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For Tuskegee airman, a time of honor
Detroit Free Press
Russell Nalle Jr. began working for the Ford River Rouge plant in Dearborn, Mich., right after high school graduation in 1939. That is where Nalle Jr. was when the war called.
He was drafted into the Army three years later and transferred numerous times until he wound up at Ft. Huachuca in southeast Arizona, 15 miles north of the Mexican border.
It was there that he'd heard about the all-black units of the U.S. Army Air Corps training at the Tuskegee Air Field in Alabama.
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FAA medical chief targets fat pilots and controllers
Pilots and controllers who may be obese will have an extra hoop to jump for their medical certification to ensure they don't have obstructive sleep apnea. Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton has notified Air Medical Examiners that they will soon be required to measure the body mass index of all pilots and controllers during their medicals.
Florida seaplane base is still flying high after 50 years
The Lakeland Evening Ledger
From up here, the alligators look small. They're bigger when you land.
But Jon Brown, in a warm, trusting tone, says not to worry. The smoother conditions are more troublesome.
With about 30,000 hours of dropping in and out of lakes around Florida's Winter Haven Airport, Brown may be the foremost authority.
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Is your aircraft winterized?
By H. Dean Chamberlain
Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
The first step in winterizing your aircraft is to review your aircraft's flight manual or pilot operating handbook. If your aircraft is very old, its documentation may not contain as much information as newer aircraft, but it is a starting point. How you winterize your aircraft depends upon its construction. For example, since most general aviation aircraft engines are air cooled, basic engine care may be limited to using the appropriate grade of oil based upon the expected temperature range. Some aircraft may require installation of an air-inlet restrictor plate to reduce the amount of cold air flowing through the engine and/or oil cooler. If your aircraft has control cables rather than push-pull control tubes, you may need to adjust your cables to compensate for contraction due to the cold temperatures.
IFA pilot quiz — The IFA FLY-Q test
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1. Eric Weiss was the first American to fly a plane in Australia. Weiss was better known as:
a. Elmer Gantry
2. How many planes did women pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII deliver from factories to line squadrons?
b. Harry Houdini
c. Al Jolson
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Tom Aberle wins Nevada air races class
Fallbrook Bonsall Village News
Tom Aberle and his plane Phantom won the Gold Cup race in the Biplane class at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., while setting heat race and Gold Cup average speed records.
The 2013 National Championship Air Races constituted the 50th such competition, and Aberle was also recognized as one of 12 mavericks and legends of the air races.
"I was honored to be one of those 12 recipients," he said.
1st 'flight' from LA to Tokyo piloted by Californian restauranteur
Zansaku Azuma had been born in the Ishikawa Prefecture in Western Japan in 1893. Azuma's family hoped he would enter the priesthood but he declined and took off for Kyoto and a variety of jobs including journalism. One story says he became interested in aviation when he saw an American flyer, Art Smith, doing aerial stunts.
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Cessna to auction historic airplane for charity
The Barrett-Jackson collector car auction occasionally gets an airplane or two on the docket and many airplane manufacturers display their new products on the show grounds. For January's Scottsdale, Ariz., show, Cessna has donated a nicely restored 1953 model L-19 Bird Dog.
West Virginia's Civil Air Patrol soars miles above rest
Wheeling's Civil Air Patrol in West Virginia is flying a bit higher these days after earning a lofty award.
The Wheeling Composite Squadron of the West Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol recently received the 2013 Outstanding Squadron of the Year Award during the wings' annual conference in Charleston.
The designation means the unit is the best of the 12 squadrons in the state, according to state Civil Air Patrol leadership, which conducted the evaluation.
Florida pilot donates plane
It's not every day you hear about someone giving away a plane, but that's exactly what one Charlotte County, Fla., pilot did.
The donation is expected to benefit hundreds of high school students trying to break into the engineering and aerospace industries.
"It's fun to be able to say that I took an airplane apart, I took an engine apart," said Kyle Crocker, a high school student earning an impressive number of college credits at the same time.
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