Flymall Wheels & Wings January 2018 Newsletter

Written on January 25, 2018 at 10:44 am, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Flymall January 2018 Wheels & Wings NewsletterClick here for the January 2018 Newsletter.  To view past newsletters click here.  You can sign up for our newsletter at

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Recently there was some great news in the music industry. Ringo Starr is now Sir Richard Starkey. Ringo was recently Knighted by the Queen.  If you’re a Beatles fan like we are check out our events calendar, select the Beatles category to view historic dates in Beatle history.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  December 22 2017 German M. passed his checkride for his initial flight instructor certificate.  German is a friend from Harry’s days at a flight school at KGAI.

Harry’s former student Francesca is enjoying her first year at Embry Riddle. She is also in a Navy ROTC program.  They enjoyed a dinner together at Julliano’s while she was in town for the holidays.

Next month (Feb 2018) will be the 30th anniversary of Harry receiving his instrument rating.  He earned his instrument rating on February 25 1988.  Thirty years of flying around with his head in the clouds.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  This month we’re featuring some aviators in the news from WWII. Their interesting story is about 2 Boeing B-17 Bombers that became entangled in the air during WWII.  The 2 aircraft actually flew joined together for some time while the crews of each were able to parachute to safety.  Click here for the full story.



Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Here is a new design motorcycle by Yamaha that show be at shows in 2018.  The all new Yamaha Niken.  It has side by side front wheels.

We have been receiving a lot of entries for our events calendar for cars shows this coming spring and summer.  Check it out to get the latest and most accurate dates for upcoming shows and other events.

Here is a flashback from Harry’s hometown, Baltimore Maryland.  Kind of, sort of car show news. Long before Eastpoint Mall was a mall, it was known as Eastpoint Shopping Center.  There was a miniaturized village there called Safety Town. It was used to educate children about the laws of the road.  Here are a few pictures found online of Safety Town.


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  This month in Barn Finds we’re featuring a 1925 Julian Sport Coupe.  This car is said to be the granddaddy of the Volkswagen Beetle.  The Julian Sport Coupe had an air-cooled engine.  The prototype sat in a storage garage for 24 years until it was sold to recoup some of the storage fees.  It has since been restored and is now owned by the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. Click here for the full story on this interesting vehicle.


The Flymall Market Watch is a great resource for “pickers”.  We designed the database to be smart phone friendly and easy to use.  The database over 10,000 entries including vintage cars, antique motorcycles, aircraft, bicycles, and more.  You can even search the database by a celebrity name (if you want to know how much celebrity ownership increases a vehicle’s value).  We have even expanded the database to include memorabilia that can be searched by key words such as Beatles, John Lennon, Chip Foose, etc.

Here is another interesting barn find or maybe a tree find we seen while scrolling through barn finds on Facebook.  Look closely, the tree actually grew through the rear wheel of this bike.

If you enjoy barn finds visit Bingo’s Swap Meet Garage by clicking here. Bingo’s site can also be found on the Flymall under our classified section.  Bingo always has some cool stuff for sale.

CFI Notes:  Here is an NTSB report I found while researching an aircraft for a client.  What stands out in this accident is the fact that the CFI asked the student to add fuel (primer) while he pulled the prop through.  This is not a good idea.

Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N714QW
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured.


Weather in the news:  Erie PA, Christmas 2017 has some weather that is news worthy.  They had over 65 inches of snow.  Here is a picture that was posted on Facebook. The location was West 8th in Erie PA.  That is a lot of snow.

Click here for pictures of the blizzard of 2016.

Click here for pictures of the snow storm of 2011.

Click here for pictures of the blizzard of 2010.


Harry’s blizzard video from 2010.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Many of our readers are familiar with the Morgan 3 wheeler.  The first Morgan 3 wheeler was made in 1909 and production stopped in 1952.  But not many may know who or what inspired Morgan to start production up again. It was re-introduced in 2011 thanks to the work of Pete Larsen and the Ace Cycle Car (first one rolled out in 2004).  Pete was the person that figured out how to mate a Mazda Miata transmission with a Harley Davidson V-twin engine.  To read reviews on the Morgan 3 wheeler, visit our Test Drive section of our forum.


Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring a rare prototype bicycle that showed up on ebay back in October 2017.  This 2006 prototype was made to be sold as a Harley Davidson license, but did not make it to market (internal politics between Toys R Us and HD).  It is based from the 2004 award winning Schwinn Stingray, with several modifications: The frame has unique “Tank” gusset.  Only 2 of these frames in existence. It has a Fat-boy fork – extra wide spacing for a 4″ x 20″ front wheel, alloy crowns, and chrome plated legs. It has a modified coaster brake which is 170mm wide – The only Chopper made with this hub (note that this hub was used on the limited run”Manta Ray” as well). Equipped with full wrap fenders. It has a springer saddle – not found on the production Stingrays. An extra wide chain guard. None of these features can be found on any production bicycles (except for the rear hub).  This bike and ad was found on ebay and the seller claimed that he was the product designer at Schwinn.


And here is a 4 wheel concept car or prototype. A 1938 Y-Job Buick Concept (possibly GM’s first concept car). The car had hidden headlamps, electrically powered windows and top. The top folded away into the trunk.  Many of these design features would find their way into post-war production Buicks in the late 40s and early 50s.

One more prototype for this month…  Many think that Chrysler was the first US car manufacturer with the minivan.  Nope!  More than ten years before Chrysler had the minivan, Ford had one.  The 1972 Ford Carousel.  Ford was kind of hesitant of the idea of the minivan.  Lee Iacocca was at Ford at the time the Ford Carousel was introduced. And when Lee Iacocca left Ford and went to Chrysler, the minivan idea went with him.  And the rest is history.  Here is the 1972 Ford Carousel.


Enjoy this video about a wood fueled 1913 Model T Ford


Animals in the headlines:  Enjoy this video about a wolf that made friends with some local dogs in Alaska.


Look for our February 2018 newsletter and learn about the 1942 Hydromobile. And in our March 2018 newsletter hear some words of wisdom from Wilbur Wright.

We close this newsletter with a quote from Winston Churchill: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Twas the Night Before Christmas – Biker style

Written on December 25, 2017 at 10:10 am, by hkraemer

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The owners were all snug and warm in their beds,
With visions of this summer’s great rides running through their heads.

The cycles, too, were all tucked in for the season,
Having been winterized so thoroughly, it was beyond reason.

They’d been given fresh oil, fresh wax, and had their batteries tended,
Not a scratch, or a chip, or a ding could be found that hadn’t been mended.

Now off in the distance arose a rumble,
It made the ice crack, it made the snowmen crumble.

Yes, it was beyond belief, that jolly old elf known as Biker Claus,
Riding up on his chopper, truly a rebel without a cause.

He came bearing bright gifts of chrome and steel,
Sure to make good biker boys and girls everywhere delightfully squeal.

He deposited those gifts under the tree with care,
Being careful not to disturb the pet bunny or the hare.

Once done, he immediately headed outside to get back on his trusty steel steed,
He had many other gifts to deliver, for many had done a good deed.

A burnout he did, right there in the driveway,
Yes, that motor was runnin’, as he headed out on to the highway.

And he could be heard saying to all as he rode out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all, ride safe tonight!

Twas The Night Before Christmas – Collection

Written on December 23, 2017 at 10:58 am, by hkraemer

Here is a collection of “Twas The Night Before Christmas” updated December 2017.  The original is below.


Twas the night before Christmas was originally “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.  Click here to read about the origins of the poem.

For the automotive enthusiasts:  Click here for one for the car collectors.  Here is another one for our automotive enthusiasts readers.


Biker style: Click here for one version for our biker readers.


Click here for another version for the bikers.

For the aviators: One for the pilots.  And another one for the aviators.


For the mechanics:  Click here for one version for the mechanics.


And one by Harry – Twas the Night Before the Cruise-in: Click here for Harry’s Twas the night before the cruise-in.


By Clement Clarke Moore


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

Twas the Night Before Christmas – for the mechanic

Written on December 23, 2017 at 9:40 am, by hkraemer

Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the shop,
Nothing was stirring, not even the mop.

The stockings were hung over the workbench with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The tools were all clean and snug in their beds,
While visions of ‘Made in USA’ and ‘chrome vanadium steel’ Danced in their heads.

When all of a sudden there came a strange roar.
A souped-up red snow mobile, ported and stroked
With a custom bore.

And driven by no ordinary elf –
This was the real deal – St. Nicholas himself!

He materialized in the shop, saw the stockings.
And hopped up on the bench.
Filled them with sockets, Channel Locks,
And a shiny new torque wrench.

Then back to his snow mobile, idling like a Harley.

And I heard him say as he motored out of sight:
“Good tools are like good friends, so treat them right.
Now Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Twas the Night Before Christmas Biker Style

Written on December 16, 2017 at 9:43 am, by hkraemer

Twas the night before Christmas, and out in the garage. Two Harley’s were sitting…… a V Twin montage. But all of the streets they were covered with snow…. Not a safe place to ride, not a spot on the road.
The tenders were plugged in and humming away. Keeping batteries charged on that cold winter day.
The chrome was all shiny, the paint bright and clean, But the weather outside, it was nasty and mean….
Then out in the yard I heard such a Clatter, But how can that be, does the snow really not matter?
Then out in the driveway was a thunderous rattle, The unmistakable sound of a Ural’s lifter clatter.
The pilot was plump and dressed for the weather. A long beard of white gauntlets of leather. He went to the house and walked right through the door, Leaving gifts by the tree and gifts on the floor. A helmet and shield and a new set of lights, to make the ride safer for all those two wheeled bikes.
A new set of pipes just to make the bike sing. Chrome license plate cover, a bit of new bling. Then back to his Hack, old Ivan Clause came. He fired it up and the soviet motor sang. And I heard him exclaim as he clattered out of sight.
Safe riding to all, and to all a good night.
Merry Christmas my friends.
Safe riding in 2018, Ural, Harley or any brand that makes you smile

Flymall Wheels & Wings December 2017 Newsletter

Written on December 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to our December 2017 Wheels & Wings newsletter found only on the Flymall.  We hope you have enjoyed our new format for the past 3 months.  This month we have decided to add a new section to the newsletter – “Achievements & Special Recognition”.  This section will highlight achievements and recognition by flight students and our readers on the “wheels” side of Wheels & Wings.

Since it is Christmas time, here are a few different takes on “Twas the night before Christmas”.  Click here for a collection of “Twas the night before Christmas”.   There are some for the automotive enthusiast and a few for the pilots.  Click here for a late addition, one for the bikers.

Visit our eBay store for some great deals happening until the end of the year. We have lots of items that start at just $1 with no reserve. Click here for our eBay store.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  On December 2 2017, Joe Neely took to the skies on his first solo in Cessna N2621Z.  Joe has been training on weekends and has about 22 hours.  It was cold that day, but he handled the water bucket rite-of-passage like a winner.  Way-to-go,  Joe!  Pat Kraemer is his flight instructor.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  We’re featuring some “old” news this month in Aviation/Aviators in the news.  Here is the Futuro, or Futuro House.  These were a prefab house built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Less than 100 were made.  There were several of these spaceship houses around Harry’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

There is one currently located at Eagle Crest Hudson Airport in Delaware. For more reading on these unique homes click here.

Also, last month (November) we celebrated the birth of aviation.  No, not the Wright Brothers. The Montgolfier Brothers, who on  November 21 1783, flew their hot air balloon in Paris.  120 years before the Wright Brothers first successful powered flight.


Here is an interesting takeoff from an interesting airport. A Twin Otter takeoff from Barra Airport. This is a short-runway airport (or STOL airport) situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. Barra Airport opened in 1936


There is some good news in the aircraft manufacturing industry.  First, Cessna has announced a new aircraft – the Cessna SkyCourier 408 and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has recently received FAA approval on their new PC-24 Jet.

Here is a picture of the new Cessna 408 next to the Cessna 208.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  There are still lots of car shows through out the winter months. Visit our events calendar or our classic car cruise in page for up to date information.

While not really news, this is something that was very common to do in the 1960s and 1970s.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  If you’re considering purchasing a barn find, here is a guide to interpret the car ad.  You can click on the image for a larger view.

If you need an appraisal on your barn find visit our appraisal page for information on our appraisals.

How would you like to find something on Craigslist for $700 that turns out to be worth millions.  Interesting?  Click here for the story.

Here is a rare barn find seen on eBay Motors UK. A 1983 Vauxhall Chevette with a 1.3 engine.  One owner and only 31,000 miles on the clock. It comes with the original Bill of Sale from 1983.  Click here for the listing.

CFI Notes:  This month we have started to update/upgrade the flight training section of the Flymall.  Just click on the Flight Training icon on the right side of the home page. Visit Harry’s Lesson Plan page found on the Flymall for up to date flight training information.  You can also click here to read the numerous articles Harry has published over the years.

Weather in the news:  Once again, the California wildfires are in the news.  Fueled by strong winds and dry air.  Click here for the latest from Google news search results.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Visit the TWA page for up to date information on the association.  On the TWA forum there is also an area for the latest news pertaining to 3 wheelers. Click here for the TWA forum page.

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring concepts of the 1960s and vehicles made from drop tanks (aircraft fuel tanks made to be dropped after use).

Here’s an interesting idea that GM’s Truck Studio was working on in March, 1961 for the next generation Suburban.  The studio mocked up their “Regatta” concept for a wood-grained panel option on the studio’s fiberglass model.  The concept also included a wood grained panel between the taillights.

Here is another concept from the 1960s. The Singolette: was a concept of tiny cars that would occupy a very minimum area. It was considered personal transportation of the future designed for busy city travel. This illustration is by  Walter Molino for the Italian magazine, Domenica del Corriere, 16 December 1962.  Click on the image for a larger view.

Here is a 1963 Cadillac V12 concept.

Here is another GM concept from the 1960s. The 1968 Chevrolet Astro II (XP-880). A mid-engine vehicle.  It was introduced at the 1968 New York Auto Show.

Here is the original Facebook post on this vehicle.  Click on the picture below for more reading.


Here is the 64 Pontiac Banshee XP 833

Here is the 61 Pontiac XP – 758 Scorpion

And now for the drop tank vehicles.  Here is a 1968 Belly Tank Trailer that was made from a Corsair A7 drop tank.  It was made to haul a motorcycle.  Very creative!

Here is a Facebook find. Built in 1946 in Lake County, CA. by a gentleman that was fabricating custom equipment for hospitals. The drop tank is aluminum 300 gallon. Perhaps a P-38 lightning tank. The car was used as a daily driver into the 1950s. In around 1964, the owner was giving a grandchild a ride, and hit a tree in his driveway. He then hung it from the rafters of his shop. The next owner mounted it on a tilt trailer and it became a Lake County parade favorite – He would raise the front end, and exhaust a fire extinguisher for blast off! The 1949 Triumph twin was installed sometime in the fifties. Trans, wheels, brakes, fenders are Harley Knucklehead/ Panhead. Steering wheel is VW. Controls, front axle, suspension, and rear swing arm are all home made. The gas tank is custom made and sits behind the driver.


Animals in the headlines:  For those of you that travel with your pets, here is something we found online regarding motels allowing pets: We allow pets in this motel. We never had a dog smoke in bed and set fire to the blankets. We never had a dog that stole our towels, had the TV too loud, or had a noisy fight with his travelling companion… we never had a dog that got drunk and broke all the furniture… So if your dog can vouch for you. You’re welcome too….

Enjoy this video about the friendship between a dog and a duck.


Here is a companion dog for those that drink too much wine!


We close this newsletter with a quote from Winston S. Churchill:  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Flymall November 2017 Newsletter

Written on November 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to our November 2017 Wheels & Wings Newsletter found only on the Flymall.

Earlier this month we celebrated Veterans Day. Thank you to all that have served.

We often get reader feedback regarding topics in our newsletters. Sometimes we receive submissions or additional material to add.  So check back because we will often update a newsletter.

Hundreds of events have been added to our events calendar.  Click here to view our calendar.  With over 25 categories, there is something for everyone.

Just in time for Christmas we have some Flymall Wheels & Wings tool kits for sale.  Click here for details.  Click on each image for a larger view.

You can also visit our ebay store for more items for sale.  From now until the end of the year we have many items up for auction with the bidding starting at $1.00 with no reserve.  Don’t miss out on these deals.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Here are some aviators in the news from WWI.  Very little has been written about the forward defensive machine gun position on top of German Zeppelins.  Often freezing cold, always vulnerable, the defensive gunners occupied a tiny, sunken recess on the very top of the airship, shielded from the buffeting winds only by a shallow screen and their thick leather flying suits. Just a handrail and a shallow step lay between them and a drop over the side the Zeppelin. Their air-cooled Parabellum MG.14 machine guns did little to scare away their attackers.



Car/Motorcycle Show News: Our Friday night Laytonsville Cruise In will slow down (attendance of classic cars) now that we set the clocks back an hour.  However the event is all year (every Friday).  Click here for information on the cruise in.  Every Friday folks start arriving around 4PM. Stop by for some good food and good company. What has become a tradition on Friday nights is celebrating birthdays at Julliano’s.  Earlier in November we celebrated Pat’s birthday at Julliano’s.

Click here for more pictures from her party at Julliano’s.

Jett had some fun with Pat’s birthday balloon.


The new documentary about Danica Patrick came out earlier this month.  Here is Danica talking about it.

Not really car show news.  Here are some manufacturers that made both cars and planes.  Ford is one of the automobile manufacturers that also made aircraft. Enjoy this picture of a Ford Model A with A Ford Tri-Motor.

Bugatti also made an aircraft. Here is a 1936 Bugatti type 57 sc atlalante automobile and the Bugatti 100 p aeroplane “the blue dream”.

And we still do not have mass produced flying cars????


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds: If you have a Barn Find that you purchased and want to share the price, you can do so in our Market Watch section of the Flymall.  Just click on “Add your own price quote”.

Here is a 1976 Corvette barn find that showed up on ebay.  In need of a lot of work, the car is far from original.

CFI Notes:  This month in our CFI notes we’re going to have some fun.  Here is a collection of aviation jokes, humor, etc.,  from Harry’s lesson plan section of the Flymall.

Here’s one: A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, air traffic control asked: “What was your last known position?”
Student: “When I was No. 1 for take-off.”

One more sample: O’Hare Approach Control: “United 329, traffic is a Fokker, one o’clock, 3 miles, eastbound.”
United 329: “Approach, I’ve always wanted to say this … I’ve got that Fokker in sight.”

Click here for the full page of aviation humor.


Weather in the news:  If you have the winter blues, here is an interesting destination. Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, FL. An under water motel!  This is just one of the many interesting and fun activities found in the Day Tripper section of the FlymallClick here for Google images of the lodge.



Three Wheel Association (TWA):  The Market Watch section of the Flymall is the best place to research prices/values of three wheel vehicles of all kinds.  From 3 wheel cars, motorcycles, off road 3 wheelers, 3 wheel bicycles, etc., we most likely have price data on it.

Keep checking the TWA page on the Flymall. Lots of exciting news coming very soon.

Here is a very rare Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile owned by Harry that will soon be in the TWA museum.  The Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile page is full of information on the history of the motor wheel.  This is one of two midget mobiles know to exist.

Prototypes:  On October 16, 1958, Chevrolet begins to sell a car-truck hybrid that it calls the El Camino.  With that in mind, this month we’re going to feature some Ranchero or El-Camino type vehicles.  First here is a 1966 Mustang Ranchero.  Shown here are 2 of 50 licensed by Ford.  These were produced by Beverly Hills Ford. They called them Musteros. Click here for more information.  Click on each image for a larger version.

Here is a 1968 Camaro concept the XP-14 or Camaro Caribe.  None were ever produced.  Here is a short story on about the Camaro Caribe.


Click here for a post Harry did just on Camaro prototypes.

Here is a Facebook find, a GTO version.  To the best of our knowledge this is just a home made vehicle.

Here’s a post we found about a Vettamino.  Click here for the story.  This is a custom one-off vehicle. We hope you appreciate the work that went in to this vehicle whether you like it or not.

Here are a few more Facebook finds.

And here is a 1949 Ford Phantom Ranchero (custom).

Here is another Facebook find. A one-off 57 Chevy.


A few reader submissions.


And a Ford Edsel version.

Animals in the headlines: Harry’s African Sulcata (Sherman) is in the news again this month.  Sherman has a lot of stories to tell.  Back in 2016 he busted through the fence in his habitat and in the course of about 4 hours he managed to get more than 3 miles away.  And from the Facebook posts of sightings of him on his way, he walked all 3 miles on public roads without getting hit.  That’s nothing he says.  Last month (October 2017) the livestock heater in his new house caught fire early one morning badly damaging his new house.  He managed to get out unharmed and just sat near by as Harry & Pat put out the fire.  And if that wasn’t enough.  Sherman was temporarily staying in a bathtub (no water, he is a desert tortoise that cannot swim, he sinks) while Harry was repairing his house. There was a UV light hanging on a hook on the wall (UV or sun is very important for a turtles health).  Sherman somehow managed to reach high enough to pull down the light braking the bulb and in the process of doing so Sherman also turned on the water.  There was some uneaten food that clogged the drain.  So Sherman was in the tub with a live electric light fixture floating in the water and the water was just about over his head when Pat found him.  He was saved again, unharmed.  He could have been electrocuted or drowned.

Here is a picture of his badly damaged house.

Click here for more pictures of the damage and the rebuild by Harry.

Sherman came to Harry & Pat with quite a tale to tell.  Before he was given up for adoption by his previous family, he lived in a bathtub without proper lighting and heating.  He was given up because he ate too much and the family could not afford him.


Enjoy this video of police escorting a family of geese.


We close this newsletter with a quote from Henry Ford: Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.


Flymall October 2017 Newsletter

Written on October 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to our Wheels & Wings October 2017 Newsletter found only on the Flymall.

This month you’ll notice a new format in the newsletter.  Starting this month we’ll have standard sections that will be covered each month.


Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Here is an interesting aviation fact that happened in October 1967: October 3rd, 1967, Test pilot “Pete” Knight gave that Ol’ Mach Demon the best chase it ever had! William John “Pete” Knight set a world absolute aircraft speed record for manned aircraft when he piloted the X-15A-2 to 4,520 miles per hour, or Mach 6.72, almost seven times the speed of sound. A speed record that still stands to this date. Knight also became one of only five pilots to earn their Astronaut Wings by flying an airplane to an altitude over 280,500 feet.

If you enjoy aviation history you can visit and each day we have a new fact at the bottom of our web pages under “Today in Aviation History”.

And now for some current aviation news: Bravo Flight Training was recognized as one of AOPA’s Distinguished Flight Schools! And Brenda Tibbs was nominated as one of the North East Region Distinguished Flight Instructors.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Visit Harry’s Classic Car Cruise In page for information on local cruise nights and car shows.

On October 13th Pat & Harry surprised Kenia (waitress at Julliano’s) with a cake and gift for her 24th birthday.  Kenia does a great job with our Friday night cruise in folks waiting on our large table.  Click here for more pictures.

Stay up to date with all of the car shows by visiting our events calendar.  You can have our calendar email you a reminder about an event. Click here for the calendar.  You can click here to view the Flymall schedule to see where the team will be next.

The Flymall team attended the Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department benefit dinner on October 21 2017.  Click here for more pictures from the event.  The fire department is a supporter of our Friday night Laytonsville Cruise In.  They will often bring their restored 1930 Brockway fire truck (pictured below) to the cruise in.  They also bring their barbeque trailer and vending truck and sell grilled hot dogs and hamburgers at the event.


You can follow Harry on Facebook for live updates from the numerous car and motorcycle shows he attends.  Or checkout his Flymall Wheels & Wings Facebook page for updates as well.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds: If you enjoy reading about barn finds and/or hangar finds, Facebook has numerous groups dedicated to just that.  We will also be posting some here each month.

They’re out there, you just have to look for them.  Here is an old Dodge that showed up in a barn in Lovettsville, VA.  From the picture it looks like there are a few more vehicles in the barn.

If you have a barn find and what to know the value of it, contact Harry for an appraisal.  You can visit our appraisal page to learn more about our appraisal service. Click here for the page.  You can also visit the market watch section of the Flymall.  Our market watch is an online searchable database of vehicle (including aircraft) values.  You can also add your own price data to our market watch.  Just go to our market watch page and click on “Add your own price quote”. We will review it and enter into our online database.

Should you need assistance in restoring your barn find, visit our tech tip page found on the Flymall.  You can search the page by vehicle type, component, or other key words.  You can also visit the Flymall Classifieds & Flea Markets page to shop for vintage car parts.

CFI Notes:  In 2018 Harry will enter his 29th year as an active flight instructor.  Still a very active flight instructor Harry also offers consultant services to start up flight schools and other aviation businesses. Harry can assist in 141 certifications, M1 and F1 visa programs, 135 operations, and more.

Congratulations to Jason Reid on passing his CFI checkride this month. Harry was his instructor.

Here is a trivia question for the flight instructor readers: See picture below.  Leave your answers in the comments below.


Visit Harry’s lesson plan page for more detailed information on various maneuvers and other information required for FAA certificates and ratings.  Click here for the pageClick here to view the many educational articles Harry has published in various aviation publications.

Weather in the news:  With the extreme drought in Califorina and the many wildfires, the tankers (airborne tankers) have been brought in to drop fire retardant on the fires.  We salute the pilots that fly their aircraft in to these fires.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  October 8 to October 15 2017 was the World Solar Challenge race.  This is a race of solar powered electric vehicles.  Teams from around the world compete to become the first to deliver sustainable solar powered electric vehicles. Many of these vehicles are three wheelers.

Harry has had a long interest in three wheel vehicles, flying cars, and solar powered vehicles.  They all sort of go together, many flying cars and solar powered vehicles are three wheelers.  Harry’s interest in three wheel vehicles has lead him to found the Three Wheel Association (TWA)TWA was founded to provide support for all three wheel vehicles.  TWA will also be opening a museum in the near future.  Click here to view Harry’s vehicle collection (mostly 3 wheelers).   Harry’s three wheelers will become part of the TWA museum.

Prototypes:  This month we’re going to feature some self balancing motorcycles.  Lit Motors designed a conceptual 2 wheel vehicle which is a fully electric, gyroscopically stabilized vehicle.  Click here to visit their site to learn more about this motorcycle.

Self balancing vehicles are not something new.  Alex Tremulis was the brainchild behind the Gyro-X (on display at the Lane Motor Museum) back in 1967.

The first prototype Gyrocar, The Shilovski Gyrocar (pictured below), was commissioned in 1912 by the Russian Count Pyotr Shilovsky, a lawyer and member of the Russian royal family.


Look for our November newsletter where we will feature some Ranchero or El-Camino type vehicles.

Animals in the headlines: Here is an interesting video showing the benefit of wolves.

Speaking of wolves, Pat & Harry’s Jett (a Tamaskan) likes to enjoy the tropical lagoon at the Flymall headquarters.  Here she is on a typical Saturday afternoon.


Harry’s African Sulcata tortoise (named Sherman because of his strength) got a new house this month. Click here for more pictures.  The house is large enough that he can spend all winter in it.  It has a pig heater (a large heating pad used for pigs and other livestock) in it which has been keeping it around 80 degrees with the door open.  As the cooler months arrive a large UV or sun lamp will also be added as he will most likely be spending more time in the house.  Sun or UV rays are very important and/or crucial to a turtle’s health.  Click here to visit Harry’s turtle section of the Flymall.

Visit the “Pilots & Pets” section of the Flymall Forum at more information on animals and pets in the news.

We close this newsletter with some words of wisdom from the late Tom Petty: “You will never be told when the next bit of education is coming or where it’s coming from or who the teacher will be. That information will only reveal itself after the fact. All that you can do is leave a little room there for the next lesson to come through. Someone will be carrying it. You just leave the door open a crack.” -Tom Petty

Flymall September 2017 Newsletter

Written on September 27, 2017 at 6:56 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Flymall Wheels & Wings September 2017 Newsletter.

Earlier this month the country remembered the terrorist attacks that happened 17 years ago.  Harry was flying between Gaithersburg, Maryland and New York on that day.  Click here for his story and he describes the event from the inside looking out.

September is also Harry’s birthday month – September 26 19??.  It is becoming a tradition for Harry & Pat to celebrate birthdays at Julliano’s Brick Oven Pizza.  Click here for pictures of Harry’s b-day party at Julliano’s.

Harry received a big surprise on his birthday morning. As he was feeding his turtles he saw something moving in the dirt.  It was a baby eastern box turtle hatching from the nest.  A total of 3 turtles were found in the habitat that day.  As of this newsletter they are all doing well.  Click here for Harry’s turtle page on the Flymall.

Once again the weather was in the news earlier in September. Hurricane Irma.  Here is a METAR for Key West during Hurricane Irma (Harry got this from ADDS during the hurricane).  Click on the picture for a larger view.

TAF found online for Princess Juliana International Airport (Philipsburg, Sint Maarten) during Irma. Click on the picture for a larger view.

While on the topic of the hurricane, Harry’s student Francesca came back to Maryland (from Embry Riddle in Florida) to ride out the storm.  They had dinner together at Julliano’s.

Another successful pass by one of Harry’s students. Gilad passed his initial flight instructor checkride. Congratulations.

The big news from this past August was the eclipse on August 21 2017.  Here is a picture of it taken by a friend.

While on the topic of the eclipse here is an old car advertisement from the 1963 eclipse.


If you’re in the market for a used aircraft visit our used aircraft page by clicking here.  If you’re planning to leaseback your aircraft to a flight school check out Harry’s leaseback calculator developed by Harry when he was a Cessna dealer. Click here for the calculator.

Looking for something to do, visit our events calendar. Many car shows and air shows benefit different charities. You can search our events calendar by the name of a charity to find an event that supports your favorite charity. For example “Toys for Tots”.  You can even have our calendar email you a reminder about an event.

You can sign up for our newsletter on any of the pages on the Flymall.  Simply use the “sign up for our newsletter” box in the upper right of our webpages.



Harry’s friend Brenda at Bravo Flight Training continues with her success as a new flight school. She recently hosted an informative aircraft insurance seminar. Visit her site for informative and educational events like this.  Earlier this month Brenda also earned her seaplane rating.  Brenda was also part of a group that went down to Jack Brown’s Seaplane base many years ago.  About 8 total earned their seaplane rating during that week. Click here for Harry’s post on the outing.

If you enjoy going to car shows, motorcycle shows, air shows, etc., consider becoming an appraiser. The Flymall is looking for folks to join our team.  You’ll work for yourself, make you own hours, and learn about numerous different cars, bikes, aircraft, and more.  You’ll be required to attend our one day training program ($575.00 fee) and then you’re off to start getting paid to look at vintage cars, motorcycles, and more.  Visit our appraisal page for more info on our appraisals.

On August 19 we celebrated National Aviation Day.  Happy National Aviation Day!

If you would like to advertise on the Flymall contact Harry.  – Ira Walker is one of our long term advertisers.  He is an expert craftsman and aircraft restorer.  Ira built Harry’s very rare Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile from plans.  Ira is an expert on Husky Aircraft as well as Pitts, and Snowcars.  Here are a few of his current projects.  The snowcar is the predecessor of the modern snow mobile.

Harry recently attended a Japanese Motorcycle Show at the White Rose Motorcycle Club. A very impressive motorcycle club. The club owns 200 acres of land with riding trails, streams, etc. in York PA.  They have their own snow plow, salt truck, numerous tractors, maintenance shop, and more. The main club house includes a full commercial kitchen (the food is great).  Harry had his 1984 Honda Gyro in the show and it won first place in its class.

Click here for pictures from day 1 at the show.

Click here for pictures from day 2 at the show.

In late August Harry, Pat, and Jett attended the Simple Transport 10 show in Hagerstown.  We had our 1912 AC Delivery in the show.  It won a top motorcycle award and also the People’s Choice award.  Our vehicles have done very well at the shows this year.  We have won awards every time we showed a vehicle.

Here is Harry collecting the People’s Choice award.

Here is Pat with the top motorcycle award and the People’s Choice award.


Click here for pictures from the show.

Prototypes: Last month we featured some prototypes and one of a kind vehicles.  We received a lot of positive feedback on this. So this month we’re featuring a few more and the theme is “You can take it with you”.  Have you ever thought that it would be nice to be able to fold up your car, motorcycle, or plane and take it with you? Well you can.

First here is the Goodyear Inflatoplane. It was an all fabric inflatable aircraft. It could be packed into a 44 cubic foot container. That made Inflatoplane suitable for transport by truck, jeep trailer or aircraft. As it was proposed, main use for this unusual aircraft was rescue. The plan was to drop the container behind enemy lines so downed pilots could rescue themselves.  Very few we made.

Next here is a 1960s Centaur Folding Scooter. This was a scooter designed to be folded up like a suitcase and could be carried with you as such.

Click here for a newsletter post Harry did on a Mazda Suitcase Concept Car.  This was/is a 3 wheel car that folds up to be carried like a suitcase.  The car came from a design contest. An engineer at Mazda thought “What if you could get off of an airplane and not need a rental car.  The suitcase you are carrying is your car”.

Here’s another folding scooter – the Valmobile Suitcase Scooter.  Click here for pictures of the Valmobile Suitcase Scooter.

Click here for a newsletter post Harry did on the Switchblade flying motorcycle.  This is a 3 wheel motorcycle that converts to an aircraft (or vise versa).  After landing, no need to get a rental car, just convert your plane back to the motorcycle and you’re on your way.

So as you can see, you can take it with you!

While not actually a concept vehicle or one that can be folded up, here is something that you do not see too often, a 1938 GAZ GL-1.

The GAZ (Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod) company was founded in 1932 in a partnership between Ford and the Soviet Union with the intention of growing the automobile sector in the Soviet Union. The result for racing, was this exotic GL-1 equipped with a six cylinder 3.5L engine, boosting 100hp.



While on the automotive theme, here is a newsletter post Harry did on a hot-rod themed dentist office.

CFI Notes: How not to do a short field landing. A CFII, MEI did this.  This was done going in to a 2000 foot paved runway in a Cessna 172.  If done correctly there is no need to even use the brakes.


Harry is often asked by new pilots about VFR over the top. Here is what it looks like. On a recent flight Harry was VFR over the top (at first a scattered layer and then it turned to broken). Click here for the pictures.  The pictures are in order and they show the layer of clouds becoming more solid below the aircraft.

Harry recently purchased a 3 wheel vehicle called a Heald Hauler (pictured below). This vehicle will be converted into a 3 wheel fire-truck using some of the features found in these 3 wheel fire-trucks.  The vehicle will get a full mechanical restoration as the transformation to a fire-truck takes place.



Visit our Classified page for aircraft sales, vintage cars and motorcycles, and more.

The Flymall team to looking for someone with real estate experience to grow our real estate sales section of the Flymall.  If interested please contact Harry.


CFI Notes: Recently an instructor applicant went to a local Designated Pilot Examiner for an initial flight instructor checkride.  Within minutes of the checkride starting the examiner had to fail her.  There were a few endorsements missing as well and some of the required training (required training was not logged in the log book).  This is a failure by the recommending instructor as well as the applicant.  Advisory Circular 61-65F is very clear on the endorsements required for the flight instructor practical test.  One of the endorsements references FAR 61.187 and 61.187 states “A person who is applying for a flight instructor certificate must receive and log flight and ground training from an authorized instructor”.  If the ground instruction is not logged in the applicant’s log book the examiner has no choice but to fail the applicant.  The applicant failed the checkride because 2 endorsements were missing and the required ground training was not in her log book.

A while on the topic of flight training, enjoy this YouTube video about go-arounds.



Words of wisdom for the aviator – Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwinds!

Here is an interesting aircraft with a unique feature. The Douglas A-4 or “Scooter” as it was called.  It is said that this aircraft can make a gear-up landing on it’s belly tanks with very minor damage to the nose section of the aircraft.  After the gear up landing it could be back in the air in minimal time.


If you would like to advertise on the Flymall contact Harry.  We have numerous places available to advertise your business on the Flymall.

Harry loves to promote general aviation to young folks.  In fact Harry made aviation history in doing so.  Back in the early 1990s Harry had a student pilot that made a coast to coast flight (solo) in a Cessna 172.  This was long before the days of GPS and moving maps.  Young (16 years old) Jimmy Mathis did a long cross country from Ocean City, Maryland to Long Beach, CA. Click here for an article Harry published about the trip.



Many of the locals know that there is construction going on at the Montgomery County Airpark and that we have back taxiing going on due to the taxi way being closed.  Harry recently witnessed a near collision (head on) on the runway. Here is his account of what happened: “I was in the main parking lot and saw N5132C back taxiing on 32 (I thought he was back taxiing however after speaking with the pilot he said he landed on 14).  N5132C was nearing taxiway C about to turn off the runway.  He had not started his turn yet.  Then I heard and saw an aircraft on his takeoff roll from 32. The takeoff aircraft was N34VF.  N34VF rotated just a few feet prior to hitting N5132C. N34VF flew over N5132C.  For a few seconds, the two aircraft were coming straight at each other.  Another 5 seconds and they would have hit.  Most aircraft were using 32 based on the windsock however the AWOS was saying winds variable or calm.”  Be careful while the construction is going on.

Here’s an interesting article Harry saw online about an aircraft once owned by Charles Lindbergh.  It is based in Maryland and still flying.  Click here for the story.

Here is a friend’s 3 wheeler that was at a show in September. It is a copy of the very first Oldsmobile (steam powered) that he hand built (including the engine) from pictures. This is a scaled down version. He did build a full size non running version as well. Mr. Olds built his first 3 wheel steam powered vehicle in 1887.

Private Pilot Checkride Aug 2017

Written on August 24, 2017 at 11:10 am, by hkraemer

Ground portion:

He asked the applicant to confirm that you are familiar with the following:

Airman  Certification  Standards (PTS/ACS) document and concept?

How the ACS is to be utilized by the Applicant/Instructor/DPE?

The 6 items associated with Single-Pilot Resource Management (SRM)?  

Harry’s note: Here is what the Private Pilot ACS says about SRM – In assessing the applicant’s performance, the evaluator should take note of the applicant’s use of CRM and, if appropriate, SRM. CRM/SRM is the set of competencies that includes situational awareness, communication skills, teamwork, task allocation, and decision-making within a comprehensive framework of standard operating procedures (SOP). SRM specifically refers to the management of all resources onboard the aircraft as well as outside resources available to the single pilot. Deficiencies in CRM/SRM almost always contribute to the unsatisfactory performance of a Task. While evaluation of CRM/SRM may appear to be somewhat subjective, the evaluator should use the risk management elements of the given Task(s) to determine whether the applicant’s performance of the Task(s) demonstrates both understanding and application of the associated risk management elements

Be very familiar with the FAR/AIM.  Know the different sections and what is in each: Part 67, Part 61, Part 91, etc.

Weight and balance, including zero fuel weight, takeoff weight, landing weight, full fuel weight.

Class E airspace and Class G airspace including VFR weather minimums.  Know about Class E airspace that starts at the surface.  Know about Class E airspace extensions.

Engine operations including; number of spark plugs, number of cylinders, how fuel gets to the engine, what happens if the fuel vent gets clogged.

Carb heat; how it works, when to use it, know when you may get carb ice.

Flight instruments including; gyro instruments, pitot instruments, static instruments.

AVIATE acronym for inspections required on the aircraft:

A- Annual inspection – 12 calendar months.

V – VORs (30 days)

I – 100 hour (if used for hire)

A – Altimeter & Pitot/Static (24 calendar months)

T – Transponder (24 calendar months)

E – ELT (12 Calendar mo., 1/2 life battery date, 1 Hr. cumulative use)

The 5 P’s:

A helpful way for a pilot to assess his or her situation as a single pilot is to utilize the concept of the 5 P’s, which is a practical way for the pilot to analyze the risks associated with the elements of a flight.

  • Plan – The pilot should accomplish all preflight planning, and be prepared to adjust the flight plan as necessary during the flight. The plan also involves circumstances surrounding the flight planning process, like gathering weather information and assessing the route.
  • Plane – The airplane is obviously a significant element of the flight, and the pilot should asses the risks associated with inoperative equipment and the general shape of the airplane.
  • Pilot – The pilot should assess himself with a risk assessment checklist and the I’M SAFE checklist, but should also assess his currency and proficiency, as well as the conditions of the flight in relation to his abilities and his personal minimums.
  • Passengers – Passengers can present challenges like illness, fear, discomfort and distractions. It’s best for a pilot to plan for passenger challenges ahead of time, like providing them each with water and sick sacks, and briefing them about what will occur.
  • Programming- Advanced avionics must be understood completely and programmed correctly.

By assessing each of these items and the variables involved, a pilot can more discover and mitigate risks, and make knowledgeable decisions on the spot.

The 5 Cs:






Know the PAVE checklist:


Personal minimums will include pilot health and experience and can be evaluated in depth with the I’M SAFE checklist. How many hours of sleep do you usually need to function well? Are you healthy? Have you battled any illness or are you on any medications? How much flight experience do you have in the aircraft you’re about to fly? How many hours have you flown in the past week/month/year? Are you rusty? Stressed? All of these factors can affect your flight.


Is the aircraft airworthy? Did it undergo any inspections recently? Do you have the fuel necessary? Are you comfortable with the weight and balance and performance for the flight?

Do you know the aircraft limitations? Do you have current charts? Is the GPS up-to-date?


What’s the weather like? Are you comfortable and experienced enough to fly in the forecast weather conditions? Have you considered all your options and left yourself an “out”? Are you instrument-current? Are you comfortable with the type of approaches available to you? Did you check PIREPs and NOTAMs? Are you at comfortable flying in busy airspace or on edge about the air traffic control situation? Does the aircraft have heat or air conditioning? Are you familiar with the terrain?

External Pressures

Are you stressed or anxious? Is this a flight that will cause you to be stressed or anxious? Is there pressure to get to your destination quickly? Do you have a plan B? Are you dealing with difficult passengers or an unhealthy safety culture?

Are you being honest with yourself and others about your pilot abilities and limitations?


Know the IMSAFE checklist:



Do I have an illness or any symptoms of an illness?


Have I been taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs?


Am I under psychological pressure from the job? Worried about financial matters, health problems or family discord?


Have I been drinking within eight hours? Within 24 hours?


Am I tired and not adequately rested?


Am I adequately nourished?

Medical requirements and are you fit to fly. How long the different class medicals are good for.

Runway sings.  He will have you take a FAA online test.  Click here for the test.

Weather including; charts, decision making based on weather.

Emergency procedures

Night VFR instruments and equipment required

Temperature vs performance. Know how to properly use all performance charts/tables.

High altitude flight and hypoxia.

Know the alcohol limits – .04 percent or 8 hours bottle to throttle.

Passenger briefing including asking them about scuba diving & flying and motion sickness.

NTSB – what needs to be reported, how long do you have to file report.

Ferry flight requirements. When would you need a ferry permit.

NASA form or NASA report.

Required placards in aircraft.

Maintenance required. Who is responsible to maintaining aircraft in airworthy condition. Who is responsible for determining if aircraft is airworthy.  Be able to show the required inspections in aircraft log book.

What are the required documents in aircraft and what documents does the pilot have to carry.

Know how to divert to an alternate and why and when.

How to recover from a stall and or spin.

What are the left turning tendencies.

Know the sections of the POH.

Airport rotating beacon colors.

What would happen if the person fueling the aircraft did not put the gas caps on tight or properly.  The low pressure on top of the wing would suck the fuel out.

On an engine failure know your glide distance.



Flight portion:

Examiner said something about her 2 handed flying.  He said there was nothing in the ACS that said you cannot fly with 2 hands. He had concerns about her doing a go-around – if she could get to the power fast enough.

They did: Turns about a point. Power off 180.  Go around.  Slips to a landing.  Steep turns.  Slow flight.  Engine out to a field.  Stalls power on and off.  Short and soft field takeoffs and landings.  Fly under the hood. Track to a VOR.


Today in Aviation History
February 22, 1942: First American Air Headquarters in Europe during WWII was established.