Georgetown AirFest 2013

October 13, 2013 by  
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The fourth annual Georgetown Airfest will take place on November 2, from 9am to 4pm. Visitor can take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a ride on a C-47 Southern Cross, a Huey helicopter, and a single-engine Cessna or Piper. The EAA Young Eagles program will be offering flights free of charge to young people between the ages of 8 and 17 years – reservations to be made at Static and aerial displays include the Douglas R4D Skytrain; C-47 Southern Cross; P-51 Mustang; B-25 Devil Dog; M-24 Hind Attack Helicopter; UH-1E Huey Helicopter; Cessna Skycatcher 162; SNJ-4 US Navy Trainer; Nanchang CJ5; Harvard Mark IV trainer and Piper Tomahawk; to mention a few. For more information visit

Date: November 2, 2013
Venue: Georgetown Airport
City: Georgetown
State: California
Country: United States

2013 National Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

March 12, 2013 by  
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Home of the legendary Wright Brothers, and widely considered to be the “birthplace of aviation”, Dayton is the perfect location for the National Aviation Hall of Fame – a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the pioneering and innovative people who have been behind the development of aviation in America. Situated at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Aviation Hall of Fame recently announced the names of the four individuals who will be joining the ranks of other inductees at the prestigious annual ceremony taking place in October 2013. They are Major General Patrick H. Brady, Captain Robert L. Gibson, the late Charles Alfred Anderson and the late Dwane L. Wallace.

Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady of the USAF (now retired) accrued a number of noteworthy achievements in his more than 34 years in the army. He developed tactical techniques for helicopter air ambulance rescue in combat and during his two Vietnam combat tours, Brady flew more than 2,500 missions and participated in the rescue of more than 5,000 wounded. As a highly decorated member of the armed forces, Brady’s service awards include the Distinguished Service Cross and the Medal of Honor.

Retired Capt. Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson flew combat in Southeast Asia as a Navy fighter pilot and was a flight test pilot before he joined NASA in 1978. Of his five Shuttle missions, he was Commander of four. As an aeronautical engineer Gibson was a member of the Challenger accident investigation team. In his aviation career Capt. Gibson has logged in excess of 14,000 hours in more than 130 types of aircraft.

Widely acknowledged as “the father of African-American aviation”, the late Charles Alfred Anderson played a major role in developing a civilian-pilot training program for blacks in 1940. His historical flight in 1941, with first lady Eleanor Roosevelt aboard, is considered to have been the stepping stone leading to the training of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots, with Anderson as the chief instructor.

The late Dwane L. Wallace spent 41 years with the Cessna Aircraft Company before retiring in 1975 as the company’s Chairman and CEO. His dedication to the company was so strong that during the Great Depression, he used money he won by air racing to ensure employees were paid. Following WWII, Wallace directed the company’s development away from military into corporate and general aviation products, with much success. Wallace was also a founding member and the first chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

The induction ceremony, referred to as “America’s Oscar Night of Aviation”, will take place at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center on Friday, October 4, 2013, and is open to the public, with advance reservations to be made with the NAHF.

California Aircraft Expo 2012

October 30, 2012 by  
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California Aircraft Expo 2012 offers aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to view the latest products from California’s leading aircraft manufacturers all at one venue. Manufacturers exhibiting at the event include Cessna, Piper, Diamond, Husky, Hawker Beechcraft, Pilatus, Cirrus, Lancair and more. There will also be representatives from insurance and financial institutions to offer expert advice on the paperwork side of acquiring a private aircraft. For more information visit

Date: 1 December 2012
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Pacific Air Center
City: Long Beach
State: California
Country: United States

Citation Ten Puts Cessna Back in Top Spot as Fastest Civil Aircraft

September 11, 2012 by  
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Cessna Aircraft Corporation recently announced that its Citation Ten has reclaimed the top spot as the fastest civil airplane with a maximum Mach of 0.935. Cessna’s Citation X held the fastest speed record at a maximum Mach of 0.92 before being overtaken by the Gulfstream G650 business jet with a Mach of 0.925. With the capability of traveling at 93.5 percent of the speed of sound, or almost 700 mph, the Citation Ten has pushed the G650 into second place, proving that as technology advances, records are made to be broken.

In addition to the increase in speed that the Cessna Citation Ten offers over the Citation X, the new aircraft boasts an increase in both payload capacity and range. The Citation Ten will have a range of 3,242 nautical miles, being an increase of close to 200 miles compared with the Citation X, and a payload increase of around 200 pounds.

In an interview relating to the announcement of the new speed record, Cessna President and CEO Scott Ernest noted that the founder of the Cessna Aircraft Corporation, Clyde Cessna, believed that ‘speed is the only reason for flying’ and Cessna pursues the goal of designing, manufacturing and flying the fastest civil aircraft in the world so that their customers can work faster and more efficiently. Chip Ganassi of Chip Ganassi Racing, which reportedly currently operates a Citation X, agrees with this sentiment, noting that his teams compete in almost seventy races each year, and their aircraft “shrinks the map” for him, allowing him more time at the tracks and with his teams.

The Citation Ten will be powered by the new Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 engines featuring redesigned fan blades to deliver more thrust. The aircraft boasts a Garmin G5000 integrated Flight Deck with three 14-inch LCD screens and four touch screen control panels offering user-friendly ease of access. The interior of the Citation Ten allows more legroom and space to recline, and features more storage space. Takeoff distance is 5,150 feet, with landing distance at 3,430 ft and maximum operating altitude of 51,000 feet. As with all Cessna aircraft, the Citation Ten is backed by the after sales service that Cessna is well known for.

Cessna 150

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Cessna 150 is one of the most popular flight trainers of all time. Cessna offered two model choices for the 150: the Commuter and the Aerobat which was basically the same plane but structurally reinforced for aerobatic flying and with quick-release door pins installed. The 150 is a two-seat plane with tricycle landing gear, meaning that the third wheel is located beneath the nose rather than the tail.

Cessna manufactured the 150 from 1959 until 1977. In all, they produced 22,138 of the Cessna 150’s in the United States, with an additional 1,764 of the airplanes produced in France. The aircraft manufactured in the States were built with a Continental O-200 100 HP engine whereas the 150s built in France came with a slightly more powerful Rolls Royce/Continental 0-240A 130 HP engine.

Throughout its manufacturing life, the 150 received constant modifications and improvements from Cessna. A new propeller was introduced in 1962 that offered more speed and greater climbing ability. In 1964, the Cessna 150 received its first rear window. A year later, Cessna replaced the bench seat with bucket seats. Some 150 owners have installed aftermarket vortex generators to reduce the stall speed. An FAA-approved fuel kit conversion is available that makes it possible for the 150 to burn automotive gas instead of aviation fuel (avgas). This can be advantageous because of the higher cost for avgas and in locations where only automotive fuel is available.

Though the Cessna 150 is a smaller, older aircraft than many others flying today, it has held its value and is considered a good investment for beginner pilots or for those who don’t need to fly anywhere in a hurry. Because they burn only about six U.S. gallons per hour, they can be flown relatively cheaply as compared to most other airplanes.

Maximum speed: 122 mph
Cruise speed: 123 mph
Range: 366 nm
Ceiling: 14,000′
Length: 24′ 9″
Wingspan: 33′ 4″
Height: 8′ 6″
Maximum weight: 1,600 pounds
Empty weight: 1,111 pounds
Take off roll: 735′
Landing roll: 445′
Engine(s): one 100 hp Continental O-200-A
Rate of climb: 670 feet per minute
Crew: one pilot and up to one passenger
Fuel burn: 6 gallons per hour


February 9, 2009 by  
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For the average pilot, civilian aircraft form the nucleus of their world. While they might admire and desire the faster, more exciting models that are seen at military airbases, it is the slower, more functional models that bring home the bacon. In general, civilian aircraft are more affordable and are easier to obtain as they are sold by both private sellers and dealers. This section of covers not only all these factors, but also takes a look at some popular classic and vintage aircraft for the connoisseurs of flying.

Cessna 172

2006 marks the 50-year anniversary of the Cessna Skyhawk 172. The tricycle-gear 4-seat Cessna 172 is one of the world’s most popular airplanes of all time. To date, Cessna has delivered more than 35,000 of the single-engine, high-wing airplanes. The 172 is a forgiving aircraft which makes it attractive for novice pilots or those who operate on short strips or unpaved runways.

Another reason given for the 172’s popularity is that Cessna has consistently improved the aircraft’s design, engine, and avionics. Some of these changes include adding a rear window, aerofoil modifications, increased fuel capacity, and more horsepower. From 1956 until 1967, the 172 ran on a 145-horsepower six-cylinder Continental O-300 engine. From 1968 until 1984, Cessna replaced that engine with a 150-horsepower four-cylinder Lycoming O-320 engine.

Cessna then ceased production of the Skyhawk 172 until 1996, when they released the 172R with the current 160-horsepower, fuel injected four-cylinder Textron Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine.

Higher performance variations of the 172R come with more features and more horsepower. The 172RG featured retractable gear and a variable pitch, constant speed propeller with a more powerful engine in the 180-horsepower Lycoming O-360.

Specifications of the current Skyhawk Model 172R:

Engine: Textron Lycoming IO-360-L2A, 160 BHP at 2,400 RPM
Landing Performance: ground roll 550 ft
Propeller: 2-bladed fixed pitch
Cruise Speed (80% power at 8,000 feet):122 kts
Takeoff Performance (total distance over 50 ft obstacle): 1,685 ft
Optional Garmin G1000 NAV III glass cockpit

Cessna 185

February 9, 2009 by  
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Though the Cessna 185 Skywagon is considered by many to be the premier bush plane, it’s also popular with many other pilots and owners who’ll never fly anywhere near Alaska or northern Canada. Cessna began manufacturing the six-seat 185 Skywagon in March of 1961. The company produced 4,400 Skywagons before it ceased production of the plane in 1985.

The 185 Skywagon is a tail dragger, which means its third wheel is located beneath the tail instead of the nose. This wheel type was a popular configuration for World War II era aircraft and the 185 Skywagon was the last tail dragger that Cessna manufactured. Due to their tendency to ground loop, tail dragger planes often cost more to insure and aren’t as popular because of their challenging landing and takeoff characteristics.

In lieu of wheels, the 185 Skywagon can be equipped with floats, amphibious floats (floats that also have wheels for non-water landings), and skis. This makes the 185 Skywagon particularly attractive to those who fly in northern latitudes where the summer season is short and water runways are more plentiful than those found on land. Bush pilots will often change their 185 Skywagon from floats or wheels to skis and back as the season dictates.

Many install aftermarket Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) kits, vortex generators, stall fences, and other modifications on their 185 Skywagon to lower the stall speed and minimize the plane’s landing and takeoff distances. Other options available for the 185 Skywagon include external fuel and cargo pods, baggage extensions, oversized doors, and giant tundra tires that are used for bush strip runways. For those who desire a more powerful engine, which with a full load and floats may be necessary, a larger 300 HP Continental IO-550 engine is available. The 185 Skywagon can also be used for aerial applications when spray booms and a 151-gallon chemical tank are installed beneath the belly.

Maximum speed: 155 knots
Range: 573 nautical miles
Ceiling: 17,150′
Length: 25′ 9″
Wingspan: 35′ 10″
Height: 7′ 9″
Maximum weight: 3,350 pounds
Empty weight: 1,600 pounds
Engine(s): One 300 HP Continental IO-520-D engine
Rate of climb: 1,010′ per minute
Crew: one pilot and up to five passengers


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Cessna Aircraft Company was established in 1927 and manufactures a range of aircraft for the private and business sectors. Cessna is perhaps best known for the 172, a single-engine piston airplane that is one of the most popular trainers of all time. Cessna also manufactures the Citation business jet and the Caravan, a freight and passenger utility aircraft. The company continues to develop piston as well as jet engine airplanes. In September of 2006, the Federal Aviation Administration approved type rating certification for the proposed Cessna Mustang which will be the world’s first entry level business jet. Cessna reports that in 2005 they delivered 1,157 aircraft with revenues of about $3.5 billion.

Florida Aviation and Avionics Expo

February 9, 2009 by  
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The FAAE is held annually at the Charlotte County Airport (PGD) in Punta Gorda, Florida, and the next event is Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, 2007. Admission price for the Florida Aviation and Avionics Expo is free to anyone who attends.

At the Florida Aviation and Avionics Expo you can see some of the latest aviation products on the market and get up close to the airplanes on display. You can find some great bargains at the Aviation Flea Market, or even sell some of your own aircraft parts or accessories.

While at the Florida Aviation and Avionics Expo visitors should take the opportunity to enjoy the many presentations and seminars led by aviation experts from industry leading firms. Learn about engine performance, avionics, engine overhauls, and more. Visit with flight schools and aircraft sales people, and meet aviation authors who will be on hand to personally autograph copies of their books. You can also enjoy the exhibitions and demonstrations from companies sponsored by Cessna Aircraft Corporation, Piper Aircraft Corporation, Garmin Avionics, Honeywell Bendix/King Avionics, and others. For those seeking the thrill of real action, attendees can try an airplane rides and even discounted flying lessons.

For more information, visit the Florida Aviation and Avionics Expo website If you would like seminar, exhibitor or media information call Phil McCoy or Jim Kantor at 1-800-628-2667, or 941-637-8585.

Special notes for those who fly in to the event:

For those who fly in to the event, the FAA will temporarily staff the tower to enhance safety. For an airport advisory or general expo information, contact Charlotte County on 122.975. Early arrivals will have access to the south ramp. Discounted avgas will be available during the expo from the Charlotte County Airport FBO.

To reserve a free spot at the flea market or park your aircraft in the “for sale” area, call Cindy at the airport office at 941-639-1101. (There’s no cost to airplane sellers.) Before starting your journey call Airport Operations on the local airport frequency for taxi instructions.

All other taxi and parking instructions should be requested on a special frequency designated by Expo Aircraft Taxi and Parking Advisory. Pilots will need to bring tie downs and chalks for their aircraft as there will not be any available for sale or rental. Of course before planning any fly-ins, pilots must check all airport frequencies, as well as airport availability and weather conditions to insure a safe and enjoyable flight.

Women in Aviation International Trade Show

February 9, 2009 by  
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Women in Aviation International (WAI) sponsors the International Women in Aviation Trade Show which in 2007 is expected to draw more than 3,000 women and men involved in all aspects of aviation, and the event is collaboration with Walt Disney World. Theme Park packages for trade show participants and their families with licensed childcare available for those traveling with families.

At the WAI, trade show exhibitors are scheduled to include Cessna Aircraft Company, Cirrus Design, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), Gulfstream Training Academy, and the Ninety-Nines Inc.

Among the seminars scheduled during the event is “Learn to Fly” which will be presented by Julie Boatman, certificated flight instructor and technical editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association magazine AOPA Pilot. At this seminar, you’ll learn the basics about how to obtain a pilot’s license. Pilot education seminars will include “The Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft,” “An Instructors/Student Guide to Teaching Glass Cockpits,” and “Teaching the Emergency Turn Back to the Runway.” Career Development seminars will include “Pilot Job Market: Trends for the HR Professional,” “Professional Pilot: Supply and Demand,” and “Strategic Marketing for Professional Flight Instructors.” If you’re interested in maintenance and engineering, consider attending “Aircraft Design: Concept to Reality,” “Today’s Rosie the Riveter,” “Women in Aviation – Past, Present and Future,” and “How Women Are Changing the Face of Aviation.”

Among the invited keynote speakers are Marion Blakey, FAA Administrator, Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic, Major Nicole Malachowski, USAF Thunderbird Pilot, Bonnie Dunbar, President of the Seattle Museum of Flight, and Capt. Betty Uhrig, Chevron Global Aviation’s Chief Pilot.

In addition to a silent auction, there will also be a Scholarship Awards Banquet and WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Registration for the International Women in Aviation Trade Show is available online. The Web site for the International Women in Aviation Trade Show is For questions about the conference, you can contact the WAI at 937-839-4647. Mention you heard about the trade show from us at!

The next International Women in Aviation Trade Show will be held at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from February 15-17, 2007 (Thursday through Saturday)

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