The Brazos Breeze
EAA Chapter 983 Newsletter September 2001
Mailing Address: EAA Chapter 983, P.O. Box 903, Granbury, TX. 76049
Don't miss the October 13th Chapter 983 meeting. It's in the evening at 4:00 P.M.. David Folz will be giving a hot air balloon demo at Plane View Park, Pecan
We had, as usual for the fall, a nice
day for our September 8th meeting. We had a number of visitors; Bob Heath (RV-9),
Ray Goree, Dave Jackson and Maurice Dubois of Chapter 34 in Arlington.
(See schedule of events for 29th September EAA meeting in Arlington). Also Greg
Barkley, Terry Gosic & Dutch Wellman were also guests. - A total of 55
attendees turned out.
Pete started the "Lightning" from the very first with the intention of flying across the Atlantic which he did. His "Lightning" has 131 Gallons fuel capacity with 68 in the wings. He has two 32 gallon fuselage tanks which gives him wide latitude in adjusting center of gravity. It weighs 1596 empty with a gross of 3000. He regularly flight plans for 200 Kts. cruise speed at 75% power which is sparkling speed for a IO-360, 210 HP Continental 6 banger. I was surprised to hear that it has a flat plate area of only 2.8 Square Ft. By way of comparison, the Mooney is 4.2 and the Bonanza 6.5. It took Pete 6 years to construct, which is pretty swift actually.
The bird is very sleek, with fiberglass and Epoxy construction. The aircraft is very sophisticated with full IFR (naturally) GPS, autopilot, stormscope, moving map, & engine analyzer. I was intrigued by a hook-like part at the midspan of the very long flap (almost full span). The hook faced forward and Pete said that the designer was concerned about flutter over the long flap span and added the hook to engage a pin when the flaps are retracted to anchor the middle. -ingenious. The bird is 4 place. It does not look like there is much space for the rear seat pax. Au Contraire! The rear seats face the rear and those passengers have the whole aft fuselage to extend their legs out. Pete did not relish the poor weather and miserable approaches to Nassarsaque and Reykjavik, preferring to go nonstop. Pete flew direct from Gander to Shannon Ireland non stop and had plenty of fuel.
He flew around Europe a fair bit. Shannon-Cambridge England-Rotterdam-Hanover-Moulin
(France)-Geneva- Portugal. He arrived in Moulin as a guest of the RSA (Rallye Sport
Aéronautique). This is an organization that predates our EAA. The temperature was 115
degrees (!) when he landed, then went to the 50's the next day. (Talk about a blue
Norther!) He came back to the USA via Santa Maria in the Azores. The whole trip took
600 Gal. of fuel at a cost of $2500. He did not have any trouble with customs until he
returned to the states. There they tried to tell him he was illegal with his long range
fuselage tanks, even with the FAA papers giving authorization. I guess customs is
sensitive to extra long range tanks in private aircraft because of the drug smuggling
|We are all angry, sad, and frustrated because of the attack on our nation
in NY, pentagon, Pennsylvania. It is worse than Pearl harbor, not just because more lives
were lost, but the nature of the attack. It leaves us helpless in fighting this cancer in
our midst. Perhaps the only countermeasure we can take to ensure a "sterile"
cabin is to have everybody disrobe in special rooms at the gate. They would all be handed
green hospital "scrubs" (pajamas?) and their clothing packed separately in the
cargo area. They would be reunited with their duds at destination. Don't think it would
work? OK, just kidding. I am at a compete loss to understand the terrorists deep,
implacable hatred of America. If they think we are trying to take over their
homelands; I have news for them. We just might do that!
As of this
writing, VFR operations have been reinstated with significant limitations:
All our members have so many stories to tell. This is
|1. Welcome new members Eric Paine and Jim Kutcholz! Jim has been working so much on our weekends, that everyone thought he was a member. We also welcome our newest member Dick Jones. Dick promises to be very active-- he attended a board meeting even before he joined!|
|2. Bill Orcutt has a new Bonanza! As a former FBO he could get a new one every year at "dealers price". This is his last one.|
|3. Kevin Ross is really putting the RV-7 together in record time. It might be close as to whether he or Bill Steppling finishes first..|
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