Saturday, 24 July 2010

Avoiding the weather

The weather between Augusta and Oshkosh has been prob90 pants for most of the day. I got a lift in the Kestrel from Augusta to Burlington (200nm). When we landed, the FBO had just held a BBQ and we were all invited in for a free lunch. Nice.

I was offered the next leg from Burlington to Flint; we climbed to 16,000ft which got us mainly on top. To avoid the weather we routed over Canada, and by the time we crossed Toronto the weather had cleared enough to get a decent view. A couple of hours later we landed in Flint, Michigan, after a somewhat bumpy descent.

From Flint, it was a relatively short 200nm hop over Lake Michigan and into Oshkosh. There's a 32 page Notam that details the arrival and departure procedures It was fairly quiet when we arrived, although it took the controller a little while to 'tune in' to my Brit accent.

There's been a lot of recent rain and the airfield is currently closed to arrivals wanting to camp - there's just no way that aircraft can be parked on the grass without sinking in. With more rain due, it'll be interesting to see what happens...

Location:Unnamed Rd,Flint,United States

Friday, 23 July 2010

The Kestrel lives

Remember the Kestrel single-engine turboprop? The State of Maine has just announced that The Kestrel Aircraft Company, led by Alan Klapmeier, will be located at Brunswick Landings, Maine.

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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Oshkosh just days away

The world's greatest aviation event opens in Oshkosh next week. There'll be everything from DC-3s (fifty of them) to ultralights, military jets and electric experimentals.

Films, talks, workshops, hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of aircraft and hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Check back here for regular updates, technology permitting...

Monday, 19 July 2010


I went to Farnborough today. The weather was nice, there were no crashes and thanks to some fantastic hospitality from Thomson Airways, UK (and possibly European) launch customer for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, I had a very nice lunch.

I'll be going back to do a little work on the Aerobility (BDFA) stand on Wednesday, but I won't be rushing back after that. Much of Farnborough has little to do with aviation and a lot to do with business and defence. Walking through the halls it's difficult to tell what some of the stands are actually offering.

Thursday morning I'll be flying out to Oshkosh, a week long celebration of aviation. All of the stalls are about business and there's also a bit of defence stuff sprinkled about, but there's wall-to-wall passion for flying and that's what makes it such a special and uplifting event.