Archives: All Features

Keeping The “O’Malley” In The Jet Room

by Dave Weiman Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 issue MADISON, WIS. – For the past two decades, the general aviation terminal restaurant at Wisconsin Aviation on Dane County Regional Airport, Madison, Wisconsin (KMSN), has been owned and managed … Continue reading

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Rewarding Legendary Showmanship… Kyle Franklin Receives 2017 Bill Barber Award For Showmanship

by Brad Donner Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 issue In the summer of 1989, aviation publisher Dave Weiman presented the Bill Barber Award For Showmanship to Jimmy Franklin during the performers appreciation banquet at the Quad Cities International … Continue reading

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Take The Bet & Get Your Seaplane Rating

by Curt Drumm Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 Issue It all started with a bet. My friend, Steve, bet me I couldn’t fly a taildragger. “Of course I can,” I said. The bet was on. I tracked down … Continue reading

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Asphalt? Grass? Water?

by Woody Minar Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 issue Yes, I’ll take water with my Cessna 172 on floats. Stirred, not shaken, please! In the beginning, we learned to fly on asphalt and sometime afterwards, we made that … Continue reading

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ForeFlight… The Flight Planning & Electronic Chart Service That Has Revolutionized Flying For All Pilots

Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 issue Founded in 2007, “ForeFlight” is devoted to giving pilots the best possible mobile electronic flight planning tools for the best possible price using the Apple iPad or iPhone. The company has created … Continue reading

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Transition Training from Fixed-Wing to Rotary-Wing

by Yasmina Platt Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 I recently added “Rotorcraft – Helicopter” to my green plastic certificate and I quickly learned that science is what gets helicopters in the air, but art is what keeps them … Continue reading

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When Things Go Wrong…

by Woody Minar Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 In my 16 years and 8,000 flight hours, I’ve had more than my share of things go wrong in at least a dozen airplanes; on average, about one every 200 … Continue reading

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Getting Back Into The Saddle Following An Accident

by Gus Hawkins Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 issue The days and weeks after an aircraft accident can be very stressful. Following my accident on May 2, 2009, involving of my experimental amphibious seaplane, I lost my medical, … Continue reading

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Things That Go ‘Bump’ While Flying

by R.J. Reilly Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 Airplanes can play with your brain. Think about your engine running rough over water or inhospitable terrain. It was a short flight to re-position my Cessna 170 from a rural … Continue reading

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Putting Kids In The Cockpit… Racine’s Young Aviators Program Celebrates 10 Years of Success!

by Stephen Myers Young Aviators Cofounder & Chairman Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 When I reflect on the experience I had at Young Aviators, some words come immediately to mind: excitement, inspiration and accomplishment. The most important word, … Continue reading

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