There will be a fly-in / Camping event at Bessemer, AL (KEKY) March 20 and 21’st. Click here for more information. Home-building is alive and well in Chapter 1189. Starkville is the site 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”.
Aubie Pearman 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.
“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.”
Allen Pepper now has eight hours on his Challenger XL-65. See below.
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. (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.
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 [at] .
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.
(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.