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Julie Clark’s “Farewell Tour” 

By Ed Downs

Yes, Julie Clark is on final approach, heading for the hangar one last time where there will be a lawn chair and cold beer, right? Isn’t that what a “Farewell Tour” is all about? For some, the gold watch and a condo in Boca works just fine, but if 2019 is a “Farewell” for Julie Clark, then readers need to rethink how a world class-airshow pilot defines “retirement.” 

Julie’s 2019 “Farewell Tour” will celebrate the completion of more than 40 years of safe airshow performing. She has flown 1,800 performances in all lower 48 states and Alaska, all the lower Provinces in Canada, Mexico, and even the Island of Bermuda. Julie’s stunning T-34 A, appearing as a gleaming “mini” version of Air Force Oneand sporting the name of her sponsor “Tempest Plus,” has thrilled millions of people with a performance that makes every appearance a celebration of American pride. 

Julie has amassed more than 34,000 hours of accident-free flying, with 11,000 hours in the same T-34A aircraft.One might expect a “Farewell Tour” to be a couple of token shows, an interview or two and then a quite departure from public view. Well, with three shows already flown in 2019, and well-earned awards presented, Julie’s schedule includes an additional 11 shows this year (so far) with numerous PR events and promotions appearances. Take a look at Julies web site, http://julieclarkairshows.com/air-show/, for additional details. 

 

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The Importance and Relevance of General Aviation Airports

By Richard Caso, MD.

I recently reviewed a monograph from the United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration entitled General Aviation Airports: A National Asset. The article was based on an extensive and comprehensive 18-month study of general aviation airports in the United States. One interesting fact is that 75% of takeoffs and landings at U.S. airports involve general aviation aircraft and most of these flights occur at general aviation airports.

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 defines a general aviation airport as one that either does not have scheduled service or has scheduled service with less than 2,500 passenger enplanements each year. The most recent figure for general aviation airports in the United States is 2,952 landing facilities (2,903 airports, 10 heliports, and 39 seaplane bases) to support aeromedical flights, aerial fire-fighting, law enforcement, disaster relief efforts, and to provide access to mountain or rural communities. Included in this group are 121 airports that provide limited scheduled air service boarding (more than 2,500 but less than 10,000 enplanements per year). As of February 2018, California has 217 general aviation airports, 26 commercial service airports (23 report greater than 10,000 enplanements per year), 167 hospital, 22 federal airbases, and 1 joint use facility (March ARB).

 

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