Fatal accident claims Mid-Continent’s Pat Napolitano

WICHITA, Kansas — Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics lost a valued employee and friend. Pat Napolitano was involved in a fatal airplane accident Friday, May 25, 2018, south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The aircraft involved was a Beechcraft Staggerwing (BE-17/G, Registration Number 79091), owned by Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, […]

Dick Cole represents his Raiders compatriots well at SUN ‘n FUN

Hundreds of people gathered to be with Dick Cole at SUN ‘n FUN 2018 in Lakeland, Florida, on April 14, 2018. Cole has earned their acclaim in so many ways. At 102 years of age, his wise and experienced perspective should be sufficient to garner respect from the rest of us. Cole is a World […]

My Story: A Millennial airport manager

By MATT McVICKER “You should have seen this place back in the 1970s.” I often hear this phrase passionately tossed around in the FBO lounge. The pilot is usually sucking back a blazing hot cup of coffee that has been curdling on the warmer for hours. While I acknowledge the glory days of general aviation […]

AeroLEDs adds four employees

BOISE, Idaho – AeroLEDs has added four new members to the team in Boise. “Thanks to the loyalty of our customers, we need to grow to provide the best service possible,” says Nate Calvin, CEO and president. “These four bring a combined total of over 35 years of experience in aviation, engineering, and support of […]

Legends of Airpower returns to TV

Legends of Airpower, an aviation history series that has been broadcast on public television, Speed Network, Discovery Wings and Discovery Military Channel, is set to takeoff again this May. The 52-episode, award-winning series profiles 52 men and women who defined and revolutionized air power in America and across the world. The series offers a perspective […]

Saying goodbye to A South Carolina hero

At midday Saturday, March 3, 2018, a pair of South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon warplanes swept over the rural Pee Dee landscape and crossed the local Red Hill Cemetery in a thunderous flyover. After the low pass the jets, with afterburners blazing, climbed vertically into the blue sky until the sound faded […]

Aviation pioneer in Class of 2018 for National Inventors Hall of Fame

Howard Jones, Jr. will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) in May. Jones invented a flat radio antenna that is designed to conform to or follow a prescribed shape. This antenna is found in applications including rockets, missiles and spacecraft. His innovations in antenna technology dramatically expanded the capabilities of U.S. […]

Aviation safety advocate Archie Trammell flies west

Archie Trammell, a weather radar expert, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate, died at his home in Mansfield, Texas, Feb. 5, 2018. He was 89. In 2006, the National Business Aviation Association recognized Trammell with the association’s Meritorious Service to Aviation Award – the group’s highest honor. The award is presented annually to an individual […]

Veteran Albert ‘Jay’ Shower takes final flight

EL CAJON, California — The field of aviation lost a prolific airman when Albert Joseph “Jay” Shower, Jr. (USN Ret.) died of natural causes on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Shower was a Vietnam veteran who served as an officer in the United States Navy for more than 22 years until his retirement and honorable discharge […]