Monday, April 15, 2024

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And now it’s summer. Late last week we observed some frost on vegetation in the ditches, early in the morning. Then, over the weekend, we went from having to shoot some primer fuel into the airplane’s engine to pulling open the ventilators. At the same, there was a wind shear forecast, calling for 40 knots out of the southwest at 2000 feet altitude.

 

The major visitor observed this week was a sleek TBM 850 executive turboprop, stopping through on Wednesday. Also in were a Cessna 172, a Piper Cherokee Archer, a Cherokee 140 and a Beech Baron 58. Mike Golden was down from New Century in his Cessna T210 Centurion. Out of the local fleet, Roy Conley flew his Grumman Tr2, the resident AirTractor agplane made some swaths, and some unwanted passengers were evicted from Christian Tucker’s 1947 Cessna 140. That was a clutch of five starling eggs, found in a nest inside the engine cowling.

 

SkyDive KC manager Erin Hupp says the drop zone will be opening for preliminary jumps on April the 27th, just some training and procedure familiarization. She plans on having a turbine-converted Cessna Stationair to haul six jumpers at a time. Tandem arrivals only cost $259, plus video if desired.

 

Remember that Harrisonville airport is closed for runway reconstruction, and you should check on Nevada airport’s status before you plan on landing there, as they are rebuilding the 13/31 runway. And there’s no fuel available at Pleasanton. Fortunately, Chris Hall just brought in a fresh load of avgas here.

 

Not much big news coming out of the Sun ‘N Fun fly-in last week, other than a flooding rainstorm that went through there Wednesday. Piper rolled out its new Fury M700 turboprop, Cessna showed a revived Turbo Skylane with new cabin amenities, which hadn’t been offered since 2013, Daher spruced up the interior of its TBM 960 and Piper agreed to test the new DeltaHawk diesel engines in its Seminole twin trainer, to compete with Diamond’s DA42. Hartzell Propeller bought Whirlwind Propeller Co., broadening its coverage of the experimental market.

 

Our weekly question, posed by Rodney Rom, wanted to know “what kind of airplane is on the wall mural in the Jo 'N Go coffee shop at St. Luke's hospital?” The correct answer was “Douglas DC-3.” For extra points, can anyone tell us precisely how the throttle knobs were arranged on the DC-3’s power quadrant, and why. You can send your answers to [email protected].