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National Championship Air Races to be Site of Unmanned Aerial Challenge

Reno, NV September 10-14, 2015

National Championship Air Races to be site of unmanned aerial challenge

Reno, Nev. – With help from partner Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, the National Championship Air Races will be home to the first-ever Small UAS Challenge during this September’s 51st event. The challenge, which is free to enter and takes place Sept. 12 – 14, will test a number of skills and demonstrate a variety of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). The Small UAS Challenge is just the latest in a number of new and returning entertainment that is planned for this year’s Reno Air Races, which take place Sept. 10 – 14, joining previously announced acts like Melissa Pemberton, one of the world’s top female aerobatic pilots, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the L-39 Patriot Jet Team, the return of the ‘Car Drop,’ and more.

“To have a worldwide leader in aeronautics like Embry-Riddle hold such a unique and fun event like the Small UAS Challenge at the Air Races is a thrill for us and is something that our fans won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world,” said Mike Major, chairman of the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA). “Unmanned aircraft have received a lot of attention in the news, especially in Nevada, and this is a one-of-a-kind chance for people to get up close and personal with this technology in a fun and challenging environment.”

As one of the world’s foremost institutes for aviation and aeronautical education, Embry-Riddle – Worldwide created the Small UAS Challenge as a way to “promote and recognize the emerging UAS industry.” The competition, which is free and open to private and commercial participants, will feature an obstacle course, time trial and a dead lift, testing speed, agility and strength. Eligible aircraft must be able to perform a vertical takeoff and landing and can be no larger than 36 inches and 10 pounds. The number of participants is limited, and early registration is encouraged. All participants will receive free admission to the National Championship Air Races.

“We look forward to presenting this challenge during the National Championship Air Races,” said David Thirtyacre, assistant professor of aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. “As a leader in aviation and aeronautical education, Embry-Riddle Worldwide recognizes the importance of the UAS industry in both the state of Nevada and throughout the country.”

For more information or to register for the Small UAS Challenge, contact Thirtyacre at 702-994-0280.

NBAA2014 – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition

Oct. 21–23, 2014 • Orlando, FL

2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition | Oct. 21-23, 2014 - Orlando, FL

Orlando Hosts the World of Business Aviation in 2014 – Make Plans for Your Company to Exhibit at NBAA2014!

Join NBAA for the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) – the world's largest and most important business aviation event. Ranked as the fourth largest tradeshow in the U.S., NBAA2014 will feature over 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in the industry, nearly 100 side-by-side business aircraft at the static display, opportunities to network with 25,000 business aviation professionals and dozens of education sessions to ensure you are operating as safely and efficiently as possible.

Interested in exhibiting? There are still a few spots remaining. Review the exhibitor information and submit your exhibitor application today.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Return to Balitmore in September

Star-Spangled Spectacular to commemorate the bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner

BALTIMORE  – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels announced that they will return to Baltimore in September 2014 for Star-Spangled Spectacular. The announcement was made at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention in Las Vegas earlier today.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Blue Angels back to Maryland as we continue the celebration of The Star-Spangled Banner,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “With the raising of that banner, Maryland – this center state – became the centerpiece of our nation’s hopes. And so now, 200 years later, Maryland is the centerpiece of our nation’s commemoration of the War of 1812. We hope that all Marylanders and visitors to our State will join us in celebrating our revolutionary history.”

Star-Spangled Spectacular, September 6-15, 2014, will be the culminating event for Maryland’s three-year commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. In addition to the air show, Spectacular will include the return of tall ships, Navy gray hulls, and landside activities. Star-Spangled Sailabration kicked off Maryland’s festivities in June 2012 attracting more than 1.5 million people who generated more than $166 million in economic impact for the region.

The return of the Blue Angels marks the second time that the elite Navy flight demonstration squad will have performed in Baltimore. The Star-Spangled Air Show, a two-day show in June 2012, featured multiple military acts flying over the waters off Fort McHenry. Martin State Airport in Baltimore County hosted the Blue Angels and a two-day festival where pilots signed autographs and interacted with the crowds.

“The War of 1812 was a defining moment in Baltimore’s history. Residents came together to support the defense of the city, and help us secure peace and independence on this continent,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “The Blue Angels truly were the highlight of Sailabration and we look forward to welcoming the Blue Angels and thousands more visitors back to Baltimore for Star-Spangled Spectacular, and many other events celebrating our place in history.”

“Baltimore County was delighted to host the Blues,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamanetz. “I know that festival goers really enjoyed meeting the pilots and seeing their famed blue jets up close. I look forward to their return.”

“The team could not be more excited to return to Baltimore in 2014,” said Lt. Mark Tedrow. “As Blue Angel #7 in 2012, I was able to see the Star-Spangled Sailabration first-hand while narrating from Fort McHenry. I can truly say that it was one of the most awe-inspiring and patriotic events I have witnessed in my entire life. Baltimore and the surrounding communities did a phenomenal job hosting the event and welcoming spectators who attended the celebration.” Lt. Tedrow will return in 2014 as opposing solo pilot #6.


About Star-Spangled 200, Inc.

About Star-Spangled 200, Inc. Star-Spangled 200, Inc. is the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the fundraising goals of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and is charged with helping to ensure the realization of successful programs, events, and community investment during the three-year commemoration period. For more information: visit www.starspangled200.com.

About the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

Established by Governor Martin O’Malley, the commission is staffed by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism Film and the Arts. The bicentennial period runs from June 2012 through February 2015. It commemorates Maryland’s unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation, including the pivotal battle that led to an American victory and the birth of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” For more information: visit www.starspangled200.org.

Drones At Rocky Mountain Air Show

The Rocky Mountain Air Show will host what it's calling "the first FAA-sanctioned drone demonstrations" at this type of event Aug. 22-23 at Greeley-Weld County Airport in Greeley, Colorado. The display will be coordinated by the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the FAA and will feature flight demonstrations and plenty of information on the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace system. Rich Hanson from the AMA will be on hand as will FAA reps for a question-and-answer session on the rapidly evolving technology. "It's important for both pilots and non-pilots to have access to what is happening in the National Air Space," said airshow chairman Jim Cimiluca. "Connecting the public to what's current in aviation is part of our mission statement.'"

Although the blur between hobby and industry remains an issue in the integration of drones, there's no doubt that technology has increased the fun factor for RC enthusiasts, and that side of the business will be well represented. Hobby stores and manufacturers will be on hand with product displays and demonstrations. Also, some of the best RC pilots in the country will put on a "giant scale radio control aerobatic demonstration" that will include electric-powered aircraft that can go 150 mph. There will be piloted aircraft there, too, with warbird and aerobatic demos and a twilight show on Aug. 22.

His Arm Did Not FALL OFF!!!

It was an incident, not an accident, and it has wrongly been reported as a pilot's prosthetic arm falling off. The reality? The pilot of a Flybe airline DeHaviland Dash 8 was flaring to land at Belfast City Airport, Ireland, when the device he used to clip his prosthetic lower left arm to the control yoke came unclamped. According to a report released this week by Britain's Air Accident Investigation Branch, the pilot then took his right hand off of the power levers—power was being carried due to the gusty conditions—and continued the flare with his right hand. However, due to either the interruption or a gust, the aircraft experienced a heavy landing. There were no injuries, but the heavy landing triggered an investigation.

According to the report, once the clamp released, the captain "made a rapid assessment of the situation and considered alerting the co-pilot and instructing him to take control." However, it continued, "Because the co-pilot would not have time to take stock of what was happening, he decided the best option was to continue one-handed." Flybe, a UK-based low cost airline, said it had carried out its own investigation and had put into place additional safety measures. "Flybe is proud to be an equal opportunities employer," it said in a statement. "This, in common with most airlines, means we do employ staff with reduced physical abilities. Where appropriate, and in accordance with UK Civil Aviation Authority requirements, this does include pilots." It said the pilot was a senior captain and one of its "most experienced and trusted" pilots. Pilots have been safely flying with prosthetic limbs for more than 80 years—the most famous of whom was Douglas Bader, a Royal Air Force World War II fighter pilot who had lost both legs before the war, had prosthetic legs fitted and became an ace in combat against the Luftwaffe.

FAA Puts Kabosh on Flight Shaing

In a legal interpretation released Aug. 13, the FAA's Chief Counsel for Regulations ruled against "peer-to-peer general aviation flight sharing" Internet-based operations that allow private pilots to offer available space on flights they intend to take. AirPooler Inc. had asked the FAA for an interpretation of the regulations—seeking to confirm that a pilot participating in the AirPooler service would not be receiving compensation as prohibited by FAR 61.113 and whether pilots participating in AirPooler are commercial operators and thus required to hold a certificate under Part 119.

The interpretation issued by the FAA disagreed with AirPooler's position and stated that arranging for flights and passengers through the AirPooler website met all elements of common carriage and are not legal under Part 91 because pilots would be "holding out" to transport persons for compensation or hire. The FAA noted that its position forbidding website-based ride sharing operations is consistent with rulings it had made previously on nationwide initiatives involving expense-sharing flights.

The Facts about Aircraft Insurance Deductibles

Aircraft Insurance Deductibles

When shopping for any medium of insurance, deductibles tend to be a top concern. Most insurance policies, whether for your car or medical insurance, contain some sort of deductible. Aircraft insurance policies can contain deductibles, too, but can be handled in a way that is different than the other policies you may be used to.

Fact 1: There is no such thing as a hidden deductible.

Some aviation insurance companies claim in their advertising that they have no hidden deductibles when the truth is that there is no such thing as a hidden deductible. Each carrier is upfront about these and since AIR believes in service with integrity, these are represented clearly when obtaining a quote.

Fact 2: Most light aircraft policies have a set deductible

Aircraft insurance premiums are based on pilot experience as well as the aircraft type and hull value. Currently, most insurance carriers have set or fixed deductibles, including many that offer $0 deductibles for all the aircraft they insure. In effort to streamline policy processing and market conditions, the majority of aviation insurance companies have eliminated deductible options.

Fact 3: There are two types of deductibles: In Motion and Not in Motion

Aircraft insurance policies contain two types of deductibles: those for claims that happen while the aircraft is in motion and those while it is not in motion. As the definition of “in motion” can vary, it is important to read the wording in the definitions section of your policy. Your deductibles will be clearly stated on the declarations page of your policy as well as on your quotation from Aviation Insurance Resources.

Before purchasing aircraft insurance, whether you’ll be flying a Cessna 150 or a Cessna Citation to a seaplane or a helicopter, it is important to know the facts. Sometimes, the subject of deductibles can be confusing. We hope this blog has provided some insight for your research. As always, our agents and pilots at AIR look forward to sharing those facts with you.

To learn more about your policies deductibles or to receive an aircraft insurance quote, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767

2014 National Championship Air Races Entertainment Lineup

22 Raptor and top female aerobatic pilot headline

National Championship Air Races 2014
On the heels of a record-setting Pylon Racing Seminar, the National Championship Air Races have released its full entertainment lineup for the 51st event to be held Sept. 10-14 at the Reno Stead Airfield. In addition to an expected full field of elite race pilots in the world’s fastest motorsport, military demonstration teams and several of the world’s top aviation performers will ‘race on’ to awe hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts and curious spectators. This year, in addition to the already announced F-22 Raptor, L-39 Patriot Jet Team and top female aerobat Melissa Pemberton, will be Breitling stunt pilot and world aerobatic champion David Martin, Mark Peterson and his Alpha Jet, the famed John Klatt Airshows team featuring the Jack Link’s Jet Waco “Screamin’ Sasquatch,” the poignant Heritage Flight, a UAV drone demonstration (pending FAA approval) and the Bentley Car demonstration and race. This year’s event will also mark the return of the wildly-popular car drop, where a car is actually dropped from a helicopter flying high above the race course.

Another Oshkosh Success

Huge weekend fuels AirVenture attendance increase

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The numbers are in, detailing another tremendous success for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Attendance topped 500,000, an estimated 5 to 6 percent higher than in 2013. Those numbers were bolstered by huge increases on both Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, which saw 20 percent more people coming through the gates than a year ago.

“It was a tremendous week on many levels, said EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton. “We filled Wittman Regional Airport with aircraft for the first time in several years, with both aircraft camping and parking areas completely full at midweek.”

The cooperation and support of the airport’s east side community made possible the historic first appearance of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at Oshkosh, which attracted many people to the event. And many of the 800 exhibitors reported outstanding business throughout the week, with some selling out of product.

“Certainly the Thunderbirds’ first performances at Oshkosh helped the attendance,” Pelton continued. “There was another factor, too – a renewed sense of optimism that was reflected in people coming to Oshkosh to celebrate the world of flight. You could feel it among the attendees, exhibitors and our 5,400 volunteers whose work made the event possible.”

Other facts and figures:

  • AirVenture’s KidVenture experienced record attendance in its 16th year.
  • Total aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.
  • Total showplanes: 2,649 (308 more than in 2013) – including close to 1,000 homebuilts, 1,050 vintage airplanes, 303 warbirds, 122 ultralights and light-sport aircraft, 91 seaplanes, 40 rotorcraft, 38 aerobatic aircraft, and eight hot-air balloons.
  • International visitors registered: 2,081 visitors registered from 69 nations, with Canada (505 visitors), Australia (416), and Brazil (194) as the top three nations. (This total includes only non-U.S. visitors registered at the International Visitors Tent, so the actual international contingent is undoubtedly larger.)
  • Media: 917 media representatives on-site, from five continents.
  • EAA’s One Week Wonder project totaled more than 2,500 participants and resulted in a finished airplane on closing day, August 3.

Preliminary features for the 2015 AirVenture (July 20-26) include legendary aircraft innovator Burt Rutan who wants to share some innovations with the aviation community, and a new B-29 restoration, Doc, to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. There are plenty of other highlights to come in the months ahead, and we’ll let you know as they’re confirmed. For more information, visit the EAA website.

MCAS Miramar 2014 Air Show Oct. 3-5, 2014; San Diego


The commanding officer of MCAS Miramar, Col. John Farnam, invites the San Diego community to the 2014 Miramar Air Show, Oct. 4-5.

View Col. Farnam’s welcome video on YouTube and download it in high definition at DVIDS.

“This is exciting news for us here at Miramar, as this is our single-greatest opportunity to open our doors to you, our neighbors, and welcome you to our flight line,” said Col. Farnam.

This year’s air show celebrates the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. As the largest military air show in the nation, the show features military and civilian performers and static aircraft displays from around the world.

Headlining this year’s show is the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team. Other notable attractions include the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration, the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the Patriots Jet Team and the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds.

For up-to-date air show information, please visit the Miramar Air Show website.