Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 28 2013

Let’s Spin the Crap Out of an Ultralight

Because, why not?

fligh ultralight from olegpetrow on Vimeo.

I have no clue what ultralight this is, but this guy rules the school.



Jan 28 2013

The Glider You Can Wear (kinda like a hat)

Hahahahahahaha!!!  I want a plane I can wear.

This is fantastic.  Once I stopped giggling like a school girl at the thought of wearing a glider like a helmet, the reality of this neat little bird started to sink in.  I want one.  No, I NEED one.

I’ve seen better, more exciting videos of sailplanes, but the novelty of this is pretty cool.

Archaeopteryx Demo-Clip from Ruppert Composite on Vimeo.

Here’s the link to manufacturer’s website: Ruppert Composit

If the music put you to sleep, don’t blame me.



Jan 28 2013

Bumper Stickers are Back in Stock as of 01/28/13

Quantities are seriously limited (17 as of this very moment), but they’re back!!!

I thought I had lost them after Oshkosh last year, but they were just hiding.

So, order all seventeen and I’ll have to reorder.

Go to the Taildraggers, Inc. General Store



Jan 25 2013

A History Lesson in 4130

20130125-085209.jpgConsider it the backbone of the classic aeroplane. Steel tubing has been used in aircraft structures the world over for the last 100 years. We Americans weren’t the first to adopt steel as a primary material, we learned it from our European brothers who pioneered it’s use and figured out the engineering for us. We were still building everything out of wood. Which comes from trees, in case you didn’t know.

Now, I’m no authority on the history of structural steel, but I found the following article very informative and easy to read. Much like knowing the heritage of your family and country, it’s worthwhile to know a little more about the heritage of materials you’ll be working with. Consider it an important part of your aero-education.

This article was published in the September 2012 “Vintage Airplane” publication, a division of the EAA. Thanks to Hal Bryan for putting the article up on the web.

Link: Sep. 2012 VAA Tubing Article

It’s also available on the Vintage Airplane Assiciation’s Facebook page: Vintage Aircraft Association Facebook Page

Jan 24 2013

2 Feet

The following is lifted straight from AvWeb, verbatim. All I can add is that while these videos might be thrilling to watch, they hold potentially career-ending consequences for the pilots involved. Be careful what you put on YouTube, boys and girls.

A 19-second video clip titled “200mph Plane fly-by within 2 feet of person” has prompted at least one news agency to contact the FAA in an effort to discern whether the act was properly approved by the FAA. The event involved pilot Jason Newburg of Viper Airshows and Team Stunters, which performs “street bike stunt shows,” according to The video shows a biplane buzzing an ATV rider and whoever filmed the act, reportedly on the runway at Lancaster Airport in Texas. A member of Team Stunters posted to Twitter that the footage was shot while practicing for upcoming airshows. A local news channel, WFAA, reported Tuesday that the FAA said it “could not immediately locate” waivers associated with the event. Further information was unavailable as AVweb went to press. The video was posted Monday and had collected more than 100,000 views by Wednesday night.

Jan 21 2013

EAA Turns 60

Happy birthday, EAA.

In case you didn’t know, that’s the EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION.
(are you goofballs reading this?)

Go to the EAA homepage, and click on “About Us”.  The word “experimental” is no where on that page.  Not even once.

Dude, WTF?

This year marks the EAA’s 60th anniversary.  It’s been 60 years since Paul Poberezny and a group of enthusiasts met for the first time.  From Paul’s basement to EAA’s  current sprawling campus, the organization has grown exponentially over the last 60 years.  While the current EAA leadership will be bringing us all some cute articles about it’s “history”, I encourage you to dig deeper.  Read more.  Think more.  Don’t just breathe in the hype.  Learn about where the EAA truly came from, what it meant, and what it still means to thousands of members.

It’s not just about “Airventure”.  It’s not about free Ford hats, or HondaJets.  It’s about a passion for aviation.  For aircraft.  For workmanship.  For education.  For camaraderie.  For community.

I submit for your review, Duane Cole’s book, “This is EAA”.  It’s a good read.

If you feel I’m being overly harsh, maybe you’re right.  The EAA has meant a lot to me for the reasons I’ve given above.  At it’s core, it’s a fantastic organization.  I hope we can keep it that way for another sixty years.



Jan 21 2013

Two More CFI’s Added to the List!

Whoa, whoa, whoa!!!  Two new CFI’s added to the Taildraggers, Inc. CFI / Flight School Directory!

Folks, please support your local CFI.  These fine ladies and gentlemen work hard for your business, all to promote and share a passion for aviation.  Alright, enough babbling from me, here’s the scoop:

Buckley Aviation ::  Potomac Airfield, Fort Washington, MD (KVKX)

PardicAir :: Palo Alto Airport of Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, CA (KPAO)

As always, we encourage ALL tailwheel-friendly CFI’s and Flight Schools to get listed here on Taildraggers, Inc.  We receive nearly 1,000 hits per month for people searching for tailwheel CFI’s all over the U.S.A.  You should be getting those customers!!!  Follow the links below to see the directory, and learn how to get listed.

Taildraggers, Inc. CFI / Flight School Directory

How to get listed


Jan 21 2013

Buckley Aviation

*Photo Credit Alyssa J. Miller, AOPABuckley Aviation

Buckley Aviation
Instructor: Marianne Buckley
Location: Potomac Airfield, Fort Washington, MD (KVKX)
Telephone: (202) 255-4352
Email: Click Here to Send a Message

Aircraft: Citabria (7KCAB)

Rental Rates: $120/hr

Instruction Rates: $30/hr

Solo Rentals Available: Yes

Additional Information: Independent flight instructor (CFII, MEII, SES) with over 6000 hours, most in tailwheel.  In business since 1994. Tailwheel transition, flight reviews, aerobatics, spin training.

Jan 21 2013


Marco CaflischPardicAir
Instructor: Marco Caflisch
Location: Palo Alto Airport of Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, CA (KPAO)
Telephone: (650) 353-1168
Email: Click Here to Send a Message

Aircraft: 7GCAA or student-furnished airplane

Rental Rates: 7GCAA = $134/hr

Instruction Rates: $60/hr flight and ground

Solo Rentals Available: Yes

Additional Information: My mission is to train safe, skillful and professionally-minded tailwheel pilots by providing individually tailored, high quality, fun flight instruction. With experience in dozens of different types of taildraggers, from J-3 Cubs to Extra 300Ls to Stearmans, I offer training for initial tailwheel endorsements, tailwheel flight reviews (BFRs), spin/unusual attitude recovery, aerobatics, as well as intro tailwheel flights for pilots just looking for a taste of something different to add to their log books! I am also available to work with owners on model-specific tailwheel checkouts or refresher training in their own aircraft. Please visit my website at for more information. Happy landings! – Marco Caflisch

Jan 04 2013

Jason’s Ace :: N1029S

Hidden away in basements and hangars everywhere are craftsmen, toiling away on their creations. Luckily for us, some of them prefer to work in the dark art of aviation. They build with their hands, and bring to life beautiful works of art that are not only pleasing to the eye, but also capable of taking flight.

Not all of these men (and women) seek fame and praise in the land of the internet, and the only way to see their accomplishments is when they bring them out into the public.  Many times they stay hidden, and only become known to those in their local community.  Just because it’s not on the internet, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  Sometimes you have to leave the house…

Anyway, all of this was brought on by a plane I saw on…  The internet.

I’ve been a member of the CorbenAces Yahoo! group for quite a while, but now that I actually have a Baby Ace, I’ve spend more time going through the messages and digging up conversation from other owners/builders.  What I’ve found is that while there are hundreds of Baby Ace’s out there, very few of their builders and caretakers participate in the web forums.  I don’t know why, but I’m guessing it’s not quite as macho to brag about your ten thousand dollar airplane as it is to brag about the latest glass doo-dad you bought for your RV.  Just a hunch.

Jason from Texas has a real nice Baby Ace he bought a while back.  He’s been working out some minor tweaks to the trimming, etc, and recently reported that everything is ready for a full flying season in 2013.

“I finally wrapped up a very long “First Condition Inspection as the New Owner” kind of inspection.  3 months later, and I’m finished.  Found LOTS of little things, but no deal-killers.  Best part is, I’m now cruising hands-off at 2150 RPM at just under 90 mph.  Before, the plane was rolling left and lots of right rudder was required….at about 75-80 mph…

Since I purchased this aircraft on 6-September-2012, it’s been at an Airpark some 30 plus miles away.  That’s just where I had the previous owner fly it into and where I downed the aircraft for this year’s condition inspection…  …I finally flew it to my home field near my home (only 4 miles away).  I’m loving it.  Weather has been crappy, but it’s sure nice for the plane to be so close to home.  I’ve added a pic to my photo album… of when I flew it in on Christmas Eve.  Looking forward to LOT’S of flying in 2013.  I can’t even begin to express how happy I am with the plane……..especially now that it’s trimmed and rigged properly.  It’s like a new plane.  

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013 to the group.”

I think that’s an excellent sentiment to say “Happy New Year” to everyone out there.  A huge congratulations to Jason on getting his beautiful Baby Ace flight ready again.  I hope he’ll share some in-flight pics come Spring time.