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A dark cloud with lots of rain sent plane enthusiast scurrying into tents cars.  The noon house burst was over in an hour, but clouds linger at present... the air show will most likely go on....

Welcome to Oshkosh...  Thousands and thousands of people are in Oshkosh, WI this week.  The world's largest air  show and busiest airport is in full swing.  At least 50 (maybe more) airplanes and warbirds were in the air at one time this afternoon during an airshow.  Amazing the correlation of movements of those planes in the air at the same time, giving the  audience one of the best shows ever.  And then the aerobatic performances came up to the plate.  WOW...  all good in EAA'ville.   FIFI  was here... when she took of, it ROARED!!!!  What at treat. Find out more about EAA, go HERE....

Now we have two flying B-29s.  FIFI and Doc....   See Doc FLY... HERE  or HERE  or HERE   Video Courtesy of Doc's Friends and the Wichita Eagle....

BY BOB WORTHINGTON WHAT THE MEDICAL REFORM LAW MEANS TO PILOTS For many private pilots who fly the typical 2 to 4 seat GA aircraft and only fly for themselves and who have no problems passing a Class III FAA medical exam, this new medical reform law will mean doing away with the hassle and expense (and perhaps concern and worry) of taking and passing an FAA medical evaluation every 24 months.  Once the FAA puts this new law into effect, most non-commercial, GA pilots will be happy.  But be aware that this law is not a blanket medical pass for everyone.  The FAA will still require every non-commercial pilots to get at least one FAA medical and some pilots with certain medical conditions may still be required to take periodic medical exams to fly.  Here are some aspects of this new medical reform law. First, it applies to specific aircraft and flying parameters.  Size of aircraft, speed, altitude, etc.  The new medical l...

In the wording about the new Non-medical-medical, there are several things which will cause concern.  One is, the FAA has one year in which to come up with an FAA plain that will be put into place.  One year to make it what the FAA wants and it may or may not be similar to the Bill as presented today.  Is that good or bad?  Who knows?  It appears that AOPA and EAA will track the progress in order to maintain the Bill as sent to the FAA.  The bill has changed much in the past four years.  I know that a lot of pilots are excited that it passed, but one must read the whole package.  Without question (as it today stands) anyone with any type of medical problem which would take a special issuance will still have to get a medical passed ONE MORE TIME.  And at best this will take another two years to see it in place (we know how slow the propeller turns at the FAA).  A copy of the Bill of Rights 2 is posted on this website at Bill...

For most pilots who have held a valid FAA medical certificate within 10 years from the date the legislation is signed into law, the reforms mean they will never again need to see an FAA aviation medical examiner (AME). Most other pilots who have never held an FAA medical certificate will need to go through the medical certification process only once. After that, if they meet the other requirements for the exemption, they’ll never need to make another visit to an AME. Even pilots who have a medical condition that requires a special issuance medical certificate will only have to go through the process once in most cases. “Under the old system, pilots flying on a special issuance medical were often expected to repeat the process year after year. They might have to send reams of documentation to the FAA for evaluation, repeat expensive and medically unnecessary tests for health conditions that are unchanged, and spend weeks or mon...

On July 11, the House passed the extension to keep the FAA operating through the end of the next fiscal year. H.R. 636, known as the “FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016,” includes the same third class medical reform language the Senate has already passed three times. House and Senate negotiators have agreed on the provisions in H.R. 636, and it is expected to pass the Senate later this week and then be sent to President Barack Obama to be signed into law before the current FAA extension expires on July 15. “We have been working day in and day out to win much-needed medical reforms for pilots, and the inclusion of those reforms in the FAA extension, and the House’s overwhelming support puts us one step closer to getting this to the president’s desk,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “We appreciate the leadership of Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and the steadfast support of gener...

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I Gotta’ be Me By Steve Bill Hanshew Caught up in the current Zeitgeist, or “spirit of the age”, I have committed myself to a higher level of self-actualization beyond simple shaving and showering. In the old days everyone was extolled by two-dollar psychoanalysts to fulfill their potential; discover self, to have self-realization, or as the Army co-opted: “Be all that you can be”. The implied precept was that we all have inner potential that needs to be tapped like some vast cavernous field of oil lying deep under the surface just waiting to bubble up. Abraham Maslow, father of the hierarchy of needs, believed that self-actualizers need only to judge themselves and situations with unabashed honesty, free to see reality as it is and not as foisted off on the unwashed public – Self Identify. This is probably where the whole concept of every boy becoming president came from. The underlying statement was one of: “wi...