Emereau Bladen Student Places in NC Division of Aviation Contest


Emereau: Bladen Public Charter student, Summerlin Ward, of TarHeel, placed Intermediate 3rd Place in North Carolina Division of Aviation Art contest.The division of aviation announced the winners this week in their week’s review report.

Make sure to take time to check out the winners of the Aviation Art Contest. Even with limited time to promote it this year, NCDOT received more than 2,400 entries with the theme “Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow.” The images can be found on the NCDOT Flickr site or the Division of Aviation’s Facebook page.

(First Place Artwork Winner of the Contest by Harnett Central High Senior Cassidy English of Lilington in the photo above the article. Photo by NC Division of Aviation.)

Salute to Bladen County Native, Astronaut Curtis Brown Jr. Receiving Makeover

The iconic mural of Bladen County native, Astronaut Curtis Brown, Jr., displayed on the west side of Broad Street, facing Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Elizabethtown is receiving a long-awaited makeover.

Work has started on the historic mural by Image Design, according to Town of Elizabethtown Manager, Eddie Madden. The contract for about $15,000 was signed two months ago for the mural project, but the weather has affected the progress.

The wall has now been pressure washed, and yesterday new paint was spotted on the Astronaut’s helmet and coat features.

Mayor Sylvia Campbell said, “I’m so excited about it. It took a while to get the project going, but we are thankful to get the wall restored.”

The wall is a salute from Bladen County to Lt. Col. Curtis L. Brown, Jr.
Col. Brown is an East Bladen High School graduate. He flew six shuttle missions, spent a total of 57 days in space, and has been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Last year, Col. Brown visited Elizabethtown, where he was the keynote speaker and helped cut the ribbon at the newly constructed airport terminal building. He also paid a visit to Bladen County students.


Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate on February 27 would help ensure the aviation and aerospace industries in the United States remain competitive and are prepared to address the workforce challenges facing the entire industry.

Known as the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation (NCAA), the bill has already garnered overwhelming support from AOPA and organizations representing all segments of aviation across the country.The proposal will open the door for all stakeholders to come together in support of a long-overdue, national industry forum. It will help ensure science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-based aviation curriculum reaches the 25,000-plus high schools across the country, assist in apprenticeships, and help military veterans and others transition to good paying technical jobs in the aviation industry.

The NCAA would be a private entity and no general fund taxpayer dollars would be used to support it. The legislation calls for funding the initiative by using a small percentage of the interest that is accrued annually on the taxes and fees collected from users and deposited into the aviation trust fund. Today, users of our aviation system pay for nearly all the costs associated with the operations of the FAA including air traffic control modernization. Moreover, the proposed center would be prohibited from involvement in any political or legislative activity.

Spearheaded by U.S. Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the NCAA would focus on four key initiatives: aviation workforce development, including the facilitation of STEM-based aviation curriculum for high school students; a repository for aviation research; safety and economic data analysis; and the fostering of needed collaboration among the entire aviation industry.

“The widespread support for this center is very encouraging. This center would do more to promote needed cooperation in the aviation community including efforts to address the workforce challenges our industry is facing now and into the future. Whether it be pilots starting in general aviation, military or commercial pilots, technicians, maintenance workers, or others, we need to ensure that our industry remains competitive and can meet these challenges,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “AOPA is proud to work alongside allies in Congress and respected aviation leaders to make this center a reality.”

Demand for air travel, a sizeable cohort of commercial pilots nearing the mandated retirement age, and the high cost of training have all led to a shortage of qualified professionals in the industry. Boeing’s 2019 Pilot and Technician Outlook predicts the need for 804,000 new civil aviation pilots, 769,000 new maintenance technicians, and 914,000 new cabin crew over the next 20 years to fly and maintain the global aircraft fleet. In North America alone, Boeing suggests 212,000 new pilots and 193,000 new technicians will be needed over the next two decades.

According to the Aeronautical Repair Station Association the technician shortage is costing the U.S. aviation maintenance industry an estimated $118 million per month ($1.421 billion per year) in lost economic opportunity. Additionally, the Aviation Technician Education Council predicts that the mechanic population will decrease 5 percent in the next 15 years. New entrants make up just 2 percent of the technician workforce annually, while 30 percent is at or near retirement age. Read more at: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/february/27/congress-introduces-legislation-for-a-national-aviation-center



By: https://www.aopa.org/

1. Fly the aircraft as far into the crash as possible. Bob Hoover’s classic advice communicates an entire approach to flying, which permeates our attitude in the cockpit. We leave nothing to chance. When faced with difficult circumstances and only poor choices, we will select the best poor choice available and maintain aircraft control as long as possible.

2. Pick a target on every landing and aim to land there. As a minimum, land exactly on the centerline. If you miss your spot, or drift off the centerline, even by a few feet, debrief yourself as you roll out and taxi in. Why did you miss it? What caused you to drift, even slightly, and miss your target? This specific focus will help you become a better stick-and-rudder pilot and it will prepare you, should the day ever come, when the landing environment is tight and you need precision.

3. Establish a short, essential-items memory checklist prior to every takeoff. This memory checklist is intended for after all your checks are complete; just prior to taking the runway, you run your essential memory items. For most GA airplanes, something like “fuel, fire, flight controls” is an excellent quick, essential-items memory list to confirm. Such a simple, essential checklist is especially helpful to pilots who switch between airplanes of varying complexity.

4. Use the three fingers rule to help spot relevant traffic. This tip comes from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops. Most of us tend to look too high or too low for traffic at a distance. In reality, any traffic that is a potential conflict will be within a finger width above to two fingers below the horizon. The next time you get a traffic call (ATC or ADS-B), stretch your arms out in front of you, and put a finger on the horizon, and two fingers below. Your traffic is somewhere behind your fingers. Remove your hand and search the spot.

5. Use only as much flight control input as you need to maneuver the aircraft to where you want it, but use every bit as much input as you need to do that. Pilots work to be smooth and are taught that airplanes are inherently stable—meaning, when moved away from stable flight, they tend to move back and seek stable flight. As a result, in difficult conditions, such as strong crosswind landings, we often aren’t ready for, or we are reluctant to move the airplane with as much input as necessary to put the airplane exactly where we want it. As one colleague puts it, you have to be ready to wrestle the airplane, when needed.

6. Use the “three strikes rule” to help you assess your readiness to fly. If you commit three mental errors, consider terminating the flight—it’s an indication that you aren’t ready to fly today. For example, suppose you forget to fasten your seat belts; after starting you realize you left the chocks in; and then taxiing onto the runway you realize you forgot to lock the canopy. None of these things may be critical on their own, but taken collectively, they indicate your mind is not focused.

7. Use the water bottle technique to determine whether clouds are above or below your flight path. Ever been VFR cross-country with clouds in the distance and wondered whether or not, at current altitude, you will clear the tops of the clouds? A good technique is to take a sealed, clear water bottle, about two-thirds full, and hold it sideways at arm’s length with the water line on the horizon. If the clouds are above the water level, you will not clear the clouds. If the clouds are below the water level, you will clear the tops.

8. Establish a ladder of priorities to help with task saturation. When the task load gets high, or weather drops, and you are getting behind the airplane, make sure you first, have flying airspeed; then ensure a clear flight path; next, fly to the proper position; then communicate; and finally, work navigation equipment and aircraft systems.

9. Remember that you are only as safe a pilot as you work to be. Planning to get more proficient or intending to access more safety material does nothing to make you a safer pilot.

10. The best thing you can do to improve your skills is go fly. Try these pro pilot tips, and then come out and join us and share your favorite—one that has stayed with you and makes you a better pilot.

Richard McSpadden

Email richard.mcspadden@aopa.org


Any personnel from NC airports tasked to handle wildlife hazards to aviation. If you represent a CFR Part 139 Airport, this training will aid in meeting your 14 CFR 139.303 training requirements.

USDA Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the NCDOT Division of Aviation, will provide technical outreach and other services designed to increase safety at NC airports. This is a no cost training event for attendees. Training days typically run from 9AM—4PM, with lunch either provided by the host airport or on your own at local restaurants. Seating is limited, please register early, registration is on a first come first serve basis. More info will be provided upon registration regarding directions and itinerary. For 2019, we will be offering 5 standard Part 139 trainings and two Advanced Trainings at EWN and HKY. The Advanced Training will be more tailored to individuals that handle wildlife control at their airports on a daily basis. This training will include: standard topics to meet Part 139
certification; an on-site visit to learn how to properly survey the airfield, identify hazards/attractants and record data; demonstrations on multiple types of harassment devices;and demonstrations on trapping techniques for birds and mammals.


Topics contained in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-33 will be discussed
General overview of wildlife hazards to aviation in our state and nation
Review of the Wildlife Hazard Assessment and Wildlife Hazard Management
Plan Process
Rules, regulations, legal reminders, wildlife permits
Basic bird and mammal identification
Wildlife attractants and habitat management
Integrated management of wildlife hazards
Record keeping and strike collection
Pyrotechnic demonstration and safety brief

If you have questions or would like to pre-register call:
Jimmy Capps USDA – Wildlife Services at (919) 210-9428 or email james.e.capps@aphis.usda.gov. For resources and information on Wildlife Hazards, please visit: faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/wildlife/ and birdstrike.org/

North Carolina celebrates National Aviation Day

North Carolina is celebrating National Aviation Day all across the state. President Roosevelt established and observed the first National Aviation Day in 1939. The holiday falls on Orville Wright’s birthday.

Aviation-related business contribute more than $52 billion to NC’s economy each year, and supports more than 307,000 jobs accoridng to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Find out more and view more photos by using #NationalAviationDay on social media.

Happy Independence Day

In observance of the holiday, all Town of Elizabethtown offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 , 2019.  The offices will reopen for regular business on Friday, July 5, 2019.

There will be no changes to the sanitation schedule!!!

The sanitation collection schedule for the holiday week is as follows:  for residents who receive normal sanitation collection service on Wednesday, the collection schedule will be on Wednesday; for those residents who receive normal sanitation collection service on Thursday, the collection schedule will be on Thursday; and for those residents who receive normal sanitation collection service on Friday, the collection schedule will be on Friday.