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By Sagar Pathak fter 18 hours aboard a KC-135 to reach Transit Center at Manas in Kyrgyzstan, I had my feet on the ground for exactly 38 hours before I would be back in the air once again. But this time it was different. This time, I would be on a combat mission over Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom by refueling U.S. and Coalition fighter jets that were covering troops on the ground. In a span of 48 hours, I would fly two combat sorties with the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron (EARS) in a KC135 refueling tanker. During those two missions, we would refuel 16 aircraft during our 17.6 hours aloft, offload 78,200 pounds of fuel to thirsty U.S.A.F. and Dutch F-16s, and have travelled 8,600 nm across all of Afghanistan. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, for the past 12 years, refueling tankers from Transit Center at Manas have flown over Afghanistan to ensure U.S.A.F. and Coalition aircraft receive the fuel necessary to successfully complete their missions. Last year alone, the 22 EARS


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offloaded 20-million gallons of fuel to more than 12,000 combat aircraft. This allowed them to support 904 Troops-inContact events. What does all that mean? Basically troops on the ground had air support when they needed it. Typically, an F-16 loaded with bombs and missiles, as was the case with all of the aircraft I saw, have a range of about 300 nm, which would limit the aircraft to about two to three hours of flight time. If their target was an hour away from their home base, then the F-16 would take an hour to reach there, less then an hour on station, then an hour back before running out of fuel. But thanks to the crews of the KC-135, the F-16 can extend their range and time on station to more than eight hours! My morning for both flights started very, very early. I was still trying to adjust to the time and fight off the jet lag. But this was combat, and just another day for the dozen crews that called TC Manas home. As with any flight, there are several key checkpoints before a flight happens. The first is a “show time,” which is when you show up to the Operations building to start your mission Continued on Page 12

This F-16 from the 301st FW is fully loaded with air to air missiles on the wings and air to ground bombs under the wings. (Sagar Pathak)

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NEWS Judge Dismisses Santa Monica Suit............................................8 Cirrus Aircraft Deliveries in 2013 Strong ..................................11 AOPA asks FAA to Rescind New Training Standards ..............16 AOPA Fly-Ins ................................................................................18 GAMA 2013 Year End Shipping and Billing Numbers ..............25 Zenith Aircraft Ships 10,000th Set of Plans ..............................35 GAMA Hire to Government Affairs Team ..................................35 NATA Industry Excellence Awards Recipients ..........................36 Larry Whitesitt Receives FAA Master Pilot Award ....................37 NATA Names Senior VP for Government Affairs ......................37 Air Race F1 Launches Intl. Air Race in Spain ..........................44 AOPA AV8RS Program Awards Scholarships ..........................44 Business News Cessna Citation Latitude Prototype First Flight ..................49 Cessna Citation Fleet Passing 30 Million Flight Hours ......49 Rotor Magazine 2014 Photo Contest Winners ..........................52

Pathak is photographing from the KC-135 tanker looking down on the pilot in an F-16 while refueling. This was a combat mission with 22nd Expeditionary Refueling Squadron out of the Transit Center at Manas in Kyrgyzstan.

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College Time Flights and Buzzes By Charlie Briggs ..........................................................20 Working Dog Finds New Life in Air Force By Air Force Master Sgt. April Lapetoda ..........................27 Sun ‘n Fun Special Section ........................Starts on 31 Father, Son Team Up for Exercise Airdrop By Master Sgt. Scott Thompson, 182nd Airlift Wing ............40

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SAVING AIRPORTS hose who have flipped through the pages of our March issue will already have noted that AOPA is back in the fight. This writer reads, with some degree of nostalgia, AOPA’s editorial comment about their actions on behalf of Santa Monica Airport. Note that AOPA teamed up with the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) to file a brief in favor of Santa Monica airport, one of the most egregiously attacked airports in the country. A news release received only days ago carried good news, “U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Feb. 13 granted a motion from the Department of Justice and FAA to dismiss the city of Santa Monica’s lawsuit to release it from its obligation to operate Santa Monica Municipal Airport as an airport.” The news release goes on to point out the City of Santa Monica cannot simply toss out an agreement made with the federal government years ago to maintain the property as an airport. Local supporters of Santa Monica Airport pledge to continue the fight to preserve this valuable community resource, as they know that a fight to save


Santa Monica Airport, that began in 1967, is not over. This writer was involved in that original fight and worked closely with AOPA and others to stave off the first assaults on not only Santa Monica, but several other major airports in California. This writer tips his hat to those at AOPA, NBAA and other national “alphabet groups” that work so hard with local pilot/business organizations to save airports that seem to be under continuous attack. As an aviation activist, I have worked to save numerous airports in a number of states, all facing demands for closure, or operational restrictions so severe that they might just as well close. As my mind wandered back in time to the many battles won and lost, it occurred to me that readers might benefit from the observations of an old warrior who still has the will to fight when the need arises. Why, one might ask, do people become so hostile to a local airport? Why do so many who oppose airports feel so strongly and go to such lengths to close their local airport, often with outright disdain for aviation and pilots? What can we, as local pilots, do to ensure the secu-

rity of our passion for flight? These questions will be addressed later in this editorial view, but we must first answer an even tougher question. Is the airport under attack even worth saving? Let’s take a good look at the problems we create for ourselves before taking on those who attack us. Is your local airport truly worth saving? Yes, a tough question, but one we must face. Has your local airport become an eyesore, with dilapidated buildings, no FBO, overgrown brush and unkempt tiedown areas and hangars? Does the local FBO or businesses welcome community visitors or are they made to feel like “outsiders.” And how about a visitor friendly viewing area for those, especially kids, who simply want to “watch the airplanes?” Are reasonable noise abatement procedures in place and posted so that even visiting pilots can follow them? If community owned, does the local government actively promote their valuable resource, or do they simply believe that a link to airport information on the community web page will do the job? It amazes me to see how many local gov-

ernments fail to promote their airport as a means of bringing more businesses to town. Most local governments have no program to promote those businesses based at the airport. The concept of “if we build it, they will come” may work in fictional movies, but not in the real world of airports. And how about an “airport day” or fly-in that attracts not only pilots, but local citizens? And what about you, the reader? Do you recognize some of these issues, but simply complain and wait for someone else to do the work necessary to fix the shortcomings? Yes, “saving the airport” starts with those of us who use the airport. Just as we pilots have the mandated responsibility to “ensure that the aircraft is safe for flight,” we have a similar responsibility to make sure the airport is worth saving. Now, let’s address those who do wish to close the airport. Given a half century of airport activism, this writer has certainly encountered those who are genuinely concerned about safety issues, noise and value to the community. These Continued on Page 10






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resources to protecting the field. The current lawsuit, brought by the City of Santa Monica, focuses primarily on real estate issues. But AOPA and NBAA recently teamed up to make sure the court doesn’t lose sight of the bigger picture. In a friend of the court brief filed in February, the two aviation associations put the significance of what’s happening at SMO into context and expressed their support for an FAA motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The airport and the property it sits on were deeded to the city by the federal government after World War II on the condition that the city would continue to operate the site as an airport. At least 200 other airports have similar agreements with the federal government. If the City of Santa Monica is allowed to close the

President and CEO AOPA f you live and fly anywhere near Southern California, then the saga of Santa Monica Municipal Airport is probably all too familiar. But no matter where you fly, this is one airport battle that deserves your attention because it has far-reaching implications for some 200 airports nationwide, almost certainly including some near you. The fight over Santa Monica has been going on for decades between those who value the airport and want to see it thrive, and those who would like to see it closed for good. Over the years, the arguments and tactics have changed but the underlying facts have not and AOPA has committed countless man-hours and


airport, then others could face an equally grim fate despite their importance to the national transportation system and the communities they serve. The airports operating under these federal agreements include some of the biggest and busiest in the nation, like Los Angeles International and Chicago O’Hare. It doesn’t take much imagination to see that opening the door to prolonged and costly battles over these airports and the property where they sit could devastate the national air transportation system. In the case of Santa Monica Airport, closure could create significant safety and congestion problems for air traffic locally, with ripple effects being felt nationwide. Santa Monica is an important reliever for LAX and hosts more

than 102,000 operations each year, an average of 280 per day. Airports in the region are already crowded, so it would be tough for other fields to absorb those operations. The brief filed by AOPA and NBAA stresses that the airport is also an important economic engine for Santa Monica and the surrounding area, hosting some 175 businesses and creating 1,500 jobs with an estimated economic output of $275 million a year. Like Santa Monica, many airports are under pressure from cities and towns that have grown up around them. We can’t afford to lose this important public asset not only because of the airport’s intrinsic value, but because of what its loss could mean to general aviation airports everywhere.

JUDGE DISMISSES SANTA MONICA SUIT City Will Stop at Nothing to Close Airport, AOPA Ready for Long Fight By Alyssa J. Miller (for AOPA) .S. District Judge John F. Walter on Feb. 13 granted a motion from the Department of Justice and FAA to dismiss the city of Santa Monica’s lawsuit to release it from its obligation to operate Santa Monica Municipal Airport as an airport. This is a major victory for the airport, and a blow to the California city’s latest attack on the airport. In its October 2013 suit, the city claimed that when it agreed to the transfer of federal land to the city in 1948 it did not know the United States claimed an interest in the title to the airport property. If the city were to ever close the airport, the government could take back the land. The city made several allegations to the court, including that the city owned the airport before leasing it to the federal government and that the city had not been put on notice that the United States claimed an interest in this airport property. The judge found that the city had been put on notice of the United States’ interest in the airport property, and that


the statute of limitations for the city to make the claim expired decades ago. The city also raised various constitutional issues. These, too, were dismissed as not “ripe” for judicial review. “The city’s claim was absurd,” said AOPA’s General Counsel Ken Mead, “and the judge simply applied the law. “However, this doesn’t mean the city will give up. The city continues to strangle the airport while spending millions to try to close it. We’re ready for whatever they bring on.”

Locals Prepare to Continue Fight The Santa Monica Airport Association, a group of local pilots and airport supporters, has worked since 1967 to spread the word about the airport’s positive contributions to the community, and association President Steven Siry said the latest court ruling against the city’s takeover aspirations will by no means mark the end of the saga. “It’s an incremental victory,” Siry said, adding the group is realistic about the future, fully expecting city officials

and other airport opponents to find new ways to attack the airfield. “They’re not done. They’ll regroup.” Indeed, the regrouping began immediately after the Feb. 13 ruling. The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 14 quoted airport opponents proposing a “starvation” strategy, one that could include refusal to renew leases and drive out airport businesses, reduction in aviation services, and to “possibly remove a large section of runway.” A 2011 study by HR&A Advisors concluded that the airport, including related and adjacent businesses, generates $275 million in annual economic activity, and supports nearly 1,500 jobs. Siry said some of those business owners and employees have attended his association’s meetings, seeking the latest news, and concerned about the potential loss of livelihoods. “This is kind of putting a lot of people in kind of an anxious situation,” Siry said, adding that in an already difficult economy, “people don’t need those kinds of disruptions.” According to Siry, the association will soon meet again with AOPA Vice President of Airport Advocacy Bill Dunn

to discuss strategy and prepare for the next round of the long-running fight.

Ready for the Fight While signaling the victory in this case, AOPA President Mark Baker also cautioned the aviation community that the fight is far from over. The city of Santa Monica appears to be relentless in its pursuit to close the airport. “The city will spare no expense–financial or the personal toll on its own residents–to close the airport,” said Baker, “but we will use every resource available to keep Santa Monica open.” The city has demonstrated that it will spend millions in legal fees alone to restrict the airport. Just a few years ago, it spent $1.3 million trying to ban Category C and D jets from operating at the airport. AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn said the city’s general plan calls for a business park at the airport, and that city council members have said that anyone who thinks Santa Monica will be turned into a park is wrong; it will be a Continued on Page 10

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Editorial: Savingdeveloper Airports Continued from Page 6 will extoll the benefits of new issues can usually be addressed with a reasoned argument that contains carefully vetted facts. The AOPA editorial comment demonstrates this metered approach that should always be standing by to put airport critics at ease. Regrettably, it is my experience that while very politically correct, such a truthful and factual approach is only applicable to a small percentage of airport critics, with the most fervent airport foes having no patience for such facts. Their agendas must be dealt with head on, often in a confrontational fashion. Let’s take a look at who we might face in an airport fight. First and foremost in the list of dangers to airports comes the local politician. As with Santa Monica, it is the cities leadership that wants to close its own airport. Simply stated, local politicians buy votes by promising services and benefits that the city cannot afford. They know that retention of power (often much more important than being a public servant) means that funds must be raised to buy the next election. These ambitious, selfserving individuals will build a business model that shows how tax revenues can be increased by turning airport property into a commercial park or housing development, meaning more tax dollars for them to spend. Simply stated, your airport becomes their political cannon fodder. This same model has been used to enact eminent domain actions, stealing privately owned property so as to build a strip mall or shopping center. This form of airport attack must be addressed for what it is, political ambition. Hit them hard and personal. The second greatest danger comes from real estate developers, often with a direct connection to local politicians. The

housing or a shopping center, but carefully leave out the fact that infrastructure (sewers, roads, increased traffic, schools, police, fire protection cost and power resources) will be left up to taxpayers to cough up. Scratch the surface of such real estate motives and one will often find a direct connection with politicians or close family associations. Yes, that may sound a bit “bitter,” but it has proven to be true in far too many cases. Third, are homeowner groups. Often formed for good reasons, homeowner groups can become a launching pad for those seeking personal recognition and validation. Typically, such groups will hit on the issues of safety and noise. They will attend community meetings and dramatically portray a neighborhood filled with death falling from the sky and noise so offensive that “one cannot even think.” They will track every negative event at an airport (like a plane landing gear up or making an emergency landing), quick to point out that “massive death was narrowly averted.” Some will even keep careful records about “planes flying so low they almost hit my house.” This writer recalls one lady who, while at a public meeting on airport safety, complained bitterly that “all the planes were flying low over her house to see her sunbathing in the buff.” Regrettably, one pilot in the meeting quickly asked about the location of her house, not a good move, but very funny! While many of the complaints are groundless, these folks attract the attention of local politicians who latch on to them as constituents. The complainers are, in fact, looking for such attention and the alliance can become a serious threat. Continued on Page 13

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zens,” Baker said. “Surveys have proven the majority of Santa Monica residents support the airport.” Currently, the city is refusing to extend leases on the airport beyond July 1, 2015; the date the city believes it can do with the airport property as it pleases. AOPA continues to work daily on strategies to defend and protect Santa Monica Municipal Airport, and to release the stranglehold the city has on the airport. AOPA is working closely with the National Business Aviation Association and others and will be garnering support for the airport. “We will not stop fighting for this airport,” Baker said.

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CIRRUS AIRCRAFT DELIVERIES IN 2013 DRIVE STRONGEST PERFORMANCE IN FIVE YEARS Cirrus Aircraft has announced that in 2013 it delivered 276 new aircraft, nearly a 10 percent increase over 2012, marking its best aircraft shipment performance since 2008. With these results, Cirrus Aircraft’s annual market share has grown to an all-time high of 37 percent and the SR22/22T model remains the best-selling four- or five-seat airplane for the 11th year in a row. “The key driver to this past year’s outstanding performance was Cirrus owners’ and pilots’ strong response to Generation 5 – which was introduced in early 2013 with the new capability to carry 200 pounds more than any previous Cirrus airplane,” said Todd Simmons, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Support at Cirrus Aircraft. Simmons continued, “But what makes 2013 results more important than any other year in our history is the real expansion of the Cirrus customer base in the last 12 months. The most significant examples include current Cirrus owners upgrading to new ‘G5’ airplanes, firsttime Cirrus owners moving up to the performance and capability of G5 from other


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Performance in New Markets A highlight for Cirrus Aircraft in 2013 was final delivery in Saudi Arabia of more than 20 new Cirrus aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) for its pilot training needs. “Cirrus is proud to have been selected by the RSAF,” stated Jon Dauplaise, Vice President of Fleet and Special Mission Aircraft at Cirrus. “This new fleet of Cirrus aircraft by partners in the Middle East is the most recent example of impressive global institutions choosing to train its new pilots with technically advanced aircraft.” The Royal Saudi Air Force is the third national Air Force that has recently selected Cirrus Aircraft for its training needs, following the United States and France.

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Continued from Page 4 brief, get weather updates, check out your guns, grab your “secrets” (a bag full of the daily tactical frequencies, call signs, duress codes, and other things I probably shouldn’t know about). Next is the “step time,” which is when you actually step to the KC-135. In our case, that was when we went out to the crew van and drove down a bumpy Kyrgy road with several checkpoints onto the flightline. As we did this, I could see that ours was not the only mission that day. C17’s were getting loaded and flying off to Bagram AFB that day with cargo and troops being deployed downrange. Once we reached the aircraft, maintenance crews from the 376 EAMXS had already been out there ensuring our aircraft was in great flying condition, which it always was. The pilot did a quick walk around of the aircraft, checking vital parts and one last verification. And inside, the co-pilot and boom operator were performing their mission-essential checks. Finally there was the “take off time,” which is when the mission actually started. Winds favored a runway 08 departure on both of our missions with a left upwind turn towards the amazing Kirghiz mountains. The benefit of flying out of Kyrgyzstan is that it is a short, onehour flight over Tajikistan and you are immediately in Afghanistan. This allows the U.S.A.F. to immediately support any aircraft operation in the AOR. As this was a combat mission, the exact route of flight was classified. All I know is that on my first mission, we were supporting fighter jets in the North /Northwestern area of Afghanistan. I was told that the mountain range off in the distance was the Pakistan boarder, which we were not allowed to cross into.

C-7s from McChord AFB fly troops and cargo in and out of Afghanistan on daily missions. All troops entering or exiting the AOR process through Transit Center at Manas. (Sagar Pathak)

SrA Antione Owens, a Boom Operator on the KC-135, awaits his receiver to approach the boom. Often missions will last 10+ hours and involve 8-15 aircraft being refueled. (Sagar Pathak) On my second sortie, we refueled fighter jets in Eastern Afghanistan along the Iranian boarder, which we were not allowed to cross into. Definitely do not want to cause any international incidents. But on our second flight, there was a Continued on Page 14

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Editorial: Saving Airports Continued from Page 10 Pilots must carefully assess as to whether a home owner group is sincere, or simply comprised of individuals seeking attention. It is important for pilots to challenge such groups and ask to attend one of their meetings to hear and deal with grievances. In many cases, such “groups” may consist of only one or two people. They need to be addressed head on, first with facts and then with a challenge to justify their motives. There is no need to address a grab for personal attention and power, especially if at the expense of the airport, with political correctness. Then, there is the issue of noise. This is something we can help with, but not if local pilots know nothing about noise abatement procedures. The noise issue is often raised by individuals that purchased homes in the vicinity of an airport long after the airport was built. Regrettably, the argument that “the airport was here first” simply does not work and will not stand up in court. Be aware that airports with federal funding must subscribe to very specific noise standards, with noise level zones established around the airport that limit property within a noise zone to be non-residential. Local builders will often seek zoning changes to permit them to build in the federal noise zones. Such developers are required to notify property owners of the airport and the noise status. These notifications are often in the fine print of a land purchase contract and not brought to the attention of the landowner. Home owners do have a legal responsibility to read their contracts and real estate sellers are required to make sure buyers are aware of noise issues. Remember, community zoning officers’ answer to the same politicians who would like to sell the airport property for tax profits, so there can be some very scandalous activities in play. There is a lot we can do to mitigate noise, like coming off take-off power as soon as safety permits. Maintain an approach path of at least 3 degrees, or higher Meet with airport operators and develop procedures before the complaints come in. Make sure these procedures are available to the many tablet-based airport databases and posted on signs at the ends of the runway. Pool funds and purchase a simple tri-

color VASI for your airport and set the glide path for optimum noise abatement. There is a lot of noise that we can control. Finally, there is “airport death by a thousand cuts.” Yes, that is a bit gruesome, but it can happen in the way of restrictions. First, it might be a restriction on night flying, perhaps followed by a limit on corporate aircraft. Soon, flight schools will be “outlawed,” followed by a restriction on touch and go landings. Soon horsepower will be limited... well... you get the idea. In an effort to cooperate with critics, you give up the right to fly, one piece at a time. Pilots need to be reasonable, but hold the line. We live in the world of federal law that both tells us what we are allowed to do and protects our right to fly. Any proposed restriction that is in any way dealt with under the FAR’s should not be a bargaining chip in a “save the airport” argument. For example, touch and goes are specifically permitted (tri-gear during the day) in maintaining FAR mandated 90-day currency. Invite critics to submit a change to the FAR’s and, if successful, you will comply. Flight training, currency, night flying, operation of high performance aircraft and many other fight activities are required by the FAR’s. Don’t let a local politician or small group of homeowners overwrite the FAR’s. Perhaps the take-away is that you, the reader, must “save your airport” before it needs saving. Go to town hall meetings during local elections and get those running for office to go on record as supporting the airport. Proactively attend homeowner meetings. Pay attention to request for zoning changes (announcements must be printed in local newspapers) by getting on appropriate mailing lists. Form a pilot group that spends a day a month cleaning up the airport; painting fences and making the place look inviting. Airport “work days” can be fun, especially when combined with food and a spot landing contest. Don’t wait until you need AOPA to save you. Know what is going on in your community and stay ahead of evil trends. Situational awareness is not something that just happens while in flight. Make it a part of your life at the airport.

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A C-17 from McChord AFB takes off to bring troops and cargo into Afghanistan. (Sagar Pathak) Continued from Page 12 transmission from an Iranian controller on Emergency Guard Frequency 121.5 that an aircraft had strayed into Iranian airspace and we were to turn around immediately or else interceptors would be scrambled. I was told that the Iranian boarder was mobile depending on the controller. As we took off from Manas International Airport, it was like we were any other aircraft flying that day. We spoke to Manas Tower to get our clearance to take off, and then were handed off to Center, which guided us along our filed flight route into Afghanistan. Once we reached Afghanistan, we then went “tactical.” What that means is that we were no longer being controlled by Afghani ATC, but instead were being routed and watched over by a U.S.A.F. The flying boom on the KC-135 gives the AWACS aircraft. We switched over to ability to refuel all USAF and many encrypted frequencies and started using coalition aircraft. (Sagar Pathak) codewords. Some real Tom Clancy stuff! The 376th EOSS Operations Group give that much-needed fuel. If it wasn’t, had lined up aircraft almost immediately that F-16 had to scrub it’s mission and fly upon entering Afghanistan. Typically off and land at an alternate base, thus there are several aerial refueling tracks ending the air cover that it was providing that are scattered across Afghanistan. to troops on the ground. These tracks change frequently and are Sometimes it just didn’t work out updated in the “Secrets” bag that are like it did on paper. F-16s often fly as a known to each “friendly” aircraft in the pair – with a wingman, someone to watch AOR. Our KC-135 would fly from one out for you and help you out along the AR track to another to another and then way. One pair of F-16s from the 301st return back to TC Manas. As we orbited FW out of Texas, but temporarily each track, we had scheduled F-16s that deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanwould come up for fuel as they needed it. istan were such customers. As we transitioned between refueling A pair of these F-16s that provide tracks, we all took a moment to take a close-air support and armed-over watch break or grab a bite to eat. for the Service members on the ground, This was a very intricate ballet that were slated to get fuel from our tanker, happened in the sky. Schedulers from Shell 74, but were engaged in a heated, across the region had to coordinate close-air support mission. This changed the plans, and the dozens of aerial assets so that each had tempo onboard Shell 74 increased dramatadequate fuel, and at the same time ically. Viper 21 and his wingman, Viper 31, accomplished their mission of supporting were below us somewhere doing somethe troops on the ground. The F-16 had to thing important. Viper 21 came up as a take off from it’s home base, start it’s solo aircraft to quickly get fuel as Viper 31 mission, then fly skyward to an aerial provided air support to the troops on the refueling track for it’s life-saving fuel. Then a KC-135 had to be in the area to Continued on Page 16

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Transit to Manas, Part II Continued from Page 14 ground. Normally aircraft receiving fuel fly a standard pattern around the refueling tanker. They hold off the left wing, drop down and aft of the tanker, and approach the boom slowly. Then they finish and float gently to the right wing as the rest of their flight gets fuel. This did not happen for Viper 21. I was in the rear boom pod of the KC-135 with the Boom Operator (“Boom”), laying on our bellies and looking backwards when I saw an F-16 flash by in the opposite direction less then a 1,000 feet below us. It pulled a hard left, high G turn and expertly was in the pre-contact position and closing in towards the boom fast! Within seconds, Viper 21 was receiving fuel as quickly as it could take it. Less then two minutes went by and Viper 21 was off the boom and diving back down towards the fight. Viper 21 informed the tanker that Viper 31 was low on fuel and 35 miles northwest of the refueling track, requesting that the tanker go towards the F-16 versus it having to waste precious time to fly towards the tanker. Immediately we banked left and headed towards the F-16. We were deep in the middle of “YoYo Operations,” where one aircraft stays low to the ground to provide close-air support and his wingman flies up to the

An F-16 from the 482d FW “Makos” takes on fuel. (Sagar Pathak)

less then 25 feet from one another and then trying to fly a stick into a hole of the other aircraft and force fuel into it isn’t the most dangerous task in the world, but it isn’t the easiest. When we were refueling the Dutch RNLAF F-16s, we experienced the worst turbulence I had ever been in. The planes were being tossed around the sky like rag dolls. Plus the boom operator’s window was coated in de-icing fluid so his vision was obscured. Bad for photography, but even worse for trying to give fuel to an F-16 that would have to cancel his mission and leave the troops on the ground unsupported. They tried for 10 minutes before making a solid contact. On May 3, 2013, Shell 77, a KC-135 from the 22nd EARS crashed in Kyrgyzstan shortly after take off, killing all three crew-members on board. The plane was from McConnell AFB, the crews were from Fairchild AFB, but the loss was felt across the base and the entire Air Force. A small memorial In Honor of SHELL 77, the KC-135 that crashed shortly adorns the walls of the after departure from Transit Center at Manas, this plaque 376th AEW crew lounge. hangs in the ready room at the 22nd EARS. (Sagar Pathak) And with all the tanker for fuel. Then the wingman tankings safely accomplished it was time returns to the fight and the other aircraft to sit back and RTB. flies up to the tanker for it’s turn at getAfter 17.6 hours over Afghanistan ting fueled. This way there is continuous seeing the dedication and direct impact ground cover and the aircraft get fuel, these crews have, I was impressed. albeit a little at a time versus one continHaving flown only on local training misuous fill up. You do all you can to get that sions and being both on the tanker’s and fuel and get back in the fight! the receiver’s side of the boom, I now get All in all, in that one mission, Shell it. Those long, boring, safe, training 74 fueled 10 F-16s for 38,400 pounds of flights over the United States all come fuel over western Afghanistan; including together so that crews from the 22nd two Dutch F-16s. EARS can refuel the fight where it Inherently there is always risk in counts and when it counts, no matter anything you do. Crossing a busy interwhat the conditions. NKAWTG! section, driving a car, waking up in the morning. Two planes flying at 300 mph Turn to Page 57 for our “Photo Finish” at 23,000 feet over Afghanistan, flying featuring Transit to Manas...

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by Steve Weaver

FIRST FLIGHT Once when I was little and played on the hill, One wondrous evening, I dream of it still– Mom called me to dinner, impatient, I knew– So I lifted my arms up and flapped them and flew. I lifted my arms up and flapped them, and lo! I was flying as fast as my short legs could go. The hill swirled beneath me, all foggy and green; I lit by the yard fence, and no one had seen. I told them at dinner, I said, “I can fly.” They laughed, not believing. I started to cry And ran from the table, and sobbed, “It is true– You need not believe me; I flapped and I flew.” I told them next morning, I told them again– For years I kept telling; they laughed and I ran– No one would believe me; I ceased then to tell; But still I remember, remember it well– One soft summer evening up there on the knoll, Before life had harried the reach of my soul, I stood there in twilight, in childlight, and dew– And I lifted my arms up and flapped them and flew!

his was written by Southern author and poet Louise McNeil, West Virginia’s Poet Laureate for many years. It was written late in her life and while she was never a pilot or even so far as I know a passenger in a small airplane, she speaks eloquently of the yearning that lives in the breast of all humans, to defy gravity and soar above the earth. In the volumes of work that she accomplished in her life and the several books that she had published, this was the only poem or story that had flying as its theme. She wrote about the people and the land of West Virginia. She described the mountains and the rivers and the characters of the Appalachian Mountains who inhabited them and she made them come alive as few authors have. But it was her ‘First Flight’ that gave me a deep kinship with this woman, because I too had my first flight at about the same age as her childhood persona. My flight didn’t end so well, however. If you are to understand this tale I must start at the very beginning and tell you about Sue Proudfoot, since she was the cause of it. It was her fault. It began in the Fall when the big war ended, while life was beginning to return to normal as the veterans came home and picked up their lives. The mood was upbeat and Americans were anxious to



FIRST FLIGHT move on. Where we lived in Central West Virginia, the West Arden School, perched high on the side of a hill above the Tygart River, had started its school year with a record enrollment and a first grade class numbering about 12. I was a part of this class, along with my best buddy Murphy whom I had known for all of the life that I could remember. Fate had decreed that also in this class was the girl that was destined to be my first love and subsequently cause my first broken heart. In fact I fell in love with her the first day, at the very moment she came through the door of our one room school. I should say at the moment she flounced into the room, with the golden tresses that her mother had doubtlessly curled that morning framing a perfect face that held the bluest eyes I’d ever seen. I was so done with school. I wanted to get married. Unfortunately, I was doomed to learn about love triangles before I learned addition and subtraction. Alas, my love had eyes only for Murphy, who for some strange reason hated girls and steadfastly ignored them. So there we were, with Sue

staring moodily at Murphy, me staring longingly at Sue and Murphy staring grumpily at me and wondering why I couldn’t concentrate on making paper airplanes to fly at recess. At recess Sue would gravitate to wherever Murphy was playing, and in the meantime I had apparently become invisible, since nothing I did could divert her attention from Murphy. One day though, after being rudely rebuffed yet again by Murphy, Sue in desperation turned her attention to me. Perhaps she thought I could get her an appointment for a conversation with him. But the reason didn’t matter, because for once I had her attention and I wasn’t going to waste it. Frantically I groped around in my cluttered mind for something that would make me interesting to her. “I CAN FLY!” I heard myself blurt. Where the heck did that come from I thought? It had worked though, I definitely had Sue’s attention, albeit her very dubious attention. “What do you mean you can fly?” was her skeptical response. Well, I wasn’t sure, because my synapses were firing faster than I could keep track

of, but I heard myself answer that I had a cape at home with Super Man flight capabilities, and that I put it on every night when I got home from school and flew around the yard. I was astounded. Was this really me saying this stuff? The blue eyes bored into mine. “Prove it,” she said. “Bring it to school tomorrow and show me.” “Mom” I said, “I need a cape.” I described the cape that would need to look as much as possible like the one Superman wore and she asked me if we were having a play at school. “Uh Huh” I said, while crossing my fingers. I remember walking the quarter mile to school the next morning carrying Mom’s creation in a brown paper sack. It was a proper cape sure enough, but made of a turquoise material which was probably an old curtain, and I recall it fastened around my neck with a brown shoelace. At school I quickly stuffed the bag in Continued on Page 19

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A Grassroots Celebration of Aviation San Marcos Municipal Airport (HYI) – April 26, 2014: Situated in the heart of Texas, this airport features the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing museum, as well as easy access to the exciting cities of San Antonio and Austin, rich with history, art, and activities for the entire family. Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ) – May 31, 2014: Enjoy the heartland of America in this classic Midwestern city and a truly grassroots airport. Twenty minutes from Continued on Page 19

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Continued from Page 17 my desk before anyone could ask me what was in it, but the rumor had already gone viral. All over the room you could hear grades one through eight hissing at each other, “hey, Weaver’s gonna fly at recess.” Our teacher, Miss Stewart, restored order, but she had apparently broken the code and knew what was scheduled to happen at 10:30, because I remember a lingering and somewhat amused appraisal from her unlike any she had given me before. In fact I wasn’t sure she had even noticed me before. The morning’s lessons droned on while my mind buzzed with the important issues of the upcoming flight. On takeoff I had to hold my hands just so. Had anyone besides Superman ever done this I wondered? I hadn’t heard about it if they did. The cape was made right, so it should work, shouldn’t it? Should I just go once around the school or maybe out

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over the river and back? I wondered why more people didn’t do this. I hoped I could do a stand up landing the way Superman did it. The teacher dinged the little bell she kept on her desk. It was recess. During an ordinary recess the school broke up into little cliques of playing

children. The sexes and the grades all had different interests and they scattered as they came through the door, but not this time. Lacking only lighted torches to resemble a lynch mob, the school was united in watching Arden’s first airshow, and perhaps too they also smelled blood just a bit. Miss Stewart, who normally


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Larry Shapiro us for take off and looking forward to our next trip back to La Paz. As we climbed out and up for one last look at the beauty of La Paz, my wife started commenting about the people she met – at the market, some of the restaurants, and of course, our boat Captain that I was sure she had hidden in her luggage. I don’t have the time and space to tell you about the five yellowtails she boated, and the whales she played with – let her write her own column. Okay, are you keeping score on the many and different services so far, and we aren’t even to 6,000 feet yet? A little less than an hour later we were talking to the Tower at Loreto just to check in and again enjoyed more great service even if I didn’t understand every word she said. For those of you not blessed with doing this flight, the next four hours were like traveling on the moon but with better weather, and of course water. Okay, get your scorecard out again. So as we continued, and I was getting just a little bored, Kimberly was playing with her iPad . . . I dialed in 122.8 to see if I was alone out there. I wasn’t. Over the next few hours I spoke with way too many people that should not have been on that Freq, but never the less, they were and I loved it. I met a family from the wine country going the opposite direction, they promised to come by and visit with me at PAO, and they also gave me a WX up-date. Once again, more service, no faces or uniforms, but as I’ve said, invisible service. Now I’m in the need for another voice so it was time to check in with the tower troops and troop-lettes at the San Filipe Airport. I think they loved the check-in as much as I did. They seldom, if ever, can give me information I’d like to have, but they are smiling and wished us a safe journey – okay, so they didn’t say journey. A hundred miles more heading North and I’ve talked with a few much higherpaid pilots, wearing uniforms, leaving contrails in the sky, but really good at relaying messages to SoCal approach to change my ETA for Brown field where I knew I was going to be late. By the time Tijuana answers the phone its too late and we never ever get that part right anyway. In case you don’t know this, Brown Field is across the street from them... yes, in another country, but I wasn’t on the planContinued on Page 27

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catch with lots of hugs, love and praise. Not only does Baker’s and Penny’s relationship look different from the average military working dog and its handler – it is different in several ways. One of the main factors for the difference in their relationship is that Penny is a fox red Labrador. “The relationship between the normal German shepherd or Belgian Malinois military working dog and their handler is usually one built on a foundation of strict routine and a balance of work and play as that is what those breeds need,” said Staff Sgt. James Worley, a military working dog handler with the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. “In sessions with a German shepherd or Belgian Malinois, when a handler gives the dog a sharp verbal correction for not performing a task as they should, those dogs will keep working. If Penny were to be given the same type of negative feedback, it could potentially make her shut down mentally and be counterproductive to the training session.” Another reason for the difference is that Penny wasn’t trained as a traditional military working dog but for the Marine Corps as an independent detector dog. During her service with the Marines, Penny served in Afghanistan for two consecutive years. While there, she detected the scent of explosives and alerted her handler as part of her daily job. When the requirement for independent detector dogs dropped in 2012, Marine Corps Systems Command transferred nearly 400 dogs to federal, state, local and municipal organizations. Dogs that were not transferred were adopted by families. During this time, Penny found her new home with the 21st Security Forces Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. During her first year there, Penny worked with two handlers before being partnered with Baker. The differences that now make Baker and Penny’s partnership special

presented challenges in the beginning. “During (technical training), they teach us primarily how to work with Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds,” Baker said. “It’s different from training in that Penny’s motivation to work is different from those breeds. The way she interacts to the environment and to stimuli is different. Most dogs are motivated and want their toy. She’s not so much motivated by wanting her toy, but by wanting to make me happy.” Adding to the learning curve of how to interact with her new partner, Baker said she also had to adopt a new set of commands to communicate with her new partner. To help, Baker studied videos to learn how independent detector dogs were given commands. “(Baker) still has to have the balance of work and play, but she also has to build rapport through more fun-based activities like walks and fetch instead of regimented obedience and bite work,” Worley said. Baker also devoted much of her time off to her new partner. “There were lots of walks and not leaving her in her kennel,” Baker said. “I devoted my time to finding out what makes her happy.” After much effort to develop their relationship and partnership, Baker said. Penny developed trust and love. “She got used to how I am and how best she can make me happy,” she said. “I can’t treat her like I would a Malinois or Shepherd, so I tailored all of my actions to her and she flourished under it.” In January 2014 the team deployed to the 380 ESFS where Penny now serves as a frontline detection dog. They will continue to spend the next several months helping protect others from contraband items entering the base. “She helps by giving the people here peace of mind,” Baker said. “She’s not only here to protect me, but every person on this base. “At first, our partnership was a learning curve, because Penny is so different,” Baker said. “But, now we’ve

Continued from Page 26 ning commission. I hope you are keeping count of how many folks have provided service to us and we only saw a handful of them.

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So we landed, enjoyed the tower folks comment about my landing, “Nice,

really nice,” and then we headed for the Blue Line and, just like the rulebook says, put your plane on the blue line and don’t move. So once again my friendly and smiling Officer Gonzales greets us at our airplane, and once again he asks the question, “Anything to declare?” And once again I say, “yep, . . . my Butt hurts, I’m happy to be here after a five-hour leg from Continued on Page 28

380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) he passion and love between military working dogs and handlers is part of the job, but not always evident. However, for Senior Airman Samantha Baker and her partner for the past four months, military working dog Penny, the two are often seen walking around the base together. Sometimes Baker carries Penny up makeshift stairs so that her paws don’t get stuck, and instead of working strict patrol and obedience training, the two are often in the training area engaging in a game of


Senior Airman Samantha Baker gives her partner, Penny, a hug after successfully completing a training session. Baker is a military working dog handler deployed to the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. April Lapetoda)

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Military working dog Penny pauses to listen to her partner, Senior Airman Samantha Baker’s next command. Prior to her service in the Air Force, Penny served in the Marine Corps as an independent detector dog. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. April Lapetoda)

Military working dog Penny leaps over an obstacle in the training area as Senior Airman Samantha Baker gives her commands. Baker is a military working dog handler deployed to the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. April Lapetoda) really bonded. We really are a true team with an unbreakable bond. I trust this dog every day with my life. I could do this for years and I really hope to.”

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CIRRUS AIRCRAFT PARTNERS UNITE Cirrus Aircraft has announced the details of its 2014 JumpStart ProgramSM, aimed to give more new pilots a comprehensive introduction to general aviation by learning to fly in a Cirrus. The program is a unique collaboration between Cirrus Aircraft, Cirrus’ largest vendor suppliers and Cirrus’ flight training partners to allow first-time pilots to train in new, fully-equipped Cirrus airplanes. Innovative JumpStart Program components include both special incentives and growth opportunities for the flight schools and sponsor owners. “With JumpStart, Cirrus Aircraft and this special group of partners are making a very real investment in expanding aviation,” said Todd Simmons, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Support at Cirrus Aircraft. “When new pilots learn and train in a Cirrus – a modern aircraft design with state-of-the-art technology, performance and safety systems - they are more likely to stay committed to aviation, to aircraft ownership and to accessing the personal and small business benefits that only GA can provide. The Cirrus Aircraft JumpStart Program helps make that introduction to flight and all its benefits easier by enhancing the flight training experience and reducing those initial ownership barriers.”

2014 JumpStart Program Cirrus Aircraft has designated 12 brand new and fully equipped SR20s that will be available exclusively to its Cirrus training center partners in select markets across the country. Both an ideal training and personal transportation airplane, the Cirrus SR20 cruises at 155 knots with a range of 785 nautical miles. Docile and easy to fly, these special JumpStart configured airplanes come equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, like every Cirrus ever produced. Additional features include Cirrus Perspective avionics by Garmin, digital autopilots with Enhanced Stability and Protection, a keyboard controller, Synthetic Vision Technology, optional XM Weather and Audio, and more. Other advancements include Cirrus’ New Integrated LED Lighting Technology and luxury automotive style 60/40 FlexSeating. Combining the most spacious family-friendly cabin in its class with air conditioning, the SR20 balances technology, comfort and performance in an easy-to-fly package. After a training partner takes delivery of their SR20 as part of the JumpStart Program, Cirrus helps the partner establish the aircraft in their fleet as a key business differentiator. Another unique aspect of the JumpStart program is the option


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for sponsor owners to purchase a Cirrus airplane and lease it back to a Cirrus training center, with special incentives available to the owner. The program was field tested in select markets in late 2012 with encouraging early results throughout 2013. “We have experienced firsthand the impact of having a new SR20 on the line as it has proven to be a clear competitive advantage,” said Bob Stedman, Principal at Independence Aviation, the Platinum Cirrus Training Center in Denver, Colo. “Both Cirrus Aircraft as a company and the airplanes themselves...we couldn’t ask for a stronger partner to help us stand out and attract new customers. We are seeing real results.”

Team Effort The JumpStart opportunity for Cirrus training partners is made possible by significant commitments from seven important suppliers. “Cirrus Aircraft is very innovative in its thinking about how to reach a broader audience of new pilots and potential aircraft owners,” said Carl Wolf, Vice President, Aviation Sales and Marketing at Garmin International. “The JumpStart Program is the latest example and in this case gives us all the opportunity to grow our businesses through part-

nership in the JumpStart program.” Simmons emphasized the importance of working with supplier partners who mirror the company’s vision for enhancing the general aviation experience through the highest quality training approach. “We are all focused on growth and continually looking for ways that we can increase new pilot engagement,” he said. “Recognizing these larger goals with our suppliers is a critical aspect of the JumpStart program. We are putting our collective resources to work to drive real outcomes here.” The complete list of Cirrus Aircraft JumpStart supplier partners involved in development program are: • Garmin - Avionics • Continental Motors -200 HP engine • Hartzell - Propeller and governor • BRS Aerospace - CAPS Parachute canopy • Enviro Systems - Environmental control systems • Fastenal - Aerospace hardware and supplies • TenCate - Advanced composite materials To learn more about the 2014 JumpStart Program, Cirrus suppliers and Cirrus training centers, visit

What’s Up Continued from Page 27 La Paz, and I need your Toilet.” I also mentioned I had a few hundred pounds of great fish in the cooler but no Uranium. That’s a joke between him and me.

Know Your Limits After a quick trip to his office to, once again, correct the mistakes on my EAPIS (ask me what this means some other time, I’m running out of space) we were out the door for the next leg of our trip, which was a five-minute flight to Montgomery Field where we were going to RON for the night. It’s a prudent idea not to push on home for another 3.5 hours at night after a five hour leg of flying... and besides, we heard about a great place to eat called the Studio Dinner, just off the east end of the runway. Are you still counting? We got serv-

ice from another dozen people and we only saw one of them. I did want to mention that the airport office at Montgomery Field went out of their way to help us with a few boring details, and Maria from CrownAir for driving up to our airplane and offering us water for the last leg heading home. I don’t forget service like that. “No Lawrence! You can’t take her home!” I don’t want you to get bored but you can add at least another two dozen more service providers, not counting the hotel, the dinner, the SoCal controllers, and Mother Nature for providing the great flying weather.

On Final And On Another Very Personal Final Note To write this column about service and not mention that it was only possible with the support and help from some very dedicated FAA medical service providers would be in error. This column could not have been written nor the trip taken without their help. One of the side effects of Cancer, and some other related medical issues, is that they tend to cause a loss of hair and your medical. Many of us get our medicals back – some do not. Those that do must have patience, the FAA knows they are short handed and a little behind in their paperwork. I knew I would be getting mine back in 60 to 90 days, providing the world didn’t come to an end. My problem was I was scheduled to leave on the above-mentioned

trip in one week. I’ll admit, I became a royal pain in the procedures, but I reached out to many for help. I was a lucky one. It took three civilian docs and three FAA docs to perform the miracle of getting my ticket to me before take off. Even though many of the folks were invisible, the FAA’s Dr. Goodman and his troops danced as fast as they could, and I left for Mexico sitting on my first fresh medical in almost four years. Please, don’t make me cry. I’m not even sure its appropriate for me to write this, but not to mention the FAA medical department would just be bad manners and that’s not who I am. He and I have never met, but I hope we will one day . . . I know tipping is not allowed, but here’s one for you . . . don’t give up and learn how to say thank you for good SERVICE! Until next time . . . That’s Thirty! “Over”

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Flying With Faber EASY COOKING have grown weary of restaurant sticker shock and paying for food that is mediocre at best. I have written previous columns, which have featured a number of my culinary creations. Most of these recipes are excerpts from a cookbook, which I am in the process of writing. For the past few years, I have been sending these recipes to friends of mine. I often receive an email or phone call a few days later. “I tried your recipe – it was so quick and easy to make. The best I’ve ever had.” Of course, those responses make me feel great. Plus, they strengthen my belief that cooking at home can be fun, rewarding, healthy and less expensive. Another name for these recipes could be: Things you thought you couldn’t make, but can!


Pasta and Marinara Sauce

It’s no surprise to my friends that I would not allow a jar of store-bought pasta sauce to cross my threshold. Generally, I feel the same about canned stuff. However, most chefs agree that, unless you can find really ripe vineripened tomatoes, the best bet is canned San Marzano tomatoes. Don’t be fooled by the labels which claim, “San Marzano style.” They are not the real thing. I suggest Cento or La Valle brand – about $5 a can, but well worth it. With a pound of pasta, you will still end up with a meal for four for about $7 – or in my case, a meal for one. 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 cup dry red wine 1 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano 1 6-ounce can tomato paste 2 teaspoons oregano ? teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes



1 bay leaf 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1 pound pasta (penne, mostaccioli, fettuccini, spaghetti or linguini) Place whole tomatoes and tomato paste in a large bowl. Add about 1/2 cup water. With your hands, crush tomatoes and tomato paste until you achieve a sauce-like consistency. Add oregano, sugar, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Set aside. In a large skillet over a medium-high heat, add about 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. When the oil is hot, add onions, stir and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir for about 1 minute. Do not burn. Add wine and bring to a boil until wine has almost disappeared. Add tomato mixture and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. In the meantime, fill a large pasta pot with 5 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of kosher salt. Cover and simmer. Taste the sauce and re-season if necessary. Add about 1/4 cup of water and stir. When the sauce is ready, bring the water to a rolling boil and add the pasta. Cook just before the pasta reaches al dente according to instructions on package. When pasta is almost al dente, drain, then add to the sauce. Italians always add the pasta to the sauce, not the sauce to the pasta. Remove the pasta and sauce from the heat. Pasta will continue to cook in the sauce. For a thinner consistency of sauce, add small amounts of pasta water. Sprinkle with parsley flakes and remove bay leaf. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve with a crust of a French baguette or Italian ciabatta.

Grilled Tri Tip & O’Brien Fries It’s not always true that you get only what you pay for. Tri tip, one of the most inexpensive cuts of meat, is bursting with flavor and texture – and it’s easy to prepare. Tri Tip 1 tri tip roast, 2 1/2 -3 pounds Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Olive oil O’Brien Fries 3 medium white rose potatoes

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1 small brown or yellow onion 1/4 each red and green bell pepper Olive oil Coarse salt, freshly ground pepper, paprika, rosemary For the roast: Take roast out of refrigerator and bring to room temperature, about 1 hour. Preheat grill to high heat, about 400 degrees. Place a large, grill-proof skillet, preferably cast iron, on grill over flame. When roast reaches room temperature, drizzle with olive oil and rub all over roast. Season generously with salt and pepper. Place the roast in the skillet and cover grill. Sear on one side for about 10 minutes, then sear the other side for 10 minutes. Return right side up and roast until thermometer reads about 115 degrees for rare, 125 for medium rare or 130 for medium. This will take 30-40 minutes, depending on size of roast. Remove from skillet, place on cutting board, tent with foil and allow it to rest for 10-20 minutes. Placed dripped juices on a bowl and drizzle over slices after they are placed on the plates. For an extra-special treat, how about a French dip sandwich? Here is how to do it. After the roast is fully cooked, place the skillet on the stovetop over a high flame. Carefully pour 1/2 cup of a dry red wine into the skillet. With a spatula, scrape the bottom of the skillet vigorously to remove the bits of roast – this is where the flavor is. Cook the wine until it is reduced by half. Then, add a can of beef broth or a cup or two of beef stock. Cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Take a French roll, cut it in half and dip each half in the gravy. Then, slice the tri tip into 1/2 inch slices, dip them in the gravy and place between the bread slices – it’s heavenly! Note: If you don’t have a grill, you can roast the tri tip in the oven. Place in cast iron skillet and roast at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes.

For the potatoes: Dice potatoes, with skins, onion and peppers into 1/4 inch cubes. Just before the roast is placed on the grill, combine potatoes, onions and peppers and drizzle with oil. Mix well with your hands. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and rosemary (either freshly chopped or dried). Seasoning should require about 1/2 teaspoon of each seasoning. Turn potatoes and season the other side. Mix well. Place potatoes in a grill-proof skillet, preferably cast iron and place on grill over flame. They should take about the same length of time as the roast. Turn every ten minutes. If potatoes start to burn, move to portion of grill where there is no flame. Potatoes are done when tender and there is a slightly brown crust. Season to taste. Potatoes can also be cooked on the stovetop.

Faber’s Hamburger of the Century

Some of the simplest dishes are not the easiest to prepare. How many of us have experienced dry and/or tasteless burgers? We all savor a thick burger with an abundance of flavor and juice running all over the place. Creating such a burger takes just a little more effort, but it’s worth it, and you won’t have to spend 20 bucks in one of those fancy burger joints. I strongly recommend that you grind the meat yourself. The difference in flavor and texture is remarkable. Plus, you can control the quality of the meat and the percentage of fat. Who knows what goes into those supermarket packages of hamburger? If you purchase meat that is Continued on Page 30

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Flying With Faber 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil, oregano 1/2 teaspoon each granulated onion and garlic, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

Continued from Page 29 already ground, I suggest a butcher shop where you can select the meat in bulk from the display counter. 1 pound chuck roast 1 pound top sirloin 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 egg, beaten 1 small onion, chopped

mixer or in a food processor. If using a food processor, grind the meat in 4 batches by placing the meat in the processor and pulsing each batch about 11 times. Do not over process. If you are unable to grind the meat yourself, purchase high quality ground meat. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients with your hands until thoroughly incorporated. Before forming patties, tear off a small chunk, make a patty and fry it in a small skillet. Taste the patty, then reseason the main mixture, if necessary.

Cut the chuck roast and top sirloin into 1” cubes. Freeze cubes for about 15 minutes before grinding. Grind meat either in an attachment to a KitchenAid

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Heat your grill or skillet until it is very hot. Brush a thin layer of canola oil on heating surface. My choice is to use a flat griddle atop of my gas barbecue. To form patties, divide the mixture into 6 equal portions (or 8 or 4 if you prefer). I favor a 6-ounce patty. Gently form round patties. Do not press the meat too tightly together! Lay the patties on a flat surface. With your thumb and finger, punch a hole in the center of each pattyabout 1/2 way deep in the patty. This prevents the center from rising up while cooking. Place the patties on the hot grill. Do not press down with your spatula! Doing so will release the juices and you want a juicy burger. Grill for about 5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. If you want a cheeseburger, add some grated cheese atop the patty for the last 3 minutes and cook until melted.

Oven Fried Potatoes What would a hamburger be without fries? But very few homes have a deep fryer. An oil-filled skillet is messy. Oven fried potatoes are a great alternative. Plus (if you leave out the melted butter), my version is considerably more healthy. But why leave out the melted butter? These potatoes never cease to produce loud “wows” from my guests. 5 large Yukon gold or 5 medium baking potatoes 5 shallots, unpeeled, cut into quarters 5 cloves garlic, crushed 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon fresh or dried thyme 2 teaspoons paprika 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons melted butter Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a large metal roasting pan or baking sheet on bottom rack in the oven. Cut the potatoes in half, then quarters, then cut each quarter in half. Place the potatoes, shallots, garlic and rosemary in a large bowl. Sprinkle with olive oil and butter, if using. With your hands, mix well until all of the items are well coated. Season with thyme, paprika, salt and pepper and mix well. Remove the baking sheet or pan from the oven. Spread the potatoes, etc. in one even layer. Roast for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Turn potatoes over every 20 minutes. These potatoes are best if you roast them until the outsides are quite brown and very crispy.

International Fly-In & Expo • April 1-6, 2014

40TH ANNUAL SUN 'N FUN CELEBRATION DAYS he 40th Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In & Expo is on track for April 1-6, 2014, at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (Florida). Be one of the guests as The Blue Angels, the U.S Navy Demonstration Squadron, makes their first appearance in the South in 2014. There will be more than 500 vendors and exhibitors, airshows every afternoon and special youth activities will augment the forums, workshops, seminars and evening programs. More than 8,000 International visitors from 82 countries will be part of the 200,000 attendees expected. Visit the CornRoast, the Sunset Grill or find out more about the local area at the Visitors Center near Hangar A that is hosted by representatives from Visit Central Florida and the Lakeland Tourism and Convention Bureau. Static Aircraft, a Veterans Plaza and planes flying overhead as you enter the parking area are all part of the excitement. Hands on activities for youth and even the KidsZone are a great way to introduce your family to the wonderful possibilities in the world of aviation. Great historical events deserve recognition. For a 40th birthday they


have become reasons to have a party every day. Here's some inside information that will help you schedule your day. Stay tuned for the confirmation of a visit from Governor Scott. Tuesday, April 1 – Celebration of 100 years of Commercial Aviation Did you know that the first commercial airline flight was actually in Florida? This will be Florida Airman Day and any licensed Floridian Pilot/Mechanic, etc. will be given a discount. Wednesday, April 2 – Build a Brighter Future through Aviation Day Education is a focus at Sun 'n Fun and what better way to say it than by hosting a "Cradle to Career Fair" for the community. Elementary and Middle School 'feeders' that send students to CFAA will join aviation colleges and employers from all over the country in the Florida Air Museum and Open Air Pavilion. Watch for details that will include presentations by Captain Judy Rice, NASA Science and Space Museum, MOSI, and more. The day will culminate with the first fundraising event called Dinner with Legends. Purchase a ticket to sit next to your favorite person-

age from the Aerospace World. Tentative Guests include WWII Triple Ace Colonel C.E. "Bud" Anderson; WWII Doolittle Raider, Dick Cole; Apollo 11 Astronaut Dr. Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin; Designer and Pilot, Dick Rutan; WWII Pilot and Airshow Legend Bob Hoover; WWII Tuskegee Airman Colonel Charles McGee and Members of the WWII Women Air Service Pilots (WASP). Sponsorships and Table reservations are available by contacting Greg Gibson, Director of Business Development at 863-904-4041. Thursday, April 3 – Volunteer Day There's a mid-week party going on. SnF Radio is hosting their 20th Birthday Party. Visit the Sun ' n Fun Splash-In at Lake Agnes on the Fantasy of Flight grounds, watch for your invitation to the Museum Member Mingle. After years of planning, Captain Judy Rice is launching her "Think Global Flight Around the World" with a send off by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Captain Rice will be Skyping with students at the Florida Air Museum over her four-month flight. At the end of the day cadets and students from CFAA will host their counterparts from the

U.K., Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, Iceland and more countries at the first International Youth "Dance Around the World" reception. Friday, April 4 – 100th Anniversary of Aerial Combat Polk, Hillsborough and other students will meet in the Florida Air Museum Open Air Pavilion with the U.S. Blue Angels and their support team. WWII Triple Ace Bud Anderson and a Raptor Pilot will make a then and now presentation and the day will end with an International Visitors Reception Saturday, April 5 – SnF 40th Birthday Celebration and Paul Poberezny Day Start the morning with a spectacular balloon launch. If you are a teacher, register for the Aerospace Educators Workshop and maybe fly with the Geico SkyTypers or Aeroshell Team. Bring the entire family to the Night Airshow. Sunday, April 6 – Florida Resident Day Discount Tickets for Florida Residents for Florida's Largest Convention!

SUN ‘N FUN RADIO IS TURNING 20! The Annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in & Expo is hitting a benchmark April 1-6, 2014 as it celebrates 40 years of aviation fun and adventure, camaraderie and entertainment. Sun ‘n Fun is a globally recognized signature event on the annual aviation calendar. It's Florida's largest convention and the largest airshow in the South! Twenty years ago, as the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in & Expo feted its 20th year, a media volunteer launched a new communications service for guests at the fly-in, something to augment the existing show daily and word-of-mouth. The 1995 event added the debut of Sun ‘n Fun Radio as one person worked in a cramped 5 x 6-

foot room in the old Media Center to accomplish all the tasks from preparation to broadcast. Sun ‘n Fun Radio succeeded, grew, moved, grew more and moved again over the years, becoming a stand-alone, volunteer broadcast service and internet streamer heard around the world today. On its 20th anniversary, Sun ‘n Fun Radio plays a more significant role than ever as volunteers under the tutelage of the originator, Dave Shallbetter, continue to promote the myriad of events, participants, exhibitors and sponsors. Station facilities have grown slightly since the station was located in that tiny room in the old Media Center that now houses the Sea Plane Pilots Association Headquarters.

Now, you can find Sun ‘n Fun Radio adjacent to the Sunset Grill with its own offices, editing, production facilities and broadcast deck facing Club House Row. Nearly 40 Sun ‘n Fun Radio volunteers interview, produce and edit broadcasts as their programming is heard across the grounds and around the world thanks to the Internet and live streaming. And, all that content originates on the Sun ‘n Fun grounds with Sun ‘n Fun participants.

Help us Celebrate and We will Celebrate your Help The Interview Deck needs work and expansion, editing facilities are still being

updated and a back deck would allow more people to visit the station away from the broadcasting center. With these needs in play, Sun ‘n Fun Radio set some goals for facilities improvements that will happen with the help of underwriters and sponsors – benefactors who would be publicly credited in many different ways through the next year – to five years. Read more about the opportunity to be a part of the Sun ‘n Fun Radio broadcasts as well as having a year-round presence in social media and aviation websites. Visit the website for details at for more ways to support ongoing activities.

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THINK GLOBAL FLIGHT JOURNEY Aviation enthusiasts from around the world will fly into Florida’s Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly In and Expo April 1-6, but there will also be one very significant departure on April 3: The Think Global Flight (TGF) crew is set to take off from Sun ‘n Fun to launch its around-

the-world flight promoting S.T.E.M. education and aviation. Captain Judy Rice, CFI and teacher, and navigator Fred Nauer, CFI-I and retired airline pilot, will fly the northern route with an easterly heading, stopping at schools around the world to interact with students and discuss the importance


YOUR SUN ‘N FUN GETAWAY TO INCLUDE TO A SPRING BREAK GETAWAY TO KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA Warm weather, sunshine and world-famous theme parks draw thousands of visitors to Kissimmee for spring break. Among those visitors, pilots and aviation enthusiasts flock to the area for the Annual International Fly-In & Expo hosted by Sun ‘n Fun, just a short drive from Kissimmee. This year, Experience Kissimmee has partnered as an official sponsor for the 40th anniversary of the largest airshow in the state of Florida. With a wide-variety of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy and a number of special offers on lodging and activities, Kissimmee is the perfect place to stay and play while attending the “spring break for pilots” in Lakeland, Fla., April 1-6, 2014. For four decades, the Fly-In has preserved the future of aviation by focusing on educating new generations with a variety of hands-on activities. The week-long event is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors from around the globe to the Central Florida area. Throughout the week, attendees will have the opportunity to view more than 10,000 different aircrafts from homebuilts to warbirds, ultralights and new models on the exhibit floor, and then participate in a number of hands-on activities, workshops, forums and view daily airshows. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport will become the busiest airport in the region, with 10,000-15,000 aircraft flying in and out during the week. A convenient alternative is Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM), which offers additional parking, tie down and fuel conveniences and an easy commute to the event. Kissimmee also offers a wide-variety of accommodations, attractions and activities suited for the whole family, just 45 minutes from Sun ‘n Fun and right next door to Walt Disney World and Orlando’s world- famous theme parks. The easy commute makes Kissimmee the perfect option for family members who choose not to attend the entire event. Many accommodations in Kissimmee also offer free shuttle transportation to major theme parks and a variety of special offers. In Kissimmee, visitors attending Sun ‘n Fun can stay and play for less with deals found throughout the area. Two can take the plunge for the price of one on the world’s tallest SkyCoaster at Fun Spot USA, sing and dance with the characters at Capone’s Dinner & Show for half off, enjoy a full breakfast at Gaylord Palms with their special “stay for breakfast” offer, practice a golf swing at Harmony Golf Preserve while receiving $10 off the best available rate or save $50$75 on a Disney Area Vacation Home. For more special offers, visit www.experience Families interested in adding more family fun to their getaway should make Kissimmee their home base, choosing from its more than 50,000 total accommodations. Kissimmee offers easy access to world famous Orlando theme parks and a variety of nature-based, eco-friendly activities. For more information on places to stay, things to do and discount offers in the Kissimmee area, visit



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of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. They’ll continue on for three months and arrive back in Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2014. At the Sun ‘n Fun launch, the crew will be joined by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Voyager Pilot, Dick Rutan. Then Aldrin will ride along in the Cirrus SR22 on first flight leg, destination, the Dominican Republic. “Back when I was privileged to be a part of the Apollo program, the USA was No. 1 in science and technology fields,” Aldrin said. “No one had ever heard of S.T.E.M. because we were at the top. Unfortunately today America is falling behind other countries.” “S.T.E.M. is exactly the focus of Think Global Flight reaching more than 20,000 students and why I strongly support Captain Judy and TGF,” Aldrin added. “In addition, I will celebrate a repeat of my T-6 solo flight in 1951 at Gilbert field in the TGF Cirrus with Captain Judy.” TGF has set up Student Command Centers around the world, allowing teachers and their students to follow the flight through the Think Global Flight app for iPhone, Androids, and iPads, as well as online, to interact with the flight


Judy Rice and a group of students with the TGF Cirrus SR22. (EAA Photo) crew, and participate in curricula developed to inspire students to see the promises that aviation and aerospace hold for them. Currently, there are 20,000 participants in 25 countries and 31 U.S. States. As well as the Cirrus, the flight will also include a greater representation of GA by flying in various other aircraft. The effort was launched by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Ariz., and Baton Rouge, La., and supporters and endorsers include Air Journey, AOPA, AVweb, Jeppesen, Spidertracks, Sennheiser, and Signature Flight Support. You can follow the around the world flight in real time through the free Think Global Flight app for iOS and Android devices. Also visit the TGF website at for more information.

PROJECT: STRATOS Sun ‘n Fun proudly introduces Project: STRATOS, a new program that will reward students for aviation based research efforts and raise awareness and funding for Sun ‘n Fun’s year round education activities. This year, the program will challenge students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) junior classmen in the form of an aerospacethemed essay contest administered by their teachers. Three primary topics will be available for the students to choose from, with subtopics in each: Historic Aircraft, Events in Aviation, and People in Aviation. From these participants, 10 students will be selected and awarded the distinction of being STRATOS Squadron Ambassadors to the 2014 SnF Fly-In. The winning essays will be published in the 2014 Fly-In Official Souvenir Program Guide, along with the winner’s photo and bio. Based upon the results of this initial effort, the program will expand to a broader school footprint in subsequent years, first to Polk County then on to a larger participation.

Rewards for winners: •Membership in the STRATOS Squadron – certificate, exclusive polo shirt, mission patch •Publication of their essay in SnF Official Souvenir Program guide •Attendance at April 2nd “Dinner With Legends” Fundraiser and special photo event with the Legends in attendance •DSLR Camera provided by Nikon •Flight with one of the airshow performers during SNF 2014 •Free Day of Choice passes to SnF for the winning students and their families •Access to the Performer Tent during the night airshow on Saturday •Meet and greet / photo opportunity with the Blue Angels One overall winner will be named STRATOS Squadron “Top Gun”, and have their name printed on the fuselage of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat located behind the Florida Air Museum. Project: STRATOS winners will be announced in early March in a special ceremony commemorating the winners’ achievement.

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Members Get Special Code for Advance Purchase This year marks the 40th Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo at Lakeland, Florida, which runs April 1-6 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Sun 'n Fun is the traditional opening of the flying season, and EAAers will be there in force. That includes many of the forums as EAA staffers and others will give presentations throughout the week. Here are the confirmed EAA-led forums: Tuesday, April 1, 9 a.m., Room 3 Flight Testing Your Homebuilt - Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager Tuesday, April 1, 12 p.m., Pilot Briefing Tent - Getting Started in Ultralights - Carla Larsh

Wednesday, April 2, 9 a.m., Pilot Briefing Tent - Registering AmateurBuilt Aircraft - Charlie Becker Wednesday, April 2, 10 a.m., Room 6 - Aircraft Insurance Solutions - Bob Mackey, Senior Vice President, Falcon Insurance Agency - EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Wednesday, April 2, 10 and 11 a.m., Room 9 - Protecting Your FAA Medical and Flying Safely - Gregory Pinnell, MD, Chairman, EAA Medical Advisory Council Wednesday, April 2, 1 p.m., Room 3 - Get Started in Homebuilding! Charlie Becker Wednesday, April 2, 1:30 p.m., Pilot Briefing Tent - 10 Years of Sport Pilot Rule - Ron Wagner

Thursday, April 3, 9 a.m., Pilot Briefing Tent - LSA or Ultralight Flying? - Carla Larsh Thursday, April 3, 10 a.m., Room 4 - Sheet Metal for Kit Aircraft - Mark Forss, EAA Workshop Programs Manager Thursday, April 3, noon, Room 4 IAC Forum Friday, April 4, 9 a.m., Pilot Briefing Tent - Tips for Low-Cost Flying - Dan Grunloh Friday, April 4, 10 a.m., Room 3 Rules and Regs of Homebuilding Charlie Becker Friday, April 4, 10 a.m., Room 9 Are You and Your Airplane Insurable? Bob Mackey Friday, April 4, noon, Room 4 -

IAC Forum Friday, April 4, noon, Pilot Briefing Tent - 10 Years of the Sport Pilot Rule Ron Wagner Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. and noon, Room 4 - IAC Forum Saturday, April 5, 12:15 p.m., Pilot Briefing Tent - LSA Documentation: What's in Your Logbook? - Mark Forss Sunday, April 6, 11 a.m., Room 4 IAC Forum EAA members who want to purchase Sun 'n Fun admission in advance can do so on the Sun 'n Fun website at and receive the discounted member rate. When purchasing your admission, use the promotional code EAA543.

WICKS AIRCRAFT: HUGE INVENTORY OF 4130 TUBING FOR EVERYONE’S NEEDS With free delivery to Sun ‘n Fun Wicks Aircraft Supply has bought out a favorite supplier, Dillsburg, and has added literally tons of new 4130 tubing to its existing stock of American, German, and low-cost Chinese steel products. Of particular interest is the instant availability of a giant variety of 4130 seamless round tubing, in full lengths and cut to order. Wicks is even offering deep discounts on full mill runs, for OEMs, designers, and motor-racing industry cus-

tomers. Eric Cleveland, General Manager at Wicks, says, “With Dillsburg gone, let Wicks be your new Dillsburg.” With inventories of virtually all the 4130 tubing in popular use, this is a great time to get what your project needs for completion.

Free delivery to Sun ‘n Fun? In preparation for next month’s Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, Wicks is gathering all sorts of orders, for free delivery to the show. This service has proven particularly convenient for those who are buying long lengths of tubing or wood, large pieces (like foam, aluminum, and plywood), and items classed as haz-mat (like paints). Prepaid orders can be picked up



right at the show. Of course, other items, like bolt, grommet, or washer kits; tools, fabric, fasteners, tires, plumbing, bungee material – everything – is also available for prepaid pickup at the show. For more information and to place orders visit, or call forOrders: 1-800/221-9425, Help Line: 618/654-7447, Toll-Free Fax: 888/4405727, or Email:


New DualMicro Rapid Charger, the fastest charger rated for 12- and 24- volt systems. iPad Air kneeboards and mounts. PLC Duffel promotional price. MyGoFlight announced a list of updates to some of their most popular products. The new DualMicro Rapid Charger is a significant design upgrade from the first generation of the product. The new design features improved charging capabilities with 2.1 and 2.4 amp USB ports, able to charge two tablets at the same time. The iPad requires at least 2.1 amps of power to charge, however the 2.4 amp port will charge the iPad faster than other, similar chargers. This can be a crucial asset for any pilot utilizing the iPad inflight. The DualMicro is rated for 12 or 24

volt systems that are found in many aircraft. No matter what the voltage of your system is, it can be easily handled by the DualMicro’s impressive 35 volt capacity. The company will be featuring a complete line of their high quality iPad kneeboards and mounts made specifically for the iPad Air; the Pro, Folio, and Sport cases will all be available. With the obvious popularity of Apple’s newest addition to the iPad family, these cases promise to be one of the more talked about products featured at Sun n’ Fun this year. MyGoFlight’s ever popular PLC Duffel will be available for a promotion-

al price, marked down from $179 to just $99. The Flight Bag PLC™ Duffel is for the pilot wanting to move from a conventional flight bag to one for the “Paperless” cockpit in a duffel bag form. The PLC Duffel is part of the “Paperless Cockpit” family, which also features MyGoFlight’s PLC Pro Flight Bag.

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SUN ‘N FUN NEW DINNER On Wednesday, April 2, Sun 'n Fun will be hosting some of aviation's most notable heroes at a first-time fundraising event. A silent auction will augment the funds being raised as guests have a seat at the table with history makers. Dinner with Legends, featuring guest Emcee Rob Reider, will highlight

the careers of WWII Aces, Tuskegee Airmen, WASPs, Aviation Designers, and Astronauts. Sponsorship opportunities are still available as well as table hosting signage and a place for you to treat your customers. Visit the Dinner with Legends page on the Sun ‘n Fun website

FIRST EVER JOB FAIR Come to the Fly-In & leave with a job. Sun ‘n Fun’s Inaugural Job Fair is taking place Wednesday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Florida Air Museum during the Sun ‘n Fun International FlyIn & Expo. Recruiters for pilots, flight opera-


( for more details and how you can support "Building a Brighter Future Through Aviation." If you have any questions or if you're interested in sponsoring a table please contact Greg Gibson at or call 863/644-2431 ext. 141.


tions, engineers, and mechanics will be participating. Visit the Sun ‘n Fun website for a complete list of participating recruiters and to register. You must pre-register ( and purchase an admis-

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LEGENDS LINE-UP: Bud Anderson Dick Cole Buzz Aldrin Dick Rutan Bob Hoover Charles McGee and more!

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sion ($37) to the Fly-In for entry into the Job Fair. Tickets allow you to enjoy the whole day with an airshow, lots of airplanes, educational workshops and forums, more than 500 aviation exhibitors, great food, entertainment and more.

Online registration ends on Wednesday, March 26 at Noon EST. If you have questions or wish to be an exhibitor at the job fair email

SHARE-A-FLIGHT – NEED A RIDE? HAVE A SEAT? Many pilots fly to Sun ‘n Fun with empty airplane seats. Share the fun and the experience! Let other Sun ‘n Fun guests know about your seat availability. If you are a pilot, future pilot or just

a plane aviation enthusiast, why not have one of the neatest Sun ‘n Fun experiences and fly into the event with a fellow aviator. Use the Share-A-Flight link on the Sun ‘n Fun website to let those pilots who

might have a seat available know you are looking for a ride. If you are flying to Sun ‘n Fun and have an extra seat, or need a seat and are willing to share the expense, visit the web-

2014 SUN 40 SPRINTS In celebration of the 40th year of Sun ‘n Fun, the Cat Shot and Sprint competition is returning to Sun ‘n Fun. A short 40-mile course featuring both a timed takeoff and timed circuit around

the course from a flying start will be open to piston aircraft. Sharp piloting skills and precision navigation is required on such a short course to be successful. Classes will be based on participation.

AEROSPACE CENTER As you enter the Sun ‘n Fun campus, there is a new look introducing the Aerospace Center for Excellence (A.C.E). STEM-based education stations are being added that will allow students to interact and participate in real-world environments that immerse them in the subject and enhance their understanding with hands-on applications. Starting with Sun ‘n Fun’s Central



Participation will be limited due to tight schedule constraints during the April 3rd Thursday afternoon airshow. A mandatory pilot briefing will be conducted on Thursday morning, April 3rd. Make


Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), the Aerospace Discovery Center at the Florida Air Museum is quickly becoming a hub of activity as students actively engage in the transformation from a static history center into a dynamic state-ofthe-art learning experience. Working alongside seasoned aviation veterans, high school students from CFAA and Polk State College working on Bachelor



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of Science in Aviation degrees are responsible for much of the activity in the Buehler Restoration Center. When the Fly-In is over, the Tom Davis Education Center, the Piedmont Aerospace Lab and the Crossfield Classrooms are restored to education centers as Sun ‘n Fun hosts summer camps. Destination Aviation allows students aged 11-18 to fly a plane on the 4th

day of a weeklong camp. Younger students in STEMtastics participate in agespecific hands-on activities. Recently moved to the front and center of the campus is the Boeing 727 donated from FedEx to become an active classroom. Students will have hands-on courses experiencing the inner-workings of a commercial aircraft.


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Zenith Aircraft has sold more than 10,000 sets of plans and shipped them to 50 countries. Zenith Aircraft Company has now shipped 10,000 sets of plans to aircraft builders in more than 50 countries. Most sets of plans are sent with complete or partial aircraft kits, though some go to builders who prefer to scratch-build the aircraft. Over the past four decades, prolific aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz has developed a dozen aircraft designs. Today, Zenith Aircraft Company markets kits for four of Chris Heintz’ most popular and versatile concepts: the original STOL CH 701 Sky Jeep, the STOL CH 750, the CH 750 Cruzer, and the lowwing CH 650. Additional Heintz designs are built and sold by Zenith’s sister company: Zenair Ltd, in Canada. “We allow our customers to choose how to build their own airplane, whether as a scratch-build project or from a complete kit or anywhere in between,” said Sebastien Heintz, President of Zenith Aircraft. “It’s not uncommon to see people begin with basic materials and then upgrade to a quick build kit; others might start with a quick build rudder kit and then order basic materials for a scratch-

build program because they enjoy the construction process. By far, however, most opt for the complete kits so they can get to the flightline faster.” With options for straight or amphibious floats, skis and tundra tires, Zenith aircraft can be used for a wide range of mission profiles. Detailed plans for the two-seat Zenith Aircraft designs start at $425 a set. Richly illustrated, the sets contain step by step guides with all the information needed to build a complete airplane. Blueprints are professionally drafted using modern CAD software. The company holds monthly workshops to give people an idea of the kinds of tools and skills required to build a Zenith design. During the two-day workshops, people learn how to construct an actual rudder for one of the designs. This summer, EAA is hosting a “One Week Wonder” project during AirVenture that will focus on a Zenith CH 750. Everyone attending will have the opportunity to learn how easy it is to read plans and help build a real airplane. For more information on Zenith Aircraft, visit

GAMA ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS TEAM WITH BRIAN OSZAKIEWSKI The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has welcomed an eight-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Brian Oszakiewski, to the association as a director of government affairs. Oszakiewski comes to GAMA from the office of U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL), where he most recently served as legislative director. His responsibilities included advising the Congressman on all aviation, rail, highway, water, and freight issues before the U.S. House

Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He worked extensively on the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and supported the work of Congressman Lipinski on the House General Aviation Caucus. Oszakiewski’s extensive issue portfolio also included appropriations, budget, homeland security, manufacturing, and labor issues. He joined Lipinski’s staff in 2006. “Brian is exceptionally well-versed Continued on Page 36

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NATA ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS RECIPIENTS The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has announced the recipients of its Industry Excellence Awards given annually to individuals, offices, and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community by demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service. NATA will present awards to the following five recipients: Mr. Richard (Ric) Peri, Senior


Writer for Avionics News and Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association, will receive the Aviation Journalism Award that identifies a journalist, writer, or publication excelling in consumer education or editorial support in the FBO/Air Charter industry. Peri is an active advocate for aviation small businesses worldwide and is an internationally recognized author and soughtafter speaker concerning all facets of avi-



“Eddie flies the Stearman like no other Stearman pilot out there. He’s Extreme.” Wayne Handley, Pilot, Winner, Art Scholl Award for Showmanship Explosive Maneuvers in the Commanding Yak-9 “Barbarossa”

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ation maintenance. With more than 20 years of experience writing for various publications in the aviation maintenance community, he has dedicated himself to promoting standardization, consistency and regulatory compliance. The Eastern Michigan Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) is the recipient of NATA’s FAA Customer Service Excellence Award and is recognized as the FAA facility that demonstrates the highest degree of customer service and elevates the quality of collaboration between the FAA and aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, Part 135 certificate holders, airport service organizations, and flight schools. The East Michigan FSDO is an integral component of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Great Lakes Region and includes 88 professionals who actively promote aviation safety and set high standards in providing oversight and support to the American public. The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award (sponsored by Aircraft Technical Publishers) acknowledges the exceptional performance of a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for a period of 20 or more years. NATA will present this year’s award to Mr. Jack J. Vazquez, Director of Maintenance for Bergstrom Aircraft, Inc., for his more than 35 years of providing the highest quality aircraft maintenance services to general aviation. His commitment to safety and service is an inspiration to his team and his outstanding reputation has built a large customer base at Bergstrom Aircraft, Inc. In addition, Vazquez is dedicated to developing modification kits in an effort to keep general aviation safe and affordable for everyone. Mr. William (Bill) Welstead, Fort Worth’s Airport System Director, is this year’s recipient of the NATA Airport Executive Partnership Award. The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for his or her outstanding efforts to foster relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators. Welstead’s can-do attitude

served him well in his four years in Fort Worth, first as Meacham’s Airport Manager and now as Fort Worth’s Airport System Director. Among his impressive achievements is managing the completion of a stalled $9 million runway improvement project, securing $10 million in economic impact to Fort Worth as the host airport of the 2013 AOPA Summit, increasing state funding for Fort Worth Meacham from $2.5 million to $18 million and improving the Aviation Department’s relations with tenants at all three municipal airports. Welstead works in conjunction with and in support of tenants and operators so that the economic impact of the airport to the community is maximized. Mr. Mike Paulson, Fargo Flight School Manager at Fargo Jet Center, Inc., will receive the Excellence In Pilot Training Award for his outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training. Paulson has been a flight instructor at Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota since 1988. During his career, he has logged more than 18,500 hours of flight time of which 11,000 were logged as flight instruction hours given. Paulson has also taught aviation classes at North Dakota State University for the past 23 years. He truly exemplifies excellence in pilot training for his longstanding dedication and continued passion for teaching the next generation to fly. “NATA is pleased to recognize these outstanding professionals for their dedication, cooperative spirit and passion for the industry,” said NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. “We are also proud of their focus on perpetuating the safety of general aviation collectively as well as in their individual fields.” NATA will present the awards during the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Dinner on March 3 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The association will hold the dinner in conjunction with its Aviation Business & Legislative Conference

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Continued from Page 35 in issues important to the general aviation industry, including certification, unleaded avgas, NextGen, and FAA regulatory challenges,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “His skill in working with members across the aisle, his expertise on the congressional process, and his

keen strategic and political abilities will perfectly round out GAMA’s strong government affairs team.” A native of Chicagoland, Oszakiewski holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Creighton University and a Master of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Larry Whitesitt receives the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from Minard Thompson, FAASTeam program manager at the Spokane FSDO. (Photo courtesy EAA) British Columbia, Yukon, NW Territories and Alaska. He also wrote Higher than Eagles: Spokane’s World War II Pilots in tribute to the heroes of WWII.

NATA NAMES WILLIAM DEERE AS SENIOR VP FOR GOVERNMENT AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS The National Air Transportation Association has announced the selection of William (Bill) Deere as the association’s Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs. Deere will lead NATA’s policy, strategy and advocacy efforts. “Bill Deere’s association expertise and Hill insight will be valuable assets to NATA. His broad experience in advocacy will help NATA continue to be a strong influence in the aviation industry,” said NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. Deere, currently Vice President for Government Affairs at the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom), will join NATA at the end of March. USTelecom is an association of voice, video and data providers including AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink, as well as mid-size and smaller rural communications providers. In that position, he led a bipartisan staff of government relations professionals and consultants representing the industry on Capitol Hill. Prior to USTelecom, Deere served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

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By EAA Staff arry Lee Whitesitt of Fairfield, Wash., was honored with the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award signifying 50 years of safe, violation-free flying – many as a bush pilot in Canada’s Northwest Territory. Minard Thompson, FAASTeam program manager at the Spokane FSDO, presented the award at the Chapter 79 Christmas party held in December. Larry, who at age 75 is current and still flies, has authored three books, including two recounting his bush flying experiences. The first recounts what he calls his all-time favorite airplane, Flight of the Red Beaver: A Yukon Bush Pilot Adventure. The second book is Northern Flight of Dreams: Flying Adventures in


under Colin Powell, overseeing the dayto-day interactions between the Department and the Senate, including the confirmation of Department nominees and the ratification of treaties. He was a staff member at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, rising to the position of Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs. In that position, he was the association’s principal representative to Capitol Hill and managed its Washington, D.C. office. Deere also served on the House Appropriations Committee staff for Rep. Jim Lightfoot (R-IA). Representative Lightfoot, a pilot, was a leading member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. “I am honored that Tom and the NATA Board of Directors offered me the chance to be a part of the NATA team. This is an exciting time to join the aviation business community and I look forward to the opportunity to work with Tom, his staff, and the NATA Board in representing this vital segment of the aviation industry,” stated Deere.

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From Skies to Stars

By Ed Downs

PLUTO, PLANET et’s talk uncertainty. Viewing the planets of our solar system (one has to make that clear, as there are millions of other solar systems in our galaxy) can be great fun. So far, this amateur astronomer has been successful in viewing eight of our nine planets … or is that the correct way of describing the challenge of spotting Pluto? I grew up absolutely knowing that our solar system had nine planets, with the furthest planet, Pluto, having been identified just 11 years before my birth. With an orbit lasting some 248 years, Pluto has long periods of viewing opportunity, but finding and recognizing this “small planet” is a challenge. Even the Hubble Telescope sees Pluto as a circular, bright object, with little detail. A small telescope such as my 12-inch reflector sees Pluto more like a star than a planet, with recognition based upon observing comparative movement against the background. So far, no luck! Note the preceding hesitancy to call Pluto a “planet.” Up until 2003, there was no doubt that Pluto was our ninth planet, but then things changed. Astronomy took a major swing in technology in the early 1980s with development of CCD (Charged Coupled-Device) photographic technology. CCD chips are thousands of times more sensitive to light than other technologies and when consistently


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directed to view a distant object for long periods of time (using a tracking telescope), images can be produced in extraordinary detail not formerly possible. By 2003, CCD technology was being used to look for planets in distant star systems with growing success. While only within the reach of professional astronomers (very expensive) for years, CCD cameras are now priced so that even amateurs can install such systems on existing telescopes at remarkably low prices. Controlled by a PC interface, the amateur systems are producing images that even challenge the Hubble. Prices have dropped dramatically, allowing amateurs like myself to install an entry level CCD camera on a telescope for only $75! Almost incidental to exoplanet research, astronomers looking in the region of Pluto discovered what could be another “planet,” being slightly larger and denser than Pluto. Named Eris, this new planet opened the realization that Pluto was not just a distant relative of the eight classic planets, but a member of an entirely new family of “planets” that live in the Kuiper Belt, a region of our solar system that extends well beyond Pluto’s incredible 3.6 billion miles from the Sun. As 2003 progressed, even more objects were found in the Kuiper Belt, well over 200, and the question of “are these really planets?” began to circulate



through the scientific community. In November, 2006, the International Astronomical Union held a faithful vote to change the definition of “a planet” and Pluto lost its membership in our nine planet family. But through this redefinition, our solar system gained an entirely new, and large, membership of “dwarf planets.” Now known as “Kuiper Belt Objects,” or KBO’s, these new members of our solar system come in various shapes and sizes, many having moons and thin atmospheres. Names like Eris, Makemake, Haumea, Quaoar, Sedna and Orcus may not roll off your tongue, but they are our solar neighbors, all living in the Kuiper Belt. While Pluto is no longer an official “planet,” it does have a thin atmosphere, and it is theorized that it may even have liquid nitrogen rain and snow when the atmosphere is not hibernating during the long Plutonian winter. To be sure, you will not wish to plan a ski trip to Pluto, as temperatures average about 330 degrees F. below zero. Pluto also has an extraordinary moon that is nearly half the size of Pluto itself, making Pluto almost a “double dwarf planet.” With a diameter of only about 1,400 miles, Pluto is small and hard to see. While mysterious at this time, Pluto is about to give up the distinction of being the only member of our original nine-plan-

CIVIL AIR PATROL BESTOWS HIGHEST HONOR Before Civil Air Patrol’s Command Council convened in Washington, D.C., for its annual winter meeting, it gathered on Capitol Hill for Legislative Day on Feb. 27 to brief Congress on the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s primary missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. Legislative Day also featured induction of U.S. Senator Tom

Harkin into CAP’s Hall of Honor. Civil Air Patrol thanked Harkin for his 30 years of CAP service during a congressional reception in the Senate’s Russell Office Building. Harkin – a former Navy fighter pilot who commands CAP’s Congressional Squadron – became the 34th person inducted into the Hall of Honor in CAP’s 72-year history,


Pluto and Charon as seen by the Hubble Telescope. (NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST) et system that has not been visited by a spacecraft. The New Horizons spacecraft, launched in 2006 (just before the reclassification of Pluto) is due to come out of hibernation and pass by Pluto and its moon, Charon (plus four other plutonian moons) in July, 2015. New Horizons will continue its’ adventure by traveling even further into the Kuiper Belt as more secrets from this distant region are unlocked. One thing is for sure, this amateur astronomer will continue looking for Pluto, be it an official planet, or dwarf planet, remembering that it is so far distant that even the light of Pluto takes more than five hours to reach my eyepiece. In the meantime, March will offer some of the best viewing for Mars and Jupiter in years, and those guys are “camera ready” for beginners to catch in an unexpected moment. Say “cheese!”


and only the second member of Congress, joining former New York Congressman and fellow CAP Col. Lester Wolff, who was inducted in 1985. “This Legislative Day is extra special,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr. “In addition to the opportunity to tell CAP’s stories of service, sacrifice and love of country to our

representatives and senators, we will also pay tribute to Sen. Harkin, who has been a staunch supporter of CAP’s missions for America.” Soon after joining Civil Air Patrol in 1984, Harkin worked on the first full appropriations bill for CAP and has touted CAP’s volunteer missions and proContinued on Page 54

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COLLEGE TIME FLIGHTS AND BUZZES By Charlie Briggs Aviation buffs read a lot of flying stories from pros who write articles on a regular basis. While often entertaining and informative, hearing from professional pilots sometimes lacks the real world experiences of the hundreds of thousands of aircraft owners and flyers who were never professional pilots, but simply lived with an airplane as a permanent family member. Such is the case with Charlie Briggs, a pilot for more than 65 years, having a career that included ranching, agricultural services and consulting, computer technologies and business concept development. In Flight USA invites readers to join Charlie as he reminisces about flying and life. You will experience a side of aviation that is informative, entertaining and personal. Enjoy. o the glee of me and the distress of my fraternity members at Sigma Nu, Kansas state chapter, plus the use of my Fathers Luscombe, this really happened. Dad leased “long stem grass” pastures in the Manhattan, Kans. area, and was there on business, and to see me. Seizing on the opportunity to “get in a little air time,” he agreed to let me take a sightseeing flight of the area. The year was 1949! I had a fresh new private pilots license and the experience of less than 100 hours of solo time. It is reported that 100 hours is the most dangerous time of a pilot’s career. Looking back, I believe it. There is little that scares you and much to entice you to “slip the surly bonds” of common sense and do darned-fool things. This was one of those things. It was a beautiful fall day and I felt fresh and foxy, really too much so. Ah, but for the opportunities at hand. I had logged most of the hours I had at this time in Dad’s 65 hp Lusombe. After learning basically in a Piper Cub, flying the Luscombe was a “blast.” It was very sensitive and highly responsive – to me it was love at first flight. Starting at Kansas State “College,” as it was known as in those days, I joined the Beta Kappa chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity in September of 1948. The fraternity “home” was located on a hill in the western part of the city. The threestory structure had grace and the charm of the lineage of Sigma Nu’s origin at the Virginia Military Institute. The first floor was for the “House Mother” apartment, the living room, the


kitchen and, as I remember, a room for the fraternity president. The second floor was comprised of living suites for the actives, with study areas for the pledges. The top floor was the dormitory for both pledges and actives. The time was close after WWII. Many of the actives were veterans with combat time. This set the stage for my “aerial attack.” There was always an “engineered war,” by design staged between pledges and actives (at all times). If you didn’t do anything irregular you were still in trouble, and when you did you were just in more trouble (and boards on your butt). It was a seasoning time for students just out of high school. It was serious, fun, and maturing. Taking this into consideration, I decided on a sneak air “attack” on the dorm early one sleepy Sunday morning. The prior evening there had been some social events at the house and around the campus. Even though the curfew was strictly enforced, many delightful hours ensued on many Saturday evenings. Well, the stage was set. I arose early and drove to the River airport where Dad’s plane was located. It was a beautiful, cool and still morning. The little Luscombe was ready and “raring” to go. So go we did! I circled the College campus at legal altitude and approached the Sigma Nu house from the North. At the appropriate time, I simply idled back a bit, and made a shallow dive toward the north end of the House. Leveling off, I virtually rolled a wheel across the copper-plated roof, turning on full throttle in the climb out. There were actives and pledges coming out both ends of the house – some waving, some shaking their fists. So, I knew I had made a noticeable impact! I had “emptied the dormitory!!”

Now for the Consequences I got full credit for the “sneak” attack. Much talk, but strangely enough, no threats from the actives. It was just in the works. On Wednesday of the next week, Continued on Page 43


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By Master Sgt. Scott Thompson 182nd Airlift Wing (Published in In Flight USA by permission of Air Force Public Relations) s Senior Airman Nick Barth prepared a standard airdrop training bundle on a C-130 Hercules during exercise Northern Strike on Aug. 6, 2013, he reflected on what his father told him right before his deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “Whenever you are resupplying troops in the field, put a care package in the bundle that says, 'For the JTAC only,'” the loadmaster said, quoting his father, Master Sgt. Chuck Barth, a joint terminal air controller for more than 25 years with the 182nd Air Support Operations Group in Peoria. The elder Barth said he knows all about how important resupply airdrop bundles are in the field. To receive a personal package only for the JTAC, he added, is like gold. Nick, a member of the 169th Airlift Squadron, based in Peoria, said he



Master Sgt. Chuck Barth checks a training bundle from an airdrop with a C-130 Hercules at Grayling Gunnery Range August 6, 2013, during exercise Northern Strike. Barth is a joint terminal air controller with the 182nd Air Support Operations Group in Peoria. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson) remembers dropping his father off at the Greater Peoria Air National Guard Base for many different deployments, and he wanted to follow in his family's tradition of serving in the military. With advice from his father, three years ago he decid-

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ed to join the Air National Guard. That August airdrop was different from most, as Chuck controlled the drop that his son released. They’d never had the opportunity to work together until Northern Strike at Grayling Air and

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Professional baseball player CJ Wilson takes a ride in Red Bull Air Race pilot Kirby Chambliss's Zivko Edge 540 plane at the Flying Crown Ranch in Eloy, Arizona, USA on 31 January, 2014. (Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool) Two-time Red Bull Air Race world champion, Kirby Chambliss took Los Angeles Angels pitcher, C.J. Wilson, on an aerobatic flight at Flying Crown Ranch, Chambliss’ property in Arizona. An avowed race fan and race car team owner himself, Wilson experienced firsthand the power and excitement of the Red Bull Air Race as a passenger in Chambliss’ two-seater Edge 540 race plane. Chambliss, also a five-time US Aerobatic champion, showed Wilson all the elements of the Red Bull Air Race, with some additional aerobatic elements thrown in for good measure. While in the air, Chambliss tested Wilson’s baseball knowledge, and ability to handle high G forces, by asking him questions while doing aerobatics.


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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 pro-active 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, exerted 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.

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? nce again CALLBACK 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 the event up to the decision point. You may then use your own judgment to determine the possible courses of action and make a decision regarding the best way to 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 exercise your aviation decision-making skills. In “The Rest of the Story...” you will find the actions actually taken by reporters in response to each situation. Bear in mind that their decisions may not necessarily represent the best course of action. Our intent is to stimulate thought, discussion, and training related to the type of incidents that were reported.

ed to continue in the clear air and descend to a VFR altitude below the cloud bases. Once I got to the east of the line of storms, I turned south paralleling the line of storms... The more time passed, the more [battery] charge returned... If I continued on to [destination] there was a reasonable chance that the battery would have sufficient power to lower the gear... [without] an emergency extension procedure. I was able to make radio contact briefly. I stated my situation, cancelled IFR and explained that while I was likely to lose contact again, I was going to continue on to my destination. The Controller was very helpful and asked if I required assistance and mentioned that [an alternate field] was to the east if I wanted to land there.

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• The aircraft I was flying...did not have a current altimeter and static system inspection which prevented me from filing an IFR flight plan. Weather analysis indicated a thin overcast layer with bases between 500 and 900 feet AGL and a second overcast layer at around 7,000 feet. It was VMC 30 miles to the northeast, the direction of my flight. The forecast indicated the low cloud layer would dissipate before reforming with IMC persisting for the remainder of the day. My plan was to be ready to go when the low cloud layer opened up...I was comfortable with the fact that I could end up between layers because there was plenty of cloud clearance and visibility for VFR flight…to the clear weather along my course... When the lower layer opened up...I was granted a Special VFR clearance. Moments prior to takeoff, the lower layer closed back up and the tower advised the ceiling was 700 broken. I thought that I could takeoff, fly to the open area safely, and climb above the lower layer, all while complying with the FARs. I was wrong. After takeoff...I was...trying to fly toward the area where the lower cloud layer was open. As I pressed on, I realized that the open area I intended to climb through


Situation #1 Cessna 210 Pilot’s Report • I was on an IFR flight plan…in cruise at 8,000 feet. The autopilot stopped operating. While I was troubleshooting the problem, I noticed that the battery charge was low and falling rapidly. I attempted to notify Approach of the problem and believe that they understood that I…was about to lose communications… I started turning off some electrical systems in an attempt to save battery power while troubleshooting the alternator. It did not come back online and I turned off the battery to conserve what power remained. I attempted to make radio contact with a hand-held radio, but either its transmissions were too weak or its battery was too low.... I had a hand-held GPS, an iPad and an ADS-B receiver to use for navigation and weather avoidance... To continue along my flight-planned route would be hazardous due to thunderstorm avoidance, a possible frozen pitot tube and potential conflict with other aircraft without transponders. During a break in the IFR conditions, I observed clear air to the southeast and turned toward it... I decid-

What Would You Have Done? Situation #2 C45 (Beechcraft Model 18) Pilot’s Report

was gone. However, I felt okay as I was still 600 to 700 feet above the ground and clear of clouds. That didn’t last long. The ceiling began to lower and my comfort level rapidly decreased. I was unable to maintain a minimum safe altitude and remain clear of the clouds. I had lost track of where to turn toward better weather. While I was high enough that I was not concerned about flying into terrain, I became very concerned about radio towers...I realized that I could become a VFR into IMC statistic. What Would You Have Done? Situation #3 EMB-145 First Officer’s Report • Takeoff was normal. At around 400 feet, Tower...[advised] that our left engine was producing smoke. No specifics were given on the amount or color. Tower then asked for our intentions... Both the Captain and I checked engine and all system instruments. There were no abnormal readings. We could not detect any smell of smoke or any abnormal flight characteristics... We said we would continue and Tower handed us off to Departure. Departure told us they had received the smoke notification from the Tower. We checked all our instruments and systems again and could still not find any faults. The Captain then called... Maintenance Control. They said that it was most likely the cold engines that had just warmed up combined with the cold temperature of -2C.

What Would You Have Done? The Rest of the Story

other electrical off, other than the rotating beacon, one NAV Comm and the transponder squawking VFR, I made radio calls for the pattern and performed a no flap landing. In reviewing my decision making in this situation, I believe that the decision to get into VFR flight conditions was a good one as well as to use these conditions to navigate around the storms. I might second guess my decision not to land at [an enroute alternate]. Situation #2 C45 (Beechcraft Model 18) Pilot’s Report The Reporter’s Action: • My only remaining option was to initiate a climb through the lower layer up to VMC above. As I entered the clouds, I began to think about calling Center to confess my predicament and declare an emergency if necessary. The good news is that after climbing 500 feet I broke out between layers in VMC. Since I was still below any usable IFR altitudes and no longer needed any assistance, I did not call center. I determined my position by referencing the VOR and GPS and proceeded on course. In reviewing the airspace [in the area], I realized that I probably went through the edges of the Class D and Class E as I searched for the opening in the lower layer. I am not sure my Special VFR clearance covered this possibility. I have flown many years and I am very comfortable flying VFR and IFR, even VFR when the ceiling is low as long as the visibility is as good as it was this day. However, I let my comfort level lull me into departing without a viable Plan A and no Plan B.

Situation #1 Cessna 210 Pilot’s Report/The Reporter’s Action:

Situation #3 EMB-145 First Officer’s Report/The Reporter’s Action:

• Given…the fact that I could navigate VFR around the weather and any airspace, and possibly avoid an emergency gear extension, I declined to land [at the alternate airfield]. I lost contact as the battery charge dropped again. I continued VFR to the southeast around the line of storms. A few minutes out, I slowed the aircraft, turned on the battery and had enough charge to extend the gear. With all

• We continued the flight and no problems were encountered…. While in cruise, the Captain and I reviewed the situation and both agreed that we should have returned after Tower notified us of the smoke. We both agreed that it would have been better to have erred on the safe side and returned, as opposed to continuing based on our instrument indications and flight characteristics.

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AOPA ASKS FAA TO RESCIND NEW TRAINING STANDARDS Association Says Sim Training is Effective, Efficient By Elizabeth A Tennyson (for AOPA) OPA is asking the FAA to rescind its new training standards for the instrument rating and allow students to log more simulator time. The agency recently revised its standards to reduce the number of simulator hours that could be logged for aspiring instrument pilots. But AOPA and other aviation advocacy groups say simulators are an effective and cost-efficient way for students to learn. “Simulators are a low-cost way for students to experience a wide range of flying conditions they might not otherwise experience during their training,” said David Oord, AOPA manager of regulatory affairs. “Regardless of how an airman is trained, he or she must be evaluated during the practical exam to ensure they possess the correct knowledge, skills, and risk management needed for a certificate or rating. The agency should afford the training industry the flexibility to train pilots using a variety of new and innovative ways. Only through new thinking and innovation will we collectively rise to the next level of safety.” Ultimately, AOPA argued in a letter opposing the policy, it is what a pilot knows, not how he learned it, that counts. The new policy, effective Feb. 3, will reduce simulator time that can be logged from 20 hours to 10 for the instrument rating. The policy statement was released unexpectedly in January, prompting an outcry from the general aviation community.


“Reducing the amount of simulator time allowed flies in the face of common sense, especially today when improved technologies and training techniques make it more effective than ever,” said Oord. “That’s why we’re asking the FAA to immediately rescind the new policy statement, begin an expedited rulemaking process that would let students get credit for 20 hours of simulator training for the instrument rating, and then reissue the letters of authorization needed for flight simulators to be used for the higher level of credited time.” Although the rule under Part 61 already allows for only 10 hours of simulator time to be logged toward the instrument rating, the FAA has issued letters of authorization (LOAs) to simulator manufacturers for more than 30 years. Those LOAs have increased the allowed time to 20 hours for specific simulators, but because they have been issued on an individual basis for so long, there are now a variety of letters in circulation with different stipulations and requirements, and some without expiration dates. Using the rulemaking process to make 20 hours of simulator time loggable a part of FAR Part 61.65(i), then reissuing letters of authorization for approved training devices, would allow the FAA to standardize its requirements without penalizing students. AOPA has long advocated for the use of simulators as cost-effective means of training that allows pilots to experience a wide range of weather and wind conditions not necessarily available while flying “under the hood.”

College Time Flights Continued from Page 39 and 3 a.m. in the morning, the fraternity house sirens went off, and all pledges were “escorted to the basement for orientation.” After a few “loveable” boards on every pledges butt (to teach togetherness), the whole pledge class was loaded, blindfolded and hauled 20 miles to ranch country south of the river. There, with no more to do, we were all released to find our way back home. The actives were really chuckling. The Pledges were not! Then a funny thing happened. Of course we were totally unharmed, it was just a part of the drill – Pledges versus Actives. Well, it was beginning to get light. As we were trying to figure out just which way to go, I spotted a cattle corral. We were in the pasture my dad had leased... I knew


exactly where we were! I immediately, heroically, led the pledge group to the ranch house, which was near. After explaining the situation and who I was, the folks at the ranch house were more than happy to take us back to the campus. Instead of going direct, we had him deliver us to another fraternity house that were friends of ours. After spending a good amount of time there and accepting breakfast and compliments on my attack, we took off for our home fraternity house just a few blocks away. Before going in, we put dust on our shoes, and clothes, ruffled our hair, and put on sad and forlorn faces, *(while getting our own, rather large chuckle.) The Actives never caught on and we never told. I never told Dad either, until a long time later. He just chuckled too.


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AIR RACE F1 LAUNCHES INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL AIR RACE IN LLEIDA, CATALUNYA SPAIN London and Spain-based international air race organizers Air Race F1 has announced the launch of a new series of international Formula 1 Class air racing competitions. The first event will take place at Lleida-Alguaire Airport, near Barcelona in Spain, on June 1 when it will showcase the skills of the world’s premier Formula 1 air racing pilots and their high-performance planes. This inaugural race will be the platform to launch a full annual world series of Air Race F1 events in 2015. Air Race F1 is the only international pylon air race series where eight airplanes compete directly against each other at speeds of more than 250 mph on an end to end circuit of just two kilometres with the first aircraft across the finishing line winning. The organizers are highly regarded, industry-leading experts who work hard to ensure the race is both safe and successful for all involved. For this event the national F1 air racing associations of the USA, the UK and France have confirmed the provision of experienced pilots – men and women, old and young – who come from many different countries and who all have a level of skill and experience that ensures a safe event. The Formula 1 class of air racing has been established for almost 70 years and, like other motorsport classes, the planes are specifically engineered to strict

Air Race F1 launches inaugural international air race in Lleida Catalunya . (Air Race F1) parameters. Formula 1 planes are the only airplane class purpose-built specifically for air racing. Pilot and mechanic teams build and modify the planes themselves within the criteria of the rules which dictate a minimum wing area of 66

square feet, an empty weight of 500 pounds and a 100 horsepower engine. The forthcoming Lleida Air Race F1 event will consist of eight teams racing together more than 10 five-kilometre laps with at least three races each day. More

information about the air race schedule and the full list of air show entertainment to take place alongside the air race will be announced soon. Jeff Zaltman, CEO of Air Race F1, commented: “We are thrilled to announce the launch of this Formula 1 air race and the future Air Race F1 World Series. This is a big step for the sport of air racing and we are proud to be hosting the event in conjunction with the beautiful tourist city of Lleida. We are particularly delighted by our strong partnership with the new international Lleida-Alguaire Airport, the Formula 1 air racing associations and our local organizer, the Aeroclub BarcelonaSabadell. This momentous event will enthuse and inspire many thousands of live spectators and television audiences!” Ramon Farré Roure, the Lleida Delegate to the Government of Catalunya, said: “Lleida is a growing tourist destination perfectly situated to enjoy a wide range of winter and summer activities. Now we are pleased to add another exciting attraction to our country’s calendar. Our association with Air Race F1 will help raise the international profile of our city and highlight the travel services our new international airport has to offer. We look forward to developing this relationship with Air Race F1.” For more information visit

AOPA AV8RS PROGRAM AWARDS FOUR FLIGHT-TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) AV8RS youth membership program has awarded four scholarships totaling $20,000 to teens who are pursuing flight training in high school and college. This year’s scholarship program was funded through the AOPA Foundation, a non-profit organization, and made possible through generous donations from AOPA Insurance Services and Sporty’s Pilot Shop. The winners are Alexander Brown, 15, of Boyds, Md., Abigail Jarve, 17, of Seatac, Wash., Carl Eefsting, 17, of Allendale, Mich., and Matthew Groh, 18, of Lafayette, Ind. “We are proud to name these four exceptional young AV8RS as the recipients of our 2014 AV8RS program schol-

arships,” said Mark Baker, AOPA president and CEO. “When you look at what these young people have done already – in aviation, in school and in their communities – it’s clear that they are well on their way to successful lives in and out of the cockpit. It gives us great pleasure to help them on their way.” Several applicants noted that the scholarship will help offset the expense of flight training, which can come in addition to college tuition. Recipient Carl Eefsting hopes to pursue a missionary flying career. Two awardees, Matthew Groh – a freshman at Purdue University – and Abigail Jarve, who will attend the University of North Dakota, want to put their scholarships toward flight training for airline careers. Alexander Brown will turn 16 in

June and has been preparing to solo. He applied for the scholarship to help pay for a private pilot’s certificate as a first step toward a flying career. “I am a young man who believes in balancing your life through the four ‘As’ – Academics, Athletics, Arts and AVIATION,” Brown wrote in his scholarship application. Jarve stated, “My dream is to become a pilot, and I am not giving up until I am one.” “I don’t want to be just any pilot,” Groh wrote. “I want to be a safe, prepared, focused and efficient pilot who knows his abilities and limitations.” Eefsting described his hope to become a missionary pilot who will “fly to isolated villages in third-world countries, transporting pastors, Bible teachers

and missionaries, and flying medical emergencies.” AV8RS is AOPA’s program to introduce teens aged 13 to 18 to the world of aviation and flight. Membership in AV8RS is free and includes a digital subscription to Flight Training magazine; access to member-only content on and for research and interesting stories; opportunities to connect with other AOPA AV8RS across the country through dedicated online social communities including Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and YouTube; informative content at AV8RS; a special e-newsletter with stories about young pilots; scholarship opportunities and more.

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RED BULL AIR RACES fter a three-year hiatus to revamp and rework, the Red Bull Air Races are back! As someone who has seen four races in person and all of them via video, I could not be more thrilled. Many things have changed, but some things have remained the same. The most important aspect that has not changed is the pilots. All 12 of the pilots are returning racers. The UK’s Paul Bonhomme, the Red Bull Air Race World Champion for 2009 and 2010 is the early favorite to repeat. But Austrian, Hannes Arch who won in 2008 is also looking to return to the top. Both of these men are very competitive and have kept their skills up flying airshows and competition. American, Kirby Chambliss won in 2004 and 2006 and is always striving for perfection. Michael Goulian, another American returning pilot is ready to take it all.





Changes The changes are many and quite important. First off, the pylons are different. The new pylons are asymmetrical cones with a straight inner edge with an inclined outer edge. They will also be five meters taller with a higher flight window for the pilots to fly through. Another important difference is the material will be able to deflate more easily when hit by a plane and stand up straighter during windy weather conditions. Over the years, 30 different materials and fabrics have been tested to see if they would make the grade. The current pylons

series. With eight pilots from seven different countries including Francois Le Vot from France, the World Aerobatic Champion from 2013, the newcomers are the next generation.


Kirby Chambliss flying over Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Garth Milan Red Bull Content Pool) will have a spinnaker-type fabric on the top which should make the racing safer. Another major change is the engine/prop combo being adopted by all of the teams. While the aircraft may be different, the engines will all be the 300 hp Lycoming Thunderbolt AEIO-540-EXP. The propellers will all be Hartzell three-bladed 7690 structural composite props, more commonly known as “The Claw.” This propeller has low gyroscopic forces and incredible thrust. By the end of the last season (2010) all of the teams had converted to “The Claw,” and Hartzell is now partnering with Red Bull Air Races to continue to innovate and focus on safety. By using the same engine and propeller combo, the organizers feel there will be a more level playing field and the variables will now be pilot skill and aerodynamics. Time will tell if this is the right move, but if closer racing is the result that would be fantastic. Another interesting change is the recent agreement signed between Red Bull Air Race management and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). The FAI is the sanctioning body of air sports, and the keeper of aviation records. This agreement puts FAI in the position of sanctioning the Red Bull Air Races’ rules and regulations and will provide support for the races as safety supervisors. This is a big stamp of approval by the International Aviation Community of the Red Bull Air Races.

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Another interesting addition is the Challenger Cup. This is basically a farm

system for Air Race Pilots. One of the difficulties in the past was sourcing the type of talent it takes to be an Air Race Pilot. The ability to select a group of potential new Racers, and have them compete for a spot on the roster, is a great idea. Again, I believe this will add to the safety of the

The season opener in Abu Dhabi over the Arabian Gulf will be held the first weekend in March. As I write this, the teams are already there and getting their aircraft ready for the week of festivities and competition. The next race will be in Rovinj, Croatia in April – then onto the Putrajaya, Malaysia in May. July brings us to the Baltic Sea and the city of Gdynia, Poland. August takes us to Great Britain and the Ascot Racecourse. They move to the United States with two further debut Continued on Page 46

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Locations - spanning the globe. Continued from Page 45 locations, the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth, in September and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in October. The final race will be held in China in November. For those counting at home, that’s eight races in seven countries on three continents. Both stops in the U.S. are being staged at a motor speedway. This has been done once before in Lausitz, Germany during the 2010 series. The perspective for the fans will be totally different – being that the action will take place at eye level or lower than the fans’

(Red Bull Content Pool) seats. Looking down at the competition will be an interesting change. Tickets are on sale – and the action can be seen in multiple places. The Red Bull Air Race World Championships will air live on Red Bull TV via the web at, or through it’s iOS and Android applications. In select markets, the races can be seen on Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Smart TV devices. Also Fox Sports will broadcast in the USA. Keep watching for updates on the Red Bull Air Races website.

AIA CONTINUES EXPANSION With full service training, rental and maintenance services now available at Chino Airport, Riverside Airport and Brackett Field, one would think Alliance International Aviation (AIA) has had about all the expansion it could handle, but that is not the case. The recent addition of a pilot store at Brackett Field and enhancement of simulator availability, along with a reduction in the cost of complex aircraft rental, AIA continues its move into being a preeminent flight center in the Inland Empire of Los Angeles. According to Bill Landers, Owner of AIA, “It is sort of like flying a plane. You need to move forward to get lift and business is no different. We constantly look for ways to improve our variety of services. I am proud of our team that is committed to hard work and excellence in service. Our training department now uses the Red Bird simulator to turn almost any day into a training day regardless of weather. This simulator technology has been integrated into our private, commercial and instrument training to reduce cost while improving learning.” There is no doubt

that teamwork earned AIA the special recognition it recently received from AOPA, having been listed on the AOPA Flight Training Excellence Honor Roll. But simulator training is not the only value added recently. Landers continues, “We are pleased to announce highly competitive rental rates for our Cessna 182 RG, an airplane that meets the needs of complex/high performance aircraft training. We know that this type of airplane is often not available at other training schools and we have worked hard to make the RG affordable. “Another star in our rental fleet is a well-equipped Cessna 172 SP with rental cost that competes with many lower performance airplanes. The SP is a very cost effective competitor to airplanes that may rent for less, but take longer to reach their destination.” While many aviation services have needed to pull back during these tough economic times, AIA is bucking the trend with improved services and lowered prices. For more information, visit

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Charity fundraiser offers chance to win a hands-on flight of a lifetime Few would disagree that the P-51 Mustang is the most iconic fighter in the world. The Mustangs lines are classic, the sound of her Merlin engine music to the ears and her contributions to WWII legendary. Introduced in 1940 to provide air protection during bombing missions, the Mustang was a formidable foe to the enemy while being a dream to fly for the Allied pilots. Stallion 51 keeps the dream of flying a P-51 alive for those who have the opportunity to share the cockpit and take the controls of one of their dual cockpitdual control Mustangs. Stallion 51 is partnering with, Mercy Flight Southeast to raffle off a chance to fly in this important piece of aviation history while helping Mercy Flight Southeast’s worthy mission. Mercy Flight Southeast’s network of 650 volunteer pilots provides free air transportation to life-saving medical appointments for people who otherwise could not get there. While pilots donate their airplanes, fuel and flight hours to complete more than 3,000 flights each year, the non-profit organization is reliant on donations and fundraising to pay for support services and to keep passengers and pilots in the air. The Raffle prize includes a half-day

P-51 orientation experience at Stallion 51’s headquarters at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Kissimmee, Fla. • Pre-flight briefing that tailors each flight to the individual’s experience, expertise and expectations; preflight walk around and cockpit orientation • Hands-on flight that encourages the individual to do 95 percent of the flying • Post-flight briefing reviewing the multicamera video that captures all of the action during the flight • Photo with pilot and aircraft Raffle tickets are $20 each and the prize includes round trip airfare, up to $500, to Orlando. The winner will be announced on April 5, 2014 during the annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo held at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL), April 1 – 6, 2014. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at events or by calling 352/326-0761. Entrants need not be present at the drawing to win. For more information about Stallion 51 visit or call 407/846-4400.


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An MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. (USMC photo by Cpl. Mark Garcia) The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, one of the world’s most unique military aircraft, will return to the EAA

AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in in 2014. The MV-22 will be on display at the event and also give demonstrations of its unique flying capabilities. The Osprey is making its first appearance at Oshkosh since 2010. This appearance, however, is the first time the aircraft will perform its full Level III flight demonstration at the event. It is only making nine such airshow appearances in the U.S. this year. According to the U.S. Marine Corps website, the Osprey has the speed and range of a turboprop aircraft, the maneuverability of a helicopter, and the ability

GEE BEE Q.E.D. When EAA last spoke with Rich Alldredge following the flawless first flight of the late Jim Moss' outstanding reproduction 1934 Gee Bee Q.E.D. last fall, he said, “We definitely have Oshkosh in our sights.” Well, he confirmed plans to fly the burly two-place Golden Age racer to Oshkosh this summer to participate in EAA AirVenture 2014. Alldredge of Moses Lake, Wash., headed the project team to complete the Q.E.D. after Moss passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 82 last September. “We've still got a few steps to make – we're halfway through the flight test program,” Aldredge said. “We'll start again when the weather improves. We're over the peak and heading down the backside.” The airplane was built at Cawley's Prairie Airport (02WA) in Buckley, then transported 50 miles to Olympia Regional Airport for initial test flights. The airplane was brought back to 02WA where it's spent the winter months


to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters. Commenting on its advanced expeditionary capabilities and staggering operational reach, a top Marine commander went as far as to say it turned his battle space “from the size of Texas into the size of Rhode Island.” The MV-22, which first flew in 1989, is designed for a variety of uses that include expeditionary assault and raids, cargo lift, and special warfare operations. Its tilt-rotor design allows both vertical takeoff and landing operations as well as short-field takeoff and landing capabilities. The Osprey can also be refu-



eled in flight. Exact arrival, demonstration, and departure dates for the aircraft at Oshkosh will be announced as they are finalized. The Osprey’s appearance continues EAAAirVenture’s long tradition of bringing aircraft from across the aviation spectrum, from the smallest ultralight to the largest transport, to The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available now at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates.

the flight to Oshkosh about a week prior to the convention. It will likely take three flight legs to get there, figuring on a range of 600 miles, and not more than three

hours at a time. More details will be announced as they are finalized. The 6,200-pound (gross weight) Q.E.D. is powered by a Wright R-1820 Cyclone engine, not the Pratt and Whitney R-1690 Hornet from the original Granville brothers design. The Cyclone, as Moss stated in Sport Aviation, was the same diameter as the Pratt with twice the horsepower (1,425 vs. 675). To account for the Cyclone's 200-pounds of extra weight, Moss reduced the fuel tank from 480 gallons to 240 gallons. Moss's masterpiece is also 10 feet longer with an additional 10 feet of wingspan over the original. The rudder and fin were also enlarged to match the area of the R-1820-powered T-28. Q.E.D. stands for the Latin term quod erat demonstrandum, which means “what had to be demonstrated.” Where better to obey that order than EAA AirVenture 2014 Oshkosh?

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH CONCERT BAND BACK By Elton Eisele for EAA For the seventh year, the EAA AirVenture Concert Band will perform at Oshkosh, and they’re looking for musicians! The concert is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, from 6:45-7:30 p.m. More than 300 EAA members from 34 states and four countries have played

in the EAA AirVenture Concert Band. Experience levels range from junior high students to retired musicians. Elton Eisele, a longtime EAA member and high school band director from the Chicago area, will again serve as conductor. Sheet music will be provided well in advance of the event, and the band will rehearse Tuesday, July 29, and



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CESSNA CITATION LATITUDE PROTOTYPE MAKES SUCCESSFUL FIRST FLIGHT Cessna Aircraft Company is celebrating the Feb. 18 successful first prototype flight of its highly-anticipated Citation Latitude midsize business jet. The first flight of the Citation Latitude tested flaps, landing gear, pressurization systems, anti-ice capabilities, stability and control. The test flight reached an altitude of 28,000 feet and attained speeds of 230 mph. Cessna flight engineers said all systems are performing as expected. Aaron Tobias, Cessna senior flight test pilot, says: “I feel fortunate to be able to fly for a living, and it is a privilege to be part of the crew piloting the Cessna Citation Latitude on its maiden flight. The Citation Latitude was great today, which is to say it behaved just as anticipated. The Garmin G5000 avionics are an enormous leap forward in flight management. When combined with the widest Citation cabin and the flat cabin floor, the improved cooling system, the electrically operated door and the lower cabin altitude, you have in the Latitude an amazing aircraft that we believe sets very high benchmarks for performance, capability, and comfort. The Latitude will be tough to beat.” Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president of Business Jets, says: “The successful maiden flight of the new

(Cessna Aircraft) Cessna Citation Latitude is a testament to the men and women at Cessna who continue to lead the industry by example. Cessna has certified 18 different aircraft during the past decade, and our expertise is unrivalled when it comes to delivering new aircraft to the marketplace. The Latitude team engineered a game-changing mid-sized jet in a very efficient and accelerated manner, using proven Cessna technologies and mature systems. The result is an aircraft with incredible operating efficiencies at an unmatched price point in this category of business jet.” Students attending Wichita State

University on a Cessna-funded engineering scholarship were invited to watch the maiden flight at the Cessna’s telemetry monitoring station at the company’s headquarters. The station receives a live feed from the prototype aircraft, allowing engineers to monitor the flight’s progress and receive real-time systems updates. Seven aeronautical engineering students attended the session. Dr. Royce Bowden, Dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State University, said: “Cessna is a fantastic supporter of engineering excellence, and is clearly dedicated to developing and

nurturing the pipeline of engineers for the aviation industry. Today’s opportunity provides students with a glimpse into the real-world results of engineering, and being able to watch the test flight develop first-hand is a unique experience.” Cessna’s Citation Latitude will have the widest fuselage of any Citation jet, designed with a flat cabin floor and 6 feet of cabin height and a 2,500 nm range. The two-pilot Latitude accommodates up to nine passengers, and can attain a flight level of 43,000 feet in just 23 minutes. The Citation Latitude is designed with a powerful new cabin cooling system, Garmin G5000 avionics and auto-throttle capabilities, an electronically-operated cabin door, and lower cabin altitudes for a more comfortable flight. The aircraft was announced at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA) in October 2011. Type certification for the Citation Latitude is expected in the second quarter of 2015. Passengers on the Citation Latitude will be able to fly non-stop between such cities as Los Angeles and New York, Houston and Bogotá, Colombia, Rome to Dubai, and Singapore to Beijing. Visit to learn more about the Citation Latitude.

CESSNA CITATION FLEET PASSING 30 MILLION FLIGHT HOURS Cessna Aircraft Company has announced that the fleet of Citation Jets is passing the 30 million flight hour mark, an accomplishment unmatched in general aviation. More than 6,600 citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service more than 42 years ago. Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president of Business Jets, says: “More Cessna Citations have been sold than any other family of business jet, and more customers around the world choose Cessna’s Citation jets to save time and meet their business and transportation needs. People who choose Citation jets know they can rely on the team at Cessna to design and certify the right aircraft to meet their needs, and know that the Citation name is backed by a worldwide network of factory-owned service centers and authorized independently owned

Cessna Citation I. service providers. But we like to think it’s more than this. When it comes to the business of aviation, we believe that Cessna is looked upon as the aviation

(Cessna Aircraft) authority and the Citation name is synonymous with performance, dependability, and sustained value. It’s a role we embrace, and a reputation Cessnans are

proud of. We look forward to living up to this standard for the next 30 million flight hours.” Through system upgrades and new model introductions, Citations have consistently set the standard of utility, comfort, and performance. Today, Cessna is manufacturing eight different Citation models – from the world’s first full certified very light jet, the Citation Mustang, to the world’s fastest business jet, the Mach 0.935 Citation X. Cessna has recently celebrated a number of milestones, including the certification of the Citation Sovereign+ and the Citation M2 in Dec. 2013, the delivery of the 400th CJ3 in March 2013 and delivery of the 400th Citation Mustang in Jan. 2012. The first Citation flew in 1969, gained type certification in late 1971, and entered service in 1972.

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CHRISTINE ANN CENTER The Oshkosh-based Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Inc. agency will benefit from EAA’s Runway 5K Run/Walk that will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, during EAAAirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Christine Ann will receive all funds raised from the 5K. For 10 years, EAA has partnered with local agencies for the Runway 5K, an event that not only brings together local fitness enthusiasts with those who attend AirVenture, but also directly bene-


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fits local charities. Over the past decade, more than 5,000 people have participated in the Runway 5K. In 2013, a record $12,000 was raised for charities dedicated to improving life in the Oshkosh area. “The Runway 5K is not only a lot of fun during AirVenture, it shows our visitors how EAA is part of the Oshkosh community throughout the year,” said Kelly Zanders, EAA event coordinator for the race. “AirVenture has long been known as an event where Oshkosh-area

residents are introduced to people from around the world, and those people get to know Oshkosh a little better. The Runway 5K does exactly that while also helping the community we call home.” A team of Christine Ann staff and volunteers will join EAA in planning and coordinating the 5K race. Participants receive daily admission to EAA AirVenture for Saturday, Aug. 2, including the night airshow, as well as post-race food and a custom Runway 5K T-shirt.

“The work we do at Christine Ann is well known in the Oshkosh area, but the ability to tell our story to EAA visitors from around the world is a wonderful opportunity,” said Susan Traska, development and marketing director of Christine Ann. “We thank EAA for its support and encourage local residents to join us for this unique event on Aug. 2.”

GOLDEN WEST REGIONAL FLY-IN & AIRSHOW 2014: “AVIATION INVASION” Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Golden West Regional Fly-in & Airshow is gearing up for its 2014 event scheduled for June 6 – 8, 2014 at the Yuba County Airport (MYV) in the community of Olivehurst, California. Golden West 2014 “Aviation Invasion” will focus on “Honoring the Past” through a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day while it “Embraces the Future” showcasing a variety of aircraft and aviation exhibits. In 2013, the event featured a replica of the Montgomery Flyer and aviation history in the West. In 2014, the replica has returned for exhibit to showcase the aircraft in a more finished state. The Montgomery Flyer is the feature of the

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The grand prize photo this year was taken by Tom Buysse of Asper, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. The winners of the second annual ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest, announced in the Winter 2014 issue of the magazine, demonstrate the incredible diversity of the vertical-lift industry in some spectacular pictures. This year’s grand prize winner shows a Belgian Air Force SeaKing taking part in a rescue demonstration. Other category winners showed helicopters at work, helicopters fighting fires, and military helicopters supporting troops on the ground. “First, let me thank the photographers – all 246 of them – who submitted more than 1,100 photos,” said ROTOR magazine editor Gina Kvitkovich. “The thing I love about this contest is that it lets us set aside the regulations, the politics, the finances, the labor involved in helicopter aviation for at least a moment. Instead, we can focus on these beautiful, powerful machines that, with the right

pilot and crew, can do things and go places that no other machine can.” The five categories in the contest were Helicopters at Work, Helicopters Serving the Community, Helicopters in the Military, People and Their Helicopters, and Cellphone Photos. Grand Prize: The grand prize photo this year was taken by Tom Buysse of Asper, OostVlaanderen, Belgium. Buysse photographed a rescue demonstration by a Belgian Air Force Sikorsky SeaKing and a lifeboat of the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution. The deep colors of the aircraft and lifeboat bring an energy to the muted tones of the gray, threatening sky and ocean spray. Buysse will collect the $500 grand prize. The winners of each of the categories below will win $50. All of their photos appeared in the current issue of ROTOR and were displayed at HAI HeliExpo 2014 in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 24–27.


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Helicopters at Work: Rob Edgcumbe, a professional photographer from Chicago, Ill., took this dramatic shot of a Sikorsky S-58T at the beginning of a heavy-lift operation on a rooftop in Chicago.

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UPDATED VERSION OF AOPA’S FLYQ EFB OFFERS INCREASED SAFETY AND IFR FEATURES Version 1.3 Features ADS-B Traffic Display With Portable Receivers The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and partner Seattle Avionics have released Version 1.3 of the popular iPad application, FlyQ EFB, with new functions that include ADS-B traffic display, night mode, instrument procedure overlays and more. “Our focus with FlyQ EFB is to continually enhance safety of flight, ease-ofuse and overall app performance,” said Douglas Shorter, AOPA vice president. “Our priority was to add the features most requested by the pilot community, such as available ADS-B traffic display, scratchpad and plate map overlays.”

Version 1.3 includes: • ADS-B traffic display with threatsensitive color coding, distance ring, proximity filter, and time-based predictive paths • A new “Night Mode” that converts chart and plate colors to preserve pilot night vision • An easy way to add SIDs/STARs to flight plans with selectable routes and entry and exit points • Approach procedure overlay on sectional charts with adjustable transparency • A multi-page scratchpad that allows users to make notes on items such

as frequencies, squawks and clearances • Extended runway centerline displays with a right pattern (nonstandard) indicator when appropriate • Interactive METAR/ TAF layer with a reduced number of screen taps to retrieve information • Adjustable radar transparency to customize a chart view • Functionality that allows users to quickly adjust altitude on synthetic vision to actual flying altitude with a tap of the screen FlyQ EFB maintains a 4.5 out of 5star average rating in the iTunes App Store. Version 1.3 retains FlyQ’s most

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Designed for Self-Built aircraft from the ground up, as well as existing selfbuilt, the MH-EDS 2IP and 4IP (Electronic Delivery System) are extremely precise multi-person in panel FADOC (Full Authority Digital Oxygen Control) aviation oxygen delivery systems. The MH-EDS technology utilizes patented technology to provide the most efficient, yet smallest and lightest, aviation oxygen system available. The MHEDS monitors micro-pressure changes from your breathing, delivering a precise individual pulse of oxygen at the instant each inhaling cycle is detected. Precious oxygen that is otherwise lost (by using the constant flow method) is saved by using the MH Pulse-Demand system. Call MH to answer any questions and to

help you build a system for your specific needs. Technical drawings are available in PDF format at Features and Benefits: Automatically adjusts to pressure altitudes up to 25,000 feet; Can be configured for mounting in the overhead console or the instrument panel; Shows cylinder pressure and cabin pressure altitude; Provides situational awareness for all persons connected; Provides means for customizing oxygen flow at each station for unique personal conditions; Automatically turns on cylinder valve (via electric means) from control head; Low cylinder pressure warning; Automatically adjusts to face mask at pressure altitude of 18,000 feet; Back-lit LCD and buttons; Simple to install low pressure tubing connects regulator to oxygen outlets; Provides delivery protocols for cannulas and facemasks; Emergency bypass provides oxygen to all stations Independent of electrical power; Compatible with all 14- and 28volt systems. Call MH for more information about their Three-Phase Delivery Program

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After fourteen years of production and constant refinement of the FlyIt Professional Helicopter and Airplane Simulators, FlyIt Simulators has produced one of the most accurate and flight realistic simulators available today. Fly the other simulators available then fly FlyIt’s. The superior flying qualities and realism will be obvious. FlyIt Professional Simulators have proven their extraordinary reliability and dependability over the last 20 years. Their four-year warranty was proven so successful that FlyIt is now able to extend their warranty to five years. All other simulator manufacturers are only able to stand behind a one- or two-year warranty. New immersive features introduced on the 2014 FlyIt professional simulator are: • Aircraft aerodynamic models so accurate that pilots have a real flight experience. V numbers match the real aircraft • Engine and airframe vibration gives the feel that the simulated aircraft is actually off the ground and you actually feel the touchdown • Right and left side window views give a 280-degree by 60-degree (fixed wing) and a 280-degree by 90-degree (helicopter) look at the sky. Fly search and rescue, turns about a point, crime scene orbits, high density traffic, IIMC and mountain flying. Check proficiency of all pilots on a regular schedule • New Technology Advanced Flight Motion System. The first FTD ”motion system” that provides a feeling of being suspended in the air – a real unstuck sensation. • Scenario Based Mission Rehearsal Training. Mountain flying, high altitude,

accident scene, confined area ops, extreme weather, go-no-go decision with any weather you might encounter in real life All these are now standard features of the affordable 2014 FlyIt Professional Simulators. One reason for FlyIt Simulator’s popularity is that they are shipped complete with everything. They are a true plug-and-fly simulator and you don’t have to worry about service and reliability for five years. FlyIt’s new Technology Advanced Flight motion System’s large visual displays (280 degree by 90 degree helicopter and 280 degree by 60 degree fixed wing) and airframe vibration provide a sense of really flying, being off the ground and actually being supported on the fluid medium of air, far superior to motion systems with small monitor out the window views. This system was introduced at Heli Expo 2013 and was a huge success with 100 percent of pilots giving it a “thumbs up.” This is the first FTD to accurately provide real effects of the tail rotor on helicopter maneuvering. Instructors can now teach perfect coordinated turns, because you can feel it. You will experience real turbulence, light to severe. FlyIt Simulators are in regular training in 28 countries, in flight schools, law enforcement, EMS, military, universities and petroleum. Their immersive qualities and accuracy allow the student to learn all procedures in the FlyIt Simulator and then perfect them in the real aircraft. For more information contact FlyIt Simulators at, 760/6038200 or 866/814-9678 (toll free U.S.).

Civil Air Patrol Continued from Page 38 grams to his Senate and House colleagues ever since. To do this he often reached across the aisle to work with his Republican colleagues on CAP issues and missions vital to the nation and thousands of communities. He has also repeatedly promoted the cost effectiveness of CAP with government agencies such as the Air Force and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Harkin has been a rated CAP mission pilot and flown a number of training and actual missions, including counterdrug flights off the southern tip of Florida. He also has served as an adviser to CAP’s national commanders, providing valuable insight on how CAP can best address some of its budget and operational challenges. Most recently, he introduced Congressional Gold Medal legislation honoring the

unusual service of CAP’s founding members during World War II, which quickly passed the Senate under unanimous consent and with 83 co-sponsors. CAP officers and cadets that visited Capitol Hill for Legislative Day urged support for H.R. 755, the companion House bill to honor founding members of CAP with a Congressional Gold Medal for their volunteer service in conducting combat operations and other emergency missions during World War II. The Command Council consists of CAP’s national commander, national vice commander, chief of staff, CAP’s eight region commanders and its 52 wing commanders representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its members serve as advisers to the national commander.

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LD O S 1979 Beechcraft F33A

1979 Cessna 172 Skyhawk

287 SMOH, 3200 TTSN, Garmin 430 GPS, S-Tec 55 A/P, fresh annual NDH ..$109,950

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The fourth annual Idaho Aviation Expo will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, 2014. The expo will feature new and vintage aircraft, parts and avionics, clubs and associations, workshops and speakers, and all other things aviation related in Aero Mark’s 30,000 sq. ft. XL hangar at Idaho Falls Regional Airport in Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIDA). Held in conjunction with the Idaho Aviation Association’s Annual Meeting, the expo is open to everyone interested in or involved in general aviation. Last year’s show featured more than 40 exhibitors, including new aircraft dis-

plays from Aviat, Beechcraft, GippsAero, Kitfox, Quest, and Peterson’s Performance Plus. Lori MacNichol of McCall Mountain/Canyon Flying Seminars will be back this year, along with other great speakers and exhibitors. Admission to the expo will be $10 at the door, or free for Idaho Aviation Association members, and includes all workshops and both days of the expo. If you have any questions about attending or exhibiting at the Idaho Aviation Expo 2014, contact Thomas Hoff at or 208/524-1202.

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LD O S 1982 Piper Warrior II 161 1945 SMOH, 8026 TTSN, Digital IFR, DME, NDH, Well Maintained ........$24,950

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GARMIN SEMINAR AT BANYAN AIR SERVICE Banyan Air Service (KFXE) will host a Garmin seminar on Thursday, March 20 starting at 6:30 p.m. The seminar will be presented by Joe Stewart of Garmin and will include updates on the latest avionics for aircraft and helicopters including the G1000, G600, G500, G500H, GTN 750, aera 796, and Garmin’s GDL 88 and GDL 39 ADS-B solutions. “I am delighted to return again to Banyan Air Service and the Jet Cafe at FXE for the Garmin seminar series. From the D2 GPS pilot watch up to our newest integrated flight deck, we look forward to helping our friends and customers find the right Garmin avionics solutions for their aircraft or helicopter,” says Joe Stewart, Garmin International Aviation Regional Sales Manager.

The seminar will be at Jet Café (next to Banyan) Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, 5540 NW 21st Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL. RSVP for this seminar on-line at or contact Pedro Artidiello at 954/492-3572 for more information. Banyan Air Service is an authorized Garmin sales and service center and sells, installs and services Garmin aviation products. Banyan is certified both FAA, EASA and has repair station approvals for Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela. In addition, Banyan based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE) is an award winning FBO offering turbine airframe and engine maintenance, aircraft sales, parts solutions, Jet Runway Café and Banyan Pilot Shop.

1975 Cessna T210L 2268 TTS, 264 SFRMAN, GPS, A/P, Digital IFR, Original Paint, New Interior, Hangared CA Airplane.................................................$89,950

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1977 Cessna 310R

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Photography by Sagar Pathak F-16s, such as these two from the 93rd FS “Makos” always fly in pairs to watch out each others in combat. (Sagar Pathak)

This F-16 from the 301st FW based in Texas flies over the North West mountain ranges of Afghanistan.

Capt Mike Dobbs inspects the engine of the KC-135 before his mission over Afghanistan.

Waiting for his partner to finish refueling, this F-16 from the 301st FW flies formation off our KC-135. Left top to bottom: Capt Joe D’Agostino, a pilot from the 22 EARS, and his Boom Operator review their mission plan before heading out to the jet, Aircraft from around the world use Manas Airport for a multitude of missions, Maj Rod Jones taxis to the ramp back at Transit Center Manas. Last year, the 22nd EARS's KC-135s offloaded over 20 million gallons of fuel to coalition aircraft, Right top to bottom: The air to air refueling is done by the Boom Operator, or “Boom” as he or she is often referred to. This is the office in the back of the KC-135, The Alert Crew from the 22nd EARS is on 24 hour alert in the Operations building, and is capable of launching and being in Afghanistan within an hour to offer assistance to any aircraft in need, The author finds a brief moment in between refueling to refuel his own body on the cold, loud floor of the KC-135.

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