Friday, October 6, 2023

What’s Up by LeRoy Cook

 What’s Upby LeRoy Cook

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The arrival of seasonal cool, crisp fall weather brought reality to an unnatural warm autumn over the weekend. Airplanes perform better in the cool air, as it puts a spring in their step, due to the increased air density.


The usual traffic was in and out last week, including several Piper Archer touch-and-goes plus arrivals by a Mooney M20, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182, and a Piper Aztec twin. Hunter Christophersen flew down from New Century in the family Piper Cherokee Archer.


Locally, Jeremie Platt flew approaches in his Grumman Tiger, Randy Miller did some currency flying in a Cessna 150, Eric Eastland uncharacteristically flew twice in his Cessna Skyhawk and I aborted a photo mission in a Cessna 150, later completed in the Cessna 172.


A spate of accidents, nationwide and nearby, sadly reduced the legacy airplane count last week. Over at Johnson County Executive airport last week, a pilot from Newton, KS came up short of the runway in his Cessna 182, causing the airplane to flip over on its back at the threshold. He's okay but the airplane is badly bent. A Piper Cherokee out at Newburg, Oregon came down on the roof of a house last Wednesday, poking inside below crashing into the yard. The airplane occupants survived, but two people in the house died. And in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, a parks-and-rec worker running a lawn mower adjacent to the runway was fatally injured when a Beech Bonanza's wing clipped her during landing.


In the tragedy-averted department, a FedEx Boeing 757 made a belly landing at Chattanooga, TN Thursday night, when the landing gear wouldn't extend. It slid to a halt uneventfully on its engine pylons and nose, all three crew members emerging unhurt. Sometimes, your package can't get there absolutely, positively on-time.


Next week marks the annual convention of the National Business Aircraft Association in Las Vegas, NV, where those from the upper end of general aviation assemble, from aircraft builders to maintenance providers to training and parts purveyors. The NBAA meeting is big business, where lots of new equipment is first shown and many orders are taken. It alternates between Orlando and Lost Wages, who are about the only convention towns with halls big enough for it. This year, Gulfstream Aviation is not exhibiting, forgoing its usual display for private events targeted at its prospects. Embraer, Textron and Bombardier will take its space.


The question from last week wanted know why 18,000 feet is the altitude at which a standard (29.92 inches of mercury) altimeter setting is to be used in the U.S. It's because that's enough to clear all terrain in the lower 48, so any barometric pressure changes are irrelevant. Now, can anyone tell us why Chris Hall's 1956 Cessna 182 has a row of three round covered ports on the side of its fuselage? You can send your answers to [email protected].

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