WVI Airshow LogoThe Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show is partnering with the Watsonville Municipal Airport’s annual Open House event.

In addition to KWVI’s annual event, which in includes the Monterey Bay Ninety-Nine’s “Dime-a-pound-Rides”, Historical Aircraft Displays, First Responders, EAA Hot-dog booth, Bounce houses and cheapest fuel within 50 miles…..there will be an attempt to break the record for most aircraft on a runway for a photograph at Watsonville.

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riversideoverheadRIVERSIDE: Airport manager stretching his wings Kim Ellis announces plans to expand Riverside Municipal Airport, increase activity on the runway.

When he was 14, Kim Ellis went behind his parents’ backs and spent the $20 he had in his pocket for a helicopter ride at the Iowa State Fair.

He’s been hooked on flying ever since.

“There was a freedom to it . just being up and being able to see everything,” he said.

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SACRAMENTO — Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 1072, which amends the California Recreational Use Statute (RUS) to include recreational aviation. Since the RUS now protects landowners from liability arising from recreational use of their property, airstrip owners will likely be more receptive to transient pilots. California becomes the 24th state to include such language in its laws.

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USA Today reporter Thomas Frank in a recent article interviewed families of general aviation aircraft accident victims and took carefully edited video clips to create a “compelling must-view” narrative on how unsafe GA flight is. The premise is that GA poses a huge threat that hasn’t improved over the years because manufacturers and the FAA…

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California Senator Diane Feinstein (D) is attempting to use a mini appropriations bill that includes funding for the Department of Transportation to curtail nighttime operations at Burbank Bob Hope Airport (KBUR).

The U.S. Senate began consideration of the bill this week. The Feinstein amendment would impose a curfew on all airport operations at the airport.

A message posted by HAI on their website points out that these types of amendments “are devastating to local businesses and are a negative impact on the aviation system.”

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While there’s no doubt the FAA has a lot of control over general aviation, what’s happening closer to home may be — ultimately — more important. Having a City Council or a state government that’s a fan of general aviation can make all the difference in the world. Just ask Christopher Willenborg, administrator of the…

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s mission statement is to inspire young people to tackle the challenges of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics academic disciplines and to make a difference in the world through an innovative, adventurous spirit. To further this goal, the museum and Convair Alumni Association has selected 12 students to…

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From a pilot’s perspective, the enemy of positive change is self-interest and bureaucracy, and both were well represented during the recent meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago. According to a blog post from Flying Magazine’s Robert Goyer, an AMA committee voted to oppose the FAA’s proposed driver’s license medical by directing lobbying…

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2014 4th of July Flyer FinalOur aviator friends in Colorado are extending the following invitation to California pilots…Editor

Hello everyone,

My name is Andy Kapustensky, I’m the Airport Manager at the Leadville-Lake County Airport. (KLXV)

I just wanted to remind everyone about our 6th annual 4th of July Cookout, which will be held on Friday, July 4th 2014 from 11:00am-1:00pm. Fly up and Enter to Win a “FREE” iPad Mini. Lunch will be “FREE” and Avgas is $5.25 a gallon at our airport.

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Castle AirportSaturday October 4, 2014 – Save the date!
Castle Airport – What’s that you say? You’ve never landed on an 11,802 foot long by 150 foot wide runway that served B52’s until the 1990’s? Well, this is your chance to try it out! The 2014 California Pilots Association’s Annual Meeting is being held at Castle Airport (MER) on Saturday October 4, 2014.

Planning is currently in process, but we’ll share one exciting bit of information now. In case you were not aware, Castle Airport is also the home of the Castle Air Museum, a jewel located at the general aviation friendly Castle Airport right in the middle of the state.

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