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MTSU Pilot Retraces Historic Flight

Publication: SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE
Publication Date: 2016-05-24

Middle Tennessee State University senior Collin McDonald of Carthage left Murfreesboro last Thursday to begin a monthlong adventure that eventually will take him on a cross-country journey that follows that of aviation pioneer Cal Rodgers more than 100 years ago.

McDonald, 22, who is a 4.0 student majoring in aerospace maintenance management and an Honors College Buchanan Fellow, plans to take 30 days to complete the flight he is calling “Vin Fiz2” because Rodgers’ plane was called The Vin Fiz after a grape soft drink. McDonald anticipates at least 100 stops along the way.

Rodgers made the first transcontinental airplane


FAA Issues B-29 Doc’s Airworthiness Certificate

Publication: FLYING MAGAZINE
Publication Date: 2016-05-24

 

The FAA has deemed the B-29 known as Doc airworthy, handing over the airworthiness certificate for the historic airplane, the first flight of which is “imminent,” according to restoration group Doc’s Friends in Wichita, Kansas.

“It’s been nearly 60 years since Doc has flown and 16 years since this majestic warbird arrived in Wichita to be restored, and now we are another major milestone closer to a return to flight,” said Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager.

With the FAA airworthiness certificate in hand, the restoration team will soon submit an official request to the U.S. Air Force


At-Risk Dogs Brought to Valpo Nonprofit

Publication: THE NWI TIMES
Publication Date: 2016-05-23
Publication Author: SUSAN O'LEARY

A family in danger of death flew into the loving arms of volunteers at a local nonprofit at the Porter County airport Wednesday.

Giant Paw Prints Rescue, a Valparaiso-based large-breed dog rescue, arranged for the flight in of a female German Shepherd mix and her seven 8-week-old puppies from a shelter in Kaufman County, Texas.

When the stray mother dog was picked up eight weeks ago by Texas authorities, she immediately delivered her babies in the back of the animal control truck, said Maureen Riffel, GPPR transport coordinator.

Pet overpopulation in Texas is “absolutely ludicrous,” Riffel said, and deadly parvovirus


ATC: The Worst May be Yet to Come

Publication: THE HILL
Publication Date: 2016-05-23
Publication Author: KATE HANNI

There is currently a dangerous effort underway to privatize our air nation’s traffic control system.  Any consumer who boards a plane regularly or in any way depends on air service should be extremely concerned.

This effort, which would take our nation’s Air Traffic Control programs out of the FAA and place them under the authority of a non-governmental entity, have been recently labeled a lot of different things – privatization, corporatization, or creation of a corporate non-profit entity.  But make no mistake, no matter what the label, this proposal is a clear and direct move to take Congressional and public


Special Needs Kids Co-Pilot Airplanes

Publication: ARKLATEX
Publication Date: 2016-05-22

Special needs children and their families had the ride of their lives at Tyler’s Historical Aviation Memorial Museum on Saturday.

“You just flew an airplane, if you can fly an airplane what else can you do?” says Challenge Air CEO April Culver.

That’s the motto of Challenge Air, a company that holds Fly Days around the country

“We get general aviation pilots to donate their aircraft to help fly kids with special needs between the ages of 7 and 21, and the kids actually get to co-pilot the plane,” says Culver.

60 children took flight on Saturday at HAMM at


Voices: Privatizing Air Traffic Control Would Hurt Small Businesses

Publication: DAILY WORLD
Publication Date: 2016-05-22
Publication Author: PATRICK NEWCOMB

In the oil and gas industry, you need to be able to get places fast — to deliver parts, serve customers, and handle any crises. Our company, Justiss Oil, is a family-operated oil and gas drilling and exploration company based in Jena that has been working across the southern U.S. for almost 70 years. Our success in the industry comes from our ability to operate efficiently using our aircraft. We need the flexibility to transport our management to meetings on short notice, maintain their productivity levels, and keep our rigs operational with minimal down time. To compete against multibillion-dollar corporations


Voices: Privatizing Air Traffic Control Would Hurt Small Businesses

Publication: THE ADVERTISER
Publication Date: 2016-05-22
Publication Author: PATRICK NEWCOMB

In the oil and gas industry, you need to be able to get places fast — to deliver parts, serve customers, and handle any crises. Our company, Justiss Oil, is a family-operated oil and gas drilling and exploration company based in Jena that has been working across the southern U.S. for almost 70 years. Our success in the industry comes from our ability to operate efficiently using our aircraft. We need the flexibility to transport our management to meetings on short notice, maintain their productivity levels, and keep our rigs operational with minimal down time. To compete against multibillion-dollar corporations


New Regulations Aim to Help Business Grow at Airport

Publication: SALISBURY POST
Publication Date: 2016-05-21
Publication Author: JOSH BERGERON

With a couple dozen pages of policy, the Rowan County Airport hopes to cement past practices and make it easy for businesses to open up shop.

The airport advisory board on Friday unanimously passed a 55-page-long set of minimum standards that sets guidelines for things such as building and hangar design. Airport Board Chairman Addison Davis said the guidelines will simplify the process for new businesses to locate at the Rowan County Airport.

“The reality is that previously if a new business wanted to come the (airport) board would have to convene, make decisions, talk about information they provide,” Davis


Baker, Pelton Trade Ideas on Preserving GA at Beaufort Fly-In

Publication: AOPA
Publication Date: 2016-05-21

“We’re very excited about what AOPA is doing with regional fly-ins,” Pelton said. “The two associations are working hand in hand” to preserve the safety and accessibility of flying, he said. EAA chapters have been front and center at AOPA Regional Fly-Ins, assisting as volunteers, hosting pancake breakfasts, and more, he said.

“We’re stronger together,” Baker said. Both groups want to “make sure we think about our future, inspire young people, connect with airports, and connect with those currently in general aviation,” he said.

Baker presented “a dose of reality”: sobering statistics that contrast the number of certificated active pilots


Mikulski Announces Funding for Hagerstown Airport

Publication: WCBC
Publication Date: 2016-05-20

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced Senate passage of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill, which includes $159 million to fully fund 149 federal contract air traffic control towers across the nation, including five in Maryland.

“This bill is good news for federal contract air traffic control towers and the communities and jobs that rely on them,” Senator Mikulski said. “In recent years, these contract towers and their communities have faced shutdown, furloughs and uncertainty. They’re in communities like Easton. And


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