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Rob Stapleton

When his aunt and uncle flew over 6-year-old Bill Diehl’s house waggling the wings of their Aerosport biplane, and took Diehl for his first airplane ride, the seed was planted that he too would one day sit behind the controls of an aircraft.

Diehl not only realized his dream of flight during his lifetime, but also manufactured and built more than 50 aircraft in Anchorage. He also became an FAA-certified manufacturer and servicer of the Arctic Tern, an aircraft of his own design based on an existing airframe.

Bill Diehl was born William Archie Diehl in 1931 in Sacramento...

Rob Stapleton

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Legends in Alaska Aviation project celebrates the amazing lives of Alaska's long-time aviators who are still with us today. We've already taken a look at the lives of Al Wright , Rod Judy , and Bill Stedman , among others; Today we go along for a ride with John Hajdukovich ...

Rob Stapleton

EDITOR'S NOTE: Legends in Alaska Aviation project celebrates the amazing lives of Alaska's long-time aviators who are still with us today. We've already taken a look at the lives of Al Wright , Rod Judy , and Bill Stedman , among others. Today we go along for a ride with Holger "Jorgy" Jorgensen...

Rob Stapleton

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Legends in Alaska Aviation project celebrates the amazing lives of Alaska's long-time aviators who are still with us today. We've already taken a look at the lives of Al Wright , Rod Judy , and Bill Stedman , among others; Today we go along for a ride with Richard Wien.

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Rob Stapleton

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Legends of Alaska Aviation project celebrates pioneers in the field of Alaska aviation who are still with us today. We’ve already taken a look at the lives of several long-time aviators, including Al Wright , Rod Judy , and Bill Stedman . Today we follow the life and legacy of Orin Seybert...

Rob Stapleton

Accomplished pilots and users of the VOR/DME at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will be interested to note that the VOR frequency and identifier is changing Thursday, Feb. 9.

The new VOR (Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Radio) will change at 12:01 a.m. Alaska Standard Time to a new frequency -- 113.15 MHz -- and the Morse-code identification will be “TED.”

Critical to have on board an aircraft will be updated high/low enroute charts, terminal procedures and a new Alaska Supplement. Terminal procedures for the enroute structure from Valdez to Homer, and Homer to Big Lake have changed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration...

Rob Stapleton

Just in time for the Christmas holiday comes a wonderful book (and gift idea) that will satisfy pilots, climbers, photographers and those who love the mountains of Alaska.

"My Wrangell Mountains" by Swiss photographer Ruedi Homberger and Alaska artists Jon and Jona Van Zyle will take your breath away with spectacular vistas of a frequently overlooked range of Alaska mountains, glaciers and rivers. The foreword by Chris Larsen, of the Geophysical Institute at University of Alaska Fairbanks, gives the book a technical description...

Rob Stapleton

Launching into virtual flight and space, the Alaska Aviation Museum has added a new dimension to its exhibits.

The museum unveiled new flight and space flight simulators on Oct. 19. The Shuttle Discovery and the Forces of Flight were introduced to its board of directors and the media during an informal press conference at the Lake Hood facility.

“This will help the museum take aviation into a new realm, be more modern and offer a flight demonstration with simulators," said Norm Legasse, executive director of the Alaska Aviation Museum...

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The Alaska Aviation Museum unveiled two new flight simulators on Wednesday, including one that allows the participant to take a virtual trip into deep space on the Shuttle Discovery.

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Coinciding with Aviation Appreciation Day, Fairbanks children were treated to free flights and ground school as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program.

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