Friday, December 22, 2023

What's Up by Leroy Cook

 

What’s Up

by LeRoy Cook

 

24 December 23

 

Suggested banner: Busy Skies

 

There was competition for airspace last week, as pilots took advantage of flyable weather to practice their procedures. As we were conducting an Instrument Proficiency Check with a client on Thursday, we heard an Army Guard Black Hawk announce inbound for a low approach to Runway 18, followed shortly by a Beech Baron shooting the RNAV 18. When we lined up for the VOR-A final approach course we saw a traffic alert on the ADS-B display, which was a Piper Archer right behind us, doing the same thing.. There was room for everybody, of course, but it proves you gotta keep watch.

 

Other transients seen were a Piper Warrior, a Cessna Skyhawk, and a Cessna 182. Scott Buerge was in from Nevada in his Beech Bonanza V35B, and as we were taking off on Tuesday afternoon we observed a huge Boeing KC-135 tanker making a turn westbound about 3000 feet above us, probably out of the AF Reserve refueling squadron at Topeka’s Forbes Field. Out and about from the local hangars were Christian Tucker in the Mooney M20C, Jeremie Platt in his Grumman Tiger and Eric Eastland in their Cessna Skyhawk.

 

Once again I failed to note the Anniversary of Powered Flight on December 17th. That was the day, in 1903, when Wilbur and Orville Wright made history by achieving some successful hops at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. All pilots are supposed to make a tribute flight on that date every year; bad me.

 

This coming Saturday, the 30th, would be the usual time for the Breakfast Flyout of the Fliars Club, so all Fliars are summoned for an 0730 assembly on the Butler flight ramp. I checked with the WeBeSmokin’ cafe over at Paola and they will be open, as well as on New Year’s Eve.

 

The Ukrainian Air Force, fighting against the Russian invaders with obsolete Soviet Migs, are about to get some surplus F-16 built in the U.S., courtesy of Denmark and Romania, but their bomb-blasted runways may not be in the best shape for the hot-rod Vipers. The old Migs have big tires and fly slower. Meanwhile, Ukraine reports that trigger-happy Russian ground troops shot down one of their own Sukhoi Su-25 attack planes. Oops-ski.

 

Reader Rodney Rom accurately researched our weekly brain-teaser, about where the first Transatlantic flight landed, in 1919. As  said, the plucky pilots of a British Vickers Vimy biplane bomber took off from Canada and wound up ingloriously stuck in an Irish bog that they mistook for a suitable landing site. For next week, we want to know what defines the term “general aviation.” You can send your answers to [email protected].



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