Added great video to EAA284 TDFI tab

For those who attend (or work) the Labor Day Pancake Breakfast, Doug S., Doug G. and Jim W. from PRA Chapter 40 produced a great video of their visit in 2009. It has been included on the Taildragger Fly-In tab at the top of the page as well as below.

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National Aviation Speaker Series – January 20th 7 PM

Aviation Heritage Speaker Series: The 1910/1911 Wright “B” Flyer was the Wright Company’s first “mass produced” airplane on which a whole generation of early aviation pioneers learned how to fly. The Wrights designed this flyer to provide pilot training and reconnaissance for the US Army Signal Corps prior to World War I.

Join Walt Hoy and Mitch Cary of Wright “B” Inc. as they reveal the historic significance of this airplane and their organization’s efforts to honor the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and promote Dayton, Ohio as the “Leader in Flight.” The event is free and open to the public.

This event will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:00 PM at the Engineers Club of Dayton, 110 E. Monument St., Dayton OH – MAP (

Gyroplane Get Together

An invite from Douglas Gaudette — Interest in Gyroplanes? Get together on January 23, 5:00 PM at the Parkview Community Center in Kettering:

This is for all Gyroplane pilots and ANYONE with even the slightest interest in learning about Gyros, to get together for some hot pizza, cold drinks, PowerPoint information on Gyros, videos, and even some indoor R/C flying.

The get together is on January 23rd at 5:00PM at the Parkview Community Center

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Mark Dusenberry and his 1905 Wright Flyer III

1905 Wright Flyer III

On October 1, 2009 Mark Dusenberry was engaging in practice flights in preparation for the 104th commemorative celebration of the Wright Brothers demonstration of the first practical aircraft, their 1095 Model III Flyer. Mark completed one successful flight in the morning.

During his second flight of the day the aircraft began a series of pitch oscillations, finally striking the ground in a nose down attitude. In the 1905 Flyer the pilot is not strapped in. He lies on the lower wing. Photos of the impact clearly show Mark sliding forward on the wing.

Mark sustained significant injuries in the crash. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight. Initially, he was listed in critical condition. He underwent two surgeries that night. His condition subsequently improved. He has been transferred to a hospital in Cleveland to be closer to family and to continue a rehabilitation program. The last report I received indicated that he had no feeling below the waist.

As a result of his injuries Mark will have a long period of rehabilitation and will incur large medical bills, not covered by insurance. Donations can be sent to Mark’s sister Lori. Checks should be made payable to The Citizens Bank. On the memo line indicate “Mark Dusenberry” Checks can be mailed to Mark’s sister, Lori at the following address.

Mark Dusenberry
c/o Lori Golec-Judy
121 E. 13th St
Dover, OH 44622

— Bob Luken (EAA284 President)

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Dream flight down the Hudson River

John Belluardo and his wife Barbara recently flew their vintage 1946 Luscombe Silvair 8A Luscombe 8A “Buster” down the Hudson River over the George Washington Bridge. The flight was one of John’s lifetime dreams as he flew his “Buster” past New York City and out into New York Harbor. His flightpath took him over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and past his  birthplace. Thanks for the email.

Johns flight down the Hudson River

John's flight down the Hudson River

If you are a EAA284 member, or friend of our chapter, send an email as we would enjoy sharing it on our site.

Wright Image Group proposes monument

The Wright Image Group is a Dayton based organization that proposed to build a monument to the Wright Brothers at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75, commemorating Dayton as the birthplace of aviation. The monument will feature a sculpture of the 1905 Wright Model III. See:

The Open House will be October 25th from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. See that attached flyer for details. The Open House will be at the Wright B hanger at Dayton Wright Brothers airport (MGY), located on SR 741 (Springboro Pike)

Bob Luken