Category Archives: Aviation

Flying the Friendly Skies

Several plane enthusiasts took a joy ride on the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress during Tuesday’s Aluminum Overcast tour at the Arlington Municipal Airport. The flying, which was co-hosted by Harrison Aviation and the  Arlington Municipal Airport , featured a beautiful B-17 bomber originally built in the 1930’s. The Boeing B-17 is often referred to as the Flying Fortress because the plane is armed with bombs and thirteen .50 caliber machine guns. The B-17 was the first Boeing military aircraft with a flight deck instead of an open cockpit and it features clear blister machine gun mounts, which makes it easier Read more…

B-17 ‘Aluminum Overcast’ Heading to Arlington

Get a glimpse into a flight on Aluminum Overcast: Visit the Arlington Municipal Airport, 5000 S Collins Street, Tuesday, April 29 for an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. Watch history come alive by climbing aboard the 65,000-lb. B-17 bomber and step back in time to the World War II era. Stand in the footsteps of the bombardier, the navigator, and the waist gunner and relive history by experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in one of World War II’s most vital and magnificent aircrafts. The B-17 bomber is considered one of the greatest Read more…

Arlington Municipal Airport Gets $200,000 Grant for Development Study

Located in the southern part of the city, the Arlington Municipal Airport could soon get a facelift, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division. Airport officials say the money will be used to create a 10-year development plan that will highlight what improvements are needed at the airport. “The grant is to be used for creation of a new Airport Development Plan, said Airport Manager Karen VanWinkle.  “This is a planning document required by the FAA and TxDOT Aviation.  It provides a snapshot of current Airport conditions, and a roadmap for Airport development.  It evaluates the Read more…

Kids Fly the Friendly Skies During Young Eagles Rally

It was a chance of a lifetime for the 70 kids enjoying free airplane rides during Saturday’s Young Eagles Flight Rally sponsored by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 34 at Arlington Municipal Airport.  Smiling youngsters came from around the Metroplex to learn about careers in aviation, including how to become a pilot and how to read an aeronautical chart (map). Some kids wondered what Arlington would look like from the sky, while others were curious how airplanes actually work. Volunteer EAA pilots explained more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and safety protocols.  After each Read more…

Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Arlington

With the weekend nearing, here are MyArlingtonTx.com’s picks for the best activities around Arlington, from free flights at Arlington Municipal Airport to a mobile pet adoption at a local PetSmart®. June 7-9 Free Concerts at Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts Downtown Arlington is going to be buzzing again this weekend as Levitt Pavilion’s center stage hosts three dynamic artists. People from across the Metroplex continue to enjoy these free concerts, so bring your lawn chair and join the party. Friday: Big Sam’s Funky Nation – Funk-charged rock to get the party started. Saturday: Eleven Hundred Springs – Home-grown, foot-stompin’ Texas music. Read more…

AgustaWestland

City leaders had a chance to see AgustaWestland’s latest helicopter take a demo flight this week over Arlington Municipal Airport. AgustaWestland is expanding its flight activities in the U.S. with the addition of the AW189, an eight-ton class twin-engine helicopter program following the AW609 Tilt Rotor. Robert LaBelle, Managing Director for AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor Company, said the demonstration conveyed the presence the company has in Arlington and the United States. “By seeing this aircraft flying, you are seeing a helicopter company that is continually investing in and fielding new products,” said LaBelle. In 2011, AgustaWestland decided to buy the Tilt-Rotor Read more…

Karen VanWinkle Named Airport Manager

Karen VanWinkle has been named manager of the Arlington Municipal Airport. VanWinkle served as Assistant Airport Manager from 2008 to 2011 and has been Interim Manager since January 2012.  “I’m very pleased to have been named the Airport Manager, said VanWinkle. “Arlington Municipal is a vibrant, successful airport and it’s exciting to be a part of Arlington’s continued economic development.” VanWinkle joined the City of Arlington in 2001 and served in various positions, including operations analyst, management analyst, and project coordinator. Before joining the City, she worked in the private sector with a number of corporations including Northrop Grumman Corporation, Read more…

Young Eagles Rally Offers Young People The Chance to Earn Their Wings

Young flying enthusiasts will have the chance to earn their wings at the Young Eagles Rally on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Arlington Municipal Airport, 5000 South Collins St. The event is free and open to children age 8 to 17 who want to take an introductory flight in a small airplane.  It is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Dalworth Chapter 34 and coincides with International Learn to Fly Day. “Arlington Municipal Airport is very pleased to host this event,” said Karen Vanwinkle, Municipal Airport Manager.  “ The aviation industry will soon experience a Read more…

Emergency Landing at Municipal Airport

A twin engine aircraft indicating possible problems with its nose gear landed safely around 1:15 p.m. today at Arlington Municipal Airport. The pilot contacted the airport’s control tower around 12:30 p.m. to report the landing gear on the nose of the plane may not work properly upon landing.  The control tower contacted 9-1-1 and emergency crews were standing-by when the plane touched down. The Beechcraft Travel Air is owned by Multiengine Training and is based at the Arlington airport. It is unclear whether it was on a training flight during the incident. This type of scenario occurs about six times Read more…

Airport Manager Retires

After 23 years and seven months, Bob Porter has decided to hang up his wings on January 27, 2012, as airport manager at Arlington Municipal Airport. Porter’s love of aviation and his business development skills helped transform Arlington’s airport, from what was considered a small general aviation airport in disrepair, into one of the finest municipal “reliever” airports in the United States, with an economic impact of more than $100 million annually. In 1986, Arlington was considering privatizing its municipal airport.  Instead, city staff proposed developing the airport into a facility that would enhance economic development.  Porter was hired as Read more…