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Monday, March 1, 2021

Spoof makes rounds on the ‘net

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By LeRoy Cook

 As we enter the transition leading to spring, we can expect mixing of warm and cold air masses to complicate our flying life. Thus it was on Saturday morning, when the Fliars Club was to observe its breakfast fly-out. Cold air at the surface was being over-riden by warm air from the south and it was so foggy we couldn’t see the hangars from the highway. And in mid-March we lose an hour of morning to Daylight Saving Time, which will make it worse.

 Some transient traffic showed up last week as better weather prevailed. A Piper Cherokee Challenger showed up on Thursday; unfortunately, it blew a tire during the landing rollout, so the runway was blocked until Manager Chris Hall took charge of retrieval and repairs. A Cirrus SR-22 came in earlier and a Piper Twin Comanche stopped by. Locally, Les Gorden made a brief hop in the Beech Twin Bonanza, Jim and Diane Ferguson made a grandparent trip to Indiana in their Cessna Skylane, Lance Dirks exercised a Cessna 150, Brandt Hall was out in his Genesis homebuilt, I took recurrent  training in the Cessna Skyhawk and Roy Conley flew his experimental gyrocopter.

 A new private pilot was created on Tuesday when Dayne Kedigh of Nevada accomplished his Private checkride with Designed Examiner David Bradley at Boonville. He overcame all shortcomings and came home a winner, now able to pursue his dream of family travel and airplane ownership. Congratulations, Dayne, as you explore your hard won privileges.

 In a spoof making the rounds of the internet, it was reported that United Airlines announced the arrival of their new environmentally-friendly single-engine Boeing 777 at a press conference last Tuesday. This comes after a successful test flight on Saturday, February 13, at Denver International airport.United said the new airliner, dubbed the "777 Eco," will be twice as energy efficient, due to having 50% fewer engines. In addition to lower carbon emissions, the plane will also provide a much quieter ride for passengers seated on the right side of the cabin. An accompanying photo shows a triple-seven with only one engine, on its left wing.

 Reader and former Bates County resident Charles O’Rear commented about our “too cold for starting” report two weeks ago, telling how his flight instructor Ray Anderson warmed up his Cessna 140’s engine back in the late 1950s. They just put a flex hose attached to a car exhaust into the engine compartment, letting it thaw about a bit before cranking up. It worked, he said.

 We wanted to know, in last week’s column, what eccentric Bill Lear, whose Lear Jet was just one of his creations, named his daughter. Reader Patricia Ortstadt knew the answer; the unfortunate child had to answer to Shanda Lear as she grew up. For next week’s brain teaser, we are asking why Navy pilots have no trouble remembering the color of their airplane’s right-wing position light. Your answer can be sent to