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SW Aviator Feb/Mar 2001
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OurPLANE Corporation Lands in the United States
After two successful years in Canada, OurPLANE Inc. has recently expanded into the United States, bringing fractional ownership to general aviators in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona as well as Long Beach, Palo Alto, and San Carlos, California.
Now pilots in these locations can own a factory new airplane at a fraction of the cost and without the hassles and responsibilities of traditional aircraft ownership.
General Aviation pilots can choose from a variety of factory new Cessna aircraft including the 172S, 182T, and 206, as well as the new Turbo 182 and Turbo 206. OurPLANE has also added the exciting line of Cirrus Aircraft including the SR20 and SR22. Call 877-RPLANE-1 or visit

Liberty To Install The Continental IOF-240 On The XL-2
Montrose, CO based Liberty Aerospace Inc, is delighted to announce that it will certify its Liberty XL-2 with the 125hp FADEC Teledyne Continental IOF-240 engine. The Continental engine will be offered as the premier choice for Liberty customers in the USA. Liberty will continue to offer the 100hp Rotax 912S engine as the XL-2R model. Details can be found at

Cutter Aviation, Inc. Presents Santa Barabara Aircraft Expo
Cutter Aviation, Inc. and Mercury Air Center host The Santa Barbara Aircraft Expo on Saturday August11, 2001 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Exhibiting will be several avionics and aircraft manufacturers, aircraft parts suppliers, finance and insurance businesses, along with other high-quality companies to discuss their products and services.
Festivities will include exhibits and static displays, snacks and refreshments, as well as door prizes. Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Event Address: 404 Moffett Place (SBA), Goleta, CA 93117.
For Additional information & RSVP, call 310-399-0480.

Federal Land Managers Promise to Consult Public on Backcountry Airstrips
The Departments of Interior and Agriculture have agreed to work with Congress to develop a comprehensive approach to managing backcountry airstrips.
Following several years of AOPA efforts to obtain a national policy governing airstrips on federal land, the Bush Administration has now committed to a management approach that will include an open and public process, making it harder for the agencies to close backcountry airstrips. Visit for more information.

Sedona Airport to Host Annual Airport Day
The Sedona Airport Supporters Association and the Sedona Airport Administration will host their annual Airport Day on September 29, 2001. The event is called the 2001 Sedona Airport Day and Car Show and is a joint effort with the Sedona Car Club. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and fly-ins are requested to arrive before 9:30 a.m. The Car Club will hold a classic and antique car show with 100 vehicles from Arizona competing for recognition and trophies.
Pilots are invited to fly in and enjoy the festivities. Antique, restored, and modern aircraft are invited to park on the tarmac for visitors to walk around. Pilots are encouraged to talk to visitors about their aircraft. All aircraft flying in will be provided fuel at a special discount price courtesy of the Sedona Airport Administration. The Sedona Airport Supporters Association will provide breakfast for all fly in pilots.
Pilots planning on attending Sedona Airport Day should RSVP in advance to Al Comello, president of the airport supporters association. His number is 520-451-0033. Please indicate if you want to display your aircraft as part of the event.

Pegasus Airpark - A New Aviation Community
The Valley of the Sun has a brand new Airpark located 22 nm southeast of Phoenix, AZ in the Town of Queen Creek.
Pegasus Airpark has a 5,000' paved, centrally located runway with taxiways separated from the roads for safety. Pilot activated runway lighting is being installed and will allow night operations. Phase One, which is now selling homesites, consists of 36 runway access lots averaging 1 acre and 13 nonaccess irrigated, equestrian, 1 acre lots. The entire development is planned to have 159 lots and a 20 acre FBO area with condominium hangars for sale. A card lock fuel facility is also in the works for the residents. Interested parties are encouraged to visit for details.

2001 Air Race Classic Winners Announced
The Air Race Classic, Ltd. announced the winners of the 2001 all-women’s cross-country speed race, the 25th annual Air Race Classic.
Winning the race in a Piper PA28-180 (Cherokee) were Dene Chabot-Fence of Carson City, Nevada and co-pilot Gloria May of Kerman, California. This is the first win for the team, which has placed in the top ten every year since 1994. They beat the second place team by less than a minute. In second place were Sophia Payton of Clearwater, Florida and Bernice Barris of Cleveland, Ohio flying a Cessna 182S. This is the third win for Payton, who has placed in the top ten yearly since 1997.
On June 26, 31 planes started the race from San Diego, CA, and flew a cross-country course to Batavia, Ohio near Cincinnati.
The first air race for women, the Women’s Air Derby, ended in Cleveland in 1929; pilot Amelia Earhart finished third.
The 2002 Air Race Classic will begin in Silver City, New Mexico and finish in Hampton, Virginia. For more information, contact Pauline Glasson, 361-289-1101.

Deer Valley Airport Restaurant Reopens
Phoenix Deer Valley Airport restaurant, frequented by aviation enthusiasts and neighbors alike, officially re-opened to the public on Monday, June 4th. Over the past several months, the restaurant has undergone a complete remodeling including an expanded kitchen and seating areas, and an updated decor. The terminal building is also being totally renovated to include additional office space and an expansion of the pilot shop. Exterior upgrades will include a sculpture garden, a rooftop observation deck, and improved parking facilities. An air show and festival is scheduled for October 20th -21st in celebration of the airport’s 30th Anniversary.
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