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Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-7576. Q DeFuniak Springs, FL: Marvel of Flight Fly-In & Expo, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., DeFuniak Springs Airport, (850) 892-2000, Q Titusville, FL: Space Coast Warbird AirShow, gates 8:30 a.m., Space Coast Regional Airport, (321) 268-1941, Q Waco, TX: Heart of Texas Airshow, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., TSTC Campus Airport, (303) 862-2869, Q Riverside, CA: Thunder over the Empire, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March ARB, (951) 655-5614. Q Columbus, GA: Thunder in the Valley Air Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Columbus Airport, Q Lakeland, FL: Sun ’n Fun Int’l. Fly-In & Expo, gates 8 a.m., Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Q Redding, CA: Benton Air Center Historical Aircraft Display Day/Tax Sign-off, 9 a.m. to noon, Benton Airpark, (530) 241-4204. Q Tuscaloosa, AL: Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, Q Houston, TX: CAF Houston Wing Open House, gates 10 a.m., West Houston Airport, (281) 579-2131, Q LaVerne, CA: Antique & Special Interest Aircraft Display, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Brackett Airport, (909) 593-1395. Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery Field, (619) 301-2530. Q Louisville, KY: Thunder over Louisville, airshow 3 p.m./fireworks 9:30 p.m., Waterfront Park, (800) 928-3378, Q Tavares, FL: Planes, Trains & BBQ, all day, Wooton Park, Lake Dora, (352) 742-6176, Q Stillwater, OK: OSU Flying Aggies Fly-In, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stillwater Regional Airport, (432) 638-3100, Q San Luis Obispo, CA: Vintage Aircraft Associate’s Airport Day, San Luis Obispo Airport, (805) 801-7641. Q Riverside, CA: Aircraft Display Day Fly-In, 8 a.m., Flabob Airport, (951) 683-2309, Q Petaluma, CA: Historic Airplane Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Petaluma Municipal Airport, (707) 778-4404. Q Vero Beach, FL: Vero Beach Air Show, gates 9 a.m., Vero Beach Regional Airport, Q Columbus, MS: Columbus AFB Open House Air & Space Show, Q Atlanta, GA: CAF Dixie Wing WWII Heritage Days, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Falcon Field, Q Austin, TX: American Heroes Airshow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Camp Mabry, (818) 631-8132, Q Santa Rosa, CA: Open Cockpit Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Airport, (707) 575-7900. Q Napa, CA: Vintage Aircraft Display, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Napa Airport, (707) 944-9236. Q Yuba City, CA: Beale AFB Air & Space Expo 2018, gates 9 a.m., (530) 634-0783, Q Charleston, SC: Charleston Air Expo 2018, gates 8:30 a.m., Joint Base Charleston, Q Pinehurst, NC: Festival d’Avion, gates 10 a.m., Moore County Airport, (910) 215-0861, Q Myrtle Beach, SC: Wings over Myrtle Beach Air Show, Q Half Moon Bay, CA: Pacific Coast Dream Machines, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Half Moon Bay Airport, (650) 726-2328, www.dreammachines. Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-7576. Q Havelock, NC: MCAS Cherry Point Air Show, Fri. 5 p.m./Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m., Q Temple, TX: Central Texas Airshow, Fri. 4 p.m./Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m., Temple Airport, Q Thermal, CA: Jacqueline Cochran Air Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, Q Manassas, VA: Manassas Regional Open House & Airshow, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Manassas Regional Airport, Q Alamogordo, NM: Holloman AFB Open House & Air Show, Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-3722,

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The Story of Ezell Aviation and the Breckenridge Texas Airshow

By Annamarie Buonocore

f the many facets of aviation, perhaps warbird history is the most fascinating. By looking at warbirds, we learn of our past and our heritage, and this changes our perspective of the future. Historically the Breckenridge Airshow has been one of the most popular, best attended events focusing on warbirds in the United States. In Flight USA covered this show as it roared with popularity in the ‘80s and ‘90s. There was a great emptiness during its hiatus in the 2000s, but the show came back with a bang last year in 2017. A bigger and better show is expected for 2018. As always, In Flight USA is proud to be sending our representative to the show and promoting the events that are expected to take place over the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 and 27). This month, we had the unique opportunity of sitting down for an interview with Chad Ezell of Ezell Aviation, which is located at the Breckenridge Airport in Breckenridge,

Overiview of the Breckenridge Airport. Texas. In conjunction with the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, they are planning for the annual airshow that will double the population of their small Texas town. Ezell is an aviator and family businessman at heart. He is knowledgeable, excited, and passionate about the airshow and enjoyed sharing the details with In Flight USA. Ezell Aviation along with the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce invites you to spend Memorial Day

(Christopher Ebdon/AV8PIX) Weekend looking at historic warbirds, watching breathtaking aerobatic performances, and enjoying all the food and family fun the airshow has to offer in Breckenridge, Texas. Howard Pardue started the airshow back in the 1970s. Ezell Aviation was founded in 1986 and became involved soon thereafter. Pardue was going to a lot of other airshows back then, and he made deals with his friends, saying, “If I come to your airshow, you come to my air-

show.” That is how it went from a party at the airport to a full-fledged event. Eventually, they had to start charging admission to cover the costs of aircraft fuel, food, and entertainment. Vendors started showing up, and the CAF got involved. The airshow saw tremendous growth in the 1980s, and Breckenridge soon became one of the biggest Warbird airshows in the state. In the 1990s, the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce took on a lot of the advertising, publicity, and ticket sales. They had more than 100 WWII aircraft, so the show was something special. Pardue kept to the oldschool format, and the show continued to grow. “The population of the town of Breckenridge would nearly double during airshow weekend, and this was a huge boost for the local economy,” said Ezell. Considering that Breckenridge is in a rather remote location in Texas, an hour away from any major city, this is rather impressive Unfortunately, the hype died down Continued on Page 14

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NEWS GAMA Joins Industry Praise of Senate Aviation Workforce Legislation ..........................................................................................8 FAA Expands Drone Airspace Authorization Program......................8 Flying Fun: Register for AOPA's Fly-Ins ............................................11 Senate Bill Offers Best Path to FAA Reauthorization ......................16 FAA Releases Aerospace Forecast ....................................................24 UAS Airspace Integration: Friend or Foe? ........................................25 Deep-Learning Workshops At Aerial Firefighting North America 2018 ....................................................................................................27 NTSB Issues Urgent Safety Recommendation Regarding Harness Systems ............................................................................................36 AOPA Invites High Schools To Apply For Free Aviation Curriculum ........................................................................44 Historic SFO Beacon Shines Brightly at Hiller Aviation Museum..46

COLUMNS FEATURES Editorial: Meet Genny By Ed Downs..................................................................6 Test Pilot Briefs T-6 Nation By 1st Lt. Geneva Croxtonr..............................................12 Have Couch, Will Fly By Burt Botta ................................................................19 Reflection: Breckenridge Airshow 2017 By Nick Viggiano ..........................................................32 Knock the Rust Off and Get Back to the Fun Of Flying By K.T. Budde-Jones ......................................................47

Flying Into Writing: Stranded in Nantucket By Eric McCarthy ............................................................17 Flying With Faber: I Love to Fly Airplanes. I Love to Bake Pies. By Stuart J. Faber ..................................................29 Safe Landings: What Would You Have Done ....................................................................................38 The Spirit of Flight: Skydiving By Denise Rae Donegan and Ana Uribe Ruiz ......................45

DEPARTMENTS Calendar of Events ..........................................................3 Classifieds ......................................................................48 Index of Advertisers ......................................................50


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Several issues ago, In Flight USA recognized that our National Airspace System had a new arrival, by the tens of thousands… drones. This writer obtained a sUAS Pilot Certificate in 2016 and began teaching FAR 107 sUAS classes shortly thereafter. Following attendance at a major drone trade show in 2017, the management of In Flight USA decided to embrace this new side of aviation and include a dedicated drone section in our publication. Knowing that the first major trade show of the 2018 flying season (Sun ‘n Fun) would probably have many drone manufacturers represented, it was felt that having an sUAS certified pilot on staff who also had actual drone flying experience would be a good idea. Go figure, the boss wanted genuine drone flying experience to back up our new column. This writer got the nod to saddle up and learn how one of these things works. In Flight USA recognizes that our readers are contemporary pilots and airplane owners, not necessarily computer lovers or gamers. So, the assignment, should I choose to accept it, was to share the experience of learning how to fly and use a drone from the perspective of a contemporary CFI, while at the same time, learning more about the integration of this new-fangled technology into our world of flying. Yep, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Lily Next-Gen stepped up and offered their “Personal” drone, the NextGen, for evaluation and training purposes. Lily’s parent company, The Mota Group, is a multi-national, advanced technology corporation that is already a leader in high-end commercial drone

The Lily Next-Gen is convenient and compact. ( Ed Downs)

manufacturing, as well as other technology endeavors. The Lily Next-Gen is Mota’s step into marketing a drone specifically designed for personal family use and light business applications. In other words, a high-definition flying camera, both for videos and stills, which is simple to use, highly automated (tracking and orbiting), and packaged to be easily carried in a backpack, purse, brief case, or auto glove box. The challenge taken on by Lily was to bring a flying machine to market that would fit in the palm of your hand yet fly with the stability and precision of a much larger machine, offer plenty of useful features, and be so simple to operate that even an old CFI could figure it out. While the suggested retail price of $699 for the “Pro Package” and $899 for the “Full Package” certainly takes the Next-Gen out of the toy market, it has capabilities that rival drones now being used by major-motion picture companies and falls into the mid-range of consumer-oriented drones. Hit the Lily website ( for details. But before continuing with this adventure of discovery, let’s toss in a few caveats. This writer is not a “gamer,” uses computers with the same emotional involvement that one shares with swinging a hammer (it is just a tool!) and had only flown one “toy” drone in the past, bashing it into virtually every obstruction imaginable before getting it under some semblance of control… but that was useful training. Frankly, this adventure started out with the attitude of “why would a real pilot want one of these things.” Good packaging is a good indicator of what is to come. A highly portable and padded tote case contains the Next-Gen sUAS, two batteries, charging unit, and other goodies. Genny is packed in even a smaller protective sleeve, nicely padded and safely stored inside the first padded container, sort of a “doubled up” system. Easily opened with zippers and Velcro, Continued on Page 9

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Q Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale Air Show, 9 a.m., Fort Lauderdale Beach, (321) 395-3110, Q Wrightstown, NJ: “Power in the Pines” Open House & Air Show, gates 9 a.m., McGuire AFB, (609) 754-2104, Q Chino, CA: Planes of Fame Air Show, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-3722, Q Anchorage, AK: Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, Sat. 9 a.m./Sun. 10 a.m., Anchorage Int’l. Airport, Q Valdez, AK: Valdez May Day Fly-In & Air Show, Valdez Pioneer Field, (907) 835-8244, Q Columbia, CA: West Coast Taylorcraft Fly-In, Fri. 3 p.m. to noon Sun., Columbia Airport, (209) 536-9415. Q Redding, CA: Benton Air Center Historical Aircraft Display Day/Tax Sign-off, 9 a.m. to noon, Benton Airpark, (530) 241-4204. Q Paso Robles, CA: Estrella Warbirds, Wings & Wheels, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Paso Robles Municipal Airport, (805) 238-9317 Q Del Rio, TX: Laughlin AFB Open House & Air Show, Q Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay AirFest, MacDill AFB, Q Millville, NJ: Wings & Wheels Airshow, Millville Municipal Airport. Q Abilene, TX: Big Country Air & Space Expo, Dyess AFB, Q San Diego, CA: C.A.M. Route No. 8 Reenactment Flight, from Gillespie Field to Payne Field, Seattle, (509) 995-6240, Q Virginia Beach, VA: Military Aviation Museum’s Warbirds over the Beach, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Virginia Beach Airport, (757) 721-7767. Q Hampton, VA: AirPower over Hampton Roads, gates Fri. 5 p.m./Sat & Sun. 9 a.m., JB Langley-Eustis, Q Everett, WA: Paine Field Aviation Day, Paine Field, (425) 388-5125, Q Atlanta, GA: Good Neighbor Day PDK Airshow, noon to 5 p.m., DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Q San Martin, CA: Wings of History Air Museum Open House & Fly-In, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., San Martin Airport, Q Salisbury, MD: SBY Wings & Wheels, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Salisbury Regional Airport, (410) 548-4827, Q Peru, IL: TMB Avenger Salute to Veterans, Illinois Valley Regional Airport, (815) 223-8441, Q Elyria, OH: Discover Aviation Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lorain County Regional Airport, (440) 236-6594, Q Madison, MS: CAF MS Wing Trail of Honor Open House, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bruce Campbell Field, Q San Luis Obispo, CA: Vintage Aircraft Associate’s Airport Day, San Luis Obispo Airport, (805) 801-7641. Q Riverside, CA: Aircraft Display Day Fly-In, 8 a.m., Flabob Airport, (951) 683-2309, Q Petaluma, CA: Historic Airplane Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Petaluma Municipal Airport, (707) 778-4404. Q Anderson, SC: Anderson Regional Airport Airshow, gates 10 a.m., Q Redlands, CA: Hangar 24 Craft Brewery AirFest, gates noon, Redlands Municipal Airport, Q Santa Rosa, CA: Open Cockpit Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Airport, (707) 575-7900. Q Napa, CA: Vintage Aircraft Display, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Napa Airport, (707) 944-9236. Q LaVerne, CA: Antique & Special Interest Aircraft Display, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Brackett Airport, (909) 593-1395. Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery Field, (619) 301-2530. Q Colorado Springs, CO: USAFA Graduation, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Falcon Stadium, Q New York, NY: Fleet Week, (757) 322-2853, Q Wantagh, NY: Bethpage Air Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jones Beach State Park, (631) 321-3610, Q Clovis, NM: Air Show Space & Tech Fest, gates 9 a.m., Cannon AFB, Q Breckenridge, TX: Breckenridge Airshow, Stephens County Airport, Q Miami Beach, FL: Air & Sea Show, South Beach, Q Columbia, MO: Salute to Veterans Air Show, gates 9 a.m., Columbia Regional Airport, Q Salt Lake City, UT: Skypark Aviation Festival, Fri. 3 p.m./Sat. 9 a.m., Sky Park Airport, Q Reading, PA: Mid-Atlantic Air Museum WWII Weekend, gates 8:30 a.m., Reading Regional Airport, (610) 732-7333, Q San Carlos, CA: Hiller Museum Biggest Little Air Show, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Carlos Airport, (650) 654-0200, Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-3722, Q Patuxent River, MD: Pax Air Expo, NAS Patuxent River,

Time to Fly They say time flies when you’re having fun. That should be the slogan for flyin season because the next seven months are packed with some of the best destinations and flying experiences AOPA has ever planned.

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AOPA fly-ins give members a chance to meet our staff and learn about everything that AOPA has to offer—along with an excuse to fly your airplanes. This year, we start out in Missoula, Montana, June 15 and 16, where you’ll have several opportunities to experience my favorite type of flying in the backcountry of Montana. After Missoula, we head September 14 and 15 to the oldest capital city in the United States— Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is sure to be rich with history and culture. Then if you plan to meet us in Carbondale, Illinois, October 5 and 6, I recommend the award-winning 17th Street BBQ in nearby Murphysboro—and make sure to try the ribs. Our final fly-in of the season is in the southern town of Gulf Shores, Alabama, October 26 and 27. Known for its white sandy beaches and warm blue water, it’s the perfect spot to wrap up a busy summer and savor that warm sunshine just a little bit longer. Participating in these timeless traditions is something every pilot should experience at least once in their lifetime. I look forward to seeing you this fly-in season and hope you have a chance to enjoy it as much as I will. For more information on AOPA fly-ins visit

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s the GA aviation community breathes a collective sigh of relief following the end of the battle against so-called privatization – at least temporarily – I find it heartwarming to see how the entire industry came together to protect our freedom to fly. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster announced in February he would no longer pursue a controversial proposal calling for the removal of air traffic control from the FAA. This was the closest the airlines have ever come to taking over our skies. Recognizing that, pilots and other supporters of general aviation spoke out in record numbers. Nearly 250 GA organizations and more than 200,000

AOPA members called or wrote their elected officials in Washington and made sure their voices were heard. Pilots across the country sent letters to editors of their local newspapers and vocalized their frustrations at congressional town halls and bent the ear of top elected officials. Kudos to the AOPA government affairs team for guiding the way. Not only did the team apply significant pressure on Capitol Hill, but they also helped support the largest and most successful grassroots coalition our industry has ever seen. They visited hundreds of congressional offices and educated leaders on both sides of the aisle. They also teamed up with industry leaders to speak as one powerful voice against this legislation. It was an unprecedented display of unity compared to previous privatization battles. But it wasn’t just GA; we heard from

all segments of the aviation industry and many others. Retired airline pilot and celebrated hero for the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, recorded messages and penned op-eds. One hundred mayors and 100 business CEOs joined forces to share what GA does for their towns and businesses. The plan to give airlines control over the air traffic system could have devastated rural communities, causing small-town mayors and others to speak loudly about that potential loss. And while the airlines had some key Washington leaders supporting the bill, including the White House, we were lucky to have all of you and the facts on our side. Another important initiative is the proposed FLIGHT Act – Forward Looking Investment in GA, Hangars, and Tarmacs

– which would give airports more flexibility to access non-primary entitlement (NPE) funds, designate key disaster relief airports, and bolster public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects. While I know this wasn’t the first time we had to defend GA and our freedom to fly, and it won’t be the last, I’m thankful to put this chapter to rest. I’m even more grateful for everything you’ve done, from all the calls and letters to Capitol Hill, to the time you put into making sure your voices were heard – from small towns to the halls of the Congress. I believe the energy and unity that was cultivated during the latest fight will only make us more effective moving forward, and stronger as we take on our next challenges together.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) on March 7 praised Senators Inhofe (R-OK), Blumenthal (D-CT), Moran (R-KS) and Cantwell (D-WA) for introducing the “Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program,” which would help address the aviation industry’s looming technical worker shortage. “Your legislation would incentivize businesses, labor organizations, schools, and governmental entities to work together to pursue innovative new strategies to develop technical talent and encourage workers to pursue aviation careers,” GAMA and 16 other aviation organizations wrote in a letter of support they sent to the Senators on March 5. “Given the scale of the challenge facing companies in Oklahoma, Connecticut, Kansas, Washington, and elsewhere around the country, your proposal could not be timelier.” The groups also highlighted in the

letter the staggering figures recent studies show, including that North America will need 118,000 new technicians over the next two decades, demand for aviation maintenance technicians will outstrip supply by 2022 and new entrants comprise just two percent of the aviation technician population annually, while 30 percent of the workforce is at or near retirement age. “NATA applauds Senators Inhofe, Blumenthal, Moran and Cantwell for recognizing the needs of the aviation maintenance sector by introducing legislation that would address the technical workforce shortage,” stated NATA President Martin H. Hiller. “The establishment of the Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program brings together the aviation maintenance industry to encourage new opportunities through innovation and provides resources to inspire the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians.”

“The need for skilled maintenance technicians is increasing, and according to a study conducted by the Aviation Technician Education Council, 25 percent of all graduates from FAA-certified aviation maintenance technician schools do not pursue aviation careers – making this bipartisan legislation timely and imperative to advancing the prosperity of the aviation maintenance community and the safety of the industry overall,” added Hiller. “Your legislation will help ensure our member organizations have the technical professionals they need to grow, compete globally, and, most importantly, continue to ensure the safety of civil aviation aircraft,” the groups conclude.

industry. Funds would support scholarship programs, student outreach, helping transition veterans to new careers, and strengthening educational programs for aviation technicians, and as well as encouraging other innovative ways to grow the workforce. Inhofe called aviation an economic multiplier that connects local communities and cities and supports commercial activity and tourism revenue. “We can’t afford to let these skilled jobs go unfilled,” Inhofe said. “This bill will make it possible to close the skills gap by incentivizing businesses, labor groups, educational institutions, and local governments to develop innovative ways to recruit and educate the next generation of America’s aviation workforce.” For more information, visit the websites for NATA (, GAMA ( or EAA (

Last month, the 3rd Annual UAS Symposium was kicked off in Baltimore, Maryland as Acting Administrator Dan Elwell announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding tests of an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide.

Under the FAA’s Part 107 small drone rule, operators must secure approval from the agency to operate in any airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. To facilitate those approvals, the agency deployed the prototype Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) at several air traffic facilities last November to evaluate the

feasibility of a fully automated solution enabled by data sharing. Based on the prototype’s success, the agency will now conduct a nationwide beta test beginning April 30 that will deploy LAANC incrementally at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports. The final deployment will begin on Sept. 13.

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Drone operators using LAANC can receive near real-time airspace authorizations. This dramatically decreases the wait experienced using the manual authorization process and allows operators to quickly plan their flights. Air traffic controllers also can see where planned drone operations will take place. Continued on Page 13

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Editorial: Meet Genny

Continued from Page 6 the four rotor arms of Next-Gen can be quickly unfolded, and the landing gear extended, about a 15-second process. Genny is now ready to fly, just as soon as you download an app that will turn your smart phone into both a video system that lets you see what Genny is seeing (like being in the cockpit) and flight controller. The “Full Package” version of Genny includes a dedicated hand controller, which was not available for use at the time of this writing. Having learned the hard way that a drone can crash into things, this writer was determined to carefully study the instruction manual before powering up. Yes, reading the instructions may not be “manly” but it helps. I was a bit let down by Next-Gen’s instruction manual. I found it similar to instructions included with many smart phones, adequate for those who already have a lot of familiarity with the technology, but a bit lacking for one with my contemporary aviation background. The good news is that Genny is fully capable of taking care of herself, waiting in a stabilized hover for the new drone pilot to catch up. Having downloaded the app and powered up Genny, one goes through the process of connecting to Genny’s Wi-Fi, an automatic function once an initial password has been entered. Your smart phone will show you exactly what Genny’s camera is seeing, a remarkably high-definition, wide-angle view, with only a small amount of typical wideangle distortion. Bright sunlight can make the smart phone screen hard to see, a bit of a problem, especially in that the drone controls are also on the same screen. This is where I think the manual controller, using an unobstructed screen, will certainly prove its worth. Also know that this writer is using a Galaxy 5 smart phone, lacking the clarity and brightness of newer phones. The livecamera view equates to looking out the front windows of the cockpit of most planes. The flight controls overlay the camera view, causing some loss of image on the phone, but not the downloaded image. Altitude, speed, remaining battery power, GPS lock, and WI-FI status are also shown. When first fired up, Genny is going to ask (through your smart phone display) for an alignment process. Virtually all advanced drones (and advanced technology aircraft, like Cirrus) use Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) technology. This involves solid-state magnetometers, accelerometers, gyros, and GPS inputs, all working together for automated attitude and directional guidance as

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well as stability augmentation. The magnetometer is an electronic compass that figures out where north is, where the center of the Earth is, and what direction you are flying by sensing the Earth’s magnetic fields. When first initialized, one must give the magnetometer a chance to figure out where it is by doing a “dance” with the device. Once done, the device (be it a drone or smart phone) will remember where it is. We aviators know that magnetic variation changes with location, so a drone may need occasional re-alignment, as does Genny. Your advanced tech airplane does this automatically. Okay, we found north, let’s go flying! But wait, safety first. Pick an open field, set up an airport (I used a 24 by 24 scrap of particle board) and make sure you will not fly over structures or people. Also, be courteous to animals, as rotors spinning at nearly 10,000 rpm make quite a “buzzing/whine” that can frighten our critter friends. Preflight the Next-Gen as you would a full-size airplane. Make sure you have registered Next-Gen with the FAA and, unless flying strictly for recreational purposes, make sure you have completed your sUAS certificate training. Know your airspace, having reviewed AC107-2 for airspace restrictions. Perhaps even call Flight Service to make sure there are no TFR’s in your flight area. You can link in to some great drone information from the FAA homepage,, and specific drone training and an easy path for sUAS certification can be found at Finally, an FAA app, called “B4UFly” can give you a heads up regarding airspace issues. Your drone (and Genny) is an aircraft, and by launching your drone, you become a PIC with all the same FAA-mandated obligations and responsibilities associated with a manned aircraft. With three control methods available, I chose the default “safe stick,” which seemed to be the easiest to manage. Push a button, Genny moves; stop pushing and Genny stops. Perfect for a fast machine being operated by a slow mind. It would be trial and error, hopefully keeping error to a minimum. It had Continued on Page 10

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Editorial: Meet Genny

Continued from Page 9 already been decided to give each flight a simple, specific goal. Flight “1” would be little more than taking off and landing. Flight “2” would expand flight control use and so on, until each feature is explored, one at a time. It would be a mistake to think one can simply launch a drone and immediately use all features. Genny has a function button (on the smart phone display) for “takeoff,” “landing,” and “return to home.” Okay, power up Genny, app selected, WI-FI connected, controls in view, camera online, before takeoff check list complete. I pushed the “takeoff” function button and held my breath. The four rotors spooled up instantly, and Genny quickly climbed to about 6 feet above the takeoff pad and entered a rock steady hover, all automatically. Genny simply waited for the next command, which was “land.” Genny responded with a perfect descent and landing, smack on the slab of wood. All automatic and easy! Great, let’s expand the envelope. The next flight included simple up/down, left/right, and forward commands. Whenever control commands are stopped, Genny just stops and hovers, exactly where you left her, waiting for the next command. If one gets confused, just stop everything you are doing, push the “return to home” button, and Genny will take care of getting home. First flights were all done with Genny’s nose and my eyes looking in the same direction. Remember, being a “helicopter,” Genny can yaw left and right without going left and right. Frankly, this writer was very concerned about left/right confusion when Genny was flying directly towards me versus away from me. I soon discovered that a quick glance at the real time image on the smart phone controller (like looking out of Genny’s cockpit) could quickly orientate me as to which way Genny was pointing. It is interesting to note that FAR 107 strongly states that visual contact with the drone must be maintained at all times but that one may momentarily look at a viewing devise for orientation. Good rule! Each flight (lesson?) expanded both confidence and comfort. By the fourth flight, positioning and landings were within inches of target. When done with a flight scenario, one simply commands, “return to home,” and Genny faithfully comes home and lands. Just be sure there is nothing between “home” and Next-Gen, as the flight home is in a straight line. Camera test started with stills, which are saved to the smart phone and easily downloaded to a computer, all high definition. A short video of this writer’s ranch took on the

Genny’s view of the ranch. (Ed Downs)

appearance of professional motion picture work and has been sent to both friends and family. After experimenting with the three control modes, this writer chose the “free stick” function, wherein Genny responds to simply sliding your fingers on the smart phone display. Another control mode incorporates motion sensing, meaning you just tip the smart phone in the direction of desired flight. Battery life was tested and came close to the promised 18 minutes with continued maneuvering. The low-battery safety feature, which commands Genny to automatically return to the starting point, worked flawlessly. Final testing involved Genny’s ability to target a moving object (person, car, trail biker, boat, critter) and automatically follow it. Having targeted myself, Genny faithfully tracked along behind me, maintaining a stabilized camera center, although I tried to fool her with obstacles. This little drone will even enter an automatic 360 orbit, centering on a point the pilot defines. Yep, you can take Genny for a walk or a ski trip down the slopes! But the test period also showed that Genny can have a serious side. With brush fires a danger in the area of this writer’s modest ranch, the smell of smoke is the only warning we often get when a deadly fire is on the way. Such was the case only days ago. The small valley my ranch sits in was filling with smoke, but I was unable to see where it was coming from. I grabbed Genny and within five minutes, had a view of my surrounding area from an altitude of nearly 400 feet. I was immediately able to see where the fire was, and given wind blowing that day, concluded my family was not in immediate danger, but a call was made to emergency services to report the fire’s location. Downloading the images to my computer provided a detailed view that helped this writer make some important decisions. While not intended for emergency service use, Genny answered the call. Many other applications are quite possible, such as real estate (Next-Gen can be flown indoors, using optical-flow sensing and 360 propeller cages), construction site surveys, agriculture, and other commercial uses yet to be defined. Continued on Page 16

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By Alyssa J. Cobb, AOPA

Start planning your flying adventures for the year, including AOPA’s Regional Fly-Ins, which will take you to the Northern Rockies, the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Midwest, and the Gulf Coast. Registration for all four is now open. “Our fly-ins are a great way to learn and expand your knowledge as a pilot, experience the camaraderie of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and explore different parts of the United States by air and by ground,” said Chris Eads, AOPA

AOPA fly-ins are an informative event for professionals as well as packed with family fun. (Courtesy AOPA)

director of outreach and events. The fly-ins kick off in Missoula, Montana, in June; then head to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in September; and wrap up in Carbondale, Illinois, and Gulf Shores, Alabama, in October. During the two-day events, participate in hands-on workshops, educational seminars, aircraft displays, exhibit halls, local culture, fly-outs, and more. The early bird workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays during the event and include a tuition fee. Also on Fridays, the exhibit hall, AOPA Village, and aircraft display open at noon, a happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. in the exhibit hall, and the Barnstormers Party presented by Jeppesen runs from 6 to 9 p.m. After a full day of fun and learning on Friday, the fly-ins offer another full slate of activities on Saturday, including a pancake breakfast, free seminars, the exhibit hall and aircraft display, lunch, a Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker, and an ice cream social. Fly-outs from the event locations are also being scheduled so that pilots can continue the fun by flying to nearby locations for an additional day or night of activities.

“We’ve designed our fly-ins to offer something for everyone,” Eads said. “You can be as involved as you want, from volunteering to taking in the full two days and fly-outs, or stopping in on Saturday. We want to make sure the time you spend with us is fun, informative, and inspirational.”


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Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs n F-16 Fighting Falcon’s sustained 9 g-force break turn is no small matter on a normal day. Imagine yourself there. Your head weighs 180 pounds and your arms are pinned to the stick and throttle; let go of your breath the wrong way, and you watch the world fade from gray to black in an instant. Now add to this situation a corset-tight upper vest built to restrict lung inflation and an oxygen hose with half the normal flow rate – on purpose. This is the situation Maj. Justin Elliott, Air Force Strategic Policy fellow, experienced for two weeks in 2015 while trying to identify the array of physiological problems affecting Defense Department fighter pilots. Currently working South Asia strategy for a deputy assistant secretary of defense, Elliott’s flight experience is uniquely suited to communicating the complexity of physiological problems affecting the DoD’s fighter fleet. A graduate of both U.S. Air Force Weapons School and Test Pilot School, Elliott has flown over 2,000 hours and 255 combat hours in more than 30 aircraft from the MiG-15 to the F-15SA Advanced Eagles. His flight test experience spans from early F-22 Raptor “work of breathing” testing to managing the development and testing of the Air Force’s first “smart” cockpit pressure gauge, fielding this year. In a powerful statement of transparency, Air Education and Training

Command officials decided to put Elliott’s experience to good use. “The punchline is that we do not have all the answers yet,” Elliott said. “But, the best doctors, flying physicians, physiologists, engineers and pilots in the world are working on this every day. And right now, I am going to catch you up to the state of the science.” Following a recent series of unexplained physiological events, Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, capitalized on Elliott’s expertise, asking him to share his experiences with AETC’s T-6 student pilots and instructor pilots. During a two-week period, Elliott briefed all of AETC’s flying training wing members. The briefing was one he initially presented to AETC senior leaders during a cross-tell event Feb. 8-9, 2018, at Joint Base San AntonioRandolph, Texas. “We want our aircraft back in the air, but our priority is making sure our aircrew are safe and smart in the aircraft, confident in themselves and their equipment,” said Doherty. “I took the brief from Maj. Astro Elliott at the On-Board Oxygen Generation System Conference. His flying experience and knowledge is invaluable to our Air Force, and I knew it would be critical for our young officers to hear what he had to say, so we sent him out to talk to T6 Nation the following week.” This visionary move by Air Force leaders is a positive departure from the way physiological research was communicated to pilots during the F-22 Raptor investigations in 2012. Instead of dictating procedural changes to pilots from an isolated group Continued on Page 13

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Test Pilot Briefs T-6 Nation Continued on Page 12

of researchers, Air Force officials are opening joint communication lines across all platforms and career fields involved in addressing this critical problem. “It is heartwarming to see this kind of transparency from our leadership,” Elliott said. “It will go a long way in keeping the faith with our aircrews.” “Though these issues are new to T6s, they are very familiar to me given my life as an experimental test pilot who happened to be at the right place at the right time,” said Elliott, who built the core of his brief in 2015 with outreach and culture change in mind. Three years later, the brief has grown to include collaborative anecdotes from F-35 Lightning II, T-45 Goshawk, the international fighter community and even the Air Force’s elite pararescuemen. “Woven together, these stories teach lessons that will last well beyond the mechanical ‘smoking gun’ we are certain to find and solve in the T-6 fleet,” said Elliott. Elliott recommends pilots use the following “do no harm” approach to change their psychological mindset in the air to arrive home safely. “Do not try do diagnose yourself at 500 knots – or 316 knots in your case,” Elliott emphasized, “Just get to a safe space.” “Imagine yourself again in the 9 gforce situation – but you did not put yourself there in a controlled flight test,” he said. “Instead of focusing on breathing and cognitive abilities, imagine you are focused on a target lock or an aerial gun attack when you suddenly feel dizzy and unable to think straight. Many of my friends have been there, and it creates a mental stress not comprehensible at 1G and 0 knots. At least six physiological issues we know of can compound to put you in this situation on any given day. We have to teach people how to get out of it.” He also said, “Unnecessary mental

stress of realizing something is affecting you beyond classic hypoxia – especially when no one has told you what it is – can lead to subconscious hyperventilation that makes a bad situation worse.” By education alone, aviators can take an important step towards safety. The good news is, while the causes of physiological symptoms vary dramatically, the solution is the same. “Go to Colorado or to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, where I landed every day at 5,000 feet,” Elliott said. “No matter what your jet was doing to you before, breathing ambient air calmly at these altitudes, at a normal rate and depth, will work you toward recovery. There is no need to rush home in a panic and land a jet at the peak of your cognitive problems. Just descend to a safe altitude and relax.” A group of experts in medical, physiological, aviation and engineering called COPE Fighter has been refining this solution for the past two years. “COPE will solve the mechanical issues across our current fleets, rewrite our syllabi to educate aircrew, change checklists and cross-flow solutions across platforms,” said Elliott. “We are not focused on one platform. COPE will work to ensure we design our future systems with the physiological state of the science in mind. That means aiming sensors at humans so the pilot never has to think about breathing again.” “What we have been hearing over the last few weeks has been word of mouth, so it was nice to have someone informed on the situation talk to us about it,” said 1st. Lt. Joseph Uhle, 37th Flying Training Squadron upgrade instructor at JB San Antonio-Randolph. Since briefing AETC personnel in person, Elliott’s briefing was recorded and is now being integrated into student undergraduate pilot training across AETC bases.

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With the battle over ATC privatization settled in the House, both House and Senate leaders have committed to working toward a longer-term FAA reauthorization and funding plan that would bring the needed stability for the agency and allow it to advance its modernization goals. Such a bill is already in the Senate, where in 2016, the Senate Commerce Committee passed a bipartisan proposal that included many of the positive elements contained in H.R. 2997, but without the devastating ATC privatization language or any user fees on GA. This legislation provides a solid foundation to settle FAA reauthorization and funding for an extended period, eliminating the series of continuing resolutions that has been standard process for nearly a decade. “Without the controversy over ATC privatization, there are a large number of positive elements contained in House and Senate proposals that should move forward in a bipartisan manner,� said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. House and Senate leaders were expected to pass another continuing reso-

lution before FAA funding expired on March 31 to allow time for writing a long-term bill that would cover the agency for as many as four years. “Reauthorization will allow the FAA for the next four years to continue with the modernization plan that is already underway,â€? EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board Jack J. Pelton said. “Probably the biggest on that list is the implementation of ADS-B, where the general aviation fleet is equipping at a much faster rate than the airlines. We’ll likely see some heavy infrastructure spending on FAA facilities that need a capital infusion for repairs and upkeep. ‌ And, as air traffic controllers retire, the FAA has not been able to backfill and get new classes of controllers in place to keep up with retirements. Reauthorization will allow the FAA to get back into a more normal business rhythm.â€? EAA will continue to monitor progress of these discussions and work with other GA organizations, to ensure no surprises are contained that could harm the freedom of flight and access to the nation’s airspace.

Editorial: Meet Genny

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Flying into Writing By Eric McCarthy


t was almost 20 years ago, in August of 1998. The clouds hovered around 3,000 feet as we passed over Hanscom Field (KBED) northwest of Boston at 2,000 feet. The procedure to circumnavigate the Boston Class Bravo was pretty straightforward: departing Lawrence (KLWM) fly a course of 220degrees to Hanscom, then a left turn to 180-degrees to Norwood Memorial (KOWD); remain below 3,000 feet to avoid the outer shelves of the Class B. This leaves you safely south of the Class B and generally points you in the direction of the Cape and Islands. My copilot for this flight was my then-11-year-old son, Michael; our mission was to transport someone to Nantucket for Angel Flight Northeast. I had read about Angel Flight NE when it was founded by Larry Camerlin in 1996, and had even sought them out when they were based at Beverly Municipal Airport (KBVY) – now Beverly Regional. Angel Flight provides free transportation to people in need of medical care – burn victims, cancer care, pediatric care – patients with pretty much any medical need were and are eligible. There are Angel Flight chapters throughout the U.S., but the Boston area, renowned for its medical facilities, is a hotbed for this kind of mission. Many come from remote areas in northern New England or upstate New York, but some travel much further distances for specialized medical treatments. Others, like our patient, are more local but still face challenges with transportation, especially for frequent treatments. Beverly was not convenient to me since it was about 20 back-road miles away and I had an airport in my hometown of North Andover, MA (KLWM), but I went anyway. Like many, I was looking for a purpose to fly; I loved to fly, but I wanted a reason to fly, and I was hoping to apply my ability to pilot an aircraft to something more meaningful than boring holes in the sky and the occasional $100 hamburger. I drove to the Beverly’s main terminal building, but there was no sign of Angel Flight. I circled the airport as best I could – this was long before GPS displays in cars, and the airport was surrounded by neighborhoods and commercial office and warehouse buildings – but, after an hour of locked gates and no luck, I gave up. Apparently they had been housed in a small office on ‘the other side’ of the airport, and I never found


them. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be! A couple of months’ later, new construction commenced in a long-vacant office at the Lawrence terminal building. Well, wouldn’t you know it: if I couldn’t find them, they’d find me: Angel Flight NE was setting up its base at LWM – all excuses went out the door… Within a few weeks of them opening the office, I was signed up, credentialed, and ready to go. I didn’t have a lot of spare money, and these trips can be expensive for an aircraft renter like me, but I was anxious to give it a try. The call came shortly thereafter: “We’ve got a woman who is participating in a Lyme disease study in Boston in need of a flight home to Nantucket – can you do it Wednesday?” They’d picked an easy one for my first flight – if I could reserve a plane, and there was a good possibility given the mid-week date, the answer was heck ya! I reserved a Cherokee 180 (N3997R) from Eagle East and began planning the flight. I love flying to Nantucket – it’s only a little over an hour away by plane, even from the north shore, and the setting of the 1990’s TV show Wings, but it’s like going to a far-off, exotic place in another world – and a very expensive world at that! In the summertime the ramp is chock full of Gulfstreams, Hawkers, Learjets, Falcons, and Citations. There was only one, small, problem: Hurricane Bonnie was tracking her way up the East coast, and she was expected to reach New England sometime on Wednesday… have to keep an eye on that. The day dawned overcast, but well above VFR minimums, which was important as I had yet to earn my instrument rating. I checked the weather again, prepared a weight and balance, and filed a flight plan, per Angel Flight’s rules. I arrived at the airport early and conducted a thorough preflight at the FBO, before taxiing a couple of hundred feet to the terminal, where we met our passenger and passed off the paperwork to the Angel Flight folks at the office. Before long we were airborne, winging our way south under a benign stratus layer. After passing over Norwood Airport we flew direct to Martha’s Vineyard VOR (MVY), hopscotching our way across Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Sound to Nantucket. Normally, I’d climb to 5,500 feet for some extra glide distance while out over



the water, but the low overcast kept us down. Even at 2,000 feet we could probably glide to a shoreline unless we were so unfortunate as to have a catastrophic failure at the very middle of our overwater crossings – and even then there were small islands, Muskeget and Tuckernuck, that we could have made it to. We made it to Nantucket uneventfully as expected, although the cloud cover began to take on a darker, more ominous look. I parked and tied down as directed, and helped our passenger to her car with her luggage, then headed to a payphone to close out our flight plan and file a new one for our flight home. “When are you thinking of leaving? You might want to hurry – the storm is approaching quickly…” Never one to turn down free advice, we skipped the vending-machine lunch and started walking back to the plane. As we walked, it began to drizzle, so we stepped it up a bit and walked a little faster; it started raining harder, so we started running; it started pouring! Clambering aboard the plane, I still had hopes of departing ahead of the worst of the storm. The hurricane was tracking east, well south of Nantucket, and we were just catching the edge of it, so if I could just get a little west and north of it, we should be in the clear. I got the plane started and called ground for taxi instructions. “We’ve just gone IFR; say intentions.” Nuts! Without an instrument rating, we weren’t going anywhere. Well, if you’ve got to be stuck somewhere, Nantucket’s a pretty nice place – when it’s not raining. No good deed goes unpunished… We shut down and retreated to the FBO to make a few phone calls and settle in for the duration. I called my wife to let her know we were okay, but we’d be a little late ¬– like maybe a day or two; then Angel Flight to let them know of our predicament. To their credit, they keep pretty close tabs on their flights. Several jet aircrews milled about the pilot’s lounge offering rides back to the mainland as they repositioned for their afternoon flights. Unfortunately, a Learjet ride to New Bedford, as tempting as it was, wouldn’t really help us – I’d still need to get the plane back to Eagle East, and New Bedford was still a couple of hours’ drive from home. Larry Camerlin had taken a particular interest in making sure ours was a good experience; behind the scene, he

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had been hatching a plan to rescue us. Angel Flight had an instructor from Beverly on a mission with another pilot to Chatham (KCQX) 25 miles north of us; he would fly over to Nantucket and fly our Cherokee back to Lawrence. Meanwhile, Larry would fly his Archer from Lawrence to pick us up. Umm… ok, seems like a lot of fuss, but I guess that will work… With an hour or so to kill, my son and I had a chance to enjoy that delightful vending-machine lunch after all. Within half an hour the instructor arrived from Chatham. I had cleared our plan with Tim, owner of Eagle East, so it was just a matter of handing over the keys and he was off. Little did I know that he was headed to Logan (KBOS) to pick someone up while racking up my rental bill; as I said, no good deed… I was looking forward to my first actual IFR flight in a small plane, anxiously awaiting Larry’s arrival while hoping the weather held. Even though I was not instrument rated at the time, I had a pretty good idea as to how it all worked, and wanted to compare my perceptions with reality. I wasn’t disappointed. We were IFR within minutes of takeoff, Cape Approach vectoring us onto V141 to GAILS intersection in Cape Cod Bay. We were in and out of the clouds and between layers until we were vectored west, where the clouds thickened and enveloped us. As Approach vectored us around the Boston area airspace, we were deep in the soup with visibility near zero. We were about 20 miles southwest of Lawrence when we started to pick up ATIS and were surprised to hear it reporting 10 miles visibility and scattered clouds at 25,000 feet – huh? Really? How could that be? A few miles later we suddenly burst Continued on Page 18


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Continued from Page 17 through a cloud wall into brilliant sunshine, a few wispy clouds way above us. I’m sure many of you have experienced this before as well, but for me it was just stunning. Impenetrable clouds one moment, near-CAVU conditions the next. Amazing! It was an interesting day and an adventure not soon forgotten for my son. Needless to say, we landed uneventfully and were home in time for dinner thanks to Larry and Angel Flight Northeast. They are a great organization, doing wonderful work for those in need. Please support them if you get a chance. Until next time – fly safe! Editor’s Note: Angel Flight Northeast is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that coordinates free air transportation for patients whose financial resources would not otherwise enable them to receive treatment or diagnosis, or who may live in rural areas without access to commercial airlines. Angel Flight NE is comprised of more than 1,000 volunteer private pilots who combine their love of flying with the spirit of grassroots volunteerism by flying patients and their families to the critical health care they need. They provide air transportation in private aircraft by volunteer pilots so that children and adults may access life saving medical care free of charge. The organization is also a vital mode of transportation for organs, blood and for patients awaiting organ transplants. They also make compassion flights and provide air care wherever there is a compelling human need. Through their membership in Air Care Alliance, they can arrange flights throughout most of the country and Canada. Angel Flight Northeast flies extensively in the Northeast portion of the country. For more information, visit www.angel

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By Bert Botta

or those of you who love to fly, you know that once “it’s in your blood,” the passion for flight never leaves. As a retired TWA and NetJet pilot, the passion for flight was still there so I recently began training pilots in aircraft simulators to fly in instrument weather conditions and to get hired at the airlines. During one of my training sessions, I met a fellow pilot who told me about Gilbert Kliman, M.D. and his wish for a copilot to support him in his far-flung travels. It appears that Gil and I seemed predestined to meet, one might even say serendipitously, around some combination of aviation and psychology from the get-go since I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor, in addition to my professional piloting career.

The Meeting and The Man

Dr. Gilbert Kliman with the Silver Eagle. (Courtesy Dr. G. Kliman)

I met Gil at his home in San Francisco recently to interview him for this article. Up to that point we had flown together a few times, with me as his copilot and he as the pilot in command. As I drove over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco to meet him, years of memories from being raised in “The City” flooded through my mind as I pulled up in front of his beautiful home on Divisadero Street, in one of the most beautiful and stately neighborhoods in San Francisco. Gil lives in a beautiful, totally remodeled, tri-level Victorian home that he and his wife have creatively set up as both home and office where, in addition to running the daily affairs of the Children’s Psychological Health Center, they each see patients on a separate level from their home. From the first time I met Gil, I knew there was something special about him. His measured, concise, clear manner of speech and lively sense of humor conveyed to me his attention to detail and his deep commitment to and love of his work. Gil has a “mentoring” quality that I


immediately felt and connected with. This is something that is in short supply in most modern day men. It’s something that, as a man, I treasure and most often unconsciously seek out. Before we started the interview in the lower level cubbies that serve as his agency’s Executive Director’s and video editing offices he leaned over and, true to

his pilot persona, gave me a “pre-takeoff briefing” on the importance of protecting the privacy of his clients and the necessity for the strictest confidentiality during our interview. The seriousness of his tone and his commitment to his clients’ privacy came through to me in somewhat of a contrast to my own, more relaxed code of confi-


dentiality when I was in private practice as a professional counselor. I was impressed and immediately felt a respect for this man that would continue to grow the more I spent time with him. Sporadically throughout this interview I segued in and out of the questions I asked him. You will know this when Continued on Page 20

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Continued from Page 19 you see DK (Dr. Kliman) and BB: (Me, Bert Botta)

Taking Flight

Dr. Kliman began his aviation career at age three, when his father took him for a ride in a Piper Cub at the then, Lindbergh Field near Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, NY. He was hooked! Shortly thereafter began his glider-building phase. By age seven he was building Albatross gliders made of balsa wood and silk paper, with wingspans of 6 feet or more. He progressed from there into building

remote controlled, motor-powered aircraft. As we talked he seemed to be reliving his life through this interview, wringing his hands and reflecting deeply on what he was sharing. I was comparing myself to him, and coming up short, thinking how methodical and concise he was in recalling his childhood, speaking from a vivid memory and without notes.

A Psychiatrist is Born!

During his early childhood he was occasionally home-schooled by his father. When Gil was seven years old, his father gave him the collective works of

Sigmund Freud. Undaunted, he voraciously began to read everything psychological that he could get his hands on. It was when he learned to spell the word psychiatry that he decided to become a psychiatrist! Seriously. He figured that by becoming a psychiatrist he could help heal what he now understands more fully as the PTSD nightmares and distress that his father regularly suffered from. Later on he discovered that some of his parents’ relatives were holocaust survivors. From this he learned about the trauma that his father and his entire family suffered. It would be many years later that he learned of the holocaust death of 15 members of his grandmother’s family, that being the reason for her going mute for four months.

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After graduation and research at Harvard Medical School at age 23 he finished his medical internship and went directly into psychiatry. Very soon after that he was drafted into the Navy as a Lieutenant. His time in the Navy as the head of a military psychiatric hospital would lay the groundwork for his future forensic career since it was here that he learned to deal with severe military crime and psychiatry cases. His personal family life began earlier when he and his wife began raising their family. He fathered five children, the youngest now age 25. It was during this time that he realized if he became a child psychiatrist he could do the most good for the most people for the most years of their life. In 1965, he founded the Center for Preventive Psychiatry (CPP) in White Plains, NY. This became the nations largest center for the management of child situational crises such as the traumatic experiences of being raped or losing a parent by death during childhood or suffering the disaster of a flood or hurricane. It was at CPP that he and his colleagues developed techniques to effectively, efficiently and economically treat pre-school children in their real life spaces, particularly in their day-to-day nursery school life. Since beginning the Center in 1965 this method has had a lasting, deep emotional effect on Dr. Kliman; so much so that, to this day in 2018 he’s still developing and disseminating this method throughout the nation.

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Being in the military gave Gil access to the GI Bill of Rights for educational purposes. Because the GI Bill covered flight training he started flying and built up many

April 2018 hours, most of it in his own Yankee Traveler at first. He got his private pilot license and an instrument rating; ultimately he trained for and received a multi-engine rating in a Cessna 337. Over the years, he also received a glider rating and has accumulated 4,900 total hours of flight time, more time in the air than some career pilots! In the process of developing his practice and setting up a therapeutic children’s pre-school he has logged hundreds of hours, flying to places like Haiti, Isla de Holbox, and Bueno Aires, Argentina – the latter in one of his favorite airplanes, the Cessna Silver Eagle, a highly modified and turboprop powered version of the Cessna Centurion. He has also flown to more mundane destinations, such as throughout the state of California, to Washington and Michigan. On many of these flights the fees from his forensic activities make it possible to fund the ongoing research and setup of more therapeutic pre-schools. Over the years he has been board certified in Neurology, Psychiatry, and Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalysis, credentialed by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Because of these credentials and long experience he’s often called to serve as an expert witness in major and often very high profile cases. He is working on eight cases right now.

Flying for a Higher Purpose!

Gil derives great satisfaction and joy flying throughout the nation and to Alaska, often landing at small remote airstrips in order to evaluate plaintiffs in cases and testifying in widely scattered, otherwise impractical court situations at local, state and federal levels. Some of the diverse and interesting aircraft he’s flown over the years have been a Yankee Traveler, a straight-tail Bonanza, a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron B55 with counter rotating props, a pressurized Cessna Centurion 210, a Javelin, a Silver Eagle, an Adam A500 and most recently, his pressurized, Riley Rocket turbocharged PT210. Soon he will return to the skies in one of his aviation true loves, the Cessna Silver Eagle. He likes the Silver Eagle for many reasons but mainly because of the many years of manufacturing and in-flight experience that have gone into the production and modification of that particular model of the Cessna P210. It’s turbine engine has proven to be ultra reliable and the full deicing capability allows him to fly in otherwise prohibitive weather conditions. Continued on Page 21

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Combining Passion and Purpose

Long before the well-publicized Catholic Church child abuse cases in Boston, in 1997 Dr. Kliman was the principal and only psychiatric expert for the plaintiffs in pioneering cases against the Catholic Church. One in particular, the “Does versus the Archdiocese of Dallas” case that reached the court system in Texas resulted, not only in compensation for the plaintiffs rehabilitation but also for punitive damages against the church for concealment of the knowledge that children were being harmed and mandated reporting was being neglected. That experience led to him being the principal expert witness against the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego and also against the Salesian Order. There were numerous other cases, not only against the Catholic Church but some against Protestant churches as well as one involving a Jewish synagogue. Currently he’s involved in a case against a Muslim religious organization involving serious sexual abuse on children. He also helps defend school systems against allegations if he believes they’re wrongful or exaggerated. He speaks as an expert for traumatized victims of train wrecks and plane crashes. He’s had a federal case against a jet charter organization in which children lost fathers and grandfathers. He has cases against Uber, for the alleged raping of passengers. Recently an evaluee of his, perhaps encouraged and emboldened by his evaluation went on the show to complain against the prep school that had negligently allowed her to be the victim of a sexual initiation ceremony that was allegedly well known and allowed to happen. He founded and directed several agencies such as The Center for Preventive Psychiatry in New York, the Foster Care study unit at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, and now in California, at the Children’s Psychological Health Center, a non-profit, 501c3 organization. (CPHC) It’s through a branch of the CPHC, the Children’s Psychological Trauma Center that he conducts forensic activities that provide a voice for children in the justice system, as well as defense in cases that he regards as rightfully defensible. The fees for those services have often been significant enough to allow the agency to provide training, research therapeutic services at little or no cost, in addition to funding scientific research on treatment outcomes. At this point in the interview I asked him why, at his age of 88, he continues to

do this work and what kind of reward drives him to continue. Dr Kliman: I consider Reflective Network Therapy (RNT) to be my best lifetime achievement. My unusual opportunity to be a young psychoanalyst in 1965 led me to discover how to operate in a preschool setting with multiple children who developed attachments to me. This quickly and powerfully improved their mental health and increased the effectiveness of my work with them. This work produced


results and phenomena such as IQ gains and recoveries from autism, far more profound than I ever expected. This harnessing of a social network of peers, teachers and parents within RNT has continued to be refined, formalized, and taught to over 25 teams for the benefit of about 1,800 children. I could never have accomplished this without having first been a child psychiatrist and analyst who was comfortable in a preschool setting. My decades of positive

outcomes and learning from experience continue to inspire and keep me young and training younger people.

Giving Wings to His Work

DK: There’s no way I could have accomplished this work without an airplane since I now fly regularly to remote sites, like to a Native American tribe in Washington, to train new therapists while simultaneously Continued on Page 22

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Continued from Page 21 videotaping the proceedings. When I look back on the impact that my work and the work of my colleagues has made, I’m tremendously gratified and pleased to see the societal difference this work has made for children. BB: Do you anticipate inquiries into your work as a result of the recent school shootings in Florida? DK: I don’t know what will come of that but I think my book on school shootings would be very helpful to that community. I do think there may be reasons for children to sue the gun manufacturer. There also may be reasons for children to sue negligent legislators, who have for selfish reasons, built their careers on the deaths of their constituents. There may be reasons for suing ammunition manufacturers. However, these are all matters that I’ve not thought about until you asked me that question. Those are matters that are best left to the attorneys. But I can testify to the effects of betrayal on the children; many of the children have been betrayed by their own Congressional Representatives. They have spoken of this on public television. And many of the children have been psychologically damaged. Many of the parents of the children who were killed have experienced what, in legal terms is called “wrongful loss of filial services.” The loss of a child is the loss of a service so compensation might be available to these people. The children who have lost a parent might be able to be compensated for the loss of parental services. BB: Are you viewed sometimes as a rather unique and colorful character by combining your psychoanalytic career with your flying? DK: You’re the only person I know who has recognized my species, Rara Avis! I appreciate your recognition but it hasn’t become a topic of discussion in court! Except, on one occasion, someone pointed out, that despite my venerable age I was quite “cognitively intact!” (I hope so since I flew my own airplane to that hearing!) BB: It seems to me that you’re definitely a distinct character and you’re not the adventurous, playboy type! So I imagine that would prompt questions of this character who is testifying in front of them. DK: Well I’m not much of a playboy but I lean to devout cowardice in my philosophic and religious and especially my aviation beliefs! Maybe that’s why I’ve been able to fly so long and without incident. BB: Say more about the aviation component of your work. DK: In Does versus Charter Jet I did testify in a federal aviation case. I have also assisted in the defense of loss of

Dr. Kliman in Haiti. (Courtesy Dr. G. Kliman) service cases in Eastern Airlines matters and also in maritime matters. My aviation knowledge wasn’t called on but I was interested in the aviation cases even though I was opining on psychological consequences of traumas. My willingness to go to remote clients is important. It’s easy for me to fly to a small airport near a small town where there’s an attorney’s client who might have difficulty traveling a long distance to visit an expert in a large city. I’m also able to bring a team to places and cases. For example, a Christian Academy in Missouri was the subject of a false allegation that it was mistreating many resident children in its religious community. It was established for delinquent, conduct disordered children, mostly teenagers. My team and I flew there and landed on their small airstrip. I went there often and learned a great deal that assisted me in the successful defense in federal court of their excellent and warmhearted Christian community. I was their high altitude psychiatric angel with aluminum wings! BB: How do you see your career from this point on? Have you chosen a protégé? How do you see your work carried to the same level of competence and commitment that you have created and maintained? DK: I see myself as having a few more years of good cognitive and physical function. I’m developing successors by training many younger people to carry out Reflective Network Therapy, and others I’m helping learn how to apply psychoanalytic and psychodynamic and child development thinking to forensic problems. I have recently been negotiating with the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis to conduct a video series of forensic training seminars for their students. That way there will be a group of psychoanalytically and forensically trained people who will be able to carry on my work here in San Francisco. BB: It was at this point that we ended the interview. But as I reflect on our time together and our time to come, I realize there is no end in sight for this remarkable man, indeed a “Rara Avis” in the truest sense of the word!

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All indicators show that air travel in the United States is strong and according to the FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years (FY) 2018-2038, the trend will continue. This is occurring while American air travelers are experiencing the highest levels of safety in modern aviation history. The FAA forecasts U.S. airline enplanements (passengers) will increase from 840.8 million in 2017 to 1.28 billion in 2038, an increase of more than 400 million passengers. Domestic enplanements are set to increase 4.7 percent in 2018 and then grow at an average rate of 1.7 percent per year during the remaining 20-year forecast period. International enplanements are forecast to increase 5.0 percent in 2018 and then grow an average of 3.3 percent per year for the rest of the forecast period. Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) are the industry standard for measuring air travel demand. An RPM represents one revenue passenger traveling one mile. The FAA forecasts U.S. airline system RPMs to grow at an average rate of 2.5 percent per year between 2017 through 2038, with international RPMs projected too have average annual

increases of 3.2 percent per year during the forecast period. A key to meeting this growth in air travel, while maintaining high levels of safety and efficiency, is to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to meet demand. Underscoring this point, the FAA forecasts total operations (landings and take-offs) at FAA and contract towers to reach 51.0 million in 2018 and grow to 60.5 million in 2038. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FAA are planning for this growth in air travel with robust infrastructure investments through the Airport Improvement Program. Air traffic modernization is rapidly moving towards satellite navigation technologies and procedures which will continue to allow enhanced navigation for more aircraft. The forecast also highlights the phenomenal growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as drones. The FAA projects the small model hobbyist UAS fleet to more than double from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles in 2017 to 2.4 million units by 2022. The commercial, small non-model UAS fleet is set to grow from 110,604 in Condtinued on Page 26


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As technology involved in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, continues to speed forward, one of most important questions for the FAA, general aviation, and even commercial air travel involves what effect it will have on the national airspace system. Last month’s UAS Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, brought news that FAA is drafting a four-tier approach to remote identification for drones, in an attempt to handle the multitude of sizes and uses of drones in use now and in the future. This proposal could cause headaches for model aircraft enthusiasts and be a potential harbinger of how the FAA would handle drone integration with low-altitude manned aircraft. One such example is a proposal that would require nearly all remotely operated UAS devices to have the electronic equivalent of an N-number. Such remote identification would also potentially encompass


radio-control aircraft that have been operating safely for decades in designated flight areas and under Academy of Model Aeronautics safety guidelines. “We understand that the FAA must respond to the growing number of UAS operations, particularly to the emerging commercial drone industry,� said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. “At the same time, common sense must prevail against a rush to rulemaking pushed by well-financed companies that want to dominate the lower portions of the national airspace. While that would present an immediate threat to safe model aircraft operations, we’re also insistent that manned aircraft operations at those altitudes cannot be inhibited.� Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA’s office on drone integration, presented the four-tier plan at the Baltimore symposium, with a Politico report noting that the proposal included: A first tier allowing recreational-use drones weighing less than 250 grams to fly in pre-approved hobbyist flying sites,

like those organized by AMA, without equipment for remote identification and tracking. Drones less than 55 pounds flying up to 400 feet would need to have a ground control station with internet connectivity pinging the identification of the drone. That would encompass many larger radio-controlled models that have previously operated at RC flying facilities. Third, drones flying within 400 feet of a structure would themselves need to have internet connectivity so that they could connect to the ground control station, which would ID the drone and its location. The fourth tier – flights beyond visual line of sight – would require drones to be equipped with detect-and-avoid technology that would broadcast out their location. The Commercial Drone Alliance insists that hobbyists far outnumber commercial drone users and shouldn’t “clog the sky� as the industry works to develop rules of the road for the “highways in the



sky,� according to the Politico report. The CDA favors a 250-gram weight threshold like the one the FAA is recommending. “EAA has long maintained that drone integration in the national airspace must consider three important elements,� said Elliott, who led EAA’s involvement the consensus “Know Before You Fly� campaign for UAS operations introduced in 2015. “First, no new airspace restrictions should be forced on manned operations because of drone flights. Right-ofway and priority should always be given to manned aircraft operations. Finally, aircraft owners and pilots should not have to be required to install new equipment to track and ‘see’ drones beyond that already required by FAA regulations. “As we bring these systems into the airspace, UAS operators must bear the burden of adopting the technology that would allow them to participate safely. Manned operations should always have safety and airspace priority over UAS operations.�

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Aerospace Forecast Continued from Page 24 2017 to 451,800 in 2022. The number of remote pilots is set to increase from 73,673 in 2017 to 301,000 in 2022. In addition to UAS, another rapidly growing aerospace field is the FAA’s licensing, oversight and regulation of commercial space transportation activities. The FAA projects that commercial space launch and re-entry operations may triple from 22 in 2017 to as high as 61 operations in 2020. The FAA aerospace forecast is the industry-wide standard of measurement of U.S. aviation-related activities. This stems from the enormous variety of data, trends and other factors the agency uses to develop it, such as generally accepted economic projections, surveys and information sent by the airlines to the DOT. Additionally, the scope of the report looks at all facets of aviation including commercial air travel, air cargo, and private general aviation.

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• The general aviation fleet increases from 213,050 aircraft in 2017 to 214,090 in 2038, growing an average of 0.0 percent a year. • Fixed-wing turbine aircraft grow at a rate of 2.0 percent per year, fixed-wing piston aircraft decline at a rate of 0.9 percent per year, and rotorcraft grow at a rate of 1.8 percent per year. • General aviation hours flown are forecast to increase from 25.4 million in 2017 to 30.2 million in 2038, an average annual growth rate of 0.8 percent a year. • Fixed-wing turbine aircraft hours flown grow at a rate of 2.4 percent per year, fixed-wing piston aircraft hours flown decline at a rate of 1.0 percent per year, and rotorcraft hours flown grow at a rate of 2.2 percent per year. • With regard to operations at airports with FAA travfic control and contract tower service, general aviation operations increase 0.9 percent in 2018, and grow at a rate of 0.3 percent thereafter, totaling 27.4 million in 2038. • General aviation TRACON operations increase 0.3 percent in 2018, and grow at a rate of 0.4 thereafter, totaling 14.5 million in 2038. • General aviation IFR aircraft handled increase 1.1 percent during 2018. Thereafter, general aviation IFR aircraft handled grow at an average annual rate of 0.8 percent, reaching 8.8 million in 2038.

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Forecasts Fact Sheet

Model Fleet • The small model UAS fleet is forecast to more than double in size from 1.1 million vehicles in 2017 to 2.4 million units in 2022. The average annual growth rate over the 5-year forecast period is 16.9 percent. • The FAA has also developed high and low ranges around the small model UAS fleet forecast reflecting uncertainty about the publics’ continued adoption of this new technology. • In the high case, the small model UAS fleet by 2022 is about 3.2 million units. In the low case, the small model UAS fleet by 2022 is about 2.0 million units. Non-Model Fleet • The commercial, small nonmodel UAS fleet is forecast to grow from 110,604 in 2017 to 451,800 in 2022. The average annual growth rate over the 5year forecast period is 32.5 percent. • The FAA’s small non-model (commercial) UAS fleet size forecast contains certain broad assumptions about operating limitations for small UAS during the next five years based on the basic constraints of the existing regulations including daytime operations, within visual line of sight, and a single pilot operating only one small UAS at a time. The main difference in the high and base forecasts is the differing assumptions on how quickly the regulatory environment will evolve, enabling the more widespread routine uses of UAS for commercial purposes. • In a high case, the small nonmodel fleet is 717.895 in 2022. The average annual growth rate over the 5-year forecast period is 45.4 percent. Remote Pilots • The number of remote pilots are forecast to increase from 73,673 in 2017 to 301,000 in 2022. The average annual growth rate over the 5-year forecast period is 32.4 percent. As an interesting side note, the FAA estimates the number of authorized commercial launches and reentries is forecast to increase from 22 in 2017 to between 39 and 61 by 2020. To learn more visit or access the entire report at on/aerospace_forecasts/

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April 2018

Tangent Link’s bi-annual Aerial Firefighting North America Conference was held in Sacramento, Calif., March 12-14, after a two-year break, with a deep-learning experience. The 2017 wildfire season was unprecedented in its ferocity and put considerable pressure on the U.S., Canada and many other robust firefighting institutions. The pilots, maintenance teams and management from these organizations were subjected to an extended season, which can be a catalyst for human error. As such, the wildfire season created an unprecedented learning experience and thereby brought eight experts from across the U.S. together at the conference to deliver four one-hour workshops for both pilots and management across the global Aerial Firefighting community to provide further safety knowledge for those involved in firefighting operations.

Exhaustipated… Too Tired to Care

Bruce A. Wright from the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute – part of the Medical Education Division of the U.S.’ Federal Aviation Authority – delivered a revealing presentation on “The Effects of Fatigue on Pilot Performance.” Actual film footage of car accidents resulting from the effects of sleep deprivation were shown. Of course, in aircraft, the results are generally unforgiving and sometimes fatal. A scary U.S. statistic provided is that in the last 30 days 4.7 percent of the population fell asleep at the wheel of their cars. Examples of mishaps from sleep deprivation can be lapses of attention, slowed reaction times, and poor judgment; Fatigue Research and Fatigue Management addresses how one should manage oneself in a sleep deprived state – being honest with your limitations and paying attention to your physical conditions. The final element of the presentation addressed Fatigue Countermeasures – including “Combat” naps, sleep hygiene (avoiding watching TV, working on computers, texting, or having pets on your bed), and finally, shunning caffeine.

Keeping the Fleet Fighting Fires All Night

Flying an aerial firefighting mission at night can also be a hazardous activity with some high profile accidents in the

Display of Aeroflite Water Bomber. (Bob Martinez) past shaping future operations. U.S. Forest Service’s night vision experts Darlene Hall and Captain Michael Norris from the Angeles National Forest were on hand to provide research and operational experience based on their NVG helicopter trials. William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster, Calif., is the base setting for the USFS’ Initial Attack night flying operations using Type 2 helicopters where pilots are being trained in Night Filling Operations and how to train them on NVGs to aid fire detection. Footage of air tanker drops through NVG showed realistic conditions where firefighters placed glow sticks strategically close to wildfires to indicate the fire lines that helicopter pilots should aim for. David R. Roelle and Bob McGann from the Colorado Centre of Excellence for Advance Technology described how they are carrying out significant research into Aerial Firefighting Night Vision flying placing particular emphasis on fixed wing NV research using their two PC-12 aircraft based in Rifle, Colorado. The CoE Night Aerial Firefighting Operations Interim Report was published in January 2018.

Also of Note… Aerial Firefighting Humanitarian Award

A special international Aerial Firefighting Humanitarian Award has been created to recognize the philanthropic generosity of the Walton Family Foundation. In February 2017 Chile’s military and civil firefighters were combating the worst forest fires Chile had ever seen. The Global SuperTanker was deployed to Chile only due to the cost being underwritten through a generous donation from Fundaciόn Viento Sur of the Walton Family Foundation, which was made possible by Lucy Ana, herself of Chilean descent, and her husband Ben Walton. The mission and was highly effective and its efforts were well received by Continued on Page 34


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ew things are more American than a slice of pie. But we were not the originators of this morsel of culinary ecstasy. I doubt that they found a fossil of apple pie in King Tut’s tomb, but historians do insist that pies have been on the menu since the time of the ancient Egyptians. The Romans learned the craft of making pies from the Greeks. Early versions were stuffed with meat and bore little resemblance to our dessert version. The pie rage spread to Europe and later was brought to America by the early English settlers.

Don’t Fear the Crust

I rarely order a slice of pie in a restaurant. Often, they look good in the display area, but generally, the crust has the consistency of cardboard. An exception is Flo’s Restaurant at Chino, California Airport. Often, we made special trips from Los Angeles to Chino just for a slice of pie. If you take a few careful steps, you can make award-winning pie crusts at home. The secrets are: 1. All ingredients must be cold. I freeze the butter (or shortening), even the flour and sugar for about 30 minutes before making the dough. I then add ice water. Also, add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vodka. The acid will deter the development of gluten – just the opposite of what you want in a bread dough. 2. The dough must not be overworked. If made by hand, in a food processor or a stand mixer, the secret is to mix the dough and add only enough water just until it comes together. I tear off a small piece and squeeze it between my fingers. If it sticks together, I’m ready for the next step. 3. Form the dough into disks and allow them to rest in the refrigerator for at least three hours, or overnight. The big debate is over the subject of what shortening to use. I grew up in Wisconsin, the dairy state, so anything other than butter was considered unlawful. Butter creates great flavor. Shortening, such as Crisco, creates flakiness. Lard, or even leaf lard, creates the most flakiness, but leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Today, depending on my mood and the texture of the pie I am about to bake, I use butter and Criscoat times, leaf lard which is difficult to find.

Folks seem to rave about my pie crusts, so here is my Fabe’s Fabulous Double Butter Crust. The recipe can be halved for a single crust-or, you can freeze the unused half for a month.

Fabe’s Favorite Butter Double Crust

3 cups unbleached flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 8 ounces butter (2 sticks) 1 teaspoon vodka or lemon juice 6-10 tablespoons ice water

Combine flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl and place bowl in freezer for 15 minutes Cut butter into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch chunks. Place on a dish and place in freezer for 15 minutes. I prefer to prepare this crust entirely by hand. Here is the second best method. Place flour mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix to combine ingredients. Add chunks of butter and, at medium speed, mix until butter is incorporated and coated with flour. You should still have chunks of various sizes. With the mixer running at medium speed, add six tablespoons ice water, spreading it over top of flour mixture. Add lemon juice. Add additional water, 1/2 tablespoon at a time until the mixture turns a little darker and pieces of flour seem to stick together. Pinch some dough between your thumb and finger. If the dough sticks together, stop mixing. Place two sheets of wax paper or parchment paper on your work surface. Pour the dough mixture on the paper. Avoid touching it with your hands. You want to avoid gluten development and the heat and oils in your hands will cause gluten to form. Form the dough into a ball by cupping your hands around the paper and bringing it together around the dough. After a ball is formed, place another sheet of paper over the ball and flatten the ball into a disk. Now comes the fraisage. This is French for spreading the butter into streaks throughout the dough. Place a piece of paper between your hand and the dough. Push forward on the dough with the palm of your hand on the paper and spread the dough. Turn the disk four times and do this on all sides. With a

dough cutter, cut the dough in half – half for the bottom crust, half for the top. Place each disk between two sheets of wax or parchment paper and place in refrigerator for at least three hours, preferably overnight. Generously butter a 9-inch pie plate. Roll out one of the disks between the two sheets of paper. This is the easiest way to prepare the dough for transfer to the pan and without the use of more flour on the work surface. When the dough reaches a thickness of ¼-inch and a diameter of 12inches, remove the top sheet of paper. Place the pie plate over the dough, then one hand under the dough and invert the plate. The dough should settle in the plate. Remove the last sheet of paper, press the dough into the contours of the pie dish, the fold and crimp the edges into your favorite design. Freeze the dough and pie plate for about five minutes. Meanwhile, complete making the filling. Remove the remaining crust disk from the refrigerator. Roll out the disk until it is about ¼-inch thick and 12-inches in diameter. With a fluted pizza wheel, cut 10 strips, each about 1-inch wide. Place one strip in the center of the pie. Place the second strip in the center perpendicular with the first strip. Place the next four strips each about 1-inch from the edge. Place the remaining four strips between the center strips and the strips on the edges. Lightly brush the strips with the egg wash. Note: For a flakier crust, you can substitute four ounces of Crisco for four ounces of butter.

World Class Rhubarb Pie

Although I file my rhubarb pie recipe under fruit pie, rhubarb is actually a vegetable. However, I’m told that a New York court declared it to be a fruit and I always obey the law. Around late spring, rhubarb appears in many parts of the country, including my home state of Wisconsin. We used to pick it and eat it raw. Some folks add strawberries to their rhubarb pie. In my opinion, there should be a law against that practice. I even obey the proposed law – no strawberries! Filling 4-5 cups rhubarb (approximately 2 pounds) 1 1/2 cups sugar juice & zest from 1 lemon

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(Stuart J. Faber) 1 scant tablespoon orange zest 1/3 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar dissolved in 1/2 teaspoon water butter Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix sugar, flour and spices. Cut rhubarb into 1/2 x 1/2-inch thick pieces. Mix dry ingredients with rhubarb. Add other ingredients except butter. Allow mixture to stand for about 15-20 minutes so that it macerates. Rhubarb will not macerate as much as berries. When liquid is released from rhubarb, taste and adjust seasonings. Mix occasionally. Prepare Fabe’s double crust. Roll out one disk to about 12 inches diameter. Butter the bottom of a 9-inch deep dish pie plate. Place the disk in the pie plate and form into a crust. Add rhubarb mixture including liquid. Dot the top of the mixture with small chunks of butter. Add lattice top or crumb topping. If using lattice or solid crust, mix one whole egg with 1/2 teaspoon milk and paint the top crust with a light coat of egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar. Place pie on baking sheet. Cover rim of crust with foil. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375 degrees and bake an additional 40-60 minutes or until crust is brown and the filling is bubbling. It may take over 60 minutes before you get a good bubble. Otherwise, it may be slightly runny. Cool completely.

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Skillet Apple Pie

I first learned about this pie while watching a cooking show on TV. The host used a store-bought crust. Ugh! I was skeptical that this recipe would work. I thought that the bottom crust would dissolve in the hot liquid. Turns out, this is the world’s best apple pie. 2 pounds Granny Smith apples 2 pounds Golden Delicious apples 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 lemon, juiced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 cup butter 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 double pie crust (Please, no store-bought). 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

wedges. Squeeze lemon juice over apples. Toss apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, salt and granulated sugar mixture. Melt butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Reserve 1/4 cup of butter mixture to brush on top crust. Cool butter mixture slightly, and place one piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust. Tuck the top crust along the edges of the bottom crust. Brush top of piecrust with reserved brown sugar mixture, then sprinkle with two tablespoons granulated sugar. If necessary, re-heat reserved brown sugar mixture over low heat – add a tablespoon of milk to thin it out. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape. Place a baking sheet in oven. Place skillet on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until top crust is golden brown and the mixture bubbly. Cover pie with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Cool on a wire rack 60 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream.

Fabe’s Extraordinary Sour Cherry Crumble Pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and salt. Set aside. Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch thick

I won first prize in the City of Beverly Hills annual pie baking contest (2011) with this pie!

Most In Flight USA readers would argue that aviation does a lot of good in the world. FBOs throughout the U.S. are taking on initiatives to make the world greener, safer, and more fun. This is especially true for Florida-based FBO, Signature Flight Support. Last month, readers read about their green initiatives with aircraft fuel and Sterling Cards. This month, Signature has part-nered with North Carolina-based nonprofit organization, AV84All, to bring the wonders of flight to those living with disabilities. With pilot shortages happening throughout the country, Signature Flight Support and its parent company, BBA Aviation, are committed to inspiring new pilots. They are reaching out to the younger generation so that the spirit of flight lives on, and they are taking on initiatives to ensure flying is possible for all, including those who live with disabilities. Both Signature

and AV8believe the sky is the limit! Signature’s parent company, BBA Aviation, recently donated $5,000 to this nonprofit that is on a mission to provide simulator sessions, ground school, training, and aircraft for hire to pilots with physical limitations. This generous donation will be used to create scholarships for flight train-ings. According to Signature Marketing Director, Patrick Sniffen, “AV84All is part of our mis-sion of being a socially responsible FBO. It is part of our corporate-social responsibility to help our communities.” AV84All founder, John Robinson, said, “We are just trying to do what our name says––make aviation accessible to everyone—and that includes people with disabilities. Anybody who has a driver’s license can get a light sport pilot’s license, and many people with disabilities do not even know that these opportunities are available to them.

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This pie works best with fresh sour cherries. I pick them myself every May or June at a small old orchard just outside of Lancaster, California. I purchased enough for about 5 pies and freeze what I don’t use fresh in separate containers. Sadly, the orchard closed. But you can order these cherries on line. Filling 2 pounds sour cherries 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch fresh grated nutmeg 4 tablespoons tapioca flour 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Lemon juice & zest (see below) Streusel Topping 1/3 cup flour 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons butter, slightly softened 3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred)

Fabe’s Pie Crust Streusel Topping: Combine all ingredients through salt. Add butter and rub into dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly. Add nuts and toss with your hands. Don’t over mix or mixture will become sticky mass. If that happens, place topping into refrigerator until firm, then break up with your hands. Set streusel aside. Filling: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a baking sheet in the oven. Whisk sugar, tapioca, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg to blend. Place the cherries in a large bowl and add the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly with your hands until you no longer can see any lumps of the dry ingredients. The cherries will release juices. Taste the juices for sweetness. Add additional sugar if necessary, but use caution. The secret to this pie is that it is not too sweet. Add almond extract and juice & zest from about 1/2 lemon. The lemon will cause the flavors to blossom. Taste again, then add more sugar and lemon juice as needed. Lightly brush the bottom of the crust with egg white. With a slotted spoon, place cherries into pie shell. Make sure that there is only about a few tablespoons of liquid or your bottom crust will end up soggy. Place pie on heated baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375 degrees and bake 40-60 minutes longer until streusel is golden brown and fruit is bubbling through the crust. If the crust and/or streusel begin to darken too much, cover pie with a sheet of aluminum foil. Cool completely.


Who knows where it can go.” Robinson strongly identifies with his organization, as he overcame many injuries and disabilities to earn his pilots license. “I know the organization that helped me get my pilot’s license helped pilots go on to work for some of the major airlines. It is a springboard for other people.” The organization has certainly gone the extra mile to make flight training more accessible for those with limitations. They recently partnered with aircraft manufacturer, Zenith, to build a light sport aircraft called the Zenith Cruiser. The plane comes in a homebuilt kit. The Zenith Cruiser makes piloting more accessible to pilots who cannot use their feet for braking. There are other disability-friendly aircraft, but they are scattered throughout the country, making it difficult for people to rent or purchase them. “When I was going through my

training, one had to travel to Ohio State University. I am trying to make it easier for people who cannot travel far for long pe-riods of time,” said Robinson. In addition to providing accessible aircraft and flight schools close to home, AV84All also pro-vides financial assistance to people with disabilities who want to learn how to fly. When asked if they would pay for half of the flight training, Robinson responded, “I would like to be able to pay for the full training and provide a full scholarship. That’s my goal.” Now that is an organiza-tion with a heart! AV84All plans to use the funds from Signature and BBA to fund the first scholarship. For any-one looking for disability-friendly flight training for yourself or a loved one, visit or call 704/302-3276.

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REFLECTION: BRECKENRIDGE AIRSHOW 2017 In Flight USA Celebrating 34 Years


By Nick Viggiano

t was a long wait, but after 21 years, the return of the Breckenridge Airshow took place on Memorial Day Weekend on May 27-28, 2017 By all accounts the show was a huge crowd pleaser. Breckenridge, a small west Texas town, (60 miles northeast of Abilene and 100 miles west of Ft. Worth) put on another great show. And just like the old days, first time attendees were amazed at the number of warbirds (70), the precision of the flying and the size of the crowds. According to FaceBook posts, there were people attending the show from all over North America, and also Australia! I personally met people from South Bend, Indiana and Parker Colorado. There was the usual vendors, food, souvenirs, etc. But a kid pleaser (kids of all ages) was DreamBig Entertainment. DreamBig brought their nose section of A-7D Corsair II, S/N 71-0295. The Corsair is used for “hero” photos of customers in the cockpit. The booth was aptly manned by owner Dewey “JellyFish” Larson, Odie Sethman and the lovely Heather Lodge. My favorite was the Waco YMF5D


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that Scot Warren of Warren Aircraft, brought. Warren Aircraft is an authorized Waco dealer. Scot also brought a Great Lakes. Both of these immaculate planes are on the market, and would be most pilots dream aircraft. Saturday was arrival and practice day, and like some airshows in the past, west Texas was a furnace at 100 degrees. Flying warbirds in these temps is no picnic! You have to realize that the warbirds are not air-conditioned and the canopy is a greenhouse. Even with the canopy open, it feels like a blast furnace! The various acts practiced, and the Devil Dog Squadron were selling paid rides in their PBJ-1J Devil Dog, the Naval designation of the B-25. Scott Glover and Andrew Kiest were flying the Mid America Flight Museum’s C-47 Sky King. On Saturday, they flew out to the WASP Museum in Sweetwater


Texas and gave free rides. On Sunday morning they gave a free ride to airshow staff and volunteers. The populace of the area woke up to unseasonal low temps Sunday morning! With mostly cloudy skies and a good breeze, the temps never got above 84 degrees and felt more like the mid 70s! It was a tradeoff, the cloudy skies made a good challenge for photographers, but for most everyone else, the cool weather was a welcome relief from Saturday’s oven temps! We even had a few rain drops from area thunderstorms. The brief rain in itself did not create any problems, but the lightning in the area did demand a brief delay. Neither the delay or the rain dampened the spirits of the crowd. The featured act was the Commemorative Air Force’s “TORA TORA TORA” Squadron. They reenact-


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ed the Dec. 7th attack on Pearl Harbor. They always bring goosebumps to my arms as the air raid sirens go off and the Japanese strike package of Zekes, Kates and Vals peel off to attack. During the raid, a lone P-40 growled into the sky to do battle with enemy aircraft. With the pyrotechnics the “Blastards” provided, it was a complete recreation with fiery explosions! TORA TORA TORA lived up to the main attraction billing and wowed the crowd. According to my circle of friends, and the people in my vicinity the mother popular demos were (in order of appearance): Lewis Air Legends Grumman F7F3P Tigercat Here Kitty, Kitty put on an awesome display. Here Kitty, Kitty, one of five flying Tigercats in the world exhibited the power that comes from 2 X Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W Double Continued on Page 34

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Continued from Page 32 Wasp 18 cylinder radial engines! The CAF’s SB2C Helldiver pleased the crowd with a display more like a fighter! The Big Tail Beast is the only SB2C flying today. The final display started with Scott Glover flying the Mid America Flight Museum’s B-25J God and Country leading a formation flight composed of a Wildcat, TBM, P-40, Mustang and Spitfire. After a few passes by the formation, the aircraft broke formation and individually attacked the field with the Blastards providing more

pyro. Scott, flew the B-25 like a fighter, simulating strafing runs and skip bombing. The Blastards explosions produced an orange glow of the highly polished bomber, providing a fitting ending to a great show that entertained, educated and honored our countries fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend. The airshow staff, volunteers, pilots and crews hard work paid off with a memorable airshow. And somewhere above, Howard Pardue, the founder and driving force of the past Breckenridge Airshows was smiling.

Breckenridge Is Back Again… 2018


Tickets are now on sale for the Breckenridge Airshow 2018. The show will take place on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27 in Breckenridge, Taxes. Sponsored by the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and Ezell Aviation, the airshow provides affordable family entertainment, a positive impact on the local economy, and an inspiration for generations to come. Access tickets and more information online at Highlights for the 2018 show include the following: • The AeroShell Aerobatic Team, which has been performing for more than 25 years, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America • Carl Best in his North American T-6G Miss Texas. Watch him perform loops, Cuban 8s, reverse Cuban 8s, barrel and aileron rolls along with other amazing maneuvers in the sky • David Martin’s performance will

leave you breathless! Enough said! • In motion and up in the air will be Mid American Flight Museum’s airplanes. The museum is known for restoration of great aircraft and the fact that they keep ‘em flying! • SRC Airshows is owned and operated by Stephen Covington. Prepare yourself as Stephen amazes everyone with his aerobatic performances in his highly modified Pitts S2S named The Raptor • “TORA, TORA, TORA” is the Commemorative Air Force’s recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that signaled the beginning of the American involvement in World War II. Designed as a living history lesson, “Tora, Tora, Tora” is intended as a memorial to all the soldiers on both sides who gave their lives for their countries. For more information, including static display opportunities, volunteering or attending, visit the airshow website at

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Continued from Page 27 the people of Chile. A local official credited the SuperTanker with saving five firefighters and a village on the verge of being overrun by quickly-spreading fire. The wildfires had already destroyed over 900,000 acres of land and 1,100 homes since that January. While deployed the Global SuperTanker set a world record for liquid dropped in a single day by an aerial tanker at 134,400 gallons (508,000 liters). Its work continues through the support of the Chile-based Luksic Family. GSTS and its Colorado Springs-based crew have worked closely with the Chilean military and other government officials and personnel to respond to the areas hit hardest and in the direct path of quickly-spreading wildfires.

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The National Transportation Safety Board called on the Federal Aviation Administration to prohibit commercial flights that use passenger harness systems that do not allow for easy release during emergencies. The urgent recommendation stems from the ongoing NTSB investigation of a fatal accident in New York City involving an Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 helicopter. The helicopter impacted the East River during an autorotation maneuver after the pilot reported a loss of engine power. The helicopter subsequently rolled inverted. The pilot, who was not wearing a harness, only manufacturer-installed lap and shoulder belts, escaped from the helicopter with minor injuries. Five passengers who wore the harnesses in addition to the safety belts remained inside the helicopter and drowned. “While we applaud the FAA’s intention to move forward on banning these types of doors-off flights, the FAA has not outlined how or when they plan to

take action,’’ said NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. “And definitive action needs to be taken.” The doors-off aerial photography flight was scheduled for 30 minutes and was operated by Liberty Helicopters under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The additional harness system consisted of a nylon fall-protection harness tethered via a lanyard to the helicopter. The harnesses allowed passengers to move securely within the helicopter, including sitting in the door sill, while airborne. The harness system was not installed by the helicopter manufacturer; it was comprised of off-theshelf components that were provided to the passengers by FlyNYON, the company that sold the experience to the passengers. Under normal circumstances at the conclusion of each flight, FlyNYON personnel would release a locking carabiner located on the back of the passengers’ harnesses. Despite being given a briefing on

A milestone was reached on March 8, as 50,000 Young Eagles have now taken the next step in their aviation journeys by enrolling in Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course after their Young Eagles flight. “More than 2 million young people have been introduced to airplanes and aviation through Young Eagles and 50,000 of them have enrolled in Sporty's Learn to Fly course to pursue their aviation dream,” said Michael Wolf, EAA Lifetime 460022,

President and CEO of Sporty’s. “The fantastic metrics speak to the success of Young Eagles and its impact on the general aviation community.” A Young Eagles flight is an important and special moment for many young people, but it is only the first step in the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, which aims to get as many pilots in the sky as possible. Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is a huge part of making that happen.

Alsim has announced that the FAA has approved the Alsim AL250 simulator as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). Since its launch in late 2016, the AL250 has been delivered and certified to Universities and FTOs around the world. The AL250’s proven technology, high fidelity, flexibility, easy maintenance, and high-quality visuals make it an ideal trainer. This cost-effective, fixed base device is named to recognize the 250-degree field of view pilots see from the pilot’s seat, utilizing Alsim’s internally developed High Definition

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, has added a section to their website for webinars that offers a new way to learn from and be inspired by original Tuskegee


how to remove these additional harnesses using a provided cutting tool, none of the passengers were able to escape after the helicopter rolled over into the water. The pilot’s manufacturer-installed restraint system was required to comply with 14 CFR section 27.785(c), which states that “Each occupant’s seat must have a combined safety belt and shoulder harness with a single point release.” The harness system provided to the passengers on the accident flight was not evaluated by the FAA. The NTSB has a long-standing concern with safe egress for passengers aboard helicopters. As a result of a helicopter accident that occurred in 2008, the NTSB found that three of the surviving passengers’ unfamiliarity with the type of buckles on the restraints in the helicopter significantly hindered their ability to release their restraints when they attempted to evacuate the cabin under emergency conditions. In the 2008 accident, passengers received a briefing that described how to operate the


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Harald Reichel, an Aerospace Engineer with the NTSB's Office of Aviation Safety, examines the engine of a Liberty Helicopters' helicopter that crashed in the East River in New York on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The NTSB's Go Team has formed an operations group, airworthiness group, powerplants group and a survival factors group to conduct the NTSB's investigation of the crash. Reichel is the chair of the powerplants group. A weather group and air traffic control group were also formed using NTSB investigators in Washington. (NTSB Photo by Chris O'Neil)

rotary restraint, but the surviving passengers said they became confused with its release when the accident occurred.




“Sporty’s has been a strong supporter of the Young Eagles program for years,” said Brian O’Lena, EAA Manager of Young Eagle and Eagle Flights. “They understand that creating the next generation of aviators is a long term process and by supplying over 50,000 Sporty’s Learn to Fly Courses to Young Eagles they are helping make the dream of flight a reality.” This progression from Young Eagles flights to enrollment in Sporty’s Learn to

Fly Course perfectly supports EAA’s mission to grow participation in aviation by promoting The Spirit of Aviation, by giving young people more accessible pathways into the air. For more information, visit or go directly to the Young Eagles page at en/eaa/aviation-education-and-resources/eaa-youth-education/eaa-young-eagles-program.

Visual System. Alsim’s image generator runs at a constant 60 frames per second, without lags, and the screens are designed to avoid external disturbances, improving immersion. Because 80 percent of how our bodies perceive motion is through our eyes, and 20 percent by our inner ear, your brain believes that you are actually moving. Mickael Herard, Product Manager and Head of the Alsim Certification Team says, “Having theAATD approval now means student pilots in America can log respectively up to 20 hours and 50 towards their instru-

ment rating and CPL certificate.” The approval of the AL250 as an AATD is valid for five years if the FAA’s Letter of Authorization (LOA) requirements are met. “With three different piston aircraft configurations in one compact, high fidelity simulator, US flight schools and universities have an available, affordable and reliable training device that undoubtedly enhances the flight training program and learning experience” declared Dr. Scott Firsing of the Alsim North America office in Texas. The first AL250 in the US was

purchased by Cirrus Aviation in Sarasota, Florida. It has become an integral part of their instrument rating, emergency procedures and multi-engine courses. The AL250 will be available to demo in April at Sun ‘n Fun in Florida, and at EAA Airventure Oshkosh in July. ALSIM has been developing and manufacturing FAA & EASA certified FNPT II & FNPT II MCC flight simulators since 1994. Today the company has more than 300 certified flight-training simulators in service with over 220 clients worldwide.

Airmen and their experiences. Available anytime on-demand, the site currently features five webinars that explore a range of topics related to the experiences of Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. More will be added in the future.

Last month, the CAF Red Tail Squadron hosted a webinar with Tuskegee Airman pilot and POW Dr. Harold Brown that drew hundreds of participants. The event is now available for on-demand viewing for people of all ages

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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee about the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget March 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. “The Air Force budget for FY19 aligns with the National Defense Strategy,” said Wilson. “In our budget, there are really two bold moves and one continuing theme. The first bold move is the acceleration of a defendable space.” The Air Force, Wilson said, needs to be able to deter, defend and prevail against anyone who seeks to deny the nation’s ability to operate freely in space. “The United States of America is the best in the world at space and our adversaries know it. In any future conflict we expect that they will seek to deny us the use of space. So what we’re doing in this budget is accelerating our ability to defend our assets on orbit,” she said. The Air Force operates 76 satellites, 30 of which are GPS and another 25 are

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Budget Uncertainty Harms Readiness

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee about the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget March 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

communication satellites. According to Wilson, the service is investing in jamresistant satellite technology for both communications and GPS capabilities. “The second bold move in this budget is the shift to multi-domain operations and that’s most visible in the way the Air Force plans to do command and control,”

Wilson said. “There is also one continuing effort in our budget and that is to keep improving readiness to win any fight any time, that’s what you expect of your Air Force.” Wilson along with other service secretaries addressed the challenges of providing taxpayers more defense value for

The Army, Navy and Air Force service secretaries testified in support of DoD’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget of $686 billion, highlighting that, if approved, it would provide the services the monetary means to field a more lethal force as outlined in the National Defense Strategy. “We must have predictable, adequate, sustained and timely funding. Fiscal uncertainty has done a great deal to erode our readiness and hamper our ability to modernize,” Army Secretary Mark T. Esper said. Esper also pointed out the restrictions under the continuing resolution, which limits the services’ ability to initiContinued on Page 41

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It has been said that the only voluntary act in aviation is the decision to take-off. Every action after take-off involves the skillful management of risk, the enjoyment of flight and a continuous stream of decisions that result in a safe landing. In 1974, NASA created the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) to allow aviation professionals to share experiences in a frank, non-punitive manner. The ASRS structure allows pilots and other aviation professionals to file an anonymous report of an incident, error or occurrence that the contributor feels might be of value to others. These reports are gathered, analyzed and data based by NASA experts and made available to all interested parties as a tool for creating proactive aviation safety programs. Additionally, NASA distributes an electronic publication, CALLBACK, which contains selected, de-identified, reports on a free subscription basis. In Flight USA is proud to reprint selected reports, exerpted from CALLBACK, for our readers to read, study, occasionally laugh at, and always learn from. Visit to learn how you can participate in the ASRS program.

This month, CALLBACK again offers the reader a chance to “interact” with the information given in a selection of ASRS reports. In “The First Half of the Story,” you will find report excerpts describing an event up to a point where a specific decision must be made or some immediate action must be taken. You may then exercise your own judgment to make a decision or determine a possible course of action that would best resolve the situation. The selected ASRS reports may not give all the information you want, and you may not be experienced in the type of aircraft involved, but each incident should give you a chance to refine your aviation judgment and decision-making skills. In “The Rest of the Story…” you will find the actions that were taken by reporters in response to each situation. Bear in mind that their decisions may not necessarily represent the best course of action, and there may not be a “right” answer. Our intent is to stimulate thought, training, and discussion related to the type of incidents that were reported.

The First Half of the Story

Get out of My Way – C152 Pilot’s Report • While cruising at a VFR altitude of 4,500 feet, the engine experienced a sudden, rapid, and unusual 500 RPM drop in power without input. I made the decision to land at the nearest airport. Center was providing VFR flight following and was notified of my situation. The procedure of verifying… correct engine control positions failed to increase RPM. The remaining engine output was sufficient to maintain altitude, but I judged it to be unreliable and opted to not reduce power for fear it would cause further undesirable operation. I was cleared to switch to CTAF and announced my intentions to land on the active runway. After slipping to lose excess altitude, it became apparent that a helicopter was on the [approach] end of the runway. I requested that he please move, [but I received] no response.

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? What Would You Have Done?

Sliding Visibility – PA46 Pilot’s Report • I had never experienced conditions [like this] in my life. It was CAVU, but due to the snowfall the night prior and gusty winds of 30+ knots, the blowing snow created visibility problems… on the surface. As I lined up [for takeoff], I was told that the RVR at… the [touchdown] end was around 2,400 feet and, at the rollout area, 4,000 feet. I asked how far down the runway I needed to obtain the better RVR and was told, “All the way to the end.” I was holding in position on the runway and was cleared for takeoff, but I decided to delay takeoff due to the visibility, so I told the Tower. Visibility was so poor on the ground that [Tower] had zero ability to tell where I was. I was told that I could hold in place, but that there was a Learjet on a five-mile final, indicating that there was some urgency for my departure. I [then] had a “break” in the weather and decided to give it a shot. As I accelerated, I lost visual [references] due to snow on the runway, [and] also lost my bearings.

What Would You Have Done? Just One More – C172 Flight Instructor’s Report

• I was training a student who has approximately 30 hours and has soloed three times. We were doing a training flight in the traffic pattern working on short- and soft-field takeoffs and landings. For the short-field landings, I was giving the scenario that a previous student of mine had received during his private pilot checkride. [His] examiner had wanted him to land on the threshold, so that is the same scenario that my student and I were practicing. We had performed nine takeoffs and landings, and he was doing very well with the spot landings and short-field procedures. In the beginning, I was following…

closely on the controls to ensure the proper threshold crossing height for the point where we were landing. As the lesson progressed, I eased off of the controls to allow him to be more in control. After the ninth landing, I knew it was about time to finish up for the evening. My student asked if we could do just one more takeoff and landing.

What Would You Have Done?

A Limit of Expertise – A320 Captain’s Report • The ATIS wind was reported at 280/11G19. The approach was normal and uneventful. At around 800 or 900 feet, we had a little bit of a tailwind, but the wind was shifting in both direction and speed. The last wind that I saw was out of the west at maybe six to eight knots. At less than 40 feet, somewhere around 30 feet, both the First Officer and I felt the plane start to sink a little. Not unusual… for the spring and summer. I increased the angle of attack to slow the sink rate and left the thrust in the climb detent to ensure an increase in thrust as I increased back pressure. At 20 feet, the airplane was still sinking. I continued to increase back pressure and left the thrust in all the way to landing. The airplane was not responding to my control inputs, and… I felt the side stick hit the aft stop.

What Would You Have Done? The Rest of the Story Get out of My Way – C152 Pilot’s Report

The Reporter’s Action: • Unsure of the plane’s ability to climb during a go-around, I decided to land on the parallel taxiway that was clear of traffic and obstructions. I made an announcement on CTAF that we would land on the taxiway. Unsure of the helicopter’s intentions on the runway, I asked that he depart to the right and away from the taxiway. A slightly faster than normal landing was made without

aircraft damage. Contacting CTAF [had been] delayed by a few seconds because we did not have the CTAF frequency. My passenger was another pilot and was trying to tune [CTAF] while I looked for the airport and possible alternative landing sites. This delay might have caused the near conflict on the runway. The solution of landing at the nearest airport was complicated by lack of time to communicate with traffic in the area, and the only clear landing spot was the taxiway.

First Half of Situation #2

Sliding Visibility – PA46 Pilot’s Report The Reporter’s Action: • I could tell that I had slid off the side of the runway but had not hit anything. I cut power and contacted the Tower. I asked for a tug from the FBO. After inspection of my plane in the hangar, it was confirmed that I had not hit anything, nor had I done any damage to my propeller, landing gear, or airplane. In hindsight, I allowed the fact that planes were departing from another runway to influence my decision to attempt a departure, and I allowed ATC comments about an approaching Learjet to rush me. I should have recognized that [it] was not safe to depart. This was clearly my error as PIC, but… communicating that a Learjet was approaching helped create an environment where there was a “callto-action.”

First Half of Situation #3 Just One More – C172 Flight Instructor’s Report

The Reporter’s Action: • I agreed. The sun had set and we were beginning to lose some of our light. As we turned onto final, the lighting system was not turned on. When we approached short final, I heard him keying on the lights. He had turned them on high intensity. I began reaching for the Continued on Page 41

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Safe Landings

Continued from Page 40 hand held microphone to turn down the lights. When I got the microphone and got them keyed down, I made a quick glance over to his airspeed indicator to verify that he was at the proper speed, and then I put the microphone back so my hands were free. When I looked back, I knew we had gotten a little lower than I would have liked, and we then felt the right tire hit the threshold light. We were

41 able to touch down straight, on the main wheels, and in the center of the runway. I should have stuck with my instinct that we had done enough takeoffs and landings and that any more could be detrimental to the progress made.

First Half of Situation #4

A Limit of Expertise – A320 Captain’s Report

The Reporter’s Action: • The last 10 feet or so… just felt like the bottom fell out. The airplane landed hard and bounced back into the air. I heard the auto “PITCH” call and lowered the nose to allow the plane to land firmly on the runway. The First Officer quickly reported a loss of 30 knots over the runway to the Tower. Taxi in was normal. As we taxied in, I looked at the G-meter on the systems display,

SECAF: Accelerating Defendable Space Continued from Page 38\ ate new projects and increase the quantities of munitions, directly impacting the training and readiness of the force. Continuing resolutions and budget uncertainty have hurt military readiness and wasted tax dollars, the officials said. “About $4 billion burned in a trash can,” said Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer when describing what continuing resolutions have cost the Navy. “It is critical, absolutely critical, that we get a continuous form of funding in order to manage the industrial base to put us back on a footing to be out there [protecting

the seas].” And the defense budget sequester “did more damage to the United States Air Force and our ability to defend the nation than anything our advisories have done in the last 10 years -- we did it to ourselves,” Wilson said. “We cut 30,000 people out of the Air Force, reduced [the force] by 10 fighter squadrons, and [reduced] weapons systems sustainment,” she added. Problems with pilot retention can be tied directly back to sequester, Wilson said.

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CAF Red Tail Squadron marketing director. “The way in which we have worked to fulfill this mission has grown and evolved since our humble beginnings. The addition of an area of our website dedicated to past and future webinars illustrates our dedication to making educational and inspirational content about the Tuskegee Airmen free and easy to access.” The Squadron’s educational outreach efforts began with the showcasing their P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen at airshows, then grew to include the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater, showing the original film “Rise Above” at airshows, community events and schools. The group now offers an extensive collection of online education resources available for free, including a RISE ABOVE Resource Kit for educators and parents and the innovative CAF Red Tail Squadron Virtual Museum. The work of the CAF Red Tail Squadron relies solely on the donations of its supporters. To lend your support to help honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and pass on their important lessons to the next generation, please visit

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Savings Through Reform

The Army is looking into a number of initiatives to save taxpayers’ money, Esper said. One initiative being discussed, he said, could the Army save more than $1 billion annually by consolidating and rationalizing its contracting services. The Navy secretary said he agreed with Esper’s philosophy on revising contracting rules. Changing the thought process and attitudes on how DoD performs contracting services, Spencer said, can help with cost savings. airworthy P-51C Mustang and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater. These two vehicles tour the country year round with stops at airshows, schools, museums and community events. In addi-

and no indication was observed. I asked [the Flight Attendants] if they needed the paramedics, and they said, “No.”… [After] the First Officer… returned from the post flight walk around [inspection], he informed me of a scrape on the bottom of the fuselage just before the tail. I went downstairs with the maintenance folks to inspect the damage. The aft lavatory drain mast had a scrape as well.

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Eagle Airshow has a new superfan, Orville Eagle! Orville is a young Eagle who has not yet learned how to fly. One day, Orville was able to see Paul flying his aerobatic routine in his beautiful Christen Eagle. Orville was enthralled watching Paul looping and rolling in his Eagle! Orville decided right then and there, that when he grew up he was going to learn aerobatics and fly just like Paul!

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Holabird & Root Architects of Chicago specified a bifold door from Schweiss Doors on what turned out to be an award-winning project. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics. It’s located about 40 miles west of Chicago in Batavia, Ill. As part of the Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) program at Fermilab, a 20-foot, 10-inch by 23-foot, 9-inch bifold liftstrap door was installed in the new 4,500-square-foot SBN Near Detector Building. The door features gray liftstraps, electric photo eye sensors, warning lights and horns, a top-drive motor, automatic latching system and an emergency back-up system. The door is clad with glass on the bottom quarter and high-performance light transmitting panels covering the top three-fourths of the door, both to match the adjacent east wall of the building. Holabird & Root received a Gold Award from Licensed Architect magazine and entered the project for design award consideration from Chicago Building Congress, an association that includes contractors and the whole building industry. A team of six architects designed the two new buildings constructed as part of the SBN program. The door was installed by Vissering Construction of Streator, Ill. “In this case, we had to have a large door opening where a sectional or accordion door wouldn’t work,” says Michael Slagel, project manager for Vissering. “I also like that you can put the same matching glass curtain wall façade on the door. We installed the door, it went okay and

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State Standards for Mathematics and includes everything a teacher will need. Lesson plans, presentations, assessments, and other learning opportunities will be presented as engaging, enlightening, and fun student activities. Cindy Hasselbring, AOPA High School Aviation Initiative senior director, noted that donations to the AOPA Foundation allow the program to be offered free of charge to any public or private high school and would likely engage some students “who may never have considered aviation before.” The deadline for applying to use the aviation STEM curriculum during the 2018-2019 school year is April 19. The AOPA aviation STEM curriculum is part of its You Can Fly High School Initiative, which is aimed at growing and implementing aviation STEM programs in high schools across the country. The You Can Fly program, a collection of practical, rigorous, and engaging initiatives designed to help build a bigger, stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient pilot community, is funded by donations to the AOPA Foundation. The mission of You Can Fly is to get people flying, and keep them flying. To learn more, visit

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SPIRIT of Flight

By Ana Uribe Ruiz (Pilot and Co-President Worldwide Women in Aviation, SF Bay Area Chapter) and Denise Rae Donegan, (Pilot in Training)

The first time I stepped into a small aircraft, I was 19 years old; it was my mom’s birthday. Here’s the note I left:


Hi Mom. Happy birthday! Went to the Antioch Airport to take a Skydiving class. Be home soon! Love, Denise That day changed the coarse of my life, forever. That was 33 years ago, and I was hooked. I didn’t know why or when. I was a kid. However, I knew that aviation had permeated into my blood. Flight was something I felt. Weightlessness was something I was to experience for the first time, and, somehow I knew I was going to love it! Never have I felt the rush, power, and force that coupled as I stepped in and out of that small aircraft. As we made our way down the runway, I was filled with excitement, anticipation, and doubt. I understood what was taught in our class and simulation exercises, and had fun practicing my jumps, lands, and rolls. I was ready. I sat second in line to jump, and was positioned near the pilot who was to be our escort to the drop zone. I asked our pilot how many times he had been skydiving. His response, “Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?” He giggled and turned his eyes back on the horizon. Doubt and fear quickly turned back to the excitement that had been building in the week leading up to my first staticline jump. I tried, with vigor, to convince one of my friends to join me. “You’re nuts!” was the common response. So, I decided to go solo. And, it was amazing. Now, as I enter my 52nd year, I look forward to my second and third jumps. I

Denise and Ana ready to take off to explore the Bay Area. (Courtesy Denise Donegan)

Moments from Denise’s introduction to sky diving.

also look forward to continuing my education and experience in and around the world of aviation, and am lucky to have an amazing friend and mentor in Ana Uribe Ruiz, pilot and co-president of Women in Aviation, International (San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, WAISFBA) and soon, Costa Rica, too. Maybe I will be able to convince Ana, and the rest of the Women in Aviation, WAI-SFBA pilots to join me for a day of Playing Tourist and Skydiving along Northern California’s breathtaking coastline in-and-around the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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A Pilot’s Day Trip

A pilot’s day trip may include an early morning flight over Silicon Valley and our San Francisco Bay, then a quick touchdown at the San Carlos Airport for an early cup of coffee and breakfast at Sky Kitchen Café before heading back to the sky. Here you’ll find a warm staff that will great you with a smile, you will dine under an array of vintage model airplanes that hang overhead, and their corned beef and hash is really good. A must stop if you’re in the area! The Hiller Aviation Museum is directly across the runway and is a destination in itself. After an early morning fueling and

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breakfast at Sky Kitchen, head west and climb over the coastal mountains, practice your figure eights over Maverick’s in Half Moon Bay, follow the coastline south to the Marina Airport where you will find Skydive Monterey Bay. I heard they have the highest skydiving in California, jumping from 15,000 to 18,000 feet. Or, you can cut over to the Watsonville Airport to Skydive Surf City, which is said to have the best ocean views in the Bay Area. After your jump, mosey on over to, and enjoy a late lunch and music in the bar at Ella’s at the Airport And, if you have time to extend your stay, discover the historical city of Watsonville. They just celebrated their 150th anniversary. Other sights to see while in the area: The town of Saratoga is a place to discover. Walk the enchanting streets, stop in and out the sweet little shops, restaurants, and boutiques. Pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy later. The Santa Cruz Mountains are known for their distinctive and remarkable wines and local artists. Interested in hiking? Explore the historic little town of Boulder Creek. Explore downtown and see what is Happening at ARTterie Studios, grab a Chicago Dog at Fifi’s downtown, walk and explore Little Basin State Park, Big Basin, and Henry Cowell State Park, too. The area is filled with an array of natural beauty, and state parks surround this cute, ever-so-little town that sits along the rivers and creeks. And, well, be a kid and explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jump in. Take a Dive. Stay Safe, and enjoy your flight… Denise and Ana

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The SFO Beacon shines brightly again at the Hiller Aviation Museum, located about 10 miles south of the airport. The Crouse-Hinds Type DCB-36 beacon exhibit is now on display. It was originally mounted, around 1945, on the San Francisco Airport Administration Building and Control Tower. The beacon was relocated several times in its approximately 60-year life as the height of the Control Tower building increased. The beacon finally rested atop the tower cab, approximately eight stories above where it was originally located, before being retired in the late 1990s. The Hiller Aviation Museum acquired the beacon in July 2017 and the museum restoration crew spent six months restoring the beacon to its former glory. It now can be seen in the museum’s gallery guiding the way for museum visitors. The Hiller Aviation Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to adventure and innovation while using tools of science to explore how the physical world works and how the dream of flight is made into reality. The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $16 adults, $11 youth and seniors and children four and under free. For more information, contact The Hiller Aviation Museum, 601

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Hiller Aviation Museum announced on Feb. 5 that its Aero Design Challenge has been selected to receive the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education in recognition for outstanding achievement among California museums that serve K-12 students and/or educators. “We are delighted to receive this award recognizing the quality educational programming offered by Hiller Aviation Museum,” said Jeffery Bass, president and CEO of Hiller Aviation Museum. “Our Aero Design Challenge is a premier STEM experience that has served over 2,500 local students.” Hosted annually by the Hiller Aviation Museum since 2013 and sponsored by local technology companies Peaxy and SAP, the Aero Design Challenge provides middle school students

with an opportunity to work in small teams to solve a real-world technology challenge in which they conduc,t design and prototype engineering activities. This year’s challenge was glider flight, in which students planned, built, and tested a glider designed to cover the maximum possible distance following a launch with a calibrated amount of energy. “The Aero Design Challenge allows students to work collaboratively to conduct inquiry-based learning activities that apply science concepts and subjects they study in the classroom with their application in the wider world,” Bass said. “Students work with peers, educators, and volunteer mentors to realize a vision or to solve a problem using technology to improve people’s lives.” The Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence in Continued on Page 47


April 2018

By KT Budde-Jones

Sixty-five pilots attended Stallion 51’s AOPA Rusty Pilots Seminar at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) March 3, 2018. The P-51 Mustang has inspired pilots for decades to learn how to fly. This past weekend, the chance to sit in the hangar with Stallion 51’s stable of P-51 Mustangs inspired pilots from as far away as Oklahoma and New York to register for AOPAs program that has encouraged and enabled thousands of pilots to get back in the cockpit again. AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) has been hosting Rusty Pilots seminars all over the country but on March 3, pilots got enthused all over again because this seminar was being held in Stallion 51’s hangars with their stable of P-51 Mustangs! At least 500,000 pilots have been away from flying and need a way to get current again. The half-day seminar offered three hours of ground instruction that counts toward completing the mandatory flight review. Attending Pilots also had the opportunity to hear Dr. William Busch, AVDOC 51’s Senior FAA AME, speak about how to prepare to get your FAA medical current as well as how to stay healthy enough to stay in the cockpit. The next step for Rusty Piltos is to get their FAA Medical Current. “Doc Busch” and AVDOC51 are available to help with the sometimes complicated process of getting your medical back especially if you have possible special issuance issues or


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need HIMS support. Kissimmee Gateway Airport’s Tower Manager, “Huck” Huceba, also shared with the attendees some airport procedures and etiquette that will keep them safe as they venture back into the airport’s traffic pattern. Local flight schools were in attendance to help answer questions on how to take their training to the next step; getting back in the cockpit and to their flight review. It was an educational and entertaining day that inspired many to knock the rust off and get back to the fun of flying. Find one near you and get back in the cockpit! Go to the AOPA website for more information: training-and-safety/lapsed-pilots/rusty-pilots.

CA Association of Museums

Continued from Page 46 Museum Education Competition recognizes the outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve K12 students and/or educators. The competition is the joint project of the sponsors, California Association of Museums and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with scoring based on categories of program design, evidence of excellence, planning/evaluation, and innovation. Six museums were presented with the award at the California Association of Museums 6th Annual Luncheon in Palm Springs on Feb. 6, 2018. More information about the 2018 CAM Awards can be viewed at Hiller Aviation Museum has 108,000 visitors each year including


more than 47,000 youth. Core programs for youth are based on state and national academic standards and support K-12 school curricula in history, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including interactive, hands-on programs developed in partnership with NASA. The museum makes it possible for any school field trip group to visit by providing fee waivers for low-income institutions and transportation reimbursement. The Hiller Aviation Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. It opened in 1998 by helicopter designer and inventor Stanley Hiller Jr. and features more than 50 aircraft from over a century of aviation history. Since then, the museum has had more than 1.5 million visitors. The Hiller is a non-profit organization. For more information, visit

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In Flight April 2018  

Welcome back, Breckenridge Airshow! A great issue focusing on warbirds, Sun 'n Fun, and upcoming AirVenture events!

In Flight April 2018  

Welcome back, Breckenridge Airshow! A great issue focusing on warbirds, Sun 'n Fun, and upcoming AirVenture events!