December 20, 2012
By Dave Hirschman
The AOPA 2012 Sweepstakes Tougher Than A Tornado Husky begins the new year with a new owner and a new residence: Boise, Idaho.
Brian Burnett, an Alaska native and former Super Cub owner, purchased the Tornado Husky from AOPA sweepstakes winner Richard Zahn. Burnett and friend Ross Parton picked up the 180-horsepower Aviat A–1C in Orlando, Fla., in mid-December and flew it home to the mountains of Idaho.
The Tornado Husky got its name by surviving a close brush with the 2011 Sun ’n Fun twister, and true to form, it attracted some adverse weather on a scenic, circuitous, 32-hour flight across the continent.
Burnett is an experienced tailwheel pilot who has flown backcountry airplanes throughout the Northwest and Alaska. He and Parton are sharing their journeys in the Tornado Husky via a new website that pays tribute to the capable young airplane and its eventful history.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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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