Jul 12, 2006
Pilot Kent is joining us from Dandridge, TennesseeHangar Flying:
This will be the first in a series of shows on surviving Oshkosh. First, though, we start off with the crew talking about their latest flying experiences. One of Pilot Dan's club planes, the Cherokee 140, has developed a hard to find shudder at high RPMs. There's a short discussion of Tach Time vs. Hobb's Time, and which to use when billing by the hour. Pilot Kent took a flight on the 4th of July and managed to see multiple fireworks shows from the air.
Rick Durden joins us and Pilot Mike asks his legal opinion on almost busting the St. Louis Class Bravo, due to an out of date marking on a sectional chart. Then there's a short discussion on the new changes to AVweb's site and how difficult it is to find articles, including Rick's series on Oshkosh. They mention a news item about a Grandfather who lands his Cessna 180 on a road, but clipped power lines and crashed on takeoff. Pilot Mike then brings up the new proposal that would make taking an online course on flight procedures within the Washington DC ADIZ mandatory for anyone flying VFR within 100 nm of it. In more news, they discuss the Southwest Airlines co-pilot who was arrested for being under the influence of alcohol. Pilot Dan has a friend at the Miami Herald, who just complete a 3 part series about fatalities in the air cargo industry. Before Pilot Ron joins us, Rick mentions his Fly In Fest' at Cadillac, Michigan. Pilot Kent will be attending to do some seaplane flying and possibly get some dual time in a P-51D Mustang.
Pilot Ron, a member of the Apple Air Force, joins us and we move on to a discussion of Oshkosh. Rick has written a series of columns, available from AVweb, on "Surviving Oshkosh." Pilot Kent has put together a simple flow chart for the Fisk arrival NOTAM. Rick identifies the biggest risk to flying into Oshkosh are planes going too slow on their final approach, forcing planes behind to go slower than they should, causing a stall. Pilot Dan asks for a walkthrough of the VFR approach, during the busiest arrival period.
For entertainment before the airshow, Rick suggests sitting by the runway, with a cooler of beer and an air band radio. You'll witness some amazing flying, both good and bad. Just a few more points to keep in mind:
Pilot Ron asks about getting an IFR reservation and for any tips
on surviving the crowd or 800,000 people for a week, once you get
on the ground. The IFR procedure is explained in the NOTAM. Rick
noted that if the airport is in VFR conditions, you will be
encouraged to cancel IFR, but they can't require it.
Rick comments on camping on the field. Be prepared for sometimes
oppressive hot and humid weather and occasional violent
thunderstorms. Mike has some tips on routes and parking for those
Rick and Mike review a list of items to have, from Rick's Survival Guide: