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70ft Cement Arrows

All over the country, 70-foot concrete arrows can be found in remote locations. Follow them, and they’ll point you out of the desert.
70 Foot Arrow Navigation

They come courtesy of the US Postal Service’s Air Force and will point you all the way across the continental United States .   
70 Foot Arrow

They were constructed in 1924 to guide postal planes in the right direction as they carried mail from coast to coast.
70 Foot Arrow
These old planes couldn’t rely on radio as much at the time, so they used these arrows, along with beacon towers, to navigate.
70 Foot Arrow
70 Foot Arrow

The arrows and beacons bisect the United States from San Francisco to New York City.
70 Foot Arrow

The towers were 50 feet tall and fixed with gas lights that could be seen from 10 miles away, in order to help lost pilots find their way. This is a model of the arrows and towers in their heyday.
70 Foot Arrow

World War II brought new advances in radio technology that effectively made the towers and arrows system obsolete. The towers were mostly dismantled.
70 Foot Arrow
There has been an effort to restore and preserve some of them, however. Like this one in New Mexico complete with its generator shack.
70 Foot Arrow
This is a pretty cool piece of history, even if it was short lived. To think of those early postal pilots navigating like this from coast to coast is mind blowing.   
70 Foot Arrow

Hill Aircraft Celebrates 60th Anniversary in Aviation

Prize Giveaways Planned All Summer Long; Main Celebration Planned for October 15th

Hill Aircraft 60th Anniversary

Atlanta, GA (June 25, 2015) – Throughout the summer months, Hill Aircraft, a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) located at Fulton County-Brown Field in Atlanta, Georgia (KFTY), is celebrating their 60th anniversary of providing Sensational Southern Service to members of the business & general aviation community. The FBO began operations on October 15, 1955. The summer’s festivities will culminate with a grand 60th anniversary event scheduled for October 15, 2015.

To celebrate and thank their loyal customers, Hill Aircraft has planned prize giveaways for visiting customers on the 15th of each month this summer (July, August, and September). The FBO is featuring a Hill of Fortune wheel where any customers making purchases on the 15th of the month will have the opportunity to spin the wheel for a chance to win a variety of great prizes.

“"We are very proud to have reached this milestone with the help of our dedicated employees and commitment to our core values. Hill Aircraft looks forward to many more years serving the needs of our customers, community and family,” said Guy Hill, Jr., CEO of Hill Aircraft
Hill Aircraft invites all business & general aviation pilots, flight crews and passengers who are visiting the Atlanta area to visit their FBO, join in the celebration, and see how Sensational Southern Service can make a huge difference!

Hill Aircraft Ramp

Announcing: 2015 Thunder of Niagara Full Performer Line Up

Here is the complete aerial performer line up for the 2015 Thunder of Niagara Air Show July 18 & 19th at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

The USAF Thunderbirds display the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about. The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet. Visit Website »

The United States Army Parachute Team, a.k.a. the Golden Knights, is a demonstration and competition parachute team of the US Army. It consists of Parachutists; drawn from US Army Paratroopers who have proven excellence in their parachuting skills. Visit Website » 

Wounded Warrior Flight Team L-139 has performed in over 20 airshows over the past three years, helping to raise awareness of the plight of our returning wounded veterans.  Visit Website »

See the complete performer line up.  Visit Website>>

Thunder of Niagara Air Show 2015 - July 18-19, 2015

Niagara Air Show Poster 2015 


Assembly of First 737 MAX Wing Begins


Assembly of the first 737 MAX in our Renton, Wash., facility kicks off with wing assembly for the first 737 MAX flight test airplane. The wings will be attached to the first 737 MAX fuselage later this year.

Wing skin panels and stringers were loaded into the new panel assembly line and initial parts of the first 737 MAX spars – internal support structures in wings – were loaded into automated spar assembly machines. When finished, the panels and spars will be transformed into completed wings.

In 2017, the new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

737 MAX Infographic

Eggs & Excellence - An Awards Breakfast you don't want to miss!

Attend the Inaugural Excellence in Avionics Breakfast

The Avionics team would like to invite you to attend the first annual Excellence in Avionics Awards breakfast where we will recognize the top players in avionics who entered this year’s awards program.

In its first year, the Excellence in Avionics Awards received entries from top players in the aviation industry deserving of recognition, and we are excited to announce those winners on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Global Connected Aircraft Summit.

Date: June 8, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles

Register for the breakfast here. Single seats and tables of 10 are available for reservation. If you prefer to reserve your seat by phone, please call 1-888-707-5814.

Act Now: Protect Access to Flight Training for Vets

Message from HAI


On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Rep. Brad Wenstrop (R-Ohio) plans to sneak into a larger bill an amendment that would severely limit veterans’ funding for flight-training degree programs.
Show your support for our veterans: contact the heads of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee TODAY to prevent the inclusion of amendments that restrict GI benefits for flight training. Then forward this email TODAY to every friend and colleague who wants to ensure that our veterans receive the benefits promised them for their service.

Tell Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), who lead the committee as chairman and ranking member, to exclude the language of H.R. 476 from the legislation they'll consider at a hearing tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, at 10:30 am Eastern Time. Ironically, the two represent districts in Jacksonville and Pensacola, which host two of the largest U.S. naval installations in the country, where many helicopter units are based.

  • Jeff Miller can be contacted at 202-225-4136 or http://jeffmiller.house.gov. Much of the support for eliminating flight training has come from the Republican side of the aisle.
  • Corrine Brown has generally been supportive of efforts to maintain veterans’ benefits but needs to know the depth of opposition to H.R. 476. Her office phone number is 202-225-0123.

In your communications with their offices, consider making the following points:

  • Do not allow amendments that restrict GI benefits for flight training to be added to any bill considered by the Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Exclude H.R. 476 from the package of bills under consideration at tomorrow’s (Thursday) markup session, and do not roll it into H.R. 475
  • Do not cut veterans’ benefits or discriminate against veterans by eliminating payment for flight-training degree programs; treat all veteran college-degree programs at public institutions equally
  • Allow the Veterans Administration’s renewed emphasis on existing regulations to take effect, and let the market forces play out
  • Order a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the costs and requirements necessary for veterans to obtain employable status as commercial helicopter pilots.

Many veterans currently working toward their commercial pilot licenses matriculated based upon the promise of full tuition benefits for pilot training after completing their active-duty service. Cutting GI benefits for flight training is a disservice to our nation’s veterans and will exacerbate the deteriorating pool of commercial pilots, thereby accelerating the pilot shortage in this country.
Helping veterans train to employable status leads to well-paying jobs for those vets — jobs that serve society’s needs, whether in law enforcement, firefighting, helicopter air ambulance, or vital industries such as petroleum production, power distribution, and construction.

As a member of the helicopter industry and/or the veteran community, please contact Reps. Miller and Brown TODAY. We need to make sure our voices are heard in the halls of Congress. If you would like to learn more about this issue, please read this letter to Reps. Miller and Brown from the general aviation associations.



Helicopter Association International
1920 Ballenger Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2898  
T 703-683-4646 |  F 703-683-4745
www.rotor.org | heliexpo.rotor.org




NBAA Says Restrictions at East Hampton Airport Violate Federal Grant Assurances

Washington, DC, May 20, 2015 – Aircraft operating restrictions adopted by East Hampton, NY at its public-use airport (HTO) are in violation of federal grant assurances received by the town and must be revoked, according to a formal complaint filed today with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other parties, including a number of its affected Member Companies.

The complaint requests that the FAA issue an immediate cease-and-desist order regarding the airport restrictions and take corrective action as necessary – including the withholding of federal transportation funds from the town.

“The restrictions that the town has adopted, by its own calculations, would prohibit a significant share of all airport operations – up to 23 percent of operations at HTO, according to a study performed for the town – and are likely to permanently cripple the airport by driving existing tenants out of business and undercutting the airport budget,” NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown wrote in the complaint, which was submitted pursuant to Part 16 of the FAA’s regulations.

Read NBAA's full Part 16 complaint submitted to the FAA with regard to East Hampton Airport. (PDF)

The Part 16 complaint is the latest in a series of efforts by NBAA to ensure safe and unrestricted access to East Hampton Airport, an integral part of the national system of airports, and one used frequently by NBAA Members. Last month, the East Hampton Town Council voted to adopt three noise and access restrictions at HTO: a mandatory nighttime curfew, an extended curfew on so-called “noisy” aircraft and a limit on “noisy” aircraft of one trip per week to HTO during the summer.

“There are multiple reasons why the adoption of these resolutions by the town is impermissible,” wrote Brown in the complaint to the FAA. Brown warned the FAA that without an expedited cease-and-desist order, “there is a significant risk that an ultimate ruling by the FAA in favor of the Complainants … would be a pyrrhic victory,” as the restrictions could have an immediate and devastating impact on airport tenants and the many users of the airport.

According to Brown, the unlawful restrictions that the town has adopted on aircraft operations – especially during the summer months ─ will have an irreparable economic impact on airport businesses, as well as the significant number of jobs, investments and revenue that East Hampton Airport provides to the local area and eastern Long Island.

In the complaint to the FAA, NBAA maintains that the resolutions adopted by the town are incompatible with the federal grant assurances that the town has received for the airport, which prohibit East Hampton from providing “exclusive rights” to any category of airport user. In addition, the complaint states that the town’s stated intent to use airport revenue to support the restrictions in legal proceedings is also incompatible with the town’s assurances. NBAA requests that the FAA direct the town to “take corrective action subject to the suspension of further AIP [Airport Improvement Program] grants and other enforcement measures, and all other relief that is necessary and proper.”

In a related development, the town of East Hampton said on May 18 it would not enforce the restrictions for at least three more weeks. The town’s announcement came at a U.S. District Court hearing in response to a lawsuit requesting a temporary restraining order filed by the local organization Friends of the East Hampton Airport and other parties, which had been joined by NBAA.  An opinion on the TRO request by U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert is expected by June 8. Read more about the delay in enforcement.

“We are pleased that Judge Seybert recognizes the need to consider a temporary restraining order, and will take the time to study the situation at HTO,” said Brown. "East Hampton Airport is part of a national system of airports, and operational restrictions like those the town wants to impose present a threat to the national air transportation system.”

The federal government, on behalf of the FAA, had also written to the district court, stating that a temporary flight restriction is necessary in order to give the agency adequate time to study the overall issues and respond to the implications of a separate federal lawsuit that also questions whether the restrictions comply with federal law and FAA regulations.


Freeflight Aviation Open House

The Pilot Community is invited to Gather at the Flying W Airport for Breakfast or Lunch at the Patti Wagon Café on June 13th to meet other pilots and to display their aircraft on our ramp for the General Public’s viewing during our Open House.

The General Public is invited to visit our home Airport, the Flying W Airport, watch the pilots take flight, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the airport facilities.  Please visit the Flying W Airport’s webpage to learn more about their swimming pool and upcoming activities.
Freeflight Open House 2015

18th Annual Flower Drop


Air Museum,Vintage Warbirds,WWII


Palm Springs Air Museum’s 18th Annual

Memorial Day Air Fair & Flower Drop Honors 27 Families Whose Loved Ones Made the Ultimate Sacrifice


WHEN: Monday, May 25, 2015 at 1 PM:


WHAT: This year the Palm Springs Air Museum’s Memorial Day Ceremony pays special honor to 27 local families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice. We also commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War Two. Banners with their names and the date of their sacrifice line the parking lot.  After a brief ceremony with color guard and singing of the National Anthem, four fighters (P-38, our P-51, our P-63 and a Spitfire) will fly overhead and make the missing man formation. A vintage B-25 Bomber will come out of the European Hangar, take off, and after a couple of passes, drop 3,000 carnations from the sky over the Museum’s tarmac behind the museum.  The flower drop honors and memorializes all veterans who lost their life defending the US.  The white carnations are in honor of those who fought in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  The red carnations are in honor of those who died in more recent conflicts including the Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.  


Sponsors include Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the HN & Frances C. Berger Foundation, the Houston Family Foundation, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, McDonald’s Restaurants, All Custom Golf Carts, Desert Water Agency and Palm Springs Volvo. 


In advance of the Memorial Day Ceremony and Flower Drop:

·        Flight exhibitions start at 10 am: Aircraft scheduled to fly are a P-38, our P-51, our P-63 (one of only four in the world that are currently air-worthy,) a Spitfire Supermarine, our T-28, and a Stearman (PT-17) courtesy of Tom Ackland, plus the B-25 dropping the flowers.

·        Music by Heatwave Jazz Band

·        82nd Airborne Living History Association (Re-enactors)

·        Children’s activities (Totally Twisted Entertainment: Balloon Creations, Harpo the Clown, Knights of Columbus helium balloons)

·        Food vendors (Freedom Fighter’s Café, Dickey’s BBQ, Grills Gone Wild, Big Easy Sandwich Company, Cone Zone, K of C Pizza)

·        Beer Tent (Bud & Bud Light from Heimark, and possibly a microbrew)

·        PT-17 Rides For Sale on site


WHERE: Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs


Events are included with regular admission to the museum which ranges from $9 to $16. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own portable chairs. Active Military and their immediate family with ID and children 5 and under are free. Family rates are $32 and $40, depending on the age of the children. (760) 778-6262. / www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org


The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to Preserve, Educate and Honor.  Over 28 flyable planes and interactive exhibits are housed in 65,000 square feet of climate-controlled hangars. Flight simulators, children’s center and a 9,000 volume library help make history come alive.



745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-6262 / www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org

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Boeing 737 MAX LEAP-1B Begins Extensive Flight Test Program

Powerplant for Boeing's newest single-aisle airplane on track for engine certification in 2016

RENTON, Wash., May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and CFM International announced today that they successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B* engine on April 29 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations inVictorville, Calif.

The testing is the next major milestone in a two-year program that will culminate in engine certification in 2016 and delivery of the first Boeing 737 MAX in 2017. The engine performed well and completed multiple aeromechanical test points at various altitudes during the five hour, 30 minute first flight.

"I continue to be really impressed with the LEAP," said Chief Test Pilot Steven Crane, CFM International. "These engines are demonstrating a maturity that you don't always see in new products. I think our airline customers are going to be very pleased with this engine."

The LEAP-1B engine is the exclusive powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX family and is part of the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in CFM's history. The first LEAP-1B engine began ground testing on June 13, 2014, three days ahead of the schedule set when the program was launched in 2011.

"With this major engine milestone and the test results to date, we continue to be confident that the LEAP-1B-powered 737 MAX will provide our customers with the most fuel efficient, reliable and maintainable airplane in the single-aisle market," said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737 MAX is on track to deliver 14 percent more fuel efficiency than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s and 20 percent more efficiency than the first Next-Generation 737s to enter service."

Over the next several weeks, the flight test program will encompass a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, emissions and acoustics.  It also will further validate the advanced technologies incorporated in the engine, including the woven carbon fiber composite fan, the Twin-Annular, Pre-Mixing Swirler (TAPS) combustor, ceramic matrix composite shrouds in the high-pressure turbine and titanium aluminide blades in the low-pressure turbine. 

"The LEAP engine has been doing incredibly well throughout a very rigorous ground and flight test program," said Allen Paxson, executive vice president, CFM International. "Results to date are right in line with what we predicted and where we wanted this engine to be."   

To date, the 737 MAX has accumulated 2,724 orders from 57 customers worldwide.

*  The LEAP-1B is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE.