The simplest way to share wings

You’ve decided to consider sharing your wings. Good for you! Like sharing a life, sharing an asset can benefit numerous people and allow them to potentially do more than going it alone.

But it also can complicate life. Making a logical decision about co-ownership can help you get more for your flying investment.

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Subsonex JSX-2 makes first flights

OSHKOSH — Sonex Aircraft reports that the SubSonex Personal Jet model JSX-2 achieved first flight on Thursday, July 10, completing a series of initial flight tests through the remainder of the week.

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SMO to be on November ballot

The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters has ruled that the residents of the city of Santa Monica can vote Nov. 16 on an initiative requiring a vote from residents before the city can make any changes to land uses at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). According to a post at, nearly 16,000 Santa Monica voters signed a petition asking for a say in future land developments related to the airport.

Friday Harbor Fly-In set for July 26

If airport events conjure up big crowds on acres of concrete, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that one of America’s quaint little islands is about to host its fifth annual Fly-In and Community Open House, Saturday, July 26.

Friday Harbor Airport, on San Juan Island in Washington state, hosts a free day-long family friendly event, starting with a pancake breakfast from 8-10am, a show kickoff at 10, and activities until 3pm.

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The ‘voice’ of the Friday Harbor Fly-In

If you have been at Friday Harbor Airport in Washington state for its annual Fly-In and Community Open House, you have heard its announcer describing the exciting fly-bys of antique and military planes.

But you may not know that you were hearing the voice of Richard Drury. Rick really knows airplanes, especially the giant Douglas Skyraider, which opens the show every year, with its low and loud passes over the runway. He knows that airplane because a part of his flying career included piloting them in combat in Southeast Asia.

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Pilot Proficiency Project returns to AirVenture

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and Redbird Flight Simulations will host free Pilot Proficiency Program sessions at AirVenture 2014 from Monday, July 28, through Saturday, Aug. 2.

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Platinum Tools introduces PRO 6-in-1 Screwdriver

CAMARILLO , Calif. – Platinum Tools has introduced the PRO 6-in-1 Screwdriver.

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ATP Flight School acquires Higher Power Aviation

DALLAS — ATP Flight School has purchased a majority ownership interest in Higher Power Aviation, marking ATP’s entry into the transport-category type rating business.

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Low approach proves fatal

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Plainville, Conn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The  pilot was flying an approach to his home airport in daylight VFR conditions that terminated in a go-around. On the second approach, the airplane flew lower than normal. It hit a berm at the approach end of the runway, crashed and caught fire.

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Saving Ocean Ridge Airport

In the 1930s when Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney needed to raise money, they found themselves a barn, got the gang together and put on a show. These days fundraising is done online through crowdsourcing, where lots of people donate whatever they can.

In Gualala, Calif., the owners of Ocean Ridge Airport (E55) have turned to the crowdsourcing site to raise money to repair the runway. If the runway isn’t repaired by Sept. 30, the airport will close to the public.

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