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Monday, November 30, 2020

Always check NOTAM’s before heading out

What’s Up

By LeRoy Cook 

No better conditions for flying could be found than what the weekend delivered, but it wasn’t that way all week. We just watched the skies for an opportunity to commit aviation, taking it as it came. The Thanksgiving holiday didn’t generate much traffic, more due to the unpredictable weather than lack of desire. 

The transient arrivals were varied, including a Piper Cherokee Archer , a Cessna Skyhawk, and a Cessna 182. A 1966 Cessna 172 was down from Harrisonville seeking fuel;  the LRY fuel pump was out service because the electricity was off. CFI Dennis Walrath was over from Clinton in his Beech Bonanza V35 for some proficiency practice. 

Locally, one of the Piper Tri-Pacers was out, and Les Gorden made a Houston trip in his Beech Bonanza F35. Gary Rose flew the Cessna Skyhawk on a Vernon County excursion and Christian Tucker was up in a Cessna 150. 

Check the Notices To Airmen before venturing over to New Century Airport in Olathe. As of last week, the field’s north-south runway was closed for repairs, although its instrument approach was still available for practice.  And keep track of the Temporary Flight Restrictions that keep popping up, not just the ones over football games but those over releases of gas along pipeline routes. 

Keeping the subscriptions and data bases current for all the fancy instrument panel equipment in today’s modern airplanes isn’t cheap. The Garmin GNS and GTN navigators cost about $300 to update, and ForeFlight subscriptions are at least $150 per year, if you want all the bells and whistles. When  I started flying, the total of all those charges would cover most of a pilot’s yearly flying budget.  Plus there’s the headache of tracking all the due-dates for expiration and inspections.

 Our question for last week concerned identifying the “funky” airplanes that were built in Coffeyville, Kansas about 75 years ago. They were the Funk  two-seaters, first built in Ohio before twin brothers Joe and  Howard Funk moved the plant to Coffeyville. Reader Ross B. Yingst in New Mexico responded correctly. Our brain-teaser for next week is, “can anyone tell me what kind of engine powered the first Funk airplanes, before 1940?” You can send your answers to