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marker placed at the site of his original
hangar, just west of the current terminal
building on 20th Avenue."
Wittman sold his fixed base operator
business to Warren and Patricia Basler in
1957. Basler Flight Service grew in the
following decades, operating primarily as
an on-demand charter service. The Baslers
cer Thornton
specialized in DC-3 freight and passenger
Photo by Spen
operations, according to Anderson. They
developed a supplemental type certificate to
"They used to have airmail planes that would fly by and
convert the original radial engine powerplants
not stop," explained Paul Haubert, co-founder of Aircraft
to PT6A turboprop engines on DC-3/C47 aircraft. Today,
& Avionics Sales, an FAA-certified Part 145 repair station
that conversion keeps the popular and rugged airframes
located on the Capital City Airport. "There would be a
flying for modern missions all over the world.
rope strung between two poles suspending a bag of mail.
Beyond its aviation pioneering roots and hosting the
The airplane would fly low with a grapple hook. Once the
"World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," Oshkosh's
hook caught the rope with the bag, a (crewman) would reel
small town airport helps train the next generation of
the bag into the airplane. That's how
aviation technicians and pilots. In
they picked up the mail. They didn't
1991, Fox Valley Technical College
actually land."
started an aviation program housed
...TAKE A MOMENT TO
Delivering the mail was easier. A
at the west end of the airport
REFLECT
ON
THE
LEGACY
low-flying airplane would just drop
terminal building.
a rubber canister filled with mail
"Airport access is critical to the
AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF
from a moving airplane, according to
operation of the program," said
OUR NATION'S SMALL
the postal museum. The successful
Eugene Zastera, aircraft maintenance
TOWN
AIRPORTS,
AND
on-the-fly mail exchange system
instructor for the school. "We are
ADMIRE THEIR
operated by a private mail contractor
able to function as an active flight
spanned 1,040 miles across Ohio,
program and tie in our aircraft
New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky
maintenance programs, as well.
and West Virginia, serving more than
As much as possible, we acquire
150 post offices. The service lasted
training equipment that can be
for some 10 years.
utilized by all three of our aviation
In the 1940s, the airport helped the
programs. This means that our flight
military move war materials in and
training aircraft are in proximity to
out of the adjacent New Cumberland
our maintenance training students
Army Depot and served as a base
for specialized demonstration on live
to train pilots in surveillance and aerial photography.
equipment. The flight students have access to our
Of course, throughout the years, airlines helped connect
maintenance and avionics labs for enhanced systemsHarrisburg to the rest of the country.
level exposure. We obviously would not have this balance
"A long time ago, they didn't have VORs," said Haubert,
of instruction if we were not on the airport."
who enjoys reminiscing about the airport's history. "They
used range stations with towers to navigate from point A to
Capital City Airport
point B. Pilots would fly to one station, then tune into the
Like Wittman Regional, Capital City Airport located
next one and then the next one. We have a range station
just southeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, helped
still standing here. The airplane Lindbergh flew landed at
provide mail service for its citizens. Although, today,
Capital City Airport. I wasn't here when that happened, but
we take for granted a casual walk to our mailbox, mail
I know that they used this airport."
service was anything but ordinary in the late 1930s.

RESILIENCE,
LONGEVITY
AND ABILITY TO
INSPIRE.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News July 2015

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
ADS-B Strategy Accelerated
Member Profile
More Power to the Panel
Legacy of Small Town Airports
A Conversation With...
Current Status of ADS-B Deployment in the U.S.
Member Profile
Garmin’s G3X Touch
Artisanal Avionics
The Standy Power Dilemma b
What’s Working?
Business Basics
Aviation Aces
What’s New
Marketplace Classifieds
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Avionics News July 2015 - Cover1
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