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Monday
Jul092018

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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Friday
Jul062018

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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Wednesday
Jun272018

Celebrate 4th of July at the Hornet 

Aboard the USS Hornet this Fourth of July!
Walk in the Footsteps of the Defenders and Keepers of our Independence

Celebrate this Fourth of July in a truly patriotic fashion on board the historic aircraft carrier-turned museum, the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum. The day-long celebration begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 and runs until 10 p.m. and will be filled with food and drink, games, and plenty of live entertainment. This annual event has become regular celebration for many across the Bay Area.

The highlight of the evening is when visitors gather on the flight deck to view (weather permitting) the breathtaking fireworks displays around San Francisco Bay. The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda.

Live entertainment begins at 2 p.m. and can be found throughout the ship. First up, performing on the Hangar Deck, will be the Hornet Band. Then, at 2:30 p.m., things really take off as the Mitch Polzak & the Royal Deuces perform on the Flight Deck. The New Orleans Jazz band takes the stage at 4:15 p.m. The night ends with performances at 6 p.m.

Alameda’s own Pinot’s Palette will be joining the party on the flight deck by setting up a painting studio to create a mural portrait “Land of The Freedom” together with the participants.

There will also be a variety of games for all ages in the Kid’s Zone with plenty of choices of food and beverages available for purchase.

Throughout the day, guests can explore the numerous decks of the legendary aircraft carrier. The many areas of the ship open to the public include – the flight deck, hangar bays, captain’s bridge, ship’s hospital, and the torpedo shop. Visitors will be able to view the many exhibits housed on the Hornet, including the West Coast’s largest Apollo Moon Mission display and more than a dozen aircraft ranging from WWII vintage to modern era. Enjoy a close-up look at a FM-2 Wildcat, TBM Avenger, an F-14 Tomcat, and a Sea King helicopter from the “Apollo 13” movie.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth 6-17. Free for all Active Duty military and first responders with valid ID. Admission is also free for children, aged 6 and under with a paying Adult. Price includes on and off privileges. Plenty of free parking near to the Hornet. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/4th-of-july-2018/ or call 510/521-8448.

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit

Post Office Box 460 · Alameda, California 94501 · Telephone 510/521-8448 · uss-hornet.org

Shark Alley Hobos

Proceeds benefit the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and support the preservation of the historic aircraft carrier and the educational programs of the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum.

 

Wednesday
Jun132018

Ice Cream at Jaffrey

By Eric McCarthy 

It was a beautiful warm summer afternoon in June of 1986. My wife had just returned from working the morning shift at the local Filene’s Department Store and, as was her way, she had befriended her manager Linda and brought her home for an impromptu luncheon. I consider myself to be a people-person – I love to meet new people and discover common interests and experiences; Sandi is a people-magnet– she just has a way of striking up a conversation with just about anyone, anywhere. It’s one of her most endearing qualities and a wonderful trait that has served us well and brought us so many dear friends over the years.

We enjoyed our lunch and then pondered what to do for the rest of the afternoon. Ideas were not forthcoming until I suggested we go get an ice cream. Great idea! Little did they know whereI wanted to get an ice cream. They would have been forgiven if they thought I meant the great little ice cream parlor called Chadwick’s just down the street from our condo in Lexington, but needless to say, that wasn’t what I had in mind… that would have been much too simple.

Their first clue that things weren’t as they expected them to be was when I got on the highway – Chadwick’s was just a mile down Concord Avenue from our home – no need to take the highway.

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Wednesday
Jun132018

18 Months and Counting

By Ed Downs

Boy, time flies when you are having fun!  This writer responded to an AOPA editorial in October 2014, regarding the coming of ADS-B on Jan. 1, 2020.  The main concern addressed by AOPA at that time was that many radio shops, installers and pilots were simply not up to speed on ADS-B.  Regrettably, this writer also needed a good dose of ADS-B education and hit several resources to add to my scant knowledge.  But, it was also noted that there were five years to go and all would be good by the time the deadline actually hit.  Well, not so much, as recent articles and questions from pilots in many of the classes I teach, including information presented by the FAA, indicate that a lot of misunderstandings still remain.  Maybe it is time for a little review?

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