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October 07, 2013

Christmas......Plan Ahead......And You Could Win a Plane, Too!

2013OrnamentFor pilots, flight schools and aviation enthusiasts, a Sporty's Christmas Ornament is a time-honored tradition.  The 2013 etched glass ornament features the Van's RV-12.  The RV-12 is a two-seat all-metal side-by-side plane. Famous aircraft designer, Richard VanGrunsven, designed the 2013 ornament and the RV-12 is also the 2014 Sporty's Sweepstakes Plane! For more information, http://www.sportys.com/sweepstakes.

Sporty's Vice President, John Zimmerman, says, "We chose the RV-12 for this years ornament since Van's has more than 8,000 completed RV aircraft over the past 40 years.  It's amazing that an airplane originally manufactured on a small farm in Oregon has led to a global following with RV's based in 45 countries."

The custom-etched ornament includes a red ribbon for hanging, comes boxed for gift-giving and is available for $24.95.  Order at Sportys.com, http://www.sportys.com/source/features/search/search.cfm?catalog=PilotShop&question=ornament, or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS (1-800-776-7897).  If you haven't visited Sporty's Gift Guide, you may want to take a look.  They have great gifts for aviation enthusiasts!

 

September 24, 2013

The GA Community In Action ~ Teaming Up to Help Others...

41e8716e87a59886cd67dc07a2611d2c_51eyFriday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th, Guidance Aviation, http://www.guidance.aero/in partnership with Tim's Toyota Center, http://timstoyota.calls.net/ and the 2013 Yavapai Fair (this year is their 100th Anniversary), http://www.yavapaifair.com/will provide helicopter rides during "Rotors to Remember" in support of the Prescott Firefighter's Charities. The fundraising goal is $10,000.00 and 100% of all donations go directly to Prescott Firefighter's Charities, http://www.prescottffcharities.org/.

Helicopter flights will take place on the corner of Main Street and Park Avenue next to Prescott Valley’s Entertainment District.  A minimum $50 donation to the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities will earn individuals a 10-minute helicopter ride around the Yavapai Fair and the Prescott Valley area. Guidance Aviation is donating all aircraft time, fuel, pilots, and ground crew for this fundraising event.

“We could not have done this without our partner, Tim’s Toyota Center. They have graciously provided us an operations area and all the support necessary to conduct these flights,” remarked Dave Roy, Director of Flight Operations, Guidance Aviation.

Prescott Firefighter's Charities is a group very active within the community.  You'll want to be sure and come out and have some fun.  See the world from a different perspective and help out a great group of  people!

 

September 21, 2013

And on the Kansas Side of the State Line, Johnson County Executive Airport....

JceaLocated South of FSP Offices, on the Kansas side, are Johnson County Executive Airport, http://jcac.jocogov.org/airport.html, and New Century Airport,  http://jcac.jocogov.org/aircenter.html

Home to several FSP Clients, Johnson County Executive Airport, is situated on approximately 500 acres with a 4,100' single runway, parallel taxiways, Federal contract air traffic control tower and medium intensity airfield lighting.  This airport is a very special place for me as it's the airport where my son obtained his pilot's license, (Kansas City Aviation Center, http://www.kcac.com/)  and I first flew with him.  It's located in the heart of Johnson County's economic belt and is the choice for many corporate, business and general aviation users.

Originally constructed as a Naval auxiliary field during World War II, the Johnson County Airport Commission currently manages, operates and maintains the airport.  With over 50,000 annual operations and 210 fixed aircraft, JCEA is the fourth busiest in the State of Kansas.

Thinking about visiting the area, be sure to visit Full-Service FBO's Kansas City Aviation Center, http://www.kcac.com/ and Air Associates, LLC, http://www.airassociatesinc.com/.  

 

 

Appreciating Both KS and MO FBO's....

CharlesbwheelerairportSince September is Aviation Appreciation Month in Kansas, I thought I'd write about a local landmark just a few miles north of Flight Schedule Pro Offices, even though it's situated on the Missouri side of the state line (FSP is on the Kansas side). The Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport was the City's first airport and it's still one of the City's busiest. Dedicated by Charles Lindbergh in 1927, the airport is home to a fantastic air show which usually takes place every August (yes, we got hit by the sequester this year) and the show is currently scheduled to resume in August, 2014.

Situated on 695 acres (with a recent upgrade to its runways), the "Downtown Airport", as its known, attracts many corporate, charter and recreational flyers.  Up to 700 aircraft per day take off or land at the airport, including everything from single-engine propeller aircraft to sleek corporate jets.  The airport, and its control tower, are open 24 hours a day and are consistently ranked highly by private and corporate pilots.  FBO's service nearly 300 based aircraft.  They offer fuel, full maintenance, rentals, sales and flight training.  Be sure to check out ATD Flight Systems, http://www.atdflightsystems.com/, situated on the west side of the airport, a longtime FSP client.

For more information about the Downtown Airport, see http://www.flymkc.com/.  It's a convenient refueling stop for air travelers due to its central geographic location.

 

September 06, 2013

September Is Aviation Appreciation Month in Kansas!

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As most of you know, Flight Schedule Pro, http://www.flightschedulepro.com, is located in Kansas, the State many consider the birthplace of General Aviation (don't panic - not to be confused with the "First In Flight State").  When people refer to the "Air Capital", they're referring to Wichita, Kansas, one of five aviation "clusters" in the world.  (Coming soon: What defines an "aviation cluster"?)

Recently,  Governor Sam Brownback signed a Proclamation declaring September as Aviation Appreciation Month. The Proclamation celebrates Kansas' wonderful aviation history and promotes the upcoming inaugural Kansas Aviation Expo, http://www.ksaeroeducation.com/KCAExpo.html.  The Expo will be held September 26th and 27th at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita.

Kansas' aviation history began on September 2, 1911, when Albin K. Longren became the first Kansan to fly a successfully manufactured and flown within the State of Kansas aircraft. The aircraft was a pusher-type biplane, dubbed the "Topeka I".  The plane was powered with a Type A-2 Hall-Scott, eight cylinder, water cooled, 60 HP motor.  Mr. Longren built and flew the airplane without prior experience.

Jesse R. Romo, Acting Director of the Department of Transportations Aviation Division, will present the Governor's Proclamation to the Wichita Aero Club, http://www.wichitaaeroclub.org/,  on September 25th, at its luncheon. Keynote speakers are Selena Shilad, head of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, on September 25th and Scott Ernest, CEO of Cessna,  on September 26th.

The Aviation Expo will include breakout sessions on a variety of aviation issues and will feature guest speakers from AOPA, http://www.aopa.org/, the FAA, http://www.faa.gov/, the National Weather Service, http://www.weather.gov/, and others.

August 22, 2013

Oshkosh? Still busy!

Fox-Valley-Aviation-Campus-Personnel-talk-about-the-schools-aviation-programs_On September 14, 2013, 7:30-11:00 AM, EAA Chapter 252-The Steve Wittman Chapter, http://www.252.eaachapter.org/,  will host a Fly-in, Drive-In Breakfast and Airport Expo. You don't have to be a pilot or build and restore planes to join in the fun. The event is open to the public and you can drive in or fly in. Everyone is welcome to attend!

There will be exhibits inside and outside the terminal building. This provides an opportunity for residents to see and learn about the various businesses the airport supports. There are small family-run businesses to larger businesses with customers from around the world.

A breakfast of sausage, eggs, beverages and all you can eat pancakes will be served. While there is no admission fee, the cost for the breakfast is $7 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 10. Pilots of homebuilt aircraft who fly in will receive a complimentary breakfast.

From 9-11 am, volunteer pilots will take 1-3 kids at a time, aged 8-17, for a free airplane ride and explain how their planes work.  They'll talk  about safety being their first concern before and during every flight and each child will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle.

The event and activities will be centered in and around the Wittman Regional Airport Terminal building located off 20th Avenue in Oshkosh. For more information contact Al Follendorf at 920-725-5352.

Pictured Above:  Students and Staff exhibit Fox Valley Technical College's aviation programs. Flight Schedule Pro, http://www.flightschedulepro.com, is proud to be of service to Fox Valley Technical College having provided Fox Valley's online management and scheduling software since 2009!

August 20, 2013

How I Spent My Summer by Kay Wegner....

FsplogoWith school starting and Fall approaching, I thought I'd reflect a little bit on how I spent my summer. Actually, I've spent the last eight plus summers working for Flight Schedule Pro, http://www.flightschedulepro.com/ ~ and I love it! I've been with the company almost since its inception and have no plans to move on.  I guess that means you'll have to put up with me for awhile.

Why do I not mind working summers?  Becasue I get to work with the nicest, friendliest people in the aviation industry!  I could list FSP clients, but I would be typing for weeks on end. Besides, you know who you are.  You are the people who respond, "Hi, Kay, how are you?" when I answer the phone.  You are the folks who ask for a little help now and then with a billing matter and you are pleasant!! You are the clients who have trusted Flight Schedule Pro for years on end and will continue to do so on into the future. You are the new clients who have chosen to let us help you grow your business.  And we want to do just that!  We are grateful and appreciative for each and every one of you!

No, sirree, no glitzy commercial airlines for me.  I'm not interested in fancy terminals with dozens of gift shops, even if they are in a "faraway exotic location". I'm sticking right here in the GA industry with GA airports, pilots, customers and some of the best food you'll find anywhere in the world.  Namely, restaurants located in GA airports!

So, here's to a great school year for the kiddos and many more years of my service to 
Flight Schedule Pro clients! I am looking forward to it.  You fill my days with joy and I thank you!

PS  No, my boss didn't tell me to write this!  

August 06, 2013

Aviation Fun Day - Saturday, August 10, 2013! And It's FREE!

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Flight Schedule Pro, https://www.flightschedulepro.com, clients to host 

Aviation Fun Day – Saturday, August 10th, 2013

 Co-hosted by Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre & Great Lakes Helicopter

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The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) and Great Lakes Helicopter (GLH) are once again co-hosting “Aviation Fun Day”.  Their goal is to connect with the community in the Waterloo Region by providing a FREE, family friendly aviation event; while at the same time presenting the opportunity to learn more about the various careers and the world of General Aviation found in the Region of the Waterloo International Airport in a fun and engaging way. 

Aviation Fun Day 2013 is hosted in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region (BBBSWR).

Highlights include:

Helicopter & Airplane rides (Special Rate-portion of fee donated to BBBSWR)

Back-seat Harvard Ride (Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association fee)

Aviation Fun Day BBQ - hosted by Edelweiss Catering

Big Blue Children's Hangar-activities include heli wheels, face painting, glider planes, RC heli demo and more!

Silent Auction - Grand Auction Item: 2 round trip tickets compliments of American Airlines (all proceeds from Aviation Fun Day Silent Auction to benefit BBBSWR)

General Aviation & Aviation Career Expo

On-site music to add to the fun!

Bring your family and friends for all the fun!

When:            Saturday, August 10th, 2013 @ 9am to 4pm.  Rain or Shine.

                        **Flights are weather dependent**

 Where:           Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC)

Region of Waterloo International Airport

Entrance - via the hangar door at the back of the Flight Centre

#3 – 4881 Fountain Street North

Breslau, ON N0B 1M0

Parking is available onsite. 

Admission is free. 

For more information, please call Maureen Dennie at 519-648-2213.

From Introductory & Scenic Flights, Private Pilot Training, to College and University affiliated Aviation Programs; WWFC & Great Lakes Helicopter has something of interest for all ages!  The Aviation Fun Day is a great way to learn more about the amazing world of aviation and get a backstage look at your local airport.

The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) – located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport- is one of the largest and most experienced flight training centres in Canada. Originally founded as a flying club in 1932, it now offers programs and services for students pursuing aviation as a career, as well as for individuals who enjoy flying as a hobby.  For more information, please visit www.wwfc.ca

Great Lakes Helicopter (GLH) is one of the largest Rotary Wing Career College Flight Training Schools in Eastern Canada, is Transport Canada approved, and also operates as a Charter company. Managed and operated by reliable professionals, Great Lakes Helicopter has flourished into a successful helicopter operation, taking pride in their safe, professional staff and well maintained helicopters.  For more information, please visit www.greatlakeshelicopter.ca.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region has been making a positive difference in the lives of our region’s youth for nearly 50 years.  Currently BBBSWR offers six core mentoring programs to approximately 1400 children annually between the ages of 6-16. We believe in the importance of providing quality mentoring programs that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential. By changing the course of young lives, you can change the course of the community’s future.  http://www.bbbswr.org

 

 

July 29, 2013

AOPA at Boy Scouts National Jamboree....

Patch-300x224Making its debut at its new permanent home in the mountains near Mount Hope, W.VA, the 2013 National Scout Jamboree is taking place over 10 days, July 15-24.  Representing AOPA, http://www.aopa.org/ President Craig Fuller and AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman introduced Jamboree attendees, volunteers and staff to general aviation.

“I travel the country talking to pilots and AOPA members, but even I rarely get to see so much enthusiasm from so many young people as I have today at the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in Mt. Hope, West Virginia,” wrote Fuller in a July 18 blog entry http://blog.aopa.org/aopanow/?p=1408.

More than 1,000 scouts visited AOPA's tent at the Jamboree.  Scouts tried their hands at the controls of the AOPA Jay flight simulation device by Redbird.  Approximately 600 Scouts signed up for AOPA's special AV8RS, http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/Pilot-Youth-and-Introductory/AV8RS.aspx membership program, available to teens ages 13 to 18.

 

July 27, 2013

The House Passes Small Airplane Revitalization Act...Bill Heads to Senate...

Small airplaneTuesday, July 16th, the House unanimously passed (411-0) the Small Airplane Revitalization Act.  The Act requires the FAA, http://www.faa.gov/ to replace current prescriptive regulations on small aircraft certification with performance-based regulations.  If the Bill is signed into law, the FAA would be required to implement recommendations drafted by the Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by the end of 2015.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who introduced the legislation two months ago, says, "These new streamlined regulations will decrease costs, increase safety and improve global competitiveness".

Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) http://www.gama.aero/, says, "The Bill will allow manufacturers to bring innovative, safety-enhancing products to market, reduce certification costs and help revitalize the lighter end of the GA market. The overwhelmingly positive vote today makes it crystal clear that the FAA should implement these rules without delay". 

Provisions in the Bill will help manufacturers bring new technology designed for Part 23 airplanes to the marketplace faster.

Supporters of the Bill say that the FAA's current regulation of small aircraft is burdensome and prevents the introduction of new technologies in the cockpit that improve safety and performance. The General Aviation Manufacturer's Association (GAMA), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) http://www.nbaa.org/  and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) http://www.eaa.org/ have all expressed support for the Bill.

 

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