Museum exhibition features pilot eye view of cockpits

At the Controls - SR71

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

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Cancer diagnosis leads pilot to pen memoir


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


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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First tailwheel solo: Jerry Rittenhouse

We recently asked pilots on our Facebook page to share the story of their first solos. Here’s Jerry Rittenhouse’s story: In 1965 at age 20, I heard of a 1941 Piper J5 for sale at Morton, Washington. The J5 was a 75-hp tailwheel lightplane. Morton was a logging town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains south of Mt. Rainier (14,412 feet).

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First solo: Bill Lyons

We recently asked pilots on our Facebook page to share the story of their first solos. Here’s Bill Lyon’s story: I soloed at 7 or 8 hours instruction, from a then grass and gravel strip at Farmville Virginia, 68 years ago. My instructor, one Jesse Edwards, was substantially overweight; I was a 120 pound stripling. The aircraft was a 65 hp Piper Cub.

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Stuff those pilot stockings


Sporty’s is featuring a sleigh full of gifts for the pilot on your holiday list. Know a pilot who uses an iPad? Give that pilot a Pilot’s iPad Cleaning Cloth that is also imprinted with aviation information ($4.95) or the iPad Stylus/Pen ($9.95).

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