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Pioneering aviator put Arizona town on the map
Payson Roundup
Rich Henry and John King in their Cessna 210 skimmed the treetops near Milk Ranch Point on the Mogollon Rim. "Can you see those white-flecked rocks?" asked Rich, pointing to the meadow below. Fascinated, he and his friend later hiked into the Coconino National Forest to investigate. They discovered a forgotten piece of history — airway markers that helped win World War II. In the 1940s, Arizona served as one of the prime training grounds for pilots.
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Frank's fly boys keep Bandon Aviation friendly, buzzing with business
The World
From the outside, Bandon Aviation appears to be a standard-looking warehouse sitting on a small airstrip, its only distinguishing characteristics the building's blue exterior and basic block-lettered awning. But inside exists enough characters and interesting craftsmanship to land the next restoration reality television show. The craftsmanship comes in the form of the repair and restoration of vintage airplanes of all varieties. The characters incarnate are the Crook brothers, Wayne and Brady, and their right-hand man, Guy Guernsey.
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Continental Motors Group to assemble diesel kits in US
Continental Motors Group announced it received a Production Certificate from the FAA to assemble its CD-135 and CD-155 diesel engine retrofit kits in North America. The diesel engines will continue to be manufactured at Continental Motors' plant in St. Egidien, Germany, the company said. Meanwhile, Continental has selected its Continental Motors Services division in Fairhope, Alabama, for the final assembly and installation of the engine retrofits. The kits will be stocked at CMS and listed on the company’s website by the second quarter of this year.
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Spring house cleaning
By H. Dean Chamberlain, reprinted with permission from the FAA Aviation News
Just as many people do annual springhouse cleaning; many aircraft owners do annual spring aircraft cleaning. The reason is simple. Many personal aircraft are not flown as often during the winter as during the summer. And since many aircraft are tied down outside, it is hard to work on them during the winter months because of the limited amount of daylight and cold weather if you are based in the northern tier of the country. Even if your aircraft is kept in a hanger, you may not have heat in the hanger. If you add in some snow and ice, it is even harder to get to the airport, much less work outside, if you don't have hangar space. All of this adds up to the question of how to clean and prepare your aircraft for the upcoming flying season.
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IFA pilot quiz — Aviation numbers
I Fly America
Aviation is an activity of numbers — airspeed, altitude, flight legs, minutes, and so on. Some of these a pilot needs to know, some are just interesting facts about flying. Try yourself on these. Caution — they are not all easy.

1. How many different tests does the FAA give for various licenses, ratings, and activities?
    a. Fewer than 15
    b. Fewer than 50
    c. More than 80
2. How many questions are there in the longest test: Military Competency Instructor?
    a. 125
    b. 85
    c. 60
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Accident Report — IFR weather; VFR flying — Piper PA-23-160
I Fly America
The private pilot was on a visual flight rules cross-country flight when he began encountering instrument conditions. The pilot continued into the instrument conditions for about 30 minutes before asking Atlanta Approach Control for directions to the nearest airport for landing. The controller directed the pilot to two different nearby airports but both were below minimums. The pilot informed the controller that he was low on fuel and needed to land as soon as possible. The controller directed the pilot to the Columbus Metropolitan Airport, Columbus, Georgia. The pilot told the controllers that he would attempt an Instrument approach.
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That postal worker who landed at US Capitol wasn't 1st
Air & Space Magazine
According to author Roger Mola: When I saw the news about a postal worker from Florida landing a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, my first thought was "What an idiot." My second thought was that I'd seen this picture before — not only of a gyrocopter in Washington, but one flown by a postal worker. The date was May 19, 1938, and the flight was part of an official event to mark National Airmail Week. Letters were carried from Washington National Airport, over the Capitol building grounds, to the U.S. post office near Union Station.
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Hartzell composite prop comes to Cirrus SR22
Cirrus SR22 owners can now upgrade their performance capabilities by replacing their metal propellers with Hartzell's three-blade composite prop. The replacement is made with Hartzell's second-generation Advance Structural Composite construction, consisting of carbon fiber laminates integrated into a co-molded stainless steel shank. A nickel erosion shield protects the outboard half of the leading edge of each blade.
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1 rule to fly them all
According to author Mary Grady: In a first visit to Aero, it's hard to escape this harsh reality — around every corner, there is another beautiful, stunning, interesting aircraft — but it's difficult or next to impossible for an American to buy one. On my first day here, I visited the Risen sport plane, developed by Swiss Excellence Airplanes. For Alberto Porto, the company president, the brand-new aircraft is clearly a labor of love.
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I learned about flying from that: Putting training to work
According to the author H.L. O'Neal: It was a beautiful day for flying. The takeoff from Waco Regional Airport in Waco, Texas, was routine and uneventful as I turned onto a northwest heading as indicated by the GPS. I had reduced from takeoff power to about 2,450 rpm and about 24 inches of manifold pressure. As I was leaving 1,500 feet and exiting Waco tower's airspace, tower advised us to contact Fort Worth Center. I switched over and made the call. "Fort Worth Center, Bonanza 9792R with you, 1,500 climbing to 2,500."
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