Wayne Boggs: Air Boss and reality television star

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“For everyone who has ever gazed skyward.” That’s the tagline from “The Aviators,” a reality television show focusing on aviation.

Since 2010, the show has brought the wonderful world of aviation into the living rooms and laptops of thousands. Each segment is approximately five minutes in length and covers topics ranging from the life of an airshow pilot to new technology in aviation to, the number one asked question, “Can a non-pilot land an airliner?”

The brainchild of Anthony Nalli, the show premiered in 2010 on various Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) in North America. Since then, it has aired in the United States nearly 40,000 times to an average audience of 10 million PBS viewers each week. Today, the show airs in more than 100 countries, reaching no less than 50 million viewers worldwide. It is also one of the most downloaded programs at iTunes in the nonfiction TV series, second only to “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

As Season 5 of The Aviators kicks off, it is accompanied by a spin-off series, “Air Boss,” starring Wayne Boggs, undoubtedly the most famous air boss in the country.

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AOPA marks 75th anniversary

FREDERICK, Md. — On this day in 1939, five pilots — all unabashed aviation enthusiasts — gathered near Wings Field north of Philadelphia and signed the charter that would launch the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a fledgling group that was destined to become the world’s largest aviation member association.

Then, as now, AOPA’s primary mission was to protect the freedom to fly for the growing population of general aviation pilots and aircraft owners.

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First-quarter avionics report released

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The Aircraft Electronics Association released its first-quarter 2014 Avionics Market Report, which shows that in the first three months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to more than $651 million.

That amount shows an 11.2% increase in sales compared to the first-quarter 2013 amount of more than $586 million.

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Angel MedFlight donates computers to students

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance recently hosted a field trip for the students of Gateway Academy of Scottsdale. The students came to learn about air ambulance services and aviation. The school specializes in children with Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism and PDD-nos (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-not otherwise specified).

Angel MedFlight also surprised the students by donating 15 iMac computers to their school.

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U.S. students among top winners in international aviation art contest

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The NASAO Center for Aviation Research & Education reports that two U.S. students are among the nine winners of the 2014 International Art Contest for young people, sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and managed by the NASAO Center. The art contest is designed to motivate and encourage young people to become familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, and science. The winning entries were selected during FAI’s April meeting in Switzerland.

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Free concerts at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Air and Space Museum’s summer concert series returns to the museum in Washington, D.C., and its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., this summer. Visitors can bring a picnic and enjoy the warm weather at the outdoor performances at the Udvar-Hazy Center or catch a military band performance at the National Mall building every Friday.

The summer concert series at the Udvar-Hazy center will take place on select Sundays, June 8 through Aug. 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. and will feature U.S. Military bands and local ensembles.

Udvar-Hazy Center Summer Concert Series Schedule

Sunday, June 8: The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note and Air Force Strings

Sunday, June 29: U.S. Navy Band, The Commodores

Sunday, July 6: U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants

Sunday, July 27: Loudoun County Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, Aug 3: U.S. Air Force Band, Max Impact

Sunday, Aug. 31: Quantico Marine Corps Rock Band

Tickets are not required, and parking is free after 4 p.m. Audience members will be invited to bring picnic snacks and blankets or lawn chairs but may not be permitted to bring them inside the museum. Pets are prohibited. Concerts will be held inside the museum if it rains.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington will also offer a series of free summer concerts every Friday from May 23 to Aug. 29. Each Friday will consist of four concerts at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and will last 20 minutes each. Presented by various ensembles from the renowned U.S. Air Force Band and the U.S. Navy Band, the concerts will feature vocal and instrumental selections from a variety of musical genres, including big band, jazz, popular, patriotic and classical.

The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. The museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. Both facilities are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking before 4 p.m. at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

Note: Summer hours for both buildings are in effect from May 23 to Sept. 1, unless otherwise noted: The Udvar-Hazy Center’s summer hours are 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and the National Mall building’s hours are 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.