Valuable Experience

By Eric McCarthy 

Many of my aerial photography ( 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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