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The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Type Certificate (TC) to Adam Aircraft for the A500 Centerline Twin. "We are very pleased for our team who worked so hard for this TC," said Adam Aircraft Chairman and CEO Rick Adam. "I am also very happy for our customers who will be able to pilot their A500s soon. Working with the FAA, we have produced a next-generation twin that meets or exceeds the highest safety and regulatory standards."

The first major production milestone for the A500 was announced in October 2004, with the rollout of S/N 004, the first customer aircraft. Since that time, five other customer aircraft have been added to the production process. Facilities in Englewood and Pueblo, CO and Ogden, UT will contribute to a capacity ramp-up goal of six aircraft per month, during which time the Production Certification is expected.

The Type Certificate for the A500 will be upgraded to final performance and specifications concurrent with volume deliveries that begin in the third quarter of 2005. Final performance numbers will include a 230-knot cruise speed, more than a 1,000 nm NBAA IFR range at 75% power, and a cabin altitude of 8,000 ft. at a maximum aircraft operating altitude of 25,000 ft. For additional information on the A500, visit the Adam Aircraft website at

Until now, removing bugs from aircraft was time-consuming (using lots of elbow grease) and/or costly (harsh cleaners that remove both wax and finish). “That Bug Stuff” is a new product that was formulated to remove the bugs without removing the wax or the aircraft finish.

That Bug Stuff is a brand new formula developed by a frustrated pilot and chemist. It allows users to wipe the bugs away easily while protecting the aircrafts important wax finish. That Bug Stuff was tested on aluminum, fabric, and composite aircraft. It works equally well on all aircraft materials. It is available through the major aircraft supply companies and many pilot shops. Look for it at

Women in Corporate Aviation, Intl. is pleased to offer another scholarship this year! This scholarship winner along with others will be announced at the 2005 National Business Aviation Association Conference being held in New Orleans from November 15 -17, 2005. These scholarships are open to both men and women interested in continued pursuit of a career in business and corporate aviation. Stay tuned for another scholarship to be announced this week!

Women in Corporate Aviation, Intl. (WCA) and The Cessna Aircraft Company are pleased to announce they will present a pilot scholarship to a man or woman valued at $800.00. The award includes a Commercial Student Pilot Kit from The Cessna Aircraft Company as well as $500 from WCA paid to the recipient’s flight school to assist the candidate in completing their commercial license. Applicants must have their Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating at the time of application as well as a 2nd Class Medical. The award is non-transferable. Scholarship Value: $800.00

These scholarships along with others of varying amounts are being offered in conjunction with business and corporate aviation industry leaders. This is in addition to the $1,000 scholarship that was awarded to Trinity Stanely in March 2005 at the Women in Aviation, International Conference.

The applications must be postmarked by September 10, 2005 and applications and guidelines can be found at

Parkwest Air Tours now offers Mountain Flying Clinics at Grand Junction, Colorado’s Walker Field airport (GJT). These two-day clinics give pilots the opportunity to learn the techniques of mountain and higher-altitude flying while logging landings at places like Leadville, Aspen, and Telluride.

The clinic comprises a 3.5-hour classroom session taught by an experienced mountain pilot and CFI, plus one or more scenic and instructive flights around western Colorado and the Four Corners area. Pilots have the option of bringing and flying their own aircraft or renting one (typically a 172) in Grand Junction. The cost is $95 per person, which includes the classroom session, and training materials; flight time is charged separately. For more information, visit or call the company toll-free at 866-897-7910.

There’s a big new “bird” coming to rule the roost at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ, and it’s literally the last of its kind! The last Convair B-36J to roll off the assembly line – the largest American bomber ever built – is the one being acquired through a loan arrangement from The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH. The aircraft will be shipped in pieces from Texas to Tucson, where it will be reassembled.

“Beginning in July, truckloads of parts of this last Convair B-36 – which came off the assembly line in 1954 – will begin arriving at the Pima Air & Space Museum for what will be months of restoration and re-assembly,” according to Daniel Ryan, Executive Director. The reassembly process – to be undertaken in the center-west area of the Pima Air & Space Museum property – promises to be a voluminous undertaking and visible to the visiting public.

The B-36, an intercontinental bomber designed during World War II, made its maiden flight on August 8, 1946. This largest American bomber has a 230-foot wingspan, weighs over 200 tons loaded, and is powered by six Pratt & Whitney R-4360 propeller engines and four General Electric J-47s jet engines. Only three other complete B-36s remain in the world.

A world-class aerospace attraction since 1976, the Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the world’s largest non-government funded aerospace museums. A member of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation, the Museum houses more than 250 of the most important aircraft in the history of flight. The Museum property covers about 150 acres and is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 am to 5 pm, with a last admittance at 4 pm. For further information visit

The International Birddog Association (IBDA) is making plans for Birddog Roundup 2005, an event to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Cessna L-19/O-1 Birddog. The Birddog – a purpose-built, two-seat, all-metal airplane – was first built for the United States Army in 1950. Originally designed to carry out observation and light transportation duties, it ultimately saw duty with the United States Marine Corp and Air Force. Operated by brave pilots in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, it is best known as a reliable mount for those assigned to operate as Forward Air Controllers directing attacks for larger and faster airplanes.

Birddog Roundup 2005 is an effort to bring together those who currently operate Birddogs, those who flew or maintained them in the past, or those simply interested in this remarkable little warbird. The event is scheduled for September 18-21 in Fredericksburg, TX and will include cookouts, forums, speakers, fly-outs, and plenty of camaraderie for friends old and brand new. All interested parties are encouraged to visit the website at

The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees of the Class of 2005. These aviation legends will be honored at the 7th Annual Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Saturday, November 12.
The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame honors Texans and Texas corporations that have made outstanding contributions to the development, growth, or preservation of aviation. The inductees of the Class of 2005 are Gordon Francis Baxter, Emma Carter Browning, Wally Scott, Lance Cleo Wade, and H.B. Zachry Company.

The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame has become one of the country’s leading museums of its type. More than a picture and a biography, the exhibits in the Hall of Fame utilize personal artifacts, books, models, awards and other memorabilia to accurately portray each inductee’s experiences, contributions and passion for aviation.

Additionally, the Class of 2005 will be recognized on Sunday, November 14 at the Lone Star Flight Museum’s end-of-season Fly Day. This informal flying event will feature historic aircraft from the Lone Star Flight Museum’s collection and other aircraft from the local area. Flying will begin at noon and continue until 3:00 pm. Throughout the day, visitors will be able to tour the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and view exhibits honoring the five new inductees.

The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame is located on Galveston’s west end adjacent to Moody Gardens and the new Schlitterbahn Waterpark at the Galveston International Airport. For Induction Gala and Fly Day ticket information, call 409-740-7722 or visit on the web at

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 179 (Albuquerque, NM) is proud to announce the Land of Enchantment Fly-In 2005. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, at Moriarty Municipal Airport (0E0). All aircraft, pilots, aviation fans, families, and kids young and old welcome. The pilot-in-command of visiting aircraft will receive a ticket for a free breakfast or lunch.

The event will feature all types of aircraft, including homebuilts, ultralights, aerobatic planes, warbirds, and classics. The US Southwest Soaring Museum will have glider displays, and there will be flying safety seminars presented by the FAA, New Mexico Pilots Association, and Kirtland AFB Safety Office. Classic car will also be displayed. There will be aircraft judging and an awards dinner Saturday evening. Visit http:/ for more details, or call Chris Kinnaman at 505-286-0924.

OK3AIR recently began providing services from its new FBO facilities. The 6,500 square foot expansion includes all the amenities expected from a world class FBO.

Just twenty minutes from the Park City, Deer Valley, and Sundance resorts, OK3AIR and the Heber Valley Municipal Airport have become a favorite landing site for Northern Utah’s winter and summer outdoor enthusiasts.

“With the growth we have seen, it became apparent that we needed to increase our capacity without compromising comfort or our country hospitality,” said William Hosack, OK3AIR’s marketing specialist.

OK3AIR is Utah’s premier FBO service provider with locations in Heber City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden. The company offers full-service amenities for charter, line services, aircraft maintenance and management, aircraft sales, and flight training. For information about OK3AIR and its capabilities visit or call 800-388-4445.

The New Mexico Pilots Assoc will again present its annual mountain flying clinic at Roswell, NM starting Friday, September 23 and ending on Sunday, September 25. This program is in conjunction with the quarterly directors meeting and fly-in of the United States Pilots Association of which NMPA is a state affiliate member.

This clinic will include both three hours of ground school taught by an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor experienced in mountain flying and three hours of flying (in your plane) with an experienced mountain flying CFI.

The ground school will cover flying over and through mountains, understanding mountain winds and waves, how to compute density altitude, and how to use your Pilots Operating Handbook to calculate safe landing and take-off distances at high altitude airports with high temperatures. The presentation will discuss how the high mountain elevations and hot temperatures effect an airplane’s performance and how a pilot can determine if an airport is too high and/or too hot to safely land or depart. Emergency procedures and survival techniques will also be discussed.

The ground school portion is an FAA WINGS Safety Seminar and is free and open to the public.

The registration deadline is Saturday, August 27. For more information contact Bob Worthington at 505-522-6785 or email

The Wendover Airport will host the fifth annual fly-in and air show on Saturday, August 27. This event will feature Jacquie B, Team OK3AIR, and the Commemorative Air Force Utah and Colorado Wings. A number of private jet warbirds and vintage planes will be attending as well. The event will start at 9am on Saturday and wrap up at 5pm. For more informtion, visit their website at or call 801-571-2907.

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