November 11, 2009
Nov. 11 ï¿½ The AOPA Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 is 99 percent done. Wing fairings, small, curved shapes of metal that fit between the wing and the fuselage, have been sent back to a subcontractor for fitting adjustments. Rare Aircraft is still awaiting field approval for modifications to the aircraft's brakes. The next big step is flight testing and a break-in period for the Jacobs 275-horsepower engine. Since the Waco will be housed in Owatonna, Minnesota, for the winter (the location of Rare Aircraft), weather warm enough for proper break-in is difficult to find. Should a first flight occur, you will read about it here. But if colder temperatures prevail, it could be next spring before air temperatures are warm enough to conduct the required 10 to 20 hours of break-in flights.
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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