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THE FUTURE OF AVIATION MEDIA Chief Executive Officer Brad Irwin, Chief Financial Officer Jon Boesen, Editor in Chief Jeff Berlin, Associate Editor Ronald D. McElroy, Art Director Dan Eggers, Webmaster John Judish, VP of Sales and Marketing Terri L. Glassmen, Account Executives Aleza Cahill, Emily Straw, Scott Sullivan, Charles Raber, Video Production Jeff Mattoon, CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Lisa Eggers, Contributing Writers & Photographers Steve Ells, Dave Higdon, Scott Slocum, Dan Cheung, Jamail Larkins, Scott Wolff, Sporty’s NEWSSTAND CONSULTANT Gary Judy, Volume 3, No. 3, Copyright © 2010 by Pilot Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. PilotMag is published bi-monthly by Pilot Magazine, LLC. Subscriptions are available at $18.95 for one year (6 issues) and $34.95 for two years (12 issues). Subscribe at: POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Pilot Magazine, LLC. 8001 S. Interport Blvd. Suite 260 Englewood, CO 80112 or call at 1.800.PILOTMAG. For change of address include old address, as well as, new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change to take place. Please include current street address and email address when writing about your subscription.

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Dick Rutan soloed and earned his driver’s license on his 16th birthday. As a Tactical Air Command fighter pilot during his two decades in the Air Force, Dick flew 325 combat missions in Vietnam. Before retiring from the Air Force in 1978, Lt. Col. Rutan had been awarded the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals and the Purple Heart. World Records Held: EZRocket – Longest Distance Flight by Ground-Launched Rocket Powered Airplane; Voyager – 1986 – Distance Around The World 40,212.14 KM; Voyager – 1986 – Speed Around The World 118.11KM/H; Voyager – 1986 – Flew for 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds without stopping; LongEZ – 1981– Distance Anchorage, AK to Grand Turk (British West Indies). Four days following the historic flight of the Voyager, President Ronald Regan awarded Dick the Presidential Citizen’s Medal of Honor. The medal has been presented only sixteen times in the history of the United States. In 2002, Dick Rutan was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. Erik Lindbergh is a pilot, artist, and professional speaker. In May of 2002, Erik, a commercial rated pilot and flight instructor, flew a small single engine airplane on a 17 hour solo flight from New York to Paris and raised over a million dollars for charity while celebrating the 75th anniversary of his Grandfather Charles’ epic 1927 flight. Erik is a committed social entrepreneur, and currently serves on the board of directors of the XPRIZE Foundation, the Aviation High School in Seattle, the Olympic Park Institute and is the founder of the Creative Solutions Alliance and the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize. A wonderful storyteller, Erik is a professional speaker with a long list of corporate, non-profit, government, and educational clients. Margy Bloom is an LA-based writer specializing in aviation history. She is currently working on several projects, including a biography about the life of Jack Conroy, and, with colleagues in the UK, an anthology of stories about the rough-and-tumble (and often secret) business of air cargo prior to 1980. Her background includes marketing and advertising for airlines including United Airlines, Virgin America, Lufthansa and others. In addition, she is from an aviation family – her father was one of the very first Curtiss JN Jenny pilots in WWI. Author and journalist James Wynbrandt’s articles on general, commercial and military aviation have appeared in more than a score of aviation magazines, as well as publications including The New York Times, Barron’s and Fortune. A multi-engine instrument and seaplane rated pilot, he has flown his Mooney M20K throughout North America, from the Caribbean to Alaska. He has flown and written about aircraft ranging from Piper Cubs to Kings Air turboprops and L-39 jets. His ten books cover topics including history, medical science, business, popular music and humor as well as aviation. The second edition of his A Brief History of Saudi Arabia (Facts On File) will be published this year. He lives in New York City. Pete Muntean got his start in flying when he was only two weeks old strapped into a car seat in the back of his parents’ Piper Lance. Today, he’s an instrument-rated private pilot and multimedia journalist specializing in aviation stories. He’s led a varied life in flying— the highlight was several summers barnstorming as the crew chief and narrator for an air show performer. His life in journalism has taken him to great places, too, including stints at CNN and CBS News. Muntean still occasionally takes the microphone at air shows and flies frequently… no car seat required. Visit him online at

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