Pilots use roads as runways in Haiti

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HaitiTradewind Aviation has been delivering supplies, food and doctors to an isolated area near the epicenter of both the earthquake and aftershock in Haiti.

There are no airports in the area, so a 1,200-foot stretch of road has allowed the company’s Cessna Grand Caravans to land and deliver up to 3,000 pound of supplies from Santiago, Dominican Republic, up to six times a day.

Tradewind Aviation is based in Oxford, Conn., with a seasonal satellite operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a two-hour flight to the Dominican Republic.

For more information: TradewindAviation.com

Industry leaders convene for WAI conference

Four noted industry leaders will participate in a panel discussion at the Women in Aviation, International (WAI) Conference’s annual luncheon Feb. 26 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Panel members include Paula Derks, president, Aircraft Electronics Association; Karen Gebhart, president of the AOPA Foundation; Elissa Lines, vice president, Experimental Aircraft Association; and Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association. WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian will moderate the panel.

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Bombertown USA returns to ISM

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Panchito

For years Florida’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) was known affectionately as “Bombertown USA,” where visitors could see World War II bombers being restored back to their former glory. Those days are returning to Kissimmee, but now visitors will not only be able to see these planes, but fly in them as well. Come Spring expect a migration of bombers and other warbirds to the Kissimmee Air Museum.

In March, the B-25 “Panchito” (pictured) will return to Kissimmee Gateway Airport where it was restored 15 years ago. It will be stationed at the Kissimmee Air Museum for both static tours and flights.

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WAI scholarship applicants up 40%

The number of Women in Aviation, International (WAI) members who applied for scholarships has soared to 520, up from previous high of 371.

“Our message is that scholarships are not just for college students,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “Many of our scholarships are for people already in the aviation workforce, who may be interested in adding new skills and certificates.” WAI scholarships are available to both men and women, and to apply, one must only be a current WAI member.

At the organization’s annual conference, slated for Feb. 25-27 in Orlando, 71 scholarships will be awarded with a total dollar value of $454,000. In addition, FedEx is awarding a B-727 through a WAI “scholarship” to a college, university, museum, or training center that is a corporate member of Women in Aviation. The airplane is valued at $1 million.

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Wicks creates Happy Hour

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wicksWicks Aircraft Supply has created a Happy Hour. Anyone calling in an order on Thursday afternoons between 2 and 4 p.m. will be eligible for a 10% discount on all discountable items. This would include most aircraft construction materials, hardware, finishing materials and tools.

For more information: 800-221-9425 or WicksAircraft.com.

Winter flying: Don’t be left out in the cold

Winter flying has unique hazards that need to be addressed and mitigated through deliberate risk assessment, according to a recent Interagency Aviation Accident Prevention Bulletin from the U.S. Forest Service, which warns: Don’t be left out in the cold — be prepared.

It offers a timeless checklist of what you need to know for winter flights. Check it out here.

Students travel to DC to learn about aviation

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of State Aviation Officials welcomed six members of the University Aviation Association to its Washington, D.C. headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 6, to discuss how aviation policy is developed. The meeting was a joint effort between the organizations to foster and strengthen aviation education.

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Leading bio jet fuel players team up

BioJet Corp. and Great Plains Oil & Exploration have teamed to produce renewable jet fuels. The companies plan to jointly develop integrated Camelina cultivation and associated refinery projects in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. Camelina is a an oilseed crop that can be used to make biodiesel. A non-food crop, it grows well on marginal land and uses little water and fertilizer, according to officials with Great Plains Oil & Exploration.

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