Survey finds airshows a great way to attract next generation of pilots

The popular AeroShell Aerobatic Team is just one of many popular airshow performers whose aircraft could be powered by ethanol-free autogas. (photo courtesy EAA)

Nearly 10% of the estimated 11 million to 12 million people who attend airshows each year have a pilot’s license.

Another 39.5% say they are considering taking flying lessons, according to the most recent airshow spectator survey from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS).

The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team are favorites at airshows.

The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team are favorites at airshows.

“Airshows and the experiences young people have at airshows are a driving force behind attracting the next generation of pilots,” said ICAS President John Cudahy. “With 14% of adult airshow spectators between the ages of 18 and 25, the industry can clearly influence whether someone decides to explore aviation as a career.”

“There are dozens of stories in the airshow industry about someone seeing a particular pilot or performance and that experience driving them toward an aviation career,” Cudahy continued. “Extraordinary, memorable experiences have influence. Seeing … any of our industry’s top pilots do what they do at airshows can certainly make a person thinking about becoming a pilot take the next step into aviation.”

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‘Considerable accomplishments’ at KJKA recognized

GULF SHORES, Alabama — Mayor Robert Craft and the City Council of Gulf Shores recently recognized the Gulf Shores Airport Authority for “considerable accomplishments“ at Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA).

Craft cited “reaching its goal of self-sufficiency, new private developments, resolving land use issues” as “ some of the reasons this board needs to be recognized.”

Projects referenced include a new heavy aircraft parking apron and new private developments totaling more than $11 million in new construction.

Airport Manager Scott Fuller noted that the Platinum Air Center and Gulf Air Center projects represent “the type of operations we can partner with to transition the airport from a historically resort destination to more of an economic generator for the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach area.”

Platinum is building a 26,000-square-foot hangar/terminal adjacent to the new aircraft apron. Gulf Air Center is building a new 32,000-square-foot hangar/office and a new T-Hangar facility adjacent to its current operations.

Fuller also noted that “by transferring property to the city which could not be developed for aviation use, we were able to create a seed fund for construction of the new airport control tower.”

Also underway is the design of an on-airport aircraft rescue and firefighting station, currently in progress.

Congressman Bradley Byrne took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facilities at the airport on Nov. 20.

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Pearl Harbor survivors join Triple Ace Bud Anderson at Pacific Aviation Museum gala

HONOLULU — More than a dozen Pearl Harbor and World War II survivors joined 750 guests, and Triple Ace Fighter Pilot and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson at this year’s ninth annual Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Anniversary Gala, Dec. 5.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor's 9th Anniversary Gala (PRNewsFoto/Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl...)

Themed, “For Love of Country — Pass It On,” the evening “remembered the past, honored the present and, hopefully, inspired the future for our guests while raising funds for the museum’s education and restoration programs,” said Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

Music, dining, lots of lighted airplanes, and special decor created an atmosphere that took one back in time, turning the museum’s 86,000-square-foot World War II Hangar 79 — its windows still riddled with bullet holes from the attack on Dec. 7, 1941 — into a 1940s ballroom.

Pearl Harbor Survivor CDR John Mathrusse was on Ford Island 12/7/41 (PRNewsFoto/Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl...)

Pearl Harbor Survivor CDR John Mathrusse.

The entertainment included American Flag Art Explosion by Speed Painter and Artist Michael Ostaski, and unveiling of a commemorative Nose Art emblem for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s B-17 Swamp Ghost by Greg Coleman, VP of Worldwide Marketing & Franchise Management at Walt Disney Animation Studio, and a special performance by American Idol finalist and Hawaii favorite singer Jordon Segundo.

Swamp Ghost


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Diamond DA40 Tundra introduced


Diamond Aircraft has introduced the jet-fuel-powered DA40 Tundra designed for backcountry flying.


The four-seat cabin with folding rear seat backs, large forward opening canopy and rear door means plenty of room for fly fishing rods, guns, tents, skis, snowshoes, and even mountain bikes, according to company officials.

The all-composite airframe offers resistance to bumps and scrapes and stands up well in any environment, company officials noted. Reinforced landing gear attachments, standard Beringer wheels, and a special long stroke hydraulic damper, controlling the extra heavy duty extended nose gear strut, handle rough terrain, officials noted.


The DA40 TUNDRA is powered by the Austro AE300 jet-fuel piston engine. It sips less than 4 gph of jet fuel at loiter speeds, and offers sprightly climbs thanks to turbocharging that maintains full power to 14,000 feet, Diamond officials noted.

DA40_Tundra_Star_02It also features Garmin’s G1000 with GFC700 autopilot with Electronic Stability and Protection and Synthetic Vision Technology.

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