Respect for the seldom celebrated man

The odds are good you’ve never heard of Lon Cooper. There’s no reason you would have, really. But you should have. We all should have. At least we should have if life is fair, which it is not.

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406 ELT to be required for flights to Bahamas and Mexico

Jim Parker at Caribbean Flying Adventures is alerting pilots that they will soon need a 406 ELT for flight to the Bahamas and Mexico.

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Pilot celebrates 100th birthday flying his Evektor SportStar

By John McVey, The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Thomas Guy Reynolds Jr. eased back on the stick of his Evektor SportStar light sport aircraft and it lifted effortlessly off the runway at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB).

He circled the field three times, making a couple of low passes over the runway for pictures, and softly set his plane down.

That would not be extraordinary, but Reynolds flew Dec. 1 on his 100th birthday.

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Pilot Mall kicks off its 12 Days of Savings event

PilotMall.com has launched its annual “12 Days of Savings” event featuring a new, discounted gift idea each day through Dec. 9.

Remember those colorful 1930s “Yellow Peril” Army trainers and their bright yellow wings with blue roundel and red-dotted star? That classic design, which inspired a generation of pilots, is now recalled as Pilot Mall’s first “Twelve Days of Savings” gift idea.

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The lure of the $10 hamburger

No, I did not leave a zero off in the title to this piece. Although general aviators have long joked about the lure of the $100 hamburger, I think it is time we downsized, right-sized, and economized our way into a larger population. So I recommend the $10 hamburger. It’s available for a tenth the price, but has the potential to pack quite a wallop.

Perhaps some context is in order.

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Tree of Hope collection day this weekend

Toy collection for the Tree of Hope in Minnesota is slated for this Saturday, Dec. 1. Tree of Hope was started 23 years ago by Ray and Celeste Shefland, who noticed that there were many children who spent time in the hospital over the holidays. The pilots asked their aviation friends to help bring some joy to these children by bringing toys as they gathered to enjoy a potluck dinner.

Last year about 2,000 toys were collected and distributed to more than 30 hospitals across the state of Minnesota.

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New book, “Topgun Days,” released

Now available is “Topgun Days,” by Dave “Bio” Baranek, a Naval Aviator who was an instructor at Topgun, the Navy’s elite Fighter Weapons School who assisted in the making of the Tom Cruise movie, “Top Gun.”

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The “Miss Muffet” Stearman

Stripes and spiders — not a combination most people would think of when designing a paint scheme for a vintage airplane, but that’s exactly what Merrill and MaDonna McMahan of Wausau, Wis., decided to do when they painted their 1941 Stearman.

The red, white and blue airplane sports small black spiders and the name “Miss Muffet” emblazoned on the side.

“Miss Muffet was what Dad called me when I was a little kid and I was in trouble,” MaDonna said. [Read more...]

Video captures plane hitting car

Student pilot William Davis was on final approach to land at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas, on Saturday, when his Skyhawk collided with an SUV that was crossing the airport. According to a report at AVweb, Davis’s wife, Kandy, was filming his descent and caught the collision on video. The collision knocked off part of the Skyhawk’s landing gear, but Davis was able to land and wasn’t hurt. The two people in the car, a couple on their way to the airport diner, were treated for minor injuries. So why didn’t the car stop for the plane? Read more here.

Israel’s CAA endorses mogas

Evidence of the continued worldwide expansion in the use of lead-free, ethanol-free mogas in general aviation comes from this report from Israel. Haim Zaklad, a private pilot there, recently requested details on our study of the FAA’s aircraft registry showing that over 80% of all piston engine aircraft could operate today on lead-free, ethanol-free mogas. He described the recent successful action by pilots in his country to gain approval of the Petersen mogas STCs from Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority:

Haim in his club’s glider towplane

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