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Destination: Santa Catalina

On final approach to runway 22. The airport sits on top of a bluff, with steep drop-offs at both ends.

By RON RAPP

Though many of my favorite flying activities — aerobatics, pattern work, sightseeing — are local in nature, there’s no denying that airplanes are made for going places. Even the pokiest of ‘em makes travel faster and more interesting than driving a car. One of my most memorable trips was flying a clipped-wing Cub up the California coast at 60 mph. Between fuel stops and detours, it took the better part of a day to cover the 145 nautical mile straight-line distance from Orange County to Lompoc. But boy was it fun!

Over the past two decades I’ve traveled all over the country. All over the world, in fact, and my list of favored locations is long indeed. It’s hard to beat sitting on the beach next to the Sunset Bar & Grill in St. Maarten. I could spend a month in London taking in shows at the Globe, ENO or the West End. And who could say a cross word about any of the Hawaiian islands?

But if I had to choose just one place to call my all-time favorite, it wouldn’t even be a contest: It starts and ends with Santa Catalina, one of eight isles in the Channel Islands archipelago which sits just off the Southern California coast.

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Power Flow Systems partners with type clubs

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Power Flow Systems, which has installed its patented tuned exhaust systems on an estimated 4,500 general aviation aircraft worldwide, is now working with type clubs and owners groups to develop tuned exhaust systems for additional aircraft.

According to company officials, it typically costs about $100,000 to develop and certify a new tuned exhaust system for a particular aircraft. [Read more…]

Zenith Aircraft hosts EAA Chapter 429 project

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A while back Christopher Ward attended a Zenith Aircraft workshop, where he built a rudder. He then purchased a CH 750 Cruzer kit. He also talked the factory into hosting a workshop that would focus on building the horizontal stabilizer and elevator sections of his kit.

In a salute to the One Week Wonder (where a complete Zenith Kit was assembled in just seven days at AirVenture 2014) he brought some members of EAA Chapter 429 in Jefferson City, Mo., to help with the construction.

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Winners of the 2015 Salute to Excellence Awards revealed

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has revealed the winners of its Salute to Excellence Awards in nine categories. They include, among others, two helicopter search-and-rescue (SAR) teams, a firefighting pilot who refused to give up on a crew on the ground, and a flight instructor with perhaps more time in one of the world’s most popular training helicopters than anyone else in the world.

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