See Flabob Express
at AirVenture 2012
FLABOB EXPRESS, A DC- 3 BASED at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California,
is among the first confirmed aircraft
scheduled to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, July 23-29. The
aircraft will serve as the centerpiece
for “a very comprehensive event at
AirVenture” by the Flabob-based
Thomas W. Wathen Foundation’s educational programs, said Bill Sawin,
the foundation’s executive vice president and chief development officer.
Up to 15 students
from the Wathen
Aviation Academy &
Programs will also
attend and serve as
EAA youth programs.
They will also get involved with
KidVenture and interact with the
EAA Air Academy campers during
AirVenture week. In addition,
organizers plan to bring two or
three airplanes built and flown by
For links to more information on
EAA AirVenture, the plane, Flabob,
and the Wathen Foundation, visit
SIGN-UP FOR ‘CHEROKEES TO
OSHKOSH’ OPENS NEW YEAR’S DAY
ATTENTION PIPER CHEROKEE OWNERS:
Registration for the 2012 Cherokees
to Oshkosh group flight and mass arrival at AirVenture Oshkosh began
Sunday, January 1, 2012. Organizers
are looking to build on last year’s 24-
ship mass arrival.
All Piper Cherokee clubs and
owners groups are invited to
participate. Space is limited
based on returning participants’
enthusiasm, so don’t wait to
register. For more information
and to register, visit www.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FLABOB DC- 3 EXPERIENCES AND MARIANO ROSALES
WHO’S WHO AT HQ
Name: John Carrier, EAA 877198
Position: Director of Information Technology (IT)
What do you enjoy most about your job? The
variety and challenges. Every day is an adventure
(should I say AirVenture?) around here.
How long have you been a pilot? I just got my
sport pilot certificate on November 4, 2011.
Most memorable/unique EAA experience? A
B- 17 flight in March 2009. It was quite cold and I
was rather surprised by the lack of insulation and
cover (you could see light through the seams of
the plane). But flying over frozen Lake Winnebago
from the bombardier section was just spectacular!
Also, taking a ride in the T- 6 Texan. A co-worker
asked me one day, “Hey, how would you like to
take a ride in the T- 6?” I had an immediate “Are
you kidding?!” response. When we were airborne,
the pilot allowed me to take control. Wow.
Most memorable person you met through
EAA: Paul Poberezny. It’s amazing to me that he
was able to turn his passion of flying and building
into this institution. I also am amazed at how
involved and sharp he is at his age. I hope I can be
like that when I’m 90.
Describe your first airplane ride: I was working
for a construction company one summer while I
was in college and was offered a ride in Bell Jet
Ranger. I lived in southwestern Wyoming, where
there are a number of gullies. The pilot, a Vietnam
War veteran, showed me “how they flew in ’Nam”
and proceeded to fly us, nose down, through
some of the gullies. It was exhilarating. After that,
he took us straight up, placed us in a stationary
position, and then proceeded to spin us around. I
couldn’t believe the skill of the pilot.