An item in Monday's Aviation eBrief gave an incorrect length for the runway at Denton Municipal Airport in Denton, Texas. The 6,000-foot runway will be extended by 1,000 feet. EBrief regrets the error.
A historic World War II B-25 bomber flown in air raids over Tokyo made an unexpected visit to Muscatine Municipal Airport in Muscatine, Iowa. "We had issues and we had to shut down an engine," said pilot Alan Miller. The bomber was on its way home to Minnesota from the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival in Missouri.
John Shafer, owner of Shafer Vineyards, revisited his first career as a World War II pilot at Napa County Airport in Napa, Calif. Shafer flew a restored PT-19 trainer plane on dual controls with pilot Larry Nelson this month. "It handles beautifully," said Shafer, 85. "It was a real treat."
Jack Pelton, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna, said the diminishing number of pilots concerns the manufacturer. "Fewer pilots equate to less business for all of us, and it threatens the strong, sustainable aviation system our nation counts on," Pelton said in a speech to the Aero Club of Washington, D.C. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the number of student pilots will fall to a 10-year low next year.
Grant County Airport should finish installing an "animal control" fence this week to keep antelope out of the general aviation airport in Silver City, N.M. Last year, an airplane struck an antelope while landing on the runway. The woven-wire fence stands 8 feet tall and costs about $539,000.
Denton Municipal Airport in Denton, Texas, plans to close some local roads to expand the airport's runway from 1,000 to 7,000 feet. However, rancher Billie Glosser said the road closure will force employees on a long detour. "They'll have to go through Ponder and back into Denton to get into my house," said Glosser.