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Q Salt Lake City, UT: Skypark Aviation Festival, Fri. 3 p.m./Sat. 9 a.m., Sky Park Airport, Q Reading, PA: Mid-Atlantic Air Museum WWII Weekend, gates 8:30 a.m., Reading Regional Airport, (610) 732-7333, Q Sacramento, CA: Wings of Freedom Tour, various times, Sacramento Mather Airport, book a flight (800) 568-8924, Q San Carlos, CA: Hiller Museum Biggest Little Air Show, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Carlos Airport, (650) 654-0200, Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-3722, Q Patuxent River, MD: Pax Air Expo, NAS Patuxent River, Q Mountain Home, ID: Gunfighter Skies Airshow, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mountain Home AFB, (208) 587-2173, Q Blaine, MN: Discover Aviation Days, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Anoka County Airport, (763) 568-6072, Q Bolingbrook, IL: Cavalcade of Planes, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clow Int’l. Airport, (630) 378-0479, Q Borden, Ont.: Canadian Armed Forces Days & Air Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CFB Borden, Q Santa Rosa, CA: Wings of Freedom Tour, various times, Sonoma County Airport, book a flight (800) 568-8924, Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-7576. Q Troy, OH: Ohio Chautauqua “The Airplane, Flying the 20th Century,� 1 to 2 p.m., WACO Air Museum, (937) 335-9226, Q Concord, CA: Wings of Freedom Tour, various times, Buchanan Field Airport, book a flight (800) 568-8924, Q West Milford, NJ: Greenwood Lake Air Show, times TBD, Greenwood Lake Airport, (973) 728-7721, Q Chadron, NE: Nebraska State Fly-In & Airshow, gates Fri. 5:30 p.m./Sat. 9 a.m./Sun. 7 a.m., Chadron Municipal Airport, Q Seattle, WA: American Heroes Airshow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Museum of Flight, (818) 631-8132, Q N. Kingstown, RI: Rhode Island Open House & Air Show, gates 9 a.m., Quonset State Airport, Q Niagara Falls, NY: Thunder of Niagara International Air Show, Niagara Falls ARS, (716) 283-4008, Q Indiana, PA: Jimmy Stewart Airshow, open 8 a.m., Jimmy Stewart Airport, (724) 463-3883, Q Romeoville, IL: Wings over Wheels Fly-In, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Romeoville/Lewis Airport, (630) 410-9944, Q North Bay, Ont.: North Bay Armed Forces Day, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m./ 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., North Bay Waterfront, Q Ely, NV: Ely Air Races & Air Show, Balloon Lift 5:30 a.m., Yelland Field, Q Missoula, MT: AOPA 2018 Fly-In “Gateway for Exploration,� Missoula Int’l. Airport, Q Columbia, CA: Father’s Day Weekend, various events/times, Columbia Airport, (209) 533-5685, Q Brantford, Ont.: Aircraft Spruce Canada - Super Sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aircraft Spruce Canada, (877) 795-2278, (877) 795-2278. Q Virginia Beach, VA: Flying Proms Airshow, 3 p.m., Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach Airport, Q Granite Falls, MN: Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow, Granite Falls Municipal Airport, Q Bethel, PA: Golden Age Air Museum Flying Circus Airshow, gates 10 a.m., Grimes Airfield, (717) 933-9566, Q Rexburg, ID: Legacy Flight Museum Air Show, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rexburg-Madison County Airport, (208) 359-5905, Q East Wenatchee, WA: Pangborn Aviation Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Panghorn Memorial 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 Eau Claire, WI: Chippewa Valley Air Show, gates 8 a.m., Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, (715) 832-6671, Q Ocean City, MD: OC Air Show, gates 9 a.m., Drop Zone Beach, (321) 613-3990, Q Gaylord, MI: Wings over Northern Michigan Airshow, gates 10 a.m., Gaylord Regional Airport, Q St. Thomas, Ont.: Great Lakes Int’l. Air Show, St. Thomas Municipal Airport, (226) 213-4811,

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he Arlington Fly-In will welcome returning and new additions to the 50th annual Arlington Fly-In, which takes place in Arlington Washington at the Arlington Municipal Airport July 6-8, 2018. Every year pilots from around the country head west to enjoy three days of events and fellowship at the premier general aviation airport nestled in beautiful Snohomish County 50 nm north of Seattle. Summer in the Pacific Northwest welcomes with mild 70-degree temps and lush green landscapes. Arlington Fly-In, located in Washington State began as a one-day flyin and spaghetti feed in 1969. It has grown to become one of the most popular sport aviation events in the West. Described as a “County Fair with Airplanes,” it is one of the friendliest Flyin destinations. The event has something for everyone, from radio-controlled flight to warbirds. Themed areas for vintage aircraft and warbirds are unique gathering places. Volunteers built a barnstormers barn, which serves as the centerpiece for vin-

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The static display at Arlington Fly-In is always met with enthusiam. (Courtesy Arlington Fly-In) tage and antique aircraft. Hospitality at the Red Barn is courtesy of the Northwest Vintage Aero Museum that always displays aircraft that evoke all our nostalgia for the golden age of flying. The PNW is rich with aviation history and warbird museums, the Arlington

Fly-In will feature aircraft from the Paul Allen Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum. FHCAM is a rare private collection of WWII era aircraft, tanks, combat armor and other technologies, painstakingly restored to working condition. Flying and static display this

year include a P40 Tomahawk and a P47 Thunderbolt. Another regular display and flying event at the Arlington Fly-In is the Historic Flight Foundation, whose mission to collect and restore significant aircraft from the period of Charles Lindbergh Atlantic crossing to the first test flight of the 707. Pilots are welcome to pitch a tent under the wing, and onsite campground is available for those who arrive in campers. Daily activities include fly-bys, exhibits, homebuilding skills area and airshows. Each airshow is accompanied by a Continued on Page 10

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NEWS Proposed House Bill to Address Aviation Technician Shortage In U.S. 8 NATA Announces 2018 AMT Employer Recognition Award Recipients ..8 Guardian Flight Alaska And Alaska Regional Team Up ....................9 Industry Insider Conference GA Spark To Be Held Aug. 23-24 ......12 NATA Forms Task Force To Address Illegal Charters ......................13 UAS Integration Pilot Program Selectees Announced ....................18 Legendary XP-82 Twin Mustang to Make Public Debut At AirVenture22 AirVenture 2018 Homebuilt Patch Honors Van’s Aircraft ................25 Mooney Offers Innovative Ownership Program................................30 Many San Francisco Bay Area Aircraft Could Be Grounded By 2020..34 In Memory: Aerobatic Pilot Dan Buchanan ......................................36 AirVenture: Warbirds In Review Schedule Announced....................37 San Diego Air & Space Launches U.S. Airmail Online Exhibit ......41 Seventy Schools to Implement AOPA’s Aviation STEM Curriculum 44

COLUMNS FEATURES Editorial: 18 Months and Counting ................................ By Ed Downs..................................................................6 The Empennage By John Yount................................................................10 The Vintage Showroom Keeps Early Aviation Alive One Uniform At A Time... By Mark Rhodes ............................................................14 McClellan MAFFS Exercise 2018 By Bob Martinez ............................................................16 How STEM Ed will Feed Innovation and Workforce Development By Carl E. Chance ........................................................20 Do You Have “Space” Between Your Ears? By Paul T. Glessner, M.S. ................................................24 United States And French Navy Joint Training By Mike Heilman ..........................................................26

Flying Into Writing: Ice Cream at Jaffrey By Eric McCarthy ............................................................17 Flying With Faber: A Visit to El Paso, Texas By Stuart J. Faber ............................................................29 The Spirit of Flight: Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show By Ana Uribe Ruiz and Denise Rae Donegan ......................28 Homebuilder’s Workshop: Embarrassed By Ed Wischmeyer ..........................................................39 SafeLandings: What Was I Thinking? ..........................40 The Pylon Place: Remembering Air Race Legend John Parker By Marilyn Dash ................................................45

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Complete restoration in 1997. One owner during & since. Completely disassembled, cleaned, sandblasted, painted, powder coated, and recovered. Numerous alterations, new hardware, switches, control cables, and new parts installed. Wings were overhauled with new spars and leading edges. This low time classic is ready for the airshow and fly-in season and will make the next owner truly proud. This is an ideal airplane for sunset flights, and building tailwheel proficiency. Currently based in Los Lunas, NM. .................................................................... $63,900

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By Ed Downs

oy, time flies when you are having fun! This writer responded to an AOPA editorial in October 2014, regarding the coming of ADS-B on Jan. 1, 2020. The main concern addressed by AOPA at that time was that many radio shops, installers and pilots were simply not up to speed on ADS-B. Regrettably, this writer also needed a good dose of ADS-B education and hit several resources to add to my scant knowledge. But, it was also noted that there were five years to go and all would be good by the time the deadline actually hit. Well, not so much, as recent articles and questions from pilots in many of the classes I teach, including information presented by the FAA, indicate that a lot of misunderstandings still remain. Maybe it is time for a little review? The biggest misunderstanding this writer sees almost daily is the belief that all aircraft must be equipped with ADS-B by Jan. 1, 2020, or they will become lawn ornaments. Simply not true. ADS-B capability will be required if you choose to fly in Class A, B or C airspace, above 10,000 feet MSL (unless within 2,500 feet of the surface) and within 30 nautical miles of any Class B airspace, whether or not you are actually in that airspace. This is identical to the transponder rules we fly with today. To be sure, if you regularly fly through large metropolitan areas, loaded with Class B and C airspace, you will need to pony up and install ADS-B. But this writer has flown coast to coast many times over the years in aircraft with no avionics, availing myself of Class E and G airspace and the approximately 6000-plus public use airports that need no communication capability. To be sure, just like today’s transponder, ADS-B greatly improves accessibility to complex airspace, but one can do quite nicely without it. Next on the list of misunderstandings is that a primary purpose to ADS-B is to enhance traffic awareness and collision avoidance. The FAA pushes this side of ADS-B pretty hard. Once again, simply not true. First, an aircraft must be specifically equipped with an “in” version of ADS-B (more on that later), which is strictly optional. Second, only ADS-B equipped aircraft can be seen by a plane equipped with an “in” capability. As already stated, not all aircraft will need or use ADS-B. The short version of the collision avoidance story is “heads up and out!” Now, let’s take brief review of just what is meant by ADS-B. It should be noted that one of the primary reasons for using ADS-B technolo-


gy is that its GPS-based positioning capabilities are more accurate than groundbased radar and will provide ATC with more accurate position information in many areas where radar service is currently located. Many parts of the country with limited or no radar services will be able to plug into the ADS-B network. All good things. So, when ADS-B becomes law, you simply pull out your old transponder and plug in an ADS-B for about the same price you can now pay for a new transponder, right? Probably not. First, ADS-B “out” (the rough equivalent of your current transponder), transmits your position to FAA groundbased ADS-B towers located around the country (the full network is up and operating) and other aircraft equipped with ADS-B “in” (a non-mandatory option). This might be what is closest to simply “replacing your transponder” and may be the cheapest option, but it requires an IFR certified GPS input. Do you have an ADS-B compatible, IFR certified, GPS installed in your plane? IFR certified, by the way, does not necessarily mean WAAS augmented, but refers to self-testing capabilities. If your GPS is not an IFR approved unit, such a GPS can be an integral part of the ADS-B “out” that you buy, but the price and installation go up. You do not have to replace your old, non-IFR, GPS, which may be working fine for your purposes. And what about the traffic display capability about which you have heard so much? Sure, you can get that by dropping some more bucks (a bunch) on ADS-B “in.” This will enable you to display the position of other ADS-B “out” equipped planes on your flat panel display, such as a PFD, PND, iPad, smart phone, battery powered etch-a sketch, or whatever you have that is compatible with ADS-B technology. Is your display compatible, or does that get added to the shopping list? But what about that good uplink stuff you have heard about, like weather information, through your ADS-B installation? So far, we have been talking about the 1090ES version of ADS-B. Don’t worry about what “1090ES” means, just know that this is the international version of ADS-B and is required for all flights above 18,000 feet and in all airspace of most foreign countries. There is also a UAT (not important what it means) version of ADS-B that is specific to the U.S. and used only below 18,000 feet. The “out” version, the UAT/ADS-B, Continued on Page 10

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Q Tumwater, WA: Olympic Airshow, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Olympia Regional Airport, Q Columbia, CA: Father’s Day Fly-In, Columbia Airport, (209) 533-5685, 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 West Chester, PA: FatherFest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Helicopter Museum, (610) 436-9600, Q Oakland, CA: Open Cockpit Day (Father’s Day), noon to 4 p.m., (510) 638-7100, Q Sheboygan Falls, WI: Aviation Heritage Center Wings & Wheels, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sheboygan County Airport, (920) 467-2043, 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 Detroit, MI: River Days Tuskeegee Air Show, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., RiverFront, (313) 566-8200, Q Johnson City, NY: Greater Binghampton Air Show, gates 10 a.m., Greater Binghamton Airport, (607) 763-4471, Q Everett, WA: FHC Pacific Theater Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paine Field, (206) 342-4242, Q Longmont, CO: Longmont Airport Expo, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Vance Brand Airport, Q Carson City, NV: Airport Open House, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carson City Airport, (775) 841-2255, Q Dayton, OH: Vectren Dayton Air Show, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dayton Int’l. Airport, (937) 898-5121, Q Ogden, UT: Hill AFB Utah Air show “Warriors over the Wasatch,” 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Q Battle Creek, MI: Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival, gates various times, W.K. Kellogg Airport, (269) 962-0592, Q Tyler, TX: Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake, 6 p.m., Cedar Creek Lake, Q Neosho, MO: Celebrate Neosho, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Hugh Robinson Airport, (417) 451-1925, Q Traverse City, MI: National Cherry Festival Air Show, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., West Grand Traverse Bay, (231) 947-4230, Q Anchorage, AK: Arctic Thunder Air Show, JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Q Evansville, IN: Evansville ShrinersFest Air Show, opens 9 a.m., Evansville Riverfront, Q Fishers, IN: CAF Wings over Indy, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport, Q Gig Harbor, WA: Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels Air/Car Show, Sat. 4 p.m./ Sun. 11 a.m., Tacoma Narrows Airport, (253) 507-9357, Q Addison, TX: Kaboom Town Air Show, 4 p.m. to midnight, Addison Airport, Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-7576. Q St. Louis, MO: Fair Saint Louis (Boeing Air Show 12:30 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.), Gateway Arch grounds, Q Watsonville, CA: Watsonville Municipal Airport Open House, gates 5 p.m., (831) 768-3575, Q Arlington, WA: Arlington Fly-In, gates 8 a.m., Arlington Municipal Airport, (360) 435-5857, Q Goshen, IN: Ameria’s Freedom Fest, gates 11 a.m., Goshen Municipal Airport, (574) 202-9772, Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Museum, (909) 597-3722, Q Duluth, MN: Duluth Air & Aviation Expo, gates 9 a.m., Duluth Int’l. Airport, (218) 628-9996, Q Manitoba, Can.: Manitoba Air Show, gates 9 a.m., Southport Airport, Portage la Prairie, (800) 558-4680, Q Texada Island, B.C.: Texada Fly-In, all day, Texada Airport, Gillies Bay, Q Redding, CA: Benton Air Center Historical Aircraft Display Day/Tax Sign-off, 9 a.m. to noon, Benton Airpark, (530) 241-4204. 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. 21 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,

THE AOPA FOUNDATION AND YOU CAN FLY CHALLENGE Now that summer is in full swing at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, our staff at You Can Fly is busier than ever. While many are looking forward to summer vacations, we’re ramping up efforts at national and regional fly-ins, promoting flying club outings, holding Rusty Pilot Seminars, collecting feedback for the Flight Training Experience Survey, and preparing educators to teach the AOPA High School Aviation STEM curriculum to ninth and tenth graders.

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You Can Fly offerings are available free to AOPA members, and schools can use the curriculum at no charge. And all of it is made possible by donations to the AOPA Foundation, not your member dues. The Foundation’s goal is to fund opportunities to grow the pilot population and support our aviation community beyond what member dues can accomplish and that’s exactly what they’re doing. But they can’t do it alone. The Foundation’s current You Can Fly Challenge is to raise $1.4 million by July 25. If they succeed, they’ll receive a matching donation from The Ray Foundation. If you’ve ever considered donating, now is the time. Your donation in the next few weeks will go even further with the Ray Foundation’s match. We’ve also recently created a new way to give back to GA. The Legacy Society is an opportunity to leave your own mark on aviation by including the AOPA Foundation in your estate planning. Members of the Legacy Society are recognized on a beautifully designed wall in the center of the Legacy Court at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland. So, while you’re enjoying a Rusty Pilot Seminar or regional fly-in this summer, do your part to secure the future of GA with a donation to the AOPA Foundation. I look forward to seeing you at one of our four Regional Fly-Ins and hope you consider adding your name to the Legacy Court.

Mark R. Baker President & CEO, AOPA

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By Mark Baker

AOPA, President & CEO othing comes close to the enjoyment I get from jumping in my trusty Super Cub on a warm sunny day. Even better is capping it off with a smooth splash down on a picturesque lake near my hometown. To me, that’s the definition of independence, and what better way to celebrate Independence Day than by exercising our freedom to fly? Of course, most of my flights don’t end on a pristine lake in the backcountry. Like all pilots, when I travel, I typically stop at an FBO. And when I do, I expect to be treated fairly and charged a reason-

able fee for the services I ask for and need. Over the past year, AOPA has received more than 1,000 complaints from members who have had bad experiences at this small number of FBOs. Complaints from members range from being charged high fees for parking on public ramps to being forced to pay outrageous fees for services they didn’t even ask for. Through our research, including price comparisons and analyses of the reports we’ve received, we’ve been able to identify a number of common attributes associated with the most-complained about locations. Each of these FBOs is the only one on the field, part of a large chain, controls all available ramp space, imposes steep fees and prices, and does

not publish fees online. We’ve put a number these potentially problematic locations on our “Airport Access Watch List.” As we continue to educate airport leaders about their rights and responsibilities as the governing bodies of their fields, we hope to get to the root of the problem and find a solution that suits everyone. Not surprisingly, most locations on the Watch List have seen a decline in operations compared to other airports, most notably in piston and turboprop aircraft. We are not asking for anything for free; we are simply asking to be treated fairly. You would never pay for a tire rotation or an oil-change at a gas station when all you purchased was gas. We just want to be charged for the services we

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ask for and need, not what FBOs think they can get away with. We’re also encouraging FBOs to be more transparent about their fees and services, so pilots can make more informed decisions before landing. Anyone can find out the cost of fuel easily online; why shouldn’t there be the same level of transparency when it comes to other charges, such as ramp and parking fees? Improvements like this are exactly what we’re advocating for, and we believe that focusing on cultivating transparency, public access, and competition where practicable are essential to protecting our freedom to fly – a freedom I plan to exercise this Independence Day. I hope you will too!

PROPOSED HOUSE BILL AIMS TO ADDRESS AVIATION TECHNICIAN SHORTAGE IN U.S. Bipartisan Group Introduces Legislation To Promote Aviation Careers

On Tuesday, May 8, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers, led by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), introduced H.R. 5701 to establish an aviation maintenance workforce development pilot program. In addition to Graves, Rep. Daniel Lipinski (DIll.), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Rep. Brenda Lawrence, (D-Mich.) introduced the legislation that is designed to encourage more men and women to pursue careers in aviation. According to Graves, “H.R. 5701 would incentivize businesses, labor organizations, schools, and governmental entities to work together to pursue strategies to develop technical talent and encourage workers to pursue aviation careers. Studies show that in just four years, we will not have enough aviation maintenance technicians to meet the demand for those services and skills in

the aviation industry.” The bill was quickly lauded by industry, as a coalition of 20 general aviation groups, including the Aircraft Electronics Association, sent a letter of support for the bill to House congressional leaders. The joint industry letter to House leaders, in part, stated: “An analysis by Boeing suggests that 118,000 new technicians will be needed in North America over the next two decades. The consulting firm Oliver Wyman has forecast that demand for aviation maintenance technicians will outstrip supply by 2022.” The House bill would create a new program administered by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide grants of up to $500,000 to support aviation maintenance workforce development activities. The legislation incentivizes local collaboration by requiring that grant

applications be jointly submitted by a business or labor organization, school and governmental entity. The House bill is similar to a Senate bill (S. 2506), but the House version includes high schools as educational institutions eligible to participate in a grant application. “As the trade association representing government-certified repair stations and avionics manufacturers, the Aircraft Electronics Association strongly endorses this legislation to provide a viable pathway for training our next generation of avionics technicians and aviation maintenance technicians,” said AEA President Paula Derks. “There is a severe shortage of skilled technicians in the aviation industry, and forecasts indicate the problem will continue to worsen in the next few years. This legislation will help ensure that the United States remains the world leader in

all facets of aviation, and will instigate the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs employing skilled workers in the future. I encourage AEA members to contact representatives in Congress to lend additional support for this bipartisan bill.” Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified international repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions. For more information visit AEA at

On May 9, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the recipients of the 2018 Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Recognition Awards. These awards are presented annually to companies that provide qualified new and recurrent AMT training to their employees. Award winners receive either a one, three or five-star award depending on the per-

centage of employed AMTs meeting the training requirements. This year NATA is granting awards to 36 companies, including thirteen awardees that will receive recognition for five consecutive years as AMT Employer Recognition Award recipients. “NATA is proud to once again recognize businesses that are committed to the high quality training of AMTs. Their ded-

ication is critical to addressing our industry’s current workforce challenges and these awards demonstrate the investment needed to continue attracting and retaining maintenance staff,” stated NATA President Marty Hiller. On June 13, the recipients will be recognized at the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon Presentation held in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Meeting and

Aviation Business Conference. The full list of 2018 AMT Employer Recognition Award winners is available here. During the luncheon, awards will also be presented to long-time aviation executives Larry Flynn (Ong Memorial Award) and Randy Berg, A.A.E., (Distinguished Service Award) – along with Dr. Gerald Dillingham, former U.S. Government Continued on Page 9



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In the past four years, Guardian Flight Alaska and Alaska Regional LifeFlight swiftly transported nearly 10,000 critically ill patients to local hospitals. The largest air medical transport company and longest-tenured air medevac company in Alaska respectively achieved this significant number of patient transports while providing service across a state with the greatest geographical footprint in the nation. Backed by Alaska Regional Hospital, Guardian and LifeFlight partnered in 2014 to bring expert medical direction 24/7 from Dr. Jennifer Dow and Dr. David Cadogan, both specializing in emergency medicine. Since then, this partnership has served to better connect rural Alaskans with medical specialists and patient care that are unavailable in their local communities. As a result, many more lives were saved and longterm disabilities were reduced. “With six bases and highly qualified medical teams, Guardian Flight has the largest EMS aircraft fleet in the state,” said Guardian Flight Alaska Executive Director Jared Sherman. “In addition, Guardian Flight Alaska is replacing its fleet of smaller Learjets and Beechjets with five Learjet 45s.” Guardian Flight medical teams perform advanced medical training quarterly, using patient simulators that represent adults and children. This investment enables the clinical teams to provide unequaled, quality medical evacuation services to Alaska’s critically ill patients. At Alaska Regional Hospital, a new comprehensive protocol enables more timely patient transports provided by these state-of-the-art air ambulances. Teams at its Patient Transfer Center utilize the protocol to significantly reduce the time it takes to accept a patient into the hospital’s admission process. In fact,

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Continued from Page 6 must utilize a compatible, contemporary, transponder and can be cheaper than the 1090ES/ADS-B if you already have such a transponder installed. Of course, the IFR certified GPS is also needed. The GPS and transponder can be an integral part of the UAT/ADS-B, but that really jumps the price. But, here is the good news part of the UAT based ADS-B. The “in” version of the UAT/ADS-B has a broader bandwidth than the 1090ES version, allowing the uplink of complex data from FAA ADS-B towers in addition to aircraft location information. This means that the FAA will send Flight Service Station (FSS) related weather information directly to the flat screen display thingy you use, if it is compatible. Commercial companies will be offered this UAT bandwidth to sell additional aviation services for in-flight use, but that will come with a subscription fee. Having an “out/in” capability with only a UAT based ADS-B system restricts one to flying in the U.S. only and staying below 18,000 feet. But, one can use a 1090ES based ADS-B for the “out” function (meeting requirements for flight above 18,000 feet and international use) and use a UAT based ADS-B for the “in” function. Indeed, this option is being offered by many installers, but it is not cheap. Know that installing only a UAT based ADS-B “in” system does not get you all the data benefits at a lower cost. The FAA ADS-B towers will not transmit that data to you unless it hears your “out” signal first. While not having conducted a complete survey of cost, one can anticipate a current

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Continued from Page 4 pass ‘n review parade of vintage military vehicles, from collectors in the Pacific Northwest Region. You can see hundreds of artifacts and vehicles at the Camp Adams display, including daily tank demonstrations. New events and attractions this year include a drone cage, with hands-on boot camps for drone racing, drone flight and drone photography. A second beginner drone cage will be available for those who want to give flight by drone a first try. A first this year is a Drone Swarm light show on Friday and Saturday evenings, a 60-drone show coordinated and controlled by a single controller. The ever-popular Hot Air Balloon night glow has been expanded and will include a giant Birthday Cake Balloon, on Saturday evening, with live music, food trucks and the beer garden. NOTAMs and parking cards for

“in/out” ADS-B system will cost between $3,000 and $5,000, possibly more. ADS-B technology has many dependencies, upon a transponder, GPS, special antenna considerations and display options. Active traffic alerts (a display or voice that warns you of a specific conflict) require some form of compatible collision avoidance system interface. And remember, all collision avoidance systems rely on the offending airplane having some form of electronic device that can be received by whatever system you have installed. The pilot is always responsible to see and avoid. So, how does one get the straight scoop on what is going on with ADS-B? How do you learn more about your options given your specific aircraft and avionics installation? Well, every manufacturer you go to online will be happy to tell you that their system is the best. But they are not the frontline of avionics. It is local shops, located at airports around the country, which turn screws, run wires and solder connections. To be sure, Pacific Coast Avionics,, an In Flight USA advertiser, and a company with which this writer has worked, personally, is a great place to start. Airtronics,, a long-time advertiser with In Flight USA, is another excellent resource with multiple locations. Both companies offer multiple solutions, some starting as low as $1,200. Keep your eyes on the pages of In Flight USA, as the deadline draws closer and yours truly ends up in the same boat with you … one that is getting pretty crowded!

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By John Yount

t was late February and almond spraying was in full swing in Northern California. The company that I was working for as an ag pilot had been waiting for the arrival of a low-time agricultural/fire bomber airplane. The airplane was purchased in the Southwest and needed to have avionics installed for upcoming missions. I was selected to drive to Sacramento and head for Phoenix on an airliner. Arriving late that evening in Phoenix, I had a good night’s sleep, reporting to the avionic shop at Sky Harbor Airport little after 8 a.m. A simple mission, leave Phoenix flying straight and level headed to Northern California, arriving a little after sundown. The following morning I would be back to spraying. Everything checked out and by 9 a.m. I was holding short of runway 25L on the taxiway ready for VFR departure out of the area. Cleared for take-off, I advanced the throttle and was airborne in a few hundred yards. ATC “contact departure on this frequency…….” I hadn’t even cleared the airport’s boundary when I did as instructed.


Remember this is an ag airplane. Climbing through 400 feet, the city was beautiful with gleaming high-rise buildings reflecting off the Arizona sun. What could be better than a cool calm Arizona morning? BAM, did I hit something? What was going on! The rudder pedals oscillated back and forth as if they were possessed. It was as if I was pedaling a bicycle; power reduction, flaps to 15 percent level off, no change in what I was feeling. The aircraft was shaking, the stick was shaking and the pedals were dancing. Add power, try different flap positions, nothing was working. Contacted ATC (or they contacted me?) and advised them of the situation. ATC “do you want to declare an emergency and return to Sky Harbor?” My response was to continue straight and level on the assigned heading until I could figure out what happened. Although I thought I was climbing above 400 feet, because of the distraction I had allowed the airplane to descend to a lower altitude as the people on the top floors of the skyscrapers were at eye level. About two miles from the airport I loosened my shoulder harnesses and leaned against the left side cockpit window. Although my helmet blocked some of my

view I could see the problem, at least part of the problem. The front vertical stabilizer (tail) flying brace was laying down over part of the elevator. As an A&P mechanic having worked on this type aircraft I also knew that there is one common bolt that runs through the stabilizer securing both left and right vertical stabilizer flying braces. Or, in other words, the vertical stabilizer was now allowed to move left and right, fluttering. What I didn’t know or couldn’t



see was that the left flying brace (broken bolt or bracket) had slashed through the vertical stabilizer fabric and was inducing air. I knew what this meant, the vertical stabilizer would fail very shortly as the fluttering was “working” the two stabilizer bolts, which were connected to the airframe. I advised ATC of the findings and asked for the nearest airport with little course deviation. Immediately ATC Continued on Page 12 P.O. Box 5402 • San Mateo, CA 94402 (650) 358-9908 • Fax (650) 358-9254

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Sharing Secrets for Building Energy in General Aviation

In late August of this year, a small group of enthusiastic flight school owners and flying club operators will meet in California for a two-day conference to share insider tips and techniques for energizing student pilots, building strong pilot communities, and putting the fun back into flight training and private pilot flying. GA SPARK is intended to bring together people who are already hard at work building general aviation, to share what they’ve learned and trade secrets to success. “It’s really a call to action for owners and managers of flight schools, as well as leaders of flying clubs, all of whom are trying to build the industry, get people flying, and survive financially in the process,” said Dan Dyer, owner of a successful flying club/flight school at San Carlos Airport in California. “Ideas that help one school to be successful can easily help others do the same thing. Together, we can all make a difference.”

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Continued from Page 11 responded: “Goodyear (Litchfield) seven miles, stay on this frequency they know you are coming, cleared to land” (good luck). Seven miles, four or five minutes, would it hold together? I don’t know if it was turbulence (dust devil) but the situation started to get even weirder. Or was it like flying at night when you hear the engine making a different sound? I had to get on the ground as quickly as possible. I felt that the tail attachment structures were elongating and it was only minutes before it departed the aircraft. I thought to myself, the news will read, crop duster crashes one half mile from the airport. As I scanned out the windscreen there it was, a golf course with a long fairway or driving range, a slight right turn and I was lined up for landing. As an ag pilot it appeared to be a more adaptable place to land than some of the dirt strips I work off making 80 take-offs and landings a day during rice planting season. On a short final, down to about 100 feet, night work ag lights on, power reduction, flaps to full, of course there are power lines adjacent. I raise the aircraft nose keeping an eye on the approaching power lines. Over the power lines, cut the throttle, very high-rate of sink, lower the nose to arrest the sink, add power at the last second to keep from acting like I was

Topics for the conference include ways to bring young people to aviation, empower volunteers, create adventure flying events, and build a strong, vibrant sense of community. But mostly, the conference is a call to action for flight school owners and flying club managers to be innovative, bring energy into their programs, and understand the power that can come from trial and error and staying positive. “Energy creates events and programs that bring people together, build community, and unleash the multiplier of the human experience,” said Travis Bender, one of the organizers who himself came to aviation by way of an aviation scholarship program started six years ago. “Flight training and flying are not like a rental car business. It’s not just about customer service, it’s a lot about making magic happen.” The GA SPARK website ( indicates this is not your norContinued on Page 13

landing on an aircraft carrier. Almost ready to flare, I looked down the ag planes long nose looking through the number one cylinder of the Wright 1300 radial engine, three guys walk from the side of the course and moved directly into my path, maybe 600 feet away. I throttle burst the engine, they keep walking in front of me… golfers? I’m going to hit these guys! Full power, flaps to 15 percent and I’m barely flying again. I could not have been more than 50 feet above their head as I passed over. Palm trees ahead, building speed and at the last moment gently pull up over the trees with little room to spare. Back to the original plan, about a minute of scanning, I see the airport. I’m probably only about 200 feet above the ground, less than one mile to touch down. As I look at the runway, I notice all these emergency vehicles lined up. I thought to myself, I hope I’m not interfering with someone trying to land with an emergency? Landed without incident, just cleared the active when an airport official marshaled me to stop. I climb out of the aircraft and look at the tail. For the first time I observe a gash on the left side of the tail about 18-inches long with the fabric raggedly torn back. Two fire trucks arrive and the firemen jump out and start toward the aircraft. Now it makes sense: I was the “emergency.”


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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced on May 30 its initiative to combat illegal charter, addressing a growing concern among members and the industry. The announcement follows several months of collaboration with its membership and Air Charter Committee, and meetings with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to highlight the necessary steps to strengthen the association’s efforts to protect this vital industry. “Visiting our members throughout the country, the number one concern expressed by the air charter community is the intrinsic danger of illegal charter to their businesses and the industry as a whole. NATA’s initiative reinforces our ongoing efforts in combating this serious threat to air charter and the public that is often difficult to identify due to the use of deceptive and convoluted agreements,” stated NATA Executive Vice President of Operations & General Counsel Timothy Obitts. NATA’s initiative to combat illegal charter is overseen by a sub-committee of its Air Charter Committee called the NATA Illegal Charter Task Force and consists of the following action areas: • Work with the FAA to provide guidance on identifying and steps to avoiding illegal operations • Work with the IRS to understand

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he Vintage Showroom: An Archive of Menswear (Laurence King Publishing) authored by Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett with photos by Nic Shonfeld is a literal coffee table-sized treasure trove of vintage clothing and ephemera collected and curated by brick-and-mortar The Vintage Showroom in London since 2007. This space occupies a kind of middle ground between museum and retail space allowing access to designers, historians and costumers interested in studying vintage design. The items located at The Vintage Showroom are lovingly photographed in this work, so much so that you can almost feel the patina of the vintage canvas, leather, fleece, velvet and cotton. The garments are categorized into Aviation & Motorsports, Tailoring & Dress Uniforms, Utility & Denim and Sportswear & Weather Wear. The aviation gear and ephemera is literally a walk through aviation history, particularly as it pertains to the early development of military aviation. Despite the purely aesthetic sleekness of the book’s design and photographic content there is a great reserve of historical

information relating to protocol for early aviators that even the most hard-core aviation/military buff would likely not be privy to. Example: many early aviators flew in formal wear including collars and ties. Of course, initially speed and altitude were limited which allowed for this kind of dress to be workable. As aviation speed and altitude increased there became a need for dress more appropriate to deal with the elements (many early fliers simply didn’t fly if the weather was bad). This led to the development of leather as the “go to” outfit for aviators as it repelled the rain, and, more importantly was a formidable buffer against the wind. Soon enough, fur was added to the linings of coats and gloves to add an extra layer of insulation. Some of the aviators even wore bearskin coats over their leather coats making for a particularly rakish and heroic (as well as practical) sartorial statement. A few of the garments featured here were issued to military aviators but were not intended to be used in flying. A good example of this was the Air Ministry Survival Suit issued as part of the Royal Air Force Flying Kit in the 1940’s. This outfit, which has the look of a full-body down snowsuit, (and

could also function as an after the fact sleeping bag) was intended to provide members of the RAF with a cold-weather survival suit for stranded aircrew, particularly in conditions where hypothermia might be a concern. Another example is a beautiful German Military Drillich (a kind of heavyweight herringbone twill) Coveralls used by mechanics for the Lufwaffe in the 1940’s. Perhaps most of all, The Vintage Showroom is a chronicle of the romance of early military aviation, which though past, is not forgotten under the roof of this London establishment.

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he annual training and recertification for the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) C130 crews was held this year at Sacramento McClellan Airport on April 23-27, 2018. Participating Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units included the 153rd Airlift Wing from Cheyenne, Wyoming; the 152nd Airlift Wing from Reno, Nevada; the 302nd Airlift Wing from Colorado Springs, Colorado; and 146th Airlift Wing from Port Hueneme, California. MAFFS is a joint Department of Defense and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private airtankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the forest service. The USDA Forest Service owns the MAFFS equipment and supplies the fire retardant, while the DoD provides the C130 H and J model aircraft, flight crews, and maintenance and support personnel to fly the missions The MAFFS is capable of dropping up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant. The system slides into the back of the aircraft and water or retardant is released through a nozzle located on the rear left side of the plane. Approximately 300 civilian and military personnel gathered at McClellan Airtanker Base for this training, which was being hosted by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), CAL FIRE, and the Tahoe and Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

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t was a beautiful warm summer afternoon in June of 1986. My wife had just returned from working the morning shift at the local Filene’s Department Store and, as was her way, she had befriended her manager Linda and brought her home for an impromptu luncheon. I consider myself to be a people-person – I love to meet new people and discover common interests and experiences; Sandi is a people-magnet – she just has a way of striking up a conversation with just about anyone, anywhere. It’s one of her most endearing qualities and a wonderful trait that has served us well and brought us so many dear friends over the years. We enjoyed our lunch and then pondered what to do for the rest of the afternoon. Ideas were not forthcoming until I suggested we go get an ice cream. Great idea! Little did they know where I wanted to get an ice cream. They would have been forgiven if they thought I meant the great little ice cream parlor called Chadwick’s just down the street from our condo in Lexington, but needless to say, that wasn’t what I had in mind… that would have been much too simple. Their first clue that things weren’t as they expected was when I got on the highway – Chadwick’s was just a mile down Concord Avenue from our home – no need to take the highway. “I thought I’d take you to another place.” I said mysteriously. Eyes rolled in the seat next to me… It was only about a 6-or 7-mile drive to Hanscom Field (KBED), so it wasn’t long before the pieces started coming together for my wife. As I’ve mentioned before, my wife’s a lucky gal – I’ve dragged her to every little airport we were ever in any semblance of proximity to throughout New England, so she knew that going to the airport didn’t necessarily mean going flying – but this time it did! “Where are you taking us? I thought you said we were going to get ice cream…” A slightly exasperated tone emanated from the passenger seat, while Linda just seemed a little bewildered in the back seat. When I pulled in and parked at the terminal building, no ice cream in hand, Sandi knew what was about to happen, but poor Linda was still unclear and uncertain. “What? We’re going where? Are you serious?” A mix of excitement, disbelief, and, well, a little fear, colored her questions. I’m not sure I had mentioned that I was a pilot at that point in our rela-

tionship, so her nervousness may have been somewhat understandable. I had been flying for several years recreationally (read: whenever I could afford it…) and had a whopping 140 hours in my logbook. Sandi had been up with me numerous times before, so she knew the routine. “I know a great place just a short flight away. Come on – it’ll be fun!” Linda had that far-off stare as we walked her, almost catatonically, out to the plane, her trance-like countenance interspersed with brief moments of lucidity and rapid-fire questions/objections. “But…wait…I’ve never been in a small plane…what if…but…are you sure?” I pre-flighted the plane while Sandi helped her into the plane and buckled her in, reassuring her that all would be fine. She was still unsure about the whole thing, but going along with it just the same. Peer pressure’s a funny thing – it’ll make you do all sorts of things you’d never consider without it. Sometimes you live to regret it; other times, the experience opens your eyes to a whole new world of exciting possibilities. I was hoping this would be one of those times. We started up and began to taxi to the runway; things were becoming real now. The nervous chatter subsided and excitement began to take over. I explained that I needed to listen to the tower, but would be happy to answer her questions after we reached our lofty cruising altitude of 3,000-feet and cleared the airport airspace. I heard a little giggle and an exclamation of pure glee when we broke ground – it’s a sound every pilot cherishes, anxious as we are to share our joy in flying. I turned to see her, forehead pressed to the window, grinning and instinctively pointing as she recognized various sights and landmarks below. Between radio calls, I tried to point out some of the more prominent historical sites as we departed the area. The Old North Bridge, where the Battle of Concord was fought, slipped beneath us, and not far to the south, Walden Pond. White church steeples reached skyward in the village centers of quaint towns below. We flew over Concord, Acton and Littleton, Groton and Townsend, each having contributed Minutemen to the battles of April 19, 1775 and the Revolutionary War that followed, securing freedom and liberty for our nascent nation. It’s a short flight to Jaffrey Silver Ranch Airport (KAFN) in southern New Hampshire – less than 40nm, but we took



our time getting there, exploring the area – watching as water-skiers and speedboats carved through some of the many lakes and ponds in the area, kayaks and canoes moving at a much more sedate pace, then circling the 3,165-foot Mount Manadnock before landing. Manadnock is a prominent, bare, granite mountain popular with hikers and visible from at least 50 miles away. A landmark to many in southern New England, Manadnock made navigating to Jaffrey easy. Circling its peak at low altitude, hikers in colorful t-shirts waved to us as they caught their breath and quenched their thirsts after their two-hour plus climb to the summit. I called in on Jaffrey’s UNICOM announcing our position and intentions. Founded in 1946, Jaffrey’s has a single 3,000-foot runway that runs uphill to the northwest. With light winds, we landed on runway 34, the crumbling asphalt crunching beneath our tires as we taxied to parking. Tied down and secured, we left the plane for the short walk to the ice cream shop. Fascinated, as most are their first time by their newfound birds-eye view of both familiar and never-before-seen scenery, Linda deplaned with a red spot on her forehead from leaning on the window; we didn’t tell her. Thirty years ago the restaurant and ice cream shop was called Silver Ranch; it’s now a Kimball Farm – and those of you from the Lowell area northwest of Boston undoubtedly know of their reputation for delicious ice cream! It was delicious then and, from the reviews I’ve read, it’s delicious now! What a fun place to fly to. We enjoyed our ice cream cones as we walked back to the plane for our flight back to Hanscom. Taking off downhill, the earth fell away from us as we lifted off of runway 16, giving the illusion of a greater rate of climb. We climbed again to 3,000feet and cruised over the verdant green countryside, Boston visible in the distance. A gentle “squeak, squeak” greeted us as we touched down, ending our ice cream excursion. I think the journey had the desired effect on our aviation newbie.

In memoriam

We lost a good man a couple of weeks ago. My friend, Colonel Carl Morrison (CAP), departed Petaluma Airport (O69) into a low overcast and inexplicably crashed his immaculate and much-loved 1990 Mooney just a few

Colonel Carl Morrison

miles from the airport. Carl was a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, and served as Pacific Region Vice Commander for Civil Air Patrol. With more than 2,000 hours in his logbook, he regularly (and justifiably) claimed the title “stick hog” at our CAP squadron. He loved to provide orientation rides for cadets, and he worked tirelessly to advance CAP’s causes and roles. Carl was an experienced, competent, and current pilot. He traveled weekly from his home base at Fallbrook Air Park (L18) to northern California for his work as an environmental consultant, taking full advantage of general aviation in the process. He maintained his aircraft and hangar in spotless condition – so much so that someone bought him a hospital ‘bootie’ machine for his hangar as a joke; he was delighted! I’m not sure he saw it as the joke it was meant to be – you really could eat off the floor of his hangar! Immaculate, impeccable – these words describe not only the way he maintained his aircraft and hangar, but the man himself. Physically fit, mentally sharp and always dressed ‘to the nines,’ Carl embodied so many of the attributes we all should aspire to attain. He was honest, dedicated, compassionate and devoted to his family. His love for his fellow man was evident to all who met him. Whether he agreed with you or disagreed with you, Carl always gave you the courtesy of his undivided attention in conversation. And he loved to play matchmaker – both within his family on a ‘romantic’ level, and professionally, always looking to make connections among his extensive list of associates. He recently sent me an email regarding an aerial photography suggestion I had made, which he passed Continued on Page 19



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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao on May 9 announced that USDOT has selected 10 state, local and tribal governments as participants in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program. First announced last October, this White House initiative the Federal Aviation partners Administration (FAA) with local, state and tribal governments, which then partner with private sector participants to safely explore

the further integration of drone operations. “Data gathered from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace,” said Secretary Chao. The 10 selectees are: • Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, OK • City of San Diego, CA • Virginia Tech - Center for Innovative Technology, Herndon, VA

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• Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, KS • Lee County Mosquito Control District, Ft. Myers, FL • Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Memphis, TN • North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, NC • North Dakota Department of Transportation, Bismarck, ND • City of Reno, NV


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ot since the installation of twoway radios and the erection of Air Traffic Control Towers will there be such an impact on aviation as the upcoming ADS-B requirement. With the potential of thousands of aircraft grounded or denied landing at many airports, pilots and aircraft owners have continued to ignore the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast transponder requirement. The lingering question is why have so many aircraft not been equipped? The Hiller Aviation Museum and Education Facility will sponsor a seminar that will hopefully help answer all of the questions that aircraft owners and pilots still have about ADS-B. Currently, two categories really hold the answers. The first is that the equipment required to update an aircraft to the ADS-B is extremely confusing. Every aircraft requires a different approach to the transponder update process. The second answer is that to equip or update an average aircraft costs between $3,000 and $10,000. To many aircraft owners, that is a significant expense. Which aircraft must be ADS-B equipped is a fairly common question. Simply, if you want to fly within 30 miles of a Class B airport, 10 miles of a Class C Airport, or over 10,000 feet, you must be ADS-B equipped. Using central California for example, every aircraft in the San Francisco Bay Area must be equipped, pretty much that’s from Gnoss to Livermore and south to Morgan Hill. Pilots, check your charts, if you are even close to a major airport



Continued from Page 17 on to a contact in the Army Corp of Engineers, that stated “You’re getting pulled into this project. Great!” That’s just the way he worked – and it was never for his advantage, but for a greater cause or for someone else’s benefit. It will take some time before the cause of the accident is determined by the NTSB, then we’ll look to take lessons from this tragic event. Carl would have wanted it that way. Col. Morrison was laid to rest with full military honors at Riverside National Cemetery. He leaves behind his wife, six children, 23 grandchildren, 1 greatgrandchild, and hundreds of friends. He was a good man, and I’m a better man for having known him. Rest in peace my friend.

like Salinas is to Monterey “Class C,” you should be equipped. On the surface, the equipment that the aircraft owner has to install is straightforward. The first requirement is that you must have a permanent or panel mounted GPS that is WAAS (Wide Area

Augmented System) equipped. The second requirement is to have a transponder that is equipped to broadcast your N number. Those transponders are known as Mode “S.” The third system requirement is a way to add your GPS location to your transponder transmission. This

additional data stream is known as ES. This is where the confusion begins. Here are a few aircraft examples. You have a GPS moving map and a Mode S Transponder, currently in your aircraft. You upgrade your GPS to Continued on Page 20




By Carl E. Chance

TEM education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is definitely a ‘hot button’ throughout the Midwest aviation industry and in cooperative ventures with area schools and industry. Wichita and the State of Kansas has been a well-known aircraft engineering and development center going back to the days of Stearman, Cessna, Beech, Boeing, Learjet and now Bombardier, AirBus Wing Design, Spirit AeroSystems and Textron Aviation.

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Two of the leaders taking a big step this year to get STEM education in focus, was the Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) and Exploration Place, the Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center. The Science Center has a major commitment to education that involves adults, home schooling, parents, scouts, teachers, teens and youth organiza-

tions programs. Logon to and checkout the roles they play with their heavy commitment to Science Education. Both WIBA and Exploration Place have partnered to provide fun science education to 6th grade science classes at Brooks Magnet Middle School, this semester. The class educators had developed methodology in hands-on activities which were thematically-based where students were at stations working in teams and self-directed. The daily lesson plans complimented the science curriculum and could be adapted or modified to fit various student needs. The goal is to continue the classroom program two or more academic years in following the 6th graders into their 7th and 8th grade years. The plan then will be to demonstrate the impact of the program for both students and teachers. A program on the outcome and success of the STEM classes to date, was presented at a recent WIBA meeting, presented by Jan Luth, President at Exploration Place and Beth Rohrig, Educator at Exploration Place. One of the

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In the years previous, Chance had developed an individual interest in creating, an aviation website, and had developed an aviation education page for the site through a grant proposal from the Wolf Aviation Fund. The page is titled, “Flying Into The Future On The Wings of Education.” There are on that dedicated page, 23 aviation education lesson plans written around aviation and aerospace pioneers. The page on the website serves as a resource base for schools nationwide and is being utilized by middle and high school educators in support to history and science curriculums. The lesson plans include integration of the subjects of history, language arts,

Editorial: ADS-B

Cont5inued from Page 19 WAAS, an extremely expensive endeavor, and you update your Mode S transponder to ES, another expensive upgrade. You run a wire between the two updated units and you now comply. But you get nothing back for your expensive update. That is to say, you have spent a great deal of money to comply with the ADS-B requirement and reap none of the benefits. A second aircraft owner has no GPS but has a Mode C transponder. He or she elects to purchase a Mode S-ES transponder that has the WAAS GPS receiver “option.” It requires the installation of a GPS antenna on the top of the aircraft. Again the aircraft is in compliance, but the pilot does not benefit from any of the advantages of the new system. The third aircraft owner has the same equipment as the second owner, but he or she elects to install a transponder with the ADS-B IN option. This is a secondary radio that receives on a 978 MHz frequency and allows the display of conflicting aircraft, weather, PIREPs, METASs TAFs, NOTAMS, winds aloft, and rain. To display this information, pilots must use an iPad or other portable display device and connect to the aircraft’s avionics via bluetooth.

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and technology. Each lesson plan includes learning objective’s, educational standards, procedures, activities, and suggestions for extensions to the lessons. The content standards were supervised under the advisement of Lisa Heibert and Norma Lou Hilton of the USD259 Wichita School System. The theme, ‘Link & Learn’ also utilizes this page as a resource for aviation continuing education, locating colleges and universities, scholarship sources, Kansas Starbase, FAA aviation education, AOPA aviation education and much more.

The Stem Adventure Continues

Recently, the Wichita Public Schools Proposed the First High School ‘Aviation Pathway’ In Kansas. It’s a program to create new aviation industry options for high school students. The plan is for the Wichita Public Schools, WSU Tech and Textron Aviation to partner with the aviation industry and Kansas State Department of Education to launch ‘Aviation Continued on Page 21

To make matters even more complicated, there is the 978 MHz UAT. The Universal Access Transceiver is a completely different path that the aircraft owner might take. The way it works and its services are a bit limited, but it offers a different economical direction for the owner with limited funds. Interestingly, the FAA has never addressed how this new service might negatively impact how pilots fly. There are actually a lot of hidden problems that pilots are going to have to face with this new system, and the FAA has been surprisingly quiet about that aspect of the ADS-B implementation. The Hiller Aviation Museum and Educational Facility will sponsor an ADS-B Seminar that will cover all of the different types of equipment available, the costs, and answer everyone’s questions regarding the best direction to take with their aircraft. Pilots should also attend to learn how this will change their flying habits. The seminar is free and will be at the Hiller Aviation Facility at San Carlos Airport. Flying to the San Carlos Airport is available. The seminar will be July 10 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Hiller Aviation Museum at

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How STEM Education Will Feed Innovation Continued from Page20 Pathway.’ It would be the state’s first aviation technical education pathway.

The Aviation Pathway Concept

Recently Textron Aviation had introduced a high school education concept to the Wichita Public Schools and to WSU Tech that offered great potential benefit to area students, the aviation industry and to the Wichita community as a whole. Various directions to take the concept were explored and the program was one not to be ignored. The total values were quite obvious to the students. This new

Engine, the student in this subsection, topics could include hydraulics and pneumatics and aviation engine performance. Of interest to the student, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has 16 career and technical education pathways. Following approval of this program, creation of the first aviation pathway in Kansas would be born. The next step in the process includes industry input to a proposed curriculum.

Working with the aviation industry, WSU Tech has already developed curriculum that they are using as a starting point for the program. Working with industry leaders like Textron Aviation is part of the overall vision for Kansas education. It is timely to now bring together, Kansas schools and businesses in support of efforts to help students explore career opportunities that they may have never thought of. Students

Planned Program Outline/Process

The plan is for students to take classes at the student’s home high school and at WSU Tech’s National Center for Aviation Training campus. The students would also shadow or complete their programmed internships with employers during their final year of study. Current plans would give students options such as sub-sections within Aviation Production and Aviation Maintenance. In Aviation Production, students would study such topics as aerostructures, composites and mass production principles. Or, for Aviation Production: CATIA, students would learn many of the same principles plus CATIA, a computer-aided engineering design program widely used in aviation. For Aviation Maintenance: Avionics, students would study topics such as electronics, microprocessors, integrated circuits and drones. Or, in Aviation Maintenance: Aviation

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eriously, if you are a pilot, do you ‘think’ about space like many pilots do? Did you know that President Eisenhower logically suggested pilots from our military services for the Mercury Program? The Mercury Seven were chosen from a group of 110 candidates that met the minimum requirements; 508 ‘pilots’ had initially applied. The process was similar for the Gemini and Apollo Programs. Side note: It wasn’t until June 1965, the fourth astronaut group, were non-military or test pilots chosen; typically PhDs. I remember lying on my parents’ couch as an eight-yearold, as the Apollo 11 was getting press, wondering if I could just up and leave my family to live many, many miles away in space perhaps to never return. I am a pilot. I think I made my point to touch on two staple Southern California spacerelated gatherings: Space Tech Expo (Pasadena) and the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) (LAX Airport). I have attended the expo religiously over the past handful of years due to its close proximity to my residence but had only visited the ISDC once before in 2006 when I was XCOR’s aerodynamicist in the mid-2000s, working on their spaceplane for tourism called – Lynx at the Mojave Spaceport. Part of my contract with XCOR back then was that I was to go to – space! I also did a stint as an aerodynamicist on the Space Shuttle while working at Boeing prior to XCOR.

Space Tech Expo

Located at the Pasadena Convention Center May 22 through 24, 3,000 scientists, students, artists, military types, engineers, and executives promoting space attended the Space Tech Expo. More than 250 exhibitors representing the many companies that epitomize quality manufacturing for the cold reality of space that warrants – reliability were present. One can register for a “free� pass to hear open forums and walk the exhibit hall. It is a deal. Period. One can hear from major commercial, military, and civil space organizations like NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sierra Nevada, United Launch Alliance, and SpaceX, for instance, and innovative and disruptive companies whose names are new to many of us but are squarely vetted as space-oriented movers and shakers. Learn about supply chain and how to do business with prime companies.

Just one of the many rows of high-tech space oriented exhibitors at Pasadena’s Space Tech Expo. (Paul T. Glessner)

One of the many well presented and attended technical panels at Pasadena’s Space Tech Expo. (Paul T. Glessner)

Buzz Aldrin listening intently to Jeff Bezos’words. (Paul T. Glessner)

1000+ space proponents wait with bated breath to listen to one of their own, Jeff Bezos, speak during a friendly interview by Geekwire’s very own, Alan Boyle. (Paul T. Glessner)

Speaking of doing business with major companies, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), sponsored a day for small companies to meet face to face with the likes of Leidos, General Atomics, Boeing, NASA, GSA, SBA, and more. More than 35 technical sessions and tutorials on additive manufacturing, thermal manageContinued on Page 25

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Do You Have Space Between Your Ears

Continued from Page 24 ment, electrical systems, machine learning, and propulsion systems were able to be taken in with that free registration. Thousands of products were on the exhibit floor. Three days of panels were going on simultaneously with again, major companies both in attendance and on the panels for expounding on the subjects of Launch Systems, Satellite Systems, and Future Programs. The UKbased expo staff is very helpful and offered the attendees both the ability to easily ask questions of any of the panelists via an app and a networking social at the end of the first day’s agenda with adult beverages. For more information, visit .

International Space Development Conference (ISDC)

The National Space Society (NSS) organized its 38th annual ISDC and enjoyed the Gateway Sheraton located at the Los Angeles Airport as its venue May 24 through 27. NSS switches off to other North American locations. Four thousand

Michelle Rouch’s ‘Space-cation’ as seen adorning the long row of artists’ art at Pasadena’s Space Tech Expo. (Michelle Rouch)

scientists, students, astronauts, musicians, writers, teachers, artists, military types, engineers, and executives promoting space attended this event. While the aforementioned expo was very focused on ongoing and future commercial and military ‘business,’ the ISDC is for those committed to connecting and sharing the latest breakthroughs in space exploration, technology, and development. “The vision of NSS (and its 10,000 members and 50 local chapters) is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.” – NSS. The famous German rocketeer, Dr. Wernher Von Braun, who was instrumental in literally propelling our American space program, was the society’s first president and chairman in 1975. Enough history. Bottom line: I cannot give proper credit due to this society and its efforts in this short summary. If you care anything about the advancement of humanity into space for the millennia, I highly urge you to peruse their website,, and be prepared to be captivated. I was compelled to attend this year’s ISDC after meeting so many colleagues at the earlier expo who were asking if I was going to attend the conference. At first I said that I wasn’t, but I squeezed it into the end of my Friday’s agenda. If there was anymore LA traffic on the 405, it may have been breakfast versus the 6 p.m. reception. I arrived at 5 p.m. and took in the 25+ exhibitors, got the lay of the land, chatted with old and new colleagues, and took in scenes from upcoming episodes from the third season of the SYFY channel’s – The Expanse. Boy, I was in Gateway Ballroom with hundreds of space-nuts. Hey, I say that with the utmost respect. I was the one getting up to speed regarding the channel’s toprated show. The actors were present panel-style and answered questions on the science of the show from a gifted moderator who knew them and the show inside-out; it was surprisingly very entertaining. The Expanse is set in a future, which means the solar system is populat-

ed and prospering. Despite this prosperity, Earth’s government and Mars’ colonists teeter on the verge of war, and both look down on the working class ‘belters’ who mine raw asteroid materials that supply both planets. A dangerous alien ‘proto-molecule’ has been discovered by ruthless corporate profiteers that will change everything. The show’s writing team works hard to keep special effects and concepts true to science and physics whenever possible. The highlight of the night, after the hour-plus-long reception, was in seeing Amazon’s creator and space entrepreneur or founder of Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, as he walked through the exhibit area with a plethora of fans in tow. Jeff’s bodyguards showed great restraint as so many individuals wanted to shake the hand of and/or speak to their latest idol of motivating humankind to – space, Jeff Bezos. Jeff was present to receive the society’s prestigious Gerard K. O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Advocacy. “Jeff Bezos has articulated exactly what our thousands of supporters work toward at the NSS,” said Mark Hopkins, Chairman of the NSS Executive Committee. “Few have done so much to advance space development, and this award recognizes Bezos’ extraordinary advocacy and record of accomplishment.” Bruce Pittman, NSS COO, added, “As the founder of space development company, Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos has both advanced and accelerated our progress and has been a tireless advocate for new and innovative approaches. As such, he personifies the very best in the field of space development and joins a distinguished list of previous recipients.” Buzz Aldrin sat at Jeff’s dinner table. ‘History’ to say the least. A very talented artist whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for several years at the Living Legends of Aviation gathering is Michelle Rouch. She and I reconnected at the expo where she showed off her wares and one (of many) drew all expo attendees in, and it was titled “Space-cation.” It was inspired by Blue Origin’s advertisement in April 2018 with their campaign for a Space

The commemorative “I Flew My Homebuilt” patch given every year to pilots who arrive at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in a homebuilt aircraft will this year feature the latest design from Van’s Aircraft, the RV-14A. “We selected the RV-14A to recog-

nize Van’s Aircraft’s incredible achievement of having 10,000 aircraft flying,” said Charlie Becker, EAA’s homebuilt community manager. “This is a huge milestone for any aircraft manufacturer, but one that relies on its customers to build the aircraft makes it even more

Jeff Bezos being interviewed after receiving the NSS’Gerard K. O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Advocacy. (Paul T. Glessner)

Vacation. Michelle depicts Astronaut Jeff surfing on his Blue Origin space vehicle in outer space. Friday, May 25, 2018, Jeff stopped by the artwork for a moment prior to the ISDC Governor’s Dinner, commenting “Ha! Awesome, who made this?” (An artist colleague of Michelle’s announced her name to Mr. Bezos) “That’s really awesome,” he stated. Provenance, no? See . After Jeff was awarded NSS’ Gerard K. O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Advocacy, he sat down for a very enjoyable conversation with Alan Boyle of Geekwire. Jeff spoke on how he was committed to facilitating humanity’s move to space and thus alleviating those living on Earth with a better life. Of the many comments and statements Jeff made, which a DVD can be purchased from a audio/visual exhibitor that had all previous sessions recorded, one stood out to this engineer, car-fanatic, pilot, aerodynamicist, and flight-test engineer – “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast.” Enough said again. Please, if you have any interest in space, consider learning about the NSS and joining. It is your one-stop shop for knowing anything about man moving into – space. Don’t forget to register for a free pass to the Space Tech Expo next May either. Now, is there even more ‘space’ between your ears?


amazing!” If you fly a homebuilt into Oshkosh, make sure to register at Homebuilders Headquarters, located along the flightline north of the Brown Arch, to receive your patch and showplane mug.



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An F/A-18E Super Hornet from Carrier Air Wing 8 taxis to the catapult off the USS Bush during carrier qualifications phase of Operation Chesapeake 2018. (Mike Heilman)


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t took a year of planning before the 350 French sailors and aviators could train aboard a United States aircraft carrier. While the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is in an 18-month retrofit process, the French Navy spent ten days embarked onboard the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77). The French brought a squadron of 12 Dassault Rafale Marine multi-role fighters and an E-2 Hawkeye as they conducted a joint operation with the United States Navy. The training exercise was named “Operation Chesapeake 2018.” Rear Adm. Stephen Evans, commander of Carrier Strike Group TWO (CSG-2) explains why Chesapeake took 12 months of planning: “This operation is a year in the making. The planners who got together decided to name this operation by reaching back in history. We talk about strengthen our allies, alliances and partnerships; this isn’t the first time we have operated in support of each other. Operation Chesapeake is where the French Navy’s de Grasse defeated Graves in the battle of Chesapeake preventing Cornwallis from being resupplied at the battle of Yorktown, which many historians would tell you that was the culminating battle in our nation’s history seeking our freedom from the British.” The planning for Operation Chesapeake 2018 took a year to complete and Carrier Air Wing 8 Commander Capt. James McCall (CAG) explains: “A tremendous amount of preparation went in to this, almost a year’s worth of multiple planning meetings. It was pilot-topilot, Landing Signal Officer to Landing Signal Officer and ship to ship. We hosted a one day summit at Oceana where all

A French and United States Navy E-2C Hawkeye on the deck of the USS George H W Bush (CVN 77) during Operation Chesapeake 2018. (Mike Heilman)

An E-2C Hawkeye launches off the USS George H W Bush during carrier qualifications phase of Operation Chesapeake 2018. (Mike Heilman) the Charles de Gaulle personnel, USS George Hubert Walker Bush personnel as well as air wing personnel went through lectures on what differences they might see. I think we did a lot of ground work before we hit the deck here.” Operation Chesapeake began with the French and Carrier Air Wing 8 training on shore. According to Commander Marc, the French CAG, said before the deployment on the USS Bush: “We arrived in the United States four weeks ago. The first part was in (NAS) Oceana of the Chesapeake mission. The aim was to bring 350 French sailors in the United States with 12 Rafale and one Hawkeye to do some joint training with the United Continued on Page 27

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United States and French Navy Joint Training Continued from Page 26 States before the major refit of the Charles de Gaulle is done next autumn.” Commander Marc also explained, “This is also to practice flights with the U. S. Navy. We have been doing that for several years now and want to improve that Intel capability for years to come. We have fought together in Syria and Iraq and it is going to continue for the next year and we want to show everybody that we are able to do that. We need to improve the trust and confidence in each other and that is the main aim of Chesapeake.” The Charles de Gaulle will be back out to sea this fall, but Operation Chesapeake 2018 gave the French Navy a chance to continue their operational training for the crew so the carrier can deploy quicker. According to Commander Marc: “We are beginning early what we are supposed to do next autumn. That means we will have some people who saw the carrier for several days and have trained to carrier procedures. We practice on the high-level flights with the U.S. Navy and that is good to continue to improve our skills. The technicians and deck personnel will practice the way they work on the ship

A French Rafale at sunrise on the deck of the USS George H W Bush (CVN 77) during Operation Chesapeake 2018. (Mike Heilman) and that is a great start for us. Then we will be ready to go with the Charles de Gaulle next autumn.” Capt. McCall commented that both the French and Carrier Wing 8 would benefit from the joint exercise: “I think there is going to be some magnificent training for both air wings and an opportunity for us to learn how each of us do business as we fight. That’s really a stepping-stone for what we have accomplished at both Oceana and Norfolk the last four weeks. It’s one thing to train and fight alongside somebody when you are

landing on 8,000-foot runways and when you are managing the intricacies of doing it from the carrier that enters a whole new set of lessons learned.” The joint training for this deployment began with four weeks at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana prior to coming out to the USS Bush but as Capt. McCall explains, for Naval aviators, “anytime we have the opportunity to come to the ship I think it is a naval aviator’s highlight. It is why naval aviators do this business. It’s what makes us different. It is how the Navy fights. We fight from the sea. I think the opportunity

to come out to the ship and train and in this case its carrier qualifications, then followed up by some actual cyclic ops training, is really exciting for us.” Once the air wing completed the four days of carrier qualifications for both French and American pilots, the Chesapeake mission plan was to conduct cyclic operations, which required the French Squadron to integrate into Air Wing 8. Capt. McCall explains: “They are integrating as two squadrons to the American air wing, so the Rafale squadron is acting like an F/A-18 Squadron and the E-2 is acting like an augment to our E-2 squadron. They are going to integrate into our air wing just as one of my squadrons would.” The United States Navy operates on the carrier by doing simultaneously launching and recovering aircraft. This is a big change for the French when conducting flight operations aboard the Charles de Gaulle. Capt. McCall explains: “There is a difference in the way they execute and the way we execute. They are going to actually execute what is to be considered as the American version of cyclic operations. From the American perspective it should flow and Continued on Page 32


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Fentress Architects, based in Denver, Colorado, announces the 20182019 Fentress Global Challenge, an international design competition for young and student architects. As in years past, the theme is consistent with the firm’s expertise in airport design and aviation, challenging applicants to envision an airport of the future. Participants are encouraged to reenvision the terminal building in the year 2075, using some of the world’s busiest international airports as a framework. Some of the aspects students will have to take into consideration are local context, technological trends, project feasibility and passenger experience. This is the seventh year that Fentress Architects has sponsored and administered the award, which brings a First Prize of $10,000 in cash and includes the opportunity to accompany Curt Fentress to a prestigious architectural event where the winner(s) will receive the award.

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The schedule for the competition is: Design Submission – May 31, 2019 Shortlist Announcement - July 1, 2019 Winners Announcement – July 29, 2019 Architectural Event – Fall 2019

Four additional winners will receive smaller cash awards. Curt Fentress, who founded this program to promote the advancement of innovative design in public architecture, said, “The Fentress Global Challenge is

an incredible way for our firm to engage with students from all over the globe. It’s been inspiring to see and evaluate the ideas of the next generation of designers.”

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ituated on the Rio Grande River, El Paso resides along the border of the United States and Mexico. Its closest neighbor is Ciudad Juárez, the largest city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The city of Las Cruces, New Mexico joins to form a triumvirate of metropolitan communities. El Paso rests at the confluence of three states, Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico. El Paso, with a population of around 695,000, is headquarters of Western Refining Company. There are several military bases in the region, Beaumont Army Medical Center, Biggs Army Airfield and Fort Bliss. Geographically, El Paso, at an elevation of 3,800 feet above sea level, is located within the Chihuahuan Desert at the base of the Franklin Mountains. The Rio Grande Rift winds around the southern portion of the Franklin Mountains where you will discover the Rio Grande River, which serves as the border between the two countries. Downtown El Paso is steeped in western history. The proximity to Mexico has engendered a colorful fusion of American and Mexican cultures. There are more than 500 stores downtown. Check out the Golden Horseshoe District. Also downtown are popular local restaurants, the Museum of Art and The Plaza, a 1930s era performing arts theater. East El Paso, located north of Interstate 10 is the fastest growing area in town with middle and upper class neighborhoods and some of the city’s most popular entertainment venues. The University of Texas at El Paso is in West El Paso. Expect desert climate with very hot summers and cool, dry winters. Rainfall averages less than ten inches per year. The mountains experience about a foot of snow annually.

A Brief History

Humans have been hanging around El Paso for thousands of years. The Hueco Tanks region has evidence of humans dating back around 10,000 years. In the 16th century, The Spanish arrived and developed farming cultures. Some explorers, who happened to be in the neighborhood, celebrated Mass in 1598. In 1850, El Paso County was established. During the Civil War, a Confederate army unit was present until



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El Paso Symphony. (Courtesy Visit El Paso)

El Paso at Night. (Courtesy Visit El Paso)

captured by the Union Army in 1862. By 1910, the overwhelming number of inhabitants were American settlers. Later, the Mexican Revolution brought a flood of refugees from Mexico into the city. Around 1920, as the mining industry developed, a new influx of Americans settled in El Paso. Military bases and the discovery of oil further increased the influx of settlers.

Staybridge Suites, 6680 Gateway East, El Paso 79915, 915/775-1212 If you plan to hang around the airport, this hotel is an ideal choice. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service. Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen and working area, free Wi-Fi and huge flat-screen TVs. Complimentary breakfast is included. Doubletree by Hilton Downtown, 600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso, 79901, 915/532-8733 This hotel is in the heart of downtown and across the street from the Convention & Performing Arts Center. Within their flexible meeting space, you can plan a small or large pilot’s meeting, corporate function or a wedding. The hotel has a business center and fully equipped fitness center – plus an outdoor pool. The rooms are finished in contemporary earth tones. Holiday Inn Express Central, 409 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, 79901, 915/544-3333 This hotel is centrally located, just off the I-10. Complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and in-room coffee are a few of the amenities.


El Paso International Airport (KELP), 3,961 feet above sea level, is located four miles northeast of the city. Runway 4/22 is 12,000 feet long. Runway 8R/26L is 9,000 feet long and Runway 8L/26R is 5,500 feet long. There are ILS, LOC, RNAV and GPS approaches. The FBO is Atlantic Aviation, 915/779-2831.


Hotel Indigo Downtown, 325 N. Kansas St, El Paso, 79901, 915/532-5200 This independent hotel blends El Paso history with mid-century architecture. This pet-friendly gem has tastefully furnished rooms, free Wi-Fi, a business center and a state-of-the-art fitness center. An outdoor pool is on the fifth floor. This is not your cookie-cutter chain hotel.


Many contend that El Paso is the Mexican and Tex-Mex culinary capital of America. One would be hard pressed to

debate that claim to the contrary. With proximity to Juarez, Mexico, much of the Mexican food culture has crossed the border. Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave., El Paso, 915/217-1126 A seasonal menu of classic Mexican dishes with tempting items such as chile en nogada and mole poblano. Prices are very reasonable. L & J Café, 3622 E. Missouri Ave., El Paso, 915/566-8418 This is another El Paso institution. Three generations have operated this Mexican restaurant landmark. Excellent tostadas, fajitas, burritos and enchiladas are served. Zino’s, 6950 Montana Ave., El Paso, 915/307-7095 If you desire some respite from Mexican cuisine, Zino’s specializes in Mediterranean and Greek specialties. My favorite is the lentil soup. The gyros are made with their freshly baked pita. Salads are fantastic. Lamb burgers and lamb osso buco are incredible. Of course, lamb kabobs are outstanding. Cattleman’s Steak House, 3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Road, Fabens, TX, 915/544-3200 A visit to The Lone Star State is never complete without diving into a Texas steak. It’s worth the short drive out of town for a visit to Cattleman’s Steak House. I prefer the rib-eye, but if your appetite is huge, dig into the two-pound Cowboy T-bone. A western theme complete with covered wagons, this is quite the place. Roam around the ancient outbuildings and herds of grazing longhorn cattle and enjoy the sweeping desert Continued on Page 30



Mooney International has teamed up with Partners in Aviation (PIA) to offer a shared ownership program for new Mooney Ultras. “MooneyShares” coownership brings together two operators (of similar geography) to own and operate a high-performance Mooney, cutting acquisition and fixed costs in half. Operators with low-to-medium (200 hours per year or less) utilization requirements benefit most from the model. “Shared ownership is nothing new in aviation, but this is a totally novel approach,” said Jeff Magnus, Sales Manager at Mooney. “PIA has meticulously crafted this model to where it mit-

igates the risk, access and exit details that previously plagued other shared-ownership models.” Considering themselves ‘Match .Com’ for business aviation, PIA begins their services by building a profile of the customer that defines their mission, location, budget and desired aircraft. They then run a campaign, engaging a network of industry experts to help find a coowner B. Examples of the listed benefits of MooneyShares include: • Provides co-owner autonomy in tax and title • Solves conflicts caused by the ongo-

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Continued from Page 29 views. If you don’t have a hankering for steak, try a mesquite-grilled chicken with sausage, a cold-water lobster and shrimp plate or BBQ ribs. Cafe Central, 109 N. Oregon Street, El Paso 79901, 915/545-2233 If you are looking for a fancy place, I suggest Cafe Central. This restaurant originated 100 years ago in Juarez. After the end of Prohibition, the restaurant migrated to Texas and today is a chic downtown landmark. Outstanding dishes include the cream of green chili soup, Chilean sea bass with ginger jasmine rice, sesame crusted tuna with Wasabi risotto and a lobster ravioli with black truffle cream. Roasted half chicken and maple duck breast are also highly recommended. I also suggest Chico’s Tacos. With three locations, they have been voted as one of the best taco joints in Texas. Another funky place where the locals gather is H&H Carwash and Restaurant. No kidding, you can have your car washed while feasting on some downhome cuisine at 701 E. Yandell Drive, El Paso, 915/533-1144.

Things to Do and See

The Mission Trail. This is a ninemile expanse across time within El Paso’s Mission Valley. Three Missions date back to the 17th and 18th centuries: Ysleta Mission, Socorro Mission and San Elizario Chapel. These are among the oldest missions in Texas. Each chapel still conducts religious services. During your visit, you will also enjoy the Los Portales Museum, The San Elizario Jail (which had Billy the Kid as a visitor) and the San Elizario Historic Art District.

Wyler Tramway

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Of course, Texas is the place to purchase boots. One of the best collections I’ve seen is at Lucchese Boots, 6601 Montana Ave., El Paso, 915/778-8060. The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West Blvd. El Paso has all of the shops that you’ll find in virtually every city, plus some local boutiques. The Whoopee Bowl and El Paso Connection are recommended for southwestern specialty goods. Whoopee offers a huge collection of antiques and outdoor lighting fixtures. The El Paso collection has an extensive inventory of handmade furniture.

Myke Hermsmeyer Franklin Mountain Trail Run (Courtesy Visit El Paso) The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park features an aerial cable car suspended over 195 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations. The journey to the tramway area is along a paved road that winds around the east side of the Franklin Mountains. You will arrive at a parking area at an elevation of 4,692 feet above sea level. The gondola ride travels along a 2,600-foot

ing communication and coordination required by partners (scheduling, maintenance, etc.) • Identifies qualified, compatible, coowners for specific aircraft in a specific geography • Provides an exit plan that makes entry comfortable • Access to a team of the industry’s top service providers in aircraft sales, maintenance and management, as well as aviation tax and legal counsel “Sharing an airplane has always made economic sense, but until now other risks interfered,” said Magnus. “We are definitely excited to offer customers

cable as it ascends to Ranger Peak which is 5,632 feet above sea level. Views of El Paso and the valley are spectacular. Along the ride, the park ranger will point out and describe different desert plants. You might observe reptiles, birds and desert insects. Keystone Heritage Park. The Park, along with the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, is an archeological site, an archaic wetlands and a botanical garden. Just discovered in 1970 by the Corps of Engineers during the construction of flood control dams, preliminary research revealed a village said to be more than 4,000 years old. The Keystone Wetlands is home to more than 200 species of local and migratory birds. The Botanical Garden features children’s gardens, an amphitheater, a moonlight garden and more. If you are planning a wedding, reunion or business gathering, this is a place to consider.

Hueco Rock Formation (Courtesy Visit El Paso)

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. If you love huge rock formations and rock climbing, don’t miss this site. Pronounced "whey-coes," folks have trekked these hills for thousands of years. Today, you can follow in ancient footsteps, rock climb, bird watch, picnic, stargaze or study natural history. El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center is a fully bilingual museum and one of only 13 Holocaust museums in the United States. El Paso has been home to a significant number of

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this cost-effective option.” For more information, visit Or contact Jeff at

Holocaust Museum (Courtesy Visit El Paso) Holocaust survivors, most of whom have passed away. El Paso Museum of Archaeology This museum presents over 14,000 years of prehistory that existed in the region. Displayed are exhibits of Native American settlements from the Paleoindian hunters of the Ice Age to their modern descendants. Visitors can also walk the 15 acres and view more than 250 species of Chihuahuan Desert native plants. For many years, several notable wineries have been producing wines around El Paso. La Vina Winery, the oldest in the region, produces impressive sauvignon blancs and barrel fermented chardonnays, plus wonderful pinot noirs and syrahs. Zin Valley Vineyards began in 2000. I suggest the 2012 Rising Star Pinot Noir, which was sourced from the Russian River Valley Appellation. Smooth, with notes of ripe cherry and raspberry. Try the full bodied Rising Star Red Zinfandel 2015 is barrel aged in French oak. For whites, try the 2014 Rising Star Chardonnay. I love to visit El Paso. It takes me back to early Texas and Mexican history. El Paso blends many of the advantages of a big city with easy access to the great Texas outdoors just minutes from downtown.

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United States and French Navy Joint Training Continued from Page 27 be fairly seamless. There are some changes for the French but then again that is why we are our here, to run through those. The point is at the end of the day to integrate them into an American air wing. “There are many more similarities than are differences,” he continued. “There are certain differences, like the air speed they fly in the pattern. We have had to make adjustments but those come out in the planning process. We haven’t seen anything that we didn’t know. Certainly the French experience ten years in 2008 doing carrier qualifications in the United States has paid some dividends, they have some long standing lessons learned from that,” according to Capt. McCall. The French pilots had to make a few changes like adjusting their air speed in the pattern, but the biggest change in operations on the ship for the French will be the cyclic operations for the French technicians. “I think it’s a bigger switch for the technicians or what we call maintainers because they are going to be tied to specific cycles to perform maintenance or turnarounds to get those planes flying,” said Capt. McCall “I think for the French deck personnel it will be a little bit different, but they have already been integrating in the

CQ phase with the George Hubert Walker Bush’s deck personnel so I think by the time we get to that phase (cyclic ops) it will seem seamless.” Capt. McCall also stressed that the year of planning will help reduce the issues but understands that new items will appear when underway. “We were well-prepared coming to this, but that doesn’t mean we were prepared for everything and certainly when you get underway there is always something that you may see that is a little different. We conduct nightly what we call ‘hot washes,’ where we go through all the safety and operation standpoints. We take a look at what went right and what went wrong and that is no different than when we operate as a normal American air wing, the only difference now is that we have a French air wing that is coming to those meetings. We have an opportunity to flush out things that we can do better and we make changes every day.” The French Rafale Marine is a multi-role fighter that has been in service with the French Navy since 2002. Lt Brandon Rodgers, an F/A-18E “Super Hornet” pilot with VFA-87 “Golden Warriors,” has been training with French since their arrival to the United States and he compared the Super Hornet to the

Rafale. “Both are kind of limited once you start putting pylons and all those air to surfaces stores, they are pretty much about the same in that regime as far as flying characteristics. Once the Rafale goes full air-to-air mode and it’s a slick jet, it’s just a rocket.” “In the F/A-18E we have a lot of power but we still have a pylons or a center line tank. It’s a little bit slower, but once we get down low it evens out. I would say that it comes down to the man in the box or the guy that is actually flying the plane, is what makes the difference. The maneuverability is about the same. We have same nose authority so it really comes down to really knowing how to fly their jet better. I would say that it’s been pretty even the past few times I have been able to fight it on the way downhill,” commented Lt. Rodgers. Lt. Rodgers added that interaction with the French pilots has been great and said, “Any fighter pilot from any country it seems is the same where we are a little bit full of ourselves, but we love flying, that is the commonality between all of us. We get together and talk flying and we talk about fighting; that is where we all have that common bond. It’s something kind of special.” Capt. Sean Bailey, Commanding Officer of the USS George H. W. Bush,

commented on the French operations on the carrier: “It has been a very pleasant surprise how easily we have come together and things have worked out. Certainly a lot of time was spent coordinating and figuring things out, they are use to operating on a carrier very similar to the George H W Bush. They are used to catapults, they are used to arresting gear and use the majority of the same procedures on the flight deck. Our airborne procedures are slightly different but they have had some time to work into that. Really from my viewpoint, we have had to do a little bit of integration on just how our guys handle their aircraft on deck. It is like having another U.S. squadron onboard. It is really a seamless transition. Overall I think it’s a win.” The French Navy was able to get operational training before their carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, is available this fall. The exercise allowed both nations to see how each other operate and fight in the carrier environment. The two countries have been operating in Syria and Iraq together for some time and will continue once the Charles de Gaulle is back in service. Operation Chesapeake 2018 was considered a win for both nations, as was the battle of Chesapeake 237 years ago in the Revolutionary War.

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Hiller Aviation Museum Hosting Seminar to Raise Awareness on Steps Aircraft Owners and Pilots Need to Take to Remain Flying

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The Hiller Aviation Museum will host a free seminar, “ADS-B Now,” on July 10, 2018 at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, Calif. Why: By Jan. 2020, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) will require all pilots flying into the San Francisco Bay to install ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast) technology to their aircraft. A survey of aircraft at 14 San Francisco Bay Area airports reveals that more than onethird of aircraft are not ADS-B compliant and will be grounded after Jan. 2020. What: “ADS-B NOW” will raise awareness on the steps needed to become ADS-B complaint in order to communicate with radar controllers, including: • The FAA’s new “NEXT-GEN” system requirements • Available ADS-B equipment and the pros and cons of each • Difference between ADSB-IN and ADSB-OUT • Transponder costs, installation requirements, and resources Who should attend: Aircraft owners and pilots flying within 30 miles of the San Francisco Bay Area. Admission to the event is free. After hours aviation fuel will be available for purchase to those who fly in. When: July 10, 2018, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Hiller Aviation Museum,

Hiller now sports the “Museum Dazzle.” (Courtesy Hiller Aviation Museum)

San Carlos Airport, 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos, CA 94070 For questions, call 650/654-0200.

In Case You Don’t Recognize the Museum…

The Museum’s Dazzle The Hiller Aviation Museum’s new look for their 20th anniversary features a design called “dazzle.” The paint scheme is not exactly camouflage but was applied to war ships so they would present a confusing silhouette to prowling submarines and surface vessels. The design was also applied to aircraft to thwart easy identification. The museum now presents a provocative and intriguing visage. “We are certainly in less danger of being sunk by U-boats than at any other time in the museum’s history,” claims the staff. For creative design and final execution the museum thanks HGA Architects, William F. Rossi Painting and The Signworks.


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There’s tremendous freedom in being a private pilot. You can select exotic airplane camping getaways, fly to small local airfields to get away from the crowd–and then what? You’ve got limited mobility to leave the airfield once you land. For years, pilots have struggled with the next step. A full-size bike offers a lot of mobility, as long as you are willing to sacrifice vacation time in disassembling for transportation and reassembling for riding. A folding bike saves time, but the pothole-sized wheels, small frame, and limited gearing also limit it as an enjoyable transportation solution.

Why choose? A full-size bike that folds in half bypasses this dilemma. The full-size Change frame from Flatbike optimizes for the riding experience, while the ability to fold it in half eliminates the need to spend an hour breaking it down and reassembling it. Folding a full-size bike in half won’t get it down the size of a tiny folder with 20-inch wheels. Is 35-inch x 30-inch x 15-inch small enough? The best judges of this are probably pilots themselves; with room for two bikes now as cargo, pilots tend to purchase Change bikes two at a time to share their adventures.

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Hang Gliding Aviator’s Night Performances Marked by Pyrotechnics, Music, Dogfights By David Tulis AOPA Associate Editor





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Hang glider pilot Dan Buchanan, a wheelchair-bound aviator with more than 3,000 logged hours, was killed during a weekend airshow crash at Idaho’s Mountain Home Air Base June 2. The 62year-old licensed pyrotechnician from Dayton, Nevada, combined pilotage, music, and fire for dazzling daylight and night airshow performances. The aerobatic specialist was flying a two-ship daytime routine when the glider plummeted to the ground, according to multiple eyewitnesses. They estimated Buchanan was 40 to 50 feet above the airfield when he encountered trouble. A 1981 aviation accident left Buchanan with a spinal cord injury, but that didn’t stop him from attaining additional aviation credentials. After the accident, the former flat-track motorcycle competitor earned his private pilot and commercial pilot certificates and learned how to fly a sailplane in the thermals above the California desert. An earlier AOPA article explained that many people watching his airshows were unaware that Buchanan was a paraplegic “until his wheelchair is delivered to the landing field via police car or helicopter.� He began his hang gliding airshow routine in 1989 and performed in the United States, Canada, Central America, Australia, Japan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, according to Buchanan’s website. The audio-visual low-altitude maneuvers – including dramatic night airshows – were highlights at EAA AirVenture and the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. The International Council of Air Shows awarded Buchanan its prestigious Art Scholl Award in 2011 for showmanship; his routine included perfectly timed turns choreographed to music while sparks from his North Wing sail showered the evening sky. “It’s very tragic,� said pilot Fred Worthy, who was at the Idaho event. The act included a mock battle pitting the hang glider against an airplane that pre-

Aerobatic hang glider pilot Dan Buchanan performs with pyrotechnics during Sun 'n Fun 2016. Buchanan was killed during a June 2 Mountain Home Air Force Base performance in Idaho. (Photo by Mike Collins/Courtesy AOPA)

tends to confront the smaller craft with close passes and staged banter between the pilots. “He was doing high angles of attack and pretending to have communication challenges� when tragedy struck, Worthy said. Buchanan appeared to parallel the ground without much airspeed “and then he pitched down� in a nosedown attitude, Worthy observed. The Idaho Statesman in Boise reported that the 366th Fighter Wing based at Mountain Home Air Force Base dedicated the remainder of the airshow “in honor of our dear friend Dan Buchanan, and all the support he has provided for our air shows.� The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds tweeted their condolences as well. Airshow pilot Kyle Franklin of Franklin’s Flying Circus wrote on social media that the May 4 to 6 Central Texas Airshow allowed the two aerobatic specialists to finally perform together in the same act. He remembered Buchanan as “a gentleman, a showman, an inspiration to all, and an all-around great friend.� Mountain Home airshow performers gathered at a nearby sports bar several hours after the fatality to remember Buchanan’s perseverance and accolades. Worthy said it was “dignified and at the same time poignant.� The leader of a group of Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots noted professional aerobatics were “a passion we all share and at the same time it’s a risky business. We wish him well on his next journey and he will truly be missed.�

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The Warbirds in Review schedule of events for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 has been announced, and as always is full of terrific warbirds and notable presenters. Running from Monday through Saturday, July 23-28, during AirVenture, Warbirds in Review has sessions both at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Warbird Alley. Hosted by the EAA Warbirds of America, these informal sessions not only delve into an aircraft’s restoration, operation, and other aspects of owning a valued piece of history, but also spotlight veterans by sharing stories about what it was like to fly the aircraft in combat or support the operation as a ground crew member. The 2018 Warbirds in Review

schedule is as follows: Monday: 10 a.m. Douglas A-26K Invader Special K and Douglas A-26 Invader, J. R. Hoffman and Jed Doggett, Vintage Flying Museum and Jed Doggett 1 p.m.: de Havilland DH-4 Liberty Plane and Cessna O-2 Skymaster, Dorian Walker, Dave MacDonald, Friends of Jenny and Dave McDonald Tuesday 10 a.m.: North American T-6 Texan/SNJ, Mike Ginter, NATA president, Aircraft featured from the North American Trainer Association 1 p.m.: P-51B and P-51D Old Crow Mustangs, C.E. “Bud” Anderson, Jack Roush and Jim Hagedorn Wednesday 10 a.m.: Supermarine

Spitfire Mk I and Mk XIV, RAF Squadron Leader Allan Scott, Steve Barber 1 p.m.: Douglas AD-1 Skyraider, Dick Rutan and Jon Goldenbaum, Warbird Heritage Foundation Museum Thursday 10 a.m.: Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, Karen Abel, Fagen Fighters WWII Museum and David Frasca 1 p.m.: Grumman F7F Tigercats, Bill Klaers. The National Museum of World War II Aviation Friday 10 a.m.: North American F86Sabre and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 17, Gene Kranz and Joe Engle, Warbird Heritage Foundation Museum and Jeff Kaney


1:00 p.m.: Veterans Tribute for all Services Saturday 10 a.m.: Douglas C-47 Placid Lassie and Douglas AC-47 Spooky, Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole and Mike Trahan, Tunison Foundation and American Flight Museum 1 p.m.: Fairchild P-T 19A Tuskegee Airmen and North American P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, Col. Charles McGee and Lt. Col. George Hardy, Collings Foundation and CAF Red Tail Squadron For more information, visit and click through to the AirVenture page.



The Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery Will Open to the Public on Saturday, July 21st

On Saturday, July 21, a transformative aerospace attraction will open on the south side of Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado. The Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery will open its doors after almost a decade of planning and fundraising and will be South Denver Metro’s newest and most captivating attraction. Opening weekend for the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery has been set for July 21 and 22, 2018. The 19,000square-foot facility will focus on the present and future of aviation. The 19,000-square-foot facility will provide visitors with a dynamic look at the world of aviation. Open to the public three days per week, guests will have access to interactive and educational exhibits, spaces to watch airplanes at the second busiest general aviation airport in

the nation and even listen to chatter from Centennial tower. Along with the robust array of interactive exhibits, the Blue Sky Gallery will include incredible opportunities to experience flight first-hand. Sit in the cockpit of pilot-quality Redbird simulators, interact with the latest industry tech and even experience flight itself through a partnership with Aspen Flying Club. These experiences and more will be available on opening weekend and each weekend thereafter. The Gallery is open to the public each Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m., beginning July 21. The hangar is located at 13005 Wings Way, Englewood, CO 80112. The Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery is phase one of Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight, a unique-

to-the-nation campus offering visitors incredible experiences and educational opportunities focused on aerospace. For more information about the Blue Sky Gallery or Exploration of Flight visit or click here for turn-by-turn directions.

Wings Over the Rockies is a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. By utilizing the Air & Space Museum in Denver’s historic Lowry neighborhood to preserve the past and the Exploration of Flight Center at Centennial Airport to focus on the present and future, Wings strives to encourage the future aerospace

The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger announced on May 30 they will be implementing a recycling program for the proper disposal of the tens of thousands of plastic bottles and cans utilized by its’ spectators each year. The 2018 show takes off on June 23rd and 24th at the Dayton International Airport. The U.S. Blue Angels will headline this year’s show. The benefits of recycling have been well documented. The United States Air and Trade Show (USATS), governing body of the show, has desired to introduce recycling for many years but the

cost to purchase the 300 specialized containers has been prohibitive. Thanks to a recycling incentive grant from the Montgomery County’s Environmental Services the project can now move forward. Recycling will prevent 250,000 plastic bottles and cans used at the show from going to a landfill each year. “USATS wants to play a role in helping to preserve our natural environment,” stated Scott Buchanan, Chairman of the USATS Board of Trustees. “This project enables us to do our part. We thank Montgomery County Environmental Services for their assistance,” he added.

The 2018 show has many blockbuster attractions. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, TORA! TORA! TORA!, U.S. Air Force F22 Raptor and U.S. Army Golden Knights will appear. That’s not all, air show legend Sean D. Tucker, Jack Link’s Jet Waco, female aerobatic superstar Vicky Benzing, Cincinnati’s own Redline Airshows Aerobatic Team, Tuskegee Airmen P-51 Mustang and B-17 Movie Memphis Belle will perform in 2018 as well. Air show officials plan to announce special attractions over the next few weeks. 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger tickets including the

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Wings' Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery takes shape at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado. (Courtesy Wings Over the Rockies)

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popular Pavilion and Blue Sky Chalet are now on sale at the show’s website, Customers can enjoy print-at-home or print-to-mobile options available for website purchases. Customers can conveniently purchase discount general admission tickets at area Kroger stores. This Kroger exclusive offers $3 off adult and children tickets at more than 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton and Cincinnati region. Kroger discount tickets are good for either Saturday or Sunday admission. Visit the show’s website, for further information.


In Flight USA Celebrating 34 Years

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

June 2018



In Forward Motion: A Must-Do Event

he 28th Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, located at the Eddie Andreini Sr. Airfield in the historic coastal community of Half Moon Bay, Calif., was a hit to say the least. The show spanned the entire length of the airfield, which showcased more than 2,000 vintage and classic aviation and automotive machinery, along side a multitude of vendors who displayed their coffees, culinary delights, clothing, and other sundries. I enjoyed hearing stories and learning a bit of history that accompanied this fabulous event, while discovering new treasures and faces along the way‌ • The Eddie Andreini Sr. Airfield was originally built for the U.S. Army in 1942, as an auxiliary airfield for Salinas Army Air Base. It is located in the quaint town of Half Moon Bay, whose own history dates back to the early1840s. Not wanting to miss a thing, I started the day early as I left Santa Cruz County and headed north along Highway 1. My first stop was the Whale City Bakery, Bar

Nostalgic Warbird & Biplane Rides taxiing in with another satisfied passenger. (Denise Rae Donegan) & Grill in the sweet little town of After filling up with a coffee and a Davenport to pick up a freshly baked butcroissant at Whale City Bakery, I drove ter croissant. In my opinion, the Whale north and took in the beauty and grandeur City Bakery makes the best croissants as I followed the ruggedness of our scenic around, so, of course, I had to stop before coastline to the Eddie Andreini Sr. Airfield making my way up to the Pacific Dream in Half Moon Bay, which is located just 30 Machines Show to the north. Like Half miles south of San Francisco and 40 miles Moon Bay, the tiny town of Davenport is a north of Davenport. As a first time historic destination unto itself, and treasattendee, I was excited to discover what ures are sure to be found everywhere. was happening at the Pacific Coast Dream

Golden Age Air Tour's Co-Pilot, Robin Tatman, flashing a smile before take-off, while "Making Time Travel a Reality..." (Denise Rae Donegan)

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ut the good news is that the embarrassment was in a controlled environment and predicted. For maybe the first time in my flying career, I “flunked” an instrument proficiency check. The CFII didn’t need to say anything, as I’m also a CFII and knew that today’s flying was not up to snuff. Not nearly, although it improved as I started to get back into the swing of things. We talked for 90 minutes over lunch before the flight, and I told him that I wanted to work on hand flying the RV9A because so much of my recent flying has been on autopilot. Mother nature decided to add to the excitement with up and down drafts of maybe 800 feet per minute, unexpected in a cloudless sky. And those bumps were good for any number of unexpected 20-degree banks. But here’s an example of negative transfer, meaning that what you’ve learned as good practice doesn’t work in another situation. With the autopilot flying the plane, there’s plenty of time to fuss with checklists, study the approach, turn the heading knob, all that kind of stuff that you do to keep on top of things. But when you’re hand-flying, you don’t want to spend more than a second or two at a time away from actually controlling the plane, especially when the thermals and downdrafts are taking turns making you work hard. And if you don’t work hard, you get embarrassed. But better to get embarrassed

on an IPC than when it really counts. One new thing I’m going to try tomorrow is flying with a full screen flight display so that I have larger instruments to look at. I’ll use inset windows on the primary flight display so I can click on them as shortcuts for bringing up the approach plate and other things when I want a quick glance. So what do I need to do? Be more on top of the situation and more aggressive in keeping the plane on the straight and narrow. But what does today’s flight say about the RV-9A as an instrument platform? A constant speed prop would help by keeping the power constant, but beyond that, the -9A has a relatively light wing loading, and that’s part of why it rocks and rolls in turbulence instead of sedately slogging through the bumps like that Cessna 210 I used to fly. And with my personal age and infirmity, two truths that are no longer a flippant cliché, the baggage area of the -9A is a pain to get things out of, sometimes literally. So the -9A is really not the right plane for my cross-country, IFR missions any more. The RV-14 is faster and roomier, but the baggage area is no easier to access, and because the RV-14 has a tipup canopy with no roll bar to grab getting in and out, it’s probably not as easy to get into as the -9A. So other options are the RV-10 and the Glastar Sportsman 2+2, both significantly more expensive than

So we went out again this morning before the bumps had a chance to wake up. Even though there wasn’t much traffic, Savannah tower kept us on the ground for a good ten minutes before we got off. The hand flying was better, and one of the

With more than one million UAVs registered with the FAA, it is vitally important for UAV operators to be aware of agricultural aircraft operations this growing season. The vast majority of UAV users operate in a responsible manner, but since last year the aviation community has seen a number of incidents, including UAVs colliding with a military helicopter over Staten Island, N.Y., and a commercial aircraft near Quebec City, Canada. There was also a highly publicized near miss between an ag aircraft and a UAV last summer in Iowa. As the ag pilot was passing through about 350 feet AGL, a quadcopter UAV flew under his wing before he could take evasive action. Agricultural aviators fly as low as 10 feet off the ground, meaning they share airspace with UAVs that are limited to flying no more than 400 feet above ground level. For this reason, the National

Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking UAV operators to do everything they can to avoid ag aircraft doing important, low-level work. “It’s incredibly difficult, if not impossible, for agricultural aviators to see UAVs because our members are doing precision agricultural work while flying at speeds of up to 140 mph,” NAAA Executive Director Andrew Moore said. “That’s why it’s so important for UAV operators to be aware of agricultural aviation operations in their area and take precautions to protect individuals both in the air and on the ground.” In addition to lobbying Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration for UAV regulations that protect agricultural aviators and other low-flying manned aircraft, NAAA has enlisted its members and state association partners to help educate farmers, crop consultants, ag retailers and

the public about safe and responsible UAV operations in rural areas. NAAA recommends that UAV operators: • Equip drones with tracking technology, such as ADS-B, so other aircraft similiarly equipped know of their positions. • Get certified and well-trained in operating a UAV. • Contact local agricultural aviation operations before flying by consulting • Equip UAVs with visible strobe lights. • Give the right-of-way to a manned aircraft. It’s the law. • Land your UAV immediately when a low-flying aircraft is nearby. • Carry UAV liability insurance. In a test conducted by the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association and other stakeholders, including manned and


the -9A. Or maybe I need to restrict my missions to more benign conditions. Apparently good Cessna 172s and 182s are hard to find these days, and those will be more expensive to maintain. A 182RG sounds attractive, but I’m not sure that I want to risk owning a plane with retractable gear after so many years of flying only fixed gear aircraft. And then there’s my drop-dead gorgeous RV-8. With my continuing spinal problems, flying a 6G airplane limited by a 2G spine doesn’t make a lot of sense. In turbulence, the sporty handling RV-8 points in all directions around the velocity vector, and I’m used to that. But with the very bouncy gear, it’s a very tough challenge to make an excellent (no bounce, very gentle) touchdown in the -8, although I do that repeatedly in the -9A. Looks like I need to ponder reality and maybe get an old man’s airplane before I succumb to, yes, embarrassment. Or maybe today’s flight was the wakeup call needed to return my flying skills to where they have been and should be.


tricks was to use the full Ed screen attitude display, Wischmeyer and that made the round dials bigger. My scan was better but still not really what I wanted, and I still spent too much time distracted by things. On the big display, you can have two inset displays, and I chose the map view (a useful Garmin format, like a sectional without the terrain information) and the traffic display. What I wanted but couldn’t get was the waypoint page, on which was the approach plate (chart for that particular instrument approach), but there was a workaround. When I went to split screen, the last item viewed in split screen mode, namely, the approach plate, was there. My CFII was surprised at how gradually I slowed down on final approach, and suggested that there might be more there. Sure enough, the -9A has lots more deceleration capability than I had been using. Coming into a short filed, sure, you want to make sure you’re slowed down enough, but a long runway gives you some slack. Turns out that the RV-9A has a surprisingly light wing loading at 14.1 lb/sq ft, barely more than that great old Cessna 175 I used to own. By comparison, the RV10 is at 18.6, and the Cirrus SR-22 is 23.5. PS. A few days later, I took the -9A to Michigan and back, just a touch of IFR each way. The IPC was great for both skills and confidence.



unmanned aircraft organizations, and the state of Colorado, no pilot operating a manned aircraft could continuously visually track a 28-inch-wide drone when flying at regular speeds. While they might be spotted for a second, UAVs are not constantly visible to pilots, meaning it’s up to the drone operator to avoid a collision. When birds hit an ag aircraft, they can break through an aircraft’s windshield causing deadly accidents. A study conducted by the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) showed UAV collisions with aircraft cause more damage than would a bird strike of similar size, due partially to UAVs’ dense motors and batteries, as opposed to a bird made mostly of water, feathers, hollow bones and sinew. The NAAA urges that while we’re Continued on Page 42


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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.


Most aviators will ask themselves that question at some time during their career. Much has been researched, studied, and written about thinking and decision-making that occur in the cockpit. Pilots routinely combat many situations and flight hazards while integrating sound judgment, threat analysis, decision-making, situational awareness, and a mature CRM process in their bid to operate each flight safely. The cockpit is a dynamic classroom that offers valuable insight into what and how we think during flight. External stimuli are not well controlled, if at all. The environment is complex. There are no freezes, time outs, or mulligans, and stakes are always high. These facts may both hone and hinder the thinking process. They also accent the serious nature of the incidents archived in the ASRS online database. Despite superb research, time-tested tools, and effective CRM processes available and used by pilots, ASRS has received reports suggesting that, on occasion, the quality of thinking in the cockpit may deteriorate. This month, CALLBACK shares incidents intended to stimulate discussion regarding cockpit thinking, as well as inputs, factors, and biases that may influence cockpit decisions.

input from the copilot, to pull the circuit breaker to silence the stall-warning horn. It seems that, at the same time, I inadvertently also pulled the gear relay circuit [breaker]. This was forbidden by written company policy and sound judgment. The results have seared the reasons for this into my mind. When our mission was complete, we returned to our home base. Post chase and during our return, I failed to remember to reset the circuit breakers. Because of this, the gear was… unable to be extended. I completed the pre-landing checks, including verbal callouts for the gear. I selected gear down and checked for the green cross-hatching on the floor of the Mooney. I saw, or evidently thought I saw, a safe indicator. In hindsight, I believe I saw what I expected to see. I continued in the pattern and final approach, checking and verbalizing gear down twice more, once on base and once on short final. For these last two checks, I improperly relied on the gear position switch for confirmation. As a result, I made a gear-up landing… without injury. The issue of this report is my poor judgment and, to an equal degree, an inadequate pre-landing checklist. I foolishly broke policy and procedure, as well as good flight judgment.

A Mooney 201 pilot altered a procedure and expected no adverse consequences. The technique was not thought through carefully or mentioned to the other pilot, and the unmitigated risk produced a less than desirable outcome. • I was flying chase support for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)… [We] were chasing a UAV capable of very slow flight. In order to stay in position, our airspeed, with full flaps and low power, was staying at the stall speed of the aircraft. As a result, the stall warning horn was frequently and sometimes continuously sounding. It made communication with the ground-based pilots of the UAV and ATC difficult. I made the decision, without seeking

An examiner expected this Pilot in Command (PIC) to accomplish a procedure for which the PIC was not trained. The PIC attempted the procedure, but aircraft control suffered, and the maneuver became unmanageable. • I was flying in the right seat of a King Air 250 for a pilot with whom I fly regularly. He was being evaluated by an FAA inspector in a passenger seat for a part 135.297 Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC). After takeoff, upon reaching 500 feet, heading 140 degrees… in IMC, and after [we] engaged the autopilot, the inspector stated, “The right engine has failed.” He expected either the pilot or me to simulate an engine failure, despite the fact that neither the pilot nor I had actually been trained

A Man and His Mooney

Is the Pilot in Command?

to reconfigure the right power and propeller levers to zero thrust. We knew ahead of time that there would be a simulated engine failure, but had never experienced that scenario in the actual aircraft. The pilot pulled the right power lever back thinking that was adequate to simulate engine failure while we simulated the memory items to secure the “failed” engine. At this point, we realized the right engine was creating enough drag that full left rudder could not overcome the adverse yaw, and the autopilot kicked off. I was communicating with departure and was queried twice about our heading as we continued in a right turn. As the airspeed decayed and the aircraft could not be brought around to our assigned heading, we were told that we could have our engine back, and upon setting normal power, we were able to fly normally and were vectored for an ILS approach. [We] will be meeting with the FAA soon to discuss this incident. I have been informed that the FAA is critical of my cockpit resource management during the flight.

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After departure, this CRJ200 crew heard an unfamiliar noise and perceived a minor irregularity. The misunderstood problem and multiple classic threats spawned a domino chain of self-induced complications. • [After departure] as we accelerated through 200 knots, we both noticed a loud noise that we could attribute to… airflow over an open panel on the aircraft. [We] agreed it was likely the Headset and Nose Gear Door Switch Panel. The Captain… called for… the After Takeoff Checklist. After completing the procedure, I read through the checklist silently and then called, “After Takeoff Checklist Complete.” Around…8,000 feet MSL,… the autopilot disconnected on its own. The Captain reengaged the autopilot, [but] within a minute, it disconnected again. The Captain chose to hand-fly the aircraft. Passing through 10,000 feet I [toggled] the “No Smoking” sign switch to signal to our Flight Attendants. The

switch did not chime. I tried the “Fasten Seatbelts” switch, which also did not chime. It was at this point we began to notice… extremely diminished climb performance, and [we] were not able to accelerate past 260 to 270 knots. We knew something was wrong, but we could not figure out what. The Captain asked me to begin reviewing all of the system status pages to see if there were any other indications to give us a clue as to why we did not have any climb performance. We began calculating our fuel burn and discovered we were burning… about 4,800 pounds per hour. With about 5,000 pounds of fuel and about 40 minutes of flight time remaining, we decided it was best to divert. [When the] Captain called for gear down, I reached for the gear handle and noticed that it was down. We immediately realized our mistake… I had never selected the gear up on departure. I am not sure what to attribute this mistake to other than complacency and distractions. On departure, I do recall reaching for the gear handle. I believe I became distracted by reaching for the SPEED mode button and NAV button. We became distracted by the noise generated by the gear. We further became distracted by an autopilot that wouldn’t stay engaged and having to hand-fly the aircraft. We became fixated on only one… problem while dealing with other small, seemingly unassociated problems. The maximum gear-extended speed was exceeded by approximately 10 to 20 knots. There was also a flap overspeed on final, and the thrust reversers were not armed for landing (I don’t recall completing the landing checklist). …It is one thing to miss a flow; it is another to read and verify a checklist and still miss an item—that is what the checklist is for. Additionally, once an issue is discovered in flight, you must also sit back and review even the most basic reasons why a problem is occurring. We failed to notice that our gear was down for the entire hour we were in flight. We were very focused on other possible issues, and failed to sit back and evaluate the big picture. Continued on Page 41


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The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Library & Archives recently launched a stunning new online exhibit commemorating the 100th Anniversary of U.S. Airmail, the Museum announced last month. On a fog-shrouded May 15th, in 1918, the first airplane to provide regularly scheduled airmail service in the United States took off from the Potomac Park polo grounds in Washington, D.C., headed to New York City, a 218-mile route. Sponsored by the U.S. Post Office, and personally sent off by President Woodrow Wilson, this has proven to be a most important day in our nation’s history, obviously leading to quicker mail deliveries, but more importantly, eventually also leading to an accelerated growth of aviation in America. Delivering mail made flying potentially profitable. In time, manufacturers

Spirit of Flight

Continued from Page 38 “Coolest Show on Earth.” Getting in and out of the show was a breeze with the help of the San Mateo Sheriff’s and Explorer Cadets who were on hand to assist with parking, directions, and guidance. As I walked the length of the airfield, I felt like a wide-eyed kid looking on as monster trucks and a variety of aircrafts spun in calculated circles taking patrons on air tours, while historic planes and helicopters flew overhead. I must admit, the highlight of the show for me was meeting the passionate, hands-on owners and crew at Golden Age Air Tours, and being transported back in time as I stepped into the cabin of their 1939 Douglas DC-3, as well as, having had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Co-Pilot, Robin Tatman, about how she discovered her own passion for aviation while offering some

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Snowing the Snowbird

An A321 Captain was given conflicting reports regarding how effective the deicing procedure had been. The Captain pragmatically declared that it was a success, but he subsequently regretted his declaration and decision. From the Flight Attendant’s Report: • [The] aircraft had remained overnight during an ice-and-freezingrain storm. Significant ice remained on

competed to build larger, more capable, faster and safer aircraft to carry the mail, which then led to expanded passenger service, and today’s airlines. In 1918, the Army Air Service was directed to assume this new role. However, delivering the mail by air was not an easy task. For example, the pilot of the first flight on May 15th got lost, landing in a farmer’s field. Existing aircraft were clearly inadequate for their new role. There were no radios, no existing navigational charts, the aircraft were unproven, with open cockpits, and the initial Army Air Service pilots selected were inexperienced. Pilots were forced to use roadmaps to navigate, typically following railroad tracks or rivers. Consequently, in the early days of airmail service, many pilots lost their lives. Although many of us today do not know of their sacrifice, their contribu-

tion impacts our daily lives. Without them, the mail service we enjoy today would not be possible. San Diego has a close connection to the initiation of airmail service, as the man who was directed to organize the first service was Reuben H. Fleet, founder of Consolidated Aircraft, who relocated his company to San Diego in 1935. At one time, Consolidated, later the Convair Division of General Dynamics, was San Diego’s largest employer. A remarkable accomplishment, Fleet was given only 12 days to find the pilots and the equipment to make the first airmail service possible. To honor Fleet and all of those who flew the mail, the San Diego Air & Space Museum has created an online exhibit celebrating this history. To view the Museum’s new online 100th Continued on Page 42

insight about her personal path to becoming a pilot. I was thrilled to be able to experience the ‘Golden Days of Flight’ aboard this very special aircraft, as she and Chief Pilot & Captain Bob Berwick took us on a magical tour over The Golden Gate Bridge and the outskirts of San Francisco. Golden Age Air Tours offer a unique experience aboard their newly renovated 1939 Douglas DC-3 aircraft with Champagne Sunset Tours and City Light Flights that are sure to transport you back in time to days of royalty and decadence, as they offer tours between the Greater San Francisco Bay Areas and Monterey Bay. As I made my way up the stairwell, I could feel the magic and history swirl in my head as I was whisked away to a faroff place and time as I gazed on her reflective riveted siding, fixed-wing propellers, and tail wheel-type landing gear.

This aircraft is known for its flexibility and general toughness, and made me realize why the Douglas DC-3 was known to make air travel popular, revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s, was flown for military usage, and is universally recognized as the “Greatest Airplane” of its time. I found myself awe inspired and thrilled, as a student-pilot and member of Women in Aviation, International, to experience the passion and flight of this historical DC-3, and chat with Robin and other female pilots I meet along the way, and look forward to sharing in more detail, their personal stories of flight, experience, and inspiration to girls and women interested in learning more about aviation as a career path. Don’t forget to book your next flight with Golden Age Air Tours, and experience for yourself, what this magical air-

all wing surfaces and several cabin windows. I called the Captain to advise him, and he stated that he would notify the deice crew to inspect the aircraft. Additional deice fluid was applied only to the right wing. I called the Captain a second time and advised him that significant ice was still present and that the crew had not successfully removed the contamination. I was told that the deice crews gave the aircraft a “go” and that we were departing. After takeoff, I photographed the left wing and called two Flight Attendants to witness the buildup. One of

the Flight Attendants immediately contacted the Captain to express his concerns. Only then did the Captain leave the cockpit to investigate. His reply: “I am so sorry, the deice crews lied to me!” From the First Officer’s Report: • The aircraft was deiced in accordance with our approved procedures, and after deicing, a cabin crew member brought to the Captain’s attention that there appeared to be some residue, snow, or ice on the right wing. We requested that the aircraft be deiced again, and it


The first airmail delivery sanctioned by the U.S. Post office was made by Earle Ovington in New York on Sept. 23rd, 1911. Ovington never landed, but instead tossed sacks of mail out of his airplane, scattering mail in all directions. The photo depicts Ovington and his Bleriot, in which he made the first official U.S. Postal Airmail flight. The autographed image is from the Charles Babb collection. (Image courtesy San Diego Air & Space Museum)

Meeting new faces while enjoying a "High Elevation" Peruvian Coffee from PAPACHAY. (Denise Rae Donegan) craft and value added company has in store for you! Also, mark your calendar for next year’s Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, as I highly recommend attending this very cool, educational, and fun event – which is a Must Do destination stop for kids and adults of all ages! Travel well, Denise and Ana was done again in accordance with our procedures. After departure, the Captain responded to a call from the cabin indicating that there was ice on the left wing. He left the cockpit to look for himself, and in fact reported to me that there was a small amount of ice on the outboard area of the left wing. The aircraft performed normally throughout the flight. A suggestion would be to change deicing procedures to include a cabin check after deicing is complete to verify that the aircraft is clean.


BOOK REPORT: THE SHADOW TIGER In Flight USA Celebrating 34 Years


By Ed Downs

very so often, this writer is sent a book to review. In this case, the gift giver is Nina Jobe. Nina and her retired UAL airline husband, Larry, have become friends over the years due to having worked together through In Flight USA. The Jobes run a unique travel service, TravelAire Tours, The tours visit historic locations in China, but emphasize the WWII Flying Tiger Museum, located on the original airfield from which these brave Americans flew. In addition to aviation displays, the museum features a completed reconstruction of the original HQ utilized by Maj. General Clair Chennault, the controversial leader of air combat activities both before and during WWII. The exploits of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), better known as the Flying Tigers, and the heroic service to China offered by American ex-pats, even before Pearl Harbor, are not taught in American schools today. But these pilots, and those that supported China during WWII, are considered heroes of the state by virtually all Chinese children. It is this background that caused me to gratefully accept the book, The Shadow Tiger from “China” Nina. As a history nut

and having both family and personal experience with AVG pilots and airmen that flew the “hump” (a route from India/Nepal to China), crossing the Himalaya mountain range, I am a critical reader. It is hard for those writing a retrospective view of U.S. involvement in China during the 30’s and 40’s to impress me. All too often, modern politics and social views that did not exist at the time interfere with historical fact. Given these doubts, The Shadow Tiger blew me away! Compiled and written by William C. McDonald III and Barbara l. Evenson, and published by Shadow Tiger Press, this book tells the story of Sgt. William C. McDonald Jr. (father of the author), better known as “Billy,” or even more often called by the nickname of “Mac.” But Mac’s story is not told from memory or by researching historical military records. Mac’s remarkable tale comes from his own handwritten documents and letters, coupled with countless photographs. An incredible discovery by Mac’s son, William, discloses a story of heroism, courage and piloting skill that was nearly lost. By reprinting these first-hand letters, and adding comments and clarifications, a reader of The Shadow Tiger shares in Mac’s experience as an Army demonstration pilot, flight instructor in a distant land,

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creation of the Flying Tigers and eventually leader of the Chinese National Aviation Corp. (CNAC), the official airline of Nationalist China. You follow Mac during his early days as an Army pilot, a time when America was committed to not being a world military leader. You learn about Clair Chennault, leader of the Army’s aerobatic demonstration team, The Three Men of the Flying Trapeze, of which Mac was a member. Follow Mac as he faces tough decisions when the Army Air Corps shuts down all advancement in U.S. military service. Deciding to take his skills to China in 1936, Mac joins Chennault, becoming an instructor pilot to help the small and crippled Chinese Nationalist Airforce deal with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931 and even more aggressive invasion in 1937. Americana involvement in the Sino-China war was strictly forbidden and censorship, coupled with isolationist politics, has caused much of this history to be lost… until now. Strangely enough, much of what America was to learn about the clandestine operations of Americans like Mac and Chennault would come through a popular comic strip, which first appeared in December 1934. Superbly drawn with remarkable aviation accuracy by Milton Caniff, Terry and the Pirates frequently

drew upon the adventures of the CNAC and AVG for story lines and characters. The scoundrels, evil enemy (censorship forbad naming the Japanese invaders), spies, heroic pilots and remarkable exploits of DC-3’s being flown by “Capt. Mac,” were far more fact than fiction. Few realize that pilots like Mac were the first Americans to face off against the Japanese, one fighter pilot against another. While never confirmed due to laws that existed preventing Americans from actively attacking Japanese bomber formations, both Mac and Chennault were feared adversaries in the little-known Curtis Hawk 75 Special. The DC-3’s of CNAC flew under Mac’s leadership, establishing famous “hump” routes over the world’s most hostile mountains and, remarkably, maintaining airline operations throughout the war. All of these adventures are now yours to share by reading, The Shadow Tiger Billy McDonald, Wingman to Chennault. Available from Amazon at dp/1945333030. Soft cover $24.95, Hardcover at $36.51, more than 300 pages with hundreds of documents and photos, never before published.

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More than 70 schools will implement the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations (AOPA) high school aviation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum in the 2018-2019 school year. AOPA’s aviation STEM curriculum is the first-of-its-kind, and will offer students comprehensive, four-year aviation study options aligned with rigorous math and science standards used in many states nationwide. The program aims to provide students the skills they need to learn about aviation-related career and educational opportunities. AOPA is developing these courses as part of three career and technical education (CTE) pathways: pilot, unmanned aircraft systems (drones), and aerospace engineering. Each year, AOPA will release subsequent courses until all four high school grade levels of the curriculum are complete. In addition to implementing the ninth-grade curriculum in the 2018 – 2019 school year, 25 schools will also be testing the 10th-grade curriculum. The Curriculum will be provided to schools at no cost. Donors to the AOPA Foundation fund development and distribution of the curriculum, as well as other initiatives of the You Can Fly program. According to a 2017 Boeing study, there’s a growing demand for aviation industry jobs, and it’s not slowing down. 637,000 commercial aircraft pilots; 648,000 technicians; and 839,000 cabin crewmembers are needed globally within the next 20 years. “With an unprecedented demand for careers in aviation, we are thrilled that so many high schools are utilizing our STEM curriculum to inspire students and give them the skills to pursue future careers in aerospace,” said AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker. “Planting the seeds for the future workforce of our industry is part of AOPA’s mission to keep aviation vibrant. We are grateful to the AOPA Foundation donors who make such programs possible. Their generosity is helping us make a difference in the lives of thousands of youth and to spur interest in aviation." Over the past 12 months, AOPA tested the ninth-grade curriculum in nearly 30 schools with more than 700 students, before unveiling the program. The courses are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and include all

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the resources teachers will need. Lesson plans, presentations, assessments, and other learning opportunities will be taught as rigorous, engaging, and fun student activities. Before implementing the curriculum, teachers are required to participate in a three-day professional development workshop at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md. to gain a deeper understanding of the materials, learn about available resources, and network with other aviation educators. The AOPA aviation STEM curriculum is part of its You Can Fly High School Initiative, which is aimed at growing and implementing aviation STEM programs in high schools across the country. The You Can Fly program, a collection of practical, rigorous, and engaging initiatives is designed to help build a bigger, stronger, more vibrant and more resilient pilot community. The mission of You Can Fly is to get people flying, and keep them flying. To learn more about AOPA’s high school aviation STEM curriculum, contact the High School Aviation Initiative team at You can also visit AOPA’s You Can Fly page.

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n Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at approx: 7:40 p.m., we lost a Reno Air Race legend. A threetime Formula One Champion, John Parker, had dedicated his life to air racing and the need for speed. He had even been known to say, “I’ve been doing this all my life. It’s part of my DNA. I enjoy everything about it – the history, the mechanics, the metallurgy, the people all of it.” John retired from the Air Force in 1965 and then he joined American Airlines. Soon after, John found himself building engines for Formula One race teams at Stead Field. John quickly became known as a “Speed Merchant” after working as a mechanic at the air races and assisting other race teams. In 1967, John founded American Air Racing and became part of the history at Stead field. Though the main focus of American Air Racing is to offer complete builder support and to perform speed modifications for kit-built aircraft, this provided the perfect environment for John to dedicate his time to the development and improvement of fast flying aircraft. In 1977, at the National Championship Air Races, John raced and won his first Formula One Championship in a plane called Wild Turkey. He continued to make improvements and added to his trophy case by

Blue Thunder II on the runway at Reno. winning the Formula One Championship in 1979 and 1980 with his “scratch-built” Formula One racer named the American Air Racing Special, which now resides in the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. John went on to race in the original CAFÉ 250 and CAFÉ 400 in the twinengine division. In 1988, John entered a “scratchbuilt” aircraft in the Unlimited Division at the National Championship Air Races. In 1998, John placed fourth in his first Sport Division Championship race. Since then, his primary focus had been his relentless pursuit of increased performance in his Thunder Mustang named Blue Thunder, which finished in second place in the Sport Division in its

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first year of racing (2002). In the 2004 National Championship Air Races, he set new records for the Sport Class Qualifying speed and for the fastest race flown in the Sport Class. In June of 2005, he set more records in Marysville, Calif.: New C1c 3 km World Speed Record: 374.250 mph New C1c 15/25 km World Speed Record: 376.180 mph Fastest Normally Aspirated Aircraft: 383.302 mph At the 2005 National Championship Air Races, he surpassed his previous qualifying record. In 2011, John rolled out Blue Thunder II and took first place in the Sport Class. In 2012, he picked up anoth-

John Parker at the controls of Blue Thunder II. (Anthony Taylor)

er first place win with a speed of 356.738 in the Sport Class with Blue Thunder II, followed by another win in 2015. John was many things; an aeronautical engineer, retired Air Force pilot, retired Airline Captain, test pilot, air race pilot, experimental aircraft builder, A&P mechanic (with Inspection Authority), a mentor, a competitor, but most importantly, he was a friend who will be dearly missed. From a humble beginning, John had become an air racing legend. For John Parker, air racing was not a sport; it was his way of life. Rest In Peace, John. Thank you! Special thank you to Naomi Dschaak, Anthony Taylor and Tim Adams.

ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL FLY A P-51 MUSTANG IN MERCY FLIGHT SOUTHEAST FUNDRAISER Raffle Offers a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience Flying an Iconic WWII Fighter

You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the legacy of the P-51 Mustang. Introduced in 1940 to provide air protection during bombing missions, the Mustang was a formidable foe to the enemy while being a World War II Allied pilot’s dream to fly. Stallion 51 is partnering with Mercy Flight Southeast to raffle off a chance to take control of the WWII legend while helping the charity’s worthy mission. Mercy Flight Southeast’s network of more than 700 volunteer pilots provides free air transportation to life-saving medical appointments for people who otherwise could not get there. While pilots donate their airplanes, fuel and flight

Stallion 51is partnering with Mercy Flight Southeast to raffle off a chance to take control of the WWII legend while helping the charity’s worthy mission. (Courtesy Stallion 51) hours to complete more than 2,500 flights services and to keep passengers and each year, the nonprofit organization pilots in the air. relies on fundraising to pay for support The Raffle prize includes a half-day

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Springbank Air Training College (SATC) purchased an AL200 simulator to train their more than 200 students at their facility in Alberta, Canada. They are located at Springbank Airport just 10 minutes west of Calgary. As one of WestJet’s newest official Flight Training Partners, Springbank Air offers a career path through WestJet’s Flightpath Program. Flight instructors in this program are offered opportunities to engage in various training platforms, including Crew Resource Management (CRM) classes and simulator training sessions. When asked why they chose ALSIM’s AL200 simulator, SATC President Jayme Hepfner said, “With the increased demand for pilots, it’s becoming more important to utilize advanced simulation to provide the necessary training to meet the standards of the Airline industry such as with our Westjet partnership.” SATC General Manager Jade Jewell added, “The AL200 offers multiple benefits above and beyond aircraft training.



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We are not limited by weather, we have more control over flight parameters and emergency scenarios, Multi-Crew Training, and very realistic layout and graphics, to name a few.” SATC joins other prominent Canadian flight schools that purchased an ALSIM simulator over recent months including Journey Air and Montair Aviation. For more information about Springbank Air Training College (SATC):

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By Nick Viggiano

he aviation community has many charities that help people in need. Charities provide transportation for health care patients, disaster relief and educational experiences for children, just to name a few. Last month I was invited to a Fly-In, “Wings Over Pegasus,” that benefitted the “The Pegasus Project, Inc.” The Pegasus Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of neglected, abandoned or abused horses in East Texas. Mike and Allyson DeCanio are the founders and operators of The Pegasus Project, Inc. Mike is a Captain for Southwest Airlines and Allyson is an attorney in private practice. They both share a strong love of animals and turned that passion into The Pegasus Project, Inc. I met Mike a few years ago at a friend’s birthday Fly-In. He showed up in his Nanchang CJ-6 and performed some great flybys. Mike and I became connected on Facebook and I was invited to and attended his 1st “Wings Over Pegasus” in 2014. I always wanted to go back to their annual “Wings Over Pegasus,” but life always seemed to get in the way! So, when I saw the posts on Facebook for “Help A Horse Day,” I decided to put my foot down at work and end my streak of working four Saturdays in a row! The event is held at Mike & Allyson’s ranch just outside of Murchison, Texas, that also has a grass strip. Each year, the ASPCA hosts a national grant competition in honor of Help a Horse Day to elevate the work of equine rescues that help at-risk horses that have been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless. 2018 is the fifth annual Help a Horse Day with a nationwide, two-month contest aimed at finding good homes for horses. The Pegasus Project kicked off their celebration with Wings Over Pegasus. As founder Mike explains, “When our horse rescue hosts an open house, we get about 150 people to attend. When we make it an air show, we get nearly a 1000! We are able to educate so many more people to the plight of the unwanted horse this way.” Thousands upon thousands of horses


Above: Wings Over Pegasus is a casual, carnival atmosphere featuring The Raptor. (Nick Viggiano) Inset: Stephen Covington and his Raptor thrill the Pegasus crowd. (Nick Viggiano)

The Pegasus Project hosts an airshow to help horses. across the country are at risk of homelessness and poor welfare. Equine rescues and shelters work tirelessly to house and care for many of these horses but they need help to sustain their life-saving programs and find new homes for the horses in their care. The Pegasus Project web site invited people to attend with this statement: “Come join us for our celebration of Help A Horse Day! A casual, carnival atmosphere with an airshow by “The Raptor,” pony rides, airplanes, skydivers, fun horse-themed games, gourmet food trucks, arts and crafts. There’s something for every member of the family. Guests can visit with the Pegasus trainers and

(Nick Viggiano))

staff to meet, pet, finger-paint, and learn about the horses and information regarding adoption and sponsorship opportunities. The SPCA of East Texas will also be on-site with a variety of adoptable dogs. Free airplane rides for kids 8-17! (One parent must be present, limited number of rides available, weather dependent.) Well on Saturday, April 28, the weather turned out to be perfect in East Texas. I arrived just in time to see Mike take off in his Nanchang. After a few low-level flybys Mike performed some aerobatics to the delight of the crowd. After Mike landed we met up and he arranged for me to get up in a Bell Jet Ranger so I could get some images of the


ranch from the air. He told me of a surprise visitor and to keep it a secret! (The perks of being in the media). This surprise was in addition to the opening of the airshow with skydivers and Stephen Covington in his highly modified Pitts s2s named the “Raptor” from SRC Airshows. While I was waiting for my hop in the Jet Ranger, I walked around and checked out the activities. The kids were definitely having fun, be it riding horses, face painting, etc. But the biggest thrill was the free Young Eagles rides the kids were getting in aircraft courtesy of EAA Chapter 972 out of Gladewater, Texas. It took about an hour for me to get up in the Jet Ranger, which did not bother me. I was hoping that I would be airborne during a part of the airshow. Sure enough, when I went up, after I got some shots of the Ranch, the skydivers were ready to exit their aircraft. We stayed clear of the jumpers and I got some decent shots. Then it was time to land, and the question was, after we land, could I get to show center for the surprise visitor? Just as I arrived at show center, I heard people (with transceivers) stating that the Raptor was inbound. As I strained my eyes scanning the horizon I spotted two dots in the distance. As my telephoto lens focused, there it was, in formation with Stephen Covington and his Raptor was a MiG! A MiG-17F to be exact, from Red Stripe MiG ( flown by Greg Howell. Can you get any more of a dissimilar aircraft formation than a highly modified Pitts (biplane) and a MiG? They made a nice formation pass and Stephen exited the area to allow Greg to put the MiG through its paces. From knife edge passes to rolls in full afterburner, Greg put on a beautiful display with his silver MiG-17F numbered 1613. When Greg exited the area, Stephen and his Raptor entered the aerobatic box. I have seen Stephen at a few airshows and his routine never fails to impress. This day was no different and he wowed the crowd and gave the photographers multi views and angles of his mount, the Raptor. All in all, it was a great day for all who attended and it was for a good cause, the rescue, care and finding good homes for one of God’s beautiful creatures. The “The Pegasus Project, Inc.” has several events during the year, all to help the project and horses. So, if you are in east Texas or visiting the area, look them up


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Corona Air Ventures..............44

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In Flight USA June 2018  

The general aviation magazine for June with a focus on AirVenture buildup.

In Flight USA June 2018  

The general aviation magazine for June with a focus on AirVenture buildup.