It’s All About the Journey… And the Eclipse!

By Sarah Fishman

The author getting set up for the perfect eclipse shot. (Courtesy Sarah Fishman)At 7 o’clock on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 20. I got into my beloved Chevy Trail Blazer and left my house in upstate New York, setting out for… somewhere on the path of totality. I wasn’t quite sure of my destination. I thought maybe it would be Charleston or Nashville, as they were about equidistant from my starting point, but figured I’d play it by ear and just head generally south until I made my decision.

I was making great time and didn’t feel restless or bored behind the wheel at all. Going in to the trip, I had worried about spending so much time alone with my thoughts, as I had just learned that my ex-boyfriend was cheating on me for half of our relationship. I was pleased to find, however, that being alone with my thoughts wasn’t scary at all. It was actually quite cathartic. I was able to think through all the reasons why it was a good thing he was out of my life for good. It was right in the middle of one of those thoughts, speeding down I-81 South in West Virginia, that I felt a jolt in my car. I looked down at my dashboard to see that my RPM had skyrocketed to 5,000 but my gas pedal wasn’t responding at all.

I quickly pulled off to the side of the highway and put the car in park. Realizing I wasn’t as far off the road as I would have liked, I shifted back into drive and attempted to pull a little closer to the guardrail. Instead the RPM jumped to 5,000 again and I started rolling backwards into oncoming traffic. Immediately I turned off the car and decided I was fine right where I was.

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Flying Into Writing: Confession Is Good For The Soul

By Eric McCarthy

It was about a year ago that I had the opportunity to fly my squadron’s Cessna 182 to MCAS Miramar (KNKX) for their annual air show. (Can’t you just hear the show announcer: “Ladies and gentlemen, from the left, the mighty Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 Skylane…still from the left…approaching show center…). Alas, we don’t actually fly in the air show, but provide our aircraft as a static display.

In addition to Search & Rescue, Disaster Relief and other “mission-based” activities, one of the things we do in Civil Air Patrol is display our aircraft to the public at various events. This can be a lot of fun, and presents a great recruiting opportunity, as many of the people we see at these events, both young and old, have never been up close to an airplane. We put them right in the pilot’s seat, answer any questions they might have, and take pictures of the kids – usually with huge grins on their faces!

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Callback: What’s All The Flap About?

This month, CALLBACK again offers the reader a chance to “interact” with the information given in a selection of ASRS reports. In “The First Half of the Story,” you will find report excerpts describing an event up to a point where a decision must be made or some direction must be given. You may then exercise your own judgment to make a decision or determine a possible course of action that would best resolve the situation.

The selected ASRS reports may not give all the information you want, and you may not be experienced in the type of aircraft involved, but each incident should give you a chance to refine your aviation decision-making skills. In “The Rest of the Story…” you will find the actions that were taken by reporters in response to each situation. Bear in mind that their decisions may not necessarily represent the best course of action. Our intent is to stimulate thought, training, and discussion related to the type of incidents that were reported.

The First Half of the Story

What’s All the Flap?  B737 First Officer’s Report

• As the Pilot Flying while maneuvering in the busy terminal area, I didn’t notice that the flap indicator did not match the [flap] handle (2 indicated, 30 selected) until the Captain identified it with the…Before Landing Checklist. We checked the Leading Edge Device [LED] indicator on the overhead panel; the LED’s [indicated] FULL EXTEND. We discussed how the aircraft felt as it was being hand flown. The feel was normal.… The airspeed indicator was normal. The aircraft flew normally in all aspects except for the flap indication. All this occurred approaching the final approach fix..

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Taste of Flight at Planes of Fame 

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NOVEMBER 18, 2017
You Are Invited!
Sean D. Tucker
Join us for the 11th Annual Taste of Flight Gala at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA on Saturday, November 18, 2017. It will be a night full of great food, pleasing libations, a fantastic Silent Auction, entertainment, and the presentation of the annual Planes of Fame Air Museum Achievement in Aviation Award, all for the benefit of the Museum’s Aviation Discovery Program. READ MORE
Monies raised will improve our current education modules and allow us to develop new modules.  It will provide an upgrade to the Aviation Discovery Center and let us acquire new classroom space.  And it will launch the Museum’s School Bus Grant program to assist schools with the expense of transportation. READ MORE
Planes of Fame Air Museum is a 501(c)(3) independent nonprofit organization.
Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Aviation
Capping the night’s events will be the presentation of the annual Planes of Fame Achievement in Aviation Award. Each year, we present this award to individuals who exemplify the best that aviation has to offer. For 2017, we’re focusing on two individuals who dedicated their lives to inspiring others to the magic and wonder of flight.
Sean D. Tucker
Sean D. Tucker is the preeminent aerobatic flyer in the world. For over 40 years he has delighted and entertained millions with his aerial dance in the sky. As the longtime Chair of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, Sean has worked tirelessly to introduce and inspire millions of young people to aviation. 

Robert “Bob” Hoover was considered by many to have been, “the greatest pilot that ever lived.” As a distinguished veteran, test pilot, and an Air Show pilot, Bob’s contributions to aviation have inspired generations. Planes of Fame will say goodbye by remembering this past recipient of the Achievement in Aviation Award. READ MORE
Musical Performance by Steve Oliver
Acclaimed musician, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Steve Oliver will perform many of his Billboard Contemporary Jazz hits as well as his take on pop, rock, Latin and world music standards. READ MORE
Student Art Contest
We’ve invited grade school students (1st through 6th) from throughout Southern California to submit an aviation-themed drawing, painting, or illustration and win valuable prizes.  This is your chance to judge the finalists in our 1st Annual Student Art Contest.
About The ‘11th Annual Taste of Flight’
In addition to honoring Sean D. Tucker, the ‘11th Annual Taste of Flight’ will also feature wine and beer tastings, a delicious selection of food and desserts, entertainment, silent auction and much more! And of course, the Museum’s rare aircraft will be on display front and center. Cocktail attire is reqested.
A Worthy Cause: The Aviation Discovery Program is our school field trip program.   It provides aviation-related instruction and hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) topics.  All in line with State of California Educational Standards.
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Schweiss On TV

Schweiss Doors founder Mike Schweiss featured in news piece on Minneapolis television station

Mike Schweiss, founder and owner of Schweiss Doors, was recently featured in a television news feature titled, “Small Town Minnesota Door Business Goes Galactic.”

In the interview produced by WCCO-TV of Minneapolis, Schweiss explains how he got into the business and how it’s grown. During the three-minute feature, WCCO reporter John Lauritsen details some of Schweiss’ project highlights, including manufacturing doors for NASCAR, the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and SpaceX.

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