Saturday, June 29, 2019

Airport Day

There is no airline service at our local airport but studies show the economic impact on the area exceeds $83 million a year. Today was a 75th Anniversary Day.

I question the timing as we are in the middle of the Greeley Stampede, a five day rodeo event and I found traffic at the airport fairly sparse.

The event has two separate areas. The “Learn to Fly” portion sponsored by the EAA and our local community college drew a crowd.

The Commemorative Air Force drew little. Doubt they made back their gas money to get here. I have no personal interest in a low level flight on a hot afternoon but did drop a donation in their bucket.

I have an interest in Light Sport Aircraft of which there were two examples.  The Kit Fox owner was willing to talk, and I found him interesting. The plane has full span flaps which are also the ailerons. When I asked him about roll rate he indicated it will roll quickly and keep on rolling.

Much of my early time building was out of this hanger then owned by Dirty Dick Nolan. He advertised in Trade-A-Plane, “Dick Nolan has $2,000,000 – buys airplanes over the telephone”.  He would finance anyone with a down payment. Since his financing was full recourse, he spent a lot of time re-possessing airplanes. In those days the hanger was isolated.

The Globe Swift brought back a memory. I delivered one and was most fortunate to only land it three times, twice for fuel. It was a ground loop just waiting to happen, but fun in the air.

Think some of our bloggers might buy one of these T-Shirts?


Old NFO said...

Pretty birds! And a nice little airport.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Two runways, one 10,000'. Back in the day did my night hours requirement at Greeley.

Brig said...

Love those flying machines and small airports. There is a little cafe in RB that looks onto the run ways, was my favorite hangout.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

You have in your area a neat airport, Scapoose. ON FB look for Ken Corliss Pilot Friends.

LSP said...

I can't fly but your post's an incentive!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

The flying part is easy. The landing takes some practice.

Fredd said...

Yes, the flying part of it is easy: pull the handle up, go up. Push the handle down, go down. Push the right foot pedal down, go right. Push the left foot pedal down, go left. I've got this down.

Flying is easy. That's why the 9/11 hijackers had no interest in learning how to land.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

The flight schools alerted the FBI.