Monday, September 11, 2023

What's Up By Leroy Cook


What’s Up

by LeRoy Cook




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The greatest time of the year to own an airplane is upon us. Much as we need serious running-off rain, these beautiful September days are great for flying. The Canadian smoke limited visibility at mid-week, to as little as three or four miles, even less when looking into the sun. It was good for practicing instrument flying.


You never know what will pop in to the airport, and we don't pretend to catch all the traffic that comes through, but we did see the little Beech Skipper again, a few Piper Archer trainers, a Piper Cherokee, and the ubiquitous Cessna Skyhawk. Locally, Les Gorden flew his Beech Bonanza F35, Bob Plunket practiced in a Cessna 150, I flew to Clinton and Harrisonville via 150 and Jeremie Platt had his Grumman Tiger out.


If heading over to Jefferson City next Saturday, be aware that something is going on that closes the airport most of the day. The NOTAM looks like there's an airshow with pyrotechnics, but I have no information of it. Gotta watch those pop up closures; Larry Hawes was telling me about going into Paola the other day, landing normally, and while he was refueling at the gas pump, trucks drove out onto the runway and started unloading barricades. Took a little doing to depart.


I've always wondered what happened over at the Lawrence, KS airport when KU has a football game, because the runway is within the 3-mile radius covered by the stadium's Temporary Flight Restriction on game day. I researched it, and evidently they've worked out an arrangement with our over-protective Transportation Security Administration. You can depart to the north, away from the stadium, and land to the south, staying on the ground when inside the ring and thereby avoiding flight within the TFR. Just don't plan on going around or flying a practice instrument approach.


We made it over to the Lincoln, MO fly-in on Saturday, and it was a real treat. There was about 70 airplanes parked there, requiring overflow stashing on the runway margin, and the crowd was busily chowing down on breakfast and lunch. The traffic flow was constant and wild, providing action for the onlookers. Everything imaginable was on hand, biplanes, homebuilts, ultralights, helicopters, antiques and vintage planes. The ground crew did a great job managing the affair, without lots of rules and restrictions other than fencing. We need to adopt their free-and-easy teamwork to put on a similar late-summer event.


Last week I asked readers to name the airplane that had the most engines installed for normal flight. One reader guessed the Convair B-36, which had six piston engines and four jets, but I have to give it to the 1929 Dornier DO-X flying boat, with twelve motors mounted in six push-pull nacelles. For next time, reader Jeff Turner wants you tell him the name of the pioneer aviator whose career spanned from fabric planes to the space age, helping win World War 2. You can send your answers to [email protected].

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