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By Bob Worthington The Bad:   The costs of being a GA pilot is higher than many can afford.  And the complexity of becoming a pilot daunting.  The issuance of student pilot medicals is down by 9%.  The number of people attaining their FAA Private Pilot Certificate is down by 5%.  The average age of the non-commercial GA pilot is now at 48.  Over time the active GA pilot population remains stagnant.  As pilots grow older and sell their planes, as few are replaced by new GA pilots, this group will grow older and smaller.  It appears that the non-commercial GA pilot is becoming an endangered species. The Good:  In spite of all the negative things happening to GA as listed above, there are some bright spots on the horizon.  The shipments of new piston GA aircraft increased by almost 3% in 2013 and were up by 9.6% for 2014.  In fact, the FAA predicts a slight increase in (by less than 1%) in the GA fleet over the next coup...

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Bentonville, AR Title: Wings & Wheels Swap & Show, June 13th 2015, Bentonville Municipal Airport, 2500 SW Aviation Street, Bentonville AR, 72712, Classic cars, motorcycles, and aircraft show with an aviation swap meet. Celebrating multiple forms of classic transportation, the Wings and Wheels Swap and Show aims to bring together classic airplanes, cars, and motorcycles in one show. This show will take place in the Bentonville Municipal Airport on June 13 from 2-7 pm and is a FREE event for show participants and spectators. Awards will be presented separately for cars, planes, and motorcycles with one award for best in show regardless of machine. Door prizes will also be available for show participants. This show will also feature the only aviation based swap meet in the area. Vintage and modern aircraft will be on display, a 1942 Stearman will be selling rides, food vendors will be on site, and there will be entertainment ...

The 8th Annual Texoma 100 Air Race was cancelled due to bad weather and is rescheduled for October 10, 2015.   We had record breaking entries and ample excitement for the start of the season. I hope the same enthusiasm carries over to the Bob Axsom Memorial Air Race at Taylor, Texas. You don’t need a propeller to be an air racer.  The first Pan American Gliding Championship takes place April 6-17, 2015.  Practice beginning on April 3rd, at McMinn County Airport in Athens, TN. Being kept aloft by only the air currents 28 pilots from North and South America will compete for championship honors.   This event is put on by the effort of Sarah Arnold, co-owner of Chilhowee Gliderport along with her husband, Jason.  Sarah won the Sports Class Nationals in 2011 and was on the US Soaring Team. The entries include seven current or recent national champions from the USA, Canada, Argentina and Brazil.  Each day of the event glider...

Try our airport for great service, fuel pricing, and down home atmosphere.  Northwestern TN.  A stop for the Air Race Classic in June... come on over and watch the race from Union City, TN ...

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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....