Saturday, October 31, 2009

NBAA & NATA Coordinate Efforts

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) plan to coordinate NATA's 2010 FBO Leadership Conference, taking place January 25-26, 2010, with NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, on January 26-29, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. You will learn about the latest products and more.

Financing Available for X-Air LSA

Photo: X-Air LSA
X-Air LSA has reached an agreement with Aero Credit Corporation to provide for purchase of a new X-Air Aircraft. With the card, X-Air LSA, which sells for $59,995, can be purchased for $12,000 down, followed by five years of monthly payments at $409 a month. At the end of the five years there is a balloon payment, which normally can be refinanced.

North Carolina's Burlington Aviation Adds Simulator

Burlington Aviation, a Cessna Pilot Center and FAA Part 141 flight school in Burlington, North Carolina has added Redbird FMX Flight Simulator.

Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport Gets New Name

Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport in Sanford, North Carolina gets a new name called Raleigh Executive Jetport.

WAI and AOPA Partner Up to Create "Women’s Wing" at AOPA Summit

Women in Aviation, International (WAI) and Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) has teamed up to create "Women's Wing," at AOPA Summit this November 5-7, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. "Women's Wing" will highlight accomplishments and opportunities for women within the aviation community.

Rooms 11 and 12 of the Tampa Convention Center have set aside during AOPA Summit for Women's Wing.

Friday, November 6, 2009 - Women Leaders in Aviation Forum held in Room 11 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. featuring - Chabrian, Martha King, Jessica Cox, Debby Rihn Harvey, Arlynn Mcmahon, Melissa Rudinger, AOPA Vice President and AOPA Assistant President.

Chabrian will also be at the "One Voice" AOPA Summit session on Thursday, November 5, 2009 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. featuring - Chabrian, Tom Poberezny, Paula Derks, Jim Coyne and Ed Bolen.

Women in Aviation will host a WAI Connect Breakfast at AOPA Summit on Friday, November 6, 2009 from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. in Room 11 of the Tampa Convention Center.

Cessna Pilot Center Regional Managers Cut

The economic has hit Cessna Pilot Centers.

Friday, October 9, all four Cessna Pilot Center regional managers were informed that their positions were being cut for financial reasons.

Tuesday, October 13, an e-mail was sent to the centers advising them of the change.

Cessna Aircraft has 280 Cessna Pilot Centers in the world.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 and Aviation Financial Consulting Debuts New Service and Aviation Financial Consulting has debuted a new service for corporate flight departments called "Aircraft Compliance Solutions," which provides companies operating business jets with simplified reporting solutions for aircraft utilization.

iTowBots Debuts

The iTowBots are a remote control aircraft tugs and are now available at Aircraft Spruce. The iTowBot loading sequence is as easy as driving the unit directly under the nosewheel of your aircraft. iTowbot is engineered so that when the aircraft loads, the weight of the loaded aircraft doesn't inhibit zero-turn capability. A foot-operated release allows the operator to unlock the swivel carriage and back out from beneath the nosewheel. The operator can drive the unit back into its spot into the hangar, with no tugging, pushing or rolling up extension cords required.

  • Measures 38" Wide x 46" Long x 12" High
  • Powerful Reversible 24 Volt DC Motors
  • Rugged Steel Construction
  • Powder-Coated Frame
  • Virtually Zero Maintenance
  • Easy Ergonomic Remote Control Handset
  • Max Towing Speed 1.7 Feet Per Second
  • Overvoltage Thermally Protected
  • Tows Aircraft up to 15,000+ Pounds Gross Weight
  • Trouble Free Cast Iron Rims with Non-Marking Moldon Wheels
  • Solid State Heavy Duty Fully Articulating Motor Control
  • Hybrid Zero Turn Capability about Stationary Nosewheel
  • Built in Interference Protection Featuring Spektrum's New 2.4 Ghz Technology
  • Equipped with Solid State Battery Charger/Maintainer
  • Also available with built-in 24V Auxiliary Power Plug (APU) & Power Cord
Standard Unit: $7499.00
Standard Unit with APU: $8499.00
Dual Wheel Carriage: $7695.00
Dual Wheel with APU: 8695.00
Wheel Paint Unit: $7495.00
Wheel Paint with APU: $8495.00
Heavy Duty Single Wheel Carriage: $7999.00
Heavy Duty Single Wheel Carriage with APU: $8999.00
Heavy Dual Wheel Carriage: $8195.00
Heavy Duty Dual Wheel Carriage with APU: $9195.00
*You can order online at

Cessna Citation

Cessna 210

ACI-NA Awards Scholarships

The Commissioners Committee of the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) has award scholarships of $2,500 each to three aviation students: Brett Fay, Middle Tennessee States University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Gregory Myers, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Robert Hanks, California State University in Los Angeles, California.

"The Commissioners Committee is proud to honor these students for their academic excellence and leadership," said David Jennings chair of ACI-NA's Commissioners Committee and chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.

Brett Fay: Attends Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He majors in Aerospace Administration. He has a GPA of 3.9 in Aerospace Administration.

Gregory Myers: Attends Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is majoring in Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management with a minor in Aviation Operations. He has a pilot's license and almost done completing his instrument rating.

Robert Hanks: Attends California State University in Los Angeles, California. He is majoring in Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology. He has a GPA of 3.8. He has served as the Lander County, Nevada, county administrator and local County Airport Authority.

Amelia Earhart's Goggles Sold

Amelia Earnhart's goggles from her historic 1932 solo transatlantic flight on were bidding on and sold for $141,600.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

NAFI Master Instructors Named

National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), reports that several Certified Flight Instructors have got new NAFI Master Flight Instructors while some rewed their Master status. It is recognized by FAA which earned through continuous professional activity and peer review.

Earned Masters: Jeffery Duncan, Phoenix; William Dryden, San Diego; and Micheal Walcker Vallejo, California.

Renewed Master Status: Wallace Moran, Summerville, South Carolina; Matthew McDaniel, Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Jason Blair, Allegan, Michigan; Charles Skelton, Branford, Connecticut; Raymond Brown, Avon Lake, Ohio; Carla Dedera, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and Dale Wilson, Ellensburgh, Washington.

Sonex Debuts Sub-Kits for Xenos Motorglider

Photo: Sonex Xenos Motorglider
Sonex Aircraft has expanded its sub kit product line to include the Xenos Motorglider.

19' 9"
Wing Span (Utility):
45' 8"
Wing Span (Aerobatic, solo):
39' 4"
Wing Area (Utility):
158 sq ft
Wing Area (Aerobatic, solo):
144 sq ft
Tail Configuration:
Tail Height: 59"
Tail Width--with tail tips:
(interior width required for enclosed trailer)
Main Gear Width: 71" (with wheel pants)
Primary Structure:
6061 Aluminum
Cockpit Width:
40 in. More Info
Fuel Capacity:
16 US Gal
Stall Speed (clean):
44 mph [71 km/h]
Maneuvering Speed:
115 mph [185 km/h]
Never Exceed Speed (Vne):
150 mph [241 km/h]
Performance 80 hp 2180 AeroVee 120 hp Jabiru

Empty Weight (average)

750 lbs 760 lbs
Baggage (Max) 40 lbs 40 lbs
Range 400 miles 350 miles
Cruise Speed @ Sea Level* 100 mph 120 mph
Cruise Speed @ 8000 ft (TAS) 120 mph 140 mph
Power Loading (GW/HP) 15.938 10.625
T.O. Distance 300 ft 250 ft
Landing Distance 300 ft 300 ft
Service Ceiling (Calculated) 29,000 ft 34,000 ft
Utility Category 80 hp 2180 AeroVee 120 hp Jabiru
Gross Weight 1275 lbs 1275 lbs
Useful Load 525 lbs 515 lbs
Rate of Climb 800-1000 fpm 1200-1400 fpm
Positive Load Factor +4.4 Gs +4.4 Gs
Negative Load Factor -2.2 Gs -2.2 Gs
L/D 24:1 24:1
CG Limits 25-36% Wing Chord 25-36% Wing Chord
Aerobatic Category 80 hp 2180 AeroVee 120 hp Jabiru
Gross Weight - Aerobatic 1050 lbs 1050 lbs
Rate of Climb 1000-1250 fpm 2000+ fpm
Positive Load Factor +6.0 Gs +6.0 Gs
Negative Load Factor -3.0 Gs -3.0 Gs
CG Limits 27-32% Wing Chord 27-32% Wing Chord

Iowa Children’s Museum Opens New Exhibit

The "Take Flight! the science of aviation" exhibit has now opened at the Iowa Children's Museum in Coralville, Iowa. The exhibit features flight simulators built into kid sized planes, an air traffic control tower, hot air balloon, pedal planes, remote control flight simulators, Bernoulli's Wind Table, Cessna 150, Paper Airplane Flight Cage, Pig Parachutes and more. It is supported by NASA under grant award #NNX09AL32G

Iowa Children's Museum (Coral Ride Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville, IA. 52241)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Chelsey Sullenberger guest appears on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien October, 26, 2009 on NBC

Date: October, 26, 2009
Show: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
Channel: NBC
Time: 11:35 PM Eastern, 10:35 PM Central (From more time listing check local listings or
Guest Appearing: Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger III, Kathy Griffin and Wolfmother

Famous For: He successfully ditched U.S. Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River saving the lives of all 151 of the passengers.

Wings Over Houston Airshow Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 09

The Wings Over Houston Airshow in Ellington Field, Houston, Texas is October 31 through November 1, 2009 at the Ellington Airport. Gates open at 8:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M.

Aerobatic Performers
United States Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team-
Boeing F/A-18A/B Hornet
United States Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier
F-15E Eagle
A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II
C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration
C-47 Skytrain and C-17 Globemaster III Transport Heritage Flight
United States Heritage Flight- F-15E Strike Eagle, A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang
AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Demonstration
United States Coast Guard HH-65C Dauphine Helicopter Demonstration
United States Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet tactical Demonstration Team
Extra 330SC- Michael Goulian
Showcat- Gene Soucy and Tersa Stokes- Wingwalking Act
P-51 Mustang- The Horsemen
Korea/Vietnam Firepower Demonstration

General Adult 12 & Older: $15.00 + fee
General Child 6-11: $4.00 + fee
Under 6: Free
2 Adults (12 & Older) and up to 4 Children (6-11): $35.00 Family + fee
Reserved Prime View: $40.00 + fee

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Gulf Coast Avionics offers Rebate

Gulf Coast Avionics is offering a $300 rebate on Garmin GPSMAP 695 and the Garmin GPSMAP 696. The shipping will cost 1 cent. Also you will receive a free Gulf Coast Avionics catalog.

Yingling Aviation Expands Propeller Service

Yingling Aviation in Wichita, Kansas has expanded its propeller maintenance and service capabilities to include props manufactured by Hartzell Propeller, Inc. Yingling Aviation has completed the $1.5 million expansion for its propeller shop.

Panama City-Bay County International Airport (PFN) Gets New Name

The Panama City-Bay County International Airport (PFN) in Panama City, Florida is getting a new name, that is voted by the Industrial District. The new airport is now under construction and will open on Memorial Day of 2010. The new airport will be called Northwest Florida-Panama City International Airport.

Larry Williams has been elected chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Lindbergh Foundation

Larry Williams, has been elected chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Lindbergh Foundation. The Lindbergh Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Anoka, Minnesota, that facilitates scientific and technological research, education and special projects.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Revised "51% Policy" Finally Released - Good News for Kit Builders and Kit Makers

The FAA has finally released the revised 51% policy on the amateur-built aircraft certification. The FAA has revised (amateur-built aircraft certification policy) and the (Advisory Circular 20-27G) that'll tell the amateur builders on how to properly certify every step of the building process.

Signature Flight Triples AVTRIP Points

Picture: AVTRIP Card
Signature Flight Support is offering triple AVTRIP points at selected United States locations through the end of the year when a customer "tops off." "Tops off"promotion is supposed to get customers to purchased more gallons of fuel. "Tops off" promotion runs till December 31 and will be awarded triple AVTRIP points.

Avidyne Offers Rebates

Avidyne is now offering rebates up to 5,000

Customers who buy Avidyne unites such as EXP5000, EX5000, EX500, RWX, TAS, MLB, MLX, MHD and R9 will recieve $500 rebate.

Rebate Per Unit
$1,500 for 2 units
$3,000 for 3 units
$5,000 for 4 units

People who wants a rebate must fill out the on-line rebate form prior to purchase order. The dealer must list customer's name and aircraft registration number on purchased order. The products must ship on or before December 31.

National Association of State Aviation Officials Elects New Offices and Presents Awards

Members of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) elected Victor Bird of Oklahoma chairman of the board of directors for the year 2010 at their annual convention and tradeshow in Tuscon, Arizona. Victor Bird is the director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. In 2002 Victor Bird served as NASAO's vice chairman, treasurer and secretary of the board.

Randall Burdette, director of the Virginia Department of Aviation, was elected vice chairman. Joe Pestka, administrator of aviation for of the Missouri Department of Transportation, was elected treasurer and secretary. Travis Vallin, director of the Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, still National Association of State Aviation Officials Executive Committee.

Kenneth A. Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award: It is the highest award that the National Association of State Aviation Officials members can get. This award goes to Dr. David Fulton, a former NASAO president. He is also a former director of the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division since 1992 and a former Tennessee Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics for 16 years.

2009 Most Innovative State Program Award: This award recognizes a state for finding a solution to a challenging problem of the past year. This award goes to The Colorado Division of Aeronautics and was recognized for its Non-Federal Sensor Data Collection System.

2009 Distinguished Service Award: The award goes to people who has excellence in service and dedication to aviation progress and development in their states. This award goes to two people. Cynthia Kever, Missouri Department of Transportation Aviation Section and Karon Wiedemann, Texas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation.

2009 Center Aviation Education Program Award: This award recognizes the efforts of the state aviation agencies to educate and motivate the public with aviation-related education programs. We recognize the Arizona Aeronautics Division for its Aerospace Badge Workshop.

National Association of State Aviation Officials National Service Award for Lifetime Achievement: This award goes to World War II Women Army Pilots, Sylvia Clayton, Lee Doerr and Ruth Helm

Cessna Offers Deposit Amplifier on Cessna 182s

Cessna Aircraft Co. has unveiled a deposit amplifier program through the end of the year that adds $30,000 to a deposit on a new Cessna 182 or Cessna Turbo 182. This offer also includes free service bulletin for one of the following: Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), Garmin Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS-B), Jeppesen Chartview (subscription not included).

The Cessna 182 and Cessna Turbo 182 features Lycoming IO-540 engine, Garmin G1000 avionics. When fitted with a turbocharge, the top speeds jumps from 150 knots to 176 knots.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Supplemental Oxygen For Your 4 Legged Dog

Dogs wearing supplemental Oxygen masks
Aircraft owners who fly at very high altitudes when traveling to far-off destinations know that they need supplemental oxygen masks for them and their passengers. Now more and more pilots are bringing their for legged friend with them on their trip. The dogs will often fall asleep and then walks sideways and doesn't act right for an hour after flight. Then they'll go back to normal. You can get hypxia, headaches, dizziness, loss of breath, blurred vision and mental confusion while flying and now pets can have the all new oxygen masks created by 4 Paws Aviation. With the oxygen the animals are alert and responsive.

With the all new 4Paws Aviation's dog oxygen hoods dogs can be safe while flying with you.

Sizes of Oxygen Hood
*neck sizes determined by circumference of your dog's neck.
Extra-Small: 7" and Under
Small: 7.5" to 9"
Medium: 9.5"to 13"
Large: 13.25" to 15.5"
Extra Large: 15.75" to 20"
Double Extra Large: 20" and Up

Prices of Oxygen Hood
Small: $199.95
Medium: $199.95
Large: $199.95
Extra Large: $209.95
Double Extra Large: $214.95

Lycoming Extends Engine Offer

Lycoming Engines has extended its offer to give customers a zero-time rebuilt engine for the price of a factory overhaul to December 4. This was originally scheduled to end August 31.

To find out if you qualify or to find a distributor, click on "How to Buy" and then choose "Distributors" from the drop-down menu or call 800-258-3279.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jack Pelton Calls For Global Cooperation

Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told Australian audience a few weeks ago that the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) convention are various commom threads to the problems facing business aviation everywhere.

"We have our work cut out for us – here in Australia, in the United States and around the globe," said Pelton. "Every region of the world has its own issues to deal with and each issue is complex, requiring dedicated and reasoned discussion among the principals."

He told the group that security and safety, airspace management modernization and the environment are the main issues facing the industry everywhere. He said the issues will certainly bring new regulations and the industry needs to work together to ensure governments craft laws that not only address the matters at hand but also consider the operational requirements of general aviation.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bobby Younkin, Tom Poberezny & Charlie Kulp are inducted into Air Show Hall of Fame

The International Council of Air Shows Foundation (ICASF) will induct Bobby Younkin, Charlie Kulp and Tom Poberezny into the 2009 Air Show Hall of Fame. The hall of fame ceremony will be hold on December 6-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

Bobby Younkin (October 30, 1955-Sunday, July 10, 2005 AGE 49)
Bobby Younkin learned to fly at age 16. He was performing air shows since he was age 18. He flew various aerobatic planes Decathlon, stock Stearman, AT-6, Learjet and his famous Twin Beech. He is the only performer to add smoke to a Learjet. He was a member of the Masters of Disasters airshow team that uses a shockwave jet truck and pyrotechnics. He is famous for being an airshow legend. Bobby Younkin has a son-in-law named Matt Younkin who is an aerobatic pilot and a daughter named Amanda Franklin-Younkin who is a wingwalker for Kyle Franklin. Amanda Franklin-Younkin is married to an aerobatic pilot named Kyle Franklin. Bobby Younkin died when his aircraft collided with Jimmy Franklin on Sunday, July 10, 2005. He joins fellow performer Jimmy Franklin, who passed away in the same accident , in the hall of fame.

Tom Poberezny (b. October 3, 1946)
Tom Poberezny is the current president and chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and former aerobatic pilot. His father Paul Poberezny, founder of EAA. Tom Poberezny has been the chairman for EAA since 1977. This annual event takes place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and attracts over 750,000 visitors with 10,000 aircraft from 68 countries. Tom Poberezny, Charlie Hillard and Gene Soucy formed The Christian Eagles aerobatic team that flew a Pitts S-1/S. The Christian Eagles aerobatic team ceased in 1995 at the Daytona Skyfest. You can see Tom Poberezny, Charlie Hillard and Gene Soucy's Pitts S-1/S at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Charlie Kulp (b. September 20, 1925)
Charlie Kulp is the founder and member of the famous Flying Circus Airshows in Bealton, Virginia. He became famous two years later when he did his aerobatic routine called the "Silas Hicks, the Flying Farmer" routine until he ceased it in 2007 at the age of 82.

Florida FBO Joins Avfuel Network

FBO American Aviation at the Hernando County Airport (BKV) in Brooksville, Florida, is one of the latest additions to the Avfuel family of branded FBO dealers.

Florida Air Museum Receives Grant

The Florida Air Museum on the Sun 'n Fun campus at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida received a $10,000 Save Our History grant. The Museum will partner with the Central Florida Aerospace Acdemy (CFAA) of Kathleen High School, which is on the Sun 'n Fun campus, to develop a new museum exhibit featuring "Florida's Flying Boats-the First Airline Passenger Service." It'll exhibit the world's first airline "St. Petersurg-Tampa Airboat Line" and the first airline passenger flight across Tampa Bay. Applications will be available in January 2010.

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Wins Foreign Order

Mitsubishi Regional Jet has won a 100-plane order with a street value of $40 billion from the United States regional carrier. First deliveries are expected in 2014.

Fort Worth Alliance Air Show October 24-25, 2009

The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas is on October 24-25, 2009 9 AM-5PM.

Aerobatic Performers
United States Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team- McDonnell Douglas F/A-F-18A/B Hornet
United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
Cap 232- David Martin
Extra 300L- Jan Collmer
Jim Peitz
Chevron Mentor T-34- Julie Clark
Pietsch Airshows
Oracle Challenger II biplane-Sean D. Tucker
ShockWave Jet Truck
United States Air Force A-10 West Coast Demonstration Team
United States Air Force C-17A Globemaster III Demonstration Team
United States Air Force F-16 Viper East Coast Demonstration Team
United States Navy F/A-18F, VFA-106, Tactical Demonstration Team

Gate: Free
Parking: $25.00

Holloman Air Force Base Air Show October 24, 09

The Holloman Air Force Base Air Show in Holloman, New Mexico is on October 24, 2009 at 9AM to 4:30PM.

Aerobatic Performers
F-22A Raptor
F-4 Phantom II
T-38 Talon
MQ-9 Reaper
C-17 Globemaster III
German Air Force Tornado
Canadian CF-18 Hornet
Air Force Reserve Jet Car
Extra 300S-Tim Weber
Pitts- Craig Teft
B-25 Mitchell- Jim Terry
Extra 300L- John Klatt


Osan Air Base Air Power Day 2009 October 21, 09

The Osan Air Base Air Power Day 2009 October 21, 2009 in Korea.

Aerobatic Performers
United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16C/F16D Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-4 Phantom
TA-50 Golden Eagle
KT-1 Wongbee
AH-64 Apache Search & Rescue

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Flight Training application Debuts for the iPhone & iPod Touch

The Finer Points of Flying has teamed with ForeFlight on a new iPhone and iPod Touch application, VFR Communications. The DVD version is also available. The five-chapter instructional course available for the iPhone and iPod Touch contains an hour of HD video, computer animation and instruction from Jason Miller. Each video provides in-depth coverage of airspace, dimensions, charting, airspace entry requirements, real-world cockpit footage demo and how-to communicate in complex airspace.

Available: Apple's Application Store at iTunes. The DVD version is available at

Legend FloatCub Now Certified

Legend FloatCub
American Legend Aircraft Co's amphibious Legend FloatCub has now received certification by the FAA. This aircraft is a lightweight version of the Legend Cub and is configured with amphibious floats from Baumann Floats, LLC. It is a certified LSA aircraft. This aircraft made its first flights on July 2009.
Price: $159,000

InJet to Seek New Hires at NBAA Convention

Injet is looking for new hires at the NBAA 62nd annual convention in Orlando, Florida this month.

Florida Air Museum Receives Grant to Fund a February 2010 Aviation Adventures

The Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, Florida has revived a grant to fund a February 2010 Aviation Adventures lecture by Florida documentary filmmaker Jon Anderson in observance of Black History month. Jon Anderson will lecture on "Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly," which focuses on the Tuskegee Airmen. The lecture by Jon Anderson will be on February 19, 2010, 7PM in the Florida Air Museum on the Sun 'n Fun campus on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida.

Paul Siedenburg Receives FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Paul Siedenburg
People gathered at the Des Moines International Airport in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, September 24, 2009 to see Paul Siedenburg receive FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50+ years of safe flying. This type of award honors people who have contributed and maintained safe flight operations for 50+ years. Paul Siedenburg's first ride was in a Ford Tri Motor in Savanna, Illinois.
He barnstormed in a Waco UPF-8 at someones farm. His career began in the United States Air Corps in 1943 and soloed on July 14, 1943 at Stamford, Texas. He bought a Waco UPF biplane. Paul Siedenburg is accident free for 65 years and 7,000 hours of flying. Congratulations Paul Siedenburg!

Aspen Avionics Receives Certification on Model List Supplemental Type

Aspen Avionics receives FAA Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for the EFD-500 Multi-Function Display (MFD), EFD1000 MFD and EWR50 Weather Receiver.

List Price
EFD500 MFD- $4,995
EFD1000 MFD- 7,995
EWR50 Weather Receiver- $2,495

More Information:

King Schools partners with Redbird Flight Simulations

King Schools and Redbird Flight Simulations have set up an agreement that the King Schools' market will feature Redbird products. Redbird has four flight simulations FMX, SD, LD and Xwind.

Coalition Urges Senate to Pass FAA Reauthorization

The Senate's inaction on FAA re-authorization has prompted a coalition of aviation groups to lobby lawmakers to get work.

“Aviation helps to sustain over 10 million jobs and contributes over $1 trillion in economic activity in the United States. Because of the current economic challenges facing our nation, we feel it is important to recognize the stimulative effect that passing an FAA re-authorization bill will have on America’s aviation workforce and the aviation infrastructure.

Organizations that signed the letter are:

  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • Air Carrier Association of America
  • Air Line Pilots Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Airport Consultants Council
  • Airports Council International-North America
  • American Association of Airport Executives
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • Association of Flight Attendants – CWA
  • Assoc. of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
  • Cargo Airlines Association
  • General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Institute of Electric and Electronics
  • Engineers-USA
  • International Air Transport Association
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association
  • National Air Transportation Association
  • National Aircraft Resale Association
  • National Association of Counties
  • National Association of Regional Councils
  • National Assoc. of State Aviation Officials
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • National League of Cities
  • National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association
  • Portland Cement Association
  • Professional Aviation Maintenance Association
  • Professional Aviation Safety Specialists

F-16 Fighting Falcons Escort Mooney with Unresponsive Pilots

A Mooney crashed on Wednesday morning near Muncie, Indiana after the pilot failed to respond to the air traffic controller. Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Indiana National Guard assisted the airplane by providing an escort until the airplane went down into a cornfield. Military Officials told the Associated Press that the pilot was suffering health problems.

Mooney debuts Technical Publications Master Library

Mooney Airplane Company has debuted a new Technical Publications Master Library for all M20, M20A, M20B, M20C, M20D, M20E, M20F, M20G, M20H, M20I, M20J, M20K, M20L, M20M, M20R, M20S, M20T and M20TN aircraft. The applications are on a 2 GB Lexar JumpDrive, engraved with the word Mooney logo on them. Each of the JumpDrives will contain catalogs, aircraft model specific technical publications, pilot operating handbooks, illustrated parts, service and maintenance manuals.

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Lycoming Authorized Service Centers Network Launched

Lycoming Engines has launched its first network of Lycoming Authorized Service Centers. The Authorized Service Centers must meet requirements. Lycoming will support Authorized Service Centers with online training programs and support soon-to-be-released products. Lycoming Engines has approved 27.

Chesley Sullenberger III & Jeffrey Skiles Co-chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles

Co-Chairmen of EAA Young Eagles, Chesley Sullenberger III and Jeffrey Skiles, and Chairman of EAA Young Eagles, Harrison Ford

EAA announced on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 that Captain Chesley Sullenberger III and First Officer Jeffery Skiles are the Co-Chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles. They are famous for landing US Airways Flight 1549 successfully into the Hudson River.

Chelsey Sullenberger III (b. January 23, 1951)
He is an American airline transport pilot (ATP). He went to the United States Air Force Academy in 1969. He got a Bachelors of Science at the USAF Academy and at the Purdue University earning his masters degree. He served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force which he piloted McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom III from 1975-1980. He has been an employee of US Airways since 1980 and has over 40 years of flying experience. He became famous on January 15, 2009 when he successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River saving the lives of all 151 of the passengers.

Jeffrey Skiles
He received a Bachelors of Science degree in geology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before working with US Airways in 1980 he flew cargo planes. He has more than 15,000 hours of flying. He has a wife and three kids where he lives in Wisconsin.
He became famous on January 15, 2009 when he successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River saving the lives of all 151 of the passengers.

Van's Aircraft Delivers 3,000th RV-8 Kit

Van's RV-8
Tom Carter from Big Fork, Montana became the 3,000th Van's RV-8 buyer.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Oceana Air Show October 17-18, 2009

The Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach, Virgina is on October 17-18, 2009. Gates open at 8:00 A.M. and closes at 4:30 P.M.

Aerobatic Performers
United States Navy Blue Angles- F/A-18 Hornet
Canadian Snowbirds- CT-114 Tutors
Stearman- John Mohr
Otto the Helicopter
Kent Pietsch
Warren Pietsch
Sukhoi SU-26M- Mike Rinker
T-6 Texan- Bill Leff
Dale Snodgrass
The British Red Devils Parachute Team
The USO Parachute Team
Shockwave Jet Truck
Rich's Incredible Pyro
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18 C Hornet
F/A-18E Hornet
E-2C Hawkeye
F-15E Strike Eagle
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Heritage Flight

Ticket Prices

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Edwards Air Force Base Air Show October 17, 09

The Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, California is at 7:00-4:00.

Aerobatic Performers
United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
Tora Tora Tora
B-17G Flying Fortress
B-25 Mitchell
C-17 Globemaster III
F-16 Viper West Demonstration Team
A-10 Thunderbolt II West Demonstration Team
P-38 Lightning- Steve Hinton
P-51 Mustang- Larry Lumpkin
B-1B Lancer
B-2 Spirit
B-52 Stratofortress
AT-6/SNJ Texan- John Collver
United States Air Force Academy's Glider Demonstration Team
Team Flying Circus


Slidell Air Show October 17, 2009

The Slidell Air Show at the Slidell Municipal Airport in Slidell, Los Angeles is on October 17, 2009 between 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Aerobatic Performers
United States Air Force A-10A Thunderbolt II East Coast Demonstration Team
United States Coast Guard HH-65C Dauphin Search & Rescue Demonstration
YAK 52 - Jimmy Fordham
Red Thunder Russian YAK 52/Chinese Nanchang CJ-6 -Tim Willis-lead, Shane Golden-2, BJ Kennamore-3, Jimmy Fordham- 4 Lead Acro, Robert Langford-5 & William Walker- 6
Extra 300L- Chuck Vincent
Pitts S1T
Pitts S2B
UH60A Blackhawk
PT-17 Stearman

Adults 13 & Older: $10.00
Children 6-12: $5.00
6 & Under: Free

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gulfstream G650 Rolls Out to the Public for the First Time

View: Tour of the Gulfstream G650

On September 26, 2009 Gulfstream rolled out to the public the G650 to a crowd of 7,000 people in Savannah, Georgia. First Flights on the G650 is not yet determined. The deliverers are set in 2012.

The Gulfstream G650 is a twin-engine business jet developed by Gulfstream Aerospace. The airline features satellite phones, fax machines and wireless internet.

G650 Specifications


Long Range Cruise Mach 0.85
Mmo Mach 0.925
Normal Cruise Mach 0.90
Range at LRC 7,000 nm / 12,964 km
Range at Normal Cruise 5,000 nm / 9,260 km
Takeoff Distance (MTOW, SL, ISA) 6,000 ft / 1,829 m


Basic Operating 54,000 lbs / 24,494 kg
Maximum Fuel 44,200 lbs / 20,049 kg
Maximum Landing 83,500 lbs / 37,876 kg
Maximum Payload 6,500 lbs / 2,948 kg
Maximum Payload/Full fuel 1,800 lbs / 816 kg
Maximum Ramp 100,000 lbs / 45,360 kg
Maximum Takeoff 99,600 lbs / 45,179 kg
Maximum Zero Fuel 60,500 lbs / 27,443 kg

Design Standards

Engine Type BR725A1-12
Thrust Rating 16,100 lbs / 71.61 kN (each)
Typical Passenger Payload 8 passengers


Baggage Volume (Gross) 195 cu ft / 5.52 cu m
Cabin Length 53 ft 7 in / 16.33 m
Cabin Volume 2,138 cu ft / 60.51 cu m
Height 6 ft 5 in / 1.95 m
Width 8 ft 6 in / 2.59 m


Height 25 ft, 8 in / 7.82 m
Length 99 ft, 9 in / 30.40 m
Overall Span 99 ft, 7 in / 30.35 m
Wingspan 93 ft, 8 in / 28.55 m

Range with 8 passengers, 4 crew, NBAA IFR reserves. Actual range will be affected by ATC routing, operating speed, weather, outfitting options and other factors.