It's So Old!

But it still smells fresh.

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With all this old stuff sticking around, you have to wonder how we keep it smelling so fresh.  Ha!  I've got quite the secret up my sleeve.

You see, my wonderful wife makes candles.  Not just any candles, but soy candles.  Highly scented, and at a price anybody can afford.  Even me.

So, cruise on over to Skyline Candle Company, and pick yourself up a candle or twelve.  I recommend the Waterfall Mist.  Smells so good.  Way better than all these moldy old headlines.

FMI: Skyline Candle Co.

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Taildraggers, Inc. Archives - September 2010

These are our top stories and links from September of 2010.  They're still cool, but we gotta keep the home page clean and quick to load!  Enjoy the Archives!

And as always, if you have a link or photo to share, we'd love to hear about it, and hopefully add it to the site.  We are also looking for guest writers and photographers to submit content.  If you would like to write an article or a photo essay, shoot us an email.  We won't pay you (we don't even pay ourselves), but we will give you full credit for any contributions.

Drop us a line anytime: webmaster@taildraggersinc.com


Douglas Rolfe 1933Vintage Poster :: Douglas Rolfe - 1933
 
Like so many of the visitors to Taildraggers, Inc., I have a real love for homebuilts.  I like the modern go-fast stuff like the RV's and such, but the vintage homebuilts are just too cool for school.  Just like their factory built cousins from the same era, they possess an incredible amount of charm and class.  Simple yet elegant.  They are rustically beautiful.

What we have here is a poster drawn by Douglas Rolfe.  I found this on the PTA Transit Authority blog.  Here's what they had to say about this poster:

"In 1933 British artist Douglas Rolfe created this tour de force of homebuilt aircraft for the Flying and Glider Manual, published annually by Modern Mechanics and Inventions. He included Bernard Pietenpol's Sky Scout along with the first airplane ever offered for sale as plans, Orland Corben's Baby Ace, produced by the Ace Manufacturing Company in Wichita, Kansas.

Rolfe, himself a pilot, created illustrations and covers for numerous periodicals between world wars. He went on to publish his own comprehensive illustrated listing of aircraft, Airplanes of the World, 1490 to 1962."


I just love stuff like this.  If you have images like these to share, please send me an email.
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The Bosman RV-3The Bosman RV-3 - Last Steps Before The Jig-- 2.0
 
Spent about 2 hours today gussetting the end ribs to a 90-degree angle and aligning the HS-302 front spar webs. I sandwiched the webs between a piece of .062 scrap plate and an angle in the vise to make the 8-degree sweep bend. (The bend was so close to the edges of the upper and lower flanges, there was no room for the brake or hand seamer to do the job.)

Next step: I want to build the jig before continuing any further. This will assure the main spar stays straight, end ribs stay square, and all will align correctly before riveting the forward spar together.

-Katie Bosman

The Bosman RV-3 Blog
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Aeronca ChampAnother New Flight School Added 1009261944


    Tom Foster
        Instructor: Tom Foster
        Location: Lake Elmo Airport, St. Paul, MN (21D)
        Telephone: (651) 402-7563
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Aircraft: Champ/Citabria, Cessna 140 thru 185
        Instruction Rates: $42/hr
        Solo Rentals Available: No
        Additional Information: As an independent flight
        instructor, I'm available to teach in your tail wheel
        aircraft both initial endorsement and recurrent training. Wheels or skis. Experience includes all the
        Aeronca/Champion/Citabria series from the Champ to the KCAB, and Cessna's from the 140/120 to the
        185.   Also, I do instrument training and multi-engine instruction. Both initial ratings and recurrent
        training.


If you operate a flight school, or offer training in tailwheel aircraft, please let us know.  We would love to add your information to our CFI / Flight School page.  It's getting harder and harder to find good tailwheel airplanes to rent, and just as hard to find competent tailwheel CFI's.  Our hope is to connect as many students and renters with as many CFI's and flight schools as possible.  Let's all work together to keep the art of tailwheel flying alive and well!

Visit our CFI / Flight School page for all of our listing, and to learn how to get yourself or your school added.
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The Bosman RV-3The Bosman RV-3 - Plucked from Time's Dusty Grasp
 
Google is wonderful. So is Facebook.

A Google search led me straight to Rob Mixon, the man who ordered the finish kit from Van's Aircraft in very early 1982. This name was written in magic marker on the canopy box, along with a Miami address. Google found him because he's a CFI in Florida with his own website-- he has even written a few books about flying! Knowing this, I typed his name in the Facebook search, just for the hell of it. POOF, there he was. I sent him a message, and heard back from him quickly. He does remember he ordered an RV-3 kit a looooong time ago, but sold it when he opened the box and saw "the huge pile of aluminum!" He did not remember the serial number, but I gave him the link to this blog, in case he's curious & wants to keep tabs on the progress of his old "pile."

Next lead: Richard Alshouse, Sr., the man who bought it from Mr. Mixon, and passed away in 2008, leaving the kit to his daughter to sell. JoEllen Alshouse Reed is also a CFI. On a whim, I typed her name into Facebook, and POOF! There she was! She reported that she couldn't find any plans or paperwork in her father's estate, but if anything surfaces, she'll let me know. She said the kit parts spent many, many years in her father's loft above his hangar in Ocala. (Think how many RV's flew over it on the way to Sun 'n' Fun over the years... hell I've probably flown over it!)

So, this morning I sat with all leads exhausted. I really wanted to know the true identity of my airplane. I don't know why... It's the same sort of joy I felt when I cleaned the decades-old oily crust off of the engine block of that old Farmall Regular I helped fix up in high school and found the serial number which dated it back to 1926. Historical curiosity is just an unusual source of nerdy joy that's always lived deep within me. I don't need a serial number to register the airplane, since I can follow in Mr. Tony Bingelis's footsteps and register it as a K1. (B9 is 74TX's registered s/n-- the 9th, and final, airplane built by Bingelis.) Or, I can use my new tail kit's number, although that number will imply a kit birthdate of 2008, and -3B wing spars.

Today I tried one last thing. Bored & absently watching football on TV, I typed RV-3 into the FAA registry database. Several pages into the alphabetical listings, I found it-- Robert Mixon, RV-3. WHOA! Clicked on the link, and a warning message popped up. "This aircraft's registration status may not be suitable for operation. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION." And POOF! There it was. RV-3 Serial Number 898. It even had its own N-number-- N39445. No dates of manufacture or airworthiness, obviously. Sale reported to Richard Alshouse. Yep, this has to be it!

So, what now?? Now I have a definitive number to send to Van's. I can update this kit's record with them. Rob Mixon is listed as the manufacturer with the feds, so this might be an issue. But, really it won't be. My plane will not be an RV-3. It will be, at very least, an RV-3A. So this FAA record shouldn't apply to my airplane when I register it. Like an adopted child who finds out his biological identity, my plane is no longer lost to time & mystery.

-Katie Bosman

The Bosman RV-3 Blog
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Bay AviationFour New Flight Schools Added 1009241538


    Aviators Unlimited
        Instructor: Johnny White
        Location: Virginia Highlands Airport, Abingdon, VA
                       (KVJI)
        Telephone: (276) 614-0412
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Website: www.aviatorsunlimited.us
        Aircraft: Citabria Aurora, J3 Cub, Pitts S2C,
                      Cessna 180
        Rental Rates: Citabria Aurora $150.00 Dual
                                                     $125.00 Solo
                              Pitts S2C $325.00 Dual
                              Piper J3 Cub $125.00 Dual /$100.00 Solo
        Instruction Rates: $40/hr Flt. & Ground
                                    $50/hr. Owner aircraft
        Solo Rentals Available: Yes
        Additional Information: I specialize in Sport / Recreational / Aerobatic & Spin Flight Training in
        Tailwheel type Aircraft. I put strong emphases on "Stick & Rudder and Seat of The Pants" flying skills.
        ATP/CFI A&P IA with 45 years and 29000+ hours in 208 different aircraft. Experienced in most Biplanes
        (Waco, Stearmans, Pitts, Great Lakes, Skybolt, Acro Sport), Cub, Champ, Luscombe, Citabrias, RV's,
        Cessna 180/185, Beech18.

    Bay Aviation
        Instructor: Michael Kuhnert
        Location: Hummel Field Airport, Saluda, VA (W75)
        Telephone: (804) 436 2977
        Email: Please Visit Website
        Website: www.bayaviationonline.com
        Aircraft: 1943 Fairchild PT-19
        Rental Rates: $250/hour including CFI
        Solo Rentals Available: No
        Additional Information: We are proud to offer training in this rare aircraft,of which currently only 98
        flying worldwide.She is a very nicely handling aircraft and there is of course the additional attraction of
        flying open cockpit.  Michael has 4900 hours total time, 1000 hours tailwheel, and 2000 hours CFI.

   Dave Autio
        Instructor: Dave Autio
        Location: Anoka County - Blaine Airport, Minneapolis, MN (KANE)
        Telephone: (763) 229-4987
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Instruction Rates: $35/hr
        Additional Information: I am an independent instructor willing to train in your Citabria.  I am also a club
        instructor with our local flying club.

    Dylan Aviation, Inc.
        Instructor: Jim Alsip, Master CFI-Aerobatic
        Location: Indiantown Airport, Indiantown, FL (X58) or North Palm Beach Co., West Palm Beach, FL (F45)
        Telephone: (772) 485-6761
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Website: www.dylanaviation.com
        Aircraft: Super Decathlon, Super Cub Pitts S2A
        Rental Rates: Super Decathlon $160/hr
                              Super Cub $90/hr
                              Pitts S2A $225/hr
        Instruction Rates: $45/hr for tailwheel instruction
                                    $70/hr for aerobatic instruction  
        Solo Rentals Available: Yes, in Super Cub with qualification
        Additional Information: Dylan Aviation Aerobatic Flight School is a stick and rudder flight school
        specializing in aerobatic training, emergency maneuver training, spin and upset recovery and tail wheel
        training. Fly with Dylan Aviation and enjoy a five star venue: Location – S.W. Florida – great weather and
        close to south Florida attractions.  Dual instruction from a Master Certified Flight Instructor – Aerobatic. A
        proven syllabus to promote easy learning and thorough understanding.  Aircraft suited to your ability and
        purpose: Super Cub, Super Decathlon or Pitts S2  Authentic country inn offers over night southern
        hospitality.  Make Dylan Aviation your Florida destination for advanced flight training. Come to
        Indiantown, Florida and fly for a day or fly for a week from the longest grass runway in the USA. Consider
        a Fly Florida Get Away Vacation to relax in Florida’s fantastic weather, and experience “old southern”
        hospitality at the historic and charmingly restored Seminole Inn. Select a flight instruction package that
        will sharpen your flying skills, and provide you a lot of fun.


If you operate a flight school, or offer training in tailwheel aircraft, please let us know.  We would love to add your information to our CFI / Flight School page.  It's getting harder and harder to find good tailwheel airplanes to rent, and just as hard to find competent tailwheel CFI's.  Our hope is to connect as many students and renters with as many CFI's and flight schools as possible.  Let's all work together to keep the art of tailwheel flying alive and well!

Visit our CFI / Flight School page for all of our listing, and to learn how to get yourself or your school added.
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Buhl Bull PupNow Here's Something Unusual - 1931 Buhl Bull Pup For Sale
 
It's not very often that you see something as rare a Buhl Bull Pup, and even less likely that you'd have the opportunity to own one.  Well, friends, this is your chance.

You may have seen this ad on the Barnstormers site, but here is a quick recap: NC11161 is a 1931 Buhl Bull Pup SN 102, and was last flown in 1943.  It has been sitting derelict in storage ever since (reminds me of the Barn Cub).  The ad indicates that the aircraft is 100% complete with a three cylinder Szekely engine.  Price for this little piece of aviation history?  $27,500.  Oh, and he'll throw in a 1hour SMOH Szekely for an extra $9,500.
Buhl Bull Pup
Click HERE to see the ad.

According to someone on the internet, the Buhl Bull Pup was only built for one year.  It features and aluminum monocoque fuselage and wood wings.  It is said to have excellent and fun flying qualities with the wing being mounted along the thrust line, and the pilot's seat on the center of gravity.  The Bull Pup was designed by Etienne Dormoy, who designed the Dormoy Bathtub, and was also a designer for Spad in France (presumably in WWI).

Now it's time for a shameless plug.  If you have something to sell, please consider listing it on our Forums.  We Buhl Bull Puphave a For Sale / Wanted section, and it's completely free to use.  There is no cost to post an ad, no cost to post pictures, links, spec sheets, etc.  It's completely free.  So why not register in the Forumsand take advantage of this free service?  While you're there, start up a conversation in the discussion Forums, too.

Here's my question:  If you buy this Buhl Bull Pup and restore it to flying condition, can I fly it?  Just once?  PLEASE???
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Ohio Light Sport - Copyright 2010 John Pound PhotographyNew Flight School Added 1009211409


    Ohio Light Sport / WBDJ, LLC. / Bill See
        Instructor: John William See
        Location: Chapman Memorial Airfield, Centerburg,
                       OH (OH71)
        Telephone: (740) 625-6803
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Website: www.ohiolightsport.com
        Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC, Cessna 150, Aeronca
                      Defender Warbird
        Rental Rates: $60/hr wet
        Instruction Rates: $15/hr in our airplane,
                                    $30/hr in your airplane
        Solo Rentals Available: ABSOLUTELY!  (Yes)
        Additional Information: 6000 TT CFII, MEII and AP/IA.  We are constantly restoring tube and fabric, tail
        wheel aircraft so the rental aircraft are constantly changing. During the winter months we offer flying in a
        Champ on ski's.  Most of our aircraft restoration is completed during December to March of each year.
        We welcome pilots and owners to come and stay anytime in our bunkhouse facility at $30 per night.


If you operate a flight school, or offer training in tailwheel aircraft, please let us know.  We would love to add your information to our CFI / Flight School page.  It's getting harder and harder to find good tailwheel airplanes to rent, and just as hard to find competent tailwheel CFI's.  Our hope is to connect as many students and renters with as many CFI's and flight schools as possible.  Let's all work together to keep the art of tailwheel flying alive and well!

Visit our CFI / Flight School page for all of our listing, and to learn how to get yourself or your school added.
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Aeronca Champ - Blue Ridge Sport FlightThree New Flight Schools Added 1009201538


     Blue Ridge Sport Flight LLC
        Instructor: Greg Collins
        Location: Hendersonville Airport / Johnson Field,
        Hendersonville, NC (0A7)
        Telephone: (828) 460-3646
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Website: www.blueridgesportflight.com
        Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC Champ
                      450 HP PT-17 Stearman
        Rental Rates: Champ $80/hr
                              Stearman $400/hr
        Instruction Rates: $40/hr
        Solo Rentals Available: Yes
        Additional Information: Greg is a Gold Seal Master CFI with thousands of hours of instruction given in
        tailwheels. Greg is also an ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, CSES, and an A&P IA. We are located on a great old
        country airport in the Smokey Mountains. We support the Western North Carolina Air Museum.

    Chickasha Wings, Inc.
        Instructor: Mitch Williams
        Location: Chickasha Municipal Airport, Chickasha, OK (KCHK)
        Telephone: (405) 224-8359
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Website: www.chickashawings.com
        Aircraft: Cessna 140
        Rental Rates: $100/hr
        Instruction Rates: $39/hr
        Solo Rentals Available: No

    Vashon Island Air
        Instructor: George Kirkish
        Location: Vashon Municipal Airport, Vashon, WA (2S1) and Boeing Field, Seattle, WA (KBFI)
        Telephone: (206) 567-4994 or 1-877-ISLE-AIR
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Website: www.island-air.com
        Aircraft: Piper J-3 Cub
        Solo Rentals Available: Yes
        Additional Information: Over 20,000 hours flying experience in taildraggers, teaching primary students
        in a J-3 Piper cub. I teach out of Boeing field (35th busiest airport in the US), as well as Vashon Muni 1900'
        grass runway. Read More


If you operate a flight school, or offer training in tailwheel aircraft, please let us know.  We would love to add your information to our CFI / Flight School page.  It's getting harder and harder to find good tailwheel airplanes to rent, and just as hard to find competent tailwheel CFI's.  Our hope is to connect as many students and renters with as many CFI's and flight schools as possible.  Let's all work together to keep the art of tailwheel flying alive and well!

Visit our CFI / Flight School page for all of our listing, and to learn how to get yourself or your school added.
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Dead Stick Takeoff  :: Don't Try This at Home


Really, I don't care if you try it at home or not.  But, if you DO try it at home, PLEASE video it!!!

This is a completely unsolicited plug for a guy I've never met.  I don't know his name, where he lives, or what he had for breakfast this morning.  All I know is that the videos he has posted on YouTube are some of my favorites.  Apparently, they've become so many people's favorites that he has decided to sell a 45 minute DVD featuring his acts of aeronautical aptitude.  Win!

Go buy a video so this guy can buy more gas and make more videos.  Linky: Dead Stick Takeoff Productions
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The Bosman RV-3The Bosman RV-3 - Forward HS spars-- 3.5/66.5
 
Cut the notches out of the flanges on the HS-302 front HS spars. This was fun, it included drilling a hole for the radiused corners of the cut, cutting with tin snips and band saw, changing the blade on the band saw, filing, scotchbriting, and bending the outboard end flanges. Before going inside to watch my beloved Packers play the Eagles (a rare opportunity here in Tennessee), I set the pieces all together on the bench. Once the bends are made in HS-308 splice plate, I can put the front spar together and get ready for skins. Yippee!

-Katie Bosman

The Bosman RV-3 Blog
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Runway Tennis at Tangier Island, VA


I don't know the whole back story on this one, but I guess somebody brought the internet to the 500 person island of Tangier (KTGI).  Well, ESPN has used this opportunity to promote itself in some funny commercials.  Even though there isn't a single taildragger in this video, the whole video is shot on a runway with two good-hearted guys who love tennis (Ronnie and Bobby).  I'd be willing to bet that if you paid a visit to Tangier, you just might have to wait for them to clear the runway before you can land.

Now, don't go blasting me for promoting an unsafe runway environment.  I didn't make the video, but it did make me laugh a little.

To see all of the ESPN videos from Tangier Island, click HERE.
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The Bosman RV-3The Bosman RV-3 - Decisions, Progress, First Boo-Boo 
 
I woke up thinking about wing spars this morning. No idea why. I reviewed the Change Notice 1 paperwork and went to the shop to study my stack of ribs. The root rib is made of .032, which tells me it was made after September 1980. (Root ribs prior to that date were .020.) Change Notice 1 was issued to reinforce the root rib and rear spar attach area after 3 or 4 RV-3's were lost to wing failures between 1978 and 1980. Within this change notice, there are several different options for fixing the root rib, based on the completion level and vintage of the aircraft in question. Change Notice 2 was issued to reinforce the main spar. Both Change Notices must be done in order for the aircraft to be approved for aerobatics. There are two different Change Notice 2's, based on The Bosman RV-3which type of spar you have, Type 1 (pre-1984, 1/8" spar cap lamination bars) or Type II (Post-1984 with 3/16" spar cap laminations). If you have read this far, you might be getting confused. Well join the damn club, because it is not quite so easy as ordering the parts and just doing it, like I thought I could do when we started this project. It will cost me $800 and many weeks to order the bar stock for the spar caps and build a Type II spar. It would cost me $2600 to order shiny, new, machined RV-3B spars, and zero build time, and I'd get a modern F-303 bulkhead assembly match-drilled to the spars. Hmmmm..... This is starting to seriously become an option!

Anyway, after sitting there a while I decided to actually do something. I fluted and squared the HS-305 ribs and drilled them to the spar, making sure the rib was flush with the top of the spar. (The rib was slightly smaller than the spar.) Then I made two HS-308 front spar/Vertical Stab Spar joiner plates. TWO, you say?? Yep. Got a little overzealous with the band saw, took too much out of the inner radius of the upside-down T-shape, so I scrapped it and made another one. I sure hope that's why Van's provided a piece of plate that was twice as big as what I needed...

-Katie Bosman

The Bosman RV-3 Blog
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N57655 Curtis Eads Flight CenterNew Flight School Added 1009120103

 
   Curtis Eads Flight Center
        Instructor: Tom Stevens
        Location: Hampton Roads Executive Airport,
        Norfolk, VA (KPVG)
        Telephone: (757) 465-1692
        Email: Click Here to Send a Message
        Aircraft: 1974 Citabria
        Rental Rates: $135/hr wet
        Instruction Rates: $40/hr
        Solo Rentals Available: Yes       
        Additional Information: Tom has over 13000
        hours.  The flight school also offers other aircraft, including: Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Piper Warrior II,
        Cirrus SR20, Cessna Cutlass RG, Beech Dutchess.

 
If you operate a flight school, or offer training in tailwheel aircraft, please let us know.  We would love to add your information to our CFI / Flight School page.  It's getting harder and harder to find good tailwheel airplanes to rent, and just as hard to find competent tailwheel CFI's.  Our hope is to connect as many students and renters with as many CFI's and flight schools as possible.  Let's all work together to keep the art of tailwheel flying alive and well!

Visit our CFI / Flight School page for all of our listing, and to learn how to get yourself or your school added.
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The Bosman RV-3The Bosman RV-3 - HS Spar & Ribs... 5.5/58
 
First thing today was to rivet the hinge brackets onto the spar. Ben was out mowing the lawn at the new house today, so I was on my own. Set up the pneumatic squeezer, determined how many washers to put under each of the rivet sets, and gave it a shot. It squeezed the first rivet down pretty well, but not quite far enough. One more small washer, and poof. I only had one that I had to drill out. It laid over sideways for undetermined reasons... probably didn't help that the hole was a little oblong to begin with, because it was drilled before we came up with the awesome angle jig yesterday... So I drilled through the head, and that came off ok, but the rivet was really jammed in the bracket, so the subsequent hammer-punching stressed the web against the cleco in the other hole and puckered it. I had to smooth a piece The Bosman RV-3of wood and hammer it back flat, then deburr the edge of the hole, re-prime, and then the bracket sat flat against the surface again. (Whew.)

After lunch, I prepped the HS stab ribs. Good God, I still can't get over how rough these parts are! Looks like whoever cut the parts out was either drunk, or having a really bad day with the band saw, or whatever they used to cut out the blanks. The belt sander worked really well for smoothing the flange edges straight. The ribs were filed, fluted, and bent square, then clamped & drilled to the spar. The plans say to rivet them in place, but I will wait til after the skins are drilled. I'm not planning on "blind drilling" the skins to the skeleton as Van suggests.... that would just be way too scary!

-Katie Bosman

The Bosman RV-3 Blog
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VFR On TopIFR or Not?  A Training Question
 
I received an email recently from Craig.  He wanted to know if, in my opinion, getting his IFR rating was a waste of time.  While I don't consider myself an authority on flight training, and I generally try not to tell people what to do, I had no hesitation telling Craig to go ahead and get his IFR ticket.

Here's why...

Craig tells me that he flies for fun.  It's purely a recreation thing.  That sounds great to me, because that's why I fly.  It's for the beauty, the thrill, the challenge of learning new things and perfect my skills.  All of which could be enhanced by pursuing the training necessary to obtain an IFR rating.  In the interest of full disclosure, I don't have an IFR rating.  Why?  Well, because I'm broke, and flying costs money.  Trust me, though, it's on my short list of goals to accomplish.

If you are instrument rated, I'd like to hear why you decided to get the rating.  Was it for travel, for adventure, for safety, or just because you were bored?

If you're not instrument rated, and have no desire to ever become instrument rated, I'd like to hear why, also.  Do you just not see any value in the training, or is it a financial issue?  Personally, I have little to no interest in flying commercially, so an instrument rating doesn't help me get a job, as an example.

Now, before I shut the computer for today, I want those of you who aren't IFR rated to thing about this:  On a gray, gloomy, marginal VFR day, where the bases are around 2,000 AGL, and the tops are less than 5,000 AGL, wouldn't it be just super-cool to pop on up through the overcast to see the sun, and marvel at the all-white landscape?  To see something no one on the ground can see?  To me, that's motivation enough.
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Thunder Over the Blue Ridge 2010
 
I took my daughter to her first "big" airshow today in Martinsburg, WV. Hosted by the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia ANG, the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge show is a nice mix of civilian aerobatic displays and military demonstrations.

We arrived just as the Golden Knights were opening the show, and enjoyed several performances while we toured the different aircraft on display. They had a great variety of General Aviation aircraft on display, including a beautiful Hatz biplane. In addition to all the airplanes, there was also a "Kid Village" with moon bounces, video games (ever played Rock Band in the belly of a C-130?), and other fun stuff for kids.

The highlight of the show for me wasn't the jet acts, but was Jerry Wells in his Bucker Jungmeister. Living up to it's movie heritage as the plane flown by Ernst Kessler in the movie, The Great Waldo Pepper, Jerry nearly put the Bucker into the dirt with a three-turn spin that had him turning up dust on the runway when he
 finally recovered. My heart stood still wondering if he was going to make it... Later in the show, Jerry flew the Bucker again in a much more modern performance as he really put the aircraft through it's paces. Very impressive.

My daughter's favorite act was the Golden Knights parachute team. Sorry, mom, but I think this little girl just might be a daredevil.
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The Bosman RV-3The Bosman RV-3 - Vacation time! Finishing HS spar... 7/52.5
 
Been a long time since I worked on the 3, but this weekend I'm on vacation. We started the morning by vacuuming spiders & webs off the planes. :-P

Note pink dots on hinge brackets--
that's the laser!

After a short time reviewing the instruction manual, I decided to drill out the AN3 hinge bolt holes on the elevator hinge brackets to full size. I used 3/16" pop rivets with the mandrels pulled out as a spacer for the center of the holes, so that I could run a taught string through them to make sure they are all aligned along the hinge line. I redrew all of the centerlines and re-measured the positions of the hinge brackets, then set them all in place to check alignment. For giggles, I tried a laser pointer first. With minor tweaking, the laser went right through to the other end of the spar!

Ben suggested using the machinist's protractor to jig the brackets in place while drilling. We set it up for about 91 degrees. It didn't take much of an angle, but worked out perfectly. I was able to clamp the protractor to the spar flange, and rest the brackets against it at just the right angle to be perpendicular to the spar spanwise centerline.

The Bosman RV-3Once one side of each pair was drilled & clecoed to the spar, I bolted the hinge bearings in place along with one thin large-area washer between the brackets. This made it easy to drill the other half of the hinge bracket pair to the spar. Then I drilled the #40 holes out to #30, and then #12 for the center bracket.

Machinist's protractor clamped in place to set angle of bracket
Deburring was standard, but chasing the chips out that had lodged between the spar doublers and flange was a challenge. I did such a good job filing the edge of the doublers and getting a tight fit, the chip-chaser I bought from Avery was too thick! Had to use the Exacto knife to get the chips out carefully, without scratching the spar flange.

Finally, the last step of the day was to clean & prime all of the brackets and shoot one clean-up coat of primer on the rear face of the spar to cover up all the new dings.

-Katie Bosman

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It's Not Too Early, Is It? :: Hudson River Landing Spoof!


Okay, I promise this is the last video for a few days...  This one is just too good to not share.  The children over at GoNewsNow.net (whatever that's all I about, I don't know) put this together and posted it on YouTube for the world to see.  I love it.

WARNING!  This video contains naughty language and sexual innuendo.  If stuff like that offends you, better to keep scrolling down to the next post.  I don't let my kids watch this stuff, and you probably shouldn't either.
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