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By Bob Worthington   Last month Fly-Low published an overview of ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) presenting basic concepts of the new system and an estimate of potential cost.  My article will explain in more detail what ADS-B does and how it will affect your flying and probable costs. The FAA is responsible for the safe management of the National Airspace System, which mostly means the safe and effective movement of aircraft across the U.S.A.  Until recently, the management of aircraft was dependent on World War II technology, radar.  This technology will not disappear but the Next Generation Air Transportation System of air traffic control will have its radar augmented with satellite technology to more accurately detect the position of aircraft in the air.  Using only radar, the further away a plane is from the radar unit, the less accurate the location of the aircraft on the radar screen would be...

Randy Henderson and his Texas T-Cart takes you back to the era of old-time barnstorming grassroots aerobatics. The Texas T-Cart is a highly modified, clipped-wing Taylorcraft BC12-D, and first rolled off the assembly line in 1946. Randy spent two years modifying this homebuilt taildragger in his hangar at Cottonpatch Aerodrome in Frisco, Texas. The wings of the Texas T-Cart have been clipped eight feet for a total wingspan of twenty-eight feet, and is powered by a 180 horsepower Lycoming engine. It also has an inverted fuel system especially designed for aerobatics, as well as a smoke oil system that Randy uses during all of his air show performances. Watch in awe as Randy demonstrates a truly exciting "Texas Style" air show performance. This Kid from Cottonpatch performs "Aerial Ballet" over air show center with signature maneuvers including The Texas Two-Step, the Texas Turn, and the Texas Touchdown, all choreographed to rel...

AOPA STATEMENT ON GYROCOPTER AIRSPACE VIOLATION AT THE U.S. CAPITOL   FREDERICK, MD – In response to Wednesday’s violation of the Washington D.C. airspace by an individual flying a gyrocopter, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has issued the following statement: The violation of the Washington D.C. airspace by a single individual on Wednesday was an isolated incident, one that AOPA in no way condones. The willful violation of this airspace was carried out by an individual operating a self-described “flying bicycle.” His actions appear to be unsettled, and it is unacceptable that he chose to deliver his political statement by flagrantly violating the National Capital airspace. This person’s actions should in no way be associated with the law-abiding professional and recreational pilots who every day follow the rules and regulations of the national airspace system....

In 1951, I graduated high school.  A year out of high school enlisted in the Air Force and applied for pilot training.  I was assigned to Reese Air Force in Texas. To get on pilot training was a long list and getting selected seemed forever.  The class finally came and I received my flight training in the Air Force.  My first assignment was to an Air Force base near Tucson, AZ. Training was mostly uneventful.  One of the planes I flew was the T-33 Shooting Star, a single engine jet trainer.  I truly wanted to be a fighter pilot. The Korean War was winding down and fighter pilots were not needed.  I flew the F-86 for several years, up to the F-100 during the Cold War Era.  This was about 1954-57. I chose to fulfill my term in the Air Force and get out.   After that, I joined the Air Guard in Phoenix.  An opportunity arose to take a guardsmen who needed transportation to and from the school. I flew the T-33 to get him ...

Small Operator In a Big State Alex Clark CFI,   Homer, Alaska   dragonfly@alaska.net It’s six in the morning in late August in the hills above Homer, Alaska.  I have just finished a heavy breakfast, I will need lots of belly-fuel today, and today is Check-Ride Day.  Not for me, but for my new friend who is staying in our guest pilot cabin, hidden in the trees 100 yards below our house.  As I make up a couple extra sandwiches to take on todays flight, I dial the guest cabin phone with my empty hand.  While our check-ride is not scheduled until later this afternoon, I want to get in as much extra training as possible.  I think we need some extra “glassy water” landing time.  I teach floatplane flying or “Single Engine Seaplane “ as folks in the FAA call it, and glassy water can be deadly unless you have training and experience.  My job is to make sure my clients can fly a seaplane to Alaskan flying standards,...

Branson, MO   May 14 - 17, 2015 Known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” Branson, MO, is truly a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination — and an incredible value — with more than 50 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, 12 championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts and meeting and conference facilities. This year we will have a safety seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at KPLK as usual.  On Friday, weather permitting, we will take a scenic drive to the south side of Table Rock Lake to beautiful Dogwood Canyon--a 10,000 acre paradise purchased in 1990 by Basspro founder Johnny Morris.  After a tasty lunch featuring bison and elk burgers (beef burgers and salads offered, too!), we’ll board a tram for a two-hour tour up the canyon past waterfa...

FREDERICK, MD – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to reform its regulatory and certification processes, including allowing more pilots to fly without obtaining a third-class medical and making it easier to bring safety technology into the cockpit, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) told a U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee roundtable on Feb. 25. “The general aviation community needs a regulatory and certification environment that can keep pace with rapidly changing technology,” said Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs. In remarks to the roundtable, Coon pointed out that the general aviation industry has been under stress as the number of pilots has declined and the fleet has aged. But, he said, creating an environment that supports growth and modernization could reverse that trend. He added that the FAA’s current regulatory and certification processes are ...

WALNUT RIDGE, AR I just wanted to let everyone know that we are changing our monthly breakfast to the first Saturday of each month starting April 4.  Then don’t forget our Airfield Reunion is May 2.....we are giving away a Go Pro at the safety meeting!! You need to come...free breakfast....free lunch....free Go Pro.....free safety education. FREE FREE FREE....what more could you ask for?  Ok...discount on fuel prices!!  LOL Please pass along the attached information, hang it up at your airport, tell your flying buddies or email it to everyone in your contact list! Ya’ll come on! Michelle Anthony, Manager, Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (KARG), AR    NUMBER TWO EVENT COLUMBIA MO Salute to Veterans Corporation invites the public to their FREE Two-Day Airshow over the Memorial Day Weekend at Columbia Regional Airport on May 23-24, 2015 from 9:00am to 3:30pm.   Canadian forces Snowbirds, U. S. Marines MV-22 Osprey a...

One of the most popular fly ihn locations in middle America is Gaston's White River Resort in Northern Arkansas.  Worth a look... why settle for less than the best?  www.gastons.com.    ...

West Virginia is 25th state to Support Recreation Use Statute   BOZEMAN, MT– A bill adding aircraft operations to its definition of non-commercial recreational use has passed in West Virginia. This Recreation Use Statute (RUS) protects landowners from liability for allowing recreation on their lands. The bill was signed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and will take effect on May 12. Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) member Jim Newton approached Delegate Mike Folk with suggested bill language. Delegate Folk is a flight instructor and has flown for various air carriers.  “He was the logical choice, since he grew up on a farm with a private strip.  His father was a crop duster. He immediately realized the benefit of amending the West Virginia RUS to include aviation activities,” Newton said. He and the RAF launched a letter-writing effort to Committee members. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc. (AOPA)  assisted as did a...