Monday, October 23, 2023

What"s Up by Leroy Cook


What’s Up

by LeRoy Cook




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We had a good run of fall flying weather, but nothing lasts forever. Hopefully, there'll be enough rain in this week's cloudiness to make a dent in the drought. Many aviators took advantage of last week's wide-open skies to get late-season trips in.


Visitors spotted this week were a nice Mooney M-20 on a quick Russian mission—Peekup Andropov-- and a return refueling visit by the Dream Flights PT-17 Stearman open-cockpit biplane that was here two years ago to give a couple of Veterans a nostalgia ride. This Dream Flight was being flown out of San Diego, CA to Jefferson City, where the two pilots were staging a similar event. Also seen were a Piper Cherokee, a Cirrus SR-22 making night landings, and several Cessna Skyhawks. Dr. Ed Christophersen was over from New Century in his Piper Archer. Locally, Gerald Bauer was up in a Cessna 150 and Eric Eastland had his Cessna 172 out.


Last Tuesday was the 20th Anniversary of the final flight of the Concorde supersonic airliner, a sad end to the great Anglo-French aircraft. Only accomplished by huge government subsidies, its 27-year career set records and made lasting memories. I regret that I never got to ride in it at Mach 2. Its official British Airways call-sign was “Speedbird” but among the other names was “Droop-snooted Money Sucker”, for its fold-down nose to improve landing visibility and its thirst for fuel.


If you are a frequent visitor to the NOAA Aviation Weather website, at, you will now be rejected when attempting to log-in. Rumors of coming site “improvements” came true last week, as it was replaced by the kind of trendy new graphics IT designers like to splash around to confuse those of us who just want our familiar old tabs and terms. Simply load unsuffixed “” into your browser and you'll find the new site. Clicking on “products” will turn up the usual list of charts and forecasts.


Much ballyhoo was focused on the recent announcement that CVS pharmacy is going to be offering drug deliveries by drone, within a short radius of outlets in certain cities. Within minutes, we're told, a quad-copter will come to a hover over your address at 13 feet AGL and drop a padded package on the lawn. Keep your chewing dog tied up and don't practice your skeet shooting.



Our week's brainteaser from last time wanted to know the voltage of a typical light aircraft's electrical system. Nope; it may have a 12-volt battery, but the regulator is set to about 14 volts, to account for line loss. Now, for next week, what is the better-known name of the Boeing model A75?  You can send your answers to [email protected].


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