Gaston’s Resort

At Gaston’s White River Resort, we offer our own Bermuda grass airstrip. It’s open to everyone, not just guests staying in our cottages. Feel free to fly in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner any day of the week, or on Sunday for our famous Sunday brunch. Our resort has been featured in every major airplane and flight magazine in the world, known as the best fly in destination in this part of the country. We have folks fly in from all over the country to stay with us and experience some great trout fishing, or just enjoy a meal with a great view in our first class restaurant.

Whatever it is that you would like to do, we would love to see you fly in and enjoy the amenities that make Gaston’s truly one of the most special fly-in spots in the world.

More about Gaston’s


Runway Statistics

Latitude 36 20’55’N | Longitude 92 33′ 25’W | Gaston’s Runway 06/24
Turf Surface -3,200 feet long | Field Elevation is 479 msl | Unicom 122.8
Kansas City Chart | 3M0 | Airport Identifier
No Tie-Down Fees | 100LL Fuel Available

USPA December

As we approach December 2017 and reflect on the accomplishments of more than a century of Decembers,  we realize what Aviation has meant to our country and the world.
The month of December has made a significant impact on our Love of Flying!
December 1892 – The Wright brothers open their first bicycle shop.
December 8, 1903 – Samuel P. Langley’s Aerodrome, piloted by Charles Manley, crashes into the Potomac River.
December 17, 1903 – The Wright Flyer takes off at 10:35 am for the world’s first powered, manned, controlled, sustained, heavier than air flight for 12 seconds and 120 ft.
December 27, 1906 – French emissary visits the Wrights and acquires the option to buy an aircraft for $200,000.
December 10, 1911 – Cal Rodgers, piloting the Wright EX Vin Fiz, completes the first transcontinental flight from Long Island, NY, to Pasadena, CA.
December 24, 1925 – The Wasp, Pratt & Whitney’s first engine, is completed.
December 1, 1935 – First airway traffic control tower is established in Newark, NJ.
December 17, 1935 – The Douglas DC-3 takes off for the first time in Santa Monica, CA.
December 1, 1941 – The Civil Air Patrol is established.
December 7, 1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, HI.
December 20, 1957 – Boeing’s 707 first flight.
December 15-16, 1965 – Gemini V1-A orbital rendezvous flown by astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford.
December 21-27, 1968 – Apollo 8 orbits the moon with Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders.
December 7-19, 1972 – Apollo 17 crew makes last lunar landing with Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt.
December 23, 1986 – Voyager flies nonstop around the world without refueling.
December 17, 2003 – 100th Anniversary of powered flight and first powered flight of SpaceShipOne.
December 15, 2009 – First flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
December 23, 2014 – Airbus delivers the first A350.
This information was obtained from one of my old AOPA magazines of 2015.
No matter what you’re flying this holiday season, do it safely and make sure you have a positive impact on aviation history.
Fly Safe!
Jack Reynolds, President.

AirVenture 2018

The 66th annual edition of ‘World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration’ is July 23-29, 2018

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (October 30, 2017) — Advance purchase admission tickets and camping credentials are now available for the 66th annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, providing greater convenience for those traveling to the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” The week-long event will be held July 23-29, 2017 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

EAA members and the general public can now purchase tickets via a secure website and speed through the admissions process upon arrival in Oshkosh. Daily and weekly admissions are available, including the ability to join EAA and immediately receive the best possible prices. Additionally, discounts of $2 on daily adult admissions and $5 on weekly adult admissions are available by purchasing prior to June 15, 2018. Special discounts are also available for veterans and current U.S. military members. Plus, advance purchases of B-17, Ford Tri-Motor, and helicopter flight experiences, Aviator’s Club admission, and auto parking are available.

“EAA AirVenture remains one of the most affordable family-friendly destinations in the nation, featuring a gathering of aircraft, enthusiasts, innovations, attractions and performances you’ll see only in Oshkosh,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA vice president of marketing and business development. “This advance purchase opportunity is the best way to be fully prepared for an unforgettable experience at Oshkosh, and save money at the same time. It’s also a great opportunity for those who want to give a special aviation gift for friends and family members.”

Highlighted features for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 are being finalized now. They will include the latest in innovations and technology, salutes to aviation anniversaries, recognition of aviation personalities, and much more. In 2017, more than 590,000 people and 10,000 airplanes made Oshkosh home of “aviation’s family reunion” that included aircraft of all ages, sizes, and configurations.

Along with daily and weekly AirVenture admissions, there is also a special weekend camping package covering the final three days of the event and includes one EAA membership, camping credentials, and four adult admission tickets. It is available at a five percent savings over buying those items separately.

Additionally, a new “Cleared Direct” T-shirt for AirVenture 2018 is also available through the advance purchase website. Receive free shipping on this shirt with the purchase of advance tickets. Visit the site, make your selections, pay by credit card, and print your tickets at home. Full instructions and answers to frequently asked questions are also included online.

To access the advance ticketing area, visit Advance purchase AirVenture tickets are scanned and exchanged for an appropriate wristband at all AirVenture gates in a quick and easy process.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

ABQ Event

Fly in a vintage plane in New Mexico

Ford Tri-Motor


B-52 flies with no tail!

This happened in 1964 on a test flight from Kansas of a Boeing B-52.  Actual landing in this video..  awesome..  believe it or not…???

Bessie Coleman 125

Today’s Google Doodle features the search engine’s name spelled out as a swirly flight path with the a portrait of Bessie Coleman, a famous aviatrix, to celebrate the pioneering aviator’s 125th birthday. Coleman is the first woman of both African-American and Native American descent to hold a pilot’s license.

Look Ma NO hook

C-130 Lands and takes off from USS Forrestal.

C130 lands on an aircraft carrier 29 times in 1963.



Salute to Brevity

To the point: A salute to brevity!


By Ralph McCormick

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the end of the ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. That speech has come to be known as the Gettysburg Address. There are just two hundred sixty-six words in the speech.

I know many people, who believe that more words produce a better document, preach an enhanced sermon, teach a superior class, and communicate a sincere message to a friend. It is not the length of a speech, but the brevity and substance of it that sticks with the heart. Lincoln’s message is still with us after all these years. When ones message is long; boredom sets in and the mind falls to sleep. Keep it short and simple but direct and to the point.


This is the Gettysburg Address:

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work, which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

December 2016 Issue

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