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AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker expressed dismay June 5 over President Donald Trump’s characterization of the U.S. air traffic control system as being “an ancient, broken, horrible system that doesn't work” during his remarks calling for the privatization of the system. Photo by Christopher Rose These comments were surprising given the fact that the American system handles orders of magnitude more traffic than any other in the world at efficiency and safety levels and costs per operation that are second to none. “We applaud President Trump’s calls to invest and improve our nation’s infrastructure including our airports. However, the U.S. has a very safe air traffic system today and we don’t hear complaints from our nearly 350,000 members about it,” said Baker.Trump made his remarks June 5 in a White House speech kicking off what has been described as “Infrastructure Week,” a week...

This months Throttle Forward column.  CLICK ON POST AND CLICK ON IMAGE TWICE. ...

Back some years ago, I was taking flying lessons with Arnie Sims.  He was very accomplished as a pilot, "A good Stick" as we say.  He came back from Vietnam with three Distinguished Flying Crosses.  Actually, only one made it back to the USA.  The others he gave away.  You see, Arnie was not a war monger... he just loved flying.  As he said, "I am the only pilot to leave the peace symbol in smoke over Saigon." Arnie was raised in California, but some way ended up in a small town in Arkansas teaching flying, owned a plane paint shop, flew commercially and participated in anything that had to do with flying. I have to give him credit for being an extremely firm but calm instructor.  He would let me get the plane into situations and expect me to get it out.  While he calmly sat in the right seat.  My flight training was very meaningful.  He did complement me after my written test score came back.  He said, "I have had a...

Looking for a museum to tour? Try this one.   Poplar Grove Wings and Wheels Click on the post and then CLICK HERE  ...

Info on the upcoming resurrected Breckenridge TX Airshow over Memorial Day Weekend. http://breckenridgetexas.com/breckenridge-airshow-2017/ P-38 5 Corsairs 3 Sea Furys 5 P-40s 7 P-51s 3 B-25s 2 Wildcats 2 Bearcats 2 A-26s Tigercat, DC3, C-47 and mmmoooorrrreeeeee! Excited yet? TBM Avenger T-6s Lodestars Beech 18s KI-51s Yaks CLICK https://www.facebook.com/breckenridgeairshow/     http://breckenridgetexas.com/breckenridge-airshow-2017/...

BASICMED GOES LIVE Yesterday....  One day results. 1,354 PILOTS READY TO FLY FREDERICK, MD – Today, May 1, is the first day aviators can fly under the new BasicMed rules, and 1,354 pilots have already successfully completed the self-assessment checklist, physical examination with a state licensed physician, and AOPA's free online Medical Self-Assessment Course. "AOPA has fought for medical reform for years, and we are happy that so many pilots are ready to fly under BasicMed on the first day," said Mark Baker, AOPA President and CEO. AOPA has developed Fit to Fly, a series of resources to help pilots understand BasicMed which include a Pilot & Physician's Guide, FAQ, video, and more. To help those who have been away from flying, AOPA is partnering with flight schools to offer Rusty Pilots seminars in hundreds of locations across the United States. By attending the three-hour seminar free to all AOPA members, you...

AOPA BASICMED COURSE & FAA MEDICAL EXAM CHECKLIST NOW AVAILABLE Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1 FREDERICK, MD – The wait to get ready for BasicMed is over – the FAA has released the official BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist that pilots must fill out and have completed by a state-licensed physician. It has also published a link to the free online AOPA Self-Assesment Course that satisfies the requirement for pilots to complete a medical education course prior to operating under BasicMed. “We fought long and hard for this on behalf of our members and we’re excited that pilots can now start the BasicMed process,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “You’re now cleared to take the necessary steps to get in the air as of May 1.” Pilots may now make their doctor appointment, have the FAA checklist filled out by the physician, and complete the free AOPA onlin...

Here it 'tis folks... the latest issue that is now at airports in all 50.  Thanks for reading and sharing this publication.  April Issue 2017 - FLY-LOW Publications Click on RECENT ISSUE ABOVE and follow the links...  much thanks! Ralph McCormick Publisher      ...

Fly in a vintage plane in New Mexico Ford Tri-Motor OPEN HERE...

Here is a nice clip of history that is meaningful today.   ...