Friday, December 18, 2009

The New Collector Vehicle Program is now available for new business in AZ, IN and RI at this time

American Modern is very proud to offer you one of the most inclusive Collector Vehicle Programs in the industry, covering a vast majority of vehicles, operators and values.

It's a program that allows your customers the freedom to enjoy their passion without feeling constrained by the limits on their insurance policy.

We also realize that passion for collector vehicles doesn't have to be limited to vintage cars. Eligibility extends to all categories of vehicles, including classic motorcycles, race cars, replicas, kit cars, trucks, limited production exotics and special interest vehicles such as antique fire engines, military vehicles and tractors.

Program Features
Fewer usage restrictions than other carriers

Youthful operators and drivers with less than perfect records can be accommodated most of the time

Coverage for occasional commuting to and from work and promotional activities for business/marketing activities

Agreed value in the event of a total loss

Included coverages:

One flat rate liability charge - no matter how many vehicles you own
$2,000 for direct or accidental loss to spare parts
$75 for towing costs
Up to $600 for trip interruption
Pet injury protection up to $750 per occurrence

Optional coverages are available for:
Roadside assistance with guaranteed flat bed towing upon request
Full safety glass
Transit to and usage in other countries

Competitive Pricing
"You drive less, you pay less" rating system with four mileage plan options, including unlimited miles

Reduced rates for higher valued vehicles
Deductible options
Variety of discounts available - Anti-Theft, Dispersed Risk, Storage Structure Security & Fire Resistance, Car Club/Association, and more

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

From Joel Osteen daily e-mail.

What if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?" (Romans 3:3, KJV)

Great ideas for Christmas gifts!!!

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2010 ADMISSIONS, CAMPING, MERCHANDISE MAKE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

B-17 flights at Oshkosh also available through advance purchase

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (Dec. 8, 2009) - The excitement of EAA AirVenture 2010, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," isn't just relegated to summertime dreams, as advance online purchase of Oshkosh admissions, camping and more makes a great Christmastime gift. AirVenture 2010 will be held July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Admissions and camping are among the AirVenture items available at the "Buy Tickets" area at AirVenture's comprehensive website at www.airventure.org. Also available is exclusive AirVenture 2010 merchandise and, for the first time, advance online purchase for flights on the historic B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" during AirVenture week.

AirVenture admissions and other items are excellent gift ideas for aviation enthusiasts, those seeking a unique camping experience, or people seeking to enjoy the unmatched experience of the world's largest aviation fly-in event.

During the holiday season, all purchases that include AirVenture 2010 merchandise can also be shipped with gift packaging at no additional cost to surprise your favorite aviation enthusiast. Orders received before Monday, Dec. 21 are guaranteed to reach the purchaser before Christmas Day. Free gift packaging is also available throughout the advance-purchase availability in 2010 for birthdays and other special events.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.
Immediate news is available at http://twitter.com/EAAupdate.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Off to the St Pete boat show. Stop by my seminars and say hi.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Booked for seminars at the St. Pete boat show December 3rd - 6th. If anyone is going to be in the area, let me know.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Electric Powered ‘33 Hot Rod to Debut at SEMA 2009

Wow....electric powered!

Wareham, MA – October 27, 2009 – American Hot Rodding Style Goes Green at SEMA 2009 as Factory Five Racing introduces an all-electric powered '33 Hot Rod… and it ain't no concept car!

Based on the award-winning Factory Five '33 Hot Rod (featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine, November 2009), the battery electric vehicle (EV) is powered by UQM technologies electric drive and A123 Systems high-power lithium-ion batteries. It produces 300+ HP and over 660ft/lbs of torque in a 2400lb car and delivers a range of 100+ miles and 0-60 acceleration in an estimated 4 seconds!

The vehicle was designed by Factory Five Racing using SolidWorks CAD software in partnership with HP. The electric drive system and batteries were custom installed by the team of experts at Amp=D.

This vehicle build by the Amp=D team is the subject of a television pilot by the same name, with filming to continue through the car's unveiling at SEMA and beyond.
The Factory Five '33 Hot Rod was introduced at the 2008 SEMA show, where it earned “Best in Show-Hot Rod” and “Best Engineered Product Runner-Up” Awards. The Factory Five Racing '33 Hot Rod has been featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine (November 2009 issue).

Factory Five Racing is located in Wareham MA, and is the world’s largest high-tech component car manufacturer. Factory Five has annual sales of $14 million dollars and has sold 165 units of the '33 Hot Rod since introduction in Nov 2008.

SolidWorks is the world’s leading 3D mechanical CAD (MCAD) software located in Concord, MA.

Amp=D is a groundbreaking solar-powered vehicle lab based in Sonoma County, California, headed by Mike North and Kyle Lawson.
A123 Systems, Inc. [NASDAQ: AONE] develops and manufactures advanced lithium ion batteries and battery systems for the transportation, electric grid services and consumer markets. Headquartered in Massachusetts and founded in 2001.


UQM Technologies is a technology leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance, power-dense and energy-efficient electric motors, generators and related power electronics.

The car will be featured in the Factory Five booth at SEMA # 22763 in front of Ford Racing in the Hot Rod and Performance Building.

For more information, contact:

Deven Robitaille
Marketing Dept.
Factory Five Racing, Inc.
9 Tow Road
Wareham, MA 02571
info@factoryfive.com
508-291-3443 phone
508-291-3883 fax

At the SEMA Show
Booth #22763

Looking for a great flashlight?


If you are looking for a handy flashlight to stuff in your pocket or in the glove box of your car or plane, check this out. The the NEBO CSI Tactical Flashlight is very economically priced, looks neat, is very bright, has a red laser and it even has a serrated edge around the lens that can actually be used in self defense.

Another neat thing is it uses AAA batteries.

Anyway, I liked it so well I am ordering a case from the factory. Interested in one let me know.

Friday, October 23, 2009

I think the bears name was Tanya....

CNN
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A bear on ice skates attacked two people during rehearsals at a circus in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan,
killing one of them, Kyrgyz officials said Friday.

In the incident, which happened Thursday, the 5-year-old animal killed the circus administrator, Dmitry Potapov, and mauled an animal trainer, who was attempting to rescue him.

"The incident occurred during a rehearsal by the Russian state circus company troupe which was performing in Bishkek with the program, Bears on Ice," Ministry of Culture and Information director Kurmangazy Isanayev told reporters.

It is unclear what caused the bear to attack Potapov, 25, nearly severing one of his legs while dragging him across the ice by his neck.

Medical personnel were unable to save Potapov, who died at the scene.

The 29-year-old circus trainer Yevgeny Popov, who attempted to rescue Potapov, was also severely injured, according to doctors.

"The victim has sustained serious injuries - deep scalp lacerations, bruising of the brain, lacerations on his body. His condition is considered
critical," Dr. Gulnara Tashibekova told reporters on Russian state television.

After the incident, the circus was cordoned off by police and emergency service workers. Experts have been brought in to examine the bear, which was shot and died at the scene.

Russia has a long-standing tradition of training bears to perform tricks such as riding motorcycles, ice skating, and playing hockey. Fatal
attacks are unusual.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mad Mariner buys DIY Boating.

Press Contacts:
Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
Glen Justice, 202-210-9464, GlenJustice@MadMariner.com

Mad Mariner Acquires DIY Boat Owner Magazine ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 15, 2009 -- Mad Mariner, an independent family of online publications and resources for boaters, has acquired, DIY Boat Owner Magazine, from the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.). DIY Boat Owner, which was published by BoatU.S. since 2006, is a quarterly magazine for do-it-yourself boaters, offering expert advice on maintenance, repairs, upgrades and projects. The purchase adds a print magazine to the Mad Mariner's growing family of online publications, led by MadMariner.com in English and MarineroLoco.com in Spanish. "DIY is the perfect addition to Mad Mariner," said Glen Justice, the company's founder. "Its readers are hardcore do-it-yourself boaters who demand high-quality journalism, and we plan to continue that. We'll work hard to maintain the spirit of the magazine."

BoatU.S. Magazine, the nation's largest boating publication with more than 600,000 readers, will continue to use articles from DIY through a cooperative agreement between the two organizations.

The first issue of DIY Boat Owner published by Mad Mariner will be available Nov. 12, and will feature a new look for the magazine and its website. Mad Mariner is also offering special pricing on combined print and online advertising.

DIY Boat Owner was founded by the husband-and-wife team of Jan Mundy and Steve Kalman in 1995. It is sold directly to subscribers and on the newsstand at West Marine stores. The magazine also offers 14 collections of archived articles, available for download or on CD-ROM, as well as a digital edition of the magazine.

For more information, please visit www.DIY-Boat.com . About BoatU.S.: BoatU.S.--the Boat Owners Association of The United States--is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters, providing its 600,000 members with government representation, programs and money saving services. www.BoatUS.com

About Mad Mariner: Mad Mariner is an independent family of online publications and resources for boaters, which publishes new articles and information every single day. www.MadMariner.com

Sunday, October 4, 2009

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Friday, October 2, 2009

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Cruiser!

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Part of the pit area.

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Texas Motor Speedway

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

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My new favorite boat. Corsair Sprint 750

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Rustler 24

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Newport Boat Show

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

We are leaving for the Newport RI Boat Show on Thursday. Looking forward to looking at great boats, meeting new people and customers.

Friday, September 4, 2009

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A neat 1960 T-Bird.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A "real" cash for clunkers program

‘Cash for Junkers’ on a new Legend Cub
Sep 01, 2009 11:39 am | Posted by Janice Wood
American Legend Aircraft Co. has unveiled its “Cash For Junkers” rebate program, offering $4,500 back on the purchase of a new Legend Cub.

The company will provide a $4,500 rebate to customers who purchase a new LSA and deliver an otherwise out-of-use aircraft, no matter the operating condition. The company will donate aircraft collected under the program to museums or schools, company officials said.

The rebate applies to the purchase of any model American Legend manufactures, including the kit-built Texas Sport.

“’Cash for Junkers’ is good for the economy, better for the environment, and most fun in a Legend Cub,” said Kurt Sehnert, GM of American Legend. “There have been skeptics who weren't sure that now is the time to buy. Our rebate incentive is good for the economy, good for energy independence and great for pilots. We are giving them a chance to speak with their wallets. We intend to spur sales in this sluggish economy.”

The “Cash For Junkers” program references the now defunct Junkers & Co., a German aircraft manufacturer, according to American Legend Aircraft Co. officials.

For more information: 903-885-7000 or Legend.aero.

© General Aviation News, 2009. | Permalink

Monday, August 24, 2009

EVS-100/600 Certified for Cessna Caravan

Russell, PA (Aug 24, 2009) FORWARD VISION SYSTEMS, INC. is pleased to announce the
availability of an FAA-approved STC kit for installation of the EVS-100 and -600 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) on the Cessna Caravan (models 208, 208B).

The STC was designed and developed by Cary Foster and Sharmaine Vestal, Co-owners of One Sky Aviation, a full service aviation maintenance facility based in Anchorage, Alaska. One Sky Aviation is an authorized dealer/installer of Forward Vision EVS systems, and has worked extensively with the Company on a number of previous STC development projects.

Cary Foster of One Sky Aviation stated, "As an STC developer, pilot, and long-time
EVS operator, I can attest to the enhanced level of situational awareness associated with the use of these products." He added that "Working cooperatively with the Anchorage (FAA) ACO, we have developed an STC to enhance the safety of one of the most operationally diverse aircraft in general/commercial aviation-the Cessna Caravan."

Patrick Farrell, CEO of Forward Vision observed that "The award of this FAA-approved STC for the Caravans brings the total to 162 makes/models of aircraft with the ability to add a certified Enhanced Vision unit. Farrell expressed his appreciation to colleagues at Max Viz (the manufacturer of the infrared cameras) and One Sky, noting their respective roles in bringing these affordable EVS units to the marketplace and, he said, "making flying safer for the broader base of GA operators"

Dave Hirschman, Senior Editor of AOPA Pilot magazine has been flying the EVS-100 equipped Sweepstakes Cirrus since it was installed. He observed, "Having Forward Vision's EVS-100 in AOPA's 2009 "Let's Go Flying SR22" dramatically enhances situational awareness and safety in the cockpit. It literally turns darkness into daylight and allows pilots to see obstacles during taxi, on the runway, and in flight." Hirschman said that, "The unit is simple to use and interpret," adding that "flying the EVS-100 is intuitive and requires no pilot programming or adjustments other than brightness of the display."

The EVS-100 is the most recent generation EVS technology designed, certified and manufactured by Max-Viz, Inc. and refined to Forward Vision specifications for the General Aviation market. Elliott Troutman, CEO of Max Viz, pointed out that, " The EVS-100 and -600 are the perfect choices for the GA pilot who appreciates the value of being able to see at night, or further than the naked eye in reduced visibility conditions."

The EVS-100/600 is a single LRU unit, weighs less than 1.5 pounds and mounts like
any external antenna. EVS units and installation kits are available through Forward
Vision directly or through one of their authorized dealers/installers.

Russell, PA (Aug 24, 2009) FORWARD VISION SYSTEMS, INC. is pleased to announce the
availability of an FAA-approved STC kit for installation of the EVS-100 and -600 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) on the Cessna Caravan (models 208, 208B).

The STC was designed and developed by Cary Foster and Sharmaine Vestal, Co-owners of One Sky Aviation, a full service aviation maintenance facility based in Anchorage, Alaska. One Sky Aviation is an authorized dealer/installer of Forward Vision EVS systems, and has worked extensively with the Company on a number of previous STC development projects.

Cary Foster of One Sky Aviation stated, "As an STC developer, pilot, and long-time
EVS operator, I can attest to the enhanced level of situational awareness associated with the use of these products." He added that "Working cooperatively with the Anchorage (FAA) ACO, we have developed an STC to enhance the safety of one of the most operationally diverse aircraft in general/commercial aviation-the Cessna Caravan."

Patrick Farrell, CEO of Forward Vision observed that "The award of this FAA-approved STC for the Caravans brings the total to 162 makes/models of aircraft with the ability to add a certified Enhanced Vision unit. Farrell expressed his appreciation to colleagues at Max Viz (the manufacturer of the infrared cameras) and One Sky, noting their respective roles in bringing these affordable EVS units to the marketplace and, he said, "making flying safer for the broader base of GA operators"

Dave Hirschman, Senior Editor of AOPA Pilot magazine has been flying the EVS-100 equipped Sweepstakes Cirrus since it was installed. He observed, "Having Forward Vision's EVS-100 in AOPA's 2009 "Let's Go Flying SR22" dramatically enhances situational awareness and safety in the cockpit. It literally turns darkness into daylight and allows pilots to see obstacles during taxi, on the runway, and in flight." Hirschman said that, "The unit is simple to use and interpret," adding that "flying the EVS-100 is intuitive and requires no pilot programming or adjustments other than brightness of the display."

The EVS-100 is the most recent generation EVS technology designed, certified and manufactured by Max-Viz, Inc. and refined to Forward Vision specifications for the General Aviation market. Elliott Troutman, CEO of Max Viz, pointed out that, " The EVS-100 and -600 are the perfect choices for the GA pilot who appreciates the value of being able to see at night, or further than the naked eye in reduced visibility conditions."

The EVS-100/600 is a single LRU unit, weighs less than 1.5 pounds and mounts like
any external antenna. EVS units and installation kits are available through Forward
Vision directly or through one of their authorized dealers/installers.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Airventure - Oshkosh 2009 video

If you didn't make Oshkosh...or you did and didn't get to See everything, this video on YouTube does a great job showing lots of the show. Well worth watching. Maybe you wont miss AirVenture next year!

To watch the video, go here!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Interesting insurance question...

If you have your aircraft insured for "ground not in motion" only, and it is stolen, would it be covered if it was damaged as it was flying away? Or as a further wrinkle, if it is a named pilot only policy and the pilot that steals the plane is not named....what then?

Even if it is not insured for flight coverage the first thing would be the coverage provided from the theft of the plane. If the plane was stolen, it should be covered for the theft. The loss would be caused by the theft, which would be covered, so it shouldn't matter if it was ground not in motion or not.

Check your policy and see what it says about theft?

Friday, July 24, 2009

If you are flying to Oshkosh and need to stop for a break.....

.....make sure you program a stop at the Iowa City Airport into your GPS. And while you are there, stay for the party.

It is the 7th Annual Iowa City Fly-In Pool Party at the Alexis Park Inn & Suites, Iowa City, Iowa.

A fly-in pool party for all pilots and aviation enthusiasts at the Alexis Park Inn & Suites. This is one of the few aviation themed hotels in the Midwest and maybe the only one on the way to Oshkosh.

Free beverages, snacks, food, and music are provided - all served at poolside, Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, 3 p.m. - ?

On Sunday morning, any pilots interested in flying to AirVenture are welcome to join a loose gaggle flight through the Fisk Arrival into Oshkosh! It's educational and fun.

I've been there, Jay and his staff run a great operation and make any length of stay fun and comfortable. Almost better than home!

To learn more or contact Jay Honeck, 888-925-3947

Monday, July 20, 2009

Oshkosh a week away!

Oshkosh, the mecca of sport and general aviation, is almost here. I'll be there all week. Giving seminars and talking to customers. Let me know if you are around and we can get together.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Virgin Galactic EVE mothership at Oshkosh.

This should be really neat!!


VIRGIN GALACTIC AND EAA ONLINE NEWS CONFERENCE:
FOUR FLIGHT SHOWCASES OF SPACE LAUNCH VEHICLE “EVE” COMING
TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2009


Founder Sir Richard Branson will take his first-ever flight
aboard the Virgin Galactic mothership


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, WI — July 17, 2009

When Virgin Galactic Mothership “Eve” arrives and executes several low passes on July 27 to kick off the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 weeklong series of showcase flights and air shows, she’ll be performing the first of four scheduled flight demonstrations. The Monday arrival will be Virgin Mothership (VMS) Eve’s first appearance before a general-public audience.

The next day, VMS Eve will take to the air again for a flight demonstration that will mark another significant first: Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin group of more than 350 companies, will participate as a crew member and, for the first time, fly aboard an aerospace vehicle developed for his progressing Virgin Galactic space tourism enterprise.

Additional flight demonstrations on Thursday, July 30, and before departing on Saturday, August 1, will round out a visit that will also include up-close viewing on the AeroShell Square ramp, and presentations from Virgin Galactic officials and Branson. Famed aeronautical engineer and visionary Burt Rutan and others from Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic’s partner in Mojave, Calif., will also participate.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Interesting trivia about Ed McMahon

Thanks to GA News for this information.

Ed McMahon, fighter pilot
Jun 29, 2009 10:04 am | Tom Norton
Ed McMahon, best known as a foil to Johnny Carson - a gig that lasted 30 years - died June 23 at the age of 86. Barely mentioned in his obituaries was the fact that during World War II McMahon was a Marine Corps fighter pilot, flight instructor and test pilot. He was sent to Korea in 1952, where he flew unarmed OE-1 Bird Dogs on 85 tactical air control and artillery spotting missions. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring as a colonel - no mean achievement for a Marine - in 1966. Later, he was commissioned a Brigadier General in the California Air National Guard. McMahon earned six Air Medals, also no mean achievement.



© General Aviation News, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

FORWARD VISION ANNOUNCES CESSNA STC/AML FOR 100/200 SERIES AIRCRAFT

This is a great system that adds safety to every flight. You don't need to be in bad weather to appreciate it. Forward Vision, check it out.

FORWARD VISION ANNOUNCES CESSNA STC/AML FOR 100/200 SERIES AIRCRAFT

Russell, PA., June 15, 2009: Forward Vision Systems, Inc announced today the issuance of a Supplemental Type Certificate ("STC") for installation of its Enhanced Vision Systems on most single-engine Cessna model aircraft.

"Our team is thrilled to offer safer skies to upward of 40,000 Cessna aircraft owners", noted Patrick Farrell, CEO and Founder. "With this STC, Forward Vision affirms its position as the industry leader in making this safety technology available to GA pilots around the world-and we welcome Cessna operators to our family." Farrell noted that this latest STC includes all 158 models of Cessna 100 and 200 series models except the 208 and P210 models, the latter being handled under separate STC initiatives to be completed soon.

EVS systems -commonly known as infrared or thermal imaging cameras-turn night into day for the pilot and help to penetrate haze, fog, smoke and precipitation 8 to 10 times further than the human eye. Easily installed (like an antenna) and intuitive to use, Forward Vision's EVS 100/600 systems utilize military-grade infrared detectors, are "sunlight safe," and offer excellent gray scale for remarkable detail and sensitivity. Though EVS has been available in business jets for some time, the Forward. Vision.® EVS-100/600 systems are designed specifically for use in light general aviation aircraft.

The Cessna STC follows the success of a Company announcement earlier this year for an STC on Cirrus models. At Sun N Fun, world-renowned airshow performer Patty Wagstaff announced her support of the Forward Vision EVS-100, which she is installing on her personal SR22 Cirrus. "The reason I am still here doing what I love to do, besides the constant practicing", said Wagstaff, "is I have taken time to investigate and then equip my aircraft to the safest possible standards. The Forward-Vision EVS-100, like the parachute on my Cirrus, gives me one additional level of safety".

The Cessna STC for the Forward Vision EVS-100 was developed in conjunction with One Sky Aviation. The Company anticipates STC kit availability to be imminent, and noted that installation can be done by virtually any qualified aircraft maintenance facility in approximately one day.

"See What You've Been Missing!" ™

About Forward. Vision.®
Forward Vision continues as the industry leader in the integration of affordable EVS technology into the general aviation cockpit. These systems help to prevent spatial disorientation, inadvertent entry into IMC when VFR, CFIT, midairs, runway incursions and airport accidents.

Forward Vision is the exclusive distributor/integrator of the EVS-100 and EVS-600 product line designed, certified and manufactured by Max-Viz, Inc. and refined to Forward Vision specifications under a private label agreement. Forward Vision provides product sales, airframe certifications (STC's) and installation/operational support for EVS applications in the General Aviation fleet. For more information about Forward Vision and it's products, please go to www.forward-vision.net .

Friday, June 19, 2009

Join the Summer Sailstice 2009

Summer Sailstice 2009 is ready to leave the dock:
• 9th annual celebration
• 2009 Prize list
• Summer Sailstice store
• Wind powers sailing
• Sailors for the Sea


THE 9th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF SAILING

On June 20/21, sailors worldwide will be gathering and connecting to celebrate life under sail. You're invited to sign up at www.summersailstice.com and participate by finding a sailing event near you, starting your own sailing event or by simply going sailing. By signing up, you declare your participation and also become eligible to win one of over 400 prizes contributed by over 60 sailing companies. Over the past eight years sailors have signed up from 50 states and over 20 countries so join in, it's simple - sign up, go sailing, celebrate and win. Sign up here!

SIGN UP, SAIL AND WIN A BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS CHARTER

Sailing the BVIs is as good as it gets and winning a Free One-Week Charter with The Moorings only makes it better. There are over 400 prizes available to Summer Sailstice sailors just for signing up and getting on the water on June 20 or 21. You can also win a Free 'Fast Track to Cruising Course' with Offshore Sailing, a Hobie Mirage Outback kayak, binoculars from Hunter Marine, a handheld radio, gear from West Marine and much more. Sign up now to celebrate and a chance to win!

SUMMER SAILSTICE SAILING GEAR IS READY TO SHIP!

Ralph Lauren eat your heart out. The 2009 hat, t-shirt and burgee are all looking good and ready to ship. Order quickly to get yours in time for Summer Sailstice or just relax and order to have for the full summer of sailing ahead. We run out every year and we'd hate for you to miss the fantastic Sailstice t-shirt designed by Carolyn Carvey. Visit the Summer Sailstice Store.

USE WINDPOWER - GO SAILING

There are thousands of opportunities to sail regardless of whether you have a boat or not. If your boat is rigged and ready, then take advantage of the wind and sail. If not, there are numerous points of access from commercial sailing schools to community sailing programs to Sea Scouts and junior programs. There's no reason for anyone to be left ashore on Summer Sailstice. If you don't have a boat, go to our Crew Connection page and find a sailing program near you.

SUPPORT OCEAN PRESERVATION WITH 'SAILORS FOR THE SEA'

Summer Sailstice mission is dedicated to celebrating sailing while we also work together to support healthy oceans. For 2009 we've teamed up with Sailors for the Sea and their 'Around the Americas' voyage which seeks to highlight global warming and further ocean sciences with a circumnavigation of the American continents. We're asking sailors to support this voyage and Sailors for the Sea by pledging a few dollars per mile sailed on Summer Sailstice. It's a way to double the pleasure and reward of every mile sailed. Check the Pledge box when you Sign Up for Summer Sailstice.

The Sailstice is the newsletter of Summer Sailstice, a global sailing holiday, celebrating life under sail. Find us online at www.summersailstice.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

50 million aviation jobs, $3.6 trillion GDP by 2026

Just a reminder of how important general aviation is to the economy.

Re-printed from - The Pulse of Aviation from GANews for 06/16/2009

Jun 16, 2009 10:11 am | Tom Norton
Some 50 million jobs and $3.6 trillion of the world’s gross domestic product will depend on aviation by 2026, according to a report from Oxford Economics which provides an in-depth look at the aviation industry’s contribution to global economic development and social prosperity, while considering what that really means for individual countries, regions, towns, families and species. That forecast was contained in the report “Aviation: The Real World Wide Web” posted June 15 on the transportgooru.com Web site.

The 120 page report is offered along with four page summaries in English, French, German and Spanish.

... read the rest of 50 million aviation jobs, $3.6 trillion GDP by 2026 (241 words)

© General Aviation News, 2009.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Movies at Oshkosh

If you have not been to the theater in the woods before, make it this year! If for no other reasons to at least watch the movie "Bat 21" because it has Skymasters O2's in it!

HARRISON FORD, FAMED PILOTS AMONG PRESENTERS AT FLY-IN THEATER DURING EAA AIRVENTURE 2009

Films starring Ford, Gene Hackman and others July 26-August 1 at the Fly-In Theater,presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 12, 2009) - Hollywood blockbusters and stirring documentaries will be part of this year's Fly-In Theater at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches, which features movies nightly on July 26 through August 1. The 57th annual EAA fly-in convention takes place July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Among the presenters at this year's films are movie star Harrison Ford, renowned pilots and other aviation personalities. Ford will be introducing the popular Six Days Seven Nights on Wednesday evening, July 29.

Each evening's presentation at the Fly-In Theater begins at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. The feature films are shown on a screen five stories tall and are free of charge to all EAA AirVenture attendees.
Even free popcorn is included - all courtesy of Ford Motor Company and supporting sponsor Hamilton Watches! Guests should bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating at the natural amphitheater, located adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler.

"Thanks to Ford, the Fly-In Theater has become a fast-growing tradition and superb way to finish a full day of flight - with an aviation movie under the stars at Oshkosh," said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. "We appreciate the personal involvement and support from Edsel Ford. In 2009, we are bringing more great aviation films to the event this year, many based on suggestions from EAA AirVenture visitors."

Among the films confirmed for the Fly-In Theater are:
* Sunday, July 26: One Six Right (2005), which celebrates the unsung hero of aviation, the local airport, introduced by filmmaker Brian Terwilliger, and Barnstorming (2009), a new documentary where two pilots relive the nostalgic tradition of planes landing in fields and taking people on first flights. Introduced by producer Paul Glenshaw and director Bryan Reichhardt.
* Monday, July 27: The Right Stuff (1983), the popular dramatization of the America space program's beginnings, starring Sam Shepard, Scott
Glenn and Ed Harris. Guest presenter to be announced.
* Tuesday, July 28: Cloud Dancer (1980), a fictionalized account of aerobatic competition, starring the late David Carradine, Jennifer O'Neill and Joseph Bottoms. Introduced by EAA chairman/president Tom Poberezny, who was a pilot and technical advisor for the film, and other guests to be announced.
* Wednesday, July 29: Six Days Seven Nights (1998), starring Harrison Ford, Anne Heche and David Schwimmer. Introduced by Ford, who is also chairman of EAA's Young Eagles program.
* Thursday, July 30: Bat*21 (1988), starring Gene Hackman, Danny Glover
and Jerry Reed. Guest presenter to be announced.
* Friday, July 31: X-15 (1961), starring Charles Bronson, Mary Tyler Moore and David McLean. Introduced by X-15 pilot and NASA astronaut Joe Engle.
* Saturday, August 1: Pearl Harbor (2001), starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Becksindale. Guest presenter to be announced.

The Fly-In Theater is located next to EAA AirVenture's Camp Scholler, at the north end of Doolittle Drive directly behind the Camp Store.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, is available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ultralight aircraft

If you have been in aviation for quite a while you might remember back when ultra lights were just that, ultra light small sort of aircraft. Sometimes they were designed around weight shift hang gliders, other times they actually looked like aircraft.

Whatever you memories are, AirVenture 2009 will be your chance to take a trip back in light plane history. In the ultralight area there will be an "Antique Ultralight" display.

See where the light sport category really started!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Latitudes and Attitudes Fan

If you are not a subscriber to the Latitudes and Attitudes magazine, you should be. The publisher and his staff are great people and they provide a tremendous magazine along with seminars, courses and supplies.

Check them out at www.seafaring.com

Plus they have a great sale going on!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Estimated 70 Million Americans Expected to Hit the Water This Summer

Reprinted:

Industry Helping Non-Boaters Find Affordable Options, ‘Get Feet Wet’ in Boating

CHICAGO -- As Memorial Day approaches – one of the most popular boating weekends of the year – the recreational boating industry trade group, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), reports there were an estimated 70 million Americans who went boating in 2008.

What’s more, Discover Boating, the boating industry’s national awareness campaign, today reported the results from a summer boating habits survey conducted in May of 25,000 members of the nation’s largest boat owners group, BoatU.S. The survey reveals that when compared to the 2008 boating season, 52 percent of respondents do not expect to change the way they use their boat this summer and an additional 39 percent predict they will actually go boating more if gas prices continue to remain lower than 2008.

With gas prices currently hovering around $2.50 per gallon, much lower than last year’s nearly $4 per gallon, the industry expects this summer to be one of the busiest with boaters taking to the water in record numbers to de-stress and look for ways to vacation closer to home.

The survey also found that more than two-thirds, nearly 70 percent, of respondents said spending time on the water plays a significant role in bringing their families together. For landlubbers without a boat of their own, DiscoverBoating.com, the Discover Boating campaign's online boating resource, is providing affordable tips on how to try out the boating lifestyle and begin creating lasting memories with friends and family.

“We anticipate Americans cutting down on out-of-town vacations this summer but still looking for ways to afford the activities and hobbies they love – for those who love the water we want to make sure they know how to access the boating lifestyle at all price points,” says Ellen Hopkins, spokeswoman for Discover Boating. “As the 70 million Americans who went boating last year can attest, being on the water can be a great way to soak in the summer weather, spend time with your family and friends and enjoy a vacation close to home.”

This summer, whether you’re looking to get your feet wet or head down the path to boat ownership, Discover Boating has on-the-water options to float your boat:

Rent or Charter. Boat rentals come in a variety of forms, from hourly and daily rentals to weeks-long charters. Renting is a helpful way to compare boat types and explore local waterways from a new vantage point. Multi-day chartering may help save on trip expenses such as food, lodging and activities, which can often be negotiated into the overall cost of a chartering package.

Share Time and Costs. Fractional boat ownership, similar to lodging timeshares, are cost-effective ways to use well-appointed boats and distribute costs related to fueling, pump-out, maintenance, and insurance among you and a group of friends or other local timeshare boaters. Members pre-schedule use of the boat online and often get the added benefit of lessons, flotillas and additional crew, if needed.

Join a Club. Local boating clubs and organizations allow inexperienced boaters the chance to test the waters through lessons, regattas and events. Clubs provide members with access to a variety of boat types, interaction with fellow boaters and events for all skill levels for an annual or monthly fee.

Test the Waters. Visit a local boat dealer as they can help narrow down choices, suggest options to best fit a budget and take interested boaters out for a test drive to experience how the boat performs. Similar to shopping for a car, test driving several boat types will help even the most experienced boater make a selection that works best for their budget and lifestyle.

For more boating tips, resources and information, visit DiscoverBoating.com.

About Discover Boating
Discover Boating is a national awareness campaign developed by the North American recreational boating industry and managed by the industry’s trade group, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA.org). Discover Boating programs focus on improving the boating experience and building interest in recreational boating by providing a resource for Americans to explore the benefits, affordability and accessibility of the boating lifestyle. To find out more, visit DiscoverBoating.com.


MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Hopkins (312-946-6249; ehopkins@nmma.org)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Nice additional coverage for motorcycle owners: Trip Interruption Coverage

Next time your motorcycle insurance comes up for renewal, call me and ask about Trip Interruption coverage.

Basically, it pays for your temporary living expenses and transportation when
your motorcycle breaks down or is disabled due to a claim and you are 100 miles or more from your home. And the nice thing, it costs only $5 a year.

The company we use provides coverage if your bike is disabled due to a covered claim or a mechanical breakdown. (many other insurance companies don’t cover mechanical breakdowns!)

An example would be: If you are over 100 miles from your primary residence, you’ll receive up to $100 a day for lodging, $50 a day for meals, and $50 a day for alternative transportation all that up to $500 total per occurrence.

Pretty good deal for people that travel on their motorcycles.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Abandoned Boats

Appears the economy has forced some boat owners to just ignore thier boats. What a shame.

Check out this story in the NY Times

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oshkosh AirVenture 2009

Just a reminder that if you haven't made your plans to attend AirVenture 2009, get started now.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Updated information about Oshkosh.

Check out some of the things that are going to happen this year!

AIRCRAFT BIG, SMALL, OLD, NEW: THEY'RE ALL COMING TO EAA AIRVENTURE 2009

'Something truly extraordinary every day,' says EAA President

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (April 27, 2009) - The color, excitement and history of aviation is heading toward Oshkosh in 2009, as just three months remain until the start of the 57th annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention, coming July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport.

The entire spectrum of flight will be represented, from the new WhiteKnightTwo Mothership "Eve," the latest step in space tourism, to the mammoth Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger jetliner. Extraordinary aviators will be in Oshkosh, ranging from the pilots of US Airways Flight 1549 to those who built a replica 1909 Wright 'B' Flyer. Outstanding entertainment is also part of the week's action.

EAA AirVenture annually draws participants from more than 70 nations and in excess of 10,000 airplanes, including more than 2,500 showplanes. The event includes 800 exhibitors with the latest aviation innovations; nearly 1,000 forums, workshops and seminars covering every aspect of the world of flight; daily afternoon air shows featuring the world's finest aerobatic performers; up-close and personal sessions with top aviation personalities; and the gathering of aviation enthusiasts from around the globe coming home to "aviation's family reunion."

"There are dozens of reasons for any aviation enthusiast to be excited about EAA AirVenture 2009," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "People often ask me, 'What is the best day to come to AirVenture?' While the answer might depend on your personal aviation preferences, one constant this year is this: Every day, there is something truly extraordinary happening at 'The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration' that is part of something you can see no place else in the world."

Among the highlights already confirmed for AirVenture 2009:
* Space tourism's pioneering flights get a step closer as the WhiteKnightTwo space mothership "Eve" makes it public debut when it lands at Oshkosh on July 27;
* The mammoth Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jetliner, makes its first general public air show appearance in North America;
* One of most gripping aviation events of recent years will be retold when the cockpit crew of US Airways Flight 1549 discuss their safe emergency landing in the Hudson River in January;
* Commemoration of aviation anniversaries from 100 years of Canadian flight and 80 years of homebuilt Pietenpols, to 60 years of the T-28 trainer and 50 years for the iconic Cessna 150;
* Recognition of aviation humanitarian achievements in the "Fly 4 Life" program and welcoming back Oshkosh Concorde Alumni in a special AirVenture reunion;
* The Doobie Brothers rockin' the runway on Monday evening, July 27, presented by Ford Motor Company, plus comedian Jeff Dunham on August 1 presented by RotorWay International;
* More than 2,500 "showplanes" from vintage models to ultralights, including nearly 1,000 homebuilt aircraft built and flown by their owners;
* The newest innovations in aviation, with 700+ exhibitors offering everything to fulfill an aviation enthusiast's dreams, and plenty of new aircraft and avionics unveilings.
* A whole new look to the AirVenture grounds, with upgraded visitor amenities throughout the flight line and camping areas.

Each year more than 30,000 people annually camp adjacent to the flight line, either next to their airplanes or driving in to spacious Camp Scholler, fully experiencing everything that EAA AirVenture has to offer. Many aviators also are welcomed during their journeys by airport businesses that support EAA AirVenture through aviation fuel discounts and other amenities, available by searching www.airventure.org.

"For more than 50 years, the airplanes bring us together, but the spirit of the people keep us coming back," Poberezny said. "Pilots know that Oshkosh is a highlight for any aviator, which is why many make the trip every year. EAA AirVenture is a unforgettable week filled with excitement and unmatched experiences."

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, admission rates, housing information, schedules and pilot info, is available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org. Instant updates are also available at http://twitter.com/EAAupdate.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HE AIRBUS A380 IS COMING TO OSHKOSH!

Attendees will get 'up close and personal' for the first time in North America

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (April 15, 2009) - With the announcement today that the Airbus A380 is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, EAA reinforced the reputation of its annual fly-in as a one-of-a-kind showcase of aviation's innovations, unique accomplishments, and wide-ranging interests. For the first time in North America, AirVenture will provide the opportunity for the global aviation community and the public to admire the world's largest passenger airliner on static display and in flight.

The A380 will arrive and perform a flight demonstration to kick off the Tuesday, July 28 air show. After commanding the stage through the remainder of the week on AeroShell Square, AirVenture's main aircraft showcase area, it will open the air show again on Friday, July 31 with a flight demonstration before its departure.

"I'm pleased that Airbus chose EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as its first occasion in North America to provide an up-close and personal look at the A380," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "The aircraft will stand out among the impressive lineup of features and attractions coming this year. The A380 represents an amazing feat of aircraft design, engineering, and construction ... and it will hold the distinction of being the largest passenger aircraft ever to have filled our sky and rolled onto our ramp," he said.

"The Airbus team is very grateful to EAA for hosting the A380 this summer," said Airbus Americas Chairman T. Allan McArtor. "We have been looking forward to bringing the aircraft to AirVenture, where the innovative accomplishments of global aviation take the spotlight. It makes perfect sense for the A380 to be featured at Oshkosh - not only because it is the largest passenger aircraft in history, but also because the remarkable A380 would not have been possible without the considerable support of our airline- and supplier-partners from around the world who worked with us over many years to make the aircraft a reality."

The A380's visit marks the second time this decade that Airbus has brought a crowd-pleasing aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In 2003, the Airbus A300-600ST (known as the "Beluga") made an appearance in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight.

"AirVenture Oshkosh celebrates aviation's pioneering spirit and the various demonstrations of that spirit, large and small. With the A380 coming, I'd say we have the 'large' base covered this year," Poberezny said.

EAA and Airbus are making plans for Airbus officials to tell their story at AirVenture. Announcements of details will follow. Additionally, Airbus hosts will be on hand with the A380 as it stands on AeroShell Square.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. This year's event takes place July 27 - August 2. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. Additional EAA AirVenture Oshkosh information - including the convenience and savings of advance online admission purchase - is also available at www.airventure.org. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.

* Major features of this year's event will include: the world's largest airliner, the A380; Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo mothership "Eve"; the cockpit crew of US Airways flight 1549; observation of several historic aviation anniversaries; celebration of aviation's role in humanitarian activities; spectacular Warbirds demonstrations; the world's best aerobatic performers; a concert by the Doobie Brothers; the comedy of Jeff Dunham; 10,000 aircraft; 2,500 show planes; 800 exhibits; and 500 forums and workshops.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Glasair Brings Back 1970’s Pricing!

I have been a fan of the Glasair aircraft for years. The Sportsman is a great aircraft. For less money than a new Cessna 182 you can get more performance, useful load and speed than a Cessna 182. If you are flying two people and baggage, the Sportsman could be the best plane for you. And now, reduced pricing and its ready to taxi in two weeks? Wow!

Arlington, WA, March 26, 2009—Glasair Aviation is offering six (6) ‘Two Weeks To Taxi’ Sportsman 2+2 aircraft at more than 25% off the normal price on a first come, first served basis.

For just $118,999 customers can spend 2 weeks to build a Sportsman with a 180hp Lycoming 0-360, a Sensenich fixed-pitch propeller and complete VFR instrument panel. Upgrade to the fuel-injected I0-360 and a Hartzell constant speed prop and spend only $124,999.

“In this economic climate customers sometimes forgo buying unless there is a compelling reason to do so. We’ve just provided a substantially compelling reason to buy a Sportsman – a 25% discount on a brand new, high utility/high performance airplane.” says Mikael Via, Glasair’s chief executive officer. “For this brief moment and for a limited number of customers, Glasair is bringing back 1970’s pricing!”

Glasair has recently expanded their Two Weeks to Taxi services to offer the pilot/builder community a number of time saving services for discounted pricing. For example, Glasair offers a 3 day Firewall Forward installation program where Glasair, Glastar and Sportsman customers bring in their fuselage, engine, mount, prop and spinner and utilize the Two Weeks To Taxi processes and fixtures to install all firewall forward components and accessories in just 3 days!

Another program offers customers the Two Weeks To Taxi facilities to builders who want to complete their wings in only 3 days!

Both programs are priced more than 30% off Glasair’s normal builder-assist pricing.

For Glastar and Sportsman owners who already have their aircraft flying, more savings are available in a 2 day program that allows builders to upgrade their instrument panels. Similar deals are available for interior installations and upgrades.

Customers who come to Glasair’s Arlington, Washington Customer Assistance Center can take advantage of other limited-time offers with deep discounts on aircraft paint or annual inspections by trained factory personnel.

For more information on all the Glasair programs, visit the website, www.GlasairAviation.com or call 1-360-435-8533 x 232.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why Boats Sink in the Springtime - reprint from Boat US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

Why Boats Sink in the Springtime

The Common Causes

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 24, 2009 -- Launching a boat in the spring for a new boating season is normally a happy occasion, but some owners get a rude surprise instead -- a sinking. "While not widespread, sinkings during re-launch at the dock are easily avoidable," said Bob Adriance, editor of Seaworthy , the magazine from BoatU.S.that helps boaters avoid damage and improve safety aboard their boats. Here are Bob's tips to avoid a springtime sinking:

• Hose clamps: Winterizing an engine in the fall often requires the removal of coolant hoses. Come springtime, boaters are in a rush and the hoses aren't reattached and clamped properly. Adding to this, cramped engine boxes mean that the hoses and the clamps holding them sometimes can't be visually inspected easily. In the spring you'll need to ensure all of the hose clamps are securely tightened in place.

• Hoses: During the winter as the water inside them freezes, some hoses can lift off their attached seacock (valve). However, with spring's warmer temperatures the water now returns to a liquid, and if the seacock was left open last fall, water can pour into the bilge. Double clamping with marine-rated stainless hose clamps, inspecting hose attachment locations, or keeping seacocks closed can all save you from a spring sinking.

• Spring rains: Combine heavy rains with leaking ports, deck hatches, fittings, chain plates and even scuppers clogged by leaves from last fall and you have a recipe for a sinking. Just 100 gallons of water weighs over 800 pounds so a boat with a low freeboard only needs to sink a few inches before cockpit scuppers (drains intended to remove water) submerge and water starts to enter the boat. Larger boats with cracked or improperly caulked fittings that are located just above the waterline can also inadvertently let water in when they become submerged. Ensure that rain rolls off the boat and not into it.

• Sea strainer: For inboard/outboard and inboard powered boats, always inspect the strainer for cracks or other damage. If it wasn't properly winterized, the intake sea strainer could have frozen over the winter, cracking or bending the inspection bowl. And if the seacock was left open the boat will sink as soon as ice in the strainer thaws or the boat is put in the water. Boats have also sunk when the seacock was closed over winter and then opened in the springtime, but the owner failed to notice water trickling into the bilge from a freeze damaged bowl.

• Stuffing Box: On powerboats or sailboats with inboard power, if the stuffing box's packing material that seals the prop shaft is not tight, a steady drip could eventually swamp a boat if it's ignored. Remember, the stuffing box should only leak when the prop shaft is turning. Stuffing boxes need to be inspected routinely, regardless of the season.

To learn about more causes of sinkings, or to get your own copy of the quarterly Seaworthy go to BoatUS.com/seaworthy/sinking .

About BoatU.S.
BoatU.S. - Boat Owners Association of The United States - is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 600,000 members with government representation, programs and money saving services. For membership information visit www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tracking flights

If you have never used Flightaware....wow....fun stuff.

http://flightaware.com/

Expanding our specialty lines.

We are working on expanding the special lines side of our insurance business. Not that aviation is not a special lines of insurance, but I am personally involved in more than just that. I have always been involved with cars, boats, planes and motorcycles....why stop at aviation.

We are able to quote and insure:
Custom and stock motorcycles
Custom and modified cars and trucks
Recreational vehicles
All types of boats (power, fishing, sailing)
Personal watercraft


Call or send me a note to see if we can save you money on your insurance. We use a couple of top rated companies that specialize in just the special lines insurance market.

Good time to buy?

It is definitely a buyers market. Yes, the market is slow, but if you have cash or credit, you have some tremendous buying opportunities.

I think that many of the aircraft advertised are over priced. I would assume that many of the sellers purchased their aircraft over the past few years when we were having tremendous growth in the market (aviation and stock) and now that both markets have stopped growing, the sellers are reluctant to lower their prices for a sale and risk losing money.

The Vref base value takes into account the average number of hours that the aircraft should have on the airframe and engine at the time of sale. The base price also includes a standard radio package for the model and an average condition. That is probably representative of over 75 percent of the aircraft on the market. So the base price is probably representative of over 75 percent of the aircraft for sale. Sure, you can add for low engine time and low airframe, but it all seems to balance back towards the base price. A plane with a low total time, say 1,500 hours, will get an increase in value for the hours. But if the engine has 1,500 hours on it also (and a 2,000 TBO) the book will reduce the value for the engine hours over the halfway point of 1,000 hours. Typically, the value of the engine per hour is higher than the airframe per hours.

Of course, if you have an aircraft that is loaded with all kinds of fancy modifications or avionics, the price will probably not be close to the base book values. But on the average, basic book values are pretty close.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pressurized twins, no instrument, liability only and more.

I had a great question from a customer and thought it would be good to share the response. The customer is interested in buying a pressurized twin engine aircraft but is not instrument rated.

Just buying liability alone does not change the requirements for the instrument rating. The insurance underwriters are at risk of a claim anytime you strap into the pilot seat. The reasoning that a liability policy has less risk is not accurate. There is as much or more risk for the insurance company than the cost of the aircraft. At least if you crash the aircraft they have a set dollar amount they would pay out to your estate. If you insure the plane for $100,000 that’s the maximum they will pay (minus any deductibles).

But with liability, if there is a liability issue such as a non-instrument pilot getting caught in bad weather or at night and crashing, that pilot then becomes labile for any property damage or bodily injury that results. That could end up in court and the settlement could be more than the policy limits. That affects the pilots estate and the insurance company and it doesn’t matter what the pilot promised or planned on doing, the risk for the insurance company is still there.

Also, the concept behind a pressurized aircraft is to provide more comfort at higher altitudes. Even if you do not plan on flying at night or in clouds the risk of a pressurized aircraft and going cross country could put you in a situation where you may need the instrument. Most accidents are still pilot error and often VFR flight into IMC....

Now, all that said, I am a perfect example of what not to do. I have been a pilot since high school, married into an aircraft family and I am single and multi rated....but not instrument. Been in it, don’t like it, wouldn’t stay proficient enough. Not being instrument rated helped to push me out of aircraft brokerage and sales. Most of my brokerage aircraft were Skymasters. I couldn't get named on some of the policies because of the IFR issue. So I know where you are coming from.

We have and still do get insurance for non instrument pilots in twins and pressurized aircraft. Sometimes it is based on your location and the typical weather and traffic situations, Dense air traffic areas often require an instrument. Places as the LA area or say NY. While in my case here in Central Iowa it might not be as important. Or say Florida, while having lots of air traffic also has lots of sunshine.

And the weird thing is that even if you have the instrument, it doesn’t mean you will use it. The only way the insurance companies try to manage that is they require factory approved training and Instrument proficiency checks in the make and model.

Sun ‘n Fun Today back for 2009

Repreinted from General Aviation News and The Pulse of Aviation.

Mar 16, 2009 07:57 pm | Ben Sclair

Sun ‘n Fun Today, the popular up-to-the-minute daily newspaper for Sun ‘n Fun, will again be produced by General Aviation News.

Distributed free throughout the fly-in grounds, a digital version of the newspaper will also be published on www.generalaviationnews.com enabling aviation enthusiasts worldwide to keep up with all the events.

For those unable to attend the fly-in, Sun ‘n Fun and General Aviation News will send daily more than 15,000 emails, promoting the digital version.

General Aviation News Publisher Ben Sclair reports all advertisers will have their websites linked directly from their ads in the digital edition of Sun ‘n Fun Today.

All six issues will remain online long after the show ends and will be accessible from the General Aviation News website.

Sun ‘n Fun Today will be packed with daily happenings, ads from exhibitors and all the latest news. Want to be sure your product news gets into a daily? Sun ‘n Fun Today will accept press releases starting now for exclusive publication in pre-determined issues.

Send advance press releases with an embargo date to: Janice Wood, Editor (888-333-5937).

To place ads in Sun ‘n Fun contact: Larry or Mickey Price at 888-735-9379.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sun 'n Fun!

What a great kick off to the aviation year. Fun, laid back, comfortable fly-in and usually decent weather. Sure makes for a great April trip away from the cold Midwest. If you have never attended, it is a must go fly-in.

I'll be giving seminars. Stop by, I will be "performing" there all week

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wyoming Street-Rod and Custom-Vehicle Bill Signed Into Law

"SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was approved by the Wyoming Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dave Freudenthal. The new law defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

The law allows kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

For more information, click here. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org."

Questions about AIG Aviation Insurance?

There are a lot of questions about AIG Aviation Insurance. Undoubtably you have heard all kinds of things about the parent company, AIG.

I cant tell anyone what to do or how to interpret the situation.

But I can offer this link to a statement from AIG Aviation Insurance. Take a look and if you have any questions, contact me.

To read more about AIG Aviation Insurance, go here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Private Pilot Ground School at SWCC begins March 24

If you are from central Iowa and thinking about your pilots licesne, you might wnat to check this out.


Private Pilot Ground School begins at South Western Community College (SWCC) Osceola Campus on Tuesday, March 24. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30. Last class: April 23, 2009
Fee: $150 (includes class textbook)
You'll also need:
Gleim FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam workbook ~$20
E6B Flight Computer ~$12 - $25
Plotter ~$10
Omaha Sectional ~$10 (a slightly out-of-date version is acceptable)
#2 pencil: Free!

Please contact me if you wish to attend.
Thank you

Paul Berge, CFII
515-961-0654
http://www.lulu.com/content/4056623

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

EAA Airventure Updates for 2009

Check out some of the things going to happen at Oshkosh this year. If you think aviation is slowing down, think again.

Direct from the EAA Press room!

While much more is in the works for AirVenture 2009, some early confirmations include:

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo - World public debut - arrives Monday, departs Saturday, and see it on AeroShell Square throughout the week.

Jeff Dunham performs his comedy act Saturday night presented by RotorWay International.

Doobie Brothers take the stage opening day, presented by Ford Motor Company.

Concorde's 40th anniversary celebration and reunion of the 1980s-90s Concorde participants.

"Fly For Life" program with weeklong events recognizing those who fly to serve others.

100th anniversary of air racing featuring the Wright Model B.

60th anniversary of the legendary T-28 with daily air show participation

100th anniversary of Canadian Flight featuring aircraft, personalities, and more

Don't miss this years EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, July 27 - August 2!

To get more information on event schedules, hours of operation, and travel and lodging, visit www.airventure.org or call 1-800-JOIN-EAA.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Plantronics Bluetooth Products

I use a blue tooth headsets for my cell phone (a Blackberry Curve) and my desk phone. Here is my shameless plug for Plantronics.

I have been very happy with my Plantroincs Voyager 510S Blue tooth Headset System. I have had this system on my desk for about three years. The base allows me to wear the headset (which is very comfortable by the way) in the office and connect to my desk phone. It will also allow me to connect to my cell phone when I get a call. No switching headsets. Push the connect button on the headset and I'm on the cell phone, push a button and I'm on the desk phone. It can not get much easier than that.

But the real test came when the headset started to act up. The battery would not stay charged and the unit was becoming scratchy. I do not fault the headset. I carry this in my backpack when I travel. I throw the headset in the car when I drive. I stuff the headset in my pocket. You get the idea, I am using the headset as its designed to be used. In my office, in my car and on the road and not delicately.

Well, I sent a request to the factory service department to see about repairing or replacing my headset. They noted that my headset was out of warranty (I knew that). They offered to replace the unit at what seems like a very reasonable cost (half of retail for the headset itself).

Now the part that makes this company the place I will continue to buy from. I sent a follow up note to the service contact and asked what I need to do to get the headset replaced about a week ago. Today the replacement headset shows up with the UPS driver. That is exceptional service! They have just convinced me to continue to buy Plantronics components.

Plantroincs didn't need to replace the headset for free, but they did. They kept me as a customer! And I can not say enough good things about their products and their service.

If you are thinking of meeting any blue tooth or hands free requirements, or you just want a great product with exceptional service, definitely look at Plantroincs.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Lake Homes KC



I have been doing a little freelance for a new magazine. Check out the most recent issue of the Lake Home KC Magazine. www.lakehomeskc.com

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Changing coverage

In these economically challenging times, insurance is often one of the first things that aircraft owners cut from their budget. Many owners feel that they can’t afford insurance, hangar AND fuel, so something has to go. That is very understandable.

But before you eliminate all the coverage, take a look at what you have and see if there are changes that can be made to the limits or the types of coverage. Like any other investments review what you have and check on alternatives so you do not lose all the value in the worst case scenario.

Many owners believe that if they crash the plane they will probably be gone anyway and they don’t need to worry about the value of the plane. But take a look at the accident statistics, in reality, general aviation is very safe and there are very few fatalities. (Even if there is a worse case situation, the estate will be out the value of the plane if it is uninsured.)

So that means the majority of accidents cause damage to the plane and even surrounding property but not fatalities. If it took years to build the aircraft, why take the risk of losing that investment? At least in the event of a loss if you have insurance you are allowing the insurance company to share part of the risk and help rebuild or replace the plane.

Most owners also think that “it won’t happen to them” and that might be the case, but are you willing to take that risk? If you are a gambler and willing to risk the value of your plane and can afford the loss, go for it.

Also if your age is in the sixties or even seventies, many insurance underwriters will not insure you as new business, especially in high performance aircraft. If you cut coverage this year expecting to get coverage back in five or six months, it might not happen. So it’s best to keep some sort of coverage in effect.

If you do not have a loan, look into reducing the coverage to something like liability only. If the aircraft is not financed, you could get rid of the hull coverage and at least keep liability coverage in effect. Liability is usually the lowest cost portion of a policy and usually what is required by an airport or state.

If you are in the older age group, this would keep the aircraft insured so you would not be a “new” risk. You could always look into adding hull coverage at a future date. At least you would be insured by a company which would make it easier to get additional coverage.

Ground not in motion hull coverage might also be an option. This type of coverage would protect the hull when it was not under its own power from things like fire, theft and storms. These are things that the owner tries to protect the plane from but is often out of the owner’s control.

What ever your decision, check out the options before you cancel all the coverage.

Friday, January 9, 2009

NEW ONLINE STORE OFFERS HARD-TO-FIND ORIGINAL BOAT PARTS

There are a lot of old boats still being used. I thought this press release was great news. Sure, it wont help everyone.

NEW ONLINE STORE OFFERS HARD-TO-FIND ORIGINAL BOAT PARTS

When repairing or updating a boat, finding the right OEM parts can be difficult. Making life a little easier, ReplacementBoatParts.com provides a huge selection of hard-to-obtain OEM equipment through a simple-to-navigate online store.

Now boat owners can purchase the same quality component parts boatbuilders use. The convenient website features products they wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. From customized water and waste systems to interior and exterior LED, halogen and incandescent lighting, ReplacementBoatParts.com has it all.

The innovative online store offers faucets, sprayers, transom showers, cup holders, hose fittings and adapters, as well as many other difficult-to-find accessories and hardware. With a convenient search bar, the website's selection of bilge blowers, plastic and stainless steel vent grills, portlights, hatches, switches and breakers is unbeatable. Plus, if ReplacementBoatParts.com doesn't have the part site visitors are looking for, they will try to find it.

Contact ReplacementBoatParts.com, PO Box 1777, Riverview, FL 33568. info@ReplacementBoatParts.com; www.ReplacementBoatParts.com.


If you have questions about this press release or client, please contact us: Martin Flory Group; PO Box 360, Gurnee IL 60031
Phone: 847-662-9070; Fax: 847-336-7126
info@martinflory.com; www.martinflory.com.

Martin Flory Group is now representing clients of Jerry Martin Company

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cape Town Treaty

Recently I had a customer buy a Cessna 421 and the finance company required him to get an international registration. This process takes time, escrow accounts and cost more money. This is a stage of the purchase process that I don’t see, so a little research was in order.

What I discovered was that while it takes time and money, international registration (known as the Cape Town Treaty) is not only required, but it is in the best interest for the buyers of certain aircraft.

Where does this registration come from?
The Cape Town Treaty establishes the right for owners of these aircraft to grant an “Irrevocable De-Registration and Export Request Authorization” (IDERA) to a secured party. The treaty was adopted in the United States by The Cape Town Treaty Implementation Act of 2004, on August 9, 2004. This also establishes the “Civil Aviation Registry”. The effective date of these changes was March 1st, 2006.

Still confused about the Cape Town Treaty?
Well so am I. This thing was voted on and adopted with little if any fanfare in the aviation industry (except maybe the NBAA (National Business Aircraft Association)) but for most of us general aviation pilots it is a new requirement.

Even if you are not planning on flying internationally, when you buy a certain plane you will be required register the plane not only through the FAA but also through this international registry program called the “The Cape Town International Registry” (CTIR).

The CTIR was designed to protect financial interests in certain aircraft and engines. The International Registry is recognized by a number of countries (not all, but yes, the USA) as an additional place for the filing of interests, including prospective interests, in certain airframes, helicopters, and aircraft engines. From what can tell, countries like Canada and Mexico opted out of the treaty.

Depending on who you talk to, it appears to have been started by a big aircraft company that wanted to find a way to protect their interest in planes and engines around the world. It was decided that an international registry would be a way to keep control of those interests outside of the FAA’s boundaries. But what wasn’t really planned was the trickle down to the general aviation flying public. I’m talking owner/pilots of smaller twins and singles.

What planes are included?
Basically any airplanes that are:
1.Certified with at least eight (8) seats including crew; or carrying “goods” in excess of 2750 kilograms (6050 pounds).

2.Helicopters that are type certificated to transport: At least five (5) persons including crew; or “goods” in excess of 450 kilograms (990 pounds)

3.Jet propulsion aircraft engines with at least 1750 pounds of thrust or its equivalent.

4.Turbine-powered or Piston-powered aircraft engines with at least 550 rated take-off horsepower or its equivalent.

The registration process is fairly simple, but does require a procedure through a title company, registration with CTIR which is based; it appears, in Ireland and of course additional funds. This registration can cost the new owner into the thousands of dollars.

Do you have to do this even if you never plan on flying internationally?

Yes, it is a registration requirement. But also, it appears to be in the best interest of the buyer/owner and financial institution because the priority of your lien will be at risk. The explanation I was given was that a person or company could register your aircraft on the international registry (before you) and that registration would take priority over the FAA registration and they would be come the “owner” of your aircraft. IF that is true, you might have to pay the internationally registered “owner” to release your aircraft registration to you. This could be a nightmare. Fear of fraudulent filing makes it important to take this serious.

I am not an expert in this by any means. But I do think that if you own an aircraft that meets these registrations requirements such as a Cessna 421 or even a Malibu Jet Prop, you should look into it. Call your bank or go online to the FAA at:

http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/aircraft_certification/aircraft_registry/cape_town_treaty/

Still have more questions (I did) about the International Registry you need to go to the International Registry website at https//www.internationalregistry.aero.

Sun N' Fun is just around the corner.

As far as I am concerned, Sun N Fun is the big kick off airshow for the season. Sun N Fun is the time when we all get to see what is on the drawing boards for the rest of the year and what was in the shops over the winter. It is one of my favorite shows with a laid back, small show personality, but with the quality, quantity and performance of a big show.

Since it is the first show of the season it s also the first time many people get their planes out and take a trip. Who doesn’t want to start their aviation year off with a trip to central Florida for warm temperatures and sunshine, which is usually what Sun N Fun is like? The year 2008 started a little different, with about five inches of rain that turned the place into a giant mud puddle. Even an AOPA article coined the phrase “Mud N Fun”.

The mud and the weather surrounding the show was a deterrent to a few people. Many of the exhibitors I talked to had display planes stuck all around the country. Planes were arriving all week and the booths filled up along with the parking lots. Once the mud started to dry up it was probably even better than the previous years. Usually Sun N Fun is hot and dry. There have been times that cars have started fires in the parking lots because the grass was like kindling. At least that was not the problem in 2008.

Another nice thing that happens at Sun N Fun is getting to see a lot of the planes that I insure. Many of my customers travel to the show as a vacation. They too feel this is the start of the season, even if they have been flying their planes all year long.

Seeing a customer’s plane on display is always encouraging but also a little worrisome. I worry because no matter how good a pilot, airshows bring over confidence, risks and potential losses. So before you ever take off for the next show, make sure you have the correct coverage.

What type of coverage needed depends on what you plan to do with your plane once you get to the airshow. If you are the average fly-in attendee with a goal of parking the plane out in the field, pitching a tent and enjoying the fly-bys, you probably won’t need anything. But if you happened to have an aircraft that gets a lot of attention, parks in the manufacturers booth or you participate in the fly-bys you should make sure you have the correct insurance coverage.

The typical fly-in risks are things like: damage from storms, theft, and damage from other people or crashes. If all you are doing is parking in the boonies, then your regular coverage should protect you the same as any other day. Just because you are at a fly-in shouldn’t change the coverage you have.

But, if on the other hand, you put your plane in the manufacturer’s booth or on display in a specific area (make and model display, type club, warbird area, etc.) you might not have coverage. Certain companies actually have limitations as to how you display your aircraft. Its one thing to park it at an airport, but it’s a whole other risk if you put it on display and tempt the public to touch it. I know, touching is not what most people are asking the public to do, but the thought is, if it’s on display, the risk changes and there is more potential for damage. The risk will change even more if you decide to fly it in any of the fly-bys like a manufacturers showcase.

If you decide to put I on only “static display” most aviation insurance companies will cover the plan at whatever policy limits you have purchased, as long as you are not being paid to display your aircraft.

Has the airshow or manufacturer offered a free room or fuel if you will display your plane for them? If so, you might fall into a commercial category or, “for hire”. It is important to note that what I am talking about is from the insurance perspective not the FAA’s regulations. The insurance underwriters do not control the FAA regulations but their policy requirements and language can often go beyond the FAA scope.

Since getting a tank of avgas and a free hotel room constitutes payment for services your aviation insurance policy might not provide coverage while the plane is on display. This is a “gray area” of what is constitutes “for hire” and nothing more than “reimbursement of expenses”. The Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) state something about reimbursements of expenses which doesn’t include making a profit or being paid to fly.

If you are at the fly-in and you are asked to make a few fly-bys the risk changes again. If you are getting the free room and the fuel it might be construed as payment for flying or “for hire”. Most policies will not cover that type of usage. Now, if you buy your own fuel and rent your own room and you aren’t making any money, it’s not “for hire”. But it still might not be covered by the policy. Every now and then an aviation insurance policy will have some language about using the aircraft for demonstration purposes, whether flying or static, make sure you check yours before volunteering.

In the beginning I mentioned that there is also overconfidence during fly-ins and airshows. It seems there are always a few pilots that try to take off a little too short or fly a little to fast or even climb a little to steep. It’s this kind of behavior that causes accidents. Many people that attend airshows can’t wait to get in the air and show off their pride and joy. There is nothing wrong with that, it is just how you do it that gets you in trouble.

One popular way is formation flights of aircraft that are all the same make or model. Formation flights are visually appealing to the spectators. From an underwriter’s position, the formation flights need to be done by experienced formation pilots. Many aviation insurance companies will require formation classes and training before adding coverage for formation flights to the policy.

Even if you have the formation training, remember the bit about being paid. In fact, that’s probably the biggest issue about taking your plane to a fly-in or airshow. If you get paid through rooms, fuel or money, you need to have a policy that covers commercial use and you need to be qualified to act as a commercial pilot. If you do not have either of those, your coverage could be voided. That is if you have any coverage for that usage to begin with.