Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In Returns to AZ82!

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!

FIFI Fly-By Over AZ82

Boeing B-29 Superfortress FIFI

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.

FIFI overflying Runway 03 at AZ82

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.


New Tech Counselor

Gary Towner has recently been added to the EAA Safety Program Team. He has been confirmed by Charlie Becker, EAA Homebuilt Community Manager, as an EAA Technical Counselor. Gary is offering his participation to EAA Chapter 1044 members at Mogollon Airpark and other builders on the mountain.

The goal of the EAA Technical Counselor (TC) is to be available to answer questions and to inspect aircraft in the building process while offering suggestions. The TC program is designed as a free service to EAA members for the benefit of all concerned.

Gary brings his experience as a previous and current builder of homebuilt aircraft. He has restored standard aircraft plus worked as an aircraft mechanic in the civilian and military realms. He is a current A&P mechanic with an IA, an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative, and is a retired FAA Airworthiness Safety Inspector.

Gary flies a Vans RV-4 based at MAP and is building an experimental Super Cub clone.

He can be reached at or by calling 928 587-0953.

Keeping the Torch Burning

Conner Simpson RV8 2015 YE Flight

Conner Simpson’s Young Eagle flight in Paul’s RV8

Conner Simpson’s great-grandfather Archie Taylor learned to fly in Phoenix in 1938, served as an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II in the 1940’s, in the Korean War in the 1950’s, and in the Vietnam War in the 1960’s.

Conner’s grandfather Paul Taylor was a U.S. Air Force pilot in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s. He then flew for Southwest Airlines for another 19 years.

Conner may be the one to keep the family aviation heritage alive. He took a “Young Eagle” flight with his grandfather Paul on October 13, 2015. They flew for 30 minutes in the gorgeous RV-8 that was built by Conner’s grandpa.

Conner is ten years old and a fifth grader at Cimarron Springs Elementary School in Surprise, AZ. “Conner did all the flying except takeoff and landing. We had built a fort in our backyard from big cardboard boxes and he was able to see that as we circled over the airpark. Conner has flown with me since he was two years old, but this was his official ‘Young Eagle’ flight.”

Paul Taylor, England 1984

Paul Taylor, England 1984

Archie Taylor Republic of Vietnam 1965_resized 300x400

Archie Taylor, Republic of Vietnam, 1965

Archie Taylor RV8 2007 - 91 Years Old_resized 300x400

Archie Taylor in back of Paul’s, RV8 in 2007 at age 91