LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Webinars: EAA’s Best-Kept Secret
WHAT A GREAT PRESENTATION by Mike Busch [about EGT myths].
It taught me a lot and certainly cleared up a lot of myths. The EAA
webinars might just be EAA’s best-kept secret. Please keep them
coming! It is things like this that make my EAA membership the
best money I spend every year.
Michael J. Bare, EAA 1004996, Paola, Kansas
SPEAKING OF PUTTING THE webinars to practical use, during an
in-flight emergency this past summer, I reacted properly to the
situation directly because of an EAA webinar I’d seen six months
previous, “Is Your Two-Stroke Engine About to Fail?” After experiencing partial power loss on takeoff over congested, hilly terrain
on a hot, windy day, I quickly diagnosed the problem. ... [and]
reacted by not hesitating to return to the airport. ... In a short time,
I had the problem fixed with spare parts and tools I carry onboard.
We completed our journey without further incident.
These webinars are one of EAA’s best-kept secrets, and I hope the
word continues to get out about their usefulness. The archive is as essen-
tial to the program as is the actual production of the webinars. These
webinars are the best thing since Tony Bingelis’ books. Really.
Mike Perkins, EAA 152383, Havana, Illinois
For a direct link to Mike’s EGT webinar and Brian Carpenter’s two-stroke engine
Airport Car of the Month
seminar, visit www.SportAviation.org, where you’ll also find a link to EAA’s
schedule of upcoming seminars as well as the complete archive of webinars.—Eds
THE FBO FOLKS AT the
airport (MMV) were great.
They offered us this former
police squad car, missing the
lights and siren of course. It
did have the spotlights, and
our favorite part was having
to let the kids out of the back
seat since they couldn’t open
the doors from the inside.
The windows in the back
wouldn’t open either.
We loved the car, and
everyone thought the police
were cruising by as we drove
around town. And Evergreen
Aviation & Space Museum
was fantastic! This is a great
stop on any cross-country.
Ralph Portnoy, EAA 1011324,
Have you seen/driven a unique airport car? If so, send a photo and
information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you take your airplane to a fly-in, how do you feel about people touching it? “Stinsoner” is pretty
frustrated by the treatment his 108 received at a number
of events, and when he posted his pet peeve, he found
out he wasn’t alone. But not everyone agreed with him;
here are some highlights from this ongoing discussion:
Three times now I have had my rear “D” window
scratched by pilots(?) peering in the window to check
out the interior and panel. A friend said that he saw
a mother place her toddler inside on the seat so that
he could play pilot and make airplane noises. I can
understand the general public doing stupid things at
fly-ins, but EAAers should know better. –Stinsoner
You either have to have someone watching all
the time or put a rope around your ride to keep
people from touching. –Mike Switzer
My plane is just a plain old spam can, and I don’t
like to see it get abused. I can’t imagine what it
would be like if I had put thousands of hours into
building it. –Mick Youmans
It sounds like you would be happier if you kept
your plane away from places like EAA where a lot
of people like to look at airplanes. How much
damage did that toddler do? Can it be repaired or
is the airplane ready for scrap?–Bill Greenwood
Bill, the toddler didn’t do any damage. But was it
appropriate or considerate of the mom to put her
toddler in my airplane? No. –Stinsoner
I’ve come to grips with the fact that if you get
enough people in one place at one time, there
will be a few idiots. –Kyle Boatright
If I ever decide to bring one of my designs out,
it will probably be surrounded by a ring of snow
fence topped with one of those bear deterrent
electric fences. –steveinindy
Another pilot was admiring my polished wings
with his hands. He asked, “What’s the hardest
part about keeping it looking so good?” I looked
him in the eye and replied, “Wiping off the hand
I go to fly-ins to show my aircraft to others and
interest them in my passion of flying. So, I let
anyone who can climb or crawl into my aircraft
at the event. –Rick Rademacher
To follow this conversation, visit
www.SportAviation.org for a direct link.