Monday, June 13, 2022

What’s Up by LeRoy Cook


Repairs are underway... 

Some excellent flying weather brought out a good assortment of visitors and local flyers last week, before the runway was closed for crack-sealing repairs. It has to be done, if the asphalt pavement is to last for as long as possible. Moisture seeping down into the substrate can cause breakup, especially if it’s let go until winter, when freezing takes place. The inconvenience of shutting down all traffic will be quickly forgotten, if it doesn’t last too long. Some planes relocated to Harrisonville for the duration.

Butler’s lighted airport beacon is hopefully glowing again, by the time you read this. The replacement was supposed to be en route and ready to mount. It’s been over two years since the rotating beams were seen, so it’ll be good to have it welcoming night visitors once more.

Among the noticed in-and-outs were, once again, Dr. Ed and his blue-gold Piper Archer from New Century, along with a Cessna Skyhawk, a Cessna Turbo Centurion, a Cessna 150 and a Beech Bonanza E35. Rich Bullock was down from Grain Valley in his nice 1976 Skyhawk, and Pat Swoboda came by with his red Piper J-3. A turbine-AirTractor was in over the weekend applying fertilizer to sodden fields around the area. Attempts to arrange continued access for nurse trucks continues, we hear.

Hereabouts, Eric Eastland was up in his Cessna Skyhawk, as well as his Cessna 150 trainers, and Jon Laughlin took a 150 to Chanute and Joplin. Les Gorden gave dual instruction to his grandson in a Cessna 150 and Dennis Jacobs was up in the Cessna Skyhawk. The SkyDive KC Beech King Air E90 turboprop was kept busy hauling skydivers up to 15,000 feet. 

We were saddened to hear of the loss of another U.S. Marine Osprey V44 tilt-rotor transport in California last Wednesday, killing five Marines. The Osprey’s are extremely complex machines, capable of taking off and landing like a helicopter and then tilting the twin rotors horizontally to transition into high-speed airplane mode. There’s a lot of computer-driven machinery going around inside that wing. We pray that they can pin-point the cause of the crash so it can be fixed in the remaining fleet.

The weekly question was, “why do Navy aircraft carriers usually turn into the wind to launch and retrieve aircraft?” Our resident Swabbie, Rodney Rom, spent his Navy years aboard carriers, so he correctly responded “to increase wing lift so the airplane can fly easier.” With the carrier’s 30 knots coming down the deck added to the prevailing wind, that launched bird is gonna fly. For next time, we’ll like to know “what is the Powder Puff Derby, scheduled to be held June 21-24?” Send replies to kochhaus1@gmail.com.

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