The Frugal Pilot: Multitask flying

The retail price of avgas continues to climb with fewer refineries supplying it. Aircraft parts, never cheap, increase in cost each year. Smaller airports close and larger airports raise hangar rents. Fewer private pilots are flying today than 10years ago, reducing economy of scale. Flying is getting too dang expensive.

However, flying remains an unrivaled pastime. It literally offers a third dimension over two-dimensional recreation, such as boating, motorcycling, and RVing.

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A type club for type clubs

Need some information about an SX300? Thinking of buying a Sonex or a Sportsman?

You can find a wealth of information on all these types — plus a whole lot more — through the Type Club Coalition.

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Pilot Welcome Center opens at KFHR

Friday Harbor Airport (KFHR) in Washington state, has opened a new Pilot Welcome Center in the northeast corner of the airport next to the guest tie-down area.

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West Star Aviation to open new maintenance facility at ALN

West Star Aviation is nearing completion of its new 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility at its East Alton, Ill. (ALN) location.

In addition to the new maintenance facility, the multimillion dollar expansion includes a 14,000-square-foot wood shop and 6,000-square-foot accessory repair shop, bringing the East Alton facilities from 250,000 to 317,300 square feet with approximately 300 employees.

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S-TEC and Chelton Flight Systems acquired in management buyout

MINERAL WELLS, Texas – Genesys Aerosystems Group has acquired Chelton Flight Systems and S‐TEC Corporation, previously doing business as Cobham Avionics, from Cobham in a management buyout.

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Bend metal with ease

Looking for an easier way to bend sheet metal? Tired of your homemade bender brake not working? Now available is a bench bender brake from Aircraft Tool Supply.

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New features for Garmin Pilot for Android

The latest update to the Garmin Pilot app for Android adds new interactive features, including track-up orientation, faster map rendering, higher resolution at tighter zoom levels and SafeTaxi integration on the moving map display.

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Trojan Phylers at Air Power Expo

Based south of Fort Worth, Texas, the Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for its performance in the first airshow NAS JRB Ft Worth has had in several years.

The Trojan Phlyers will perform at the joint reserve base April 26-27.

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Area 51 revealed in April 26 lectures at Museum of Flight

SEATTLE — The realities of the Area 51 secret Air Force flight facility at Groom Lake, Nev., will be discussed during a day of lectures and book signings at the Museum of Flight April 26.

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Poor fuel management leads to off-airport landing

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Fowler’s Bluff, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the airplane was in cruise flight at an altitude of about 3,000 feet AGL when the engine lost all power.

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