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Walnut Ridge Event (AR)


Beatles at the Ridge Event – 50 years ago. Walnut Ridge AR Free shuttle service provided to the Festival for all who fly in on Saturday the 16th. Fuel discounts on Saturday. Free coffee, water, chips, popcorn and ice cream for pilots and their guest. The Parachute Inn Restaurant will be open, as will the Wings of Honor Museum.



AIR TO GROUND ATC Privatization

– One Person’s Opinion — by Rose Marie Kern

There has been a great deal of speculation about the President’s current remarks concerning ATC privatization – and most of the statements I’ve read and heard indicate that perhaps his advisors are behind the power curve when it comes to what is and isn’t real. The loudest and most concerning rhetoric indicates that our current Air Traffic Control System is out of date and not safe. This flies in the face of statistics which show the U.S. as the nation with the best safety record worldwide.

Are changes needed and necessary? Most definitely.   Read more

Look Ma NO hook

C-130 Lands and takes off from USS Forrestal.

C130 lands on an aircraft carrier 29 times in 1963.



360 Degrees

Americans have a bipolar relationship with government. On one hand we decry “oppressive regulation and interference” while on the other; we actually beg and lobby for it. But, hey it’s our nature and probably why most politicians mimic Janus and wear two faces, one for the independent and one for the dependent. We must make them crazy – Get OUT of my pocket you thieving Washington scum, and in the same breath – WHY you lazy good-for-nothing louts need do something about this. This has always been the case with aviation for as long as I can remember. We want a ‘hands off’ approach via the Pilot Bill of Rights while demanding direct intervention via medical reform. Aviation started out as a perceived passing fad that the government had absolutely no desire to regulate, motivate, and if anything, they kept it at arm’s length viewed as little more than rampant psychopaths flying about in the sky.
Can you blame them after the Roaring Twenties? Returning WW I pilots were little more than gypsy minstrels doing anything to stay in the air while earning enough for a cheap meal and a flop. Penny-a-pound rides; wing walking, aerobatics, and crashing airplanes into buildings for money at the county fair, did little to inspire politicians into parting with taxpayer dollars in order to finance flying lunatics with a death wish. There was no real commerce in it, anyway. Then Lindbergh’s epoch flight came along and in 1927 they decided that flying might be here to stay, especially long-distance commercial flight. So they subsidized it via the postal airmail service. No one was crazy enough to fly as a passenger, but they just might pay for next day mail delivery, or more like second and third day if you got it at all.
It was a perennial loser but the government was willing to play along and when it took off – literally – they decided that they better start licensing these flying fools and the guys that maintain the fool’s plane. And let’s not forget parachute riggers: The guys packing the fool’s chutes, since they were more critical than either of the former. Let’s face it, lots of mail pilots were “hitting the silk” when they couldn’t land in the fog. Since all of the guys flying were young healthy war pilots the medical issue hardly cropped up although cirrhosis of the liver was a more of a probability. Actually, aviation medicine had been around since 1892, when French doctor Paul Bert discovered altitude sickness while examining two balloon pilots that had made it to 29,000 feet, but nothing formal was instituted until 1918, when the first military flight surgeons were commissioned. Eye tests were common since one thing we instinctively knew was that hawks and eagles have good eyes and so should pilots, but as for a complete physical…not so much.
The first U.S. pilot licenses were issued by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), a French aero club, and signed by Orville Wright. Medical qualifications were – you’re breathing, not blind, and can distinguish distance and color. Redundancy wasn’t even a big deal. Pioneer record-breaking pilot Wiley Post had one eye. It worked and a whole host of pilots were brought up under that system. It wasn’t until the military instituted an aeromedical division that real medicals were institutionalized. By the mid-1930s you had a government issued pilot’s license in lieu of an aero club card, and later a flight surgeon issued a medical to legitimize the government license. Trouble was – pilots tend to lie to flight surgeons also institutionalizing an innate distrust of government appointed flight regulators and that’s what flight surgeons really are. If they deem you healthy, you fly. If they say nay, you’re grounded. Of course, they see you so sporadically (depending on class of medical) that it’s a joke. The rest of the time the onus is on you, as in self-certifying. It’s called responsibility. If you have a severe head cold you don’t call the flight surgeon for his opinion, you ground yourself. If you get cancer, you ground yourself and then call the flight surgeon. As of July 15, of this year we’re medically full circle to where aviation had its genesis.
Professional pilots flying commercially will live under the continued periodic observation of a flight surgeon, but for all of us fair-weather fliers if you have a valid medical for 10 years, you’re grandfathered. After that a “regular” doctor’s visit once every four years and viewing of a free online aeromedicine course does the trick. If it’s a new pilot, all you need do is to pass the first exam – first time. As I said, government unchecked can be onerous, oppressive, and nearly omnipresent. Government that is thoughtful and reasoned can create things like sensible medical reform and we should thank Congressmen and Senators heartily when they do the right thing.

‘O my Gosh, Oshkosh

DSC_0037In a few words to describe AirVenture they would have to be ‘O my Gosh, Oshkosh!!!  Our staff has just returned from Wisconson and the “WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORT AND FLY-IN.”  My wife and I experienced the awesome world of flight and the largest gathering of aircraft that one could imagine.  Our staff of eight or nine brought home photos, stories, information, and so many memories.  I have been attending since the mid-eighties.   My experience there never ceases to amaze me.  If you haven’t been, YOU MUST GO!

Here are the words of a first timer, “I absolutely could not believe how massive the event was… It was amazing to see so many airplanes in one place at one time.  The airshows were outstanding,   To see how humongous that Air Force plane was (C5-M)… its seems unfathomable that a plane that size flies.  In a nut shell AMAZING Is the best word to describe the whole event.”

I am just going to place as many photos here as I can…  words can’t describe it…  and I’ve heard that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Here are 14,000 words.

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Air Events

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Branson, MO   May 19-22, 2016

Known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” Branson, MO, is truly a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination — and an incredible value — with more than 50 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, 12 championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts and meeting and conference facilities.

 This year we will have a safety seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at KPLK as usual. On Friday, we will drive north a short distance for a guided tour of the National Tiger Sanctuary which is dedicated to providing an educational facility teaching about environmental conditions that are effecting the Earth’s ecosystems through creating a safe and protected environment in which all ages can enjoy the delight of discovery. They focus on big cats as examples of the beauty and diversity we need to preserve for the survival of our planet, and provide them with a safe, stress free, forever home. We have a special group rate of $20, and will pay individually.

June 4th – Mid-Way Regional Airport (KJWY) , Midlothian, TX

Pancake Breakfast Fly-In

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Public Invited

Free Parking

8:00 am – 11:00 am

Breakfast tickets:  Adults & Children 8 and over  $6, Children under 8  $3

Classic Airplanes, Helicopter Rides, Fly-Overs, Radio Controlled Model Airplanes, Live Music, Children’s Activities, Midlothian Classic Wheels, and Gold Wing Road Riders.

For more info  call 972-923-0080

 July 4 – Penn Yan NY

Please join us for the annual July 4th Fly-in/Drive-In Breakfast at the Penn Yan airport in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country. This is one of the biggest and longest breakfasts anywhere in the country. We expect at least 2,500 attendees and 100 aircraft to visit. Adults $10, children $5, serving 6:30 through 11:30. In addition to food, we will have scenic rides, static displays, and musical entertainment. Penn Yan Flying Club, 2487 Bath Road, CR-17, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Contact: Harv Greenberg,,, 607-292-6485.


 MAY 28, 2016

 IONE, CA—On Saturday, May 28st, The Rotary Club of Ione will sponsor its 3RD Annual Show & Shine Classic and Vintage Car Show. The location has been moved to the Westover Field Airport located at 12380 Airport Blvd, Jackson, CA off of Hwy 49. The layout of the new location offers addition space for show cars, vendors and the public, and is ideally configured for this event. The show expects cars from throughout California and Nevada, and will feature vehicles in all categories from street rods to stock pre-1960, modified, foreign cars and more. Some trucks will also be on display.

Show car judging will be from 10-12 noon, and the award ceremony will be held at 2:00 PM. The event is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For information on displaying a car at the show, contact Dave Wardall at,, or 209-274-9160. All proceeds will go to local youth organizations the Interfaith Food Bank and other non-profit organizations. The food bank currently serves 6000 individuals and 2400 families. They experience lower donations during the mid-year months and this event will help to ease that burden.


     Las Cruces, NM               29-30 Sept, 1-2 Oct 2016

This fly-in takes place in beautiful southern NM when the weather should be excellent (day low 80s, night low 50s) and the activities exceptional.

Attendees will be able to fly their own plane into the only purpose-built commercial spaceport in America (there are 10 licensed spaceports in the US).  Spaceport America is a state-owned facility supporting the research and development of companies such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic passenger space vehicle and Space X’s space rockets.  USPA will be able to have a tour of this facility.

As more information is obtained, it will be available to USPA members.  To attend this weekend, all attendees must be either USPA members or members of a USPA Affiliated state (such as MO, TX, OR NM, as well as others). Bob Worthington, USPA Fly-in Chair, 575 522-6785




April 2 – Ponca City, OK – Ponca City Regional Airport (KPNC) First Saturday breakfast. 7:00 – 10:00 AM Fantastic food; very well attended long running event. For a suggested $7.00 donation (and well worth it) you can have pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits & gravy, orange juice, coffee, and fruit. Sponsored by PNC airport booster club on the first Saturday of every month rain or shine. Contact Bruce Eberle 580-761-5884

April 9 – Carlisle, AR – Carlisle Municipal Airport (4M3) EAA Chapter 122 UL will host a Fly-in / Drive-in Breakfast 8:30 – 11:30 AM. This is a recurring event on the second Saturday of each month. Come to socialize.  For additional information go to: Contact Steve Ware @ 501-606-6672

April 9 – Melbourne, AR – Melbourne Municipal / John E. Miller Field (42A) Ozarka College & the City of Melbourne have teamed up to host a Fly-in Breakfast and an Aviation Experience for the community.   Pancake breakfast @ 8 am — $7 donation, followed by a Safety Seminar @ 10. Flights and Aviation Training Device (Simulator) will be available for young people between the ages of 10-17. Awards for longest cross-country, accuracy landing, & best in show.  Please RSVP to ensure enough food or for preferential parking. Contact Kevin Crawford, 870-368-7926 or kevin.crawford@ozarka.ed

April 9 – Ozark, AR – Etna Airport ( no airport ID but lat/long is N35 22.21 W93 50.25 ) 0700 – 1100 EAA Chapter 1156 Pancake Breakfast by donation — Young Eagles Flights. Contact: David email:  Phone: 479-806-3050

April 16 – Cookson, OK – Tenkiller Airpark (44M) – 27th Annual Wild Onions ‘N Eggs Fly-in Breakfast 8:00 -10:30AM. Fuel available on the field (cash or check – no credit cards). This is a long running event that attracts Warbirds, classics, and just about any type aircraft that flies. The location is a grass strip in very good condition right on the shore of Tenkiller Lake. The food is always good and plentiful; (The wild onions are optional.) On field overnight camping is available in the Mary Kelly Park on the east side of the runway. Jody will smoke his famous BBQ for supper around 6:00 PM on Friday for campers. Camp out on Friday and watch all the Saturday arrivals. Fuel is available with cash or check – no credit cards. Information: email: or Phone: 918-457-4774 Contact me for event flyer.

April 16 – Pine Bluff, AR – Grider Field Airport (KPBF) fly-in breakfast 3rd Saturday of every month.  Our specialty is eggs anyway you want them, from fried to eggs Benedict. You should try our omelets.  Come enjoy your breakfast in our WWII style Officers Club.  A $7.00 donation gets you all you can eat.  Contact: Gerald @ 870-377-2728 or email:

April 22 – 24 – Golden, MO – Table Rock Airport (MO32) Fifth Annual Golden Aerodrome Flying Circus. A three day event filled with flying, presentations, tall tales, antique engines, classic cars, arts & crafts, etc. Tent camping on the field or bring your bedroll and “camp” inside one of the buildings. Showers and restrooms are available.  Saturday activities at the Flying Circus include hands on mechanical activities, flying, and food. The evenings will feature meals and live music in addition to tall tales. For more information visit:  to familiarize yourself with the proper arrival/ departure procedures & download flyer from website. Register on the website so they will have an idea of headcount for meal planning. For additional information or questions contact: Chad Smith phone: 479.685.8380 or email: Contact me for event flyer.

April 23 – North Little Rock, AR – NLR Airport (KORK) *** New Unicom / CTAF 123.075 *** EAA chapter 165 Super Breakfast by donation on the 4th Saturday every month. Starts at 8:30 and goes until everybody is stuffed.  We strive to make it a Super Breakfast by having all the usual things you expect plus whatever extras we can dig up like blueberry pancakes, French toast, hash browns, fresh fruit, omelets and eggs cooked to order.  Our cooks love to surprise you with something they thought up.  Come hungry and leave overloaded. There is usually RV formation flying by Bulldog Flight right after breakfast, ride along or fly with them.  Contact Marvin Homsley 419 360-7414.

April 23 – Warrensburg, MO – Skyhaven Airport (KRCM) 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fly-in, Drive-in, Lunch & Car show. Aircraft static displays. Hosted by Alpha Eta Rho. Lunch will be $5. If you bring a hot rod or show off your aircraft, lunch will be $2. Proceeds will be towards  The airport is 4 miles west from highway 13 on Highway 50. The address is 160 NW 251 Rd, Warrensburg, MO 64093. If you need any more information, please contact Taylre Moore at the following: Number: (912)-432-8153 Email: Contact me for event flyer.


April 24 – Heber Springs AR – There will be a fly in in Heber Springs AR, on the 23rd of April and the Arkansas Freedom Fund plane will be there for display. The event will have live bands, food, games for planes and antique planes

April 30 – Harrison, AR – Boone County Airport (KHRO) Aviator’s Day Sponsored by Boone County Airport and Fly Arkansas FBO. Spot landing contest upon arrival 8:00 – 10:00 Coffee and Doughnuts available. 1030A to 1130A – FAA Wings Seminar – Pilot Preventative Maintenance and Airworthiness. 1130A – Smoked/Cooked On-Site Lunch & Dessert from Jordan’s BBQ & Catfish (Free for anyone arriving via airplane, registration via the FAA Wings program is appreciated for headcount). 1230P – Starts the Flower Bomb Drop. 1330P – NOAA/NWS Presentation on ADS-B Weather in the Cockpit and Radar Interpretation. 1430P – Awards Ceremony & Prizes: Prizes will include Free Avgas, Oil Change in a Box (Filter & Case of your favorite piston oil!), Grand Prize for Top Rank (Combined Flour Drop & Spot Landing) is a Stratus 2S ADS-B Receiver and AHRS Unit! Avgas will be $3.00/Gal for Participants Take as Much as you can Carry! Contact (870) 741-4510

May 6-7 – Walnut Ridge, AR – Walnut Ridge Airport (KARG) Walnut Ridge Airport / Wings of Honor Museum 18th Annual Air Field Reunion & the airport’s 74th Birthday party. Saturday FREE Breakfast 7 – 9:30 provided by airport in the terminal. 10:00 Safety meeting in the Museum followed by Free BBQ lunch noon – 12:45 for seminar attendees. Walnut Ridge was an Aviation Cadet WWII Training facility and there is a museum on the field. ARG is also the home of The Parachute Inn, a restaurant inside a retired SW Airlines 737. Contact: Walnut Ridge Regional Airport 870-886-5432 Contact me for event flyer.

May 12-15, 2016 – Ozark, AR –Byrd’s Backcountry Airstrip (Lat: 35 40′ 37″N Long: 93 43’ 59”W) Eleventh annual Spring Fly-in. 2 grass runways along the Mulberry River in Arkansas. Beautiful scenery in remote setting. New riverfront restaurant, cabins, RV hookups, under-wing camping, and large restroom with hot showers. On the web @ contact: 479-667-4066

May 14 – Neosho, MO – Neosho Municipal Airport (KEOS) Fly-in; Meals; Flying Contests; Aviation Safety Seminar. Details coming soon.

May 19-22Branson, MO – Clark/Downtown Airport (KPLK) USPA Flyin/Annual Meeting kicks off Thursday evening @ 7:00 pm with Safety Seminar in the KPLK terminal building. Hospitality room, informative GA meetings, fun Branson activities including tours and shows. ALL PILOTS WELCOME!  More info at  Or contact Jan Hoynacki,, 417-338-2225.

MAY 22 – The airport board of the Atlanta, Texas airport has set May 22nd as the date for our annual Fly In. No rain date set. There will be free BBQ meal for PIC pilots coming to the event, balloon popping contest, flour bomb contest- all with trophies and bragging rights included! Bring the kids- kids games (bag toss, 3 leg race, etc.) with trophies and ribbons presented to the winners! Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Lunch 11:00 – 2:00. Pilots Games: 1:00 PM. No admission charge. Airport number: 903-799-4066.

*** Sometimes plans change and it is advisable to check before you go. ***

Andy — email:





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Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame 2015

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We are proud to announce the 2015 Aviation Hall of Fame event for Arkansas.  Prices, times, place are included in the download.  If you need more information, contact Ralph McCormick at 479-970-1001.