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


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.


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.

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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


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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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!