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Wednesday
Sep192018

WACO Fly-In


 
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16th Annual Pokagon Indiana Seaplane Splash-in and Fly-in Featuring the WACO YMF-5F 
 

September 22 & 23, 2018

Friday and Saturday arrivals welcome. 

Accommodations available at the Potawatomi Inn, 

Camping, cabins, and hotel

260-833-1077.

 

Hard surface ramp available for amphibs. Soft beaching at waterfront for floats.

 

Friday and Saturday arrivals -

There will be a big barbeque and bonfire Saturday on the runway, and several restaurant choices within a couple minute walk from the house.

 

Free camping available on the property and runway. Shuttles to and from park provided.

Main Public Event Sunday

 

Includes breakfast or brunch at your leisure. Sunday arrivals all day, followed by flying at the beachfront.

Directions by air: 

Fly direct to Angola airport (KANQ) in the far northeast corner of Indiana, then fly out runway 05. You will overfly some water but keep your eyes out for an island with a house on it, then look 30 degrees to the north and you will see a large inn with a red roof.

Or just dial 01E (Zero One Echo) in your GPS to bring you right to Lake James. That’s it!

Lake James Seaplane Base (01E)

Fly-In frequency: 123.3

 
Fly-In Pilot Info
Click Here for Splash-In Website
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Wednesday
Sep192018

Lancair Reno Update

Reno Rocks!

Update   |   Sept. 2018

 
 
 
 

Lancair Legacy’s take Reno 2018 Sports Class in a big way!

Led by Andrew Findlay’s 400 mph #30 Super Legacy, “One Moment”, Lancair sweeps the top 4 places in Sport Class!


Achieving a spectacular showing in the 2018 Reno Air Races, Lancair Legacy and Super Legacy models set the pace for the rest of the class, winning Gold, Silver, Bronze and Medallion first place finishes. Andrew Findlay, with a 402.716 MPH finish in his 750 hp Super Legacy, “One Moment” won the John Parker Memorial Gold Race. Click HERE for a recent profile of Andrew in Ars Technica.
Legacy pilot Ernie Sutter, in “Just Pass’n Thru” took the honors in Silver, at a speed of 288.985 MPH, followed by Japanese pilot Chiwami Takagi-Read in “Legacy”, winning the Bronze at 273.801 MPH.

The Medallion contest was topped by Pete Zaccagnino of Park City, Utah in his Super Legacy, “Coming In Hot” at a speed of 235.796 MPH.

Congratulations to these fine pilots and their remarkable aircraft, showing the world what dedication, discipline and (of course) a well-designed airframe can achieve.
For another look at the 2018 Sport Class races, please view the links below from YouTube:

https://youtu.be/8I5QXeYKcq0

https://youtu.be/Y7P0QDNefLo

https://youtu.be/ZDOg3cGXhv8

Photos above (c) 2018 by Florian Schmehl
 

Join the Race with your own Legacy

One remaining Carbon Fast Build Legacy Kit…


Want to field your own Legacy entry for Reno 2019? Although the Legacy is no longer in production, we do have one remaining Carbon Fast Build Legacy Kit for $87,500. With help from our dedicated team in the Lancair Build Center, you could be ready for Reno training next June. Call Sean Fidler at 248-977-7911 or emailfor details.

LAST CALL: There’s still time to join the Rally


Only a few days remain ‘til the start of the 2018 Great American Lancair Rally!

This first-of-its-kind gathering is an exciting opportunity to experience the thrill of Lancair flying with others who will really appreciate it, explore amazing locations in the Western part of the U.S., and compare notes with other Lancair owners and enthusiasts. The daily schedule is flexible, in most locations starting with a ramp walk upon arrival, an evening presentation, morning briefing and TONS of fun and flying!

For just one example:
Leg 5 arrives in the historic high desert hamlet of Taos, NM on Oct. 4. Landing on KSKX’s newly renovated basalt runway, this stop will feature a  fascinating presentation from Bill Harrelson on his World Record flight around the world in a Lancair.
We’ll learn about Bill’s flight around the world over both poles, see how the airplane was built specifically for this flight and how it was tested. We’ll learn about one failed attempt and the successful World Record flight itself.
Bill has been flying for a living since the summer out of high school. Now, 50 years later, he still can’t think of anything more fun or interesting than flying.

It’s not too late to sign up for a couple of Rally legs or for the entire trip. Visit our pre-registration page for more details.
 
Friday
Aug312018

Hoppy Happy Hour at American Helicopter Museum 

Have a Hoppy Happy Hour at Helicopter Museum’s Hops & Helicopters 


The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center (AHMEC) hosts a very hoppy happy hour on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 until 9 p.m. Local breweries, distilleries, a cidery, and mead club gather for a fun evening of tastings, music, and more!

Locust Lane Craft Brewery, Root Down Brewing Company, Stable 12 Brewing Company, Tuned Up Brewery, and Appalachian Brewing Company will pour thirst-quenching brews. Artisan Homebrew and Milford Mills Brew Club will bring home blends to try. Pennsylvania Distilling Company, Brandywine Branch Distilling, Dressler Estate Cidery, and Milltown Meads Meadery will add their specialties to the mix.

“Hops & Helicopters is a fundraising event supporting the museum’s programs,” said Dr. Karen Schwarz, AHMEC Board member. “We have local breweries and cideries signed up to hand out samples. New this year, we have two distilleries joining us, as well as a mead club. Some local vendors are also taking part, including Thom’s Jerky and Healing Hands Massage. Of course, visitors will be able to tour the museum while enjoying their beverages.”

Additionally, the University of the Sciences Brewing Program will disperse samples of their creations. Haute Wheels and The Meat House food trucks will sell amazing culinary delights. A local DJ will provide great music.

“After surviving the first weeks back to school, who doesn’t need some beer and a massage?” Schwarz continued. “Really, is there a better happy hour out there? We’ll have music, all kinds of drinks to sample, massages, great food, and helicopters. Show me a bar that can top that!”

Admission is $30 in advance or $35 at the door, which includes museum entry as well as a souvenir sampling glass. Admission is $10 for designated drivers or guests under age 21. Attendees must be 21 years old or older to consume alcohol. Proof of age is required.

Contact AHMEC at 610/436-9600 or see the website at www.hopsandhelicopters.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros, and convertiplanes.

 


Friday
Aug312018

This Month at EAA 


EAA Spirit Newsletter
Welcome

Thanks for checking out the EAA Spirit newsletter! EAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping members inspired and growing participation in aviation.

As you read, we hope you’ll find a story that inspires you — one that compels you to seek out aviation adventures, again and again. Because no matter your level of interest, we’re here to help you explore your passion. So, do you have planes on the brain? Well then, welcome home!

Never forget, you’re what keeps aviation strong. If you’re ready to become a member of the EAA family, we’d love to have you!


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Wednesday
Aug082018

Ely Helicopter Service Uses Schweiss Doors and Wins Competition

Ely Helicopter Services Wins Star Master Builder Best of Hangar Competition

Winning an award for a job well done is surely gratifying, but a satisfied customer is the top priority among craftsmen in any field.

Bill Buckner of B&B Welding in Sallisaw, Okla., installed a 46- by 15-foot hydraulic door from Schweiss Doors on the Ely Helicopter Services hangar project, complete with two remote openers. The hangar was constructed with products from Star Building Systems. The building measures 70 feet long with a 16-foot eave height and a 2:12 slope on the roof. The hydraulic door is positioned in the middle of one 98-foot end wall. The project was submitted for Star’s Master Builder Contest and won Best of Hangar.

Jason “Hoot” Ely of Ely Helicopter Services is the satisfied customer on this project, constructed for his Sallisaw crop-spraying business. Ely also offers aerial sightseeing, videos and photography, wildlife surveys, land surveys, cattle gathering, pipeline and powerline patrol, and aerial hog eradication and predator control. “I really like the one-piece door,” said Ely. “It also gives you more shade and keeps the hangar cooler. I’ve seen Schweiss doors on other hangars. I’m totally pleased with the construction of the door.”

Ely learned the flying business from his father, John, at the age of 17 and now spends most of his time as the operations manager. He employs two helicopter pilots. Crop spraying makes up the bulk of the family business with an air fleet that consists of two helicopters: a Jet Ranger B3 and a Robinson R44 Raven II. Ely also has a Cessna Ag Truck and an American Champion Scout.

“We go anywhere between oceans if there is enough work to do,” he said. “We’re getting ready to head toward Iowa and will finish the fungicide season up in Minnesota. We had been renting three hangars at the city airport, but now we have our own grass runway at home, five miles from Sallisaw. This puts everything in one place.” It was Buckner who recommended the Schweiss Doors hydraulic door.

“I like the hydraulic doors for the full canopy they provide with no loss of headroom,” Buckner said. “For that reason and also it keeps our sidewalls down low. The higher the building, the higher the cost. The Ely hangar has three offices, it’s air-conditioned and really nice, but you know, hangars are all about the doors and the floors!”Buckner first learned of Schweiss doors while looking at hangars at the Bentonville, Ark., airport. These hangars had Schweiss bifold and hydraulic doors.”

“I looked at the way the bifold doors come together and the thickness of the backing where the hydraulic door pushes out on the hydraulic cylinder,” he said. “I could just see more quality in it, and they were very competitive in price.”

“Installation is not hard at all. In one day, we had the door hung, and on the next day we had all the hydraulic lines run and got the door working. Every time I’ve called, as far as customer service, Schweiss always answered my questions or got right back to me.”

”Buckner said B&B Welding only sells and erects Star Buildings. In 15 years, the company has built upwards of 150 buildings, ranging in size from 30 by 50 feet to 250 by 250 feet. “If someone calls and they have a different building on the ground, I won’t take the job,” he said. “And when we look at aircraft hangar doors, it’s going to be Schweiss.”

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit www.bifold.com. 

Photo Captions:ElyHelicopter1: This 98- by 70-foot hangar owned by Ely Helicopter Services of Sallisaw, Okla., has a SchweissDoors 46- by 15-foot hydraulic door with a remote opening system. The door is positioned in the middle of the steel building end wall.

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