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Paul Cornu’s “Flying Bicycle” – 110th Anniversary of the First Helicopter Flight

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2018 issue On November 13, 1907, French engineer and bicycle maker, Paul Cornu, made history by becoming the first man to fly a rotary-wing aircraft. The primitive helicopter – a twin-rotorcraft powered by a … Continue reading

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In Memory of Wisconsin Pilot, Peter Laper

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2018 issue PEWAUKEE, WIS. – Longtime Wisconsin pilot and the treasurer of the Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association (WATA), Peter Laper, 62, died unexpectedly December 31, 2017 at his home in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Born in … Continue reading

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General Aviation Safety Expert, Bruce Landsberg, Nominated To NTSB

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – General aviation safety expert, Bruce Landsberg, has been nominated to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) by the Trump Administration for a five-year term. Landsberg, an award-winning expert on pilot … Continue reading

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Names A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of The Year

DAYTON, OHIO – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has announced that Velvet Thomas of Golden Poppy Elementary School, Palmdale, Calif., is the recipient of the “A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of The Year Award” for 2017. The award … Continue reading

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EAA Halls of Fame Honor Five Aviators

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2017/January 2018 issue OSHKOSH, WIS. – The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) recognized the contributions made to the world of flight by five people as they were inducted into the EAA Sport Aviation Halls of … Continue reading

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Batten & Rowland Awarded Congressional Medals of Honor

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2017/January 2018 issue RACINE, WIS. – During World War II, John H. Batten, after whom John H. Batten International Airport in Racine, Wis., is named, and John S. Rowland, also of Racine, did a … Continue reading

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History of Black Aviators Shared Through Special Exhibit

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2017/January 2018 We’ve all heard of Amelia Earhart, but have you ever heard of Bessie Coleman? Both were adventurous young women who soon found themselves captive of the dream, aspiration, and sheer love of … Continue reading

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Pan Am Clipper Pilot Turns 104

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2017/January 2018 The Central County Flyers celebrated the 104th birthday of one of their members – Paul Johns of Iola, Wisconsin – on October 13, 2017 at the airport named in his honor – … Continue reading

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Black Aviators Recognized

In Madison Overture Center Exhibit We have all heard of Amelia Earhart, but have you ever heard of Bessie Coleman? She, too, was a famous woman aviator who, in 1921, had to go to France to get her pilot’s certificate … Continue reading

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Volunteers Needed For Warbird Adventure Discovery Tour

Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2017 issue EAA OSHKOSH–AIRVENTURE 2017 is now history. The record books are bulging with statistics testifying to an incredible, record year. One of the most wildly popular attractions was the “Warbirds Adventure Discovery Tour.” … Continue reading

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