Cardinals flock to Winter Haven

Texas pilot Frank Carleton bought this 1978 Cardinal RG at the fly-in. He won the award for the “Newest Cardinal owner.”

Story and Photos By GUY R. MAHER

It was the Saturday before SUN ‘n FUN and I was about an hour north of Gilbert Field (KGIF) in Winter Haven, Florida, in a Cessna Cardinal RG when Jacksonville Center asked me what was going on. He indicated there were three other Cardinals also heading for KGIF.

What was going on was a gathering of members of the type club for Cessna 177 Cardinals — the Cardinal Flyers.

This was the 16th annual Cardinal Fly-In and it was a good one.

Cardinals in the specially designated parking area at Winter Haven’s Gilbert Field.

The final count of Cardinals was 34 parked on the grass section reserved especially for the event. The expected count of Cardinals was closer to 40, but weather forced a few members to resort to driving. A few based on grass fields had conditions so wet from soaking rains that they knew it would be unsafe to try to depart.

CFO-GM-5Regardless, 103 Cardinal lovers made it to KGIF. For those arriving on Saturday night, there was the customary reception and cocktail party at the home of Palmer and Faye Gehring, which is just blocks away from the airport. These folks are also the hard-working anchor team for this event. I dubbed Palmer “Pope Palmer” because of his pull at KGIF and his ability to get anything done.

Sunday is the big day at the fly-in. It starts with a morning walking tour of the Cardinals. Owners describe their planes, what’s been done, what’s in the works, and field any questions.

The walking tour.

The walking tour.

The members also carry around voting slips for the “Nicest Cardinal” award. Competition is tough. The 2002 award for the RG I owned at the time is still proudly displayed on my wall. All award winners have special reserved front row parking at subsequent Winter Haven fly-ins.

Adjacent to the dedicated parking area for the Cardinals is a beautiful grove of trees with plenty of picnic tables. This is where a catered BBQ lunch is served and it’s always exceptional.

Lunch in the grove.

Lunch in the grove.

Following the lunch, Cardinal Flyers principals Keith Peterson and Paul Millner moderate a discussion on all things Cardinal. Sponsors provide important updates on what they are doing for the Cardinal community and then members can open up on anything that’s on their mind, from maintenance to operations to safety.

 L-R; Debbie Peterson, Keith Peterson, and Paul Millner kick-off the post lunch session all things Cardinal.

L-R: Debbie Peterson, Keith Peterson, and Paul Millner kick off the post-lunch session for all things Cardinal.

Following the session in the “grove,” there’s free time for individuals to roam as they please, talk with other members or take a closer look at specific airplanes. I took the time to close a sales deal on the RG I flew down to the fly-in for the prospect to see. He was welcomed into the Cardinal fold in grand fashion.

Texas pilot Frank Carleton bought this 1978 Cardinal RG at the fly-in. He won the award for the “Newest Cardinal owner.”

Texas pilot Frank Carleton bought this 1978 Cardinal RG at the fly-in. He won the award for the “Newest Cardinal owner.”

The day was capped off with the customary awards banquet at a near-by country club. A few of the awards included: The member who came the furthest — from England; the member who flew their Cardinal the furthest — from South Dakota (Cardinals arrived from 21 states plus Canada); and the grand award — the nicest Cardinal — went to Woody Beck of Athens, Ga., and his beautiful 1978 fixed-gear Cardinal.

This year’s “Nicest Cardinal” award winner, a 1978 177B Cardinal, owned by Woody Beck of Athens, Ga.

This year’s “Nicest Cardinal” award winner, a 1978 177B Cardinal, owned by Woody Beck of Athens, Ga.

Number 10: Woody Beck (Left) receives his award for the people’s choice “Nicest Cardinal” award from Paul Millner (center) and Keith Peterson (right). The big sign is his reserved parking space marker for future fly-ins.

Woody Beck (left) receives his award for the people’s choice “Nicest Cardinal” award from Paul Millner (center) and Keith Peterson (right). The big sign is his reserved parking space marker for future fly-ins.

Whether they’ve owned their Cardinal for just a day, or for decades, the Cardinal gathering in Winter Haven is clearly the event to attend. Making new friends, seeing long-time friends, learning how to take care of and better enjoy their Cardinals, and getting the overall Cardinal “booster shot” are all components that reinforce their decision to become a Cardinal Flyer.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comCardinals flock to Winter Haven

Tips for using the Garmin D2 Bravo and Garmin app

Garmin D2 Bravo tips

Smartwatches continue to be one of the hottest trends in 2015 and are at the top of a lot of holiday wish lists. There’s no question that Apple generated a lot of interest in wearable technology with the introduction of the Apple Watch earlier this year, but they are not the only game in town. Garmin has been hard at work as well on its line of smartwatches, and is the only company to offer a dedicated smartwatch designed for pilots.

The Garmin D2 Bravo is a second generation device building on the popularity of the original D2 aviation watch. This new model features a variety of aviation sensors, including GPS, altimeter and 3-axis compass, along with dedicated Direct-to and Nearest buttons. We reviewed the D2 Bravo in detail here a few months back, and today we’re going to show how you can use it with the Garmin Connect app to get the most out of it as an everyday smartwatch.

Pairing the D2 with the Garmin Connect app
You’ll first need to pair the D2 Bravo to your iPhone using the Garmin Connect app.

You’ll first need to pair the D2 Bravo to your iPhone using the Garmin Connect app.

Because it was built specifically for the needs of pilots, the D2 Bravo doesn’t need to be tethered to a phone or iPad in the airplane to provide full navigation and flight performance data, making it an excellent backup navigation tool. For everyday use on the ground though, you’ll want to pair it up to your iPhone or Android device to deliver internet connectivity to the watch, along with the full array of smartwatch features (just like with the Apple Watch).

To get started, download the Garmin Connect app to your iPhone (Android version here). There are a couple key things to remember–the Garmin Connect app is a completely separate app from the Garmin Pilot app, and is only built for phones and not iPads/tablets (again just like the Apple Watch concept).

Next follow these steps to pair the D2 Bravo to your phone:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on the D2:–hold UP button on the D2 for a few seconds, go to Settings->Bluetooth, and turn on Bluetooth
  2. Enable Pairing on the D2–while in the D2 Bluetooth settings, select the option to “Pair Mobile Device”
  3. Turn on Bluetooth on your phone–go to your phone’s Settings app and turn on Bluetooth. The important takeaway here is that you cannot pair the watch like you normally would in the Bluetooth settings page. Rather it’s done directly in the Garmin Connect app.
  4. Pair with Garmin Connect app–open the Garmin Connect app on your phone, and go to Garmin Devices, select the “+” key at the top right of the screen, choose “Other”, and select D2 Bravo. You’ll next enter your personal information and preferences (used primarily for fitness tracking features), and follow the prompts to finalize the pairing.

You’ll only need to complete this pairing process once, as the watch will automatically connect again when your phone is nearby.

Using the D2 Bravo’s connected features
D2 Bravo METAR

The Garmin Connect app can send METARs to the D2 Bravo.

The D2 Bravo relies on a system of “Widgets” to display small bits of useful information from both its internal sensors and your phone. By default you’ll see widgets displaying sensor data and flight instruments from the compass, altimeter and activity tracker. But when connected to your phone you’ll see internet-driven data, like the current METAR for the nearest airport (or any airport you select) and general weather forecasts.

iPhone users will also see all the standard iOS notifications in a dedicated widget, which are loaded from all the apps on your phone and not just those from Garmin. Best of all you can add third-party Widgets to the D2 from Garmin’s Connect IQ Store. There are a wide variety of fitness and navigation widgets available, along with some that are aviation weather related, like the MyMetar app that allows you to view nearby TAFs on the display.

When on any screen, you’ll also see pop-up notifications and feel a vibrations when you receive an incoming call, text message, email, etc. It also constantly monitors your activity and displays all your stats in the Garmin Connect app. This feature makes it a great fitness tracker too, useful for running, biking, skiing or any other workout activity. The Connect app does a nice job of collecting and organizing this data for easy review on your iPhone’s larger screen.

The Garmin D2 Bravo is available for $649 after a mail-in rebate and is shipping now.

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December 17, 2015 – Celebration of the 112th Anniversary of First Powered Flight

  Aviation Trail’s Celebration of the 112th Anniversary of FIRST POWERED FLIGHT in 1903 honoring the Wright Brothers will be held on December 17, 2015 at Dayton History’s Carillon Park.  The event will be in the Kettering Family Education Center with seasonal drinks, food and entertainment. There will be stories to tell and share followed by holiday dessert treats and music.   Place: Dayton History’s Carillon Park, Kettering Family  Education Center, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409 Date:
Source: aviation trailDecember 17, 2015 – Celebration of the 112th Anniversary of First Powered Flight

December in Aviation History

 The above telegram was sent by Orville Wright to his father on December 17, 1903, the day of the Wright brothers historic first flight. The brothers had hoped to give their hometown of Dayton the honor of announcing the news but the Dayton Journal’s telegraph editor deemed it non-newsworthy, and the first report appeared in the Norfolk Virginia Pilot  (a fitting title) on the morning of December 18. The reporter, H.P. Moore had obtained the story from the Norfolk telegraph operator and,
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Farewell to a friend

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Life has a way of coming around full circle, just one of the many lessons learned through owning a Luscombe.

Another is that you never know where that Luscombe will take you and who you will meet along the journey.

Our journey began in 2007, when my wife Sally and I embarked on the search for an aircraft for our personal use. A licensed private pilot from the 1970s, I had taken a 20-year hiatus from flying while our children attended college. Sally, who soloed in the 1970s but then abandoned pursuing her license, was game.

The search was initiated looking for a Stinson, but we soon found a 1949 Luscombe 8-F. Not familiar with the Luscombe brand, we took to the Internet to find out more. Our research eventually led us to Bill and Sharon Tinkler of Tullahoma, Tenn., who became our mentors in all things Luscombe.

We were in Nashville, and the Luscombe for sale was in Lebanon, all very close together in the state of Tennessee. So we found ourselves on a cold winter’s day heading to Lebanon to look at the airplane once again.

Ken Poley and the Luscombe.

Ken Poley and the Luscombe.

When I first spoke on the phone with Ken Poley, who had owned the Luscombe for 17 years, his first words to me were, “It’s not LSA,” and our relationship never really got much better after that. He did reveal a few things: He had worked for Piper Aircraft Co. in Lock Haven in his teens, had flown B-26s in the Air Force, and was an engineer. He was selling the Luscombe as he was of an age where he had chosen not to pursue his third class medical.

That first meeting with the Luscombe was dreadful. It was a raw, cold winter day and there we were on the tarmac, learning that the Luscombe was an 8-F Special, meaning it had the Continental 90-hp engine, which had no starter or alternator. Consequently, the engine had to be hand propped to start, a talent with which I had no experience.

Ken provided direction to me as the starter, while Sharon held the brakes, but we achieved nothing other than a fully warmed up Jack. We decided to quit, rolled the plane back into the hangar, and Bill, Sharon, Sally and I went to lunch.

Bill was strongly of the opinion this was an aircraft to avoid, noting that hand-propping would lose its attraction. Later, we learned that the Luscombe had been involved in an incident in which it got away from Ken while starting it by himself. It knocked him down and proceeded across the tarmac until it did considerable damage to a new BMW and a nearly new Mooney, requiring an engine overhaul due to the prop strike damage.

It is an axiom among Luscombe owners that their aircraft found them rather than the opposing consideration, and this Luscombe had spoken to me. Sally deferred to my desire, and Ken and I negotiated a deal, which included an IA’s review of its mechanical health.

Arrangements were made to fly it to Lewisburg, Tenn., to have the evaluation performed, which was then rolled into our first annual. While the annual was being performed, another prior Luscombe owner and CFI, Mike Kellems, entered the shop. He agreed to teach me how to fly the Luscombe. The Luscombe remained tied-down at Lewisburg as I received 25 hours of instruction covering changes in regulations over my hiatus from flying, transitioning to a taildragger and the necessary license endorsement, buffing the rust off of any piloting skills I may have had and, of course, the required experience to insure the aircraft.

Owning the Luscombe in Middle Tennessee was a wonderful experience. We promptly named the plane “Huckleberry” after Mark Twain’s character Huckleberry Finn. We became frequent attendees to the Experimental Aircraft Association chapter-sponsored Saturday morning pancake breakfasts in Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, Moontown, and Winchester, and were welcomed into a new family of friends through the Luscombe.

Jack Hoke and his grandson Brennan Maxwell with the Luscombe.

Jack Hoke and his grandson Brennan Maxwell with the Luscombe.

Along with a new plane, 2007 brought yet another challenge for our family. We became third generation owners of the Hoke family farm in Carroll County, Maryland. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to which we agreed sight unseen. While we bought the property in December 2007, it was 2009 before we could sell our home in Nashville and move to Westminster, Md. Exploration led us to 6W6, an airfield with a turf runway in Hanover, Pa., to house the Luscombe in a large common hangar.

We settled into our new community and learned our new roles as stewards of the farm. But little did we realize how much change we would experience, and how much it was to affect our use of Huckleberry.

Our close proximity to the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) around the nation’s capitol curtailed opportunities for flights to the south. Soon our much-loved Luscombe was to find itself a neglected orphan. While we kept legal with timely annuals, there was little aviating.

There were two exceptions: An attempt to fly to Oshkosh in 2013 (which ended in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a result of IFR-only weather conditions) and completion of the “Explore Maryland by Air” campaign in 2013.

In late 2013 we concluded that our commitments to farm, job, family, and an aircraft not welcome in the SFRA meant that the time had come for us to find a new steward for Huckleberry. Advertisements “For Sale” produced a call from a young man who asked if this Luscombe had been Ken Poley’s.

A one hour conversation ensued during which I was to discover much about the caller, Ryan Mudry, and Ken Poley.

As we talked, I learned that when Ryan was just 9 years old, he scraped together $40 so he could join EAA. This membership allowed him access to the presidents of local EAA chapters, including Poley, who was president of EAA Chapter 863 in Lebanon, Tenn., at the time.

Ryan called Ken. Their initial phone conversation was reported to have lasted over one hour while the professional engineer-pilot and the 9-year-old discussed everything about aviation, including Bernoulli’s Principle and Ken’s experience in the Air Force, where he was qualified in the B-25, F-102, F-89, and F-94C.  The call ended with the invitation for Ryan to join Ken for an aviation outing to an EAA pancake breakfast.

Thus began a friendship that was to last nearly 20 years, with Ken mentoring the wanna-be pilot, teaching him to hand prop the 90-hp Continental, introducing him to long-time friends as the Luscombe’s new starter, and allowing him training time in the Luscombe.

All of this led to introductions to three Congressmen from the state of Tennessee — Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bill Frist, and Rep. Jim Cooper — in a bid for the then-flying high school senior, with a perfect score on his SAT exam, for an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Alexander called Ryan on the day after Thanksgiving during his senior year and gave him the good news: He had secured the appointment.

Poley sold the Luscombe to us while Ryan pursued his aviation career at the academy, graduating as an officer and a pilot of the Air Force’s AC-130U gunship.

Ryan Mudry, the newest owner of the Luscombe.

Ryan Mudry, the newest owner of the Luscombe.

While Ryan reached out to ask about the Luscombe, he wasn’t really in the market for an airplane, just curious. But I knew that Ryan was who the Luscombe belonged with, so I soon called him back with an offer he couldn’t refuse, and the sale was completed.

Arrangements were made for hangar space in Florida at Peter Prince Field, and I flew the Luscombe from 6W6 to its new owner.

And so yet another Luscombe friendship has been fostered, with the aircraft placed into the hands of a true steward.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comFarewell to a friend

Picture (and video) of the day: Cruising over NYC

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Adrian den Hartog sent us this photo he calls “Cruising over NY City April 7.”

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“This image was taken from the backseat of a 1975 Cessna 172, part of a VFR cross country journey from California (KRHV) to the East Coast and back. Video blog series was produced documenting the entire journey for GA audiences around the world to enjoy. The journey started on March 30, check out the video here:

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