December 3, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Kissimmee Air Museum has completed a series of new exhibits showing the rise of air power from the predictions of Billy Mitchell in 1924 that Pearl Harbor would be attacked on a Sunday morning to the actual attack in 1941…on a Sunday morning.
The exhibits were designed by Warbird Adventures President Graham Meise, graphic artist Neal Sands, and exhibit designer Syd Jones, former curator and restoration director for the Pacific Aviation Museum-Pearl Harbor. Jones and his wife, KT Budde-Jones, have returned to Kissimmee from Hawaii after spending four years helping to establish the new museum at Pearl Harbor.
Visitors to the Kissimmee Air Museum can witness the restoration of a World War II FW 190 or fly in the front cockpit of an authentic World War II trainer. The Collings Foundation’s F4U Corsair is presently on display.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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