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Registration Open for Reno

Once again, CJAA and RJI are planning a unique clinic at Reno Stead airport on June 2-7. Friday through Sunday will be primarily focused on standard FAST procedures and training. Monday and Tuesday will shift to RJI race prep for the upcoming Pylon Racing School (PRS) and National Championship Air Races. By combining resources and sharing the venue, this clinic will provide you two types of training in one event, saving you time and money.

This year, all meals will be no-host and we will collect donations for cost sharing at the event.

Click here for more info and registration.

 

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Fairness for Pilots Act

Another reason to support AOPA. If you are not a member, please join now!

Sam Graves, who co-chairs the House General Aviation Caucus, was joined by original co-sponsors Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Colin Peterson (D-Minn.)—both AOPA members—and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), also a strong GA supporter. Graves, Rokita, and Lipinski are members of the House Aviation Subcommittee.

“As a pilot and Co-Chairman of the General Aviation Caucus, I have always felt the responsibility to be a voice for GA in the Capitol,” Graves said. “Unnecessary regulations and bureaucratic barriers cost the industry jobs and prevent pilots from flying. I’m proud today to introduce a bill that improves upon the protections established under the original Pilots Bill of Rights, ensuring we can continue safely taking to the skies and operating as a valuable and vibrant component of the U.S. economy.”

Click here to read the article at AOPA.

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ACM Warbirds of Canada Grand Opening

ACM Warbirds of Canada, Not for Profit Living Museum, Announces April 15th Grand Opening

ACM Warbirds of Canada(ACM) is an exciting new, not for profit living museum.  ACM is showcasing vehicles and aircraft from the cold war era, as well as the heroes who flew them.  Ready to celebrate an April 15th launch, the museum will be the only place in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec where a person can fly in a cold war era fighter jet. We will also be flying in the Toronto and Barrie ON regions.

From flying a cold war plane to aerobatics to formation flying, it is no surprise these are items on many bucket lists begging to get checked off.  The good news is our not-for-profit, living museum, ACM Warbirds, based in Ottawa and in the Barrie area is answering the call in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and in the Toronto and Barrie regions.  It provides interested people a handful of different membership opportunities that can get them on board from ground schools being trained as part of the ground and maintenance team, all the way to being on board for a wide range of different flight possibilities depending on their level of membership.  Excitement surrounding the project from flight enthusiasts is incredibly high.

 

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Registration Open for Sheboygan

The CJAA Regional Jet Blast and Annual Meeting of the Classic Jet Aircraft Association is in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for 2017.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

This Jet Blast will be special due to the outstanding hospitality of the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin. Each day will feature special events and meals to go along with a great venue for Classic Jet flights and training.

Sunday will feature the Thunder in the Sky Airshow featuring several outstanding performers.

If you plan to fly in the formations during the Warbird Display at Oshkosh, it is important that you attend the Sheboygan Jet Blast to tune up your skills and get the latest briefings. We will be conducting specific training and briefings for the Jet Warbird Display day on Sunday, July 23rd.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Classic Jet Aircraft Association will be held during the event on Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00pm.

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Blue Angels Video

The Blue Angels have released a cockpit video from a recent performance. Ride along through many of the maneuvers and see what it looks like to fly 18" apart! Click Here for the video.

Any some people wonder why we like to fly Classic Jets!

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Wendover Jet Blast Postponed

Due to numerous conflicts and concerns about weather, the Wendover Jet Blast is being rescheduled for later in 2017. Please stand by for updates on new dates and times.

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MODAERO Aviation Festival

The MODAERO Aviation Festival and Airshow was created as a non-profit fundraiser for STEM Education and Aviation Outreach. Proceeds from the event benefit the MODAERO Aviation Community, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, whose mission is to engage, educate and empower the next generation through Aerospace. The Festival is the exclusive aviation event which targets the #NextGen Aerospace audience, ages 16-39 through an aviation expo, fly-in, career fair and air show. This demographic is keenly interested in discovering career paths and education opportunities within the Aerospace and Aviation industries and therefore, we believe your participation would be extremely rewarding. 

We are honored to extend this invitation to the Classic Jet Aircraft Association to participate in our Festival through an aerobatic performance, static display of aircraft and/or a fly-over of the event. This year’s air show will include R/C aircraft & drone demonstrations, parachute jumping and aerobatic performers in piston and turbine powered aircraft. Information on the airshow can be found at our web site: www.modaerofestival.com. 

Should you have members willing to participate in this event, we would be able to provide fuel, lodging and transportation for the aircrew during the weekend of the airshow. We are prepared for aircrews to arrive as early as Thursday, June 1st and depart as late as Monday, June 5th. All ground handling and servicing of the aircraft will be done by Galaxy FBO which is the military contract fueler at KCXO. The point of contact for our event is as follows: 

Brian Columbus, Founder & Air Show Director
MODAERO Festival & Air Show
5260 Central Parkway
Conroe, TX 77303
(m) 773-425-6963
brian@modaero.net 

We would be honored if you accept this opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind event which will help inspire the next generation of aerospace. 

Sincerely, 

Morgen Jackson 
Director of Air Operations 
MODAERO Aviation Festival 

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CJAA Classified Ads

There is a new feature on the CJAA Website: Classified Ads. If you are looking to sell or buy anything for Classic Jets, try using the Classified Ads in the Membership Area. This feature is available only to Members so the ads will be of value to CJAA members. Click here to see the latest ads or place one yourself!

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Col (USAF ret.) John C. Wright

Col. John Charles Wright, 85, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. He was born in San Antonio and graduated from Brackenridge H.S. in 1948. While still in high school, he joined the Texas National Guard. He graduated from San Antonio College in 1950. At the outbreak of the Korean War, he joined the USAF Aviation Cadet program. Col. Wright was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, earned his pilot's wings and married his high school sweetheart, Jeannette Pfeil, all on the same day, December 15, 1951 in Phoenix, AZ. He flew 100 missions over North Korea in the F-84 Thunderjet in 1952-1953. He was assigned to Luke AFB and trained new pilots in the air-to-ground combat tactics. In 1959, he flew the B-47 out of Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX until 1962 when he was selected to fly the first supersonic bomber, the B-58 Hustler. 

In 1965, he joined the tactical fighter business to fly the F-105 Thunderchief where he received the "Top Gun" award at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV. Transferring overseas to Okinawa in 1966, he commanded the 67th TFS. Col. Wright lead the first USAF fighters in response to the North Korean capture of the US Naval Intelligence Ship, Pueblo. After a year in South Korea, he flew 140 combat missions over Laos and North Vietnam out of Takhli, Thailand.

In 1970, he was assigned to a B-52 D Wing at March AFB, Riverside, CA, where he commanded a squadron and was promoted to Colonel. In 1971, Col. Wright was assigned to Grand Forks AFB, ND, as the 319th Bomb Wing Deputy Commander of Operations. He finished his career at Offutt AFB, Bellevue, NE as the only USAF officer to command the US Navy's CINCPACREP Office. While in Bellevue, Col. Wright earned his bachelor's degree in General Studies from University of Nebraska at Omaha. He retired after 28 years of service on January 1, 1976. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, 13 Air Medals, and 17 additional medals and awards. Upon retirement he was selected to be area manager for the Rockwell Commander's single-engine aircraft, establishing dealerships and becoming the top area manager for two years.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/reporternews/obituary.aspx?pid=179409315#sthash.aGGIjLd8.dpuf

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New CJAA Safety Brief

John Lohmar, Air Safety Investigators LLC, was a featured presenter at NWOC 2017 and spoke on his "Top Ten Tips To Keep You Safe". A copy of the tips are now posted in the CJAA Safety Briefs. Click here

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