Monday, March 29, 2010

Sun N Fun

Sun N Fun is almost here! If you haven't been, go. If you have been, go again. It is well worth the trip just to jump start your aviation season.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Weather website

Not sure how many people use this site. But if you go to the NOAA website you can move the cursor over any airport shown on the map and a weather brief pops up. Very handy for pre-flight planning.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


March 23, 2010
SUN ‘n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, FL. - From Congressional Gold Medal recipients from the Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and other “Women of the Air” to US Airways Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles discussing his “Miracle on the Hudson Landing,” this year’s line-up of Evening Programs is one of the strongest in the history of the SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In and Expo. This year’s Fly-In will be held April 13 – 18 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla.

In addition to the programs mentioned above, the remainder of the week will include a look at recently completed or currently in the works Hollywood productions whose focus is on aviation; AOPA President Craig Fuller reporting on the state of general aviation and issues that impact the flying community; and a concert by “Aire Traffic,” a talented group of musicians comprised of current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Controllers.

“This year’s Evening Programs are shaping up to be the best Sun ‘n Fun has ever offered,” said SUN ’n FUN President and Convention Chairman John Burton. “There’s something for everyone each night of the week. What a great way to cap off an exciting day with an informative, entertaining and inspirational evening session. Bob and Beverly Hayden (Evening Program Co-Chairs) and the Evening Programs team have outdone themselves this year!”

Evening programs are held in the Florida Air Museum’s outdoor Pavilion, which is located adjacent to the museum itself. Programs generally begin at 8 p.m., although the Aire Traffic concert will be staged between the afternoon and night air shows on Friday, April 16 (likely 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

Following is a breakdown of the week’s Evening Programs:
Tuesday: “Women of the Air” – hosted by Women in Aviation International (WAI) President Dr. Peggy Chabrian with members of the Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who recently received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington; Elaine Morrow, Past President of the 99’s; renowned air show performer Patty Wagstaff; and Martha King, recognized as one of the “100 Distinguished Aviation Heroes” of aviation’s first century by the First Flight Centennial Commission.

Wednesday: Jeff Skiles, First Officer of U.S. Airways Flight 1459 that became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” landing, presents the lessons, training and scenarios that led to the successful landing of an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River off Manhattan Island after both engines lost power due to multiple bird strikes with a great sense of humor and natural storytelling ability. Hear his incredible story of people overcoming adversity and tremendous hardships.

Thursday: “Engaged with Aviation.” AOPA President Craig Fuller Craig Fuller discusses the numerous challenges facing aviation in the months and years ahead in a focused, “Town Hall” type environment. With user fees off the table and elections approaching in November, the general aviation community has a unique opportunity to seek change through a positive agenda of our choosing. Learn more about how you can get engaged in GA to build a better future.

Friday: Aire Traffic – In Concert (between the afternoon and evening air shows). Aire Traffic is a unique blend of original jazz and rock music written and performed by air traffic controllers. Enjoy the concert prior to the spectacular Night air show!

Saturday: “Aviation at the Movies” – hosted by Mort Crim, noted newscaster, commentator and author; featuring Susan Butler, author of the book East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart, on which the movie Amelia is based; Rico Sharqawi, Executive Producer and CEO of Wilco Films, which is producing the movie “A Pilot’s Story” and the film’s Director, Will Hawkins; and Nicholas Spark, Producer and Writer of the movie “The Legend of Pancho Barnes: A Documentary” (the movie will be shown at the conclusion of the program).

SUN ’n FUN’s Evening Programs are traditionally followed by aviation-themed movies. This year, several movies will be featured, each introduced by members of the Production team, including:
“Over Africa! Low and Slow with the Kenya Wildlife Service” on Wednesday, April 14 (following Jeff Skiles’ Evening Program). This film tells the story of the brave game wardens who fly for the Kenya Wildlife Service in small, single-engine airplanes over the spectacular parks of Kenya to protect their endangered inhabitants from the threat of poachers and human encroachment. Renowned air show performer and champion aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff, with support from the Lindbergh Foundation, traveled to Africa to teach the Kenya Wildlife Service the correct methods of flying "low and slow" over the expansive plains to look for poachers. The film was directed by former CNN correspondent Miles O'Brien, who documented the inspirational story with a team of fellow aviators and environmentalists.

“Der Rote Baron” (The Red Baron) on Thursday, April 15 (following AOPA President Craig Fuller’s presentation). German production (in English) tells the story of Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical challenge and honorable acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war. But after falling in love with a nurse, von Richthofen realizes he is only being used for propaganda. Caught between his disgust for the war and his sense of responsibility for his fighter wing, von Richthofen sets out to fly again.

“The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club” on Saturday, April 17 (at the conclusion of the “Aviation at the Movies” Evening Program). This film chronicles the thrilling life and extraordinary times of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes, one of the most colorful and accomplished women pilots of the earliest 20th Century, and an ill-behaved woman who made history. The project features newly discovered documents from Barnes’ personal files, never-before-seen photos and rare movie footage to tell her story plus interviews with her friends, historians and biographers.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mass DC3 Arrival...this will be awesome!



Mass fly-in arrival to highlight July 26 air show at Oshkosh

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (March 4, 2010) - Possibly the largest gathering of DC-3 aircraft since the 1940s is committed to the aircraft's 75th anniversary commemoration during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, coming July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

That celebration includes what could be a 40-airplane mass arrival at Oshkosh on Monday, July 26 - the opening day of the 58th annual edition of AirVenture. Aircraft and DC-3 enthusiasts from around the world have already committed to participate in the event, including many aircraft that have never before been seen at Oshkosh. In all, as many as 50 or more DC-3s (or its military counterparts, the C-47 and
R4D) could be at the event.

"When we first suggested the DC-3 75th anniversary party, we thought as many as 25 aircraft might make for an outstanding program,"
said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "The response has been far beyond our greatest expectations and now will be one of the greatest aircraft reunions ever seen at Oshkosh, with more surprises to come."

The mass arrival fly-in was capped at 40 aircraft, which will stage at Whiteside County Airport in Sterling/Rock Falls, Ill., beginning on Saturday, July 24, with support provided by M & M Aviation.
Following a media day and dinner on July 25, the formation's pilots will have their full safety briefing on Monday morning, July 26, prior to the public departure for Oshkosh. The full group, with a combined 96,000 horsepower, is scheduled to arrive at AirVenture in time to open that day's afternoon air show with an unforgettable flyover.

The previous world record for a DC-3 formation is 27 aircraft in 1985. Those aircraft not participating in the mass arrival will arrive at Oshkosh on their own schedule and be part of the many activities surrounding the DC-3 anniversary.

In addition, a special guest "mystery aircraft" - rarely seen in flight - will be part of the mass arrival. That's airplane's identity and pilot will be announced on the website that is the host website for the mass arrival. That website is also posting "Hero FBOs" that are offering fuel and food discounts for DC-3 crews heading to Oshkosh; as well as a diary section that welcomes DC-3 fans to post their own fond remembrances of the iconic airplane.

Other activities honoring the DC-3 and its military cousins include an evening program at EAA's Theater in the Woods; a series of forums and presentations throughout the week at AirVenture; DC-3 aircraft flying skydiving teams during the afternoon air shows; special movie presentations at the Fly-In Theater; and other activities. A number of aviation personalities involved with the development and flight operations of the DC-3 will also be guests at AirVenture.

"We appreciate all the efforts of dedicated volunteers who are helping make this celebration possible," Poberezny said. "There is already an enormous 'buzz' around this once-in-a-lifetime event for the DC-3, and the military C-47 and R4D versions, which also fits very well with this year's 'Salute to Veterans' activities at Oshkosh."

Complete presentation schedules will be posted at as they are finalized.

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 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
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