America By Air: National Air and Space Museum

de Havilland DH-4 used to transport U.S. Mail - Airmail

de Havilland DH-4 used to transport U.S. Mail - Airmail

An EAA member pointed out the exhibition and interactive website “America by Air” which is part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s site and its a good way to spend an hour or two learning some aviation history. In the above photo, the  de Havilland DH-4 WWI planes and pilots transported a 400 pound U.S. Mail  payload in 13 segments across the country in 28 hours.  It must have been an exciting time to be flying taildraggers by the seat of your pants. If you ‘really like grassroots aviation,’ check out the America by Air Exhibition.

Advertisements

A Sport Pilot that flies with her feet

sportpilotwithoutarms

Jessica Cox, Sport Pilot

A friend of mine passed this along and I though a few here might enjoy the inspirational story and watching the video.

Jessica Cox, born without arms, recently earned her sport pilot license at Ray Blair Airport in San Manuel, Arizona. She flies this Ercoupe plane the way she does most other things in her life — with her feet.

LINK

EAA284 Meeting: February 8, 2009

EAA 284 meets the second Sunday of every month at 2 pm.
Stay current by joining our
email group list

The February Meeting of EAA Chapter 284 will be Sunday February 8th, 2 PM at Red Stewart Airfield.

The Program topic will be rib stitching. I have come across a diagram of the knot used on the Beech Staggerwing. It is a very simple knot to tie. I am attaching a copy of that knot. I am also attaching the portion of AC 43-13 that covers the various rib stitching knots that are used. There is a YouTube video showing rib stitching on a Stearman wing. The knotting procedure is rather clearly shown in the video below.

Continue reading

Do you want to use the WordPress site?

Editing the a first post from EAA284 — poll is included below.

The dummy site is up and running but content need to be added and updated. (this post to be deleted)