A One-Shot Spot Landing Contest is planned for arriving aircraft. A People's Choice award for the best static display is also planned. You could volunteer to help with this (it's easy!) or many other jobs.
Flyers have gone out to surrounding chapters inviting them to join us. You'll want to be there to enjoy the fun! Numerous members of Chapter 1 have confirmed that they will be coming to check on that rumored Project Police Hospitality. Don't disappoint them!
NEWS FLASH: Scotty Horowitz has said by e-mail that he plans to attend his namesake fly-in again this year. You'll want to get there early to see his NASA T-38 fly-by! Where else but Chapter 1000 would someone be invited back each year just so we can say goodbye again? Those of you who have never met "Doc" will want to be there to finally meet Chapter 1000's first and favorite astronaut!
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What will happen now that we have semi-national attention? Well, that remains to be seen, though chapters other than One, might begin cowering at the thought of a visit by the "mean-spirited miscreants" of the Project Police. That wouldn't be all bad...especially if they start cranking out the C3.
Finally, to answer the probing and thoughtful questions at the end of the article: Yes, Maybe, and Yes. As to the fate of the reporter...that's PPSNTK! Until then, all troopers are reminded to respond to all media inquiries with the standard PPTAF answer: "It could'a happened!"
See you at L00!
- Gary Aldrich, Kommanding
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See you at the next rally. (NOTE: there are 2 people who CONTINUE to make every rally this year - please help me thank them!!!) (hint: ground crew).
|Ron Applegate||Cessna 140C|
|Miles Bowen||Cessna 170B|
|John Bush||Cessna 140|
|Lane Carlson||Cessna 172|
|Mike Hartenstine||Cessna 120|
|George Heddy||Cessna 172XP|
|Ozzie Levi||Bellanca Cruisair|
|Ed McKinnon||Mooney 231|
|Space Miller||Cessna 172|
|Dick Monaghan||Luscombe 8A|
|We ran out of YE before Herb and Con could get in line. |
Thanks for being there Herb and Con!!!
|Herb Carlson||Cessna 152|
|Con Oamek||Bonanza F-33-A|
|Paul Rosales||Victoria Rosales|
|Kristin Abraham||Don Robinson|
- David McAllister
|Young Eagle Operations:|
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During the 1999 Glasair Hooters Gig during Sun'n Fun on Monday night, one of the Glasair builders asked to be told more about the Project Police. This inspired Erbman (not a Glasair builder but a member of the PPTAF, who are, of course, welcome everywhere) to start working the crowd, passing out Chapter business cards, talking at high speed, and generally flailing his arms around. At this point, Nathan Davis couldn't stand not being part of this illustrious organization any more and handed over his $20. Nathan then started putting the thumbscrews on Ron Cox, another Glasair builder from Indianapolis IN. Ron finally gave in and handed over his $20. This was a shrewd move on his part, as the Project Police had intelligence reports that Ron was in possession of an official PPTAF black uniform shirt (originally sent to Doug Dodson (too big), who gave it to Nathan Davis (too small), who gave it to Ron Cox (just right) (did we just slip into The Three Glasair Bears?). The PPTAF was primed and ready to demand his $20 membership fee if he had been so silly as to show up wearing the shirt. He didn't, but his smart move in joining has legitimized his PPTAF uniform. When Ron is not busy building his Glasair, he keeps busy in a slightly larger and faster aircraft, namely whatever airliner United Airlines puts him in the Captain seat of.
Russ Munson is our third new member, who comes to us not from Sun'n Fun, but from New York City where he lives with his wife Linda. He took a trip in September 1997 to the Mojave Desert to write a piece for FLYING magazine (appearing in the March 1998 issue). He got the Project Police bug, and spent a year and a half trying to shake it, but finally decided to give in. As he wrote on his New Member Information Sheet, "Norm Howell helped me with the Edwards AFB part of a photostory I was doing for the March '98 issue of Flying Magazine on flying the Mojave. I stayed with Norm, Gretchen, and Bob Waldmiller at their house, and on Saturday, 9/13/97, met them at Lancaster to take part in the Chapter 1000 Young Eagle program. Flew my Super Cub there, and had a great time with Norm, Russ Erb, and some of the other members. Thought they were a great bunch of guys, and wanted to join the Chapter even though I live beyond a comfortable commuting distance. Not only that, but you have a great web site and patch!"
Welcome to all of our new members! Remember, you can form your own Detachment of Chapter 1000 by submitting an article on any subject suitable for publication in The Leading Edge. See the History of Chapter 1000 page on the Chapter Web Site for a listing of the current Dets.
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Anyhow, it comes as something of a surprise that when I break open the latest issue of THE LEADING EDGE, what do I find on page 4. The synchronisity of this is strange to say the least. It was probably only a matter of time. STORAGE SHELVES!!!! The guy must have my home bugged.
So, where is all this going? Ok, we now have discussed the computer desk variation. I propose another direction. For those industrious bachelors out there I would suggest a full line of furnishings based upon the humble work bench. We already have the tables so we need chairs, bed frames, coffee tables (a shortened version of the normal work bench), and dressers. This would be perfect for those families on a budget who go into sticker shock at Levitz; or for the odd hunting lodge and vacation house. A guy could really get to love pine when you take this to its logical conclusion.
And, let's go a bit further on this thing. If we collect the assorted plans for all these variations along with pictures detailing the construction process, a do-it-yourself book could result. Chapter 1000 could sell this book through EAA, Aircraft Spruce, Wicks, and a number of lumber stores nation wide to support the chapter. We could provide the book at cost for charities such as the Red Cross, Peace Corps, International Aid, US Army Special Forces (is a charity? I know it is tough to get funding, but...), and missionaries of every persuasion.
- Brian Martinez
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The full story of our Sun'n Fun adventures have been collected in a common location. Read the entire story.
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"I love a challange! But you have to make it a little harder. At first I thought this was a Martin B-10 variant, but that was not the case!
The aircraft of the month is a Curtis A-8 Shrike (closely resembling the YA-10 but differing by powerplant), as seen in the attached .gif.
Also see this link: http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/baugher_us/a08-01.html for some really good info on development and squadron assignment.
You have to remember that the '30's were a great time in aviation for the biplanes and early monoplanes, in addition to the really great paint schemes.
The attached .gif shows an A-8 in early camouflage while assigned to 3 AG and is one of thirteen YA-8 and Y1A-8s built in 1932, out of a future total of 46.
Better luck next time evil Editor.
This quiz started with the quest to identify an unknown aircraft in a picture on the wall of TPS. Lee Erb gets credit for putting your editor on the successful path to identify it based on a textual description.
As you can see, this aircraft has a large number of drag-producing devices. External struts above the wing for the landing gear. Flying wires and Landing Wires. External gunsight. Fixed landing gear (at least they're faired). Most of all, two (!) canopies, the rear (gunner's) canopy was open to the rear, with no option to close it! Some airplanes are so ugly, it's just as well they didn't stick around. (Insert your own YA-10 joke here).
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|John McMurray||19 Mar 1999|
With so much worry devoted to the Y2K computer problem, it seems to me the general aviation community should show the world we still have the fearless thirst for adventure of our barnstorming forefathers. So my wife and I plan to takeoff around 2345 on December 31, 1999 and remain airborne until at least 0015 on January 1, 2000. I know for a fact our Luscombe doesn't know what century we are in, so the Y2K bug won't be a factor. We'll turn off any gadgets, like GPS, that might go sour at the millennium's dawn and fly like Lindy, whiskey compass wobbling faithfully in the moonlight. While the FAA and the airlines are wrestling with computer glitches, we'll conduct a VFR flight with no problems, knowing at least one segment of the modern world is still functioning normally. For the VFR pilot, Y2K is not a factor in safe flight, hence "Why 2K?" There are a few details to consider. Do we fly at 2345 local time or UTC time? UTC makes more sense because the FAA computers run on it, so if anything exciting happens, it should occur at 2400Z. Here in the Central Time Zone, 2345Z will be 1745L (1545L here in Chapter 1000 land), so we'll have a pleasant evening flight with plenty of time to get home in time to watch the Times Square ball get hung up because the computer doesn't work. A second detail is whether to file a flight plan. My impish side tells me filing a VFR flight plan overlapping the Millennium just when the FAA is entering the biggest pile of caa-caa seen to date would be a nice gesture to our friends in the gray suits. On the other hand, conducting a VFR flight safely with no input from the Feds while the rest of the air traffic system is crashing down around the FAA's ears makes a wonderful statement about the self-sufficiency of the light aircraft community. So, I'm not filing and I'll check the weather in time-honored fashion by looking out the window. As for the local details, both my wife and I will make sure we are current in reality, not just legally, and that we are fit to fly, to include making extra sure we avoid the punch at the office party that afternoon. We'll get to the airport early and have a chat with any other pilots who might be thinking along the same lines. If there are a number of us, we'll probably review pattern procedures, frequencies and perhaps lay out a flight path. Since it will be dark in this part of the country when we get back, we'll probably have a couple folks with cars well off the side of the runway of our uncontrolled (oops, I mean non-towered) airport ready to light up the touchdown zone just in case the power company's bug hunt wasn't completely successful. We'll watch the local airspace restrictions, stay above the appropriate minimum altitude and won't show off. We'll clear diligently and monitor the local VFR frequency. We may switch over to Center frequency as midnight Zulu approaches and listen quietly to see if anything exciting occurs. Quite frankly, I don't expect anything major, but if it does, our flight won't be affected. And that is the point of the exercise: make a routine, safe VFR flight without relying on the FAA or the Air Traffic Control system. That's my idea. This is not an organized event or demonstration. I'm simply planning a VFR flight like we all make every day and look forward to seeing you at the air patch if you're of like mind. Feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested. Fly safe in the new Millennium.
AVweb responds... Where can we sign up? --Mike Busch, Editor-in-Chief
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You should have raided the Pt Mugu air show and you would have seen the Super Sport Cruiser in it's new COIN Fighter mode-a natural to be added to your fleet. First showing of prototype mini gun simulant mounted under the left wing. Motor driven, it spins with intimidating speed and the ominous sound of the "bolts" falling home. It will be refined for the Camarillo Father's Day fly-in such that it will spew empties out the bottom.
- Vance Jaqua
EAA Chapter 1000 Det 8, Camarillo CA
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Time to bring you up to date on some of the Web Site e-mail we've received here at Web Site HQ:
"You have a great web site. Sucked up lots of information for my Lancair project. I scanned your engine articles as I am an engine-head and mechanical engineer myself. Additional comment on why exhaust valves are smaller than intakes: as you noted, you can push harder with the piston on the upstroke than the atmosphere can push the intake mixture in. But also the sonic speed of the exhaust gases is much higher because they are hotter, the speed of sound going as the square root of the absolute temperature. The combination of higher sound speed and lower density combine to let the exhaust gases leave very quickly (on a velocity basis). (An excellent point I had not considered)
Again, wonderful site. Hope to visit your chapter someday. (I am located in Silicon Valley)." -- Fred Moreno, Chapter 62
"I put out the AV 99s newsletter - SKYWORD and once in awhile I will catch a typo or such and I realize it has been in for the last couple of issues and nobody has brought that to my attention, and then I wonder..."Does anybody read this?"
Your chapter has a GREAT website/news/photos!" - Diana Tanner
"I'm sure happy to have found your Chapter 1000 page(s), including the "How To" on web pages. I especially like the monkey GIF. Can I steal it?
I like your table design also, though I've come to believe in 1 1/4" MDF is a great tops with 2" overhang all around for clamping.
You might enjoy seeing the planes I'm helping to build www.dreamwings.com
Thank you, John Thornburg"
"I just wanted to let you know that your website on creating web sites was extremely helpful. I've recommended it to several people who want to design their own. I'm designing and maintaining the web site for EAA Chapter 32 in St. Louis. Our URL is: www.eaa32.org. I'm also fortunate to have the equipment and software at my disposal that made the job a lot easier. I work with several people who design web sites and they were very helpful in getting mine on-line. Thanks again. Your web site is great. -- Laura Million, Chaper 32, "Spirit of St. Louis""
And while you're surfing the Chapter 1000 Web Site during lunch or whenever, be sure to try AVWeb (http://www.avweb.com) for some interesting articles. AVWeb is essentially a aviation magazine published on the Internet. Sign up as a member (it's free!) and you'll get weekly aviation news updates by e-mail (AVFlash). Lots of interesting discussion in the "Columns" section.
- Russ Erb, Webmeister
Just a reminder that the EAA Chapter 1000 Web Site is hosted courtesy of Quantum Networking Solutions, Inc. You can find out more about Qnet at http://www.qnet.com or at 805-538-2028.
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Jun 2: EAA Chapter 49 Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sunnydale School. 1233 S. Ave. J-8, Lancaster, CA. (661) 948-0646
Jun 8: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (661) 490-1476
Jun 15: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (661) 490-1476
Jul 7: EAA Chapter 49 Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sunnydale School. 1233 S. Ave. J-8, Lancaster, CA. (661) 948-0646
Jul 7-11: Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In, Arlington WA
Jul 13: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (661) 490-1476
Jul 20: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (661) 490-1476
Jul 28-Aug 3: EAA AirVenture '99 Fly-In Convention, Oshkosh WI
Aug 4: No EAA Chapter 49 Monthly Meeting
Aug 10: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (661) 490-1476
Aug 17: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (661) 490-1476
Sep 1: EAA Chapter 49 Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sunnydale School. 1233 S. Ave. J-8, Lancaster, CA. (805) 948-0646
Sep 10-12: Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In, Castle Airport, Atwater, CA
Sep 14: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (805) 490-1476
Sep 21: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (805) 490-1476
Oct 9-10: Edwards AFB Open House and Airshow
Oct 7-10: Copperstate EAA Regional Fly-In, Mesa AZ
Oct 12: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (805) 490-1476
Oct 19: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (805) 490-1476
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President Gary Aldrich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President George Gennuso: email@example.com
Secretary Miles Bowen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Counselor Gary Sobek: email@example.com
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Contents of The Leading Edge and these web pages are the viewpoints of the authors. No claim is made and no liability is assumed, expressed or implied as to the technical accuracy or safety of the material presented. The viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of Chapter 1000 or the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Revised -- 17 March 2000