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Pioneer Aero, Ardmore NZ, 28 March 2018



Article first run on Australia's Aviation Report, published here with the writer's kind permission - ed.

Steven Cox and Paul McSweeny run this small business which punches above its weight in rural New Zealand. During our tour of the North Island, Aviation Report were welcomed through the doors of Pioneer Aero, a company renowned for quality warbird restorations.

They run a tidy hangar with up to nine staff seen this day. The P-39 at this stage was the main project in hangar and was expected to be nearing completion by late 2018.

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A Salute to Veterans and Avengers

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Illinois Valley Regional Airport (KVYS) also known as Walter A. Duncan Field is located approximately 1 mile from Peru IL. Illinois Valley Regional has 2 runways, runway 8/36 which is 6,000 feet long and Runway 7/25 which is 4,000 feet long. OSF Life F light has a base of operations here with an American Eurocopter EC-145. Illinois Valley Regional Airport is also home to Mr. Brad Deckert’s expertly restored Grumman TBM-3E Avenger N81865, Bureau Number 85828. This is why you will find the Salute to Veterans Airshow and largest gathering of Avengers in the world here.

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Jones Beach, on the Atlantic Ocean in Long Island near New York City, just had its big Memorial Day Weekend Air Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th, 2018. The Jones Beach air show was officially called the "15th Anniversary Bethpage Air Show" not only in honor of the duration of the air show and the sponsor, but also in honor of the great aviation industry that was based around Bethpage, Long Island, that no longer exists - the great Grumman Aircraft Company that had its main engineering, production and testing facility at the Bethpage Airport, now defunct, (and best known for the mighty F-14 "Tomcat" Navy fighter), and the equally famous Republic Aviation Corporation, originally known as the Seversky Aircraft Company, later known as Fairchild-Republic, based at the Farmingdale, Long Island, airport (which is now called Republic Airport).

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No Place Like Oshkosh


It’s about that time again... EAA AirVenture, 2018! I’m so ready for everything “Oshkosh!” This will be my sixth year attending and by many standards, that still makes me a rookie. There’s still so much I’m sure I haven’t seen or done so my planning begins now... almost 50 days out. Some people plan a year in advance so I might even be behind at 50 days. I’ve learned most people plan according to who they want to see perform or forums and workshops they want to attend. This year, I’m hoping to do the same. On my list: The One Week Wonder, the Seaplane Base, and of course, the fabulous airshows that are put on daily!

Working with the One Week Wonder project is going to an experience I soon won’t forget. Four years ago, EAA, with the help of 2,500 members and attendees, built a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer in a week. You were able to help build this aircraft and then sign your name next to the part you built. In my case, I signed my name next to the rivet I pulled. I know, I know... it was just a rivet, but I did it with such flair. I’m sure Rosie would be quite jealous! Just like before, this next airplane, a Van’s RV-12iS, will be built and able to fly at the end of the week. If you get a chance, stop by and see what you can build!

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