Iola is about 50 miles northwest of Oshkosh, Wis., and home to Central County Flyers Association. A good many have heard of their weekly, since 2002, Friday lunch gatherings. Year-round, pilots and non-pilots fly (or drive) to 68C for a hot meal prepared by Bill Kinsman. Cost is $8 for any member (who has paid a $10 life-time membership fee). For those of us less familiar with 68C, Barry Adams wrote a wonderful story titled, “Fridays at the fly-and-dine” for the Wisconsin State Journal. It is well worth the read. Friday’s menu is Chicken Tenders, french fries, salad, rolls, cake, coffee and milk. Soda is $.75 extra.
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has named Major General Catherine A. Chilton, USAF, the recipient of the Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Trophy. The trophy will be presented at a ceremony this spring.
Longtime pilot, CFI and homebuilder Lou C. Seno, Sr. died in his home in Downers Grove on Nov. 19, 2013, at the age of 89. An early member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, he was a recreational Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) with more than 6,000 flight hours logged.
Pilots often have two dreams: One is to find a derelict airplane in a barn and restore it to an airworthy showpiece; the other is to find someone who shares their passion for aviation.
Paul and Sandy Mercandetti from Knoxville, Tenn., are lucky enough to have had both dreams come true. The couple flies around the country in a 1946 GC1-B Globe Swift model 1-A that Paul found in a shed years ago.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The 11th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation” Awards, presented by Bell Helicopter and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, will be held Jan. 17, at the Beverly Hilton.
Forbes magazine has named Ascension Air President and CEO Jamail Larkins, 29, as one of the brightest under 30 stars.
AUBURN, Calif. — Bud Anderson, a World War II pilot and American hero (pictured above), served two combat tours, escorting heavy bombers over Europe. The City of Auburn, along with other community volunteers, is working to honor his service.
“Thanks to the work of Douglas Van Howd, a local artist, a life-size statue has been created, depicting Col. Anderson and his famous P-51 Mustang. [Read more...]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has named Jim Coon as senior vice president of Government Affairs and Advocacy.
Coon, who has years of experience working with Congress and the aviation industry, will oversee both the regulatory and legislative aspects of AOPA’s advocacy operations.