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David Baumbach's American Eagle and Command Aire

Posted in Members | December 10, 2009

David Baumbach is getting close to being finished with his American Eagle project. Also in the last photo is his Command Aire. Thanks for the photos David!

Friends of Aviation's Blog: The Art of Flying, by Rob Bach

Posted in Members | December 09, 2009
This article is from Friends of Aviation's Blog Aviation News, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

First, thanks so much for the excellent responses. They are thoughtful, encouraging, and insightful.

To read words from intelligent minds gives me hope that this sampling is a model for Humans as a whole.

Now, onward:

When people ask, “Hey, this Flying thing—what’s so special about it?” , words tumble out of my brain in a rush to be heard and in doing so, logjam as I stand open-mouthed-silent. Untangling the beautiful mess into something intelligable takes a heartbeat or two.

Where do I start? This is a huge question that has been answered by so many more eloquent than I from every possible point of view through time, I feel like I should simply hand over a card with a list of author’s names on it, smile and turn away.

I’ll try here, though, just for you.

Let me break Flight down into categories:

Science: from the physics involved to the exploration of the feel of the forces on our Selves when we fly to all that is encompassed by meteorology, navigation, geology, geography, the beauty of the air traffic control system, the fluid that is the atmosphere, engineering, the mathematics we use to help us fly efficiently—those of us that love the interaction of all these disciplines get that much more out of a simple jaunt around the patch of sky over our little airports. If we are ignorant of Science, we miss the subtle underpinning of the workings of the world and our part in it.

Not to worry, though. I’m not saying we don’t enjoy our flight for other reasons like;

Art: These machines have inherent in them the lovely forms that allow function. The sweep of a wing, the curve of a rudder, the symmetry in a well-flown formation, the magic of the deep purple of the terminator as night chases day around us. We fly high and see patterns etched in the earth below us, the roil of the tapestry in the clouds above us, the colors steeped in the very air about us.

This chair in the air is an intimate place from which to watch uninterrupted beauty: the Art of the World.

History: I enjoy most those airplanes designed in the 1920s through 1950s. There was care in the creation of these machines hand-built to give the flyers of the day a passport to a country restless just above the heads of the timid among them. We can feel that as we fly, open cockpit, noise and wind tearing at our attention, infusing our senses with the smell of —well everything. We are uninsulated from our environment yet connected to those hands that welded steel tube or glued spruce into intricate forms for flight. We can feel them there with us though they themselves may be long gone.

These old wings carried heroes across oceans and dark continents, carried villains in black and white across movie screens. They carried an entire populations’ hopes and dreams around the world with them as the pilots in command tested themselves on the grand stage that is the atmosphere.

These old wings are in themselves time machines. We fly down the Mississippi River on a hazy summer day behind a round engine that first fired in 1939 and we cannot find evidence that it is not 1940. We fly a 1929 Travel Air at corn tassle height in Iowa and cannot be convinced the Great American Flying Circus (established 1922) is not waiting for us just over the slight rise ahead. History is stitched into the wings themselves and they invite us to become a part of it.

Sport: My challenge, every flight , is to fly it perfectly. From engine start to shutdown, I seek the smoothest take-off, the most efficient cruise, the most elegant approach, the most beautiful touchdown. When I fly aerobatics, I strive to carve a lovely line with the minimum of brute force. When I soar, I fly an efficient silent ship, thermal to thermal or ridgeline to mountain wave trying to best my time aloft each flight. My longest so far, 5hrs 35 mins. Until last week, it was my longest flight in any aircraft. Now, a transcontinental flight in a 737 holds that mark. I will try again.

The sport of flying is about the personal challenge of one’s Self to do more than just stay alive—it is the about the picking up of the gauntlet to Be Alive!

Life: I think of the Aviation World as a small one. When I leave the Earth, I am no longer connected to Anyone—but feel as though I am connected to Everyone.

The kid that waves huge waves at me when I circle slowly over her head. She is my friend now. I’ve nudged her life in a very small way in a subtly new direction.

The passenger I flew over glass-smooth water, our wings lit from below by sunset. She never said a word until 12 years later in a postcard thanking me for showing her what her career should be. She is now an airline Captain and in the crazy machinations this career can throw at you—she is senior to me.

Flying has a way of touching Life. There is something in it for everyone that walks the planet with us when we choose to walk. When we choose to fly, we weave patterns irresistible to Fate whose hands then drop quiet suggestion for any witness in reach.

I could go on and on, I suppose, but I want to leave something undiscovered for You to be surprised by, to savor and to share.

Photo: copyright 2009 Rob Bach

Mark Zilinsky's Eaglerock A-12 project

Posted in Members | December 02, 2009

Mark Zilinsky of Chandelle Aero writes: Here are pictures of the Eaglerock projects. In addition to my A-12, I’m also working on an A-4 and A-14. It’s a rather ambitious project but I have the parts available for the three airplanes and thought it would be quite the sight seeing three different Eaglerock models flying in formation. The pictures of the Comet engine for my A-12 is one I found a couple years ago, new still in the create.

Mark has more photos and commentary in the gallery section of his website.

Mark Zilinsky's Model A and CK Bird wings

Posted in Members | December 02, 2009

Mark Zilinsky goes on: In addition to the Eagerocks my shop is building wings for a Bird Model A and a CK. By the way, dad turned 80 this summer and is still flying. See you at Blakesburg.

Journey Stories Video

Posted in Members | December 02, 2009

Biplanes rides and runway action in this video from Freeman Field, Junction City, Kansas.

Ryan Georgi's Blog: Why flitter at 500 feet over the water when you can climb over? I'll tell you why, but not here!

Posted in Members | December 02, 2009
This article is from Ryan Georgi's Blog Latest Flying Adventure, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on
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Doedo Schipper's Jungmann Videos: Sunny Winter's Day in Colorado

Posted in Members | December 01, 2009

Yesterday was a nice sunny day in Colorado. No wind. I tried out my contourHD camera. It is a very small light weight camera, no wires. It records on a little memory card. It probably was the last flight of the season. Snow is predicted to start at 2100h tonight.


Texas Chapter December Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | December 01, 2009
Here's the Texas Chapter December Newsletter. Chapter and member news, Broomsticks and Aerobatics, a photos from the Chili event at the Nunn's, and Scott Glover's Travel Air 6000.

See all the Chapter Newsletters.

Friends of Aviation's Blog: On Space & Time, by Rob Bach

Posted in Members | December 01, 2009
This article is from Friends of Aviation's Blog Aviation News, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

Rob Bach - Self Portrait

Though our friend Rob Bach needs no introduction really, my wife Dharma and I felt compelled to write a few words; he is one of those larger than life characters, one of those people you consider yourself lucky to count as a friend. And why wouldn’t he be? if you consider his lineage, he is the son of acclaimed writer Richard Bach and his mother is the amazing editor and author Bette Fineman Bach. So as you might imagine, the material coming from such a luminous constellation is nothing short of rivetting. We enjoy Rob’s work in so many levels. One of the most profound ways in which his words inspire us is the level of humanity with which he writes. Though they capture the adventure in a rich way, they are real, they transcend the mere adventure and reach into the core of the human soul. They really touch the heart and leave you not just entertained, but a changed person. He is a permanent member of our Board of Advisors and it is an honor to have him be our first contributing writer. I hope you all enjoy his work as much as we do. Without further ado, here is Rob Bach:

ON SPACE & TIME, by Rob Bach

So, a moment ago, there was a happily empty space here. It was perfect in its nothingness, calm, cold, content. This absence of things was absolute and expected nothing other than to go merrily along devoid of chaos.

Introduce TIME and entropy started immediately. The Big Bang was like that: once TIME BECAME it screwed up all that perfect peace with STUFF BECOMING at a remarkable (and suddenly measurable) rate.

There, then, was the first trade-off of Perfection for Possibility—and so it is here with the seed of an idea Nik (our kind host) had to make a ripple in your experience.


Just you and nobody else.

I’ve never thought that a story I’d care to write would be read by anyone except Mom (who delights in anything I create today as she did when I was in the first grade). Faced with this new opportunity to write once in a while I’ve decided I’ll write just for You. One person (and Mom).

What You get to read from me will be thoughts on flying airplanes, old and new, working as a pilot for a living, building planes for the heck of it, and capturing it all in words and pictures as artfully as I’m able.

Creation is a wonderful thing even though it destroys what came before. Witnessing that life cycle of ideas made manifest is just as amazing as the creation itself. Even though you may not fly or write or craft imagery you can still be a Watcher.

I’ll never pole vault over a bar set six meters over a giant sponge, but I love to watch dedicated people try to do it. Being the audience for excellence is as important as the achievement itself—and so here You are.

Besides flying, I try to photograph airplanes as art. They are a subject worthy of a lifetime effort—my six meter bar. Capturing the essence of a machine that was built by the hands of a hundred people isn’t easy. Most photographers approach the subject like any other machine and take some very pretty pictures in the process. I’d rather make an image that peels away that first impression of the thing and lets You get a sense of the airplane as something other than You thought it was.

Once in a great while, I’ll get pretty close. And now that I know You are here, I’ll try a little harder to understand what I’m doing.

My next entry might be something about the life of the airline pilot or working with dope and fabric or trying to shoot air-to-air in crummy weather. I have no idea. What do You want?

For now then there is just This and so, as in the Beginning when Something came from Nothing, let there be Light:

Copyright 2009 Rob Bach

Don Parsons' Blog: Cub Progress 11-30-09

Posted in Members | December 01, 2009
This article is from Don Parsons' Blog Flying Antique Airplanes, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

I came back from the Thanksgiving Holiday all pumped up to work on the Cub. With the floorboards in, it's going to go quickly again for a while. I managed to find the screws and the screw holes for the trim, throttle plates, carb heat and fuel shut-off valves to fasten all of those down. I put the front seat in just to see how it fit and so I could start dreaming of making airplane noises. After I took it out, I put in the control sticks. They still have masking paper on the grips. The two rudder pedals have the springs on them but since that's where the seat goes, they are not tightened down yet.