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Rainbow Flying Service has a New STC


Rainbow Flying Service has announced they have received an STC that allows them to use screws instead of nails to attach metal ribs to wood spars.

This is good news  for the owners of Aeronca Citabria, Decathlon Scout, Cub and Taylorcraft.

Call Ron today at 509-765-1606 or email him at ronp@qosi.net

Shop Pro Presents the Shop of Tomorrow

The Shop of Tomorrow

“The Shop of Tomorrow” at NACE Expo 2014 to include the Mobile Work Station®.

The NACE Expo being held July 31st and August 1st at the Cobo Center in Detroit will include “The Shop of Tomorrow”.  The NACE | CARS is the largest North American conference and exhibition dedicated to the collision and service repairs industries.   “The Shop of Tomorrow” will be a demonstration area showing some of the latest technology for today’s collision repair businesses, and will include the Mobile Work Station® portable booths from Shop-Pro Equipment. 

Shop-Pro Equipment is a manufacturer of portable filtration systems and mobile booths. The Mobile Work Station®, which is certified EPA 6H compliant, has been popular with the auto body repair industry for over 20 years for its quality and productivity. Information on this line of portable equipment by Shop-Pro Equipment is available at http://www.shop-pro.com.

Shop of tomorrow, Shop Pro Paint Booths

The NACE | CARS Conference and Exhibition, in its 32nd year, provides shop owners, managers, estimators, technicians, insurance professionals, and students the most-up-to date information on the latest repair procedures, equipment and technology.  The show will feature live demonstrations by some of the top professionals in the industry.  Attendees to the show will also see more tools, equipment, and services on the exhibition floor than at any time in the shows long, storied history; and have more opportunities for hands on training, education, and certification at numerous sessions and classes.  More information on the NACE | CARS event is available at http://www.naceexpo.com.


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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Amends 2015 Dates

Announces New Wednesday to Saturday Format


U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
January 14-17, 2015
Wednesday to Saturday
Sebring, Florida
The 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will open one day earlier than in year’s past, with the event now running from Wednesday, January 14, through Saturday, January 17, 2015. The Expo, held on Sebring Regional Airport, is the place to see, try, fly, and buy everything related to sport aviation and flying for fun.
Expo Director Jana Filip explained the change, “We’ve observed that attendance on Sunday traditionally has been lower than other exhibit days, and our survey results indicated our visitors from around the country like to fly home on Sunday. So, amending our dates seemed like the best way to offer a better event for both our exhibitors and our visitors…and it’s good for our volunteers, too!”  Filip noted that other major aviation events have moved to similar formats with good success. “We think this schedule will be better for everyone.”
During the 2014 Expo, more than 140 indoor and outdoor exhibitors offered a wide variety of aircraft and aviation supplies for owners of ultralights, light-sport and homebuilt aircraft. Many vendors reported brisk sales during the event, and manufacturers and visitors were delighted with their ability to fly a variety of aircraft throughout the week.
With 160 exhibitors spaces available in 2015, Filip confirmed that the Expo will again offer extra benefits to exhibitors who enter into partner or sponsorship agreements with the Expo. Contracts for the 2015 event are currently in the mail to previous exhibitors.
New in 2014 and returning in 2015, the Expo will offer onsite overnight camping for homebuilt aircraft as well as special display parking space for owners to showcase their aircraft. “We’re delighted to welcome homebuilders to our event,” Filip said. “We know they have many similar product needs as owners of light-sport aircraft, so the Expo is a great place for homebuilders to shop as well.”
In the new event format, set up day will be Tuesday, January 13, with an Exhibitor Appreciation Gathering to be held that evening.
If you fly for fun, the Sebring Expo is the place to be January 14-17, 2015.  To learn more about the event, visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com

Modified 737-700C to be delivered to U.S. Navy

Boeing Rolls Out 5000th Next-Generation 737

RENTON, Wash., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) rolled out the 5000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The airplane is a Boeing C-40A Clipper, a modified 737-700C, that will serve as a transport aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

"This milestone is another testament to the popularity of our Next-Generation 737 and represents the confidence our customers have in the work of our team," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737 is hugely popular with both our commercial and military customers because of its efficiency and proven reliability."

Utilizing the 737 commercial platform takes advantage of the proven efficiencies, manufacturing processes and performance of the existing Next-Generation 737 production system. Boeing's P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) and the C-40 are among the 737 military derivatives.

"The quality and dependability of these aircraft are directly linked not simply to their design, but to the hardworking men and women who build them," said Vice Admiral Robin Braun, chief of Navy Reserve and commander, U.S. Navy Reserve Force.

To date, orders stand at 6,804 for Next-Generation 737s and 2,109 for 737 MAXs. Total 737 orders have surpassed 12,000 including Classics and more than 100 orders for military derivatives.

"With more than 280 different customers, it's easy to see why the 737 is the best selling airplane in the world," said Wyse.

Aerospace Discovery Open House 8/23/14

Florida Air Museum on the SUN 'n FUN Campus

Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum on the SUN 'n FUN Campus

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

9 a.m. - Explore Aerospace Discovery & enjoy a morning brunch:

Florida Air Museum members and morning guests will have the first opportunity to explore the new displays and learning environment in the Aerospace Discovery the at Florida Air Museum. (see pricing to the right)

11 a.m. - “The Battle of Midway”, Speaker, U.S. Navy Captain Kevin Miller

After a distinguished military career in the U.S. Navy where he amassed 3,600 flight hours and 1,000 carrier landings flying an A-7E Corsair II and the FA-18 Hornet, Captain Miller served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. (see pricing to the right)

$25.00 Morning Brunch & Speaker

FREE for Florida Air Museum Members

$10.00 add-on for a one-year
membership to the Florida Air Museum 




12 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting Lakeland Chamber of Commerce & Mayor Howard Wiggs,

City of Lakeland

1 p.m. - Welcome and Introductions

Remodeled Howard Hughes personal aviation exhibit with an impromptu live visit from “Mr. Howard Hughes”, Florida Aviation Hall of Fame, Innovations in Propulsion Exhibit including a Jupiter Rocket Engine, Interactive Learning Stations, Air Racing Simulators, artifacts & displays. 

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Choosing the Right Mechanic for Your Aircraft

Guest Article


We all know that taking care of the mechanical health of your aircraft is step one in safety, but how do you know which type of airplane mechanic should work on your plane? Here's a general overview of the types of aviation mechanics, according to FAA Safety Briefing, the FAA's publication on GA news and information.

Choosing the type of airplane mechanic usually is connected to the work your aircraft needs. But often, you won't know until the problem is diagnosed.

There are generally three types of airplane maintenance mechanics: airframe and powerplant mechanic (A&P), an inspection authorization endorsed mechanic (IA), or an FAA certificated repair station. Here's an overview of who to go to and for what.

For general maintenance: Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A&P)

A&Ps, also known as aviation maintenance technicians, are usually called upon for routine aircraft maintenance, such as examining engines, conducting 100-hour inspections, replacing and repairing defective parts, repairing minor structural damage, and keeping corrosion under control.

To become a certificated A&P aircraft mechanic (14 CFR part 65), a person must be at least 18 years old, read, write, and speak English, and acquire 18 months of practical experience for either airframe or powerplant certification, or 30 months of practical experience concurrently for both airframe and powerplant.

One can also complete the training by attending an accredited part 147 maintenance school. Following training, the student must pass three tests - written, oral and practical - to become certified.

For aircraft inspections: Inspection Authorization Mechanic (IA)

An IA is essentially an FAA-licensed A&P mechanic with the additional endorsement of "inspection authority" issued on a FAA Form 8310-5 (IA card). As such, IAs are authorized to do progressive and annual aircraft inspections, in addition to a variety of maintenance and alterations than non-authorized A&Ps. The benefit of this is you can get your repair work done and sign-off paperwork done at the same time, saving time and money.

In addition to inspections, IAs can also sign for an aircraft's return back to service after major repairs (Form 337), such as the repair or replacement of major control surfaces, spars, wing and tail surface brace struts, axle replacements, and major repairs to the powerplant.

To earn an IA designation, an A&P mechanic must train an additional three years (two years active), have available equipment and a fixed base of operations, pass an inspection-specific written test, and meet the requirements in 14 CFR part 65.91.

For large repairs: Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Station (MRO)

If your aircraft is ever in need of major repairs on complex components, such as retractable landing gear assemblies, reciprocating and turbine engines, and auxiliary power units, the smart move may be an Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Station (MRO), aka a repair station.

A good repair station with certified, experienced mechanics will have the specialized equipment and authorizations needed for complex repairs, such as avionics and electronics overhauls, mechanical actuators, fuel systems, and carburetors. Keep in mind that different stations might specialize in areas of aircraft maintenance, but all must adhere to the regulations and policies laid out in 14 CFR part 145.

To obtain a repair station certification, an applicant must successfully complete a five-stage process: pre-application, the formal application, document compliance, demonstration and inspection, and certification.



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The TRUTH from Ray Stevens

Flying Musicians Association Receives Wolf Aviation Fund Grant

July 14, 2014: Fort Worth, TX: The Flying Musicians Association is the proud recipient of a 2013 program Wolf Aviation Fund grant to assist in acknowledging and strengthening the bonds between aviation and music, in the FMA's programs that enhance outreach and education.


The Wolf Aviation Fund has awarded this grant to encourage the Flying Musicians Association to continue its outreach to youth of all ages along with its program of understanding, “Symphony in the Skies: a Correlation between Aviation and Music.”  Aileen Hummel, FMA co-founder, says, "At every step we continue to inspire, educate, and encourage others to grow by sharing our passions."


John Zapp, co-founder of FMA, said, "We are grateful for the Wolf Fund grant and believe that other industry leaders will see this as a positive step thus encouraging their own generous donations towards assisting FMA in our goals to inspire, educate, and encourage.  We will vigorously continue to seek additional funding from both the aviation and the music communities, to promote growth, both personal and industry wide."


Wolf Aviation Fund Executive Director Rol Murrow added, "The Wolf Aviation Foundation is pleased to fund the Flying Musicians Association, one of the most promising institutions that truly innovates and produces worthy projects which advance general aviation.  As we know, flying is not only about technical prowess but also the beauty and inspiration of flight.  By combining the art of music with the art of flying the FMA celebrates the joy brought by both."


Since 1992 the Wolf Aviation Fund has awarded special grants for efforts supporting and promoting general aviation.  For example, among the more than 350 previous recipients is Sandra Campbell, in flying helmet and goggles, performing for students "Follow Your Dreams," a stage recreation of the exciting story and persona of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to win her wings as an aviator.  Another small seed grant to School Superintendent Gordon Schimmel eventually resulted in a million dollar project creating and distributing a wonderful “Inventing Flight” Wright Brothers curriculum with videos and teachers guides to school systems across the United States.  Other grants supported community outreach, technological development, airfield preservation, effective networking, organizational development, and inspiring the next generation.


About the Wolf Aviation Fund:

The Wolf Aviation Fund was established in the wills of Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf.  Its activities are supervised by a board of trustees, aided by a council of advisors and a team of consultants.  "The Foundation shall promote and support the advancement of personal air transportation by seeking and funding the most promising individuals and worthy projects which advance the field of general aviation; by increasing the public's knowledge of aviation through publications, seminars, and other information media; by informing the aviation and scientific community of the existence and purpose of the Fund; and by soliciting and receiving feedback concerning Foundation-supported projects."


More: www.wolf-aviation.org


About the Flying Musicians Association, Inc.:

The Flying Musicians Association (FMA), founded in 2009, is an organization of pilots who are musicians, spanning the globe, proficiency levels, and genres.  The skills required to play an instrument and fly an aircraft have marked similarities, from precision and multitasking to listening and fine motor skills.  By educating others about these common attributes, we hope to further interest in both.  The goal is to share our passions in order to inspire, educate, and encourage others by creating enthusiasm and promoting personal growth in aviation and music.


More: www.FlyingMusicians.org

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) Enters the UAS/UAV Market

Is Your Insurance Policy Below Industry Standards?

We invite you to explore your options in aviation insurance.  You don’t have to limit yourself to one direct writer of insurance such as AVEMCO.  Broader coverage is available to you today!

The fact is, if your policy is written on a “per person” instead of a “per passenger” basis, you have below the industry standard in coverage!  The majority of insurance companies today write their policies on a “per passenger” policy form.  Over recent times, aviation insurance policies have favored more “inclusive” language at affordable premiums thanks to increased competition.  Insurance companies have had to increase policy benefits at competitive prices-Great news for the aircraft owner!

However, as they say, “Buyer Beware!”  There are still some old fashion insurance companies that feel they can get by with a “per person” policy limit banking on the consumer simply looking at the bottom line price.  The truth is, superior coverage is readily available at surprisingly competitive premiums!

Aviation Insurance Resources is an industry leading aviation insurance agency that has access to all the major aviation insurance markets.  All of our agents are pilots so we understand the aviation industry’s needs. We strive to provide the best policy at the best premium in every situation.

To see if your policy is up to industry standards, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today and receive a free Aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.