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October 2017 AirMail


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Straight and Level

Straight and Level

By Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229

Fall is here or as I call it the “last hurrah” before Old Man Winter curtails our fun flying. I’ve always thought that some of the best events are the Saturday gatherings in the fall at someone’s private airport. It’s a time to fly (in deliciously smooth cool air!), meet with some of your best friends, and of course have a hot dog. It does not get much better than that.

Vintage Chapter 3 will be holding their fall fly-in from Thursday, October 5 until Sunday, October 8 at Woodward Field in Camden, South Carolina. This fly-in has been around since the 1960s. It’s probably obvious that I enjoy this fly-in as I have been attending it since I was 18 years old. We have a lot of fun starting with a ramp “party” on Thursday afternoon followed by a group dinner at a local restaurant on Thursday night. Full column >>

News

ATC Privatization – A Threat to Your Flying!

US CapitalEAA is actively working on Capitol Hill to fight one of the most significant long-term threats to the general aviation community ever proposed. The ATC privatization proposal contained in the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, H.R. 2997 would be disastrous for GA.The proposal would separate the nation’s air traffic control system from the FAA to be managed and operated by a not-for-profit corporation. The corporation would be run by a board of directors comprised of system stakeholders economically dominated by airlines and other commercial and labor interests, leaving general aviation to be marginalized over time.Read the latest here and take action >>

VAA Board Meeting and Hall of Fame Banquet November 9th
Your Officers and Board of Directors, all volunteers, meet twice each year in Oshkosh in addition to the general membership meeting held during AirVenture.This year’s fall meeting will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017, beginning with continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and working through lunch until business is completed in the afternoon.  Vintage members are always welcome to attend board meetings.The Sport Aviation Hall of Fame Celebration Banquet will be held in the museum beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.  This is a wonderful time to honor the inductees from each of the EAA communities.  Banquet tickets are $52.50 each.If you are interested in attending the board meeting and/or the banquet, please contact Hannah at 920-426-6110.

 

Features

Outstanding Flights: Flight of the Southern Cross

Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA 6688, EAA 3113

 


Southern Cross image

Conquering the vast Pacific ocean by air was a challenge still facing aviators in the late 1920s.  Ready to accept the challenge was Squadron Leader Charles E. Kingsford-Smith who on the morning of May 31, 1928 was prepared to takeoff from Oakland airport in California for an estimated 8000 mile journey over water on a flight to Brisbane, Australia

His aircraft was a Fokker C-2 powered with three Wright J-5  “Whirlwind” engines each producing 220 hp. Smith’s huge wood, tube and fabric  tri-motor was  named The “Southern Cross”. Full story >>

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