Southeast Aviation Expo draws crowds, despite rain

GREENVILLE, S.C. — For the second year in a row, the Southeast Aviation Expo at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) was hit with rain, but was still able to draw a crowd of pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

This year’s Expo attracted almost twice the number of exhibitors, who told organizers that while the number of attendees was small compared to bigger shows, the people who attended were pilots and aircraft owners. “This is their target audience,” said one official.

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Flying coast to coast in a homebuilt

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By TOM JONES

Many people dream of making the trip of a lifetime, but few make the dream a reality. Not so for Albert and Sharon Gardner, a Yuma, Ariz., couple who flew coast to coast in their RV-10. Last summer, the couple flew nearly 12,000 miles, landing in 100 cities in 37 states.

The trip was the culmination of a longtime desire that Albert had to land his airplane in every contiguous state of the Union. Prior to this trip, he had landed his airplane in every state west of the Mississippi.

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Tips for pilots working abroad

Skaiste Knyzaite_CEO at AviationCV.com

With the global reach of aviation increasing, it has become common for pilots to fly in several different countries. And while it may seem fascinating, moving and working abroad is a serious decision in one’s life and career. What should pilots consider before accepting a job abroad? How should they act while working for a foreign company? How can they ensure the best possible conditions away from home?

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406 ELT requirement waived by Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands

Caribbean Flying Adventures (CFA) has collaborated with civil aviation authorities in the Dominican Republic and The Caymans Islands to obtain a waiver from the 406 ELT requirement. The Dominican Republic waiver is indefinite. The Cayman Islands waiver is valid through Dec. 1, 2013, but will almost certainly be extended, according to CFA officials, who said they will work to ensure this happens.

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Museum exhibition features pilot eye view of cockpits

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“At the Controls: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Looks at Cockpits,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), offers visitors a unique perspective of cockpits from some of the world’s most impressive air and spacecraft. “At the Controls” is on display now at Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center and will remain on view throughout the summer.

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Christiansen Aviation celebrates 40th anniversary

Christiansen Aviation at Jones Riverside Airport (RVS) in Tulsa, Okla., celebrates a milestone this year — 40 years in business. According to a story in the Tulsa World, owner Bill Christiansen always wanted to be a pilot. The story quotes him: “Aviation gets in your blood. People have a passion for it. Being a pilot doesn’t mean you have to work for an airline. A lot of them want to go into corporate aviation or fractional aircraft ownership.” Read the full story here.

AvShop acquired by PilotMall.com

PilotMall.com recently acquired AvShop, the original online aviation enthusiast and pilot supply shop. PilotMall.com has taken over operations and now carries AvShop’s most popular and unique inventory in addition to PilotMall.com products available through its online store and two retail locations.

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Cancer diagnosis leads pilot to pen memoir

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Angela McCartney Miro and her brother James F. McCartney recently teamed up to write a memoir on his aviation career in “Jim McCartney: My Life in Flight.” After being diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, McCartney said he wanted to record his experiences in the air to pay tribute to his friends in aviation.

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The family flying station wagon

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There are many men who will tell you that when they suggested the idea of buying an airplane to their wives, it very nearly resulted in divorce. But Kenneth Spivey Jr., from Vestavia, Ala., says he had a completely different experience when it came to the purchase of his Cessna 170B.

“My wife actually MADE ME go buy this airplane!” he insists.

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