AOPA: East Coast Pilots Urged to Prepare for "Irene"

AOPA Online: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association:

East Coast pilots urged to prepare for Hurricane Irene
As much of the East Coast begins to brace for Hurricane Irene, pilots should relocate their aircraft away from the storm’s path or ensure that it is properly secured. Check out AOPA’s tips for relocating or securing your aircraft.


AOPA Seeking Input for So. Cal. Pilots

AOPA is asking pilots operating around Southern California to help shape the introduction of enhanced procedures in their area by sharing their experience during an FAA airspace-optimization review.

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EAA Members Respond to EAA/NTSB Amateur-Built Safety Study

EAA News - EAA Members Respond to EAA/NTSB Amateur-Built Safety Study:

EAA has been working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to create a profile of amateur-built aircraft and their builders to use as a guide for programs and activities to further advance and promote safe building and flying practices. EAA is hosting the summer-long survey that is open to all builders, owners, and operators of experimental/amateur-built category aircraft. According to Jim Sweeney, EAA’s director of market research, the response to date has been outstanding with more than 5,000 surveys completed.

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Wings Over Waukesha Airshow

“Wings over Waukesha” Adds B-25 Bomber, C-130 Transport Planeand Four Nationally-Renowned Aerobatics Acts to Daily Air Shows

Saturday Hours Extended to Include Hot Air Balloon Glow in the Evening

 WAUKESHA, WI, USA (August 17, 2011) – “Wings over Waukesha” today announced that its air show at Waukesha County Airport has booked four of the best aerobatics performers in the country, including Jim “Fang” Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, John Mohr Stearman barnstorming aerobatics, Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wingwalking, and Dr Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics

In addition, Wings over Waukesha has confirmed that the Yankee Air Museum in Detroit will be bringing its fully-restored World War II era B-25 “Mitchell” bomber and the Minneapolis U.S. Air Force Reserve will bring in a C-130 transport plane to participate in the show and remain on display for guests to get a closer look at these powerful aircraft.  Dozens of other contemporary and vintage aircraft will participate in the daily air show at 1:00 p.m. on August 27 and 28.  The Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club from East Troy will kick off the daily shows with a team of skydivers landing on the airfield.  The shows will also include a tribute to Waukesha County members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

“This will be the first full air show at Waukesha County Airport in about 30 years and it promises to be a great one with all of the top quality performers we have booked for the show, and the wide variety of military and civilian aircraft that will be participating,” said Kurt Stanich, Chairman of the 2011 Wings over Waukesha event.  “We’re offering a great value for families with a ton of entertainment on the ground and in the air all day long.” 

Wings over Waukesha will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday August 27, with extended hours for guests to stay and enjoy a hot air balloon “glow” from 6 – 9 p.m. featuring Wind Dancer Balloon Promotions and other local professional balloon companies.  The event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 28.

Admission to Wings over Waukesha is only $5 per person, and kids under 12 can attend free of charge.  Ample parking is available for $2 per vehicle. 

In addition to the daily air show at 1:00 p.m., this family-friendly event offers the opportunity to get a ride in the B-25 “Mitchell” bomber at a cost of $400 per person.  Rides can be purchased in advance of the show by calling 517-404-1061 or they can be purchased at the show.  Guests on a more modest budget can get a ride in a single-engine aircraft or a helicopter for about $40 per person. 

Kids and adults will also have the opportunity to learn about flying, aircraft and the important role of military aviation, while meeting local pilots and getting a close-up view of their aircraft, many of which have been painstakingly restored to their original mid-1900’s condition. Food, beverages and aviation-related merchandise are available for purchase throughout the show grounds.

Sponsors of Wings over Waukesha include Accurate Specialties, Inc. and StrateVantage Communications, LLC, among others.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor, exhibitor, volunteer or flying their aircraft to Waukesha to participate in the event is encouraged to go to the event website at



EAA Reports: Presidential TFRs Follow Obama Bus Tour This Week

August 15, 2011 – A series of presidential TFRs will be in effect this week, August 15-17, as President Obama makes a bus tour through Minnesota and Iowa. The tour started Monday in Minneapolis and ends in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Northwestern Illinois, and TFRs will be in effect through August 17. Pilots flying in these areas are strongly advised to check the NOTAMS before takeoff or risk violating restricted airspace. 

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