World War II reenactment slated

The Collings Foundation is hosting a World War II reenactment and World War II veterans roundtable discussion Oct. 9-10 in Stow, Mass., with more than 150 reenactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and participating in the living history event, including tanks, cannons, troop carriers, halftracks, aircraft and weapons.

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Homecoming for first Colonial Skimmer

John Staber, who spent 11 years painstakingly restoring the first Colonial Skimmer C-1, flew it to Sanford Regional Airport (SFM) in Maine earlier this month to show off the plane to her designer and builder, David B. Thurston, and to Jack Tarbox, who was chief engineer for Colonial Aircraft Corporation in Sanford. The plane was the prototype, or model, for the Colonial Skimmers and later Lake Amphibians. Check out the full story here. To read about the first flight in the restored craft, click here.

Finding the grass in Mount Dora


It had to be here somewhere. I was hunting a small grass strip south of pretty Mount Dora, Florida, as my search for a retirement town continued. Aside from its growing reputation as a new Florida “cultural capital” and great weekend outing from Orlando, Mount Dora had two or three grass airstrips on its map.

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GA pilots ‘in limbo’ at new Florida airport

Construction delays at the new $318 million Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) have left local pilots “trapped in a state of limbo” at an abandoned airport site for months without fuel, maintenance or low viability radar, according to a story at in Panama City. The story, which can be read in full here, quotes AOPA’s Bill Dunn as saying:

“This is simply an inappropriate and unacceptable treatment. They keep delaying it and delaying it. Initially, the general aviation facilities were supposed to open at the same time as the commercial move (May 23). They really don’t have a solid timetable.”

Three times the charm


Women in Aviation, International and the Experimental Aircraft Association repeated the WomenVenture initiative, with a week’s worth of camps, seminars, panels, a networking breakfast and reunion picture during AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh.

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