Andrews Gets Back Home Tomorrow
Mason Andrews is on his final leg to complete his journey to establish a new World Record as the Youngest Solo Pilot to complete a Circumnavigation of the globe. He will be bringing the record back to the USA, where it belongs!
Friday Morning Mission Update:
Mason arrived at Dallas Executive yesterday with a very nice group of friends, family, and LA Tech Alumni! Many thanks to John Peroyea and his lovely wife Stephanie for arranging this AND feeding him! He will take off for Area 41 this afternoon and get ready for the final short flight to Monroe Regional in the morning.
He will be arriving back at Monroe Regional Airport to complete his record flight at 9:00 AM, Saturday morning, October 6, at the Pilots for Patients Hangar. Everyone is welcome to come out and greet him.
Mason is a rising Junior in the Louisiana Tech University Professional Aviation Program who has earned the FAA Private Pilot Certificate along with his High Performance and Complex Aircraft Endorsements. He is flying his 1976 Piper Lance PA32R-300 aircraft, The Spirit of Louisiane in honor of Louisiana’s rich French Heritage!
You can follow Mason on his around the world flight with his Onboard Tracker which you can access by clicking HERE
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Louisianians Inducted Into IFOF (Part IV)
Four members of the Louisiana Aviation Community, Bill Adams, Alice Fanto, Mae Marquet and Jim Riviere, were honored as 2018 inductees into the International Forest of Friendship, in Atchison, Kansas during ceremonies in September. The Forest is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace.
I discussed the luncheon in the last article. After the luncheon everyone moved over to the International Forest of Friendship for the Induction Ceremony. It begins with the Parade of Flags.
I think I see the Louisiana flag in that bunch.
Spectators are gathering out front.
Inductees gathered in the Gazebo.
As promised I am continuing to feature the 2018 inductees one at a time….. So I’ve saved mine for last……
Jim RiviereJames (Jim) Riviere, Jr., of Gramercy, Louisiana was honored as a 2018 inductee into the International Forest of Friendship, in Atchison, Kansas during ceremonies in September. The Forest is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. He was honored for decades of aviation promotion and advocacy.
My family came to Kansas to cheer me on….
Riviere became a Private Pilot in 1973, then aircraft owner. As an EAA member accepting local, state and national leadership rolls, Riviere received the EAA President’s Award from Paul Poberezny in 1986.
As a Board Member of the Aviation Association of Louisiana, Riviere was instrumental in the introduction and passage of a constitutional amendment dedicating aviation fuel taxes to aviation purposes, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in airport improvements.Celebrating the Centennial of Flight in 2003, Riviere organized the Louisiana Fly-In Series now in its 16th year. In 2010, Riviere created LaAviator.com to communicate with the Louisiana Aviation Community. He still manages that website, a Facebook page and has over 1,000 subscribers to his bi-weekly aviation newsletters.
To read Jim’s full bio click http://www.ifof.org/2018-honorees--r-.html
After the Parade of Flags they place each flag by the tree of the appropriate state or country. I found Louisiana’s flag by the Louisiana Bald Cypress tree.
The International Forest of Friendship was a gift to America on the Nation’s 200th birthday (1976) from the City of Atchison (Amelia Earhart’s birthplace) and the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. It is made up of trees representing all the 50 states and 35 countries around the world, including a “moon tree” grown from a seed taken to the moon on Apollo 14. Among the more than 1300 honorees are such internationally recognized flyers as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, the Wright Brothers, Sally Ride, Eileen Collins, and Chuck Yeager. The public is invited to the induction ceremonies which are held during the 3rd weekend of September (it will be September 20-21 in 2019). More information about the Forest, and points of contact are at www.ifof.org
Navaid Out of Service
False River Regional Airport has issued NOTAM DRI #10/036: NAVAID NDB OUT OF SERVICE PERMANENTLY.
Yvonne Chenevert, Manager
SouthWings Pilot Meet-up Report
The 4th Quarterly SouthWings Pilot Meet-Up was successfully held this past Saturday at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. A FAASTeam presentation, "Single Pilot Risk Analysis, Tolerance and Mitigation" with FAA Wings Program credit was provided for pilots along with an overview of SouthWings and update on the outstanding work the organization has been involved with this past quarter.
As with previous events, there was again something special. FAA representatives with the Baton Rouge Flight Standards District Office, Jeff Rafferty and Jason Adame, presented the distinguished Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50+ years of aviation excellence to John Torrance of Slidell. He is one of the rare few who have achieved this recognition and also one of the rarest who was previously awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.
Thanks to everyone who attended continuing to make our events a complete success and congratulations to John Torrance!
Help the La Tech WAI Chapter
Buy a shirt or make a donation to help support the Women in Aviation International chapter at Louisiana Tech University. Our fundraiser is designed to raise money for 10 girls in our chapter to attend the conference in Long Beach, California. This conference will help us connect and network with others who share the same passion for the aviation industry! To buy or donate click HERE.
Louisiana Cancels Grand Isle Airport
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
BATON ROUGE - Bowing to public pressure, state officials have canceled a proposed airport in Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge.
Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet announced the cancellation on Thursday (Oct. 4), just before the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission was to have its first public hearing on the proposal. Montoucet had signed an agreement with the airport's developer, the Grand Isle Independent Levee District, in August without consulting the commission, conservation groups or scientists who conduct research at the refuge.
Audubon Louisiana and other groups blasted the proposal, saying it ran counter to the purpose of a wildlife refuge and would harm critically important habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.
"The agreement will be canceled and terminated on mutual agreement," Montoucet to the commission in Baton Rouge. "Judging from the volume of communications my office has received on this topic, I believe this news will be well received."
It was. Representatives of several conservation groups had come to the meeting with fiery speeches prepared. Instead, they expressed relief.
Win A Ride With the Aeroshell Team
Have you ever dreamed of flying with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team? Now's your chance!
Four tickets will be drawn and the winners will take an Orientation Flight with the team.
Here's the catch.... YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN, as the ride will take place October 13, 2018 after The Best Little Air Show in the World at the Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport! The drawing will take place between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
You can't win if you don't buy a ticket!
Tickets will be sold all the way up to the drawing!
To buy tickets click HERE
SHAF Jeep Raffle
To purchase tickets to enter the raffle for this jeep and other prizes click HERE