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HobbyFest!

Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Join us at the museum for the biggest open house of the year!  See static aircraft displays, purchase rides in classic airplanes, enjoy live music, purchase your raffle ticket to win our 1958 Cessna 175, and take part in some prize give-aways at HobbyFest!  This event is put on in conjunction with the Houston Airport System and the Hobby Area Chamber of Commerce.

Raffle Plane to Visit the Gilmer Fly-In!


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We just got confirmation that the Raffle Plane will be heading to Gilmer, TX (KJXI) on Saturday, January 2, 2010 to start out the New Year with a fly-in appearance!  The Flight of the Phoenix Museum is hosting a fly-in this Saturday from 10:00a-4:00p, but we’ll probably head back to Houston by around 3:00p.  Come out and see us, and check out this museum!  They are also raffling off an airplane, and a car, too!

http://www.flightofthephoenix.org

Reklaw: day three

Monday, November 2, 2009
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), Raffle Plane 3.0 - N9379B, Raffle plane trip reports by Blair

Sunday morning, Francisco & I got up, ate breakfast, checked out and expected to catch the “bus”.

It was supposed to leave at 8:30 and we were downstairs at 8:00. I will say the Holiday Inn Express had an excellent breakfast buffet both days.

Anyway, we finally called the ranch, and no one answered. We gave them more time, but no one answered. We finally had to call on our friends who took us home on Friday night to see if they could give us a ride.

They agreed, even though they weren’t planning on going back on Sunday! They were in the hotel right next door, and so we walked over and hopped in the suburban.

They were very gracious, and drove us right up to the plane!

It was about 9:45 at this point, and everyone was leaving. So, we decided to pre-flight and pack up, and head on home. One last guy walked up to us and asked “Are you guys still selling tickets.” To which I said “Yes Sir!”

Our official ticket count was 38 for the trip. I know what you’re thinking… 7 on Friday, and 30 on Saturday doesn’t make 38. Well, we ended up giving our friends who gave us a ride, a ticket for their troubles. They were very appreciative and we will keep in touch with them, they live up in Oklahoma.

As people started to depart, we gathered up all our stuff, and stuffed it into the plane. It’s amazing we got all that stuff in the back of the plane and back seat!

We took off using only about half the runway. It was a very fun trip, and one I intend to repeat next year.

We had only used 1/4 of the fuel on board to get up there, so I decided to fly straight to Hooks where the museum has an account that we can get the plane filled up, and also get some food, before heading back to Hobby. We can get fuel at Hobby, but it’s cheaper at Hooks & West Houston.

After we ate lunch, we headed down to Hobby, and flew the “Rick Sharpe” approach into Hobby, which is to come into runway 12, and then switch to runway 17. It was gusting to about 22 knots, so I decided to do a no-flap landing, and came in pretty good, right on the centerline, and even still only used half the runway, mostly because of the headwind. (I’ve got video of this too, will post it soon!)

We taxied to the hangar and put the plane away. We also spent a little time cleaning it and wiping the bugs off of it before going home.

We plan to be at Reklaw again next year!

A big THANKS to David & Marcia Mason for letting us attend. We had a blast!

Reklaw: day two


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On Saturday morning, we got to sleep in late! PJ, Mark and Bernard drove up early, and got to the airport at about 8am.

PJ dropped Mark & Bernard off, and headed up to the hotel to come pick up Cisco & I.

Once we got there, we helped them get set up, and started to watch everyone arrive.

There were lots of campers. Once the morning got going, many people were arriving and flying and going around the pattern, making low high speed passes. It was fun! I could have just sat there all day watching it!

There were many different types of planes there. This one looked like fun!

Here are our intrepid volunteers, doing what they do best!

The Antonov AN-2 made an appearance around lunch time, and did a few fly-bys. It would come down low and slow, and smoke the place up! the entire runway turned white for just a minute, it was awesome!

Clint was also flying around with his other Cub buddies.

It was a fun day of watching planes and selling tickets. We sold 30 tickets on Saturday!

Once it started getting dark (and cold) we packed up everything for the night. PJ, Mark and Bernard were ready to head back. PJ drove us back up into Jacksonville for dinner at a mexican restaurant and then dropped us off at the hotel.

PJ and crew then loaded up for the long trip back to Houston. Francisco & I decided to watch the video I had got from Friday and Saturday. I’m still processing the video, and will have it posted soon!

Cisco had confirmed that the “bus” would be running in the morning…

Next installment: the trip home!

Reklaw: day one


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Reklaw has become an annual tradition in Texas.  It is the largest fly-in in the state!

Museum volunteers Blair McFarlain (myself) and Francisco Guiterrez played hookey from work on Friday and flew the raffle plane down to the annual Fly-in / Camp out known as “Reklaw” (www.reklawflyin.com)

We started up at about 7:30 and were in the air at about 7:45 after getting our clearances and taxi.

The morning was spectacular, and it was VERY clear. I had decided to try to resurrect my old Sony video camera with a new battery. I’ve had issues with it in the past, but figured Reklaw was worth buying a new battery for it.

Turns out, everything came out great! Video to come soon!

We departed with our squawk code and got routed to the west a little bit before being allowed to proceed on course.

Once we were past Hooks, we got a direct routing. Reklaw was not in the database on the plane’s GPS.

However, I have a GPS program on my phone that I was able to use and type in the Latitude / Longitude coordinates for Reklaw and take us right to it.

Anyway, I will admit that I messed up and didn’t write down the unicom frequency for Reklaw. It’s not on the sectional, we asked two different center controllers to look it up, and they came up empty. We decided to divert to Nacogdoches to look up the frequency. We didn’t want to go into there without a radio.

We landed and saw a Falcon 50 on the ramp, and once we parked, it taxied out and was doing engine run ups.

I called fellow museum volunteer Emily, and she was able to get online and look it up.

With the frequency in hand, we got back in the air and headed to Reklaw. I used my phone’s GPS and we went directly to it, but didn’t see it until we were just about on top of it. We entered the pattern via the left crosswind and flew downwind and base, then turned final. There was about 5 or 6 other planes in the pattern.

They have a hump in the middle of the runway…

I had put in 20 degrees of flaps to get us down over the trees, then had asked Francisco to “dump the flaps” after we touched down, meaning to just put them all the way up. This reduces lift, and gets the full weight of the plane on the wheels as soon as possible, so you can get on the brakes and have them be more effective.

There are several positions where the flaps will click into, and Francisco thought he had them all the way down, but only went down to 10. Anyway, we touched down, and we were just about stopped when we hit the hump, and took off again, just a bit, and landed just a bit down the hump. I was able to stop it and turn around to taxi. In the end, we only used about 1/2 of the available runway.

We taxied back and just picked a spot. PJ had spoken to Marcia (wife of the owner of Flying M ranch, David Mason) and she said we could park next to the registration booth, so we could get lots of foot traffic when people walk by to register and sell tickets.

We didn’t want to park there without speaking to her first, so we just parked in any old spot.

After we got out, we spoke with the local Sheriff who was just sitting back enjoying the show, and he said he’d buy a ticket from us. We had our first sale!

After Francisco spoke with Marcia, we were able to move next to the registration booth.

We got set up, and started to sell tickets. We ended up with 7 tickets for the day. We knew Friday would not be as busy as Saturday, but we wanted to get in before the crowds on Saturday.

They didn’t have lunch on Friday, so we had to fend for ourselves. We brought food to make sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. There was a taxiway right next to us that was in a low spot between two trees. The low spot held some water, so people going by kept getting stuck! They (tricycle gear pilots) were not operating properly by holding the elevator up and keeping the plane rolling. They’d come up to it, elevator down, and stop and evaluate, then creep up to it, and get stuck. :facepalm:

I have video of a few of these planes. Some would have the elevator up, some wouldn’t, some would go through faster, but not have the elevator up.

There were LOTS of incredible planes. I wish I could have just walked around shooting photos.

This Pietenpol is owned by Mike Hergenrather who lives across the street from our favorite retired Continental pilot, Mike Kelly, and is a good friend of the museum.

Some of you may recognize this Cub, it belongs to our ATC buddy, Clint. He showed up about 3 hours after we did, even though we actually left at about the same time! 😆

Once it was getting dark, we tied it down, and packed everything up.

The local EAA chapter provided dinner for $7 per person. We headed to the main hangar to line up for food. We stood in line for about 30 minutes before we got our food. It was COLD. I could no longer feel my toes!

After dinner, David announced that they lost the keys to the “bus”. They run a bus to take people to / from the area hotels who don’t want to camp out. Yeah, I was a wuss, I didn’t want to freeze my nuts off, and Drew said he’d pick up the tab for the hotel, so we decided to do that. Well the “bus” wasn’t a bus at all, but rather a 10 person van. Since they had no keys to the van, we had no ride to the hotel 30 miles away.

He made an announcement with a megaphone and a very nice couple who had driven down from east of Oklahoma city offered to take us and two other people in their suburban. They were going to the hotel right next to ours. We were very appreciative, because we would have been stuck out there with no tent!

We got to the hotel and checked in, and cleaned up and went to sleep. PJ, Mark and Bernard would drive up in the morning, and PJ would come pick us up.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Reklaw 2009!

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