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Aviation Stories for April 20, 2012

I think we missed Spring this year. The past couple of days have set records with temperatures close to 90 deg (F).  that meant I had no choice but to go to the airport. The warm temperatures taking hold meant it was time  to move all the the freezable items back to the hangar and restock the fridge with ‘after-flying beverages.’

That took most of Friday morning. Then, after lunch with the airport gang, I took the plane down to the fuel pumps and added some fresh fuel to all the tanks. (The price of 100LL at Stead is currently $5.34/gal if you were wondering.) My plan was to fly to a pancake breakfast Saturday morning. I put the plane back in the hangar and packed away all of my pre-heating equipment. Recent lows at a night have been going no lower than 50 deg.

Saturday morning dawned clear and calm. I was one of four in the run-up area, so I wasn’t the only one taking advantage of the weather. It was a beautiful morning for flying. Hardly a bump in the air.

This particular pancake breakfast was in Carson City, NV – at the EAA Chapter 403 clubhouse. In typical pilot fashion, I could have driven there in the time it took me to drive to the Stead airport – an equal distance in the opposite direction. And I could have flown there going direct in about 20 minutes, but I first flew in the opposite direction to cross  to the next valley to the east before I traveled south – increasing the flight to 50 minutes.

After all, the point was to go flying – not just to eat pancakes (though they were very good, at a reasonable price and with good company).

Here are some articles that you may have missed this week:

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Twenty Spitfires to fly again?

By now I’m sure that you have seen this information- this was one of the first news releases about a week ago, but now virtually all of the aviation news channels have broadcast it.

This is from iTV News in the UK. A recent agreement with the Burmese government may result in the recovery and restoration of up to twenty Spitfire aircraft which were ordered to be buried toward the end of WWII. This sounds like a great opportunity to see more of these planes flying…

Grandma is going flying.
This is from the Southern Oregon Mail Tribune. Nancy Meyer, 74, has several things on her ‘bucket list’ that have already been accomplished. Now she is in the process of checking off another – she is earning her private pilot certificate. It sounds like she is the perfect student…

Time for a Mock statue?
This is from the Columbus, OH Dispatch. Jerrie Mock was the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world, though she was not the first to try. However, more recognition is given to the famous failed attempt by Earhart than the success of Mock. Now a group of supporters in Ohio are trying to gather the funds to erect a statue in her honor…

Another person who built his own simulator.
This is from the San Jose (CA) Mercury News. Back in April of last year I gave you a link to a Microsoft employee who built his own flight simulator. It appears that he is not alone in his efforts. James Price (an air traffic controller and private pilot) has a B-737 simulator in his garage built in an actual B-737 cockpit.  And his buddy in LA has one, too.  I wonder if he could recoup some of his costs if he got the FAA to certify it and rented it out for Instrument Proficiency checks?

Aviation Articles for 2 September, 2011

Here are some flying stories you may have missed this week:

Commemorative Air Force B-24 Liberator

100 years ago in Green Bay, WI
This is from the Green Bay Press Gazette. Green Bay celebrated 100 years of aviation this week. Back in 1911 local businesses put up $2000 to have an aviator demonstrate his flying machine at the Brown County Fair. All did not go as planned…

Jerrie Mock – an aviation pioneer
This one is from the Newark, OH Advocate. Some residents in Newark are trying to erect a statue in commemoration of the accomplishments of Jerrie Mock, a Newark native.

Navy Top Gun to seaplane charter pilot in just a few easy steps
This is from the Miami Herald. It seems that this particular Top Gun pilot had always dreamed of plodding along at wave height and getting paid to do it. It took a while, but he has now started a Florida based charter service.

A great place to go this weekend
This is from Herald.net in Everett, WA. This weekend is Vintage Aircraft Weekend at the Historic Flight Foundation’s restoration center on Paine Field near Seattle. The Boeing Model 40C mentioned above will be attending and Bill Boeing Jr. will talk about the airplane’s history in the development of the Boeing Aircraft Company. Sounds like great list of other aircraft will be attending, too. The article includes a link to the event website.

WWII veteran relives some memories
This is from chron.com. Bill Pappas, now 90 years old, flew 52 missions in WWII as a B-24 pilot. Thanks to the Collings Foundation he is getting to relive some of those flying memories.

A non-flyer’s perspective on flying formation
This articles is from the Mukilteo Beacon in Washington. This reporter had never been in a small airplane and yet was assigned to write an article about a group of pilots practicing for a Parade of Planes to be conducted in Sept 10th. She did a surprisingly good job relating her perspective on formation flying.

Any chance you’ll be in Galesburg, IL next week?
This is from Galesburg.com. The 40th Annual National Stearman fly-in will be held in Galesburg from September 5th through the 10th. The Stearman has quite a following, probably because it has been used in so many different ways in aviation for so many years. Old beat up crop dusters are showing up as better-than-new. Should be a fun time.

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