Tuskegee Airmen receive Spirit of Independence Award

The Tuskegee Airmen were recently recognized for their courage and valor in combat, as they helped pave the way for racial integration in the armed services, by receiving the 2014 Omar N. Bradley “Spirit of Independence Award” in a ceremony held at the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Representing the Tuskegee Airmen at the ceremony were Homer Hogues and Calvin Spann, according to a report at Military.com.

FAA halts night flights into Daniel Field

Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia, has some big problems with trees, light poles and other structures getting in the way of safe landings for planes at night, according to a report from The Augusta Chronicle. Daniel Field, managed by operations company Augusta Aviation, has spent more than $30,000 conducting land surveys, removing 30 trees and installing red blinking lights on top of the Newman Tennis Center clubhouse and light poles, the report quotes Becky Shealy, vice president of business development for Augusta Aviation. But until the FAA says planes can land on runways without flying dangerously close to trees and structures, the agency has halted night flights into the GA airport.

Minter Field: A nest of eagles

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By TRACY THURMAN

When you fly into Minter Field (KMIT) in Shaftner, Calif., you notice a sprawling, fairly quiet airport situated in the heart of California’s central valley. It is flanked to the east by industry and Highway 99. The other three sides are surrounded by farm lands and orchards. Keep your eyes open for crop dusters who work on and around the airport.

It doesn’t look like much as you make your downwind, but under the veil of dust is a nest of eagles. There’s lots of history and some really cool aviation stuff going on here.

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Senator presses Air Force to ensure training complex doesn’t hurt GA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has pressed the U.S. Air Force to improve its plan for the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) airspace so it better addresses the concerns of local communities and businesses.

These improvements will help the Air Force keep the commitments it made to protect the commercial and safety interests of surrounding communities and local aviators, according to the senator.

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What’s your favorite destination?

Once again, we are focusing on Destinations in the January print issues of General Aviation News? Do you have a favorite destination you like to travel in your plane? Can you share any advice, tips or tricks to make the journey more enjoyable for our readers? Post your comments below or send them to editor Janice Wood and they may appear in our Jan. 20 issue. Feel free to include photos!