Plane & Pilot
Monday, October 1, 2007

October 2007 Readback

oshkosh 2007More than 560,000 visitors and 10,000 airplanes flocked to Oshkosh, Wis., for EAA AirVenture 2007. There was something for everyone, including daily air shows featuring performers such as the Red Barons, Patty Wagstaff and Michael Goulian.
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Jim LeRoy MemoriamIn Memoriam
Jim LeRoy, 46, passed away on July 28, 2007, as the result of a crash while performing in his “Bulldog” Pitts S2S at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio. He is survived by his wife Joanie and four-year-old son Tommy.

Extending beyond his mastery as an aviator, Jim was also a consummate showman who was a founding member of the X-Team, Masters of Disaster, Tinstix and Codename: Mary’s Lamb. Few people have had the impact on aviation that he had. Jim established himself at the top of the air show business, winning the 2002 Art Scholl Showmanship Award and the 2003 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. Through discipline and professionalism, Jim was driven to provide the ultimate air show entertainment experience for his fans. He inspired not only the air show audiences, but almost every other air show pilot as well. His example clearly set the bar for pilots in the air show entertainment industry to follow.

For the benefit of Jim’s son, Tommy, please send contributions to Jim Leroy, Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o Harris Bank, 110 East Irving Park Road, Roselle, Illinois 60172; (630) 980-2700.

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Weather Briefing CardsWeather Briefing Cards
To help organize the information pilots receive during telephone weather briefings, Sporty’s has created a handy pad of Weather Briefing Cards. A pilot can fill in the appropriate spaces on these kneeboard-sized cards, which come in a pad of 50, and have convenient access to current weather, forecasts, NOTAMs and more. Cards are organized in the order in which information is given, and they have room on both sides for notes and include a map of the United States to track weather systems and fronts. These cards are ideal for student pilots and experienced pilots alike. They also make a great teaching tool for instructors. The pilot can take this important weather data right into the cockpit. To learn more, contact Sporty’s at (800) SPORTYS or visit our Website at


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