2020: the year my boy, Hunter, was mosting likely to join me for my yearly expedition to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for AirVenture. Well, that is what I assumed …
I possess a Van’s RV-7A that I definitely enjoy. It has actually allowed me to see as well as experience numerous incredible points. I’ve flown it as much north as Nova Scotia, as much southern as Florida, and also as you will certainly listen to in this tale, as much west as South Dakota.
Father and also child flying journeys are the very best.
My kid has actually flown with me several times. We’ve mosted likely to the common hundred buck burger areas, the regional EAA pancake morning meal fly-in, as well as flown to a couple of neighborhood airshows. We also did an excursion to First Flight airport terminal(FFA)in North Carolina to see where the Wright bros initially flew. I’ve informed my child several tales regarding Oshkosh as well as he was currently old adequate to experience it direct with me. It was made a decision that the following flying journey with me would certainly be to Oshkosh. Covid-19 hit and also the infection had various other strategies. I was wishing that given that AirVenture had not been till July, we would certainly still be okay with our strategy, so we noted it on the schedule and also I asked for the trip day of rests from job. Seeker was actually let down– as well as so was I when we listened to the information that AirVenture had not been taking place. After that we stated,”Just due to the fact that AirVenture has actually been terminated, does not indicate our father-and-son flying journey has actually to be terminated. We have the holiday days noted off and also we have an aircraft
.”We started intending our “non-Oshkosh “flying experience
. It’s excellent to have an objective for a lengthy trip. We constantly intended to check out Mt. Rushmore and also the Badlands of South Dakota, to ensure that became our primary location. I have a relative that lives in Michigan and also a sis that lives in Colorado, so I included those locations to the trip. An excellent friend of mine informed me concerning a truly amazing airport terminal, called Poplar Grove, and also stated it is a should see … to make sure that was included also! After a lot of research study and also trip preparation, we prepared to go. We loaded the aircraft up as well as left Sky Manor airport terminal(N40)at 8:30 get on July 17. There was a 1500 foot cloudy, so I submitted an IFR trip strategy to Jackson, Michigan( JXN ), for lunch and after that to our very first location, Zeeland, Michigan (Z98), to see my relative. He resides on a airpark as well as possesses an
RV-10 as well as a lovely Highlander on drifts that he constructed. After a wonderful supper, my relative Skip took my boy up in the Highlander for a sundown trip as well as a couple of touchdowns on a neighborhood lake. The following early morning, we took pleasure in a good waffle, eggs, as well as bacon morning meal and also impended by 10:15 am. I submitted as well as we flew over Lake Michigan to our very first gas drop in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, and after that one more in Huron, South Dakota. We after that flew low with the Badlands, circled around Mt. Rushmore and also Crazy Horse monoliths, and afterwards landed at our location, Custer, South Dakota (CUT).
The following day was jam stuffed! We went as well as leased an automobile to Mt. Rushmore, drove all the breathtaking drives with Custer State Park, did the lengthy drive via Rapid City to have a look at the Badlands, and also saw the sundown. Super great area that every person must go browse through.
The even more cars the merrier. Since we rented out a Polaris R2R PRO XP Turbo UTV to go riding via the logging tracks, the following day we woke up at 6am sharp. What a blast! Since of time restraints and also range required to take a trip, an additional terrific point regarding having an aircraft is that you can do points automatically that you generally could not do. While consuming lunch, my kid and also I were identifying what to do following. I
stated “Devils tower National Monument is just a 30 min trip from Custer.”He claimed,” Let’s do it!”We jumped in the aircraft and also flew to Wyoming. We flew about Devils Tower and afterwards landed in Hulett, Wyoming (W43). We took a taxi over to the Tower and also walked the entire monolith. What an incredible website from the ground as well as the air. Something that would certainly have taken all of us day by auto was completed effortlessly in my aircraft.
On day 6 of our experience, we left for Colorado Springs (COS). We flew southern along the Rockies, west of Denver. We had a great see with my sis and also her household, and also the following day we increased Pikes Peak, the highest possible top of the southerly Rockies at 14,115 ft. We after that explored the Garden of Gods rock park as well as the bordering location around Colorado Springs.
On day 8, it was time to begin heading back eastern. Now’s location was Poplar Grove (C77). This is an impressive airpark with an extremely energetic EAA phase. My buddy LD organized us and also revealed all of us around the airport terminal as well as presented us to a number of actually trendy pilots.
An unplanned Waco flight? Certain! The following day we flew in a four-ship development(RV-8, RV-7A, Cessna 195, as well as Waco)to Janesville, Wisconsin(JVL)for morning meal at Bessies. My child rode along in the RV-8 there and also rode in the Waco and also did some loopholes and also rolls on the back to Poplar Grove.
After a trip of the EAA structure, where some volunteers were constructing a Curtiss Jenny, we were dealt with to an outstanding background lesson of a stunning Ryan PT-22. The proprietor, Tom, after that provided Hunter and also me a flight in her. It was the very first time I remained in an open cabin aircraft. There’s absolutely nothing like flying slow-moving as well as reduced over the lots of soybean areas bordering Poplar Grove with the wind blowing by as well as all the excellent gives off the night while the sunlight gradually began to establish. One more great day. Poplar Grove is Aviation Heaven and also every pilot requires to examine this treasure out.
Without making use of basic air travel, this journey would certainly have never ever taken place. In simply 10 days, we flew about 25 hrs and also covered over 3200 miles. We saw a lot of this excellent United States and also experienced numerous impressive points, yet what I valued one of the most was all the fantastic individuals we fulfilled along the time and also the means I reached invest with my child.
This summer season we are flying to AirVenture!
Jim was attacked by the air travel pest a long period of time back, however it had not been up until 2007 that he might manage trip lessons. He entered with both feet and also hasn’t recalled given that! He is a CFII with a multiengine add-on and also tailwheel recommendation. Jim has a little over 1450 hrs of trip time as well as has an RV7A that is based at Sky Manor flight terminal (N40) in Pittstown, NJ. He is the head of state of the Morris Aero Club based in Morristown, NJ. He consumes, rests, takes a breath aeronautics and also enjoys to share it with others.
The versatile C-27J cargo aircraft will be able to perform this mission thanks to the roll-on/roll off MAFFS system.
Leonardo unveiled on its website a new firefighting configuration that will further expand the mission set of the C-27J Spartan Next Generation cargo aircraft. The company was already working for some years on this project, studying the various options, but the choice in the end went to the second generation, roll-on/roll-off Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS II).
The C-27J NG will now be able to follow the footsteps of its predecessor, the G-222 (also known as C-27A), which was adapted to the firefighting role by equipping it with a system inspired by the early versions of the MAFFS, called Sistema Aeronautico Antincendio (Aeronautic Firefighting System). Four aircraft were built in this configuration for the Italian Air Force.
In the last few years, we saw an increase in the number of fires around the world, whose growing complexities are forcing the individual countries to deal with the challenge in an integrated manner, increasing the firefighting capabilities while taking the specific needs of each country into account. Those fires often spread on large areas and last many days, requesting a lot of resources to deal with them effectively. One of those resources, which is being increasingly employed in those situations, is the aerial firefighting aircraft.
As highlighted by Leonardo, an effective firefighting system has to meet a number of requirements: reach remote inland areas that are cut off from the sea or other water basins; optimise emergency response times; reduce environmental impact; employ multi-mission solutions that can cut aircraft operating costs, while ensuring their continuous use, even in the winter months; ensure the availability of a vast number of common platforms with elevated operational flexibility that can deal with a variety of different missions, and the “aircraft system” must have a high degree of interoperability with the assets on the ground.
Aircraft, which are at the heart of this integrated firefighting system, are the most powerful tool available to assist ground personnel fighting the flames. The C-27J’s Fire Fighter configuration proposed by Leonardo, considered the state-of-the-art in airborne firefighting capabilities, is a flexible solution, ideal for enhancing the capabilities of the C-27J Next Generation multi-mission aircraft and has significantly lower purchasing and operating costs than a dedicated firefighting platform, since it can be used for a multitude of missions instead of just a specialized role.
In around 90 minutes, the C-27J can be transformed from a tactical transport aircraft to an aerial firefighter, thanks to the palletised Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System II (MAFFS II), developed by United Aeronautical Corporation, a world leader in advanced aerial application systems. The MAFFS was first developed in the 1970’s to equip U.S. Air Force’s C-130s so they could help civilian agencies to fight fires, should they need additional assets. A newer variant, the MAFFS II, became operational in the 2000s.
The system consists in the installation in the C-27’s cargo bay of a removable tank with a capacity of over 8,000 litres of water or 7,600 litres of fire-retardant liquid. A complete set of tools that includes a pressurised tank, an outlet nozzle, a pressurised door, and a ground support system. The MAFFS II discharges the water or the retardant through a special plug in the paratroop drop door on the side of the aircraft, rather than requiring the cargo ramp door to be opened like on the original MAFFS.
According to Leonardo, the C-27’s Firefighting configuration is not intended to completely replace amphibious firefighting aircraft like the Canadair CL-415. Instead, it is designed so both types of aircraft can be used in a complementary way to optimize firefighting effectiveness even in complex environmental or morphological conditions, such as high distance of the basins, adverse weather conditions (high waves, bad weather), or to support operations at low visibility and night.
The C-27J-based firefighting solution is just the latest of the rapidly reconfigurable roles to which the aircraft has been adapted since its entry into service. This multi-functionality proved extremely useful for a variety of civil protection operations, other than the aircraft’s traditional military roles. A multitude of kits and easy-to-install, transportable roll-on/roll-off mission systems allow the C-27J to be rapidly transformed into the required configuration for the mission at hand.
As a tactical airlifter, the aircraft’s versatility also extends to airlifting cargo and troops; airdropping parachutists and supplies; medical battlefield evacuation; VIP transportation; natural disaster response and humanitarian assistance and support. In fact, during the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the aircraft was primarily used for transporting medical supplies and equipment, ferrying medical personnel and coronavirus patients, and, in some cases, for complex transport operations that required the use of bio-containment kits.
About Stefano D’Urso
Stefano D’Urso is a freelance journalist and contributor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s also studying to achieve a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT techniques applied to the world of military operations and current conflicts are among his areas of expertise.
[embedded content] It’s been five decades since Congress took up the question of UFOs, then the subject of formerly top-secret DoD intelligence known by the code name “Project Blue Book,” which documented encounters with Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), today often referred to as Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (UAP). On Tuesday, they did it again, as a subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee had hearings to get the straight scoop from DoD officials—they also held a top-secret session, where specific information about military hardware, especially cameras and other sensors, were discussed in a classified session.
Last year, the DoD released a trove of information, including several videos, that seem to document visual contact with UFOs, and at this point, it’s probably sorry that it did. The Navy’s deputy director of intelligence, Scott Bray, was on the hot seat, fielding questions from Representatives. Bray stuck to the DoD’s narrative, that these things are something, they do things we don’t know how to do and they don’t know what they are. They are, specifically, not saying that they think they’re from other worlds, but they are expressly not not saying that either. They’re following the information to see where it leads, Bray told the subcommittee members, some of whom weren’t convinced.
It didn’t help that DoD assistants couldn’t stop the video they were using as evidence on the proper frame to show the object in question and took several minutes trying in vain to do that.
In terms of the credibility of the DoD’s reporting, they have more than 400 reported sightings, many of which were captured on aircraft sensors and exhibited far beyond hypersonic speeds and seemed to move with no visible means of propulsion.
One representative attempted to put the DoD officials on the hot seat, saying that their lack of conclusion about what these objects are represents a failure of military intelligence, and he expressed concern that these objects, which can go at speeds unattainable by known human technology, might be Russian or Chinese hardware. Much publicized but likely immature hypersonic weapons have been shown off by both states over the past couple of years. For its part, the DoD said it didn’t think the objects were from Russian or China, but it would surely keep a close eye out on that possibility.
Several of the representatives seemed to have personal theories, either that UFOs might be alien phenomena or that UFOs don’t exist/are not of alien origins. One member was sure he knew that one of the images in question was of a balloon, and he was surprised everybody didn’t see that too.
What was the result of Tuesday’s show? If it was anything of import, it didn’t take place during the public session. And after all was said and done, the fact remains, the DoD is aware of objects that do things we can’t even properly dream of doing and it has no idea what they are nor how to pursue that question. Like the rest of us, it will have to wait until more evidence presents itself, that is, if the House Intelligence Subcommittee’s circus show didn’t scare them away forever.
Aviation member organizations are lobbying for support from the federal government on creating a sustainable and affordable supply of non-petroleum-based jet fuel, often referred to as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Members of the National Business Aviation Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association say that development of SAF is key to long term sustainability of general aviation with a greatly reduced carbon footprint.
The good news is, the FAA has signed off on a plan for United to return its Pratt & Whitney powered Boeing 777s to service, this after they grounded the planes following the failure of the right engine shortly after takeoff from Denver International 15 months ago. The bad news? United still doesn’t seem to know what caused the failure.
The Flying Musicians Association has awarded a flying scholarship to Jovencia Webbeking, a high school student who already has a remarkable resume. Webbeking, who is a flautist, is headed to Vanderbilt University, where she’ll study mechanical engineering while minoring in music, all the while pursuing her dream of becoming a pilot.
In Salzburg, Austria, Lazar Krstić won the Red Bull Paper Airplane contest with a mighty heave that sent his featherweight plane just over 200 feet, more than 15 feet longer than the second-place finisher. Krstić came in second in the 2019 contest. (As a side note, EASA is not investigating anyone following the event, during which several paper aircraft were damaged.)
Embraer delivered its 1,500th Ipanema ag plane. Introduced in 1972, back when the Antonio Carlos Jobim tune was still fresh in everyone’s mind, the plane has been a stalwart performer for Embraer. The company says it has a 60% market share in its home country of Brazil with a healthy order book to boot.
Kenneth Allen, the pilot who lost consciousness on the Cessna Caravan he was flying heading from the Bahamas to Florida, is recovering after a six-plus hour surgery. According to the Palm Beach Post, the pilot had a tear in his aorta. After Allen became incapacitated, a non-pilot passenger, Darren Harrison, with help from air traffic controllers, managed to pull the plane out of a nosedive and successfully fly the big single-engine nine-seater to a safe landing in Palm Beach.
The sight: Sunset over Syracuse, New York. The pilot: David Hale The aircraft: 1977 Piper Archer The goal:
Night flying hrs for my PPL The memory: This was taken by my CFII as I was flying. The lake aware is Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, NY. We removed from Syracuse Hancock International Airport to log some evening flying hrs. I like flying over Syracuse throughout the evening since it has amazing city lights.
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David Hale is a 22-year old trainee pilot, presently working with making his PPL at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The club that he flies with has a couple of airplane, yet he primarily flies the 1977 Piper Archer. He frequently checks out Air Facts to get as much expertise as he can since the stating is, “An excellent pilot is constantly discovering.”
The community’s extreme strategy to transform a prominent openly possessed, public-use flight terminal right into an openly possessed, private-use flight terminal hasn’t been well obtained by air travel and also company supporters, mainly for worries regarding the criterion it might establish and also possible effects to the U.S. air travel framework, which is an internationally special possession. The NBAA has actually provided numerous interactions to aid the general public stay up to date with the lawful fight for the flight terminal, as it as well as various other stakeholders have actually signed up with to test the flight terminal’s closure.
As component of its strategy, the community will certainly give up any kind of government financing assistance for the airport terminal in order, most likely, to stay clear of the sort of government responsibilities that maintained Santa Monica Airport from shutting entirely.
Due to the fact that of that, East Hampton’s openly financed tool strategies– they do not develop or keep themselves– will certainly be formally shut down as well as removed. Pilots are being cautioned versus flying the “old” methods after the airport terminal goes personal.
Pilots and also drivers on the e-mail listing from Sound Aviation Services, the main monitoring entity for the airport terminal, have actually obtained various interactions in the previous couple of months with upgraded flight terminal details, consisting of the brand-new airport terminal identifier, directions to make an application for the community’s authorization to utilize the flight terminal as well as guidelines to ask for the substitute (i.e.- non-public) tool techniques.