Lake owners reunite for fun in the sun at Lakeathon

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The 27th Annual Lake Aircraft Safety Seminar and Fly-in, held in late February, attracted owners and enthusiasts from throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries. Sponsored by the Lake Amphibian Flyers Club, the event was located, appropriately enough, in Lakeland, Florida.

Since Lake production ended about 10 years ago and most of the fleet is now 30 or more years old, flying and maintaining an aging and out-of-production airplane tends to draw owners together. And with winter blizzards raging up north, the event attracted 145 people and about 45 planes to the sunny south. [Read more…]

Go where your heart takes you

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It will come as no shock to regular readers of this column that I am on a mission. My goal, and yes I have absolutely chosen to accept it, is to shepherd as many aviation enthusiasts into the industry as full participants as I possibly can.

If they learn to fly, that’s great. But if they choose to fill other roles in the industry, that’s fine with me, too. Whether they involve themselves professionally or on an occasional basis as a hobby, I consider it a win whenever someone new breaks out of the pedestrain day-to-day grind and takes to the skies in an aircraft.

It’s an awesome job, and thank goodness I get to do it. There is nothing I’d rather be doing. Truly. [Read more…]

The secret to creating a great airshow

Will Allen: Rock and Roll Airshow Man performs regularly at the Arlington Fly-In.

It’s no secret that the main draw of many airshows are the aerial performers. That’s how you get big numbers at the gate, that’s how you draw in the non-pilots, and that’s how you inspire the next generation.

Airshow performers range from precision military demonstration teams, to energy management acts like glider aerobatics, to high-energy tumbling displays.

With so many acts to chose from, how do show organizers make their selections? With some difficulty, apparently. [Read more…]

Poker Run celebrates spring

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Bryan Janisch, line manager at Crystal Air, the FBO at Cleveland Regional Jetport (KRZR) near Chattanooga, Tenn.,, wanted to celebrate spring and fill his ramp with piston planes Saturday, March 21.

With numerous fly-in breakfasts already on the calendar in the area, he decided on a hot dog lunch following the first-ever Southeast Tennessee Poker Run. [Read more…]