It's been pretty quiet at Tailwheel Town. Christmas has come and gone and so has the snow. We've had some pretty good flying days. Ella Blanks got her tailwheel endorsement and is one of the better applicants who has visited Tailwheel Town.
The week started off nicely with a very good pilot showing up for the TE course. Ella Blanks flew very nicely and had no trouble during her get acquainted flight with "Fred", our Tailwheel Town Piper PA12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To those who wrote me on the occasion of my announcement of my retirement from much of my teaching, THANK YOU! But I have to say that, in spite of the nice things you all said about my teaching, I think you may have forgotten the role that YOU have played in becoming better pilots. Because, if you didn't have the desire to improve through practice, your skills couldn't be improved by anyone. It is YOU who have been responsible for your own improvement.
Many thanks to Erik Cook and Marty Kimberling from High Desert Aviation. Those guys are great mechanics and I really appreciate their help with the PA12. I am probably going to stop doing flight instruction except for my two most talented students. Anyone who is currently booked will be flown...
My Pal, Norman Nelson, spent a bit of time at the Squirrelwerks. We had a great time and went flying for a bit. Norm took the pic below of Phil Comingore's granddaughter, Emily, as we formed up on Phil's Cub.