Arlington Fly-in 2005
By: Holger Stephan
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From left to right: Tassilo (my son), Steve Criders, Gordon Seykora, Jim Huber, Gord Hudson, ??. Gord: I did you the favor and blacked out your undies. Oh no - now everybody is looking at you :)


When we came on Saturday around noon the weather was gorgeous, but we were told it has been quite wet from Wednesday until Friday. So who came this year? I hope I get this right now: Gordon Hudson came with his RV, for almost the entire fly-in. Steve Mahoney is still working on his cowling and was given a ride on a friend's C-172. He staid until Friday and I am sorry to have missed him. Dave Anderson flew in with his BD and had also returned before we showed up. Steve Craigle lives in Arlington and was pretty busy flying Young Eagles every day. Fred Hinsch and Eric Munzer flew in from Canada with their BDs on Saturday for one day. I'm pretty sure Louis Bigelow and his wife scored the the longest road trip to get to the fly-in on Saturday. He kept us up-to-date from the road with emails to the mailing list. It is too bad we couldn't find him on the field before we headed for the steak house on Saturday night, I was curious what a Sasquatch orders for dinner. Peter Miles was there, too on Wednesday, so unfortunately I missed him. Craig Evans came in with the big iron from S. Cal. I was looking forward to his contagious enthusiasm; needed another fill-up to get through the year until next year's fly-in. He got a hold of two or three potential builders and did not let them go until we were pretty sure we had them in our bag. Craig: I did receive a request for the CD from Paul Wilkes in Chehalis, WA, so I think we're on the right track with the missionary program :). Oh - and of course there was Jim Huber, the host of the patch of lawn we gathered again this year. With him Steve Crider, his neighbor at Crest Airpark. Steve bought Dave Dotson's airplane, neighbor of Roger Mellema, and is working on it actively. Also from WA there was Charlie Bernert for a short while with us on Saturday. Charlie had bought Roger Mellema's plane. We told about all the gadgets on this plane and that he had to repair some hangar rush on the tail. He thinks to be finished rather soon. Gordon Seykora came in from Nanaimo B.C., CA. He and his son had recently bought Allen Sandstrom's C-FORD. Interestingly his son is a King Air pilot and says the BD-4 is "the easiest aircraft to land of all the many aircraft he has flown" (says Gordon).

Louis Bigelow

The highlight this year must have been Jim Huber's PowerPoint presentation from his trip to Sun 'N' Fun, FL. That was before we came, but I hope I'll receive it from him to put it on the website here.

On Saturday we gathered at the runway theatre and saw John Moore's 2004 "Flight of the Phoenix", a remake of the 1965 original with James Steward. Nice special effects but in my opinion an otherwise bottomless shallow production, in contrary to the original. But it was free and had airplanes, so of course we couldn't miss it. Oh - most interesting was a bright object crossing the sky right above us. It looked like a satellite, but we agreed it was too bright for that and must have been the international space station. That was better than the whole movie.

There were now two BDs with vortex generators, and both owners swear by it: Fred Hinsch (has had them on for a while) and Steve Craigle. Together with Richard Martin there are three that I know that have had very good success with them. Gord Hudson bought a set of clear plastic VGs last year from the representative of a WA company (forgot the name) that produces it. They looked really nice and cost around $100/set. The representative tried to sell a set to Steve. A futile effort: of course Steve cuts and pounds them himself for a few bucks. I think the BD-4 crowd is just a difficult market, we're all vigorous scroungers. Oh - and we were quick to tell him not to offer them to Jim Huber either: Jim will not let anything near his meticulous wing surfaces (see below).

I missed Steve Nemeth and Lary Seibold. I know Steve is building actively, he probably was at the show.

Thankfully, I didn't hear about any accidents this year on the show.

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Steve Crider(?), Craig, Louis and his wife in front of Fred Hinsch' and Eric Munzer's planes.
Jim Huber's BD

Eric Munzer's BD
Eric Munzer's BD

Eric Munzer's BD
Canadian anti-ice devices :)

Fred Hinsch's BD
Fred Hinsch's BD

Fred Hinsch's BD
Fred, a bit surprised. My fault, next time I'll ask to pose a little.

Inside Fred Hinsch's BD
Fred's car seats

VGs on Fred's BD
VGs on Fred's BD

VGs on Fred's BD
Fred's vertical.

Craig Evans
Craig lifts his cap. Which has the better aerodynamic shape and finish: his bold head or Jim's wing? I didn't see any rivets on Craig's scalp, not even flush, so I'd say this one goes to Craig. OK, Craig, you can put your canvas protection on again.

It's getting late on Saturday, Fred is taking off for the flight back home. He's that yellow spot right over the Honey Buckets.
OK guys, this is the flag of my home state: Bavaria! I was so surprised to see it here in Arlington. But of course, it was on a German WWII fighter plane.

Throughout the day Steve Craigle had flown Young Eagles. When Tassilo and I headed for the other side of the airport to meet up with him we spotted 777 Lima Charley as she was taxiing out for yet another YE run.
Steve Craigle's 777LC turning onto the active.

While I was snapping a head Tassilo kept yelling over from the shuttle bus stop. He was concerned we'd miss it.
We did make it onto the bus and got there just in time for a group shot of Steve and his YEs. Hey Steve, not so fast! Sheez - no patience those retirees.

Signing the YE certificate.
She really liked the flight (I had asked) but wasn't so sure why I was taking a picture of her. Like Fred she smiled when I was busy smiling back.

Next morning (Sunday) Steve, Tassilo and I got out to 777LC's hangar to take her for a ride. I had signed up Tassilo as YE, so this would be an official YE flight with the kid and the concerned parent (Is this airplane certified??) :)
On the runway.

A canard on the taxiway. I kindof liked the colors. Have a little patience with my graphics tick.
Submarine communication antennas

If I had been able to find a plug for my headset I could tell you more about where we were. I'll have to ask Tassilo.
Flying over a ridge.

Heading back home...
All the layers on this pilot

The fly-in looks deserted. I was surprised how many had already left on Saturday.
That's our runway. Got a little off-center. Popped a tire on that one again. Second one in two days.  *)

Yep, that needs a little bit of a correction. The concerned parent raises an eyebrow...
Y.E. Tassilo with his pilot. Thank you, Steve!!

End of this year's fly-in. Tassilo scored huge with a whole pack of magazines. Steve cycled around us the whole time like an AWACS plane. Say Steve, didn't you work on the design of the pole for that mushroom antenna?
Tassilo and I headed back home. Steve says good-bye on the parking lot and pedals back to the field. I arranged the photo for you to find him where the arrow points.

It was a lot of fun this year. Thank you Steve for your hospitality, a great flight, and the always interesting stories! See you all next year at AWO!


*) Alright, I was just kidding: the "tower" seemed to have forgotten about us for a while and then cleared us for a long landing, when there was lots of altitude to burn off in a heartily slip. The landing was silk smooth.