The April fly-in meeting will be at Grenada, hosted by Aubie Pearman. See ‘Useful Links’ page for new link to site that shows flying events in our area. We had about 50 in attendance Saturday at Monroe County. The weather was good for a change. See 2014 folder in Photo Gallery for more photos from our attendees last Saturday, courtesy of David Johnson and Thomas Sippel. We enjoyed a good pancake breakfast, thanks to the Monroe County bunch. One thing that was noteworthy in the airplanes flown in was that there were two Taylorcrafts and two Aircoups (Ercoupes; Alons). And we were pleased to have the Navions from Meridian.
Trivia Question – You’re flying along and watching the shadow of your airplane move across the ground (assuming that the sun is shining and there actually is a shadow – something we didn’t see much of in February). The shadow is (a) Smaller than your airplane; (b) About the same size as your airplane, or: (c) Larger than your airplane.
(Click here for answer)Mike Smith sent a link to an interesting site that has animated diagrams of various engine designs and how they work. Choose ‘Useful Links’ from menu at right. Allen Pepper sent in the following: “Completed tail section for Challenger XL 65. Wings parts should arrive next week just as I am leaving for a week in Washington, DC. Fuselage parts ordered and should ship around February 1.” ( The Challenger XL-65 should be a good performer with an empty weight less than 600 lbs. It is an LSA; cruise speed is 90 mph.).
Quinten Graber sent in the photo below. His brother-in-law visited for a week or so over the holidays and helped him rebuild and install the engine in the Pitts. Maybe we’ll get to see it flying before too long.
Chapter President Joel Graber sent me the following project updates: Billy and Greg at Lowndes County are deep into an RV-8 project. Shane at Lowndes Co is building a Legal Eagle. Seems to be working on it every day. Project can be seen at Tom’s Paint (aka The Floor Gallery) on Gardner Blvd. Columbus. Kedric Borntrager at Macon just ordered a set of Double Eagle plans. Quinten worked all last week assembling the engine and installing it on his Pitts. Should be back in the air soon. There is work every Thursday evening at Paul Grabers hangar where we are restoring the Protech Prostar. Additionally, on Thursday evenings Gabriel Barnhart is building a Legal Eagle at Paul Grabers Daryl Schrock is every weekday working on the Glassair III at Macon. Bill Page and company appear to be still working hard on 2 legal eagles and 2 double eagles at Starkville.
And I’ll add to the list Allen Pepper’s Challenger project. Burt Nail is helping him with it. Also, Gary Kennedy has been working for quite a while rebuilding a Taylorcraft. He called me around Thanksgiving and informed me that it is now flying. I heard him on the radio recently – me at West Point and him at Okolona.
Chapter member Darryl Schrock is building a Glasair III (below). See more photos in Photo Gallery menu (2013/glasair project). Note big 300 hp Lycoming. The Glasair III cruises well over 250 statute MPH.
Abolish third-class medicals? You’ve probably seen the EAA and AOPA sites this week. The big news is a bill introduced in the U.S. House Wednesday by Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Sam Graves (R-MO) that seeks to abolish the third-class medical certificate for many pilots who fly recreationally. The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act of 2013 (HR 3708), co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Richard Hanna (R-NY), would require pilots who fly recreationally to hold a valid driver’s license in lieu of a third-class medical certificate and operate under specific limitations. EAA and other aviation associations worked with Rep. Rokita to develop and promote this legislation as part of a continuing commitment to lowering barriers to aviation participation. Some of the limitations: Not for compensation Conducted in VFR operations only, at or below 14,000 feet MSL No faster than 250 knots In aircraft with no more than six seats and no more than 6,000 pounds gross takeoff weight. “The third-class medical certificate does little to evaluate the day-to-day fitness of pilots flying recreationally,” said Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety. “There are better ways to maintain high medical standards for aviation and allow individuals the freedom to enjoy the world of flight.”
The EAA and the AOPA had petitioned the FAA to allow such a provision but the FAA has failed to act.