It's push time again as we get ready to go to that mystical place called Oshkosh. Many of you know that I disagree with the direction the Association has taken over the past several years and that I was boycotting in protest of that direction.
However, I can't sit idly by and watch the Fracked-Up Aviation Administration rape my fellow pilots by charging the enormous and totally unjustified sum they are charging the EAA for their services.
And besides, Glenn asked me to fly chase for the Monosport and who can resist that?
Glenn props the Monosport on an early-morning test flight
Sky tries out Ken Thomas's Bird's front cockpit. He says it's plenty roomy.
Ken practices hard surface landings in the Bird.
Beautiful, billowy, white puffy clouds fill the sky as Glenn makes a fly-by.
I was lucky enough to be out at the airport early this morning when I noticed the Stearman guys were going up to practice their formation flying skills. The guys had a couple empty seats and asked if I wanted to fill one of them. Yea! You bet!
I didn't have my air-to-air lens with me, so all these pictures were taken with my little Panasonic point-n-shoot camera. I think it did a wonderful job considering the circumstances.
Lined up on the runway, we were No. 3 in the flight.
Les Heikkila's Recall Stearman forms up.
Les is closer than he appears in this wideangle shot.
I had heard the rumor and emailed EAA President Jack Pelton last night about the EAA not having a grass runway again this year.
We had the grass for the first time last year. It was a special set up and
not a very safe location. Only 1 aircraft used it and they landed the wrong way
on it. The FAA was not too happy. The Oshkosh airport did not want to pursue the
special permits for the same set up this year. We came to a collective agreement
we would pursue a more permanent and safer / better solution for next year. I am
a big supporter of having the proper grass runway since I fly 3 very tricky tail
wheel vintage planes that prefer grass. We are going to make it better and safer
for our Vintage friends. The final solution and permits just cannot get
finalized until next year.
Jack J. Pelton"
When was this collective agreement came too? Did you ask the members what their thoughts on this was? Were they even consulted? The EAA (lack of) leadership had a year to deal with this problem, you're telling me that in a years time, the brain trust couldn't come up with a place to put a grass runway?
And last year wasn't the first time, Oshkosh had one in the '70's before you put in an intersecting taxiway.
Looks like the EAA doesn't want any Vintage aircraft this year.