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October12, 2018 Edition
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Warbirds Are at Lakefront!

Here are some spectacular photos of warbirds arriving yesterday for the WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival at Lakefront Airport by Patrick Quigley.  They festival is taking place today, tomorrow and Sunday from 9-5.

There are even more photos on our Facebook page if you want to take a look.

Big Easy Wing Continues to Stay Very Busy

The Big Easy Wing is planning two big weekends in a row at the WWII Air, Sea, and Land Festival and the Hammond Northshore Regional Air Show.  You can read what they’re up to in their October Newsletter by clicking HERE.

Helicopter Rides at Hammond Air Show

Sierra Aeronautics is proud to partner with the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow to offer helicopter rides in a classic Bell 47 Helicopter. For fans of the show M*A*S*H, it will be like taking a ride in the medical helicopter seen in the show!  Sierra Aeronautics can take 2 passengers to enjoy the sights surrounding the Airshow. Cost is $45 per rider online or at the airshow. The helicopter will be available from 9 a.m. until close both days. Skip the line by buying your tickets ahead of time!

To buy you tickets click….

TFR for WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival

For the details for the TFR around Lakefront Airport this HERE

Always remember to check NOTAMS before you fly.

Chennault Ready for Economic Take-off

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana—Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles—already an aviation and economic powerhouse—will grow even more with a multimillion-dollar runway upgrade now complete, the airport’s leader vows.

Chennault Executive Director Kevin Melton says the $18 million-plus refurbishment of the main runway—along with lighting and taxiway improvements—caps a five-year effort by airport staff, Chennault’s seven-member board of commissioners, community supporters and state and federal partners.

The project ensures that Chennault’s mammoth runway will make the airport a prime asset for Southwest Louisiana and the state. Stretching 10,700 feet long, 200 feet wide and 17 inches thick, the runway can handle every type of aircraft on the planet.

“These efforts are designed to support the local taxpayer through recapitalization of our airport, which in turn will support the airport’s operational growth well into the future,” Melton said.

“The results of this effort is but one of many currently in works that focuses on a dynamic shift in operations and opportunities for job growth.,” Melton said.  “We want Chennault the place to come whether it is a single seat jet fighter, Cessna 172, or an Airbus 340.”

That view is shared by Gov. John Bel Edwards, who marveled about Chennault’s burgeoning possibilities when he flew in to personally cut the ribbon on the completed project.

“We didn’t just extend the life of the runway, we made it safer, with signage, with new lighting,” the governor said. “This is how you invest dollars to have a big impact going forward.”

Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, who also flew in for the dedication ceremony, said aviation/aerospace is a $240 billion industry that has plenty of capacity for growth.

“Chennault’s a great asset,” Pierson said.

Locally, “the long-term vision of Chennault is to be a regional hub for our general aviation industry and a worldwide leader in aviation,” said Andy Hankins, president of the Chennault Industrial Airport Authority.

Gov. Edwards said Chennault’s achievement will create statewide ripples.

“By combining millions of state and local dollars with federal aviation funding, we have ensured a bright future for Chennault … and the continued growth of quality aerospace training and jobs,” the governor said.

The runway rehabilitation is part of a larger effort to find the right fit of businesses and industry to land at Chennault—and to advance the airport as a catalyst for economic development, especially in aviation and aerospace businesses.

Chennault serves as a major hub for military and commercial maintenance, repair and overhaul  (MRO) employers, such as Northrop Grumman and Citadel Completions. Student at the adjacent Aircraft MRO Center of Excellence at Sowela are trained to become Chennault’s aviation employers. In recent years, construction of the $21.5 million, 118,000-square-foot Hangar H extended MRO capacity for additional wide-body aircraft.

The latest runway, taxiway and lighting improvements will enhance operations for existing tenants and will help attract future tenants to nearly 700 acres available for industrial development.

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.

Last Chance - 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

Last Chance - SHAF Jeep Raffle

To purchase tickets to enter the raffle for this jeep and other prizes click HERE

AOPA Gulf Shores Fly-in Information

Arrival Procedure Video
Click to Watch

Download & Print Pilot Information Packet
Click to Download


This Week's Events:

Friday, October 12

NATA Formation Clinic
When  Oct 9 – 12, 2018
Where  Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport, 175 Vtr Airport Rd, Tallulah, LA 71282, USA (map)
Description  To all NATA Members in our Southeast, Southwest and Midwest regions,
You are invited to attend a joint formation clinic with the Southern Heritage Air Foundation in Vicksburg Tallulah, LA from October 10th-12th.
You can find clinic details and register online by visiting our website at
I hope to see you in Louisiana in October!
Dan Fordice
Chairman, Southern Heritage Air Foundation
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Pineville Fall Fly-in, Camp Out & Splash-in
When  Oct 12 – 14, 2018
Where  Pineville Muni Airport-2L0, 200 Lake Buhlow Rd, Pineville, LA 71360, USA (map)
Description  Louisiana Fly-in Series Event No. 4 - Pineville Fall Fly-in, Camp Out & Splash-in - Sponsored by CENLA EAA Chapter 614
Friday Oct 12 4:00pm till Sunday Oct 14, 10:00 am. 
Airplane camping. Motor-home/RV camping also available, call 318-487-0324 to reserve a spot. 

  • Friday evening Jazz band and spaghetti dinner $5. 
  • Saturday all you can eat pancake breakfast $6, hamburger lunch $5, evening gumbo dinner
  • Sunday morning continental breakfast. 

Plane campers get free meals for the pilot plus 1( co-pilot). There will be a poker run, an EFB seminar (Foreflight & possibly FlyQ). Raffle for prizes during the day. Seattle Avionics has donated a couple of yearly subscriptions for their VFR/IFR EFB, and the grand prize will be a Merlin ADS-B receiver.  
See attached poster with further details.

Looking forward to seeing ya'll there!

For info contact Chapter President Jonathan Guess at

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WWII Air, Sea, & Land Festival
Oct 12 – 14, 2018
Where  New Orleans Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd #219, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA (map)

Click For Schedule
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4:00pm Twilight Air Show
When  Fri, October 12, 4pm – 7pm
Where Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport, 175 Vtr Airport Rd, Tallulah, LA 71282, USA (map)
Description  Gates open at 4:00 pm! See attached flyer. Follow us on Social Media!

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Saturday, October 13

Pineville Fall Fly-in, Camp Out & Splash-in - Continued

WWII Air, Sea, & Land Festival - Continued

8:30am New Iberia EAA Meeting

9:00am Best Little Air Show in the World
When  Sat, October 13, 9am – 4pm
Where  Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport, 175 Vtr Airport Rd, Tallulah, LA 71282, USA (map)
Description  Gates open at 9:00 am ! See attached flyer. Follow us on social media!

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9:00am Chennault International Safety Seminar and Fly-in
When  Sat, October 13, 9am – 1pm
Where Chennault International Airport, 3650 Sen J Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles, LA 70615, USA (map)
Topic: CWF Airport Updates, ATC & TRACON Presentation, Loss of Control Discussion, NOAA Weather, Maintenance for Pilots & More!
Chennault International Airport 
4490 Chennault Parkway
Maintenance Operations Building
Lake Charles, LA 70615
Come and join us from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at Chennault International Airport for a well-rounded general aviation safety seminar where your participation is encouraged.
Lunch will be provided and served by 1:00PM immediately following the presentations.
Please be sure to arrive before 9:00AM!!!
Attendance sign-in and walk-in registration is open from 8:00AM to 8:45AM. 
Seminar Topics

  • An update on Chennault International Airport.
  • (CWF & LCH) Air Traffic Control & TRACON will discuss local procedures, general ATC rules/changes, and provide a local airspace review.
  • FAASTeam presentation on Loss of Control including an active discussion.
  • NOAA presentation on aviation weather.
  • The BTR FSDO FAASTeam Program Manager will provide an overview of the BTR FSDO Oversight, FAASTeam & Resources, FAA Compliance Philosophy, and topics related to "maintenance for pilots".

Fly-In Attendee Information
If you fly-in and park at Million Air, please notify the FBO personnel that you are there to attend the FAASTeam Safety Seminar and ramp & facility fees will be waived.
Auto Parking Information
There is no charge for auto parking at this event.
Breakfast snacks/refreshments will be provided before and during the morning presentations. Lunch will be provided immediately following the final presentation by 1:00PM.
A drawing for small door prizes will take place during lunch.
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
See attached flyer for more information.

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9:00am Girls in Aviation Day
When  Sat, October 13, 9am – 12pm
Where  Louisiana Tech Flight Operations, 102 Aviation Blvd, Ruston, LA 71270, USA (map)
Description  Girls in Aviation Day is designed to introduce and educate girls 8-15 years of age to the many career choices aviation has to offer. See flyer for more info.

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10:00am Houma EAA Meeting

11:00am EAA Chapter 244 Lunch Fly-in
  Sat, October 13, 11am – 1pm
Where  Louisiana Regional Airport, 6255 Airport Industrial Blvd, Gonzales, LA 70737, USA (map)
Description  Baton Rouge EAA Chapter 244 holds a fly-in lunch on the second Saturday of the month at Louisiana Regional Airport in Gonzales. Rain or shine. Fly-in or drive-in. Contact Chris Gonzales at
See the attached flyer.

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Sunday, October 14

Pineville Fall Fly-in, Camp Out & Splash-in - Continued

WWII Air, Sea, & Land Festival - Continued

Monday, October 15

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

Tuesday, October 16

6:00pm CENLA CAP Composite Squadron Meeting

6:00pm FAA Safety Seminar - Gonzales
When  Tue, October 16, 6pm – 8pm
Where  Louisiana Regional Airport, 6255 Airport Industrial Blvd, Gonzales, LA 70737, USA (map)
Description  "Preventing Loss of Aircraft Control"
Topic: Preventing Loss of Aircraft Control and Human Factors.
A PowerPoint presentation on factors leading to loss of control will be presented. We will also review case histories from aircraft accidents that resulted from a loss of control.
Refreshments and sandwiches will be provided by EAA Chapter 244 of Baton Rouge. 
There are no landing fees and self-serve fuel is available.
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click....
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6:00pm Shreveport CAP Senior Squadron Meeting
6:30pm Pontchartrain CAP Cadet Squadron Meeting

Wednesday, October 17

7:00pm New Orleans IMC Club Meeting

For additional details on the above events click HERE

Coming Events:

New Event On the Calendar 

Saturday, October 20
90th Anniversary of Hawkins Field

  October Aviation Events  

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

 Third Weekend - 10/19-21

Fri.-Sun.- Southeastern Regional Fly-in (SERFI) - Evergreen, AL
Sat.-Sun.- Hammond Northshore Regional Air Show - Hammond

Sat.- Andouille Festival Fly-in - Reserve

Sun.-Wed.- 47th Annual LAMA Conference - Lake Charles

 Fourth Weekend - 10/26-28 

Fri.-Sun.- Reklaw Fly-in - Reklaw, TX

Fri.-Sat.- AOPA Fly-in - Gulf Shores
AOPA Gulf Shores Fly-in Information

Arrival Procedure Video
Click to Watch
Download & Print Pilot Information Packet
Click to Download

Sat.- Wings and Wheels Fly-in - St. Tammany

Events Coming up in November

November 3
November 10

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

Aviation Blog

Alan Malone Aviation Essay

Motivation is an interesting subject…. positive or negative, internal or external.  Alan writes about all of them in this week’s essay On Flavors of Motivation (Essay #264).  To read the essay 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


Aircraft For Sale in Louisiana

Citabria For Sale

1980 Bellanca Citabria GCBC.  TTAF 3435, TTE 1435 SMOH. Hartzell C/S propeller 930 SOH.  Recovered STITS 2004. Baggage compartment installed 2012. Schweizer tow hitch.  Airtex interior, Wide rear seat. $42,500 FIRM. Two spare stabilizers, ailerons, elevators, gas tanks, a rudder, wheel pants and 850/6 tires and hubs.  Have had Citabria's for over 40 years. All spare parts go with the deal! Located at 5F5.

Hugh Hunton

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

Other Classifieds

Glasair Kit For Sale

GLASAIR RG1 • $14,000 • FOR SALE OR TRADE • Glasair RG1 Airplane Kit - Unassembled airplane kit. All parts have been inventoried. Missing wingtips. Many parts in original packaging. All updates from Glasair have been completed or included in kit. Engine cradle included.. Assembly manuals and related paperwork included. Contact me for pictures or details. Asking $14000 / obo Call - 504-496-6239 Leave a message if I don't answer • Contact John Livaccari, Friend of Owner - located River Ridge, LA USA • Telephone: 504-460-7127

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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


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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