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November 16, 2018 Edition
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Aviation Director Brandt Wins Awards

BRAD BRANDT, Louisiana DOTD Aviation Director, wins the State’s Civil Service League’s Dunbar Award and the National Association of State Aviation Officials’ Chairman’s Award.

Brad Brandt's career is flying high at the pinnacle of success in the government aviation career field. He was recently announced as a State’s Civil Service League Charles Dunbar Award winner. He was also selected by his peers among the nation's state aviation leaders to be the Chairman of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). As such, he was instrumental in securing the safety and proficiencies of our nation’s airways, airlines, and airports. In this rarefied air of responsibilities and having also served as the Treasurer and Vice Chairman, Brad has drawn high praise from not only the NASAO membership, but from airport managers across the country. He has represented Louisiana well through turbulent times and flown smoothly through difficult issues.  Brad is a life-long aviator, having graduated from the premiere Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Aviation Management. He is on final approach for achieving a Masters of Aeronautical Science and just completed an extensive course in Aviation Law. His career took-off at the Denver International Airport working in airport operations. In 1998 he vectored his career to Louisiana, working at the Baton Rouge Airport on noise mitigation and the sound reduction program. From a positive working relationship, he taxied into the Department of Transportation and Development’s Aviation Section as an Aviation Safety and Compliance Officer in 2001. As if jet-propelled, his career accelerated due to superior performances as a Program Manager, Deputy Aviation Director, and now Aviation Director over the 70 publicly owned Louisiana airports and over 800 privately owned landing sites.  Brad's Classified Service has spanned a lifetime of service, not only to the State and the Nation, but to the aviation community as a whole. The NASAO Chairman’s Award, DOTD Secretary's Award of Excellence, the La Airport Managers and Associates Presidents Award, and DOTD Team of the Quarter Awards speak to his professional and volunteer service. He is active in church fundraisers and teaching programs; restoring a community park and playground; and coaching numerous kids’ teams. Having built two houses with his own hands, he and his wife took a weekend to remodel the office conference room and common areas. The Dunbar Award recognizes the dedication and enthusiasm Brad Brandt has for his professional career, the artful science of aviation and public service. But, a lifetime of lofty achievements in church and civic activities also lifts Brad to a cruising altitude for life with his wife Julie of 17 years and twin boys Riley and Taylor.

Fly-in and Fly Market at KAPS

The Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport announces our 1st Annual Gary F. Pecquet Fly-In and Santa’s Fly Market.  It will be held on Saturday, Dec 1st  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hangar #1.  Gumbo will be served. We hope you can make it.

We are hopeful that the Fly Market will be a success but we will need you to bring items you have lying around your hangar that you would like to sell.  Tables will be available for you to display those items, but please let us know how much space you will require.

This first annual event arose out of the Port’s working with Gary to have a “Fly Market” each year, so this event is something that we thought could honor him.   The Port decided to name this event after him. We anticipate its growth each year.


Thunderbirds Coming Back to Biloxi

By Yolanda Cruz

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Keesler Air Force Base and the city of Biloxi, working with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, have confirmed the official date for “Thunder Over the Sound: The Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show” will be May 4 and 5 of 2019.

The event will take place over both the Keesler base and the Biloxi sound. While exact times and acts are still being coordinated, in the morning event goers will be able to enter the base, see aircraft static displays up close, and watch a number of smaller air acts.

In the afternoon, attendees can go off base, into Biloxi, along the beach just off White Avenue and watch the Thunderbirds, along with other acts, perform over the Gulf of Mexico.

“We’re really excited to bring the Thunderbirds back to the Gulf Coast, and are happy to partner with the city of Biloxi to bring what will hopefully be an outstanding show to one and all,” said Col. Lance Burnett, 81st Training Wing vice commander.

This is the first air show of its kind to involve a joint effort between a city and a military base, taking place in two different locations.

“Earlier this year, we had 150,000 people along the waterfront and another thousand boaters experience a great two-day show over the water with Blues Over Biloxi,” said Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “They saw how great it can be, and I’m looking forward to our partnership with Keesler to make the Thunderbirds show even more successful.”

Information related to air acts, parking plans and other general information will be housed at which will be updated throughout the months leading up to the air show.

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ADS-B Deadline Coming Quickly

I usually leave issues like this to the national aviation news guys but we’re just one year, one month and 14 days from the deadline.  I’m sure a lot of Louisiana folks still have this to do. If you haven’t heard one positive is that there is a new rebate plan the FAA just started up.  You can get the info by clicking HERE

One big issue is that the avionics shops in Louisiana and elsewhere are going to have a tough time to get all of the installations done. Listed below are all of avionics shops in Louisiana that are on the website Links page:

Auric Avionics - New Orleans Lakefront

Avionics Solutions - Lafayette

Houma Avionics - Houma

JPS Avionics - Monroe

Patterson Avionics - Patterson

The Radio Shop - Lafayette

Sparrow Inspections - Mansfield

Am I missing anyone?
If any of the shops would like to provide some info to the aircraft owners about scheduling, typical installations, equipment they recommend, special deals, etc., then please send the info to me and I will share it with our readers.

Louisiana Regional Seeking Feedback

We are seeking your feedback of your experience at Louisiana Regional Airport - whether you're a based customer, visitor and/or just enjoy hanging out at the airport!

Please complete this short survey and feel free to share! Let us know if you have any issues accessing the survey and we'll email it to you!

We sincerely appreciate your time and more so, look forward to seeing you at REG!

Click To Take Survey

Help Grow Our Readership
Asking Aviation Clubs/Organizations for Help in This Edition

The distribution list for the Louisiana Aviation News continues to grow very slowly.  We gain 1-3 or so subscribers a week which is disappointing. This email went out to 1,184 subscribers which is nice…..but with the size of the Louisiana aviation community it should be many times that.

Why am I even concerned about the size of the distribution list?  It’s true that is not a business and I don’t charge for anything.  I won’t get any direct benefit from increasing the size of the list. The main reason is that doing all of this takes a lot of work…. and therefore, the more people that read it then the more people that will benefit from my work.

While the goal of LaAviatorcom has always been to benefit the entire Louisiana Aviation Community, over the next few weeks I’m going to challenge various segments of readers to help increase the distribution.   Last week it was EAA Chapters. Today, I’m going continue with other Aviation Clubs/Organizations in Louisiana like the CAF Wings, 99’s, flying clubs, CAP Squadrons, etc.

Here are a few things I would like the Aviation Organizations to do to help increase the distribution:

  1. Forward this Louisiana Aviation News email to your club distribution lists so they can subscribe.
  2. Routinely put something in your monthly newsletters about how to subscribe to the Louisiana Aviation News.
  3. Print a poster and put it on your bulletin boards.  You can get the poster by clicking HERE

To Subscribe to the Louisiana Aviation News click HERE and follow the instructions.  Or you can also scan this with your cell phone…

Stay tuned as I will pick another segment of the Louisiana aviation community in the next edition.  Thanks for your help.

Aviation Blog

Alan Malone Aviation Essay

In this week’s essay, Alan has written about several scenarios that show how hazardous attitudes can lead to a possible accident.  It’s easy to read them and identify the other folks we know that have that attitude, but sometimes it’s difficult to see our own issues.  Well, we’re in there somewhere if we get honest with ourselves. The title of the essay is Hazardous Attitudes That Affect Aeronautical Decision-Making (Essay #269) and to read it click HERE.

If you would like to contact Alan Malone to thank him and comment on his essays he can be reached at

To see the Blog Archives click HERE


This Week's Events:

Saturday, November 17

9:00am NE Louisiana EAA Meeting

Monday, November 19

6:00pm Hammond CAP Meeting
7:00pm Ascension CAP Composite Squadron Meeting
7:00pm Baton Rouge CAP Composite Squadron Meeting

Tuesday, November 20

6:00pm CENLA CAP Composite Squadron Meeting
6:00pm Shreveport CAP Senior Squadron Meeting
6:30pm Pontchartrain CAP Cadet Squadron Meeting

Wednesday, November 21

7:00pm New Orleans IMC Club Meeting

Thursday, November 22

Happy Thanksgiving!

For additional details on the above events click HERE

Coming Events:

 New Events On the Calendar 

Saturday, December 1

For additional details on these and other future events click HERE and then click on the event.


Aircraft For Sale in Louisiana

Cherokee 235 For Sale

PIPER CHEROKEE PA-28 235 • $49,500 • AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY • Low time 1765TT, 18 smoh 18 spoh engine & prop. IFR annual 4/18 have logs & receipts. Long range fuel. Garmin 796. electric trim. Well maintained & Hangared. All maintenance and Ad’s complied with. Lycoming 0-540 235 HP 2900 Gross weight 1583 entry weight and 1317 useful Load. Air Condition Text 504-913-6535 • Contact Marvin Taliancich - ACME EXTERIORS, LLC, Owner - located Metairie, LA USA • Telephone: 5049136535

Click For Details

King Air For Sale

2006 King Air 350
Located in Louisiana
Call for Price

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Baron For Sale

2012 BEECHCRAFT G58 BARON • NEW TO MARKET • 2012 Beechcraft G58 Baron N260K, 730 TT, 730 SNEW Engines & Props, Garmin G-1000, Jeppesen Chart View, SVT, XM Weather and Radio Data-Link, GFC-700, Garmin SafeTaxi, Garmin Active Traffic, No Damage History • Contact Holton Hancock - HANCOCK AVIATION LLC, Broker - located Baton Rouge, LA USA • Telephone: 225 800-2359

Click For Details

Helicopter For Sale

ROBINSON R-44 RAVEN II • $329,000 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • 2006 R-44 RII 1134 TTSN, New -7 MRB in 2015, New TRB in 2017. NDH. Air Conditioning blows cold! Bladder Tanks, Bubble Windows. KY 196A comm, KT 76a transponder. Garmin 696 panel powered. Bose receptacles in front. Gold metallic exterior, tan leather seats. Eyebrow tint keeps you cool and easily removable. No commercial ops. Clean, smooth, powerful mid time Raven II with great component times remaining! Time may change slightly as it flies regularly. • Contact Bill J. Delcambre, Owner - located Grand Coteau , LA USA • Telephone: 337-280-4822

Click For Details

To see aircraft located in Louisiana in Trade-A-Plane click Louisiana Aircraft on Trade-A-Plane

Other Classifieds

Garmin 530 For Sale

Like new Garmin GNS-530 GPS/NAV/COM NON-WAAS 14/28 in excellent condition.Approved and has FORM 8130-3.  Accessories include Tray, Backplate, Connectors and Antenna. Unit is in perfect working condition.

Contact Luis at

Aviation Classified Website For Sale

I am offering my recently developed website for sale.  I'm throwing in 5 additional aviation domains.  The site is functioning and ready for promotion.  Low cost developer available for additional mods. Asking $6,000.  Contact Jake 318-455-1223

Cub Project For Sale

PIPER J3 CUB • $23,000 • OR BEST OFFER! • 1946 PIPER J3 TTAF 4596,1453 SMOH,0-235 C1 Lycoming, Supercub cowling, One 18 gallon wing tank, Cleveland wheels & brakes, new 22 inch Aero classic tires, lots of other new parts including floorboards, windows, windshield, boot cowl, jack screw & new wing hardware. Landing gear & tails are covered with Superflite system. Control sticks & rudder pedals powder coated. • Contact Blaine Pridgen, Owner - located Arnaudville, LA USA • Telephone: 337-319-9048

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Hangar For Sale in Houma

Very Rare to find a hangar hit the market in Houma, but we are selling ours. It was set up as a store (a Pilot Shop & Testing Center).
Store fixtures can be taken down and sold separately unless buyer wants them. Property has Car access from Safety Road & Airplane access via Taxiway Golf.


  • Showroom 32x36
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Office 8x12
  • Hangar has hydraulic lift door & measures 32x42 (inside is 1/2 T style & currently houses a Cessna 182)


  • Open Office Space
  • Full Kitchen with granite counter tops & appliances (stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher) 3 part sink with separate bar sink
  • Private Office Space
  • 1 Full Bath
  • Balcony and windows overlooking the Taxiway


Partnership Wanted

I’m in the Baton Rouge area and looking to buy into a 172 or equivalent.
I’m an instrument rated pilot and an A&P mechanic.
Contact Cavin Skidmore

Zenith 701 Wanted

ZENITH CH 701 • WANTED • Motivated buyer for well-built ch701, 80-100 Rotax preferred. Text or call • Contact Mark Molina located Abita Springs, LA USA • Telephone: 772-979-1082

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Sport Pilot Training in Hammond

Autogyro of Louisiana offers Sport Pilot, and beyond, Fixed wing training in addition to their gyro flight school at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport.   Their Sports Star is also available for rental.

They also offer two week accelerated courses for your light sport certificate in either Gyro or Fixed Wing. They also offer light sport add on in both fixed wing and gyro.
Call Stephen at 225-503-5168 for more information.

Have Something to Sell?

If you have something that you want to sell, buy or any other type of aviation-related Classified just click HERE  and we will put it in Facebook, these news emails, and our website.  There is never any charge for this service.

For all of the older Classifieds click HERE


I'm sure all of you know about the proverbial $100 hamburger trip in the aviation world.   Since we are in Louisiana, I think it would be more appropriate to call it the $100 PoBoy.  To see​ a compilation of places around Louisiana to get that $100 PoBoy click....$100_Poboy.html 

​If you have some additions or corrections for places please reply to this message.


Kurt Russell, Aviator

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Listen to Air Traffic Control Live

You can listen to several Louisiana air traffic control frequencies live on your computer at or with some mobile apps on your phone.

Here are the direct links to those Louisiana airports:

  • For Baton Rouge (KBTR) (Includes False River Regional & Louisiana Regional) click HERE
  • For New Orleans International (KMSY) click HERE
  • For New Orleans Lakefront (KNEW) click HERE
  • For Hammond Northshore Regional (KHDC) click HERE
  • For Lafayette Regional (KLFT) click HERE
  • For South Lafourche (KGAO) click HERE

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