Half the Fun is Getting There... Or Going Home

I admit it. I'm frugal and I chose my fuel stops mostly by finding the "cheapest route", with a quick check of on-line reviews to ensure that others weren't reporting broken credit card machines or other deal breakers. So, for this trip home I selected Yankton, South Dakota. Low fuel price and nice reviews. What I didn't know until I arrived Continue reading "Half the Fun is Getting There... Or Going Home"

Sonex to Hold 14th Annual Open House and Homecoming Fly-In July 23rd in Oshkosh

Sonex Aircraft will again hold its Open House and Homecoming Fly-In the day before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh begins, July 23rd 2017, at Sonex factory headquarters on the east side of Wittman Regional Airport. The 2017 event marks the 14th annual gathering for customer-built aircraft at the Sonex facility. The event runs from 10am to 2pm central time and concludes with a mass taxi "arrival" of customer and factory aircraft across Wittman field to AirVenture grounds. Continue reading "Sonex to Hold 14th Annual Open House and Homecoming Fly-In July 23rd in Oshkosh"

Ninety Knots to Oshkosh

The 32-page NOTAM is an absolute must if you're flying an aircraft to Oshkosh.

Practice, practice, practice - it's what we all tell folks to do before they head to the Fiske Arrival and the great AirVenture experience! Flying in to the "the show" is a bucket list item for most pilots, and it requires you to be sharp--but is flying at 90 knots enough?

I went out this morning and did my usual annual tune-up, and here is my routine. Yes--you need to be able to fly your airplane at 90 knots if it is capable of doing so safely.  So getting used to the speed again (how often do you do this?) is useful. But I just holding speed isn't enough--you need to be able to do it while holding altitude, staying directly over a line on the ground (on the actual arrival, it's the railroad tracks), and look outside for traffic--all at the same time.

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Zenith Open Hangar Day and Fly-in

Zenith Aircraft extends an invitation to the company's 10th annual "Fly-In To Summer" Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering this Saturday, June 17: "Join us at our annual fly-in at the Zenith Aircraft kit factory in Mexico, Missouri (centrally located in the United States) as we enter the summer flying season. This will be a fun gathering of Zenith builders and flyers, and is an informal grass-roots fly-in gathering open to all aviation enthusiasts." Continue reading "Zenith Open Hangar Day and Fly-in"

Seen at Mojave

Walking the 2017 Mojave Experimental Fly-In ramp

Pre-event publicity for the 2017 Mojave Experimental Fly-In was low-key this year, but that didn’t stop a healthy crop of experimentalists to buzz in for this popular meet-and-greet gathering. Perfectly CAVU, windless weather helped as well. Continue reading "Seen at Mojave"

First Fly-in of Spring

Despite the forty feet of snow in the mountains above our home, despite this week's northeastern snowstorm, despite the fact that it is mid-March (and my upper midwestern roots and sensibilities say that snow can easily fall into May), the fact that I attended my first gathering of planes of the season is a harbinger of spring, as certain as that first confused Robin back when I grew up in Minnesota! Continue reading "First Fly-in of Spring"