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Carey Hardin departing 18 in the Stearman at Starkville.


DaleChapter member Dale Weaver is shown in this ad in the current issue of the Delta Farm Press.
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Photo below: Aero English receiving Master Pilot Award from FAA Representative Larry Wells on April 11.


Brig. General Robert Stewart, Retired

Top photo: Well-known pilot and Chapter 1189 member Aero English receiving the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from FAA Representative Larry Wells on Saturday, April 11. We also heard an entertaining speech from former Astronaut and retired Brig. General Robert Stewart.

Aero also received recognition from the Monroe County Board of Supervisors. And Aubie Pearman read Mississippi House Resolution 135 commending Aero for his long service in the State. These formalities were preceded by an Honor Guard presentation of the Colors and the singing of our National Anthem. We had a very good turnout, with about 30 airplanes flying in. See more photos under ‘Photo Gallery’.


Alyssa Martin with WCBI television


Gabriel Austin with WTVA television


Dignitaries on the podium















From the archives: 2002.
Photo below was made on 9/11/02 in celebration of our freedoms and defiance in view of the one year anniversary of 9/11/01. Since it was a work day only three showed up to fly over to Oxford to eat at a popular cafe called informally “Mama Jo’s”: Stanley Gray and I were retired, and Mitch Hendrix had a day off from his Pilot job for Southwestern Airlines. Mama Jo was proud to greet her customers who came so far to eat there. Mitch flew his Cessna 140 while Stanley rode with me in the RV.

Below: Fayette, AL was a popular location to fly to when LB’s Barbeque – no longer there – was a short walking distance from the airport (M95). There are currently two fast-food joints there now, but we miss LB’s. Drew Fultz is the little guy between Andy and Nancy. Others are Paul Spurgeon, David Johnson, Alan and Jennifer Henley, Dale Weaver, Mitch Hendrix, and three unidentified. Yours truly was the photographer.

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We’ll wait for an ‘official’ count, but there must have been at least 50 – 60 in attendance today (Saturday, February 28) for our February fly-in meeting. See photos under ‘Photo Gallery’. The weather was good compared with some we have had lately. We heard an interesting and informative safety talk from FAA Fasteam Speaker Larry Wells, who was introduced by Aubie Pearman. The topic was “Loss of control: why it’s such a big topic”. Afterward we had a short meeting and then enjoyed a good BBQ lunch. We had a larger than usual number of non-chapter members because of the safety meeting.


Home-building is alive and well in Chapter 1189. Starkville is the SmithMikeJrsite of a lot of that activity lately, but Mike Smith, Jr. of Tuscaloosa recently sent photos and an update on his Panther project. This airplane may not be too well known yet, but I predict we’ll be hearing more about it in the future. We’ve modified the menu item labeled “How-To Articles” to include member building projects. Check out Mike’s interesting story under “How-To Articles / Member Building Projects”.

The Panther

Thomas Sippel en route to Monroe County with what looks like David Johnson’s Cherokee.

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forwarded me these two pictures of a Piper J3 for sale at Cleveland, MS. See ‘For Sale’ item on main menu for larger photos and description.
Jennifer Henley posted this photo on Facebook of Alan (our Chapter’s namesake) taking Harrison Ford for a ride a few years ago, and gave me permission to use it here. I’ll bet Alan let Harrison fly some too.

Someone sent me a photo of Terry Teer’s “new” C-172 (below). I asked Terry about it and here’s what he wrote: TerryTeer

“The Cessna is a 69 K model.  I purchased from a good friend in Carthage. It has a decent panel (full IFR) but kinda dated.  It needs a little sprucing up but will make a good platform for my son, Caden, to get his license in.  Unfortunately he has gone back to Texas to finish his 2nd semester at UTA.  Hopefully I’ll be able to use it some too!  The RV is progressing nicely and hopefully will complete the end of this year.”
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Allen Pepper now has eight hours on his Challenger XL-65. See below.

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Allen Pepper in a recent flight in his Challenger. Photo by Drew Fultz.

Rumor has it that Quinten Graber has a new steed:  Drew Fultz made the following photos near Starkville.
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Quentin looked at the airplane in St. Louis on the way back from Oshkosh and later bought it. It is a 1948 Cessna 195, which is the 190 with the original Continental 240 HP engine replaced with the 300 HP Jacobs.
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I checked on building progress on Legal Eagle no. two (or is it three?) at STF recently. Photo below shows Bill Page with wing construction; other wing is being covered by Bert Nail. Other photo shows Bill Page’s finished Legal Eagle, sporting new fiberglass cowl. Bill is well known in the area for his expertise in composite work, which was evident in his award-winning KR2.
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(December 21) – According to Treasurer Jason Cantrell, we had 60 attending the Christmas Dinner Saturday night (below). See more photos in Photo Gallery. We welcome new member Vinnie Harris. Vinnie and Wife Karen live near the Plymouth Bluff Center where we had the Christmas dinner. Vinnie becomes the Chapter’s 107th member.


Vinnie and Karen Harris

Part of the crowd at the Christmas party

Part of the crowd at the Christmas party

 Engine pre-heater: Since Chapter member David Haney described the inexpensive engine pre-heater he built, several of the Starkville guys reported that they used a similar design. J. W. Bruce has tweaked the basic design and incorporated a P-trap to prevent the possibility of oil getting to the heater. He also sent pictures of his heater; click here to see.

Member Directory: David Johnson is working to ferret out photos of members we lack. We now have pictures of about two-thirds of our members (70 out of 104 members). If you have a photo we need – an updated one of you or one we are lacking – please send to David at .img[at].img .
David Johnson managed to get his picture made with Patty Wagstaff.

David Johnson managed to get his picture made with Patty Wagstaff at Oshkosh.






Paul Spurgeon’s place, June 28, 2014

 Menu additions:
The A & P’s, etc that were listed in this spot have been moved to the “Technical Assistance” category.
New: “Directions to Private Airstrips“.
Below: I rode in the front seat of Carey Hardin’s Stearman in 2008 in formation with these three other beautiful ships.
Stearman flight over Starkville

Stearman flights over Starkville, 2008


  (Early 2014 post)Chapter President Joel Graber sent 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.

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 have petitioned the FAA to allow such a provision.