BIG: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2019

A clean, rounded cowling and Catto 3-blade fixed-pitch mark the Dendy Tailwind. Power comes from an otherwise stock O-320 Lycoming with 9.0:1 pistons. Dendry reports a 180 mph cruise at a busy 2740 rpm and 8 gph.

If the Mojave Experimental Fly-In had a theme in 2019 it turned out to be "big."

The planned part of big was Mike Patey arriving in Draco, the over-the-top Wilga on Pratt & Whitney turbine steroids. Certainly the hero-class leader of back country STOL experimentals, "Draco" features PT-6 power and a showy, high-gloss and feature-packed persona to wow 'em out west. His low, slow and high-angle demonstration certainly didn't go unnoticed when Draco arrived mid-morning. Continue reading "BIG: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2019"

Indoor Aviating at Mojave

Karl Schultz tries to believe his dad, Scott's, admonition that his Build & Fly glider really will be more fun if they replace the vertical tail. Karl wasn't having any interruptions, however, even if dad works at Virgin Galaxtic.

It's taken seven years for us to attend the Friday night glider build and free-flight soaring competition at the Mojave Experimental Fly-In, but this was finally our year, and it was good, low key fun. We didn't build anything last Friday night, but enjoyed catching up with friends, ate a little pizza and watched the youngsters--and some old guys--have some fun playing with balsa wood. Continue reading "Indoor Aviating at Mojave"

Promise Fulfilled

Mark Voss, One Moment Racing's thermodynamicist and Andrew Findlay stop hugging long enough for a photo after their first Sport Gold victory.
Mark Voss, One Moment Racing's thermodynamicist and Andrew Findlay stop hugging long enough for a photo after their first Sport Gold victory.

Ever since Andrew Findlay appeared with his splashy graphics and youthful team full of brains and enthusiasm the only real question was when would it all come together for a Sport Gold win.

The answer was today. Continue reading "Promise Fulfilled"

Biplane Gold

Andrew Buehler tells what it was like out there moments after winning Biplane Gold--again.

Surprising absolutely no one, Andrew Buehler started first, immediately began lapping nearly everyone and finished first in today's Biplane Gold race. Flying Phantom, the modified beyond recognition Mong Sport he's co-owned with Tom Aberle since the beginning, Buehler capped a trouble-free Reno year in all-conquering fashion. Certainly Phantom is one of the winningist race planes of all time, and has taken Tom Aberle into the ranks of the most successful pilots in Reno history. Continue reading "Biplane Gold"