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SW Aviator Magazine
3909 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505.256.7031
Fax: 505.256.3172
SWAV Update
Do you have news items of interest to the Southwest’s general aviation community? Submit them to: or fax with cover sheet to (505) 256-3172. Submissions will be run as space permits and may be edited for length and style.

New Vacation Idea for Pilots
Parkwest Air Tours, Inc., based in Grand Junction, Colorado, is launching its first season this Spring with 10- and 16-day guided tour packages for pilots. Acting as a full-service tour outfitter, Parkwest provides its clients with a C-172, hotels, meals, ground-based tours, and transportation for one great price. Tour destinations highlight National Park areas like Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier, Bryce Canyon, and more. Participants will log between 15 and 28 hours of flight time while two pilot guides take care of the details for a great experience, both in the air and on the ground. For more information, visit, call 970-464-4775, or fax 970-464-4776.

Albuquerque Coronado Airport Hosts Military Aircraft Show
The second annual Rolling Thunder Military Aircraft and Vehicle Show will take place at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Coronado Airport the weekend of April 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Activities scheduled include static displays of military aircraft, including an F6F Hellcat, Soviet YAK3, and F8F Bearcat from the Confederate Air Force. Various helicopters from the U.S. Air Force, Army National Guard, Albuquerque Police, and U. S. Customs Service will be displayed, as will several other aircraft. Military vehicles will also be featured in the static displays, including those of the U.S Army and Marine Corps. Contact the New Mexico Museum of Military History for more information (505) 243-2238. Admission is $7 at the gate.

Air Display at Grand Canyon-Valle Airport
The Air Museum’s Planes of Fame Grand Canyon will be holding its third annual High Country Warbirds Air Display on the weekend of June 24 and 25, 2000. The museum, located at Valle-Grand Canyon airport, is home to over 20 rare and historic Warbirds. Among the aircraft expected to fly will be one of the world’s last flying Ford Trimotors, a P-51 Mustang, an AD-4 Skyraider, and an A-26 Invader attack aircraft. Some aircraft from the Planes of Fame headquarters in Chino, California, will also fly in for this special occasion. Orientation flights in some of these aircraft will be available for members. Historic cars and motorcycles will also be on display. Fly-in visitors are welcome, there is ample parking for aircraft. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day, admission is $10 for adults ($8 if purchased in advance) and $2 for children under 12, and includes admission to the museum. Call (520) 635-1000 to purchase tickets and for more information.

New Mexico Pilot Bash Set for June 10, 2000
Albuquerque Coronado airport will host this year’s New Mexico Pilot’s Bash on Saturday, June 10, from 5:30 pm until 11 pm. This popular annual hangar party is free to New Mexico pilots and their guest, as well as to all others involved in aviation, such as air traffic control, FBO personnel, flight service, and aviation related business. There will be food and soft drinks, static displays, vendor and informational booths, door prizes, and dancing into the wee hours. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available, call (505) 842-4990 to sign-up as a sponsor, or for more information on the Bash.

Moab, Utah, Spring Air Show
Canyonlands Airport, in Utah’s spectacular "Color Country," will be the site of the Moab Air Affair 2000 on Saturday, May 6. The show will include aerobatics performances, static displays, and a pancake breakfast. Camping will be allowed on the field, and there will be continuous shuttles to and from town. Bring your own tie-downs for the dirt parking area. The airport will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The FAA will sponsor a Wings program, presented by aerobatics performer and Master CFI Bill Cornick on Friday night for early arrivals at the Moab Valley Inn (435) 259-4419. For more information call (435) 259-7421, or on the web at

New EAA Chapter in Las Vegas
Local aviation enthusiasts are invited to join others who share their interest at the next general meeting of the newly formed EAA Chapter 1300 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. This new Chapter provides invaluable local aviation opportunities to the Las Vegas/Henderson area. Monthly meetings alternate between the North Las Vegas Airport terminal and the Henderson Convention Center. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., April 19, at North Las Vegas. For more information contact Chapter President Brian Banks, at (702) 645-2453 or 658-9946.

Texas Air Museum Hosting Fly-In
The Texas Air Museum – Caprock Chapter, at the Slayton, TX, Municipal airport will be hosting their fifth annual fly-in on May 20, 2000. Along with military aircraft and helicopters, they will be featuring a B-17, P-51D, F-4U Corsair, Hawker Sea Fury, and various other WW II trainers and liaison aircraft. EAA aircraft will also be on exhibit.

Wichita’s Yingling Aircraft Inc., Returns to Local Ownership
Mr. Lynn Nichols of Wichita, KS, has acquired Yingling Aircraft from Jerry Vanier of Scottsdale, AZ, who has owned the company for the last 18 years. Yingling Aircraft Inc., a fixed base operator at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport was originally founded by Vic Yingling Jr. in 1947.

Yingling Aircraft offers flight training, Cessna Aircraft rental, aircraft charter, and pilot services. In addition to air travel services, Yingling is one of the largest Cessna parts distributors in the world and is an authorized Cessna Service Station.

Mr. Nichols has announced progressive plans for the company, including remodeling, renovating, and ultimately expanding their facilities. Mr. Nichols has also announced that Yingling will become a Cessna Pilot Center, offering training utilizing Cessna’s new state-of-the-art Computer Based Instruction flight training for both Private and Instrument pilot courses.

Woman’s Air Race to Start in Tucson
The Nineteenth Annual Air Race Classic, a 2355 statute mile all woman air race will take place June 20 – 23, 2000. Teams will race their planes from Tucson, AZ, to Hyannis, MA, with planned stops in the Southwest at Moriarity, NM, Garden City, KS, and New Century, KS. Each plane will have a team of two pilots, and the race is limited to stock aircraft certified in the normal or utility category with non-supercharged engines between 145 and 570 horsepower. The race will be flown in daylight hours and in visual flight conditions. For more information contact Air Race Classic LTD., (361) 289-1101.

Free Aviation Classifieds on the Net
The SW Aviator Classifieds are a new feature on the Southwest Aviator web site, Click on the “Classifieds” link at the top of the web page. Visitors to the site can post their aircraft, product, or service directly to the bulletin board free of charge. Categories include Aircraft for Sale, Aircraft Wanted, Aircraft Parts/ Accessories, Real Estate, and Aviation Services. You may also search the classifieds by these categories, or use the keyword search feature to isolate specific words such as “Cessna” or “Airpark” within the description of the product or service. The classified bulletin board is offered as a free service to our readers. Browse the advertisements, or post an advertisement of your own.

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