Instrument Ground School July 16 and 17

·        What: Instrument Ground School

·        When: Saturday, July 16, 2016, & Sunday, July 17, 2016, 8AM to 5PM

·        Where: 534 Air Harbor Rd., Greensboro, NC 27455

·        Guarantee:  We guarantee students pass the instrument written; if they don’t pass, we          work with them one-on-one until they do pass

·        Items to Bring: An E6B, pocket calculator, and something to write with. We do have             E6Bs for sale at our cost of $11.00

·        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: Make checks payable to: Zenda Liess, sorry I DON’T                take credit cards!

·        We collect the fee the first morning before class

·        To Register: Call or e-mail (see contact information below)

Zenda Liess
534 Air Harbor Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27455
Home: 336 286-5218
Cell: 336 324-9595

Heat does not keep people, planes from annual Fly-In at KHBI

By Judi Brinegar

HBI Fly In

Ryan Dunn of Winston Salem cools himself neath the shade created by the wing of an FG-1 Corsair with a P-51 Mustang in the background at the NC Aviation Museum Fly-In 6-11-16. Dunn was on hand as a part of a WWII reenactment group that had set up camps and also had some skirmishes with German reenactors.

The higher-than-normal heat index did not keep people away from the 2016 Fly-In at the Asheboro Regional Airport on Saturday.

A cool breeze helped keep it a little cooler for attendees at the fly-in, which is sponsored by the N.C. Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame, and is its annual fund-raiser. The event celebrated its 20th year.

War planes from the 1940s and newer models alike were on display and flying in and out at the airport all day, solo and in formation, to the delight of those watching from below.

David Alvarez of Siler City and his family were enjoying the air show and keeping cool with ice cold water and lots of sunscreen.

“We have never been to this before,” Alvarez said. “My little boy wanted to come so here we are. To think that some of the planes are from the 1940s and 1950s and still flying is really nice. It makes me want to go visit other places where they do this too.”

Ramon Alvarez, 7, was tugging on his father’s hand, wanting to go see a plane taxiing along the tarmac.

“It’s landing, let’s go see it,” he said excitedly. “Hurry, let’s go!”

The N.C. Forest Service, which has a county ranger office in all 100 North Carolina counties, had a plane on display. To look at it, you would think it was a vintage plane from the 1960s or 1970s, but this ugly duckling was a 1996 Melex M-18 Dromader Single Engine Airtanker (SEATs) aircraft. A Dromader can drop up to 500 gallons of water or fire retardant chemical.

Weston Vandenabeele is the Forest Service’s assistant county ranger for Randolph County. He said when they are battling forest fires the airport is one of the bases for filling up with water.

“We can fill up (it holds 500 gallons of water) and we work a 100-mile radius,” he said. “People want to know how much horsepower it has. This plane has a 1,000-horsepower radial engine. It’s good for us to be here — to provide information and education and to let people know we are here in Randolph County.”

A big draw was a group of World War II reenactors in a field near the runway, where they had camped out Friday night. Richard “Doc” Meyer of Myrtle Beach, S.C., was one of the reenactors dressed in vintage apparel and explaining the meaning of each part of a World War II uniform. A veteran, he served 20 years in the Navy, Army National Guard, Army Reserve and, at 37, joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper.

He became involved with reenacting because he has a passion for history.

“When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to be in third grade, because they taught history in third grade,” he said. “For me, there was no turning back. As for reenacting, I started doing it about 25 years ago. For about 20 years, I would also go to a friend’s class once a month and teach her class lessons about history. They don’t teach enough history in school today.

“We need to get kids in school going, we gotta teach them what these men sacrificed for in World War II.”

NC Airports on List of Most Frequently Delayed Airports in the Nation

By TWC News Staff

It may come as no surprise to frequent fliers, but three North Carolina airports, Raleigh Durham International, Charlotte Douglas International and Piedmont Triad International, were recently ranked on a list of most frequently delayed airports in the nation.

Out of the three, Raleigh topped the list for delays with 16.8 percent of flights delayed more than 15 minutes and an average departure delay of 34 minutes. In Charlotte, 16.7 percent of flights are delayed more than 15 minutes with an average departure delay of 29 minutes. And at PTI, 16.3 percent of flights are delayed more than 15 minutes; however, the average departure delay is highest for North Carolina at 47 minutes.

The list includes 85 U.S. airports and was gathered from Bureau of Transportation statistics for 2015. Each airport serves 5,000 or more flights annually.

Airports that topped the list for delays include:

1. Baltimore Washington International

2. Chicago Midway International

3. Dallas Love Field

4. William P. Hobby International (Houston, Texas)

5. Chicago O’Hare International

To view the full list, visit

2016 Asheboro Fly-In features vintage planes and cars, food, plane rides and more

By Judi Brinegar,

If you are seeking a nostalgic look at vintage war planes, look no further than the Asheboro Municipal Airport.

Celebrating its 20th year, the 2016 Annual Fly-In will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and children under 5 are admitted free. Parking at the event is also free.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, June 12.

The fly-in promises to be a delight all who attend. There will be flyovers of all types of vintage planes and warbirds and maybe a few surprises. There are plans for 8-10 vintage warbirds to participate in the fly-in, if weather conditions are good and there are no mechanical issues, according to a spokesperson for the event.

There will be a large contingent of re-enactors from a regiment of the 82nd Airborne in authentic World War II uniforms. They may even put together a little skirmish during the day. Make sure to visit with the re-enactors and learn more about the history of World War II as seen through the re-enactor’s eyes.

There will also be numerous food vendors with hamburgers, hot dogs, shaved ice, funnel cake, bratwursts and freshly squeezed lemonade and orangeade, souvenirs and aircraft on display — from warbirds to ultralights.

There will also be a street rod and vintage car show in the museum parking lot.

The fly-in is a fundraiser for the non-profit N.C. Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to the spirit of military and general aviation history.

Depending on the weather, attendees may also have the opportunity to take a ride in a Swiss P-3 Pilatus or a Beech 18 while at the air show for a small charge.

Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the museum and view the FlitFire, an aircraft painted in a special silver color scheme with RAF insignia and dubbed “Flitfires,” a wordplay on the RAF’s famed Supermarine Spitfire fighter. A number of these aircraft have survived to the present day in private hands, including the NC 1776 now on display at the museum in Asheboro. Orville Wright was known to have piloted this particular airplane in 1943.

* The N.C. Aviation Museum is located at 2222-G Pilots View Road, Asheboro, adjacent to Asheboro Regional Airport. Tickets may be purchased at the gate the day of the show. For more information, call 336-625-0170.

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USCG, airport have $384M impact on NC economy

By Jon Hawley, Daily Advance

U.S. Coast Guard commands in Elizabeth City and the Elizabeth City Regional Airport pump $384 million into North Carolina’s economy every year, a new N.C. Division of Aviation report shows.

“Airports mean jobs,” Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston said in the report that covered North Carolina’s 10 commercial and 62 general aviation airports.

The study found that airports and aerospace manufacturing support 8.5 percent of North Carolina’s gross state product. Combining direct and indirect jobs, plus “induced” spending from aviation sector employees, the report puts the total annual economic impact of aviation in the state at $31.2 billion.

A big chunk of that figure is attributable to the U.S. Coast Guard base and Elizabeth City Regional Airport, whose economic impacts were merged in the report. The study shows the base and airport have $206 million in direct impacts on the economy, $145 million from indirect impacts, and $33.3 million in induced impacts.

The report describes direct impacts as those resulting from firms and businesses ”that are directly engaged in the movement of people or goods through an airport.” It lists airline employees and rental car companies as examples.

Indirect impacts, according to the report, result from “spending by airport-related firms on products and services provided by support businesses.” It lists office supply companies, property maintenance and other businesses as examples.

Induced impacts result from “payroll expenditures by employees of directly and indirectly related firms that produce successive spending,” the report states. It lists buying a new car, computer, or high-definition television as examples of successive spending.

The report also credits the Coast Guard and airport with supporting 2,540 jobs, the majority of which are indirect.

Wayne Harris, director of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Economic Development Commission, said the “lion’s share” of local aviation activity and employment is attributable to the Coast Guard, not the airport. Close to a thousand military personnel and hundreds of civilians/contractors work at the base, he said.

Harris also noted DOA’s 2016 report values the Coast Guard base and airport’s economic impact much higher than did its last economic output report in 2012. That report, still available online, only put the value of Coast Guard and airport economic activity at $144 million a year.

The two reports are an “apples-to-oranges” comparison, Harris said, because the 2012 report didn’t factor in all aviation-related Coast Guard commands in Elizabeth City. The Aviation Logistics Center – which maintains aircraft for the entire Coast Guard – and the Aviation Technical Training Center — which trains Coast Guard personnel for their duties — were two major omissions, he noted.

The 2016 report also gives a better picture of how aviation activities in Elizabeth City add to the economy, Harris said. The report also underscores the importance of the Coast Guard to the local economy, he said, noting the agency is responsible for about an eighth of Pasquotank’s labor force and a fifth or more of its total payroll.

“Relative to the size of the community, the economic importance of the Coast Guard is almost impossible to overstate,” Harris said.

To help the Coast Guard grow its local presence even more, Harris said there’s interest in building a local “strip and paint” hangar. Currently the Coast Guard has to send aircraft across the country for stripping and repainting, he said, noting it’d be more efficient to bring that work to Elizabeth City.

Harris said state and local officials might have to cover the hangar’s upfront costs, recouped by a long-term lease and possible purchase, to make the project happen sooner.

Reacting to the report Tuesday, Coast Guard Cmdr. Bruce Brown said the base and its tenant contractors accounted for the majority of the estimated economic output. He added that the Coast Guard’s output equated to 48 percent of Pasquotank County’s gross domestic product last year and, counting indirect and induced jobs, 21 percent of employment in Pasquotank.

In his memorandum to the mayor and city councilors last week, City Manager Rich Olson noted the report shows that the Coast Guard and airport have the fourth-largest economic impact of any general service airport in North Carolina. The report shows the local airport is surpassed by only the Mt. Airy/Surry County Airport, which has an impact of $739 million; Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, which has a $506 million impact; and Kinston Regional Jetport, which has an impact of $452 million.

The aviation facilities with the largest economic impact on North Carolina are its commercial airports, which are worth more than $27.1 billion a year. The airports with the biggest impact on North Carolina are Charlotte Douglas International Airport, at $13.6 billion, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, at $8.58 billion.

Elizabeth City Regional Airport Manager Dion Viventi could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


By Jennifer Bean Bower


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Winston-Salem will go on record as being the first North Carolina city to establish a municipal field without government aid – Aerial Age Weekly, February 2, 1920

Today, an airplane in flight is a common sight. The sound of its engines is as familiar as a songbird. People no longer bound outside when they hear its roar, or cast their eyes skyward in hope of seeing the manmade wonder. In 1919, however, the opposite was true. Most North Carolinians had never seen an airplane and its approach evoked excitement—and in some cases fear.

Levie Smith was ten years old in the summer of 1919. While playing on her father’s farm, which was located off Kernersville Road in Winston-Salem, she heard an unfamiliar sound in the distance. At the same time, her older brother rushed out of their house and shouted: “Run, Levie, run! There’s an aeroplane coming and it’s going to fall on your head!” Terrified, the little girl ran inside and crouched beside her bed. After several long minutes and no apparent crash, Levie realized her brother had tricked her. The false warning had prevented Levie from seeing her very first airplane. Nevertheless, her days would soon be filled with the comings and goings of flying machines.

Before the end of World War I, the Winston-Salem Board of Trade realized that attracting aviation industries to their city could prove highly profitable. In 1918, the board tried to attract an aviation company to Winston-Salem, but it could not be obtained due to the city’s lack of an acceptable flying field.

The city’s need for an airfield became more evident in September 1919, when James Kuykendall, secretary and treasurer of the board, learned that fliers were willing to pay $10 a day for the privilege of landing on an adequate airfield. He also heard that an airmail route was going to be established between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia, and that a midway stopping point was needed in North Carolina. Without an airfield, the city would prosper from neither. Eager to remedy the situation, the board set out to establish a first-class commercial airfield—an airfield that would be the first of its kind in the state.

In October 1919, the board leased 35 acres of land off Kernersville Road from William P. Stockton. Located approximately seven miles from the center of Winston-Salem, the land partially bordered the farm of John R. Smith— Levie’s father. Articles of Incorporation for the Winston-Salem Aviation Company were drawn and the task of preparing the airfield was underway. Enthusiastic volunteers gave their time, money, and resources, to ensure the field would be ready if the airmail route became a reality.

By the end of November, the United States government had approved Winston-Salem’s new commercial airfield. The Board of Trade named the field in honor of Lieutenant Belvin Womble Maynard, a native North Carolinian and pioneer aviator.

Born in Anson County, North Carolina, in 1892, Belvin W. Maynard was “the first North Carolinian to become a world figure.”

In 1905, Maynard moved with his family to Sampson County. At an early age, he demonstrated an innate mechanical ability. “When he was 17 years of age,” said William C. Goodson in the October 12, 1919, edition ofThe News and Observer, “he could take an automobile completely to pieces and put it back together with the greatest ease.”

Yet, despite his talent for all things mechanical, Maynard’s passion was the pulpit. He studied for the ministry at Dell School in Delway, North Carolina, and was voted “Best Preacher” by his peers. In 1913, Maynard married Essie Goodson, and a year later enrolled at Wake Forest College.

When America was thrust into World War I, Maynard was compelled to join the Army and withdrew from college. Because of his intelligence and mechanical skills, Maynard was placed in the air service and sent to France. There, he achieved the rank of lieutenant and became a chief test pilot. Maynard tested hundreds of airplanes and was heralded for his flying abilities. At the end of the war—and prior to leaving France—Maynard set a world record for completing 318 loop-the-loops in sixty-seven minutes.

When Maynard returned to North Carolina, he re-enrolled at Wake Forest College and continued to serve in the aviation reserves. Although he planned to complete his course of study, a reliability air race—a competition that sought to show the safety and commercial ability of airplanes—from New York to Toronto grabbed his attention. As a result, he delayed his studies, entered the race and won. Not long after, the press discovered that Maynard was a Baptist preacher and dubbed him the “Flying Parson.”

In September 1919, Maynard returned to his studies, but left again in October to compete in the First Transcontinental Air Race. It was a flight that would take him from New York to California and back again. Maynard’s airplane, a de Havilland DH-4, was christened Hello Frisco for the occasion. He was accompanied on the flight by Sergeant William Klein, a skilled mechanic, and Trixie, a German shepherd pup.

The Transcontinental Air Race was a new and dangerous undertaking. Many pilots died along the 5,400-mile route while countless others endured non-fatal crashes and mechanical failures. Maynard had his own share of problems including hazardous storms, a blown radiator, and a flat tire. Despite the difficulties, Maynard prevailed and on October 19, 1919, was declared the winner of the race. Maynard’s name was emblazoned on the front pages of newspapers across the country. He was the “greatest pilot on earth” and every one in America knew his name.

Throughout the country—and particularly in North Carolina—parades and other festive events were held to honor the new national celebrity. In November, Maynard flew to Raleigh where he gave Governor Thomas Walter Bickett his first ride in an airplane. On takeoff, Bickett shouted: “Give my regards to [Lieutenant Governor] Max Gardner and tell him go make the best Governor he can.”

The two men had planned to fly to Wake Forest for a reception, but the designated landing field was too short and they had to return to Raleigh. Maynard and the governor eventually arrived at the event by way of an automobile.

In Sampson County, the field that had been plowed for Maynard’s “homecoming” was also inadequate. Against his better judgment, Maynard attempted to land, as he did not want to disappoint the crowd. When the airplane touched earth, however, the soft ground held fast its tires, cast its nose into the muck, and sent its tail skyward. Maynard, Klein, and Trixie were unharmed, but the same could not be said for the airplane. In the article, “Bad Landing Field Causes Accident to Maynard Plane,” which appeared in The News and Observer on November 5, 1919, the writer stated: “The Flying Parson was not in good humor when he was greeted by the reception committee…but for his religious training it is not improbable that he would have cussed.”

“The field,” said Maynard “is not fit for a parachute jumper to land in.”

Such was the case throughout North Carolina. So-called “airfields” dotted the landscape, but were nothing more than golf courses, country club lawns, agricultural fields, and other patches of land that had been cleared to allow space for landings and takeoffs. Although these fields were selected and put into shape by the United States government, most were plagued with stumps, ruts, and mud.

The Winston-Salem Board of Trade, along with their supporters, recognized these issues and set forth to create an airfield unlike any other in the state. At its completion, Maynard Field consisted of intersecting runways that allowed fliers to take off and land from any direction. The field was cleared and smoothed; the top surface was softened and compressed against the second layer; and a sandy soil, which prevented the accumulation of mud in bad weather, was spread over the top. Fifteen-footwide letters that spelled out Maynard Field were erected for the purpose of aerial navigation and directional markers were posted at each end of the runways; a wind indicator was erected on a 30-foot pole. In addition to safe and durable runways, Maynard Field provided hangar space, gasoline, telephone service, a mechanic and two parking areas for automobiles.

On December 6, 1919, the field was officially dedicated and Maynard was the first flier to land on its runway. Unlike his recent landing in Sampson County, Maynard landed in smooth form and found the field to be perfect in every regard. When Maynard addressed the crowd he stated that Winston-Salem had taken the lead in the advancement of commercial aviation and encouraged its citizens to “keep up the good work.”

The city soon gained “fame as a pioneer in the science of aviation,” according to the December 30, 1919, edition of theWinston-Salem Journal. The February 2, 1920, edition of Aerial Age Weekly echoed the sentiment. It reported that: “Winston-Salem will go on record as being the first North Carolina city to establish a municipal field without government aid. An insight into the prestige gained through the move is seen in a letter received by Mayor Gorrell [of Winston-Salem] from the Boston Chamber of Commerce in which the intellectual metropolis of America asks advice on how it should go about securing a similar field.”

Famous aviators Harry Runser and Roscoe Turner—who were staunch promoters of commercial aviation— also publicized the success of Maynard Field. The June 17, 1920, edition of the Staunton News-Leader,documented the men as saying: “Winston-Salem has a fine airfield and it is a mecca for all airmen flying in the south.”

Runser and Turner often performed “hair-raising” stunts at Maynard Field. One of Turner’s feats included walking on the wings of the airplane and hanging from the steering gear. A young man from Winston-Salem witnessed the act and later wrote about in a letter to his friend. He said: “…one of the fellows who must have been weak in his upper story walked on the wings of the plane while flying, then he swung on the ladder under neath [sic] the plane. I bet his feet felt as if they were flying on reputation.”

Lieutenant Lynn D. Merrill offered airplane rides over Winston-Salem during the winter of 1919. The cost to fly with Merrill was $20, but for an additional $5, he would treat passengers to a loop or tailspin. Merrill’s first customer—and the first local citizen to fly out of Maynard Field—was Carl M. Spry. When asked about the experience, Spry said that since the Prohibition Amendment had become effective, aviation now offered the only manner of “getting high.”

But Maynard Field was created for more than aerial fun. Its purpose was to bring aviation businesses to Winston- Salem and prove the commercial viability of airplanes. On November 24, 1920, Harry Runser and Winston-Salem journalist William Dull flew out of Maynard Field with an airplane full of wrapped newspapers. The Winston-Salem Air Messenger, which was specifically printed to promote air service in Winston-Salem, was dropped on all cities within a 60-mile radius.

The following day a large air carnival was held at Maynard Field. Aviators from across the country landed at the field, including Monte Rolfe of the Augusta, Georgia, Aviation Company and James Dunn and J. I. Menefee, who were both Curtiss Airplane salesmen from Lynchburg, Virginia. Runser and Turner were also there and decided to hold an air race over Winston-Salem. Runser’s airplane, a British Avro, outdistanced the others, and according to the Winston-Salem Journal, took “victory in the first airplane race ever held in the state.”

Maynard Field had become so popular that in December 1920, Santa Claus exchanged his sleigh for a “modern mechanical air bird” and hangered it in Winston-Salem. Gilmer’s, Inc. hired the “jolly old elf,” along with Monte Rolfe, to fly over each of its 14 stores. The merchandise store was determined “to make the 1920 Christmas season, the best, the happiest and most interesting in recent years.”

In September 1922, however, a black cloud of sadness hovered around Maynard Field. While performing an aerial routine at a fair in Rutland, Vermont, Lt. Belvin W. Maynard’s engine failed and his airplane dived into the ground. North Carolina’s beloved son was dead.

The “Flying Parson” enjoyed a short but eventful life and such was the case for his namesake airfield too. Aerial activities continued to occur at Maynard Field for years after its creation. But in 1927, the field began a slow descent to closure. City leaders were informed that Charles A. Lindbergh, who had completed the first solo, non-stop transatlantic flight, would be flying the Spirit of St. Louis to Winston-Salem as part of his nationwide tour. Because Maynard Field could not be expanded and the roads leading to it were in poor condition, it was determined that a new and modern airfield should be built. A site was chosen off Liberty Street, and Miller Municipal Field—renamed Smith-Reynolds in 1942—was quickly constructed.

Although the new field greatly diminished the use of Maynard Field, it continued to operate until the mid-1930s.

Today, the area that was once the site of North Carolina’s most modern airfield is covered by homes. At the end of 1919, a newspaper reporter for the Winston-Sa lem Journal proudly stated that Winston- Salem would always be remembered for creating the first commercial airfield in the state. Unfortunately, Maynard Field and those behind its creation were all but forgotten. That changed on May 18, 2008, when the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission unveiled a marker honoring the achievements of Maynard Field and the progressivethinking citizens of Winston-Salem. On the day of its unveiling, several members of the community, including one who had flown an airplane out of Maynard Field, gathered at the site and recounted fond remembrances. For others, it was a day of learning about a place they never knew existed.

Levie Smith—the little girl who missed seeing her first airplane—died before the marker’s unveiling. She had grown up in the presence of Maynard Field and it was an integral part of her life. She witnessed a daily barrage of airplanes and walked across the field on her way to school. When Smith married, she and her husband built their home on a parcel of land located at the end of a Maynard Field runway. She never forgot her memories of Maynard Field and shared them freely throughout her 93 years. Remarkably, Smith loved to watch the airplanes, but her feet never left the ground.

In Memory of Lt. Belvin Womble Maynard 1892-1922, and Levie Smith Shelton 1908-2002. !

Jennifer Bean Bower is an award-winning writer, native Tar Heel and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.