10,000 miles in an LSA in a month-and-a-half

BOISE, Idaho – From one end of the United States, and back, to the other end, and back. Paul Leadabrand of Stick & Rudder Aviation flew his Kitfox S-LSA from Boise to Lakeland, Florida, for the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and back to Boise — a 4,800-mile round-trip so the Rotax 914-powered “Big Foot” edition of the Kitfox could be on display at the Rotax booth.

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Touch & Go: Perspective matters

I’m excited to see what comes of the future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones. There is a great deal yet to learn, and ways UAV technology will scale up to the benefit of all aerospace. Of that, I have no doubt.

However, there is also much to figure out and, frankly, worry about.

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Texas airpark wins appeal in court battle

The Dallas Morning News recently reported that Collin County-based Air Park Estates, at Air Park-Dallas Airport (F69), shut down an attempt to turn the airpark over to a real estate developer. From the story:
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USAF Academy Wings of Blue skydivers to open 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show

DAYTON, Ohio — Skydiving cadets and instructors from the U.S. Air Force Academy will help open the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger on June 28-29 at Dayton International Airport.

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New book: Area 51 – Black Jets

Area 51, until recently, was the worst-kept U.S. government secret. We all knew it existed, but the mystery of the place remained, and still does.

Bill Yenne’s book, “Area 51 Black Jets – A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America’s Secret Aviation Base,” does much to unveil the mystery.

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Backcountry Pilot: The Approach – Takeoff

“Backcountry takeoffs are probably one of the least talked about segments of operation in the backcountry, which is unfortunate as they’re the most limiting and critical part of a flight,” begins the second installment – Takeoff – of The Approach on the Backcountry Pilot website.

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For Sale: 1945 J-3, 518 TT

“1945 J-3 Cub, 518 hours. 501-337-9939. aviationjdj@yahoo.com. $42,000.” That’s the ad as it appears in our classified section.

518 hours? Really.

I called Tom Sabus, who placed the ad via mail, for a little more information.

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Video: What fear of flying looks like

A brilliant 10-minute video profiles two women (An & Ria) who’ve never met, and never flown. One is excited, the other less so. Admittedly, a first flight via business jet is beyond the reach of most, but the emotional roller-coaster has to be much the same.

Do yourself a favor and watch this 10-minute video.

Behind the scenes at SUN ’n FUN

SUN ‘n FUN was fantastic this year. If you didn’t make it to Lakeland, Florida, at the start of the month, be sure to put it on your 2015 calendar: April 21-26, 2015.

We produce SUN ‘n FUN Today, the daily newspaper for the fly-in, so my view of SUN ’n FUN is slightly different.

As I look back through my notebook, I now understand why I’m so tired. The following will give you a peak into what it takes to cover a fly-in like SUN ‘n FUN or AirVenture.

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Banner year for SUN ’n FUN

“Pick your cliche,” said John “Lites” Lennhouts, as the president of SUN ‘n FUN kicked off his closing day briefing. “We hit it out of the park, hit a home run, what have you.”

Great weather, both locally and for those traveling from afar, strong advertising in both Tampa and Orlando, and a stout schedule all led to a banner year for SUN ‘n FUN, based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida.

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