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JULY Q Battle Creek, MI: Field of Flight Air Show. CANCELED
1—5 Q St. Louis, MO: Fair Saint Louis. CANCELED
2—4 Q Traverse City, MI: National Cherry Festival. CANCELED
3 Q Dubuque, IA: Air Show & Fireworks. POSTPONED TO AUG. 22
3—5 Q Addison, TX: Kaboom Town Air Show. CANCELED
Q Tyler, TX: Warbird Expo Weekend, Hamm Museum, Tyler Pounds
Regional Airport, and “Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow,” July 4,
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Cedar Creek Lake, (903) 526-1945.
Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Planes of Fame
Air Museum, (909) 597-7576. MONARCH PREMIUM CAPS
Q Racine, WI: Thunder over North Beach. CANCELED Premium Stainless Steel
Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Fly-In, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Umbrella Caps
Frazier Lake Airpark, (408) 835-1694, for your
4—5 Q Tacoma, WA: Freedom Fair Air Show. CANCELED Cessna 177 through 210
7 Q Gig Harbor, WA: Wings & Wheels. POSTPONED TO SEPT. 12-13
8 — 11 Q Pierre, SD: Let Freedom Fly Int’l. Air Show. CANCELED [email protected]
10 — 12 Q Mansfield, OH: Mansfield Airport Day. CANCELED
Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch. CANCELED
Q Pensacola Beach, FL: Pensacola Beach Air Show. CANCELED
Q Geneseo, NY: National Warplane Museum-Geneseo Airshow.
11 Q Galveston, TX: Galveston Island 150 Air Race. POSTPONED TO Keeping aircraft in the air since 1952
OCT. 10
Q Goshen, IN: America’s Freedom Fest. CANCELED US: 1-800-843-8033 INTL: 1-204-668-3234
Q Truckee, CA: Truckee Tahoe AirShow. POSTPONED TO MID-SEPT. CDN: 1-800-665-0236 FAX: 1-204-339-3351
Q Hot Springs, VA: Wngs & Wheels Bath County. CANCELED
11 — 12 Q Joseph, OR: Wallowa County Fly-In. CANCELED FLY HIGH MHSince
Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 1985
p.m., Hollister Municipal Airport, (408) 804-3591, [email protected] with
17 — 18 Q Anchorage, AK: Arctic Thunder Air Show. CANCELED Aviation Oxygen Systems
18 Q Siren, WI: Gandy Dancer Fly-In/Drive-In. CANCELED Mountain
Q Petaluma, CA: Historic Airplane Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Petaluma Municipal Airport, (707) 778-4404.
18 — 19 Q Chino, CA: Special Presentation “Wrong Way Corrigan.” CANCELED High MOUNTAIN HIGH
19 Q Klamath Falls, OR: Exercise Sentry Eagle Open House. CANCELED Made in the USA Equipment & Supply Company
Q Duluth, MN: Duluth Air & Aviation Expo. CANCELED
Q Eden Prairie, MN: AirExpo. CANCELED
Q O’Neill, NE: Nebraska State Fly-In. CANCELED
Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery
Field, (619) 301-2530.
20 — 26 Q Oshkosh, WI: EAA AirVenture. CANCELED GA and Rotorcraft Pilots use MH Oxygen Systems with Pulse-DemandTM
22 Q Cheyenne, WY: Cheyenne Frontier Days. CANCELED
25 Q Cheyenne, WY: Wings over Warren - Drive-In Airshow, 10 a.m. to sss Makes flying at the higher altitudes safe and comfortable sss
25 — 26 noon/Roundtop Rd. open 7 a.m., F.E. Warren AFB,
27 — 31 Q Johnson City, NY: Greater Binghamton Air Show. CANCELED Portable Pulse-DemandTM Systems
Q Beaufort, SC: Water Festival & Air Show. CANCELED
Q Terre Haute, IN: TBM Avenger Salute to Veterans. CANCELED MH XCP
Q Rapid City, SD: Ellsworth AFB Air Show. CANCELED 1-4 Place
Q Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Air & Water Show. CANCELED
Q Pasco, WA: HAPO Over the River Airshow. CANCELED Cross-Country
Q Troy, OH: Fun with Flight Day Camp (for 1st & 2nd grade students), 9 to 0ILOT

29 11 a.m., WACO Air Museum, (937) 335-9226, register at
31 — Aug. 2 Q Vancouver, BC: Snowbirds Display. CANCELED
Q Reading, PA: Mid-Atlantic WWII Weekend. CANCELED
Q Seattle, WA: Seafair Boeing Air Show. CANCELED EZ BreatheTM
AUGUST Cannulas
1 Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Fly-In, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Frazier Lake Airpark, (408) 835-1694,
1—2 Q Minot, ND: Minot AFB Northern Neigbors Day. CANCELED


2 Q Menomonie, WI: Airfest & Autorama. CANCELED Tested
7—9 Q Grand Fords, ND: Northern Thunder Air & Space Expo. CANCELED s [email protected]
8 Q Vanderhoof, BC: Vanderhoof Int’l. Airshow. CANCELED
Q Alberta, Canada: Lethbridge Int’l. Air Show. CANCELED
Q Rockland, ME: Owls Head Museum Wings & Wheels. CANCELED
Q Warren, OH: Wings N Wheels. CANCELED
Q Abbotsford, BC: Abbotsford Int’l. Airshow. CANCELED
Q Plymouth, MA: Plymouth Air show. CANCELED
Q Ames, IA: Fly Iowa. CANCELED

Continued on Page 7

4 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years July 2020


By Annamarie Buonocore The Bristell Aircraft Story

Each month, In Flight USA likes to Into their third generation of FBO ownership, father-and-son team Lou and Michael Michael performed at all the major
focus on aviation companies and shows. In 2007, when he came home
organizations that are making a Mancuso are the U.S. distributors for Bristell Aircraft, which Lou calls “amazing from Oshkosh, he told me about light-
difference. Bristell Aircraft is an East sport aircraft. We got into lightsports in
Coast lightsport aircraft company that planes.” (Courtesy Bristell Aircraft) 2007, became a Bristell dealer in 2011,
sells unique aircraft for new and experi- and became an importer in 2013.
enced pilots alike. The company also of the Canadian Snowbird jet team, the his aerobatic routines in a Citabria until
offers a unique training program in the Northern Lights. This team was made up one day Patty Wagstaff came by our FBO IF USA: What city are you based in?
Sebring, Florida area that allows trainees of former military pilots. Michael was and met Michael. She told him that he LM: Our main FBO is in Long
to live near the flight school and fly interested in aerobatics. He learned to fly needed a much stronger plane than a Island, NY.
everyday as they pursue their new skill. at a very young age and soloed at 13 in an Citabria for his aerobatic routines. He IF USA: How long have you had the
Owner, Lou Mancuso, has been in the ultralight on his grandfather’s farm. He asked his me to buy an Extra 200 for FBO?
business for over 50 years, and he started learned aerobatics at the Mancuso’s $200,000. I said, “Son, I love you, but LM: My father started the FBO in
selling Bristell after his son, Michael, Flying School on Long Island and his that’s not gonna happen.” So, he put 1946, so we have had it for 76 years. My
took interest in lightsport flying. instructor was Siegfried Feusanger who together a team of eight shareholders and son is now the president. I got into the
Together, the father-son duo has built flew Luftwaffe’s for the German Ari we bought a new Extra 200 and started an lightsport movement in 2007. We started
quite a company that has a bright future Force during World War II. He started aerobatic program in Long Island. off as a dealer and did that for a couple of
in the industry. This is their story. years. Then seven years ago we got the
importership for the Bristell. We are the
In Flight USA: What is your back- distributor in the U.S. for the Bristell, and
ground in lightsport aviation and how did we switched our training fleet from 152s
you get involved with Bristell? to Bristells about a year ago.
IF USA: Do the Bristells make good
Lou Mancuso: My son was an air- training aircraft?
show performer for many years, and he LM: They are amazing planes. They
was one of the rare civilians who was part climb well and are great enroute. But they

Continued on Page 14

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Volume 36, Number 11 TABLE OF CONTENTS July 2020

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Story and Photos
By Annamarie Buonocore by Scott Schwartz
Story Begins on Page 4
Page 49

NEWS Image Courtesy of Bristell Aircraft COLUMNS

NATA Wants Rulemaking To Improve Pilot Check Rides ....................11 Editorial: Let’s Get Out of Town Flying With Faber: A Venture From Lock-Down To
COVID-19 Forces AOPA to Cancel Rochester, NY Fly-In......................12 By Ed Downs ..................................................................6 Newport Beach
2020 Reno National Championship Air Races Canceled ....................13 By Stuart J. Faber............................................................29
NATA Compliance Services Work to End Human Trafficking ..............16 Editorial: The More Things Change
EAA Brings Aviation Community Together Virtually July 21-25..........17 By Mark Baker, AOPA President and CEO ..........................8 Homebuilder’s Workshop: Recent to Ancient,
NATA Applauds Provision Supporting Sustainable Jet Fuel ..............18 Fast to Slow
GAMA Announces Stimpson Award Scholarship Recipient ..............24 Does Wichita, the Aviation Capital, Have a Future? By Ed Wischmeyer ..........................................................34
FAA’s Dickson Testifies On Fate of Boeing 737 MAX ..........................28 By Frank Joseph Rowe ..................................................19
Hangars Open at Planes of Fame, Chino ..............................................44 Safe Landings: The COVID-19 Confrontation ..............38
FAA Urging Private Airport Owners to Update Data ............................44 Boeing Australia Rolls Out First Loyal Wingman Drone
Aerobatic Flight School Under New Ownership in Livermore............47 By Thomas B. Haines, AOPA ..........................................27 DEPARTMENTS
Iconic Cessna Skyhawk Celebrates 65 Years in the Sky......................49
Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass Named 19th Chief Master Calendar of Events ..........................................................3
Sgt. of the Air Force
By Charles Pope, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs ..33 Classifieds ......................................................................48

Index of Advertisers ......................................................50

6 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years July 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 Several thoughts blend together as There are aircraft designed for STOL
impeccably cared for by the owner and service center maintained since Mooney's high flying and fast Acclaim model.Sure to attract attention with this old pilot ponders the month of performance, with this writer having
new. Factory warranties still in effect. This is a pristine, issue free ma- excellent paint and interior and a beautiful three blade scimitar prop. July. First, we continue to fight the considerable experience in the Kitfox
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, effects of COVID-19, in terms of illness, Super 7, a plane that offers both remark-
upgrading to a King Air and has created a fantastic opportunity to step SVT, GFC700 Autopilot, TKS known icing equipment, speed brakes, and interference with normal life and a grow- able short-field operation (very comfort-
up to a like new G3000 equipped TBM 930 at a significant discount much more! Many extras included, a Sidewinder Power Driver portable ing sense of depression, wondering if life able with a 1,000-foot reasonably flat
from new. All Trades Considered. Dual instruction, export and worldwide aircraft tug (nearly $2,000 value!), aircraft cover and much more. A true will ever return to normal. Fortunately, surface) and excellent cruise perform-
delivery available! ...................................................................CALL! turnkey aircraft. AllTrades Considered.Dual instruction, export and world- we aviators with light aircraft have an ance, especially with the turbocharged
wide delivery available!.................................................... $389,900 advantage over our more common earth- Rotax 914. (Courtesy Kitfox Aircraft)
1991 Glasair III bound companions, otherwise known as
1981 Mooney M20J “earthlings.” We can “kick the tires and with a 1,000-foot reasonably flat surface)
light the fires” to head out for distant and excellent cruise performance, espe-
Built by Michael McCluskey with unmatched quality (Mike owns McCluskey AirplanesUSA Aircraft Sales proudly presents this clean and well cared for adventures without risking social contact cially with the turbocharged Rotax 914.
LTD, which manufactures continuation Shelby Cobras atTorrance, CA).No M20J to market.A custom panel with outstanding STEC 60-2 autopilot and at airline terminals or automotive gather-
expense spared in construction and outfitting of this aircraft. Exceptional numerous aftermarket mods compliment a beautiful "Ready to go" cross ing places. Coupled with this desire to Recent Zenith experience also points
workmanship and beautiful finish both inside and out. New custom leather country travelling platform. Annual due April 2020. All trades considered, “get out of town,” come recent flight out that specialized STOL aircraft can be
interior by Camarillo Interiors, and upgraded Garmin avionics, to include a Dual Instruction, Export andWorldwide Delivery available.........$89,900 experiences through giving flight great fun, and permit flight to idyllic “get
G3X and G5 EFIS package. Expect an efficient 230 KTAS on 15 gph at reviews and insurance check-outs in air- out of town” locations that are hard to
10,000’MSL at 2400 RPM. Glasair experts will quickly recognize the qual- craft (modified Cessna 182, Kitfox, reach by any other means. We all know of
ity of workmanship and attention to detail .............................$179,000 Super Cub, Cessna 140, Zenith 601A) such spots, sometimes just to hang out
that are well known for their ability to under the wing, eat a picnic lunch and
Steve Feldman • Sales Manager operate from rural airports. down a few frosty beverages (non-alco-
(650) 394-7610 • [email protected] holic, of course). Some locations offer
All of this activity conjures up “nature walks,” while others have signs
San Carlos Airport • 620 Airport Way • San Carlos, California 94070 happy memories of backwoods flying warning of bears… take them seriously!
across the U.S. and several foraging loca- This writer once attended a “bear safety tions, visiting secluded airports in beauti- class,” wherein we were taught how to tell
ful country. Certainly, a cure for the if a bear wanted to just scare you or eat
blues, but in some cases requiring aircraft you… yep, some landing areas (not quite
with Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) runways) are truly in the “wilds!”
capabilities coupled with special pilot
skills. Just for a break in this column’s Let’s take a look at some STOL con-
usual emphasis on current events, rules, siderations, pulling up short of going into
regs and safety issues, let’s play with the the specific details included in several
fun idea of flying to places that are excellent books on the subject. The goal
secluded, challenging, beautiful and here is to encourage readers to consider a
demanding of a plane and pilot skilled in style of flying, and flying proficiencies,
STOL operations. which can add a lot of fun to your catalog
of flying experiences.
First, what is “Short Take Off and
Landing” (STOL)? To the average pilot, So, you know just the place, but it is
this CFI flies with for flight reviews, it is remote, the runway may not be well main-
often any hard-surface runway shorter tained, and it has obstructions at both ends,
than 3,000 feet. Yep, I often see sweat probably FAA approved 50-foot trees or
beginning to roll down the foreheads of stupidly placed power lines. As a freshly
pilots when asked to demonstrate a nor- minted pilot, you have met the standards
mal landing at a nice local airport, having defined by the FAA Airman Certification
a 3,000-foot runway with trees at one end Standard (ACS) and demonstrated both
and power lines at the other. With short- and soft-field landings and take offs,
approaches often flown at 10 to 15 knots or did you? Sure, the ACS (Area of
above POH recommendations, the pilot Operation IV, Tasks C, D, E and F) define
will simply drive their typical four-place the knowledge, risk and skill you are
tri-gear onto the runway with little flare required to talk about and demonstrate, but
and then jam on the brakes to stop a the realism of this testing is questionable.
machine that has probably touched down
20 kts faster than recommended. The Continued on Page 9
funny thing is… most of these very typi-
cal tri-gear planes can offer near STOL
performance if properly flown. There are,
of course, aircraft designed for STOL
performance, with this writer having con-
siderable experience in the Kitfox Super
7, a plane that offers both remarkable
short-field operation (very comfortable

July 2020 7

Calendar of Events

Continued from Page 3

8—9 Q Salem, OR: Warbirds over the West, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., McNary Field,
Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Open House, 10 a.m. to 2
p.m., Hollister Municipal Airport, (408) 804-3591, [email protected]
9 Q Waterford, MI: OCIA Air Show & Open House. CANCELED
12 Q Whiterock, BC: Snowbirds Fly for CH.I.L.D. CANCELED
14-16 Q Arlington, WA: Arlington Fly-In. CANCELED
15 Q Dalhart, TX: Thunder over Dalhart Airshow. CANCELED
Q Louisville, KY: Thunder over Louisville. CANCELED
Q Petaluma, CA: Historic Airplane Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Petaluma Municipal Airport, (707) 778-4404.
15 — 16 Q Chicago, IL: Chicago Air & Water Show. CANCELED
Q Brunswick, ME: Great State of Maine Air Show. CANCELED
Q Camarillo, CA: Wings over Camarillo. CANCELED
Q Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Airshow, Villeneuve Airport, CHECK STATUS BEFORE ATTENDING
Q Akron, OH: Props & Pistons Festival. CANCELED
16 Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery
Field, (619) 301-2530.
20 — 22 Q Conneaut, OH: D-Day Reenactment. CANCELED
22 Q Dubuque, IA: Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular, Lock and Dam #11,
22 — 23 Q Avoca, PA: Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show. CANCELED
Q Bellevue, NE: Offutt AFB Air Show. CANCELED
26 Q Atlantic City, NJ: Thunder over the Boardwalk. CANCELED
28 — 29 Q Madras, OR: Airshow of the Cascades. CANCELED
28 — 30 Q Toughkenamon, PA: Summerfest, day & night air shows, New Garden
Flying Field,
29 Q Mattoon, IL: Wings over Mattoon. CANCELED
Q San Jose, CA: Reid-Hillview Airport Day, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, Reid
Hillview-Airport, (408) 615-1454,
29 — 30 Q Newburgh, NY: New York Air Show, gates 9 a.m., Stewart Int’l.
Q Ypsilanti, MI: Thunder over Michigan, open 9 a.m., Willow Run
Airport, (734) 483-4030,
Q Debert, Nova Scotia: Atlantic Canada Int’l. Air Show. CANCELED MEN’S BOMBER TEE
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8 In Flight USA Celebrating 36Years July 2020


Amid Challenges to Aviation, Resiliency is a Constantthe Seasonal Norm

By Mark Baker at Class B airports, news of more continue to be proficient AOPA pilots. give a step-by-step approach to sharpen-
Skyhawks in the sky than Boeing 737s, Whether you’ve logged 50 hours or ing skills. ASI also issued the COVID-19
AOPA President and CEO and Alaska’s Anchorage International Flight Operations Guide (
Airport briefly designated the world’s five hours in the past few months, there’s covid19-flightops) tailored for flight
I’ve been fortunate enough to stay busiest airfield feel like some sort of par- no better time for our aviation communi- schools, flying clubs, FBOs, and other
safe, maintain social distancing, and allel universe, albeit one tailored for a ty to band together and support each operators detailing factors to consider
still spend some time in the sky – GA pilot. other. AOPA’s You Can Fly team has cre- when making the decision to reopen.
although late July just won’t be the same. ated “Don’t Get Rusty” – a series of
It’s a strange feeling to be social distanc- Sure, flying may look a bit different webinars to help pilots get back in the air If there’s one thing I’ve come to
ing at home instead of surrounded by now as many of us are incorporating more when restrictions ease or pilots feel com- know during this time, it’s that resiliency
hundreds of thousands of pilots and avia- sanitization into our preflight checks or fortable taking off again. The AOPA Air will always be general aviation’s most
tion enthusiasts at the annual EAA opting to go solo. When shoulder to shoul- Safety Institute drafted two guides to help powerful asset. We’ve faced challenges
AirVenture gathering. But despite having der with students, CFIs might wear face pilots and operators return to safe opera- before, just like we will face them again.
to miss the world’s greatest aviation cele- masks, and others have bottles of disinfec- tions. The Return-to-Flight Proficiency But day by day, I’m hearing much more
bration this year, I am glad to see so tant stashed in baggage compartments. Plan ( positive news on the state of the industry
many of us continuing to get airborne. Because of local ordinances, some of us reminds pilots to expect a different level and although I can’t say just what this
still haven’t flown, and that’s why it’s of performance after extended time on new normal really is, or means, I am con-
In fact, many of you have taken important to keep up with skills and the ground. The guide has profiles for fident that we will rise to the top–as we
advantage of some unique opportunities. review safety materials online so we can VFR and IFR pilots and is designed to always do.
Videos of single-engine pistons landing


By Alyssa J. Cobb, AOPA The scholarships, which are avail- Aiden McDonnell Emma Lobash Michael Kemper
able exclusively to AOPA members, are Alexander Roller Ethan Everhart Nathanael Cartwright
More than 120 high school students part of the AOPA You Can Fly program, Alexander Scardigno Ethan Peterson Nicholas Savage
and teachers, primary student pilots, and a collection of initiatives to build a larger, Anastasia Rogachevsky Evan Iverson Noah McFarlane
pilots working toward advanced certifi- more vibrant pilot community. Annika Petras Grace Eger Owen Colombo
cates and ratings have been awarded Austin Lane Grace Kahon Rachel Rosenzweig
scholarships totaling more than $1.1 mil- High school students and teachers can Autumn Rhodes Graham Shunk Riley Marsh
lion through the AOPA Foundation thanks use the funds for the private, sport, or Autumn Smith Guillermo Espanola Jr. Rockwell Tobler
to generous donations from the Ray recreational pilot certificate, and recipients Bailey Wells Isaiah Gershon Roman Thomas
Foundation and the pilot community. must either solo or earn their certificate Benjamin Epperly Jackson Allen Rory Schultz
within one year of getting the scholarship. Brandon Cianfaglione Jacob Fordyce Ryan Plaskoff
Scholarships funded by the Ray Brandon Vance James Adkins Ryan Wozniak
Foundation went to 80 high school stu- The primary flight training scholar- Bronson Housmans James Leonard Sage Nelson
dents and 20 high school aviation teach- ships were open to members at least 16 Bryan Erdy John Hoecher Sam Schaeffer
ers, who will each receive $10,000 for years of age and range from $2,500 to Cameron Gibson Joshua Brown Samuel Maxwell
training toward the private pilot certifi- $7,500 for training toward the private, Caroline Davis Kareena Sandhu Samuel Savitt
cate. Generous donations to the AOPA sport, or recreational pilot certificate. Carter Long Katelyn Villa Selma Mujezinovic
Foundation from the pilot community Advanced rating scholarships range from Charles Stembler Katelyn Watson Seth Baham
funded an additional 17 primary flight $3,000 to $10,000 and can be applied Chattada Viriyaphap Kevin Sanders Taryn Olson
training scholarships and seven advanced toward the instrument rating, commercial Christine Curry Kyler Brazukas Tristan Dawson
rating scholarships of varying amounts. pilot certificate, certificated flight instruc- Colton Woodruff Landon Arnett Tyler Highfield
tor and instrument instructor certificates, Connor Shapiro Levi Hipple Umar Badami
“These scholarships are all about and multiengine instructor certificate. Dev Patel Madeline Barnes Weston Barringer
helping people reach their dreams,” said Dillon Muth Mark Sedlak Zachary Buddelmeyer
AOPA Foundation Executive Director “We not only want to help people get Dylan Kooima Maxwell Coletta Zachary Brown
Melissa Rudinger. “The aviation commu- started with their primary training but also Dylan Park Mehul Dhillon Zachary Stevenson
nity knows the immense value of learn- continue their training for more advanced Elizabeth Witte Michael Hammer
ing to fly and has generously helped fund certificates and ratings to promote safety
scholarships for 124 students, teachers, and careers in aviation,” Rudinger said.
and pilots to help them experience the
same sense of joy and accomplishment.” “Congratulations to all of our
deserving scholarship winners!”


The National Air Transportation guidance on facility cleaning, disinfecting, in a way that many of us were unprepared be better prepared for future outbreaks.”
Association (NATA) is presenting Safety and facility operations in response to a for,” stated NATA Senior Vice President NATA and its membership are com-
1st Clean – an infectious disease response pandemic. The goal of this standard is to Ryan Waguespack. “As flight activities
cleaning standard for Fixed Base safeguard FBO team members, corporate continue to increase, NATA felt it was mitted to helping mitigate the risk of the
Operators (FBOs). The Safety 1st Clean assets, and the general flying public. critical to develop and provide Safety 1st spread of contagious diseases, but also
standard is free to the public and produced Clean for free to the entire business avia- understand that no cleaning and disinfect-
by the NATA Safety Committee and “The outbreak of the COVID-19 tion community to maintain safe and suc- ing standard is failsafe. This standard rep-
COVID Task Force to provide general pandemic around the world brought the cessful operations moving forward and to resents industry best practices and gov-
entire aviation industry to a grinding halt
Continued to Page 9

July 2020 9

Editorial: Get out of Town

Continued from Page 6 your contemporary Cessnas and Pipers, “CPA’s turn to us...”
and S-LSAs, like the read-to-fly certified
The short-field standards stress primarily Kitfox and Zenith line of planes, must LEGALLY AVOID
obstacle clearance, while the soft-field demonstrate performance to tightly con-
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matical algorithms are used to correct such
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and soft-field techniques will need to be planes being flown to demonstrate per-
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approach process that will take the best of equipped, piloted by skilled test pilots who
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on the spot. A short or “backwoods” air- out of a machine. The figures are real, but
port could be like this writer’s neighbor, the average pilot will not be able to equal
who mowed a flat spot about 500 feet them. Even with training, give yourself at
long in a horse pasture, from which he least a 20-percent safety margin over any
operates his ultralight and an Aeronca published performance number.
Champ. This strip is officially named
“Horse Apple Airport.” For you city The accuracy of performance values
folks, a “horse apple” is horsey poo… offered by kit plane manufacturers
operation with the doors open or off is not depend upon the management culture of
recommended! the company and are not regulated. This
writer personally witnessed that “75-foot
The approach requires flying between takeoff roll” advertised by one kit plane
two trees, not hard for the 25-foot company, achieved at an airshow takeoff
wingspan of the ultralight, but a bit close contest, at sea level, on a cool day, at light
for the 36-foot span of the Champ. For weight, with a 30-knot headwind. But
another, that “shot runway” could be a nice that company advertised that one anec-
3,000-foot hard surface runway, but on top dotal number for years. Does a dedicated
of a mountain with high-density altitudes. STOL airplane mean poor cruise per-
This writer’s personal favorites were formance? In some cases, yes… it
1,500- to 2,000-foot runways, usually un- depends on the design and technology
mowed grass, carved out of 150-foot applied. That STOL plane that will get
stands of tall pines in the Northwest. The you out of your condo garden will proba-
ACS does not take any of these variations bly be a bit pokey in cruise, but this writer
into account. If planning for serious STOL spent a lot of time in a turbo Kitfox Super
type operations, you need specialized 7 and felt perfectly comfortable with 500
training… yes, I am yelling! feet of takeoff and landing space (at any
field elevation) while cruising at speeds
Of course, you need a purpose-built exceeding those of planes with twice the
STOL airplane, right? Why at the last air- horsepower. Look carefully when think-
show (they will come back!) you saw a ing about planes engineered for STOL
neat homebuilt that claimed a takeoff dis- operations. Talk to owners and fly the
tance of only 75 feet, with a landing roll of plane… yes, yelling again!
only 50 feet. Shucks, you could fly that hot
dog right out of your condo garden… Okay, now that you have the special-
right? After all, given the perfect STOL, ized training, a plane well suited for
you immediately became one of those guys backwoods flying and designer camping
flying planes into the curving jungle strips gear, you are set to go, right? Perhaps, but
you see on YouTube… right? That would what about the airport you are flying into.
be nice, but given just the plane, without Does it meet the standards defined by the
accompanying skills, that bear looking for ACS? Funny thing, takeoff and landing
dinner will be happy to see you.
Continued on Page 12
Be careful when looking at perform-
ance figures. Certified aircraft, such as

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The National Air Transportation and, potentially, the environment.” proposed by NATA, the safety standard is Further, because these changes allow
Association (NATA), on behalf of its The petition notes that “the purpose maintained,” McGraw added. a reduction in the number of flights that are
members conducting air carrier opera- conducted solely for the purpose of per-
tions under Part 135, requested rulemak- of the line check is not to evaluate pilot- NATA notes additional benefits, forming the line check, the change could
ing on June 4 to expand the number of ing skill and that the carrier’s check pilots such as lower FAA costs from decreased prove beneficial to the environment.
pilot line checks performed by operators, are best equipped to determine that pilots inspector travel for checks, increased
improving safety and decreasing are operating in accordance with compa- time for inspectors to perform other over- To follow progress on the petition,
demands on limited FAA resources. ny policy and procedures.” NATA goes sight functions, and safety benefits from visit the NATA website at
on to explain that, “the intended purpose decreased operational exposures (due to or on social media platforms:
NATA’s petition, if adopted, would of the line check is best fulfilled by com- fewer flights conducted specifically for or www.face
allow FAA-approved company check pany check pilots who have a full under- checks).
pilots to conduct the pilot line checks standing of company procedures and cul-
required by § 135.299 throughout the cer- ture.” NATA’s proposal stipulates that the P.O. Box 5402 • San Mateo, CA 94402
tificate holder’s fleet of aircraft that are of carrier’s check pilots must be currently (650) 358-9908 • Fax (650) 358-9254
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NATA requested the FAA provide guid- same category and class of aircraft in Founder ..................................................................................................................Ciro Buonocore
ance specifying the suggested content for which the check is administered. Publisher/Editor................................................................................................Victoria Buonocore
the pilot line check. Managing Editor..........................................................................................Annamarie Buonocore
“Today, FAA inspectors conduct Production Editors ..............................................................................Anne Dobbins, Toni Sieling
“Although NATA previously filed a many pilot checks and are able to safely Associate Editors .................................... Paul T. Glessner, Nicholas A. Veronico, Sagar Pathak
petition for exemption permitting the do so without being currently qualified in Staff Contributors ..............................................S. Mark Rhodes, Larry Nazimek, Joe Gonzales
same authority for a limited duration due the aircraft. The FAA has also empha- Columnists ..................Stuart Faber, Eric McCarthy, Ed Wischmeyer, Marilyn Dash, Ed Downs
to COVID-19, we subsequently deter- sized the importance of regulations stipu- Copy Editing ............................................................................................................Sally Gersbach
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Sunday, September 13, 2020 Open Cockpit is when the museum’s visitors can
view our famous aircraft including A-3 Skywarrior,
A-4 Skyhawk, A-6 Intruder, A-7 Corsair, Harrier
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Additional fee required.

Activites during Open Cockpit include:
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Continued on Page 18

Editorial: Get out of Town

Steve Weaver Aircraft Sales Continued from Page 9 plane would have a convertible landing
gear and the availability of a dedicated
2011 Cessna 162, 250 TT, ........................$58,000 bd84vn areas seldom read FAA standards. The STOL wing. Specialized designs, like the
‘46 7DC Champ, 2007 Airframe/Eng Rebjuild,.. $32,000 more rural you get, the more variations Kitfox this writer has enjoyed for so many
‘46 Swift GC-1B, 3160 TT, ........................$29,750 2000 TB-21 TC TRINIDAD encountered. Sod surfaces often have ruts years, offers all of the above. But even
‘40 Piper J-3 Cub, 18 hrs SMOH, ............$39,000 890 TT, 190 SNEW Engine & Prop and potholes; grass runways are often not contemporary Cessnas and Pipers (plus
‘79 Piper Tomohawk, 3977 TT, ................$24,900 well mowed and wet. While a published others) can be significantly improved for
‘73 Piper Arrow, 4578 TT, 90 SMOH,........$58,500 $239,500 runway length may seem quite adequate, STOL operations with STOL kits that uti-
surface damage, large puddles of water or lize technology such as leading-edge mod-
“I have sold most of my be50sj mud, critters (grazing sheep, maybe?) or ifications, wing fences, vortex generators
inventory and I need to other considerations may kick in. Don’t and other aerodynamic tricks that lower
replace it. If you are thinking count on being able to fly a normal pat- approach speeds and improve slow speed
about selling your airplane, tern. Rising terrain, trees, canyon topog- handling. Having recently flown such a
it’s a great time to let me do it for you.” raphy, dissimilar departure and approach modified Cessna 182, this writer was
ground cover (causing convective varia- impressed, with typical approach speeds
Steve Weaver Aircraft Sales 1999 PZL M26 AIRWOLF tions) can all kick in. You may also have being reduced by 10 knots, resulting in a
870 TT, One Owner to adapt an early missed approach point significant reduction in the kinetic energy
Purveyer of Quality Aircraft Since 1968 $140,000 (MAP), with many mountain strips hav- that must be dealt with by the brakes… it
Buckhannon Regional Airport (W22) ing “one way in and one way out” char- stops shorter and takes off sooner. Vortex
acteristics. Yes, a lot to consider, but generator technology is relatively inexpen- STOL skills are applicable to everyday sive and easy to install.
[email protected] flying in virtually any plane you fly.
The bottom line is that “getting out
Phone: (843) 475-6868 So, what about that dedicated STOL of town” can take on a whole new mean-
Fax: (803) 753-9761 plane? Got to be a tail dragger, right? ing when one is professionally trained
Actually, no! An intelligently designed and flying a plane that is modified or ded-
tri-gear can offer better takeoff and land- icated to offer airport or backwoods type
ing performance than a tail dragger. A tri- flying. Just think, your pals are river raft-
gear plane can obtain a higher angle of ing down the rapids in the mountain
attack for both takeoff and landing, country of Idaho, so you plan to land on
resulting in greater lift at slower speeds. a sand bar with a case of suds to refresh
The main concern with a tri-gear is the the tired crew, impressing them with your
runway surface, protecting the prop and skill and daring… at least that is what you
preventing nose gear damage on excep- saw in the YouTube clip. Actually, this
tionally rough or rocky surfaces. Given writer sort of did that once… but it was a
these rough conditions, tail wheel config- plane full of doughnuts… my camper
uration, maybe with large balloon tires, buddies are not what you would call,
makes a lot of sense. “hard core.”

In a perfect world, your ideal STOL

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Reno Air Racing Association Sets Sights on 2021 Event

The Reno Air Racing Association has With the cancelation of the 2020 races, COMING SOON
announced the cancellation of the 2020 the Reno Air Racing Association sets
STIHL National Championship Air Races sights on 2021 event Sept. 15-19. to the Bay Area and Beyond
originally scheduled for Sept. 16–20. Socializing, Education, Food and Fun
(Courtesy RARA)
The Reno Air Racing Association BCTALHNUEYBAN
Board of Directors reiterated their princi- event. Besides the uncertainty around the A People’s University for Senior Adults
pal concern for the safety and health of all state of the pandemic in September and
involved and in light of continuing uncer- safely hosting a large event in that cli- Coming Soon
tainty surrounding the coronavirus and mate, they took a hard look at the long-
government-imposed restrictions for term ramifications. Department of
large-scale events has decided to turn all Aviation History
efforts to 2021. “Beyond health and safety, our pri-
mary focus has to be the long-term viabili- and
“This decision was not made lightly. ty of this iconic event rather than a high- Aeronautics
It’s difficult to capture the sadness we risk gamble on the current year,” said
feel for our September Family who we Logoteta. “It’s been a challenging year for Seeking Veterans and Warbird
won’t have the chance to see this year. everyone and we have seen the financial Enthusiasts
However, we need to approach this with effects across all revenue streams. It’s time
safety for all involved as our highest pri- for us to take a step back and assess our sit- to Come Tell Their Stories
ority,” said Fred Telling, CEO of the uation so that we can work toward ensuring
Reno Air Racing Association. “We recog- the future of air racing beginning in 2021.” Brought to you by Annamarie Buonocore
nize and appreciate the great responsibil-
ities Nevada’s government leaders bear According to Logoteta the organiza- The Banyan Clubs Director of Operations/
as they weigh health concerns against tion saw an 80 percent overall decrease in and Born to Age! Aviation Department
economic well-being for Nevada as a revenue from March to June 2020 com-
whole. With the June 24th announcement pared to 2019. As a 501(c)(3), the Reno [email protected] 650-504-8549
that the state of Nevada will remain under Air Racing Association relies on dona-
Phase Two guidelines for the foreseeable tions, in addition to ticket sales, sponsor- 415-548-3167
future we cannot feasibly move forward ships, concessions and merchandise sales
with planning our event.” to host the event.

Recently, the University of Nevada, “We typically have a no refund poli-
Reno conducted an economic impact cy on tickets because they are so essential
study of the 2019 STIHL National to our ongoing operating income but
Championship Air Races which found given the circumstances, we will be pro-
that the event hosts nearly 70,000 total viding more options for those who have
unique attendees generating over $100 already purchased tickets,” said Logoteta.
million in total economic impact to the “With that being said we are hoping that
Reno-Tahoe region by non-local visitors. patrons will rollover their ticket purchas-
The Reno Air Racing Association es to the 2021 event or, if they are able,
remains proud to offer free entry day for donate this year’s purchase as a tax-
military members and veterans as well as deductible contribution to help keep the
inspire the next generation through Reno Air Races alive.”
STEM education giving more than 7,000
students free entry to experience the The Reno Air Racing Association is
GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education asking that ticket holders submit their
Discovery Zone at the races each year. preference online by July 15, 2020.
Requests will be collected and evaluated,
“We are deeply conscious of the cul- and processing will begin later in July. If
tural and economic loss to the communi- no request is made, the purchase will
ty due to the cancellation of so many spe- automatically rollover to the 2021 event.
cial events this year. We look forward to Please visit to learn more.
hosting the 57th STIHL National
Championship Air Races Sept. 15–19,
2021 but know we will need the continu-
ing support of our fans and community
more than ever,” said Telling.

According to Tony Logoteta, COO
of the Reno Air Racing Association,
many considerations were factored in to
making the decision to cancel this year’s

14 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years July 2020

Cover Story: Heart of the Lightsport World plane light. A 915 with loaded avionics
panel only weighs 852 pounds, well under
Continued from Page 4 Bristell Aircraft set up a flight academy in Sebring, FL, for a one-week accelerated the 900-pound ASTM legal limit. It can get
training program. The key is to fly everyday throughout the training period. a true airspeed of 170 knots at 12,500 feet
are not as robust as the Cessnas. I was not because of the turbo which is managed by
sure the landing gear would withstand (Courtesy Bristell Aircraft) Rotax electronic control unit (ECU). The
hard landings. I could fly a Bristell for turbo is fully automated. There is also an
10,000 hours and not have any mainte- LM: When you learn to fly, you There is no reason people can’t come and intercooler that cools the Turbo charged hot
nance problems because I know how to must fly everyday. Many people start stay with us for a week to get accelerated air. The result is cooler temperatures and
land. Then I thought that if I could teach flight training, but they don’t fly every- training. It does not take nearly as long more power. The Rotax 915iS Turbo pro-
the students to land like me, Bristell would day. That is why we set up our training because they are flying everyday. Once a duces 135 HP up to 15,000 and the Bristell
be a great training aircraft. That is when I academy and bought an affordable house week certainly will not cut it. 915iS Turbo has a service ceiling of
devised “The Landing Doctor” program. near the airport in Sebring, Fla. Things 25,000. (my Sky Ox portable oxygen bot-
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They are the result of a balloon when the $30 per night and then we charge $135 Everything is controlled electronically.
student applies too much backpressure. per hour wet for the instructor and the LM: The Bristell was designed by
After the balloon the aircraft loses its ener- Bristell (dual). It’s a pretty good deal. aeronautical engineer, Milan Bristela, who IF USA: Is the aircraft capable of
gy and lands really hard. We teach stu- owns the BRM Aero Factory in the Czech being a seaplane as well?
dents energy management by using Republic. Milan focuses on keeping the
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our students from making hard landings too expensive. I ended up with an Aero
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Cover Story

Bristell Aircraft is seeing more and more people getting into lightsport planes. Owner
Lou Mancuso says the Bristell is popular because it climbs fast into smooth air, is eco-
nomical and not expensive to maintain and good for both new and experienced pilots.

(Courtesy Bristell Aircraft)

From the Captain’s hands... IF USA: Tell me about the Garmin manifold pressure, conserves fuel and keeps
Avionics. the engine temps nice and cool.
Airline Captain Lance Lockhart Continued from Page 14
IF USA: How high can it actually
specializes in unique aviation keepsakes. LM: They are absolutely sensation- climb?
Luggage tags, keychains and jewelry al. The airlines didn’t even have radios
cut from retired aircraft skin. this good up until a couple of years ago. I LM: It is certified to fly to 25,000 feet.
have flown a lot of planes, and I have You will need oxygen after 12,500 feet.
Furniture, aircraft fuselage window cutouts, never had radios like this in my entire
propellers and more. life. They are easy to see, easy to use, and IF USA: Does it have two or four
nothing ever breaks. They are just so seats?
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with over 500 listings and multiple choices more pixels than any other avionics. The LM: Just two. A lightsport can only
autopilot is amazing and works like no have two, and a lot of people like that
to chose from. other. Garmin is great. because they are never pressured by pas-
sengers to get home. Most of the time, IF USA: Who is an ideal people fly with one person, so the Bristell
pilot/customer for this aircraft? is just right.
LM: In the beginning, it was experi- IF USA: What are your hopes for
Use code: INFLIGHT10 for 10% off enced people like myself who had a little Bristell?
extra money. The Bristell is a little more
expensive than most light sport planes, but LM: We plan to bring on sales asso-
worth every penny. In the beginning, we ciates, dealers, and flight schools. We
sold mostly to wealthy retirees. But now we would like to partner with people with a
are seeing more young people getting into strong moral compass who bring some-
the lightsport market. We had one sale since thing to the brand and make us better
the Covid-19 from someone who said, “I am overall. We currently have great sales-
not flying airlines anymore. I just want to fly people and staff. Our Sales manager,
privately with my wife in one of your Captain John Rathmell is a great stick
Bristells.” I think we are going to have a and fun to be around. Our lead mechanic,
flurry of sales to people who want to fly safe Rich Maisano knows the Bristell inside
and not have to worry about getting sick. and out. Brant Howell has over 12,000
Many passengers avoid small planes hours and manages the Sebring Flight
because the climb can be bumpy. This plane Academy. Evan Damadeo manages our
can go to 12,500 feet in 11 minutes. It NY flight school, is a CFII, and a gradu-
climbs fast into the smooth air. It is also eco- ate of Emery Riddle University.
nomical as fuel and maintenance are very
affordable. The Rotax ECU helps set the My son Michael has over 14,000
and is our go to guy for everything aero-
nautical. We are introducing a high-
wing Bristell this summer, and a part 23
certified aircraft. It is very exciting.




The National Air Transportation and Department of Transportation (DOT)
Association (NATA) and NATA in support of the Blue Lightning Initiative
Compliance Services (NATACS) on June (BLI). Through this partnership, NATA
30 signed a Memorandum of and NATACS agree to educate the general
Understanding (MOU) with the aviation community about the pervasive-
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Continued on Page 22

July 2020 17



The Experimental Aircraft Association something from Oshkosh that brings us 1. Presentations, forums, and discus 4. Content centered on pilot proficien
is showcasing the whole spectrum of flight together as aviators and aviation enthusi- sions with notable leaders in aviation cy and learning to fly
this summer in a virtual way, as Spirit of asts. We’re going to incorporate as many
Aviation Week on July 21-25 will celebrate of them as possible during a full five-day 2. Historical and archival content that 5. A virtual exhibit space that showcas
the entire aviation community. event.” highlights aviation legends es products, show specials, videos,
and services available from the hun
The five-day event will include Among the highlights already 3. Homebuilding workshops, discus dreds of AirVenture exhibitors
streamed and on-demand content, planned for Spirit of Aviation Week are: sions, and educational tips
encompassing nearly every subset of avi- 6. Features from air show performers
ation, with a focus on educational, infor- to military and space programs
mational, and entertaining content.
EAA’s special interest groups will also be 7. Stories from those in EAA’s com
heavily involved, bringing highlights that munity through Hangar Flying seg
include homebuilts, warbirds, vintage, ments
aerobatics, ultralights, and much more. will be the exclu-
“Nothing can replace the Oshkosh sive home of the entire five-day event.
experience in-person during AirVenture The schedule is expected to launch in the
week, as that event personifies the com- coming weeks before the virtual opening
mon passion we have for flight, in all its day, under the theme and hashtag
wonderful ways,” said Jack J. Pelton, #EAAtogether.
EAA’s CEO and chairman of the board.
“As unfortunate as it was that the cancel- “The people of EAA make The
lation of AirVenture 2020 took away that Spirit of Aviation and that’s what we’re
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known as the “General Aviation Capital 100 years since the earliest experiments at
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manufacturing employment in the nation dozens more) have at some point either
(52 percent of Wichita manufacturing have been, or continue to be directly a part
jobs, or 27,500 persons). From business of this unique aircraft manufacturing cen-
jets to turboprops, piston twins to single ter. Today’s principal airframe manufactur-
engines, crop-dusters to medevacs, from ers are also supported by a supply chain
special-mission to strategic bombers, network of some 400 machine shops and
Wichita has through time weathered mul- parts suppliers.
tiple world wars, economic depressions
(and not to mention the occasional torna- But while the recipe for initial success
do) to emerge each time stronger as one for the early companies such as E. M.
of the world’s most highly skilled centers Laird Airplane Company, Swallow
of high-end manufacturing. Airplane Company, Stearman Aircraft
Corporation, Travel Air Manufacturing
Historically, Wichita initially devel- Company, and many others would serve to
oped into an Aviation Capital primarily cement a foundation upon which to build a
due to several key factors, specifically: 1) world-renowned manufacturing capital, a
investment into the fledgling aviation whole new formula for success would
start-ups mostly from local oil entrepre- need to be developed through succeeding
neurs, 2) a nucleus of talented workers decades to ensure the growth and evolu-
and visionaries brimming with tion of this unique manufacturing center.
Midwestern work ethic and resourceful-
ness and 3) the spirited support from Some of the strengths that have con-
local government and newspapers that tributed to sustaining “Wichita the
from the outset, whole-heartedly Aviation Capital of the World,” and
embraced and strongly promoted the should help to continue to favor a strong
early concept of “Air-mindedness.” In future include the following:
1929, the Aeronautical Chamber of
Commerce of America declared Wichita Historically, there has existed a very
“America’s Air Capital.” strong relationship between Wichita avia-
tion manufacturers and the City of
Traditionally, aside from govern- Wichita, Sedgwick County, and the State
ment military aircraft orders, much of the of Kansas governments. This partnership
sales of new aircraft in Wichita has been has included providing tax, training, and
cyclical in nature. During times of pros- growth incentives in turn for manufactur-
perity, the local economy booms with ers to remain and expand.
high paying jobs and generous bonuses
• The willingness of Wichita General
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• Serving South San Francisco vide you the guidance concerning your loved As recently as the first quarter of 2020, the
one, including finding the best places to live, Aviation Manufacturing leaders, as well Wall Street Journal reported on talks
to Palo Alto receiving the proper care, and navigating as State Government leadership, to initi- between Textron Aviation and Bombardier
through a complex health care system. ate and proactively lobby the Federal of Canada regarding Textron possibly
Government seeking enactment of legis- acquiring the Bombardier business jet unit,
For more information contact lation that protects the health of the which would include Learjet, Challenger,
General Aviation industry. This includes and Global Express business jet lines. If
Annamarie Buonocore for example, the passing of the General such an acquisition occurred, it could pro-
at 650/504-8549 Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 that vide the Wichita, Kansas-based Textron
places caps on GA liability. Aviation with up to six brands of legendary
abuonocore aircraft, making Textron Aviation poten- • Strategic partnerships between avi- tially in control of more than half of all
ation manufacturers and local centers of worldwide business jet production.
learning to develop a highly trained,
indigenous workforce (e.g.: Wichita State • Reorganization of a Major Civil
University (WSU), Wichita Area Aviation Division (Single Source
Technical College (WATC), and The Supplier) into a totally independent, multi-
National Center for Aviation Training customer Contract Development and
(NCAT). Manufacturing Organization (CDMO)
(e.g.: Boeing-Wichita reorganizing in
• A local network of independent 2005 as Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.). Spirit
aviation-based Research & Development AeroSystems, Inc. is currently the world’s
institutions to provide expanded support largest Tier-1 aero-structures manufacturer
to Wichita aviation manufacturers for in the world, providing aircraft assemblies
evaluation of new design, materials, tech- to clients such as Boeing, Airbus, Bell
nologies and processes, as well as state- Helicopter, Bombardier, Northrop
of-the-art testing facilities (e.g. The Grumman, Mitsubishi, Rolls Royce, and
National Institute of Aviation Research Sikorski Helicopter. Interestingly, Spirit
(NIAR) as well as the recent establish- AeroSystems can trace its lineage back to
ment of the 18.5 acre Innovation Campus one of the earliest Wichita-based compa-
at Wichita State University). Past and nies that helped establish Wichita, Kansas
future success of Wichita General as the aviation capital: Stearman Aircraft
Aviation Manufacturers have always Company. The transition of Boeing-
involved in-house innovation involving Wichita into Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. is
advanced design matched to understand- perhaps the most innovatively adaptive
ing customer needs. Whether it’s the business-model, allowing a former tradi-
Travel Air Mystery R Racer, the Beech tional single-source OEM Division to now
Starship, or the Cessna Citation X, aggressively pursue multiple sources of
Wichita the Aviation Capital has always revenue streams from a wide range of con-
captured the public’s attention with cut- tract clients. With work scope targeted to
ting-edge advanced aircraft designs that increasingly pursue expanded defense
set the standards for the future. contracts (currently accounting for just
around three percent of total work), the
• The reinvention of local aviation opportunities for sustained growth should
manufacturers using evolving business continue to be greatly enhanced.
models to best structure their operations
with the intent to become leaner, improve The success of Wichita the Aviation
efficiencies, reduce product development Capital would be greatly diminished if it
cycle times, and increase net operating were not for the strategy through time of
profits (NOP). developing a prolific national and global
network of factory-backed service cen-
In recent times, the need and oppor- ters. Aircraft are extremely dependent on
tunity for the Wichita Aviation industry to sometimes complex systems that have to
change and evolve has brought about the be properly maintained by skilled service
emergence of two major reorganizations personnel to minimize any length of
that could go a long ways towards pow- AOG (aircraft on ground). While any dis-
erfully reinforcing the future of Wichita cussion about GA market dominance by
the Aviation Capital: OEM’s usually looks at annual aircraft
model sales, a major reason that Wichita
• Mergers/Consolidation of separate continues to be associated with the title
aviation OEM companies into a single- “Aviation Capital of the World” is that its
source, multi-brand manufacturer (e.g.: General Aviation OEM’s service what
Hawker-Beechcraft merging with Cessna they produce, and continue to expand its
Aircraft in 2014 to become Textron network of global support for its high-end
Aviation). The consolidation of two leg- products. Service “after the sale” is what
endary companies (three iconic brands) instills confidence in customers to contin-
within an umbrella parent company pre-
serves the brands while streamlining com- Continued on Page 21
mon support operations such as supply-
chain, engineering, manufacturing, inven-
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qualified workers is already beginning to to be with the development of all-electric
be felt. The multi-generational workforce personal and all-electric air-taxi vehicles.
that once supplied Wichita manufacturers
with decades of A&P Mechanics • Electric Technology Revolution –
(Airframe & Powerplant), technicians and Green aircraft technology (not only alterna-
other demanding skills has begun to tive fuel), but hybrid electric / all-electric
reduce in size. The challenge of competing powered flight most likely represents the
with other attractive out-of-state aviation next generation of general aviation prod-
job locations (such as Florida where ucts. Indeed, electric propulsion will most
notably Embraer Aircraft of Ft. likely be a major “game-changer” that
Lauderdale, and Piper Aircraft of Vero greatly impacts how aircraft are overall
Beach are located) is also a challenge. designed as well as used. Developmental
partnerships between Wichita OEMs and
• Emergence of Asia-Pacific leading-edge electric propulsion technology
Aviation – With China’s Central Cabinet developers will be crucial to allow Wichita-
targeting to build over 500 new general based general aviation OEMs to pace devel-
aviation airports by 2020, and to also opment/certification of new products versus
increase the number of general aviation its competitors. In particular, the develop-
aircraft by 5,000, China represents a huge ment of electric eVTOL (electric Vertical
potential opportunity for manufacturing Take Off and Landing) Air Taxis is seen as
and sales (both foreign and domestic). a major new General Aviation market bene-
Once General Aviation airspace, infra- fiting from this technology. With automo-
structure, protocols and manufacturing tive OEMs such as Hyundai planning to
certification issues are internally design / mass produce Electric Air Taxis for
resolved, China will most likely contend Uber, the GeneralAviation market could see
as a noteworthy global aviation capital as an influx of new players. Other automotive
well. With massive government funding OEM’s exploring all-electric air taxi’s
(similar to what China has accomplished include Daimler, as well as Porsche in part-
for High Speed Rail development), China nership with Boeing. While eVTOL may
should become a major GA market (as
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possibilities of India evolving into a

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The General Aviation Manufacturers al aviation and commitment to her studies Aerospace Engineering. She was in the Spinetta wrote:
Association (GAMA) announced on and community,” said GAMA President top of her class, an AP Scholar with “I foresee a rebirth of general avia-
June 15, they are awarding the 2020 and CEO Pete Bunce. “It is encouraging to Distinction, and in the National Honor
Edward W. Stimpson Aviation see such a bright talent focused on shaping Society. In addition to her academic tion, led by the next generation of innova-
Excellence Award Scholarship to Alexis the future of aviation.” achievements, she was captain of the var- tors who champion new forms of urban
Spinetta, of Austin, Texas. sity soccer team and recently earned her mobility. I have big dreams … I hope to
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By Larry E. Nazimek will be able to perform in a variety of Loyal Wingman drone. Loyal Wingman accompany E7 Wedgetail
missions, including reconnaissance and (Courtesy Boeing Aircraft) AEW&C. (Courtesy Boeing Aircraft)
©Larry E. Nazimek, 2020 electronic warfare.
Loyal Wingman Prototype. Loyal Wingman accompany FA-18.
On May 5, 2020, Boeing Australia In one of its primary functions, it (Courtesy Boeing Aircraft) (Courtesy Boeing Aircraft)
rolled out the first (of three) pro- will accompany RAAF fighters like the
totype Loyal Wingman drone, F/A-18 or F-35A on attack missions, otal to exploring the critical capabilities and its allies into the future.”
that will be the foundation of Boeing’s thereby confusing enemy defenses. They our Air Force needs to protect our nation
Airpower Teaming System (ATS). This would not, however, be controlled by the
prototype will undergo ground testing, fighters, as the pilots of these single-seat
followed by taxi tests, and later fly for the aircraft are already very busy.
first time some time this year.
There are scenarios where these
It may seem highly unusual for some drones would be controlled by an E-7A
Americans to see Boeing making an air- Wedgetail AEW&C (Airborne Early
craft for another country as opposed to Warning and Control) aircraft. The E-7A
making it for the U. S. with the idea of is a Boeing 737 variant designed for the
exporting it elsewhere, but it is not RAAF and is comparable to our E-3
unprecedented. The Wright Bros. initially Sentry AWACS, but it has a fixed active
wanted to sell their aircraft to the U. S. electronically scanned array radar anten-
Army, but when the Army expressed lit- na instead of a rotating one. (A wedgetail
tle interest, they took their plane to is an Australian bird with a wedge shaped
Europe. This aircraft will be the first in 50 tail.) It is also being flown by the Air
years to be designed, engineered, and Forces of the UK, South Korea, and
manufactured in Australia. It will eventu- Turkey.
ally be sold to other allied nations.
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performance comparable to modern day “This is a truly historic moment for our
fighters, with a range of more than 2,000 country and for Australian defense inno-
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The head of the Federal Aviation The Boeing 737 MAX (Courtesy Boeing) The following actions must take
Administration (FAA), Stephen M. place before the aircraft returns to serv-
Dickson, on June 17 affirmed that the safely return the 737 MAX to commer- the approval process for the 737 MAX ice:
Boeing 737 MAX will only return to cial service. The FAA’s return-to-service flight-control systems and is not delegat-
service following the completion of a decision will rest solely on the agency’s ing this authority to Boeing. Additionally, • A certification flight test and com-
comprehensive and rigorous review analysis of the data to determine whether the FAA will retain the authority to issue pletion of work by the Joint Operations
process. Boeing’s proposed software updates and airworthiness certificates and export cer- Evaluation Board (JOEB), which
pilot training address the factors that led tificates of airworthiness for all new 737 includes the FAA and international part-
Before the aircraft returns to the to the grounding of the aircraft. MAX airplanes manufactured since the ners from Canada, Europe, and Brazil.
skies, the FAA must sign off on all tech- grounding. Pilots will have received all The JOEB will evaluate pilot-training
nical reviews of Boeing’s proposed safe- The FAA has never allowed manu- of the training they need to safely operate needs using line pilots of various experi-
ty enhancements, Administrator Dickson facturers to self-certify their aircraft, and the aircraft before it returns. ence levels from U.S. and international
said during testimony before the Senate Dickson stated the agency fully controls carriers.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation and the families of the • The FAA’s Flight Standardization
victims of the Ethiopian Airlines and Board for the Boeing 737 will issue a
Lion Air accidents. Dickson pledged that report addressing the findings of the
he will fly the aircraft himself and must JOEB, and the report will be made avail-
be satisfied that he would put his family able for public review and comment.
aboard without a second thought before
the grounding order is lifted. • The FAA and the multi-agency
Technical Advisory Board (TAB) will
“As we have stated many times in review all final design documentation.
the past, safety is the driving considera- The TAB is made up of FAA chief scien-
tion in this process,” Dickson said. “This tists and experts from the U.S. Air Force,
process is not guided by a calendar or NASA and Volpe National
schedule.” Transportation Systems Center.

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Flying With Faber


Our Standoff with the Virus

I’m not a virologist. But my curiosity A stroll along Newport Beach. (Stuart J. Faber) Stuart J. Faber
compelled me to research the subject. and Aunt Bea
I’ve learned that viruses could not be Five Crowns Exterior. Five Crowns, another view.
viewed until the invention of the electron- (Anne Watson) (Stuart J. Faber) Five Crowns dining room.
ic microscope. Compared with a grain of (Stuart J. Faber)
salt, it would take an average of 10 skin extremely safe and sensible COVID-19 and Five Crowns has selected one of the
cells, 100 bacteria or 1,000 viruses to equal protocol. Reservations are required. best. Prior to her arrival at Five Crowns in remoulade sauce or a jumbo shrimp
its size. The corona virus got its name Upon arrival, we self-parked in their 2017, Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla, cocktail. On chilly nights, I suggest a lob-
because this critter resembles a crown. adjacent lot. The parking attendant worked with Hillstone Restaurant Group ster bisque served with croutons and
glanced at his list and confirmed our where she served as Culinary Manager. chives. The salad of butter lettuce with
Viruses cannot exist or survive with- reservation. He directed us to a parking Before joining Hillstone, Padilla moved up bacon, toasted walnuts, gruyere and a
out attaching to a host cell. I’m reminded spot and notified us when we could enter the ranks at Patina Restaurant Group where herbes de Provence dressing is legendary.
of 40-year-old kids who still reside in the restaurant. Masks were mandated she started in 2010 as Sous Chef at the La
their parent’s basement. Each is resistant until after we were seated. We arrived for Fonda Del Sol in New York. She then Prime ribs of beef are the main fea-
to moving out and difficult to evict. a very early dinner (5 p.m.) with the moved to Los Angeles to take a position as ture. The restaurant serves USDA prime
thought that the restaurant would not be Sous Chef at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse. beef exclusively. Five Crowns is a mem-
As a dabbler in philosophy, I muse too crowded. We were seated in a huge This talented lady understands how to pre- ber of the venerable Lawry’s conglomer-
over the power that COVID-19 (the offi- room with about 15 tables. Only two, pare beef as well as other selections. ate, a benchmark of prime ribs of beef
cial name) has over humankind. These including ours, were occupied. If nature since 1938. In my view, the crown cut,
evil, Lilliputian organisms can annihilate summoned us to the restroom, we A replica of an historic English coun- approximately 12 ounces, was as tender
more people than perhaps an army divi- adorned our masks. Disposable gloves try inn, Five Crowns is a sanctuary of warm and juicy as we’ve ever experienced.
sion or our billions of dollars’ worth of were provided at the bathroom door. hospitality and cozy fireplaces. A collection Entrees include a choice of two sides. We
military ordnance. of authentic antiques and period paintings selected the creamed corn and the
Menus could be read via our cell is attractively placed throughout the dining creamed spinach. Other accompaniments
Except for missions to purchase gro- phones. Disposable paper menus were rooms. Since 1965, this landmark restau- include mac and cheese, mashed potatoes
ceries or other necessities, we’ve hun- placed at the table. Service personnel rant provides indoor dining, plus a sunlit or grilled asparagus with bearnaise sauce.
kered down at home. As a travel journal- wore masks and gloves. greenhouse and English garden.
ist, I follow press releases about re-open- Additional entrees include potato
ings of hotels and restaurants. I’m not A great restaurant requires a great chef Launch with crab cakes in a horseradish crusted salmon with green
ready to hop on a commercial airplane or beans and mustard cream sauce,
stay in a hotel room. But I was intrigued Colorado lamb chops, skillet jidori chick-
when I read how some restaurants are en with pearl couscous or filet mignon.
practicing safe and sensible rules of pro-
tecting their patrons from exposure to the Save room for dessert. You can order
virus. There are no 100 percent guaran- a chocolate souffle, seasonal fruit or, my
tees of safety. However, we did decide to favorite, a hot fudge sundae.
cruise over to John Wayne Airport, then
head down to Newport Beach for a din- Five Crowns has an impressive wine
ner and a walk along the beachfront. and spirits menu. We are not drinkers, but
I recognized a list of rare wines by the
The Airport glass such as a 2016 II By Alpha Omega,
Napa Valley and a 2017 Caymus, Napa
John Wayne-Orange County Airport Cabernet Sauvignon. Other reds by the
(KSNA) is approximately a ten-minute glass or bottle include a 2016 Stags Leap,
drive from the Newport Beach-Corona del Investor Napa Valley and a 2018 San
Mar area. Way back in the 1950s, I landed Simeon, Paso Robles Petite Syrah. Whites
at this airport when they still had a grass included a 2018 Gregory Graham,
strip. Today, KSNA is an international air- Carneros Chardonnay and a 2018
port with a set of parallel runways. Runway Duckhorn Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
2L/20R is 5701 feet long. Runway 2R/20L
is 2887 feet long. The field has every Continued on Page 30
instrument approach imaginable.

Atlantic Aviation, 949/851-5601 is
my FBO of choice. They offer rental cars
which can whisk you off to Newport

Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast
Highway, Corona del Mar, CA 92625,

Five Crowns implements an

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Flying With Faber Boating

Continued from Page 29 offering seasonal plates portioned for sightseeing coastal drive, strolled along a There is a variety of boat rental options
sharing, fine cheeses and charcuterie. few beach paths, meandered through sev- in Newport Beach. Several establishments
eral charming streets and engaged in win- offer everything from pontoon boats, sail-
For those who still would feel unsafe dow shopping. Once the virus retreats, or boats, and kayaks to pedal boats and stand-
or uncomfortable, Five Crowns offers an effective weapon against the disease is up paddleboards. For a romantic interlude,
take-out and/or delivery service. developed, you might want to consider take a gondola ride where gondoliers on
the following activities… vessels imported from Italy will serenade
Newport Beach you during a moonlit harbor cruise.

Extraordinary Prime Rib. Newport Beach is among the most Golf Whale Watching
(Stuart J. Faber) popular coastal cities in southern
California. Known for its large, boat- The Newport Beach area offers a vari- During grey whale season, typically
Hot Fudge Sundae. (Stuart J. Faber) filled harbor, the Balboa Peninsula with ety of golf courses with spectacular ocean from December through April, crew mem-
If you don’t want a full meal, enter two piers, plus the Balboa Fun Zone, an views and plenty of tee times. With lighted bers will provide a narration of interesting
old-school amusement park with a Ferris courses and glow golf balls, courses can be facts and characteristics of these mammals.
through what is referred to as the wheel and ocean views, this is a destina- played before dawn and in the evenings. May through November brings warmer
SideDoor and discover Corona del Mar’s tion where visitors can spend several waters and the opportunity to view giant blue
first and only English gastropub. As an days without running out of things to do. These championship golf courses whales. Throughout the year, you can also
unspoken invitation to sample world- include, among others, the Back Bay observe dolphins, seals and some of nature’s
class spirits, craft beers and wines, a red From sunset cruises to surf lessons, Golf Course, Pelican Hill Golf Club, most fascinating marine mammals at play.
key hangs over the entryway on Poppy wine tastings to harbor-front promenades, Newport Beach Golf Club.
Street. Cozy up to one of the fireplaces the region offers an abundance of activi- Shopping
and explore the ever-changing menu ties. With the largest recreational harbor on Beaches
the West coast, there are ten miles of Hundreds of quaint specialty shops
extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing, One of the few remaining estuaries are scattered through the neighborhoods
and aquatic sports activities. in southern California, Upper Newport of Newport Coast, Balboa Village,
Bay is a tranquil setting where fresh and Corona del Mar, Mariner’s Mile, Balboa
Newport Beach is comprised of ten saltwater converge. Upper Newport Bay Island and the Westcliff/17th area. Within
distinct neighborhoods, each with its own Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve minutes of the city is the expansive
unique personality, natural beauty and consists of approximately 1,000 acres of Fashion Island, an enormous outdoor
areas to explore. open space. It is the home of nearly 200 mall with every type of shop, restaurant
species of birds, including several endan- and entertainment venue imaginable.
Things To Do For Another Time gered species, as well as numerous vari-
eties of mammals, fish, and native plants. Lido Marina Village Farmers Market
During this visit, we took a lazy The bay is an annual waypoint for occurs every Wednesday. Enjoy the view of
migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway. the harbor and stock up on fresh produce,
DIVORCE – PATERNITY During the winter months, up to 30,000 flowers, cheese, and more. The Corona del
MEN’S RIGHTS birds can be observed on any day. Six Mar Farmer’s Market displays fresh local
endangered species can be found in this produce every Saturday, while the Newport
If you are Involved in a Divorce or habitat including: the Light Footed Beach Farmers’ Market at the Newport
Paternity Case... Clapper Rail, Brown Pelican, Belding’s Beach Pier is a favorite Sunday stop. Should Know That: Savannah Sparrow, Black Rail, Peregrine
Falcon and California Least Tern. Arts and Culture
1. You may have an excellent chance of obtaining child custody;
2. It’s your child...she doesn’t own it; Corona del Mar, a region within Balboa Island Museum and
3. There are numerous legal methods of avoiding alimony; Newport Beach, borders a State Beach Historical Society preserves the island’s
4. There are numerous legal methods of avoiding loss of your property; popular with swimmers. The half-mile historic photographs and artifacts.
5. If properly represented, you won’t be “taken to the cleaners”, long sandy beach is framed by cliffs and
6. Courts can be legally required not to favor the woman; a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest is an
7. You can fight against false charges of child abuse or spousal abuse. Newport Harbor. The beach is also popu- interactive experience designed to edu-
8. You can emerge from a divorce emotionally and financially sound; lar with surfers and divers. cate visitors about the seven principals of
9. Men do have rights! ocean literacy. Exhibits provide an up-
10. California cases only. Surfing close look at maritime history.

Newport Beach is one of the surfing Newport Beach City Arts
capitals in the world. The Wedge stands Commission offers outdoor performanc-
out as one of the most powerful and awe- es including Shakespeare by the sea.
some beaches to surf.
We enjoyed a wonderful day.
Sportfishing Although people-watching was at a min-
imum, the cuisine was extraordinary.
Contact: Lawyers For Men’s Rights Another local water adventure is Feeling safe, happy and invigorated, we
213-384-8886 sportfishing. Newport Beach is an angler’s headed home. We hope to return soon and
paradise from land or sea. Deep-sea fisher- suggest that you visit as well.
or visit us at man can reel in Yellowtail, Sculpin, Sea
LAW OFFICES OF STUART J. FABER Bass, Perch, and Rockfish from boats
launching out of Davey’s Locker.

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By Charles Pope and empower Airmen at all levels.” When asked about the job and her Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass will be
Brown, who will become the 22nd partnership with Brown, Bass acknowl-
Secretary of the Air Force edged that strong “chemistry” is important the 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air
Public Affairs Chief of Staff in August, said selecting and the standard was set by Wright and Air
the correct candidate to serve as chief Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. Force, becoming the first woman in his-
Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass master sergeant was one of his most crit-
was selected June 19 to become ical decisions in advance of his becoming Brown, she said, is “the kind of tory to serve as the highest-ranking non-
the 19th Chief Master Sergeant Chief. The search to replace outgoing leader we’ve all wanted to work with.
of the Air Force, becoming the first Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth I’m excited for the opportunity to serve commissioned member of a U.S. military
woman in history to serve as the highest- O. Wright was both broad and rigorous. as his chief and his wingman. Together,
ranking noncommissioned member of a we will do everything we can to ensure service. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force)
U.S. military service Bass emerged as the consensus that every Airman and their families are
choice from a group of more than a dozen taken care of and feel like they are a part own style to the position. She’ll do great
In selecting Bass, incoming Air Force finalists from across the Air Force’s glob- of our Air Force family.” things for our Airmen and she’ll blaze her
Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown said Bass al operation, officials said. The finalists own trail as our CMSAF.”
brings skills, temperament and experience were selected based on breadth of experi- She added, “CMSAF Wright and
that the job requires and an outlook on ence, recommendations from senior Team 18 have set a pretty high bar, but I Bass is clearly prepared for the new
leadership that meshes with his own. commanders and performance across know that Team 19 will rise to the occasion. assignment.
each candidate’s Air Force career.
“I could not be more excited to work “… My job will be to help set the stage She currently serves the command
side-by-side with Chief Bass,” Brown “I’m honored and humbled to be for individual and team development, so chief master sergeant, Second Air Force,
said. selected as the 19th Chief Master our brothers and sisters are healthy, engaged at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. In
Sergeant of the Air Force, and follow in and ready for the fight!” Bass said. her current assignment, Bass is the senior
“She has unique skills that will help us the footsteps of some of the best leaders
both lead the Total Force and live up to the our Air Force has ever known,” Bass Wright endorsed the choice as well. Continued on Page 36
high expectations of our Airmen,” he said. said. “The history of the moment isn’t “I’ve known Jo for many years and
“She is a proven leader who has performed lost on me; I’m just ready to get after it. watched closely as she’s guided Team 18
with distinction at every step of her accom- And I’m extremely grateful for and and led her own teams to great success,”
plished career. I have no doubt that Chief proud of my family and friends who he said. “This is a historic moment for
Bass will provide wise counsel as we pur- helped me along the way.” our Air Force and she is a phenomenal
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Homebuilder’s Workshop By Ed Wischmeyer Want more trivia?
The Antoinette engines all
RECENT TO ANCIENT, FAST TO SLOW were in a 90-degree V con-
figuration, were the first to use fuel injec-
Some of you may recall that I’ve much that extra drag kept speed buildup cylinders has its own FADEC, and the tion, had aluminum crankcases and indi-
been working on the Expanded and altitude loss under control, much bet- whole shootin’ match is already EASA vidual water-cooled cylinders. And hemi-
Envelope Exercises® (E3) for the ter than in fixed-gear airplanes. We also and FAA certified. The variants are 500- spherical combustion chambers too!
past four years, looking to reduce loss-of- saw the phugoid (speed stability) raise the 600 HP. Currently, they’re looking for Engine tolerances were 0.01 mm, or
control accidents by making pilots more nose in spirals, more pronounced than I’ve certification partners. No word on weight 0.0004 inches. Wow. Wild West Showman
cognitively available so that they can seen in the RV-9A. or price, but as the saying goes, if you Samuel Franklin Cody made the first pow-
detect LOC precursors before they actu- have to ask… ered flight in the UK with you guessed it,
ally lose control. On Saturday (June 20), E3 in the RV-9A has taught me so an Antoinette engine. Antoinette also
I flew E3 with an extraordinarily experi- much about the edges of the “normal cat- A curious note in passing is that their made the first flight simulator, a rather
enced pilot in my RV-9A and then we egory” flight envelope and the kinds of past and current presidents are both from crude device of a seat on a half barrel,
flew a reduced set of E3 in his Baron (!). pilot psychology that come into play Byelorussia. curved side down, with “instructors” rock-
there. Hopefully, this knowledge will be ing the barrel.
The RV-9A is agile and kind of does- adopted by flight schools and OEMs to •••••
n’t seem to care whether it’s in the stall help keep our friends alive. Other records included altitude (155
buffet or not, and we did all kinds of exer- So who invented the V-8 engine? m in 1909), speed (77.5 km/h in 1910),
cises – all within 60-degree bank, 30- ••••• Henry Ford? bzzt, nope. Cadillac in and first successful landing in a body of
degree pitch and 2 g. Amazing airplane. 1914? Closer, but the correct answer is water (it didn’t sink), namely, the English
All of us are interested in new Léon Levavasseur in France, who got Channel. Bleriot, who made the first suc-
Then we flew some of E3 in the engine technologies, of course, wishing backing for his project and then named cessful channel crossing, was a former
Baron, recognizing that we did not want that those technologies could be applied the engine after his financier’s daughter, Antoinette vice president.
to stall the Baron as we would the RV- to GA. Diesels have had a mixed track Antoinette. When the aerodynamics of
9A. In fact, we did not stall the Baron at record to date with high initial costs and Levavasseur’s first airplane to have this Personally, I’d love to have an old
all. The Baron is much more stately in its low time between replacement, not over- engine didn’t fly, so to speak, Antoinette or Hispano-Suiza V-8 engine
handling, but there were still corners of haul. Still, it’s fun to recall that in WWII, Levavasseur removed the 80 HP engine from that era, or a Liberty engine, which
the envelope to explore while observing the Germans had a diesel engine that was and burned the airframe, in 1903. came in configurations from four to 12
pitch and bank limits as well as respect- smaller, lighter, and more powerful than cylinders. No idea what I’d do with one,
ing multi-engine and stall safety. the Rolls-Royce Merlin. The Antoinette engine was then put though… living room isn’t big enough.
into speedboats where it was a great hit,
Research has indicated that low speed They’re at it again. RED-Aircraft winning all kinds of races in 1904. Continued on Page 36
spirals can masquerade as spins and be just GmbH has a 12-cylinder diesel engine, Antoinette airplanes started to show up in
as deadly. We carefully tried some in the four-stroke, with the cylinder banks at 80 1910. V-16 engines followed, and even a
Baron with gear down, roughly doubling degrees (yes, 80 degrees). Each bank of V-24 marine engine.
the aircraft’s drag. I was surprised how

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Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass

Continued from Page 33 while providing 93 percent of the Air be partner, Brown. Both come from improve resiliency across the force and
Force’s initial skills training. Army families. Bass lived in several reduce suicides.
enlisted leader and advisor to the com- overseas and stateside locations, prior to
mander on all matters relating to the pro- She began her career in 1993 with a entering the Air Force. Brown’s father is They also will be responsible for
fessional development, proper utilization, posting at Pope Air Force Base, North a retired Army colonel. addressing racial disparity in the Air Force.
and the readiness of the enlisted corps. Carolina, and has served at Ramstein Air
Base, Germany, as the command chief Brown is the first African American Across all those issues and others,
The command consists of four train- master sergeant for the 17th Training Wing in history to be confirmed as a chief of Bass, as chief master sergeant of the Air
ing wings, 18 groups with 76 operating at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, and staff for any branch of the U.S. military. Force, will provide direction for the enlist-
locations worldwide, in support of 13,000 at the Pentagon as chief, Air Force Enlisted Bass will be the first woman to serve as the ed force and will represent their interests.
enlisted, officers, civilians, contractors and Developmental Education. senior enlisted leader for a military service.
36,000 basic military trainees per year. Like previous CMSAFs, she will be
Her service awards include When Brown and Bass move to their the public face of Air Force enlisted per-
In addition, Second Air Force is home “Distinguished Graduate” from the new assignments, they will confront an sonnel and those in all levels of govern-
to more than 260 Air Force specialties Senior Noncommissioned Officer Air Force in transition. The force is mov- ment. As noted by Brown, she will be a
through 2,300 courses graduating 150,000 Academy in 2009 and the 2011 Senior ing from a heavy focus on combating ter- personal adviser to the chief of staff and
Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year rorism to one that must be prepared to Department of the Air Force Secretary
international students annually in various Award for the 86th Operations Group. confront China, Russia and other peer Barbara Barrett on issues regarding the
fields including financial management, adversaries. Each will be called on to welfare, readiness, morale and proper uti-
security forces, cyber, personnel, weather, By coincidence, Bass also shares continue the Air Force’s efforts to lization and progress of more than
civil engineer, and aircraft maintenance, two notable similarities with her soon-to- 410,000 enlisted members.

Homebuilders Workshop when I didn’t feel like taking the AirCam…

Continued from Page 34 hence, shorter takeoff and landing dis- for off-field operations… now that I’ve •••••
tances, important at my home field where disposed of all my camping gear.
••••• the short runway is only 7,002 feet long. Getting back to reality, if I dare, the
Taxiing is easier and safer when you can Cruise speed is also nice at about RV-9A with the Garmin G3X Touch
Any pilot worth his salt has his list of see over the nose, and poo on the tail- 150 mph, not fast enough for cross-conti- avionics has given me amazing capabili-
favorite airplanes, regardless of affordabil- dragger macho appeal stuff – functional- nent trips but enough to go north to south ties, especially for the E3 research. I
ity or whether they actually suit his mis- ity reigns. (Half of the planes I’ve owned in a day, with a little luck. I would, of made a much better decision than I knew
sion. A new addition to my list, meeting have been taildraggers and total taildrag- course, get mine IFR with the same when I bought it.
neither of those criteria, is the tricycle gear ger time is just shy of 800 hours, so I avionics as in the RV-9A.
Carbon Cub Xcub. Yes, tricycle gear. claim exemption from cheap shots). Also,
the Xcub has been designed and tested In an ideal world, the Xcub would live
The tricycle gear allows more nose- in a hangar in the backyard, ready for
high/tail-down attitudes on the ground, evening flights over the Arizona high desert

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

In the world of aviation, “It was the best THE COVID-19 CONFRONTATION
of times, it was the worst of times,”1
almost overnight. The COVID-19 virus pated side-effects of operating equipment in Letting Your Guard Down and off we went. In retrospect, I believe
has challenged and continues to change the an unfamiliar manner as the result of an indi- that ATC referred to us as Company XXX
face of aviation across the globe. As prob- vidual or industry response to combat the This air carrier Captain discusses a (not YXX). This became clear to me when
lems surface and solutions take shape, issues virus. As air traffic is severely curtailed, simple, but significant incident and the he said it again and corrected himself
seem to contort daily. Today’s most volatile ASRS reporting has declined as well, seductive threat that contributed to the while switching us to Departure. There
concerns may soon become irrelevant. What although not to the same extent. ASRS has event. Empty skies and airplanes induced was no doubt in my mind that the clear-
is current today may be different tomorrow, received COVID-19 reports over the past by COVID-19 were factors. ance was intended for us, because we were
and temporary policies or procedures may several months, identifying both obvious and the only ones there.… I still should have
quickly become obsolete. The most current less conspicuous problems encountered by • I am submitting this report to clarified it. The takeoff was uneventful. I
information and latest developments in the aviation professionals. We expect more in address two things: (1) My crew accepting believe that a factor in this event is the fact
U.S. aviation response to COVID-19 may be coming months and well into the future, and a takeoff clearance when ATC called us by that all of us are becoming a little too com-
found on the FAA website.2 Many COVID- we invite the reader to explore additional the wrong callsign, and (2) A general lack placent with [few] people on each flight
19 induced changes are predictable. COVID-19 related incidents as they become of alertness that I am seeing on the line as and virtually no other traffic around us.
Contamination and disinfecting problems, available in the ASRS Database Online.3 a result of these extremely irregular Every flight is starting to feel like that
scarcity of supplies, the lack of relevant pro- This month, CALLBACK presents a few times. We were number 1 at the hold short delayed 2 a.m. departure, where the usual
cedures, and other difficulties posed by COVID-19 reports for rumination that may [line].… We were the only aircraft out tension of flying aircraft tends to go away
social distancing appear obvious. Not so evi- not fall clearly into the obvious category. there. Nobody else was in line or even with direct clearances that, [otherwise],
dent are complications rooted in the obvious Now, in early stages of restoring economies, within 300 yards of the runway. ATC never happen and communications that are a
but discovered only as one problem begets as aviation evolves and guidance, proce- issued a takeoff clearance for the runway, bit too relaxed. We are letting our guard
another. They can also present as unantici- dures, and regulations adapt, we ponder what and the callsign was very similar to ours. down at a time when we can ill afford it. I
changes will come next, which ones will My First Officer (FO) accepted the clear- should have stopped and asked the
linger, and how well aviation will fare. ance (reading back the correct callsign),
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Why Pilots Prefer CHANGE Bikes

Picture the perfect bike. It rides like a “normal” bike, whether you’re enjoying
rugged mountain trails at your destination or exploring a new part of the country
on a packed touring expedition. It’s lightweight, with excellent gearing and an
international certification for mountain bike reliability. But then—in just 30 seconds—
it folds in half, to fit in your plane with room to spare. When a bike is that convenient,
you can share adventures with your partner!

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Biking Made Easier

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Safe Landings the aircraft or the airport or the sky is virtu- PRESS warning message. The cabin pres- tancing because of COVID-19. Because of
ally empty. We need to do things the right way sure did not exceed 8.6 psi. About 30 sec- the range covered, I had to use my
Continued from Page 38 - the professional way. Anything less leaves onds before the warning, I noticed our climb mid[shift] settings, [with] adjusted [filter
our Company and our futures to chance. rate to be above 3,000 feet per minute. I limits] for the altitudes. Aircraft X was fol-
Controller to clarify. Even though I was 100 glanced at the cabin pressure and saw it was lowing a slower company aircraft at
percent sure that the clearance was intended Uncharted Performance at 8.4 psi with a 600 foot per minute climb. FL340. I asked Aircraft X if he would like
for us, I let my guard down. Verify that clear- I asked the FO, who was the Pilot Flying to change altitudes or slow down. The pilot
ance was for Company YXX. He says, Missed level-off altitudes and RAs (PF), to reduce the climb rate, as there had said he would like to climb, so I climbed the
“Oops, sorry.” We read it back, and off we are predictable in a lightly loaded aircraft. been company communication recently that aircraft to FL360. When I went to switch
go. If we weren’t the only ones there, or the This air carrier Captain experienced anoth- it was possible to exceed the cabin pressure the aircraft to the adjacent Center, I real-
field was more complicated or congested, er type of problem, albeit less anticipated. differential limitation while flying with few ized that I had not coordinated with the
that could have bitten us. As a group we need passengers during the pandemic. We had sector above me. I then made sure that the
to rededicate ourselves to being careful and • While climbing above FL320 to four passengers aboard. About 10 seconds sector above me was aware of Aircraft X
methodical in our flying. Our airline and our FL400, we outclimbed the pressurization after the FO went into VERTICAL SPEED and switched him. Usually when the area is
industry are already hanging on by a thread. ability of the aircraft and received a DIFF mode to reduce the climb rate, we received in the mid[shift] configuration, [my] air-
I can’t imagine a worse time to add an acci- the warning. We followed the QRH proce- space includes the above sector. I speculate
dent to the mix. Nothing changes just because dure, which got the pressure differential that this is why I assumed that I had FL360
under control and controlled the pressuriza- in my sector when, in fact, I did not.
CORONA AIR VENTURES tion in MANUAL mode for the remainder of Standardized reminders on or near the
NOW OPEN!! the flight. I sent an ACARS to the Dispatcher scope would be helpful when we are forced
and to Maintenance and had into unusual [configurations].
LOWEST [Maintenance] meet the aircraft at the
FUEL PRICES arrival airport. The recent pandemic has Wing Walkers’ Wisdom
IN THE BASIN! seen us carrying fewer and fewer passen-
gers, and…we are seeing aircraft perform- Two Ramp Agents voiced concern
• 24-Hour Self-Serve Pumps, 100LL ance every day that we would have rarely and frustration over a viable threat of
• Pilot’s Lounge With Free WiFi seen. As such, we are not conditioned to COVID-19 transmission. Regulations
• Credit Cards Accepted: look at the climb rate of the aircraft in and procedures had not yet caught up
regard to the pressure differential. There with protocols that the virus demands.
Phillips 66, 76, Multi Service, had been some recent company communi- Two possible solutions are presented.
Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover cation that reminded us of this issue, which From Wing Walker Number 1’s
• Tie-Downs $50/Month I remembered when I saw the rate of climb report:
of the aircraft versus the rate of climb of the
Individual Hangars from $323/mo! cabin.… I merely noticed and asked the FO • While working our flight outbound,
to reduce the rate of climb. It was too late to we were instructed to put the headsets on.
See your Lower Fuel Price at stop the warning from occurring. After the First of all, we are in a pandemic situation
event, I went and looked at the memo again, across the world. Secondly, these headsets and I will pay more attention to reducing my are not being sanitized after all flights.
rate of climb once above FL300 from now [They are] dirty and transferring germs to
CORONA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AJO on. The QRH procedure works well in everyone wearing them. Why are we still
reducing the pressure differential. The prob- wearing these headsets when we can be
33° 53.86’N, 117° 36.15’W lem is that it does not address this particu- wearing our own personal headsets or
Unicom 122.7 lar situation (outclimbing the pressuriza- hearing protection? It makes no sense why
AWOS 132.175 tion). Once we got the differential [pressure] we are contaminating our own work group.
under control, the QRH guides you to man- I can see the pushback driver using the
ual pressurization operation for the remain- headset to communicate with the pilots, but
der of the flight, even though I assume there for wing walkers to be using this is unsafe.
is nothing actually wrong with the pressur- There are limited supplies for cleaning, and
ization. Perhaps adding a line into the QRH yet we are being told to wear this. What
to direct you back to automatic pressuriza- happens when it’s hot? Still wear them dur-
tion if you simply outclimb the system would ing this pandemic?
reduce the workload of the Pilot Monitoring
(PM) versus having to operate the system From Wing Walker Number 2’s
manually while maintaining the same level report:
of attention required of the PM.
• …Why are we still insisting on using
Control in the Time of Corona wing walker headsets in line stations? We
don’t have cross traffic, and our pushback
(951) 737-1300 A Controller speculates on the cascade- alley is one way in and one way out.… Why
like threat of COVID-19 induced changes. are we still putting agents at unnecessary
NOW The result was an airspace violation and no risk? One possible solution, until this pass-
OPEN! notification to the receiving Controller. es, is to use old-fashioned hand signals.

• I had taken over the position, which 1. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.
was running multiple sectors combined. 2.
This is an unusual configuration. I have 3.
heard that we are using this for social dis- base.html

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Planes of Fame Air Museum’s hangars Planes of Fame Air Museum's hangars are open to walk through for up close viewing Admission is $12 per adult, $5 per child, 4
are open to walk through for up close view- years and under free. Pre-purchase your
ing of the aircraft and displays! Admission of the aircraft and displays. (Courtesy Planes of Fame) tickets online at
prices have been reduced and the hours of prior to arrival or tickets may be purchased
operation have been revised during this at the door. Museum members may use their
phased re-opening. While keeping in com- membership to visit the museum for free.
pliance with State and County requirements
administrators hope to open more of the COVID-compliant safety practices are
museum as restrictions are modified. in place, including wearing a mask. Tours
and interactive exhibits remain closed at
Your visit to the museum will help this time. The Planes of Fame Air Museum
‘Keep ‘em Flying’ and preserve aviation is located at 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino,
history for future generations! “Thank CA 91710-9085. For more information,
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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots If the owner of a private airport has “This applies to airports that the FAAis port owners have not provided new data
Association is encouraging nearly 3,000 pri- not verified the information since aware of because the owner has previously since January 2018, he said.
vate airport owners to respond to a data veri- January 2018, the airport could be listed notified the FAA that the airport exists, and
fication request they may have received in the as “closed indefinitely” in the FAA’s air- has provided critical information such as Private airport owners can also
mail from the FAA, asking owners to verify port database starting in July and would runway dimensions,” said Adam Williams, respond via the Airport Data and
airport records or risk being listed as “closed” be removed from charts during the next AOPA manager of airport policy. “A com- Information Portal or by contacting their
in the FAA’s online database and be removed charting cycle. If airport information on mon example would be if an airport is for local FAA regional airports office.
from aeronautical charts. file has been provided to the FAA since private use only, but the owner still wants
Jan. 1, 2018, no action is required. the airport to appear on aeronautical charts.” AOPA will send emails to several
If the FAA does not receive periodic hundred private airport owners who are
updates about private airports from own- Owners can view the date of the data The FAA will restore an airport to AOPA members to promote responses,
ers, charts may reflect incorrect airport that the FAA has on file by searching for aeronautical charts once the owner noti- and other aviation organizations are also
information, or in some cases show pri- their airport, and looking at the date next fies the agency that the information in the urging their members to participate,
vate airports that no longer exist. to “Last Info Request Date.” database is correct. More than 2,900 air- Williams said. For more information,
visit the AOPA website at






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