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By Mark Frankum Are light multi engine aircraft gaining renewed appeal?  As fuel prices climbed during the post-2009 economic recovery, many aircraft owners and operators traded their light multi engine aircraft for more fuel efficient, high-performance singles. Many of these sophisticated singles deliver the speed the owners are looking for while sacrificing a certain amount of useful load, roominess, and perceived safety advantages. One obvious result of this paradigm shift is a very depressed market for light twins. Many light twins that might have fetched more than $250k before the market crash now sell for perhaps 60% of that former value. Now, with Avgas prices tumbling nationwide, many are giving light twins a second look partly because the gap between the operating costs associated with a light twin versus the costs of operating a high-performance single is narrowing.  Sure, it’s still more expensive to operate a ligh...

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THE MARK HARDIN MEMORIAL AIR RACE JOIN THE LINE UP AT TERRELL MUNICIPAL AIRPORT ON MAY 23, 2015 For the 5th consecutive year Sport Air Racing comes to Terrell Municipal.  Starting in 2015 the race event will be named in honor of Mark Hardin, FBO owner and aviator to the core.  Today the FBO continues with Mark's spirit ever present.  Wife Melissa and son Mike provide the same service and wonderful place for pilots to come. Race #94 Mark loved racing his Ercoupe and in 2015 his son Mike will be piloting his #94.  A special goes out to all Ercoupe pilots to enter the air race as a flying tribute to Mark.  Turn 1 on the race course takes all over Mark's final resting place.  There will be a Challenge class for Ercoupes if the entry exceeds three ships.   A special call goes out to all Ercoupe owners to participate and launch a stirring tribute to Mark.  Melissa and Mike Hardin will be annually awarding the Mark Hardin...

Cold temperature altitude corrections at “Cold Temperature Restricted Airports” Notice Number: NOTC5758 Cold Temperature Restricted Airports have now been designated in the United States National Airspace System. The list of airports, the segment of the approach requiring the altitude correction and operating procedures may be found in the Notice to Airmen Publication (NTAP) http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/notices/ Part 4. Graphic Notices, Section 1. General. Cold Temperature Restricted Airports. The list will also be available as a PDF on the bottom of the FAA Digital Products, “Terminal Procedures Basic Search” page: http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/digital_products/dtpp/search/ A  symbol will be placed on the approach plates for the restricted airport. The symbol indicates a cold temperature altitude correction is required on this approach when reported temperature is at or below the publi...

The USPA Annual meeting kicks off with a safety seminar at KPLK Thursday evening @ 7:00 PM. ** The Ketchum Oklahoma South Grand Lake (1K8) fly-in scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.** This has been one of those weeks where life has really gotten the way of my fun. I hope I didn’t leave out any events that are scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Fly Safe, Andy May 14-17 – Branson, MO - Clark/Downtown Airport (KPLK) USPA Flyin/Annual Meeting kicks off Thursday evening @ 7:00 pm with Safety Seminar in the KPLK terminal building. Topic is “Flying Lessons Learned”. For Information and on line seminar registration click here. Hospitality room, informative GA meetings, fun Branson activities. ALL PILOTS WELCOME!  More info at www.uspilots.org.  Or contact Jan Hoynacki, jan@uspilots.org, 417-338-2225. May 16 – Pine Bluff, AR – Grider Field Airport (KPBF) fly-in breakfast 3rd Saturday of every month.  Our spec...

How many times have you filed a flight plan and when you attempt to get your clearance or activate the plan – it just isn’t there?  This is a situation that is highly annoying not just to the pilot, but to ATC people as well.  There are actually a number of reasons why a flight plan may be missing when you attempt to retrieve it.  We will look over each of these and hopefully it will help to reduce the incidence of this happening. The first thing to remember is that whenever you file a flight plan, it stays in the computer data banks of the company you filed it with until half an hour prior to flight time – then it transmits to the computer of the service provider.  For IFR flight plans this means the Air Route Traffic Control Center, Approach Control, or Tower.  For VFR it goes to Flight Service. Say you filed IFR with DUATS.  An hour prior to your proposed departure time the Center (ARTCC) or Tower will receive the fl...

Cold temperature altitude corrections at “Cold Temperature Restricted Airports” Notice Number: NOTC5758 Cold Temperature Restricted Airports have now been designated in the United States National Airspace System. The list of airports, the segment of the approach requiring the altitude correction and operating procedures may be found in the Notice to Airmen Publication (NTAP) http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/notices/ Part 4. Graphic Notices, Section 1. General. Cold Temperature Restricted Airports. The list will also be available as a PDF on the bottom of the FAA Digital Products, “Terminal Procedures Basic Search” page: http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/digital_products/dtpp/search/ A  symbol will be placed on the approach plates for the restricted airport. The symbol indicates a cold temperature altitude correction is required on this approach when reported temperature is at or below the publi...

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Jessica learned to fly the plane behind her using her feet.  It is an amazing story.  For more info go to this link.   Aviators TV ...

Last weekend was wonderful for flying. The Walnut Ridge event drew 64 aircraft on Saturday and the monthly Ponca City breakfast had 53 aircraft and served 487 meals. (They have lots of local drive-ins each month.) I would say that both events were a big success. I hope we have many more fantastic flying weekends this season. Jim Davis, a cancer survivor and experimental aircraft builder from Mountain Home Arkansas, departed last week on his cancer awareness mission of giving airplane rides to cancer victims in each of the lower 48 states. You can follow the "Passion Flights For Life" trips of Jim Davis on his Online Blog: flyinggeminpurplepassion.blogspot.com  or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/passionflightsforlife?fref=ts&ref=br_tf Be safe and Godspeed, Jim. Fly Safe, Andy Anderson May 7-10, 2015 – Ozark, AR –Byrd’s Backcountry Airstrip (Lat: 35 40' 37"N Long: 93 43’ 59”W) Tenth annual Spring Fly-in. 2 g...