Around the Pattern

Ramblings about flying for fun and profit.

Author: Tracy (Page 6 of 112)

A Visit to the Reno Aviation Museum

Reno-Aviation-Museum-SignThe local Commemorative Air Force (CAF) chapter held a pancake breakfast last Saturday (3rd Saturday of each month).  I did my part to rid the world of excess pancakes and while eating had a nice conversation with Doug Ritter,  the head of the Reno Aviation Museum. After our meal Doug offered to give me a guided tour of the museum facilities and collection. How could I not take him up on his offer?

The collection is housed in what used to be the DataMotive facility on Bismark Street just off of the Reno-Stead Airport. The Museum is currently short of personnel so unfortunately it is open only by appointment.

They have quite a collection of aviation-related items from entire aircraft to test articles to simulators.

Here are some photos of what I saw:

In addition to the artifacts housed inside the museum, they have a restored DeHavilland Herron cockpit on a trailer that can be taken to aviation events such as EAA Young Eagles Rallies so that kids can climb in for photos and get hands-on experience in an aircraft cockpit.

It was a fun tour and presents all sorts of opportunities for involvement to aviation-minded individuals and organizations.

To round out the weekend,  on Sunday our local EAA Chapter had a fly-out to McClellan Airport to visit the Aerospace Museum of California.


Sightseeing with a New Friend

Swift parked at Auburn (KAUN)

Swift parked at Auburn (KAUN)

Last month (Mar 2016) I had the opportunity to take a new friend for a flight in the Swift. He lives near Auburn, CA so I flew down there and met him.

We talked about the flight for a while and then got ready to go. Ron had not been in a small plane in years and was enthusiastic about the flight. He had his camera so this would be a photo flight. We took off from Auburn and flew my standard IFR (Interstate 80) route back toward Reno. We circled around the north end of Lake Tahoe and Incline Village. Unfortunately it was a bit hazy over the Lake that day but it was still a beautiful view.


The Swift on Departure from Auburn.

Then we made our way back to the Auburn area found his house between Auburn and Grass Valley and circled there for a bit before returning to the Auburn traffic pattern.

The scenic flight was about 1:15 total time. Then we sat down for lunch at the airport restaurant (Wings Grill) and talked about the flight and flying in general.

Now we’re trying to come up with a good time between our series of Spring storms out here to schedule another flight that will concentrate more on flying than photography.  We’ll be filling out the appropriate paperwork and designating it as an EAA Eagle Flight.  I’m looking forward to it.

To top it all off, it was a beautiful flight back over the hill to Reno.

Great day for flying!  Total flight time for the day – 2.9 hours.

[Photos are courtesy of Ron Arnall.]

A Late Report on a January Flight

Contrary to popular opinion, I have been flying the Swift a bit over the last 3 1/2 months. I just haven’t had taken the time to write about it. Back in January I took a short flight around the local area just to get the plane and me a bit of exercise. My logbook says that after I toured the area I ran around the pattern 5 times. It was good to blow the dust off for a while.

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