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2 Q Brantford, Ont.: Community Charity Airshow. CANCELED
4—6 Q Pasco, WA: Tri-City Water Follies Drive-In Air Show, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
view from Columbia Park in Kennewick, and Wade Parkin Pasco, (509)
4—7 Q Los Angeles, CA: LA Fleet Week. CANCELED MONARCH PREMIUM CAPS
5 Q Marion, IN: Fly/In Cruise/In. CANCELED Premium Stainless Steel
Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Fly-In, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Umbrella Caps
5—6 Frazier Lake Airpark, (408) 835-1694, frazierlake.com. for your
5—7 Q Gardner, KS: Kansas City Air Show. CANCELED Cessna 177 through 210
8 Q Cleveland, OH: Cleveland National Air Show. CANCELED
9 — 15 Q Toronto, Ont.: Canadian Int’l. Air Show. CANCELED [email protected]
Q Whitby, Ont.: Snowbirds Fly-By. CANCELED
Q Baltimore, MD: Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show, Fort McHenry,
visitmaryland.org. VIRTUAL ONLY
10 — 12 Q Mt. Vernon, IL: Midwest LSA Expo, Mt. Vernon Airport, (618) 242-
11 — 13 Q London, Ont. : Airshow London-Drive-In Airshow, gates 11 a.m., www.hartwig-fuelcell.com
London Int’l. Airport, (226) 213-4811, airshowlondon.com.
12 Q Osceola, WI: Osceola Wheels & Wings. CANCELED
Q Camdenton, MO: Lake of the Ozarks Airshow, Opening Ceremony
10:30 a.m., Camdenton Memorial Airport, lakeoftheozarksairshow.com.
Q Waukegan, IL: Northern Illinois Airshow. CANCELED US: 1-800-843-8033 Keeping aircraft in the air since 1952
Q Hagerstown, MD: Hagerstown Wings & Wheels Expo. CANCELED CDN: 1-800-665-0236
REPLACED BY: Open Airplane Afternoon & Cruise-In Event, 11 a.m. to INTL: 1-204-668-3234
4 p.m., Hagerstown Regional Airport, wingsandwheelsexpo.com. FAX: 1-204-339-3351
Q Chantilly, VA: Dulles Day Plane Pull. CANCELED
12 — 13 Q Gig Harbor, WA: Wings & Wheels. CANCELED FLY HIGH MHSince
Q Atlanta, GA: CAF Dixie Wing WWII Heritage Days. CANCELED 1985
Q Owensboro, KY: Owensboro Air Show. CANCELED with
Q Midland, TX: CAF High Sky Wing AIRSHO. CANCELED Aviation Oxygen Systems
Q Hughesville, PA: Lycoming County Balloonfest, gates 10 a.m., Mountain
Lycoming Fairgrounds, (800) 358-9900, lcrotary.
Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Hollister Municipal Airport, (408) 804-3591, [email protected]
13 Q Oakland, CA: Open Cockpit Day, noon to 4 p.m., Oakland Aviation High MOUNTAIN HIGH
Museum, oaklandaviationmuseum.org. Made in the USA Equipment & Supply Company
16 Q Fort Erie, Ont.: Snowbirds Display. CANCELED
16 — 20 Q Reno, NV: National Championship Air Races. CANCELED GA and Rotorcraft Pilots use MH Oxygen Systems with Pulse-DemandTM
18 — 19 Q Paso Robles, CA: Estrella Warbirds, Wings & Wheels. CANCELED
18 — 20 Q Huntington Beach, CA: The Great Pacific Airshow. CANCELED sss Makes ﬂying at the higher altitudes safe and comfortable sss
19 Q Gatineau, Quebec: Aero Gatineau Ottawa. CANCELED
Q Ocean City, NJ: Airport Festival. CANCELED Portable Pulse-DemandTM Systems
Q Burlington, WA: HFM’s Warbird Weekend, open 10 a.m., Skagit
Regional Airport, (360) 424-5151, heritageflight.org.
Q Bridgewater, VA: Dynamic Aviation Air Show. CANCELED MH XCP
Q Petaluma, CA: Historic Airplane Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1-4 Place
Petaluma Municipal Airport, (707) 778-4404.
19 — 20 Q Huntington Beach, CA: The Great Pacific Airshow. CANCELED Cross-Country
20 Q Virginia Beach, CA: NAS Oceana Air Show. CANCELED 0ILOT
Q Hammond, LA: Northshore Regional Airshow. CANCELED System
Q Montrose, CO: Tribute to Aviation. CANCELED
Q Hayward, CA: Hayward Executive Airport Open House. CANCELED EZ BreatheTM
Q Ocean City, NJ: Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow. CANCELED Cannulas
Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery
Field, (619) 301-2530.
25 Q Washington, DC:Arsenal of Democracy WWII 75th Anniversary
Victory Commemoration Fly-Over, 11:30 a.m. over Lincoln Memorial.
25 — 27 Q San Diego, CA: Miramar Air Show. CANCELED
26 Q McMinnville, OR: Oregon Int’l. Air Show. CANCELED
Q Madison, IN: Aviation Day/Fly-In, open 10 a.m., Madison Municipal
Airport, (812) 273-1914, madisonmunicipalairport.com.
26 — 27 Q Burnet, TX: Bluebonnet Air Show. CANCELED
27 Q Easton, MD: Easton Airport Day. CANCELED Tested
Q Leesburg, VA: Leesburg Air Show. POSTPONED TO OCT. 17 www.MHoxygen.com s [email protected]
Q Chino, CA: Planes of Fame VintageFest. CANCELED
Q Palestine, IL: Wings by the Wabash Airshow. CANCELED
Q Simsbury, CT: Simsbury Fly-In. CANCELED
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4 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
POWERING GENERAL AND BUSINESS AVIATION THROUGH MARKETING
The Story of BizAvJets and Founder/CEO Eli Stepp
By Annamarie Buonocore mechanic. He later made his way to Las share the positive side, especially chari- Eli and Marlene Stepp, the husband and
Vegas and began working with business ties like Corporate Angel Network and wife team who own and operate
Here at In Flight USA, we believe aviation firms to help grow the industry. things of that nature. BizAvJets out of Las Vegas.
that aviation is an inspiring indus- His story is one of dedication and faith in
try, whether one is talking about our evolving industry. We are proud to IF USA: Do you have a background (Courtesy BizAvJets)
business jets, warbirds, or general aviation. feature the following Q and A. in aviation?
For 37 years now, our magazine has tried Gulfstreams. I have a lot of connections
to provide a quality marketing and editori- In Flight USA: You mentioned that ES: I have been in aviation for over in the field, and they reach out to me.
al experience for our clients, and we are this is a startup company. When did you 40 years. I was on the maintenance and Then I give them advice on maintenance
excited about the future of print and digital get started? operations side of the house. I am an air- and operations. Most of my marketing
marketing in the aviation industry. craft mechanic and technician by trade, has been word of mouth, but my business
Eli Stepp: I started branding BizAv but since 2004, I have served in a sales or is growing through different types of
Every once in a while, we come Jets about two and a half years ago, but it field services rep position. In fact, I still marketing.
across a story of inspiration, leadership, did not become an official corporation provide field services to Camp Systems.
and hard work that betters the industry in until January of this year. Then I started my own company. I really Continued on Page 12
a way that is noteworthy. In the past year, wasn’t from the social media or advertis-
we have featured exceptional covers, IF USA: What led you to this busi- ing side, but fortunately, I was able to
from pilot stores that started in garages to ness and what were you doing before? make connections when I moved to Las
jet teams that started with young men Vegas in 2016. A friend of mine took
dreaming during Fleet Week. ES: What led me to this was the con- some aviation photos, and that led to
cern that business aviation is often por- some ads and commercials. I started
This month, we are proud to feature trayed in a bad light. In previous admin- doing some promotions for business avi-
a Las Vegas-based startup called istrations of government, business avia- ation companies, and I help them with a
BizAvJets, a company that provides mar- tion has been agendized as gratuitous, diverse group of media platforms.
keting and advisory services for business wasteful and unnecessary. I wanted to
and general aviation operators. Eli Stepp promote the positive side of business avi- IF USA: Do you have a favorite air-
comes from an intriguing aviation back- ation, and it started with my LinkedIn craft or business aviation jet?
ground in which he started as an aircraft page, to be honest with you. Sharing the
noplanenogain.org, which is a product of ES: I work with everything from the
NBAA and GAMA, I did my best to Phenom 100s all the way up to the
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ON THE COVER
COVER STORY SPECIAL FEATURE
POWERING GENERAL BALLOONS TOOK US
AND BUSINESS INTO THE AIR…
AND NOW TO THE
AVIATION THROUGH EDGE OF SPACE
By Larry E. Nazimek
By Annamarie Buonocore Page 24
Story Begins on Page 4
NEWS Image Courtesy of BizAvJets COLUMNS
Aviation Manufacturing Coalition Calls for Protection of Jobs ..........11 Editorial: It Was A Great Flying Day, Until Flying With Faber: Quick, Refreshing Cuisine for
Engineered Propulsion Systems Files for Chapter 11 ........................20 Charlie Got the “Gremlins” Warm Days
NATA Forms Air Ambulance Subcommittee..........................................21 By Stuart J. Faber............................................................29
Coalition Releases Sustainable Aviation Fuel Guide ..........................27 By Ed Downs...................................................................6
Aviation Enthusiasts Join In Fun, Learning at EAA Spirit Week ........30 Homebuilder’s Workshop: That’s a Switch! And Other
“You Can Fly Champs” Share Love of Flight ........................................33 Editorial: Cabin Fever Misadventures
GAMA Opens Registration for 2021 Design Challenge........................38 By Ed Wischmeyer ..................................................................34
FAA to Host Virtual Rotorcraft Safety Conference................................42 By Mark Baker, AOPA President and CEO ..........................8
Goodies and Gadgets from Aircraft Spruce ..........................................42 DEPARTMENTS
Michigan Hydraulic Hangar Door for Mancave (and Plane) ................44 Why Air Traffic Controller is An Important and
Latinas In Aviation Book Breaks Through Barriers ..............................46 Exciting Career Calendar of Events ..........................................................3
Textron Introduced Beechcraft King Air 360..........................................49 Classifieds ......................................................................48
By Pratik Kirve ............................................................10 Index of Advertisers ......................................................50
One Mitchell of a Bomber
By Daryl Garvis ............................................................17
New Aviators To Incur 10-Year Service
By Thomas Brading, Army New Service............................19
6 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
2017 Socata TBM 930 2008 Mooney Acclaim M20TN Editorial By Ed Downs
Immaculate, one owner, and like new TBM 930. The aircraft has been This M20TN is a stunning, damage free and exquisite example of IT WAS A GREAT FLYING DAY
impeccably cared for by the owner and service center maintained since Mooney's high flying and fast Acclaim model.Sure to attract attention with UNTIL “CHARLIE” GOT THE
new. Factory warranties still in effect. This is a pristine, issue free ma- excellent paint and interior and a beautiful three blade scimitar prop.
chine capable of 330 KTAS in elegant comfort at FL310. The owner is Loaded with options - G1000 avionics suite with WAAS, ADS-B In/Out, “GREMLINS”
upgrading to a King Air and has created a fantastic opportunity to step SVT, GFC700 Autopilot, TKS known icing equipment, speed brakes, and
up to a like new G3000 equipped TBM 930 at a significant discount much more! Many extras included, a Sidewinder Power Driver portable
from new. All Trades Considered. Dual instruction, export and worldwide aircraft tug (nearly $2,000 value!), aircraft cover and much more. A true
delivery available! ...................................................................CALL! turnkey aircraft. AllTrades Considered.Dual instruction, export and world-
wide delivery available!.................................................... $389,900
1991 Glasair III
1981 Mooney M20J
Built by Michael McCluskey with unmatched quality (Mike owns McCluskey AirplanesUSA Aircraft Sales proudly presents this clean and well cared for Cushing, Oklahoma (this writer’s home base), has a municipal airport with a 5,200-foot
LTD, which manufactures continuation Shelby Cobras atTorrance, CA).No M20J to market.A custom panel with outstanding STEC 60-2 autopilot and paved main runway and three well-maintained grass runways of about 2,600 feet in length.
expense spared in construction and outfitting of this aircraft. Exceptional numerous aftermarket mods compliment a beautiful "Ready to go" cross Never heard of “Cushing?” Think about this small mid-Oklahoma town the next time you
workmanship and beautiful finish both inside and out. New custom leather country travelling platform. Annual due April 2020. All trades considered, put gas in your car, as virtually all petrochemical products used in America that travel by
interior by Camarillo Interiors, and upgraded Garmin avionics, to include a Dual Instruction, Export andWorldwide Delivery available.........$89,900 pipeline go through the huge routing terminal in Cushing. (Courtesy City of Cushing, OK)
G3X and G5 EFIS package. Expect an efficient 230 KTAS on 15 gph at
10,000’MSL at 2400 RPM. Glasair experts will quickly recognize the qual-
ity of workmanship and attention to detail .............................$179,000
Steve Feldman • Sales Manager
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San Carlos Airport • 620 Airport Way • San Carlos, California 94070
www.airplanesusa.com It was a great flying day. I met my stu- continue our private pilot training. Owner
dent at our regularly scheduled time of his own plane (which he nicknamed
on Tuesday morning, 9 a.m. Given Charlie), we are training in a 1977 Piper
the extremely high temps (felt like over Cherokee 235… okay… technically a PA-
110 degrees F.) and high humidity, early 28-235. Piper gave it the forgettable name
morning starts seemed like a good idea. of the “Pathfinder,” which would not even
On this morning, the temps at Stillwater have been mentioned had I not looked it up.
Municipal Airport were unusually low With it’s increased “Hershey Bar” wing
for late August, only in the high 70’s. span, lengthened fuselage, large fuel capac-
ity, great useful load and power out the
Stillwater, Oklahoma is a terrific little kazoo (235 HP Lycoming) and constant
town, small by most standards, with about speed prop, this is a handful as a trainer, but
50,000 residents. It is home to Oklahoma pure fun to fly and learn in. The dual
State University (OSU), a world-class edu- nav/com is 1990’s vintage with the addition
cational institute that adds an additional of a 600 series Garmin GPS and ADS-B.
25,000 to the Stillwater body count when All and all, a pleasure to fly. Having not
school is in session. For a small town, this been flown much for several years, Charlie
means a fine selection of restaurants, shop- occasionally gets a case of the “gremlins,”
ping, services and a terrific airport with and a small problem will pop up, but these
regional airline service. Stillwater Muni are being worked out. Such was the case in
sports a main runway of 7,400 feet with the flight that followed.
instrument approaches and a second run-
way of 5,000 feet, now being resurfaced. Well into the landing phase of train-
In fact, the entire airport seems to have ing, we elected to head to another airport
some form of construction going on, with just 22 statute miles away… yep…
the short runway closed, terminal ramp everything in Charlie runs on the statute
torn up, taxiways blocked off and con- scale. With conservative training speeds
struction vehicles likely to end up in the in excess of 150 mph, it does not take
wrong place at almost any time in spite of long to reach the excellent airport at
the tower’s best efforts and a long list of Cushing, Oklahoma (this writer’s home
NOTAM’s. OSU’s considerable aviation base), with its 5,200-foot paved main
program operates out of Stillwater Muni, runway and three well-maintained grass
Keeping the “one-person” tower quite runways of about 2,600 feet in length.
busy, handling ground, air and IFR traffic.
The pattern can get crowded for a small To say the least, this is a perfect train-
town airport. ing field, with the ability to choose the best
cross-wind for the training at hand. For a
Having driven the 40 minutes or so guy that teaches in classics, antiques and
from my modest ranch to the “big city” of warbirds, one could not ask for more.
Stillwater, I met my student at his hangar to
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Calendar of Events
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2—4 Q Virginia Beach, VA: Warbirds over the Beach. CANCELED AOPA TRAVEL
3 Q Ranger, TX: Old School Fly-In & Airshow, gates 9 a.m., Ranger
Municipal Airport, (254) 433-1267, rangerairfield.org. FEATURING THE NEW IFLIGHTPLANNER FOR AOPA
3—4 Q Prescott, AZ: Wings Out West Air Show. CANCELED
6—8 Q Georgetown, DE: Wings & Wheels, opening ceremony 10 a.m., GOOGLE MAPS INTERFACE WITH
9 — 11 Delaware Coastal Airport, wings-wheels.com. U.S AVIATION CHARTS
10 Q Redding, CA: Benton Air Faire, Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m., Benton
10 — 11 Airpark, (530) 241-4204, bentonairfaire.com.
16 — 17 Q Pinehurst, NC: Festival d’Avion. CANCELED
17 Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Fly-In, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Frazier Lake Airpark, (408) 835-1694, frazierlake.com.
17 — 18 Q Minden, NV: Minden-Tahoe Aviation Roudup. CANCELED
23 — 25 Q Pt. Mugu, CA: Naval Base Ventura County Air Show. CANCELED
24 — 25 Q Sacramento, CA: California Capital Airshow. CANCELED
Q Orlando, FL: NBAA/BACE, nbaa.org/2020. CANCELED
Q San Francisco, CA: Fleet Week Air Show. CANCELED
Q New Orleans, LA: WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival. CANCELED
Q Thermal, CA: Jacqueline Cochran Air Show. CANCELED
Q Brandy Station, VA: Culpeper Air Fest. CANCELED
Q Galveston, TX: Galveston Island 150 Air Race/Bi-Plane Fly-In, Scholes
Int’l. Airport, (409) 797-3590, galvestonairport.com.
Q Edwards AFB, CA: Aerospace Valley “Hybrid” Air Show, (661) 277-
6082, avairshow.com. LIVE STREAM ONLY
Q Houston, TX: Wings over Houston Air Show, Ellington Field, general
info (713) 266-4492, wingsoverhouston.com.
Q Pensacola, FL: NAS Pensacola Open House. CANCELED
Q Tallulah, LA: Best Little Air Show in the World. CANCELED
Q Leesburg, VA: Leesburg Air Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Leesburg
Executive Airport, leesburgairshow.com.
Q Apple Valley, CA: Apple Valley Airshow, Apple Valley Airport, (760)
Q Fort Worth, TX: Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Fort Worth Alliance Airport, allianceairshow.com.
Q Santa Maria, CA: Central Coast AirFest. CANCELED
Q Punta Gorda, FL: Florida Int’l. Air Show. CANCELED
Q Dallas, TX: CAF Wings over Dallas WWII Airshow. CANCELED
Q Rome, GA: Wings over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show, gates 10 a.m.,
Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, wingsovernorthgeorgia.com.
Q Jacksonville, AR: Little Rock AFB Air Show. CANCELED
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8 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
By Mark Baker CABIN FEVER tion, as the funds come from donations to
the AOPA Foundation. Flying clubs are
AOPA President and CEO A Prescription to Get Out and Fly another way to save money on aircraft
ownership by lowering the costs of main-
Smooth air, cooler temperatures and 2018. National park reservations are prospects are more uncertain, all of us in taining, storing, and operating aircraft.
the striking beauty of fall foliage booking up quickly, and recreational the GA industry need to encourage more Not to mention, flying clubs offer a built-
make October one of my favorite vehicle sales are at an all-time high, espe- people to appreciate the passion and pur- in support group from all levels of expe-
months. cially among first-time buyers. The thirst sue the idea of becoming a pilot – for rience – just one of the many perks.
for outdoor activities can even be seen pleasure or for pay.
While I have been able to get some through Google searches for water-relat- Of course, flying all starts at the
good flight hours in during the pandemic, ed products like paddleboards, life vests, Here’s your chance to be a real local airport. I know we still have a long
I’m itching for even more of an escape, kayaks, and wakeboards, which have ambassador for general aviation. To those way to go to make them more welcom-
and I’m not the only one. In fact, many increased 70 to 100 percent, according to who think it takes years of time and piles ing. I remember riding my bike to the air-
are turning their attention to newfound a recent news article. of money to fly, remind them that a sport port as a kid, but today, gates, fences,
hobbies, and although certain sectors of pilot certificate only requires a minimum high security, and badge access might
our economy are struggling to stay afloat, With all the talk of bustling marinas of 20 hours of flight time. While there are deter those interested from stepping in
others are surprisingly thriving. Much of and campgrounds packed with first- some limitations, you can fly some pretty and talking to the locals. Welcome into
that has to do with recent findings sur- timers, it’s clear that GA has an opportu- awesome light sport aircraft – everything our community those who are on the out-
rounding the virus. nity to attract our own new, adventurous from a Piper Cub to the ultimate side looking in because we know that
audiences. After all, GA flying alone or amphibious adventure machine, the Icon once you’re a part of the community,
As more information has become with your family is one of the few activi- A5. Icon even makes a point to reach out there’s no group more willing to lend a
available, experts have concluded that ties where social distancing can truly be to nonpilots and offers training for its air- helping hand than GA pilots – I’ve wit-
transmission rates of COVID-19 are sig- maintained. While statistics shows that craft. And a reliable airplane needn’t cost nessed numerous examples of this in my
nificantly lower outdoors – one small GA is faring pretty well – activity is up 15 more than a quality car. own life.
study even states the odds of catching the percent above seasonal norms and with
coronavirus are nearly 20 times higher an uptick in business aviation and private There are other ways to lower the So, as we enter another season wait-
inside than out. A prescription of fresh air charters – we need to ensure that our pilot cost of flying. Seeking out scholarships ing for a vaccine to eradicate this
and Vitamin D could help explain the population stays robust. That starts with from industry organizations like Women COVID-19 mess, let’s be thankful for
surge we’ve seen in outdoor sports like access. in Aviation International, the what we still have: the freedom to fly.
golf, and such recreational activities as Experimental Aircraft Association, the Let’s remind our friends and acquain-
boating, biking, and camping, which The global aviation industry, as a National Business Aviation Association, tances that, just like boating and camp-
have all spiked in popularity. whole, has taken a huge hit from the pan- the Organization of Black Aerospace ing, flying is an adventure that can quite
demic. The industry faced an immense Professionals, and The Ninety-Nines is a literally show you the world. And in
According to the National Marine global pilot shortage just eight months great start. Here at AOPA, we offer times like these, what more can we ask
Manufacturers Association, 70 percent of ago; another way to look at that was there numerous primary and advanced flight for?
boat dealers saw sales growth in May, the was a tremendous demand for pilots. It training scholarships. Last year alone, we
strongest numbers recorded since July was a great opportunity to earn a living awarded 123 scholarships totaling more
by flying, and these pilots needed to start than $1 million. Scholarships are a great
somewhere. Even now, as career way you can help others experience avia-
AOPA PLANS NEW LOOK FOR 2021 EVENTS
Events Will be Flexible, Scalable
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots AOPA pilots together in smaller settings and build on their aviation inspiration AOPA will offer two new exciting event
Association event lineup will look a bit with more intimate gatherings with through two multi-day, multi-stop tours models in 2021 that will be aviation-cen-
different in 2021, but what won’t change AOPA leaders and our friends in the avi- that visit several cities throughout the tered, flexible and scalable to meeting
is AOPA’s commitment to meeting mem- ation industry.” United States. These series of intimate with conditions at the time of the events.
bers where they live and fly. gatherings are anticipated to occur in
AOPA will take the coming year off spring 2021 and another later in the fall. (Mike Fizer/courtesy AOPA)
The year 2020 has been altered in from producing the classic regional fly- Each stop on the Air Tour will feature a
almost every aspect of daily life, and ins members and attendees have come to Pilot Town Hall, round-table discussions owner, an experienced pilot, rusty pilot,
AOPA has felt the sting through the post- know and love, and two new exciting with AOPA leadership, and an Air Safety new pilot, student pilot, or simply love
ponement and cancelation of its most event models with be held instead: Institute safety session. flying, AOPA events will have something
popular fly-in events. However, AOPA for everyone.
remains committed to engaging members • AOPA Aviator Showcase: two “It will take many months to plan
and will continue to host first-class events events (one each in the East and West), these events, with a lot of moving parts, More details will be available later
that bring aviation enthusiasts together geared toward pilots and aircraft owners, but we believe that this strategy repre- this year. Visit the AOPA website for
for fun-filled days of excitement, interac- that will bring together aviators and the sents the best possible opportunity to updates: www.aopa.org.
tion, and learning. products, services, and manufacturers interact with our members, exhibitors and
that pilots depend on. These events will sponsors, and the aviation community,”
“With the uncertainties surrounding feature 40-50 exhibits and around 25-30 Eads said. “The strategy allows us to
what 2021 will look like, we wanted to exhibit aircraft, and offer seminars relat- abide by any local health guidelines and
develop a special event model for this ed to aircraft ownership, technology have the ability to flex in size depending
coming year that will build in tremendous demonstrations, and product presenta- on conditions at the time the events are
flexibility and scalability,” said Chris tions from exhibitors. held.”
Eads, senior director of outreach and
events. “We are really excited with the • AOPA Pilot Gathering Air Tour: Specifics about timing and locales
plan our team has created – two different AOPA will offer members the opportuni- are still being ironed out, but AOPA is
types of events that focus on bringing ty to interact in-person with the associa- confident that whether you are an aircraft
tion, mingle and learn from each other,
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Editorial were turned off and then turned back on “CPA’s turn to us...”
one at a time, same results. We simply did
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hundreds of massive oil tanks, and the tern, observe traffic, enter the downwind aeromarinetaxpros.com
shores are represented by hundreds of on a 45-degree angle, look for a green
ranch ponds. light and land. So, in we went, a great
learning opportunity for my student!
The cool, calm morning air was
working well, and my student was begin- We used our cell phones to pick up
ning to refine landings, not just learn how the ASOS, thereby confirming the pat-
to do them. A good training day. Traffic tern. A 45-degree entry was carefully
was light, and local CTAF kept us abreast flown with a special heads-up for OSU
of pipeline patrol aircraft and tank-farm students. My student could see the tower
drone operations. Charlie was perform- better than me, so he was instructed to
ing well as we decided to head back to “look for the green light.” No green light
Stillwater’s busy Class D tower. That is was seen. Having spotted an OSU plane
when the gremlins kicked in. Just as we on short final, and no others in our path,
were turning out of the pattern at we simple executed a normal pattern and
Cushing, a CTAF call for another airport established final approach.
faded, and both my student and I noticed
an unusual amount of static. At first sus- I noted that the two most used exit
pecting an intercom problem, we fiddled taxiways from the main runway had air-
with all the intercom controls, to no avail. craft waiting on them for intersection
A couple of radio test calls on CTAF departures, neither wide enough for two
failed to get a response. It was then that I planes to maneuver around each other. I
noticed that the lighted digits in the COM assumed PIC and landed short, using the
sides of both the number one and two only clear taxiway, exiting the runway as
radios were dim, and some of the charac- quickly as possible. Again, no green light.
ters could not be fully read. We continued As we turned onto the main taxiway that
our climb to a modest 3,000 feet MSL as leads back to the terminal, we noted an
I suspected a possible under-volt of the airport truck headed our way. The driver
electrical system. But everything else pulled up in front of us, jumped out and
seemed to be working normally. With confirmed where we needed to go. From
only minutes until penetrating the that point on, the truck driver was in
Stillwater Class D, we entered a slow cir- touch with ground control, thankfully, as
cle to troubleshoot the problem. the construction labyrinth could have
Stillwater was the only local airport with caused even more confusion. Once back
avionics service, therefore a logical desti- at the hangar, we shut down and thanked
nation. As the NASA CallBack publica- our “follow-me” gent.
tion often asks, “What would you have
done?” The “rest of the story” is a bit anti-
climactic. I called the airport managers
First, I transferred control of the office to report the event and get the
plane to the student, advising him to phone number to the tower. Upon calling
maintain our position and altitude, look- the tower, I simply identified myself as
ing for traffic, while I troubleshot the sys- the CFI flying Charlie and apologized for
tem. COM 1 and 2 appeared to be inop, any inconvenience I may have cause. The
with only partial frequency displays, but response was simply, “Welcome home,
the NAV side of each radio appeared to glad everything turned out okay. Sorry
be working normally, including the GPS. about not giving you a green light … it
A check of the AMP meter and voltage has been broken for months and we can’t
(through the GPS status display) came up get it fixed!” No word on the radio yet but
normal. A double check of the interphone looking forward to figuring out what hap-
and advanced tech headsets did not show pened. Oh yes, upon getting back to the
any anomalies. The audio panel was ranch, I did a web search for “NASA
checked and even the ship’s speaker was ASR Report” and pulled up the correct
turned on. Neither push-to-talk switch link, filed the report and as the old car-
appeared to be stuck. While the VOR was toons used to say, “that’s all folks.”
working, there was no audio. All avionics
10 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
WHY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER IS
ONE OF THE IMPORTANT AND
EXCITING AVIATION CAREERS
By Pratik Kirve
Acareer in aviation is exciting, The Chandler Airport (Arizona) FAA
thriving, and full of challenges. Contract Tower has been operational since
Among various jobs available in May 17, 1995; the permanent tower was
commercial and military aviation, air commissioned on July 13, 1998 and oper-
traffic controller is one of the important ates with eight air traffic controllers.
and challenging careers. From takeoff to Chandler Tower is tasked with providing
landing, air traffic controller has the “safe, expeditious, and orderly” air traffic
responsibility of ensuring the safety of service. Controllers apply the “rule of 3 S’s.”
aircraft, pilots and passengers. It involves
giving information, advice, and instruc- First “S”: They establish discipline
tions to pilots through radio and radar out of what sometimes is chaos by assign-
communication devices. ing a Sequence. Second “S”: They moni-
tor the progress of aircraft operating in
Exceptional concentration, confi- the traffic pattern to ensure the appropri-
dence, and quick decision making are ate Spacing is developing between air-
some of the vital attributes required for craft. And Third “S”: They make sure
the job along with education qualifica- Separation, specified by FAA directives,
tions. There are different ways to acquire exist between aircraft on the runway sur-
the job. Regarding educational qualifica- face. (Courtesy Chandler Airport,
tions, an individual needs to have a bach-
elor’s degree and certification from affil- changdleraz.gov.)
iated institutes or universities. Moreover,
a combination of post-graduate or mas- nical skillset. Those attributes include
ter’s degree and certification from affili- excellent oral communication skills, deci-
ated institutes or universities will be suf- sion-making, rule adherence, error aware-
ficient. Otherwise, an individual with ness, emotional stability, information pro-
military experience in air traffic control cessing ability, and problem solving capa-
are also preferred for the job. bility, along with openness to learning.
Given the magnitude of the role, individu-
Why are the air traffic controllers als need to pass psychological, medical,
important? and skills tests before getting the job.
Air traffic controllers play a crucial Since the industry needs constant
role in the first and foremost important monitoring and communication, there is
criteria: safety. Without controllers and around-the-clock work for air traffic con-
their guidance, aircraft can collide with trollers. Individuals work in shifts and
other aircraft mid-air, crash during land- can be required to work over weekends
ing, fly lower or higher than required, and and holidays, as well. The work hours are
create many other drastic situations that usually 38 to 40 per week.
may result in tragedy.
The engaging, high-pressure work
Ensuring the safety of aircraft and and requirement of high levels of concen-
passengers, controllers need to stay con- tration lead to tiredness, so individuals
stantly in contact with pilots through work for two hours and take a break for
radar and radio. Through this communi- half an hour instead of taking just one
cation, controllers can offer information break in a nine hour shift.
about minimum distance to be main-
tained between planes, climbing or What are further career opportu-
descending to specific cruising level, and nities?
weather conditions. In addition, con-
trollers can manage the movement of With experience and enhancement
planes on and off the runways and around in skills, there are opportunities to move
the terminals. Information regarding path to larger airports and take on more
changes is provided by the controllers. responsibilities, such as the role of a man-
They also play crucial roles in handling ager. As a team leader, supervisor, and
emergency situations, unexpected events, manager, an individual can track and
and unscheduled traffic. manage the tasks of an entire unit.
Why is the job of air traffic con- Continued on Page 12
Before a person can become an air
traffic controller, there are certain attrib-
utes that are essential along with the tech-
September 2020 www.inflightusa.com 11
AVIATION MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY COALITION CALLS FOR TARGETED
AND TEMPORARY SUPPORT TO HELP PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS
On Aug. 11, a coalition representing every million dollars in direct sales rev- face a near-steady stream of aircraft order taken earlier this year have worked, but
the aviation manufacturing industry com- enue generated by the industry. cancellations continually decreasing more assistance is needed as the COVID-
prised of the General Aviation demand for maintenance and repairs. 19 pandemic continues to harm people,
Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the “The aviation manufacturing and This, in turn, puts the skilled aerospace communities, and economies worldwide.
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), maintenance industry continues to face and defense workforce at risk, forcing Representatives Estes and Larsen’s bipar-
the Aeronautical Repair Station stiff headwinds from the COVID-19 pan- significant layoffs and furloughs in com- tisan bill would provide additional tem-
Association (ARSA), the National demic. We applaud and are deeply grateful panies large and small,” said AIA porary and targeted support to help save
Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), to Representatives Estes and Larsen for President and CEO Eric Fanning. “ Steps
and the International Association of their work to support the industry’s highly Continued on Page 14
Machinists and Aerospace Workers skilled workforce as well as Senators
(IAM) announced their collective support Moran and Warner for introducing similar P.O. Box 5402 • San Mateo, CA 94402
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the companion bill to S. 3705, the Public- ment partner together to protect aviation Managing Editor..........................................................................................Annamarie Buonocore
Private Partnership to Preserve Jobs in manufacturing and maintenance jobs in Production Editors ..............................................................................Anne Dobbins, Toni Sieling
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Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mark Warner ers, and the International Association of Columnists ..................Stuart Faber, Eric McCarthy, Ed Wischmeyer, Marilyn Dash, Ed Downs
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HANGARS Cover Story: BizAvJets
Continued from Page 4 tion regarding technical issues and an
4540 Years of Manufacturing Excellence IF USA: Do you have a favorite operator’s relationship to government
policies and regulations. If it is important
Buy Factory Direct ! social media platform where you do most to business avation, the NBAA acts very
of your work? quickly. They help you contact your leg-
• T-Hangars • Electric Bi-Fold Doors islative representatives in your area to
ES: I am on Facebook, Twitter, work through issues that affect business
• Individual Hangars • Corporate Hangars Instagram, LinkedIn… I have my biggest aviation. I love them. They’ve been great.
following on LinkedIn, an especially
• Maintenance Hangars • Hangar Homes effective communication network for IF USA: How can companies grow
those offering consulting services. I by getting involved with aviation?
Photo by Bruce Selyem recently created the BizAvJets company
page, but my personal page has about ES: It depends on their situation.
Call Today ! 6,800 connections right now. I get a lot of They have to make sure they’re at a point
feedback on there. I have also been doing where they need it. If you’re going to buy
R & M Steel Co. very well on Instagram. When I post an advanced aircraft, you need to be flying
something, I get excellent feedback right 50 to 200 hours per year. The aircraft needs
U.S. Toll Free: Phone 1-866-454-1800 • Fax 1-866-454-1801 away. Twitter is not as active these days. I to be properly maintained, and many com-
Outside U.S. 1-208-454-1800 like them all, and I have a following on all panies are shocked at how much it costs to
of them. I also have the BizAvJets news operate large corporate aircraft. They are
www.aviationbuildingsystem.com channel, which is basically a LinkedIn always a bit shocked about the mainte-
page. I share a lot of news articles, but I nance costs. Companies setting up a busi-
[email protected] bullet point them so that it’s easier to read. ness fleet could be looking at $400,000 per
year to maintain such a fleet. Businesses
Carolina Airparks IF USA: What advice would you should consider using a platform like
give to people who are looking to sell or NetJets, which is a bit expensive, but per-
Sell Airpark & Airstrip Properties in the Carolinas market the type of business aicraft you haps a better choice than owning a fleet.
specialize in? That is where I come in; BizAvJets can
That’s What We Do! help with those organizational decisions.
ES: The most important piece of
Allen & Allen, Incorporated advice I would give is for them to have the IF USA: Is there any advice you
aircraft current with records and modifica- would give to a company that already has
tions. The records are very important. a fleet or business aviation department?
There are services that do this professional-
ly. I personally like Thoroughbred Aviation ES: I would be sure that records are
with Nathan Winkle. (www.thoroughbred well maintained and that everything is
aviation.com) That is the most important organized. I recommend using CAMP
thing – to have the aircraft well-equipped Systems. CAMP Systems is the indus-
and maintained, paying special attention to try’s leading Aircraft Maintenance and
avionics and documentation requirement Regulatory Compliance Management
of foreign countries that may differ from solution for fixed and rotor wing aircraft.
those in the U.S. They should make sure they are sending
copies of everything documented in their
IF USA: Are there any organiza- flight department to a company like
tions that have helped you and that you CAMP as the aircraft maintenance track-
would recommend? ing companies will track in a manner
approved by the FAA and foreign desti-
ES: NBAA (National Business
Aviation Association) hands down! They Continued on Page 13
provide excellent tools to business ava-
Air Traffic Controller
Continued from Page 10
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Located at Whiteplains Plantation Airpark (SC99) airline companies. enthusiast. He holds a bachelor degree in
Electronics and Telecommunication
3000’ paved and lighted runway with VASI. There are huge opportunities in the Engineering and currently working as a
air traffic control industry and there will Sr. Specialist - Content Writer at Allied
Allen & Allen, Incorporated Carolina Airparks be many more opportunities as the indus- Analytics LLP. He has avid interest in
www.carolinaairparks.com try expands in the next few years. writing news articles across different ver-
According to a report published by Allied ticals. When he is not following updates
Call Geneva 704-798-5214 or Market Research, the global air traffic and trends, he spends his time reading,
Toll-Free 877-279-9623 control market is expected to reach writing poetry, and playing football.
$11.50 billion by 2027. The multi-billion
Email [email protected] dollar industry awaits highly-motivated,
confident, and technically-skilled indi-
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Cover Story: BizAvJets
Continued from Page 12 stream individuals and families are look-
ing into options for flying privately to Steve Weaver Aircraft Sales
nations. I have seen some companies not avoid germs. In fact, my wife, Marlene
send them in, and that’s a problem. For my and I had an experience with NV Jets that 74 Cessna 172, 10,291TT, all logs, fresh annual ..$46,500 SALE PENDING
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really depends on what type of organiza- ation more cost effective. You can save ‘77 Commander 114, 1963 TT,....SALE PENDING 1965 Piper Comanche 260
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ground, but for charter companies, I would legs.” I love watching people fly charter 2015 Quicksilver Sport 25, 150TT, ..........$25,000 Hangared
recommend getting there name and servic- aviation for the first time. It is not as 79 Piper Tomahawk, 3977 TT, ..................$24,900 $57,500
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these companies are not online, not in ‘46 7DC Champ, 2007 Airframe/Eng Rebjuild,.. $32,000
magazines, and do not even have websites. IF USA: What advice would you ‘46 Swift GC-1B, 3160 TT, ........................$29,750
This is all huge now. Like here in Las give to individuals and families looking to ‘40 Piper J-3 Cub, 18 hrs SMOH, ............$39,000
Vegas as an example, there is a company use the charter side of business aviation for
that is all over the Internet, and they send their travel needs? “I have sold most of my
email newsletters. They are doing a great inventory and I need to
job. That would be my recommendation. ES: I would recommend contacting a replace it. If you are thinking
Marketing is not that expensive, and it can charter service. Tell them you want to get about selling your airplane,
be done very effectively if you get the right on their “empty-leg” list. Cirrus Aviation it’s a great time to let me do it for you.”
media (digital, print, social) combination will gladly do this. Don’t be shy about
and if you have the right manager. negotiating about the empty leg prices Steve Weaver Aircraft Sales 1957 Cessna 182 Skylane
because that flight has likely already been 3,232 TT, Stec 20, Hangared
IF USA: What is so special about paid for. Common lay people don’t know Purveyer of Quality Aircraft Since 1968
Las Vegas for aviation? they can negotiate pricing and these com- Buckhannon Regional Airport (W22) $59,500
panies may work with you, especially if
ES: We have lots of casinos and you offer to do this in the future. www.steveweaver.com
attractions here, but it’s a little-known [email protected]
fact that some of the biggest equipment IF USA: Do you have any charter
rental companies are out here too, and services that you recommend or that you Phone: (843) 475-6868
they have several planes based here. network with? Fax: (803) 753-9761
Henderson Airport has lots of new
hangars and is thriving. It is a wonderful ES: Yes, I do. I like Cirrus here in
place for general and business aviation Vegas and Thrive Aviation. Both have
aircraft. Another advantage is the nice dry good reputations.
climate. It keeps the corrosion off the
planes, and that helps a lot. IF USA: Many student pilots are
looking for different career paths. Do you
IF USA: Tell me about the work you have any career advice for pilots?
do as a mechanic.
ES: Before Covid happened, we
ES: I work on both business and heard about all these shortages with pilots
general aviation aircraft. I used to work and maintenance personnel. Many airlines
for Standard Aero as a mechanic. We have laid-off lots of pilots, so maybe now
would change engines and did a lot of is a bad time. But in the future, many
wonderful projects. I have been a director mechanics and pilots are going to be retir-
of maintenance before as well, so I know ing, and somebody needs to do this work.
how companies feel from their side of the So, I strongly recommend exploring all
business. I know how stressful it can be. options from commercial jobs to jobs in
small FBOs at general aviation airports.
IF USA: How has Coronavirus
impacted your business? IF USA: And what advice would
you give to companies marketing to hire?
ES: While the virus has been hard on
business, there are some positive things ES: I have done some private refer-
happening. Many middle-class and main- rals on this. Before Covid, many compa-
Continued on Page 14
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Fly By Wire Air is a one-stop shop for aviation. You will find A coalition of aviation organizations are
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www.flybywireair.com Association (AIA)).
“ARSA is extremely grateful to
Representatives Estes and Larsen for intro- this bill will be used for the sole purpose
ducing this important legislation. Pandemic- of keeping working families on the job
related economic disruptions have decimat- and off of unemployment. As the largest
ed America’s aviation maintenance industry aerospace and defense union in America,
and there’s very little light at the end of the we proudly endorse this much-needed
tunnel,” said ARSA Executive Vice legislation and hope it is passed swiftly
President Christian Klein. “ The Estes- with bipartisan support.”
Larsen bill is a lifeline for an industry that’s
seen revenues fall by roughly half and that Government relief has proven effec-
may have lost more than 50,000 workers – tive at helping keep employees on payroll
a quarter of our workforce – in recent during the crisis. A recent study found that
months. It will save jobs in the near-term – the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
particularly in aviation-heavy states like alone saved between 1.5 and 3.5 million
Kansas and Washington – and help ensure jobs. The bipartisan bills propose a public-
that when the aviation sector begins to private partnership between government
recover, repair stations will still have the and industry to help prevent further lay-
technical talent they need to keep the offs. The Estes-Larsen bill is cosponsored
nation’s aircraft fleet operating safely.” by Representatives Roger Marshall, M.D.
(R-KS), Tom Cole (R-OK), Gerry
“The aerospace and defense work- Connolly (D-VA), Sharice Davids (D-KS),
force is a critical component of our nation- Kim Schrier (D-WA) and Salud Carbajal
al security. Uniquely skilled, the members (D-CA). The Moran-Warner bill is cospon-
of that workforce produce the best com- sored by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS),
mercial and military equipment in the Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roy Blunt (R-MO),
world. We cannot afford to lose them as and Doug Jones (D-AL). Both bills pro-
they are key to the recovery of the sector vide an innovative path forward for the
and, just as importantly, developing the aviation manufacturing and maintenance
next skilled, cleared generation keeping us industry. Congressional leadership must
at the cutting edge,” said Gen. Hawk now come together in support of this criti-
Carlisle, NDIA President and CEO. cal manufacturing sector and workforce.
“We applaud Reps. Larsen and Estes
for introducing this innovative payroll
support legislation. Saving this critical
industry and the livelihoods of the men
and women who have made the aero-
space sector thrive for generations is our
top legislative priority,” said IAM
International President Robert Martinez
Jr. “The federal funding authorized by
Cover Story: BizAvJets
Continued from Page 13 has helped me get started. My wife is vice
nies were marketing and holding career president, and it’s just us right now.
fairs, but that has stopped a bit. I have
helped with this, and I think their HR IF USA: Are you based at an airport?
departments are doing a good job. It’s all ES: I am not. I am based in my pri-
about getting the word out there and con- vate office in Las Vegas.
necting with the flight schools. IF USA: Is there anything else you
would like to add?
IF USA: Tell us about the plane on ES: Every business aviation person
the cover? should really make an effort to promote
the positive side to business, corporate
ES: That was NV Jets. Unfortunately, and charter aviation. My favorite charity
now they went out of business. But that is is Corporate Angel Network. They pro-
a Phenom 100 aircraft. We took a flight vide free flights to cancer patients. I love
and did some video footage. That’s my promoting them, and they’re just a great
wife and me on the cover, and we work organization.
together in the business. For more information about
BizAvJets visit www.bizavjets.com. To
IF USA: How many are involved in learn more about Corporate Angel
your company? Network visit corpangelnetwork.org.
ES: Right now, it’s just my wife and
me. We do have one investor partner who
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single vertical fin with low-set horizontal World War II in 1941, only one B-25 value with Compass Concierge
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internal bomb load of 10,000 pounds. At Axis airfields and mechanized supply
$122,000 per copy, the XB-21 was an columns. Mitchells later provided ground
expensive plane for its day. Though the support in Sicily and the Italian mainland
Air Corps decided upon the Douglas B- and were effective in strikes against both
18 after a fly off of the two aircraft in road and rail links. These groups were the
Dec. 1936, North American engineers only USAAF B-25 units to operate in the
gained valuable experience from the XB- European theater. In early 1943, the RAF
21 project. began to update its bomber inventory,
replacing older Douglas Bostons and
The XB-21 (now NA-21) was North Vickers Wellingtons with the Mitchells.
American’s first twin-engine product, These aircraft initially performed bomb-
and the company was determined to pro- ing raids over continental Europe, acting
duce a more refined, state-of-the-art air- as supply aircraft following the
craft. With development entering a rapid Normandy invasion. A number of B-25s
pace, the NA-21 was now designated the were also supplied to both the Royal
NA-40 with the first test flight scheduled Canadian and Soviet air forces through
for Jan. 1939. However, the NA-40 was the Lend-Lease program.
fitted with more powerful engines and
additional improvements in March 1939. The B-25 had the distinction of
Tragically, the test flight of the prototype being the only medium bomber to oper-
aircraft ended in a crash the following ate from an aircraft carrier during World
month. Not to be discouraged, the North War II. Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy
American design team proceeded with a Doolittle, who led the raid, was in need of
number of modifications to the NA-40, an aircraft capable of taking off from an
now designated the NA-62. The NA-62 aircraft carrier (500 feet) with the
design was based on a new series of required bomb and fuel load. To select
USAAC requirements, for a medium
bomber type capable of speeds near 300 Continued on Page 18
mph with a range of 1,200 miles and a
payload of 2,400 pounds. After a success-
ful test flight in Sept. 1939, the Air Corps
accepted the NA-62 prototype with the
aircraft entering production as the B-25.
Due to the war in Europe in full
18 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
One Mitchell of a Bomber made low-level runs on Japanese air-
fields and ground installations with the
Continued from Page 17 only one plane landed intact in Siberia designed for bombing from medium alti- use of parafrag bombs. Such bombs
with 11 crewmembers lost of the original tudes, the jungle environment of the allowed the B-25s to approach the target
the desired plane, the Mitchell was pitted 80. There were plans to operate Mitchells Pacific made such tactics impractical, at low altitude yet avoid their blast with
against another medium bomber, the from carriers later in the war, but these dictating low-level approaches to targets. the parachutes delaying ground contact
Martin B-26 Marauder. The B-25 proved never materialized. Another tactic tailored to the B-25 was until the aircraft were clear of the area.
a better aircraft for carrier operations, as skip bombing, in which the attacking
the result of a fly off between the two and The Mitchell made perhaps its great- bomber would fly just above sea level, With the fragmentation feature, they
the Mitchell was modified accordingly. est impact in the Southwest Pacific area. dropping its bombs on the water at a pre- were effective against both personnel and
All 16 B-25s took off from the USS It was from operations in this area that the determined point, bouncing into the side parked aircraft. While the Mitchell went
Hornet in April 1942, bombing Tokyo B-25’s potential as a ground attack plane of an enemy ship. On land, the Mitchells through a number of modifications dur-
and four other cities without loss, though developed. While the Mitchell was ing the war, the most important was the
gunship, or strafer version. When Maj.
Trusted. Gen. George Kenney took command of
the Fifth Air Force in Aug. 1942, he met
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NEW AVIATORS TO INCUR 10-
YEAR SERVICE OBLIGATION
By Thomas Brading Contact Visit
Army News Service TOP: U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk 5 BELL 212 Helicopters
helicopters from the New Jersey National
Starting in October, commissioned Guard’s 1-150th Assault Helicopter Mfg 1996-1991, Current Maintenance, New Paint, One Operator
and warrant officers selected for ini- Battalion sit on the flight line during sun- Since New, Always on U.S. Registry, Back-to-Birth Records
tial entry flight training will be set at the Army Aviation Support Facility,
required to serve at least a decade once they Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., BELL 412 Helicopter
become anArmy aviator, according to an all Nov. 8, 2018.
Army activity message published Aug. 12. SN 33017 - EMS Configured,
(Master Sgt. Matt Hecht, U.S. Army) or Utility, IFR, Zero Time Since
The new policy doesn’t include
Soldiers currently in training, said Chief BOTTOM: Soldiers pilot a CH-47 Engine Overhauls. Good
Warrant Officer 5 William S. Kearns, avi- Chinook helicopter during a training Components and Excellent
ation and officer policy integrator for the flight over the city of Erbil in the
Army’s G-1 office. “We’re looking at Kurdistan Region of Iraq, May 23, 2020. Records.
troops selected for flight training in the
fiscal year 2021 and beyond.” (Spc. Angel Ruszkiewicz, U.S. Army) Hudson Flight Limited
The change comes as the cost and its incentive pay for aviators in January. The Ron Fernuik • 806.662.5823
requirements for aircraft have increased pay raise was the first in two decades to help [email protected]
across the board, Kearns said. balance pilot numbers at all ranks and stay
competitive with the civilian market. Allison Fisher • 971.241.8473
“There are many complexities in [email protected]
these advanced helicopters, which trans- Across the force, warrant officer
lates to increased costs in flight hours, recruiters are actively on the lookout to
maintenance, and training requirements,” fill their ranks.
Kearns said. “They require more time for
people to gain experience. There’s the “We want as many applications as
technical expertise that goes along with it we can, so if anybody has any questions,
as well. In the end, it’s the Army getting be sure to contact that warrant officer
a good return on the investments.” recruiting team,” Kearns said. “It’s a
great time to apply to become a pilot, and
These investments set the Army [Soldiers] can get in with a high school
apart from all the branches, he said. For degree. There are some other prerequi-
example, it’s the only service that allows sites they have to meet. But, we want as
people to go into flight training with only many people as we can get to apply.
a high school degree. “You don’t have to
have a college degree to apply or be “We are very, very interested in see-
accepted into it,” he said. ing more applications,” he added.
The policy also applies to Army This call to action comes amid chal-
Reserve and National Guard compo- lenging times, with many civilian airlines
nents, but their obligated service will
remain part-time, he said. “The service Continued on Page 20
obligation begins on the date an officer
attains an aeronautical rating of Army
aviator or is removed from attendance,
whichever is earlier.”
Before Army Secretary Ryan D.
McCarthy signed a memorandum for the
change in June, the Army had bumped up
20 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
ENGINEERED PROPULSION SYSTEMS, INC. FILES FOR CHAPTER 11
PROTECTION IN U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
A bankruptcy case concerning new standards for fuel economy and per- tions defined under Treasury Department The Engineered Propulsion Systems’
Engineered Propulsion Systems, Inc, of formance through its revolutionary light- guidelines. On May 22, the Treasury Graflight 8 engine design project is now
New Richmond, Wisconsin, was filed weight, Flat-Vee, engine design using Department published proposed revisions in the hands of the US bankruptcy court.
under Chapter 11 of the United States internationally available Jet fuel. At the to existing regulations that implemented
Bankruptcy Code. The case was filed by time of its’ bankruptcy filing, EPS had the Foreign Investment Risk Review (EPS Photo)
the debtor’s attorney, James D. Sweet of expended more than $60 million in private Modernization Act (“FIRRMA”), a law
Steinhilber Swanson LLP. shareholder investment, as well as state passed in 2018 that expands the
and US Air Force grants seeking certifica- Committee’s jurisdiction over transactions
Engineered Propulsion Systems, Inc. tion of its revolutionary engine with both involving certain sensitive U.S. business-
(EPS) was formed in 2006 to develop, civil and military applications. es. Among other things, the proposed reg-
manufacture, and market a revolutionary ulations would modify the scope of trans-
new GA diesel engine, which addresses EPS’ technology is defined as “criti- actions that are subject to mandatory
the needs of the single and light-twin pis- cal” (NAICS Code: 336412), and its
ton engine market. The EPS engine set acquisition will likely fall into new regula- Continued on Page 21
Senior Care Authority, Peninsula will pro- New Aviators directly affected [Soldiers’] ability to pur-
vide you the guidance concerning your loved sue [their] goals of working for the com-
one, including finding the best places to live, Continued from Page 19 mercial sector, especially the airlines.”
receiving the proper care, and navigating
through a complex health care system. running on reduced flight schedules, said For anyone interested in becoming a
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jon Koziol, the warrant officer, individuals should con-
Senior Living and Care Solutions For more information contact Army’s command chief warrant officer tact a warrant officer recruiter or visit the
to the aviation branch, during a Facebook Army’s Warrant Officer Recruiting web-
• Free Consultations Annamarie Buonocore livestream in June. site at www.army.mil or directly at
• Available 7 days a week https://recruiting.army.mil/ISO/AWOR/.
• Serving South San Francisco at 650/504-8549 “This global pandemic has made
unprecedented impacts on the world’s
to Palo Alto abuonocore economies and our way of life,” Koziol
@seniorcareauthority.com said. “Some of the impacts may have
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missions and issues that have been ampli- port, I believe the industry has been
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Air Ambulance Subcommittee Chairman demic. It is more important than ever for
Marc Ramthun, Vice President – Medical us to work together towards a common
Flight Services of CSI Aviation.
Continued on Page 22
Ramthun is responsible for CSI’s
Medical Flight Services and oversees a
staff that handles customer relations, con-
tract negotiations, and special flight mis-
sion requests. Prior to assuming this posi-
tion, Ramthun was VP-Sales & Services
for CSI with responsibility for commer-
EPS Inc. Chapter 11
Continued from Page 20 horse” agreement with an initial purchaser
against which higher and better offers can
review by CFIUS – namely, those foreign be solicited, and which spells out that the
investments in U.S. businesses that pro- stalking horse will be deemed the “highest
duce, design, test, manufacture, fabricate and best” bid if no competing proposals are
or develop “critical technologies.” received. Mary R. Jensen was designated
the US trustee for the bankruptcy. She can
In a shareholder meeting held on be reached at the following location for fur-
Thursday Aug. 4, 2020 it was revealed by ther details: https://www.justice.gov/ust-
EPS’ attorney James Sweet that a receiving regions-r11/region-11-western-district-wis-
entity named “EPS Engineered Propulsion consin e-mail: [email protected]
Systems, LLC” was formed in Delaware by
Chinese and other foreign interests’ intent For those desiring to view the bank-
on taking possession of EPS. They have ruptcy petition (Case 1-20-11957) and
already assumed the role of Debtor in other documents filed by the debtor, they
Possession, and are in the process of prepar- are available at the Internet home page
ing a binding “stalking horse bid” to assume www.wiwb.uscourts.gov, or at the Clerk’s
all assets in a Section 363 auction process Office, U.S. Federal Courthouse, 500 S.
defined by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The Barstow Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701.
first step in that process typically entails the
debtor’s execution of a binding “stalking
22 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
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NATA “We are honored that the fixed-wing
air ambulance industry has reached out to
Continued from Page 21 NATA to support their voice and unique
regulatory and legislative needs through
goal of safely transporting our patients and this important subcommittee of our 135
crews,” added Subcommittee Vice Chair Air Charter Committee. The enthusiasm
Roberts, Senior Director of Safety, for the formation of a group dedicated to
Training and Compliance for REVA, Inc. the needs of this critical industry segment
is shared by leaders from 20 air ambu-
Emma Roberts is the Sr. Director lance companies, who swiftly joined to
Safety, Training and Compliance at advance their priorities during this time
REVA, Inc. where she is responsible for of challenge and change,” concluded
the Safety Management System, compa- NATA Senior Vice President and
ny training programs, and all regulatory Committee Liaison Ryan Waguespack.
matters. Roberts joined REVA after nine
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BALLOONS TOOK MAN INTO THE AIR…AND NOW TO THE EDGE OF SPACE
By Larry E. Nazimek and a pilot. They plan on launching from Center and why they are operating by the face…,” so the Space Shuttle landing
the Kennedy Space Center, next to the Space Shuttle Landing Strip. Space strip is the ideal location. Certainly, that
On Oct. 19, 1783, man took to the 15,000-by-300-foot Space Shuttle land- Perspective Founder and Co-CEO Taber runway isn’t one with many operations.
skies for the first time: in a balloon. ing strip. The capsule will be carried up MacCallum explained, “You want to
Within days, it was done again. to 100,000 feet by a hydrogen-filled bal- operate out of a peninsula since the The balloon is of the type that has
Why, then, should it be any wonder that man loon, and after two hours, it will descend recovery will be made over water.” As for been in use for more than 50 years, so it
will go to the edge of space in a balloon? into the Atlantic Ocean where it will be the KSC, “The FAA requires us to oper- has a proven track record of safety. People
picked up by a recovery ship. ate out of a licensed spaceport.” To are accustomed to seeing pictures of
Space Perspective is working on launch a balloon and payload of this type, weather balloons, that are long narrow
Spaceship Neptune that will carry eight One might wonder why they are “...we need a 750-foot prepared sur- envelopes that expand as the balloon rises,
paying passengers, called “explorers,” operating out of the Kennedy Space and this one is similar in that respect. At its
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Balloons Took Man into the Air…And Now to the Edge of Space
Continued from Page 24 Space Perspective is working on Spaceship Neptune that will carry eight paying pas- today. Bloomberg Business week called
them “Masters of the Stratosphere.”
different way, something best seen and not sengers, called “explorers,” and a pilot. (Courtesy Space Perspective)
described. They will see the sun rise over Among her many accomplishments,
the curved Earth, while still in the black- ing into operating from various other loca- here on Earth and beyond. There is also a Poynter was a member of the Biosphere 2
ness of space. tions, such as Alaska and Hawaii, as well as great deal of interest in the composition of design team and a member of the original
places in Asia and Europe. They may even the atmosphere at various altitudes as it crew who lived for two years inside the
The two-hour descent is under the be operating out of Michigan, with land- varies from day to day, so samples will be sealed, self-sustaining habitat.
balloon, with hydrogen vented out in a ings in Lake Michigan. taken on every flight.
very controlled manner, although the Taber is the Chairman of the Board of
“reserve descent system,” a backup para- With the type of capsule they are People wanting to fly can sign up on the Commercial Spaceflight Federation,
chute, can safely land the capsule in the using, they expect that some flights will the company’s website, but unlike other the leading private spaceflight industry
event of an emergency. The chute is par- focus on groups for things like weddings, companies planning on space tourism, tick- group. His patented technologies are on
tially pre-opened so it can quickly and music events, or television programs. The ets are not presently being sold. The price, most human spacecraft including the ISS.
seamlessly take over from the balloon in possibilities are endless. when tickets are sold, will be in the vicini-
the highly unlikely event that it is needed. ty of $125,000. They are now operating As Poynter put it, “We’re committed
The FAA’s Office of Commercial with money from venture capital investors. to fundamentally changing the way peo-
The balloon is not steerable, but data Spaceflight regulates these commercial ple have access to space – both to per-
from weather balloons prior to launch pro- human space launches. The pilot will hold Unlike other companies that have top form much-needed research to benefit
vides sufficient information as to the speed a gas balloonist rating, but the details on people in their field as advisers while busi- life on Earth and to affect how we view
and direction of the winds at the various the requirements are still being worked out nessmen run the company, Space and connect with our planet. Today, it is
altitudes, so that a predicted landing loca- with the FAA. There will also be a similar- Perspective is run by the notables, or as more crucial than ever to see Earth as a
tion may be determined. This location is ly rated “copilot” on the ground, who can they call it, “Crew Members.” A separate planet, a spaceship for all humanity and
given to the recovery ship, so that it will run the entire mission from there. article could be written about each of them. our global biosphere.”
know where to meet the spacecraft.
While the emphasis for the public is Space Perspective Founder, Co-CEO, The two were on the World
The capsule splashes down in the on human spaceflight, research is a big part and Chief Experience Officer Jane Poynter View/Paragon team that enabled StratEx
Atlantic Ocean, where the recovery ship of Neptune’s mission. Space Perspective is and Founder, Co-CEO, and Chief test pilot Alan Eustace to break the world
pulls it out of the water. The capsule is working with NASA, research institutions, Technology Officer Taber MacCallum altitude record for a space dive from a
completely buoyant, so no flotation gear is and universities, and payloads are already have a 30-year track record with World balloon in 2014. He flew to 136,000 feet
necessary. Once the capsule is secured on being manifested for the first unmanned View Enterprises, a stratosphere balloon from where he freefell for nearly five
the ship, the passengers exit and enjoy the test flight next year. Types of research technology company with its revolution- minutes, breaking the speed of sound and
ride back to the Cape. Due to the prevail- include atmospheric science that could ary un-crewed Stratollite for communica- landing safely. The only other people
ing winds that change with the seasons, in shed light on the Earth’s climate and air tions and remote sensing. They also ran the alive today who have flown to the strato-
the summer, the flights will end in the Gulf systems, astro- and solar-physics to illumi- Paragon Space Development Corp., a sphere in a balloon are Joseph Kittinger,
of Mexico instead of the Atlantic. nate understanding of the universe, and human life support systems company with who broke the record in 1957, and Felix
astrobiology to explore the limits of life technologies on most human spacecraft Baumgartner, sponsored by Red Bull,
The balloons are not reusable, and who broke that record in 2012, with
since they are plastic, they are not much fanfare. As a computer scientist, he
biodegradable, so they must not be left in was a Senior VP of Engineering at
the water. Instead, they will be taken back Google. Eustace is also a Founding
to shore, where they will be recycled into Board Member of Space Perspective.
building materials, similar to plastic milk
jugs or running shoes. If you look at Space Perspective’s
website, thespaceperspective.com/, you
The first human flight is expected to will see that they are passionate about the
take place in approximately three years, aesthetic aspects of their mission, with a
with the first paying passengers in four. strong interest in ecology and Earth sci-
MacCallum said that once operating on a ences.
routine basis, they expect to do weekly
flights or 50 flights per capsule per year. In We can look forward to hearing a lot
other words, if all goes well, there will be more about this endeavor in the near
more than one capsule. They are also look- future.
COALITION RELEASES NEW SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL GUIDE AS
INDUSTRY MOVES TO ACCELERATE USE OF LOWER-CARBON ALTERNATIVE
The Business Aviation Coalition for adoption, and pending expansion of sup- some cases more than 100 percent, making ously at select airports since 2016, and its
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) ply and use, primarily from the perspec- the fuels carbon negative. SAF is a proven production is expected to scale significant-
on Aug. 17 released a new informational tives of the business aviation community. and trusted replacement for traditional jet ly during the next five years.
guide detailing how industry leaders can fuel that will help lower the industry’s car-
incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) SAF blending components are made bon footprint. SAF has been used continu- Continued on Page 28
into their operations and accelerate the from bio-based or other circular-economy
adoption of low-carbon fuels, while reduc- feedstock sources. On a gallon-per-gallon The Business Aviation Coalition for
ing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. basis, these low-carbon components often Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF
reduce net lifecycle CO2 emissions in Coalition) released a new informational
The new guide, titled, Fueling the excess of 50 percent, versus conventional guide detailing how industry leaders can
Future, serves as an educational and jet fuel. Industry innovators are additional- incorporate sustainable aviation fuel
informational resource about the practi- ly planning to produce SAF blending com- (SAF) into their operations.
calities of SAF development, industry ponents with deeper reductions, and in
(Courtesy SAF Coalition)
28 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
New Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Continued from Page 27 conjunction with the World Economic which the coalition has worked hard to made great progress on Sustainable
Forum. Similar, previous events were held produce, outlines how we can make mean- Aviation Fuel in recent years. Our goal
“The single-largest potential reduc- at airports in Van Nuys, CA, Farnborough, ingful change in the promotion and usage now is to increase SAF supplies as much
tion in aviation’s GHG emissions – and UK, Geneva and Las Vegas. of SAF. This is another example of how as we can, as fast as we can, to make our
the key to reaching our goals – will the industry is working to make meaning- sustainability goals a reality.”
come about through the broad adoption “It is very encouraging to see the con- ful strides toward achieving our environ-
of sustainable aviation fuel in place of the tinuously increasing interest from the busi- mental sustainability goals.” Review the guide online and learn
current conventional jet fuel,” the coali- ness aviation community to use SAF to more about the business aviation com-
tion concludes in the guide. address sustainability goals,” commented IBAC Director General Kurt munity’s commitment to sustainability
Steve Csonka, CAAFI Executive Director. Edwards said, “This new edition of the by visiting futureofsustainablefuel.com.
The SAF Coalition – which includes “Although a modest user of the worldwide guide reinforces our global commitment to
the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels production of jet fuel, their exuberant sustainable aviation fuels, and provides a About The Business Aviation
Initiative (CAAFI), the European Business interest in acquiring supply will clearly fresh resource to further educate the busi- Coalition for Sustainable
Aviation Association (EBAA), the General help accelerate SAF production ramp-up, ness aviation industry of this drop-in alter- Aviation Fuel
Aviation Manufacturers Association one of the entire aviation industry’s key native jet fuel. SAF represents a critical
(GAMA), the International Business needs. We hope this guide helps amplify measure to help the global industry meet The Business Aviation Coalition for
Aviation Council (IBAC), the National Air the opportunity and response.” its long-term goal to address climate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) is
Transportation Association (NATA) and change by halving carbon emissions by a coalition of leading international aviation
the National Business Aviation Association “The second edition of the Sustainable 2050 relative to 2005 levels.” groups including the Commercial Aviation
(NBAA) – developed the guide. Aviation Fuel Guide is a testament to our Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), the
continued efforts toward a lower-carbon “We are thrilled to present this sec- European Business Aviation Association
The coalition’s Steering Committee future,” said EBAA Secretary-General ond edition of the SAF Guide,” said (EBAA), the General Aviation
includes dozens of aviation businesses, rep- Athar Husain Khan. “Raising awareness to NATA President and CEO Timothy Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the
resenting every point in the SAF develop- further fuel the demand for SAF is crucial Obitts. “The coalition’s goal has always International Business Aviation Council
ment-and-supply chain, and all of which to overcoming challenges such as the large been to increase the production and use (IBAC), the National Air Transportation
provided real-world expertise in the devel- geographical spread required for our sector. of SAF, and education through this guide Association (NATA) and the National
opment of the guide. A list of SAF Coalition This guide is an important tool to help us is key to that mission. Many thanks to all BusinessAviationAssociation (NBAA). The
Steering Committee companies is provided spread that message.” those who put in a tremendous effort to SAF Coalition’s work is supported by a
on the group’s website homepage. make relevant updates and information Steering Committee that includes dozens of
“The increasing need for strong coor- available to the public.” aviation businesses, representing every point
The SAF Coalition’s guide builds dination and communication as supply of, in the SAF development-and-supply chain.
upon a host of initiatives to educate and demand for, SAF continues to grow “We are proud of the steps this coali-
industry leaders, policymakers and others are key components of general and busi- tion has taken to demonstrate the busi- For more information visit the
on the benefits and viability of SAF. ness aviation’s commitment to addressing ness aviation community’s commitment Sustainable Aviation Fuel website at
climate change,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA to a cleaner future,” said NBAA https://www.futureofsustainablefuel.com/.
For example, in January 2020, the President and CEO. “This updated guide, President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We have
coalition introduced SAF for business avi-
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Flying With Faber
QUICK, REFRESHING CUISINE FOR WARM DAYS
This pandemic has lasted longer the heel of your palm, smack the center of Marinade Stuart J. Faber
than most of us have anticipated. the breast until the chicken is flattened. 2 tablespoons oyster sauce and Aunt Bea
Restaurants are still off limits to 1 teaspoon cornstarch
many of us. Drive-through lines are long Combine oil, mustard, ketchup, 1 pound large shrimp or or less chilies and/or garlic chili sauce.
and tedious. Ordering food and having it Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and 1 pound boneless, skinless You can make it even more spicy by
delivered? Many times, it arrives cold. BBQ sauce. With your hands, rub sauce chicken breasts cracking dried chilies before cooking
Who knows if the delivery person was mixture on chicken until it is entirely Sauce them. Serve over steamed rice.
exposed to someone. covered with a coat of the mixture. Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar
together thyme, cumin, paprika, kosher 1/4 cup chicken stock Corn And Tomato Salad
I still cook all of our meals at home. salt and black pepper then sprinkle the 3 tablespoons dry sherry
I visit the supermarkets at the crack of entire chicken with the mixture. Drizzle 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (Courtesy Stuart J. Faber)
dawn. I purchase most of what I will need with a little more salt and pepper. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
for the week and stock up on other items 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil An easy and refreshing salad or side
that I know will be needed later, especial- Place chicken, breast side down, on 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce dish for a summer dinner. Great during
ly if those items are on sale. griddle. Close cover of grill and cook for 2 teaspoons sugar other seasons as well.
15 minutes. Turn chicken breast side up 1/2 teaspoon each kosher salt & pepper Ingredients:
I try to prepare dinners that require a and baste with oil mixture. Baste every 15 Vegetables 3 cups fresh corn (about 4 ears)
minimum of preparation. I don’t mind minutes. The skin will start to turn black – 4-6 small dried red chilies 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
using the oven, but I’ve heard from some don’t worry – that’s where the flavor is. 4 teaspoons minced garlic 1 cup cucumbers, diced
of my friends that they are reluctant to Don’t add more BBQ sauce until just 2 teaspoons minced ginger ½ cup red onion, chopped
turn on the oven during the summer. before chicken is done, or it will burn. If 1 stalk celery, chopped 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
the chicken is becoming too burned, 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1-inch squares 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Fabe’s BBQ Butterflied Chicken reduce temperature to 375 degrees. 1/2 cup roasted peanuts 1 teaspoon each kosher salt and freshly
1/2 bunch chopped green onions ground black pepper
(Courtesy Stuart J. Faber) For the potatoes, slice about four 3 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
white or red potatoes ¼-inch thin. Julienne 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in
Butterflying a chicken or turkey is a some onion rings and red and green bell 1 tablespoon water Method: Bring a large pot of water to a
method that offers faster, more even cook- pepper and mix in with the potatoes. Coat boil. Add corn ears and boil for 5 min-
ing. The technique is also referred to as in olive oil, then sprinkle with rub. Spread Method: If using shrimp, shell and utes. After corn cools, place each ear,
“spatchcocking” a chicken. Unless I want the potatoes and peppers in one layer devein shrimp. If using chicken, cut two standing up, on a cutting board. Hold the
the drama of presenting a whole roasted around the chicken. Baste potatoes occa- boneless, skinless chicken half breasts ear with one hand. With a sharp knife,
chicken, when I prepare a chicken on the sionally. If they become too brown, into thin slices, about 1-inch long and ¼- slice the kernels off of the ears.
grill (or even in the oven), I generally use remove before chicken is done. inch wide. Combine oyster sauce and
the butterfly method. Some recipes call for cornstarch in bowl. Mix until cornstarch Combine the corn kernels, tomatoes,
the removal of the backbone entirely. It’s Continue to grill until breast and thigh dissolves. Add shrimp or chicken and cucumbers, red onion in a bowl. Mix well.
your choice. Preparing this outside saves reach 170 degrees with an instant ther- coat with marinade. Let stand at room In a small bowl, combine olive oil, cider
you turning on the oven. mometer – about 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 temperature for 10 minutes. vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well and
Ingredients: minutes. During last 10 minutes, brush drizzle over the corn mixture. Mix well to
1 chicken, about 4 pounds with BBQ sauce and sprinkle with salt and Combine sauce ingredients in a coat all ingredients. Add more seasoning,
1/3 cup canola oil pepper. Serve with more BBQ sauce. bowl. Mix well and set aside. if desired. Sprinkle parsley over corn.
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Serve cold or room temperature.
1 tablespoon ketchup Kung Pao Chicken – AKA: Place a wok over high heat. After 1
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Fabe’s Kung Pow! Shrimp minute, add 2 tablespoons canola oil. World-Class Banana Coconut
1 teaspoon soy sauce Add chilies and stir fry until fragrant, Cream Pie
1 tablespoon of your favorite BBQ sauce (Courtesy Stuart J. Faber) about 5-10 seconds. Do not allow chilies
1 teaspoon each of thyme, cumin, papri- to blacken. Add shrimp and stir-fry for 3 Most folks love everything I cook for
ka, kosher salt and black pepper For those who love to spice up their minutes or just until they turn pink. them. Some dishes stand above others. I
Asian cuisine, this is the dish for you. As Remove chilies and shrimp and set aside.
Method: Preheat grill or oven to 400 with any stir-fry dish, things happen quite If using chicken, add chicken and stir-fry Continued on Page 30
degrees. Best to use a flat, nonstick grid- rapidly once the cooking process begins. until no longer pink-about 3 minutes.
dle placed on top of grill. Heat griddle. Have all ingredients ready and close-by. Remove chicken and set aside.
Before you know it, this legendary
Butterfly chicken by cutting along Sichuan-Hunan masterpiece is ready to Add 1 more tablespoon of oil to wok.
each side of the backbone from the tail to serve over steamed rice. This can be Add celery and bell pepper. Stir-fry for 1-
the neck cavity. Use a sharp chef’s knife or made with chicken or shrimp. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger to wok.
poultry shears. Turn chicken over and, with dishes can be made in minutes. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, then immediately
Ingredients: return chilies and shrimp or chicken to
wok. Stir-fry for 1 minute, then add sauce.
Bring to a boil, then add cornstarch-water
solution. Stir until sauce boils and thick-
ens. Add peanuts and green onions and stir.
Serve over steamed rice.
You can adjust heat by adding more
30 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS JOIN IN FUN
AT EAA’S SPIRIT OF AVIATION WEEK
An unprecedented effort to bring the said Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s CEO and Facebook page with 536,000 video views. 200 special events from exhibitors and
EAA community at Oshkosh to aviation chairman of the board. “While Spirit of • More than 15,000 people attended more than 80 show specials for attendees.
fans around the world was a grand suc- Aviation Week certainly was not a
cess on July 21-25, as EAA’s inaugural replacement for the in-person experience 51 forums, with 20 of those forums issu- “We are grateful for the large
Spirit of Aviation Week drew enthusiasts that is AirVenture each year, it was very ing 6,300 FAA WINGS credits. amount of positive feedback we received
from throughout the country and around successful in bringing together the flying regarding Spirit of Aviation Week and we
the world for five days of flying engage- community in a way that had never • More than 10,000 people attended learned many things we’ll incorporate in
ment and fun. before been attempted.” the online workshops in sheet metal, fab- the future,” Pelton said. “Most important,
ric covering, aviation woodworking, and however, as we kept alive the sense of
Created in the aftermath of EAA The following are some of the high- welding. community and laid the foundation for an
AirVenture Oshkosh 2020’s cancellation, lights of EAA’s Spirit of Aviation Week, unforgettable aviation reunion at
the virtual event included streaming and which spanned five days, eight hours per • The Pilot Proficiency Center host- Oshkosh in 2021.”
on-demand content, plus a virtual mall day, over three live streams with 262 ed 25 Tech Talk sessions that welcomed
for exhibitors normally found at pieces of content developed for the event: more than 8,200 participants and
Oshkosh. accounted for an additional 4,500 FAA
• More than 266,000 people connect- WINGS credits issued.
“Tremendous credit goes to more ed via EAA.org and EAAtogether.org for
than 50 EAA staffers who combined to the streaming and on-demand content, with • Nearly 1,100 pilots “flew” the
make this work, along with the hundreds nearly 800,000 page views and almost 1.6 Oshkosh approach via SimVenture,
of EAA members, aviation community million minutes of video viewing. thanks to a partnership with Pilot Edge
members, and business partners who and assistance from the National
quickly stepped forward to contribute • Social media outreach totaled 4.5 Association of Air Traffic Controllers
their time and knowledge to make this million, with 827,000 video views (NATCA).
happen in little more than three months,” throughout the week. Leading the way was
a 2.2 million total reach on EAA’s • AirVenture’s 800 exhibitors wel-
comed shoppers from around the world
through the virtual expo, with more than
DIVORCE – PATERNITY Flying With Faber
Continued from Page 29 Cool completely. To toast coconut flakes,
If you are Involved in a Divorce or spread on cookie sheet and bake for about
Paternity Case... (Courtesy Stuart J. Faber) 5 minutes until light brown. Watch close-
...you Should Know That: can always tell by the expression on their ly, they will burn in a split second.
faces and a roaring “wow” with the first
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the simple crust, there is no baking.
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8. You can emerge from a divorce emotionally and financially sound; 1/8 teaspoon salt bowl and place bowl in an ice bath.
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10. California cases only. 3 tablespoons water place in ice bath and refrigerate. Whisk
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YOU CAN FLY CHAMPIONS SHARE LOVE OF FLIGHT
Multiplatinum Entertainer Dierks Bentley, Airshow Performer Michael Goulian Team Up
By Alyssa J. Cobb
When “you’re above the ground, all ing that he likes to hang out with profession- lection, Desert Son, along with his
AOPA your biggest problems are so small. It’s a al pilots, drink the lobby coffee, and learn “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” fran-
feeling you can’t find anywhere else,” from various scenarios in the simulator. chise hosting five locations.
They are at the top of their respec- Bentley told AOPA during a Pilot Lounge
tive industries: one an award-win- interview with Goulian. “I’m a big champion of aviation and
ning country music superstar, what it allows you to do,” Bentley said. “I
entrepreneur, and pilot; the other a think I do represent a large part of the Michael Goulian (Courtesy AOPA)
renowned airshow performer, aerobatic population that has to travel for work …
champion, and 13-year Red Bull Air Dierks Bentley (Courtesy AOPA) [and I’m hoping to] shed light on what is To say Goulian lives and breathes
Race World Championship pilot. possible in aviation as far as quality of aviation would be an understatement: “I
Bentley, who owned a Cirrus SR22T time and quantity of time goes with your love it all.”
Now they are teaming up through and flew a Cessna CJ4, both of which were family. It’s a huge honor.”
their love of aviation as AOPA’s You Can destroyed by tornadoes that struck the Goulian grew up around aviation –
Fly Champions. Nashville area in March, took his first flight Bentley continues to be a dominant his parents owned and operated a flight
at 13 years of age and earned his pilot certifi- voice for the genre with more than 6.4 school, and his father, who died about 20
Critically acclaimed singer/song- cate in his early 20s. In 2010, about 14 years billion overall digital streams. Reaching a years ago, was a longtime designated
writer Dierks Bentley and three-time after getting his pilot certificate, Bentley new creative high while “making music pilot examiner. Pilots still approach
National Aerobatic Champion and mem- knocked off the rust and started flying a designed to challenge,” according to the Goulian after airshow performances to
ber of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Cirrus. He earned his instrument rating, New York Times, Bentley co-wrote 10 of say they did a checkride with his father,
Team Michael Goulian are hoping to multiengine rating, and a type rating in the 13 tracks on The Mountain, which earned or that his father helped launch their avi-
inspire people from all walks of life to go Cessna 525, and he now has more than him the highest debut sales of his career ation career. Goulian said he hopes to
up for their first flight and enjoy the expe- 4,000 hours. Bentley said he loves going to and became his seventh chart-topping leave a similar legacy by giving back to
rience of flying as much as they do. recurrent training at FlightSafety album. Bentley has amassed countless general aviation. That’s one reason he is
International and other training providers to nominations for the Academy of Country such a big advocate of aviation and pro-
AOPA announced the You Can Fly work in the simulators. “I feel like I’m going Music Awards, Country Music motes flying to all ages.
Champions on Aug. 19 – a fitting day, to aviation fantasy camp,” he said, explain- Association Awards, Billboard Music
National Aviation Day, which coincides Awards, and more, while also earning 14 In addition to performing and com-
with Orville Wright’s birthday. As Grammy nominations. The multiplat-
AOPA’s You Can Fly Champions, inum singer/songwriter has created pro- Continued on Page 36
Bentley and Goulian will engage with fessional endeavors outside of the music
and attract student pilots, increase the industry with his Flag & Anthem partner-
diversity of the pilot population, and cre- ship creating the exclusive lifestyle col-
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THAT’S A SWITCH! AND OTHER MISADVENTURES
One item that has long been on my
list of things to do for the RV-9A is Two friends – I hope they’re still ••••• •••••
to install the 406 MHz ELT friends – accepted the challenge of running
(Emergency Locator Transmitter) to replace two wires under the floorboards, over the Sometimes I shoot flight test videos When shooting
the old 121.5 MHz ELT. Two reasons for river and through the woods, squeezed in the RV-9A and want to correlate the video, it’s very handy to record cockpit
this: the 406 MHz ELT will, in case of a through already too-full grommets, around video with the digital flight data. The audio. In this case, audio means intercom
crash, broadcast the plane’s location and a tight corners down in the structure where “solution” is called an Event Marker, and audio, not cockpit ambient audio which
code that search and rescue can use to look access was poor, and finally up to the fire- all the big jets have them. The big idea is would be huge amounts of cabin noise
up the airplane’s N-number, color and con- wall. Murphy’s law being what it is, the that the pilot has an Event button that caus- drowning out any voices that weren’t
tact information for the owner and two wires the radio shop gave me were about es that button push to be recorded in the screaming at the top of their lungs. The
more folks. The second reason is that the two feet two short. Oh, well… digital data. Simple and effective. standard way of getting that audio is with
old 121.5 MHz ELT installation was a joke, a Y cable that provides a parallel output
a really bad joke. The antenna was inside There was great uncertainty on my After poring over the information on to the headphones. Those cables are
the fuselage, inside the flange of a stamped part on how to check that the ELT was actu- my glass cockpit, I determined that there about $80 with a nice, long cable to go to
aluminum bulkhead, a configuration that ally getting correct GPS information, and were four discrete inputs on the engine the camera, but sometimes that long
was about as bad as could be imagined in nobody had a good answer. Nobody. Well, interface, and that I could use one of cable just means a big loop in the cockpit.
terms of antenna placement and decreased read the book, stupid, and that will give you those as the event marker and, while Or flight deck, as the FAA calls it these
range of the broadcast signal. the answers. Mostly. Anyhow, the self-test we’re at it, leave three stub wires for days. (Why?)
feature flashes a light on the instrument future use. I even found where to pro-
It being time for the annual condi- panel a number of times, depending upon gram them with custom text. Solution? Hard wire a 3.5 mm stereo
tion inspection, with some of the floor- what error(s) the self-test found. It won’t let jack so that a short cable, a standard stereo
boards up, this was a time to take up a you check that the GPS data is good, only Surprise! One of those was already in cable, can be used. So I mapped out a good
few more floorboards and run wires from that the data was received in the correct for- use to record pushing the TO/GA (Take location in the panel for the jack, ordered
behind the baggage area, the only viable mat. One flash is good. Anything else… Off / Go Around) button. Never saw that in jacks (they came ten to a bag), and was good
location for the new ELT, up to the GPS the recorded data, though, even when I to go. Until I tried to install it, that is. Turns
in the instrument panel that would contin- Well, we got zero flashes. Took the deliberately pushed it a few times. I need out that the threaded portion of the jack is
ually tell the ELT the plane’s location. unit out, nothing. The avionics tech took to chase that wire because the TO/GA but- almost long enough… only about a half a
The new ELT needed a real antenna atop the battery out, and it was dead. Not ton goes to the GPS navigator and also to thread protrudes through the panel, not near-
the aft fuselage, and it was lots easier to absolute zero, but way less than one volt. the flight display. Maybe that wire isn’t ly enough to get a nut on to hold it in place.
mount the ELT in the way-back than to connected…
try to run the antenna cable through the To their credit, the ELT manufactur- Solution? Order jacks that are long
removable baggage bulkhead. er is going to replace it with a new unit. But I’ve now got a working Event enough. Next step: measure the thickness of
And on the new unit, I specified (with Marker. Works like a champ.
their help) what ELT settings the unit will Continued on Page 36
expect from the GPS.
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You Can Fly Champions doing it all by yourself. The heart of get-
ting into this whole thing is when you see
Continued from Page 33 our flight school, why are we doing it, it’s “When you get them in high school, they’re another guy that’s a pilot, another girl
peting in aerobatics for more than 25 not to make a huge living, it’s really to old enough to start to know what they like that’s a pilot, you have this instant bond.”
years and racing in the Red Bull Air Race expose more people to aviation.” and what they want, and to expose them to
World Championships from 2006 to that at that point, I think, is fantastic.” By sharing the You Can Fly mes-
2019, the CFII and airline transport pilot One of the most public ways sage, more will be able to experience that
with multiple type ratings has written two Goulian introduces more people to avia- AOPA will be adding more You Can bond and the love of aviation.
books about aerobatics and owns Mike tion is through his aerobatic performanc- Fly Champions. Pilots can watch Bentley
Goulian Aviation, a Cirrus Aircraft train- es at airshows. After giving “110 percent” and Goulian talk about their passion for AOPA’s You Can Fly (youcan-
ing and management company, with his during an 11-minute routine pulling pos- aviation and follow them on social media. fly.aopa.org/program) was created to get
wife, Karin, and instructs in a range of itive and negative Gs, the performer said Better yet, share the videos with nonpilots more people flying and keep them flying
aircraft up to the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet he is exhausted but knows it increases his and invite them for a first flight! through four key initiatives: High School
ability to connect with kids. And hooking STEM curriculum, Flight Training, Flying
“Aviation is my business, and so it’s people at a young age is key, he said. “It’s about community with anything Clubs, and Rusty Pilots. The program is
a difficult business to make a living in but that you’re doing,” Bentley reiterated. funded by donations to the AOPA
it is just such a satisfying business,” “As far as You Can Fly goes, I think “AOPA has created this unbelievable com- Foundation. Learn more at the AOPA web-
Goulian said. “I’ve been lucky that avia- what you’re doing in the high schools is munity, message boards, way to contact site, www.aopa .org.
tion has been good to me. When I look at amazing. We need to expose people to this other pilots … I would tell anybody it’s
great industry at a young age,” he said. awesome being a pilot, but it’s not about Now that the toggle switch is coming
out, what to put in that hole? How about a
Homebuilders Workshop new audio output jack for the video cam-
era? Except the jacks want a ¼-inch hole
Continued from Page 34 screen mode, the MFD never shows flight me why. Not sure if that’s in the manual, and this hole is just a skosh bigger. There’s
instruments in full screen mode. Since I but I ran into that years ago and thought ways to fudge that, but the easiest way will
the panel so that I know how long long- sometimes fly with another pilot, I wanted the new software fixed it. But what is in be to drill the hole out to 5/16-inch and use
enough is. the option of having two PFDs and, better the manual is a prohibition against hook- a bigger jack, if the threaded portion is
yet, to be able to flip the switch and go ing up a toggle switch to that pin that long enough. I’ll have two audio jacks in
••••• between two PFDs and PFD/MFD. swaps the display between PFD and the panel, but all the holes will be filled.
MFD. Turns out that pin has no ESD
The last wiring idea was to take advan- Well, NO. What part of NO did I not (electrostatic discharge) protection (why But first to measure the thickness of
tage of new system software that allows the pick up in the manual? Only two parts, not?) and you can theoretically damage the panel. No more misadventures, that’ll
system to be configured as two Primary the ziggy-zaggy part and the roundy- the unit with a toggle switch. Actually, be a switch.
Flight Displays (PFD). The current system roundy part. Turns out that the software the manual only says don’t do that, tech
is wired as one PFD and one Multi- will eventually get confused if the system support filled in the details. So I’m not
Function Display (MFD), a major differ- is configured with two PFDs unless there going to try that experiment.
ence between PFD and MFD being what is is also an MFD in the system, don’t ask
shown when the display is full screen. The
PFD always shows flight instruments in full
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GAMA OPENS REGISTRATION FOR 2021 AVIATION DESIGN CHALLENGE
On Aug. 19, National Aviation Day aircraft and the career opportunities avail- Completed challenge submissions the challenge, please visit the GAMA
(U.S.), the General Aviation able in the general aviation industry,” said will be scored by GAMA judges based on Aviation Design Challenge webpage at
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO. the fly-off and other performance param- https://gama.aero/opportunities-in-
announced that registration for the 2021 eters. The winning team will receive an ga/aviation-challenge/ or visit the GAMA
Aviation Design Challenge has opened. The Aviation Design Challenge is all-expenses-paid general aviation expe- website at www.gama.aero. Registration
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FAA TO HOST VIRTUAL INTERNATIONAL ROTORCRAFT SAFETY CONFERENCE
Registration is now open for the Services will open the conference, fol- tenance and operations. On Oct. 28, mechan- craft pilots, mechanics, operators, small
Federal Aviation Administration’s first lowed by programs for the entire helicop- ics will receive programming designed by company owners, government regulators
virtual International Rotorcraft Safety ter community. The first day will include experts from Schweizer, Bell, Airbus, and and industry executives from the United
Conference, which will take place Oct. presentations about coping with the after- Robinson helicopter companies. States, Canada, Europe, Asia and many
27 through Oct. 29 to explore ways to math of a helicopter accident, the conse- other locations. The event will offer
reduce the national and international hel- quences of failing to follow procedures, On Oct. 29, programming for pilots Inspection Authorization and FAA AMT
icopter accident rate. the impact of drones, and the benefits of will include topics regarding human fac- and WINGS credits.
safety management systems. tors, helicopter safety ratings, accident
Leaders from the FAA’s Aircraft prevention and investigations. For conference registration and fur-
Certification and Flight Standards The next two days will focus on main- ther details, visit www.faahelisafety.org
The conference is directed at rotor-
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44 In Flight USA Celebrating 37 Years September 2020
MICHIGAN HYDRAULIC HANGAR DOOR IS MORE OF A HANGAR
Gary Huffman lives in southern 1,800-foot north/south runway and ing out on his own and purchasing a 1975 The Stinson 108 Voyager has been total-
Michigan, about 60 miles from the state 1,300-foot east/west crosswind runway. Cessna 182. He later picked up a 1978 ly rebuilt. Huffman designed his hangar
capitol of Lansing. He likes to kid people Cessna Cardinal RG and a 1970 CA door to easily accommodate the 33-foot,
when they come inside his hangar “man- “I’ve been a flight instructor for 35 Citabria, now owned by a physician who 11-inch wingspan and 6-foot, 10-inch
cave” asking him where the hangar door years or so, with over 13,000 hours and he taught to fly. That was 30 years ago height of this four-seat aircraft.
is. He tells them he takes the wings off his over 6,500 dual hours in the right seat,” and he still gets to fly it now and then.
plane and brings it in through the window! Huffman says. “I’ve flown all kinds of (Courtesy Schwiss Doors)
airplanes. I still independently instruct “My hangar was an old barn that I
Except for the telltale red hydraulic using a lot of different airplanes because put a big extension on,” Huffman says. and the interior of the hydraulic door is
cylinders on each side of the closed door, that is something I like to do.” “Half of it is my workshop and the other clad in white pine that he planted in the
it really isn’t very easy to tell where the half is my clean room/mancave. I do a lot 1970s and harvested outside his home. He
hangar door is. When you look at the He attributes his start and love of fly- of hunting and have a lot of mounts; it’s took down 60 trees and used his neigh-
door, it closely resembles another white ing to his wonderful wife, Phyllis, who like a natural history museum. I designed bor’s portable sawmill to cut them up.
pine wall decorated with deer antlers, encouraged him to take to the air at age 35. it to be climate controlled by nature. All
maps and photos. of the windows are on the north side so In the old barn, he had a hangar with
“I just complained one Saturday you don’t have radiant heat coming in homemade fiberglass doors and cables
Huffman has a 43-foot, 7-inch by 11- morning that with a family and being on from the south. All the walls are 12 inch- where he put his PA-12. He also had a huge
foot, 1-inch custom-made Schweiss call 24/7 with school administration es thick or more with a two-inch foam 50-foot by 100-foot hangar at Flint 35
hydraulic door on his hangar; the issues, that there didn’t seem to be any insulation and it has a heavily insulated years ago, where he ran his flight school
hydraulic pump is hidden away in a white time for anything else,” Huffman says. “I cathedral ceiling. When it’s hot or humid out of. Huffman says he chose a hydraulic
pine box he constructed to conceal it. went to the local airport; took one lesson outside, it’s 10-15 degrees cooler inside. door over a bifold because it worked and
and I was hooked like a bass in an I use dehumidifiers to keep the relative looked better for his mancave wall.
He has always been an avid out- Alabama river. I went full steam and had humidity at 35 percent or lower. In the
doorsman, who as a retired science my license in less than 90 days. It was winter, I have radiant heat for the living Continued on Page 47
teacher, principal and educational coordi- purely because I enjoyed it. I went out area. Inside the hangar is a bathroom,
nator for the Conservation District, now and got my instrument and commercial shower, kitchen and bedroom with bunk
spends most of his time in the woods or ratings and after that, I became a beds for grandchildren.”
in the air. He flies an absolutely gorgeous Certified Flight Instructor with a Double
1978 Cessna 206 Stationair and a pristine II rating. I also have a seaplane rating.” The interior walls and ceiling beam
rebuilt 1948 four-place Stinson 108 of the mancave have Michigan white pine
Voyager. He takes off and lands from an Huffman says he was in a lot of fly-
ing clubs and partnerships before branch-
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LATINAS IN AVIATION BOOK BREAKS THROUGH CULTURAL SOUND BARRIER
Historic Work Details 22 Authors’Ascending Achievements, Contributions
Latinas have made strong and pow- Veteran/CEO of Gracefully Global Skywest Airlines
erful inroads in many industries through- Group, LLC • Paula Gomez, first officer for Copa
out the world. However, they are a rare • Olga Custodio, retired USAFR Airlines
breed in the aviation and aerospace fields. Lieutenant Colonel and American • Castalia Serna, deputy commission-
According to the International Society Airlines captain er for Concessions & Customer Service
of Women Airline Pilots’ July 2020 • Jackie Pulido, Airbus 320 captain at Chicago Dept. Of Aviation
Worldwide Female Airline Pilot Numbers and flight instructor • Yasmine Aru Arab, ATP flight
by Region report, the total percentage of • Andrea Palacios, captain of Embraer instructor
female pilots in the United States is only 190 for Conviasa Airlines • Linda Pauwels, American Airlines
5.27 percent. Within this group, Latinas are • Jessika Hernandez, JW Aviation captain B787 and air check man
most likely in the minority. flight instructor • Sandra Granados, lead flight techni-
To celebrate the achievements and • Elena Alvarez, transformation man- cian for Gary Jet Center/Boeing Exec.
contributions of Latinas in these fields, ager at Airbus Defence & Space Flight Operations
Fig Factor Media Publishing is making • Maria Laskowski, multinational The launch presented a range of
history by launching its newest work: account manager for Aeroméxico dynamic speakers that included veterans,
“Latinas in Aviation.” The book, which • Lizbeth Alvarado, air traffic con- new graduates, pilots, as well as aviation (Courtesy Fig Factor Media)
virtually launched on Aug. 15 on troller at O’Hare International Airport administrators, military and civilians and
Facebook Live and is now available on • Susana Ibarra Cáceres, first officer some of the authors – all with a unique pas- Writing about her experience, she
Amazon presents for the first time 22 for Kuwait Airways sion for aviation and its impact on our world. said: “I could never have imagined I
authors who share their personal stories • Jeannette Collazo, aspiring aviator Ruiz, who oversaw this impressive and would become the first Latina U.S. mili-
filled with achievements, struggles and and president of Lurdez Consulting inspirational book project, shares a similar tary pilot and first Latina American
challenges. The book’s preface is written Group, Inc. affinity with these authors for aviation. Airlines pilot.”
by Evelyn Miralles, one of the book’s • Jacqueline Prences, internationally “Aviation for me has become the One hundred percent of the proceeds
authors and the former chief principal certified pilot and owner of Nevería true testament of my dedication to my from book sales will go directly to the
engineer for the Virtual Reality Michoacána LLC dreams, and therefore the elevation of #Pilotina scholarship which was created to
Laboratory, an astronaut training facility • Ana Uribe-Ruiz, co-president of the other dreams in the community,” she help young Latinas with dreams of enter-
at NASA Johnson Space Center in Bay Area Chapter of Women in Aviation said. ing the aviation and aerospace industry.
Houston. International Authors such as retired USAFR To get your copy of the book, visit:
The following authors are: • Amanda Grace Colón, aircraft Lieutenant Colonel and American Airlines https://bit.ly/LatinasinAviation
• Jacqueline S. Ruiz, JJR Marketing mechanic and accident investigator Captain Olga Custodio inspire readers and For information about Fig Factor
and Fig Factor Media Publishing CEO • Daniela Carabajal, corporate pilot set the stage for the next generation of Media, visit www.figfactormedia.com.
• Graciela Tiscareño, U.S. Air Force • Melissa Montiel, first officer for Latinas who look to the sky with a dream.
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