They called Fred Reese Mr. Aviation, a man who gave astronaut
Gordon Cooper his first airplane ride, a ferry pilot during World
War II and manager of the Shawnee Airport (OK).
He was an accomplished balloon aviator and beloved by friends and
family alike. His kids called him Poppy because they heard some of
the younger pilots at Shawnee call him "Pappy."
Even after he reached his late 70s, Reese was known to climb out of
bed and gas up thirsty airplanes in the middle of the night. "One
of the things Poppy would always do, even up to 78 years old, was,
if someone called in the middle of the night wanting fuel, he'd
always go sell it to them," said his daughter, Nancy Reese Barrett.
"He was afraid if he didn't, they would try to go to Seminole or
Ada and not make it. That was
An Israeli couple and their daughter were killed Friday flying
from Tel Aviv to Paris when their GA aircraft went down in a wooded
area of France.
The aircraft, a Piper PA-31 (file photo of type, right), was
reportedly descending toward a small airport west of Paris. French
civil aviation officials reported the pilot radioed that he was
picking up ice on his wings before apparently losing control of the
AOPA last week sent a strongly worded letter to the FAA,
opposing a moored balloon experiment near Lancaster (PA), and
blasting the agency for giving a mere 10 days' notice. Moreover,
the comment period on the proposal ends one day after the entire
experiment is scheduled to end.
"We would hope that in the future, common sense would prevail at
the FAA," said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government and
Technical Affairs Andy Cebula. "While there are no written
guidelines for public comment periods on weather studies, it only
makes sense to solicit ways to mitigate impact before a proposal is
implemented — not during or after the effective period."
The search for a Cessna 182 carrying four people widened over
the weekend, after it was reported missing Thursday night.
Volunteers were out at dawn Saturday, searching for debris and --
hopefully -- survivors.
Police in Glasgow (MT) identified the pilot as Bill Newman, a car
dealer in his 40s; sons Lance, 14, and Ray, 24; and Ray's fiancee
Jessica Gordy, 21. Newman's last transmission, at about 6:30 local
time Thursday evening, indicated they were running into rough
weather on a flight from Mobridge (SD) to Cut Bank (MT). Newman
identified his position as somewhere near the Fort Peck
How big is it? 346,774 square feet. That’s 346 times the
size of my apartment. This is a big place. They can put their
building from the mall inside here, no sweat. They will eventually
have more than 200 aircraft on display. Now, they have 82. I
continued my stroll last Friday through the facility. My feet were
getting tired, but it was worth every step.
I thought I had seen all the “historic” aircraft. Not
quite. Unlike most museums, with aircraft parked on the floor, the
planes here are flying on wires suspended at a dozen different
levels. There are walks across the center and the length of the
hangar that put you at nose or cockpit height, and you’re 30
or 40 feet off the floor. Leo Loudenslager's Laser 200, complete
with Bud Light logos, is nose
A flying physician from Wisconsin Rapids (WI) was the 100th
person to join the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF) during
its 2003 "100 for 100" Membership Drive, which ended December 17,
the centennial anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first
Tim Wogahn, a family practice physician originally from Iowa, is an
instrument rated private pilot who has been flying since 1999. He's
a 1/3 owner of a 1960 Beech Debonair, along with fellow physician
Doug Galuk and aviation educator Dan Fara. Wogahn became part owner
of the Debonair in September 2003 and has already logged over 150
hours in it. Married to wife Linda and a father of three, the
270-hour pilot has made several trips throughout the Midwest,
including, before its closure, Meigs Field on Chicago's lakefront.