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In Flight USA January 2020

The monthly general aviation news magazine for 2020. Happy New Year! This month, we celebrate Aircraft Spruce, aviation family businesses, and all aviation supply stores.

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January 2020 3

Calendar of Events
To list your group’s event on a space available basis, please send your event notice with
date, time, place w/city and state, contact name, and phone number to: Calendar, In Flight
USA, P.O. Box 5402, San Mateo, Calif. 94402, or email [email protected].
4 Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air
Museum, (909) 597-3722,
Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Fly-In, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., QUOTES ON: NEW TANKS -
Frazier Lake Airpark, (408) 835-1694, Cherokee Tanks
Q San Carlos, CA: Open Cockpit Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hiller Aviation Fuel Cells & Metal Tanks 10 YEAR WARRANTY
Repair, overhauled & new
Museum, San Carlos Airport, (650) 654-0200. Technical Information or
7 Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Free Fuel Grade Decals
Museum, (909) 597-7576.
18 Q Imperial, CA: Aviation Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Imperial County Airport,
Q Riverside, CA: Aircraft Display Day Fly-In, 8 a.m., Flabob Airport,
(951) 683-2309,
Q Palm Springs, CA: 75th Anniversary “Hitler’s Downfall,” 1 to 2 p.m.,
Palm Springs Air Museum, (760) 778-6262.
Q Torrance, CA: Celebrity Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Western Museum of
Flight, (310) 326-9544.
18 — 19 Q Santa Rosa, CA: Open Cockpit Weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific MONARCH PREMIUM CAPS
Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Airport, (707) 575-7900. Premium Stainless Steel
19 Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery Umbrella Caps
Field, (619) 301-2530. for your
23 Q Troy, OH: Aviation Lecture Series, doors 6:30 p.m., WACO Historical Cessna 177 through 210
Society, (937) 335-9226,
FEBRUARY [email protected]

1 Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air
Museum, (909) 597-3722,
Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Fly-In, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Frazier Lake Airpark, (408) 835-1694,
4 Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Keeping aircraft in the air since 1952
Museum, (909) 597-7576.
7—9 Q Buckeye, AZ: Buckeye Air Fair/Copperstate Fly-In, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., US: 1-800-843-8033 INTL: 1-204-668-3234
15 Buckeye Municipal Airport, (623) 349-6000, CDN: 1-800-665-0236 FAX: 1-204-339-3351
Q Riverside, CA: Aircraft Display Day Fly-In, 8 a.m., Flabob Airport,
(951) 683-2309,
15 — 16 Q Santa Rosa, CA: Open Cockpit Weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific
Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Airport, (707) 575-7900.
16 Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery FLY HIGH MHSince
Field, (619) 301-2530. 1985
Q Laredo, TX: Stars & Stripes Air Show Spectacular, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with
Laredo Int’l. Airport, (956) 722-0589, Aviation Oxygen Systems
21 Q Palm Springs, CA: “We Did It Together” Annual Gala, 5:30 p.m., Mountain
Palm Springs Air Museum, tickets and info (760) 482-1836.
22 — 23 Q Puyallup, WA: Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show, Sat. 9 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m./Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Showplex,
3 Q Chino, CA: Kilroy Coffee Klatch, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air Made in the USA Equipment & Supply Company
Museum, (909) 597-7576.
6—7 Q Casa Grande, AZ: Cactus Antique Fly-In, gates 8 a.m., Casa Grande GA and Rotorcraft Pilots use MH Oxygen Systems with Pulse-DemandTM
Municipal Airport, (520) 426-3616,
7 Q Chino, CA: Living History Flying Day, 10 a.m., Planes of Fame Air sss Makes flying at the higher altitudes safe and comfortable sss

Museum, (909) 597-3722, Portable Pulse-DemandTM Systems
Q Hollister, CA: Antique Aircraft Display & Fly-In, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
13 — 14 Frazier Lake Airpark, (408) 835-1694, MH XCP
Q Yuma, AZ: MCAS Yuma Air Show, gates Fri. 4:30 p.m./Sat. 9 a.m., 1-4 Place
14 Q Del Rio, TX: Fiesta of Flight Air & Space Expo, Laughlin AFB, Cross-Country 0ILOT
Q El Centro, CA: NAF El Centro Air Show, gates 9 a.m., System
15 Q San Diego, CA: Historic Aircraft Display, noon to 2 p.m., Montgomery
Field, (619) 301-2530.
21 Q Riverside, CA: Aircraft Display Day Fly-In, 8 a.m., Flabob Airport, EZ BreatheTM
(951) 683-2309, Cannulas
21 — 22 Q Phoenix, AZ: Luke Days 2020, gates TBA, Luke AFB,
Q Santa Rosa, CA: Open Cockpit Weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific
Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Airport, (707) 575-7900.
Q Napa, CA: Vintage Aircraft Display, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Napa Airport,
(707) 944-9236.
22 — 23 Q Lancaster, CA: Los Angeles County-Aerospace Valley Air Show, gates
9 a.m., William J. Fox Airport,
28 Q Mesa, AZ: Open House, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Flacon Field Airport, (480) Visit us at

Booth B-66

644-2450, at
Q Riverside, CA: AirFest 2020 “Thunder over the Empire,” gates 8 a.m.,
28 — 29 March ARB, Sun'n'Fun


Q Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay AirFest, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., MacDill AFB, (813) Tested s [email protected]


4 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020



By Victoria Buonocore

Flo Irwin. Unlike a play on words Bob and Flo Irwin started their aviation legacy from their home in 1956. Flo ran the stay home to focus on raising her two
that her name might suggest, this business while Bob worked. Today Aircraft Spruce is a 300-employee business with sons. “That lasted about six months,”
was not a woman who just went eight locations and run by their son Jim, his wife Nanci and their four children. laughs Jim. Well ahead of her time, and
with the flow… This was a “highly ener- somewhat unusual in this era, Flo real-
getic, dynamic” person who started a (Courtesy Aircraft Spruce) ized she could both run a business and
legacy in the aviation business communi- raise her children. With this, Bob and Flo
ty. Bob and Flo Irwin started what is now Fullerton Air Parts, which grew into one doing,” said her son Jim. “My mother founded Aircraft Spruce Company and
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company in the largest retail aircraft parts suppliers in was the business person behind it.”
the summer of 1956. Bob, a pilot since the western United States in less than a Continued on Page 7
1940 and active in the Civil Air Patrol decade. “This was really my mom’s In 1965, Bob and Flo sold Fullerton
along with other aviation groups, worked Air Parts with the idea that Flo would
in the aerospace industry. While he
worked full-time, Flo – who started out
with no aviation experience but learned
very quickly – managed their little air-
craft parts business, taking orders from
their home.

Her management of the business,
which focused on fair prices and excel-
lent service kept their customers coming
back. Soon, the Irwins realized they
needed to expand to a larger facility.
Finding a location at the Fullerton Airport
in Southern California led them to create

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Volume 36, Number 5 TABLE OF CONTENTS January 2020

650-358-9908 • Fax: 650-358-9254 • E-mail: [email protected] •




By Victoria Buonocore By Bob Martinez
Story Begins on Page 4 Page 49

NEWS Cover Photo Courtesy Aircraft Spruce COLUMNS

Something for Everyone: AOPA Announces 2020 Fly-In Locations ....8 Jim Irwin, President of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Company, flying his BT-13 Flying With Faber: The Resort at Pelican Hill
EAA Affirms Place of Legacy Model Aircraft at UAS SRM ..................10 over Corona, California. Bob Irwin, Jim’s father, owned the airplane in the 1950s. By Stuart J. Faber............................................................29
Free Admission for Children at EAA AirVenture 2020..........................11 Jim found the aircraft years later and restored it in 2013. Bob and Flo Irwin found-
ADS-B Privacy Now Available ..................................................................17 ed Aircraft Spruce in 1956. Jim, his wife Nanci and their four children, now run the Flying Into Writing: Splash and Go’s
Aviation Business Community Welcomes Congressional business, along with 300 employees. Find the complete story about the Irwin’s BT- By Eric McCarthy ............................................................33
Promotion of Fuel Sustainability..............................................................18 13 on Aircraft Spruce’s website,
WWII 75th Commemoration Fundraiser Launched ..............................19 SafeLandings: ASRS Year End Roundup
Opener Named Sponsor of AirVenture Innovation Showcase............20 Editorial: “I Am Fearful…” ....................................................................................42
U.S. DOT Issues Proposed Rule on Remote ID for Drones ................22 By Ed Downs ..................................................................6
U.S. A.F. Special Ops Command to be Highlighted at AirVenture......24 DEPARTMENTS
NASA’s Moon to Mars Plans Fast Tracked in 2019 ..............................28 Mutual Aerial Awareness ADS-B Benefits Extend
FAA to Decommission HIWAS This Month ............................................35 Beyond Mandate Calendar of Events ..........................................................3
FAA to Improve Airmen Certificate Testing ............................................37
Textron Marks Successful Wing, Fuselage Mate ..................................38 By Jim Moore, AOPA ......................................................12 Classifieds ......................................................................48
U.S. Space Force Becomes a Reality ......................................................40
America’s Amazing Airports Traces Development, Index of Advertisers ......................................................50
History of U.S. Airports
By Mark Rhodes............................................................14

Alerion Works to Solve Aviation Challenges
By Annamarie Buonocore ..............................................25

6 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020

1974 Cessna A185F 1976 Beech V35B Bonanza Editorial By Ed Downs


1868 TTSN. Exceptionally low time aircraft. Less than 1900 TTSN 4242, 1495 SMOH, Beautiful and well carred for aircraft. There is an upbeat title for the first nature of our discussion and then added,
total hours, contiinuous and original logs and a clean panel Exceptional paint, leather interior and outstanding mechanical editorial opinion for 2020! Yes, “This development process may end
and interior. After lengthly disuse, it has been brought “back to condition. Engine: 1495 hours TT SFRM, 425 hours STOH. MC- maybe a bit negative but also a well, but I am fearful that given the time
life” with an extensive annual in 2018. Robertson STOL Kit, Cauley 3-blade prop 423 TT SNEW. Fully integrated Garmin prognostic look into the future. 2020 and money that has been sunk into this
Hartzell PHC-C3YF-1RF/F8468A-6R 3-Blade-Contstant GNS-430W and Garmin GMX-200 coupled to the King KAP/KFC promises to be an interesting, if not dis- technology, we will feel compelled to use
Speed Prop. overhauled in 2018. Dual King KX170’s One with 200 Autopilot/Flight Director.GPSS, and ADS-B.Custom interior- turbing year. The main event will be the it.” He was right, that technology was put
Glidescope, King KR86 ADF. King KN74 TSO RNAV and more. with 4-place intercom 2001, 1997 paint by Century Aircraft/Chino upcoming national elections. If the past into use, it did have weaknesses, and
Readyto Fly!...........................................................$139, 900 in excellent condition. Southern California aircraft. has anything to do with the future, we innocent people died as a result. The
........................................................................................$122,000 will see distasteful rhetoric, outright lies, technology in question remains in use
1970 Piper Arrow name calling, and governmental paralysis today, as its economic benefits warranted
1975 YAK-50 continue, perhaps even climb to new further development and improvement.
heights… a sad proposition.
4917 TTAF, 276 SMOH. Clean and well maintained Piper Arrow TTSN 170, 14 SMOH. Fully Restored and Like New! The aircraft It now works well but is carefully
had 156 hours since new when sent back to factory in Russia for But what is happening in our little monitored by maintenance procedures
with ADS-B In/Out! Garmin GTX 345 integrated with Garmin complete overhaul 1999.Declared a “zero time” overhaul.with lat- corner of the world, or perhaps we should and new legal standards… of little conso-
est tech standards. Complete avionic upgrade in compliance to say atmosphere? What is in store for avi- lation to those who died or lost loved
530W. Great transition from a trainer to a single with retractable European standards 2015.Call for more information........$89,000 ation, in all its remarkable forms? This ones. It is the nature of our species to
writer thinks that 2020 will be a good always want something better, call it the
landing gear and controllable-pitch propeller.Beautiful cross coun- year for flying, marking the maturing of “better mouse trap” syndrome. But tech-
try IFR platform with low time engine .............................$72,000 technological advances that have been nological advances have been bringing
promised for more than 20 years but not “better” on at an ever-increasing rate, and
Steve Feldman • Sales Manager delivered. along with that non-linear increase, is a
(650) 394-7610 • [email protected] belief that all things are made better with
First will come the ADS-B promise technology. We tend to toss technology at
San Carlos Airport • 620 Airport Way • San Carlos, California 94070 of a new ATC system and perhaps Next almost every problem. Of course, we
Gen. But this writer firmly believes that it have learned from the past… right?
AirplanesUSA of Chicago AirplanesUSA of Florida is not just 2020 at hand. We are beginning
a new decade. We will see technological Apparently Boeing did not learn, nor
(847) 331-3133 (954) 491-1700 advances maturing at a rate that has not did the government agencies responsible
been seen since the heydays of the for public safety and aircraft certification. 1960s… remember… “If we can send The tragic events surrounding the two
man to the moon, we can do anything!” Boeing 737 Max crashes brings to light
CFI ACADEMY We are entering a decade that will quite the nasty results of mixing an overly
IT’S NOT CFI; IT’S CF-WHY literally change our world, and perhaps cooperative regulatory agency with a
add one or two new worlds to the list. company hell bent on competing with
CFI Academy has been training FAA Certificated Flight Instructors since Airbus by offering a lower cost airline
1988. Maintaining focus and staying dedicated to teaching CFI courses It is now probable that the next aircraft that can be flown by pilots with
exclusively for this long, we really are the experts in the Flight Instructor decade will see permanent settlements poor basic skills and minimal training, all
Training business. established on the Moon and that Mars contributing to cost competitiveness. In
will receive the first exploratory visits by other words, the “bottom line” was prof-
Come to the EXPERTS in the field to train for the most a species (us) that just recently (in galac- its and fatalities. Driving such question-
demanding and challenging checkride you will ever take! tic terms) evolved out of the primordial able business decisions is the demand
slime. We may even discover life on the from major aircraft purchasers for a plane
• On-campus housing – custom built – means total immersion for moons of Saturn or Jupiter while the list that will basically fly itself, requiring
three weeks, and no distractions. of inhabitable exoplanets grows larger by minimal pilot skill or training.
leaps and bounds. Such achievements
• From course start date to checkride completion – three weeks. will bring about social, ecological, and Airbus saw the potential in building
technological changes that will shape the such aircraft decades ago and has consis-
• Flat Rate Ground School – the biggest variable in the training cost remainder of the millennium. Yep, great tently beat Boeing in the developing
for CFI. things are promised by expanding use of nation market. Boeing had previously
technology, which brings us back to the resisted turning the safety of its products
CFI Academy 1-916-209-0234 title of this editorial opinion. over to computer programmers. They
3700 E Jahant Rd. [email protected] gave in on the 737 MAX, a plane with
Acampo, CA 95220 Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If my distant memory serves me unique stability challenges due to the use
faithfully, back in the early ‘90s this of a new engine configuration. A
CFIACADEMY.COM writer was having a conversation about Maneuvering Characteristics Augmen-
the development of a new technology in tation System (MCAS) was developed to
the works at Boeing. Airbus was also overcome unwelcome (perhaps uncon-
deeply involved in this relatively new trollable) pitch oscillations at high-power
technology that promised to reduce cost settings. The MCAS was designed to
and improve performance, meaning high “take over” the plane if the pilot could not
profits for airlines and aircraft manufac- handle certain conditions, but pilots were
turers. My friend was, in fact, leading this not properly trained in the use of this sys-
development effort. As the conversation, tem and lacked basic flying skills, result-
questions, and explanations continued,
my friend paused. He pondered the Continued on Page 13

January 2020 7

Cover Story: Aircraft Spruce

I am a safe pilot.

is is a great day to y.

Accidents only happen
to other pilots.

Aircraft Spruce is a family-owned and operated business, with Jim and Nanci Irwin at No ight plan
includes an accident.
the helm, along with their three sons and daughter running departments.
Continued from Page 4
Aircraf accidents or incidents can happen to
thought they would keep things simple even the most experienced pilot. Help protect
your airman and medical certificates with AOPA’s
by offering their customers only one Pilot Protection Services, so you can keep doing

product, aircraft-grade spruce lumber for what you love - FLYING!

aircraft construction and restoration. That Go to
or call 800.872.2672
philosophy didn’t long. Soon, they were
Available for membership levels that include
adding more and more products to their PPS Basic or Plus level coverage


Then they thought it would be help-

ful to have a catalog so that customers far

and wide could see their products and

place orders by telephone to be shipped.

Their catalog started off very small,

recalls Jim. Flash forward, today their

catalog is more than 1,100 pages and

contains more than 100,000 products. It’s

available both online and in print. In

keeping with Flo’s determination to keep Jim Irwin, President of Aircraft Spruce, is
her customers happy, she shipped orders an avid pilot having logged more than
daily. Aircraft Spruce continues to do so, 4,000 hours. (Courtesy Aircraft Spruce)
usually getting parts to their customers

within a couple of days.

Aircraft Spruce also continues the mother was really the force behind the

tradition of expanding their products and business and that was pretty unusual at

product lines. “We are one of Garmin’s the time.”

biggest distributors,” noted Jim. Aircraft Within a couple of years after his

Spruce is also a major distributor for graduation from California Sate

Lycoming and Continental products. “We University at Fullerton, Jim acquired

want to be that one-stop-shop for every- Aircraft Spruce and Specialty and

thing our customers need,” said Jim. became president in 1980. Jim’s wife,

As Bob and Flo grew their business, Nanci, a graduate of the University of

they were determined to maintain their Southern California with a degree in

fair pricing and top-notch customer serv- accounting is vice president of the com-

ice and added the goal of providing the pany and manages the accounting and

parts, tools and supplies every pilot and data processing departments. Both Jim

aircraft builder or restorer needed to com- and Nanci are active pilots, he with well

plete their projects. Jim and his younger over 4,000 hours as a multi-engine,

brother John grew up in the business. “I instrument-rated pilot since 1976 and she

would come in after school and pull parts with a private license.

(for shipping) and later I would cut wood In 1983, Bob and Flo moved to Lake

or metal to process orders,” said Jim. “I Havasu City, Arizona. That might have

really learned the business from my been a retirement plan for some, but not

mom, working side-by-side with her.” the Irwins. Along with their son John,

During and after college, “I became they founded ACS Products Company,

involved in the business end, especially which manufactures a line of products

sales,” he added. “Through all of this, my Continued on Page 9

8 In Flight USA Celebrating 36Years January 2020

By Mark Baker SPREAD YOUR WINGS viously demanded. Such positions are
great opportunities to build time to qualify
AOPA President and CEO You Earned your Pilot Certificate – Now What? for the regional airlines. Some on-demand
operators are recruiting first officers with
American author Mark Twain once the most thrilling, rewarding, and chal- flying, now’s the time. Because of a as few as 300 hours total time. Aerial pho-
said, “Twenty years from now, lenging experiences of my life. However, growing number of retirees, a booming tography, air tour pilots, pipeline patrol,
you will be more disappointed by there are a lot of pilots caught in a gray economy, and an increased thirst for air and skydive operations are all great ways
the things you didn’t do than by the ones area after getting their certificate. Like all travel, pilots are in high demand. for low-time pilots to get more experience,
you did do.” From personal experience, I things, the honeymoon phase of taking Aviation professionals are needed in up their confidence, and jump-start their
can tell you Twain was onto something. up your first few passengers dwindles, legacy airlines, regionals, Part 91, and careers. Plus, I can’t think of any entry-
and many pilots begin asking themselves Part 135 operators. Boeing predicts a level job with better office views.
I have spent a good portion of my life – now what? need for more than 800,000 new civil
around the aviation community, and I’ve pilots to fly the global fleet over the next No matter your experience, ratings,
yet to meet a pilot who regrets learning to Statistics show that many pilots let 20 years. Collegiate flight schools such or time logged, we are all pilots with a
fly. More often, it’s “I wish I hadn’t wait- their skills lapse over time, partly because as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical passion for aviation. We all dared to take
ed so long.” Whether you pursued this they don’t have a reason to venture out of University have seen an increase in the leap, sacrificed the hours, and sat
skill to advance your career, learned to fly the familiar traffic pattern at their local enrollment in the past year. Last fall’s shoulder to shoulder with our instructors
as a hobby, or have always dreamed of airports. But a multitude of opportunities incoming class at Embry-Riddle’s on a weekly basis. Should you ever find
crossing it off your bucket list, I applaud exist – whether the goal is to build time, Daytona Beach, Florida, campus had yourself in a rut, just remember what a
you. Earning your wings is an accomplish- volunteer, or challenge yourself with a 1,950 students – an increase of nearly 18 remarkable achievement it is to become a
ment that should be celebrated, and it truly fun, new rating. Don’t let your logbook percent over the previous year. pilot. Life is bound to be filled with some
sets us apart from most of our co-workers, sit on the shelf collecting dust. Put your regrets, but I assure you, learning to fly
neighbors, and acquaintances. skills to good use and get airborne. Enjoy Today, there are many opportunities will never be one of them.
all the freedoms that come with being a to build coveted flight time without going
For me, learning to fly was one of pilot in a country where the sky truly is down the traditional flight instructor route.
the limit. In fact, many Part 135 operators are
accepting pilots with fewer hours than pre-
If you want to make a career out of



It’s official – the locations have been ing like it did the first time around, when This international airport will welcome Three great weekends: 2020 AOPA
selected for the 2020 AOPA Fly-Ins, they hosted their first regional fly-in there “us little guys” with waived fees and Fly-In Schedule
three great two-day events and each will in 2014. The fly-in will be co-located open arms.
have a personality of its own. with an exciting music festival/car May 29-30 San Marcos, Texas,
show/airshow called Go Wheels Up, “This year’s AOPA Fly-Ins will take San Marcos Regional Airport (HYI)
From music to rodeo, car shows to Texas! On June 19 and 20 head to us into two new states in parts of the June 19-20 Casper, Wyoming
airshows, and Wild West excursions to a Casper, Wyoming (CPR), a place to country we’ve not yet visited with excit- Casper/Natrone County Airport (CPR)
metropolitan vibe, AOPA’s three loca- savor the rich Western heritage of these ing opportunities to explore their unique Sept. 11-12 Rochester, New York
tions will have something for everyone. United States. AOPA will be there during strengths,” said Chris Eads, AOPA senior Greater Rochester International Airport
AOPA staff have worked for months the College National Finals Rodeo so this director of Outreach and Events. “And, (ROC)
identifying, selecting, and finalizing this event will be a total immersion in we will also revisit the roots of our
year’s fly-ins. Western culture. Sept. 11 and 12, AOPA regional fly-in program by returning to For more information, visit the
will host the fly-in in upstate New York our very first location in 2014. We are AOPA website at
Drum roll, please: On May 29 and in the energetic city of Rochester (ROC). looking forward to a fun year with lots of
30, join AOPA in San Marcos, Texas new flying adventures.”
(HYI), for a return event that looks noth-


Today, booking a charter flight can are entitled to a higher level of safety than that connects passengers with pilots. The 119 certificate.
be as easy as tapping a few buttons on is required from a free flight from a letter emphasizes an FAA policy about Any pilot who provides charter
your mobile device. But that doesn’t friend. Among other things, pilots who the requirements for pilots who are paid
mean the flight is legal or safe. transport paying passengers must have to fly passengers. The policy states that flights without complying with the Part
the required qualifications and training, pilots who are paid to fly passengers gen- 119 certificate requirement would be vio-
The FAA’s top priority is ensuring are subject to random drug and alcohol erally can’t just hold the required lating the Federal Aviation Regulations –
the safety of the traveling public, and it’s testing, and the aircraft used must be Commercial or Airline Transport pilot even if they possess a Commercial or
critical that both pilots and passengers maintained to the high standards that the license – they also must be employed by Airline Transport Pilot license. The
(PDF) confirm that the charter flights FAA’s charter regulations require. the company operating the flight, which FAA’s determination has been upheld in
they’re providing and receiving comply must hold a certificate issued under Part federal court.
with all applicable Federal Aviation The FAA recently sent a letter about 119 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Regulations. this issue to a company called Blackbird Or the pilots must themselves hold a Part A current listing of FAA-licensed
Air that created a web-based application charter providers is available on the FAA
If you pay for a charter flight, you website,

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January 2020 9

Cover Story: Aircraft Spruce

Continued from Page 7 Aircraft Spruce is headquartered in a
distributed by Aircraft Spruce. John and
his wife Frances now manage ACS 62,000 square-foot complex in Corona,
Products Company.
Calif. (Courtesy Aircraft Spruce)
Sadly Flo Irwin passed away on
June 10, 1989 but not before leaving a 62,000-square-foot complex in Corona,
legacy of aviation businesses that contin- Calif., Aircraft Spruce has continued to
ue to thrive and serve the general aviation establish facilities and warehouses
community through her sons and their throughout the country, including
families. “My mom went from seeing Peachtree, Georgia; Ontario, Canada;
telephone orders to fax orders, but that’s and most recently in Chicago and Alaska.
about it. She passed before technology The family also owns and operates a sec-
really took off. I think she would be ond business called Aero Performance.
amazed at how the business has evolved. This is mostly a wholesale business sell-
I think she would have been pretty proud, ing to FBOs and other facilities. Aero
too,” said Jim. Bob Irwin passed away on Performance has locations in Texas,
June 26, 2015 at the celebrated age of 95! Pennsylvania and Arizona. This brings
He was an instrument-rated pilot with the family business to a total of eight
more than 2000 hours. He flew a 1968 facilities, seven in the U.S. and one in
Navion Rangemaster, which was based Canada.
at Lake Havasu, until May 2000 when he
retired after 50 years of flying. As lega- Since Aircraft Spruce and Aero
cies go, he moved his Navion to Chino Performance work hand in hand, the
Airport where his grandchildren continue focus of the business is to get orders
to fly it. shipped quickly and efficiently and this
can happen with customers being served
Not only do his grandchildren fly, usually within two days from their facili-
they are “in the process” of taking over ties throughout the country. Generally,
Aircraft Spruce… and while Jim sees “97 to 98 percent of all orders are ship-
himself on a golf course in the not-too- ping the same day,” said Jim, “and those
distant-future, each of his four children, orders usually get to our customers with-
three sons: Mike, Jeff and Rob and in two days.” Aircraft Spruce ships
daughter, Krissy, are managing depart- between 15,000 and 20,000 orders every
ments at Aircraft Spruce: Mike, the eld- week. “We do our best to keep this part of
est, is in charge of the purchasing depart- our business finely tuned. It’s important
ment; Jeff runs operations and manages to our customers to get their orders
the Canada facility from the Corona quickly, whether they are a new airplane
headquarters; Rob is the marketing direc- owner or a kit builder and need a part or
tor and Krissy works with Nanci in the they are refurbishing a classic or a war-
accounting department. “We have all six bird. These projects are important; they
of us working right alongside 300 other are the heart and soul and a big part of the
very dedicated and talented employees,” aviation community.”
said Jim. By the way, don’t take Jim’s
golf course comment too seriously. He With his years of experience, Jim
was quick to add, “I love what I do and says aviation is in a “very good spot”
I’m thankful for every day I get to come today. There are “many options” by which
to work. Nanci and I have been doing this to learn how to fly, to maybe own an air-
for some 40 years and we love the chal- craft or be part of a team to refurbish an
lenge and we love working side-by-side aircraft.” Aircraft Spruce wants to be a
with our children. We look forward to ‘one-stop-shop’ for everyone’s needs in
continuing to grow!” the aviation community. “We are excited
about finding new products and bringing
Growth is an underlining theme at new product lines into the business.”
Aircraft Spruce. “Aircraft Spruce has
been very fortunate over the years to To think this all started in “one room
grow from one person 50-plus years ago with our mom at the helm, is really amaz-
to what it is today. It’s taken a lot of hard
work but mostly we’ve had great support Continued on Page 10
from the aviation community. We could-
n’t be more thankful, especially for the
great people we deal with everyday.
Aviation people are pretty special and we
look forward to doing this for many years
to come,” said Jim.

From their mom-and-pop (mostly
mom) start in a home to the Fullerton
Airport to the former Fullerton citrus
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Photo by Bruce Selyem ADS-B is a bit like a vaccine: DJI is equipping all of its drones weigh-
Everyone needs to have it to ing 250 grams or more with ADS-B In
CaCallll TToodadya! y ! achieve the maximum possible capability. (Jim Moore/ Courtesy AOPA)
benefit. As drones continue to increase in
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who may not need access to certain air- has enjoyed the support of many collabo-
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Outside U.S. 1-208-454-1800 in that airspace in 2020 still stand to gain were created to support the unmanned
significant safety and situational aware- aircraft segment of GA. To name one ness by equipping. example, DJI announced in May that it
will equip every DJI drone weighing 250
[email protected] In medicine, the term “herd immuni- grams or more with ADS-B In. That
ty” refers to disease prevention through AirSense feature will help remote pilots
Call for Specializing in mass vaccination. It is achieved when a avoid conflict between their drones and
promotional New Pilot significant portion of any given popula- manned aircraft, displaying on the remote
Medical Exams tion is immune to a given disease. Once pilot’s screen traffic alerts for any nearby
Pricing! the population exposed to the risk aircraft that are broadcasting ADS-B Out.
achieves this benchmark, the protection
of vaccination extends beyond the vacci- “As we studied the past few years of
nated individuals to include everyone. drone incidents, we learned that nearly all
reported drone sightings and even colli-
The benefits of ADS-B equipage are sions are not credible, but also found a
multiplied by mass adoption in much the pattern of verified low-altitude conflicts
same way: When most, if not all, aircraft with helicopters. We used this data to
utilize the technology, everyone – remote inform our next step in leading the indus-
pilots included–will have a more complete try in drone safety: ADS-B,” said DJI
“picture” of the nearby airspace, and the Vice President of Policy and Legal
risk of conflict or collision will decrease Affairs Brendan Schulman, in an email.
significantly. The aviation community as a “Our voluntary commitment to ADS-B
whole still has work to do, however. As the will help the vast majority of drone pilots
final days before the ADS-B mandate be better aware of nearby traffic and take
count down, AOPA and a few key players steps to avoid conflicts and collisions. As
serving both the manned and unmanned the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B mandate comes
aircraft communities have made signifi- into force, our voluntary commitment to
cant progress setting the stage for success- equipping the world’s most popular
ful realization of the full potential safety drones provides one of the best addition-
benefits of ADS-B. al reasons for airplane and helicopter
owners to equip their fleets.”
AOPA Senior Director of Airspace,
Air Traffic, and Aviation Security Rune Equipping business jets is a relatively
Duke noted the association’s concern that easy sell, but the value proposition for older
many general aviation owners remain piston aircraft has long been a challenge.
unprepared for the ADS-B mandate that Owners of vintage airplanes that often lack
will apply to so-called “rule airspace” basic electrical systems have good reason
starting in January (generally speaking, to want to avoid investing many thousands
airspace where Mode C has been of dollars equipping with ADS-B Out sys-
required for many years). tems that might cost more than their Piper
Cub or Luscombe is worth. This is exactly
“We are projecting just 60 percent of the inexorable force that has limited ADS-
the 143,000 general aviation aircraft that B fleet penetration (and that “herd immuni-
frequent rule airspace will have ADS-B ty” we’re all aiming for), and that pulled
by 2020. With nearly 212,000 aircraft in uAvionix (a Montana company launched in
the active general aviation fleet, there is 2015 to serve the drone industry) into GA
still a way to go,” Duke said. “It is impor- in a big way.
tant pilots understand the wide-ranging
safety and efficiency benefits of equip- uAvionix announced a discount on
ping with ADS-B Out. We regularly hear Continued on Page 16
stories from pilots of how ADS-B Out
helped avoid a traffic conflict, or worse.”

Duke noted that many hands and
minds are working together to achieve

January 2020 13

Editorial: I Am Fearful Planes of Fame Air Museum
tion… is that switch or battery improving
Continued from Page 6 the healthy set of skills you already have, Over 150 Aircraft and Displays
ing in loss of control. This entire system or is it replacing them? Yes, a rhetorical
was dependent upon only one data input question, as this writer sees more and See the
and did not have redundant monitoring more students and CFIs who are depend-
(like RAIM in your IFR GPS). Yes, wel- ent upon technology to do even the most Vought F4U-1A Corsair
come to technology of the next decade, basic tasks. Fly!
but do not think for a minute that this
race for technological gadgetry is limited Regrettably, even the FAA, the same Living History Flying Day
to the big guys? agency that collaborated with Boeing, is Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 10 am
“in” on the idea of technology replacing
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to help the pilot have been in place for Standard (ACS) corrects deficiencies of feature the Vought F4U-1A Corsair. A speaker panel
many years, with excellent results. The the old Practical Test Standard (PTS), but of distinguished aviation experts and historians will
advent of swept-wing aircraft led to dis- also allows the use of electronic flight give a presentation, followed by a flight demonstration
covery of a phenomena know as “dutch bags for the automatic creation of full of the featured aircraft.
roll,” a yawing motion that leads to flight plans and weight and balance com-
uncontrolled roll inputs. It can get nasty. putations. There is certainly nothing Living History Flying Days occur the first Saturday of Sun-Fri: 10-5 • Sat: 9-5
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pilot was flying the plane, and the sys- now asking those of us who teach Flight
tems could be quickly disabled. Instructor Refresher Courses (FIRCS) to
bring up the possible downsides of new
Even as avionics progressed from technology such as task saturations, sen-
the old low-frequency systems, to VOR, sory overload, auto system dependency,
to LORAN, and finally GPS, it was done and a loss of basic pilot skills. Maybe one
in a manner that considered these group of regulators is still flying
improving systems as a means of reduc- Aeroncas, while the others are spending
ing pilot workload and/or enhancing time playing computer games?
skill. These systems were not designed to
“replace the pilot.” Technology of the There seems to be an almost “under-
next decade may not seek to help us but ground” movement to restore basic fly-
to replace us… no, not like robots in a ing skills. Perhaps a glimmer of hope for
science fiction scenario… but in the the new year?
sense that we, as pilots, will know less
and less about what is going on, depend- So, in the end, does this writer dis-
ing upon our technology to do the job for like technology? Heck no! But my years
us. Sure, good technology will probably of flying give me the ability to use “con-
get good results … it always has… right? nective reasoning,” meaning using skill
and knowledge to “connect the dots” and
With a student load of some 300- predict an outcome. I do not need a
plus individuals per year (all ratings, machine to do that for me. While many
written exams, and CFI recerts), this modern pilots think only as far ahead as
writer sees a very alarming trend. Be it permitted by an advance display, this old
for pre-flight planning, checklist use, boy is mentally flying an approach hours
flight maneuvers, complex instrument before reaching the destination.
approaches, and other flight situations,
we have become increasingly dependent Demonstrable skill sets permit one
upon a switch or a battery. The ques-
Continued on Page 22

14 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020



By Mark Rhodes fessionals share our enthusiasm with oth- large areas as race tracks and fair grounds cultural significance, is listed on the
ers as a lasting legacy in both print and for “air exhibitions” were the norm. After American Register of Historic Places.
Everyone knows of early pioneers eBook form. the well-publicized air event, that large
of Aviation such as The Wright open space went back to being what it “In 1905, Pearson Field Airport
Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and “America’s Amazing Airports is was originally. Over time, as air com- (KVUO) in Vancouver, Washington, had
Amelia Earhart but who knows about the meant as a public information tool for air- merce, especially the U.S. Air Mail a dirigible or airship landing. By 1911,
birth of the Modern Airport? Aviator and ports or aviation groups/businesses to Service expanded across the country, airplanes began using the airfield. The
Photographer Dr. Penny Rafferty share aviation career information with dedicated site-specific airport design was airport is still in use and in 2012, the
Hamilton’s book America’s Amazing young adult readers (ages 12-18) and as an mandated to get this important service.”
Airports: Connecting Communities to the easy-to-read outreach/educational re- Continued on Page 22
World (Mountaintop Legacy Press) aims source to share with their civic and elect- IF USA: Was there a key figure or
to rectify this omission. Dr. Hamilton ed leaders. The many archival and con- moment in the development of what you
(AKA (“Penny the Pilot”) was inter- temporary photographs might encourage might call the modern airport?
viewed about her work, and her take on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer-
the past, present and future of the modern ing, Mathematics) careers. In addition to PRH: “In actuality, the Wrights
American airport. our rich airport history, America’s developed Huffman Prairie Flying Field
Amazing Airports explains how our avia- near their Dayton, Ohio, home in 1904 to
IF USA: What was the genesis of tion transportation network is self-funded improve their Wright Flyer and, eventual-
your interest in writing a history of U.S. by users. This book is a great size to make ly train a cadre of pilots. As early as 1909,
Airports? it affordable for anyone, especially in bulk College Park Airport was established by
for groups to sponsor/buy and give out to the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a training
PRH: “My husband and I are both promote airports.” location for Wilbur Wright to instruct two
general aviation pilots. For the past 40 military officers to fly the government’s
years, we have worked closely with avia- IF USA: How did the idea of a ded- first airplane. As early as December
tion groups to promote the many commu- icated space for aircraft evolve in the 1910, other civilian aircraft began flying
nity benefits of airports. Public relations early years of U.S. aviation? at College Park Airport. Although often
specialists know the importance of hav- debated, Maryland’s College Park airport
ing a consistent, focused message told PRH: “Well, first we had to have claims the prestigious honor of being rec-
over and over again. Aviation and airports airplanes. In the early 1900s, as airplanes ognized as our first airport still in contin-
are inspirational and magical. Through increased in numbers, the focus was more uous operation. College Park Airport
my book I hope to help our aviation pro- on entertainment than on utility and com- (KCGS), due to its obvious historical and
merce. In the early years, “shared use” of

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October, part of an ongoing effort to reduce the cost of equipage and maxi- The long-term plan is to safely
mize the safety benefits for all. The accommodate and account for so-called
tailBeacon and skyBeacon products have “non-cooperative” aircraft (in the parl-
been approved as ADS-B Out solutions ance of the drone industry) with a layered
for helicopters and fixed-wing GA air- approach that includes drone-mounted
craft, and can be purchased and installed detect-and-avoid technology.
for around $2,000, requiring just an hour
of shop time in many cases. Iris Automation of San Francisco is
among the leaders in developing successful,
“We firmly believe (ADS-B is) the compact, active detect-and-avoid solutions
best detect-and-avoid solution in terms of for drones. Casia, the firm’s flagship solu-
any single technology,” said Christian tion, is a system composed of cameras inte-
Ramsey, president of uAvionix, in a phone grated with a powerful computer pro-
interview. Ramsey said the company’s grammed to recognize and automatically
strategy has evolved, particularly during maneuver the drone to avoid any nearby
2019, to focus much more attention on cre- flying objects. Casia has performed well in
ating solutions for manned aircraft. That is tests conducted under the federal unmanned
in no small part to help facilitate advanced aircraft Integration Pilot Program.
drone operations to come, such as package
delivery, infrastructure inspection, and “Our system is designed to detect-
other beyond-line-of-sight operations that and-avoid both cooperative and non-
are key to realizing the potential benefits cooperative aircraft. In order to maximize
of unmanned aircraft. situational awareness, Casia also incor-
porates ADS-B allowing it to be aware of
One key hurdle remains, Ramsey and actively avoid aircraft broadcasting
said: “How do we get everyone in the these signals,” said Alexander Harmsen,
manned world to equip so that we can CEO of Iris Automation, in an email.
enable the unmanned operations?”
Camera-based systems like Casia as
It’s all about costs and incentives, well as drone-mounted radar being devel-
and Ramsey said his firm has made safe- oped by Echodyne and others will be crit-
ty central to its marketing effort, address- ical to enabling advanced drone opera-
ing the National Agricultural Aviation tions at scale without sacrificing safety or
Association’s convention this year with a segregating airspace, two compromises
presentation on its low-cost ADS-B Out that nobody wants to make. One or both
solutions pitched as technology that can of these technologies, perhaps further
keep drones well clear, because the augmented by other detection methods
remote pilots will “see” the inbound crop yet to prove their capability, will close
duster that is broadcasting its position, much of the situational awareness gap.
and maneuver to avoid it long before the
remote pilot could hope to hear or see the “AOPA is very optimistic and sup-
low-flying aircraft: “If you put ADS-B portive of these innovative companies in
Out on your crop duster … (drone pilots) their development and improvement of
are going to see you,” Ramsey said. technology to detect and avoid manned
aircraft,” said AOPA Director of
Ramsey said there is reason to hope Regulatory Affairs Chris Cooper. “With
that regulators may soon enable an even less the increasing equipage of ADS-B for
expensive ADS-B Out solution for manned manned aircraft and the continued adop-
aircraft in the interest of safety: The FAAhas tion of detect-and-avoid technology for
been reluctant to approve any portableADS- unmanned aircraft, the industry is taking
B Out transmitters for use inside or outside significant steps toward safely integrating
of rule airspace. Ramsey said the firm has UAS into the National Airspace System.”
detected a shift in recent months toward
openness to considering that, even if not for Ramsey noted that the FAA has made
mandate compliance in rule airspace. it pretty clear that with the vast majority of
small drones expected to remain below
The benefit of going portable? “Call 400 feet, ADS-B Out is not a viable solu-
it 500 bucks and you’ve got a protection tion for this segment of the aircraft popula-
mechanism,” Ramsey said. tion, at least not at scale. Another technol-
ogy will be required for remote identifica-
There is widespread consensus that tion and tracking of drones.
enabling advanced drone operations like
package delivery will require layers of Equipping miniature aircraft to
technology beyond ADS-B. AOPA, the detect ADS-B Out broadcast from as
FAA, and industry all recognize the imper- many manned aircraft as possible will
ative to account for some number of air- reduce the probability of conflict and col-
craft flying without broadcasting their lision to acceptable levels. “Inoculating”
presence via ADS-B Out, or any other as much of the GA fleet as possible with
means, though the goal is to encourage as ADS-B Out will be one of the keys to air-
space safety in years to come.

January 2020 17



By Mike Collins


The FAA’s Privacy ICAO Address The FAA is allowing operators to sign up “CPA’s turn to us...”
(PIA) program, announced in early for its Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) pro-
November, quietly went live Thursday, gram, which assigns a temporary ICAO LEGALLY AVOID
Dec. 19. PIA allows aircraft operators to aircraft address not linked to the aircraft
increase operational privacy by request- owner. In 2020 the FAA will transition the SALES TAX ON YOUR
ing an alternate, temporary ICAO aircraft program to private providers. AIRCRAFT PURCHASE
address that is not associated with the air-
craft owner in the Civil Aviation Registry. (David Tulis/AOPA) Call us Today

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Agroup of Texas pilots has peti- Luscombe co-owners (from left) Jerry
tioned the FAA seeking an Sheppard and Dennis Flosi stand in front
exemption from the agency’s of their airplane at Salt Flat, Texas, with
ADS-B rules, which take effect at 0001 friend Manny Estrada.
local on Thursday, Jan. 2. But they’re not
trying to avoid equipping with the mandat- (Courtesy of Jim Ivey and AOPA)
ed new technology; they’re seeking an
accommodation that would allow them to want ADS-B Out, too,” explained Jim
install ADS-B Out in their airplane. Ivey of Clint, Texas, who has coordinat-
ed the exemption effort on behalf of the
They are asking for an exemption Luscombe’s five owners.
from FAR 91.225(f) for their stock, rag-
wing 1946 Luscombe 8A, which they’ve The Luscombe is equipped with a
based at El Paso International Airport – certified transponder installation and a
located in Class C airspace – since 2002. communications radio, powered by a
battery that’s connected to a trickle
“This exemption would allow the charger in the hangar. They use the
installation and practical operation of a transponder and radio to depart the Class
battery-powered ADS-B system in an C airspace, and then turn them off to con-
aircraft that was not originally certificat- serve battery power – so that they can
ed with an electrical system, or that has reverse the process, and talk and readily
not subsequently been certified with such be radar identified, when they are ready
a system installed, by allowing the ADS- to reenter the Class C airspace.
B system to be turned off upon entering
uncontrolled airspace,” the petition “We’re not asking for an exemption
reads. FAR 91.225(f) requires that ADS- in rule airspace,” Ivey said. “We want to
B Out equipment be operated in the be seen by everybody.” They’re asking
transmit mode at all times – regardless of for the ability to save their limited battery
whether it is in ADS-B rule airspace or power for the return to Class C airspace.
not. “This would add a capability of “Right now we can’t equip, because it’s
operating the aircraft with the ADS-B going to cause us to be noncompliant at
turned off, similar to the existing process some point—when the battery dies, or
allowed for transponders under FAR we turn off the [ADS-B] switch. We have
91.215(c),” the petition states.
Continued on Page 18
“All we want to do is keep things as
we are, operate from our Class C [air-
space], and cooperate with ATC. We

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A group of aviation stakeholders on The language contains a renewal-and- biomass, one of several SAF pathways, that by business aviation operators is an impor-
Dec. 26 welcomed congressional legisla- extension of the biodiesel tax incentive, meet applicable ASTM specifications. tant part of this commitment, along with
tion including provisions aimed squarely for which certain fuels are eligible. rapid and continuing advancements in fuel
at promoting the development and use of The biodiesel tax incentive remains efficiency, advanced aerodynamics and
sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The funding measure restores the critical to the industry’s efforts to research, noise reduction.
expired Section 40A biodiesel credit produce, and scale SAF use. Ten years
The House and Senate approved the through 2022. Under that provision, a tax ago, the business aviation community The Sustainable Aviation Fuels
legislation in December, as part of a fis- credit is available to qualified producers, or made a commitment to sustainability and Coalition – which includes the European
cal year 2020 appropriations package. blenders of sustainable fuels derived from carbon neutral growth. Utilization of SAF Business Aviation Association (EBAA),
General Aviation Manufacturers
Trusted. Association (GAMA), International
Business Aviation Council (IBAC),
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in every checklist Continued on Page 19

Best-Selling Aircraft Checklists ADS-B

Beechcraft Bonanza A36 285HP 1968 1983 Cessna 210N Centurion 1979 1984 Piper Arrow IV PA 28RT 201 1979 1982 Continued from Page 17
Beechcraft Bonanza C/D 35 1951 1953 Cessna Turbo 182T 2001+ Piper Arrow IV Turbo PA 28RT 201T 1979 1990
Beechcraft Bonanza J/K/M 35 1958 1960 Cessna Turbo 182T/G1000 2006+ Piper Cherokee 140 PA 28 140 1964 1977 decades of experience with a Mode C
Beechcraft Bonanza N/P 35 1961 1963 Cessna Turbo 206H 1998+ Piper Cherokee 150 PA 28 150 1961 1967 transponder in the panel; it just comes
Beechcraft Bonanza V35 A/B 1966 1982 Cessna Turbo 210M Centurion Piper Cherokee 160 PA 28 160 1961 1967 down to that ‘always on.’”
Cessna 150 1959 1977 Cirrus SR20 Analog Gauges 1977 1978 Piper Cherokee 180 PA 28 180 1963 1973
Cessna 152 1978 1986 Cirrus SR20 G1 G2 2000 2003 Piper Dakota PA 28 236 1979 1994 The petition acknowledges that
Cessna 172 Universal Cirrus SR20 G3 2003 2007 Piper Cherokee Lance PA 32R 300 1976 1978 installing a wind-driven generator could
Cessna 172M Universal Cirrus SR20 Perspective Piper Navajo PA 31 310 B/C 1972 1980 power the transponder and ADS-B sys-
Cessna 172N 1973 1976 Cirrus SR22 G1 G2 2007+ Piper Navajo Chieftain PA 31 350 1973 1984 tem, noting that it would not be an
Cessna 172P 1977 1980 Cirrus SR22 G3 2008+ Piper Saratoga SP PA 32R 301 1980 1992 engine-driven system and that wind-
Cessna 172R 1981 1986 Cirrus SR22 Perspective 2003 2007 Piper Saratoga SP Turbo PA 32R 301T 1980 1987 driven systems are difficult to find today,
Cessna 172RG 1998 2006 Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo 2007+ Piper Tomahawk PA 38 112 1978 1982 likely would not generate enough power,
Cessna 172S 1980 1985 Cirrus SR22 Turbo Perspective 2008+ Piper Warrior 151 PA 28 151 1973 1977 and generally are unreliable.
Cessna 172S G1000 1998 2006 Diamond DA20 C1 2007+ Piper Warrior II PA 28 161 1976 1986
Cessna 177RG Diamond Star DA40 2008+ “We feel like we’re being forced to
Cessna 182P 2005+ Piper Archer II PA 28 181 1998+ MANY MORE MODELS COMING SOON! move the airplane to another airport or
Cessna 182R 1971 1978 Piper Archer III PA 28 181 2001+ sell it,” Ivey said. Without ADS-B they’d
Cessna R182 Skylane RG 1972 1976 Piper Arrow 180 PA 28R 180 1976 1994 probably sell, because the nearest non-
Cessna 182RG Turbo 1981 1986 Piper Arrow II PA 28R 200 1995 2002 towered airport – Las Cruces, New
Cessna 182T Analog Gauges 1978 1986 Piper Arrow III PA 28R 201 1967 1971 Mexico – is about 50 miles away. All the
Cessna 182T/G1000 1979 1986 Piper Arrow III Turbo PA 28R 201T 1969 1976 Luscombe’s owners own other aircraft –
1977+ Ivey said he owns six and is a partner in
2001+ 1977 1978 three more – and all the others are ADS-
2004+ B Out-equipped.

Best-SellingAvionicsQuick Reference Although the Luscombe is not his
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Avidyne Entegra Garmin GNS 480 Garmin GPSMAP 96 always the one we take for Young Eagle
Garmin G1000 Non WAAS Garmin GNS 530 Garmin GPSMAP 195 flights or pancake breakfasts,” he said.
Garmin G1000 Garmin GTN 750/650 Garmin GPSMAP 196 “And there’s a certain zen from hand
Garmin G1000 WAAS Garmin GX Series Garmin GPSMAP 295 propping an engine, too.”
Garmin G600/G500 Garmin MX 20 Garmin GPSMAP 296
Cirrus Perspective by Garmin Garmin 300XL/250XL Garmin GPSMAP 396 If the Luscombe owners’ petition is
Bendix/King KLN 89 AnywhereMap ATC Garmin GPSMAP 495 approved, it would streamline the
Bendix/King KLN 90B AvMap EKP IV / IV Pro Garmin GPSMAP 496 approval process for any other operators
Bendix/King KLN 94 AvMap EKP V coming soon Garmin GPSMAP 696/695 of nonelectrical aircraft using battery-
Garmin GMX 200 AvMap Geopilot II / II Plus Garmin Aera Series powered transponders who want to equip
Garmin GPS 400 Bendix/King AV8OR Lowrance Airmap 2000C/1000 with ADS-B Out, said Rune Duke,
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Ivey and his Luscombe partners
simply want to maintain the status quo.
“We want to participate in the system
and be as good a neighbor as we possibly
can,” he said. “And we want to be seen
by everybody.”

January 2020 19


On the 78th anniversary of the U.S. said Pete Bunce, representing the Arsenal preserve the legacy of World War II and National World War II Memorial, hosted
entry into World War II, the 75th World of Democracy Executive Committee and remind our nation of what can be by the Friends of the National World War
War II Commemoration Committee is the 75th WWII Commemoration achieved by the American spirit.” II Memorial. It will consist of over 100
launching a public fundraising initiative to Committee. vintage warbirds of various types flying
engage your patriotic support. The 75th Visit www.75thwwiicommemoration over the National Mall in 24 separate,
WWII Commemoration Committee will Honorary co-chairs of the 75th WWII .org/about/national-cochairs-presenting- historically sequenced formations.
spearhead the bookend events: The Commemoration Committee, Senators sponsor to read the full letter from the Doles
Arsenal of Democracy tribute remember- Bob and Elizabeth Dole, joined by Linda and Ms. Hope. Individuals can donate to On Sept. 2, 1945, the Japanese
ing the end of war in Europe, May 8, 2020; Hope, who represents the Bob Hope these 75th commemorative efforts by click- signed the surrender documents ending
and the events marking the end of war in Legacy as part of the Bob and Dolores ing World War II on the deck of the USS
the Pacific, Sept. 2, 2020, in Washington, Hope Foundation, the Presenting Sponsor donate. Learn more about the events, includ- Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The Battleship
DC and Oahu, Hawaii, respectively. of the 75th WWII Commemoration, ing how you can contribute to support them Missouri Memorial and Pearl Harbor
shared their support of the bookend events: by visiting www.75thwwiicommemoration Aviation Museum will commemorate the
“It is significant that we ask for the .org, which provides details on the programs 75th anniversary of the end of World War
public’s engagement with 75th WWII “These events will preserve our that will be held in both Washington, D.C. II in the Pacific with another five-day
Commemoration fund raising today, nation’s memory of a time when the and Oahu, Hawaii. schedule of educational programs and
remembering not only the “date which will United States persevered with selfless- ceremonies. The event will highlight the
live in infamy,” but also the 100th birthday ness and courage in the face of tyranny,” The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover transition from war to a global commit-
of nationally recognized WWII veteran, the Doles and Hope write in a letter to the will take place on Victory in Europe (VE) ment to peace and friendship, beginning
Tuskegee Airman, Col. Charles McGee. It public. “The events... may be our last Day – Friday, May 8, 2020 – to com- on Aug. 29, 2020, and culminating in a
is our goal to honor the heroism and sacri- opportunity to honor the service and sac- memorate the 75th anniversary of the end special ceremony on Sept. 2, 2020, at the
fice of our WWII veterans, those serving rifice of our veterans and our heroes, cel- of World War II in Europe. As part of a USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor.
on the home fronts and those who suffered ebrating the impact they had on our five-day slate of educational and com-
the horrors of the Holocaust while we still lives,” the letter says. “The accomplish- memorative activities in and around the For more information regarding
have a precious few left living among us,” ments of the ‘Greatest Generation’ are nation’s capital, the flyover will coincide sponsoring these events call 877-883-
too valuable to forget. Together, we can with a ceremony for veterans at the 4773.



EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020 will ing activities on Wednesday, July 22, and American Volunteer Groups through the This year’s AirVenture will feature an
feature expanded warbird flying activi- Friday and Saturday, July 24-25. final Allied victories in 1945.” expanded warbird series of events to
ties, as the annual EAA fly-in convention commemorate the 75th anniversary of the
commemorates the 75th anniversary of “Marking the 75th anniversary of the Specific aircraft and flying demon- end of World War II. (Courtesy EAA)
the end of World War II. end of World War II and telling all the strations are still being finalized for EAA
aviation stories involved is a mammoth AirVenture 2020, but will feature aircraft
EAAAirVenture will tell the many avi- task,” said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice pres- from both the European and Pacific
ation stories of the Greatest Generation and ident of programs, publications, and mar- Theaters. Additional highlights will tell
the worldwide conflict during its renowned keting, who coordinates AirVenture fea- the stories of remarkable heroism and
afternoon air shows. It will feature flying tures and attractions. “Our goal is to cre- pioneering technology that changed the
displays and groups that are favorites for ate the go-to event that properly com- course of the war. Further details on indi-
EAA audiences. Highlighting the weeklong memorates the aviation story of World vidual highlights and aircraft will be
commemoration will be major air show fly- War II, from the Eagle Squadrons and announced as they are finalized.

Aviation Fuel Sustainability

Continued from Page 18 with state initiatives like California’s our commitment that 2020 will build on all governments to put in place such
Low Carbon Fuel Standard program, will upon the momentum of this past year policies, which will enable the industry to
the safe, real-world use of SAF and busi- help create the supply of SAF that the through a March SAF summit in grow sustainably while bringing econom-
ness aviation’s commitment to sustain- business aviation industry is demanding. Washington and other events and initia- ic activity and connectivity to all corners
ability. SAF are one of the critical pieces that will tives.” of the world.”
help the industry achieve cleaner skies for
The stakeholders group is part of a future generations.” “Congressional action to renew and “NBAA’s 11,000 member compa-
growing coalition advocating for a broad- extend the biodiesel tax incentive demon- nies are committed to increasing the uti-
er and long-term SAF tax credit applying “We are glad that Congress took strates continued U.S. leadership among lization of SAF in our daily operations,”
to all pathways, and promoting an invest- action to extend the biodiesel tax credit, its international peers to encourage the said NBAA President & CEO Ed Bolen.
ment in production capacity. which benefits certain sustainable avia- production and use of SAF, a critical “These innovative fuels can reduce C02
tion fuels,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA technology to reducing aviation’s green- emissions by up to 80 percent, and they
“This is a great example of the avia- president and CEO. “The general avia- house-gas emissions,” said Kurt are a critical part of business aviation’s
tion industry working together and push- tion industry is aggressively promoting Edwards, Director General of IBAC. “At commitment to sustainability.”
ing for an incentive from Congress for the use of sustainable fuel, and we will the International Civil Aviation
companies to invest in the production of continue to work with policymakers and Organization, IBAC, on behalf of the More information about SAF can be
sustainable aviation fuels,” said Timothy other stakeholders to support its use. It is global business aviation sector, has called found at
Obitts, chief operating officer of the
NATA. “These tax incentives, coupled

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EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast will be leading the formatio. (Courtesy EAA)

EAA's B-17 and B-25 are slated to at Ronald Reagan Washington National
play central roles in the Arsenal of Airport.
Democracy World War II flyover May 7-8,
2020, with B-17 Aluminum Overcast lead- Additionally, both historic aircraft
ing the formation of B-17s, and B-25 Berlin will remain in the area for a joined tour
Express taking part in the B-25 flyover. stop at Manassas Regional Airport the
weekend after the event.
In addition to its main role in the fly-
over, Aluminum Overcast will serve as For more information, visit the EAA
the backdrop for the gala the night before website at or the Arsenal of
Democracy website at




Opener, the company that designs and Opener, the company that designs and
builds the all-electric BlackFly personal
aircraft, has been named the presenting builds the all-electric BlackFly personal
sponsor of the Innovation Showcase at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020. aircraft, will be the presenting sponsor of

The Innovation Showcase at EAA the Innovation Showcase at AirVenture
AirVenture is focused on research and
development in the aviation and aerospace 2020. (Courtesy EAA)
industries. It welcomes cutting-edge com-
Senior Living and Care Solutions panies that seek to bring their new products BlackFly v2 is now on display in the
to the public and the aviation marketplace. EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh.
Senior Care Authority, Peninsula will provide you the
guidance concerning your loved one, including finding “Opener has an unparalleled leader- “EAA AirVenture has always been
the best places to live, receiving the proper care, and nav- ship position in new technology driving synonymous with what’s new and game-
igating through a complex health care system. personal flight,” said Dave Chaimson, changing in aviation,” said Ben Diachun,
EAA’s vice president of business devel- Opener’s president. “Seeing how attendees
• Free consultations opment and membership. “They have at Oshkosh welcome and encourage new
• Available 7 days a week been a part of the Innovation Showcase at ideas in all areas of flight convinced us that
• Serving South San Francisco to Palo Alto EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the past we needed to help foster it even further by
two years and have been a prime example sponsoring EAA’s Innovation Showcase.”
For more information contact of the innovative aviation technology
Annamarie Buonocore at we’ve been introducing at AirVenture. Only 20 exhibitors are selected from
650/504-8549 Having them as the presenting sponsor of all applicants to be included in the
this area will bring even more companies Innovation Showcase. Any aviation-relat-
[email protected] to Oshkosh who are interested in high- ed product or service that demonstrates
lighting the newest and best in aviation.” unique, forward-looking technology is
invited to apply for complimentary exhibit
Opener spent their first 10 years in space in that area. In 2019, nearly 75 com-
stealth mode, designing, developing, and panies applied for this area at Oshkosh.
testing new innovative technologies, Applications for 2020 are currently being
which have now evolved into an all-elec- accepted through April 1, 2020, through
tric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, the website.
BlackFly. Opener made its public debut
in July 2018, shortly before displaying
BlackFly at Oshkosh that year. A

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The U.S. Department of Transpor- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Drones are a fast-growing segment of more complex operations, such as those
tation’s Federal Aviation Administration (NPRM) for Remote Identification the entire transportation sector – nearly 1.5 beyond visual line of sight at low altitudes,
(FAA) on Dec. 26 announced a proposed (Remote ID) of UAS that on Dec. 26 was million drones and 160,000 remote pilots as the FAA and the drone industry move
rule that would continue the safe integra- placed on display at the Federal Register. are registered with the FAA. Equipping toward a traffic management ecosystem for
tion of Unmanned Aircraft Systems It will be accompanied by a 60-day com- drones with remote identification technolo- UAS flights separate from, but complemen-
(UAS), commonly called drones, into the ment period to receive public feedback gies would build on previous steps taken by tary to, the air traffic management system.
nation’s airspace by requiring them to be and help the FAA develop a final rule to the FAA and the UAS industry to safely
identifiable remotely. enhance safety in the skies over the U.S. integrate operations, including the small The proposed Remote ID rule would
UAS rule, which covers drones weighing apply to all drones that are required to
“Remote ID technologies will “As a pilot, my eye is always on less than 55 pounds, and the Low Altitude register with the FAA (recreational
enhance safety and security by allowing safety first,” said FAA Administrator Authorization and Notification Capability drones weighing under 0.55 pounds are
the FAA, law enforcement, and Federal Steve Dickson. “Safety is a joint respon- (LAANC), which automates the applica- not required to register), as well as to per-
security agencies to identify drones fly- sibility between government, pilots, the tion and approval process for most UAS sons operating foreign civil UAS in the
ing in their jurisdiction,” said U.S. drone community, the general public and operators to obtain airspace authorizations. U.S. For more information about drones,
Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. many others who make our nation so cre- visit the FAA website and search for
ative and innovative.” These efforts lay the foundation for drones at
The FAA will seek input on the

Editorial: I Am Fearful

Continued from Page 13 output and drive train operation to deal ponders what a survey of first responders opens to travel. Maybe by the end of the
with road conditions that would chal- would disclose. Would a few lessons in decade, we will have learned that tech-
to predict and manage risk, not simply lenge all but professional drivers. But one an old car, on a slick street, alter their trip nology should not be used to replace
deal with it when it appears. One must is caused to wonder about those who planning? For pilots, how about a few human skills but to enhance them, per-
not become dependent upon technology have driven only these advanced han- hours in an old tail dragger? Maybe we haps making us that clever species we
but turn it into a tool that enhances your dling autos. Are they more likely to drive would have a better airline pilot? think we are. Who knows, perhaps even
skills, not replaces them. Perhaps an anal- into conditions that an old-time driver human civility will become popular.
ogy is in looking at modern automobiles, would have avoided, not knowing that 2020 starts a new decade. What the heck, worth a try!
now controlled by computers with even their “wonder car” has limits? One Technology will be king, and our world
remarkable abilities to manage the power will be less exclusive as the solar system

Dr. Penny Hamilton's America's Amazing Airports

Continued from Page 14 Belmont Park, October 30, 1910. (Courtesy Dr. Penny Rafferty Hamilton) greatest cultural force since the invention
of writing. The airplane became the first
American Institute of Aeronautics & ty airports. European models are more PRH: “Because they do not under- World Wide Web bringing people, lan-
Astronautics (AIAA) named it an historic centralized and focused on air- stand airports are user-funded and eco- guages, ideas, and values together.”
aerospace site. line/commercial aviation services.” nomic engines literally connecting their Today’s airports continue that connectiv-
community to the world, airports are not ity legacy.
“World War II significantly changed “The U.S. has a much stronger avia- valued as much as they should be. Many
the structure, size, and nationwide reach tion training focus through our many are familiar with the big, commer- IF USA: As a pilot do you think
of our airports. After the war was over FBO/flight schools, community college cial/airline airports, but do not fully your experiencing a commercial airport
many of those improved, expanded, and and higher education programs. The U.S. understand that our airports are all con- is different than a non-pilot?
even new airports were returned to civil has approximately one third of the nected into a national aviation transporta-
control. The more “modern” commercial world’s airports; the most of any single tion system. America’s amazing airports PRH: “Yes! I value the whole team
airport we think of today would probably county.” create a web of connected benefits world- it takes to make our aviation system safe
be Washington National (now Ronald wide. Bill Gates of Microsoft fame said, and efficient and important. So many air-
Reagan National Airport) which in 1958 IF USA: What do you think is the “The Wright Brothers created the single port operations are unseen and even
hosted the christening of the first Pan Am American public’s biggest misconception unknown by the traveling public.”
Boeing 707. By 1966, jet service was about the operation of airports?
operating. In 1967, the grooving of run- IF USA: How do you see airports
way 18-36 to improve safety and traction evolving in the future?
when wet was a first for a commercial
airport in the United States. Commercial PRH: “Expanded technology with
jets required longer takeoff distances. In more electric engines in aircraft will
1962, Washington Dulles International reduce environmental impact and noise
(KIAD) was the first American airport pollution. Automation already has
built with jet service as a design consid- increased with passenger self-check-in.
eration.” Robot helpers will be expanded in cus-
tomer service areas as they currently have
IF USA: What do you think are in financial services and the restaurant
some (if any) major differences in U.S. industry. Autonomous services will be
airports from those in Europe and around expanded. People and baggage will
the world? seamlessly move from air to ground back
to their businesses or homes.
PRH: “In the United States, in rela-
tive terms, aviation transportation is more Airports will become multi-modal
affordable and available through our vast hubs or transportation centers.”
network of general aviation or communi-
For more on Dr. Hamilton see

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The aircraft and personnel of the Special Operations careers specialize in aircraft such as the MQ-9 and U-28.
U.S. Air Force Special Operations unique skills such as parachuting, scuba “Even those who have a solid famil- U.S. Air Force Special Operations
Command (AFSOC) will be among the diving, rappelling, motorcycling, sur-
highlighted programs at EAA AirVenture vival skills, and more. Aircraft in the iarity with the U.S. Air Force often know
Oshkosh 2020. command include specialized mobility little about its special operations units
aircraft such as the MC-130, CV-22 and and the important mission they fulfill, so
AFSOC is comprised of highly C-146, Close Air Support aircraft such as we want to bring some visibility to that at
trained, rapidly deployable Airmen, who the AC-130 gunship, and Intelligence, Oshkosh in 2020,” said Rick Larsen,
conduct special operations missions Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) EAA’s vice president of programs, publi-
worldwide. Airmen who undertake cations, and marketing, who coordinates

Command (AFSOC) will be among the

Our ATP series is a feature highlighted programs at EAA AirVenture
& watch also offers an Altimeter Oshkosh 2020. (Courtesy EAA)
for under $90.00!!
Features Available in either a Standard AirVenture features and attractions. “The
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26 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020


DIVORCE – PATERNITY By Staff Sgt. David Owsianka Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base board
MEN’S RIGHTS a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Little Rock AFB, Ark., after completing a
If you are Involved in a Divorce or Bomber Agile Combat Employment exer-
Paternity Case... Airmen from Dyess Air Force cise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Should Know That: Base, Texas, and Little Rock Reserve Base, Texas, Dec. 12, 2019. The
AFB, Arkansas, completed a exercise tested Airmen’s capabilities to
1. You may have an excellent chance of obtaining child custody; Bomber Agile Combat Employment travel to an austere location with minimal
2. It’s your child...she doesn’t own it; exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth manning and equipment as they support
3. There are numerous legal methods of avoiding alimony; Joint Reserve Base, Dec.10–12. the B-1B Lancer mission.
4. There are numerous legal methods of avoiding loss of your property;
5. If properly represented, you won’t be “taken to the cleaners”, The training is part of a Dyess AFB (U.S. Air Force photo
6. Courts can be legally required not to favor the woman; initiative to develop and improve the by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)
7. You can fight against false charges of child abuse or spousal abuse. ability to rapidly deploy the B-1B Lancer,
8. You can emerge from a divorce emotionally and financially sound; personnel and equipment to austere or A B-1B Lancer pilot completes a helmet
9. Men do have rights! unfamiliar locations worldwide in sup- check during a Bomber Agile Combat
10. California cases only. port of Air Force and combatant com- Employment exercise at Naval Air Station
mand strategic objectives. Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas,
Contact: Lawyers For Men’s Rights Dec. 12, 2019. The B-1B Lancer pilot and
213-384-8886 “As we look toward our future, and crew completed multiple training sorties
the threats we may encounter, this training during the exercise to test the personnel’s
or visit us at will help us deploy and employ our aircraft capabilities to complete the mission in
LAW OFFICES OF STUART J. FABER and personnel quickly within much closer potentially austere locations.
striking range of our adversary,” said Maj.
Gen. Jim Dawkins Jr., Eighth Air Force (U.S. Air Force photo
and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)
commander. “We want to be agile as we
move around unpredictably with a small Airmen with the 7th Aircraft
footprint. This experiment allows us to see Maintenance Squadron conducted mini-
how small our footprint can be while gen- mum regeneration time maintenance on
erating combat power.” the B-1B Lancer, where they tested the
proficiency of using Airmen from multi-
During the exercise, three C-130J ple career fields, coming together, to
Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th launch aircraft as quickly as possible.
Airlift Wing and the 19th Airlift Wing
transported the equipment and personnel “Completing this training is impor-
needed to successfully maintain and sup- tant because the world is constantly
port flying operations for two B-1B changing and we need to be able to pro-
Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing’s 9th vide global power to combatant com-
Bomb Squadron. manders throughout the world,” said
Maj. Kolt, 9th Bomb Squadron B-1B
Both the 317th Airlift Wing and the Lancer instructor pilot. “As we continue
7th Bomb Wing are stationed at Dyess to perform these types of exercises we are
AFB, making it the only Air Force base going to increase its complexity so we
to host both bomber and transport aircraft can successfully complete real-world
at the same location. missions like these, if and when, they
come our way.”
“Integrating both of our wings
allows us to practice and execute employ-
ment methods that would take a great
deal of coordination if not geographically
collocated,” said Lt. Col. Brenton
Gaylord, 317th AW chief of safety. “Even
though our wings have trained together
before, this scenario is groundbreaking
because it is developing new competen-
cies in both communities preparing us to
execute distributive operations in the
future. The planning and logistics of
organically integrating tactical airlift and
strategic bombing assets without central-
ized command and control drives toward
a level of agility that will be necessary in
the Air Force going forward.”

The exercise also gave Airmen
across the base the opportunity to devel-
op new competencies to help execute
potential real-world operations.

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In 2019, NASA celebrated the 50th twin sister of Apollo. Under Artemis, will send astronauts to deep space. NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar
anniversary of the agency’s Apollo 11 NASA will send new science instruments • NASA demonstrated that Orion’s Exploration Rover, or VIPER, is a mobile
Moon landing, the most historic moment and technology demonstrations to study robot that will roam around the Moon’s
in space exploration, while also making the Moon, accelerate plans to send astro- launch abort system can pull astronauts to south pole looking for water ice. The
significant progress toward putting the nauts to the Moon by 2024, and establish safety if an emergency occurs during VIPER mission will give us surface-level
first woman and next man on the Moon sustainable lunar exploration by 2028. launch, and assembled the spacecraft for detail of where the water is and how
by 2024 under the Artemis program. the first Artemis mission, Artemis I. It much is available for us to use. This will
Science and technology progress in was delivered to Ohio for final testing for bring us a significant step closer towards
Through America’s Moon to Mars Artemis includes: the extreme environment of space before NASA’s ultimate goal of a sustainable,
exploration approach, Artemis gained it’s returned to NASA’s Kennedy Space long-term presence on the Moon – mak-
bipartisan support this year among mem- • Two sets of Moon rocks, sealed Center in Florida for launch preparation. ing it possible to eventually explore Mars
bers of Congress, the U.S aerospace since they were collected by Apollo and beyond. (NASA Ames/Daniel Rutter)
industry, as well as with international astronauts and returned to Earth nearly 50 • On the SLS rocket for the first
partners, including Canada, Australia, years ago, were opened for study. Artemis mission, engineers completed An engineer works on attaching NASA's
and Japan, and member states of the the segments for the boosters and assem-
European Space Agency. • NASA announced it will send a new bled the core stage. The core stage next Mars Helicopter to the belly of the Mars
mobile robot, VIPER, to the lunar South will ship to NASA’s Stennis Space
“2019 will be remembered as the Pole to scout and sample ice in the region. Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, for 2020 rover – which has been flipped over
year the Artemis program really became a Green Run test of the integrated propul-
a reality with real spaceflight hardware • Twelve new lunar science and sion system before joining Orion at for that purpose – on Aug. 27, 2019, at the
built, U.S. commercial and international technology investigations were selected Kennedy for stacking.
partnerships standing behind it, and hard- in February and July, 24 total, to fly on Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
working teams across NASA and the early Commercial Lunar Payload • Teams at Kennedy conducted a
world coming together like never before Services (CLPS) flights to the Moon. series of water flow tests of the sound sup- California. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
to quickly and sustainably explore the pression system at the launch pad and test-
Moon and use what we learn there to • The agency awarded initial surface ed the flow of cryogenic fluids through the This artist's concept of NASA's X-57
enable humanity’s next giant leap – send- task orders for commercial Moon deliveries. pad’s infrastructure – the systems that will Maxwell aircraft shows the plane's special-
ing astronauts to Mars,” said NASA send liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to ly designed wing and 14 electric motors.
Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “While • New CLPS contracts were award- the rocket at the time of launch. NASA Aeronautics researchers will use the
the Artemis program came into sharp ed to five companies to support the next Maxwell to demonstrate that electric
focus this year, NASA continued to show generation of lunar landers that can land • The launch team at Kennedy held propulsion can make planes quieter, more
what leading in space exploration is all heavier payloads on the surface of the its first formal training simulation for efficient and more environmentally friendly.
about, whether it was kicking off 2019 Moon. A total of 14 companies now are Artemis I, and flight controllers at (NASA Graphic / NASA Langley/Advanced
with New Horizons’ historic Kuiper Belt eligible to bid on these deliveries. NASA’s Johnson Space Center in
object flyby, conducting the first all- Houston simulated part of Orion’s Concepts Lab, AMA, Inc.)
woman spacewalk outside the • NASA received a record-breaking uncrewed flight to the Moon.
International Space Station, or develop- 10,932,295 names to travel to Mars on the Human Landing System Program and
ing the first flying robotic explorer to agency’s upcoming Mars 2020 mission. Work also began on hardware for asked American companies to design,
study Saturn’s moon Titan. And wait until Artemis II, the first SLS/Orion test flight develop, and demonstrate a human lander.
you see what we do in 2020!” • Engineers attached the Mars with astronauts aboard. NASA and
Helicopter to the Mars 2020 rover. After the Northrop Grumman technicians applied NASA’s InSight lander captured
The Office of the Chief Financial rover lands at the Jezero Crater, the helicop- insulation to the final booster motor seg- audio of the first likely quake on Mars on
Officer received a successful clean audit ter will be deployed to conduct test flights. ment of SLS and completed casting of all April 6.
in 2019 – the ninth consecutive clean 10 booster motor segments. The agency
financial audit opinion for the agency. • The international mission team for also issued a request for proposals from The agency also bid farewell to a
And for the eighth year in a row, NASA NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic U.S. small satellite developers to fly their veteran Martian science rover on Feb. 13
retained its standing as the number one Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport missions as secondary payloads on and captured audio of the first likely quake
large agency in the Best Places to Work (InSight) lander continues to assess the lan- Artemis II. on Mars. The Mars Opportunity Rover mis-
in Government rankings, published by der’s heat probe, while the lander’s seis- sion stopped communicating with Earth
the Partnership for Public Service. mometer collects data on quakes. Development of the key pieces of when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blan-
NASA’s lunar architecture is underway:
“Throughout this year, as I have vis- • NASA selected 14 Tipping Point Continued on Page 32
ited each of our centers, I have personal- and 19 Announcement of Collaboration • NASA awarded a contract for the
ly witnessed their unparalleled commit- Opportunity proposals from U.S. compa- first element of the Gateway, which will
ment to accomplishing our mission. The nies that focus on technologies and capa- provide power, propulsion, and communi-
daily devotion of our employees makes bilities needed for a sustainable presence cations to the lunar outpost. The new
them well deserving of this award,” on the Moon by 2028. Gateway Program is based out of Johnson.
Bridenstine said. “I am honored to lead
such a dedicated team. They are what • The agency partnered with • Negotiations are underway for the
makes NASA the Best Place to Work in Advanced Space to develop and build a Gateway’s habitation and logistics outpost
Government.” pathfinder CubeSat destined for the same (HALO) module, and awards are expected
lunar orbit planned for NASA’s lunar in the future for logistics supply services.
Moon to Mars Gateway.
• NASA announced astronaut space-
This year, NASA officially named • The Sample Analysis at Mars suit designs for the Artemis III mission,
the new lunar exploration program chemistry lab on NASA’s Curiosity rover which will include the return of astronauts
Artemis, for the goddess of the Moon and measured seasonal methane and oxygen to the Moon’s surface. The agency is ask-
spikes in Mar’s atmosphere. ing industry for input on production for
Artemis IV missions and beyond.
• Technology sensors and an in-situ
resource utilization experiment were • The agency also announced its
installed on the Mars 2020 entry vehicle Marshall Space Flight Center in
and rover. Huntsville, Alabama, will manage its new

NASA continues to advance devel-
opment of our Space Launch System
(SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, which

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Flying With Faber


Over the years and around the the most picturesque and pristine coastal Villa Accommodation Interior. Stuart J. Faber
world, I’ve visited hundreds of panoramas remaining in Southern (Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort)
spectacular resorts. I’m frequent- California. In an hour or so, you’ll enter and Aunt Bea
ly asked for recommendations and a list the resort grounds, a 504-acre plot of
of my favorites in the United States or rolling hills and valleys overlooking the celebrity chefs has emerged in the past
abroad. A few are in a superlative class. Pacific Ocean. An added outdoor bonus is few years, lamentably, many of them are
One of these treasures is in Fiji, another the resort’s proximity to more than 5,000 more self-acclaimed celebrity than chefs.
in The Maldives. I’ve just added another untouched acres of permanently-protected So, it is very refreshing when I encounter
to that exclusive list – The Resort at parks, trails and naturally open space. a chef who was classically trained in
Pelican Hill. France and who faithfully adheres to the
Although just a stone’s throw from disciplines that have elevated French
the fashionable village of Newport chefs to the world’s leaders in gastrono-
Beach, we settled in at the resort and my. As executive chef, he masterfully
rarely strayed – except for a complimen- implants his culinary identity within each
tary resort limo which shuttled us down restaurant.
to Crystal Cove, a stretch of historic
beach houses and coastline framed by Jean-Pierre, born in the Loire Valley
sandy coves and tide pools. around 60 years ago, commenced his
training the old-fashioned way. At age 15,
Accommodations he apprenticed in a local restaurant. Later,
he moved to Paris and trained in a variety
Pelican Hill Resort. One of the unique features of this Villa Upstairs Master Four-Bedroom. of classical restaurants.
(Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort) resort is that the guest quarters are (Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort)
housed, not in the main lodge, but along Today, Jean-Pierre brings a synergy
Main Entrance of Resort. a series of nearby winding roads. We The villas offer an additional level of of classical influences to contemporary
(Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort) would hang out at the restaurants and ultraluxury. Select a one-bedroom, or up to cuisine. Most recipes incorporate approxi-
shops, then saunter back to our bungalow a four-bedroom mini-mansion. Ranging mately five top-notch ingredients yet each
The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 and feel snug and secluded. We parked from 2,200 square feet to 3,581 square feet, dish is complex in flavor and texture.
Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, the car at our front door. Although it sat the villas offer hand-hewn wood-beam Reminds me of talented musicians who
CA 92657, 888/ 507-6427, www.pelican idle, it was nice to know a ride was at our alder ceilings, limestone fireplaces, expan- can elevate a string quartet to produce the beck and call. sive terraces with dramatic ocean views, sound and depth of a 30-piece orchestra. A
gourmet kitchens, dining areas, plus person- subtle French touch is applied to each cre-
We didn’t have to travel half-way Bungalow Guest Room Interior. al butlers and staff available around the ation. Jean-Pierre’s talent pervades the
around the world to get there. A quick (Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort) clock to fulfill whatever suits your fancy. realm of Italian, American and Asian cui-
flight from the Los Angeles basin to John Rarely have I seen resort villas with Sub- sine with new dimension.
Wayne International Airport was all it The resort has an exquisite array of Zero refrigerators and Wolf Ranges. Even
required. Departing from Burbank, an 204 bungalows and 128 villas. Ranging in your car is pampered in an enclosed garage. We saw no reason to venture from
IFR flight plan kept me out of trouble size from 847 to 2,486 square feet, the the resort for a meal. Over 70 percent of
from wandering into LAX Class B air- bungalows are lavished with tasteful Villa guests are further embraced the restaurant guests are locals; many
space. I selected the longer of the two appointments which exude an intimate, within the arms of refined splendor – visit three times a week. Prices are on a
parallel runways at KSNA and listened residential ambiance. Not one detail is sumptuous beds with 500 thread-count par with neighboring restaurants. It is
for that melodious squeak of the wheels overlooked. Hand-crafted wood-beam linens, crafted bath areas with fine private good practice when selecting a restaurant
as they kissed the pavement. We touched ceilings, fireplaces framed in Italian lime- label toiletries, marble walk-in showers in an unfamiliar destination to research
down within 30 minutes after take-off. stone, deep soaking marble tubs, 40-inch and deep-soaking tubs. the local favorites. Around Newport
ACIJET offered the cheapest fuel, so we flat screen televisions, wet bar, Bose sound Beach, locals flock to Jean-Pierre
taxied to their ramp. We grabbed a rental systems, MP3 ports, wireless internet, An exclusive perk for Villa guests is Dubray. Why go elsewhere when the
car and were off to the resort. 500-thread-count sheets and private ter- the 10,000-square-foot Villa Clubhouse. locals dine at the resort?
races with unobstructed ocean views make With its relaxed elegance and sun-bathed
By car, the resort is a short hop via I- it a challenge to stray from your quarters. living room, the Clubhouse provides per- Andrea Ristorante: Jean-Pierre
405 from either Los Angeles or San Diego. sonally tailored service, private gourmet effortlessly traverses the French-Italian
Enjoy the delightful cruise along one of dining, a radiant blue pool created by frontier and bestows his magical touch
300,000 hand-cut glass mosaic tiles, luxuri- with distinct Tuscan influences on classic
ous cabanas and stunning vistas of the dishes from Northern Italy. Braised veal
Pacific. ossobuco was succulent and tender.
Striped bass had a resplendent, crispy
Dining skin over a svelte flesh. Dover sole was
unparalleled in flavor and texture.
Jean-Pierre Dubray – An Extraor-
dinary Chef. Although a plethora of Risotto, prepared tableside with wild
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Flying with Faber Meeting Space Newport Board Room.
(Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort)
Continued from Page 29 weekend evenings, the Clubhouse Massage, which consisted of a deep mas-
mushrooms and acquerello, the ultimate becomes Piccolo, a globally inspired epi- sage fused with aromatherapy. As a visi- sive lawn area, Pelican Hill provides a
of short-grain rice, was creamy and ele- curean tasting experience available tor to spas all over the world, she claims range of ballrooms and meeting rooms.
gant. It is finished in a huge wheel of exclusively to Resort guests. this spa and massage were in a towering Steps away, Mar Vista with its own
Parmigiano-Reggiano. For extra carbs, class by themselves. Her fatigue and ten- arrival area, is a stand-alone center with a
we couldn’t resist a helping of hand- Caffè & Market: For breakfast, sion vanished! variety of specialty spaces.
made pasta. Save room for the warm lunch, dinner or anything in-between,
chocolate hazelnut bombolini served Caffè & Market serves food and bever- Pelican Hill Golf Club Wedding couples may select from
with fresh raspberry sauce. age items for casually dining in or conve- two spectacular, panoramic ocean-view
niently taking away. Take your pick of ceremony settings, either the charming,
Pelican Grill Terrace by day. sandwiches, salads, soup, pastries, resort- free-standing La Cappella with its own
(Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort) made gelato, coffee, wine and beer. bell tower, or the secluded, idyllic wed-
ding lawn with a romantic Renaissance
Great Room Social Lounge: A rotunda. Mar Vista has large terraces for
lively place to gather, linger and people- cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, personal-
watch while grazing on small bites with a ized butler services and a grand ballroom
specially crafted cocktail. Plush chairs for dining and dancing. Surrounded by
swivel around for ocean and sunset views high-ceilings and expansive walls of
by day, then to evening dining and enter- glass, Mar Vista’s inviting celebration
tainment by night. space is bathed in natural light with
panoramic ocean and golf course views.
Hanging Out at the Pool
The Shops at Pelican Hill
Pelican Grill: Located at the Golf The Coliseum Pool, inspired by Golf with a view.
Club, Pelican Grill presents the quintes- Rome’s Coliseum is among the most (Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort) Four boutiques, plus an online store,
sential California dining experience with striking swimming plunges we’ve seen. invite endless possibilities to satisfy any
offerings fashioned from the highest- Perfectly circular and 136 feet in diame- One of the nation’s premier courses, shopping obsessions. Allegra displays
quality locally sourced foods. An ter, the Coliseum Pool dazzles with its the 36-hole, Tom Fazio designed Pelican stylish men’s and women’s apparel and
ambiance of al fresco dining on the radiant blue bottom created by 1.1 mil- Hill Golf Club has stunning ocean accessories. The Newsstand & Gifts
ocean-view terrace and a popular lounge lion hand-cut glass mosaic tiles. After panoramas along every step of the Shop has everyday necessities. The Spa
with two huge 9-foot by 6-foot HD TVs swimming some laps, we flopped on course. The 44,000-square-foot club- Boutique offers skin-care products, cos-
for viewing sports events sets the stage. lounge chairs and gazed at the endless house has separate men’s and women’s metics, gifts, books and apparel. The
Jean-Pierre continues to showcase his seacoast below. locker rooms and lounges with a full Golf Shop has an extensive selection of
enlightened versatility. Launch with a array of appointments and amenities. exclusive golf products.
roasted beet salad, a crab cake with huge The furnished cabana suites at the Grab a bite at the Grill or the Caffé II
chunks of fresh crab or a spicy tortilla Coliseum Pool are packed with amenities Italian coffee bar. Stop by the golf shop Nearby Recreation & Leisure
soup. We dived in to a margherita pizza, from private servers, wet bars, Bose for the latest golf fashions and acces-
this one rivals the original in Naples. audio systems and flat-screen HDTVs to sories. A full-service practice course is Guests may avail themselves of out-
dining tables, chaise lounges and drapes located outside the clubhouse. Private door recreation such as Crystal Cove
You will love the pan roasted salmon for privacy. For vacationing families, a lessons are available. beach outings, hiking and mountain bik-
or the huge diver scallops. However, the separate children’s area has its own circu- ing through neighboring Irvine Ranch,
Grill is a citadel of superb steaks and lar pool, mini chaise lounges, sand play Camp Pelican plus open space, parks and trails. Head
chops. I recommend the juicy bone-in rib area and a circular interactive bubble-jet for the ocean for surfing, kayaking and
eye or the Tasmanian grass-fed New York fountain. Camp Pelican Children’s Pool paddle boarding, as well as yachting, sail-
strip. The Colorado rack of lamb is sensa- (Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort) ing, sunset cruises and whale-watching
tional. Impressive sides include onion Spa at Pelican Hill excursions from Newport Harbor.
rings, truffle mac and cheese or garlic For resort guests from ages 4-12, the
mashed potatoes. The Spa embodies the philosophy of ocean-view children’s retreat has a club- Visit premiere shopping destina-
the world’s most celebrated traditional house and terrace. Led by energetic and tions: Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza,
Coliseum Pool with ocean view during treatments and therapies. The 23,000- experienced activities specialists, themed Crystal Cove Shopping Center and
the day. (Courtesy Pelican Hill Resort) square-foot compound, with its dramatic half-day and full-day sessions offer stim- Corona del Mar Plaza. Stroll around the
28-foot-high Palladian rotunda, wall of ulating activities that entertain and edu- beach towns for visits to art galleries and
The Coliseum Pool & Grill: Relax flowing water, 22 private treatment rooms, cate children. boutiques. Or, take in a show at one of the
at the pool or your cabana and savor steam rooms, saunas and saltwater Roman performing arts centers.
American favorites which range from soaking tubs, presents an unmatched expe- Meetings, Events & Weddings
pizzas, panini and sandwiches to seafood rience in a sophisticated ambiance where
dishes, pastas, specialty salads and every sense is awakened, and where every With 23,200-square-feet of function
smoothies. moment is one of extraordinary pampering space in the main hotel, plus an expan-
and rejuvenation.
Villa Clubhouse: Breakfast and
lunch are served daily in the Villa So much more than a place to enjoy
Clubhouse dining room and terrace. On a good massage, the Spa helps restore
health and balance through the ultimate
in personalized care. Guests can partici-
pate in daily beach walks, wellness
retreats and more than 25 fitness classes.
The Spa also houses a full-service salon,
fitness center, boutique, private Spa Suite
and a spa cuisine area.

Cheryl selected the Rest and Relax

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Artemis Lunar Program

Continued from Page 28 black holes on a collision course. November with a test of its abort system. Urban air mobility means a safe and effi-
keted its location in June 2018. Designed to • The agency’s Hubble Space • NASA astronauts assigned to the cient system for vehicles, piloted or not,
last just 90 Martian days and travel less than to move passengers and cargo within a
3,300 feet (1,000 meters), Opportunity far Telescope observed the first confirmed first Commercial Crew Program flights city. (NASA)
surpassed all expectations, exceeding its life interstellar comet and found water vapor on trained extensively in preparation for their
expectancy by 60 times, traveling more a habitable-zone exoplanet for the first time. flight tests on Crew Dragon and Starliner. NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock, the
than 28 miles (45 kilometers), and returning
more than 217,000 images. • The Transiting Exoplanet Survey • Koch and Morgan are participat- first GPS-like technology for deep space,
Satellite (TESS) completed its first year of ing in extended missions to provide fur-
Solar System and Beyond science, capturing a panorama of the south- ther opportunities to observe the effects started its one-year space mission on in
ern sky and finding 29 confirmed planets of long-duration space travel. On Dec.
It was a great year for astrobiology and more than 1,000 planet candidates. 28, Koch will set a record for the longest August. If the technology demonstration
and the agency’s search for life in the uni- TESS also captured a rare astrophysical single spaceflight by a woman.
verse: event – a black hole tearing apart a star. proves successful, similar atomic clocks
• Results from NASA’s landmark
• Scientists synthesized a molecular • The Stratospheric Observatory for Twins Study were published, revealing will be used to navigate the self-flying
DNA-like system in NASA-funded Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) detected the resilience of the human body in space.
research – a feat that suggests there could the universe’s first type of molecule, heli- spacecraft. (General Atomics
be an alternative to DNA-based life as we um hydride. • NASA announced a five-point
know it. plan to open the space station to U.S. Electromagnetic Systems)
• The Spectro-Photometer for the industry to accelerate a thriving commer-
• NASA selected Dragonfly, a History of the Universe, Epoch of cial economy in low-Earth orbit. configured microphone array that will be
rotocraft-lander that will survey locations Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) used when the X-59 makes a series of
on Saturn’s moon Titan for prebiotic chem- mission was selected to help us understand • Five commercial cargo missions acoustic validation flights in 2021.
ical processes common on Titan and Earth. how our universe evolved and to search our delivered more than 32,000 pounds of sci-
galaxy for the ingredients for life. ence investigations, tools, and critical sup- • The X-59 project team completed
Other highlights this year include: plies to the space station and returned more its critical design review and the aircraft
• On New Year’s Day 2019, • NASA’s Wide Field Infrared than 10,800 pounds of investigations and was cleared in December for final assem-
NASA’s New Horizons mission flew by Survey Telescope (WFIRST) was cleared equipment to researchers on Earth. bly and systems integration.
the most distant object ever visited by a for the next development phase: finaliz-
spacecraft and became the first to direct- ing the spacecraft’s design. • Commercial resupply missions NASA’s research into electric-pow-
ly explore an object that holds remnants enabled the crew to support more than ered flight with the X-57 Maxwell made
from the birth of our solar system. • The Origins Spectral Interpre- 100 new U.S. science investigations to headlines throughout the year.
• NASA launched the Ionospheric tation Resource Identification Security - advance human space exploration and
Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex) made conduct research for the U.S. National • NASA devised a custom-designed
and announced the first results from the the first-ever close-up observations of Laboratory to benefit life on Earth. skin around the aircraft’s motor electron-
agency’s Parker Solar Probe mission. particle plumes erupting from an aster- ics to cool them without changing the air-
• Significant progress was made on oid’s surface, and the mission team • Research conducted on station craft’s shape or design.
the agency’s James Webb Space announced the site on the asteroid Bennu included experiments to better under-
Telescope. The two halves of Webb were where the mission will collect samples stand: human adaptations to spaceflight; • NASA and General Electric
assembled into one observatory and the that will be returned to Earth in 2023. how fluid shifts affect an astronaut’s announced a $12 million partnership to
sunshield passed a critical test. blood flow and regolith behaves in further explore electrified aircraft propul-
• After a navigation maneuver to keep Humans in Space microgravity; black holes and quantum sion and received the X-57’s Mod II air-
NASA’s Juno mission out of an eclipse that mechanics; and how best to grow and craft, paving the way for NASA engi-
could have frozen the solar powered space- NASA astronauts Anne McClain, harvest vegetables in space and measure neers to put the aircraft through ground,
craft, it discovered a new cyclone at Nick Hague, Christina Koch, Andrew atmospheric carbon dioxide. taxi and flight tests.
Jupiter’s south pole. The cyclone is the size Morgan, and Jessica Meir of the 2013
of Texas, small by Jupiter standards. astronaut class all participated in their first • Also tested on the space station Another major aeronautics focus
• NASA’s next Mars rover, Mars spaceflight missions to the International was a free-flying robot system, a new air was NASA’s ongoing work in Urban Air
2020, passed its first driving test as it rolled Space Station. Each also conducted their quality monitoring system, a vest designed Mobility – a safe and efficient system for
forward and backward and pirouetted in a first spacewalks, including the first all- to protect astronauts from radiation, a new passenger and cargo air transportation.
clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion woman spacewalk with Meir and Koch. medical research technology called tissue
Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on chips, and a virtual reality camera. • NASA selected two organizations
Dec. 17. The next time the rover drives, it The space station is facilitating a to host the final phase of its four-year
will be rolling over Martian soil. strong commercial market in low-Earth • NASA astronauts participated in series of technical demonstrations involv-
• The Europa Clipper mission’s next orbit for research, technology develop- 10 spacewalks to install a new docking ing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
phase was confirmed with a decision in ment, and crew and cargo transportation, port for commercial crew spacecraft, (UAS), or drones, in Reno, Nevada, and
August to allow the mission to progress to and remains the sole space-based proving upgrade the station’s power system, and Corpus Christi, Texas.
completion of final design, followed by the ground and stepping stone for the repair an instrument that is searching for
construction and testing of the entire Artemis program. In 2019: dark matter, anti-matter, and dark energy. • NASA and Uber partnered on com-
spacecraft and science payload. puter modeling and simulation of airspace
• NASA’s Chandra, Nuclear • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returned Flight management for small aircraft in crowded
Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NUSTAR), to Earth after a five-day demonstration city environments. NASA also launched its
Fermi, Swift, and Neutron star Interior mission to the space station for NASA’s NASA’s aeronautics team reached
Composition Explorer (NICER) telescopes Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX now several major milestones in its efforts to Continued on Page 34
contributed to the first direct imaging of a is preparing for an in-flight abort test in enable commercial supersonic air travel
black hole. Chandra, which celebrated its advance of its first flight with astronauts. over land.
20th anniversary, separately spotted three
• NASA and Boeing are collecting • NASA tested the eXternal Vision
data and lessons learned from the System, a forward-facing camera and dis-
uncrewed flight test of Boeing’s CST-100 play system that lets the pilot see the air-
Starliner, which launched and landed suc- space in front of him or her, for the X-59
cessfully, but was unable to dock with the Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST).
space station. Boeing successfully com-
pleted a key safety milestone in • NASA deployed CarpetDiem
along a 30-mile-stretch of the Mojave
Desert in California to test a specially-

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Flying into Writing By Eric McCarthy


Irecently had a chance to do some- ADS-B-compliant transponder installed, cool, late fall day, all the boats had been Bob and me cruising the coastline in his
thing I’ve wanted to do for a long and wondered if that may have had any- pulled. We had the lake all to ourselves, 206. (Eric McCarthy)
time: I had my first experience in a thing to do with it…oh, well, a problem save for a few seagulls and ducks floating
floatplane – what fun! I mentioned last for another time. A quick call to Tim at in the lee of the trees at the other end of The ‘Wicked Tuna’ fleet awaiting tuna
time that my friend Bob has a very nice Eagle East brought a jump start and the lake. We splashed down about 500
Cessna 206 Stationair on amphibious before long we were taxiing to the active. feet from the shore, skittering across the season. (Eric McCarthy)
floats and, like most pilots, he was surface of the water briefly before Bob
always looking for an excuse to go fly- We did a quick run up and held for advanced the throttle for the ‘go’ portion The blue ocean and dark river water
ing; well, I was that excuse! our takeoff clearance while a Diamond of the touch and go. The landing was don’t readily mix... The Merrimack River.
Star executed a touch and go before us. really quite smooth, a testament to Bob’s
We met at Lawrence Municipal Holding for takeoff is a luxury not afford- skills, I’m sure. The sensation was a little (Eric McCarthy)
Airport (KLWM) and went to Bobs ed to wet-ops where there are no brakes! odd as we started to settle into the water
hangar/man cave. It was cold out, so we You also have to learn to execute your – I’ve never done that before – but that drawn to its scenic beauty. Unfortunately,
pre-flighted in the relative warmth of the checklist items from memory, as you can quickly passed as we accelerated to take- it is perhaps best known for the tragic
hangar. It seems that everything is a little ill-afford to expend more than a glance off. It was very much like being in a events of The Perfect Storm of 1991,
more challenging with a floatplane: it’s a inside while the plane is motoring along speedboat; that same stuttering feeling as when the fishing vessel Andrea Gail was
long way up to the fuel tanks, and you on the water. you cut through the waves and when you lost with her crew in a massive storm in
really can’t even inspect the outboard decelerate and sink a little. the North Atlantic.
tanks without a tall ladder. My usual rou- Cleared for takeoff, we trundled out
tine, following the POH guidelines, of an onto 32 and began our takeoff roll. Lightly After another brief takeoff run, we We turned north to begin our trek
inspection walk-around, checking nuts loaded, we were off the ground in short were airborne again, climbing away as back to Lawrence, retracing our path
and bolts, actuators, and hinge security order and climbing at an impressive rate the gulls and ducks scattered beneath us. back up the coast, over Newburyport and
just couldn’t be done from the ground – I despite about 700 pounds of amphibious We, again, entered a standard left pattern along the Merrimack. We called in about
could reach the stabilizer and elevator, floats dangling below the fuselage. The for another touch and go. I followed Bob 10 miles east of the airport and were told
but just barely; the vertical stabilizer – not plane isn’t fast, giving up 15-20 knots to through the motions as he prepared for to report a three-mile base. Our final
even close… Checking the engine’s oil the floats, but it is very stable in flight. As the landing: again, the only thing differ- approach would take us over Lake
and fuel sump was a little easier – the you might expect, it’s a little ponderous in ent from any other landing was acknowl- Cochichewick and over another early
pontoons provided a nice platform and roll, but very pleasant to fly. edging the gear system’s reminder of the 20th century mansion called Campion
relatively easy access. landing configuration. Hall. About ten years ago, I had been part
We turned southeast on departure,
We pulled the big bird out of the passing over the City of Haverhill, careful- We executed another splash and go Continued on Page 35
hangar with his four-wheeler, closed up ly avoiding a nearly-invisible radio tower then headed off for a cruise down the
the hangar, and mounted up in the plane. set on one of the city’s hills. We followed coastline to Gloucester. Bob handed the
First impression: it’s a long way up to the the Merrimack River for a few miles until controls to me and I followed the
cockpit! I’m used to smashing my shins Lake Attitash came into view, never more Merrimack’s twists and turns until we
into the landing gear and my forehead than about 1,500 feet over the river. passed Newburyport and the mouth of
into the trailing edge of the wings as I the river – some of the most treacherous
enter the cockpit of most Cessnas; not As we overflew the lake, Bob help- waters on the East coast. There we turned
with the 206 on floats! First you’ve got to fully pointed out indicators of the wind’s right to follow along the beautiful sandy
scale the floats – with the wheels down ‘n direction. We had a pretty good breeze of beaches of Plum Island. We passed
locked they stand about three feet tall; about 12-15 knots that day, so the usual abeam the Crane Estate in Ipswich, a 59-
then you have to climb the ladder anoth- signs – flags flapping, smoke blowing, room, Great Gatsby-era mansion set atop
er three feet or so to get to the cockpit. etc – gave way to the wind streaks across the aptly named Castle Hill. The 165 acre
Unlike most Cessna’s, the 206-series of the lake, making it very clear that the estate, part of a 2,100 acre reservation,
airplanes only has a door on the pilot’s wind was out of the northwest (well, that features spectacular grounds including
side. There is a set of doors providing and the fact that we had just departed on the Grande Allée, a half-mile of mani-
access to the rear seats on the right side, runway 32…). I had asked, and Bob had cured lawns cascading down the hill to
but the pilot and copilot enter through the offered, to walk me through seaplane the Atlantic. Often used as backdrop
pilot’s door, and not in that order. The operations, and this was an important part scenery in advertisements for a variety of
cockpit is spacious enough that this is not of my education. Backcountry lakes and luxury products, the estate has also been
as difficult and ungraceful as entering a rivers don’t have windsocks or tetrahe- used in a number of movies.
Piper, but it’s definitely not as convenient drons – you’ve got to be able to read the
as most Cessnas. signs yourself. Passing Essex Bay, we turned south
again over Wingaersheek Beach to fol-
We strapped in and Bob ran through Having determined the wind direc- low the Annisquam River, which effec-
the pre-start checklist. tion, we set up for a left downwind and tively makes Cape Ann an island. We fol-
prepared for landing, just as you would at lowed the river to Gloucester Harbor,
“Clear!” Whir, whir, whiirrr…click, any airport. As we dropped flaps and where we circled over the ‘Wicked Tuna’
click, click… Dang , dead battery! Ugh! slowed to approach speed, the gear selec- fleet preparing for the tuna season, which
It was a pretty new battery too! Either the tor warning system audibly reminded us opened the next day. Both a beautiful har-
cold had somehow sapped it of its power, of our configuration: “Gear up for water bor and a working fishing port,
or there was some other ‘phantom’ power landing” and displayed four blue lights Gloucester was the setting for novels
drain occurring while the plane sat idle. indicating that the four wheels were up including Rudyard Kipling’s Captains
The plane is hangared and it’s not that and stowed. Courageous; artists such as Winslow
cold inside, so that leaves the phantom Homer and Edward Hopper were also
power drain. Bob had recently had an Turning final, we approached low
over the rolling hills and trees at the
southeast end of the lake. Since it was a

34 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020

Artemis Lunar Program work in space. Tran also narrated a new
video detailing how we’ll go to the Moon
Continued from Page 32 • NASA helped test a commercial Space Grant Project; and Next Gen STEM. with our Artemis program.
solicitation for companies to participate in terrain-relative navigation system for pre- Nearly 40 percent of the opportunities were
the Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge. cise lunar landings and dozens of other filled by women, and 30 percent went to • Ariana Grande, Blake Griffin, and
technologies aboard suborbital rockets, racial or ethnic minorities. Karol G also visited Johnson to learn
Continuing other avenues of research spacecraft, planes and balloons. more about human space flight.
in aviation technology, the agency: Participating in NASA’s Micro-g
• The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design • The cast of Lost in Space toured
• Signed contracts with three indus- wrapped up after 30 hours of 3D printing Team (Micro-g NExT) program, Team NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in
try partners to demonstrate the use of sys- prototype planetary habitats. College stu- CERO, from Lone Star College-CyFair Greenbelt, Maryland.
tems for the safe operation of drones in dents practiced drilling for water on the in Cypress, Texas, became the first team
the national airspace; Moon and Mars using simulated soil and to have their tool sent to the International • Interactions on social media with
ice stations. Space Station, where it was used during a celebrities such as Barbara Streisand, Billie
• Successfully tested an advanced spacewalk on Nov. 22 to repair the Alpha Jean King, Priyanka Chopra, Ava
photographic technology that captured the • NASA established two new space Magnetic Spectrometer. DuVernay, Misha Collins, David Bowie,
first-ever images of the interaction of shock- technology research institutes to study Alicia Keys, Robert Downey Jr., Chris
waves from two supersonic aircraft in flight; smart habitats. NASA-funded university NASA also engaged students, edu- Evans, Tony Hawke, Tig Notaro, and others.
faculty and graduate students researched cators and the public in STEM through a
• Demonstrated a new aircraft wing technologies for robot explorers, space- series of public events including: NASA had a significant exhibit pres-
using advanced carbon fiber composites craft temperature control and more. ence at two high-profile annual space pol-
that can flex in flight to maximize aero- • Future of Space, a live television icy conferences: Space Symposium, which
dynamic efficiency; • Two NASA Innovative Advanced event for college students to learn more brought together space industry leaders
Concepts aimed at exploring lunar craters about NASA’s newest mission, Artemis and entrepreneurs from around the globe
• Brought onboard its newest world- and mining asteroids received another and hear from NASA’s leadership. to discuss the current and future state of
class research facility, the NASA Electric round of NASA funding. space exploration; and the International
Aircraft Testbed (NEAT), in Sandusky, • Forward to the Moon, a 30- Astronautical Congress, hosted this year
Ohio, which provides a reconfigurable • The agency licensed to commercial minute show to accompany the Apollo by NASA and during which more than
research platform capable of accommodat- companies NASA technologies and soft- 50th live broadcast to engage the public 6,660 people visited the agency’s exhibit.
ing power systems for large passenger air- ware that can be used to create products in STEM activities.
planes with megawatts of power; and solutions to benefit people everywhere. NASA now has more than 219.7
• Space and STEM: Where do you million social media followers – up from
• Demonstrated air traffic manage- • NASA awarded nearly $180 mil- fit in? is a show for college students par- 187 million in 2018. In addition to
ment tools that manage the movement of lion, in May, June and November, to hun- ticipating at 2019 International increasing engagement on various plat-
aircraft from an airport gate to a spot in dreds of U.S. small businesses to advance Astronautical Congress. forms, the agency hosted 10 NASA
the sky after takeoff; and, capabilities in aeronautics and space. Social events, bringing together nearly
Public Engagement 500 followers for unique, in-person expe-
• Installed onto a flying testbed small Earth riences of exploration and discovery. The
fins made from shape memory alloys to NASA is dedicated to engaging the agency’s social media activity was hon-
help control airflow during flight. NASA continued to use its perspec- public in the excitement, accomplishments ored in April with two Webby Awards
tive of Earth from space to improve lives and opportunities available only through and two People’s Voice awards.
Space Technology and revolutionize our understanding of the nation’s space program. The agency
how our planet is changing. hosted and participated in events across The agency’s website received its 11th
As NASA embarked on the next era the country marking the 50th anniversary People’s Voice Award in the Government &
of exploration in 2019, the agency contin- • After powerful Hurricane Dorian of the first Apollo Moon landing in July Civil Innovation category. The busiest day
ued to advance technologies needed for a hit the Bahamas in September, NASA 1969, including two events in Washington: for the website was April 10, when NASA
sustainable human presence on the Moon assisted emergency response organizations a concert on July 20 at the Kennedy Center shared a black hole image from the National
and future human missions to Mars. by creating detailed damage assessment for the Performing Arts co-hosted by for- Science Foundation, which had 1.7 million
and flood maps based on satellite data. mer Myth Busters host Adam Savage, and visits. The second-busiest day, with 1.6 mil-
• Two NASA technology demonstra- a three-day festival on the National Mall lion visits, was May 21, when NASA invit-
tions were launched to improve how • The largest migration of small sea that featured exhibits and talks and had ed to the public to send their names to Mars
spacecraft travel and navigate. The Green creatures on the planet was studied globally more than 50,000 attendees. on the Mars 2020 rover.
Propellant Infusion Mission is successful- for the first time using the Cloud-Aerosol
ly demonstrating a low-toxin propellant Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Other public events included: The agency launched two new medi-
and NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock is Observations (CALIPSO) satellite. • NASA Day of Remembrance, ums to communicate with the public. In
close to determining how well our clock attended by Vice President Mike Pence March, NASA debuted a weekly email
keeps time, down to the nanosecond. • A study showed that the increas- • Earth Day celebration at Union newsletter that already has more than 1.1
ing dryness of the atmosphere above the Station in Washington million subscribers. In September,
• A biology experiment on the Amazon rainforest is primarily the result • The agency’s Independent Verifi- NASA TV launched a new video series
space station is testing a method of using of human activities and is increasing the cation and Validation Facility in called #AskNASA, in which agency
microorganisms to produce nutrients usu- demand for water and leaving ecosys- Fairmont, West Virginia, was renamed in experts answer questions from the public
ally found in vegetables. tems vulnerable to fires and drought. honor of West Virginia native and NASA about its incredible mission.
“human computer” Katherine Johnson.
• Google, in partnership with • A new NASA laser instrument on • Hidden Figures Way dedication at The Academy of Television Arts &
NASA and Oak Ridge National the space station began collecting data to NASA Headquarters in Washington. Sciences recognized NASA’s engagement
Laboratory, achieved quantum suprema- create detailed 3D maps of Earth’s forests • Events leading up to the premier of efforts in September with two Emmy
cy by demonstrating the ability to com- and topography. the movie Ad Astra, including a conversa- Awards for its coverage of the landing on
pute in seconds what would take the tion between astronauts on the International Mars of NASA’s InSight mission and the
largest and most advanced supercomput- STEM Engagement Space Station and actor Brad Pitt. agency’s first test of a spacecraft that will
ers thousands of years. • Star Wars actors Kelly Marie Tran help bring crewed launches to the
NASA provided more than $32 mil- and Naomi Ackie visited Johnson Space International Space Station back to U.S. soil.
• NASA demonstrated the first lion in financial support to more than 8,000 Center, where they met with astronauts
coordinated maneuver between two students participating in internships and and learned about training to live and For more about NASA’s missions,
CubeSats in low-Earth orbit, and two fellowships through its: Minority research and discoveries, visit:
CubeSats teamed up for a laser commu- University Research and Education Project
nications pointing experiment. (MUREP); Established Program to Stim-
ulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR);
• NASA awarded a contract to
Made In Space to 3D print and assemble
spacecraft parts in low-Earth orbit.

January 2020 In Flight USA Celebrating 35 Years 35


The FAA will discontinue the to less than 900 per day, which the FAA tion,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director often easier to use while flying.
Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory said is an indication pilots are using other of air traffic services and infrastructure. Air traffic controllers will continue to
Service (HIWAS) in the contiguous United means to obtain weather information.
States, effective Jan. 8, 2020. HIWAS is a “We no longer rely solely on the air- advise pilots of hazardous weather that
continuous broadcast of weather advisories NBAA participated in an craft radio for access to weather information may affect operations within 150 miles of
over a limited nationwide network of FAA/industry Safety Risk Management in the cockpit. Instead, we have access to a their sector or area of jurisdiction. This
VORs, providing pilots with information (SRM) Panel that analyzed the risks asso- number of resources that we didn’t when includes details found in Airmen’s
related to hazardous weather. ciated with discontinuing this service and HIWAS was created,” she added. “This Meteorological Information, Significant
addressed stakeholder concerns. greatly mitigates any impact of decommis- Meteorological Information, Convective
The agency’s decision comes in the sioning what we found in the course of our SIGMENT, Urgent Pilot Reports and
wake of decreased demand for inflight “NBAAwas a part of the SRM process, review to be a little used product.” Center Weather Advisories. Pilots will be
services from flight service specialists in and is comfortable with the decommission- instructed to contact a flight service spe-
general, dropping from an average of ing of this service in the lower 48 states, as Further, newer sources for inflight cialist through air-to-ground radio frequen-
more than 10,000 radio contacts per day there are numerous other products that pro- weather information typically present cy if they need additional information.
vide pilots with the needed weather informa- material in a graphical format, which is

Flying Into Writing CORONA AIR
Continued from Page 33
Final approach to LWM runway 32. LOWEST
of the development team that saved the (Eric McCarthy) FUEL PRICES
historic building from being destroyed by IN THE BASIN!
dividing the mansion into a dozen condo-
minium units and constructing another 14 • 24-Hour Self-Serve Pumps, 100LL
units on the grounds. It turned out to be a • Assisted Fuel Service 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
very nice project. • Pilot’s Lounge Open 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
• Oil, Snacks, Free Wi-Fi
Bob configured the plane for land- • Credit Cards Accepted:
ing, lowering the flaps and gear and
acknowledging the aural warning “Gear Phillips 66, Union 76, Multi-Serv,
down for runway landing” and confirm- Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover
ing the four green lights of the gear indi- • Tie-Downs $50/Month
cating system. Alas, our landing came too
soon – both figuratively and literally, by Individual Hangars under $300/mo!
my standards: we were still 10 feet in the
air when the gear hit the pavement. The Wingaersheek Beach at the mouth of the See your Lower Fuel Price at
plane flew so similarly to any other
Cessna I’d flown that I had forgotten how Annisquam River. (Eric McCarthy)
tall she sits on her floats!
doing it again when springtime clears the CORONA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AJO
With winter settling early over the ice. In the meantime, I’m already plotting
northeast it seems unlikely that we’ll get my next bucket-list experience, and this 33° 53.86’N, 117° 36.15’W
another chance to partake of the wonders one also involves landing on water, albeit Unicom 122.7
of floatplane flying until the spring thaw. the frozen variety: landing at the lower AWOS 132.175
I would have liked to experience and 48’s only FAA authorized ice runway at
learn the nuances of on-water operations. Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. I can (951) 737-1300
Seaplane pilots need to consider so much hardly wait!
that we landlubbers take for granted:
wind, waves, and currents can all have Until next time, fly safe!
significant impacts on operations as the
floatplane has no purchase on the water
and is at the mercy of each. Consider a
situation where the wind or current (or
both) are such that you can only approach
the dock nose in from the left side: in this
case, the pilot has to time the engine shut-
down so that he has enough, but not too
much, momentum to ‘coast’ to the dock.
If there’s no help on the dock, he then has
to jump from his seat, walk to the front of
the pontoon, then walk the tightrope, a
cable strung from float to float for just
this purpose, to be able to fend the plane
off the dock, then wrestle the beast to
secure it to the dock. There’s a lot to think
about there, as opposed to pulling to a
stop and setting the parking brake.

I want to thank my friend Bob for
the flight and introduction to floatplane
flying – it was a blast! I look forward to

36 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020


By Annamarie Buonocore

(504)723-5566 Here at In Flight USA, staff have
been asking the question: what
Contact Visit challenges will pilots and avia- Bob Seidel is Chief Executive Officer of
tion enthusiasts face in the new year of Alerion Aviation.
Images and visions of Sagar Pathak 2020? Articles in this issue as well as past
issues have addressed ADS-B, airport (Courtesy Alerion Aviation)
Specializing in Aviation Photography closures and threats, and of course, the
pilot shortage. For years, professionals in company in 2005. I became a partner in our industry have been asking the ques- 2012. The company’s principal business
tion: how can we inspire more people is a Part 135 air carrier, operating a dozen
(young people) to enter the exciting jets. We have six different types of air-
world of aviation? craft, including Gulfstreams, Hawkers,
and Falcons. We have lots of different
The last couple years have been kinds of pilots.
good to general and business aviation.
The freedom to fly is alive and well. We IF USA: What do you attribute the
have been making great progress on this pilot shortage to?
issue, and we continue to be impressed
by the many companies, pilot organiza- BS: Like any situation of this mag-
tions, educational institutions, and indi- nitude, it does not happen overnight. I
viduals who are doing their part to make think there is a combination of factors.
a difference and to end the pilot shortage. The first one being that aviation very
We look forward to being your source for much became a commodity after deregu-
aviation news for 2020, and we are proud lation. Prices went up, which is good for
to share with you, an interview we did the consumer, but it put tremendous pres-
with Alerion Aviation CEO, Bob Seidel. sure on profits. Pilot salaries stagnated.
We look forward to hearing your feed- Combining that with the end of the Space
back and ideas on this ongoing issue. Age as we knew it… when I was grow-
ing up, nothing was more exciting that
In Flight USA: What is your back- watching rockets shoot off into space and
ground in aviation? people making space walks. It was a very
exciting time for aviation. I think the fas-
Bob Seidel: I started out in aviation cination with aviation started to fade. We
as a military officer. I was a naval flight went into a period where a lot of other
officer, flying in the Western Pacific and activities caught the attention of our
Indian Oceans. My job was hunting young people.
Soviet submarines during the last decade
of the Cold War. After that, I got out of Also, the economics of the situation
the service and went into industry out in made it very expensive to get a pilot’s
California. That brought me to the license and all the ratings that are neces-
Midwest where I had a sales position. sary. The pay at the end of the road just
Then after that, I got my master’s degree wasn’t as attractive as it had been in the
at Northwestern. After finishing that, I ‘50s and ‘60s when it was seen as a very
ended up moving back into aviation by prestigious career. It kind of lost some of
becoming a regional sales director for the glow. Back then, the movies portrayed
Gulfstream Aerospace. I worked there aviation as something very glamorous.
for about four years. Then I became a
national sales manager for Jet Aviation. I We have also seen a lot of people
was responsible for charter business for retiring, and that has resulted in a short-
the Americas. From there, I did aircraft age. While we are having fewer people
management. Then I moved to my cur- interested in becoming pilots, we are see-
rent company, Alerion Aviation. We are a ing more interest from around the world.
full-service aviation management com- We have people in China, India, and
pany. We have a dozen aircraft operating South America buying jumbo jets and
throughout the country. packing them with hundreds of passen-

IF USA: Where are you based now? Continued on Page 37
BS: I have homes in Northern New
Jersey and in South Florida, but I travel a
lot for the business. I go to California a lot.
IF USA: When did the company
start and how did you get involved?
BS: The company precedes me. It
was founded in 1995. The current own-
ers, myself among them, acquired the

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The Federal Aviation Administration prior to registering for a knowledge test. mat, leaving little room for errors associ- system, including the FTN requirement.
(FAA) on Jan. 13, 2020, will launch IACRA is the web-based certifica- ated with an applicant’s name. Go to
improvements to the way it tests all appli- tion/rating application that guides the Previously, name inconsistencies could webinarFull to register for a webinar.
cants for an FAA airman certificate. This user through the FAA’s airman applica- lead to returned files and lengthy delays
applies to all certified pilots of manned tion process. The five-minute process in the certification process. The FAA’s Airman Testing Branch
and unmanned aircraft. enables the agency to rely on the name in posted information about the new testing
the profile for all actions associated with To help educate those who will take system and changes to their web page.
One of the most important changes that applicant. an FAA Knowledge Test beginning on
is the requirement that applicants obtain Jan. 13, 2020, the FAA hosted two webi- If you have any questions, please
an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by cre- The FTN enables the applicant and nars in December and will host two more contact the Airman Testing Branch
ating an Integrated Airman Certification any certifying officer the ability to pull up on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. and 3 [email protected].
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Continued from Page 36 lower standards because they need people. getting away from top-down manage- gratifying. It just gives me a good feeling
We are exploring opportunities with our ment, and we find that females are so to have a positive impact on someone’s
gers. It’s a classic economic problem: too training provider, AIE, to help people adept at our modern needs. We actively career and future ability to make a living
much demand, not enough supply. build their hours and work on their ratings. recruit women, and our training partners for himself out of this industry.
do the same. We do the same thing with
IF USA: What are you doing in It’s a long, drawn-out process that is other underserved populations. We want I have also been an advisory board
your company, and personally, to allevi- very expensive, but our program allevi- more of them to qualify and to become member for an organization called Able
ate this problem? ates all of that. They are training cadets private pilots. With the quality of life Flight. Able Flight is a nonprofit organiza-
who sign contracts to get into a dual-pilot improving, the image of the pilot is tion that provides scholarships for disabled
BS: That is a good question. Being a private aviation environment. They pro- growing. people to get into the aviation industry,
small business, we are small boats floating vide tons of simulator and ground train- specifically to become pilots. They have
in the sea. We are subject to strong winds. ing. This is helping us attract and mint IF USA: Why do you enjoy doing helped and mentored hundreds of people
We are trying to maintain a stable work- new pilots in a much shorter timeframe. what you are doing? over the last 12 years. These are people
force by offering competitive, or above They have already been doing this in with major disabilities. Some have suf-
competitive, salaries and benefits. We Europe and Asia, now we are doing it in BS: In my career, I have enjoyed fered spinal cord injuries that have ren-
hope to maintain a working environment the United States. Sponsors such as this most latter portion the most, where I dered them quadriplegics. Never in their
where people feel appreciated, respected, Southwest Airlines are paying for the don’t have to prove anything to anyone, wildest dreams did they think they would
and like a part of the team. We do this in a training so that the individual doesn’t and where I am content with where I get into a cockpit. They trained a woman
number of ways. We engage them in the have to cough up all that cash at once. ended up. I get a real charge out of help- with no arms to become a sport pilot.
management system, which doesn’t just Then in the end, the student will have a ing other people, not just to become Injured military veterans and cops have
cover safety issues but quality assurance guaranteed contract. We can walk into pilots but to get into the aviation industry participated in the program. This helps me
and customer service issues as well. We high schools today, show students a path- and into flying. I am on the advisory get up every morning.
make them a part of the solution. We way to becoming a pilot, and not cost board for the SUNY Farmingdale cam-
engage them to be part of a team. them or their parents anything. pus’s aviation program where they train IF USA: What are your future plans
people to become pilots and mechanics. I for the company?
The simple fact is that retention is Our role in that would be to take on get invited every year to meet the class. It
the number one goal in maintaining our pilots from this program. We would not be is great to see young people so excited. BS: We would like to double the
flight schedules. We have also had to do penalized for taking on a pilot with fewer This was what I wanted to do since I was size of the company. That would be just
some counterintuitive things that make hours because we know we would be get- 13, feeling and touching airplanes. right. We don’t want to manage 700 air-
pilots less available, but it adds to their ting a highly trained pilot. They are pur- Sharing the joy with other people and planes or anything like that. We would
quality of life. I didn’t mention this earli- pose-built to fly our jets. This is a proactive seeing them respond to that is great. like to get up to 25 or 30, doubling our
er, but this is another factor that drove and intelligent way to address this prob- current fleet. We are kind of a boutique
people out of the industry. Similar to the lem. I recently had an experience where I operation that likes intimacy with cus-
trucking industry, people want to have met a young woman in a hospital, and tomers. That is our secret sauce and our
quality time at home. Flying takes you IF USA: What is your company doing this woman just impressed me with her place in the food chain. I would like more
away from home a lot. We try to allow to provide opportunities for underserved customer-service job. She told me it was female pilots and ones from underserved
our pilots to have a life. We schedule groups such as women and people of color? her last day, and I thought she was so communities. That is very positive. I
them for their days off and give them good at it that she should keep it up. She would like to do more to help Able Flight
blocks of days off. They have like 12, 10- BS: I am putting a premium on hir- kept in touch with me, and I learned that and SUNY in their efforts to attract
day vacations per year. This allows us to ing more women. We have at least three her boyfriend was a baseball player who young people into the industry. That is
keep pilots retained because they can female pilots right now. I personally real- had been injured. She asked me if there the key to our ongoing success as an
schedule their lives. ly give a lot of consideration to women was anything her boyfriend could do in industry, a very worthwhile one in the
pilots. I find them to be outstanding in the aviation. I introduced him to mechanics United States.
This was why many business and sense that they are very focused, very and walked him around the hangar. She
charter aviation companies were losing serious about their careers, and detail ori- called me and told me that he was so IF USA: Thank you!
pilots to the airlines – the airlines offered ented. Women can be good multi-taskers. excited. This guy applied to the school.
better scheduling. We have to be able to Mentally they can handle so much simul- Editor’s Note: To learn more about
keep up with them. Attracting new people taneously. It is very helpful in the cock- This is not a dirty, grease-under-your- Alerion Aviation, visit their website at
and minting new pilots is a whole other pit. They are collaborative with the CRM nails thing. It is a professional, high-tech or call 855-359-
challenge. To work for us, you have to (crew resource management). We are job. Helping people get into it is really 2576.
have 3,500 hours. The airlines have much

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Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. lent operational and performance charac- 6,000-pound payload. The freighter con-
company, on Dec. 19 announced it has teristics for its diverse mission profile.” figuration is designed to accommodate (Courtesy Cessna/Textron Aviation Inc.)
successfully mated the wings to the fuse- three standard air cargo containers (LD3)
lage of the first Cessna SkyCourier twin The program is progressing consider- while the passenger variant carries up to SkyCourier will offer single-point pres-
utility turboprop prototype aircraft, a key ably with the assembly of the prototype and 19 passengers and baggage. sure refueling to enable faster turn-
milestone in the development of the additional five flight and ground test arti- arounds. To learn more, visit the Textron
clean-sheet aircraft. cles. Landing gear testing continues as well The Cessna SkyCourier is designed website at
as avionics ground testing. First flight of the for high utilization and will deliver a
“As expected, the operation was Cessna SkyCourier is anticipated in 2020. combination of robust performance and
sound as the wings were secured on the lower operating costs. Cessna
fuselage, and the new Cessna SkyCourier Relentless Capability SkyCourier will feature the popular
took another major step in its develop- Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite and
ment,” said Chris Hearne, senior vice The Cessna SkyCourier will be offer highlights such as a maximum
president, Programs and Engineering. offered in various configurations includ- cruise speed of up to 200 ktas and a max-
“The Cessna SkyCourier’s rugged, high- ing freighter, passenger or combi, all imum range of 900 nm. Both freighter
wing design will give the aircraft excel- based on a common platform with a and passenger variants of the Cessna



With the final stroke of a pen and ing presence in the region – as well as its increasingly congested. We anticipate Valley region is particularly well-known
handshakes with team members, Ross appetite for expansion, system-wide. hosting traffic from a variety of previous- for its numerous festivals and activities
Aviation completed its planned acquisition ly traditional destinations in the area, and and for its regular influx of visitors and
of the Signature Flight Support facility at “We see Thermal not only as a pri- now have the ramp space and hangar seasonal residents to the desert resort
KTRM in Thermal, California. The acqui- mary airport serving the Coachella capacity – along with outstanding pas- communities.
sition now gives Ross Aviation the largest Valley,” said Brian Corbett, chief execu- senger and crew facilities – to accommo-
ramp and hangar complex in the Coachella tive officer of Ross Aviation, “but also as date them comfortably throughout the Ross Aviation has been a provider of
Valley and signals the organization’s grow- an excellent alternative to other facilities year.” The Palm Springs/Coachella FBO services at KTRM since 2016, and
in the region which are becoming
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By Secretary of the Air Force health care, purchasing 60 F-35s for the Secretary of Defense, Mark T. Esper. “Our President Donald Trump signs S.1790,
Public Affairs Air Force and thousands of other direc- Military Services have created the world’s the National Defense Authorization Act
tives and recommendations. best space capabilities. Now is the time for for Fiscal Year 2020 as senior leaders
President Trump signed into law the U.S. Space Force to lead our Nation in look on, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 At Joint
Dec. 20 the sprawling, $738 billion Trump mentioned a number of the preparing for emerging threats in an evolv- Base Andrews. The act authorizes a
defense bill, making history by creating law’s signature items in a 20-minute ing space environment. This new service budget that supports the U.S. armed
the Space Force as a stand-alone, sixth address in a hangar at Andrews before will help ensure we are postured to deter forces and postures the Air Force to meet
branch of the U.S. military and guaran- signing the legislation into law. He was aggression, defend our national interests the requirements of the National Defense
teeing for the first time 12 weeks of paid surrounded by hundreds of military per- and outpace potential adversaries.” Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman
parental leave for federal workers. sonnel, members of Congress and senior
leaders from the Pentagon including the For many in the Air Force-heavy 1st Class Spencer Slocum)
“Today [also] marks another land- Joint Chiefs as well as Air Force crowd at Andrews, the Space Force and
mark achievement as we officially inau- Secretary Barbara M. Barrett and Chief the historic moment were particularly the future security environment,” a
gurate the newest branch of the military of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. Air meaningful. Department of Defense statement says.
[United States Space Force], this is a very Force Gen. Jay Raymond, who was “Space is integral to national security and
big and important moment,” said named the first Chief of Space Barrett, for example, has made cre- our way of life, and this service will pos-
President Donald J. Trump. Operations, was also present. ating Space Force her highest priority ture us to compete, deter, and win in an
since becoming Air Force secretary in era of great power competition.”
The Space Force and parental leave Trump, who first mentioned the October.
were two of the most high-profile ele- Space Force idea in March 2018 and for By creating a new, separate service
ments of the 2020 National Defense whom bringing it to reality was a person- Now is the time for a separate serv- with a dedicated purpose, the United
Authorization Act (NDAA), a law run- al priority, offered a rationale for the first ice totally focused on organizing, training States will maintain space superiority,
ning 1,976 pages that serves as compre- new branch of the military since 1947. and equipping for space, she said. While even as space becomes more crowded
hensive, annual blueprint for military once a wide open “domain” reserved and contested. The new defense law also
spending and policy priorities and oper- “There are grave threats to our only for the United States and Russia, directs that the Space Force “shall pro-
ating standards. The law touches almost national security,” said Trump. space today has become far more con- vide the freedom of operation in, from,
every corner of the military and beyond “American superiority in space is gested and crowded with other nations and to space, while providing prompt and
since it is one of the rare pieces of legis- absolutely vital. The Space Force will and commercial interests actively operat- sustained space operations.”
lation that regularly passes Congress and help us deter aggression and control the ing in space. At the same time space has
is signed into law. ultimate high ground.” also become a crucial factor in protecting
national security and supporting activi-
In addition to Space Force and paid He was echoed by Secretary of ties of everyday life ranging from cell
parental leave, the law calls for a 3.1 per- Defense Mark Esper who said, “We are at phone service, GPS, banking and the
cent pay raise for active-duty personnel; the dawn of a new era for our Nation’s ability to easily and instantly transmit
it prohibits Turkey from participating in Armed Forces. The establishment of the data anywhere in the world.
the F-35 program as long as it continues U.S. Space Force is an historic event and a
to possess a Russian-made missile sys- strategic imperative for our Nation. Space As such, the United States says
tem. It prescribes active-duty strength for has become so important to our way of space must be protected and preserved
all the services while also carrying provi- life, our economy and our national securi- and that the United States’ superiority in
sions to improve military housing and ty that we must be prepared as a Nation to space maintained. “The U.S. Space Force
protect it from hostile actions,” said will help the DoD meet the challenges of


By Capt. Cara Bousie itary operations across all domains, such as defending the homeland. destroyer, an Army air defense sensor and
and Charles Pope sea, land, air, space and cyber operations. “Peer competitors are rapidly advanc- firing unit, a special operations unit, as
The technology under development via well as commercial space and ground sen-
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs ABMS enables this concept by simultane- ing their capabilities, seeking to hold our sors came together to confront – and defeat
ously receiving, fusing and acting upon a homeland at risk,” said Air Force Gen. – a simulated threat to the U.S. homeland.
In the first field test of a novel vast array of data and information from Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander
approach to warfighting, communicating each of these domains – all in an instant. of U.S. Northern Command, which Upon detection of a potential cruise
and decision-making, the Air Force, The Air Force expects to receive around designed and managed this scenario. missile threatening the United States, sim-
Navy and Army used new methods and $185 million this fiscal year for this effort, ulated by QF-16s, in quick succession
technology Dec. 16-18 for collecting, and intends to bolster these resources over “Working across all of the services using new software, communications
analyzing and sharing information in real the next five years, underscoring both its and with industry toward solutions to com- equipment and a “mesh network,” the
time to identify and defeat a simulated importance and potential. plex problems ensures we meet defense information was relayed to the USS
cruise missile threat to the United States. challenges as well as maintain our strate- Thomas Hudner, an Arleigh Burke-class
“In order to develop the right capa- gic advantage in an increasingly competi- destroyer deployed in the Gulf of Mexico.
A three-day long exercise of the bility that the operator needs at speed, we tive global environment,” he said. The same information was passed to a pair
Advanced Battle Management System partner with Combatant Commanders of Air Force F-35s and another pair of F-
(ABMS) tested technology being devel- every four months to ensure that what we Yet while JADC2 has been 22s. Also receiving the information were
oped to enable the military’s developing are building addresses the array of chal- embraced for three years as a critical tool commanders at Eglin AFB, a pair of Navy
concept called Joint All-Domain lenges presented by the National Defense by senior leaders, including Air Force F-35s, an Army unit equipped with a
Command and Control (JADC2). When Strategy across the globe,” said Preston Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, mobile missile launcher known as
fully realized, senior leaders say JADC2 Dunlap, the Chief Architect of the Air until recently it was an idea confined HIMARS and special forces on the ground.
will be the backbone of operations and Force who is kick-starting ABMS. largely to PowerPoint slides and a slick
deterrence, allowing U.S. forces from all animated demonstration of the concept. Events culminated on Dec. 18 when
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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.


NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting What’s in Your Back Seat? Dispatching Details nozzle, there was no duckbill [fixture]. I
System (ASRS) receives, processes, and could not understand how he could have
analyzes voluntarily submitted incident This private pilot had an interesting This air carrier Dispatcher made a inserted a JET-A duckbill-style refueling
reports from pilots, air traffic controllers, learning experience departing an airport rare but significant discovery. Without the nozzle into my AvGas tanks. In place of
dispatchers, cabin crew, maintenance near the DC Flight Restricted Zone revelation, confusion would have been the duckbill was a conventional round
technicians, and others. Reports submit- (FRZ) with a dog in the rear seat. likely for pilots and controllers alike. AvGas nozzle. The fueler was unaware of
ted to ASRS may describe both unsafe the difference between the designs.
occurrences and hazardous situations. • I departed this morning on a • Aircraft X… was delayed into [the Further discussions… revealed he was
Information is gathered from these Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) flight following day]. [Aircraft Y, using the unaware of the deadly consequences of
reports and disseminated to stakeholders. plan, and my intention was to maintain same call sign, was] operating on time. this error. His… supervisor, who had
ASRS’s particular concern is the quality 1,400 feet until [laterally] clear of Both flights were in the air at the same been there during part of this refueling,
of human performance in the National [Class] B airspace, which would keep me time and would both be in ZZZ Center at suggested they would drain and refill the
Airspace System.1 clear of the Flight Restricted Zone and the same time. Actually, both flights tanks for me. I told him that only an A&P
all [Class] B airspace. At approximately would have been line of sight with each would be doing any work on the air-
The ASRS Staff is composed of 1,200 feet in my climb, my dog, which other just north of ZZZ1 VORTAC. The craft… The fuel tanks were drained and
highly experienced pilots, air traffic con- had been harnessed in the back seat, Dispatcher noted this just after takeoff for flushed by the local A&P. However, prior
trollers, and mechanics, as well as a man- leapt into the front passenger seat. In Aircraft X. The ATC Coordinator was to the next engine start, further
agement team that possess aviation and doing so, he hit the dash, somehow man- notified, who, in turn, contacted ZZZ research… with my A&P revealed that
human factors experience. ASRS aging to clear my flight plan out of my Center. A temporary call sign was the electric fuel pump would hold jet fuel
Analysts’ experience is comprised of Garmin 430. He pulled my GDL 39 out of assigned to the eastbound flight for cross- even though the tank was drained of fuel.
more than 600 cumulative years of avia- the cigarette lighter (my backup naviga- ing ZZZ airspace. Dispatch notified both This small but significant amount of Jet-
tion expertise, covering the full spectrum tion), he knocked my tablet (also my flights of the situation, the remedial A would be delivered to the engines. I
of aviation activity: air carrier, corporate, backup navigation) onto the passenger action, and of the similarity between [the then disconnected the fuel supply lines at
military, and general aviation; Air Traffic side floor, and he ripped the microphone two] call signs. the firewall and drained the fuel lines and
Control in Towers, TRACONs, Centers, port of my headset out at the connector. I crossfeed system prior to the next flight.
and Military Facilities. Analyst cumula- didn’t initially realize that had happened, A long delay of 20 hours had caused
tive flight time exceeds 175,000 hours in and I could still hear the radio because [the call sign] overlap in this date- A Menacing Memory
more than 90 different aircraft.1 In addi- the listening port was still plugged in. In change flight. Do not delay flights into
tion, the ASRS Staff has human factors trying to keep my dog off of the controls, the next day without setting them up as an This MD11 Captain reported that his
and psychology research experience in and flipping the autopilot off to hand-fly, extra section or by stubbing immediately First Officer (FO) had allowed the air-
areas such as training, fatigue, crew I inadvertently made a climbing turn to upon determining the length of the delay. craft to descend below the assigned alti-
resource management, user interface 2,200 feet and may have broken into tude. The Captain suggested a possible
design, usability evaluations, and Class B airspace. Upon recognizing this, If the Nozzle Fits root cause and mitigating strategy.
research methodology. I immediately descended and made my
initial radio call to Potomac. At the time, This twin Bonanza pilot exhibited • We were descending on the arrival.
Says ASRS Director, Dr. Becky I thought they had acknowledged my call, sound aviation wisdom after the aircraft The FO decided to hand-fly, announced it,
Hooey, about the Program, “ASRS but in retrospect, I don’t think they did. A was serviced improperly. Distraction was and disconnected the autopilot. As we were
reporters can know that every report sub- few minutes later as I was still trying to one link in the chain of events that could approaching level off, the aircraft started a
mitted to ASRS is important. Each one is re-trim the airplane, Potomac was trying have been costly. slight left turn away from course. He said,
evaluated and processed by our uniquely to reach me, and it was clear to me they “What’s it doing?” and went up to the Flight
qualified team of aviation safety analysts. couldn’t hear me. It was at this point that • This aircraft is equipped with Control Panel (FCP) to select a heading
We are passionately committed to improv- I realized my microphone port had been “AVGAS ONLY 100LL” placards. I back to course; then he reselected NAV. The
ing aviation safety by helping you share unplugged, and the cord was now requested, “Top off the main tanks only.” aircraft stayed in a slight left turn, and as we
your concerns and lessons learned with all wrapped around my 50-pound dog, I then became… distracted with securing approached our level off, he made no effort
who could benefit or need to know.” which was dead weight on top of it. I the aircraft for heavy weather. When I fin- to raise the nose. I said, “There’s your alti-
finally freed the cord and made contact ished, I noticed the… fuel truck was tude,” as we passed through it, and he
At the current rate, ASRS will receive with Potomac. In doing so, my concen- labeled with the black placard, “JET-A.” raised the nose to level off. We descended
over 108,000 reports this year that cover a tration was broken, and when I looked at [The fueler] told me he had just added 29 200 to 300 feet below our assigned altitude.
broad range of topics. This month, ASRS my position, I was either in or very close gallons of JET-A to my aircraft, a twin As he was correcting, he responded, “I for-
extends Season’s Greetings in a lightheart- to violating the FRZ. I immediately Bonanza. This aircraft is clearly an old got the motion was on!” meaning he forgot
ed medley of reports. The narratives exem- turned around and again made contact vintage aircraft and does not resemble in he was hand-flying. Nothing was heard from
plify praiseworthy performance, reiterate with Potomac. At this point forward, I any fashion a turbine-powered engine ATC about the deviation.
sound aviation wisdom, and sprinkle a stayed clear of Bravo and the FRZ. cowling or exhaust system. It was appar-
dash of humor over some good old com- ent… that the fueler was… new to this Continued on Page 43
mon sense. position. When I examined the fueling

January 2020 43

First ‘Real World’ Test of ABMS
Continued from Page 40 expertise. mand and control, relies on ABMS to
senior leaders from across the Department “Our four-month ‘connect-a-thon’ develop software and algorithms so that Members of the 6th Special Operations
of Defense arrived at the test’s command artificial intelligence and machine learn- Squadron use a tablet to upload coordi-
and control hub for an ABMS overview cycle unlocks industry’s ability to iterate ing can compute and connect vast nates during an exercise showcasing the
and abbreviated exercise. All at once in a with testers, acquirer, and warfighters. amounts of data from sensors and other capabilities of the Advanced Battle
well-secured room, they watched real-time For example, the insights from connect- sources at a speed and accuracy far Management System at Duke Field, Fla.,
data pour in, and out of, the command cell. ing the F-22 and F-35 for the first time beyond what is currently attainable. Dec. 17, 2019. During the first demonstra-
They observed information from plat- will help our industry partners take the ABMS also includes hardware updates tion of the ABMS, operators across the Air
forms and people flowing instantly and next leap,” Roper said. including radios, antenna, and more Force, Army, Navy and industry tested
simultaneously across air, land, sea and robust networks that enable unimpeded multiple real-time data sharing tools and
space that provided shared situational The demonstration was the first of data flow to operators. Aside from tools technology in a homeland defense-based
updates as events occurred whether the its kind in a series of exercises scheduled and tech, JADC2 also demands a cultur- scenario enacted by U.S. Northern
information originated from jets, or pass- to occur roughly every four months. Each al change among service men and Command and enabled by Air Force sen-
ing satellites, or from sea and ground new exercise will build on the one before women that embraces and responds to ior leaders. The collection of networked
forces on the move. Then, the group tran- and include responses to problems and multi-faceted battlespaces driven by systems and immediately available infor-
sitioned to outdoor tents to continue the lessons learned. information shared across the joint force. mation is critical to enabling joint service
exercise in a rugged environment, where operations across all domains.
senior leaders could also inspect first-hand Dunlap said the intent is to move The critical difference going for-
and learn about high-speed Air Force and much faster than before to conceive, build ward is to create a failsafe system that (U.S. Air Force photo
industry equipment and software that and test new technologies and strategies gets – and shares - real time information by Tech. Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)
enabled the week’s test. despite complexity or technical challenges. across multiple spaces and platforms
simultaneously. Achieving this will
“Today’s demo is our first time “The goal is to move quickly and remove barriers that can keep informa-
demonstrating internet-of-things connectiv- deliver quickly. We want to show it can be tion from personnel and units that need it.
ity across the joint force,” Air Force acqui- done and then we want to push ourselves For example, once in place, the new com-
sitions lead Dr. Will Roper said. “Cloud, to continually enhance and expand our mand and control ability will allow F-16
mesh networking and software-defined sys- capability in roughly four-month cycles and F-35 pilots to see the same informa-
tems were the stars of the show, all devel- partnering with Combatant Commanders tion at the same time in the same way
oped at commercial internet speeds.” and operators,” Dunlap said. along with a submarine commander, a
space officer controlling satellites and an
He also spoke to the necessity of An equally important goal is to Army Special Forces unit on the ground.
industry partnership and leveraging their demonstrate the real-world value of the
hard-to-describe effort in tangible, under-
standable ways. JADC2, previously
named multi-domain operations com-

Ross Aviation Acquires Signature Flight Support Base

Continued from Page 38 already well-known at the airport for their members. The company is guided by four Ross Aviation now has the largest ramp
high standards of service and safety – two fundamental beliefs: Safety, care, perform- and hangar facilities at Thermal,
senior leadership of the company has key attributes of every Ross Aviation ance and drive – and strives to embody California. (Courtesy Ross Aviation)
actually had a service presence on the team member. “We’re very proud to wel- those beliefs in every action taken, from
field for decades. The purchase of come our newest team members in the flight line to the front office. Ross
Signature Flight Support’s operation in Thermal” said Mr. Corbett, “and to hav- Aviation currently operates 17 fixed base
Thermal comes just over a year after ing them become an integral part of our operations under both the Ross Aviation
Ross Aviation purchased other ramp operations as we continue to increase our and Rectrix banners. Whether customers
space and hangar facilities at Thermal footprint in the region.” are making their first visit to a Ross
and allows the company the capability of Aviation location, or their one-hundredth,
handing additional heavy jet aircraft, as Headquartered in Denver, Ross they’ll experience highly skilled staff who
well as more capacity for base customers. Aviation and its affiliated companies are are deeply committed to the successful
dedicated to soaring higher – in the FBO completion of every mission.
Staffing at the acquired facility is services they provide and the environment
anticipated to remain virtually they create for both customers and team
unchanged, as the incumbent team is

Safe Landings The classic error could have resulted in Inquiring Minds ing the children, the ELT was reset. The
serious consequences if not corrected. Communications Center called to
Continued from Page 42 A Pilatus pilot learned a lesson from inquire. The pilot and copilot seat belts
[The FO] managed to remember he • As Pilot-in-Command (PIC), I was a situation exhibiting a hint of hindsight were cross-connected from left to right to
reviewing the operating flight plan and humor. The public was allowed access to restrict cockpit access.
was hand-flying for the rest of the descent load sheet prior to flight. I discovered a the aircraft interior, and Murphy pre-
and approach. For some reason, the FO discrepancy between the two and found vailed. Always have at least two crew mem-
decided to hand-fly the arrival then the operating flight plan to be 118,989 bers monitoring the aircraft during pub-
promptly forgot he was doing it! This was pounds lighter than the load sheet data. I • The aircraft Emergency Locator lic events. Do not allow public access to
our second leg of the night, and we were contacted the Flight Dispatcher on duty Transmitter (ELT) was inadvertently the aircraft interior.
definitely on the back side of our body and voiced my concerns. A new operating activated… at an airport event. The
clocks. When you even remotely feel tired, flight plan and load sheet were generated Medical Crew was on an outside call 1.
let the automation be your friend. with the correct data. and… was not present. The public was rogramBriefing.pdf
allowed access to the aircraft interior.
A Classic, Costly Error I was informed it was confusion Children in the cockpit flipped several
between kilograms and pounds that was switches, including the ELT. After remov-
This B777 Captain discovered a dis- the cause of the paperwork error.
crepancy in the paperwork prior to flight.

44 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020


“It's a pleasure to get up every day “but I quickly found that this was a very began to envision a national network of air-
and do what you love!" says Keith time-consuming and expensive way to craft brokerages similar to what RE/MAX (Courtesy USA Brokers)
Latour, owner and president of USA proceed. A credit line needed to be estab- accomplished in the real estate industry.” craft, including an interactive website that
Aircraft Brokers, Inc. Latour started lished to allow the purchase of aircraft. I Today, USAAircraft Brokers has a network uses audio messages from brokers to pro-
USA Aircraft Brokers in 1991 with the had to locate an aircraft, travel to its loca- of 18 Area Brokers and 53 FBO Sales mote their aircraft and email campaigns to
goal of becoming a nationwide network. tion to make the purchase, insure it, fly it Agents located across the country. all of the FBO’s in the country whenever a
back, hope that nothing broke, and pay new aircraft is listed. “We try to reach the
“One of the unique aspects of USA interest until it sold.” Another drawback to “I think that the model Keith built, a market anyway we can after we list an air-
Aircraft Brokers is that it allows individu- being a dealer as opposed to a broker is a nationwide network of brokers working craft. Using our internet ad program and
als who are interested in aviation the oppor- dealer is exposed to significant amount of together is what initially attracted me to time honored methods like our quarterly
tunity to work in the industry and make liability. “I found even after it was sold and USAAircraft Brokers” says Jim Schmidt, newsletter that goes out to over 15,000
money doing something that they love, delivered, as the dealer I potentially was Area Broker for Ohio. Jim joined USA FBO’s and high performance aircraft own-
without any prior experience or without libel for damages associated with that air- Aircraft Brokers in 1999 after being bit- ers nationwide, we can guarantee our
investing a lot of money up front,” states craft for years to come. The cumbersome ten by the flying bug a few years earlier. clients the best possible exposure for their
Latour. “I started out as a flight instructor process associated with maintaining the aircraft and sell it at top retail dollar.”
and charter pilot in 1974. By 1975 I owned inventory severely limited the number and “I got my private license in 1994 and
and operated flight schools in three cities. I size of aircraft I could manage. More it immediately became an ambition of While pleased with the growth that
worked hard to make these schools suc- importantly, dealer inventorying was not mine to work in the aviation industry. I the network has had so far, Latour feels
cessful. My work weeks were usually 60 as profitable as the initial sale that had found out very quickly though, that legit- that there is ample room for growth.
hours or longer. One day I sold one of my inspired me to enter the aircraft sales busi- imate opportunities to make a successful “Like real estate, the key to successful
small aircraft to a flight student. This was a ness in the first place” said Latour. living in aviation are few and far aircraft brokering is listings. The more
real eye-opener for me. I immediately real- between” said Schmidt. “Then I came you have, the more successful every bro-
ized that the profit from that sale was as Latour, who had prior experience in across Keith’s ad in “Trade-a-Plane” and ker will be. My goal is to have hundreds
much as I would have earned from four to the real estate industry, began to think of gave him a call.” Latour explained that of brokers working internationally for the
five months of hard work flying. At that aircraft sales along the same lines as a real his brokers had every incentive to work success everyone in the network, and I
point I actively began to pursue aircraft estate. “It soon occurred to me that princi- together to promote all of the aircraft in believe we are well on our way to achiev-
sales as a primary occupation.” ples used in the real estate industry may the USA Aircraft Brokers system. “Just ing that goal,” concluded Latour.
apply to aircraft sales. My experience in like a real estate agency, we will split
One of the unique benefits of working real estate several years earlier had been commissions on any aircraft that we sell, Established in 1991, USA Aircraft
as a broker instead of a dealer is the low lucrative enough to allow me to purchase even if we are not the listing agent. This Brokers is the oldest and largest network
initial start up cost. “Initially I tried to most of my flight training in a relatively gives everyone the incentive to work hard of aircraft brokers in the USA. The com-
inventory aircraft for sale,” said Latour, short period of time. With this in mind I to find a buyer all across the country. That pany is not a franchise or franchisor. It is
sold all my aircraft and began brokering, is especially important in aircraft sales a licenser selling a license to own and
(Courtesy USA Brokers) which quickly became extremely prof- because 90 percent of the time, a buyer is operate an aircraft brokerage under the
itable. For example, my first sale was an going to come from another part of the name USA Aircraft Brokers. They offer
aircraft listed at $100,000. I made an country” said Schmidt. comprehensive training and support to
$8,500.00 commission without having to allow you to start working successfully as
invest any of my own money. I didn’t have USA Aircraft Brokers has allowed a broker within a two-week period.
to go to the bank to borrow the money. I Schmidt to fulfill his dream to work in the
didn’t have to insure the aircraft, pay inter- aviation business. “I started as a broker For more information on becoming a
est or accept product liability on the air- part time and used it as a way to fund my Certified USA Aircraft Area Broker fill
craft after the sale. Within a few months I flying. I would fly out every weekend to out the Become an Aircraft Broker appli-
had a large number of aircraft listed and FBO’s in my local area, looking for air- cation on the USA Aircraft Brokers web
was able to live comfortably from broker- craft to list and to promote those that we page at
ing commissions.” already were representing”, said
Schmidt. “I was able to sell some aircraft,
After years of success with his own write off my flight expenses and meet a
brokerage, Latour began to expand on his lot of great people who shared my pas-
idea and build the USAAircraft Broker net- sion for flying. That’s not a bad way to
work, what he likes to refer to as “the spend a Saturday,” Schmidt concluded.
RE/MAX of the Sky.” “Over the years I
USA Aircraft Brokers uses the latest
technology to promote the sale of it’s air-

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46 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020


Zenith Aircraft Company is return- with sport aviation enthusiasts who are often encourage them to move forward Zenith Aircraft Company is returning to
ing to Florida this winter to host its popu- considering to build their own aircraft with the rest of the kit. With modern tech- Florida this winter to host its popular
lar hands-on workshop session. The and are unsure if they have the required nology and good instructions, aircraft hands-on workshop session, Jan. 24 and
workshop will be held Jan. 24 and 25, skills, workspace and tools. During the construction has become much easier 25, 2020, in Edgewater, Florida.
2020, in Edgewater, Florida. Earlier this workshop each participant builds and than most people think.”
fall the company hosted a successful assembles their own Zenith aircraft rud- (Courtesy Zenith Aircraft Company)
workshop session at the DeLand Sport der tail section from a standard Zenith kit, The hands-on workshop is an excel-
Aviation Showcase (held Nov. 14 -16 in and concludes on Saturday, Jan. 25. lent way to learn about building your own of Viking Aircraft Engines, maker of pop-
DeLand, FL) which included kit assem- amateur-built kit aircraft and about the ular Honda-based engine conversions
bly demonstrations of the high-wing In the process of building the rudder many advantages of owning and flying that power many Zeniths. Viking will
STOL CH 750 Super Duty sport utility assembly, participants tackle many activ- an airplane that you’ve built yourself. Kit hold its second annual Viking Engine
aircraft in addition to the standard ities including learning how to read draw- aircraft is a segment of general aviation Workshop on Sunday, January 26 at its
“Zenith workshop” where participants ings (blueprints) and work with assembly that is growing while much of general facilities. More info: https://www.face
built the rudder tail section of a Zenith instructions (manuals) under the expert aviation continues to decline. For many,
aircraft, such as the high-wing CH 750 or guidance of factory staff. They learn the building an aircraft (from a kit) is a very
low-wing CH 650 model. procedures for putting together an aircraft rewarding experience, and today’s mod-
assembly, including drilling and blind ern kits make it easier and quicker to
With the demise of the annual riveting. In the end, they have an assem- build than even before.
Sebring Expo (held in January in bled rudder that is ready to install on a
Sebring, FL), Zenith has decided instead Zenith kit airplane. Standard workshop fees are $375 (or
to return with its workshop to Edgewater, $425 for the CH 750 Super Duty model)
Florida (located south of Daytona “The rest of the kit is constructed the and include the complete rudder kit for a
Beach), hosted by Wheels and Wings at same way as the rudder, using the same Zenith aircraft. Additional helpers are
the Massey Ranch Airpark in Edgewater. tools,” said Sebastien Heintz, president of encouraged to attend and can participate
Headed by Herman Eshuis, Wheels and Zenith Aircraft Company. “People get far for free. To learn more about the work-
Wings provides professional builders more out of the workshop than just a fin- shop program, visit or call
assistance and kit finishing services, spe- ished aircraft rudder: they go home with Zenith Aircraft directly: (573) 581-9000
cializing in Zenith kit aircraft and light- the knowledge, skills and confidence (Mon – Fri, 8 – 5 Central) or Wheels and
sport aircraft (LSA). they need to build their own airplane. Wings at (386) 690-4239. Prior registra-
Most importantly, they learn that kit tion is required for the rudder workshop.
The Florida workshop will start on building is enjoyable and something that
Friday morning, Jan. 24. The hands-on can engage the whole family. Many of Also on Saturday, Jan. 25, Wheels
workshop is primarily for the first-time our prospective builders bring their and Wings will host a Zenith fly-in at its
airplane builder, and has become popular spouses or other family member, who facilities at the Massey Ranch Airpark
(X50) in Edgewater. All Zeniths are invit-
ed to fly in for the day! The informal fly-
in will include flying demonstrations and
technical sessions for Zenith owners.
Enthusiasts and current builders are also
invited to attend. More info:
3556609696/and https://wheelsandwings

Massey Ranch Airpark is also home


By Amelia Walsh truly a testament to the experienced gov-
ernment affairs team we have in
AOPA Washington, D.C., fighting for the free-
dom to fly and making sure that general
Washington, D.C.-based publication aviation is represented at all levels of
The Hill released its annual list of top government.”
lobbyists on Dec. 12. AOPA is among the
nation’s top companies, labor unions, and AOPA’s small government affairs
associations. staff is hard at work on issues at the inter-
national, federal, state, and local levels.
AOPA was named to the list for the Moreover, maintaining relationships
sixth year in a row, which "highlights the with members of Congress is a huge
broad range of talents needed to succeed aspect of the advocacy efforts by our
in the influence industry." government affairs team.

“Being named a top lobbyist is a sig- AOPA’s regulatory experts also work
nificant recognition given the fact that every day to advance GA interests with
there are thousands of trade associations federal agencies such as the FAA, the
in Washington, D.C.,” said AOPA
President Mark Baker. “This honor is Continued on Page 47

January 2020 47

THE COOLEST SHOW ON EARTH American Aircraft Sales Co.

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AOPA named one of top lobbyist groups by The Hill. The Capitol is home to the U.S.

Congress and its House and Senate governing bodies, two of the many government

agencies that have influence over general aviation. (David Tulis/Courtesy AOPA)

Continued from Page 46 how they were speaking directly to the leg- 1977 Cessna 172 Skyhawk 180 HP 1976 Beech Sundowner
islators on our behalf. This is exactly what I
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Jason Miller, a 20-year CFI and creator of eral aviation flying community which is so Available for Rent
The Finer Points series on YouTube, gave important for this country.”
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By Bob Martinez

With the Dow over 27,000 points Showroom of exhibit hall with aircraft on display. (Bob Martinez) Leonardo Helicopter Booth at
and the U.S. unemployment numbers at a Front view of a Pilatus PC-12 with auto throttle. (Bob Martinez)
near historic low, the 2019 National Static display of Leonardo Helicopter AW139 (Bob Martinez) Convention Center in Exhibit Hall Las
Business Aviation Association Conven- Inside photo of cockpit of the Leonardo Helicopter AW139.
tion certainly was punctuated by enthusi- Vegas, Nevada. (Bob Martinez)
asm and a strong aviation business out-
look for the future. and aviation types. It also provides an
opportunity for the public outside of avia-
Once again the NBAA “invaded” the tion or business to have an opportunity to
Las Vegas Convention Center and the experience aviation. The future is racing
Henderson Executive Airport. As usual toward business aviation at an unprece-
there were ample meetings and seminars dented rate of closure. Who will be tomor-
to fulfill business and aviation types’ row’s aviation shakers, inventors, scien-
must-attend lists. Aviation experts, moti- tists, aero-space engineers, and CEOs?
vational speakers and business profes-
sionals were all on board for this year’s Aviation is already feeling the crunch
convention. Held in confidentiality, it is for pilots, mechanics, and flight attendants.
always exciting to wonder who and what Young men and women from all over the
companies (or person) made convention country attended the convention wanting
deals for what and how many. to learn more about the direction of avia-
tion employment and opportunities in all
Although the “N,” for National, is the fields. Business aviation is approaching at
beginning title of the NBAA, what happens the speed of sound for opportunity. In
at this event is a big part of the global busi- about a decade, there appears to be a
ness aviation atmosphere. Every state in the potential shortage of those who will con-
union was represented and more than 90 tinue to take over the controls and break
countries attended this year’s NBAA. the barriers of business. There has never
There were in excess of 1,000 exhibitors, been a more exciting time in aviation his-
and 100-plus aircraft were on display. tory. Maybe one other time: powered con-
trol flight by those Wright boys.
The exhibitors present their products
and services at some very beautiful and This year’s NBAA convention saw
elaborate booths, if you can call them more than 27,000 participants. It is esti-
booths. The variety of aircraft continues mated that the convention provided about
to make a strong presence at this year’s a $51 million economic charge to Las
convention. If it flies, it was on display: Vegas and Henderson, Nev. That sort of
manned or unmanned, and not just mod- gives you the perspective of what busi-
els but many were full-scale aircraft. A ness aviation is providing at a local event
look into the future of quick business level to commerce.
travel in cities and short flights presented
aircraft a decade ago were just star- NBAA-BACE
dreaming concepts. Today at the conven- CONVENTION
tion they were there! In just two years
since the last NBAA convention in Las •
Vegas, there has been a strong updraft of
innovative technology and new contem- OCT. 6-8, 2020
porary aviation approaches to the current ORLANDO, FL
and future business climates.
(Bob Martinez)
The most important aspect of the
convention is to meet others of similar
interests and for companies to display and
talk about their products and services and
build new friendships; some even partner
with other companies that could provide
benefits to both parties.

Sometimes there is a small missing
link that will make a big difference. That is
the whole idea of this convention, to bring
people together. The number of first-time
companies to attend continues to grow. If
you have a product or service and you
want to show it off, this is the place.

The convention is not just for the
well-heeled participants, business people,

50 In Flight USA Celebrating 36 Years January 2020


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Airtronics............................31 Corona AirVenture ............35 Mountain High Oxygen ......3 USA Aircraft Brokers ........36
American Aircraft Sales ....47 Dr. Susan Biegel, MD........12 Pacific Coast Avionics ......10 Vans Aircraft ......................46
AOPA....................................7 Faith Lewis Aviation Realty 52 Pacific Dream Machines ....9 Victory Girl ........................26
Arizona Type Ratings ........45 Ghosts Calendars ..............16 Pacific Oil Cooler ................9 WillServ Business Services 27
Attitude Aviation................51 Hartwig ................................3 Planes of Fame F4-U ........13 Wisconsin Aviation ............11
Aviation Ins. Resources ....20 HME Watches ....................24 QREF Media......................18 Zanette Aviation Ins.............5
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Bruce’s Custom Covers ......2 JT Evans ..............................4 San Carlos Flight Center ..38
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