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Phone: 505.256.7031
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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.

Rental Cars to be Available at Grand Canyon
After an inconvenient winter absence, rental cars are scheduled to again be available at the Grand Canyon airport beginning in April. Located in the airport’s passenger terminal, Enterprise Rent-A-Car plans to have a small fleet of cars located on property for fly-in visitors to the Grand Canyon. Advance reservations are strongly advised, and may be made by calling Enterprise at (520) 638-2871. (Prior to April 1, call their Flagstaff office at (520) 774-9407.) Arrangements may also be made through the airport’s FBO, Grand Canyon Airlines, at (520) 638-2465 or (800) 528-2413.

New Restaurant Open at Albuquerque’s Double Eagle Airport
The El Molino Rojo restaurant is now open at the Double Eagle airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Located upstairs in the West Mesa Aviation FBO building, the restaurant has a commanding view of the airport and the Sandia mountains beyond. Serving breakfast, lunch, and pastries, the home-cooked menu is currently limited to a half dozen items, with more planned as the facility prospers. Hours are 8am–4pm daily, except Mondays and Fridays when the restaurant closes an hour or two earlier. (505) 831-2359.

New Airport In Arizona
In December, Benson Municipal Airport (E95) opened. The airport will serve the community of Benson in addition to Kartchner Caverns State Park. The 4,000 foot strip lying at an elevation of 3,810 feet, has a ramp and tie down areas but no fuel, telephone or other services are yet available. Call (520) 586-2842 for more information.

Adopt-An-Airport Takes Off In Texas
Two airports launched their Adopt-An-Airport programs in Texas this fall. Boy scout Troop No. 204 adopted Fayette Regional County Airport in La Grange and The Yoakum Rotary and Lions Clubs adopted Yoakum Municipal Airport in Yoakum. The program is designed to assist airport managers in maintaining and beautifying local airports. Volunteer groups are required to work on their adopted airports a minimum of 4 times per year for a 2 year period, and more than one group can adopt the same airport. In recognition of their community service, TxDOT will erect a permanent sign at the airport entrance identifying each volunteer group. For more information, write to TxDOT Aviation Division at 125 E. 11th Street, Austin TX 78701-2483 or contact Bob Woods at (512) 416-4503.

Arizona Back Country Pilots
A new division of AZ Pilots Association, AZ Back Country Pilots was organized to help maintain back country strips in Arizona. This group would also like to provide a forum for other pilot associations of the western states to share information, concerns, and problems among their membership. For more information write to Paul A. Pitkin at 1005 N. Whitehouse, Payson AZ 85541, call (520) 474-3663 or e-mail

North Valley Days Parade and Airshow in Phoenix, April 15, 2000
The 5th Annual Deer Valley Days, renamed this year to North Valley Days to reflect the growing popularity of the event and North Valley, is being expanded in 2000 by the addition of a one-day Airshow. This is the 3rd largest one-day event in Arizona and will include static displays and limited aerial demonstrations and flybys of Classic and Warbird aircraft. A few of the Warbirds include the Deer Valley home-based Dragon Squadron, an AT-6 Squadron and others. Other attractions include the annual Chili Cook-Off, the Youth Celebration on Stage, and the Deer Valley Lions Club annual Airlift fund raiser, where you can buy an airplane ride for 10 cents per pound. Party and dance in the evening on the tarmac! The celebration kicks off with a parade down Deer Valley Road which leads to Deer Valley Airport. Daytime activities run 10am–5pm and Party/Dance from 6–10pm. Call Event Promotions/North Valley Partnership at (602) 840-9005 for more information.

Kudos to New Mexico Aviation Division
The Congressionally chartered National Aviation Hall of Fame recently selected the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) to receive its year 2000 “Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award.” While individual aviators are “enshrined” by the National Aviation Hall of Fame, this is the highest award that can be conferred on a group. As you may know, NASAO proudly represents the state government aviation agencies serving the public interest in all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has asked Mike Rice, Director of New Mexico Aviation Division, for a brief description of the person or event that made the most significant contribution to aviation in New Mexico. That description will be photo-etched and put on permanent display with the state flag at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Exhibit and Learning Center at the US Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. For more information call Mike at (505) 827-1525 or write to Mike at New Mexico Aviation Division, PO Box 1149, Santa Fe NM 87504-1149.

Aviat Aircraft Rolls Out 500th Husky
The 500th copy of the very popular Husky has rolled off the production line at Aviat Aircraft in Afton, WY. The airplane, a Husky A-1B, was sold by Cutter Aviation’s new San Antonio facility to Wallace “Happy” Rogers, who already owns a Beech Baron. Since construction began on the Husky prototype in 1985, the mission for the aircraft has remained the same: create a rugged, reliable aircraft, with STOL performance for a wide range of utilitarian and recreational applications. A series of refinements have kept the design out front as the leader in the field of airborne recreational and utility vehicles. Huskys provide comfort for two people planning long cross country flights into the back country. They provide excellent visibility and plenty of space for baggage, camping gear, supplies or parts.

Arizona Company Selling Kit Helicopters in Over 50 Countries
RotorWay International, the world’s oldest and largest kit helicopter company, has now sold their aircraft in over 50 countries worldwide. Recent deliveries to such nations as the United Arab Emirates, Iceland and Colombia signal that Rotorway is progressively entering new areas of the globe. “While most of our customers overseas use their aircraft for recreational purposes, some of the more interesting uses for the aircraft have included agricultural spraying, police patrol and forestry work,” said Brent Marshall, Vice President of Sales. Nearly half of the company’s sales are international, most of which are in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil and Mexico. RotorWay International produces the award-winning Exec 162F helicopter kit. Located in Chandler, AZ, this employee-owned facility houses all components of the business, including administration, sales, manufacturing and flight/maintenance instruction.

Aircraft Spruce Introduces Flight Environments’ Cabin Insulation Kits
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has added cabin insulation kits by Flight Environments to their product line. The kits provide acoustic and thermal protection for a wide range of general and sport aviation aircraft. The multi-tier insulation system reduces cockpit and cabin noise levels by 50 to 70% while providing substantial protection from high altitude cooling, solar heating and fire. These extremely lightweight panels are tailored to match frames and hat stringers in specific models of Cessna, Piper, Mooney, Beech and amateur-built aircraft. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty can ship kits overnight for installation in popular models of Cessna, such as the 172, 182, 206 and 210; Piper PA 24 and 28; 36 Bonanza; the RV series and Lancairs. For further information and a complete list of kits available, contact Aircraft Spruce at (877) 4-SPRUCE; overseas: (909) 372-9555. J
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