Witmer’s Aircraft Service hosted the East Coast Fly-in Oct. 20 at its facilities at Pottstown Municipal Airport (N47) in Pennsylvania. Open to all pilots and working in conjunction with the Bellanca-Champion Club, the East Coast Fly-in was attended by over 50 people, some traveling from as far as North Carolina to attend, according to organizers.
The 2012 COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo — now in its 40th year — takes off in one week, opening Thursday, Oct. 25 and running through Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Hundreds of aircraft will be on hand, so attendees can get up close and personal with virtually any kind of “flying machine” they’d like to see, organizers promise, noting “The beauty of a fly-in format is that you never know what will show up!”
VERO BEACH, FLA. — Piper Aircraft and the Piper Cub’s year-long 75th anniversary celebration will culminate with a customer fly-in Nov. 9-11. The invitation-only weekend features a welcome reception, vendor exhibits, aircraft static display, customer awards, facility tours, a history lesson from Piper’s official historian, a Piper meet-up and send-off pancake breakfast.
The Grass Strip Foundation at Berg Aerodrome (9GA2) in Midway, Georgia, will hold its third annual Open House Saturday, Oct. 27.
Owner Steve Berg invites all pilots and aviation enthusiasts to fly in their vintage airplanes or drive in their vintage cars to the open house and “enjoy telling the rest of us how great they are.”
SANTA ROSA, Calif. —Sonoma Jet Center will host its 3rd annual Aviation Day on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport. The Aviation Day is a free and interactive event with activities for all ages and levels of aviation interest and involvement.
The FARs require a pilot perform three takeoffs and landings within 90 days to maintain currency. Maintaining proficiency takes significantly more time, and often it is a lack of proficiency that leads to accidents and incidents.
During AirVenture 2012, flight instructors from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) volunteered their time for the inaugural Pilot Proficiency Project. Conceived by SAFE in 2010, the demonstration project was a cooperative effort that involved Redbird Flight Simulations and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
Hundreds of people from all over the country and from as far away as Australia attended the Zenith Open Hangar Day and 20th Anniversary celebration held the weekend of Sept. 22 at the company’s headquarters in Mexico, Missouri. According to a post at EAA.org, picture-perfect weather helped draw upward of 400 attendees and more than 40 Zenith aircraft and others.
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.
SEBRING, Fla. — The 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will kick off on Jan. 17-20 at the Sebring Regional Airport with several changes, including twilight air shows by Team RV on Friday and Saturday evenings.
By RaeAnn Slaybaugh
A retired military and TWA pilot trades in the big jets for his own vintage Chinese training aircraft — and rediscovers a 41-year-old passion for deceptively challenging formation flying.
If you’ve ever attended the annual COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo, held every October at the municipal airport in Casa Grande, Ariz., the sight of pilot Derwin “Dee” Grimm in his green 1969 Nanchang CJ-6 training aircraft, with its red-and-yellow Chinese markings, is a familiar sight on Saturday afternoon.
On those days, Grimm is joined by as many as 17 other warbird-aircraft pilots for a multi-point fly-over. For aviation enthusiasts, it’s incredible to see all those CJ-6s, T-34s, T-38s, T-6s, Yak-52s and more flying in formation — but this spectacle isn’t nearly as effortless as it appears.