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Momentum Interactive is offering special prices on VFLITE™ Garmin® 530/430 Interactive Training Guides. The new VFLITE™ GNS 530/430 Advanced Training Series makes handling complex procedures easy and teaches you how to handle challenging tasks and procedures with your Garmin®. Increase your proficiency and confidence now by using the best computer-based training for the 530 & 430. VFLITE™ Training Software is award winning, and your best source is Special volume pricing available to FBO’s. Available at or contact

The 2005 Sedona Airport Day and Car Show will be held at the Sedona Airport (SEZ) on Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the Sedona Airport Supporters Association, the Sedona Airport Administration, Sedona Car Club, Civil Air Patrol, and Sedona 99s, in cooperation with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. Sky Ranch Lodge offers overnight accommodations near the airport (

Pilots who would like to display their aircraft as representative of different styles and periods of aircraft history should consider flying in for the event. Any aircraft manufactured around 1955, the airport’s birthday, will be placed in a special display area. Pilots flying in will be provided fuel at a special price courtesy of the Sedona Airport Administration. The Sedona Airport Supporters Association will provide breakfast for all fly-in pilots. (Please see Al Comello for a meal ticket.). Pilots planning on attending Sedona Airport Day should RSVP in advance to Al Comello, president of the Sedona Airport Supporters Association at 928-862-0210 or, and indicate if you want to display your aircraft as part of the event.

Once again it is time for the Lamar Airport Advisory Board and The Lamar Chamber of Commerce to gear up for the Annual Planes to Plains Fly-In on September 17, 2005. The purpose of the Annual Planes to Plains Fly-In is to build awareness of the services and facilities at the Lamar Municipal Airport in Colorado, while having a fun, exciting day that is also educational and informative.

Numerous fly-overs are scheduled, as well as static displays of antique airplanes. As always, there will be a short program in recognition of POW/MIAs, as well as an Awards Program for pilots that have made the journey to our local municipal airport.

Participating pilots and their crew will be given free passes for the Lamar Lions Pancake Breakfast and will eligible for door prizes, drawings and awards.
To learn more, call 719-688-9778.

The 21st annual Wings Over Houston Airshow, presented by Ron Carter Dealerships, takes flight Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Jet Demonstration Team, F-18F Super Hornet, AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, World War II air power reenactment of Tora!Tora!Tora!, and A-10 Thunderbolt II (“The Warthog”), as well as with aerobatic performers John Klatt, Debbie Gary, and Debby Rihn Harvey. Static displays include the B-52, C-5A Galaxy, WWII trainers, fighters, and bombers, and a wide array of modern military aircraft. A new, modern military mass assault demo is also being planned with tanks, bombers, fighters, helicopters, gunships, and lots of pyrotechnic explosions. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 713-266-4492.

Pilots now can get thorough, practical, and useful High-Altitude ground training in Arizona less than two hours with King Schools Online’s High-Altitude Endorsement Ground Training Course.

The course covers all the FAA ground training requirements in 61.31(g)(1) including High-Altitude Aerodynamics, High-Altitude Meteorology, Respiration and Hypoxia, Using Supplemental Oxygen, Pressurization, and FAA Oxygen Requirements.

Upon completion, the pilot prints out a personalized training certificate for the FAA and a cockpit reference card with oxygen requirements and practical tips on radar use for high-altitude flight.

Visit or call 800-854-1001. Volume pricing is available.

Working with local EAA Chapters, Valle Airport (40G) is planning to hold its first annual Fly-In for owners of antique, classic, homebuilts, warbirds, LSAs, rotorcraft and all GA aircraft on Saturday, October 22, 2005. The all-day event, open to everyone and titled “Thunder Over The Coconino” will also feature a Chili Cook Off sanctioned by the International Chili Society, with samples of the tasty brew being available to all who attend.

Early arrivals will be able to take advantage of a pancake breakfast. At 11:00 and 2:00 there will be a Parade of Flight, during which all pilots in attendance will be encouraged to make a number of fly-bys. Contests, fuel discounts, Young Eagles flights, and discounted area activities – including flights in the Grand Canyon Airlines Ford Trimotor – will round out the day.

Registration for pilots will be $10 per aircraft. Local motels have discounted rooms and free camping is available. General admission for the public will be $10 for adults; children 6 to 16 will be $5; kids 5 and under will be free and no family will have to pay more than $25. Included in the admission is free entry to the famous Planes of Fame Air Museum, located on Valle Airport. The museum houses a fascinating collection of some 30 antiques, warbirds and homebuilts, including “Bataan,” the Lockheed C-121A Constellation that once served as General Douglas MacArthur’s personal transport plane.

For more information, call 928-635-5280

American Legend Aircraft Company has announced the certification of its Legend Cub. Under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new Light-Sport Rule, American Legend Aircraft Company has received airworthiness approval of its Legend Cub as a certified Special Light-Sport Aircraft (S-LSA).

According to the FAA ruling, “aircraft holding this airworthiness certificate maybe used for personal use and for compensation while conducting flight training, rental, or towing (of light-sport gliders or unpowered ultralights).” The Legend Cub is especially well-suited to the role of recreational flying. With its familiar design and color scheme, the Legend Cub has the appeal of a very popular aircraft that attracts enthusiasts of all ages. American Legend Aircraft Company sees the all-new, ready-to-fly airplane appealing particularly to those who fly simply for the fun of it.

For further information on the development and availability of this exciting new aircraft contact American Legend Aircraft Company at 903-885-7000, or log on to

Superior Air Parts, the newest manufacturer of FAA Certified piston engines for general aviation aircraft, is proud to announce that the Vantage Engine‚ powered “High Country Explorer” from American Champion Aircraft (ACA), has received its FAA approvals.

Performance, reliability, and flexibility are what the Vantage Engine is all about. Because the High Country Explorer has been developed to be a truly hard working, backcountry airplane, Jerry Mehlhaff, American Champion Aircraft President, added that another advantage of the Vantage Engine is that it is already approved to operate on both 100LL and unleaded automotive fuel. “We felt that this capability was extremely important with the Vantage Engine, he said. “It takes advantage of new technology to give both the aircraft OEM and the end-user flexibility that other engines don’t offer.”

For more information call 972-829-4609, or visit

The seventh annual Holleyfest “fly-in/camp-out” and community open house is being held this year on September 23-24, on the grounds of the Holley Mountain Airpark residential aviation community in north central Arkansas. Sponsored each year by the Holley Mountain Property Owners Association, Inc., the event features an aviation and artisan vendor market, entertainment by the Lost Creek Band on Friday night, pilot education programs by the FAA on Saturday, and a fun-filled agenda that includes games for children and cash-bar food services by KD Bar-B-Q. Admission to Holleyfest is free and open to the general public. For more information visit

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