Around the Airport

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A One Hour Film Every Aviator Should Watch

Eric "Winkle" Brown
Are you an aviator? If you don't know you're probably a pilot. There's a difference, you know?
If you suspect you're a pilot, don't worry. Included below is an example of a consummate aviator. Follow the man's path and someday you may be a fraction of the fly-boy he was.  Good luck.
Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown was an aviator. His story is one of legend. I could not accurately tell it if I tried.  Therefore, I'm including a one hour video you should watch.

Tonight, say no to Netflix and kick back with this instead.  You'll be glad you did.  Afterwards, see the link below for Winkle's Obituary. When he passed, the planet lost a legend.
 


Click here for the obituary of Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown.

The Aviation Migration - What Will Be The 2016 Challenge?

It's time to plan for the annual fly-in at Lee Bottom.  This year The Aviation Migration will be held September 16th-18th.  Make your plans now?
What will this year's challenge be?  We're trying to narrow that down.  Currently many people are suggesting a rematch of Cubs vs. Champs.  We also have Taildraggers vs. Tricycles, Yellow planes vs. White, Cessnas vs. Pipers (Pre-56 and after), and Homebuilt vs. Certified on the table.  Do any of these sound fun to you?  Or, maybe you have a better idea?  Send us your thoughts.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WWI Aircraft Recreation - Video

By John5199 - Flickr: Duxford Airshow 2012
If you've been hiding under a rock for the past ten years, you might have missed the goings-on of a merry band of misfits in New Zealand.  Although there is a long history of aviation in the country, recent times have witnessed an escalation.  No longer satisfied with the aircraft left standing, one group is performing mass revivals of ghostly aircraft spirits.
Much like the topography of the island nation itself, its aviation landscape is enough to overwhelm an entire elementary class with dreams.  Wildly colored and differently shaped, each creation belches thunder and smoke - another generation's dragon.  Dedicated craftsmen are stoking the fire.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bad News for Airshows in the UK

This blows.
If you love aviation, airshows, and fly-ins you're going to want to read what you find at the link below.  It's not good.
Here in the USA we've already seen the Feds levying fees on events through the use of ATC.  But who had the GTD (Governmentally Transmitted Disease) first?  We may never know. Their (the UK) Feds have been canoodling with our Feds for so long it would be difficult to pin down. But, I think it's safe to say that with every kiss they swap DNA.
Keep an eye out for more of this behavior in the future.  If we don't do everything we can to keep them apart they'll end up producing another three-letter offspring.
Click here to read the article.