Aviation Hall of Famer to address Aero Club



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Arv Schultz, a recent inductee into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, will be the speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) meeting Monday, April 16 at the Sun Lakes Country Club.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and camaraderie, followed by the presentation at 7 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.


Schultz will give a power-point presentation on the early development of aviation in Arizona during the period 1919 to 1920. For example, the first airplane to land in Arizona did so in Yuma on Oct. 25, 1911.  Robert Fowler piloted a Wright Model B biplane with a 30-40 hp. automobile engine on a cross-country flight from Santa Monica, Calif. to Florida.   


Fowler took off from Yuma on Oct. 29, flying to Maricopa, a flight of 165 miles and took four hours and 26 minutes.  It won him a world’s record for time in the air and distance flown.


A former airline pilot,  Schultz flew for Apache Airlines, Bonanza Airlines, AirWest Airlines, and retired at Northwest Airlines.  After retiring,  he started Arizona Flyways in 1992, the first four-color aviation publication in Arizona. The publication later was renamed America’s Flyways.


Schultz has authored several stories on Arizona aviation history and current events, along with being an aviation reporter of several significant aviation historical happenings.


Now in its 16th year, SLAC meets the third Monday of each month from October through May at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room.  More information on the club is available from Bob Walch, 480-895-8869 or Gary Vacin, 480-802-2225.