Monday, February 26, 2024

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Freakishly more like March instead of February, the flying weather cooperated well for most of the last week. Some 40-mph winds Friday scrubbed several flights, but otherwise we were blessed. Among the week's visitors were a Mooney M20C, a Piper Archer or two, a UMC Skyhawk and Jay McClintock's Piper Tomahawk from Harrisonville. Todd Proach of Harrisonville flew in Saturday on an Angel Flight compassion trip in his Beech Bonanza A36.


The unadvertised Fliars Club fly-out on Saturday morning netted only one participant, Jerimie Platt in his Grumman Tiger. Also out were Eric Eastland in his Cessna Skyhawk, warming up the oil for changing, Jon Laughlin in his Piper Cherokee 180C and Gerald Bauer in a Cessna 150. New pilot Bob Plunket took a Cessna 150 out for lunch with a passenger at Lincoln on Saturday.


Big changes have taken place since late-2021 on the Kansas City sectional aeronautical chart. Several VOR stations have been removed, deleting a whole network of Victor airways that has been around for decades. The FAA had been threatening to eliminate these comforting, but expensive to keep up, ground-based navaids, and over the last couple of years it's made good on its warning. The Oswego VOR halfway to Tulsa is no more, as well as the Maples VORTAC near Fort Leonard Wood, the Neosho VOR south of Joplin and the Macon VOR south of Kirksville. The latter two locations retained their DME functions, no doubt part of instrument approach procedures. The pared-down list of Minimum Operational Network stations, like Butler and Springfield, remains in place as a hedge against Red China shooting down our GPS satellites.


An embarrassing environmental survey taken at Superior, Colorado last year has backfired on its promoters, who were certain the lead additive in aviation gasoline at their airport was poisoning them. As we've always said, the minuscule amount of lead used in flying is a non-problem, and the testing at Superior found “undetectable” levels in all but one of the sites, and that was an older home with some lead in its plumbing. So, the earth-savers will have to find another way to close the town's airport.


Reader Stephanie Hotsenpiller-Poe correctly answered last week's historical question, about which Wright Brother was older and which one died first. In both cases, she said, it was Wilbur, who died too young of typhoid in 1912. Our brain-teaser for next week is: What is the meaning of EASA certification, advertised for some foreign airplanes being imported into the U.S.? You can send your answers to [email protected].


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