Lesson Learned: Circuit Breaker Pops Times Three!

By Eric McCarthy

After months of delays following an annual and the installation of new avionics, my friend Rich’s beloved and meticulously maintained 1985 C-172P was finally ready to fly again. I had one of my photo missions due and Rich graciously offered to fly with me out to the Imperial Valley to shoot the site. The flight would also serve as a shake-down run, an opportunity to put the new hardware to the test, and we were both anxious to get back in the saddle and ‘slip the surely bonds.’

The plane was in its usual spot at Palomar (KCRQ) and by the time I got there, Rich had already preflighted it and was patiently awaiting my arrival. I had left early but traffic on the 5 had conspired to make me late – not just a few minutes late, but a half hour late! I’ve tried many times, unsuccessfully, to beat Rich to the plane, but I failed miserably that morning… In fairness, he does have a 30-mile head start on me – he lives in town and I live 35 miles north – but still, I felt bad. 

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The American Museum of Natural History Looks to the Stars with Exhibits Full Moon and Dark Universe

By Mark Rhodes

Alan Bean at Sharp Crater with the Handtool Carrier. Michael Light, from the project FULL MOON, 1999 Photographed by Charles Conrad, Apollo 12, Nov. 14-24, 1969It is likely that most associate The American Museum of Natural History with dinosaurs, the jaw- dropping habitat dioramas, and the 94-foot-long blue whale that looms in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. There is good reason for this, as these are iconic treasures in the museum’s collection that have helped educate and fascinate museum goers about the natural wonders of this world in generations past and no doubt for generations to come. 

What some might be unaware of is the fact that the museum also celebrates wonders beyond  this world. At present, the American Museum of Natural History has an exhibit entitled “Full Moon: Apollo Mission Photographs of the Lunar Landing.” In this exhibit, Artist Michael Light has curated and digitally processed photos that the Astronauts took during the Apollo missions. The public is aware of only a handful of the more than 30,000 photographs taken as part of the scientific exploration that was the Apollo program. The result is moving and the most striking and intimate images of space exploration the public has ever seen.  

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Express Aircraft, Here to Stay; Build It Yourself or Work With the Team 

Composite Aircraft Technology, LLC acquired all of the assets of the former Express Aircraft Company in September 2007. With their 25 years of building experimental aircraft, they can safely say… Express Aircraft is back and here to stay! Their manufacturing facility is geared-up and ready to produce at least one new Express per month.

Express Aircraft is based at the Toledo, WA Airport (TDO). As production requirements dictate, the company will build additional facilities in order to maintain our service commitment to their customers.

From the beginning, the Series 2000 was designed with the capabilities of the first time builder in mind. Through careful planning, design, and engineering, we have taken significant steps to help you obtain your goal of flying your very own Express as quickly as possible. In fact, recent revisions allow for a new Express to be built in under a year of dedicated effort.

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Valuable Experience

By Eric McCarthy 

Many of my aerial photography (spyglassaerials.com) assignments take me through or into Class Bravo airspace in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and even San Francisco areas. I fly out of Palomar Airport (KCRQ) in Carlsbad, Calif.; some of my flights are relatively local, while others are 3-400-mile cross-countries – in a Cessna 172, that’s a long flight! It occurred to me during one such long flight with a newly minted private pilot, that this was a really beneficial experience for him - experience I wish I had had as a new pilot. 

Much, if not practically all, of the training most aspiring aviators receive is, justifiably, focused on flight maneuvers, take-offs and landings, pattern work, navigation, regulations, radio work, weather, etc. I don’t mean to minimize the importance of these training regiments – there’s a lot to learn and basic airmanship is clearly more important at that point than learning how to fly in complex airspace. Some might even argue that it would be a detriment to a student pilot’s training to expose them these environments. After all, some pilots flying in remote rural areas might never even have to contact ATC… 

But, for reasons of efficiency and cost-containment, a lot of the time is spent bouncing around local-area airports (see what I did there? CFIs will get it…at least mine would!), with maybe a few longer-legged flights to demonstrate navigation and satisfy training requirements. Truly long-distance cross-country flights are just too time consuming and costly to undertake in the training environment.

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Skies to Stars: The Galactic Fly-in

By Ed Downs

As some readers may know, this writer is a great fan of amateur astronomy and astrophysics, occasionally penning this column titled “Skies to Stars.”  The column’s theme is to relate astronomy with flying, as they have much in common.  The purpose of an airplane is, after all, to enable travel.  Aviation has opened the airman’s world to wonderful cross-countries and globe circling adventures.  It is no wonder that this writer’s childhood desire to see far off places would result in an aviation career and lasting interest in astronomy and space travel.  You see, astronomy offers the greatest cross-country adventure one can experience and still be earthbound.  While the average aviator flies for hours to see different sights, the telescope traveler can overcome lightyears in a matter of minutes to see billions of years back in time, or perhaps just hover 700 miles above the Moon’s surface, admiring the mountains, valleys and lava “seas.”  July was an exciting travel month for many atmospheric dependent aviators, with both the Arlington Fly-in and EAA AirVenture within just days of each other.  The excitement, comradery and just plain fun of a fly-in is hard to beat.  This writer missed these two great shows but did attend a truly fun event, which brought aviation and astronomy even closer together, a “fly-in” experience that was unexpected and tremendously satisfying.  Allow me to share.

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 Breckenridge Airshow 2nd Act of the Resurrection

By Nick Viggiano 

Three Cats and a CorsairMemorial Day Weekend 2018 marked the 2nd Breckenridge Air Show since it’s resurrection in 2017. The show put on by the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and Ezell Aviation was again a tremendous success, as it should be with two headline acts!

As most warbird fans know, the Breckinridge Air Show started in the late 1970’s as a little fly-in, party for air show performers. The founder and driving force of this fly-in, that turned into the best WWII warbird airshow was Howard Pardue, along with his employee “Fast” Eddie Holms.  

Howard, a native son of Breckenridge and former Marine Corps aviator would fly his warbirds to other airshows with the agreement that they would attend his. And so that is how the west Texas town of Breckinridge came to host one of the best airshows in the country.

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Get Your Eye Gear On with Scheyden AirVenture 2018 

By Annamarie Buonocore  

AirVenture season has arrived, and there are many goodies and gadgets to be had. Perhaps one of the most exciting items a pilot can treat him or herself to is a pair of Scheyden sunglasses. With many pairs to choose from, they are always the most comfortable and are designed with aviators in mind. Throughout the years, In Flight USA has enjoyed following Scheyden and its products, and once again, we were able to get a few words from Jeff Herold, president of the company. Do not forget your sunglasses before flying to AirVenture, but just in case you do forget, you can buy some of these amazing glasses on site. 

IF: What are your plans for this year’s AirVenture? Any new products? 

JH: We have now become a sponsor of performer, Rob Holland, one of the best competition aerobatic pilots in the world, so we are doing a giveaway of whatever Rob’s favorite Scheyden sunglasses are. He has several pairs, so it will be his determination of which ones become the prize. We see him wearing the Mustangs the most. We’ll have him performing. Airshow announcer, Rob Reider, of course will be there supporting our eyewear and mentioning the pilots there who are wearing the glasses. Another performer we are sponsoring is Scott (Scooter) Yoak, who will be in his Quicksilver P-51 Mustang. We’ll do sunglass giveaways with all of our performers, but Rob Holland and Scooter Yoak are the main guys right now. 


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