March 1, 2013
In 2005, author Barry Schiff and photographer Mike Fizer found themselves at Meadowmist Airpark outside of Bellingham, Washington, with a typical Northwest heavy overcast. They were there to fly and photograph Paul Cullman’s 1931 Curtiss-Wright CW–1 Junior, a beautiful example of early sportsman aircraft produced for the then-blossoming aircraft industry. “Lucky for me, the airpark was a rather idyllic landscape with lots of rolling green hills, giving me a great background alternative to the moody weather,” says Fizer. “There is a silver lining to heavy cloud coverage--it’s perfect for aircraft interiors and bare metal. Mr. Cullman had polished the dual oil and fuel tank of the pusher-prop to a near-mirror finish, which reflected the broad flat light--making the aluminum look like, well, aluminum. In addition, with very few shadows, every detail of the 1929 Salmson AD-9 radial engine was there for the taking. The weather broke for the afternoon aerial mission, sunshine with scattered clouds. A perfect day.”
Subject: Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior Where: Bellingham, Washington Photographer: Mike Fizer
Safety and Education
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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