Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 30 2013

Another CFI Added to the Directory, BOOM!

learntoflyhere150x150Here we go, again!  The Taildraggers, Inc. CFI / Flight School Directory just keeps on growing.

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:

Dragon Aviation LLC :: The Eastern Iowa Airport, Cedar Rapids, IA (KCID)

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

 

Jun 30 2013

Dragon Aviation LLC

Dragon av business cardDragon Aviation LLC
Instructor: Colin Reed
Location: The Eastern Iowa Airport, Cedar Rapids, IA (KCID)
Telephone: (319) 804-8359
Email: Click Here to Send a Message
Website: www.dragonaviationcr.com

Aircraft: Cessna 140

Rental Rates: $95/hr

Instruction Rates: $45/hr

Solo Rentals Available: No

Additional Information:  Average Joe Flight Instructor looking to share his love of tailwheel airplanes.

Jun 27 2013

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Jun 26 2013

R/C Flying June 26, 2013

I took the kids R/C flying this morning.  They’ve been out to the field before, but this is the first time either of them has had control of an airplane in flight.  They both need a lot more practice, and some more education on what the controls do, but they had fun.  Almost as important is that we left will all the airplanes still useable.

Jun 23 2013

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Jun 21 2013

Una vez más la escuela de vuelo agrega al directorio!

learntoflyhere150x150Hey, hey, hey!!! More new CFI’s added to the Taildraggers, Inc. CFI / Flight School Di-rec-to-ray!

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:

Fallbrook Air Service, Inc. :: Fallbrook Community Airpark, Fallbrook, CA (L18)

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

Jun 21 2013

Fallbrook Air Service, Inc.

fallbrook_champFallbrook Air Service Inc.
Instructor: Several Instructors
Location: Fallbrook Community Airpark, Fallbrook, CA (L18)
Telephone: (760) 728-1231
Email: Click Here to Send a Message
Website: www.fallbrookairservice.com

Aircraft: Aeronca Champ (7AC) , Cessna 150, Cessna 172

Rental Rates: Champ $69/hr, Cessna 150 $89/hr, Cessna 172 $129/hr

Instruction Rates: $40/hr VFR, $50/hr IFR

Solo Rentals Available: Yes

Additional Information: FBO at same location for over 45 years!!!  Race Record holder at Reno National Air Races!  FBO BBQ almost every Sat.

Jun 17 2013

Hand Signals

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Brought to you by, “the Internet”. Sorry, I can’t remember where I found this.

-WB

Jun 13 2013

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Jun 10 2013

Ariel Model B

20130610-113724.jpgI have a penchant for old magazines. I keep it pretty tightly contained to old airplane magazines. One of my favorites is the old EAA Experimenter and Sport Aviation magazines. In addition to the straight forward articles, and a nearly complete lack of commercials (ads for unrelated products), they document the EAA’s formative years.

In reading through the October 1959 issue of Sport Aviation, I spotted an airplane I hadn’t seen before on page 16. Photographed by Randy Barnes at the 1959 EAA fly-in in Rockford, Il, was an airplane captioned “Stearman Model B owned by Richard Ritenaur, Polo, Ill”

20130610-113810.jpgSo, I Googled it. Nothing. All I got were Stearman biplanes. So, I went back to the magazine, and on page 23 was a drawing in the “Straub Sketchbook” article, which referred to the Model B as an “Aeriel”. So, back to Google. This time I started getting somewhere.

What I found is that the airplane was the second aircraft manufactured by the Ariel Aircraft Company, of which Glenn A. Stearman was the president. Glenn was cousin to Lloyd Stearman, the Stearman we all think about when we think of Stearman. To me, this means the EAA caption is incorrect, and the airplane should have been labeled as “Ariel Model B”. However, current FAA records show this airplane is now owned by the Kansas Aviation Museum, and is registered as a “Stearman Aviation model B”. So, it looks like there was name changing going on in the company’s short existence.

20130610-114404.jpgOf the limited information I found during a short search, the majority was posted on AeroFiles. They indicated that three Ariels were built in 1940-41. The first was the Model A with a 65 hp Lycoming, followed by two Model B’s; one with the 75 hp Continental, and the second with an 80 hp Franklin. The airplane that attended the 1959 fly-in looks to be the first Model B, N32459, which is now in the museum in Kansas.

FAA records indicate that Ariel Model A, NX25471, is now owned by Lon Cottingham of Kingwood, TX, is registered in the Experimental, Amateur Built category, and sports a Lycoming O-320. Talk about a horsepower upgrade! Maybe I’ll send him a letter and see if the airplane is still flying.

-WB

Jun 09 2013

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Jun 06 2013

Lillymae Spins the Glider

I played this for my five year old daughter the other day to show her that other little girls fly.  I’m trying to get her motivated to get into airplanes.  She was so impressed that this little girl was flying “by herself”.

If I do my job right as a parent, my daughter will be on Judy’s Ladies Love Taildraggers site in a few years!

-WB

 

Jun 06 2013

Nothing to See Here…

aceI’ve got nothing.  Seriously.  I’ve been swamped with life outside of aviation.  You know, family, kids, work, bills, mowing the lawn, fixing stuff around the house, birthday parties, etc.  I haven’t touched the Baby Ace in weeks.  Shameful, I know.

I did manage to sell a tailwheel.  That will help to put a couple bucks back in the kitty for the Baby Ace.  Which is good, because I’m wanting more and more to replace the old mild steel exhaust.  That’s a full AMU* I hadn’t planned for.  But I want a nice exhaust system under the cowl.  Save a few pounds on the nose of an already tipsy airframe.

New Old Stock Scott 3200 for sale. $2000. :)I’m also “in the process” of selling of a bunch of R/C stuff I’m not using.  All of that will go on RCGroups and RCUniverse.  Don’t expect to hear much about it here, but the funds raised are going into my Baby Ace project.

This week I started on an R/C glider project to fly with my kids.  It’s a Great Planes Spirit ARF, but I think I would have been better off with a kit.  The QC is lacking on these GP ARF’s.  This is the third one I’ve had issues with.  Hangar 9 and SIG are far and away better ARF’s.  No comparison.

If you look at some of the older posts, you’ll see that I’m pretty active on Instagram.  I like it.  It’s easy, and there are lots of pictures for visually inspired people like me.  Not too many words.  If you’re on Instagram, please follow me.  If you’re an aviation person, I’ll gladly follow you back.  Especially if you post pictures of taildraggers!!!

-WB

*AMU = Aviation Monetary Unit – equivalent to one thousand U.S. dollars.

Jun 06 2013

More CFI’s Added to the Directory!

Hey, hey, hey!!! More new CFI’s added to the Taildraggers, Inc. CFI / Flight School Di-rec-to-ray!

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:

Lompoc Flight Service :: Lompoc Airport, Lompoc, CA (KLPC)

CP Aviation, Inc. :: Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, CA (KSZP)

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

 

Jun 06 2013

Lompoc Flight Service

lompocLompoc Flight Service
Instructor: James MacGregor
Location: Lompoc Airport, Lompoc, CA (KLPC)
Telephone: (805) 364-2714
Email: Click Here to Send a Message
Website: www.FlyLompoc.com

Aircraft: Grumman AA-1A, Stinson 108-1 Voyager

Rental Rates: $63/hr dry

Instruction Rates: $50/hr

Solo Rentals Available: Yes Grumman, No Stinson

Additional Information: Gold seal, AG training, seaplane training, mountain training, instrument, CPL, high performance and complex available.

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