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Wisconsin Aviation Names New Director of Flight Training

Published In Midwest Flyer – October/November 2017 MADISON, WIS. – David Upham has been promoted to Director of Flight Training at Wisconsin Aviation. Upham will manage Wisconsin Aviation’s three locations: Watertown, Juneau and Madison. Upham grew up in a house … Continue reading

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New Avionics Manager At Wisconsin Aviation

Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2017 issue MADISON, WIS. – Wisconsin Aviation, Inc. has named Aaron Hall the manager of their avionics department. Hall began his aviation career in June of 1993 with the United States Navy as an … Continue reading

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Kaplan Resigns From National Aviation Hall of Fame

DAYTON, OHIO – Ron Kaplan has resigned from the National Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Trustees effective July 31, 2017, citing philosophical differences with the organization’s executive leadership. Kaplan had served the Congressionally-chartered non-profit in various capacities since being … Continue reading

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Remembering An Air Racing Legend

by Michael J. “Mick” Kaufman Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2017 issue Bill Brennand, 92, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, circled his last earthly pylon on March 14, 2017. Bill was a legend in air racing during its golden years, and … Continue reading

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Faribault Municipal Airport Renamed Liz Wall Strohfus Field

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue FARIBAULT, MINN. – The Faribault City Council renamed Faribault Municipal Airport “Faribault Municipal Airport – Liz Wall Strohfus Field” in memory of World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), Elizabeth Wall … Continue reading

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Online Registration Open For 2017 Skydiving Hall of Fame

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue ROCHELLE, ILL. – Registration is now open for the 2017 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration, September 21 – 23, at Chicagoland Skydiving Center (CSC) in Rochelle, Illinois. The annual weekend fundraiser … Continue reading

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Last Surviving Doolittle Raider & B-25 Mitchell Bombers Highlight Events Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Doolittle Raid

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue DAYTON, OHIO – On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they launched 16 B-25B Mitchell medium bombers – without fighter escort – from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS … Continue reading

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Gaits Founder Retires

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue MILWAUKEE, WIS. – After a 48-year career teaching flight instructor refresher courses, and graduating 19,000 certified flight instructors, the founder of Gaits Aviation Seminars, Greg Gorak, retired in March 2017. Gorak holds … Continue reading

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Pentastar President & CEO Elected NATA Chairman

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue WATERFORD, MICH. – Greg Schmidt, President & Chief Executive Officer of Pentastar Aviation, Waterford, Mich., has been elected to serve as Chairman of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Board of Directors. … Continue reading

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Ohio Native Named AOPA Great Lakes Regional Manager

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue Ohio native, and longtime AOPA and EAA member, Kyle Lewis, has been named manager of the AOPA Great Lakes Region. Lewis graduated from Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering with a Bachelor … Continue reading

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