January’s chapter meeting safety presentation was an AOPA Air Safety Institute video entitled “Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing.” Unfortunately, all too often pilots and their passengers survive a forced landing only to succumb to the elements before help can arrive. This video highlights what you need to know to be prepared. You can view the video by clicking here. We have also made the companion brochure “Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing” available on our website under the Documents | Aviation Safety menu.
At the January meeting of the Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors, the Board unanimously approved EAA Chapter 1044’s request to host a Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In at Mogollon Airpark on Saturday, July 14, 2018. This will be the first one held at the airpark since 2014. The Chapter is excited to bring back the annual Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In, a much-anticipated event by both the local community and pilots from all around the state. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!
For a number of our community youth, this Saturday was a little extra special… each was able to experience the magic of flight as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagle program. For most this was their first ride in a small general aviation aircraft, and for some, their very first flight in an airplane of any type.
Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. Today, the Young Eagles program has flown over 2 million kids with the help of EAA’s network of volunteer pilots and ground volunteers.
To view or download photos from today’s Young Eagle even, please click HERE.
Those of you lucky enough to be looking skyward just before 2:00 yesterday afternoon were treated to a fly-by of FIFI, one of only two Boeing B-29 Superfortresses still in the air. The other B-29 continuing to take to the sky is Doc.
FIFI tours the U.S. and Canada, taking part in air shows and offering flight experiences. The B-29 is owned by the Commemorative Air Force and is based at the Vintage Flying Museum located at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.
I happened to be sitting in my office (working as usual) and caught a glimpse as FIFI flew overhead on a westbound trip to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas for the Veteran’s Day Air Show. We were lucky to be on the flight path of that trip and had advance notice of when the flyover would occur. This, of course, generated a “Waiting for FIFI” party on one of our homeowner’s ramp and another occasion for good friends to get together. We were not disappointed when FIFI flew right over our viewing party on a beautiful clear fall Arizona day. The sound of those giant radial engines is something you don’t forget…..for friend or foe.
Photos courtesy of Edd Weninger.