deck. A 360° virtual tour of the new exhibit is available online. NationalMuseum.af.mil The second annual PS-28 Cruiser Cup will be held in the United Kingdom Aug. 29-31, according to officials with Czech Sport Aircraft. This year’s event will be organized and run by Kairos Aviation, the company’s UK distributor. The base for the race will be Compton Abbas Airfield in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Kairos-Aviation.co.uk Take to the Skies AirFest returns to Durant Regional Airport-Eaker Field March 29, presented by the Choctaw Casino. The day-long event includes an airshow featuring the Trojan Phlyers Demo Team and the Blue Skies Parachute Team. Helicopters, airplanes, warbirds from the Commemorative Air Force, skydivers, radio control aircraft and more will be showcased in static displays and demonstrations. Flights for the public will be available throughout the day in helicopters, airplanes, warbirds and biplanes, according to organizers. TakeToTheSkiesAirfest.com

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The 22nd AERO will be held April 9-12 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The largest GA show in Euorpe, the show will feature 10 exhibit halls, including special exhibition areas such as Avionics Avenue, an e-flightexpo and the premiere of the UAS-Expo, where civilian drones will be exhibited. AERO-expo.com

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Cirrus partners to grow general aviation DULUTH, Minn. — Cirrus Aircraft’s JumpStart Program will place 12 brand new and fully equipped SR20s at Cirrus training centers in select markets across the country, to give more new pilots an introduction to general aviation by learning to fly in a Cirrus. The program is a collaboration between Cirrus Aircraft, Cirrus’ largest suppliers, and Cirrus’ flight training partners to allow first-time pilots to train in new airplanes. JumpStart Program components include both special incentives and growth opportunities for the flight schools and sponsor owners, according to company officials. Reading between the lines, I wondered what “special incentives” meant. “Cirrus and the seven partners have made substantial financial accommodations that allow for aircraft to be in these markets,” said Todd Simmons, executive vice president sales, marketing and support at Cirrus Aircraft. Without asking Simmons to give away the “secret sauce,” it would seem Cirrus and its partners are underwriting the cost of these new SR20s — extensively — to place them where they otherwise wouldn’t be. So, where are the SR20s in the JumpStart program located?

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“We have not defined all 12 markets, but we have aircraft in the program in Raleigh, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Spokane, Wash.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colo.; Sarasota, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Farmingdale, N.Y.,” continued Simmons. “We continue to explore adding new markets and have the capacity and commitment to do so.” After a training partner takes delivery of an SR20 as part of the JumpStart Program, Cirrus helps the partner establish the aircraft in the fleet as “a key business differ-

entiator.” Another aspect of the program is the option for pilots to purchase a Cirrus airplane and lease it back to a Cirrus training center, with incentives available to the owner. If one JumpStart SR20 leads to new business for any of these training partners, I imagine Cirrus sales staff like the chances of converting at least some of this business to new Cirrus sales. And that is where the payback exists for Cirrus and its partners. “With JumpStart, Cirrus Aircraft and this special group of partners are making a very

real investment in expanding aviation,” said Simmons. “When new pilots learn and train in a Cirrus — a modern aircraft design with state-of-the-art technology, performance and safety systems — they are more likely to stay committed to aviation, to aircraft ownership and to accessing the personal and small business benefits that only GA can provide. The Cirrus Aircraft JumpStart Program helps make that introduction to flight and all its benefits easier by enhancing the flight training experience and reducing those initial ownership barriers.” The program was field tested in select markets in late 2012 with encouraging early results throughout 2013. “We have experienced firsthand the impact of having a new SR20 on the line as it has proven to be a clear competitive advantage,” says Bob Stedman, a principal at Independence Aviation, the Platinum Cirrus Training Center in Denver. “Both Cirrus Aircraft as a company and the airplanes themselves…we couldn’t ask for a stronger partner to help us stand out and attract new customers. We are seeing real results.” The Cirrus Aircraft JumpStart supplier partners involved in the development program are: Garmin, Continental Motors, Hartzell Propeller, BRS Aerospace, Enviro Systems, Fastenal, and TenCate. CirrusAircraft.com

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Google to manage Moffett Airfield A Google subsidiary, Planetary Ventures, has been tapped to take over management of the 1,000-acre Moffett Federal Airfield (NUQ) a former U.S. Navy base located four miles from Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The airport is the home of Hangar One, built in the 1930s to house the Navy’s 784foot dirigible U.S.S. Macon. The airport ceased operations as a Naval facility in 1994, turning over management to NASA Ames Research Center. The Navy left Hangar One, as well as several other smaller hangars, intact. Hangar One was threatened with demolition because its construction, particularly the skin of the mammoth building, contained PCBs and other toxins. In response, the hangar’s skin was removed in 2012 and the metal frame left uncovered. A movement grew to protect and restore Hangar One, citing its value as a historic landmark in the San Francisco Bay Area. On Feb. 9 of this year, the U.S. General Services Administration, which oversees disposal of property that is no longer mission-critical to federal agencies, and NASA named Planetary Ventures the preferred lessee. The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA’s management costs of the airfield. GSA’s Request For Proposals was issued on behalf of NASA in May 2013, kicking off a competitive process in which the private sector was provided an opportunity to collaborate with the government in the “rehabilitation and adaptive reuse� of Hangar One and management of the airfield through a long-term lease agreement.

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As part of the lease agreement, Google must renovate the airfield’s three hangars, including Hangar One. Google also has agreed to upgrade a golf course located next to the airfield. “We are delighted to move ahead in the selection process and we look forward to working with both GSA and NASA to preserve the heritage of Moffett Federal Airfield,� Google officials said in a prepared statement. Lenny Siegel, a founder of the Save Hangar One committee and the executive director of the Center for Public Oversight, noted that it might be premature to celebrate, saying “I think we’re almost there, but we can’t quite let our guard down.�

Siegel noted that the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board will be asking questions about the management of the groundwater and hazardous materials contamination left over from the Navy’s time at Moffett. “This is a Superfund site,� he said. “The PCBs on Hangar One were covered with a protective coating rather than scraped off, so there is residual contamination. We have to be sure that during construction that the toxins are not released into the environment.� Another concern, according to Siegel, is a potential increase in air traffic if the airport is opened to the general aviation public. “People have concerns about noise and safety,� he said. “There are also concerns

about the relationship between Google and NASA. People are wondering if it is too close.� According to reports in Wired and the San Jose Mercury News, the lease is part of an “expansion binge� on Google’s part. Google’s presence at the airport goes back to 2008 when Ames Research Center leased 42 acres around the site to Google. Google executives also keep their private jets at Moffett. Meanwhile, the airport remains open and is home to NASA, law enforcement, the National Guard, and Lockheed Martin Space Systems. It is also the landing site of Air Force One during Presidential visits. Google.com, SaveHangarOne.org

Pilots respond to call to help Bahamas Habitat Due to the generosity of its donors, and a hangar bay full of supplies, Bahamas Habitat found itself short of aircraft to fly supplies to The Bahamas for its 14th Fly In to Serve Others, held Feb. 20-23. Donors from across the U.S. shipped a record amount of medical supplies, build-

ing and construction equipment, and more to the fly-in launching pad at Showalter Flying Service in Orlando. Orlando area pilots then responded to the call to help transport the goods to the Bahamas. While a record number of pilots participated in the fly-in, “a significant amount of

supplies would have been left behind,� says Steve Merritt, president of the non-profit. “The generosity of Showalter and Orlando area pilots ensures that these important supplies will get to their destination on time,� he says. “The fly-in gives pilots the chance to do what they’ve always wanted:

Use their aircraft and aviation skills to do some good in the world.� Activities during the fly-in included roofing and painting hurricane-damaged homes, delivering medical supplies, and building a home for abused kids. BahamasHabitat.org

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GA wins in fight for SMO By MEG GODLEWSKI In a victory for general aviation, a U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica against the FAA to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) in southern California. Santa Monica’s claim, filed in federal court in October 2013, asserted that when the city’s 1984 agreement with the FAA expires in 2015, it is no longer obligated to operate the land as an airport. The lawsuit asked the court to declare that the city held title to the land. The FAA has consistently argued that the city is obligated to keep Santa Monica Airport open through 2023 under assurances it gave in exchange for federal Airport Improvement Program grants. Additionally,

the FAA argued that the city is obligated to operate the airport beyond 2023 because it acquired the land on which the airport is located cost free from the federal government in 1948. On Feb. 13 the presiding judge ruled that the United States government “claimed a clear interest in the airport property and has never abandoned that interest.” In his decision against the city, Judge John Walter wrote that the city either knew — or should have known — that the federal government claimed an interest in the airport property as long ago as 1948 and, as a result, the statute of limitations for the city to claim title to the airport has expired. The judge’s decision was good news to supporters of the airport, including officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), who have been involved

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in the efforts to keep the airport open. Over the years there have been many “The city was stopped in its tracks in discussions about the future of the airport, its most recent effort to strangle Santa with some in the city suggesting the airport Monica Airport,” said Mark Baker, AOPA has outlived its usefulness and should be president. “The city closed and the land reis not representing its developed. Complaints citizens. Surveys have “The city was stopped against the airport vary proven the majority of from noise and polluin its tracks in its Santa Monica residents tion to safety concerns support the airport, yet about runway overruns. most recent effort the city continues to Those concerns have to strangle Santa spend millions of dolincreased since last lars of taxpayer money September’s fatal crash Monica Airport.” to shut down this ecoinvolving a jet at the airMark Baker, AOPA president port, said Kate Vernez, nomic engine that provides jobs and annual deputy city manager revenue of more than of special projects for $200 million. Santa Monica Airport is vital Santa Monica. to the city and to our nation’s air transpor“We have an obligation to the commutation system and it must not close.” nity that demands relief from airport operaThe airport, which sits on a bluff and tions,” she said. is surrounded by homes, was home to the City officials are “disappointed and surDouglas Aircraft Co. in the 1920s. When prised” by the court’s ruling, she added. factory operations expanded during World “Our city attorney and outside council War II, many of the surrounding homes are reviewing the ruling to determine opwere built for employees. Today, the airtions,” she noted. port, which has a single 4,973-foot runway, According to Vernez, the city has 60 days is home to 269 aircraft ranging from general to make a decision about how to proceed. aviation airplanes to helicopters and jets. SMGov.net/Departments/Airport

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Light at the end of a long tunnel of decline Charles Spence Capital Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation might be seeing some light at the end of the long tunnel of decline, according to comments from General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) officials at their annual “state of the industry� press conference, held here Feb. 19. GAMA, which now reports world-wide data, shows that 50% of GA deliveries last year were in North America. GAMA officials note that the Asia-Pacific market is growing, while the European/Middle-East also is improving. Much of the growth, however, has been in the turboprop and pure jet markets. Turboprops showed a 34% gain over 2013. The single engine piston market produced 933 aircraft, a slight increase of 2.1% over last year. Piper Aircraft accounted for 154 — 16% — of those 933 planes. GAMA executives point to several ways they see a brighter future. Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets and chairman of GAMA, and Pete Bunce, president and CEO of GAMA, said general aviation is getting better acceptance in other parts of the world. Much of this acceptance is in the business aircraft market, but as this segment grows, the light piston market also should increase. China is recognizing the importance of general aviation aircraft to serve its many smaller and remote areas and is pushing for more airports and less restrictive regulations. Manufacturers find the biggest dollar volume in production of corporate aircraft, but expect growth in this market will also result in benefits and growth for light GA planes. There are at least two reasons for this. First, the current fleet of piston aircraft is 48 years old. They will have to be replaced. Second, efforts to change the certification of aircraft and parts can produce better aircraft at lower cost. Increased regulations and slow activity by regulators, plus an increase in lawsuits, have cost companies heavily, causing them to increase prices far beyond the rate of inflation. Since 1994, there have been 800 new regulations that manufacturers must meet, GAMA officials said. In 2007 manufacturers started looking for ways to reduce production costs. “We wanted to drive down the costs for both the government and industry,� Taylor and Bunce said. A rulemaking committee was formed and began looking at ways to streamline Charles Spence is GAN’s Washington, D.C., correspondent.

and standardize regulations. With the FAA, they coined the term “Double the safety at half the cost.� Manufacturers began working more on Congress. Key legislators were invited to visit plants. General aviation caucuses were formed and today these caucuses have more members than any other groups. Both political parties passed the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, signed into law last year by the President. This act set specific deadlines

for actions to be taken. A deadline of 2015 aviation airport. GA use of airports in busy was set for the FAA to come up with new areas like Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, regulations. GAMA spokesmen said this New York and other hub locations might means the proposals face new and possibly must be finished by the restrictive requirements “There is a glimmer end of this year to enable if NextGen succeeds the FAA to have all of in making it easier and of light, but it will 2015 to process changes faster for commercial need consistent and airlines to get from city through the long government process. persistent efforts to to city, further crowdSo, is GAMA coring limited airport fahelp it glow into the rect? Are things lookcilities. ing brighter for general future all pilots want.� There is a glimmer of aviation? Probably. light at the end of the However, streamlining tunnel, but it will need regulations is just one of the issues keepconsistent and persistent efforts to help it ing GA busy looking for solutions. There glow into the future all pilots want. is also an airport problem. The city of Santa Monica showed this recently when See more on last year’s GA airplane it wanted to close that city’s busy general deliveries in our next issue.

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I found the next generation Ben Sclair Touch & Go

I found the next generation of pilots. But depending on where you read this, you may or may not like it, and you may or may not understand it. Of the 58,014 (as this was written) fans of our Facebook page, 55.4% are 34 years or younger. Include those 35-44 years and it jumps to 75.4%. On Jan. 1, 2014, we had 26,715 page likes. Our fan count has more than doubled in 50 days. I’ve heard from many current (read that: older) pilots that have no interest in Facebook or Twitter or anything online. “Why do I care what someone eats for breakfast?” they’ve remarked with snark. I don’t believe it has anything to do with not caring or not being interested. It has everything to do with learning something new and — worse — admitting they don’t understand something. The irony is completely lost on them. Nobody is born a pilot or a social media whiz. Both start out like everyone starts — with a first step. So quit complaining about the next generation not being interested in learning to fly. You just aren’t looking in the right place. Ben Sclair is Publisher. He can be reached at ben@generalaviationnews.com.

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Deb, thank you for the years of keen observation of the aviation and aviator world in your Short Final column. Much appreciated was the stark reality combined with a few pounds of heart and humor. You will be missed. GEORGE WARNER via email

A GOOD AIRSHOW

In the article “What makes a good airshow?” in the Feb. 5 issue, the author neglected to consult the people who are the MOST important: The members of the audience. I have attended many airshows, and have found that, in almost every case, at least 15 minutes of every half hour show is about as interesting as watching paint dry. It seems like every performer extends his/ her act at least twice too long. Every good entertainer knows that it is always best to end with the audience wanting more. Air-

show performers seem to ignore this rule, leaving their audiences wanting less. And, of course, an announcer who talks too much, and who is unable to understand that the “whistle of air through the wing wires” and/or the roar of a big engine are what pleases an audience — not a motormouthed announcer’s constant babble. Airshow managers need to explain to the performers that, no matter how far they’ve come to perform, no matter what they are paid, and no matter how much free fuel they’ve been given, they are allowed maybe 10 minutes of show time and no more: Take off on time, do a short but spectacular routine, and get back down, so that the next act can do the same. Anyone who violates this rule should not be invited back. Airshows should be designed for the entertainment of their audiences, not for any benefit to the performers. To help answer the question “What makes a good airshow?” it might be worth-

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Re: The Flight & Flyers column in the Feb. 20 issue, “The flying grandfather”: I was very pleased to read your thumbnail on Max Conrad. Good work, as usual! I was fortunate to spend a couple days with Max in about 1966, autographing books at an airshow: He, autographing his biography, “Let’s Fly,” and I signing my book on Speed Holman. Max was a very Christian person, who loved the outdoors.

I always admired him for his courage and character. On the Sunday morning of our book signing, he walked two miles to attend church and two miles back to his hotel room before going to the airport. Made me ashamed of myself. He was a great person and one of my heroes! The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame inducted Max in 1991. We have an extensive biographical file on him. We also have a large windup clock and a kitchen timer, donated by his family after his death. Max supposedly used these on some overseas flights for timing various stages and fuel tank switching. NOEL ALLARD Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame


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The elephant in the room Jamie Beckett Politics for Pilots

Superbowl Sunday was anything but super. Not only was the game a huge disappointment to anyone who enjoys competitive sports, but earlier in the day news broke that Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment. Aviation shares something in common with sports and show business, whether we choose to believe it or not. Pilots, aircraft mechanics, air traffic controllers, even baggage handlers and line service workers are considered by their friends and neighbors to be different. The jobs we do are considered to be slightly cooler and more desirable. After all, we deal in the sexy, glittery world of aviation. It is our mission in life to put hands on a machine that will launch 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 Jamie@GeneralAviationNews.com

into the sky, travel at considerable speed, and then land someplace far away, maybe even someplace exotic. As a result, we’re held to a higher standard. We need to be above reproach, especially in this modern age when aviation is a factor in our quest for national security. We are envied and we are feared, because we do something oh so fascinating, and because our industry can kill not just participants, but innocent bystanders as well. All this boils down to a profession and a lifestyle that includes an implied pressure to perform. Like a football player or an actor, we are critiqued, studied, evaluated, and judged on a regular basis. Make a mistake and you’ll hear about it. Make a big enough mistake and you’ll see it in the newspaper and on the television. Heaven forbid you run off the end of the runway, land at the wrong airport, have an in-flight emergency, or put the aircraft down someplace other than an airport. Suddenly you’re an unwilling media target. It’s at that moment an individual finds out just how bright the spotlight of public opinion can be, and how badly it can burn. Most of us handle this perceived pressure well. Some of us don’t even recognize

the challenges faced by aeronautical participants as pressure at all. But it’s there, and some of us feel the burden more than others. Some of us fret, and fuss, and worry, and stress over the day-to-day machinations of our pursuits. But we don’t talk about those concerns publicly, because to admit to being worried is tantamount to admitting weakness. And there’s little in life humans work harder to cover up than a weakness. So we pretend everything is fine, even when it isn’t. A small number continue to pretend all is well even as their lives spin out of control, headed in a direction that is undeniably detrimental to themselves and potentially to others as well. With luck, we find help. If not there is at least a chance we’ll be found out and lose our medical, or get fired, or be stopped from doing what we do by some other means. However, some of us will continue with what we’re doing unchecked. The darkness will continue to cloud our vision, adversely affecting our decision making. Because we aviation types are like football players who just lost the big game, or actors who are struggling with self-doubt on a scale that would terrify most people, we aren’t about to admit we’re having trouble. Certainly not. To stand up tall and say out loud, “I’m having a difficult time emotionally. I need some help,� is perceived as being absolutely unacceptable in aviation. We’re tougher than that. We’re wrong. And if we don’t change our ways, we may find that instead of toughening up and making the skies safer, we’ve merely established a system that breaks the

individual and introduces an unnecessary risk to the system — all to avoid the embarrassment of admitting the obvious. We are human and sometimes we need a break. We need help. Mental health is as critical to aviation hobbyists and professionals as it is to any other profession. Yet we may spend more time denying our susceptibility to the very human reactions to stress than any other profession or hobby. We do this even with the knowledge that our peers self-medicate just like anyone else might under certain circumstances. We are not fundamentally different from our friends and neighbors. We can contract the virus that’s going around just as easily as they can. And we can suffer from mental stresses and illnesses just as easily, too. Until we begin to address this reality, our industry will continue to be imperiled by our hubris. It is time for us to accept our humanity, our frailty, and allow the participants in aviation the freedom to address mental issues with the same open means we use to deal with physical maladies. The Denver Broncos tanked in the big game. Each member of that team took a beating from sportswriters and fans. They’re also beat themselves up for the performance they turned in. Much as Philip Seymour Hoffman may have been beating himself up for his perceived failings. And yes, right now there is a pilot or a mechanic or a controller who is struggling. Let’s give them the support they need to stop and get some help without risking their employment or their dignity. It’s time.

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Mentoring: Share the magic By BRENT OWENS Flying is such an amazing experience, I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t think it’s cool on some level. Because of this mindset I have a real passion for seeing our industry flourish — most of us do. It’s partially selfish, because if people aren’t interested in flying we shrink as a community. If we shrink too much there are obvious bad things that occur. Many folks believe we have already started this downhill slide and that recreational aviation in the U.S. will look more like it does overseas in a few years. I think we can all share some responsibility for growing our ranks and seeing our community prosper. One of the best — and easiest — ways to

do that is to “share the magic.” This means going out and evangelizing the virtues of flying. Let it be known that 1) it’s not impossibly expense, 2) it doesn’t require super-human skills and 3) it’s more fun than most people can imagine. Doing this simple thing can lead people in the right direction. Their natural curiosity will take over and, if they venture close enough, they just might get hooked. Going a step further, you can reach out directly to people within your sphere of influence and offer to “help” them explore flying. In this way you are taking the first step to mentor that person. That doesn’t mean you need to be highly experienced or some kind of expert. You might be new to flying yourself. It’s the encouragement — the nudge — that they need initially. You can be the spark that sets

someone on a course that changes the rest of their life. What a powerful thing! Let’s explore some simple ways to “share the magic.” I wouldn’t call it full-blown mentoring yet, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Take social media, for example. It’s one of the easiest ways to reach people. If you have something great to pronounce about aviation, post it via social channels like Facebook, Twitter, and the like. In this way you are putting it out there and someone on the other end can potentially be affected. Depending on your circumstances, this could be thousands of friends or followers. Talk about an amazing reach! If someone out there has an interest, they will like or comment on the post and that’s an opportunity to reach out and engage them.

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With some refinement you can create a virtual short list of potential new pilot candidates. If you haven’t adopted social media yet, I would suggest you let go of what’s holding you back and move into the 21st century, especially if you plan to reach anyone under 30. Another more “traditional” method is to talk about flying with people around you. It could be as simple as mentioning it in the break room at work, or with neighbors when you are making small talk, or with relatives when you are at gatherings. Always keep in mind any social setting is an opportunity to reel someone in. I think we have hurt ourselves with the old jokes like, “How do you know if there is a pilot at your party? Don’t worry they’ll tell you!” Unfortunately many pilots, in an effort to avoid that stereotype, have gone underground, only talking aviation with other pilots. The bottom line is we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about our flying. You can always change the subject. If they start to ask questions and they seem genuinely interested, you’ll know to keep the conversation flowing. We have a responsibility to not only share in an effort to grow our ranks, but we are also accountable for sending the right message. You should seize every opportunity, but if you are braggadocios or overbearing, you are doing more harm than good. If we don’t use a little tact, we risk coming across as weirdos — not the result we are looking for. Also, we need to be careful we aren’t putting things out there that set the wrong example about safety and regulatory compliance. The proliferation of YouTube is great for celebrating this wonderful experience, but we should be careful of the impression we leave on our audiences (and the exposure to our tickets). This power we have to share and mentor stands to truly change our industry and reverse the disturbing downward trend we have seen in recent decades. If only a fraction of us actively mentored someone, we have a fighting chance. I would suggest that sharing is the first step in that process. It’s an easy thing to do and you’ll get back more than you give — I promise. So the next time you have something noteworthy to say about flying, don’t be shy about it. If we don’t promote aviation, who will? Your first task, if you accept this challenge, is to let us know how you have shared aviation with others. Brent Owens is a professional pilot and general aviation enthusiast who flies his RV-8 for fun. He maintains two blogs dedicated to flying at iFlyblog.com and FixedWingBuddha.com. He is also the cofounder and co-host of the Slipstream Radio podcast. You can reach him at brent@ iflyblog.com.


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Flying club makes donation to Honor Flight The Bakersfield Flying Club, a small association of central California pilots based at Meadows Field, has donated more than $6,000 to Honor Flight Kern County. The money was raised through a clubsponsored raffle, and will be used to send World War II veterans to the memorial in Washington, D.C. The fundraising project started when the flying club’s board of directors decided to do something to give back to the community. Several possible projects were considered, but the board settled on Honor Flight due to the urgency of the need and the logical tie-in with aviation, club officials said. “We were totally surprised when the flying club called and said they wanted to help,” said Lili Marsh, chairperson for Honor Flight in the Bakersfield area. Honor Flight is a national organization with local chapters that raise money and sponsor trips for veterans. “The club’s donation is one of the largest single contributions we’ve ever had,” said Marsh. “We thank you.” The donation was delivered during a meeting of Honor Flight Kern County at the VFW Hall in downtown Bakersfield. “It was a real pleasure to go to that meeting and see the faces of some of the heroes who saved the world 70 years ago,” said Bill Woodbury, president of the Bakersfield Flying Club. “The vets were grateful for the donation, but it was really us who were grateful to them for all they did and the sacrifices they made.” Club member Jon Slikker led the fundraising effort, organizing the drive and conducting the raffle. While the flying club spearheaded the effort, much of the cash that was raised came from the general public, not just the pilots. “It was amazing to see how easy it was

Help sponsor a WASP Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum is working with the Ninety-Nines and SUN ’n FUN to organize a gathering of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) at this year’s fly-in, slated for April 1-6. “We are excited that this year we will host six WASP and one WASP trainee,” organizers said. “We want them to be our special guests and honor them for their service and patriotism. They are great Americans and outstanding role models for women of all ages, particularly women pilots.” Any donation is appreciated. Organizers noted that a tax-deductible donation of $500 or more will help cover the costs of lodging, shuttle transport, meals and other incidental expenses for one WASP. Donations can be made using PayPal or by check payable to: Wings of Dreams, P.O. Box 357071, Gainesville, Fla., 32635. WingsOfDreams.org

to raise money,” said Slikker. “All I had to do was mention Honor Flight and people were eager to give.” Donations came from all over Kern County, Porterville, even as far away as Northern California, officials said.

“All it took was a posting on our Facebook page and making a few phone calls,” he said. “It was really great to see so many people wanting to help.” The flying club is active in the Bakersfield community, providing both primary

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typical year, our experts will review more than 1,000 state bills with the potential to impact general aviation. About 400 of

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become heavily engaged in supporting, opposing, or trying to change about 100 of those.

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legislation that will help pilots. And we’re alert for unintended consequences in bills that, on the face of it, have little or nothing to do with GA.

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Northwest show: Busy and upbeat By MEG GODLEWSKI

offered an up-close chance to see the latest from the Duluth, Minn.-based company. On the other side of the spectrum there was a Kitfox for sale and a Light-Sport Aircraft, the SD-1 Minisport, which is a single-seater slated for certification this spring.

Hansen noted that the annual banquet and auction raised $2,000, which will go toward providing aviation scholarships. Next year’s show is slated for Feb. 2122. Washington-Aviation.org

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Busy and upbeat: That describes the 2014 Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show, held Feb. 21-23 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds near Tacoma, Wash. The annual event draws aviation enthusiasts and vendors from around the country. This year the event began with a career forum on Friday featuring representatives from flight schools, colleges, universities and airlines, including Alaska Airlines, Skywest and Penair. “That was so amazing,� said Rachel Hansen, trade show coordinator. “People came in from all over the country to job hunt.�

The show also offered more than 75 hours of seminars ranging from improving piloting skills, weather, aviation history, and maintenance. The number of exhibitors was up from 300 last year to 380 this year. The show is touted as a family event. Among one of the more kid-friendly activities was the hands-on wind-tunnel and aerodynamics demonstrations by the Pearson Field Education Center. Fans were used to create wind tunnels to provide hands-on lessons in aerodynamics. According to educator Theresa Nelson, the display is a good recruitment tool for the week-long summer camps. For visitors looking for aircraft, Cirrus

The SD-1 Minisport is slated for certification later this year.

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New venture to reintroduce Mallard CLEBURNE, Texas — A new venture, Mallard Aircraft, has been launched to reintroduce the Turbine Mallard amphibious aircraft. Aviation industry veteran Sam L. Jantzen, Jr. will head up the program, including market introduction and global manufacturer selection for initial Mallard production. The original Grumman Mallard was the first aircraft certified by the FAA in the transport category. Beginning in 1970, the late J. Fred Frakes began engine conversions from early radial piston power to Pratt & Whitney turbine engines. He later purchased the type certificate for the Mallard and incorporated the turbine STC into the type certification. The all-new Turbine Mallard heralds back to the original Grumman design, only with 21st century upgrades, including all-

new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines, Rockwell Collins avionics and a host of other details and design features, according to company officials. Jantzen, who joins the team as managing director, has worked at executive positions at Cessna Aircraft, Fairchild Aircraft, Commuter Air Technology, Raisbeck Engineering and Blackhawk Modifications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Business degree from Colorado State University. “We are thrilled to have Sam come aboard to lead this new venture and get the redesigned Mallard to market,” said Joe Frakes. “For years, customers have asked us to bring the Mallard back into production, and I can’t think of a better person than Sam to help us make this a reality.” MallardAircraft.com

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Top records set in 2013 The National Aeronautic Association has revealed its “most memorable” records for 2013. Included on the list is: DISTANCE: 8,114.9 miles: Record for airplanes (piston engine, weighing 3,8586,614 pounds): With 2,200 pounds of fuel aboard his modified Lancair IV, Bill Harrelson took off from Guam March 1 and flew non-stop for 38 hours, 38 minutes, landing in Jacksonville, Fla. He beat the previous record of 7,928 miles set in 1987. DURATION: 18 hours, 6 minutes, 13 seconds; Record for radio-controlled airplane with electric motor: Andre Mellin hand-launched his radio-controlled model airplane from Norris Field in Liberty, Ind., the evening of Aug. 4. Sharing the controls throughout the night with fellow pilots David Brown and Joseph Mekina, the team landed the RC airplane the next afternoon when the rechargeable batteries were exhausted. They beat the previous record of 12 hours, 36 minutes set in 2008. ALTITUDE: 42,568 feet: Record for airplanes (piston engine, weighing 6,61413,228 pounds): Taking off from the grass runway at Florida’s Indiantown Airport, Douglas Matthews flew his P-51D Mustang to an altitude of 42,568 feet. His record set on May 22 beat the previous record of 36,902 feet set in 1954. TIME TO CLIMB TO 3,000 METERS: 5 minutes 32 seconds: Record for airplanes (electric motor, weighing 1,102-2,205 pounds): In a series of record attempts in the new electric motor classification, Chip Yates flew his lithium-ion battery-powered Long-EZ from a standing start to a height of 9,843 feet in 5 minutes, 32 seconds. His flight on Nov. 24 broke his own record of 6 minutes, 28 seconds set earlier in the year.

O-320-A series that didn’t have the factory installed primer system. Please keep in mind that I’m speaking specifically of the O-320-A series Wide Deck Cylinder Flange configuration engines, where the engine serial number suffix is -27A. If I had to guess why this specific model did not include a factory supplied primer system, it would be the airframe manu-

facturer didn’t want to pay the cost for the system. I’d also guess that this particular engine was utilized in a high-wing airframe application and the airframe manufacturer thought the head pressure from the fuel tank would eliminate the need for a primer system. The carburetor also was equipped with an accelerator pump, so a pump of the throttle prior to cranking would aid with the starting process. Of course, caution must be used when doing this because excessive pumping could lead to an engine fire. If you are really convinced you need a primer, I’d look into installing one using FAA Form 337 rather than an STC, which

may cost you money to obtain. I’d suggest you discuss this with your local FAA GADO/FSDO. I see no reason why this wouldn’t be an easy field approval, keeping in mind that I can’t guess how the FAA may respond. You can show the FAA that primer systems are common on most O-320-A and E series Wide Deck Cylinder Flange configuration engines as listed in the Lycoming Parts Catalog PC-203-1. Paul McBride, an expert on engines, retired after almost 40 years with Lycoming. Send your questions to: AskPaul@GeneralAviationNews.com.

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Sailplane racers will gather in Minden, Nevada, this June 10-19 to compete in the 18 Meter Nationals. “This contest will pit up to 60 pilots who will each day fly a weather-dependent course,” said Reba Coombs, contest manager. Each pilot will be towed aloft by airplanes to a predetermined release height and then dive through the “start gate.” The pilot who completes the course with the fastest speed wins. Speeds average between 60 to 90 mph and pilots use GPSenabled flight recorders to document their flights. Flight logs are downloaded after each flight to verify the assigned course was completed and confirm speeds.

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As a fairly new pilot, some 25 years ago, I was transitioning from a Cessna 172 to my first complex airplane. Obviously, I had a lot to learn about the Mooney 231 I was buying. The best advice my new airplane partners had to offer was this: “Join the Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association (MAPA). Those guys know more about this airplane than anybody. If you ever need advice, they have some, if you need a part, they know where to find it, their monthly magazine is full of worthwhile articles, and they throw one heck of a party every year in Kerrville, Texas.” I did as my partners advised, joined the group, subscribed to the magazine, read the guys’ saved back issues, eventually joined type-specific Internet forums, watched and helped with annual inspections, proudly wore the T-shirt, and like most of my fellow Mooniacs, kept a close eye on the company’s economic roller-coaster ride. The Mooney Aircraft Co. fell on hard times, and eventually closed down its production line, keeping a very few employees around to tend to cobwebs and ship what parts they still had. Things looked grim for builders of the finest GA airplane on the market.

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Mike Elliott, Mooney Summit founder, and his significant other, Alice Barbera, who was instrumental in putting the February Summit together. Elliott reports 58 people attended the Friday evening kick-off reception. Not so, the various Mooney fan clubs. They flourished, unfazed by the company’s misfortunes. They spread out on the Internet, established local groups and lunch meetings, excursions, projects and, in general, shared the joy.

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The last day of filming: Frank Crawford, tech support, Don Muncy, camera, Bill Wheat, test pilot/engineer, Jolie Lucas, Mitch Latting (in white shirt), and Herbie Witt, design engineer. plane Co. ceased production in 2008. The Mooney Ambassadors mission is to fly Mooney airplanes to existing airport days/ aviation events, display the airplanes, and

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accomplished their miracles. There was a fine presentation titled, “I wish I would have known that,” with priceless mechanical survival tips. One of the highlights was a program by an amazing woman who has flown her own Mooney around the world — three times! I had the honor of flying with her one afternoon, and her instructor’s tips were both kind and useful. One of the Mooney Summit’s prime movers, a marathon-running physician, exhorted us to spend as much effort trimming our personal weight and balance as we did figuring that of our airplanes. (Right. It’s on the list. Somewhere.) There was an expert who talked about interpreting arcane engine monitor information, and a riveting presentation on why it’s a good idea to avoid airframe icing. Each of the seminars earned Wings credits, and the CFI ride was the icing on that cake. Plus, there’s good news out of Kerrville these days. Now under new ownership, Mooney Aircraft Co. is back in business. By the time this is published, there will be a beautiful brand new Acclaim rolling off the factory line, and more right behind it. The Mooney is alive and well, we now hear… but we loyal Mooniacs knew that all along, didn’t we? There are some inventions that are just hard to improve on. If you’re a Mooney owner, you need to explore some of these options. If you’re flying another brand, check it out, see what’s available with YOUR airplane’s logo prominently featured. You won’t be sorry! MooneyPilots.com

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tively affordable warbirds” on the market. According to Jane’s Encyclopedia of Aviation, some 3,339 Bird Dogs were produced, yet it can be a challenge to find affordable replacement parts or an aircraft for sale — unless you have access to the IBDA. “In many cases, type clubs are the singular repositories for that aircraft’s technical data, type certificate and information gleaned from countless hours of operation,” Mulvihill explains. “Additionally, the type clubs continued to improve the breed by ensuring parts and services are available.” Sometimes, a replacement part requires a Field Approval or is subject to a Supplemental Type Certificate. Type clubs can help an aircraft owner find a mechanic experienced with both, cutting down on the cost of repairs, as well as the downtime of the aircraft. Type clubs can also help wanna-be owners from buying a cost-prohibitive restoration project. Most vintage type clubs have extensive searchable databases, which can assist in the search for an airframe, as well as the

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Almost every pilot has a wish list of vintage airplanes he or she would like to own. But often a vintage design is no longer in production or no longer factory supported — known as an orphaned airplane. If you mention in front of a group of pilots that you are interested in an orphaned model, be prepared to get a bucketful of opinions and unsolicited advice on why you should — or shouldn’t — get that particular airplane, and the challenges that lay before you should you commit to an orphaned design. Sometimes the information is accurate, sometimes it’s rumor, and sometimes it is completely wrong. So how do you separate fact from fiction? Find the type club for that particular airplane and start researching. Before the invention of the Internet, first contact with type clubs was often made at airshows and fly-ins where volunteers manned informational tables, ready to answer questions and offer guidance. Information was exchanged by telephone calls (many of them long distance) and letters and photographs. Today, while the clubs are often still represented at airshows — at both SUN ’n Fun and AirVenture, type clubs have their own dedicated spaces — their presence in the virtual world is quite pronounced. You can expect to find photos galore, forums, e-newsletters and contact information on type club webpages. Once you become a member of a particular type club (annual dues usually range from about $30 to $60 per year) you can obtain access to the webpage and all the riches it contains. Access to that data, especially technical data, is key for a vintage aircraft owner, says Jim Mulvihill, communications director of the International Bird Dog Association (IBDA). The Bird Dog, originally known as the Cessna 305, rolled off the assembly line between 1949 and 1963. Designed to be a military liaison and observation platform, it is also known by the designations L-19A and O-1. It is considered one of the “rela-

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Bill Finney (left) and Mike Weinfurter, both Birddog pilots, compare notes after flying at Oshkosh. history of a particular aircraft. In addition, type club Internet forum pages and newsletters often contain information on where to find an experienced mechanic to do the all-important pre-buy inspection. Another aspect of vintage type clubs is that they create a focal point for aircraft owners to pool resources. This is key, says Steve Krog from the Taylorcraft Club. “Type clubs are an excellent source — and sometimes the only source — for obtaining both technical information and replacement parts and parts sources for these airplanes,” he says. “The type clubs are great for connecting owners of these

planes, too. They can exchange ideas on how to properly make a repair. In some situations, a group of owners can pool resources and have replacement parts made that would otherwise be unaffordable if doing this on an individual basis.” According to Krog, among the most frequently asked questions from new members are: Where can I find information about this particular model aircraft? Do you know an A&P and IA who is familiar with this make and model? And is there anyone in my geographic area who owns ORPHAN | See Page 29


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By MEG GODLEWSKI “When Hollywood calls and says they want to use your aircraft for a movie on Amelia Earhart, you say yes!” That’s how Joe Shepherd of Fayetteville, Ga., explains how his airplane, a beautifully restored Lockheed 12, became the mechanical star of the 2009 movie “Amelia” starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. During last year’s AirVenture, Shepherd’s highly-polished Lockheed was a focal point in the vintage twin parking area. Shepherd had signs around the Lockheed declaring, “Yes, this airplane was used in the movie ‘Amelia.’” During good weather he keeps the door open so people can see the signatures of movie star Hilary Swank, who played the title role, and of director Mira Nair. According to Shepherd, one of the most frequently asked questions he gets is “Is this Amelia Earhart’s airplane?” Shepherd proudly replies that the airplane was used in the movie, but in real life Earhart flew a Lockheed 10E. “The Lockheed 10E is bigger than the Lockheed 12, but there wasn’t a Lockheed 10E available when the movie was being made,” he explained, adding that most

of the movie-going audience probably wouldn’t notice the difference. For the purists out there, the Lockheed 10E measures 38 feet, 7 inches in length and has a wingspan of 55 feet. The Lockheed 12 has a length of 36 feet, 4 inches and a wingspan of 49 feet 6 inches. Both airplanes were designed in the 1930s, ostensibly for the airlines. The Lockheed 10, which had room for 10 passengers, rolled out of the factory in February 1934 and by August was being used by Northwest Airlines. The Lockheed 12 appeared in 1936. Although faster than the 10, the 12 had room for only six passengers. It was rejected by the airlines, but found a place in the aviation world as a military and corporate transport. Shepherd acquired the airplane in 1988. At the time, it was badly in need of restoration, so much so that he had to buy two other Lockheed wrecks for spare parts. “It took 17 years to restore it,” he said. “Me and my father-in-law, Robert Parker, and a buddy of mine, Lenord ‘Bear’ Ebert, did the work. No one but the three of us touched it during the restoration. These days I maintain it myself and I have an IA who looks over my shoulder and signs off on the annuals.”

Photos courtesy Joe Shepherd

Joe Shepherd’s movie star Lockheed

According to Shepherd, the movie makers heard about his airplane from a friend. “They called a friend of mine in Canada who has a Lockheed. His airplane was still in restoration, so he referred them to me,” he said.

The retired airline pilot flew his airplane to St. Katherine, Canada, where much of the filming was done. The air-to-air shots of the Lockheed were then placed over images of oceans or the savannahs of Africa to recreate Earhart’s last flight through


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the process of computer-enhanced movie magic. “Movie magic” was also used to transform Shepherd into Amelia Earhart. “They had to, because nobody flies this airplane but me,” he said sternly. “They shaved my mustache and put me in a wig and a long leather coat for the flying scenes. For the scenes when the airplane is taxiing, they put Hilary Swank in the left seat and I am in the right seat crouched down out of view of the camera.” According to Shepherd, Swank was genuinely interested in how the airplane worked. “She was taking flying lessons at the time,” he said. “She was very much in the loop and really wanted to go fly in the Lockheed, but her contract forbade it. Her contract stipulated that she couldn’t fly in antique airplanes. She really wanted to go up and have hold of it in the air.” For the air scenes, Shepherd’s copilot, Jay Maclure, was made up to look like Earhart’s navigator Fred Noonan. “They shaved his mustache too,” Shepherd said. “They had us in the makeup chairs by six in the morning and we would often be on the set until midnight, because whenever the movie people wanted to use the airplane I had to be there to protect it. They were nice people, but they don’t know anything about airplanes and don’t understand that what they want to do might damage it.” Shepherd recalled when a member of the movie crew wanted to put screws into the fuselage to hold aluminum plates on to cover up the side windows because Earhart’s airplane did not have windows. “I said no, we’re not going to do it that way,

Photos courtesy Joe Shepherd

Hilary Swank, as Amelia Earhart, filming a scene while standing next to the Lockheed cowling.

To film some scenes in the movie, the airplane was stripped of its black stripe, the engine colors were changed and International Orange paint was added to the wings and tail.

“They shaved my mustache and put me in a wig and a long leather coat for the flying scenes.” Joe Shepherd, who dressed as Amelia for the movie because “nobody flies this airplane but me.” and instead we used double-sided sticky tape to hold the plates in place,” he said. The action sequences involved a lot of takeoffs and landings, he said. “We’d do 10 or 15 of them until they got what they wanted,” he said. “There also were a lot of taxiing scenes with Hilary in the left seat.” Shepherd is proud of his airplane’s movie career, and advises anyone who wants to allow their airplane to be used in a movie to do it, with one caveat: “Get a contract — get everything in writing!” he said with a laugh. ElectraJr.com

Creative “makeup” was applied to the aircraft to film scenes like this.

Actress Hilary Swank signs the door of Joe Shepherd’s plane. Actor Richard Gere, movie director Mira Nair and others also signed the door.

Joe Shepherd’s Lockheed outside a hangar painted to look like a hangar Amelia Earhart would have flown from.


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The Lockheed, stored with other vintage aircraft used during the filming of the movie.

Left to right: Michelle Shepherd, Hilary Swank, Joe Shepherd and Laura Shepherd with the aircraft.

Left to right: Jay McClure (co-pilot), Paul Austerberry (art director for the Amelia film) and Joe Shepherd on the set of the movie.


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Accident Reports These March 2012 accident reports are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, they are intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others. Aircraft: Skeeter 1M. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Oklahoma City. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was flying his homebuilt airplane on a cross-country flight when the canopy came loose. He diverted to another airport to land and secure the canopy. He was on the downwind leg in the traffic pattern and another airplane was on final approach. Several witnesses said the Skeeter was on final approach at an altitude of 400 feet AGL when the pilot attempted to make a 180° turn at 45° of bank. The plane descended and hit the ground. Investigators speculated that the pilot likely saw the other airplane on the runway, and, not knowing its intention, attempted to add more space between his airplane and the other airplane. Probable cause: The failure to maintain control while on final approach. Aircraft: Bellanca Citabria. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Brockton, Mont. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Witnesses said the airplane made two low-altitude, 360° turns, climbed rapidly, then descended into the ground. They reported that the engine sounded normal throughout the accident sequence. A GPS receiver was recovered from the accident, however, no data was recovered for the accident flight. Data from previous flights revealed flight maneuvers at low altitudes similar to the one described by witnesses. Probable cause: The failure to maintain adequate airspeed and control while maneuvering at a low altitude, which resulted in a stall and impact with terrain. Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Fort Collins, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land at a private landing strip on his property. The flag near the landing location indicated a calm wind. The pilot said the plane encountered some turbulence and wind gusts during the approach. He attempted a go-around and made a right turn to avoid the rising terrain, but did not maintain flying speed and the airplane stalled into trees. Probable cause: The pilot did not maintain adequate airspeed and control during the go-around, which resulted in the airplane crashing in trees.

Aircraft: Quicksilver MX Sprint II Injuries: None. Location: Willits, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: It was the student pilot’s first solo flight in the airplane. He was attempting to land on a private dirt strip when the plane encountered a tailwind, which caused it to lose altitude and crash into trees some 20 feet short of the dirt strip. Probable cause: The student pilot did not maintain an adequate approach/glide path and altitude, which resulted in a runway undershoot and subsequent collision with trees. Contributing to the accident was his lack of flight experience. Aircraft: Sportsman 2+2. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Kimerling, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The floatequipped plane was observed flying low over the lake, then appeared to make an attempt to land on the water. Witnesses said the engine sounded as if it was operating normally but that the plane never leveled off before it touched down. It hit the water, cart-wheeled, and came to rest upside down. Examination revealed that the landing gear was in the fully retracted position, consistent with a water landing configuration. Probable cause: The inadequate flare, which resulted in the plane crashing into the water. Aircraft: Allegro. Injuries: None. Location: Groveland, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in a gusting, quartering tailwind. The airplane bounced three times. After the third bounce, he added power to perform a go-around. During the go-around, the wind blew the plane to the left of the runway, where it crashed in trees. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during a goaround maneuver in gusty crosswind conditions. Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Goble, Ore. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: A CFI and pilot receiving instruction were on a flight in an area of light rain, fog, and overcast ceilings. The plane entered a hilly area during a steady rain. There were low ceilings and dense ground fog that extended to above tree height. The airplane crashed

into trees. Investigators determined that it was likely hard to see the trees because of the reduced visibility. Probable cause: The CFI’s decision to continue flight into an area of reduced visibility and the pilots’ subsequent failure to maintain clearance from the hilly terrain while operating in an area of low ceilings, rain, and fog. Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Indianapolis. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot was on a solo flight. He completed three normal takeoffs and landings before attempting a soft-field takeoff. As the nose lifted, the airplane began to veer left. He attempted to correct with an application of right rudder, but lost directional control, so he decided to abort the takeoff. The airplane went off the left side of the runway and hit a visual approach slope indicator and its power-supply box. The student pilot stated that the accident could have been prevented had he maintained directional control with an increased input of right rudder to counteract the left-turning tendencies experienced during takeoff. Probable cause: The student pilot did not maintain directional control while practicing a soft-field takeoff. Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Brooksville, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: An airport ramp employee reported the airplane porpoised three times during the landing, followed by a tail strike. The pilot performed a go-around and remained in the traffic pattern for a full stop landing. The ramp employee observed the pilot and his passengers leave the airplane without performing an external inspection. During post-accident interviews, the pilot reported that he was performing a touch-and-go landing and bounced once during the initial touchdown. He stated that he did not land hard or experience a tail strike. However, damage to the cabin floor, the engine firewall, and the tail strike bar was discovered later in the day by another pilot preparing to fly the airplane. Probable cause: The improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing. Aircraft: Bellanca Super Viking. Injuries: None. Location: Branson, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. At the time the wind was from the south at 8 to 10 knots with gusts to 20 knots. As he approached

for landing on runway 12, he crabbed the airplane into the wind and slipped it to touch down on the centerline. Upon touchdown, the airplane veered to the left. He applied right rudder, but it was not sufficient to keep the airplane on the runway. The left main gear went off the side of the runway, hitting a rise in the terrain, which caused the airplane to bounce back into the air, then come down hard enough to collapse the landing gear. Substantial damage resulted to the left wing spar. A skid mark, which veered sharply to the left side of the runway, was visible. Probable cause: The pilot did not maintain directional control of the airplane while landing with a gusting crosswind. Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that the wind during takeoff was from the right at 9 knots, gusting to 13 knots. He rotated the airplane at 55 knots, then it started to drift. He heard the stall warning horn, so he lowered the nose and the airplane touched down. He retarded the throttle to abort the takeoff, pulling back on the yoke to avoid a hump or ditch near the runway edge. The airplane became airborne again and climbed to about 10 to 15 feet, then came down hard and bounced. The airplane nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the airframe. Probable cause: The pilot did not maintain control during takeoff, which resulted in a hard landing and nose-over. Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Margaret, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot and passenger departed on a local flight. The airplane was in cruise flight, about 1,000 feet AGL, when the engine lost power. Attempts to restart the engine were unsuccessful. The pilot made an emergency landing on a road, and the airplane hit a ditch. The post-accident examination revealed that the right fuel tank was empty. Fuel was found in the left tank, and it flowed normally when the left tank was selected. Investigators determined that it was likely that all of the fuel in the right fuel tank was used and, due to the low altitude, fuel from the left tank did not reach the engine for attempted restart before the pilot had to configure the airplane for an off-airport landing. Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate in-flight fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power during cruise flight due to fuel starvation.


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New Products

Lightspeed Sierra headset now FlightLink-capable

Lightspeed Aviation’s Sierra ANR headset is now compatible with FlightLink, the company’s free app for the Apple iPad and iPhone. When used with headsets, FlightLink allows pilots to capture incoming and outgoing communications for instant playback or archiving to common audio management software — such as iTunes — for later retrieval, according to company officials. LightspeedAviation.com

3D depiction of ground and water features, as well as obstacles, traffic, and the runway environment. GPS-derived airspeed, altitude, and vertical speed are superimposed. When Garmin Pilot is paired with the GDL 39 3D, additional benefits include Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) subscription-free weather, which offers NEXRAD imagery, METARs, TAFs, and more; as well as Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B), which helps pilots gain a better understanding of the traffic picture around them, officials said. The latest version of Garmin Pilot is available immediately as a free update to existing customers with a premium subscription. For new customers, it is available in the App Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, pilots can upgrade to an annual subscription starting at $74.99. Garmin.com

Sandel Avionics has released its latest upgrades to the SG102 (MOD2) AHRS, which is a solid-state, three-axis instrument certified for primary heading reference and standby attitude. Enhancements include a three-times faster initialization time (one minute), and added selectable low- and high-speed ARINC 429 output, which allows for additional interface options with radar systems, satellite communicator antennas and other avionics. Sandel.com

Garmin Pilot app adds 3-D Synthetic Vision

Garmin has released an updated version of the Garmin Pilot app for the iPad and iPhone featuring synthetic vision as an option for premium subscribers. 3D Vision incorporates GPS-derived airspeed, altitude, and vertical speed overlaid on a 3D topographic landscape. Garmin Pilot creates a virtual topographic landscape. Instead of a blue-over-brown display, pilots will see an in-depth perspective view of realistic terrain features rising into the sky. Garmin Pilot displays a clear

IS&S receives STC for auto throttle, standby display

Preheat your aircraft engine remotely

Sandel upgrades SG102 AHRS

Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its Auto Throttle System and Standby Display Unit (SDU)

The new model incorporates heavier duty power cords with LED indicators, which allows users to know when the unit is operating, according to company officials. Operation of SwitchBox can be performed by a telephone call, text or the free iPhone or Android app. The app also reports usage, status changes, signal strength, and more. The new model sells for $324.99. SwitchboxControl.com

‘From Cropduster to Airline Captain’

Newly released is “From Cropduster to Airline Captain: The Biography of Captain Leroy H. Brown.” The book begins in 1936, when Brown took his first ride in a 1929 Waco 10. More than 35,000 flight hours later, Captain LeRoy Brown stepped out of the cockpit of a Pan American World Airways DC10 to end a commercial aviation career that spanned nearly five decades. In between, he filled dozens of logbooks with tales of flying biplane crop dusters, B-17 freight haulers, surplus military trainers, jet airliners, and more than 150 personally owned airplanes. Packed with photographs, the book chronicles the life of Brown, a 2009 inductee into the Florida Aviation Historical Association Hall of Fame and 2012 recipient of the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. It is available on Amazon.com, but you can receive an autographed copy by sending a check for $29.95, plus $4 for shipping and handling, to LeRoy Brown, PO Box 144, Zellwood, Fla., 32798. Brown also plans to be at this year’s SUN ’n FUN, signing copies of his book.

New way to look at checklists Now available in a customizable app are Sporty’s Aircraft Checklists for iPhone and iPad. Powered by Qref, the app includes written procedures specifically for your aircraft. Checklists for more than 50 models of aircraft are available, including Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond and Piper. The app is available as a free download and includes a sample checklist that allows you to test drive the features. Each customizable aircraft model is available as an in-app purchase for $9.95. Sportys.com

incorporated into its Integrated Flight Management System (IFMS), which debuted on the Eclipse 500 jet. The auto throttle system manipulates the throttles automatically to achieve and hold the manually selected airspeed. Underspeed and overspeed protection will automatically activate, regardless of the autopilot, in an attempt to keep airspeed from exceeding pre-defined low and high speed air targets, company officials said. The IS&S Standby Display Unit (SDU) measures, processes and displays attitude, airspeed, altitude, heading and vertical speed information into a single display. Innovative-SS.com

SwitchBox Control has introduced new features to its remote power-switching device, used by aircraft owners to preheat their engines during wintertime operations.

Hartzell TBM prop earns STC

Hartzell Propeller has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its swept airfoil structural composite five-blade propeller to be installed on TBM 700/850 aircraft. Hartzell already has taken orders for the propellers and deliveries are expected to begin shortly, company officials said. The new propeller results in faster takeoff acceleration, higher cruise speeds and better climb, along with less noise, according to Hartzell officials. Hartzell offers the new prop with a “Plus 3” warranty, which covers the propeller for three years or 1,000 hours and a 3,600hour/six-year TBO (Time Between Overhaul). HartzellProp.com, TBM850.com

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Western United States

Mar. 26, 2014, Camarillo, CA. Preparing for IFR Oral Exam and Check Ride, 805-910-6894 Mar. 26-27, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT. Air Traffic Control and Special Use Airspace, 801-777-9384 Mar. 27, 2014, Mountain View, CA. Hangar Flying and Coffee Drinking Mar. 27, 2014, Nampa, ID. Top Fun Flyers Club Meeting, 208-880-3110 Mar. 27, 2014, Spanish Fork, UT. 14 CFR Part 91: Rules We Live By, 801-794-8123 Mar. 29, 2014, Cottonwood, AZ. Verde Valley Flyers Saturday Coffee & Doughnuts, 928-567-5322 Mar. 29, 2014, Yakima, WA. Saturday Morning Coffee and Social, 509-952-2468 Mar. 29, 2014, Mesa, AZ. Falcon Field Open House, 480-644-2450 Mar. 29, 2014, Carlsbad, CA. Flight Instructor Open Forum Hosted by Pacific Coast Flyers and FAASTeam, 760-635-1284 Mar. 31, 2014, Bremerton, WA. Civil Air Patrol Meeting, 850-313-0151 Apr. 01, 2014, Yakima, WA. Meeting of the IMC Club, 509-945-1985 Apr. 02, 2014, Camarillo, CA. Engine Failure After Takeoff with Barry Schiff, 805-910-6894 Apr. 02, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Apr. 03, 2014, Mountain View, CA. Hangar Flying and Coffee Drinking Apr. 03, 2014, Mountain View, CA. Spring Luncheon, 408-634-8052 Apr. 03, 2014, Kelso, WA. EAA Chapter 1111 Monthly Meeting, 503-702-3524 Apr. 03, 2014, Boise, ID. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Apr. 04, 2014, San Diego, CA. FlyDays!, 619-259-5541 Apr. 05, 2014, Coolidge, AZ. Coolidge Fly-in Breakfast, 520-723-5354 Apr. 05, 2014, Cottonwood, AZ. Verde Valley Flyers Saturday Coffee & Doughnuts, 928-567-5322 Apr. 05, 2014, Yakima, WA. Saturday Morning Coffee and Social, 509-952-2468 Apr. 05, 2014, Fort Jones, CA. Scott Valley Fly-In, 530-468-2211 Apr. 05, 2014, Camarillo, CA. Avoiding Pilot Errors with Adrian Eichhorn, 805-910-6894 Apr. 05, 2014, Camarillo, CA. VFR Charts & Airspace with Judy Phelps, 805-910-6894 Apr. 09-10, 2014, Phoenix, AZ. TPE331 Pilot’s Familiarization Course, 972-248-3108 Apr. 09, 2014, Palo Alto, CA. Flying The San Francisco Bay Tour, 650-856-2030 Apr. 10, 2014, Mountain View, CA. Hangar Flying and Coffee Drinking Apr. 11-12, 2014, Phoenix, AZ. Pilot’s Review of Proficiency (PROP 2014), 972-248-3108 Apr. 12, 2014, Tucson, AZ. Thunder And Lightning Over Arizona Apr. 12, 2014, Hood River, OR. Second Saturday at WAAAM Air and Auto Museum, 541-308-1600 Apr. 12, 2014, Tucson, AZ. Ryan Fly-in Breakfast Apr. 12, 2014, Cottonwood, AZ. Verde Valley Flyers Saturday Coffee & Doughnuts, 928-567-5322 Apr. 12, 2014, Yakima, WA. Saturday Morning Coffee and Social, 509-952-2468

South Central United States

Mar. 27, 2014, Olathe, KS. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Mar. 28, 2014, Wichita, KS. Wichita 2014 FAA Aviation Maintenance Safety Seminar and IA Refresher, 316-941-1260 Mar. 29, 2014, Sherman, TX. Sport Air Racing League — ­ Texoma 100 Air Race, 903-564-9410 Apr. 01, 2014, Pineville, LA. Monthly EAA Chapter Meeting, 318-452-0919 Apr. 02, 2014, Dallas, TX. CO — It’s a Gas!, 817-735-5204 Apr. 05, 2014, Pineville, LA. Monthly Pancake Breakfast, 318-452-0919 Apr. 08, 2014, Olathe, KS. Civil Air Patrol Meeting, 913-927-1317 Apr. 08, 2014, Salina, KS. Airport HotSpots FAA Safety Seminar & CAP open ho, 785-201-7006 Apr. 10-13, 2014, Kerrville, TX. MAPA Convention & Open House, 210-525-8008 Apr. 12, 2014, Taylor, TX. Sport Air Racing League — Taylor 100 Air Race Apr. 12, 2014, Cookson, OK. 25th Annual Wild Onion & Egg Breakfast Fly-In, 918-457-4774 Apr. 12, 2014, San Antonio, TX. EAA Chapter 35 Fly-In and Breakfast, 210-570-9435 Apr. 12, 2014, Terrell, TX. Pilots, Popovers & Plane Talk Apr. 12, 2014, Carlisle, AR. EAA Fly-in Breakfast Apr. 12, 2014, Shreveport, LA. KDTN Young Eagles/Fly-In Swapmeet, 318-617-2132 Apr. 12-13, 2014, Houston, TX. WWII Aircraft Fly-In and Open Hangar, 281-579-2131 Apr. 12, 2014, Durant, OK. Take to the Skies AirFest, 303-862-2869

North Central United States

Mar. 26, 2014, Bellevue, NE. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Mar. 27, 2014, Plymouth, MI. MDOT/ EAA Chapter 113, 517-335-9792 Mar. 27, 2014, Indianapolis, IN. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Mar. 27, 2014, Sugar Grove, IL. Chapter Meeting, 630-640-6869 Mar. 29, 2014, Kenosha, WI. WisDOT Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC), 608-266-7347 Mar. 29, 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Club Cherokee Flyers, 952-334-7171 Apr. 01, 2014, , IL. Monthly BFC Meeting, 630-712-0059 Apr. 01, 2014, South Saint Paul, MN. Fleming Field Aviation Association Apr. 03, 2014, Naperville, IL. Naperville Flying Club (LL10) Monthly Meeting Apr. 05, 2014, York, NE. Breakfast Apr. 05, 2014, Peru, IN. 2014 GAM Open House, 574-398-1451 Apr. 05, 2014, Red Wing, MN. FAA Wings Seminar, 715-441-1790 Apr. 05, 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Club Cherokee Flyers, 9523347171 Apr. 08, 2014, Kimball, MI. EAA Chapter 979 Meeting, 616-540-0068 Apr. 08, 2014, South Saint Paul, MN. EAA Chapter 1229 Apr. 11, 2014, Fort Wayne, IN. Aeronautical Chart Review, 260-637-8622

North Eastern United States

Mar. 26, 2014, Norwood, MA. Plane Talk by IMC Radio Live Broadcast, 866-594-4844 Mar. 26, 2014, Bedford, MA. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Mar. 26, 2014, Arbutus, MD. Civil Air Patrol — Ft. McHenry Squadron Meeting, 402-213-7969 Mar. 26, 2014, Columbus, OH. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Mar. 27, 2014, Columbus, OH. Private Pilot Ground Class, 614-292-5473 Mar. 29, 2014, Ocean City, MD. Pancake Breakfast, 443-880-2413 Mar. 30, 2014, Ocean City, MD. Cooked to Order Breakfast, 443-880-2413 Apr. 01, 2014, Lincoln Park, NJ. IMC Club Inaugural Meeting, 805-801-7555 Apr. 01, 2014, Palmyra, PA. Monthly Scenario Discussion, 717-304-4187 Apr. 01, 2014, Stafford, VA. EAA 1099 Chapter Meeting, 540-809-9334 Apr. 02, 2014, Norwood, MA. Plane Talk by IMC Radio Live Broadcast, 866-594-4844 Apr. 02, 2014, Arbutus, MD. Civil Air Patrol — Ft. McHenry Squadron Meeting, 402-213-7969 Apr. 04-05, 2014, Columbus, OH. IFR Refresher class, 614-292-5473 Apr. 05, 2014, Stow, MA. Hangar Talk, 978-897-3933 Apr. 05, 2014, Williamsburg, VA. Saturday Morning Coffee & Doughnuts, 757-206-2995 Apr. 05, 2014, Ocean City, MD. Pancake Breakfast, 443-880-2413 Apr. 06, 2014, Ocean City, MD. Cooked to Order Breakfast, 443-880-2413 Apr. 07, 2014, Toughkenamon, PA. EAA Chapter 240 Monthly Meeting Apr. 07, 2014, Glasgow, KY. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Apr. 08, 2014, Norwood, MA. IMC Club Flagship Chapter Meeting Apr. 08, 2014, Danville, KY. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Apr. 09, 2014, Norwood, MA. Plane Talk by IMC Radio Live Broadcast, 866-594-4844 Apr. 09, 2014, Nashua, NH. IMC Club Chapter Meeting Apr. 09, 2014, Poughkeepsie, NY. Grasshopper Flying Club Monthly Meeting Apr. 10, 2014, Sussex, NJ. EAA Chapter 891 Monthly Meeting Apr. 12, 2014, Ocean City, MD. Pancake Breakfast, 443-880-2413 Apr. 12, 2014, Cleveland, OH. Youth Aviation Adventure Apr. 12, 2014, Clarksville, VA. Lake Country Festival Seaplane Splash-In, 434-738-3760 Apr. 12, 2014, New Bedford, MA. Grumman Lunch

South Eastern United States

Mar. 26, 2014, Lakeland, FL. Lakethon, 561-948-1262 Mar. 28, 2014, Lake Wales, FL. Free Lunch Fridays, 863-651-2917 Mar. 29, 2014, Warm Springs, GA. AYA Southeast Region North Georgia Fly-In, 805-573-0449 Mar. 29, 2014, Sebring, FL. Warbird Formation Training, Sebring Airport Open House, 863-385-8107 Mar. 29-30, 2014, Griffin, GA. EAA SportAir TIG Welding Workshop, 800-967-5746 Mar. 29, 2014, Columbus, GA. Chat-

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tahoochee Valley EAA Chapter 677 Young Eagles Rally, 706-615-6964 Mar. 29, 2014, Live Oak, FL. Flying In Alaska, 352-498-5533 Mar. 29, 2014, Shelbyville, TN. Shelbyville Aviation Day, 931-680-9652, Mar. 29, 2014, Oak Island, NC. Windsock Workshop: The Annual Inspection, 910-363-4334 Mar. 30, 2014, Barnwell, SC. South Carolina Breakfast Club KBNL, 803-446-0214 Apr. 01-06, 2014, Lakeland, FL. SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Apr. 04, 2014, Erwin, NC. Free Friday Lunch, 910-814-2740 Apr. 05, 2014, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Caribbean Air Rally-5th edition, 450-969-2247 Apr. 05, 2014, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Water Survival Seminar, 450-969-2247 Apr. 05, 2014, Hickory, NC. Young Eagles Day, 828-403-4745, Apr. 08, 2014, Malabar, FL. EAA Chapter 1288 Monthly Meeting, 321.258.1747 Apr. 08, 2014, Birmingham, AL. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Apr. 09, 2014, Marietta, GA. Accident Case Study: Live, 301-695-2175 Apr. 10, 2014, Fort Lauderdale, FL. EAA Chapter 133 Meeting, 954-326-3439 Apr. 10, 2014, Stuart, FL. IMC Club Meeting, 586-801-6146 Apr. 11, 2014, Lake Wales, FL. Free Lunch Fridays, 863-651-2917

International

Apr. 05, 2014, Three Hills, AB. 3hills Coffeebreak, 403-443-8434 Apr. 09, 2014, Abbotsford, BC. Abbotsford Flying Club monthly meeting

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A Taylorcraft in Vintage parking at Oshkosh.

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The next wave in LSA

any method that produces modern, well performing, fuel-efficient, safe aircraft is something to be embraced. Bring on the new four seaters approved via industry consensus standards. They should offer significantly lower price tags with better performance and state-of-theart features. Here are some brand names to learn, with more to follow: Evektor, Tecnam, Flight Design, Pipistrel, and The Airplane Factory. If you don’t know them now, you will in the future.

Dan Johnson

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

The answer is simple: Cost. With the price of the benchmark Cessna 172 Skyhawk passing $400,000, a chasm has opened between even the highest end LSA and the lowest end of basic GA Type Certified designs. The stratospheric cost to develop a new model or even the expense of updating an old one has robbed GA of fresh innovation. An example: The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) complained that the cost to add an Angle of Attack indicator amounts to $8,000 for an FAA Type Certified airplane while it only cost $800 for a homebuilt aircraft. This is for essentially the same hardware, yet oldstyle certification creates 10 times the cost. GAMA’s complaint was intended to focus the FAA on the urgent need for a simpler regulation that allows safety and other design changes without budget-busting cost. Most experts agree that an AoA is relatively simple device and $8,000 is an unnecessarily large sum. Fortunately, GAMA and other complainants were heard. The FAA has embarked on a plan to allow an ASTM industry committee to write the standards to which TC aircraft of the future will be evaluated. In this step, FAA is relying on the positive experience with LSA “certified” to ASTM standards. (In truth, LSA aren’t “certified.” Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, is an expert on LSA. For more on Sport Pilot/LSA, go to ByDanJohnson.com.

They are accepted by the FAA when they can demonstrate meeting ASTM standards plus best practices of manufacturing.) Thanks to GAMA’s persuasiveness, paired with the logic of the situation, the FAA has encouraged ASTM to establish a committee with the bland name of F44 to update and streamline those certification specifications. Certification costs should plummet, triggering more innovation than we’ve seen in the lifetime of most pilots flying today.

FAA’S BRAVE NEW FUTURE

The FAA’s mantra in all this is “double the safety at half the cost.” Such a dramatic forward step seems well worth the effort — especially when experts will pay their own way to meetings to write the standards the FAA will later accept. By the way, that sometimes-$8,000 or sometimes-$800 AoA indicator comes as standard equipment on the Dynon SkyView digital instrument system installed in a majority of LSA. The added cost of a SkyView AoA is just $200 for some pitot tube plumbing — the rest is software on a computer screen — proving that LSA are some of the most cost-efficient airplanes in the fleet. An added bonus: The ASTM standards used to gain FAA approval for LSA are being accepted in a growing number of countries, so the method is traveling around the planet, making aircraft more affordable. In an age of declining pilot populations,

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Even as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule in 2014, many GA pilots have only recently become fully aware of this large and growing fleet of more than 134 designs. Let me repeat: That is 134 new aircraft models in less than 10 years, a pace of more than one new model every single month for 10 straight years. I doubt anyone can show an example of more breathtaking development in all of aviation history, worldwide. So those newly LSA-aware general aviation pilots might be surprised to note that another unforeseen wave is coming, and by that I do not mean a batch of more than 20 new LSA seaplanes that are about to flow into the aviation airways. What I am discussing here are new four-seat aircraft coming from LSA manufacturers. I refer to five at the end of this article and I am aware of at least three more, about which I have agreed to stay quiet for the time being.

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