- What: Private Ground School
- When: Saturday, June 11, & Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 8 AM to 5 PM, both days
- Where: 534 Air Harbor Rd., Greensboro, NC 27455
- Sign-Off: We provide the endorsement required to take the knowledge test
- Guarantee: We guarantee students pass the private written; if they don’t pass, we work with them one-on-one until they do pass
- Items to Bring: An E6B, a plotter, pocket calculator, and something to write with. I have E6Bs and plotters available for sale at my cost of $11.00 for E6Bs and $11.00 for rotating plotters (or $22.00 total for both). Please note we will review how to use the electronic E6B at 7:30 AM on Sunday if requested
- Extras: We provide doughnuts and coffee for breakfast, ham sandwiches for lunch, and we also have soft drinks and water
- Cost: $300.00 Cash or Check, with checks payable to Zenda Liess; fee is collected first morning before class
- To Register: Call or e-mail (see contact information below)
Malachi Barrett, MLive Muskegon Chronicle
A Ludington Marine’s name will be forever painted on the side of a newly dedicated historical aircraft.
The Hickory Aviation Museum in North Carolina accepted the EA-6B Prowler in May. Painted on the aircraft is the squadron lineage, the aircrew’s names, the maintenance department’s names and the squadron’s banshee logo.
“I was (at the dedication ceremony), we demilitarized the aircraft and it was a good event,” said Gunnery Sgt. Ki Kimball. “It will be nice when my kids can see it. It’s a part of history. Everyone was happy to know that something we flew and worked on will be a piece of history forever.”
The Prowler has been in service since 1975, Kimball said. The EA-6B’s primary mission is to protect U.S. and coalition forces through electronic attack and suppression of enemy air defenses. Kimball said the Prowler interrupts enemy electronic activity and obtains electronic intelligence within the combat area.
“In other words, their job is to jam enemy RADAR and missile systems to protect our forces,” said Jeff Wofford, director of the Hickory Aviation Museum. “These guys were the first in to blaze a trail for the other aircraft to follow. During recent missions, the aircraft was able to jam cell phone signals to prevent the enemy from using cell phones to detonate IEDs.”
The aircraft on display in Hickory has been in service since 1991 and has been involved in most of the combat operations that the United States has been in since that time. All EA-6B will be removed from service by 2019.
The Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 — also known as VMAQ-1 — was first established during the Korean War and saw combat in Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Their last combat deployment was in 2013.
Upon returning to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, Kimball’s squadron was tasked with training pilots and Naval Flight Officers to operate the EA-6B Prowler. The Quality Assurance Chief of his unit, Kimball is responsible for making sure the aircraft is properly maintained and safe to fly on missions.
Kimball has served in the Marine Corps since graduating from Ludington High School in 2000. In total, he has served four tours of duty — in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Italy.
“At a young age I knew I wanted to be a Marine,” Kimball said. “In my experience the camaraderie, being around all guys and the traveling keeps you young, you get to serve your country and work with a lot of people. I enjoy it. It has a challenge.”
He completed boot camp at Camp Pendleton, San Diego. Kimball was in the same unit as his half-brother Chad Lawton during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
“We had a fascination with the Marine Corps and how high their standards were,” Lawton said. “If we were going to go in, we wanted to set the bar high.”
Lawton retired in 2009 and is now Medical Control Authority coordinator for the West Michigan Regional Medical Consortium.
“I miss being a Marine quite a bit, I really value my time and if you ask anyone I think you would get mostly the same response,” he said. “I was not the best student in high school, at that time I was pretty young and I knew that I needed to do something drastic or I would end up somewhere bad. I never would have been able to get this far without the Marine Corps.”
Kimball remains in North Carolina with his wife and two children.
“We’re very proud of him, he’s done a good job of hashing a name for himself and he’s a dedicated Marine,” Lawton said. “He’s always been a go-getter.”
Wofford said the museum is honored to receive the aircraft from VMAQT-1. Originally, there were plans to display a Navy plane from Washington, but plans fell through.
“We had a great time hanging out with the guys from VMAQT-1,” Wofford said. “They are a tribute to their squadron, the Marine Corps and our country.”
Likewise, Kimball said the museum has done an “outstanding job to represent the Navy and Marine Corps.”
OREGON INLET, N.C. – The U.S. Coast Guard responded about 25 miles off the North Carolina coast Thursday morning after receiving reports of a collision between two planes.
According to the Navy, the incident involved two F/A-18F Super Hornets that were flying approximately 24 nautical miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.
The Navy confirms that the jets were from Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA-211) based at Naval Air Station Oceana.
The incident was reported around 10:40 a.m. and an HH-60 Jayhawk Coast Guard helicopter dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City to assist.
There were two pilots in each jet and all four were recovered from the water.
The Coast Guard reports that the crew of the commercial fishing vessel Jamie recovered all four pilots. The Coast Guard helicopter then hoisted the pilots and transported them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
At 12:50 p.m., one Coast Guard helicopter arrived at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital carrying two of the four pilots. They were both able to move themselves to the waiting stretcher.
A second helicopter carrying the other two pilots is expected to arrive shortly.
A safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident.
In the past several years, there have been several mishaps involving military aircraft in Hampton Roads.
A malfunctioning F/A-18 jet plummeted into the Mayfair Mews Apartments in Virginia Beach on April 6, 2012. The stricken Super Hornet destroyed several apartment buildings off Birdneck Road near 24th Street. Two aviators ejected and survived with minor injuries. No one on the ground was injured.
In August 2013, a pair of Air National Guard F-16s clipped wings off the Eastern Shore. One pilot ejected and his jet crashed. He was rescued by a Coast Guard air crew.
On January 8, 2014, a Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon Helicopter crashed into the frigid Atlantic about 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Five men were aboard, but three did not survive.
On January 15, 2015, a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft crashed approximately 45 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The jet was from Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143) attached to Carrier Air Wing Seven at Oceana Naval Air Station. It was conducting routine training at the time of the crash. The pilot was rescued and survived.
Duke Energy and Craven Community College (CCC) today announced a $167,242 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase 10 Nida Avionics Trainers for the CCC’s Aviation Technology Systems program offered through its Institute of Aeronautical Technology at their Havelock campus.
The Nida A3-AMT, AET Avionics Programs Systems training equipment provides 20 students with hands-on, simulated training ranging from basic to advanced aviation avionics systems, including troubleshooting aircraft electrical systems that control flight instruments, communications systems and environmental systems.
“The Duke Energy grant affords us a great opportunity to enhance our existing aviation systems technology associates degree program and our workforce development training certification program,” said Wally Calabrese, dean of learning and operations, CCC Havelock/Cherry Point Campus. “The new equipment also allows us to take the first steps toward offering a new avionics associate degree program in 2017.”
“Craven Community College is committed to training a workforce equipped to meet today’s business needs, and we are pleased to partner with their Institute of Aeronautical Technology to attract and retain talented workers in this region for years to come,” said Duke Energy District Manager Millie Chalk.
This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $30 million investment in North Carolina’s Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the NC Community Foundation. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.
About Craven Community College
Founded in 1965, Craven Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves about 3,200 curriculum students and more than 10,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit www.cravencc.edu.
About Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com/foundation.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com.
DVIDS – Sgt. Leticia Samuels
North Carolina National Guard soldiers assigned to the 2nd Airfield Operations Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment and the 3rd Airfield Operations Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment established a mobile military air traffic control center for the first time during their two-week annual training at the Harnett Regional Jetport, here, May 18, 2016.
The mobile air traffic center allows soldiers to support military and civilian aircraft operations and real-world emergencies and this training gives the unit the opportunity to establish Standard Operating Procedures for new soldiers to follow.
“They (3-58) have participated in our training and we have participated in their training, but this is the first time we have actually been at a field site working together,” said Lt. Col. Michele Harper, the 2-130th AOB commander. “This is just a great opportunity to hone in on our skills and cultivate those relationships.”
The mission is to set-up on an uncontrolled air space or an air space without a control tower air and occupy it while conducting air traffic control operations.
“We are trying to improve our unit and individual readiness skills or those mission related skills, which are the Air Traffic Service operations,” said Harper. “We could get those critical supplies and resources to the disaster areas or the people in need.”
During the exercise, inexperienced and seasoned soldiers from both units train on equipment needed for air traffic control operations. The more experienced soldiers act as examiners and have the responsibility of training inexperienced soldiers performing the required tasks from the Commanders Task List.
“This gives my guys the exchange of being the one that is being trained to being the one that is training someone else,” said Sgt. Erica Kalber, a 3-58th AOB air traffic navigation integration and coordination system facility chief. “You don’t fully get the concept of the equipment or what’s going on until your sitting in the trainer spot.”
In order for the different components of this operation to occur successfully, soldiers’ primary mission is progressing to Readiness Level 1. In order for soldiers to reach this level, soldiers have to complete a series of tasks and acquire training hours.
“The RL-1 phase is where you are teaching them how to control air traffic,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Fleeman, an air traffic control chief assigned to the 2-130th AOB. “The skill of learning spatial orientation, how to sequence air properly, and apply the separation standards that the Federal Aviation Administration mandates that we follow, that is the portion that requires those 80 training hours, 40 of which can be simulated.”
The biggest obstacle the 2-130th AOB face is the shortage of personnel that can evaluate and validate inexperienced soldiers. The 3-58th AOB act in a support role augmenting the shortage of examiners able to validate their Guard counterparts.
“For us being the Guard unit that is here, we have limited personnel right now, so we have myself and two trainees, said Sgt. Tanika Smith, an ATCS navigation facility chief. “Having them (3-58th) here is a better training opportunity for my trainees, because while I’m busy over here he (the trainee) can still get the training.”
The center is set up in a 360 degree perimeter. One of the components is the Mobile Tower, which gives orders to pilots on runway operations once an aircraft has entered their airspace.
“The big issue with any new controller in the tower is the initial talking to aircraft,” said Staff Sgt. Travis Dry, a mobile tower system facility chief assigned to the 2-130th AOB. “They are nervous. Once you get through that, it is pretty amazing when you see the difference from day one versus half of the way through.”
Another component of airfield operations is the ATC navigation which utilizes various radar systems allowing soldiers to pick up aircrafts from a far distance and guide them to a runway in the event of a pilot losing visibility in the air.
“When that bad weather hits, and the pilot is not ready, you’re going to hear his voice and he is going to be scared,” said Kalber. “You don’t want to be scared on the same end. You are supposed to be the comforting voice. The all knowledgeable voiceat the other end of the phone.”
It is critical for soldiers to be proficient at these skills during their progression to RL-1. Once certified, they will be communicating with live pilots and could be flying pilots back to a safe area.
“Once they get onto their position, when we feel they are ready, then we position qualify them,” said Smith. “If you have a trainee on the mic, you have to be behind them. You have to be watching them, and if you don’t trust them you have to kick them off and take over yourself so you know that aircraft is going to get in safely.”
The training conducted by both units supports the “Total Army Concept”, that allows Guard, Reserve, and active component units to train together ensuring the smooth transition of operations in an overseas deployment atmosphere.
“It’s definitely fantastic”, said Fleeman. “It is hugely beneficial because air traffic control is a small community. The main benefit is that we can use one exercise like this to get all the controllers trained at the same time.”
BY WILLIAM WALKER, General Aviation News
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association leadership and membership both turned out in impressive numbers despite rainy weather for the year’s first regional fly-in at Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort, N.C., May 20-21.
AOPA President Mark Baker brought the top members of the management team from the association’s headquarters at Frederick, Md., for the fly-in and nearly 2,000 visitors showed up to meet them. The main tent was nearly full with an estimated 800 plus attendees for the Friday evening Barnstormers party.
About 230 planes flew in, most on Friday, before heavy rain began. The following day there were intermittent showers, but the fly-in programs continued uninterrupted as the crowd returned.
The Saturday program included a wide range of seminars and presentations on technology, safety, weather flying and general aviation issues.
A display of new aircraft on the main ramp at the airport provided a centerpiece for the event. A polished Diamond DA62 twin grabbed a big share of visitor attention, along with a dozen other new aircraft.
But the star attraction may well have been the U.S. military display, headlined by the Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey that flew in Friday. The aircraft and its 11-member crew were from Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C. The tilt rotor Osprey is both a turboprop airplane and a heavy-lift helicopter.
At a town hall meeting concluding the fly-in, Baker outlined key issues facing the pilot community and listed initiatives by AOPA. He and Experimental Aircraft AssociationPresident Jack Pelton told the audience their organizations will continue their close cooperation in support of general aviation.
“We’re very excited about what AOPA is doing with regional fly-ins,” Pelton said. “The two associations are working hand in hand.”
“We’re stronger together,” Baker added.
The pending third class medical legislation seemed to be the number one issue for pilots and Baker was upbeat, saying he had no doubt Congressional approval was coming this year.
“We started out with a driver’s license (certification) on this, but we ended up with a compromise — one AME visit,” he noted. “If you have a medical issued in the last 10 years, you don’t have to go to the AME. A new pilot has to go one time. Then you have to go see your primary care doctor for a visit every four years. There will be simple record keeping.”
He noted AOPA was frustrated that the medical certification bill “has passed the Senate three times,” but is still stuck in the legislative process.
“It is not about disagreement anymore,” he said. “Now it’s time to get off the dime and move this thing. It will be done.”
Baker pointed to statistics that showed the U.S. pilot population dropped from 827,000 in 1980 to 593,000 in 2014. But he added, “We can fix this.”
He emphasized AOPA’s multi-pronged program to increase the pilot population, including an initiative to support flying clubs and start new clubs.
AOPA’s Rusty Pilot program has reached 4,000 pilots so far, he said, noting 1,500 of those pilots are now actively flying again.
“We want to improve the student pilot completion rate,” Baker continued. “And we’re looking to work in the high schools building curriculum, symposium online resources and providing free consulting to administrators and teachers.”
On a last note, Baker told the crowd that AOPA — and the rest of the GA community — will continue to oppose user fees. “I can tell you there is no funding problem at the FAA,” he added.
The next AOPA regional fly-in will be at Bremerton, Wash., (KPWT), Aug. 19-20, then Battle Creek, Mich., (KBTL), Sept. 16-17, and Prescott, Ariz., (KPRC), Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
AIN Online, by Chad Trautvetter
Honda Aircraft’s HA-420 HondaJet received EASA certification on the eve of EBACE, paving the way for deliveries of European-registered aircraft to customers. Steven Higgins, EASA’s section manager for high-performance aircraft and turboprops, presented the type certificate for the HondaJet to Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino during a press event yesterday.
This follows U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval in December and Mexican Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil validation in March. Honda Aircraft will next turn to getting certifications in Canada and Brazil. Meanwhile, the company has completed all icing testing on the HondaJet and is awaiting flight-into-known-icing approval from the FAA and EASA.
“This [latest] certification signifies the HondaJet meets the highest European safety standards,” said Fujino. “HondaJet deliveries in Europe have begun, and we are excited to see the HondaJet enter service in this important market.”
In fact, the keys to the first European-registered HA-420 HondaJet—M-HNDA (an Isle of Man registration)—were handed over to Honda Aircraft northern Europe dealer Marshall Aviation Services today at 9:30 a.m. at theEBACE static area. A U.S.-registered HondaJet was delivered last month to Rheinland Air Service, the HondaJet dealer for central Europe, during Aero 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, marking the first customer handover for the type in Europe.
Honda Aircraft has already established a sales and service dealer network in Europe that includes TAG Aviation for southern Europe, in addition to Marshall Aviation and Rheinland Air Service.
The HondaJet, which features over-the-wing mounted engines, is priced at $4.85 million and has an NBAA IFRrange of 1,223 nm /2,265 km.
The Federal Aviation Administration has presented its highest honor, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, to Southport resident Gerald Holton (“Jerry”) Gable.
The award, conferred by the FAA administrator earlier this year and recorded in the National Register, recognizes pilots who have flown safely for 50 years without accident or incident.
The award itself was presented by local FAA representative Barbara Olsen-Gwin recently during a ceremony at Cape Fear Regional Jetport. Gable is the first Brunswick County resident to receive the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.
Like many young men growing up in the 1940s and ’50s, Gable was fascinated with airplanes and flying. He and his brother built a number of flying model airplanes, and they belonged to an active model airplane club in Albion, Michigan, their childhood home. Gable occasionally went flying with a friend of his father’s who owned a Piper Cub.
In 1958 he met Lois, to whom he has now been married for 56 years. Her father, as luck would have it, was a private pilot and owned a 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champ. He told Gable on his second visit to his farm that if he intended to marry his daughter, he was going to have to learn to fly.
It took a couple years to finish college and start a career and a family, but on August 18, 1965, Gable soloed the Champ and he went on to achieve his commercial pilot’s license.
Gable’s career as a physicist largely involved research and development on government aircraft projects. His final assignment was as team manager for the X-29 Forward Swept Wing Fighter project for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and his retirement party from Grumman Aerospace Corp. coincided with the first-flight celebration of the X-29 in 1985.
The Gables flew light aircraft over the years for personal travel and, after the hectic world of government contract work, he didn’t really “retire;” the couple moved to the Southport-Oak Island area, where they started “Pelican Post” magazine, Oak Island Press and Map Makers. One of the main reasons for choosing this area was its proximity to an excellent small airport.
The Gables have an antique— they call it “classic”—1962 Cessna Skyhawk which they have flown all over the country and regularly to the Bahamas. Even though they have tried to maintain the classic look of the plane, they have upgraded the instrumentation to the very latest technology.
Gable worked closely with the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division on its ADS-B demonstration and evaluation program, and his was one of the first planes equipped with the new ADS-B navigation and traffic control technology in 2005.
ADS-B is now being implemented worldwide to replace radar and other 20th century air traffic control technologies.
Gable is a 50-year member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and serves on the board of directors of local chapter 939. He has flown nearly 100 Young Eagles in the EAA youth flying program.
- Cover VFR and IFR flight in aircraft up to 6,000 pounds.
- Allow pilots to carry up to five passengers at altitudes up to 18,000 feet.
- Ensure that most GA pilots will NEVER need to see an AME again.
- End the nightmare of recurring special issuances.
- Save our pilot community an estimated $24 million each year!