Katama still beckons for fall flying

Can’t fly there? Try the (seasonal) biplane ride! Photo by Kyle Wagman

Summer has ended but great fall flying beckons. One of America’s best summer places also shines in autumn, so pilots in the Northeast will still make their way to Katama Airfield on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. The air is now clear and cool, the tourist hordes are gone and the prices — thank God — are now at least off-peak.

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Flying coast to coast in a homebuilt

Sharon&AlbertByThePlane

By TOM JONES

Many people dream of making the trip of a lifetime, but few make the dream a reality. Not so for Albert and Sharon Gardner, a Yuma, Ariz., couple who flew coast to coast in their RV-10. Last summer, the couple flew nearly 12,000 miles, landing in 100 cities in 37 states.

The trip was the culmination of a longtime desire that Albert had to land his airplane in every contiguous state of the Union. Prior to this trip, he had landed his airplane in every state west of the Mississippi.

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406 ELT requirement waived by Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands

Caribbean Flying Adventures (CFA) has collaborated with civil aviation authorities in the Dominican Republic and The Caymans Islands to obtain a waiver from the 406 ELT requirement. The Dominican Republic waiver is indefinite. The Cayman Islands waiver is valid through Dec. 1, 2013, but will almost certainly be extended, according to CFA officials, who said they will work to ensure this happens.

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Destination…Bahamas June 2

Northeast Florida Regional Airport will host the 2nd annual Destination…Bahamas Air and Sea Expo June 2. The free event is designed to highlight the ease of travel to the Islands of the Bahamas for general aviation pilots, as well as others.

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Upgrades continue at MAO

MAO attracts a lot of different aircraft, such as this Grumman Goose.

By BILL WALKER

A growing list of improvements, a reputation for pilot friendly service, and competitive fuel prices are helping to make South Carolina’s Marion County Airport (MAO) a popular stopover for East Coast flyers.

Airport manager Margaret Pittman notes the air field is in the second phase of a $500,000 project to upgrade infrastructure and improve facilities.

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