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Rare Boeing 247 Makes Last Flight

Francis Zera/Museum of Flight photo
Francis Zera/Museum of Flight photo

An 83-year-old Boeing 247D, forerunner of the DC-2 and DC-3, flew to Boeing Field in Seattle where it was made for display at The Museum of Flight. The museum has owned the airplane since 1966. Restoration began in 1979 followed by a post-restoration flight in 1994.

True to tradition, the two-man crew signed the left-side wheel well, indicating the aircraft had made its last flight. They are Boeing test pilots Mike Carriker and Chad Lundy. Carriker was chief test pilot on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The Boeing 247 is one of four remaining in the world and the last one to fly. It was built in 1933. Restoration was done at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, a 15- to 20-minute flight from the museum. The airplane was used by United Air Lines and was the first all-metal “modern” airliner and pioneered variable pitch propellers and deicer wing and tail boots. Another Boeing 247D hangs in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

It cruised at 188 mph. It could have gone faster, but United pilots wanted more familiar engines so the Hornet engines were replaced by Wasps while still on the drawing board. It was planned as a 14-passenger airplane, but pilots felt no airport in the nation could handle an eight-ton aircraft, so the passenger seats were reduced to 10 plus two pilots and a flight attendant.

The aircraft’s role was eclipsed by the more capable DC-2, yet some of the 75 built were still flying in the 1960s as cargo and executive transport aircraft. Originally the windshield was canted inward so it wouldn’t reflect cockpit lights. Pilots soon found it reflected ground lights, particularly during takeoff and landing, so it was changed to a more conventional outward slope.

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Entries Sought for Combs Gates Award

National Aviation Hall of Fame

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has issued a call for entries for its fourteenth Combs Gates Award, a $20,000 cash prize bestowed annually on an individual or group project that promotes and preserves the nation’s air and space heritage.

Projects submitted as award candidates ideally spotlight “one or more of the 229 men and women aviation pioneers that have been inducted, to date, into the Congressionally-chartered, non-profit NAHF,” said the Dayton, Ohio-based organization.

The 2016 award ceremony will take place during the National Business Aviation Association’s annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida, in November.

Eligible projects include books, film/video, public exhibits, photography, and artwork. Submission must be made by a deadline of June 13, according to the National Aviation Hall of Fame. A panel of five judges will independently review each submission, and applicants will be notified of the winner by Aug. 29.

Last year’s recipient was filmmaker Kim Furst for her documentary, Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project.

Military Aviation Museum Flying Proms

June 11, 2016; Virginia Beach, Virginia

Military Aviation Museum Proms 2016

Military Aviation Museum Flying Proms
1341 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23457-1542
United States of America

In England, The Flying Proms is a beloved tradition that showcases the beauty of vintage aircraft flying maneuvers accompanied by live music performed by a symphony orchestra. This unique show comes to the United States, courtesy of the Military Aviation Museum.

Symphonicity will be back as the orchestral partner for the 2016 Flying Proms. The first half of the evening’s entertainment will feature music from movies and television featuring some of the museum’s rare aircraft in flight. The second half will feature the symphony playing patriotic music culminating with a fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks.

Open Cockpit Day and Honor Flag Day

June 12, 2016; Bloomington Illinois

Prairie Aviation Museum, Central Illinois Regional Airport
Bloomington Illinois 61704

Open Cockpit Day

This family friendly event provides opportunities for visitors to see inside the cockpits of airplanes, visit with pilots who flew the airplanes, and visit our displays inside the museum. In addition to the many exhibits in the museum, we have 8 airplanes and 3 helicopters on display in the Air Park. Get a close-up look at each aircraft and ask a host for information about the aircraft. This event is fun for children from 2 to 100 years of age. Cost: $5.00 adults and children, children 5 and under free.

Piper M600 Enters FAA Flight Testing

Piper unveils the M600, a higher performing version of the Meridian.

Eight FAA flight test pilots began evaluating the Piper M600 this week, paving the way for certification of the new single-engine turboprop by early in the third quarter of 2016, according to Piper CEO Simon Caldecott.

Caldecott made the announcement as part of the company’s update to media that kicked off AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany on April 20. The FAA crews will run various evaluations on two M600s, leading to full certification by the fall. European certification is expected about 12 months later.

Piper’s own flight tests show the model exceeds the original design goals in both range and speed. The original goal of 1,200 nautical miles for maximum range is now 1,440 nm. The max speed goal of 260 knots was exceeded by 14 knots, giving the airplane an approximate max speed of 274 kt, according to Caldecott.

Caldecott said manufacturing efficiencies and building to order have allowed the company to lower prices on many models. He had previously announced a price decrease for the M500 turboprop to $1.99 million. Meanwhile, the Seneca V piston twin price was lowered $50,000 to $979,000 and the Matrix cabin class, six-seat, single-engine piston model is priced at $899,000, a $40,000 reduction.

Meanwhile, Don Dubuque, director of extension services at the University of North Dakota, said the school was on track to begin receiving the first of its new Piper Archer TX single-engine trainers in the fourth quarter of the year. UND announced earlier this year that it would be receiving as many as 125 Piper single- and multiengine trainers over the next eight years. The university has some 2,000 aviation students and flies about 120,000 hours a year. Dubuque said UND has the option of choosing the Archer DX diesel-powered model in future years if it chooses.

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National Biplane Fly In

June 3-4, 2016; Junction City, Kansas

Come discover why pilots fly to Kansas from as far as Washington State and Florida to attend the National Biplane Fly In, June 3-4, 2016.
National Biplane Fly In 2016
Here is just some of what you can expect at the 2016 National Biplane Fly In:

Thursday, June 2
Early Arrivals - Pilot Shuttle available to and from area motels.
6:00 pm - Everyone welcome to join together for dinner at Bella's Italian Restaurant.

Friday, June 3
Arrivals all day - Pilot Shuttle available to and from area motels.
Noon - 2:30 pm,  Fly Out Lunch at Jim and Debby Clark's Prairie Cottage airport, 8KS8, 11 nm SW, course 223˚.  
Saturday, June 4
Public day with Aircraft arrivals and flying all day.  Pilot Shuttle available to and from area motels.
7:00 am - 10:00 am,  Pancake Feed by Chris Cakes
8:00 am - 4:30 pm,  Pilot & Crew Hospitality Tent open on the Flight Line with free drinks for Pilots and Guests.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm,  Aircraft judging, please register your aircraft.
Roll n Smoke BBQ and other vendors will be serving lunch and treats on the ramp.
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm,  Ice Cream Social for Pilots and Crew at Jim & Debby Clark's hangar.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm,  aircraft awards at Jim & Debby Clark's hangar..  
6:00 pm - Head to the Beer Garden at Historic Rathert Stadium next door to Freeman Field for a Summer League Collegiate baseball game with our home town team the Junction City Brigade.   

Sunday, June 7
6:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast available in the terminal building for departing pilots and guests.

Boeing, U.S. Army to Remanufacture 117 Apache Helicopters

Agreement provides for upgrading AH-64D Apaches to new AH-64E, training, support and spares

AH-64D Apache Helicoptor
The AH-64E Apache continues to provide U.S. Army soldiers and allied defense forces with capabilities to meet combat and peacekeeping requirements with extended range sensors and weapons, off-board sensors and increased aircraft performance. (Boeing photo)

MESA, Ariz., April 14, 2016 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] continues its role as the United States’ leading provider of attack helicopters with a contract to remanufacture 117 AH-64D Apaches to the new, more capable AH-64E model. The agreement, which also includes the acquisition of Longbow Crew Trainers, logistical support and spares, carries a total contract value of about $1.5 billion.

The U.S. Army has stated it plans to acquire 690 AH-64E Apaches, 290 of which are now under contract with this latest award.

“The AH-64E Apache continues to meet the requirements of aviators, battlefield commanders and soldiers deployed on missions worldwide,” said U.S. Army Apache Project Manager, Col. Jeff Hager. “The Army, Boeing and Team Apache suppliers continue a valuable collaboration that ensures soldiers have the latest technologies to succeed in defending freedom with this outstanding weapons system.”

“With our integrated production, services and training teams, Boeing is able to affordably support the Army through each phase of the Apache’s lifecycle,” said Kim Smith, vice president, Attack Helicopter Programs, Boeing Vertical Lift. “The dedication and commitment to first-time quality by Boeing teammates and suppliers combine to deliver an Apache that is ready to meet the rigorous demands of the men and women who depend on it.”

The agreement modifies an existing contact among Boeing and the Army for the full-rate production of lots 5 and 6 Apache helicopters. The Army will return 117 AH-64D Apaches to Boeing’s Mesa, Ariz. production center to be remanufactured into the AH-64E configuration. The Army followed a similar model when the AH-64A Apaches were remanufactured into AH-64Ds.

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Friends of Arcadia Airport


On Saturday April 16th @ 8:30 a.m., Arcadia Municipal X06 will be hosting an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast with sausage, orange juice, and coffee for only $6.00.
Touch and Go gets PIC a "free breakfast", followed by an FAA Wings seminar in the Pilot Shelter @ 11:30 a.m.

For more information go to: friends@FoAa.us