Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 21 2012

Pics From Triple Tree Fly-In 2012

We only stayed for a few hours on Saturday morning.  My wife had the camera while I chased our kids around.  The Lancair was a real PITA to get a shot of!!!  Too damn fast for us amateurs.

Click on the thumbnails to open the gallery full-screen.


Sep 01 2012

In Between the Rain at Front Royal Warren County Airport :: KFRR

A recent iPhone shot from the Front Royal airport.  I stopped by in between rainstorms to find the FBO completely abandoned for the day.  Total bummer, as I had flyers to drop off for an upcoming EAA chapter event.  Oh, well.  Maybe next time someone will be there to keep the doors open.

Sep 01 2012

4th Annual Assembly of Aeroncas and Other Flying Machines

I recently received the following message from Jerry Rosie about a grassroots fly-in coming up this month.  If you’re available September 14-16, consider flying in to this event.  After Triple Tree, my schedule is pretty well booked up with house work for the rest of the fly-in season, with the possible exception of local events.  If you go, please send me a link to your pics to share!

“The 4th Annual Assembly of Aeroncas and Other Flying Machines will be held at Shreveport North (62PA) Wellsville, PA on 14-16September 2012.  Shreveport North is a lighted 70×2600 foot well maintained grass strip in rural south central Pennsylvania.  Food, this year, will feature all you can eat Hobo Stew on Friday night.  The food on Saturday will be provided by the Dillsburg American Legion consisting of the traditional hot dogs, burgers and chili for lunch and a secret (to be disclosed later) meal for dinner. Highlighting this year’s event will be a Saturday group fly out to Grimes Airfield and Golden Age Museum, about a 35 minute trip by Aeronca.  The folks at Grimes promise to fly some of their Classic Aircraft for us, and an Aviation Flea Market will be in progress for those of you with some extra change in your pockets. As usual, under the wing camping at Shreveport North is encourage($15 per night) or, for those desriring a bit more comfort, the bunkhouse will be available at $25 per night (bring your own towels).

Contact Jerry Rosie 717-243-7923 for more info.”

Sep 01 2012

Video :: The Construction of a Light Aircraft (1943)

Awesome video.  Even at 27 minutes long, it’s worthy of your time if you have even a passing interest in vintage aircraft.  Follow along as the Piper factory builds a J-3 Cub from start to finish.

Yes, the opening and closing aircraft are J-4’s and J-5’s. Pretend it’s a J-3 from start to finish, okay?  In theater, they call that suspension of disbelief.

Hat tip to Jared Calvert at Ranger Airfield for the video post on the Ranger Airfield website.


Sep 01 2012

Richard Bach Injured in Crash

Author Richard Back was injured in a crash today.  I’ve read many of his books over the years, and enjoyed each one.

I’ve never met you personally, Mr. Bach, but as one aviator to another, here’s hoping for a speedy recovery from your injuries. There is a worldwide community of lovers of aviation who have been inspired by your words.

“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”

“Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.”

SEATTLE (AP) — Richard Bach, the author of the 1970s best-selling novella “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” among other spiritually oriented writings often rooted in themes of flight, was in serious condition Saturday after his small plane crashed in Washington state.

His son, James Bach, told The Associated Press that his father was on his way to visit a friend on San Juan Island on Friday when his amphibian plane clipped a power line during landing, and crashed.

James Bach says his father, who was flying alone, suffered a head injury and broken shoulder. He was listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center.

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