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The Grand Mesa

The largest flat top mountain in the world is just 69 Statute Miles (60 Nautical Miles) north of Ouray.  This western slope of Colorado is filled with “wonders” like this…  take a view at The rand Mesa from above, a bird’s eye view.   This large mountain between Grand Junction and Ouray is visible from miles away.  The obvious flat top seems to run for miles and miles.   It is unusual compared to the mountains around Ouray which are definitely not flat top.

 

Movie

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CAF Rise Above: WASP

Hemlock Films has begun filming for their new movie Rise Above: WASP.  The film is being produced by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) as a component to their new educational program highlighting the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) of WWII.

While the film will contain historic reenactments and exciting aerial cinematography, a project like this always begins with the souuce.  So, Hemlock has begun the task of traveling nationwide to interview the WASP.  While there were 1102 women who served as WASP in WWII, less than a quarter of that number remain.  To find out more, please visit the following:

www.HemlockFilms.com   www.RiseAboveWasp.org
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Air Events

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SPRING FLYOUT – ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP AND BOARD MEETINGS

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

http://mid-wayregional.com

 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, http://pennyanflyingclub.org, keukaharv@gmail.com, 607-292-6485.

THIRD ANNUAL ROTARY SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW

 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,davidwardall@gmail.com, 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.

USPA FALL FLY-IN

     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

 

ANDY’S LIST – MID AMERICA

 

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 ou444@yahoo.com

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: eaaul122.org 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: dzirbel000@centurytel.net  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: veedster@aol.com 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: gwloyd@hotmail.com

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: http://www.goldenaerodrome.com/Home.php  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: cisolutionsllp@gmail.com 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 https://wingsofhope.ngo/  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: tsm68780@ucmo.edu 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 @ http://www.byrdsadventurecenter.com/activities/fly.htmlPhone 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 www.uspilots.org.  Or contact Jan Hoynacki, jan@uspilots.org, 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: andya@diamondcity.net

 

 

 

FLY-LOW JANUARY 2016 ISSUE ONLINE

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For those of you who enjoy flying with us…  welcome aboard!  The January flight is now boarding..

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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.

Jim Gaston Goes West

Jim Gaston

Jim Gaston

Arkansas, aviation, and I lost a dear friend, today. I first met Jim in the 1980s. He was an extremely nice person who had a great deal of interest in everyone around him. As owner of Gaston’s Resort, his life came into contact with so many people. As president of the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society, I had the pleasure of notifying his family before he passed that was a nominee to receive the 2015 Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame award.

There was so much more to Jim than just aviation. He was so strong in the Arkansas Parks and Tourism for many years. He was a good friend to everyone and had many abilities; flying, community and state service, photographer, collector of antiques, lover of wild life, but most of all a good friend to everyone he came in contact.

Jim has touched many people over his seventy-three years and many don’t even realize it. His role as member of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism committee for many years effected Arkansans and tourists from so many states.

Received the Arkansas Tourism Person of the Year Award in 1985 and the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1998 was chosen by Active Years as one of the Most Admired People in Arkansas. In 2010, Jim was chosen as the Arkansas Business Executive of the Year. Held various leadership positions with the Arkansas Hospitality Ajim gaston240ssociation and received the Associations Silver Cup for Tourism Award.   Has served on the board of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce and the Ozark Mountain Region. Served as a volunteer at the Bull Shoals State Park Visitor Center that bears his name the Jim A. Gaston Visitor Center.

Richard Davies, Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department, said, “Jim Gaston was a good friend with Gov. Dale Bumpers. Much of the time Gaston was ahead of his time.

i.e. In 1998 Gaston urged the State Parks and Tourism to get on the, at that time, unknown Internet. He performed great on committees always being two steps ahead of the other board members. His interest turned from Aviation to motorcycles, steam engines, fountain pens, watches, guns and on.”

As Jim’s friend, I will miss him very much. God be with his family and friends during this difficult time.

Ralph McCormick, Publisher FLY-LOW Publications

President of AAHS

ARKANSAS FREEDOM FUND PLANE

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AIR EVENT IN GREAT BEND KS September 18-20

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By Martin Miller, Airport Manager, Great Bend Municipal Airport(KGB), Kansas

 

Putting together a 3-day event with the world’s only flying B-29 involves a good amount of serendipity. As Sep. 18 approaches, Great Bend Airfest 2015 has settled into a impressive display of warbirds, both static display and ride-sellers. Along with FIFI, Gunfighter, a premier CAF P-51, Miss Mitchell, their B-25, and the C-45 Expeditor, PT-23, A-26, and UC-78 will be selling rides. Bob Baker’s pair of P-51’s, flown by the twin Patillo brothers in World War II, John Swartz’s F-86, and Greg Colyer’s T-33 Acemaker will spend time in the pattern all three days. The AC-47 gunship Spooky will arrive for three days of tours.

Fly-ins for this event should plan to arrive for the pancake breakfast, and enter the free drawing for the 2:00 p.m. ride in Gunfighter on Saturday.   That’s a great bucket-list value for a $1695 experience. A hangar dance with the Ladies for Liberty trio follows the POW/MIA ceremony that evening. $40 helicopter rides all three days make this a wonderful family event with concessions and vendors galore.

With a 7850’ runway lots of World War II ramp space, the former B-29 Army Airfield is paying tribute to its history, the warbirds who dominated European and Pacific theaters, and the men and women who served our country. www.greatbendairfest.com or greatbendairport@ruraltel.net if you need information.

 

FAA NEWS

FAASEALCold 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 published temperature. The list should be reviewed to determine which segment or segments of the approach require an altitude correction. Some airports may have two temperature restrictions. Temperatures for Cold Temperature Restricted Airports are completely separate from the temperatures published on RNAV approaches. Temperature restrictions on RNAV approaches must be followed, even if warmer than the temperature listed with the snowflake symbol.
New verbiage will also be found throughout the AIM regarding Cold Temperature Altitude Corrections. Pilots must understand they are responsible for applying altitude corrections and advising ATC when these corrections are to be made. Advising ATC of altitude corrections in the final segment is not required. Air Traffic Control will not be responsible for making any altitude corrections and/or advising pilots that an altitude correction is required at the restricted airport.
Cold temperature altitude corrections are only required at the listed airports and only at or below the restricted temperature(s). Applying this procedure is not required at any airfield greater than 2500 feet that is not included on the Cold Temperature Restricted Airport list.
Recommended Actions: Operators of aircraft, directors of safety, directors of operations, chief pilots, dispatch supervisors, fractional ownership program managers and training managers should accomplish the following:
1. View Notice to Airmen Publication (NTAP)     http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/notices/ Part 4.
Graphic  Notices, Section 1. General – Cold Temperature Restricted Airports.
2. Understand the procedures required at Cold Temperature Restricted Airports.
Contact: Questions or comments should be directed to Kel Christianson, Aviation Safety Inspector, AFS-470 at (202) 267-8838.
Got Medical Questions?
Do you have a question about medical certification or a specific medical condition that you’ve always wanted to ask the FAA? Here’s your chance.  You may send your questions to the magazine staff at:mailto:james.williams@faa.gov. We’ll forward them along to the FAA Aerospace Medical Certification Division in Oklahoma City without your name and publish the answers in an upcoming issue.
Rulemaking Adjusts Training Device Credit for Pilot Certification
On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the FAA issued a direct to final rule that relieves burdens on pilots seeking to obtain aeronautical experience, training, and certification by increasing the allowed use of aviation training devices (ATDs) for instrument training. The rule will increase the allowances under 14 CFR section 61.65(i) to 20 hours for credit in an ATD and allows flight schools operating under part 141 Appendix C to have a 40 percent training credit in an ATD for the instrument rating. Previous allowances for ATD use were capped at 10 hours under part 61 and 10 percent under 141. Due to the sophistication and visual configuration capabilities of ATDs, the rule also removes the requirement to use a view-limiting device.
The comment period for the direct final rule will close Friday, January 2, 2015. The rule will become effective Tuesday, January 20, 2015, if no adverse comments are received.
In concert with this rule change is an update to Advisory Circular 61–136A, FAA Approval of Aviation Training Devices and Their Use for Training and Experience, which has been revised to improve guidance for the application and approval of these training devices. The AC also provides additional guidance on ATD use for training and how to properly log the time.
New Loss of Control Report Issued
In an effort to reduce the general aviation accident rate, the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee’s Loss of Control working group (LOCWG) submitted a final report in October that outlines a series of comprehensive GA safety enhancement (SE) strategies. The report is an addition to the LOCWG’s first report in 2012 and focuses specifically on accidents during the en-route and departure phases of flight. New SE topics include: pilot response to unexpected events; a list of medications for pilots; test pilot utilization and Experimental-Amateur Built pilot proficiency; development of Airman Certification Standards; and airman safety culture.
“The SEs provide a roadmap for how to focus on these topics to reduce accidents,” says National FAA Safety Team Operations Lead and LOCWG co-chair Kevin Clover. “Now the assigned FAA or industry group must follow the map and complete the work.”
To view the report, visit: http://www.gajsc.org/document-center.
New SAIB Addresses Alternate Method of Compliance to Cessna AD
The FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) last week to inform the public about an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) to an airworthiness directive (AD) issued in 2001 that affects certain Cessna 172 and 172S airplanes. This AD (2001-06-17) requires a one-time inspection for proper engine idle speed and fuel control mixture setting and adjustment, as necessary. This AD also requires incorporating engine-operating procedures into the pilot’s operating handbook/airplane flight manual.
The SAIB announces the availability of Cessna global AMOC 2001-06-17, dated August 13, 2014, which will facilitate compliance with the applicable AD. To view both the SAIB and the Cessna Global AMOC, visit: http://go.usa.gov/svGA.
Cross Country Skiing – Aviation Style
Ever wonder how much fun it’d be to hit the slopes — with an airplane? Find out in the November/December 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, which focuses on winter operations. In his article “Cross-Country Skiing – Aviation Style,” author Tom Hoffmann covers some of the “twists and turns” of flying with skis. Among some of the challenges for first time “skiers” is learning how to taxi, which becomes somewhat of a balancing act with little or no braking capability. Taxi tips offered include ensuring you have plenty of maneuvering room and preplanning your taxi track to stay clear of any tricky spots. Also remember to keep your taxi speed slow on ice or crusty snow, but fast enough on powder to keep your skis from sinking.
For more tips and information, be sure to read the article at http://1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB.

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