Catalina’s Airport in the Sky

By Erik McCarthy

It was an ominous start to the day. I thought I had left early enough to get to the airport by the appointed time, but I forgot that every weekend everyone from LA goes to San Diego, and everyone from San Diego goes to LA, and there’s really only one way to get there: the 5 Freeway which, despite its 4 to 6 lanes, can’t adequately handle that much traffic; southbound traffic came to a screeching halt at the Oceanside VOR. 

My gracious host waited patiently by his Cherokee Six for my delayed arrival - “No worries…”The weather, while passable VFR (read: marginal) at Palomar (KCRQ), was improving as my tardiness wore on – an acceptable trade off. 

Bill and I had been discussing Catalina’s Grand Re-Opening following its runway reconstruction by the Marines, when I casually mentioned that I still hadn’t been there yet. A visit to The Airport in the Sky(KAVX) is seen as a “rite of passage” in Southern California – a must-do – and I’ve been here in California for six years now…

“We’ve got to fix that! Wanna go Saturday?”Um, yes I do!

Bill had made a reservation several weeks in advance of the event, which was expected to draw a hundred or so aircraft, and wanted to get there early to beat the crowd. He’d been there several times, including their “soft” re-opening a couple of weeks earlier, and was very familiar with AVX’s notorious mountaintop runway. This would be a great “introduction” for me.

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The Fort Wayne Air Show Features Thunderbirds

By Mike Heilman 


The Thunderbirds diamond formation make a formation pass in their F-16 on Friday’s practice show at the 2019 Fort Wayne Air Show.The Indiana Air National Guard 122ndFighter Wing based at the Fort Wayne, Ind. International Airport hosted the 2019 Fort Wayne Air Show and Open House. The 122ndknown as the “Blacksnakes” is home to the Fairchild Republic built A-10C “Thunderbolt II” or better known as the “Warthog.” The 2019 show featured the United States Air Force F-16 Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds. 

The Thunderbirds performed at both days of the show. Capt. Michael Brewer is the Right-Wing Pilot for the Thunderbirds and is in his first year. He explains his transition to the F-16C: “I use to fly the F-15E ‘Strike Eagle’ prior to flying the F-16 with the Thunderbirds. Both aircraft are multi-role fighters with air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, but they are two different types of flying. The F-15E is larger and heavier so there are some differences in that respect. 

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Reno-Tahoe USA: Flying and Soaring to High Spirits

By Annamarie Buonocore 


Tower at Reno-Stead stands tall and proud of rich history. Photo courtesy of Annamarie BuonocoreReno-Tahoe can be many things: fun for the entire family, a walk back in time, a casino trip with friends, or a place to enjoy good food. But for us aviation enthusiasts and pilots, it can be a cherished place in our history. It is home to three wonderful general aviation airports that offer a variety of services and events. It is the home of the Reno Air Races, a historic event that brings this community closer every year. Above all, it is a place of business and progress that people of all ages can enjoy. 

This month, I was fortunate to be able to visit the Reno-Tahoe region. Just three and a half hours from the Bay Area, the ride is a majestic and scenic one as you pass tall trees and the winding Truckee River. During my visit, I was impressed with the lodging, culinary options, and best of all, the three airports that we will elaborate on later in this editorial. The staff here at In Flight USA highly recommends visiting the Reno-Tahoe area, especially for the upcoming Truckee Tahoe Airshow and the September Reno Air Races. 

Truckee Tahoe, An Upcoming Airshow and Family Festival! 

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EAA Spirit Newsletter July 

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As you read, we hope you’ll find a story that inspires you — one that compels you to seek out aviation adventures, again and again. Because no matter your level of interest, we’re here to help you explore your passion. So, do you have planes on the brain? Well then, welcome home! 

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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,, for additional details. 

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