By Comments Off on Flying at 98
| Friday, September 23, 2016 |
We are proud to have Ernie Smith as a friend of FLY-LOW. The oldest active pilot is Ernest Eli Smith (USA, b. 21 December 1917), who aged 98 years and 114 days still regularly flies light aircraft, as verified in Red Oak, Iowa, USA, on 13 April 2016.
Ernest’s grandchildren and friends supported him in this attempt, as they wanted him to achieve the record.
We featured Ernie on the front cover in 2015 as the oldest living USA pilot. There was a many in CA that held the title and he was two years younger than Ernie. I urged him to go for the Guinness title. So did his kids, grandchildren, and friends.
The Guinness website is wild and crazy. To keep it simple, here is the direct link. Seems they have an agenda to keep you on this site. CLICK HERE
Now he gets the attention he deserves....
By Comments Off on Junkers
| Tuesday, September 20, 2016 |
The Junkers F13, an aircraft that was designed nearly 100 years ago and last flew in the Sixties, has flown again thanks to luxury luggage company Rimowa and its aviation-loving CEO Dieter Morszeck.
The world’s first all-metal commercial aircraft, which was a decade ahead of its time when it first flew in 1919, set records for altitude (22,000 feet) and endurance (26 hours with added fuel tanks) and was entirely reconstructed from scratch by the luxury luggage company with a team of engineers led by its CEO and other supporters.
And from, of all places, GQ Magazine we find this piece of history.
To see more click on the post and then
By Comments Off on Patty Wagstaff for Wright Bros
| Monday, September 19, 2016 |
Support from Patty Wagstaff for the Wright brothers' factory
By Comments Off on PBR2 – Update
| Saturday, September 17, 2016 |
It is nice to know that flying may come back to many pilots (not so for others). There is a lot of controversy over the Pilot Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2). AirVenture had their doomsayers. Some were from the government and medical fields. That is not a surprise. Not everyone thinks the PBR2 is good for aviation or pilots. Then there are the others, those who believe that pilots need less intervention of Uncle Sam. Part of this battle is now over. It is law and up to the FAA to make the Bill into FAA law. They have a year from July 2016 to do this.
The problem that I have with PBR2 is there are two many interpretations of the Bill from people who just don’t know. It isn’t a long Bill. It has been rewritten many times. What we have now is the passed final version. It is still ambiguous to some degree. I have discussed the Bill with several Airman Medical Examiners (AME) only to find contradiction among them....
By Comments Off on Wright Bros
| Friday, September 16, 2016 |
Save the Wright Bros factory. The first airplane factory in the world.
By Comments Off on Movie
| Sunday, September 11, 2016 |
Here is a website about women who have not received all they deserve....
CAF Rise Above: WASP
Hemlock Films has begun filming for their new movie Rise Above: WASP. The film is being produced by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) as a component to their new educational program highlighting the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) of WWII.
While the film will contain historic reenactments and exciting aerial cinematography, a project like this always begins with the souuce. So, Hemlock has begun the task of traveling nationwide to interview the WASP. While there were 1102 women who served as WASP in WWII, less than a quarter of that number remain. To find out more, please visit the following:
Go to post and CLICK HERE....
By Comments Off on Visitor
| Friday, September 02, 2016 |
We had a visitor on Thursday. The flight was a simulated air drop over Ouray. This area is much like foreign mountainous countries where the Air Force has to fly. The plane was a C-17 Cargo plane. It is a very large cargo plane which can hold two tanks, several airplanes (wings removed) and many troops. It was good to see a fine performance of our military that was give us today. It was a perfect decent from high altitudes through the valley between the mountains and a perfect drop of goods onto Ouray. Unfortunately, I had a camera malfunction after only a few shots. It was amazing to watch the precision with which the pilot brought the planes through the valleys and out the north end of town....
By Comments Off on Branson Event
| Monday, August 29, 2016 |
Check this Branson (MO) event. Go to the post and double click on the image to enlarge and read...
By Comments Off on Polli dies
| Sunday, August 28, 2016 |
Alexander Polli, the base jumper who filmed this event, died recently in a failed jump.
By Comments Off on 360 Degrees
| Thursday, August 25, 2016 |
Americans have a bipolar relationship with government. On one hand we decry “oppressive regulation and interference” while on the other; we actually beg and lobby for it. But, hey it’s our nature and probably why most politicians mimic Janus and wear two faces, one for the independent and one for the dependent. We must make them crazy – Get OUT of my pocket you thieving Washington scum, and in the same breath – WHY you lazy good-for-nothing louts need do something about this. This has always been the case with aviation for as long as I can remember. We want a ‘hands off’ approach via the Pilot Bill of Rights while demanding direct intervention via medical reform. Aviation started out as a perceived passing fad that the government had absolutely no desire to regulate, motivate, and if anything, they kept it at arm’s length viewed as little more than rampant psychopaths flying about in the sky.
Can you blame them after...