Fujino of Honda Aircraft receives “Aviation Industry Leader of the Year”


John Travolta, the “Official Ambassador of Aviation,” will host the Living Legends of Aviation, an annual aviation recognition event on Jan. 16, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kiddie Hawk Air Academy recently announced that Michimasa Fujino, founding president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will receive the “Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award” for his development, production, marketing and sales of the HondaJet (pictured below).


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Jobs in the Triad not being filled

By PAT KIMBROUGH,High Point Enterprise

The survey captured 1,561 difficult-to-fill positions, many of which were concentrated just south of Piedmont Triad International Airport, between Greensboro and High Point.

Many of the jobs are within the Triad’s “aviation cluster,” which includes major employers like Timco Aviation Services and Honda Aircraft Co.

“The types of jobs that this would encompass would be aircraft manufacturing, aircraft engine and parts manufacturing, passenger and freight air transportation providers and aviation (maintenance and repair) providers,” Gauldin said.

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SUN ‘n FUN airshow plans for 2015 underway

Sun N Fun have announced a few of the acts that will be performing at the 2015 show.  Topping the list of performers is the Breitling Jet Team and the USAF Thunderbirds.

The Breitling Jet Team will begin their first-ever United States tour at SUN ‘n FUN 2015. The aerobatic display team is comprised of seven L-39 C Albatros jets. Having flown across 36 countries around the world, the Breitling Jet Team will commence their “American Tour” by opening the SUN ‘n FUN event on April 21 and performing throughout the week.

The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will perform April 25-26. The Thunderbirds (pictured above) will exhibit some maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.

Also performing in the night and days shows is North Carolina’s own Team AeroDynamix … the world’s largest formation aerobatic team based out of the Charlotte area.



Outlook good for third-class medical overhaul bill in 2015


As the year draws to a close, bipartisan support continues to build for congressional legislation to remove the third-class medical requirement for operating a variety of general aviation (GA) aircraft.

Introduced last December by House GA Caucus Co-Chairman Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4-IN), the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act of 2013 (H.R.3708) would allow pilots to operate certain single-engine aircraft without obtaining a third-class medical certificate, under visual flight rules, and as long as they otherwise met certification requirements.

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) sponsored an identical bill (S.2103) in the Senate.

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Could you be an Air Show Pilot?

What does it take to be an airshow pilot?  Let’s start by assuming you have the airplane for the mission and the skills to make it happen.  What is required by the FAA and Air Show Industry.

I think it is safe to say that all airshow performers want to be paid for participating in the show.  If you are going to be compensated you must have a commercial pilots license which also requires a 2nd class medical.

Airshows are flown in an aerobatic box.  This box can be over the airport but not always.  It can and is quite commonly  over a body of water such as the beach or a large lake.  The actual size of the box varies according to the performers that will be using the box.  A much larger box is need for a jet team such as the Blue Angels versus a team flying single engine prop planes.  To perform aerobatic maneuvers in this “waivered” airspace … the FAA requires that you hold a SAC (statement of aerobatic competency) card.

SAC cards are issued by the FAA but the program is administered by ICAS  … the International Council of Airshows.  ICAS is a member organization consisting of airshow directors, vendors, performers, etc.  The ACE program was set up by ICAS to view, coach, and approve the different flight levels for your card.  You will start out at the 800′ level.  You must perform your act in front of the approved ACE.  There are required maneuvers including loops, cubans, reverse cubans, spins (at least three turns recovering within 20 degrees of heading), slows rolls both left & right, hammerheads, roll to inverted then back up right the opposite direction, and if your plane is equipped with inverted fuel & oil … you must perform some inverted maneuvers.  If your ACE passes you .. you will receive an 800′ SAC card from your local FSDO.  You can now perform in airshows with your floor for all aerobatic maneuvers being 800′.

To go lower you must have flown at least 8 performances in at least 5 different airshows.  You now repeat the process with an ACE and fly for him/her at 500′.  If you pass you can now perform with the new floor of 500′.

The next floor is 250′.  To go from 500′ to 250′ … you must have flown 12 performances in at least 6 different shows.  Back to the ACE for evaluation.

Your next goal is a surface level SAC card.  The ultimate in airshow performing.  There are currently less than 200 surface level waiver holds in the United States of which I am one.  To obtain this lofty goal you must have flown at least 16 performances in at least 8 different airshows.  You now must be evaluated by 2 ACEs and not just one.  Two ACEs are required due to the critical need for safety at the surface level.

So as you can see … it takes several years to work your way down through the levels.  Not everyone goes all the way to the surface.  Their act may not require it.  Your SAC card has to be updated each year requiring you fly in front of an ACE.  This can be done at an airshow by having the ACE observe your performance.  As you can see below … we recently flew in front of Mike Goulian at the Pensacola show who then renewed our SAC cards.


It takes dedication, lots of practice, lots of critique, and lots of avgas !!  But if you want to be an airshow performer …. go for it!  It can be done!


How many residential airparks are there in NC?

Lake Ridge Airpark in Durham Lake Norman AirparkGold Hill Airpark near SalisburyStag Airpark in Burgaw

Have you ever considered living with your plane?  Probably the number 1 dream of most pilots is living on an airstrip with their plane safely tucked into their own hangar right outside the back door.  I have to admit it has always been a dream of mine!  We have airparks from the coast to the peaks of the mountains … from beautiful grass strips to lighted paved runways.  The airparks are vastly different in housing as well.  There are some higher end residential areas such as Mountain Air with most being in the median price range.

Here is a partial list of airparks … how many more are there?  If you know of an airpark that I missed … would you please let me know.  You can email me at len@aviationnorthcarolina.com

NC21 Aero Plantation 06L-24L 2400′ p N34o 60′ W80o 45′ 624′ Union
KONX Brady Landing 04L-22L 4001′ p N36o 24′ W76o 01′ 16′ Currituck
NC11 Deck Airpark 04L-22L 1950′ N35o 44′ W78o 55′ 338′ Wake
5NC5 The Duchy at Chapel Hill 02L-20L 3500′ N35o 59′ W79o 16′ 650′ Alamance
9NC8 Eagles Landing 01L-19L 3800′ N35o 41′ W79o 13′ 430′ Chatham
6NC3 Eastover Air Ranch 04L-22L 3000′ N35o 05′ W78o 46′ 160′ Cumberland
NC06 Elk River Club 12L-30L 4600′ p N36o 09′ W81o 54′ 3468′ Avery
NC25 Gold Hill Airpark 09L-27L 3000′ p N35o 31′ W80o 19′ 720′ Rowan
4NC0 Hawks Landing 11L-29L 2000′ N35o 54′ W80o 37′ 815′ Davie
14A Lake Norman Airpark 14L-32L 3000′ p N35o 37′ W80o 54′ 838′ Iredell
8NC8 Lake Ridge Aero Park 14L-32L 3200′ N36o 06′ W78o 47′ 309′ Durham
NC26 Long Island Airport 05L-23L 3000′ N35o 40′ W80o 58′ 864′ Catawba
6NC8 Marchmont Plantation 06L-24L 2500′ N35o 56′ W80o 23′ 730′ Davie
5NC3 McConnell’s Landing 13R-31L 2538′ p N35o 20′ W79o 26′ 445′ Moore
NC30 Miller Airpark 18L-36L 2060′ N35o 37′ W80o 45′ 864′ Rowan
2NC0 Mountain Air Country Club 14L-32R 2900′ p N35o 52′ W82o 21′ 4432′ Yancey
03NC Pilots Ridge Aero Plantation 09L-27L 2750′ p N34o 06′ W77o 54′ 35′ New Hanover
5W4 P.K. Airpark 04L-22R 3402′ p N35o 01′ W79o 11′ 304′ Hoke
7NC3 Kenly Airport 09L-27L 3880′ N35o 35′ W78o 05′ 225′ Johnston
7NC1 Stag Airpark 11L-29L 3800′ N34o 32′ W77o 23′ 51′ Pender
8NC2 Summey Airpark 14L-32L 2500′ N35o 17′ W81o47′ 1000′ Rutherford
NC08 Tusquittee Landing 10L-28R 2700′ N35o 05′ W83o 45′ 2000′ Clay
8NC3 Winding Creek Landing 04L-22L 4000′ N34o 34′ W77o 26′ 53′ Onslow
8A6 Wilgrove Airpark 17L-35L 2835′ N35o 13′ W80o 40′ 799′ Mecklenburg


Breitling Jet team sets U.S. tour schedule


The Breitling Jet Team has announced its tour dates for 2015, which include, for the first time, stops in the United States. The aerobatic display team is made up of seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 435 mph, and have flown across 36 countries all over the world.

The Breitling Jet Team will begin its tour at SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland, Fla., with stops in Maryland, the Jones Beach Air Show in New York, the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, SeaFair in Seattle, and the National Championship Air Races in Reno.

Read more here:  http://generalaviationnews.com/2014/12/16/breitling-jet-team-sets-u-s-tour-schedule/?utm_source=The+Pulse+Subscribers&utm_campaign=65a8958c91-TP2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_62525a9780-65a8958c91-49685


Tips for cold weather engine starting


Now that cold weather is here, I get asked quite often, “How long should I warm up my engine before I drive/fly off?”

As always, there is no simple answer.

Part of the reason we warm up our vehicles is to get the heater going. But there are technical reasons to warm up our cars and our planes before we take off.

The first is to get the oil warm enough to flow through all of the passages to properly lubricate the entire engine. However, the new multi-grade oils have really eliminated this as a concern.

Read more here:  http://generalaviationnews.com/2014/12/18/tips-for-cold-weather-engine-starting/?utm_source=The+Pulse+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4e78cf8837-TP2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_62525a9780-4e78cf8837-49685

NC Pilot loves flying & animals!

By Adelina Colbert Adelina.colbert@JDNews.com

Two things Mark Avellino, a Marine staff sergeant stationed at Camp Lejeune,  loves are flying and animals.

So on a recent Saturday morning, 28-year-old Avellino strapped a crate that housed a Maine Coon cat called Rascal into the cabin of his Piper Cherokee 140 and took to the skies as a volunteer pilot with Pilots N Paws.

“This would be my first cat,” said Avellino, who was headed to Staunton, Virginia, to place the 5-year-old feline into its new home. “Everything I’ve done is dogs so far. It’s mostly dogs that you’ll find on Pilots N Paws, at least going up through this area.”

Read more here:  http://www.jdnews.com/news/military/pilots-n-paws-unites-pets-families-1.416001