We helped Aero English celebrate his birthday Saturday, and it’s always good to see Alan Henley. And we had three airplanes and four visitors from the Jasper, Alabama area. I know Ed Banks, who has visited with us several times over the years, but didn’t get the others’ names. And it is worth mentioning that we had two Octagenarians who flew in, and we also celebrated, with Andy and Nancy Fultz, their 28th Wedding Anniversary!
Part of the outside crowd 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“. This is a work in progress; let me know of any corrections that need to be made. Below: I rode in the front seat of Carey Hardin’s Stearman in 2008 in formation with these three other beautiful ships.
Thomas Sippel (RV) and Andy Fultz (Avid) were flying at sundown the other day. Andy, you really should have that engine seen about. At right you see what Warren Arter calls his “Mississippi Wing Load Tester”. Whatever works. Someone counted 92 at Saturday’s fly-in at West Point. The weather was great – blue skies and white cumulus clouds. We enjoyed crawfish cooked in the best Louisiana tradition by Shane Lamkin. We thank the City of West Point and everyone connected with the event for making our fly-in a success. We were welcomed by West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson and Selectmen William Binder and Gary Dedeaux. Gary, as most of you know, is a Chapter 1189 member.
Allen Pepper sent in this photo show progress on his Challenger project. He hope to fly it this summer.(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).
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.
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.