November 11, 2009
Dec. 4 ï¿½ Rare Aircraft officials said AOPA's membership sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 flew for the first time December 3 at Owatonna, Minnesota. The 1940 open-cockpit biplane, used to train World War II pilots on Long Island, New York, in the Civilian Pilot Training program, was restored by Rare Aircraft. It was considered an advanced trainer when used in the government's Civilian Pilot Training program and was used to teach aerobatics. Test pilot Ben Redman said the aircraft maintained hands-off level flight. A winter cover was installed in the cowling to keep the engine warm during the flight. The engine break-in will require about 15 hours of additional flying and must be done in reasonable temperatures. The aircraft will be awarded in early 2004.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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