November 11, 2009
Oct. 10 ï¿½ Work days were already long at Rare Aircraft in Owatonna, Minnesota, where a final push is on to complete our AOPA sweepstakes Waco UPF-7. The staff is in the shop by 7 a.m. and often not out until 11:30 p.m. Here's the latest summary: Just about everything on the aircraft that is supposed to be red is now red. Black trim is going on at a rapid rate and already graces the leading edges of the wings. The Insignia Red fuselage has its black stripes. Wings might be bolted onto the airframe as early as Monday. The engine is on but has not been run, of course, except at Radial Engines near Oklahoma City where it was refurbished. The gear is ready for its Cleveland brakes. There will be no holidays and no weekends for many of the Rare Aircraft crew. It is possible the plane could enter flight test as early as Saturday Oct. 19. Rare Aircraft will put five hours of test flying in before letting it go cross country. If all is completed in time, the Waco will fly 1,490 nm from Owatonna to Palm Springs, California, for AOPA Expo, going about 200 nm during each flight and stopping six or seven times.
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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