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Bush Flying Sky Africa

February 2005 I met Karl Finatzer in the arrivals hall at Johannesburg International and he promptly took me to an American-styled restaurant where I was expected to consume a T-bone steak the size of a toilet seat—some sort of tradition, I think. I can't remember the time of day but my stomach was somewhere between wake-up call and breakfast time. This was going to be no ordinary week.
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$100 Hamburgers

March 2005 That's a Lot of Hamburgers . . . When Flyer publisher Jennifer Dellenbusch asked me to write about ten $100 hamburger destinations near where my wife Sara and I live in suburban Wichita, I answered, "Gee I'm not sure I have $1,000 for hamburgers."
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High & Wild

April 2005- Few can deny that being a pilot has privileges. One such privilege is access to remote wilderness areas for all types of recreation, including hunting. Even if you aren't a hunter and are simply looking to experience the outdoors in as pristine and unaltered a setting as possible, flying into a remote resort or wilderness outfit can provide you with the get-away you long for.
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Mother of All Seaplanes

February 2005- On Sept.15, 2004, and again on Sept. 19, 2004, Captain H. James Poel—a 61-year-old retired American Airlines Boeing 777 captain—made the first flights in a reproduction of the 1911 Curtiss A-1.The Curtiss A-1 "Triad" was the United States Navy's first airplane and the first amphibious aircraft to be flown in this country. The reproduction A-1 (built, owned and operated by the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York; (www.linkny.com/curtissmuseum) made its initial flights from the southern end of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes District of Upstate New York, the very location from which Glenn Curtiss had staged the original A-1 flights in 1911.
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Wings Over the Rockies: Denver’s Air and Space Museum

Wings Over the Rockies: Denver’s Air and Space Museum

January 2015- Aviation is big—really big—in Colorado, but only one destination calls itself "Colorado's official air and space museum," and has a bill passed in the state legislature to prove it. Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (often called "Wings" by museum staff as well as visitors) in Denver's Lowry neighborhood recently celebrated its 20th year as an exceptional resource for airplane buffs, history lovers, schoolchildren and teachers, writers, researchers and the general public.In honor of Wings' 20th anniversary, the museum threw itself a birthday party—complete with eight cakes, all adorned with little B-52s—in December 2014. The museum also introduced a new attraction to Denver last year for the holidays: a B-52 aircraft decorated with 52,000 lights.Established on the grounds of the former Lowry Air Force Base, the museum is housed in former Hangar #1 of the base that today is part of unique planned mixed-use community. Residents here have a choice of condos, apartments and single-family homes, with lots of open space, plus a town center, restaurants, shopping, sports fields, aviation-themed art installations and more.The museum keeps the heritage of Lowry AFB close at hand throughout its collections and archives. Over 30 military and civilian aircraft are featured…
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Chicagoland: Fly in and Feast on Aviation History

Chicagoland: Fly in and Feast on Aviation History

December 2014- Visiting pilots can go full-immersion at two of the area's best aviation-themed restaurants, plus so much more. Unless you live in the loosely defined geographical area that includes the city of Chicago and its many suburbs called "Chicagoland," chances are pretty good that when you think about this great American city, images of deep dish pizza, "Da Bears," Michael Jordan and subzero temperatures come to mind.
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49 States 14 Days 01 Goal

49 States 14 Days 01 Goal

The Green Hornet succeeds in its mission to educate the nonflying public. As summer turned to fall, pilots Field Morey and Conrad Teitell were in the air a lot—not just to enjoy the crisp air or changing leaves that many enjoy during such a picturesque time of year, but with a bigger mission: to raise public awareness about smaller municipal airports.The pair had embarked on a self-designed challenge to visit every state capital in the lower 48 states and Alaska in just two weeks. Their journey, named the Capital Air Tour, began in Morey's home state of Oregon. A consummate teacherLearning and aviation have been intertwined for Field Morey for almost forever. Racking up numerous awards along the way, Morey has been a CFI for 53 years and has logged over 23,000 hours of instruction. The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame, where Morey was inducted in 2004, deemed him a "consummate teacher of pilots."Part of what earned Morey distinction in the area of pilot training stems from the flight training program he designed in the 1960s. A pair of pilots and Morey would embark on a weeklong intensive training trip from Middleton, Wis. (C29) to the West Coast and back.…
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Destination: Los Angeles

Destination: Los Angeles

September 2014- Aviation-themed restaurants are fairly common—the 94th Aero Squadron chain comes to mind—but in Los Angeles you'll find one that's in a class by itself: The Proud Bird, located across the street from the approach end of Runway 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX). On a typical visit, you'll see jets flying past every couple of minutes.
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We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

August 2014- I've been everywhere, man.I've been everywhere, man.Crossed the deserts bare, man.I've breathed the mountain air, man.Of travel I've had my share, man.I've been everywhere.—"I've Been Everywhere," adapted by Hank Snow
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AirVenture Fundamentals

AirVenture Fundamentals

July 2014- This year will mark my 18th year attending the annual AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh. It is also the 10th anniversary of the Cessna Flyer Association (to be celebrated in the August issue). The modern-day anniversary gift recommendation for the 10th anniversary is aluminum, so it's fitting that I'll be spending it at AirVenture surrounded by probably tons of aluminum in the form of aircraft. As for the recommended gift for the 18th... well, that's porcelain... and a little more of a stretch for an aviation tie-in. I guess I'll need to drink my morning coffee out of a regular mug and not the Oshkosh standard-issue disposable cup. Now I know many of you reading this have me beat—possibly by a factor of three—and I hope you are celebrating your anniversary by returning once again to the heart of aviation in the heartland.
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Abundance at the Runway’s End

Abundance at the Runway’s End

June 2014- In our endless quest to find exciting places to point our airplanes, there are two undeniable factors that almost always dictate if any new destination is going to end up at the far end of a flight plan. And you'll be surprised to find out they have nothing to do with hundred-dollar hamburgers.Frankly, the Holy Grail for every cross-country pilot is that elusive destination where a few hours—or a few days—spent there will remind us why we earned our ticket in the first place. These destinations will have two attributes that separate them from so many others: something cool to do after you land, and off-airport transportation to get you there.
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