Banner year for SUN ’n FUN

“Pick your cliche,” said John “Lites” Lennhouts, as the president of SUN ‘n FUN kicked off his closing day briefing. “We hit it out of the park, hit a home run, what have you.”

Great weather, both locally and for those traveling from afar, strong advertising in both Tampa and Orlando, and a stout schedule all led to a banner year for SUN ‘n FUN, based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida.

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FAA issues second GA airport study

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has issued its second study of general aviation airports, called ASSET 2, this time covering 497 airports that did not fit into a category under the original study.

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Mercy Flight Southeast and Stallion 51 pick raffle winner

Stallion 51 teamed up with Mercy Flight Southeast to raise funds for the volunteer pilot organization by raffling a flight in Stallion 51’s Mustang. Hundreds of people from all over the country bought tickets hoping to win a hands-on orientation flight. The winner was announced at SUN ’n FUN. Angel Flight South Central Volunteer Pilot Jim Penn from Fort Worth, Texas, was that lucky winner.

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Splash-In: The wet SUN ’n FUN

By JONI M. FISHER

At this year’s SUN ’n FUN, the Seabirds flocked to Lake Agnes at Fantasy of Flight for their 22nd Annual Splash-In.

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Runway to shut down at Rocky Mountain Metro

Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC) announced a major shutdown and upgrade of its major 9,000-foot runway, 11L-29R, for an estimated $8.83 million reconstruction and overlay. Scheduled for 70 days of closure, the runway is scheduled to be unusable from April 15 to June 23.

During the closure, the parallel 7,000 foot parallel runway will be open for business.

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Managing Risk: Best Practices for Pilots

Now available from ASA is “Managing Risk: Best Practices for Pilots,” which uses actual aircraft accident examples, statistics, aviation safety studies, and the authors’ more than 60 years of combined experience as pilots and flight safety educators to document and describe the 10 most significant accident threat categories, and shed light on the applicable human-factor issues that make pilots vulnerable to them.

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Silent Falcon begins initial production

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies (SFUAS), a former subsidiary of Bye Aerospace, announced a transition to the production phase of its Silent Falcon unmanned aircraft system.

The patent-pending Silent Falcon is a solar/electric, all composite, modular small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) with an interchangeable wing configuration designed for commercial, public safety and defense applications.

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Fuel starvation brings down Mooney

Aircraft: Mooney M20B. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Rosamond, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: As the pilot prepared for takeoff, he noted that the left fuel tank was about 1/4 full and the right fuel tank was empty.

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Iconic pilot supply store up for sale

The airport pilot supply store can become like a second home to aviators — especially if the store has been in the same family for decades.

Nancy Griffith has owned and operated The Aviator’s Store and Aviation Book Co. at King County International Airport/Boeing Field in Seattle for the last 32 years. She recently put the business up for sale.

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There you go again

On Jan. 19 your bloggers posted a rebuttal to an article in EAA’s Sport Aviation titled “Avfuel Takes on Fuel Challenges” by J. Mac McClellan that deals with the never-ending saga of a replacement for leaded avgas. We did our best to correct the fallacies in the article. Judging from the numerous positive comments we received, most of you agree with the facts that we presented.

In the immortal words of then-candidate Ronald Reagan during the 1980 debate with president Carter, “There you go again.” Incredibly, the February issue of Sport Aviation included a new article (“Fueling the Future of GA” on page 10) that contained even more misleading statements on aviation fuel that demand correction.

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