Largest Yet: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2018

There was a little of everything on the ramp during the Mojave Experimental Fly In. Andrew Angelotti's Spingarage KR-2 sits low and white in the center of this view.

With 344 transient aircraft and 16 local operations logged by the tower, plus what might have been 100 airplanes on the ramp at any one time, the 2018 Mojave Experimental Fly-In April 21, 2018 certainly looked and felt like the most-attended MEFI in the event's six-year history. It's true that many of the aircraft arriving at Mojave were certified transportation, but they were carrying experimenters and there were still plenty of experimentals to eyeball on Mojave's ample ramp. Continue reading "Largest Yet: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2018"

Seen at Mojave

We'll admit we had to ask Scott Stearns what his eager looking taildragger was. "A KIS TR-1c," he smiled, and with far fewer than 100 kits built we don't feel so bad about not identifying it. The TR-1 series dates from the 1990's; Stearn's sports healthy IO-360 power "and is the only one with a carbon fiber wing, tail and cowling." Another standout is 80 gallons of fuel carried in front and behind the spar. Cruising at peak EGT at 12,000 ft Stearns reports a 185 kt cruise at peak EGT at 12,000 ft; flaps down stall is 55 kt.

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"

Fifth Annual Mojave Experimental Fly- In

The Fifth Annual Mojave Experimental Fly- In/Plane Crazy Saturday will be held at Mojave Air and Spaceport on April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Indoor Fly-In at the Stuart Witt Event Center will be held on Friday, April 14, 2017 beginning at 5 p.m.

This fly-in is a great opportunity to showcase the Mojave Air and Spaceport on a much larger scale than the standard Plane Crazy Saturday events held each month. Last year the flight line was full of aircraft all the way from the original Marine Corps Air Station tower to the new tower. Homebuilt Aircraft, Air Racers, One-of-a-kind Experimental and historic aircraft were lined up for free public viewing. Continue reading "Fifth Annual Mojave Experimental Fly- In"

Mojave Experimental Award Winners

Mojave award winners received novel illuminated trophies. From left: Dick Rutan, Kevin Eldridge, Andrew Findlay, Rian Johnson, Tom Siegler, Joe Coraggio and speaker James Brown.
Mojave award winners received novel illuminated trophies. From left: Dick Rutan, Kevin Eldridge, Andrew Findlay, Rian Johnson, Tom Siegler, Joe Coraggio and speaker James Brown.

To foster innovation the Mojave Experimental Fly-In recognizes achievement following the Fly-In's moto: Design. Build. Test.

Additionally, the Experimenter of the Year is announced, along with the Best Attempt award for achievement or project development that may not have yet reached its goal but is noteworthy nonetheless.

The 2016 winners were announced tonight at an awards banquet highlighted by a behind the scenes review of the F-117 and F-22 stealth aircraft by Lockheed test pilot James Brown. Continue reading "Mojave Experimental Award Winners"

Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2016

Elliott Seguin scoots his crowd-drawing turbine-powered Quickie into its display position. Seguin was able to taxi the fully-functional jet Quickie but was awaiting a Letter of Authorization for a multi-engine turbine taildragger from the FAA. Actually the requirements are for a multi-engine ticket and a type rating, which, you might imagine, is taking a few days to sort out. One of the PBS TJ40 drone engines is visible in front of the “TEST” signage; it makes 85 lbs of thrust, and calculations show the airframe could reach VNE with just one engine.
Elliott Seguin scoots his crowd-drawing turbine-powered Quickie into its display position. Seguin was able to taxi the fully-functional jet Quickie but was awaiting a Letter of Authorization for a multi-engine turbine taildragger from the FAA. Actually the requirements are for a multi-engine ticket and a type rating, which, you might imagine, is taking a few days to sort out. One of the PBS TJ40 drone engines is visible in front of the “TEST” signage; it makes 85 lbs of thrust, and calculations show the airframe could reach VNE with just one engine.

Experimental fans continue to make the Mojave Experimental Fly-In an anticipated event on the west coast. Even with minimal publicity and in the face of sometimes blustery north winds, the Experimental Fly-In drew an impressively large crowd today. Almost all attending were fly-in participants eager to eyeball interesting airplanes and meet the people behind them - and with everything from Pietenpols to the Virgin Galactic mothership on the ramp, we doubt anyone was disappointed. Continue reading "Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2016"