Category Archives: Mojave

Tie Down the Airplane

It’s spring and big winds are back. Tie down your aircraft if you aren’t at the controls because enough wind can fly anything from this…

An airplane flies away in a gust of wind because it wasn't secured.

Click to see what happens…

To this! All the wing needs is sufficient airspeed and it *will* fly. That’s what happened to the 747 in the link above. It’s been stripped down at the boneyard so it’s very light, and stall speed decreases with weight, so the wing needs less airspeed to fly. The only reason this 747 didn’t do like the light airplane above is the 747 was tied down at the main landing gear.

This isn’t just a windy day piece of advice. Helicopter downwash on a ramp can fly most light airplanes just as easily (if not more so) than high winds can.

So secure your aircraft. Tie it down fast if you aren’t at the controls.

Upcoming Events: Antelope Valley 99’s Poker Run

Here’s the flyer: AV99s_BBQ_Registration_form_2014, and the entry form: AV99s_BBQ_Registration_info_2014, for the 99’s annual poker flight.  The Bar-B-Que/prize time will be at WJF and the airports to fly to for poker cards and Mojave, Rosamond,Cal City, Tehachapi and Inyokern.  Cards are available at 9:00am and MUST be turned in by1:00pm.  If you choose not to fly or can’t make all of the airports, there are cards for ALL airports at WJF.

 For more info call 760-375-2958 or e-mail   

Mojave Experimental Fly-In April 20th

Mojave Fly in and times

The Mojave Experimental Fly-In is scheduled for April 20th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Quite the interesting collection of airplanes have planned to attend.  So far they have jets, electric airplanes, air racers, unique personal aircraft, and the list is still growing.