Flight to Tucson, March 2014

Some pictures from flying to Tucson for work a few weeks ago

Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City

CASA Jet at KAVQ

CASA Jet at KAVQ

Jet Warbirds at KAVQ.  A-4 Skyhawks and a F-8 Crusader.

Jet Warbirds at KAVQ. A-4 Skyhawks and a F-8 Crusader.

An A-26 Invader at KAVQ.

An A-26 Invader, a Grumman AA-5 Tiger, and a Piper Commanche at KAVQ.

The front end of the A-26 Invader w/ the cowling off the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine.

The front end of the A-26 Invader w/ the cowling off the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine.

A beautiful reservoir near Lake Havasu.

A beautiful reservoir near Lake Havasu.

Lake Havasu and another reservoir.  It amazes me to see water like this after flying over so much desert.

Lake Havasu and another reservoir. It amazes me to see water like this after flying over so much desert.

These three solar power plants outside of Las Vegas look sort of like birthday candles. They are really bright, even from over 50 miles away!

These three solar power plants outside of Las Vegas look sort of like birthday candles. They are really bright, even from over 50 miles away!

 

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  n51EZ@yahoo.com   

Upcoming Events: Los Angeles County Air Show

LOS ANGELES COUNTY AIR SHOW

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Fox Field (KWJF)

  • The U.S. Navy Blue Angels
  • Special performance by the Blue Angels Lockheed C-130 support aircraft, affectionately known as ‘Fat Albert’
  • Red Bull Air Force – Including Chuck Aaron in his aerobatic helicopter, Kirby Chambliss flying gravity-defying aerobatics in his Edge 540, and the Red Bull Wing Suit Flyers
  • Greg Colyer – The Ace Maker featuring the iconic Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
  • Bill Braack – Smoke N’ Thunder Jet Car, racing close to 400 mph
  • Heritage Flight – P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre Jet
  • Lockheed Martin P-38 Lightning Aerobatic Demonstration
  • Korean War Demonstration – featuring a dogfight between an F-86 Sabre Jet and a Mig 15
  • Northrop N9MB Flying Wing flyovers
  • and more in the air and on the ground.

 

New bill would expand driver’s license medical

Good news!  Members of the House General Aviation Caucus introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act.  From the AOPA announcement:

“This would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats… Pilots would be allowed to carry up to five passengers, fly at altitudes below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots. The act also would require the FAA to report on the safety consequences of the new rule after five years.”

Reading the bill that’s basically it!  This would be a remarkable improvement over the  FAA’s inaction over the EAA/AOPA petition for expanded driver’s license medical certification, and it would allow pilots much more freedom to fly. It’s time to write our representatives and let them know what we think of this as pilots: we love it!  Please find and your representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/  Please take the time to write.  The pilot you save may be you!

New 2013 Glider Flying Handbook

The FAA recently published a new edition of the Glider Flying Handbook.  It looks like some nice changes were made to clarify a few points the old version didn’t do quite so well.  They also did some work reorganizing it a bit and I think that made for some improvement too.

If you have something comfortable for reading PDFs you can save a few bucks by going to http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/glider_handbook/ and downloading it.  If you’re a glider pilot, or just curious, it’s a worthwhile read.

Sierra Soaring Club @ CalUAS Day

CalUAS day was huge.  First off, the numbers don’t lie.  The organizers expected about 1,500 people or so… 4,500-5,000 came to visit.  That’s about one person out of every five in Ridgecrest!  There was a lot of flying going on, and many very interesting presenters showing their support for the CalUAS effort at Inyoken showing what they can do and planned to do.  There were a lot of UAV demonstrations in the big hangar.  Too many to list them all.  There was also a some manned aviation in the mix.  Chip Yates made a demo flight of his record setting electric airplane, Axel Alvarez and his friends in the SoCal Ravens Formation Flying Team showed their skill too with some very nice formations in some beautiful homebuilt Van’s aircraft, Matt Menza made a few passes too in his Yakolev 52 before bringing it out to the ramp so kids could get their photos taken in it, there was an L-39 Albatross jet trainer that also came to visit.

Sierra Soaring Club represented itself at the event with a booth.  We were intending to bring out a glider too, but forecasts for winds up to 50 convinced us not to test the forecast.  Too bad the forecast was wrong!  It was beautiful, sunny, and clear.  Thankfully we had everyone there to meet all the people asking about flying gliders!  Tom Wilkins, Tom Serkowski, Nick Stelmashenko, and I were answering questions, handing out brochures (Aleta, my wife, outdid herself on these and Tom Wilkins found a great printer to make them up for us), showing soaring videos, and having an outstanding time talking about flying to hundreds and hundreds of new friends!  Thankfully Karen Serkowski and Aleta were there to keep everything else going behind the scenes and bring us all lunch!  It was a great event and I think the club did very well for itself promoting gliding and hopefully convincing several people to come out and fly with us.

 

The crew, ready to go, just before the gate opened. Lots of great handouts and publications to give away and we showed a nice set of quick videos on soaring that got a lot of attention.

The crew, ready to go, just before the gate opened. Lots of great handouts and publications to give away and we showed a nice set of quick videos on soaring that got a lot of attention.

Chip Yates Record Setting Electric Airplane Fly-by

Chip Yates and his electric long-EZ on display while Chip does post-flight checks.

Chip Yates and his electric Long-EZ on display while Chip does post-flight checks.

 

The Ravens on their first formation fly-by.

The Ravens on their first formation fly-by.

Local aviatior Axel Alvarez in the lead on this formation (right after a planned formation break off) in his RV-4.

Local aviatior Axel Alvarez in the lead on this formation (right after a planned formation break off) in his RV-4.