Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 21 2013

Matt Younkin and the Twin Beech

This is a somewhat in-depth interview and flying session with Matt Younkin and his Beech 18. The in-cockpit views are pretty awesome. To watch this airplane perform in person is awe inspiring.

My wife and I watched Bobby Younkin fly this airplane at an airshow in Smyrna, TN back in about 2005. We met him a couple of days later when he stopped for fuel in nearby Murfreesboro, TN. He was kind enough to talk with us for a few minutes before he departed, and we were impressed by his courtesy.

Enjoy the video.


Apr 16 2013

How to Land a Pitts :: Video

This is on my list of things to fly. I realize that there are newer, more advanced aerobatic aircraft available these days, but the Pitts retains a fair amount of classic charm while giving exceptional performance.


Apr 16 2013


20130416-043101.jpgI have a Tumblr account for Taildraggers, Inc, but I have no idea how to find good “blogs” to follow. What I’ve found is that most people just repost the same crap over and over again. I want legit, original content as much as possible. I’m looking for people who are passionate about aviation, and share their experiences using this particular social media outlet. What I don’t want is a bunch of children whining about how they can’t find true love or some crap.

I follow a few good blogs already, but I’d like to find more. If you have one, or know of one, please let me know.

In the meantime, Instagram is where it’s at.

Taildraggers, Inc. on Tumblr
Taildraggers, Inc. on Instagram


Apr 13 2013

Houston, We Have A Problem

Well, shit…

See this section of fuselage?

It’s missing something (see blue tape).

There’s supposed to be a piece of 3/4″ .035 4130 in there on both sides.

This airplane has 65 hours on it, yet it’s structurally incomplete. I think I’ll consider this another lesson in restoring old airplanes.


Looks like I get to do some welding…

Apr 13 2013

Schweizer 1-26B

This looks so relaxing.

Apr 13 2013

Strip It Down

20130413-091206.jpgI had another productive day yesterday. I pulled all but the bottom fabric off the fuselage. I also removed the mixture and starter push-pull cables. I don’t need them, and they’re in poor condition. The electric oil pressure and oil temperature gauge has been disconnected, and the voltage regulator has been removed from the firewall.

At this point, the only items still bolted to the firewall are the gascolator, engine mount, and cowl mounts. Everything I don’t need has been removed. I would like to add a cabin heat box, but that’s it.

The next steps for engine systems will be to determine the correct throttle, carb heat, and tach cable routings, followed by the installation of mechanical oil pressure and temperature gauges.

This is a fun and educational project. I’m inspired to be creative and integrate proven ideas from other designs, and yet still follow best practices to ensure a safe aircraft. I spend a lot more time thinking about what to do and how to do it than I actually spend working, but that’s a big part of the fun.

Apr 10 2013


Some YouTube goodness.

While I question some of the things people design, I am inspired by the uninhibited imagination of the man who created it. Some dreams fail, and some dreams soar.

From the YouTube description:

20130410-063546.jpg“Flying the Bloop1 ultralight airplane on November 17, 2011. See my website or search for “Bloop ultralight airplane”. These are normal flights, complete with mistakes.
When I made this video I called the first landing “sloppy”, but I’m having second thoughts. Touching down in the parachute mode might represent a good minimal energy set down, even if a bounce results. A smooth landing (like my second landing in the video) requires extra airspeed and ground coverage, which looks good but might not be the best thing on a rough, short field.”

For more information on the Bloop1 and Mike Sandlin’s other innovative designs, please visit his website,


Apr 09 2013

Meeting the Maule

20130409-093143.jpgMy good friend Rob used to have a Sonerai, then a Skybolt, then an RV-8, and now he has a Maule. I’m not bragging, just giving background.

He didn’t build the Sonerai from scratch, but he finished it. He didn’t build the Skybolt, but did have the opportunity to recover the fuselage after a minor incident by another pilot. He built his RV-8 from one of Van’s kits. Did a great job, and loved the airplane, but really needed something with more seats. So… Out with the -8, and in with the Maule.

20130409-093243.jpgRob and I have been friends for a long time, but we don’t see each other too much these days. Family, work, and just life in general keeps me from the airport a lot more than I’d like. I made an unplanned visit out to Warrenton on Sunday to visit, and finally get a chance to meet the Maule.

Rob is in the process of doing some cleanup firewall-forward. Nothing major, but this is a working airplane, with decades or service. It could use some freshness under the cowl.

While I was there, Rob put me to work helping out, and I left with dirty hands. It felt good.


Apr 09 2013

Disassembly Has Begun

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After spending some time visiting a friend out at HWY on Sunday, and chipping in on his project, I decided that I needed to get moving on Ace disassembly.

This airplane is going to get stripped down to the bare frame, cleaned, painted, and recovered, so everything has to come off.

20130409-082805.jpgI have decided to get the engine controls sorted out before I pull the A-65. This includes the fuel system, gauges, etc. I want to replace the firewall, so I’ll use and abuse the old one while I sort out all the holes.

This cowl is held on with cowl pins on either side of the fuselage. The boot cowl, or forward sheeting, is held onto the fuselage tubing with a mixture of countersunk machine screws, button head machine screws, and button head sheet metal screws. A good number of screws were missing. Only a couple were damaged.

I also removed the windscreen, which was just a flat wrapped piece of lexan. I intend to replace it with a more classic tri-section windscreen.

I was surprised to find surface rust on the tubing near the firewall. I had expected corrosion on the lower tubes, but not up high. It’s all surface rust, and should clean up easily.

The next step will be to clean the cockpit area to prepare for figuring out the engine controls, gauges, etc. I might pull the fabric first, I might not. I guess it all depends on my mood.



Apr 08 2013

NorthWest Aero

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Instructor: Glenn Smith
Location: Coeur d’Alene Airport – Pappy Boyington Field, Coeur d’Alene, ID (KCOE)
Telephone: (208) 255-5500
Email: Click Here to Send a Message

Aircraft: 1941 Piper J-3

Rental Rates: $75/hr wet

Instruction Rates: $50/hr

Solo Rentals Available: Yes (with renters insurance)

Additional Information: 12,900 hour Gold Seal Flight Instructor with a majority in tail wheel aircraft (9,100 hours).  Using the Piper Cub, we offer Sport Pilot and Private Pilot Certificate Programs, Tailwheel Endorsments, Spin Training and Endorsements, and Flight Reviews.

Apr 08 2013

Stick & Rudder Aviation

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Instructor: Paul Leadabrand (and associate instructors)
Location: Gowen Field, Boise, ID (KBOI)
Telephone: (208) 477-1318
Email: Click Here to Send a Message

Aircraft: Kitfox “Super Sport” (S-LSA) w/ Rotax 912 & 914 (Turbo-charged)

Rental Rates: $135/hr & $145/hr (backcountry)

Instruction Rates: $60/hr Flight or Ground

Solo Rentals Available: Yes

Additional Information: Stick & Rudder Aviation was founded with the vision to fill a “first in the world” niche in Kitfox-specific tailwheel flight training, not available from other Flight Schools…  To provide a unique opportunity to train in the canyons and mountains of Idaho; to fly a a brand-new well-respected high-performance light sport aircraft; learn from an instructor with the 37 years of backcountry and around the world experience; and then find yourself with the skills to rent the same aircraft to fly out on your own adventure.

The only Kitfox Aircraft Factory-Endorsed flight training program for builders, buyers, and owner pilots of all-models of Kitfox Aircraft.

Apr 08 2013

Canyon Flying

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Instructor: Amy L. Hoover
Location: McCall Municipal Airport, McCall, ID (KMYL) and Bowers Field, Ellensburg, WA (KELN)
Telephone: (509) 899-5178
Email: Click Here to Send a Message

Aircraft: 2009 American Champion Explorer

Rental Rates: $150/hr

Instruction Rates: $45/hr

Solo Rentals Available: No

Additional Information: I have been flying and teaching in the Idaho back country for 22 years. Instruction in your aircraft or mine out of McCall Idaho June – August. Instruction in the Washington Cascades Sept – May.

Apr 08 2013

Aspen Flying Club

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Location: Centennial Airport, Denver, CO (KAPA)
Telephone: (303) 799-6794
Email: Click Here to Send a Message

Aircraft: Citabria, Super Decathlon Xtreme, Cirrus, Cessna, Diamond, Beechcraft, Piper, Tecnam, Varga Kachina, Gobosh LSA

Rental Rates: $99/hr and up

Instruction Rates: $40-60/hr

Solo Rentals Available: Yes

Additional Information: Mountain training, spin training, basic Aerobatic training, as well as Private pilot to ATP

Apr 08 2013

Sport Flying CT, LLC

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Instructor Name: Anthony Debany
Location: Danbury Municipal Airport, Danbury CT (KDXR)
Telephone: (203) 895-1204
Email: Click Here to Send a Message

Aircraft: J3 Floats or Wheels

Rental Rates: $1499 ASES ad-on

Instruction Rates: See website

Solo Rentals Available: No

Additional Information: We do the type of training most pilots want to do but is not often available. Seaplane, Skiplane, tailwheel and Light Sport. We have J3 Cubs on strait floats and wheels. 2 day ASES ad-on rating is $1499.00 complete, including check ride fee. Examiner on staff.