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
Dinners at Waypoint Café at California's Camarillo Airport will have an outside dining option to watch airplanes and helicopters take off and land, and learn more about general aviation in the process.
The NTSB has organized a safety seminar May 10 to focus on aerodynamic stalls and loss of control, a leading cause of general aviation fatalities.
According to the most recent Joseph T. Nall Report, in 2010 there were 43 accidents involving weather, and 28 of them were fatal. In fact, weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents.
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