As those close to me may know, I tend to ascribe somewhat human properties to airplanes. Somehow, I just feel that they are greater than the sum of their parts. I remember many years ago, standing in a dimly lit hangar in Medford Oregon with the 1946 Taylorcraft BC12D I had just purchased.
"let’s not forget that some of us will revert to the actions of a guy who is driving a Soap Box Derby racer."
Sometimes it sure pays to have pals with Taildraggers! Jeff Thompson needed some recurrent work while his Husky is being worked on and my PA12 was undergoing a trim cable change, so I used Outlaw Aviation's Cessna 120 and Jeff and I had a great time with it.
Written in July, 2018 In a recent article in the Tailwheeler’s journal, I described with my tongue just a little bit in my cheek, how I’d established…
A couple of weeks ago and right after the latest newsletter came out, I received a couple of messages. One was from former student of Tailwheel Town, Richard Greensted. Richard owns a lovely 140 and he sent a great pic of him and his son, Kai with their 140.
"Like the Dutch Touch, The Tailwheel Drag is incredibly difficult. But mastery of it will create a pilot who is truly the master of the plane. And isn’t that what we’d all like to be?"
The two-week period began with Andreas Ritter's arrival to finish getting checked out in his Cessna 140 and to do a little maintenance on it. Andreas brought his daughter, 14-year-old Anna, who pitched in to help with a bunch of the work. The two launched off in Andreas' Cessna 140 and reported that they made North Las Vegas in a couple of days. The 140 will be put in a container and sent to Germany.
"If I DO suggest that you try it, it’s because I think you’re a pretty damned good stick. There! I just insulted well over half of my students. Oh, well, I was gonna quit teaching anyway!"
As I wrote in last week's newsletter, I took a week off to go backpacking in Idaho with Actor/Writer/Producer Doug Copsey and Emmy Award winning Cinematographer and Director, Norman Nelson. Here's a pic of the three of us at Duck Lake.
What comes to your mind when you think of the word, “Lurking”? Probably a burglar, lurking in the shadows, or someone generally up to no good. Skydivers use the term…