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Monday
Mar202017

Mid America Flight Museum 2016

By Nick Viggiano

Scott glover flying the P-51, Andrew Kiest flying the Beech 18 and Kelly Mohan flying the T-28. Matt Bongers was flying the photo plane SNJ-3. (Mid America Flight Museum)I started a new aviation journey about a year ago. Two friends who did not know each other (at the time) were pulling me to Mount Pleasant, Texas, and the Mid America Flight Museum. One longtime friend, Jason Bell, who lives in Mt. Pleasant, was finally bitten by the aviation bug and was pursuing his private ticket. The other, longtime friend, Erik Johnston, an aviation videographer, was volunteering and producing YouTube videos for the Mid America Flight Museum, based at the Mt. Pleasant airport.

Well, after a minimum of arm-twisting, one Saturday in February, I headed east from Dallas to visit my friend, Jason, and the Mid America Flight Museum.

After meeting up with and having lunch with Jason, we headed to the museum. As we drove onto the airport, in a hanger off in the distance, I spotted two gleaming three-blade props! Just the props were visible in the sunlight, and the rest of the aircraft was in the shadows. 

I blurted out P-38! JB answered NO. As we got closer, I was dumbfounded! Now, I know my warbirds and military aircraft, but I am so-so with classic civilian aircraft. The aircraft turned out to be a rare bird. The Howard 250 is a post-war executive conversion of a Lockheed Loadstar and one of the only four built with tricycle-landing gear.

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Monday
Mar202017

Editorial: Current Events

By Ed Downs

As implied by the title of these editorial thoughts, current events often drive the creative rants offered by those who share their opinions in public. This month is no exception, although the quantity and volume of news stories parading through the TV media and web makes it hard to choose which one to go with. The obvious answer to, “which subject do we exploit,” is to simply combine several stories together. How about recent events, which include an embarrassed movie star, the “lying” media, a famous cartoonist, and of course, a lesson from the FAA’s favorite subject, Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM). Tough assignment? “Heck no,” as they say in red neck country, “Hold my beer.”

The embarrassed movie star is an easy story to pick up on. Once again, actor Harrison Ford is in the news with a flying adventure. In today’s world of smart phone cameras, it is virtually impossible to make any kind of mistake without someone catching it on video, ready to run on the 10 o’clock news. Such was the case when Mr. Ford lined up with a taxiway, as opposed to a parallel runway, at John Wayne Airport in Southern California. Ford has a large collection of aircraft (can you sense the envy?) based at the besieged Santa Monica airport, which he frequently takes out for a local flight. 

Readers might recall his forced landing in a beautifully restored PT22 a couple of years ago when the engine failed (a part failure in the carburetor) while departing Santa Monica. It was generally agreed that his survival was a demonstration of remarkable flying skills under the worst of possible conditions. However, this most recent incident gave the “lying” media an excellent opportunity to come up with a story that makes yellow journalism look like Pulitzer Prize writing. 

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Monday
Mar202017

Flight Test: The Theory of Evolution

By David Brown

Many years ago, I was involved in production testing of a jet trainer in the UK. Initially we had unpressurized jets and used to climb to 30,000 feet for our production testing as a matter of course. With the exuberance of youth, we ignored the occasional sinus problems, the bends, fatigue, and other such inconveniences, while accepting the rock-hard cushions of the Martin-Baker ejection seats as part of the cost of doing business. A couple of years later, we had progressed to a pressurized version of the same jet, as by now the powers-that-be had realized that the Royal Air Force CFIs were having problems with the day-after-day effects of climbing to high altitude two or more times a day without the benefits of pressurization. From our flight-test point of view, we soon realized that life was much better in a pressurized aircraft.

Fast forward a decade or two, and I was ferrying a military turboprop trainer west across the USA, part of a two-ship formation. Again we were unpressurized, and at 24,000 feet, I was monitoring my oxygen blinker rhythmically opening and closing. Occasionally, I would have to give control to my colleague in the other cockpit, unclip my military-style oxygen mask, blow my nose, eat a sandwich, take a sip of water, etc. before clipping the mask back on. Again, we were on the same Martin-Baker ejection seats, and again the cushions were rock hard after a couple of hours droning west over Texas and the Arizona desert.

I liked the speed, as we were covering the ground at a true airspeed of almost 300 knots, better than doing the trip at low altitude in a general aviation aircraft with TAS of just over a hundred knots, as I was doing on weekends. But the discomfort of mask, bonedome, seat, harness, and parachute straps was a different matter

“One day,” I said over the intercom, “We will be able to do this trip in pressurized luxury and comfort.”

“But not today,” came the answer from our imperturbable test pilot in the front cockpit. A moment later, he resumed humming Willie Nelson’s  “ …on the Road again…”

I have news for the world. That day has arrived with the introduction of the pressurized Evolution.

The turbine-powered demonstrator N424SM was the race pace plane for the Sport racing class at Reno Races in Sept. 2016. (David Brown)I first saw the Turbine Evolution at Reno last September when it was used as the pace plane for the Sport Racing class. I was impressed by the speed and intrigued by the fact that this was a kit-built plane.

In February, I was fortunate enough to meet up with Evolution Aircraft’s President, Kevin Eldredge, at Cable Airport in Southern California, get the inside story of the Turbine Evolution, and take a short flight in between the storms battering Southern California.

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Monday
Mar202017

WACO Aircraft Updates 

                                                           

 

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Join Us at Sun ‘n Fun!

April 4 - 9, 2017

Come say hello to Peter and the crew,

in our new location,

booth LD5 near the FAA building.

 

See the newest YMF-5D on display, with the new constant speed MT propeller!

 

Also on display will be the Great Lakes

2T-1A-2, a fully aerobatic biplane that’s great fun to fly.

 

See you in Florida!

 

 
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Introducing

Warren Aircraft

Authorized WACO Dealer for TX

and Surrounding Area

 

Scot Warren owns and operates Warren Aircraft since 2003. Scot works with Peter Bowers and the Waco Aircraft team to get you exactly what you want in

your new custom WACO

 

Scot speaks your language and shares your passion for flight.

He received his private license at age 17, and by 24 had flown everything from Pitts S2B, Lear jets, and turbo props to captain on airliners, DC-9, B727, and 737s. Scot has accumulated 23,000+ hours total time flying in a wide variety of aircraft from crop dusters, to corporate jets including some time in the P51, and is currently a Southwest Airlines Captain.

 

Scot’s always delighted to bring the joy of flying to fellow pilots, and leads fly-outs throughout Texas, Arkansas and Longer trips as well.

 

Give him a call today and let the adventure begin!

(If he’s not in an airplane, he will call you back.)

940-367-0929

scot@warrenaircraft.com

www.warrenaircraft.com

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Be sure to check out what’s new at the factory.  Our newest project?

A WACO on floats!

 

 
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Monday
Mar132017

New Classes at Tomorrow Aeronautical Museum 

The latest news and info from your friends at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum - March Update 2017
MECHANIC TRAINING PROGRAM
Our Mechanic Training Program starts on March 28th at 5pm. Students as young as 8 will begin training to be an airline mechanic from American Airlines professionals.  High school students may qualify for our pathway program where students earn college credits towards an A&P license and interview arrangements.


DRONE COURSE
Our drone course is held on Fridays from 5-7pm.  Learn the science behind aerial robotics and the mechanics of flight on state of the art simulators.  On special class days, take flight with a DJI drone.


NBC SPOTLIGHTS TAM FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
TAM students continue to make history by dreaming big.  Our newest addition, Isaiah Cooper, tells NBC about his dreams in their Black History Month piece.  

7th Annual Youth Air Fair
May 13th, 2017
Free admission, Compton Airport
Aviation expo and job fair
Music, food, and performances
Featuring a TAM driven Go-Green initiative…
Our annual Youth Air Fair is coming up on May 13th. This year the theme is, “Cultivate Compton, A Go-Green Solar Collaboration.”  Our innovative approach incorporates electric aircraft, solar power, and community improvements with a special twist, helicopter rides.  Come out on the 13th to learn more.  We aim to host 10,000 participants.  Bring your friends and family for a free aviation expo and job fair.  See you then!

Now for the goodies…
Prescreening Movie Tickets

We will be getting new tickets shortly. Watch this space to get your free tickets.

Come visit us soon!


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