I USED TO BE THE highest time U.S. Storch pilot. I was
flying two of the three flying planes. They were both here
in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I flew many air shows in
both of them, including a “fly-off” with Dave Smith and
his Stinson L- 1 and at another show a racehorse. I read
where Kermit (Weeks) wants to fly the Storch and the L- 1.
Been there, done that! The Storch was slower than the L- 1
and the horse!
West Sanders, EAA 134636
Fort Worth, Texas
I WANTED TO COMPLIMENT the EAA staff on the July issue
of Sport Aviation. I’m sure STOL isn’t the sexiest topic in
the aviation world and quite a few pilots really couldn’t
care less about it, but for those of us who appreciate
STOL flying, this issue was a welcome breath of fresh air.
Thanks for allowing such a “backwoods” topic to take
Dwayne Parkinson, EAA 674989
For the Fun of It
How refreshing it was to
read Lauran Paine Jr.’s
recent commentary on
airport hopping (Sport
Aviation, July 2010). He
describes basic flying for
enjoyment, and at the end
of the article he comments
on the side benefits of
flying (stress reduction).
Not once does he mention
any of the latest electronic
gadgets that seem to be
the primary discussion
topic of most aviation
magazine articles and hangar discussions lately. I enjoyed
his discussions of navigating with a VFR map and traffic
pattern flying, both seemingly forgotten arts. He renewed
my belief in flying for the fun of it.
Bruce Baranski, EAA 408817
The “Old Oshkosh” Versus the New
Mark Pensenstadler, EAA 9030636, of Westland, Michigan, wasn’t sure he liked the idea of some of the additional
entertainment scheduled for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this
year, and he kicked off a lively conversation about the “old
Oshkosh” versus the new. Did he eventually have a change of
heart? Read on!
Here are some highlights from this lengthy and thoughtful
What happened to good old-fashioned Oshkosh? Why does the EAA find it
necessary to jam more and more entertainment into it each year? I miss the days
when Oshkosh was all about airplanes. –Mark Pensenstadler
Agreed! I don’t think I even stayed to see any of the bands or entertainment acts
in the last few years…. I’m happier spending the time in the evening at the beer
garden or the folding-chair movie theater. –Scott Schuster
I don’t see the harm in attracting non-aerophiles into the aviation world…
embrace the aspects of it that interest you, and don’t fear getting exposed to
something other than aviation for a couple of hours. –Owen O’Rourke
(The) average age of an EAA member has gone up five years in the past 10. If we
can get some new members based on the funner stuff, that could help in the
long term. –Paul Dowgewicz
I don’t like some things, but would never think someone else shouldn’t have
the right to look at it…. I just want to say, “Thanks, EAA, for doing this for our
family.” –Frank Juedes
There is something for everyone. You simply have to pick what you want to be
involved with at any given moment and not worry that a few hundred thousand
others are doing something else. –Paul Gernhardt
AirVenture 2010 marked my 33rd time attending an EAA fly-in convention….
None of the non-aviation stuff got in the way of enjoying the total immersion in
aviation that I have come to expect. I don’t feel like anything I want to get out of
that one week has been diminished by their inclusion. –Christopher Kinnaman
I went to Oshkosh this year and, as always, had a blast! I think the EAA could
have brought in dancing pink elephants and I would not even have noticed.
Perhaps I spoke too soon? I’m already looking forward to next year, especially
because my plane will be done and I should be able to fly it there!
I think Oshkosh is very family-oriented. Isn’t that what it is all about? Building
interest in flying, and a family event? Seems to me it is working and working very
well. First-class event run by a first-class organization. –J. Beischel
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