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Briefing Continental Motors Group reports that its Centurion diesel engine fleet has reached 4 million hours of flight time logged. More than 4,000 Centurion diesel engines have been delivered since start of production in 2002.,

The German Ministry of Economic Affairs has granted funding for a research project aimed at developing a modular “SafetyBox” cabin safety system for light aircraft. The new system will provide a safety cage around the occupants of an aircraft, supported by crash-optimized ergonomic designs and enhanced fire protection concepts. The SafetyBox project team has selected Flight Design’s C4 (pictured) as the test aircraft for the system. Development will culminate in crash testing a completed aircraft under controlled conditions, planned for next summer. In other news, Flight Design reports it has chosen Garmin to provide avionics for the C4. The avionics suite for the $250,000 composite aircraft is named the Flight Design Vision Touch by Garmin. The system includes two 10.6-inch glass displays of the

Photo courtesy Flight Design

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Erik Lindbergh’s Powering Imagination have partnered to create a program to develop electric propulsion systems. The students and faculty at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus will convert a Diamond HK36 motorglider to electric power. It will be used to demonstrate the potential benefits of electric or hybrid-electric propulsion, as well as for testing new components of electric propulsion systems, officials noted. They estimate the aircraft will make its first flight next year.,

shop, bringing the facilities from 250,000 to 317,300 square feet with approximately 300 employees. Company officials added they are looking to hire 36 new employees, including Gulfstream, Falcon and avionics technicians. West Star Aviation also recently broke ground on a paint facility and an additional maintenance facility and shop at its Grand Junction, Colo., (GJT) location. An additional 10,000 square feet of maintenance facilities are also planned at the Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) location.

new Garmin G3X Touch series capable of synthetic vision, combined with a Garmin GTN 750 GPS-Nav-Com, Garmin GNC 255 Nav/Com, Garmin GMC 305 autopilot, and a Garmin GMA 350 audio panel. First flight of the C4 is expected this summer. Certification is anticipated before the middle of 2015. Cessna is celebrating the milestone delivery of the 100th Cessna Grand Caravan EX. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine, the Cessna Grand Caravan EX boasts a 38% improvement in the rate of climb over the Grand Caravan, a 350-foot reduction in takeoff roll and a 10-12 knot cruise speed improvement over average, according to Cessna officials. Bosch Aviation, a new aircraft maintenance and parts business, recently opened its hangar doors at the Arlington Airport (KAWO) in Washington.

The company offers service on a wide variety of aircraft, including annual inspections, major structural repair, engine maintenance and upgrades, fabric work, STC installations and general aircraft maintenance and improvements. Trine Aerospace & Defense has earned FAA Part 145 approval as a certified repair station. Based at the Colorado Springs (KCOS) airport, the company offers engineering, manufacturing, and aircraft modification on general aviation, commercial, and special mission aircraft. It also specializes in avionics and installation repair. West Star Aviation is nearing completion of its new 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility at its East Alton, Ill. (ALN) location. In addition to the new maintenance facility, the multimillion dollar expansion includes a 14,000-square-foot wood shop and 6,000-square-foot accessory repair

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Genesys Aerosystems Group has acquired Chelton Flight Systems and STEC Corporation, previously known as Cobham Avionics, from Cobham in a management buyout. Genesys Aerosystems was formed by Roger Smith, president, and general manager of the two acquired companies, Rick Price and Gordon Pratt, co-founders of Chelton Flight Systems, and Tammy Crawford, director of finance. The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting a seminar May 10 in Washington, D.C., highlighting the lessons learned from its investigations of general aviation accidents involving aerodynamic stalls and loss of control. Officials from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the FAA, and the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) will be participating in the seminar, which is free and open to the public. Executive Flight Center is marking 10 years of operation at Madison County Executive Airport (KMDQ) in Meridianville, BRIEFING | See Page 4

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SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — American Legend Aircraft Co. launched its Lycoming-powered Super Legend on the grounds of SUN ’n FUN 2014, with the arrival of three new aircraft. The aircraft received FAA approval last November. Currently, production is underway on an order book of nine aircraft, with four having been delivered to customers. The Super Legend follows the Legend Cub, which was introduced at SUN ’n FUN 2005. An idea that evolved over a nine-year period, the Super Legend is designed for backcountry and pleasure flying, according to company officials. The special light-sport aircraft is also available as a kit. Design of the new Super Legend was inspired by one of the most useful and practi-

cal aircraft in all of aviation — the Piper Super Cub, a versatile and wildly popular airframe that has been repeatedly imitated, company officials noted. The Super Legend’s design objectives included a quest for higher performance in the two-seater, according to company officials. It is powered by Lycoming’s reengineered YO-233 flat-four engine, a powerhouse capable of running on 100LL or unleaded automotive gas. Other features include a 3-inch wider cabin than Piper Super Cub; dual controls with front seat solo pilot position; L-bird style greenhouse skylight and rear windows; heel-operated brakes with parking brake system; and instrument panel options that include VFR, Night VFR, Smart Cub Glass Panel, autopilot, and more.

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versity, Quincy, Ill. The award recognizes excellence in three areas: Flight proficiency, continuing education and service to the aviation community.

Alabama. Founded by Ray and Donna Meyer in 2004, the FBO has increased total fuel sales volume over 300% since that first day, according to officials. The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) will present the Godfrey L. Cabot Award to Richard VanGrunsven, founder and CEO of Van’s Aircraft, on June 6. The award recognizes VanGrunsven for his “unique achievement in aviation, changing homebuilding into a significant segment of general aviation” with his RV series of aircraft. More than 8,500 RVs have been built and flown. The Terrell Municipal Airport (TRL) has been recognized by the Texas Department of Transportation as the 2014 General Aviation Airport of the Year. The first winner of IMC Club’s “Brown Jacket Award” is Andrew Dow, chief flight instructor at Great River Aviation and Aviation Program Coordinator at Quincy Uni-

The annual Take Flight 5K will take to the runway at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina on May 24. The 5K is being held to help raise money to add playground equipment for children 5 to 12 years old to the aviationthemed community park at the airport. The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 62nd annual fly-in July 28Aug. 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. While the overall procedure is similar to past years, there are some changes compared to the 2013 version and updates on many of the NOTAM’s 32 pages, EAA officials noted. A Flying With Diabetes weekend is planned for July 26-27 at Council Bluffs

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Airport (KCBF) in Iowa. Ideal as a stop-off on the way to AirVenture, inspiring talks will be given by pilots with diabetes, including a Beech Baron speed record to the North Pole, and a round-the-world flight, according to organizers. Historic aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force and Corvette Club cars will be on display, along with diabetes companies. Free accommodation will be provided for pilots with diabetes. Contact John Allen at allen621ca@, Al Bach at albach0806@gmail. com or Douglas Cairns at for further details. Three environmental groups have once again filed a petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to take action against the continued use of leaded aviation gasoline. Friends of the Earth, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Oregon Aviation Watch have called on the EPA to take the first step needed to begin to regulate lead emissions from aircraft. Friends of the Earth has been urging the EPA to make an endangerment finding about lead emissions from GA aircraft since 2003. EPA denied that petition, stating it was not ready to determine whether lead emis-

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The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has chosen Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD) as the location for its CAF National Airbase and corporate headquarters. According to Neils Agather, CAF chairman of the board, “From the start, the CAF Board of Directors laid out disciplined criteria for the location, such as having an airport large enough to operate our aircraft and air show, being part of a large metropolitan area, having interstate access, and so on. We unanimously found Dallas Executive to be the best fit with our needs.” The CAF will move a few staff in 2014 from its current headquarters in Midland, Texas, with full operations of its headquarters arriving in Dallas by the end of 2015. “We also have the goal of constructing a world-class aviation visitor attraction, unlike any other in the United States,” said CAF President Stephan Brown. “It will educate and entertain young and old alike using the very best of modern display techniques, including interactive displays, 4D movie experiences and hyper-realistic flight simulators. We will also be using the most interactive assets we have — the largest fleet of flying vintage military aircraft in the world. And to that end, we are announcing our plans to raise the funds necessary to build this facility, initially estimated at $40 million.”

“I can see yellow school busses dropping our children off to learn history through the sights, sounds and smells of real aircraft, not just a computer screen,” Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins said. “Seeing these aircraft fly makes history real.” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings led the pursuit of the CAF and his team worked closely with the CAF and its consultant Jones Lange LaSalle over the past year to agree to terms and find the right location on the airport, CAF officials noted. “I told the CAF folks from the start that Dallas was the only clear choice for their National Airbase. I am excited they agreed and look forward to their role in helping our city grow south,” he said. Along with the planned year-round public attraction, the CAF plans to hold up to three major events a year, including an annual World War II air show. CAF’s 164 aircraft nationwide perform in more than 300 air shows every year. “Our goal is to make the Dallas air show the preeminent Warbird air show in the nation,” said Brown. “We plan to bring in aircraft and re-enactors from all over the country so the community can enjoy a family event unlike any other.” CAF’s National Airbase will become the permanent home to the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortess “FIFI” and the B-24

Photo by Scott Slocum

Dallas tapped for CAF National Airbase

The new base will become home to FIFI, the world’s only flying B-29. Liberator “Diamond Lil,” one of only two left flying. Other fighters, cargo and transport aircraft will also make Dallas Executive their home. In 1957, a small group of ex-service pilots pooled their money to purchase a P-51 Mustang, beginning what is now called the Commemorative Air Force. With the addition of a pair of F8F Bearcats, the CAF

became the founders of the Warbird Movement, an effort to preserve and honor military aviation history with the rallying cry “Keep ‘Em Flying!” Now, nearly 60 years later, the CAF operates 164 airworthy vintage aircraft. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 10,000 members.


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Park Service retains control of museum Despite attempts at mediation, the Pearson Air Museum will remain under the control of the National Park Service. In February 2013 the NPS, citing concerns about operations at the museum, which is on NPS property in Vancouver, Wash., ordered the Fort Vancouver National Trust, which operated the museum, to turn over the keys to the building. The NPS, the trust, and City of Vancouver have been in mediation since then. According to an announcement issued April 11, mediation came to an end when officials for the Trust realized it was financially impossible to operate the museum. Steve Horenstein, board chair of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, explained, “The more than year-long lapse in museum operations has significantly damaged the sustainable operations plan that had been successfully implemented by the trust over an eight-year period. Returning to the museum is not as simple as just resuming operations. Having been out of the facilities for more than a year means that we essentially would have to start from the beginning, developing new funding and establishing the revenue streams necessary to again become sustainable.” The Park Service operates the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, which sits on six acres of land some three miles from Portland. The land includes Pearson Field Airport (KVUO), one of the nation’s oldest airfields. The museum is on the airport. While the NPS owns the land and the museum building, the Fort Vancouver National Trust controlled or owned most of the historic airplanes and exhibits used in the museum. The city of Vancouver, which worked with NPS to develop the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, also contracts with the Trust to manage a portion of the city’s property, including Officers Row and the West Barracks. When the Trust was operating the museum, it was often used for events for nonprofit organizations, including fundraising concerts and picnics. These events, plus

Photo by Steve Young


donations, helped keep the museum’s doors open. However, NPS officials said the large public events were contrary to NPS policy, which dictate that national parks preserve tranquility. Trust officials argued that the proximity of Pearson Field to a railroad line and a freeway, as well as under the approach path of Portland International Airport (KPDX), make it impossible to achieve a tranquil setting. Citing the tranquility clause, the NPS either delayed or denied event permits, which created friction between the two entities. Last February, NPS officials announced their intentions to take the keys and security codes for the museum. Museum volunteers noted that they had just a few days to pack up the Trust’s property, including aircraft, and relocate it. Many of the aircraft were on loan to the museum. Others are fabric covered so they could not be left outside. Elson Strahan, Trust president and CEO, said many of the artifacts were moved to hangars on the airport while mediation with the NPS began. “Aircraft owners moved their airworthy airplanes to other airports so that their hangars could be used by the museum,” he said. “While mediation continued with the

National Park Service, we consolidated the artifacts into one hangar that became the Pearson Field Education Center.” Not all of the Trust’s aircraft made the move, said Strahan, explaining that two full-sized airplanes — including one still hanging from the ceiling — are still in the museum. “We were waiting to see what happened with mediation before undertaking that moving project,” he said. During the mediation, the Pearson Field Education Center, which is an offshoot of the museum, continued with its aviation outreach programs, holding events such as Open Cockpit Day, aviation summer camps, and operating a simulator lab. “Now that mediation has come to an end, we will go ahead and make more definite arrangements to enhance the facilities on the field and expand programs there,” said Strahan. He noted that the Pearson Field Education Center has grown into an awardwinning educational dynamo in the community. The programs run the gamut from exploring the history of Pearson Field and its role in the development of aviation to introducing young people to aviation and encouraging them to pursue careers in the field.

Meanwhile, the museum stays open, said NPS spokesperson Tracy Fortmann. “The National Park Service will continue to operate the museum, which is free to visit, as we have done for over a year,” she said. The museum will continue to offer programs, such as the live-action radio drama “Captain Midnight Flies Again,” as well as “host permitted special events for the community, develop new exhibits, and serve many new visitors kept away by the significant entrance fee in the past,” she said. She acknowledged that much of the museum’s contents were removed prior to the NPS taking over operations at the end of February 2013. “With respect to the mediation process, during this time, the National Park Service installed only short-term exhibits, in order to reopen the museum and continue to welcome visitors but not preclude the original contents returning to the building in the future,” she said. The original fixed interpretive panels remain in the museum, filling the entire perimeter of the main hangar building, sharing the history of Pearson Field from 1905 to the present, she noted. “Temporary, three-dimensional exhibits developed this past year include Army Boots & Army Wing, which tells the story of Vancouver Barracks and the birth of Pearson Field as an army airfield, StraightGrained Soldiers, focusing on the history of the site’s Spruce Mill, which produced aviation-grade lumber for the World War I war effort, and exhibits on DH-4 Liberty planes, the Douglas World Cruisers’ visit to Vancouver Barracks, the Army Air Corps, and the Curtiss JN-4 aircraft,” she said, noting the exhibits “help to interpret the history of the airfield and its importance to Northwest history.” “The National Park Service will begin to look for opportunities with the community, partners, and others in which we can bring vibrancy to the air museum in creative, innovative and lasting ways,” she concluded.,


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By BEN SCLAIR TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The nearly decade long dream of John Meekins is literally taking shape. The Privateer, an amphibious turbine pusher, has been in development for more than seven years. That development took a tragic hit when builder Bill Husa succumbed to melanoma in 2012. His prolonged illness naturally slowed progress. Meekins moved the wings, fuselage, tail group, and floats to Titusville, Fla.-based Comp Air early this year. In as little as three months the wings and center section were installed on the fuselage and then attached to the floats. All the pieces removed from the mold were then trimmed and fitted to

the aircraft. The horizontal stabilizer and elevator are complete and ready for control system integration. “Bill [Husa] did exceptional work,” said Comp Air spokesman Bill Fedorko. “We see a lot of Boeing quality in the parts we’ve received. The attach points are things of beauty.” “My gosh, it’s huge,” said Meekins in response to seeing the fuselage atop the floats for the first time last month. “Ron Lueck, Comp Air’s president, is doing a great job.” Both Meekins and Fedorko report they expect first flight of the Walter 601-powered amphib by year end.,

Photo courtesy Privateer Industries

Privateer taking shape

OpenAirplane expands to Hawaii OpenAirplane has inked a new partnership with Barbers Point Aviation Services to provide Hawaii-based and visiting pilots easier access to aircraft for rental and use on the island of Oahu, through its Universal Pilot Checkout (UPC) system. The UPC allows aircraft owners, FBOs, flying clubs, and flight schools around the country to easily verify a pilot’s qualifica-

tions in different models of aircraft. Pilots gain access to planes around the U.S. without the need for local checkouts. “Hawaii has been one of the top destinations our community has been asking for since we launched,” said Rod Rakic, cofounder of OpenAirplane. “Having flown from Barber’s Point, I can tell you it’s definitely a peak experience, and a bucket list-

worthy place to fly for any pilot.” Barbers Point Aviation Services, located on John Rodgers Field (PHJR) at Kalaeloa Airport, will offer a Cessna 172 and a Cessna 150 for use within the OpenAirplane network. “Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth to fly, and here at BPAS we make it easy for pilots to enjoy the island,”

said Regi Perry, owner. “OpenAirplane helps us to offer a great new experience to our customers.” The OpenAirplane network now includes 55 locations across the U.S. offering more than 180 aircraft for rent. More than 6,700 pilots have already signed up to fly with OpenAirplane.

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Questions surround NextGen Charles Spence Capital Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA reported last month that it had completed nationwide equipment installation for the NextGen aircraft tracking system. The announcement — like others in the past and probably those in the future — raises more questions than it provides answers, particularly for general aviation. The nationwide installation of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) network supports a satellitebased surveillance system that tracks aircraft with the help of GPS. This gives what the FAA says is a more accurate aircraft location than the current radar system. Completing this installation is but one step in a long march. Of the 230 air traffic facilities across the nation, 100 are currently using the system. All facilities are expected to be operational by 2019. At that time, all aircraft operating in controlled airspace will be required to be equipped with ADS-B to broadcast their locations by Jan. 1, 2020. And therein lie the questions. As a spokesman for the Experimental Aircraft Association says, “the devil is in the details.� Several reports show the program is already behind schedule and over budget. Will the government make up for lost time Charles Spence is GAN’s Washington, D.C., correspondent.

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while at the same time reduce spending? Pilots have been reluctant to invest in equipment for their aircraft for several reasons. First, there is no certainty that equipment purchased now will be compatible with the system when it is completed. Second, the cost of the equipment is an uncertainty. The equipment now costs between $5,000 and $10,000 per aircraft. Third, will technology improve so the cost might be reduced? Or will a greater volume of sales

help bring the cost down for individual aircraft owners? Fourth, will there be batteryoperated equipment so aircraft with no electrical system may operate in controlled airspace? According to the FAA, one advantage to NextGen is it will permit more direct flights from point-to-point, reducing travel time. This leads to more questions: Does this mean more airspace will be controlled, reducing where and how non-equipped aircraft may operate? If not, will there be less airspace where these aircraft may operate in day VFR conditions, or will it mean aircraft must be equipped in order to operate in any airspace? Another question is what happens in the event of a system failure? Anyone who owns or works on a computer knows they have a tendency to malfunction. What is

the FAA’s back-up plan when the system inevitably fails? What’s more, these are just some of the questions needing answers. Officials from general aviation’s alphabet groups are talking with FAA officials about these concerns — and others. The organizations are working together, but have their differences. That’s because each group is out to protect its own members’ interests. For example, some business aviation can accept operations closer to that of the airlines. Other GA groups represent pilots who fly for recreation and fear losing access to the skies. Meanwhile, the airlines want more airspace to call their own. As the EAA’s Dick Knapinski says, “let’s take the time to do it right and not have to come back and do it over. Our main concern is to see that everybody flies.�



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Perspective matters Ben Sclair Touch & Go

The UAV appears to be between the Hwy I’m excited to see what comes of the fu99 and Grant McConachie Way bridges ture of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) about 7,000 feet from the approach end of or drones. There is a great deal yet to learn, the runway, and 10°-15° north of the exand ways UAV technology will scale up to tended center line. the benefit of all aerospace. Of that, I have An April 23, 2014, story in the Global no doubt. However, there is also much to News raises concerns figure out and, frankly, over such activity worry about. “What is ‘never From the story: “Air For example, a video Canada 777 observed posted to YouTube by anywhere close’ to a a small helicopter. He username “Quadrotor person safely on the [the pilot] thought it Dragonfly” last October shows some stunning ground may look far was a real helicopter,” Bill Yearwood aerial video of Vancoudifferent to the pilots said from the Transportaver, British Columbia. of a plane passing tion Safety Board. “But About 30 seconds into when he got closer he the four-minute video, by — especially on realized it was a remote Air Canada flight 777, approach to a busy control helicopter.” on approach to VancouOn Nov. 4, 2014, ver International Airinternational airport.” “Quadrotor Dragonfly” port, comes into view. posted a second version The Air Canada flight of the Air Canada footage. The photograis difficult to see given the wide angle of pher states the “hobby aircraft” was “over the camera lens, but it’s there, and upon a kilometer away from the edge of the aircompletion of the panning, the airport also port,” and “about 120m” AGL. comes into view. The second video is edited. The Air Canada aircraft is much larger in the field of view...and the ominous soundtrack differs Ben Sclair is Publisher. He can be reached from the original, as if to mock detractors. at

Screenshot from “Quadrotor Dragonfly” video on YouTube. “Quadrotor Dragonfly” gets very defensive in the description of the video: “After I became aware of the media reports, I was dismayed that some Canadian media decided to tell a sensationalized account of what happened. Stories about near misses and pictures of the zoomed-in video were shown while neglecting to account for the evident use of software zoom that many others who viewed the video have pointed out. There was no near miss and the hobby aircraft was never anywhere close to the landing aircraft.” Perspective matters. What is “never anywhere close” to a person safely on the ground may look far different to the pilots of a plane passing by — especially on ap-

proach to a busy international airport. Common sense is a trait certain subsets of society seem to possess too little of these days. In specific subsets of society, be it the general aviation community or the UAV community, there will always be members who appear to lack common sense. And for this reason alone, I remain excited about the future of UAVs. I don’t give up on full-scale aviation just because a fellow aviator displays a supreme lack of common sense, and won’t in this case either. I do hope future UAV operators will see this video and learn from it. Our aerospace future will be better if we all work together.


Re: Deb McFarland’s latest story in General Aviation News, “The Luscombe List” in the March 20 issue: I read your recent piece with interest, as I own the Luscombe 8-Series Type Certificates, as well as 10 Supplemental Type Certificates for them. In addition, I have the original Luscombe factory tooling, assembly fixtures, engineering and assembly drawings, etc. I use the stuff to build completely new-manufacture Luscombes, as both certified and special light-sport aircraft. We are presently located at Flabob Airport in California and once had expected to establish our production facility at Heart of Georgia Airport in Eastman. JOHN DEARDEN via email


I don’t usually respond to things like this, but the reader commenting on the air show article in the March 5 issue, complaining about the long performances in air shows, kind of struck a nerve (Letter to the Editor:

A good air show). Air show coordinators — I ran the Cincinnati Lunken Air Show for several years — work hard to get sponsorships for a great air show. A top of the line performer will cost in the neighborhood of $20,000 each, including rental cars, hotel rooms, gas for the airplane, and miscellaneous other things. If each one performed just 10 minutes, as the letter writer suggests, the show would be over in an hour and the show would lose money. The complainant should volunteer to work his show and learn the inner workings. I think he’ll change his attitude. CHARLIE PYLES Treasurer, Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society & Museum


A side project I’ve been doing: A couple of airports I frequent receive copies of General Aviation News, Trade A Plane, and other publications. When the new ones come in, any leftover old ones go in the trash.

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I “retrieve” them and leave them in public (non-aviation) places like local libraries and supermarket literature racks. I also suggest that pilots attend non-aviation events, such as the recent NEARFest for ham radio operators in Deerfield, N.H. In attendance were 5,000 to 6,000 licensed radio amateurs and their friends from all over the eastern U.S. and Canada. Hams are technically capable and savvy people who like new things. If anyone has a J-3 (or C-172, P-51, Sopwith Camel?) with the wings off for overhaul, take it to events like NEARFest and “duct-tape” the wings on to make it look “flyable.” Take a couple of tables, DVD players and flat-screen TVs, lots of literature handouts, and some friendly, knowledgeable people to talk up the passers by. Strapping little kids into the pilot’s seat

gives them a wonderful and powerful experience. Of course the summer is fair season throughout New England. Going to regional or county fairs with the same presentation would also be great! This is NOT the time to compete with the FBO across the field for new starts. Let’s cooperate to get people interested in GA and learning to fly, and THEN fight over who gets them. For the record, I’ve been a CFI for longer than some of my students have been alive and I remember when Popular Science and other magazines were predicting a future with “an airplane in every garage…” DAVID McLANAHAN Marlow, N.H. LETTERS | See Page 11

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What do we want? Jamie Beckett Politics for Pilots

There’s a great scene in the movie, “Field of Dreams,” that sticks in my head. Kevin Costner’s character has taken the character played by James Earl Jones to a baseball game. Kevin plays an innocent who has an unlikely story to tell and a major favor to ask. Jones, on the other hand, plays a legendary writer who no longer publishes and has become something of a recluse. Their relationship is tenuous at best, showing signs of strain from their very first meeting. It remains tense throughout their early interactions. As Costner and Jones stand in the main passageway of the stadium before the start of the game, Costner’s character asks of his guest, “What do you want?” This simple question, posed at just the right time, causes Jones’ character to go off on a tirade about social injustice, personal privacy, and a litany of issues that are of deep concern to him. When he finishes we see the pair from a different angle and realize they’re standing in front of a concession stand. Costner repeats himself using nearly 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

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Re: Jeffrey Madison’s Human Factors column in the March 20 issue, “Fatigue: The pilot’s common cold:” Thanks for this latest one, Jeffrey. I’m beginning to look forward to your observations. Your “slice of life” examples keep it on a “yeah, that could be me” plane rather than in the abstract. My greatest worry in a preflight is the constant interruptions from passengers, text and telephone and not doing it completely. MARK CREIGHTON via Unless it’s life or death, why would anyone fly when they know they’re fatigued? Are we now going to have to pass a psychological test to determine if a pilot is safe to be licensed to fly? Because I never want

the same words, but now it’s funny rather than deeply probing because we see the exchange from an entirely different perspective. “No, I mean, what do you want?” Costner asks, gesturing toward the concession stand. Costner’s character wasn’t asking about political or social priorities. He was asking, “Hey, do you want a hot dog?” Jones’ character misunderstood. And therein lies the comedy, and the pathos, and the strain that makes the story move along so fluidly. Real life is somewhat less entertaining, but the theme of the exchange is every bit as valid. It’s important to keep in mind that what we say may not be perceived by the listener in the same context it was intended. As with Costner and Jones, playing Ray Kinsella and Terence Mann, even the simplest question can be misinterpreted if not presented in unambiguous terms. Similarly, even the most straightforward statement can be misconstrued when foreign terms creep into the conversation. So I ask you: What do we want? This general aviation crowd — what’s our end game? What are we asking of others? Do we want all airports to remain open forever? Do we want cheap fuel? Are we demanding more affordable hangar rental rates, a new high-tech trainer, a new lowtech trainer, a lighter category of aircraft, a heavier category of aircraft with expanded privileges for pilots, more regulation, less regulation? What?! It’s confusing. More than that, it’s infu-

to be anywhere near that pilot when he’s airborne. DENNIS REILLY via


Re: Dan Ramsey’s The Frugal Pilot column, “Multitask flying,” in the March 20 issue: While I understand the economics of scale, the cost of flying and or owning an aircraft is becoming too high for the average person to afford. Renting a C-172 in North Las Vegas costs $185 an hour. Do you think a guy who scrimps and saves to fly 25 or 50 hours a year is going to pay that rate? Even a lowcost flight club with older Cessna aircraft is $100 plus an hour. Newer aircraft cost as much as a home. A new C-172 for more than $300,000? Even if one is fortunate enough to own an aircraft, now the cost of maintaining and

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Even the people livriating. Not for us, pergeneral aviation and ing around the perimhaps. But for someone. eter of Santa Monica When you look at tally up all the calls Airport in Southern general aviation and talfor action, all the California have minily up all the initiatives, mal interest in the fuall the calls for action, desperate pleas for ture of the field. all the desperate pleas salvation, what you And why should for salvation, what you end up with is a long end up with is a long they? We haven’t given them a compelling realist of diverse issues, list of diverse issues, son to care about these almost all of which are a complete mystery to almost all of which are issues in a language that makes sense to them. the people we’re asking a complete mystery Instead we expend more to support us. and more energy to tell In this sense at least, to the people we’re why these things we have a lot in comasking to support us.” them matter to us — in terms mon with the anti-war they neither understand movement of the late or care about. 1960s. The long-haired The solution to our problems rests in a kids in the street were perceived as dirty, method of communication we have not yet lazy, drug-addled, spoiled, entitled, cowmastered. We general aviation enthusiasts ardly, and maybe even un-American. They need to start expressing ourselves and tellwere all those things, too — at least to ing our story in terms that matter to the some degree. listener. They were also largely correct. The govAfter all, it is the action or inaction of ernment was corrupt, the war was a lost the listener that matters. It is that massive cause, the perpetuation of the war offered population of disinterested citizens, those no potential advantage, yet it promised sigmillions of voters we have to impress with nificant disruption and mayhem. And still, the validity of our message, that really matthe mainstream dismissed the protesters ters. for far too long. Our success will be realized when we Why? Because they were discussing the begin speaking to our audience in terms same issue, but from different perspecthey understand, rather than in terms we’re tives. They weren’t on the same page. They comfortable with. When we show them didn’t have a common point of reference. recognizable examples of positive returns, In essence, they were speaking different then we’ll make real progress. languages. So take this time to brush up on your That’s a problem for general aviation tolanguage skills, polish your ability to arday, too. The average insurance agent on ticulate our story, and build a coalition of Main Street has no idea what a TFR is or disparate individuals who can spread the why he or she should care about it. word with you. Our schools are filled with teachers who What do we want? When we can answer haven’t got the slightest clue why they that question directly, accurately, and in a should have an opinion on a discussion way the listener finds accessible, we’ll see about private pilots exercising their privia whole new world open up to general avileges without the need for a medical ceration. Yes, we will. tificate.

feeding it per the regulations is a concern. I love flying and will continue to do so as long as I can. However I can see the writing on the wall and fairly soon I will have to give up my wings. Maybe I should buy a canoe. ROBERT STANSFIELD via


Re: Dennis Park’s Flight & Flyers column, “The flying grandfather,” in the Feb. 20 issue: This is a great story about Max. For those of you who did not know, and are interested, Max Conrad’s Piper Comanche is one of the more than 100 aircraft displayed in the Mid-America Air Museum located in my hometown of Liberal, Kansas. This is one of the top air museums in the nation and one worth the trip to see. GARY HOCKENSMITH via


Re: the Politics for Pilots column, “The circus is more than just a circus,” in the March 20 issue: Our local community saw its last air show about 15 years ago. And that was brought about by a local redevelopment group trying to develop interest in our local USAF base, after its closure three years prior. Now, the local authorities want nothing to do with such things, especially anything promoting general aviation, as it might interfere (their words, not mine) with the commercial development of the facility. Talk about blinders being on. Actually, a surprising number of these people wanted to tear up that large concrete apron, and two-mile-long runway, and sell it for apple orchard land. Now, it’s an “international” airport, but with very limited use. DOYLE FROST via


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Knots 2U: Still growing after 34 years By JIM CAVANAGH

President John Bailey has a laid-back, get-it-done management style. and eventually took the company into other segments of the aviation business, making aftermarket direct replacement parts without the need for speed in mind. HID lighting products were added in 2002, which were awarded Product of the Year two years in a row by Aviation Consumer for their efficiency and price point. Products from other companies were added, including RMD wing tips with landing lights, door seals, Whelen products, high performance air filters, and more. In 2009, Bailey was able to purchase the company from Meisner and continued to add dozens of new products. The company, which had always enjoyed a sterling reputation for its fiberglass work, purchased Globe Fiberglass in Lakeland, Fla., in December 2011. Globe was started in 1985 by Ken and Karen Rickert. When Ken passed away in 1996, Karen took over the company and continued to produce parts while adding more approvals. In an outstanding show of good faith, Karen allowed Bailey to take copies of all of the technical data back to Burlington months before the sale of the company.

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When the speed bug hit Jim Bradshaw back in the 1980s, he was flying a Piper Twin Comanche. The Comanche is a nice, nimble, speedy airplane that motivates quite well on two smallish 160-hp Lycomings. It feels “sporty” for a mid-sized twin. As do all “go fast” junkies, Bradshaw sat down with a pencil and paper and tried to figure out how to make his airplane go faster without having to add horsepower. He accomplished this simply and effectively by cleaning up the airframe in what looked like turbulent, draggy areas and went on to win the CAFE 400 efficiency race in his category. The result was a place in history and a small business in Burlington, Wis., that continues to grow, mature, and invent. Bradshaw started Knots 2U in 1980 when he was building the speed parts for his Comanche and getting them certified. All in all, he had about 20 different items, from wing root fairings to landing gear door filets that combined to smooth the airflow over and under the airplane and eliminate demon drag. Other Comanche owners wanted to go fast too, and his success in the CAFE race got the phone ringing. The business began to grow into today’s successful speed mod shop, expanding over the years with mods for a number of airplanes. In the beginning, Bradshaw was designing his parts and having them made by contract shops. His own time was spent developing a line of flap and aileron gap seals that enhanced performance dramatically. He arranged installation and some fabrication to be performed by Burlington Air Service (BAS), based in Burlington, Wis. John Bailey was hired by BAS and was put to work solely on Bradshaw’s parts. Eventually, Bradshaw took the fabrication in-house in another building on the airport and, after having worked with Bailey, hired him as a Knots 2U guy. When Bradshaw passed away in 1996, the company was purchased by Gary Meisner. Meisner was an aviation man, but pretty much left the company in Bailey’s hands. Bailey added several more STCs

A wing tip with a light lens is assembled and ready to ship. With the data, Knots 2U was able to complete the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) on all of the parts before the sale was final. This minimized the transition period and reduced lead times once everything was finalized, according to Bailey. One of the problems that had plagued Globe was the resin it was using to build parts. It was an older, almost obsolete resin that was heavy, rigid and brittle. It was very difficult to work with and, try as she might, Rickert could not get the FAA to approve a change. Knots 2U has a very good working relationship with its local ACO, and Bailey managed to have the resin change incorporated with the new PMA. One of the other speed bumps with this acquisition was the sheer number of parts, molds and plugs that Globe had accumu-

lated over the years. Nothing was ever discarded; everything was saved in a container. Bailey says he is still going through the parts, sorting them out. Of the molds delivered to Wisconsin, a number had to be rebuilt, using different tooling resins and to allow for dimensional changes. Some mold-making materials are temperature sensitive and grow or shrink with heat and humidity. Whenever possible, Knots 2U will use a new OEM part as the start for its molds. If a new part is unavailable or the airplane is out of production, an owner can send in a bad part that is still good enough to be repaired and that is used to build a plug. Knots 2U keeps an inventory of its most KNOTS2U | See Page 28


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What’s causing mags to drop? Paul McBride

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I work on a IO-360-MIA Lycoming engine. My problem is that the right mag has a drop of 220 rpm. I have done internal timings, engine to mag timings, ignition leads check and cleaned the plugs. I have done nothing to the left mag, and now the left mag is dropping to 210 rpm. ANGI LISA CHAMBERS via email


Interesting question and hopefully somewhat easy to troubleshoot, Angi Lisa. First, I have to ask a question to answer your question: What happens if you manuPaul McBride, an expert on engines, retired after almost 40 years with Lycoming. Send your questions to:

ally lean the mixture while doing a mag check? It may be just a slightly rich mixture causing the higher than normal drop-off. Just so we’re all on the same page, I hope you are checking the magnetos with the engine at normal engine operating temperatures. For a proper magneto drop-off check on your engine, the rpm should be between 1800 and 2000 rpm. Don’t overlook the possibility that the air filter may be dirty, reducing the intake air volume, which results in a richer mixture. Even though you didn’t mention it, I’m curious to know what the fuel flow is at full throttle at takeoff power. I’m not certain if a partially plugged fuel nozzle could cause this problem, but if the fuel flow gauge needle goes to the top of the gauge, this could indicate a plugged nozzle. I think you’ve done all of the things with regard to the mags and ignition harness, so let’s hope the above suggestions will put

When an engine with chromed cylinders comes into a shop with oil leaks and the source has been identified as thru bolts and cylinder base O-rings, how should the cylinder removal and reinstallation be handled? Also, is there any wisdom in turning the oil scraper ring upside down in a chromed cylinder to help control oil consumption? JAMES FINLAYSON via email


James, I’m somewhat at a loss with your question simply because of the lack of information. However, I’ll try my best to answer what I can, which may assist you with your situation. First of all, if we are talking about a Lycoming O-235-C series engine, which has a scraper ring, the proper position for the ring is so that it scrapes up the cylinder barrel. Since Lycoming has not produced an engine using chrome cylinders since the 1960s, it’s difficult for me to guess what may have been done with the cylinders you are speaking about. It’s more than likely that they have been refurbished by some field facility that specializes in chrome

repaired cylinders and which also provide the associated parts. My recommendation would be for you to make contact with that facility and ask them for advice regarding proper ring installation. With regard to the removal and reinstallation of the cylinders, it’s quite standard on all Lycoming engine models. I can’t say that I ever recall hearing of leaking thru-bolts on an O-235-C series engine, but then again, maybe you aren’t working on that engine model. Crankcase thru-bolt leaks do occur on some of the newer higher horsepower models, usually high time or overhauled, wide cylinder flange or wide-deck configured engines. Lycoming covers the proper repair in Service Instruction 1290F, which is the latest revision of that particular publication. However, there are no — nor have there ever been — any wide-deck O-235-C series engines. The only other reason I can think of that may cause a cylinder to leak oil at the cylinder base O ring would be a lack of proper torque on the cylinder base hold-down nuts. This condition may show indications of fretting on the crankcase/cylinder mating service, which would definitely be a concern. Possible damage to the bevel on ASK PAUL | See Page 15

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Jeppesen sponsors chart clinic webinars Jeppesen is sponsoring a series of free educational webinars. The Chart Clinic Confidential series is aimed at increasing ASK PAUL | From Page 14 the crankcase where the O ring seats and/or possibly a twisted or damaged O ring may also cause an oil leak in this area. I realize I keep going back and referring to the Lycoming O-235-C series because it’s the only engine, except for various 6-cylinder Lycoming engines, that incorporate a scraper ring. The 6-cylinder models that use that piston configuration have been out of production for many years. Even if Lycoming has continued to provide replacement cylinder, piston and ring assembly kits in order to continue supporting those models, none of them, to my knowledge, use pistons with scraper rings. If my memory continues to serve me well, I believe the reason for using a scraper ring in a chrome cylinder was because chrome was not a wettable surface. The chrome process was actually known as channel chrome, where the oil traveled the cylinder bore through channels. Scraping the oil up the barrel by the scraper ring provided better lubrication on the cylinder walls.

GA pilot knowledge related to working with navigation information and charts. The series will focus on best practices for accessing and applying chart information in all stages of flight. Both digital navigation information and

paper charts will be discussed, according to Jeppesen officials. The series begins May 15 at 1 p.m. ET, with “Cleared for Takeoff,” which will highlight airport diagrams, including how charts are indexed, revision and effective

dates, lighting, usable runway lengths, alternate and takeoff minimums, and more. Other seminars will be held June 26, Aug. 14, Sept. 25, and Nov. 6, covering a variety of topics.


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The FAA reported recently that the first of six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than two-and-a-half months ahead of schedule. The FAA granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The team plans to begin operations during the week of May 5. “North Dakota has really taken the lead in supporting the growing unmanned aircraft industry,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to the contributions they and the other test sites will make toward our efforts to ensure the safe and efficient integration of UAS into our nation’s skies.” The main goal of the North Dakota site’s initial operations is to show that UAS can check soil quality and the status of crops in support of North Dakota State University/Extension Service precision agriculture research studies. Precision agriculture is one of many industries that represent areas for significant economic opportunity and UAS industry expansion, FAA officials said. The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site also will collect safetyrelated operational data needed for UAS airspace integration. The information will help the FAA analyze current processes for establishing small UAS airworthiness and system maturity, FAA officials explained. Maintenance data collected during site operations will support a pro-

totype database for UAS maintenance and repair, officials add. “These data will lay the groundwork for reducing risks and ensuring continued safe operations of UAS,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We believe the test site programs will be extremely valuable to integrating unmanned aircraft and fostering America’s leadership in advancing this technology.” The North Dakota COA covers two separate locations. Initial flights will be conducted over North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center located in Carrington, N.D. The second set of missions, scheduled for this summer, will fly over Sullys Hill National Game Preserve near Devils Lake, N.D. The FAA selected six test sites Dec. 30, 2013. The other test sites are in Nevada,

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First UAS test site operational

The North Dakota team will be using the Draganflyer X4-ES with Tetracam ADC Micro Multispectral Camera. Alaska, Texas, Virginia and New York. The FAA is working with the test sites to guide their research programs to help

safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several years.

FAA launches GA pilot data collection study WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­— The FAA has launched a one-year project to demonstrate the capabilities of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program for the general aviation community. Data will be voluntarily collected from GA pilots within 40 nautical miles of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The FAA and industry are working together through the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies, FAA officials explained.

The demonstration project is the next step towards expanding ASIAS, already used in commercial aviation, to the GA community to help identify safety risks and emerging threats, according to FAA officials. The project will collect public sector and proprietary data, which will be protected. The data will not be accessed or used for FAA enforcement, FAA officials said. The project will also explore potential new voluntary information sources, such as digital flight data, pilot safety reports, manufacturer reports, and information vol-

untarily provided from personal electronic devices. Currently, ASIAS has access to 185 commercial aviation data sources, including voluntarily provided safety data. ASIAS partners with the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) to monitor known risk, evaluate the effectiveness of mitigations, and detect emerging hazards. ASIAS has matured to the point that the FAA and industry can leverage voluntarily provided safety data representing 96% of U.S. air carrier commercial operations.

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By CARMINE MOWBRAY Montana has more cows than people, and in cattle country, unbranded calves are called “mavericks.” In people terms, we think of a maverick as being a loner, without ties or loyalties. And alone, a person — no matter how passionate — can only accomplish so much. Partnerships that match folks with common goals result in more fulfilling success. Montana pilots are partnering up to advocate for aviation, and their caps, jackets and shirts carry such brands as AOPA, RAF, MPA, EAA, and SPA. There are few mavericks among them, and they work hard to preserve the right to enjoy Montana’s airspace. That work is in conjunction with the Aeronautics Division of Montana’s Department of Transportation, which maintains Montana’s tradition of being an aviationfriendly state. Having its origins in Montana, the Rec-



reational Aviation Foundation (RAF) established close ties with both the Montana Pilots Association (MPA) and the Division of Aeronautics early on. Since 2003, the RAF has explored common goals with other groups, from wilderness groups who promote “Leave No Trace” recreation, to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Along the way, RAF teamed up with the Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and, of course, the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and its foundation. The RAF has multiplied its efforts with financial help from MPA and the Montana Department of Aeronautics. There have been grants of cash to further specific projects, like the opening of Russian Flat, the first public-use airfield on U.S. Forest Service lands in more than 40 years. When the RAF proposed a scientific study of the effect of small aircraft noise on wildlife, the Montana Department of Aeronautics and the AOPA Foundation came through with a large grant to fund the study. The RAF struck a chord with aviators well beyond Montana, and now has nearly 6,000 supporters representing each state and several foreign countries. How does the RAF accomplish all the projects unique to each state? The RAF board of directors recruits energetic, dedicated liaisons — typically, but not necessarily, GA pilots — in each state as delegates. The liaison reaches out to their respective state pilots’ organizations, its Department of Aeronautics and other

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Banding together to grow GA’s brand

MPA and RAF partnered on the Russian Flat project, celebrating with custom engraved pancake turners. Left to right: RAF BLM liaison Pete Smith, RAF founding director Jerry Cain, RAF President John McKenna, RAF founding director Dan Prill and MPA past president Wade Cebulski. groups to identify projects to create or preserve recreational aviation destinations in their states. “There’s no way we could be doing all this alone,” said Florida State Liaison Jack Tyler. In Arizona, for example, RAF Liaison

Mark Spencer has forged a very successful partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, which has already resulted in the reopening of airstrips, such as Double Circle. The Forest Service had closed it years ago. BANDING TOGETHER | See Page 19


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The potential of partnerships Late in 2013 a study was released by PricewaterhouseCoopers that ranked Florida above 49 other states as the most attractive location for aviation entities to do business. Governor Rick Scott took the report in stride, suggesting it was an indication that his business-friendly policies were poised to reap economic rewards for the Sunshine State. Aviation has been big news in Florida for 100 years. It was in 1914 when Tony Jannus began hauling passengers across Tampa Bay in an undeniably spartan Benoist. In the process he established the first scheduled airline passenger service — the world’s first airline. One hundred years later aviation is still a big deal in Florida, and it’s getting bigger. Smack dab in the center of the state lies Lakeland. Home of the Detroit Tigers spring training facility, it’s also home to the annual SUN ’n FUN International FlyIn and Expo. Both are major tourist draws that are well known. What’s less well known is that the annual fly-in is, in fact, a major fundraising event that supports educational programs year round. And those educational programs have become the basis for a movement that could have statewide — and potentially a national — impact. It started with a conversation between John Small, an employee of the Polk County School System, and Rick Garcia, the founder and president of Gulf Coast Avionics. Jamie Beckett founded and is a member of the Polk Aviation Alliance. He also pens the Politics for Pilots column in General Aviation News.


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Governor Rick Scott (left) gets a tour of the Florida air Museum from SUN ’n FUN President Lites Leenhouts. “When I came to work for the school district, Rick mentioned to me that we should do a school like the collegiate high school, based on aviation,” Small recalls. Small immediately got to work. He openly acknowledges that partnerships became the key component to his ultimate success. “I pitched the academy [to then SUN ’n FUN president] John Burton, and the rest is history,” he says. The school is thriving today with a 100% graduation rate. Virtually all of its students

go on to college. “If you can maximize the resources that are in your community, it works out better,” says Small. “When you get outside entities, such as business partners, to help you create and design the program — it’s the difference between a moped and a Ducati. There’s more synergy.” From small things, big things come. In this case a conversation became a goal, and the goal became the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, and that presented even

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PARTNERSHIPS | From Page 18 ment of partnerships. “They’re essential,” he insists. “You can’t do this the right way and be forward thinking without partners — good partners.” Existing relationships with the Polk County School System allowed the college to offer dual-enrollment options to high school students. The college’s decision to become involved in the Alliance has allowed it to establish even broader partnerships that are paying real dividends. The college is involved with SUN ’n FUN on a year-round basis and sponsors the forums offered during the annual fly-in. The Alliance has also provided a vehicle for CFAA, SUN ’n FUN, Polk State College, and others to benefit from a growing relationship with JetBlue. The New Yorkbased airline takes the concept of corporate social responsibility seriously. It has long partnered with Aviation High School in Long Island City, New York. Now, it has added a partnership with the Polk Aviation Alliance, which allows it to interact directBANDING TOGETHER | From Page 17

ly and indirectly with students at CFAA and Polk State College, as well as those in a fledgling technical school program designed to train airframe and powerplant mechanics, as well as specialized avionics training. All this activity and media attention may have played a role in Governor Scott’s decision to personally visit SUN ’n FUN this year. Scott is the first sitting governor to make the trip from Tallahassee and experience the event first-hand. Leenhouts took particular pride in showing Scott the high volume of out-of-state and foreign visitors drawn to the event, and the growing economic impact of the partnerships they’ve fostered and promoted. After touring the grounds with the governor for nearly two hours, Lites says he looked the governor in the eye and asked him if he now understood why so many put so much effort into this event and these educational programs. According to Lites, the governor replied, “I get it. I’ll be back next year.”, RAF, outlining responsibilities for the preservation and maintenance of recreational airfields on their lands. “We’re a ‘hands on’ group who knows how to work up a sweat as well as celebrate an accomplishment,” Tyler added. The branding and partnerships continue to flourish. Attending the RAF’s recent biannual summit in St. George, Utah, were Montana’s Aeronautics chief Debbie Alke, Utah Aeronautics chief Pat Morley, MPA President Scott Newpower, SPA’s Executive Director Steve McCaughey, President and CEO of GAMA Pete Bunce and AOPA’s Mark Baker and Dave Ulane. Long-time advocates and Pilot Getaways publishers John and George Kounis also attended. Also taking time from their busy schedules were U.S. Representative Chris Stewart, BLM chief Anthony Bobo, and several USFS personnel. The RAF gives out its “Golden Pulaski” award to individuals who’ve made significant contributions — often accompanied with blisters — in the spirit of hands-on volunteerism. If you don’t know what a pulaski is, go to to find out how you can join this exciting partnership whose mission is “keeping the legacy of recreational aviation strong by preserving, maintaining, and creating public use recreational and backcountry airstrips nationwide.”



After identifying its recreational potential, Spencer and the Forest Service recreation officer coordinated a work party with local folks and the pilot community and the USFS authorized the reopening of the airstrip. In Florida, Tyler and RAF board member Tim Clifford found the Blackwater River State Forest District manager very cooperative, and they teamed up to make improvements to the field. The RAF then hosted the first public aviation event in decades at Blackwater Airfield to display the value of access to desirable recreational airfields. The RAF is in the process of an inventory of all recreational airfields in each state, both on private and public lands. To protect landowners from liability, the RAF has lobbied to insert aviation in each state’s recreational use laws. To date, 22 states include this language, resulting in more willingness to allow public use of some very special places to land and recreate. In Oklahoma, for example, the very popular OK18 Tail-Dragger Fly-In will resume on Oklahoma soil, thanks to the enactment of an amendment that adds aviation to recreational activity. The RAF has always approached policymakers courteously and credibly. As a result, the RAF has supporters and friends in our states’ and nation’s capitols, and agency offices, and several Congressmen and Senators proudly possess the signature RAF orange cap. “Our partnerships with policy-makers and public land managers are so important because the protection we seek for airfields is long-term,” Tyler said. Part of the bond includes committing volunteer efforts for maintenance. Both the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service have drafted their own Memorandums of Understanding with the —

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JetBlue brought an A320 with 120 students to this year’s SUN ’n FUN.



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The Allen’s award-winning Waco By MEG GODLEWSKI In 1934 Franklin Roosevelt was president, men wore fedoras, and women wore gloves when they went out — and the Waco YKC was the luxury air transport of elected officials. Fast forward to this year’s SUN ’n FUN, where Dave and Jeanne Allen from Elbert, Colo., brought their 1934 Waco, giving visitors an immersion experience by dressing the part in clothes from days gone by. “We do not consider ourselves the owners of the airplane,” said Dave, nattily dressed in a short tie and creased trousers. “We have been the caretakers of this airplane since December of 2003.” Dave is retired from the United States Air Force Reserve and United Airlines, while Jeanne is retired from the medical field. Flying the Waco around the country and dressing in period correct clothing is one of their greatest joys.

During SUN ’n FUN, the Allens — and their airplane — were the talk of the show. The Allen’s Waco is one of the enclosed cockpit designs, also known as cabin class, built by the Waco Aircraft Co. The cabin class Wacos quickly gained popularity for their versatility and relative comfort. The interiors of the airplanes looked as though they came from a luxury car of the day. The airplanes were used as passenger and utility transports in the civilian world. The military also used the Wacos as navigational trainers and reconnaissance aircraft. The Allen’s airplane is designated YKC. “In 1934, the ‘C’ stood for Cabin. Later on ‘C’ would stand for Custom,” Dave explained. According to Jane’s Encyclopedia of Aircraft, the S was the Waco designation for a four-to-five seat cabin biplane. As happens with so many vintage aircraft owners, it was an adventurous flight in another vintage airplane that led the Al-

lens to the teal Waco. In 1993 the couple built a replica of a taper-wing Waco. They flew the open-cockpit airplane as part of the 2003 National Air Tour, then made the trip to Oshkosh for the annual fly-in. “The American Waco Club welcomed us with open arms and we became Waco­ philes,” said Dave, adding, “we haven’t been the same way since.” Impressed by the beautifully restored Wacos and the people who flew them, the Allens decided it would be fun to have a Cabin class Waco. The search for a project airplane began, leading them to a Waco project in a barn in Ohio. “It was a basket case,” Jeanne recalled. “The last time it flew was in the 1940s. The last entry in its logbook was ‘ship turned over on its back, 1948.’ After that it moved from owner to owner as a project.” She noted that although the aircraft was in very poor shape, there was enough of it

that they were able to make patterns from the parts. “The wings, in particular, were pretty much unusable, except for patterns,” she said. “The interior was pretty much complete as far as the design and the upholstery.” “It was tattered, but complete,” Dave added. The Allens decided to make the airplane as historically authentic as possible and began painstaking research into not only who had owned the airplane, but also its missions. It was during their research that they learned the airplane had been used for official business by government officials in Columbus, Ohio. “We learned it rolled out of the Waco factory on Nov. 23 and went for an hour and a half test flight, then was flown to Ohio the next day,” said Dave. “We know where it went after that and how long each flight was, but never a peep about who they were hauling.”

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The Waco was moved to a place of honor at SUN ’n FUN. The Allens spent the show dressed in their 1930s finery, talking to any and all about their plane.

what the State of Ohio seal looked like in One of the greatest challenges when 1934,” said Dave. “The seal was painted restoring a vintage aircraft is getting the onto the plane by artist Rick Losh. He is a aesthetic details correct since most of the sign painter but also does pin-striping. He photographs — if you are lucky enough to was able to do the seal by hand and all of find some — are in black and white. By the gold pin striping by hand and that really the time the Allens found the airplane in sets it off.” the barn, the color had faded to what Dave The interior of the airplane is just as imdescribes as “ aqua green.” pressive as the outside. What looks like “We thought if we painted the airplane wood graining around the window and to look like that it was going to be incredinstrument panel is actually wood-grained ibly drab and dull,” he said with a shake aluminum. There is an ash tray in the airof his head. “We didn’t relish the idea of plane that looks more a totally green airplane, like a piece of art than a so we took some artis“If we can do it, any receptacle for ashes. tic license with it.” “The ash tray was That artistic license one can do it. It critically important, is a teal color created takes perseverance because back then you by blending Montego smoked cigars during Green and Bahama and priorities, but your trip,” said Dave. Blue with cream trim. it can be done.” The brass fire extinThe covering is the guisher is also period Polyfiber process with — Waco owner Dave Allen correct, and was proba Ranthane color coat. ably a necessity in case The Allens did the the ash trays didn’t do the job. masking and brushing themselves, leaving The interior looks like that of a luxury a blue spot on the side of the fuselage for automobile of the same vintage, right down the placement of a State of Ohio seal. to the control wheels, which are steering Getting the seal just right was a chalwheels like you would find in cars. Allenge, they note, because the only photo though there are two control wheels, only they had of the airplane with the seal was the left side of the cockpit has rudder and slightly out of focus and did not show brake pedals. Dave noted that he does takemuch detail. offs and landings and Jeanne occasionally “So Jeanne did some research to see


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Even the plane’s fire extinguisher is vintage.

Back in the day, the Waco was used to transport Ohio state officials.

The display allows visitors to touch the fabric, both old and new.

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handles tasks in cruise flight. The original engine was a Jacobs L-4 225 hp with a Hamilton ground adjustable propeller. The Allen’s airplane sports a Jacobs R755B2M 275 hp with a CurtissReed 55501 propeller. The wheel pants, bump cowling and strut fairings were fabricated from Fiberglass by Roger James, a car restoration specialist from D&D Classic Auto Restoration in Covington, Ohio. The interior fabric was specially weaved by a mill in Philadelphia for the restoration project, according to the Allens. When the Waco is on display, the Allens put up a display board that shows before and after shots of the airplane. “The display board is slightly interactive,” said Jeanne. “People can touch the old fabric and interior and see what the airplane looked like when we got it.” The board is also a place for the Allens to publicly acknowledge the people who helped them with the project. “There were so many,” Jeanne explained. It is not uncommon for visitors to spend an hour or more inspecting the airplane and taking pictures, the couple said. During SUN ’n FUN the Allen’s airplane was one of the most talked about and visited by the crowd. When the couple arrived at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida for SUN ’n FUN, they parked in the Vintage Area and pitched their tent. Within a day or so they were asked to relocate to a place of honor, the spot in front of the Vintage Aircraft building. While the airplane was on display, the Allens, wearing their 1930s finest, stood near to answer questions about their airplane and to inspire others to tackle their own aviation projects. “The biggest message is that if we can do it, any one can do it,” said Dave. “It takes perseverance and priorities, but it can be done.” The airplane also got the attention of the aircraft judges and the Allens came home with the Grand Champion Award.

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The EAA’s Tri-Motor travels around the country, giving rides at airports big and small. Go to to see the schedule and find out more.

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Over the years the combination of being a journalist and a pilot has put me in some interesting and rare aircraft: A DC-3, a B-25, a P-51 Mustang, and the Ford TriMotor owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association. The Tri-Motor flight at this year’s SUN ’n FUN was part of a media flight organized by EAA Tri-Motor pilot and retired Northwest Airlines Captain Cody Welch. “You’re the first of the media to call, so the right seat is yours,” he said. Right seat. As in CO-PILOT’S SEAT. If I had a tail it would have been wagging. As a 2,567-hour CFI, the right seat is my natural habitat. To date, most of my experience with the Tri-Motor has been watching it fly overhead at AirVenture, along with that scene in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” I always thought that had I been the adventurer to enter the cockpit and find it devoid of the pilot, my reaction would have been “Cool! Multi-engine time!” We met at the appointed time on the ramp at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for a safety briefing. Time was tight, so we were “hot loading.” “What does that mean?” asked Emili Woodhouse, the General Aviation News intern. “It means the engines are going to be running. Stay behind me,” I said, watching the airplane taxi toward us. It was Emili’s first time in anything but an airliner and I was looking forward to seeing her reaction. The silver, blue and grey Tin Goose lumbered toward the staging area on the warbird ramp. Orange-vested ground crew took position with their arms held out to keep anyone from getting too close to the spinning propellers. There were about nine of us. We waited for the previous passengers to disembark, then we scrambled forward, being careful to keep our heads down as the Tri-Motor doesn’t have a lot of headroom. Getting to the cockpit of a Tri-Motor is an uphill trek. PIC Colin Soucy instructed me to strap in and pointed to the headset hanging next to the window, which was open, by the way. The Tri-Motor is a low and slow windows open kind of airplane. Soucy gestured to the co-pilot’s wheel and yes, it is a steering wheel that was used in a Ford automobile. A push-to-talk switch was attached to the wheel. A request to taxi was made and approved and Soucy brought the three throttles forward. The great beast roared to life and moved across the ramp. The Tri-Motor is a tailwheel airplane, and like all tailwheel airplanes it suffers from YCSS — or You Can’t See Snot Syn-

Meg in the right seat of the Tri-Motor.

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drome. There is a lot of looking out the side window to make sure you don’t run over anything as you taxi. Soucy notified ATC we were ready to go. Clearance obtained, we lumbered onto the runway and the three throttles came full forward. The Tri-Motor is LOUD and the vibration commensurate with the decibel levels, so much so that the vibration can move your feet off the rudders if you don’t take care. I was surprised at how quickly it lifted off and leveled off in the showcase pattern with all turns to the right. I kept my head on a swivel, noting the airplanes and helicopters below us. This is a must at air shows and fly-ins. In the air it is still a challenge to see over the nose of the Tri-Motor. With three propellers turning, the adverse yaw is noticeable in the turns and you have to lead them with the rudder. The wheel doesn’t have a stop like the yokes on other airplanes. You could crank that sucker over and probably get some unusual attitude action. I always tell my students “Control pressures, not control movements” but in the Tri-Motor you need CONTROL MOVEMENTS. It’s heavy. Soucy’s hands and feet were always moving. He noted that it takes a lot of muscle to get it to do what you want. Alas, all good things come to an end, and after three laps in the pattern it was time to land. “No one ever leaves this airplane without a smile,” Soucy said as he shut down the engines. And he was right.


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Flying aboard the Tri-Motor

Emili and Meg before their flight.



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Dream job: Blue Angels pilot Being a Blue Angels pilot, zipping around the sky in an F-18 Hornet, sounds like a dream job to most pilots, and it comes pretty darn close, says Lt. Commander David Tickle, who flies #5. Tickle, who hails from Birmingham, Ala., is in his fourth and last season with the team. Flying since 2002, he is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. “My favorite part of the job is connecting with the American public,” he said. “After the show we go up to the show line and greet the crowd. It’s great to meet them, especially the kids.” According to Tickle, a tour with the Blue Angels, although more high profile than other jobs in the Navy, is a normal tour of duty for the Navy and Marine personnel who make up the team. When their tour with the Blue Angels is completed, they return to active duty. “Right now my job is to connect with the American public,” he said. “When the tour is finished, my job will be to protect the American public.” His favorite maneuver in the show, he said while at SUN ’n FUN, is the Sneak Pass where he sweeps in from stage left at

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Blue Angel pilot #5 Lt Commander David Tickle.

Aviation Mechanic Willis Munger.

high speed. “It stirs up the crowd.” The team makes the maneuvers look easy, but it isn’t, he noted. It takes a great deal of discipline and practice to make it look so effortless, he said. According to Tickle, someone who aspires to be a Blue Angel should have a good command of math and science. Spatial skills are also important, he noted, pointing

chanic, from Berlin Heights, Ohio. He has been in the Navy for 14 years. “My job is to stand behind the jet before takeoff to make sure that nothing is leaking from it, nothing is falling off of it.” Like Tickle, he’s proud to be part of something that is bigger than himself. “Teamwork is key,” he said.

to the marks on the side of the airplane that are used as site points for the other pilots to line up on while in flight. “We fly upside down at 200 feet. That kind of flying is normally frowned upon,” he said. It takes a team to keep the pilots in the air. One of the members of that team is Willis Munger, an aviation structural me-

By BILL WALKER Coming to an air show near you: Robert Pinksten. Everyone who knows Pinksten, a 17year-old private pilot about to become a commercial pilot and flight instructor, is convinced the paragraph above will soon apply to the young aviator from Nashua, N.H. Pinksten made news last year as the youngest ever fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot when he earned his private pilot’s license and helicopter license on his 17th birthday, July 2, 2013. After gaining his licenses he also got endorsements for complex, high performance and tailwheel aircraft. This year he has been pursuing his instrument, commercial and certificated flight instructor ratings. Pinksten will graduate from North Nashua High later this year and plans to teach aerobatics for a couple of years before beginning his college education. I caught up with him at SUN ’n FUN, where he was also working as a journalist, writing articles and filing posts to his own website, Back home, he is building a 165-hp Rotorway helicopter and hopes to finish it before his 18th birthday. “I’m also trying to organize a New England Young Pilots Association,” he added. Pinksten, the only licensed pilot in his family, credits his mother Beth’s work as an aviation insurance broker with providing one of his earliest links to aviation.

Through her he got to meet noted air show pilot Rob Holland, also of Nashua. “I began my training when I was 15,” Pinksten said. “I got to job shadow in my economics class in school and went to a helicopter flight school. The instructor did all sorts of stuff. After the flight I was nauseous but I was hooked. It was awesome.” He began with helicopters. Because of the high cost of training he sought ways to fund his instruction. “I found the website and started my own website. I started getting donations,” he said. “I also worked at the airport cafe washing dishes for about eight months.” Eventually he raised more than $7,000 in donations, supplementing that with financial support from his parents and his grandmother Susan and his own earnings. Altogether the training cost about $13,000. “On my 16th birthday, July 2, 2012, I soloed the Robinson R22 with 20.1 hours and the FAA requires 20 hours,” he reported. “I had about a year until I could get my license so I took about a four or five month break before I started flying fixed wing. I think I soled at about eight hours in a Cessna 152 Aerobat.” “On my first fixed wing flight I told my instructor I liked aerobatics and we did some light aerobatics,” he continued. “Since then I have become obsessed with air shows and aerobatics.” He successfully sought funding assistance again with his website and completed his fixed wing training in 41.2 hours.

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Young pilot maps out aerobatic future

“That included four hours of aerobatic and tailwheel training in a Citabria,” he said. “My fixed wing solo was in early December 2012.” He earned both his private pilot’s license and his helicopter license with successful checkrides on July 2, 2013. Pinksten has already begun competition aerobatics. “I’m flying several competitions around New England in the coming months,” he said. “My goal is to be one of the youngest air show pilots. I want to buy myself an airplane and hopefully work as a CFI doing aerobatic instruction.”

He has flown a Pitts, Stearman, Texan, Extra, and a Citabria and hopes he will be able to teach in a Pitts S2. “Pitts is my favorite,” he said. “Someday I hope to fly a modified Pitts at air shows.” He said that despite his youth he has had a variety of experiences that will serve him well in training others to fly. “I’ve had an engine failure on takeoff and another emergency in which the other pilot became unconscious,” he said. “I know that I will teach people to remain calm no matter what happens in an aircraft.” PINKSTEN | See Page 25

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lages lie hidden in the jungles and mountains of this rugged land. There are very few roads. A 20-minute flight in an MAF airplane saves an entire day of travel by foot.” MAF now has 13 airplanes in Papua, including four other KODIAKs. For many years the Cessna 206 was the workhorse of the fleet, but in recent years MAF has been replacing the 206s with KODIAKs. “Avgas is very expensive and difficult to obtain in Indonesia and many of the isolated places MAF works,” Boyd explains. “In some countries we pay as much as $21 per gallon. But the KODIAK runs on jet fuel rather than avgas, and it can use most of the short, rugged airstrips served by the 206. It can fly farther and carry more cargo less expensively. It was created specifically for this kind of work.” As a non-profit, MAF relies upon many supporters to keep its planes in the air. The new KODIAK was purchased entirely with gifts, according to MAF officials.

Mission Aviation Fellowship’s newest aircraft, a Quest KODIAK, is on its way to Papua, Indonesia, where it will make life better for people living in remote corners of the jungle. “This remarkable airplane will be used to deliver food, medicine, building materials, and Bibles,” said John Boyd, president and CEO of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). “It will transport medical teams, missionaries, and relief workers. It will carry children to school and the sick to the hospital.” MAF is a global family of organizations that uses aviation and technology to share the Gospel and support the work of other mission and relief organizations. With a fleet of 132 airplanes, MAF reaches isolated areas of 33 countries. MAF’s newest plane was dedicated in a public ceremony at this year’s SUN ’n FUN. “The KODIAK is an amazing aircraft, and is uniquely suited for MAF’s work in Papua,” said Boyd. “Hundreds of small vil-

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MAF dedicates new plane at SUN ’n FUN

Ravi brings ‘You Can Do It’ tour to Lakeland riculums. For instance, he’ll talk about hypoxia with biology teachers. “Then the teachers become advocates for our industry,” he said. And while he’s probably one of aviation’s most passionate advocates, Ravi’s message to the kids is no matter what your dream is, you can achieve it. “All kids need motivation,” he said. “There’s a lot of overstimulation and the system is really designed to confuse kids — there are so many options that not a lot of them follow through.” His message is simple: It’s important to have a dream — and it’s important to follow through on that dream. “And it doesn’t have to be just one dream,” he tells them. “I had music and aviation.” As a musician he’s played in front of 20,000 fans at Madison Square Garden. But he tells kids that thrill was nothing com-

By JANICE WOOD You can do it: That’s the message the musician and motivational speaker Ravi brought to students in Lakeland, Florida, the week of SUN ’n FUN. As SUN ’n FUN’s Education Outreach Ambassador, Ravi, also known as “The Raviator,” spoke to kids at two schools each day during the week-long fly-in. He estimates he spoke to 2,000 kids in the area. The message he gave the kids in Lakeland is the same as the one he shared on his You Can Do It Tour, which he took to Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The first day of the tour he talks to pilots, the community the next day, and high school students the third day. While at the high schools, he’s also talking to teachers, trying to get them on board to use aviation in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) cur-

He encourages individuals who want to fly to pursue their dreams. “I paid for a lot of my training, but not as much as most other people would,” he said. “I found sponsors and made contacts who helped me. It would also be cool if kids could be introduced to aviation at an early age.” “The best advice I have for people taking instruction is to do your homework,” he said. “For example, before I began my training for a complex aircraft, I bought a copy of the aircraft’s operating handbook and studied it completely. I didn’t wait for the instructor to tell me about things I could learn for myself.”

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pared to landing a plane all by himself. He believes the skills learned as a pilot translate to success in life. And one of the most important lessons is that hard work pays off. “Learning to fly wasn’t easy,” he says. “Learning to play the guitar was hard work. But I tell the kids don’t be afraid to work hard to achieve your dreams.”

And sometimes the message gets across. Ravi tells the story of one teacher who came up after a presentation, telling him he got a student who seemingly didn’t care about anything inspired about aviation. Then there’s the boy who came up to him after another presentation, proclaiming, “I didn’t realize it was so easy to be successful.” Taken a bit back, Ravi asked him to explain. The boy continued, “Your formula for success makes sense: Study hard, work hard, live your dream.” “I literally had to hold back the tears,” Ravi says. “I just wanted to keep talking to those kids forever.” Ravi adds that he couldn’t do what he does without his sponsors, including Lightspeed Aviation, Sporty’s and Sennheiser. Another big supporter is the National Association of Flight Instructors, he noted.


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Accident Reports These May 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: Cessna 152. Injuries: None. Location: San Antonio, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot planned to practice solo takeoffs and landings at a nearby tower-controlled airport. Her logbook revealed that this was her second solo flight and the first time she traveled to the nearby airport without a flight instructor on board. On the first landing she was instructed to do a straight-in approach. The plane touched down on the main wheels and bounced. The nose landing gear came down hard enough to break off the plane. The plane sustained substantial damage to the firewall and wing struts. The pilot told investigators that she had very little practice with straight-in approaches, and she thought that using the traffic pattern to set up for the landing might have prevented the accident. Probable cause: The student pilot’s misjudgment of the landing flare. Aircraft: Cessna 177B. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Honesdale, Pa. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was operating on a temporary certificate in preparation for an FAA competency checkride. The checkride was required following an accident that happened when the pilot delayed a decision to abort a long landing and crashed into trees beyond the end of the runway. According to witnesses, on the day of the fatal flight, he attempted to land with a tailwind estimated to be at least 10 knots. He did two patterns, resulting in go-arounds. As the plane approached the runway a third time, it appeared to be unusually fast. He initiated the flare, floated, then touched down nosewheel first and porpoised several times. When the plane was just past the windsock, which was about 1,200 feet from the runway’s departure end, engine power was applied, and the nose pitched up excessively high. The airplane stalled at an estimated 200 to 300 feet above the runway and began a spin to the left, completing about 180° of rotation before hitting the ground with power on. Post-flight toxicology testing revealed that the pilot had ingested an over-thecounter sedating antihistamine in a quantity that exceeded the therapeutic dosage rate. The antihistamine, which is not FAAapproved for use during flying, carries a warning that it may impair mental and motor skills.

Probable cause: The pilot pitching the airplane to an excessive nose-up attitude during an aborted landing, which resulted in increased induced drag, diminished airspeed, and an aerodynamic stall/spin. Contributing to the accident was the use of a sedating antihistamine, which resulted in impaired mental and motor skills. Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Culebra, P.R. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot taxied onto the runway and started his takeoff roll. During the attempted takeoff, he realized the control wheel would not move aft when he tried to pull back on it because the flight control lock was still installed. He tried to remove the control lock while the airplane was on the go, but was not successful. The airplane was approaching the airport perimeter fence, so he aborted the takeoff. The plane crashed through the fence, crossed a road, and into trees. Checklist procedures require that the control wheel lock be removed during the preflight inspection, and that the flight controls be checked prior to takeoff to ensure free and correct operation before takeoff. During a post-accident interview, the pilot stated that he did not use the checklist. Probable cause: The failure to remove the flight control lock before takeoff. Aircraft: Pitts S1D. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Port Richey, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Several witnesses reported that the pilot was conducting aerobatic maneuvers over the Gulf of Mexico. He initiated a loop between 300 and 500 feet above the water. At the top of the loop, while inverted, the plane started the descent. He did not have sufficient altitude to recover and the airplane hit the water in a nose-down, left-wing-low attitude. According to the operating rules section of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which defines the restrictions on aerobatics, no one may operate an aircraft in aerobatic flight below an altitude of 1,500 feet above the surface. Probable cause: The decision to conduct aerobatic flight at a low altitude. Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Gainesville, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The CFI was providing instruction to a student who had about 10 hours of flight experience. During the first takeoff roll, the student attempted to steer the plane with the control yoke instead of the rudder pedals. The CFI

provided verbal instruction and then attempted to take control of the airplane. The student applied full left rudder and did not relinquish the controls when the CFI asked. The CFI was unable to correct for the full left rudder because the student would not relinquish control of the airplane. The CFI chose to abort the takeoff but could not stop the plane before it overran the runway and hit a glideslope antenna. Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper use of the flight controls and the CFI’s delayed remedial action. Aircraft: North American T-6. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Perry, Mich. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that after takeoff, he was planning to overfly the runway for a “photo pass.” He reported the wind was from the southwest, gusting to 20 knots with light turbulence, at the time of the accident. He made a slight right turn, followed by a left turn, but could not recall the details of the accident. According to a witness on the ground, when the plane turned left, the bank angle steepened and the descent rate increased. The engine sounded normal until the T-6 crashed into a barn. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain control while maneuvering at low altitude after takeoff. Aircraft: Silvaire Luscombe 8F. Injuries: None. Location: Tok, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. He told investigators that the airplane had recently been modified with hydraulic brakes, but there were no pre-accident mechanical anomalies with the airplane. He said he inadvertently applied excessive pressure to the brakes, which resulted in a nose-over. Probable cause: The inadvertent and excessive application of brake pressure during landing. Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Wichita, Kan. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot, accompanied by a CFI, was practicing takeoffs and landings. When the airplane touched down on the second landing, it veered sharply to the right. The CFI took control of the plane and tried to stop the turn by applying full left rudder.The CFI said that the rudder pedal felt excessively stiff and that the plane went off the side of the runway and into a dirt berm. The post-accident examination revealed there were a lot of loose objects in the air-

plane, but there was no physical evidence that the rudder pedals had been jammed or impeded. Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain control during landing and the CFI’s delayed remedial action. Aircraft: Boeing A75N1. Injuries: None. Location: Foley, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land, felt the airplane was high on final approach, so he established a forward slip to lose some altitude. He did not fully arrest the rate of descent before flaring and the plane bounced upon touchdown and the nose swung to the right. Attempts to correct the right veer by applying the left rudder were unsuccessful because the left rudder pedal appeared to be stuck. The airplane skidded down the runway and the left wing tip hit the runway. The airplane went off the runway and into the grass. The pilot said that a passenger in the front seat may have interfered with the rudder pedal. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain airplane control during landing. Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Norwich, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: During the landing roll the plane pulled to the left. The pilot applied right rudder to correct and the airplane ground looped, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing. The post-accident examination revealed that the left tire was deflated. Fragments of the tire and skid marks were found on the runway. The cause of the deflated tire could not be determined. Probable cause: The inability to maintain directional control during a landing with a deflated tire. Aircraft: Cessna 170B. Injuries: None. Location: Winterville, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was participating in a bean bag drop competition. He was flying from the left seat while his right-seat passenger was to drop the bean bag onto the target. He overflew the runway at 70 feet AGL and banked right to see where the bean bag landed. There was a left-to-right crosswind that pushed him farther right than anticipated and toward tall trees. As the plane approached the trees, he banked further right to avoid them, but the plane stalled and crashed. Probable cause: The excessive bank at low altitude, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.

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Bahamas, Caribbean charts for iPad and Android released

The 2014 Bahamas VFR Chart and the 2014 Caribbean VFR Chart are now available on the iPad and Android tablets. The geo-referenced charts include both VFR and IFR data, creating hybrid charts that have the information you need for flying the islands. Pilot Publishing teamed with PDF Maps by Avenza to offer these charts with tools, including the ability to measure the distance between airports in nautical miles and save them in the measuring tool. Use the GPS tool while in the map’s region to track your position on the chart. The charts can be used in conjunction with the Pilot’s Guide app for the Bahamas and Caribbean. The charts are $10.99 each.

sheets to any angle up to 135°, according to company officials. Included are two “C” clamps to hold down sheet metal.

Desser introduces new line of backcountry tires

Desser Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced its new line of backcountry Tundra tires. The first iteration in a series of new tires is the Aero Classic LSA/Experimental 8.50-6 4 ply rating smooth tire. The tire has a smooth tread profile, which is designed not to pick up pebbles and rocks that could damage the skin of the aircraft, according to company officials. The tire will work on most LSA tailwheel aircraft, using either Cleveland, Grove, or Matco 6” wheels and brake packages, company officials said. Manufactured in the United States, the tires retail for less than $200 each.

Accessories introduced for GoPro and iPhone

NextGen welding helmets make their debut

Lincoln Electric has developed a new generation of Viking auto-darkening welding helmets designed to deliver improved optics and greater comfort. Backed by a three-year warranty, these helmets offer better optical quality as well as durability in tough welding environments, according to company officials.

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Looking for an easier way to bend sheet metal? Now available is a bench bender brake from Aircraft Tool Supply. The brake comes in three sizes (18″, 24″, and 36″). It will bend up to .40″ aluminum

phones and line up the filter over the camera lens. The adjustable case is compatible with most smartphones, including the ­iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. Sporty’s offers a complete kit for the GoPro that includes a variable ND lens filter, headset audio cable, skeleton case and suction cup mount. For a complete iPhone video solution, Sporty’s offers the Deluxe iPhone Video Kit, which includes the Variable ND Filter, custom audio cable and suction cup mount.

Sporty’s and NFlight Technologies have introduced the first variable propeller filters for pilots flying with the GoPro or iPhone. Almost all video cameras suffer from the “rolling shutter effect,” which distorts the propeller and can ruin a video, Sporty’s officials said. With the new Variable ND Filter, pilots can adjust the darkness of the filter to suit different lighting conditions and different airplanes. For GoPro users, the filter snaps onto the GoPro case, and is removable for use outside the cockpit. For smartphone users, pilots attach the metal bracket to the outside of their

Windows Prepware apps released

New from ASA are Prepware Apps that provide study and test tools for FAA Knowledge Exams on your desktop/laptop computers or your Windows phone or tablet device. Loaded with hundreds of sample questions, answers and explanations, Prepware Apps supply users with study-by-subject functionality, as well as true-to-form practice test taking, according to ASA officials. You can review quiz results, test scores, and missed questions to measure performance and improve retention. Eleven apps offer preparation for a variety of certifications, including Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor, Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Engineer, Military Competency, and Sport Pilot, as well as General, Airframe, and Powerplant databases for aviation maintenance technician applicants. Once installed, an internet connection is not required to use the application.

InReach Explorer launches

DeLorme has introduced the inReach Explorer, incorporating a new range of navigation functions. In addition to messaging, tracking and SOS capabilities, users of the inReach Explorer can view, create or navigate routes and waypoints. A map view displays routes, waypoints, tracks and messages geo-located onscreen for backtracking or self-rescue. The builtin digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors ensure accuracy and provide heading and bearing information, accurate elevation readings, speed and other useful trip statistics, according to company officials. Using DeLorme’s Earthmate App, inReach Explorer pairs wirelessly with iOS and Android devices to access map data and make text messaging more convenient. When paired with a mobile device, inReach owners get unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts, which can be downloaded via an Internet connection prior to departure and remain available in the Earthmate app, even when beyond cellular coverage. In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to communicate via text back and forth with responders at the international 24/7 search-and-rescue monitoring center, company officials noted.

Sensenich debuts RV prop

Sensenich Propellers reports that its adjustable composite propeller for the Lycoming O-360 has passed all its own tests and also complies with ASTM standards, and is ready to ship to owners of Van’s RV models 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 that are powered by the four-cylinder engine. The two-blade prop with its aluminum hub and available precut, balanced spinner weighs about 20 pounds, considerably lighter than similar-sized metal props, and rivaling the weight of wood, according to company officials. Blades come in any combination of red, white, grey, yellow, or classic black, and index without special tools, using the same Pitch Gage System accepted on the Sensenich O-320 and 3-blade Rotax props. The 72” diameter prop has demonstrated speed increases of 5-10 mph over the full range of practical throttle settings, company officials noted. Have a new product or service you’d like to tell our readers about? Send press releases (in word documents, no PDFs please) to: Please put “On the Market” in the subject line. Send photos separately.


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A solid beginning towards collaboration Dan Johnson Splog

was the tantalizing appeal of commercial use. In all, the conference identified 26 topics referencing parts of the rule or its implementation that need updating, rewording, or revision. The standing-room-only group could not grapple with a large number of items in one three-hour meeting, so through a voting process, organizers narrowed the discussion points to the following: • Expanded use of Special LSA or light commercial operations of LSA; • Counting sport pilot flight instructor dual flight time; • Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) policy and regulations;

Various events are bubbling to the surface as we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/ LSA) rule this summer. One of these activities occurred at SUN ’n FUN: The USUA/ LAMA Safety & Industry Light-Sport Conference. USUA is the United States Ultralight Association, a group focused on pilots. If you believe ultralight aircraft and pilots had disappeared after the arrival of light-sport, you’d be wrong. Indeed, a resurgence appears to be building for this least-regulated, highly-affordable category. LAMA is the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, a trade group working to assist light aircraft businesses. Though the name has “manufacturers” in it, the true mission is to assist any business that works in the LSA sector. Together these two small organizations achieved something larger. The conference was their first cooperative effort and worthwhile benefits are already accruing.

• Training in experimental LSAs (transition training for buyers); • Electric-powered aircraft; • Equipment requirements and internal FAA instructions called 8130.2(H). The first item is exciting to industry players, especially after the past few years of economic recession and sluggish sales. Within some quarters of FAA, the subject of commercial use of LSAs has been discussed. Possibly driven by an agency that is being pushed to accept drones, the once-taboo subject of commercial use appears on a list of possibilities. As this requires a regulation change, it probably will not happen soon — and may never come — but the industry is keen to advance this idea because of the sales potential. Because LSA are far less costly to acquire and operate than helicopters or most drones, the matter becomes important to a country that needs to watch its expenses. The last item, although it may sound terribly dry, was an area of keen interest due to FAA actions that were uncovered as most participants were preparing to attend

Perhaps it depends on your position. Some are surprised that 10 years has passed since FAA announced the SP/LSA regulation at AirVenture 2004. To others, that 10 years represents their entire time in business. Either way, after a decade, it was clear to the conference organizers that a number of problems need a fix. Much like your airplane, maintenance is a requirement as things get out of whack over time. Also, in the case of a new rule, the FAA simply could not see how it might develop, so some aspects haven’t worked out as expected. As an example, the rules say an LSA may only be powered by a reciprocating engine. That leaves out electric and turbine. Given the push for electric-powered vehicles, aviation should be part of the mix and the lightest aircraft are by far the most likely to use electric motors effectively given the present state of energy storage in batteries. The ASTM industry group that wrote the standards used to gain FAA acceptance is ready for electric power; in fact, a standard has been prepared. The FAA is not ready — in fact, the agency is prohibited from advancing by its own regulations. Electric power was a key reason several attendees participated in the conference, as Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, is an expert on LSA. For more on Sport Pilot/LSA, go to

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The three-hour meeting at SUN ’n FUN drew representatives from several GA alphabet groups, as well as officials from ASTM and the FAA.

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SUN ’n FUN. Earlier this year, the FAA prepared a guidance document for its field offices. Buried in the appendices of the 322-page document were a few items that raised red flags across the LSA landscape. The FAA proposed guidance on how to issue operational limitations that could render many LSA far less usable to their owners and might have greatly decreased the value of those new aircraft. Electric aircraft were also threatened. Despite the tight deadline of an approaching air show, many in the industry sent letters to the FAA. Conference organizers felt the problem had been addressed soon enough by the grassroots effort. This FAA action proved to be a clear demonstration of the need for industry groups to coordinate their efforts. While other benefits seem very likely to result from this first Safety Conference, merely bringing together GA’s alphabet groups is very useful. Others participating in the conference included the Aircraft Kit Industry Association, U.S. Powered Paragliding Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the FAA, ASTM, and several aircraft manufacturers. A second meeting is planned this summer near AirVenture.

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