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About 150flyer

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  1. IFR Training

    This is the accelerated training program, so you knock it out in 2 weeks. Not the usual amount of time for most people. I probably spent $5 k and did it over 6 to 8 months or so.
  2. DFWpilots.com 'Our Board' is BACK!!

    Glad to see it back up and running. I missed everyone posting to the boards.
  3. We Have A Living Legend At Northwest

    She came and gave a presentation to the Lone Star Aero club a few months ago. She truely is an outstanding aviator. The Lone Star Aero Club has famous and not so famous speakers come out and give presentations every month. It is usually the first Thursday of the month and the meetings are at the C.R. Smith museum. Here is the website site info: http://lonestaraeroclub.org/
  4. Flying Just Isn't Fun Anymore...

    this says it all
  5. Photos Of Local Planes

    Great photos, keep them coming!
  6. WWII Era aircraft needed to attend airshow on WWII Airbase Jim Van BuskirkHistoric Wendover AirfieldTop Contributor We need WWII era aircraft to come to our Sept 20, 2014 airshow for static display, flybys or whatever. If you have one or if you know of one or have one based at your home airport, have them give me a call at 435-665-2308 or email me at jvan@co.tooele.ut.us. FYI, this is close to Salt Lake City
  7. Hardin Crash (terrell Aviation)

    Sad to hear that we lost another great one. hearts go out to family and frieds on their loss
  8. Where Should A Friend Train?

    Try Aviator's at Grand Prairie, not only do they have 172's but they also have a Redbird simulator for lessons. probably cheaper training by using the sim when he can
  9. Glad to see something for Bonham. I have flown in there a lot and always seemed empty. I will put it on my calendar and try to make it. Thanks for the info. rob
  10. Hangars In The Metro

    Grand Prairie should have some space available. Their prices should be on the website, which is the GP city website, just click on the airport banner/section. rob
  11. Posted Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 A single-engine plane burst into flames when it crashed Sunday morning in Ellis County, killing two people, officials said. The crash was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Farm Market 984 near Gorman Road in Ellis County, said Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel in an email. Ellis County is south of Dallas County. Two people were reported dead, officials said, but their identities have not been released. The 1975 Beechcraft Bonanza was destroyed by the fire, officials said. Authorities have not determined what caused the plane to go down in a field. Witnesses told DPS troopers that the plane had leveled off as if it was going to make an emergency landing when it stalled before it crashed into a tree. FAA officials were gathering information to determine where the aircraft departed and its intended destination, said FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford on Sunday. No other details have been released. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board also had been notified of the crash and are expected to be at the crash site Monday morning. NTSB officials will head the investigation into the crash.
  12. Tsa To Start Inspecting Your Car At Dfw

    After 9/11 the DFW Police were doing random searches of big vechicles, ie. SUV's, Surburbans and the such. They would just walk by and look inside. Next time you enter DFW, notice that there are signs at all of the entrance gates that state you're car/vechicle can be randomly searched. It has been there since 9/11, as well. So, this really is not new news. rob
  13. Weird Exchange With Fo Of Major Airline

    I'll add my two cents. He could possibly be just a "pilot" and NOT an aviator. I myself am an aviator as well as a pilot. When a plane goes by, I still look up to see what it is. If that is the case, then yep, he probably does NOT pay attention to anything that does NOT have anything to do with flying the "big iron". In addition, the major airlines are not looking at ADS B, yet. In fact, very few of the major airlins have GPS in the cockpit, even now. As strange as that might seem to us GA guys that have been flying with GPS for several years, the airlines have not had the money or the need to go back and retrofit their airplanes with it. All their flying is by FMS already which is a flight computer, so no need to go and add the GPS system. A lot of the airline pilots that I know, know very little about GA aviation, whether they came out of the military or came up through GA. Once they start flying the "big iron" they pretty much forget all about GA. Therefore, in reality, he probably really doesn't know anything about it. Robert
  14. Horrific stunt plane crash at Ohio air show kills wing walker, pilot http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/22...lker-pilot?lite By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News A biplane carrying a wing-walker – an aerial daredevil who traverses the length of an aircraft during flight – crashed into a field and burst into a ball of flames during an air show in Ohio, killing the stunt performer and the pilot, organizers of the event said. Jane Wicker and her veteran pilot, Charles Schwenker, were killed after their biplane slammed into the ground just before 1 p.m. Saturday at the 39th Vectren Air Show at Dayton International Airport, according to NBC news affiliate WDTN in Dayton. Disturbing video footage obtained by WDTN shows the vintage biplane turn upside-down as Wicker positions herself on the wing. The announcer narrates Wicker’s acrobatics as the plane soars above a grassy field. “Keep an eye on Jane. Keep an eye on Charlie. Watch this! Jane Wicker, sitting on top of the world,” the announcer can be heard saying—just seconds before the plane suddenly loses control and abruptly dips and dives into the ground. The bystanders arrayed along the landing strip can be heard screaming as the biplane erupts into flames and thick plumes of smoke. Federal records show that the Boeing Stearman was registered to Wicker, who lived in Loudon, Va., according to The Associated Press. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wicker’s website says she took up her risky hobby in 1990 after responding to a classified advertisement from the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Va., and within years was among an elite cadre of high-altitude daredevils. She was reportedly a contract budget analyst with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the AP. She told WDTN in an interview Friday that her signature move was dangling underneath the plane’s wing by her feet and perching on the bottom of the wing while it glided upside-down. “I’m never nervous or scared because I know if I do everything as I usually do, everything’s going to be fine,” Wicker told the station. In a September 2011 blog post, Wicker wrote that she was acutely aware of the risks of wing walking – she did not use a tether, harness or safety line while performing stunts atop the plane. But her passion brought her great satisfaction. “Why do I do this? There is nothing that feels more exhilarating or freer to me than the wind and sky rushing by me as the earth rolls around my head,” Wicker wrote. “What about risk? Everything we do always has an element of risk. The media asks this all the time and my answer is always the same. I feel safer on the wind of my airplane than I do driving to the airport,” she added. Wicker, a mother of two boys, was engaged and planned to be married on the wing of the plane, according to WDTN. A statement uploaded to a Facebook page called "Jane Wicker Airshows" read: “It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing at the Vectren Dayton Airshow.” Saturday’s horrific accident left witnesses stricken and stunned. Shawn Warwick of New Knoxville, Ohio, told the Dayton Daily News that the biplane appeared to be flying unusually low to the ground before plummeting. “I noticed it was upside-down really close to the ground. She was sitting on the bottom of the plane,” Warwick told the newspaper. “I saw it just go right into the ground and explode.” Authorities did not immediately specify a cause of the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies are investigating the incident, according to a statement from show organizers. No spectators were reported injured. In 2007, veteran stunt pilot Jim LeRoy was killed at the Vectren Air Show after his biplane crashed into the runway while performing stunts and burst into flames.
  15. Job title: Chairman and CEO, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. (NYSE: SMG). No. 1 passion: Flying small aircraft like his “near-new” Cessna Citation CJ3. Experience: Seven years in the U.S. Air Force flying F-16s. Flying time: Logs 1,000 hours a year, mostly flying to and from corporate headquarters in Marysville, Ohio. Boyhood dream: To be a Pan Am pilot. (“That was like being a doctor or lawyer back in those days,” he explains.) Pivot point: The day Hagedorn was named CEO, the board asked him to give up flying. “Look,” he recalls saying, “I’m a businessman, a father and an aviator. And aviation is the one thing I do just for me.” Piece of advice: Hagedorn says he learned an important lesson after getting caught in vicious crosswinds during his first solo cross-country flight. “You have to control your environment the best you can and will things to happen, even if your plane — or your brand — is trying to go in a direction different from what you want.” Skills sharpening: “When you’re flying single-pilot, as I usually do, you have to depend on your memory and your ability to manage risk. When a situation is bleak, rule No. 1 is ‘Fly the plane.’ Do not get distracted; do not hit the ground.” Biggest lesson learned: “CEOs tend to make their mark by their ability to manage massive success or catastrophic failure. Being forced to navigate the highest highs and lowest lows will enhance a leader’s situational awareness."