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WATA Difference

WATA Difference is a special section in each issue of the Midwest Flyer Magazine, which includes editorials, features, and news items of interest to aviation businesses and consumers.

To contact the publisher of Midwest Flyer: 

Dave Weiman

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OREGON WI 53575-0199
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EMAIL: dave@midwestflyer.com
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Feb/Mar 2007 WATA Difference(pdf)

             More Pilots & Aircraft Mean Reduced Costs For Everyone!--by Jeff Baum--Whether we as pilots and aviation professionals get behind and support EAA Young Eagles, or AOPA’s Project Pilot Program, or both programs which are geared to two separate audiences – Young Eagles for youth, and Project Pilot for adults       

      Knots 2U Adds Bonanzas To HID Light STC--BURLINGTON, WIS. – Knots 2U, Ltd., has received approval to add their High Intensity Discharge Light kit to all Bonanza models with a cowl mounted landing light. The HID system replaces the existing landing light with the latest technology lighting in aviation.

      Janesville CFI Renews Master CFI For 4th Time--JANESVILLE, WIS. – The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has announced that Christopher “Chris” Timothy Anderson, of Janesville, Wis., has renewed his Master CFI accreditation for the fourth time. 

     Wisconsin Aviation Appointed Piper Service Center--MADISON, WIS. – Des Moines Flying Service, Des Moines, Iowa, the Great Lakes Regional Sales and Service Center for Piper Aircraft for the past 70 years, has announced its appointment of Wisconsin Aviation, Inc., as an authorized Piper Service Center at its Madison and Watertown locations.

June/July 2006 WATA Difference(pdf)

       By Car, or By Plane…. Increased Fuel Prices Are Here To Stay--by Jeff Baum--I suppose I could gloss over the recent increases in fuel prices and tell you what you want to hear, that fuel prices will be dropping to record lows in the months ahead. But we both know that’s probably not very realistic, and the price for a gallon of gas, whether at the corner gas station or at the airport, will remain high. Yes, the era of cheap fuel is over.

       Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Basler Over Minimum Markup Law--OSHKOSH, WIS. – After three years and considerable expense in legal defense bills, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in favor of Basler Flight Service, a division of Basler Turbo Conversions, LLC, in a case filed by Orion Flight Services, Inc. which alleged that Basler had violated Wisconsin minimum markup provisions in pricing its aviation fuel below cost.

Apr/May 2006 WATA Difference (pdf 1 of 3) (2 of 3) (3 of 3)

       Jet Air Corporation – A Niche Fulfilled In Titletown--The Green Bay, Wis. aviation scene has had Jet Air Corporation as a landmark for over 26 years. The relocation of the business from Clintonville, Wis., occurred in 1980 and it has been at Austin Straubel International Airport (KGRB) since that time.

      Packer Games Highlight Executive Air’s Role In Green Bay--Executive Air at Austin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay, Wis., has gone through tremendous growth over the past 10 years.

      Airshow Performer Sponsors Safety Clinic--EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. – As pilots, we attend airshows each year in awe of the aerobatic flying skills of professional airshow performers. They make some of the most complex maneuvers look simple, and through tremendous showmanship, they entertain us.

Feb/Mar 2006 WATA Difference(pdf)

     Some Things To Check Following Your Annual Aircraft Inspection & Routine Maintenance--by Chuck Swain--When we take our planes into the shop for an annual inspection and routine maintenance, any reputable aircraft technician thoroughly goes through every nook and cranny checking everything. Inspection plates are removed, controls are inspected, adjusted and lubricated....

      Ask Pete!--by Pete Schoeninger  Email your questions to hpfarm@centurytel.net -- A regular feature of the WATA Difference.

Dec 2005/Jan 2006 WATA Difference(pdf)

     State of Wisconsin Marks The Spot Where Lindbergh Once Flew-- MONONA, WIS. – On the outskirts of Madison, Wis, in the community of Monona, Wis., was where the old “Royal Airport” was located – an airport once used by famed aviator, Charles Lindbergh and others.

      Lindbergh Left Lasting Impression On One Young Lad-- by Tom “Talespin” Thomas--MONONA, WIS. – Sunday, November 6, 2005, started off as a blustery day in Monona, Wis., with cloudy skies and threats of rain, but the show was going on, “rain or shine,” noted the announcement.

Oct/Nov 2005 WATA Difference(pdf)

Wisconsin DOT Recognizes Botterman & Winkler on "Wisconsin Day" at EAA--OSHKOSH, WIS. – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics, recognized Bruce Botterman, president of NewView Technologies of Oshkosh, Wis., by presenting him with the 2005 “Outstanding Achievement In Aviation Award” on “Wisconsin Day,”

Wisconsin Aviation Teams up with Star Quarterback--MADISON, WIS. – Wisconsin Aviation, Madison, Wis., has teamed up with star NFL quarterback, Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers and his wife, Deanna, to provide disaster relief for Favre’s home state of Mississippi in lieu of the destruction left behind in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Robinson Helicopters Featured At Midwestern Helicopter Open House--KENOSHA, WIS. – Getting the cost of flying helicopters down so the common man can afford it, has been a challenge for the industry since the days of a Spaniard by the name of Juan de la Cierva, who began making his “windmill planes” in the early 1920s.

Aug/Sept 2005 WATA Difference(pdf)

WATA new Board meets in West Bend

Are Your Liability Limits Adequate -- By Tom Watry    ....In the event of an accident, the lack of high enough limits can lead to life-long financial disaster.  But unfortunately the ability of the average pilot/aircraft owner to obtain adequate liability limits at any price is becoming more and more difficult at any price. .....

June/July 2005 WATA Difference (1 of 3 pdf) (2 of 3 pdf) (3 of 3 pdf)

      Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association Names “Aero Insurance” 2005 Aviation Business of the Year--LAKE GENEVA, WIS. – The Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association (WATA) presented its 2005 “Wisconsin Aviation Business of the Year Award” to Tom and Renee Watry of Aero Insurance, Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

      Griggs & Davenport Elected To WATA Board--LAKE GENEVA, WIS. – Jay Griggs of Griggs Aviation, New Richmond, Wis., and Craig Davenport of West Bend Air, West Bend, Wis., were elected to three-year terms to the Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association at the organization’s annual meeting held during the Wisconsin Aviation Conference in Lake Geneva, Wis. Griggs and Davenport join board members Bruce Botterman of NewView Technology, Jeff Baum of Wisconsin Aviation, and Pete Schoeninger of Gran-Aire.

     Much Anticipated/Talked About Eclipse 500 Jet To Make First Public Flight Appearance At AirVenture--by Dave Weiman--OSHKOSH, WIS. - Another aviation milestone will be reached at this summer’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. when Eclipse Aviation makes the world’s first public flight appearances of the Eclipse 500, a new private jet that is expected to revolutionize air travel when it enters the marketplace next year.

Apr/May 2005 WATA Difference(pdf)

Beautiful Summers Day, & No One flying, Spurs Pilot to Become FBO by Dave Weiman--MANITOWOC, WI  Provide service to meet the needs of the clients, seems to be the philosophy of Curt Drumm of Lakeshore Aviation, Inc. at the Manitowoc County Airport .......

Feb/March 2005 WATA Difference   1 of 2.pdf  2 of 2.pdf

Crushed or Cubed -- By Christopher M. Fostiak      'Tis the season when Jack Frost prepares his annual assault upon the Midwestern Aviator. ......

Dec/Jan 2005 WATA Difference   

1 of 4.pdf NewView Technologies Named Diamond Service Center     OSHKOSH, WI  Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc. has named NewView Technologies, Inc. of Oshkosh, WI a factory authorized service center....

 2 of 4.pdf Ask Pete   Aviation questions and answers.

3 of 4.pdfWisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Inducts Five Aviators   MIDDLETON, WI, The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame inducted aviators at its banquet November 6, 2004 ....

3 of 4.pdf Navy Veteran Receives Wilharms & WAHF Guell Scholarships   JANESVILLE, WI, Torran McCarthy of Milton, WI, a second year student at Blackhawk Techinical College.....

4 of 4.pdf Milwaukee FSDO Recognizes Janesville Technician and Repar Shop    JANESVILLE, WI, It was a frigid evening, December 2, when the Milwaukee FAA Flight Standards District Office and the Wisconsin DOT Bureau of Aeronautics sponsored a pilot education program at Helicoptor Specialties, Inc.  .....

Blackhawk Aircraft Maintenance & Proficient Flight Helping To Move Wisconsin by Air

by Bruce Botterman

The slogan of the Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association is "Moving Wisconsin by Air," and one fixed base operation doing just that is Blackhawk Aircraft Maintenance located at Rock County Airport, Janesville, Wis.

Are Ramp Annuals Really Worth Sticking Your Neck Out?

As consumers we are always looking for value, but is a "ramp annual," which is completed oftentimes by moonlighters out of the trunks of their cars, who provide a signature without any security to back it up, worth risking your life and the lives of your passengers, and your investment?

2002 Wisconsin Aviation Business of the Year

In April, the Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association (WATA) honored Peter and Carrie Halbauer by naming their business, Skycom Avionics, Inc., "Wisconsin Aviation Business of the Year" for 2002. Skycom is located at Waukesha County Airport, Waukesha, Wis.

Business Development Conference Reviews Insurance & Security Issues

MOSINEE, WIS. - The Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association held its second annual "Business Development Conference" at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, Wis., October 30. Key items of discussion included rising insurance premiums, the lack of insurance availability, and general aviation's role in preventing terrorism.

Announcing Our New WATA Web Site

The WATA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the opening of the WATA website, "WATAONLINE.ORG." This membership benefit will provide member businesses with increased visibility and credibility.

Employee Training, Our Best Means To Customer Service....Our Best Means To Success!

One of the issues facing WATA member companies today (fixed base operators, support service businesses) is a declining labor pool. There are not enough people to fill the available jobs in the industry, and turnover tends to be high with competition with the airlines and corporate flight departments...

Frontline & Titletown At Green Bay

GREEN BAY, WIS. - The air charter company, Frontline Aviation, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Tracy Schoenrock of Oshkosh, Wis., a pilot for Northwest Air Lines. The company was originally based at Brennand Field (79C) in Neenah, Wis. with just a Cessna 172 on the certificate...

What The Future Holds For Operators & Their Customers

The last few weeks have been very interesting for me. Beginning in October, I attended the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in New Orleans, the first planning meeting for the Wisconsin Aviation Conference, and most recently a meeting with the A&P Advisory Committee at Fox Valley Technical College. All of these activities raised a number of questions about the future of our industry...

Involvement Equals Success!

Whether it is one's business, community, church, school, or extracurricular activity, it seems that the people who are "involved" are successful in life. Having just completed a survey of Wisconsin fixed base operators, this belief is reconfirmed...

Rising Insurance Rates Major Topic of Conference Roundtable Discussion

In April, WATA hosted a "roundtable" discussion during the Wisconsin Aviation Conference. Any and every area of concern to operators was up for possible discussion, but rising "insurance costs" seem to get the most attention...

Mingling At State Aviation Conferences, A Trade Group's #1 Membership Benefit!

A membership benefit to any organization is only valuable to members who use it. The Wisconsin Aviation Conference, and the aviation conferences held in other neighboring states, are examples of a very important membership benefit which is under-used by fixed base operators...

Airport Support Through Education, Not Greater User Fees

Absolutely the worst situation fixed base operators and aircraft owners can find themselves in is in conflict with their local airport manager over
increasing fees, leases and rent due to rising, and oftentimes unnecessary
airport costs...


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