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 Airbus Tour January 30 2016

A good-sized group attended the interesting Airbus Tour conducted by Chapter president Thomas Sippel. Photo below shows the attendees. See more photos of the tour and also the lunch group in Matt Brignac’s hangar under Photo Gallery. Thanks to Matt for the lunch and the use of his hangar.

Airbus Tour Group

Airbus Tour Group

Allen Pepper’s new project: A Zenith CH 750 Cruzer.
Alan's pic

Allen’s wife Verla is shown in the workshop, along with the fuselage. Allen was very generous in buying Verla a recent expensive gift: A UL 350i engine! I know all our wives wish we could be so generous.

The Cruzer has a decent cruise speed (118 MPH) as compared with the STOL version, but has a longer takeoff roll: 350 ft. as compared with 100 ft for the STOL. 350 ft is not bad.

You can see more about this airplane at

The Pilot’s “Bill of Rights” bill, which eliminates the third-class medical, passed the Senate recently. It’s on to the House now. If you didn’t get emails today from either EAA or the AOPA you can read about it at and choose ‘News’.

About 65 Chapter members and friends enjoyed the Christmas party last Saturday night, December 5. We enjoyed a great steak dinner. Chapter T-shirts samples were presented along with an order sheet. If you weren’t there you will have an opportunity to order yours at a later Chapter meeting. See more photos in Photo Gallery.

Chapter President Thomas Sippel Jason Cantrell with a Chapter Service Award.

Chapter President Thomas Sippel presents Jason Cantrell with a Chapter Service Award for his work during the year as Treasurer.

After our group toured the Bogue Chitto contton gin near Brooksville on November 21, I went back a few days later for some aerial shots. The one below was the best; it was somewhat hazy that day, so photos made at lower altitude were the best.

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I found I can make pretty good photos in the Taylorcraft when flying alone. I hold the camera in my right hand, and with my left on the wheel I have a clear view out the side window. It’s important when taking pictures not to touch the airframe (or even your head), to avoid transferring vibrations to the camera.


The official "inspection team". Who do pilots do that?

Dr. Paul Penon’s Diamond DA40 gets a once-over from Chapter members. Did it pass inspection, guys?

The November fly-in / meeting was Saturday, November 7 at Mike Banks’ ‘Camphouse’ in Macon. Minutes of the meeting as well as photos (thanks to Thomas Sippel and David Johnson) are posted under the appropriate headings from the menu at right.


GTR FAA / Chapter Meeting

There was a good turnout for the meeting Tuesday night (August 18). Thanks to Matt Brignac for hosting the event in his large hangar. Larry Wells made a presentation on safety issues relating to first flights. Jerry Greer briefed us on procedures near the Columbus Air Force Base. GTR Executive Director Mike Hainsey briefed the group on GTR operations. We enjoyed a delicious meal of fried catfish and frog legs prepared by Bobby Caldwell and helpers.


Unfavorable weather forecasts prevented some from flying to Paul Spurgeons’s place Saturday (June 27, 2015), but despite the forecasts the rain held off and it was good flying weather. There were eight airplanes and about 40 people present, most of whom drove in. The food was excellent as usual, thanks to Paul and the ones who helped. See more photos in Photo Gallery.


I don’t know which is more popular at Paul’s: the food, the fellowship, the flying or the shade of that big elm.

On Saturday, June 13, six Chapter pilots finally got to fly 17 Young Eagles. Several others showed up to help in various capacities. A WCBI TV reporter was there to do a news segment, and the Starkville Daily News ran a story in the Sunday edition. You can see photos in ‘Photo Gallery’ at right.’

Pilots participating in the flights were:
Joel Graber (C-172)
Don Baker (Alon)
David Haney (Citabria)
Sam Suttle (C-182)
J.W. Bruce (Piper Warrior)
Thomas Sippel (RV-6A)


Carey Hardin departing 18 in the Stearman at Starkville.

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’.

Menu additions:

The A & P’s, etc that were listed in this spot have been moved to the “Technical Assistance” category.