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Q Casa Grande, AZ: Cactus Antique Fly-In, gates 8 a.m., Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-7576. Q El Centro, CA: NAF El Centro Air Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., (760) 3392673, Q Redding, CA: Benton Air Center Historical Aircraft Display Day/Tax Sign-off, 9 a.m. to noon, Benton Airpark, (530) 241-4204. Q Troy OH: Aviation Lecture Series “The Memphis Belle,” 6:30 p.m., WACO Air Museum, (937) 335-9226, Q Yuma, AZ: 2018 Yuma Airshow, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MCAS Yuma, (928) 269-3327, Q San Luis Obispo, CA: Vintage Aircraft Associate’s Airport Day, San Luis Obispo Airport, (805) 801-7641. Q Riverside, CA: Aircraft Display Day Fly-In, 8 a.m., Flabob Airport, (951) 683-2309, Q Phoenix, AZ: Luke Days Open House & Air Show, Luke AFB, Q Santa Rosa, CA: Open Cockpit Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Airport, (707) 575-7900. Q Napa, CA: Vintage Aircraft Display, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Napa Airport, (707) 944-9236. Q LaVerne, CA: Antique & Special Interest Aircraft Display, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Brackett Airport, (909) 593-1395. Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery Field, (619) 301-2530. Q Reno, NV: Women in Aviation, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, (937) 839-4647, Q Riverside, CA: Airshow 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Riverside Airport, (951) 826-5311, Q Mesa, AZ: Falcon Field Airport Open House, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., (480) 644-2450, Q Cross City, FL: Cross City Airport Fly-In & Air Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., (352) 498-6656, Q Lancaster, CA: Los Angeles County Air Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., William J. Fox Airfield, (661) 917-2871, Q Kingsville, TX: Wings over South Texas Air Show, NAS Kingsville, Q Marietta, GA: Dobbins ARB Air Show. CANCELLED. Q Palmdale, CA: Los Angeles County Air Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., William J. Fox Airport, Q Melbourne, FL: Melbourne Air & Space Show, gates 9 a.m., Melbourne Int’l. Airport, (321) 395-3110, Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-7576. Q DeFuniak Springs, FL: Marvel of Flight Fly-In & Expo, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., DeFuniak Springs Airport, (850) 892-2000, Q Titusville, FL: Space Coast Warbird AirShow, gates 8:30 a.m., Space Coast Regional Airport, (321) 268-1941, Q Waco, TX: Heart of Texas Airshow, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., TSTC Campus Airport, (303) 862-2869, Q Riverside, CA: Thunder over the Empire, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March ARB, (951) 655-5614. Q Columbus, GA: Thunder in the Valley Air Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Columbus Airport, Q Lakeland, FL: Sun ’n Fun Int’l. Fly-In & Expo, gates 8 a.m., Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Q Redding, CA: Benton Air Center Historical Aircraft Display Day/Tax Sign-off, 9 a.m. to noon, Benton Airpark, (530) 241-4204. Q Tuscaloosa, AL: Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, Q Houston, TX: CAF Houston Wing Open House, gates 10 a.m., West Houston Airport, (281) 579-2131, Q LaVerne, CA: Antique & Special Interest Aircraft Display, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Brackett Airport, (909) 593-1395. Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery Field, (619) 301-2530. Q Louisville, KY: Thunder over Louisville, airshow 3 p.m./fireworks 9:30 p.m., Waterfront Park, (800) 928-3378, Q Tavares, FL: Planes, Trains & BBQ, all day, Wooton Park, Lake Dora, (352) 742-6176, Q Stillwater, OK: OSU Flying Aggies Fly-In, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stillwater Regional Airport, (432) 638-3100,

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By Ed Downs

he word “tradition” can sound a tad mundane. Like “a traditional place setting,” or perhaps “traditional dress.” So, let’s pump that word up a bit, like by the 600+HP offered from the Pratt & Whitney 1340 Wasp radial engine mounted on the front of one of aviation’s most successful warbirds, and you are beginning to get an idea of what “tradition” should mean. Wrap that “G” pulling, noise making machine around a guy named Jeff Shetterly, and you have the airshow stopping performance of a North American T-6 Texan being flown by a pilot with family flying traditions that go back three generations. Now, that is what tradition should be all about. The Shetterly family is a story all in itself. With father, Greg, a great aerobatic performer (see www.shetterlysquadron .com); mother, Micki, a skilled pilot, show safety officer, and announcer (does that make “Mom” the show boss); and brother, Joe, an Air Force combat veteran and A-10 “Warthog” instructor who also flies his RV-8 with the Shetterly Squadron, it is perhaps natural that Jeff



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Jeff Shetterly flying the Texan T-6 warbird in an inverted position. The T-6 was one of the most successful militay planes ever built. Originally built and designed as a Trainer, Shetterly flys his T-6 in a very non-traditional style. (Glenn Watson)

Jeff with his son Liam, riding the back seat in the American T-6 Texan. (Jeff Shetterly)

Shetterly succumbed to the “Shetterly tradition.” Jeff’s son,12-year-old, Liam, is also getting into the act, now as a back seater in the T-6. But Jeff decidedly breaks the tradition of most warbird aerobatic performances with his T-6 Texan, a plane that entered Navy service in the

dard maneuvers flown in typical warbird routines as seen in today’s airshows. Jeff has an interesting point of view, “I didn’t get to this place in my flying career alone. Many of the great warbird pilots have gone west: Bob Hoover, Bobby Younkin, Continued on Page 46

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NEWS GA Companies Vying for Collier Trophy ..............................................8 Goulian Shines Brightest in Red Bull Abu Dhabi Race ....................9 Piper Receives Largest Trainer Order in Company History ............11 Shuster Signals End to ATC Privatization Battle: GA Wins ............12 NASA Engineer Explores Lost Tuskegee Airman’s Aircraft............14 Report Shows Steady Increase in Global Space Activity................19 Green News: Signature, Air BP Aim to Curb Carbon Emissions ..21 AOPA Announces 2018 Scholarship Program..................................24 Legend Cub Makes First Flight in Germany......................................26 “Year of the Tanker” at EAA: Iron on the Flightline ..........................28 C-47 That’s All, Brother Takes to Skies After Restoration ..............32 Helicopter Update: HAI Reports Successful Year ............................34 Pacific Coast Dream Machines Celebrates 28 Years........................38 Strong Aircraft Deliveries Give Cirrus Impressive 2017..................41 American Heroes Airshow Coming to Texas April 21-22 ................44

COLUMNS FEATURES Editorial: Why Check the Weather, We Are Going Anyway By Ed Downs ..................................................................6 Former Slave, Two-Time Olympian Becomes Air Force Airman By Airman 1st Class Dillon Parker ..........................................20 The Aviation Craftsman: Lance Lockhart of Wyldebyrd Art By Annamarie Buonocore ..............................................37 SafeLandings: Crew Management of Passenger Circumstances ..................................................................................40

Flying Into Writing: First Photo Mission of the Year By Eric McCarthy ............................................................17 Flying With Faber: Huntington Beach: Then and Now By Stuart J. Faber ............................................................29 Homebuilder’s Workshop: Dodging the Fighters By Ed Wischmeyer ..........................................................42 The Spirit of Flight: Bay2Bay By Denise Rae Donegan and Ana Uribe Ruiz ......................45

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kay, perhaps the title of this collection of thoughts is a bit sarcastic, but this writer has heard those words uttered in the world of airline ops and charter flying. For sure, airlines ads and proponents of ATC privatization have convinced unknowing passengers that “we always get you there on time” and/or “all delays will end with privatization.” They specialize in marketing and politics, not necessarily flying. This subject came to mind just the other day, as a particularly harsh winter storm shut down major terminals, causing massive flight cancelations and passenger inconvenience. As is so often the case, major media jumped on the story and sped to the airports (slipping and sliding on icy roads) to interview desperate passengers, huddled pitifully (as said by one reporter as she gushed with Oscar award winning emotion) amongst the airport restaurants that sell a $2 hot dog for nine bucks. Yes, being captured in a secured area and surrounded by armed guards does seem to limit the competitive urge food sellers have to participate in open market competition. But back to the weather. Stranded passengers were interviewed, and only the most critical or desperate of remarks made to “news at 10.” One comment caught the attention of this pilot by observing “I can’t see what the problem is; the weather doesn’t look that bad.” Yep, how much can a quarter inch of glaze ice really weigh on the wings of a plane... shucks, they have lots of horsepower, let’s just go. Why check the weather, we are going to go anyway. Okay, this is only one passenger, but there is a strong tendency for newbies in aviation to believe that technology can overcome the forces of nature. We have an amazing number of technological recourses available to us today that simply did not exist just a few years ago. The military and airline world have been working on “all weather” technology for years. First came the toughening of airframes, followed by more reliable engines, creation of anti/deice systems, weather radar, high altitude flight above the weather and now, communication technology that keeps one connected with weather resources 24/7. All of this has been in the quest of “all weather flying.” As our current generation proceeds into ever-expanding technological innovation, this writer sees a trend developing

that is not all that different from the immense overconfidence that took place at the turn of the last century. The industrial revolution was peaking out, new inventions with amazing capabilities were emerging on almost a daily basis, and the general feeling was that “we humans can overcome all circumstances and prevail against nature itself.” So, they launched the Titanic and soon discovered that if nature decides to build a really big ice cube, technology is in big trouble. There is not, and never will be, an “all weather” anything. Always place your winning money on Mother Nature. Today’s GA pilot certainly has resources available that did not exist back when this writer started flying what was considered a high-tech trainer, an Aeronca with a wind- driven generator and two crystals (yes, crystal), low frequency Lear radio. The airway system consisted of fourcourse radio ranges, and if you are were wealthy, non- directional radio beacons (ADF). Fortunately, many airways were lighted by rotating beacons, so night flight was sometimes easier than day flying. Weather briefings were conducted by visiting a small weather shack located at the airport. Flight plans were filed on paper and then teletyped to other stations along your route. One made regular positions reports, with the expectation that each reporting point would be reached within plus or minus :03 minutes of an estimate on the flight plan. Such accuracy was, of course, compliments of an E6B computer. Radar?? Isn’t that something used by the military to shoot down Russian bombers? Ah yes, the good old days? Yes, to an extent, but to paraphrase Charlton Hesston, you will now have to take my GPS out of my cold, dead hands. The old system worked, but it is certainly no match for present technology. In preparing for this commentary, this writer hit the web and cell phone apps to see just how much data is now available for weather information, flight planning, and aeronautical decision making. It is mind boggling. Over the years, the peak of more than 400 Flight Services Stations in place at airports around the country by the 1970s (weather/flight plan services) have been reduced to less than a dozen airport-located facilities. In 2005, the FAA decided that subcontracting these services might inspire modernization, and they were right. Continued on Page 8

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Q San Luis Obispo, CA: Vintage Aircraft Associate’s Airport Day, San Luis Obispo Airport, (805) 801-7641. Q Riverside, CA: Aircraft Display Day Fly-In, 8 a.m., Flabob Airport, (951) 683-2309, Q Petaluma, CA: Historic Airplane Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Petaluma Municipal Airport, (707) 778-4404. Q Vero Beach, FL: Vero Beach Air Show, gates 9 a.m., Vero Beach Regional Airport, Q Columbus, MS: Columbus AFB Open House Air & Space Show, Q Atlanta, GA: CAF Dixie Wing WWII Heritage Days, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Falcon Field, Q Austin, TX: American Heroes Airshow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Camp Mabry, (818) 631-8132, Q Santa Rosa, CA: Open Cockpit Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Airport, (707) 575-7900. Q Napa, CA: Vintage Aircraft Display, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Napa Airport, (707) 944-9236. Q Yuba City, CA: Beale AFB Air & Space Expo 2018, gates 9 a.m., (530) 634-0783, Q Charleston, SC: Charleston Air Expo 2018, gates 8:30 a.m., Joint Base Charleston, Q Pinehurst, NC: Festival d’Avion, gates 10 a.m., Moore County Airport, (910) 215-0861, Q Myrtle Beach, SC: Wings over Myrtle Beach Air Show, Q Half Moon Bay, CA: Pacific Coast Dream Machines, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Half Moon Bay Airport, (650) 726-2328,

Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-7576. Q Havelock, NC: MCAS Cherry Point Air Show, Fri. 5 p.m./Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m., Q Temple, TX: Central Texas Airshow, Fri. 4 p.m./Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m., Temple Airport, Q Thermal, CA: Jacqueline Cochran Air Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, Q Manassas, VA: Manassas Regional Open House & Airshow, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Manassas Regional Airport, Q Alamogordo, NM: Holloman AFB Open House & Air Show, Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-3722, Q Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale Air Show, 9 a.m., Fort Lauderdale Beach, (321) 395-3110, Q Wrightstown, NJ: “Power in the Pines” Open House & Air Show, gates 9 a.m., McGuire AFB, (609) 754-2104, Q Chino, CA: Planes of Fame Air Show, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-3722, Q Anchorage, AK: Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, Sat. 9 a.m./Sun. 10 a.m., Anchorage Int’l. Airport, Q Valdez, AK: Valdez May Day Fly-In & Air Show, Valdez Pioneer Field, (907) 835-8244, Q Redding, CA: Benton Air Center Historical Aircraft Display Day/Tax Sign-off, 9 a.m. to noon, Benton Airpark, (530) 241-4204. Q Paso Robles, CA: Estrella Warbirds, Wings & Wheels, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Paso Robles Municipal Airport, (805) 238-9317 Q Del Rio, TX: Laughlin AFB Open House & Air Show, Q Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay AirFest, MacDill AFB, Q Millville, NJ: Wings & Wheels Airshow, Millville Municipal Airport. Q San Diego, CA: C.A.M. Route No. 8 Reenactment Flight, from Gillespie Field to Payne Field, Seattle, (509) 995-6240, Q Virginia Beach, VA: Military Aviation Museum’s Warbirds over the Beach, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Virginia Beach Airport, (757) 721-7767. Q Hampton, VA: AirPower over Hampton Roads, gates Fri. 5 p.m./Sat & Sun. 9 a.m., JB Langley-Eustis, Q Everett, WA: Paine Field Aviation Day, Paine Field, (425) 388-5125, Q Atlanta, GA: Good Neighbor Day PDK Airshow, noon to 5 p.m., DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Q San Luis Obispo, CA: Vintage Aircraft Associate’s Airport Day, San Luis Obispo Airport, (805) 801-7641. Q Riverside, CA: Aircraft Display Day Fly-In, 8 a.m., Flabob Airport, (951) 683-2309, Q Petaluma, CA: Historic Airplane Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Petaluma Municipal Airport, (707) 778-4404. Q Santa Rosa, CA: Open Cockpit Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Airport, (707) 575-7900. Q Napa, CA: Vintage Aircraft Display, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Napa Airport, (707) 944-9236. Q LaVerne, CA: Antique & Special Interest Aircraft Display, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Brackett Airport, (909) 593-1395.

AOPA making headway with fighting egregious FBO fees As general aviation pilots, we rely heavily on FBOs whether we’re traveling to a new destination, or just staying in the pattern. But FBOs provide more than just gas and tie-downs, they are a gateway to local communities and businesses. So, when we hear from more than a thousand AOPA members expressing concerns about transparency of fee costs, access, and pricing, we take them seriously.

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In August 2017, we filed Part 13 complaints with the FAA over egregious FBO fees at three airports, one of which was Waukegan National Airport just outside Chicago. Following continued coverage from AOPA on our efforts, along with recently published FAA guidance for airport owners, we began to see several locations take notice and make positive changes to improve conditions and transparency for pilots. One of those locations is Waukegan National Airport. Following AOPA’s complaint, the airport announced that it would offer free tiedowns for transient aircraft and a pedestrian gate to access the ramp, so pilots and passengers would not be forced to go through the FBO. The FBO also reduced the price of self-service avgas by more than $2 a gallon. In light of the recent improvements, AOPA withdrew the complaint against Waukegan and acknowledged the steps taken by the airport to make it more accessible and friendlier to pilots. We applaud Waukegan and the other self-help airports out there that are taking action to ensure they are open to all segments of general aviation. We will stay focused on this issue, assuring other airports where we have received complaints take similar steps. This issue is driven by input from our members and we are working hard to continue addressing your concerns. To learn more about our egregious FBO pricing and fee initiative, please watch the most recent AOPA Webinar on this issue and keep checking for the latest. Find the webinar by searching the AOPA website for “webinars.”

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By Mark Baker

AOPA, President & CEO e made it through the cold months and we’re finally back to my favorite time of year: fly-in season. The weather is (usually) great and nothing beats the camaraderie shared among pilots when we gather to enjoy our favorite pastime. And after years of flying, I’ve come to learn that – ironically – half the fun is on the ground. While I’m somewhat biased, you can’t go wrong attending an AOPA FlyIn. After having attended all 20 of ours, I always look forward to the next one. Each one is designed to help make flying more fun, affordable, and safe. We created these regional fly-ins to replace the annual three-day national

AOPA Summit. The idea is that we come closer to members, rather than expecting members to come to one of the coasts each year, which can be much more expensive for attendees. This year, we start out in Missoula, Montana, June 15 and 16, where you’ll have several opportunities to experience my favorite type of flying in the backcountry of Montana. I’m planning to participate in one of the fly-outs at Seeley Lake Airstrip, where pilots will be treated to a delicious potato bake hosted by the Recreational Aviation Foundation. There will also be other opportunities to see Montana in all its glory with a chance to fly over a section of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area and the 1,000foot-high Chinese Wall that stretches for 22 scenic miles.

After Missoula, we head September 14 and 15 to the oldest state capital city in the United States – Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is sure to be rich with history and culture. Then if you plan to meet us in Carbondale, Ill., Oct. 5 and 6, I recommend the award winning 17th Street BBQ in nearby Murphysboro – and make sure to try the ribs. You’ll need to pack the sunscreen if you’re going to our final fly-in of the season in the southern town of Gulf Shores, Ala., Oct. 26 and 27, known for its white sandy beaches and warm blue water. What a positive impact we can make on the industry when we come together, and that’s one of the reasons the Pilot Town Halls we host at every AOPA FlyIn, along with Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and EAA AirVenture, are so

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important to me. Each one gives us a chance to share what AOPA is focused on, what we’ve accomplished, and what we’re looking forward to next. It’s also a great time for us to hear what matters most to you and what AOPA can do to improve your flying experience. Attending fly-ins is not a requirement for being a pilot, but participating in these timeless traditions is something every pilot should experience at least once in their lifetime. And if you have one you’d like to share with fellow AOPA members or find out more about one you’d like to attend, you can read and post about it all on the AOPA Hangar ( I look forward to seeing you this flyin season and hope you have a chance to enjoy it as much as I will.


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Here’s a sure way to discover some of the most exciting projects striving to push back the horizons of aviation and aerospace: Check out the list of the nine nominees for the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy. From technological breakthroughs in aviation to mankind’s probing of the solar system’s deep reaches, the National Aeronautic Association has named the aviation and space achievements that will compete for the trophy, with the winner to

be selected on March 22, announced the next day, and presented with the Collier Trophy at a formal event on June 14. That presentation will continue a tradition that for 105 years has made the annual award of the Collier Trophy “the benchmark of aerospace achievement.” The award “has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in history,” the National Aeronautic Association said in a recent press release.

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Editorial: Weather Continued from Page 6 Lockheed-Martin, the primary subcontractor has, been constantly improving both old-fashion services and digital resources. Take a look at www.1800 and create a log-in to assist in flight planning. This official FAA site can be customized for your specific needs. But that is just the beginning. Tablet- based flight planning and chart programs abound, with countless aviation-related apps for your smart phone. Advanced technology aircraft now have anti/deice systems, superior flight displays, and flight automation that challenges the most sophisticated air carrier aircraft. ADS-B will (and now does) offer inflight traffic information for similarly equipped aircraft, and the FAA’s Next-Gen plans promise almost limitless routings. By gosh, maybe technology has triumphed. While a good and cautious pilot

will always check weather, perhaps we are reaching the goal of “why check the weather, we are going to go anyway.” Or are we? High tech should equal markedly improved safety. But that does not seem to be happening. In fact, it appears advanced technology is producing its own form of accident, one wherein the pilot loses track of the technology he/she is managing. Notice the word “managing?” It is being noticed that more and more, new pilots training in advanced tech airplanes are no longer “flying” the plane but are engaged in “managing” the plane. And managing a complex technical device can be mentally demanding, in some cases, more so than simply hand flying the machine. Much of what we learn with basic stick and rudder skills (like my old Aeronca) become noncognitive, meaning one does not have to mentally think about what you’re doing

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with your hands and feet, sort of like walking upright, you don’t have to think about it. Sight, sound, kinesthetic senses (your butt), and force feedback through your hands provide the messaging your brain needs to maintain control, leaving the frontal lobes ready to process the circumstances of your flight. But, like trying to manipulate through the many functions of modern smart phones while driving, the high-tech plane taxes the brain, sometimes leaving the hands free for only one last action, grabbing the BRS handle. Sure, there is a way to diminish mental demand, the autopilot. But now we have a plane taking care of itself, without direct intervention by the pilot, further diminishing hands-on flying skills. The term being used by the FAA is “automation dependency,” wherein the pilot becomes dependent upon the plane to do those things he/she cannot do. It is logical to think, “my plane is so smart it

can do anything, so why check the weather, we can use my inflight information resources to make decisions while inflight.” Furthermore, “my plane is so smart, I can even let it do the flight planning by just flipping on the radio master switch and selecting ‘direct/to.’” Those without a high-tech plane can accomplish much of the same with tablet programs. Slowly but surely, the pilot is being taken out of the decision-making process and becoming automation dependent. Given the variable circumstances that can (and will) take place in a flight, surprises will occur. Those of us who succeed in the process of acquiring a pilot certificate may have a “type A” personality, leading to continuation bias (get-thereitus). This means, once a plan is in place, we will do just about anything to bring that plan to a successful end. This sometimes Continued on Page 10


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After nine years, U.S. Red Bull air racer Michael Goulain took his second career win during the Feb. 3 competition in Abu Dhabi. It’s been a long wait for Michael Goulian – after nine years since his last career win, which took place in Budapest in 2009. He had been flying perfectly all week and knew that it was going to take a cool head and nerves of steel to make it to the top of the podium. He did it in fine style. TheAmerican pilot had to fly first in the Final 4 and set a blistering time of 53.695s, which all the other pilots had to beat. He then had an agonizing wait as he watched how the other three pilots would do. Marin Sonka was second through the Start Gate and flew cleanly and smoothly, but he couldn’t come close to catching Goulian. His time of 54.650s

was almost a second slower, but it was enough to see him in third. Goulian’s compatriot Kirby Chambliss was third into the track and due to a late pull up found himself behind from the first split time. He couldn’t claw any of that time back and finished fourth overall. The wait to see if he had won intensified for Goulian as he watched the World Champion go last. Yoshihide Muroya had to make a correction in his run as he headed to Gate 4. It didn’t slow him down too much, but was enough to see him behind Goulian and put him in second. Goulian now sits at the top of the leaderboard for the first time in his career and he’ll be using all that energy and focus and take it to Cannes, April 21-22.


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Motorsport is all about teamwork. If the team isn’t running as smoothly as a well-tuned engine, then there’s going to be problems and a break down of one sort or another. Michael Goulian has been working hard to get the right people in the right places, but now feels he has a winning formula. Goulian is known as one of the hardest working pilots in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, but has always struggled to find what was needed to make it all come together. He’s been close for the last few years, but now it’s all clicked together. The American pilot last won in Budapest in 2009, but why has it taken so long? “I’ve been asking myself that same question,” joked Goulian. “As everybody

American Air Racer Michael Goulian says it’s all about “team” work. (Courtesy Red Bull Air Races) knows, the Air Race is just such a difficult sport you have to be on the edge at all times. Not only does the pilot have to fly well but you also have to have a really good plane and a really good team behind you. It’s one of those things that after a while you start to doubt yourself and start Continued on Page 13

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The Boeing 737 MAX, a family of single-aisle airliners the Boeing Co. describes as the fastest-selling airplane in the company’s history. Cirrus Aircraft’s Vision SF50 jet, the single-engine, owner-flown aircraft that the manufacturer said has created “a whole new category of aircraft—the personal jet.” The Edwards Air Force Base F-35 Integrated Test Force, a team of nearly 700 military, government, and contract workers conducting developmental test flights of the three F-35 variants. The NASA/JPL Cassini Project Team, the partnership that brought together scientists from 17 countries “to gain a better understanding of Saturn, its stunning rings, its magnetosphere, Titan and its other icy moons,” according to NASA. The Perlan Project, working to achieve creation of “a spacecraft with glider wings” to “fly to 90,000 feet at the edge of space to explore the science of giant mountain waves that help create the ozone hole and change global climate models” and “provide education and inspiration for young people seeking careers of exploration and adventure in engineering and science.” The TSA, Air Line Pilots Association, and Airlines for America (A4A) Known Crewmember and TSA ✓ Pre✓ programs. The Known Crewmember program is a joint initiative of A4A and the Air Line Pilots Association linking databases to enable Transportation Security Administration security officers “to positively verify the identity and employment status of

fangled things, like “starters.” Nope, not old fashion at this end. But the basics are important, and one must never turn command of the machine over to the machine. Maintenance of basic flying skills are essential, and if automatic mode confusion takes place, or you push the wrong button on the GPS and can’t figure out how to get the display back, having done the old “planning at the kitchen table before the flight” will earn its keep. Bottom line, every pilot should be able to find his way from Van Nuys Airport to Santa Barbara without automation... lets see.... Pacific Ocean on the left.... Continental United States on the right... yep, piece of cake. And then a call to FSS made sure that I might not get shot down while flying close to the Navy rocket range while in route. All is good.

crewmembers.” The TSA Pre✓ program is designed to speed program members through airport security. The U.S. Marine Corps, Office of Naval Research, and Aurora Flight Sciences Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System, a helicopter designed to deliver supplies to a force on the ground, then return to its point of departure or fly to another delivery destination. The Vanilla Aircraft VA001, an autonomous aircraft with range and endurance designed to “greatly reduce the operating cost and manpower burden to provide persistent aerial coverage,” enabling “new missions previously beyond the capabilities of mid-size UAS.” Zee Aero Division of Kitty Hawk Corp., a Silicon Valley-based developer of a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft it describes as “a revolutionary new form of transportation” being created “at the intersection of aerodynamics, advanced manufacturing, and electric propulsion.” Past projects and programs that have received the Collier Trophy include the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the Boeing 747, the Cessna Citation, the F-22, and the International Space Station. Other past winners of the Collier Trophy have included the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, the Mercury 7, Scott Crossfield, Elmer Sperry, Howard Hughes, and Orville Wright. The five most-recent recipients of the Collier Trophy are the Blue Origin New Shepard Team; the NASA/JPL Dawn Mission Team; the Gulfstream G650; the Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy, and X-47B Industry Team; and the NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Project Team.


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Piper Aircraft, Inc. has received an order for 152 aircraft from Fanmei Aviation Technologies, Piper Aircraft’s exclusive dealer in China. This is the largest single trainer order received by Piper Aircraft in company history. Fanmei Aviation Technologies is a subsidiary of Sichuan Fanmei Education Group co. Ltd, which is a leading provider of aviation education in China. The historic seven-year purchase agreement, valued at $74M, includes 100 Archer TX single engine trainers, 50 multiengine Seminoles, one Seneca and one Piper M350. Deliveries begin in March with the first aircraft going to the Fanmei Flight School in Sichuan province. “We are very excited to have Fanmei Aviation Technologies in our Dealer Network,” said Piper’s Asia Pacific Sales Manager, Jeremy Prost. “Fanmei Education Group has a great vision for the future of General Aviation in China and we believe that this vision and commitment will work in pair with Piper’s 80 years of aircraft manufacturing experience to supply high quality aircraft and support to Chinese customers.”

“The agreement and cooperation with Piper Aircraft is the key element for our general aviation roadmap,” said Don Li, President of Fanmei Aviation Technologies. “Everything else was already in place, including a quality training program with committed staff and outstanding facilities, and now we have added to our fleet, in my opinion, the premier training aircraft in the world with the Piper Archer and Seminole, which will help prepare our students for their continued success after graduation. In addition, as the exclusive Piper dealer in China, we look forward to serving our customers in the fast-growing general aviation market, not only with excellent Piper aircraft, but also with our most dedicated high-quality services.” “Just as we are making history with receiving this large order, so is Fanmei by establishing a prestigious pilot development program to meet the growing need for exceptionally trained airline flight crews. This is a wonderful opportunity for both organizations as we work collectively to help address the global pilot shortage.” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.



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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the leading proponent of legislation calling for the removal of air traffic control from the FAA, announced on Feb. 27, he would no longer pursue the controversial proposal. General aviation groups see this as a win, at least for now, as members have long pushed against the proposal that fell apart due to lack of support needed to pass Congress. The following statements come from Shuster and GA groups.

Shuster Statement on the 21st Century AIRR Act

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (RPA) on Feb. 27 released the following statement regarding H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act: “Many, including myself, continue to believe that the air traffic control provisions of the 21st Century AIRR Act are good government reforms, and necessary for the future efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of our entire Nation’s aviation system and its users. “We built strong support for this critical reform over the last two congresses, and we had a golden opportunity to move beyond the status quo and accomplish positive, transformational change with this bill. “Despite an unprecedented level of support for this legislation – from bipartisan lawmakers, industry, and conservative groups and labor groups alike – some of my own colleagues refused to support shrinking the federal government by 35,000 employees, cutting taxes, and stopping wasteful spending. “Although our air traffic control reform provisions did not reach the obvious level of support needed to pass Congress, I intend to work with Senator Thune and move forward with a reauthorization bill to provide long-term stability for the FAA.”

Push To Give Away ATC Ends – For Now By Joe Kildea, AOPA

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the leading proponent of legislation calling for the removal of air traffic control from the FAA, announced

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he would no longer pursue the controversial proposal. AOPA, along with hundreds of other aviation groups and organizations across the political spectrum, opposed the legislation, and AOPA members contacted their representatives in Congress more than 200,000 times asking them to oppose the bill. In a statement, Shuster cited a lack of support among congressional Republicans and said, “Although our air traffic control reform provisions did not reach the obvious level of support needed to pass Congress, I intend to work with Senator Thune and move forward with a reauthorization bill to provide long-term stability for the FAA.” AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker thanked members for their calls and letters to Capitol Hill and said, “In dropping the controversial air traffic control proposal, there’s now a chance to do something that all segments of aviation have been asking for – a long-term reauthorization bill. We look forward to working with Chairman Shuster and other leaders in Congress on a bill that improves aviation for every American and ensures our skies remain the safest in the world,” Baker continued. Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president of Government Affairs and Advocacy, said, “Chairman Shuster deserves a lot of credit for dropping support of the controversial proposal and pursuing long-term solutions for the FAA and aviation.” “This is what advocacy is all about,” Baker said. “AOPA and other groups identified the threat this bill posed for GA and with great support from AOPA members, we worked every angle on Capitol Hill, through the media, and with other organizations outside of aviation who would also be negatively impacted. The coalition and excellent strategy paid off Continued on Page 16


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Windecker Aircraft has announced the appointment of Ms. Yubi Chen as CEO of the company. Ms. Chen, a native of Chengdu in China’s Siczhuan Province has moved, with her family, to North Carolina. She brings with her extensive experience in international business and trade relations with foreign countries. “Her appearance at Windecker Aircraft is consistent with our plans for expansion and for introducing new ideas about aviation through the company,” said Mr. Hang Wei, owner of Windecker Aircraft. “We are pleased and feel fortunate to have her international expertise as we look forward to exceptional innovations in the future of General Aviation in North America and China.” One of Ms. Chen’s initial projects will be to advance

a “clean sheet” design for a new, highperformance aircraft that is under the direction of famed aeronautical engineer John Roncz. Windecker Aircraft was the first company to receive a Type Certificate for an all-composite aircraft design, the Eagle I, in 1969. That design was developed with fiberglass and only eight copies were produced before the company halted operations in 1971. Three years ago, Windecker Aircraft was revived when the design and production rights were purchased by Mr. Hang Wei. One of the only remaining copies of a Windecker Eagle was restored to airworthy status. The company plans to produce copies of the Eagle in China while the facility in Mooresville, NC will be used for Research and Development.

Interview: Michael Goulian

Continued from Page 9 looking for excuses. But you have to look inwards and see what you’re doing as a competitor,” he explained. Team Goulian has, for the past four years, been working on the chemistry of the team, trying to give everybody their proper job and give them the leeway to do their job. “Now we have the team and the machine I just have to go out there and fly,” Goulian said. It’s no secret that in this motorsport consistency is what wins races and World Championships. Goulian said that the team left 2017 knowing they had a winning raceplane and a pilot – when he was at his best – that could win. “Last year we were consistently in the Round of 8, but we were not breaking through into the Final 4. So we sat back and looked at the team and figured out how do we get in to the final round on a more consistent basis so we can vie for the World Championship – that’s what we did and it worked out really well here,” he said. That sounds simple enough, but things have to change; habits, mind sets and procedures all need adjusting. Goulian got insight from someone who knows a thing or two about winning. “Nigel Lamb spent a few days at my house this past fall and we spoke a lot. A

few days after he asked how can I win when I am so distracted by my other business interests? He said I needed to unplug as best I can when at the race and focus. My new TC Emily Mankins took my phone and my computer as soon as we arrived. I was isolated, able to focus and it put me in the right zone.” For a TC to be able to take all communication tools away from their pilot there has to be the highest level of trust in the team. “The teams are just so important to the pilot,” explained Goulian. “When you have a team that’s working you don’t even have to talk, you just know by their body language what they’re thinking and what you’re thinking. You have to be a family out there, so you’re comfortable, especially when you’re half way around the world – it puts you at ease as well, and as a pilot ,that’s just so important,” added Goulian. Goulian is in the control seat now and will want to build on his momentum, he has his season long plan all worked out: “We’re going to go out there and get into the Final 4 as much as we can. And when we get to the late part of the season we’ll see if we’re vying for the World Championship.” American Air Racer Michael Goulian says it’s all about “team” work.



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Erik Denson Inspires Students and Supports the Legacy of the First African-American Fighter Pilots

Finding an aircraft wing, machine guns, cannon balls, shackles, a cock pit door and other artifacts from a crashed Tuskegee Airman’s aircraft in the cold waters of Lake Huron and a wrecked slave ship near Key Largo buried on the ocean floor may not sound as glamorous as treasure hunting for gold or silver. But Erik Denson said the treasures he finds while diving are even more important and are about preserving history. “Every artifact tells a story,” Denson told students when he spoke to several classes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. and to the public Monday night at a SpeakER Series presentation as part of events on campus during Black History Month. During the day, Denson, chief electrical engineer in the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, is working on the new Space Launch System, which will be the most powerful rocket ever built, that will provide the foundation for human explo-

ration beyond Earth’s orbit. But in his free time, he’s keeping alive AfricanAmerican history and the stories of his heroes. He’s not only president of DIVERSe Orlando Scuba Club, which is affiliated with the National Association of Black Scuba Divers, but also the lead instructor for Diving With a Purpose. The nonprofit organization, dedicated to the conservation and protection of submerged heritage resources, has a special focus on the protection, documentation and interpretation of African slave trade shipwrecks and the maritime history and culture of AfricanAmericans. Denson has been with NASA for 27 years and a scuba diver for 25. At EmbryRiddle, he shared stories from several of his underwater explorations, but focused on the Guerrero slave ship that wrecked in 1827 with 561 Africans on board, including 41 who drowned, and the 1944 crash of Tuskegee Airman, 2nd Lt. Frank H. Moody. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first

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Other dives are planned in the future and Denson hopes to establish monuments at the sites of both Lt. Moody’s aircraft and the shipwreck. Students majoring in Aerospace and Occupational Safety found Denson’s talk intriguing and it sparked their interest in history. Russell McConnell, a sophomore who was in the Navy for 7.5 years, said the Tuskegee Airmen were “real heroes during World War II.” “They saved many bomber’s lives,” McConnell said. Dr. Nancy Lawrence, associate professor of Aerospace and Occupational Safety at the Daytona Beach Campus, said the hazards Denson was exposed to during the explorations were also important for her students in the occupational safety class to hear. “He had a lot of information to offer and really connected with the students,” Dr. Lawrence said. Kenneth Hunt, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at EmbryContinued on Page 16

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Continued from Page 14 Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, who arranged for the NASA engineer and underwater explorer to come to campus, said Denson’s talk fit in perfectly with Embry-Riddle as an aerospace university and its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Hunt said Denson gave students and

the public an opportunity to better understand the historic significance of AfricanAmerican contributions. Denson hopes the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and his own story inspire students to reach for their dreams. “There is no limit to what they can do if they put their minds to it,” Denson said.

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Shuster Signals End to ATC Privatization Battle Continued from Page 12

and kept this bill from reaching the House floor. “Now we can focus that energy on continuing to improve the excellent air traffic system we already have and in bringing other improvements to the FAA. Meanwhile, we will remain ever vigilant for future efforts that will be disruptive to general aviation because the GA we enjoy in this country is unique in the world and is worth protecting.”

From EAA: You Did It! GA Turns Back Privatization Grab

“This is a tribute to all of you in general aviation who took the time to make yourself heard,” said EAA CEO and

Chairman of the Board Jack J. Pelton on Tuesday evening. “Thanks to the unified fight by the GA community, this bill was not going to pass with ATC privatization as part of it. We can now move ahead with what we have maintained all along – modernization, not privatization. We can fund the FAA long-term and let the agency continue with its already progressing modernization efforts. “I want to thank every one of the grassroots aviators who took time to call, write, and visit their congressional representatives and express the far-reaching negative impacts that ATC privatization would have on the world’s busiest, most complex, and safest air traffic system.” From NATA: NATA Applauds Move to Remove ATC Privatization

Proposal from FAA Reauthorization Bill “While NATA is deeply appreciative of the courtesies shown general aviation in Chairman Shuster’s FAA reauthorization bill, we commend the Chairman for putting differences aside and his commitment to work with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune to pass a comprehensive long-term FAA reauthorization bill that provides needed stability to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that does not include air traffic control privatization. NATA is committed to working with Chairmen Shuster and Thune and Congress to ensure the United States maintains our status as the world’s safest airspace system in the world.” “This is a victory for the general avi-

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he day began, as many do here in southern California, with a coastal marine layer extending inland a mile or so. I know from experience that conditions just a couple of miles further inland can be dramatically different––often sunny and clear, and 5-10 degrees warmer. The marine layer usually burns off by late morning and often returns late afternoon, so I wasn’t really concerned about my mid-day photo mission up in the Corona area. It’s only about a half hour flight from Palomar (KCRQ), we’d be over the site for 20 minutes or so, then off for lunch; we should be back to Palomar by 2:30 or 3, no problem. As I was driving south along the 5 freeway in Camp Pendleton, that little voice in my head began to express concern. I was beginning to wonder if the marine layer was going to burn off this day – it was about 10:30 a.m., and I didn’t see any signs of it burning off. In fact, I was in and out of dense fog, and where it wasn’t foggy, there was a very low cloud cover, well below VFR minimums. Yet, looking east up the canyons and between the mountains of Pendleton, I could see clear blue skies beckoning. Palomar is about two miles from the beach, and I figured it stood a good chance of being in the clear. I wasn’t too worried about getting out of Palomar, flying east and into the Temecula Valley, which is often clear. But getting back into Palomar––that began to gnaw at my noggin. I’ve seen the marine layer fill in pretty quickly in the past; then again, I’ve snuck in under the advancing cloud layer. Hmmm…what to do… My autopilot/lineboy/cupholder du jour was my good friend, Roy. Roy’s got a couple of thousand general aviation hours under his belt, mostly with Civil Air Patrol, and that means he’s been steeped in the safety culture of the Air Force (CAP being an Auxiliary of the USAF). This is reassuring when one is hanging out the window at a thousand feet to photograph a site. And he’s lived here a lot longer than I have, so he’s more familiar with the area and its weather proclivities. He also lives pretty much equidistant from Palomar and Fallbrook Air Park (L18). Fallbrook is our squadron’s home field, one both Roy and I are quite familiar with. It’s located about a dozen miles inland on the backside of Camp Pendleton. At 700 feet MSL, it’s often above the low marine layer, and, as an added benefit, the coastal conditions often don’t reach that far back… a plan



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began to form in my mind. “Hey Roy, I’m cruising through Pendleton along the coast here in heavy fog; what do you think about me picking you up at L18 and leaving your car there in case we can’t get back into Palomar?” Roy: “Well, we could do that, but I don’t think it’s going to be an issue – there’s not a cloud in the sky here!” Well, ok then; I guess we’ll stick with Plan A. Twenty minutes later, we met at the plane at Palomar, the clouds lingering, but the marine layer was clearly receding. By the time we had preflighted the plane

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and taxied to the run-up area, the airport was in the clear. The mission went without a hitch, and before we knew it, we were ready for lunch. I had suggested Flo’s at Chino – I’ve been there twice in the past couple of years, but both times it was closed. I know it’s not exactly haute cuisine, but it’s an institution and one of those places you just have to visit. So far, I haven’t been able to… Roy had done a lot of his early flying at Corona (KAJO) and had a hankering for a sandwich from the café at his old stomping grounds. I’d done a couple of

approaches and a landing or two at Corona for my Commercial checkride, but I don’t recall ever getting out of the plane there, so this would be a new experience for me. I’m always up for going to someplace new, so Corona it was! Roy’s experience and local knowledge at Corona came in handy as he guided me through the pattern, pointing out entry and turn-point landmarks as we entered a left downwind for runway 25. After an uneventful landing, we found a place to park and headed to the Corona Airport Café. I enjoyed a delicious pastrami sandwich, while Roy ate his sandwich and reminisced about the past. The service was great, and the food was delicious and reasonably priced. While we refueled, we watched in reverent awe as a beautifully restored Beech Staggerwing departed, its throaty radial rumbling a satisfying growl as its propeller clawed into the air. Gear up, and away it went… We followed shortly thereafter. Off the ground and in CAVU conditions in the Temescal Valley just south of the airport, all looked good as we headed home. But I knew that good weather on the “backside” of the coastal range is not necessarily a good predictor of the weather along the coast. I asked Roy if he had any “colors” on his Foreflight map––in other words, what’s the weather at Palomar? “Oh, ya, let me check… Uh-oh… oh crap!” Well, that’s not reassuring, Roy – would you care to expand on that? “Foreflight shows Palomar’s gone IFR! Son of a…” his voice trailed off as he reexamined his iPad, hoping for a different report. Maybe if you shake it like an Etch-A-Sketch… Roy’s a good friend, an excellent pilot, and I absolutely respect his aviation skill and wisdom, and his local knowledge, but part of me just wanted to roll my eyes and say “I told you so!” But I didn’t; I didn’t need to – he knew it, and besides, we were in no imminent danger flying along in clear skies with 40 miles to go, full tanks and plenty of options along the way. Worst case, this would result in an inconvenience, and I’ve long since given up getting worked up about such things – they come with the territory. If you fly, you will experience something unplanned, that’s just the nature of the beast. And the more readily you accept that, the easier things will go for you. Heck, I had just diverted a week before, on New Years’ Continued on Page 18


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Gour Maker, a trainee at basic military training, receives an Airman’s Coin at the coin ceremony Feb. 1, 2018, outside the Pfingston Reception Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Maker was recognized by his wingmen as a selfless leader and motivator during his time at BMT. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Dillon Parker) only did he want to survive, but he wanted to thrive. “I wanted to change my life, help my parents back in South Sudan, and give my future children a better childhood than the one I had,” he said. “And the only way to do that was through education and determination.” Maker started with the basics and began learning English by watching children’s cartoons and spending plenty of time with other high school kids just listening to their conversations and absorbing all that he could. “Within a short amount of time, I was able to communicate effectively with other students and teachers, order food, and really get by on my own,” Maker said. While learning English was a crucial step on his personal journey, Maker’s high school career really took off when one of his teachers introduced him to running. “Running was always just natural and easy for me,” said Maker. “It was a great high school experience and it helped me meet a lot of friends, build confidence and it was genuinely fun.” After winning the National High School indoor two-mile title, Maker received a scholarship to compete at Iowa State University, where he allowed himself to dream of things that had never been done before. “When I got to college in 2005, I remember hanging a piece of paper on my wall that said I was going to run in the Olympics in 2012 for South Sudan,” said Maker. “I thought ‘Why not me? Why can’t I do it?’” Maker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and reached AllAmerican status as a student athlete, ready to start his new life. Maker planned to head to Flagstaff, Ariz. to train for the 2012 Olympics. The same day he left for Arizona in 2011 was the day South Sudan officially Continued on Page 22

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Continued from Page 20 gained its independence. “I drove the whole way celebrating and it was a very special day that I will always remember,” said Maker. Following his year of training, Maker qualified to run the marathon in the 2012 Olympics in London. Even though South Sudan officially gained its independence, the country was not yet a member of the International Olympic Committee and Maker was still not an official U.S. citizen. “State senators from New Hampshire and Arizona presented my case to the Senate in Washington D.C. so the International Olympic Committee allowed me to run in the Olympics without a country,” said Maker. Even though his dream of running for South Sudan had not yet come true, Maker accomplished a great deal as an unaffiliated Olympian. “All of the people in South Sudan knew where I was from,” said Maker. “I wanted to be the inspiration for the children to say, ‘Hey, if Maker can do it, you know what, I can do it too.’” After the 2012 Olympics, Maker was undeterred and set a new goal for himself and his country. “I said to myself, ‘In 2016, I’m going to bring South Sudan to the Olympics for the first time,’” said Maker. “I wanted to try to do more for my country and the 2012 Olympics only strengthened my conviction to accomplish my goal.” This time around Maker’s dream became a reality in Rio de Janeiro 2016 when he became one of three athletes to be the first to represent South Sudan in an Olympic games, as well as South Sudan’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony. “Walking into that stadium, carrying the South Sudan flag was just indescribable,” said Maker. “The people of South Sudan were in my mind the whole time I was running into the stadium with that flag and it meant so much to me.” While it was a truly incredible and improbable moment for Maker, his thoughts were filled with the people of his home country while he was running with that flag. “Over 50 years of civil war and my country finally got independence,” said Maker. “So many lives were lost for our freedom, it was just ringing in my head that we have done it, we have done it. On that day, everyone in South Sudan was at peace watching the Olympics for the first time.” For Maker, the 2016 Olympics were an enormous accomplishment that went far beyond his 82nd overall finish. “I couldn’t have accomplished any of it without all the support I received

from my family and the opportunity the United States gave me. It’s the highlight of my athletic career so far and a moment I’ll treasure forever.”


The next chapter in Maker’s life began when he decided to join the U.S. Air Force to serve the country that gave him so many opportunities. “All of the things I’ve accomplished have derived from the opportunities the U.S. has afforded me,” said Maker. “When I first came to America, I didn’t have hardly anything, but with the support and opportunity this country has given me, I’ve been able to completely change my life.” The staff at basic military training had no idea who Maker was, but he quickly stood out to leadership at the 324th Training Squadron. “I went out to the track and saw the instructors were putting their attention on one trainee in particular,” said Maj. John Lippolis, director of operations for the 324th TRS. “I could see him running noticeably faster than everyone else and the instructors explained to me that we had a two-time Olympian at BMT.” In addition to Maker’s Olympian status, his unique personal story also stood out to Lippolis. “I was just absolutely floored when I talked to him about what he went through to get to where he is today,” said Lippolis. “Not only did he survive, he wanted to better himself and he has accomplished so much. He has an amazing story and the drive he has displayed to succeed like that in the face of such adversity is truly inspiring.” Maker not only inspired Lippolis, but other members of his flight were inspired too. “All of his wingmen said the same things when I talked to them,” said Lippolis. “They told me what an inspiration he was within the flight; that the flight rallied around him and he doesn’t do anything he’s supposed to do for himself until he helps out everybody else.” While Maker has accomplished a great deal in his lifetime, he’s not done dreaming. Maker hopes to join the Air Force World Class Athlete Program, a program designed to allow elite athletes the opportunity to train and compete in national events to make the Olympics. He also wants to make the 2020 Olympics where he’ll have the opportunity to represent his new home and the country that gave him so much. “Joining the greatest Air Force in the world has been an absolute miracle,” said Maker. “I can’t wait to see what this next chapter holds for me.”

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American Legend Aircraft Company announced last month the first flight of a Legend Cub in Germany. The Legend Cub AL3 was purchased by a resident of Germany, shipped overseas via container, and will remain N-registered for leisure flights in the European Union. The Legend Cub AL3 replicates the world renown Piper J3 Cub. Newly manufactured, Legend Cubs are available today with capabilities far outpacing their noble origins. Jeffrey Huntoon of Trier, Germany holds FAA and EASA issued ATP certificates. He’s flown professionally for the last 32 years, beginning as a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot. Jeff’s previous experience importing three other aircraft from the U.S. and his fluency in the German language aided in navigating the lengthy process of flying an N-registered aircraft in Europe. Coupled with the selecting the right aircraft, Jeff tirelessly pursued and earned his Legend Cub AL3’s Permit to Fly (Einflugerlaubnis von Luftfahrt-Bundesamt) from the national civil aviation authority of Germany. He anticipates his area of operation to be Germany with occasional excursions to/over Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Switzerland and England. Following the AL3’s arrival in Germany, Jeff wasted no time re-assembling his Legend Cub. Given the region’s weather in February, he thankfully carried this out in a heated hangar. “The aircraft was expertly disassembled and containerized for shipping in Sulphur Springs, Texas. I had it reassembled and flight ready in just one weekend,” stated Jeff. Engine run-up and a taxi to its home hangar ensured its first flight was just a fair weather day away. Jeff reports a successful first flight, commenting his new Legend Cub “Flies straight and true, just as it had when I flew it last, together with [company owner] Darin Hart at the factory.” Jeff added, “My first solo with N1368F AL3 was actually my second ‘first’ solo with the registration N1368F. My very first solo flight was in a C-152 under this registration, in 1983 at Concord Municipal Airport in New Hampshire. When it came to my attention that 68F was returned to the FAA registry, I immediately reserved it, patiently waiting for the right plane to assign it to ever

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By Jim Moore, AOPA

Textron Aviation on Feb. 21 confirmed that the Cessna TTx, notwithstanding the eye-pleasing ramp appeal and speed to spare that wowed more than a few pilots and aviation writers, has ceased production. The company in essence cited slow sales by way of explaining what became of the world’s fastest production piston single, though not in so many words. What was most recently known as the TTx traces its lineage to the Columbia 300 in 1998, though the design really began life as the Columbia 400 in the year 2000 after Lance Neibauer (who founded Lancair) decided to build a fourseat, fixed-gear version of his fast and popular Lancair kitplanes. He created Columbia Aircraft to build and certify the Columbia 300 and the Columbia 400. Inefficient production, fierce competition, and an untimely hailstorm conspired to spell the end of Columbia, and Cessna bought the design less than a year after Columbia’s 2007 bankruptcy. The legendary airplane maker known for designs that tend to run on the pokey side renamed the Columbia more than once, first as the Corvalis TT, which logged a handful of sales for the first few years – a total of seven in 2010, the first year the General Aviation Manufacturers Association began publishing such data, none in 2011, then 21 in 2013, after Cessna jazzed up the paint and renamed it the TTX (later, the TTx). By any name, this bird was fast. AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines flew Cessna’s piston speedster in 2012 and came away impressed by the performance. While “speedy Cessna” was once an oxymoron, this one outpaced the Cirrus SR22T and the larger, pressurized Piper Mirage. Haines again flew the airplane, now called the TTx (lower-case “x” followed a Textron flirtation with setting the “x” in superscript; the “TT” denotes twin turbocharged), and reported in 2016 that it was as fast as ever, and priced to compete with the Cirrus – about $50,000 less, with

(Courtesy Textron Aviation) roughly comparable equipment and options. Haines noted then that all of the name changes might have confused potential buyers, and Cessna’s effort to market the Corvalis/TTx line was also found wanting by critics, though the airplane was widely praised as a speedy beauty with a rich feature set. Yet while Cirrus continues to churn out hundreds of SR-series piston singles, and now the SF50 Vision Jet (22 sold in 2017), a lineup that brackets the TTx in terms of price and performance, sales of the TTx began to stall in recent years: The high-water mark in annual shipments came in 2015, with 44 TTx models shipped, according to GAMA data. That was 16 percent of all Cessna piston airplanes sold that year including all four piston models still in production then. By 2017, TTx sales slipped to 23 units, just under 10 percent of all Cessna piston sales, and a fraction of the 355 piston singles (SR20, SR22, and SR22T models) sold by Cirrus last year. Even the Beechcraft Bonanza (13 G36 Bonanzas sold in 2017) was starting to catch up, at least in terms of revenue. “At Textron Aviation, we continuously monitor the market as it fluctuates and adjust our product offerings accordingly,” the company said in the Feb. 21 statement issued in response to an AOPA request for confirmation that the TTx has been discontinued, as long rumored and more recently reported by a few, based on the disappearance of the TTx from Textron Aviation’s website. “Our strategy continues to focus on bringing new products to market and aligning business priorities with market demand. We remain dedicated to offering a modern product portfolio, ensuring our customers have access to the latest technology, and supporting our existing customer base across all platforms.” Textron meanwhile sold 129 Cessna Skyhawks, 46 Skylanes, and 40 Turbo Stationairs in 2017, sales figures that reflect relatively steady performance for piston models all designed decades before the TTx was even a Columbia 400.


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The Air Force Reserve is celebrating its 70th anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, bringing its impressive fleet of military refueling aircraft as part of AirVenture’s “Year of the Tanker.” The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 2329 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc. The Air Force Reserve Command, which encompasses nearly 70,000 Citizen Airmen, will bring operational aircraft to Oshkosh in 2018 and participate in a unique display showcasing the past, present, and future of tanker aircraft. “We are honored that the Air Force Reserve will mark its 70th anniversary at Oshkosh, as it is a perfect place to showcase the Reserve’s aircraft and Citizen Airmen,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “Its presence will make the ‘Year of the Tanker’ possible, but it will feature other aircraft and programs during the week.” Air Force Reserve Command aircraft will participate in the daily air shows at AirVenture 2018, and be displayed on Boeing Plaza throughout the week. Reserve Citizen Airmen will also participate in WomenVenture, creating opportunities for all to meet and connect in an event designed to encourage and inspire the next generation of women in aviation. In addition, there will be special forums and programs highlighting the Reserve’s mission around the world in support of military and humanitarian operations. “The 70th anniversary of the Air Force Reserve is a superb time to tell the story of our Citizen Airmen who provide a tremendous amount of operational experience to the Air Force mission and for aviation fans, there’s no better place to demonstrate that than at Oshkosh,” said Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander of Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base,

The Air Force will be bringing their “Big Iron” to celebrate AirVenture’s “Year of the Tanker.” (Courtesy EAA)

The tanker doing a precision mid-air refueling. (Courtesy EAA) Georgia. “Innovation is in our DNA, and it comes from the diverse experience our Reserve Citizen Airmen bring to the mission from various communities across the nation.” Announcements of specific aircraft and programming during EAA AirVenture 2018 will be made as they are finalized.

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I love history. Even more, I love writing about history. When I conduct research for an article, I often turn to history books or local historical societies for information. As I take these excursions, I often fantasize that I am living in the era of my research. For example, who wouldn’t picture themselves traveling in a covered wagon when looking back at the history of the Oregon Trail through Nebraska? The problem with the story I’m about to tell you is that I don’t have to fantasize about being immersed in a scene from ancient history. Embarrassing as it is, I was part of this upcoming story! How about when some teenager asks me (or perhaps you), “What was it like in the 80s?” I suppose to a 13-yearold kid, 1980 was ancient history. Look at the computers we had – mine was a Commodore – and how about my LoranC? – a museum would pay me a fortune for it.

Flying Around Southern California in the 1950s and 1960s

An early shot of the airfield. (Courtesy Stuart J. Faber)

Instructors at Seal Beach Airport. (Courtesy Stuart J. Faber)

Let’s go back to the 1950s and 1960s. In the late 50s, I moved from Wisconsin to Southern California. Occasionally, I’d rent an Aeronca 7AC at Glendale Airport. As my courage increased, I’d head out to Van Nuys

Airport, hop in a Cessna 150 and fly around the San Fernando Valley. I was too timid to depart the valley over the mountains in any direction. I thought I’d never make it over the peaks. As the years progressed, I advanced to a Piper Apache. When it was time to take my checkride for the multi-engine rating, I headed to Long Beach to see Abe Paster, a man considered to be a lenient examiner. A decade later, we met again for my commercial checkride. The reason I mention Abe is that he was one of the instructors who worked at Meadowlark Airport in the early postwar days.

Meadowlark Airport

The sign at the Meadowlark. (Courtesy Stuart J. Faber)

In between those years, I flew a variety of airplanes. Every once in a while, a fellow pilot, or an instructor, would say, “Let’s fly down to Meadowlark and practice a few short field landings.” That’s what this article is about – a look back in history at Meadowlark Airport. The embarrassing part of this story is that I was a visitor to Meadowlark during that historical period. I can’t deny it. I am a part of history Back around 1927, a family named Crawford organized a motor and airplane factory around Seal Beach, Calif. Around the same time, a number of stunt pilots were putting on shows around the Seal Beach Joy Zone. The area eventually became Crawford Field. Around 1930 a diner opened up across the highway from the airfield. It was called, “Glider Inn.” A large model airplane was attached to the restaurant sign. As I recall, the sign and the airplane were still there up to a few years ago. The restaurant served great fish, steak, and chili dishes. Pilots started to use the inn as a hangout. The walls were covered with aviation relics, model airplanes and the world’s largest wood, hand-carved propeller. In 1940, a group of businessmen raised some capital to expand the airport.



They added a seaplane port at the nearby oceanfront. A few years later, the U.S. Government constructed the Los Alamitos Naval Air Station just up the road from Long Beach. From 1945, the field was called East Long Beach Airport. Then, until 1963, it became Sunset Beach Airport. From 1963 until its closure, this 65-acre legend was known as Meadowlark Airport. In 1947, the Koichi and Nerio families purchased the field. They extended the 1,750-foot runway to about 2,070 feet. A coffee shop, which became another pilot’s hangout, was added. In between my short field, touch-and-go adventures, I enjoyed a few lunches and some hangar talk at this cafe. Meadowlark was bulldozed in 1989. Today, the former airport site is occupied by the Summerlane community of homes and the Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park. A plaque commemorating the Nerio Family and Meadowlark Airport is all that remains. If you want a look today, drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Warner Avenue, then turn north to the Summerlane Community. During the years of my visits to Meadowlark, it always felt like stepping back into time-actually, it was more like my time. At the cafe, there were no such things as arugula or pesto. In the tie-down area, there were rows of Luscombes, Piper J-3s, Taylorcrafts, Pt-22s, Howards and Ercoupes. I’m told that a fellow named Canon flew banner planes from Meadowlark over the coastline. Apparently, he took the final flight from Meadowlark in the summer of 1989. The field did not breathe its last without a fight. Numerous demonstrations took place. Donna Foulger, a longtime Huntington Beach resident and an avid Meadowlark fan, had many stories to tell. She described an event when a plane missed the runway and crashed into one of the office buildings. Donna was there on the final day and took many photos as folks gathered to say goodbye.

Flying to the Beaches Today

Long Beach Airport, aka, Daugherty Field, (KLGB), is about a 10-mile drive from Huntington Beach. You can stop on the way for a visit to the Meadowlark plaque. The field, about 60 feet above sea level, and has three runways. The main

Stuart J. Faber and Aunt Bea

Huntington Beach Pier at Sunset. (Courtesy Visit Huntington Beach) strip, R12/30 is 10,000 feet long. It’s a great venue for practicing instrument approaches. At one time, we conducted NDB approaches. The NDB facility is also in the history books. The parallel runways, R7L25R and 7R25L are each about 6,000 feet long. My FBO recommendation is Ross Aviation, 562/490-6200.

Huntington Beach – A Great Place To Visit

Back in the 1950s, Huntington Beach, just a few miles south of Meadowlark Airport, was a place one drove through on the way from Long Beach to Newport Beach. Luxury resorts, a vibrant downtown, and an expansive beach area have transformed this sleepy stretch of oceanfront to a thriving beach community for both locals and tourists.


Here is a list of my favorites, all of which are pet friendly. Waterfront Beach Hotel, 21100 Continued on Page 30


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Continued from Page 29 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714/845-8000, www. Located just across the road from the beach, this hotel has two spacious pools, a Jacuzzi and a kid’s club. Super-petfriendly, the hotel offers numerous amenities for your canine and feline family members. Additionally, their lavish “It’s a Wonderful Dog’s Life” package treats your pup like royalty from the moment you step into your room. Pet beds, feeding bowls, pet-sitting, and even a pet-friendly room service menu are just a few of the features you’ll find. The oceanfront and ocean view rooms feature high speed Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, mini-fridge and coffee station, work desk and robes. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648,, welcomes pets of all types and sizes. Their promise: “If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.” They’ll spoil your pup with outstanding amenities like front desk treats, plush pet beds, feeding bowls, a dog-friendly restaurant and menu, and a nightly wine reception from 5-6 pm for guests and their pets who love to party – all at no extra cost. The staff even includes a Directors of Pet Relations. If a human happens to be accompanying the dog, he or she will discover rooms with soaking tubs, special mattresses, yoga mats and great ocean views. Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 866/478-9702, has spacious oceanfront rooms. Features include a private balcony with ocean views, huge workspaces, hooded sweatshirt robes and flat-

screen TVs. Your pooch will be met by a special greeter, then, whisked up to the room to a luxurious pet bed, feeding bowl

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. (Courtesy Visit Huntington Beach)

and treats. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714/6981234, huntingtonbeach.regency. The 517 guestrooms and suites overlook the beachfront. The Mediterraneaninspired rooms are fitted with Hyatt Grand Beds, private balconies, and an oversize work area with free Wi-Fi. A 20,000-square -foot spa is in the hotel. For pets, the rooms are especially prepared for your doggie and includes, food and water bowls, a pet pillow, and pet-friendly door hanger.


Most of the restaurants can be described as “down-to-earth, seaside city casual. The surrounding ambiance is delightful. My recommendations below are among the best. Slapfish, 19696 Beach Boulevard, 714/936-3900 offers a variety of the freshest fish and shellfish sourced from suppliers dedicated to sustainable seafood. Old Crow Smokehouse, 21022 Pacific Coast Highway, 714/536-0381

delivers up a host of BBQ styles from the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City and Texas. Enjoy live country music every Friday and Saturday night. Cucina Alessa, 520 Main Street, 714/969-2148 serves classical Italian cuisine including homemade pasta, mamma’s meatballs and pizza. Don’t miss the pollo parmigiana, two baked chicken breasts topped with Asiago and Parmigiano and a fresh basil tomato sauce. Las Barcas, 21032 Beach Boulevard, 714/536-2616 has been serving gourmet Mexican food since 1987. Bluegold, 1016 Pacific Coast Highway D200, 714/374-0038 serves exquisite Vietnamese cuisine. I suggest the pork short ribs or pan roasted sea bass.

Things to Do

Of course, there is the beach. The shoreline stretches for 10 uninterrupted miles of gorgeous sand. There are five wide, distinct beaches, each with its own special charm. You can shop until you drop at the pier or on Main Street. A variety of surf shops, trendy and vintage boutiques, and souvenir shops dot the streets. Check the following retail areas: Bella Terra, 5 Points Plaza, and Huntington Harbour Place. Nature lovers will adore this region. The city is home to about 70 parks. The Shipley Nature Center features 18 acres of California native habitat, a butterfly way station, and an educational center. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the largest saltwater marsh along the Southern California coast. There is a 10Mile paved boardwalk, plus, countless trails over many untouched areas. Nightlife activities? Several breweries and wine bars. SeaLegs at the beach pours

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Huntington Beachfront. (Courtesy Visit Huntington Beach)

libations literally along the sandy beach. You can take a surfing lesson, rent a stand-up paddleboard or kayak, play volleyball, take a boat or whale watching tour, or try an electric bicycle. Or, just take a stroll on the 1,850-foot long Huntington Beach Pier. Every Tuesday night, a farmer’s market occupies Main Street. Along Main Street, two cultural centers capture surf culture and national art. The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum displays rotating surfcentric exhibits and the World’s Largest Surfboard. The Huntington Beach Art Center presents collections aimed at experimentation, education, and experience. As much as I love to write about history, I wish that history did not include so many great airports. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they all still flourished today and had not been relegated to the history books?


The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) has announced the selection of five new inductees into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame’s newest members were selected from more than 100 nominees by a panel of distinguished aviation historians, experts and the LSFM Board. Biographies of each inductee are available on the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame website: This year’s honorees are: • Captain James Lovell • Congressman Sam Johnson • Azellia White • Brigadier General Noel Parrish

(1909-1987) • Thomas (1883-1954) and Paul (1887-1954) Braniff This prestigious group will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 5 at the Lone Star Flight Museum’s 2018 “Flights of Fancy” Gala to be held in the Museum’s new $38 million home at Houston’s Ellington Airport, which opened in Sept. 2017. Clockwise from top left: Azellia White, Brigadier General Noel Parrish, Jim Lovell, Paul Braniff, Thomas Braniff. Not pictured Congressman Sam Johnson. (Courtesy Long Star Museum)

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The Commemorative Air Force’s Douglas C-47 That’s All, Brother, which led the D-Day invasion into Normandy in 1944, made its first post-restoration flight on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh received a call from the U.S. Air Force saying it believed Basler was in possession of this historic aircraft, Basler verified the serial number and made an agreement to sell the aircraft to the CAF. As part of the sale, Basler agreed to com-

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plete a full restoration of That’s All, Brother, to its original D-Day configuration. The CAF estimates that by the time its complete, more than 22,000 restoration man-hours will have been spent on the aircraft. The goal is to have That’s All, Brother fully airworthy in time to fly back to France in 2019 as part of the 75th anniversary commemoration of the DDay (June 6) invasion.


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HAI members and HAI HELIEXPO 2018 attendees gathered in Las Vegas on Feb. 27 for the HAI Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast. During the meeting, members of the HAI Board of Directors updated the crowd on the work of the association since the last meeting in Dallas. The meeting began with a call to order by HAI Chairman Dan Schwarzbach, who introduced the Board of Directors and welcomed attendees to Las Vegas. HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro then introduced Hugh Sinnock, vice president of customer experience at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Helicopters are a critical component of tourism for this destination,” he said. “There’s no better way to view our beautiful surroundings than via helicopter. So be sure to take advantage of all the networking opportunities while you’re here. Welcome to Vegas.” After approving the minutes of the last membership meeting in Dallas, Schwarzbach recognized past chairmen of the board and new HAI members. Zuccaro introduced each candidate for election to the HAI Board of Directors, who then addressed the crowd about the issues they deemed most important to the helicopter industry. This year, five candidates are running for two Regular Member – Commercial seats on the board, and two are running for one Regular Member – General Aviation seat. The election, conducted via both online and on-site voting, concluded at 3 p.m. Feb. 27. Results were scheduled to be announced at the HAI Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 28. (This event took place after In Flight USA’s press deadline.

Look for coverage in the April edition.) Reports were then given by Schwarzbach, Vice Chairman Jim Wisecup, and Treasurer David Bjellos. Schwarzbach and Wisecup both discussed the activities of HAI committees and working groups, emphasizing the importance of member involvement. Bjellos reported increased numbers from fiscal year 2017, indicating a financially strong year ahead for fiscal year 2018.

HAI Initiatives

Next, Zuccaro gave the president’s report, summarizing the issues that HAI has been working on since HAI HELIEXPO 2017, which included: HAI safety forums: During the last year, HAI has conducted several forums on important industry segments such as aerial firefighting, air tour operations, and offshore operations. HAI safety initiatives: HAI continues to promote its Land & LIVE program, which has a goal of zero accidents in the industry. HAI has also received FAA grants for flight data monitoring, health usage monitoring, and a synthetic vision program. HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS): Since the launch of HAI-APS in Jan. 2016, 14 mission-specific accreditations have been performed, including the first international accreditation of Beijing Capital Helicopter. Military outreach: HAI is dedicated to helping military personnel transition to civilian positions in the helicopter industry. Noise: Zuccaro cited noise issues as the biggest threat to the industry moving forward. He specifically named New

York and New Jersey as examples of areas where public complaints about helicopter noise has resulted in operational limits and reduction of helicopter activity. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): The integration of UAS into the National Airspace System is a hot topic, especially for the helicopter industry, which shares both operations and airspace with drones, and HAI is at the forefront of that effort. Future generations: Zuccaro discussed the pilot and technician shortage and HAI’s efforts through Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) to educate a new generation of helicopter professionals.

HFI Study on Industry Workforce

Allison McKay, HFI vice president, also spoke at the meeting, giving attendees a report on the activities of HFI, the charitable arm of HAI. In Fall 2017, HFI commissioned a study by the University of North Dakota (UND) to get hard numbers about the current and projected supply of helicopter pilots and mechanics. “The results are not good,” said McKay. “The shortage is real and it is growing.” McKay indicated that the numbers provided by UND will give HAI a baseline to create strategies for how to address the shortage. “We need to be more creative with how we approach workforce development,” said McKay. “It’s not enough to put a job ad in the paper and expect people to show up.” She called for strategies such as helicopter-specific education and finding ways to lessen the financial burden of becoming a helicopter pilot. “The

good news is, we can now take the first step to solve this problem and ensure the long-term sustainability of our industry.”

Air Traffic Control Privatization Zuccaro made the following statement on Feb. 28: “Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds Congress's determination to move forward with a reauthorization bill to provide long-term stability for the FAA. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Schuster (RPa.) announced his decision to withdraw his proposal to privatize U.S. air traffic control services from the House FAA reauthorization bill. “The voice of the entire general aviation (GA) community was heard. I want to thank our members for their commitment and passion to engage their elected officials. I also want to express our community’s gratitude to our representatives for listening. This is a great example of what can happen when people unite and speak with one voice. I offer my deepest appreciation to the entire GA community for its tireless work defending our industry. “HAI stands committed to working with Congress to modernize the FAA to maintain its world-class level of service and safety.” Swartzbach adjourned the meeting by inviting attendees to the next HAI general membership meeting, which will take place in Atlanta during HAI HELIEXPO 2019.


Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) Signed a VIP Interior in the First Commercially Operated Bell 505 on Feb. 27 at Heli-Expo

Montreal, QC based, Helite Aviation has ordered the first Bell 505 MAGnificent to be operated as a commercial, for hire aircraft in the North American region. Helite’s Bell 505 will be customized by Mecaer and will include style upgrades to the passenger and crew seats, carpet with threshold covers, reading lights and air gaspers, new passenger service units (PSUs), new cabin liners for the doors and ceiling areas and flight control boots. The completion will be performed at Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel facility by MAG, while the major components of the interior will be manufactured in Italy. The

style will be very familiar to the rotorcraft community. MAGnificent style will be evident in the shape of the passenger and crew seats along with curvature and design of the panels. Mecaer has maintained the MAGnificent family feel and appearance for the Bell 429, 525 and now the 505. MAG and Helite, along with Bell Helicopter will co-market the Bell 505 and VIP interior by utilizing the aircraft on customer demo-flights, participation in local trade-shows and various social media outlets. “The Bell 505 MAGnificent completes the trilogy for our VIP style on Bell Helicopter aircraft.” said Armando

Sassoli, Co-General Manager of Mecaer Aviation Group. “Our team is extremely pleased to be working with Helite Aviation and Bell Helicopter to help promote such a strong product and brand.” “Helite Aviation is looking forward to the delivery of its new Bell 505. We are confident that the superior capability and performance of the aircraft combined with the outstanding craftsmanship and comfort of the MAGnificient bespoke interior is defining a new category in the light single segment. We are confident it will bring added value to our VIP and corporate customers. The strong support of Mecaer combined with the legendary

(Courtesy Mecaer Aviation Group) Bell product support made them natural partners for us to go forward with the MAGnificient interior upgrade program for our 505” said Mathieu Norman, owner of Helite Aviation. Information about the Mecaer Aviation Group is available at Information is available for Helite Aviation at

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The results of a study forecasting the U.S. supply of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics over the next 18 years has been released, confirming what many in the industry suspected. Unless there are some fundamental changes in policy, outreach, scholarships, and access to financing, the helicopter industry faces largescale deficits in the amount of available and qualified licensed and certificated pilots and mechanics. The study projects a shortage of 7,469 helicopter pilots in the United States between 2018 and 2036. For maintenance technicians, the numbers are even more concerning. Our industry is projected to be short 40,613 certificated aviation mechanics in the United States

between 2018 and 2036. The study results, commissioned by Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) and conducted by the University of North Dakota (UND), were released on Feb. 28, at a press conference at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. Allison McKay, HFI vice president, introduced the study, and two UND researchers, Dr. Elizabeth Bjerke and Kent W. Lovelace, reported the results. Recognizing the importance of this information, HFI is making available both the study results and an executive summary. In addition to documenting the projected shortage, the study gathered information on how it is already changing operations. For example, more than 50

percent of surveyed operators said that the shortage of pilots and mechanics would definitely or probably interfere with their operation’s ability to grow over the next five years. Regional airlines are actively recruiting helicopter pilots — more than 500 transferred to fixed-wing operations in 2017 alone. This shortage is an industry-wide problem, and fixing it will require efforts from many sectors, including government, industry, military, finance, insurance, and education. In the coming months, HFI and Helicopter Association International (HAI) will be recruiting stakeholders to collaboratively work on defining concrete next steps to combat the problem. If you would be interested in

participating in this effort, please contact Allison McKay. “Our industry needs to take a hard look at how we do things,” said Matt Zuccaro, HAI president and CEO. “We really don’t have a choice. These numbers show a future where the growth of our industry will be curtailed because operators won’t have the workforce they need. But we have the option to change that future by acting proactively now to recruit the next generation of pilots and maintainers.” HFI Vice President McKay agrees. “The study results are certainly bad news for our industry. But the good news is that now we know the numbers — and now we can take steps to ensure the sustainability of our industry.”

Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. (AMGH) has signed a multi-year contract with Hughes Aerospace for COPTER Instrument Procedures, COPTER RNP Routes, Procedure Maintenance and Heliport services. Hughes is providing AMGH and its subsidiaries with the latest in COPTER LPV, LP and LNAV Instrument approaches, departures and RNP 0.3 COPTER Routes depicted on all digital geo-referenced charting products. “We are very pleased with the new partnership with Hughes Aerospace. After reviewing all of the options for spe-

cial use instrument approach procedures and IFR infrastructure development, Hughes was the obvious choice for a number of reasons,” said Mike LaMee, Director of Operations for AMGH subsidiary Med-Trans Corporation. He added, “The quality of the product, timeliness of development and maintenance support provided by Hughes is unmatched. Also, it truly is a partner, providing unparalleled support and guidance as AMGH continues to expand our IFR infrastructure.” Chris Baur, President of Hughes said “We are excited to partner with AMGH

and work with its subsidiaries Med-Trans and REACH Air Medical in delivering safe, efficient cutting edge navigation services for flight crews and customers.” AMGH is an industry leader in aviation safety with standards that exceed FAA and other regulatory agency minimums for training and aircraft equipment. For more information, visit Hughes Aerospace Corporation is a globally recognized and fully credentialed Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP). For more information please visit

An Airbus EC135 P2+, operated by AMGH subsidiary Med-Trans on behalf of Erlanger Life Force. (Courtesy AMGH)


AVIATION PIONEER BELL HELICOPTER REBRANDS TO “BELL”, REFLECTING EXPANDED VISION FOR THE FUTURE Industry Leader in Advanced Technology and Innovation Modernizes its Identity

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company and major global aircraft manufacturer, revealed on Feb. 22 it has rebranded to be known as simply “Bell.” The new brand strategy and modernized logo are rooted in the company’s focus on innovation and customer experience. Bell will roll out the rebrand over the next year. “Bell has always been about more than just helicopters. Our team has spent the past 80 years pushing the boundaries of

flight, and now we will accurately reflect that quest,” said president and CEO Mitch Snyder. “The look captures our innovative spirit without detracting from our core mission of providing safe and unsurpassed experiences to our customers.” The most notable update, aside from its brand name change, is a new logo. Bell wanted to highlight the tenacious pursuit of flight with its depiction of a dragonfly, while grounding the logo with a shield to illustrate the company’s stellar

reputation in reliability and quality. “The dragonfly can take off and land wherever it wants, fly quickly and efficiently in any direction, and hover at will. It represents the mastery of flight, something Bell strives to achieve,” added Snyder. Bell teamed up with FutureBrand, a global strategic brand and design consultancy, to complete its first rebranding since Textron Inc. purchased the defense businesses of Bell Aircraft Corporation in 1960 some of which became Bell

Helicopter. The process, which began in the summer of 2017, helped refocus the company’s communications to more accurately reflect how employees go above and beyond to bring the experience of flight to customers. “This rebrand is not just about a new logo,” said Snyder. “We chose to do this because we see ourselves at the forefront of technology. We believe this refresh embodies the idea that we can make the vertical dimension more accessible.”

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Robinson has added Garmin’s new G500H TXi displays to its R44 and R66 options. The two TXi displays add touchscreen functionality to Garmin’s popular G500H system, and consolidate PFD/MFD information on to a single screen. The upgraded displays provide increased resolution and interface with Garmin’s GTN 6xx/7xx touchscreen GPS series. The GDU (Garmin Display Unit) 1060 TXi is a 10.6-inch display installed in Robinson’s large G500H console with room beneath for any Garmin GTN 6xx/7xx and Genesys SAS/Autopilot. The GDU 700L TXi is a 7-inch display installed in Robinson’s new compact console with room beneath for any Garmin GTN 6xx. The new landscape-

oriented display was designed specifically for Robinson and allows the pilot to

Boeing through its subsidiary Aviall, announced it signed a global supply chain management agreement with CHC Helicopter. Under this agreement, Aviall will collaborate with CHC to provide Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) to improve efficiency and streamline supply chain costs for CHC’s global operations. The workflow tools included will provide CHC with integration into Aviall’s planning, forecasting and delivery model with real-time information for parts availability and distribution to CHC’s regional base locations in Australia, Brazil, Europe, and North America, supporting its global helicopter fleet. “We are pleased to expand our rela-

tionship with CHC so it can use Aviall’s global distribution network to provide strategic localized support for CHC’s base operations,” said William Ampofo, vice president, Business & General Aviation, Boeing Global Services. “The implementation of this tailored solution will generate greater value for CHC and its extensive fleet of aircraft.” “At CHC, our goal is to provide unmatched helicopter services that enable customers to work in remote and challenging destinations,” said David Balevic, senior vice president, Engineering & Operations, CHC. “By partnering with Boeing, CHC is able to better serve our customers throughout the world, while

switch between a full-screen PFD or fullscreen moving map. The compact con-

sole configuration eliminates the need for a separate GTN GPS console in front of the pilot. Both TXi displays support the same optional equipment interfaces (such as XM weather data and radar altimeter) as the non-touchscreen G500H display. The displays also enhance the visibility of the optional Synthetic Vision. An R66 Turbine helicopter with a Garmin 1060 TXi installation, along with an R44 Raven II helicopter with a Garmin 700L TXi installation will be on display at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. Both helicopters will also be equipped with a Genesys SAS/Autopilot. Additional Information is available on the Robinson website at

optimizing our supply chain through the Aviall global branch network.” Aviall operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, supporting both commercial and defense business units within Boeing. Aviall is a leading solutions provider of aftermarket supply chain management services for the aerospace and defense industries. Boeing Global Services, headquartered in the Dallas area, was formed by integrating the services capabilities of the government, space and commercial sectors into a single, customer-focused business. Operating as a third business unit of Boeing, Global Services provides agile, cost-competitiveness services to com-

Aviall, a Boeing Company, will provide CHC Helicopter with Vendor Managed Inventory services to support its global helicopter fleet, which includes aircraft like the Sikorsky S-92. (CHC Helicopter photo) mercial and government customers worldwide.

(Courtesy Robinson Helicopter Company)





A Zenith STOL, expertly piloted by Deane Philip, was the winner of the New Zealand Bush Pilot Championships in Omaka, New Zealand, on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, with a take-off distance of just 12.6 meters and a landing roll of 14.7 meters. Another Zenith STOL aircraft, piloted by Chris Anderson, took second place, followed by a Rans S6 for third place in the Sport Pilot (<1,325 lbs.) category. This fifth annual STOL competition, officially (and affectionately) called the “Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Championships,” is a precision landing, STOL Takeoff and Landing competition



Deane Philip’s winning performance in the Zenith STOL during take-off. (Zenith Aircraft/Classic Aircraft Photography, New Zealand)

held annually at Omaka Airfield, Blenheim, New Zealand. To see the video of the winning takeoff and landing by Deane Philip in a Zenith STOL CH 701 “sky jeep” light sport utility aircraft, go to Facebook video link: or to the YouTube video link: More photos and video links are available at the Zenith website, files/blogs/stol-champion-2018.

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By Annamarie Buonocore

ere at In Flight USA, we come across many who are passionate about flying. Sometimes this passion goes beyond the sport itself, and many enthusiasts take to decorating their homes, businesses, and cars with aviation memorabilia and furniture. To satisfy this second level of passion, look no further than Wyldebyrd Art, the premier online store of aviation woodwork and art. In Flight USA is excited to have interviewed the master craftsman and artist behind these decorations. Lance Lockhart, a third-generation craftsman enjoys sharing his talents with pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and many others looking for new and exciting ways to enhance their space. He manages to run this successful operation while working as a Southwest Airlines pilot and being a full-time father of two. This is his story: In Flight USA: Let’s talk about the art for starters. What got you interested in doing this work? Lance Lockhart: My grandfather was an upholsterer. When I was a kid and before he retired, I would go to his shop down in San Antonio. We would make little rifles, picture frames, and yard art. When he passed away, he left me his tools. I became interested in carpentry through that connection. Later, I took shop class and took a couple jobs after that that involved woodwork. My parents had an air service, and I was the carpenter. I built buildings for them in Northern Canada. When I started having kids, my wife and I wanted to decorate our kids’ rooms with aircraft pieces. Everything we found was made in China or too expensive. My goal was to make these things accessible to the average mom. I worked at a store in Nashville for free to learn the ropes. Once I became established in Phoenix, Ariz., I got started on my own, buying things off of Craigslist and eBay. One relationship at a time, I started finding more parts. When Southwest retires air pieces, I am first on the list to buy pieces from them. IF USA: How long have you been doing this work? LL: I printed up my first photo in September of 2013. I printed up some photos at FedEx Kinkos (paid too much), DC3 print, a 757, one of the Janet 737 200s that flies out of Vegas, and then I did my logo. I did a red and yellow print, and that’s how I got started. IF USA: Where are you based? LL: I am based in Phoenix, Ariz. I


An Interview with Lance Lockhart of Wyldebyrd Art

Lance Lockhart with some of his wall art pieces.

live in Mesa. I have two semi-industrial facilities in Phoenix. One is for making noise and one for displaying my pieces. This is a showroom where customers can come to look at my work. IF USA: Where are you from originally? LL: I am Canadian by birth. I lived in Tennessee for several years before settling down in Arizona. IF USA: How did you become interested in flying? LL: My dad was a bush pilot in Northern Ontario. He started an aviation business. Through that, I became the carpenter, and I built their facilities. A couple years later, after finishing college, I got my pilot’s license and worked in the family business full time. IF USA: You mentioned you are a commercial pilot? What airline do you work for? LL: I am a Captain for Southwest Airlines. IF USA: How long have you been flying? LL: I have been flying since 1989 (28 years). IF USA: What are some examples of things you build? LL: My specialty… I feel I am best in the market for luggage tags and keychains. I do it in the shape of a 737 or 747. I use parts of the plane and put them in the keychain. IF USA: How are they sold? Online or in your facility? LL: I do by appointment at my warehouse when I am home. I also do it on Etsy, which is like Amazon for hand-

(Courtesy Wyldebyrd Art)

A Wyldebyrd Art keychain with the 747 motiff. (Courtesy Wyldebyrd Art)

made goods. IF USA: Is anybody else involved in the business? LL: It’s just me. I do all the design work, planning, purchasing, preparation of materials, and sales and shipping. IF USA: How much is one luggage tag? LL: The ones made out of aircraft kits go for $25. The ones made out of rare pieces are more expensive. However, they start at $10. The higher end pieces start at $25. I also do various forms of wall art and have a lot of pieces that I repurpose. I have propellers for sale. I make coffee tables and mirrors. For the most part, I sell memorabilia.


IF USA: Do you have a website besides Etsy? LL: I do have, but I use Etsy and eBay. It is easier to display what I have. Last year, I hit 700 sales. A sale can be one item or 10 items. In the country, I have the highest volume of aviation artists, like the mom and pop size ones. I try to connect aviation lovers. IF USA: What are your plans for the future with this business? LL: My plan for the future is to continue to provide pieces that people want in their homes. I get many requests for different aircraft types. I try to meet those the best I can, but it can be hard because the aircraft might have been repainted or torn down. Sometimes aircraft are no longer available. My goal is to continue what I am doing and to keep flying and grow my brand. With more focused communication and with my new PR person, I hope to get my name out there. IF USA: Do you plan to be at any of the major airshows like AirVenture? LL: I have not taken that next step. With a full-time job, it is a big commitment. I also have two kids who are six and eight, so it is just hard. But I have the inventory to do it and will consider it in the future. IF USA: Are your kids interested in aviation? LL: I have flown my kids many times, and they come to the shop. In fact, they gave me inspiration for my business name. The name is my kids’ middle names combined. They have a lot of interest already and can look up at the sky and identify planes, saying, “Hey, dad, there’s your plane!” IF USA: Is your wife involved in the business? LL: She is very supportive, but she also has a full-time business, and we are both very busy with the kids. It’s really important to me to pick my kids up when I’m home. I help her out as much as I can because when I’m flying, I’m gone, and I can’t help. IF USA: Do you have any work in museums? LL: The Commemorative Air Force in Mesa has purchased some pieces from me and has them on display in their local gift shop. I have not put anything in a museum yet. IF USA: Where can we find more information? LL: You can visit my website at IF USA: Thank you!



The Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, one of the West coast’s biggest, baddest, most fascinating gatherings of the world’s coolest cars, trucks, motorcycles, aircraft and assorted contraptions representing every era and style of wheeled wonders in history, is set for Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport, located in the picturesque seaside town of Half Moon Bay, Calif., 20 miles south of San Francisco. This whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show-andtell spectacle features 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. The world’s coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the displays. Proud owners bring their antique and vintage cars. Spectators get a rare upclose look at horseless carriages and Ford Model T’s, fanciful touring and luxury cars, powerful sports cars, custom cars and street rods, muscle cars, vintage and

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modern era high-performance race cars, quirky art and pedal cars, modified street machines with cutting edge styles, exotic high-performance cars, stylish European cars, to name just a few… but not to be overlooked is the wonderous jet car! Hundreds of aviation wonders are expected to be on display –– headlined by legendary vintage warbirds like the B-25 Bomber and C-47 Skytrain plus stylish homebuilts, classics from the ‘40s and ‘50s, sport and ultralight aircraft. Inspiring flyovers by some of our nation’s most storied military aircraft promise to be a fan favorite –– all flown in memory of the late Eddie Andreini Sr., world-renown aerobatics pilot, founding Dream Machines contributor and pillar in the Half Moon Bay community. Plus there’s P-51 “Mustang Madness” – a spectacular display of America’s premier World War II fighter along with YAK Russian fighters and an impressive array of L-39, T-6 and T-28 military fighters and trainers. Thrilling rides will be offered in helicopters and vintage bi-planes. Among the special attractions this year are Bob Senz’ Big Cacklefest (to

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honor the show founder) – a mass synchronized firing-up of the engines of all the magnificent machines on display (10a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m.), spine-tingling vintage warbird flyovers (11a.m. and 1p.m.), spectacular skydiving performances from the C-47 Skytrain with military style jumps by the experts at Precision Skydiving (11a.m.), electrifying 4-rider freestyle motocross stunt shows (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.), a special display of legendary builder Jack Costella’s Nebulous Theorem streamliners that have set more than 100 land speed records, sideby-side unimotorcycle drag racing, monster truck rides, helicopter and plane rides, plus refurbished fly-wheel engines from the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association and meticulously restored logging equipment and artifacts from Willits CA-based Roots of Motive Power.

Register Your Machine

To show a car, truck, motorcycle, aircraft or other machine, the registration fee is $40 ($50 for entries postmarked after April 15) and includes a dash plaque and

admission for two people. Register online at https://dreammachines.


Spectator admission is $25 in advance ($30 at the gate) for adults (age 18-64), $15 in advance ($20 at the gate) for ages 11-17 and 65+, free for kids age 10 and under (with paying adult). Purchase online tickets at The Half Moon Bay Airport, at 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway, is located on Highway 1, about 20 miles south of San Francisco and 5 miles north of Highway 92. The show benefits the non-profit Coastside Adult Day Health Center. For information, call 650-726-2328 or visit

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


Perplexing passenger circumstances can exist in all shapes and sizes and may develop quickly during flight operations. While many passenger situations are routine, some may be uncommon or even unique. Many pilots and flight attendants have encountered unusual passenger situa-tions that they never would have imagined. Passenger incidents could include illness, injury, mis-conduct, medical problems, baggage issues, intoxication, confrontation, threatening behavior, or other rare conditions. Dealing with distinct passenger events may require creative problem solving techniques, clear judgment, quick decisions, and exceptional Crew Resource Management (CRM) by everyone involved, especially if a situation is not addressed by FAR, company policy, or the Quick Refer-ence Handbook (QRH). Teamwork is a must. This month’s CALLBACK shares six perspectives on one passenger incident and the responsive actions the crew took. Each reporter’s individual account and actions during this single incident may stimulate strong and differing opinions. The ability of ASRS to capture and portray an event from multiple perspectives may, however, provide more clarity to the event than the view per-ceived through any single lens. Our intent is to illustrate the complexity and urgency that a pas-senger situation may present to a crew and to stimulate constructive discussion regarding crew actions when dealing with passenger circumstances.

The Crew Debriefing

This air carrier crew was caught offguard by a passenger situation just prior to initiating the takeoff. Ensuing communications, misinformation, confusion, assumptions, and decisions at a critical time resulted in a less than desirable outcome that had the potential to become much worse. From the First Officer’s Report: • The aircraft was in position on the



runway for takeoff. A Flight Attendant called and said that they had a problem with a passenger and that they would get back to us. The Flight Attendant then called a second time shortly thereafter saying that they had a passenger who was afraid to fly and wanted to get off the aircraft, and that we needed to go back to the gate. Flight Attendant B was on the phone relaying information to the Captain. I was monitoring Tower as we were awaiting takeoff clearance and was not in on this phone conversation. I asked the Captain if [the Captain] wanted me to get clearance to clear the runway. [The Captain] said, “No, stay on the runway and see how long it takes to get our takeoff clearance.” Our takeoff clearance came quickly from the Tower, and the Captain said that we were going and pushed the throttles up for takeoff. We found out later in flight that the passenger in question and two or three Flight Attendants were standing in the cabin during takeoff. This event occurred because sufficient time was not taken to address the Flight Attendants’ concerns about this passenger. Adherence to Cockpit Resource Management (CRM) procedures and taking time to address problems on the ground would have prevented this issue. From the Captain’s Report:

• While on the runway waiting for takeoff clearance from Tower, the [Purser] called the cockpit and reported to the [Relief Pilot] that they had a panicking passenger who wanted to get off the airplane. I told the Flight Attendant B to tell them that we were on the runway and that it’s too late to get off. [I said,] “We are taking off now.” After takeoff, the Flight Attendant notified me that they were in the aisle still standing when the takeoff was initiated. I informed them that I was unaware that anyone was standing at the time and that they should have been more specific as to the situation. I believe that, [because]…Flight Attendant B was on

the phone relaying the message, the communication may have been confused or omitted. The specifics of the situation were not properly communicated, or the specifics did not get com-municated because the [Relief Pilot] was taking the call and transferring the information to me. The [Relief Pilot] also told me that [the Relief Pilot] was unaware of people standing at the time. From the Relief Pilot’s Report:

• I was the [Relief Pilot] and was sitting in the First Observer’s seat. In the takeoff position shortly after being cleared for takeoff, the Purser called the cockpit. The First Officer (FO) took [that] call and reported that there was a problem with a passenger and that they’d call back. I answered the next call. The Flight Attendant reported that a passenger wanted to get off the plane immediately and was very upset. I reported this to the Captain after I told the Flight Attendant that I’d call back in a moment. There was very little cockpit discussion before I called to the back to get a status on the passenger. I was informed, I believe, by the Purser that the passenger was adamant about getting off the airplane. The Purser stated that we needed to go back to the gate and remove the passenger. I hung up the phone and related verbatim what was said to me by the Purser. At that point, the Captain stated that we weren’t going back to the gate for that and, without hesitation or further discussion, pushed up the power, [engaged the autothrottles], and off we went. From the Purser’s Report: • During taxi, a passenger approached [the door] and stated that [the passenger] must deplane. The passenger was suffering and showing signs of anxiety and panic attack. The passenger continued to insist [that the passenger] must deplane and could not travel.

[I] made a call to the cockpit to advise [the Captain] of the situation. [I] advised that I was experiencing a situation in the cabin with a passenger unable to go through with travel who was experiencing and exhibiting extreme anxiety and panic. I further advised my assessment that we needed to return to the gate. The response was affirmative. Thinking that arrangements were being made to return to the gate, I and two other Flight Attendants continued to calm the passenger in efforts to get [the passenger] back to a seat as we taxied to the gate. The next thing I knew, the engines were revving, and we were speeding down the runway for takeoff while I, the passenger, and two other Flight Attendants were standing in the galley in total shock… and attempting to secure ourselves. As soon as we were able, [we] assisted the passenger to the closest empty passenger seat, and I took my jumpseat. What could prevent this from occurring in the future, in my opinion, would be better communication coming from the cockpit in determining the current condition of a special situation occurring in the cabin before forging ahead with the decision to take off. From the B Flight Attendant’s Report: • As we were taxiing out for takeoff, a passenger was emotionally distressed and approached Flight Attendant A at Door 2L. [The passenger] told [Flight Attendant A] that [the passenger] wanted to get off the aircraft and was having a panic attack. I was Flight Attendant B. I went to [the Purser] and informed [the Purser] of the situation. [The Purser] then called the Captain to inform [the Captain]. I went back to Door 2L and tried to calm [the passenger] down. [The passenger] was trembling and crying. The [Purser] was with me in the mid-galley when Flight Attendant [E] came and told us that the Captain informed them [that] we were taking off. We instantly took off! We seated the passenger in the nearest available seat. We didn’t have time to sit in our jumpseats. Continued on Page 41

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Cirrus Aircraft announced late last month that new customer aircraft deliveries for the company’s best-selling SR Series soared to more than 350 aircraft in 2017, a recent record high. As the global SR Series fleet approaches 10 million flight hours in more than 60 countries, the company has also ramped up production of its turbine aircraft – the world’s first single-engine Personal Jet, the SF50 Vision Jet – with 25 Vision Jets currently delivered and in service around the world. The past year marks the fourth consecutive year that Cirrus Aircraft has delivered more than 300 SR Series aircraft. Enterprise growth also propelled facilities expansion and employee growth across all Cirrus locations in Duluth, Minnesota, Grand Forks, North Dakota and Knoxville, Tennessee with nearly 300 jobs added in total over the last year. Included in the expansion is the Knoxville-based Vision Center campus, which will open the doors to its new worldclass Cirrus Approach training center later

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From the E Flight Attendant’s Report:

• A passenger suffered an extreme panic attack during the takeoff phase and wanted to get off the airplane. The passenger was standing in the business class galley assisted by Flight Attendant A and the Purser. The passenger did not speak any English, and I assisted with translation. The Pilots were advised of the situation, but the takeoff went on with the three Flight Attendants and the passenger standing in the business class galley. Quickly we moved the passenger to the nearest open seat.

this year. The new training center will include a Level D full-motion Vision Jet simulator for the most advanced Cirrus transition training in the world. “Our goal remains revolutionizing the personal flying experience for the pilot and passenger through innovation in performance and safety,” noted Cirrus Aircraft Cofounder and CEO, Dale Klapmeier. “Our strong results in 2017 are a direct result of how our mission resonates with our customers. The SR Series, and now the Vision Jet, continue to reinvent personal aviation around the world.”

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After 37 years at NASA Ames Research Center and 21 years as NASA ASRS Director, I have decided to retire from government civil service at the end of February. It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to work with the amazing aviation safety community that includes so many colleagues and friends from the FAA, the NTSB, and the numerous organizations that represent all of you who report to the ASRS. It has been my privilege to work with the dedicated staff

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of the ASRS, who commit themselves each day to discovering the safety gems hidden in the multitude of reports sent to the ASRS from pilots, controllers, dispatchers, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, ground workers, and others. I have been fortunate to convey the con-

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very so often, the military comes to Savannah for training out over the ocean. When this happens, a few dozen planes come to visit for a couple of weeks – F-15s, F-18s, and F-22s being the most common, usually with a handful of black T-38s and once, an F-35. Occasionally, a KC-135 or two will overnight here as well. It’s way cool to watch an F-22 do an unrestricted climb, launching at maybe a 70-degree angle with a half roll at around 10,000 feet to turn on heading. If a civilian tried that… And being fighters, they approach and do a break over the runway to a tight pattern. Pretty interesting to be taxiing in and look through the canopy and be looking up the wing of an F-18 600 feet above (looked a whole heckuva lot closer) doing a carrier style break. But all is not peachy. When the fighters come back in a bunch, they’re often thirsty and that’s a poor time to be in the pattern in a little RV. And the fighters don’t always stick to their schedule, so it’s hard to fit pattern work in when you think it will work. But a cooperative attitude goes a long way. Sometimes, though… there are a number of controller trainees learning their trade here, and occasionally one will come down with a case of smart mouth. Not to fear, though, keep the comments off the air, call the tower on the land line and let them handle it. As Red Green says, “I’m pulling for you. We’re all in this together.”


For whatever reason, the ADS-B uplink sometimes hasn’t shown traffic near Savannah, even when the G3X is indicating that the GDL39 is receiving ADS-B traffic uplinks (TIS-B). Savannah said that their monitors indicat-


ed that everything was working properly, but at one point, I was watching the ADSB and saw a bizjet flying into Savannah. At 15 miles, he suddenly disappeared, hence the hypothesis that the ground equipment pieces aren’t playing nice together. So today’s exercise was to fly the RV-9A and check out the minimum altitude for receiving the ADS-B uplinks. On climbout, the signals were received at 1,100 feet, But when I did a long landing, flying down the runway at 200 feet, I still had signal. The working hypothesis is that on climbout, the ADS-B receiver was still acquiring the signal and didn’t have it all synched up till 1,100 feet. I don’t know how you can tell the difference between uplinked TIS-B traffic and ADS-B air-to-air traffic on the G3X, but I suspect that air to air shows an N-number and TIS-B doesn’t. Not that it makes a difference unless you’re debugging… although some apps apparently will differentiate. What would be really sweet would be if that ADS-B uplink minimum reception altitude was available as part of the airport information – on electronic displays and, for the instrument flying types, on approach plates. The key is that the information has to be easily, obviously, and readily acceptable. Yes, that information is available now on coverage charts, approximately, but those maps require excessive inflight workload. I’ve sent in a request through the NASA ASRS system (they’ll know where to forward it), and maybe that will happen in a year or so. New ADS-B display software was downloaded for the RV-9A’s displays yesterday, but I’ve not had a chance to install and flight test it and, no surprise, the manuals haven’t yet caught up with the latest changes.



Standard rate turn is a concept in instrument flying so that radar controllers, when vectoring an airplane, can estimate the turn radius so that they can vector the airplane onto a given track line – like an ILS. Sometimes you’ll see standard rate turn referenced with regard to VFR flight, and that often means that writer doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. In the era of steam gauges (non-glass cockpits), standard rate was indicated on a turn-and-slip indicator or on the later, easier-to-fly turn coordinator. Those instruments were usually electrically powered so as to provide a backup to the other gyros, which were vacuum powered. But if the turn rate instruments were damped enough to make them easy to read, that made them difficult to use for roll information when the other gyros were inoperative. Fast forward to glass cockpits and microelectronic vibrating gyros, where one integrated set of sensors provides all of the acceleration, attitude and rate information – no more redundant sensors. And since the glass cockpit also can know true airspeed, the computers can calculate and display how much bank angle you need for a standard rate turn. No fussing with the bank angle to find the correct bank angle, it’s displayed directly. Sweet! Garmin has just implemented this on the G3X touch, and while I don’t know that I first thought of this concept nor was the first to suggest it to Garmin, the software upgrade with this feature works great. I’m jazzed.


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most simple cases, for Ed two reasons: first, hav- Wischmeyer ing done user interface design, I have no tolerance for violations of user interface fundamentals; and second, really learning an app takes a lot of time, including flight time, to really understand it so that you can communicate it well. Having thus disqualified my opinions, here are several… FlyQ Insight is an augmented reality application for iPhone and iPad that looks really cool. The idea is that you use aim the camera out the window, and your device shows you the outside view (reality) overlaid (augmented, that is) with symbology for where the nearby airports are with distance indications and simple airport diagrams. There’s a youtube video that shows it in flight. This can be wonderful for being able to tell ATC “airport in sight,” or for looking to see which airports are where with respect to weather. FlyQ Insight is $139.99 per year, and includes VFR and IFR ChartData subscription. If you’re already happy with another vendor’s database subscription, or are content to let your GPS take you to the airport, that price is steep. But if this was a $10 app with minimal databases, I’d buy it. The FlyQ comments section on the App Store led to a similar app, augport, with a more obscuring display. AOPA GO is a downloadable aviation database. This app is free to AOPA members. It’s a really great concept for those who don’t want to shell out the bucks for a subscription to ForeFlight or Gamin Pilot or any of the others. Try it! See what you think. Remember the good old days, when it was all about the airplanes?


Since acquisition by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group nearly four months ago, several developments have taken place. Highlights include: • Opening of a new R&D facility in San Francisco Bay Area • Creating 105 new jobs representing a six-fold increase in its workforce • Developing a new prototype of

Transition with flying car on track for delivery in 2019 • Unveiling of a next-generation concept, TF-2, that can carry cargo or passengers in detachable pod Terrafugia Inc. recently released an update on the company’s transformation since it was formally acquired by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group approxi-

mately one hundred days ago. In addition to its headquarters in Massachusetts, which has expanded significantly over this period, Terrafugia has also opened a dedicated R&D facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, allowing it to attract the best talent from across the East and West coasts of the United States as the company pursues its mission of making the fly-


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Continued from Page 42 trial footprint, this has allowed Terrafugia to make considerable progress towards the delivery of its first flying car, the Transition. The company is currently developing a new, enhanced, prototype that is scheduled for completion in 2018 with the vehicle on track for delivery to customers in 2019. The company has also unveiled its new next generation concept, TF-2, a first of its kind flying vehicle comprising a detachable pod that can carry either passengers or cargo. The concept, which was unveiled at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2018


There are two concepts under consideration: a tilt-rotor (TR) and a lift-plus-push (LPP) configuration. The TR has performance advantages and the LPP has the advantage of mechanical simplicity. (Image courtesy Terrafugia) taking place in Las Vegas from February 27 to March 1, is currently in the design stage and Terrafugia is soliciting feedback from potential customers and inter-

ested parties. Further information can be obtained by visiting Terrafugia’s website at Chris Jaran, CEO of Terrafugia Inc,

said: “With the support of our shareholder Geely Holding, we have made tremendous progress towards strengthening and enhancing Terrafugia’s operations, which has included opening a new R&D facility just outside San Francisco and assembling a truly world class team of engineers. We are now ideally positioned to realize the company’s vision of creating the world’s first flying car, and are taking practical steps towards this, with the development of a new prototype for the Transition – the delivery of which is currently our primary focus – and the unveiling of a new next generation concept vehicle.”

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Recognized in 2016 as the first recipient of the Joseph T. Nall Safety Award from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Cirrus Aircraft continues to transform pilot training and safety with Cirrus Approach. As a comprehensive program, CirrusApproach provides ongoing training to new and experienced pilots with their lifestyle in mind through award-winning in person and online training courses. More than 12,000 pilots and owners have joined the program and 2018 will bring further expansion and continued industry-leading initiatives. In addition to Cirrus Approach, the company also launched Cirrus Embark in 2017, a unique program designed specifically for owners of Pre-Owned Cirrus Aircraft. This revolutionary program provides Cirrus-specific, standardized differences and transition training for a licensed pilot who purchases a pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft. Included in the program is access to the Cirrus Approach Learning Portal, a copy of the Cirrus FOM and aircraft POH, access to the iFOM and one-on-one Cirrus Transition Training with an authorized Cirrus training provider. More than 500 new owners of pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft have already taken advantage of the program since its launch in July of 2017.

Fleet and Special Mission Expands Around the Globe

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For some great springtime weekend fun with an aviation focus, or better yet, a helicopter focus, look no further than the nation’s premier admission-free, helicopter-only public aviation experience, simply known as the American Heroes Airshow. This unique airshow that is coming to Austin, Texas is sure to be fun for the entire family. With great educational opportunities to learn about helicopters, general aviation, and military applications of such planes, one cannot go wrong. This unique airshow experience that was first presented in 1993 in the Los Angeles area has grown to become one of the most popular airshows in the country. The goal of the show is to educate the public, media, community officials, and students about rotary-wing aviation’s diverse capabilities in law enforcement, public safety, communications, Search & Rescue, as well as homeland security and national defense. Perhaps the most unique part of the show that could be especially attractive to younger members of the family is the CODE3 Career Expo. This event is no ordinary career fair. Recruiting teams from law enforcement agencies, public

service, the military, private entities, the media, and offices of elected officials will all be on site to answer questions, look for talent, and present great opportunities to the public. This could be your lucky day! This is the airshow where young and old can learn more about the everyday workings of true American heroes and possibly learn how to become one. For those not local to Austin, Texas, there is no need to worry. The show is as mobile as the aircraft displayed. American Heroes is coming to Seattle, Wash. June 9, 2018 and Los Angeles, Calif. Nov. 3. So, don’t miss your chance to meet some inspirational American heroes! For questions or more information about attending the show, visit, email, or call 818/631-8132.

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rowing up in the San Francisco Bay Area has been an adventure, to say the least. On any given day you can hop in your plane and enjoy the view as you make your way down to the Monterey Bay. Take a deep breath as you and your passengers follow the rugged coastal mountain ranges south, and discover the many treasures and little towns dotted along the way. It seems as if I’ve been back and forth between these bays for a lifetime. Forty-four years ago, my father moved our family from Cleveland, Ohio to the San Francisco Bay Area. I was eight. My dad was a sailor and veteran of the Coast Guard and NAVY; he relocated our family to California for a new job and business opportunity in South San Francisco. After graduating college, I had the opportunity to join the family business, and with that came many working lunches sitting with my dad on the side of the bay, watching planes take off and land at the San Francisco International Airport. My dad loved to fly. He wanted to fly. And, my mom did not. In fact, it scared her. Although, this fear was not enough to not get on dozens of airplanes and jet off to their next amazing adventure! My mom still loves to explore as much as my dad loved to get lost and look up to the sky to identify as many aircraft as he could. This passion for flight rubbed off on me! It’s in the blood. My love for flight, travel, and discovery has led me to a world of amazing people and opportunity within the industry of aviation. My friend, pilot, writing partner, mentor, Co-President of Women in Aviation, International San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (WAI-SFBA), and Jefferson Award Winner for Public Service, Ana Carolina Uribe Ruiz, introduced me to Women in Aviation, International, and opened the doors for me and others to discover the career possibilities within the world of aviation. Ana’s father formed an airline in Ecuador in the late ‘50s that was the flag Airline for the country for many years… Recently I asked Ana why she loves to fly. Her response was simple, “Why? The view and the space you are in. Nothing better than looking outside and

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being able to fly, a bird’s eye view. That’s what I see!” In the past four years, I have logged nearly nine flight hours and hope to have my own private pilot’s license by the time I’m 60! In the mean time, as a photographer and writer, I will continue to learn all I can from amazing female pilots like Ana and Women in Aviation, International from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter to their newest chapter in Costa Rica. Enjoy the ride and have fun as we share their stories.

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As you make your way between the San Francisco and Monterey Bays, you are sure to find an array of art, agricul-

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ture, microclimates, math, science, and faith. A plethora of knowledge and beauty that is sure to stimulate the senses as you catch magnificent views and enjoy delectable foods picked straight from our waters and local farms that sit within our collective bay areas. It’s fun to take in the offshore breeze as you follow the windy roads and rugged coast through the wine country of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Get lost. Have a blast. One of my favorite places to stop in Monterey is LouLou’s Griddle in the Middle, a sweet little café that I discovered over a decade ago. Here you are sure to be greeted with a smile by restaurateurs LouLou & Grace, along with Chef Benito, and LouLou’s fabulous team and Good Eats. Stroll along the commercial

wharf and take in the sights as you wait for your table – you may even catch a look at one of the bay’s many sea creatures and water sport enthusiasts alike. Loulou’s is a special place that is filled with amazing food, lovely people, great stories, and special salt and pepper shakers! It’s fun to sit at the counter and watch as the hubcap size pancakes are prepared, take in the smell of coffee that lingers gently in the air, and listen to the hustle and bustle of activity mixed with the culinary sounds and sea life that surround you. Chef Benito makes the best Clam Chowder that I have ever had, award winning, in fact! Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle sits on the Municipal Wharf No. 2 between Del Monte State Beach and the Yacht Club. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the coast and the Monterey Bay. A must see on any stop to Monterey, and, don’t forget, they are always closed Tuesdays (There’s never an “-ish” about this.) Head over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn about our powerful marine sanctuary. Play tourist and hop on a whale-watching cruise at the end of the Wharf, and when you return, grab a bite at Crabby Jim’s Seafood – my buddy, Frank, at Creekside Collective told me to check it out. We enjoyed a stuffed lobster tail the last time we were there. If you plan on staying in the area, Hotel 1110 is simply amazing. A short walk from Loulou’s, this 17-room boutique hotel sits directly across from Del Monte Beach. Designer, Nancy Williams, has magically swirled the textiles, fixtures, and vintage accents together with the work of local artists and culinary delights that will give you an experience of having been whisked off to Paris for the day. Treasures are everywhere. Enjoy your stay in Monterey, and keep your eyes in the sky… Cheers, Denise and Ana

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M.E. Yacht Restoration of Holland, Mich., wrapped up the second phase of construction last summer, completing its new 70,000-square-foot, three-story state-of-the-art storage, restoration and office facility near Lake Michigan. The fully insulated building also features a couple of doors from Schweiss Doors. One Schweiss door is a 47-foot, 4inch by 29-foot, 7-inch bifold automatic latching liftstrap door and the other is a 45-foot, 11-inch by 34-foot, 1-inch hydraulic door. Doors that large became necessary with the customers’ desire for bigger yachts. M.E. Yacht Restoration is on Lake Macatawa, near Lake Michigan. “As our business has grown, the boats have gotten bigger,” says Mike Evenhouse, president of M.E. Yacht Restoration and M.E. Yacht Sales. Evenhouse got into the restoration business almost by accident. His brotherin-law bought a fixer-upper boat that was damaged in Hurricane Andrew. “I loved fixing and repairing them, but I was too picky, so when the boats were done, they were better than brand new, but they were older boats and I had a hard time recouping my money,” he says. “Boats damaged

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ME Yacht Restoration ordered this bifold liftstrap door measuring 47 feet, 4 inches by 29 feet, 7 inches, for the first phase of building expansion. During the second phase addition, a hydraulic door measuring 45 feet, 11 inches by 34 feet, 1-inch door was ordered, giving them an extra four feet of headroom, ideal for very large yachts to enter the building for restoration or storage. (Courtesy Schweiss Doors) by saltwater just don’t pay. People would see what we did with these saltwater sunk boats and say, ‘Hey, can you buff my boat or fix the bottom?’ I learned so much because I was buying burnt, sunken trash boats, so working on normal stuff was like nothing. We learned the hard way. I always say that was my college education.” Evenhouse says he brings a different

mentality to the restoration business and does more than just buffing or fixing bottoms. M.E. Yacht Restoration recently completed a $150,000 remodel of a 50foot Sea Ray Yacht, gutting the inside and putting in quartz countertops, teak floors and custom interiors. “A lot of people don’t know about boats,” Evenhouse says. “We are almost

like a concierge boat service. If a guy is spending a million bucks on a boat, to spend 30 grand a year to have us make sure it’s clean, detailed and all the maintenance done is kind of our niche. We build a relationship with people and customers stay with us and refer us to others once we win their trust.” Eric Evenhouse, operations manager at ME Yacht Restoration, says that led to business growth. “It always seemed that limitations were always height in these big buildings,” Eric Evenhouse says. “It gets kind of costly and hard on a boat when you have to disassemble hardtops, electronics and that sort of stuff. Both doors are used primarily for the same purpose, to get boats in and out. Over the years, Mike has learned that clearance is a big issue for getting the big boats in. We wanted to get into a different market, with the 70-plus footers. The hydraulic door was put in for more clearance, with it, we gained a good four feet. We really like the simplicity and speed of the hydraulic door.” When it came time to purchase doors for the new building, Mike Evenhouse scouted the Internet and was impressed Continued on Page 47

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and recently Vlado Lenoch, who was a mentor and friend. These are the pilots I aspire to be like, both in skill and the drive they had to bring the thrill and wonder of flying to others.” Jeff continues, “I was especially influenced through watching my younger brother, Joe “Rifle” Shetterly, during his A-10 West Demonstration Team days in the “Hog.” Watching Joe helped me internalize what the warbird greats of the past did that is different from much of what airshow fans see today. Joe seemed to make all his maneuvers super-precise and straight, flying with a level of precision and showmanship that made maneuvers much more difficult, yet beautiful and exciting, all at the same time. It is like watching an Olympic Athlete perform so perfectly that they make it look easy, knowing full well that years of practice to go into such skills. For example, I have worked hard to hold some negative ‘G’ in situations like the 45-degree downline of a Cuban 8 or to make point rolls pop.” Jeff sums up his style by adding, “My goal is show fans that a 5,000-pound warbird can be surprisingly nimble, even if it takes some behind-the-scenes control

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inputs that stray from the norm.” Those watching Jeff’s exciting program will immediately recognize the “Bob Hooveresque” spirit to Jeff’s flying. But what about flying the T-6? While the “T” is recognized as standing for “Trainer,” there is nothing trainer like to the flight characteristic of this remarkable plane. With nearly 16,000 variants built, starting as the NA-16 in 1935, the

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T-6 is arguably one of the most successful military designs in aviation history. While famed as an advanced trainer, the AT-6 (frequently shorted to T-6) severed with U.S. forces well into the 1970s, including ground support and Forward Air Combat rolls in Viet Nam. Flying combat ground support and other military rolls, the T-6 has worn some 65 different flags and continues in active for-

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eign service. When asked about his introduction to the T-6, Jeff offered some interesting insights, “It took some time to get to know the T-6. It has its quirks. It is famously challenging to land, with a wing that departs all at once in a stall. Stalls almost always produce a violent snap to the right, not the kind of thing you want sneaking up on you. At first, I didn’t ask the wing to fly upside down, meaning pushing forward on the stick while inverted. Initially, I would maintain a modicum of positive ‘G’ in all maneuvers. But in reading the original North American Aviation manual, I noticed the company (and the Navy and Army Air Corps) approved the use of sustained inverted flight for up to 10 seconds with no damage to airframe or engine. This caused me to rethink my routine, adding inverted elements that are not commonly seen performed.” Jeff’s heritage and professionalism really shows through by his willingness to learn from the best. Jeff continues, “I consulted with my first ICAS (International Council of Air Shows) Aerobatic Competency Evaluator (ACE), long-time warbird performer, and expert, Continued on Page 49


Awesome Products Corp. has been issued a patent for a product to clean inside aircraft flap wells and other hard to reach areas of aircraft. After the product was developed it was sent to two Lockheed Martin maintenance facilities, Corpus Christi and Jacksonville, for evaluation. They used the product for several cleanings. Both facilities liked the product and put in orders.

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Not having a name for the product, Awesome Products Corp. asked the facilities for some suggestions about this. “Well, we use them mainly to clean inside the flap wells so call them flap well cleaning wands,” said Charles Burns. The

name stuck as it describes their main purpose. The Flap Well Cleaning Wands are made entirely in the USA and are safe for all aircraft surfaces: paint, clear coat, plastics, metals, graphics, etc. They are reusable, recyclable, and are impervious to chemicals though they are made to clean using only aircraft wash soap & water. The Flap Well Cleaning Wands are now distributed by Aircraft Spruce in Corona, Calif. (www.aircraftspruce .com) and Awesome Products Corp. is seeking other distributors. Awesome Products Corp., the manufacturer of aircraft cleaning supplies such as Formula R aircraft cleaning soap, BOSS Aircraft Cleaning Pads and kits, developed the cleaning wands in response to customer inquiries about a product to clean hard to reach parts of aircraft.

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Continued from Page 46 with what Schweiss Doors had to offer. “At first, I assumed the opening would be too big for a hydraulic door and ordered a bifold door,” Mike Evenhouse says. “A guy came in here who builds cylinders; he showed me photos and said, ‘Why don’t you get a hydraulic door?’ I called Schweiss and got the hydraulic door. I like the simplicity of the hydraulic door; less is more. I just love hydraulics. Both doors are very strong. I like the robustness of the way they are engineered. We considered other manufacturers, but they all wanted to install the door and to do so would have cost me almost as much as the door itself.” Ultimately, the Evenhouses installed the door themselves. “It was relatively easy to install,” says Eric Evenhouse. “Mike was in construction for 20 years before this, working his way up from a grunt to president of the company. He was actually the general contractor on these projects and we had the tools and equipment to do it. The instructions were straightforward and clear cut; we got it together pretty quick and everything worked like the way it said it should. The speed of it going up and down is quicker than the bifold door. The bifold is a great door; the initial setup took just a little longer. They both work great, they lock nice and tight and keep the warm air in and the cold air out. We haven’t had any

problems with either one and the doors arrived on time and in good condition.” Eric Evenhouse says Schweiss was responsive to questions and provided great installation instructions. “I took everything one step at a time,” he says. “Once you install a door … if we had to do it again, it would be a snap.” The new building allows enough room to keep all boats indoors, whether they are waiting to be worked on, being upgraded, cleaned or repaired or are about to be tested in the waters of adjacent Lake Macatawa, which connects directly to Lake Michigan. M.E. Yacht Restoration doubled the size of its storage space, which, depending on the size of the boats, could amount to about 100 boats. Mike Evenhouse says plans call for doubling the size of the new facility, depending on the economy. That would include a 60,000 square foot private boat condo with eight 50-foot by 150-foot deep units, each with its own hydraulic door. Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit



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with the Shetterly Squadron

Top: The Shetterly Squadron, Jeff, Joe and Greg fly the three-ship formation. (Glenn Watson) Above: The American T-6 Texan with Jeff Shetterly at the controls. (Glen Watson)

Continued from Page 46 Greg Shelton. Greg confirmed that it was possible to use light negative ‘Gs’ in the T6. He also instructed that a well-executed slow roll with a push to the negative side could be your best ‘out’ of many potential ‘sporty’ situations down low while performing aerobatics in a T-6. I have been looking for ways to demonstrate the true capabilities of this wonderful-handling 5,000-pound airplane ever since, including crisp, patient, point rolls, slow rolls, knifeedge passes, and even inverted waves down the show line.” And demonstrate Jeff does, although the word “thrill” might be more applicable. Oh yes, what about the family as a team? Known as The Shetterly Squadron, Greg, Joe, and Jeff fly a three-ship formation aerobatic routine that proves aircraft of markedly dissimilar performance can get along together. Both Joe and Greg are seasoned EAAAirVenture performers, and Jeff will be helping the 2018 airshow season get kicked off by performing at Sun ‘n Fun (Lakeland, Fla.), running from April 10-15. Jeff can be seen flying at shows around the country this year, all of which

Radial Rumble and Negative “G’s”

Above: Smoke, radial rumble and unusual attitudes, what more could a fan want. (Gary Daniels) Left: Jeff with good buddy and fellow show performer, Adam Baker (Glenn Watson) are listed at But Jeff is doing more than just thrilling fans with incredible flying skills, smoke, and noise. Jeff strives to make his family goals stand out, “My entire family enjoys grassroots aviation, even preferring

grass runways. Thrill, Amaze, Inspire is the Shetterly Squadron tagline. We want to get more people flying. We love spending time with the crowd at an airshow and absolutely live for the moment that a young boy or girl ‘get it’ – you can see in their eyes that

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In Flight USA March 2018  
In Flight USA March 2018  

The monthly general aviation magazine featuring Shetterly Squadron.