Improved FBO facility now open at Sandpoint Airport


SANDPOINT, Idaho – Phillips 66 Aviation-branded dealer Granite Aviation recently opened its doors for business at a new FBO facility, located at Sandpoint Airport (SZT). The $1.6 million facility boasts a new 3,700 square foot terminal, a 7,000 square foot hangar, four aircraft refueling trucks, deicer truck and a newly constructed 190-foot-by-900-foot aircraft ramp.

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Falcon Ridge Airpark to auction off lots

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YAKIMA, Wash. – A real estate auction isn’t always a good thing, unless it is. Too often we read of foreclosure auctions in the press. Well, the Falcon Ridge Airpark auction isn’t one them.

Back to that in a minute.

Airpark developer Russ Wilkinson bought 64 (of 84) unsold lots in a real estate development west of Yakima back in the summer of 1995. The development, originally developed in the 1970s and early 1980s, had only sold 20 lots and was falling into disrepair.

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Six movie companies given OK to fly drones

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The drones are coming.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta revealed at a news conference Sept. 25 that six aerial and video companies have been granted permission to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States, with a seventh company in line for approval.

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Innovators: Making flying safer


In response to our call for innovations, Greg Stockman sent in his latest patented safety improvement, which he says addresses and corrects several common failures that cause inoperative alternators.

Now installed on a friend’s 250 Comanche and Stockman’s own Cherokee Challenger through the FAA’s field approval process, the device includes a control switch on the instrument panel, which allows the pilot to select one of two voltage regulators to excite the alternator’s field winding. An excited field winding results in the production of electrical power, Stockman explains.

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