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Great Weekend Trip -why I love this Airplane
I had to be in Phoenix this weekend (I'm based in Santa Rosa, CA, 50 miles north of SFO) and after checking airline fares for two, mapped out the trip on Foreflight. The 1200 mile trip would cost me about the same in fuel, as airline fair for two. That made it an easy choice. On Friday flew KSTS to KPHX in under 5 hours with a quick fuel/bathroom stop. That saved me a two hour drive to the city, parking, security, waiting, boarding, waiting, ect. Of the airlines. Door to door, I beat the airlines. At Skyharbor, Swift Aviation treated us like we came in a Jet, several line personnel to grab bags, take care of the plane, waived ramp fee with fuel purchase and had us delivered down town, along with several questions and complements on the airplane. They did not even care that I left an oil stain on there ramp. The next afternoon they had the airplane under the shade canopy! Very nice touch for preflighting and while calling clearance delivery and ground.
On the way home, stopped Saturday night at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley. (L06) and flew Death Valley the next day on departure. Fuel and a snack in Bishop, (more comments and complements about the airplane) before sight seeing Yosemite on the way home. All in all a great trip for less then the airlines, a stop at a national park, and two days of wonderful sights.
That why I love GA and especially the 195. ( thanks Dad).
The picture is of Half Dome snapped with my IPad. If you have never been in that area, come to the 195 flyin we have each year at Columbia, and do an early AM flight over Yosemite.
I'm looking for the top of the instrument panel interior piece. That goes right under winsheild on the inside of airplane. The problem is I have never seen one with out covering on it, so I cant even make one. Anyone have one they want to part with? Give me a call or email me. 901-210-6641 Darren
Our EAA Chapter 822 had its annual Young Eagles fly-in last Saturday. We were trying to beat our record from last year of 204 kids flown. The weather cooperated nicely with a high overcast and cool morning. We flew our first flight at 9.00 am and by 3.00 pm we ran out of kids, our total was 238 for a new record. The whole event ran smoothly with no mishaps or other problems. It was so successful we're thinking of doing it again in the fall
I've attached a 30 second video of N3089B taking off, slight bragging here, but it was the best landing I ever made.
After 2-1/2 years of efforts and expense, we have stopped the mayor and other local politicians and bureacrats in their plan to close/move our wonderful little piece of flying heaven. As some 195's know, we formed an airport support group called the, Elmore County Aviation Alliance (ECAA), 2 years ago and now have a membership of nearly 140 people. Our group and other local friends of the airport worked to enlighten people on the history of the airport and it's role during WWII. Last fall we started a project to have the airport listed on the Alabama Historical Commission Register of Landmarks and Heritage. In February we achieved our goal, and all without the poilticians knowing a thing about it. A week after we sent out press releases the city sent out it's own press release announcing the airport will remain where it is. So, for the time being, all is right with the world.
There is more to the story than I can relate here but this is the gist of it. We still are awaiting the FAA's decision on a part 16 complaint we filed over our land leases which should be announced in June. So, as Churchill said after the Battle of Britain, it is not the beginning of the end, but perhaps it is the end of the beginning.
I've attached our Historic Commission certificate and our Alabama House of Representative's Resolution which we got last week and it's the icing on the cake.