Planes of Fame This Weekend 

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MAY 6-7, 2017
Start your Air Show Weekend Early
Planes of Fame Air Museum opens at 10 am on Friday May 5th! Regular admission to the Air Museum includes a tram ride out to the Air Show area as well as access to Planes of Fame Air Museum. Aircraft will be arriving throughout the day and practice sessions start at 1pm!
The Planes of Fame Air Show WILL happen RAIN or SHINE!  Our determination to put on the best show possible will not waver! When it rained back in 2011 we held out and sure enough, the rain stopped just in time for us to have a full airshow with gorgeous clouds! 
The Air Show will feature over 50 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment!
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SATURDAY & SUNDAY MAY 6-7 2017   8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
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Schweiss Doors Easy Splice Connections 

Schweiss Doors Now Offers Quick, Easy “Splice Connections”

Schweiss Doors is proud to announce the invention of its new hydraulic door Splice Connection system. Schweiss engineers came up with this one-of-a-kind Splice Connection that allows the doors to be broken down, shipped, and easily assembled at a fraction of the cost. 

The highly engineered, patent-pending Splice Connection allows the installer to easily slide both hydraulic door sections together and secure corresponding splice plates with bolts. No welding is necessary, and the splice connection is literally self-aligning for effortless and quick-field assembly. Customers like the fact that the door can easily be shipped or picked up from the factory. Best of all, it makes large over-width doorframes extremely sturdy. 

One dealer said, “With this innovative system, you’re not dealing with costly over-width permits. Shipping those huge doorframes can be dangerous and illegal when not complying with DOT regulations.” To learn more, please visit the Splice Connections page on the Schweiss Doors site: .

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit .


Flying Into Writing: It’s All About Your Perspective

By Eric McCarthy

Corrizo Plain and hills in bloom as far as we could see. (Eric McCarthy)Cruising along serenely with my friend and fellow CAP squadron-member, Derek, we passed over the LA Coliseum at 8,500 feet en route to Van Nuys VOR (VNY). We were flying up the Central Valley for one of my photo missions in my friend, Rich’s, Cessna. It was a beautiful day with few clouds and unlimited visibility. We had a bit of a headwind as we traversed the mountains on V107 north of the Fillmore VOR (FIM), and had been anticipating some turbulence, but it never materialized, and we were able stay at 8,500 feet for the crossing.

There’s some pretty inhospitable territory in those mountains, with not many options for an emergency landing. Subconsciously, I began to “cheat,” adding a little “insurance altitude” by climbing to 9,000 feet; Derek called ATC to request a block of airspace between 8,500 feet and 10,000 feet. Other than the airliners passing way overhead and a couple of business jets on their way to Van Nuys (KVNY), there was no other traffic, so our request was immediately granted.

Entering the Central Valley south of Taft, the scenery changes dramatically – from rugged, forested mountains to rolling hills and flat agricultural land that stretches to the horizon. Much of the land below us throughout this area has been scarred by oil production, a pock-marked labyrinth of drilling sites, empty pads, and storage facilities, but to our left is a spectacular view of the Southern Coastal Range and Carrizo Plain in full bloom. The recent winter rains brought out the vibrant greens and brilliant yellows of the wildflowers covering the hills and valleys as far as the eye could see! These hills and valleys are usually a monochromatic tan suede color, so to see them in bloom like this was quite a treat!

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Editorial: Learning

By Ed Downs

Given our May issue, which features much of what is going on in flight training today, this writer decided to take a slightly different view on the prosses or training. Let’s take a look at the student’s contribution to training, learning. Becoming a Flight Instructor today is sort of like becoming a junior phycologist. In fact, this writer did post graduate studies in educational psychology, in addition to sitting in the right seat of a flying machine, staring at a hoobs meter for more hours than can be accurately counted. Add to that, years of ground instructing and nationwide tutoring through computers and phone contacts, and you have a person who has seen how folks learn. 

This writer has also seen a marked change in the ability of my students to learn. Yes, this could be the meanderings of an old guy who just expects students to learn fast to make the job of training easier, but it seems to be more than just that. Many of the very experienced CFI’s I work with in teaching Flight Instructor Revalidation Clinics (FIRC’s) comment that they too see changes in how leaning is taking place.

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Resilience: One Airman’s Story of Faith, Service

By Janis El Shabazz, 340th Flying Training Group Public Affairs 

This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story).

Sandra and Gabriel Rousseaux, Senior Master Sgt. Jon Rousseaux, Dr. Amy Holder and Maj. (Dr.) Dax Holder pose for a photo during a fundraising run for ‘Any Baby Can’, a San Antonio-based organization that serves families with children and youth facing serious health or developmental challenges, to raise money for sudden infant death syndrome research. The Rousseauxs lost their son, Joshua, to SIDS in 2010. (Courtesy photo)Senior Master Sgt. Jon Rousseaux was like many children who grew up in a military family. The self-described man of faith and service followed his father, a retired chief, into the Air Force – and after 19 years, he is still at it. In fact, he just re-enlisted for four more years. Rousseaux’s years of service have strengthened his faith and resiliency, helping him through the most difficult time of his life.

Co-workers describe Rousseaux as a steady, easy-going guy whose steadfastness and determination helped him rapidly ascend the ranks. Everyone agrees that, usually, not much upsets him – but the events that happened in May 2010 shook him to his core.

Rousseaux said it was a typical day. He woke the kids, made breakfast, and dropped his infant son, Joshua, off at day care and older son, Cayden, at school. It was Joshua’s first week in day care. Rousseaux said what happened next was like a surreal nightmare – but it was broad daylight and painfully real.

“I got a call from my wife, Sandra, that Josh had stopped breathing,” Rousseaux said. “I was on my way to the day care when I got another call telling me to meet the ambulance at the hospital. Nothing can prepare you for the scene of your tiny baby laying on a table with a flurry of doctors trying to stabilize him and not knowing what is happening because everything is happening so fast.” 

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