Flymall / Kraemer Aviation November 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on November 27, 2022 at 1:30 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter

You can view past newsletters here.

This month the theme is “Indian Motorcycles and Indian Power Vehicles”. We celebrated Thanksgiving this month and since the early English settlers celebrated this traditional holiday with Native American Indians, we thought let’s highlight an American motorcycle that carries the Indian name.

Historians long considered the first Thanksgiving to have taken place in 1621, when the Mayflower pilgrims who founded the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts sat down for a three-day meal with the Wampanoag Indians. There are earlier “Thanksgiving” celebrations. Thanksgiving services were routine in what became the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607; the first permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia held a thanksgiving in 1610. On December 4, 1619, 38 English settlers celebrated a thanksgiving immediately upon landing at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia. Thanksgiving in the United States has been observed on many different days and even different months. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date of observance varied from state to state. Modern Thanksgiving was proclaimed for all states in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln.

Pat & Harry hosted their annual Thanksgiving dinner this year. Click here for more pictures.


Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

Earlier this month, Pat attended the Ninety Nines Mid Atlantic Section Meeting in Lancaster PA.

Our friend Lin Caywood is now the Section Governor. Lin is pictured here at the front giving a speech.

History Trivia: Nobody is sure if turkey was served at the harvest celebration held by the pilgrims of the Plymouth colony in 1621, but wild fowl was certainly served. It is not likely that the first settlers celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey. The use of the turkey in the United States for Thanksgiving precedes Abraham Lincoln’s nationalization of the holiday in 1863.  In her 1827 novel Northwood; or, a Tale of New England, Sarah Josepha Hale devoted an entire chapter to Thanksgiving dinner, emphasizing many of the foods that are now considered traditional. Although many other meats are mentioned, “the roasted turkey took precedence on this occasion, being placed at the head of the table.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

During WWI, motorcycles were often transported via airplanes for delivery. Here is a Indian Model O strapped to a biplane ready for departure. The Indian Model O was a lightweight motorcycle made by the Hendee Manufacturing Company from 1917 to 1919.

During WWII, car manufacturers were called on to produce aircraft. And just as car manufacturers produced aircraft, many motorcycle companies build bikes for the war effort. Here is a shaft driven Indian that was produced during WWII.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

In the 1930s, Indian started to branch out and one of industries that it ventured into was the manufacturing of aircraft engines. These engines were made by the Hendee Manufacturing Company. The “Indian Motocycle Co.” was founded as the Hendee Manufacturing Company by George M. Hendee in 1897 to manufacture bicycles. One of the engines they made was an eight-cylinder water-cooled Vee type pictured below. This 8-cylinder engine was used by Glenn Curtiss in some distance flights at the Harvard Aviation Meet.

Here is a radial engine produced by the Hendee Manufacturing Company. This seven-cylinder air-cooled rotary engine w as rated 50 hp. at 1 l 00 RPM. Click here for more reading on these two engines.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

Here’s a very cool 1917 Indian powered board track racer we found online.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Here is an Indian Motorcycle with a gun mounted to it.

Sidecar rigs were very popular as delivery vehicles. Here is an Indian sidecar that we found online.

Here is a half ton Indian Traffic Car. Part motorcycle, part delivery van. This one is believed to be the best original example of a Traffic Car anywhere, this unrestored rig has been valued at well over $100,000.

Harley Davidson also had a half ton delivery trike. It was offered by Goulding and was called a Gouldcar.

A cool Indian sidecar rig used as a milk company advertisement.

Indian powerplants were also used in various snow mobiles or sleds like the one pictures below. Click here for some info on other Indian powered “snow vehicles”.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Here’s a ceiling find for this month (not an Indian). This Sandford was hanging in the ceiling in the old Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. It ended up on eBay in November 2017. Bidding got up to $10,000 and the auction was ended for some reason. Here’s a little history on the Sandford; Stewart Sandford, a French gentleman was selling the Morgan 3 wheeler in France. Stewart saw the need for a faster, more powerful 3 wheeler so he designed the Sandford 3 wheeler. It had a 4 cylinder Ruby engine in it. Very different from the Morgan. The Sandford is all steel with the engine fully enclosed. The Morgan F series 3 wheeler also had an enclosed engine.

Indian’s like this, are sitting in barns all over the world, just waiting to be discovered. This is a 1927 Indian Factory Board Track Racer that ran on alcohol.

The Flymall Team was on hand to witness a 1903 Indian barn find / estate sale sale for $155,000.00 USD. Click here for the YouTube video.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Earlier this month, Ofir passed her commercial pilot checkride with Harry. She had some moderate turbulence, windshear, and direct crosswinds to deal with. Most of her maneuvers were text book perfect. Her power off 180 was outstanding, she had some windshear on this as well as a direct crosswind and the maneuver was text book perfect.

Weather in the news: Hurricane Nicole was in the news earlier this month. For just being a Category 1, Nicole did a lot of damage in Florida.

Later this month, we had a large storm system move from the southwest to the northeast and this had every color on the radar image.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. Look for some updates to 3-wheelers.com early in the year 2023. We will also have some updates for the Three Wheel Association as well.

Indian Forecar.  In 1906 it was offered as an attachment to any Indian model. Each wheel had coil springs at the steering posts and leaf springs for the front seat. The Forecar design or type of vehicle was very popular in Europe.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

An awesome Indian motorcycle sidecar rig with an enclosed sidecar. Enclosed sidecars were popular in European countries in the 1950s and 1960s. Click here for more pictures of enclosed sidecars.

Prototypes: How was the V-twin motorcycle born? In 1906, the Indian motorcycle company built a V-twin factory race bike. A version of the racing engine was introduced in consumer models for the 1907 model year, making the 39-ci (633 cc), 42-degree V-twin the first American V-twin production motorcycle engine (their are some webpages that state Glenn Curtiss built the first V-twin). And the rest is history. We will have more on Glenn Curtiss and his V-twin in a future newsletter.

Nautical Notes: The USS Pocahontas was a United States Navy ship used in WWI. It was named after a very famous native American Indian. She was originally SS Prinzess Irene, a Barbarossa-class ocean liner built in 1899 by AG Vulcan Stettin of Stettin, Germany, for the North German Lloyd line. At the beginning of World War I the ship was in New York and was interned by the United States. She was seized when that country entered the conflict in 1917 and converted to a troop transport.  Pocahontas was a Native American woman, belonging to the Powhatan people, notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.

Riding The Rails: By the time the railroads were moving westward, the Indians were using horses, especially for hunting bison. Indians used bison for food, shelter, clothing, trade, and more. When the settlers (the white man) found out that bison hides could be used to make leather, hunters were eager to kill more and more bison. It wasn’t long before the bison was hunted to near extinction. This slaughter would have been unlikely and probably impossible, had railroads not provided the means to ship the hides and bones off to eastern factories. The white man hunting of the bison drastically affected the native American Indian life. Needles to say, the Indians were not too fond of trains.

Native American Indian Transportation: This month, we’re introducing a new section of our newsletter on native American Indian transportation and travels. This month, we are featuring the Wampanoag Indians.  They are an Indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands based in southeastern Massachusetts and historically parts of eastern Rhode Island. Their territory included the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The Wampanoag Indians were introduced to the the Europeans in the early 1600s when European merchant vessels and fishing boats traveled along the coast of New England. The Wampanoag taught the first settlers how to farm, hunt, fish, etc. The Wampanoag used a burn and scrape method to construct the mishoon, a type of dugout canoe. Horses were not around this area until the 1630s or 1640s, so the Wampanoag either walked or traveled via a mishoon.

Animals in the headlines: This month we have a robotic dog by Swiss Mile. Click here for a video on Facebook.

We close this newsletter with these words: Look for opportunities to make people feel important.

Flymall October 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on October 24, 2022 at 8:49 am, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter

This month, the theme is “Electrifying”. All about electric vehicles, past, current, and future. Electric cars are almost as old as powered vehicles. This month: William Morrison’s battery operated carriage, a 1900 Porsche hybrid, electric planes, Livewire, a 256 MPH electric supercar, electric trains, and more.

You can view past newsletters here.

Earlier this month, Pat & Harry hosted a retirement party for the well known bicycle collector (and American Pickers guest star) Mel Short. The weather was a little on the cool side, however, a good time was had by all. Click here for more pictures.


Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: It’s hard to pinpoint the first electric vehicle to one person or country. The electric vehicle was a series of developments in the 1800s that led to the first electric vehicle on the road. In the United States, the first successful electric car made its debut around 1890 thanks to William Morrison, a chemist who lived in Des Moines, Iowa. His six-passenger vehicle capable of a top speed of 14 miles per hour was little more than an electrified wagon, but it helped spark interest in electric vehicles. William Morrison is perhaps the first “gearhead” to have a “man cave”. Morrison had a secret basement laboratory where he worked on his storage batteries and electric vehicle, he called it the “Cave”. Did you know that in 1912, there were over 30,000 electric vehicles in the United States? Picture here is one of Morrison’s electric vehicles.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  We also have a “This Day In History” category in our Events Calendar.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Earlier this month, we had the last award night for the season at the Laytonsville Cruise In. Picture here are some of the winners with their awards. They all deserve some special recognition for their hard work and dedication in taking care of these pieces of rolling history. Click here for some pictures of the award winners from the last award night of 2022.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: ZeroAvia has recently entered into a non-exclusive joint development agreement with Textron Aviation, Inc., for the development of hydrogen-electric, zero-emission powertrains for the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft. ZeroAvia plans to obtain a supplemental type certificate (STC) to retrofit the Grand Caravan single-engine utility turboprop with the ZA600 zero-emission powertrain.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

Think electric vehicles aren’t performance vehicles? Have you seen the 1,914-hp Rimac Nevera electric hypercar? This is the fastest accelerating production car in the world. It has a top speed of 256 MPH.

One of Ferdinand Porsche first cars was an electric car. Here it is, the1900 Lohner-Porsche electric car. The Lohner–Porsche Mixed Hybrid (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Löhner–Porsche) was the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, and was developed by Ferdinand Porsche at Lohner-Werke. First prototypes were two-wheel drive, battery-powered electric vehicles with two front-wheel hub-mounted motors. A later version was a series hybrid using hub-mounted electric motors in each wheel, powered by batteries and a gasoline-engine generator.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

The Flymall team was invited to the Mack Trucks / Volvo open house and car show held October 8th. The Mack Truck / Volvo plant was amazing to see. Here is an experimental electric truck motor being developed by Volo. We were able to see it in person. Very cool! We didn’t get any details on the horsepower rating or when it may be put into use. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Volvo experimental electric truck motor

Here’s some other pictures from the Mack Trucks / Volvo Open House & Car Show: Car Show pictures, Factory Tour pictures.

Did you know that Henry Ford made an electric vehicle based on the Model T? Here an interesting story about it and Henry Ford’s relationship with Thomas Edison. Ford actually worked for Thomas Edison for a while. The two discussed electric vehicles together. Pictured here is one of Ford’s early electric vehicles.

In 2019 Pat, Jett, & Harry were invited to a Harley Davidson Livewire launch party at the local Harley dealer. The Livewire was intended to be a Harley Davidson model, however, by December of 2021, Harley Davidson announced that is was going to be a separate company called LiveWire. The Livewire is Harley Davidson’s first electric motorcycle. Click here for more pictures. Harley-Davidson says the maximum speed is 110 mph with it’s 105 horsepower motor.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Elizabeth passed her CFII checkride with Harry earlier this month. Elizabeth is an outstanding pilot. She owned her own plane before she could drive a car. She had her commercial pilot certificate before she had her driver’s license. She is just 20 years old and already she is a commercial pilot, CFII, and advanced and instrument ground instructor. Next she will work on her A&P certificate and multi engine rating. This was he 5th checkride with Harry and this is the 6th certificate Harry issued her (including her ground instructor certificate).

Weather in the news: Click here for some interesting facts about lightning found on a NOAA page.

Benjamin Franklin’s experiments revolved around the hypothesis that lightning was indeed electrical in nature. And he wanted to prove that lightning was electricity. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin first introduced the idea of daylight saving time in a 1784 essay he wrote? But the modern concept is credited to George Hudson from his 1895 proposal. He proposed a two-hour time shift so he’d have more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Toronto-based electric-vehicle maker Daymak Avvenire has debuted its prototype dubbed Spiritus. Avvenire’s Spiritus is a fully loaded two-seater electric car with optional autonomous driving features, Wi-Fi connectivity, AC, 12-speaker stereo system, solar panels for additional trickle-charging- additions to add ultimate comfort to your daily commute. The Avvenire Spiritus Ultimate has a 0-to-60 mph time of 1.8 seconds thanks to its 330 kW motor making 449 horsepower. Pretty fast for an electric 3-wheeler. It has an initial base model price of $19,995.00 USD.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Alice

Prototypes: On September 27 2022, the Eviation Alice prototype, an electric passenger plane made it’s first flight. The Alice can carry nine passengers and two crew. It has been reported that  Cape Air, a regional airline, has ordered 75 planes. Another aviation company, GlobalX Airlines reportedly ordered 50 aircraft. And DHL is said to have some on order as well. It is reported that Alice will have a 250 NM range and a maximum operating speed of 260 KTAS.

Nautical Notes: A company called X Shore is producing some very cool electric boats. Their coolness isn’t cheap. Their Eelex 8000 (pictured below) will set you back $329,000, the new X Shore 1 comes in at just $139,000 USD. 

Here is an alternative to an electric outboard motor with a battery. Made by Torqeedo. This one has a built in lithium-ion battery. This is great for small boats where space and weight are an issue. Click on the image for a larger view.

We have been running with a Minn Kota Transom Mount Trolling Motor in our classic Walker Bay 8 for a while now. We can get over an hour running time at one of the higher power settings. So far, it has been a great motor for our use.

Disney World Monorail

Riding The Rails: One of the coolest and most famous electric train systems, is the Walt Disney World Monorail System. This rail system opened in 1971. The total rail system is just under 15 miles. Roughly 50 million people ride it each year. Surprisingly the trains have been manufactured by two big names in aviation. The Mark VI was built by Martin Marietta and the Mark VI was built by Bombardier Transportation. The Mark IV was in service from 1971 to 1991 and the Mark VI entered service in 1989. The Walt Disney World Monorail System is probably one of the safest modes of transportation. Since it started service in 1971, there has been only one death on the monorail.

Animals in the headlines: So what is the best electric vehicle to get if you have a dog? Well, TopGear says the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. The main reason they say is because it sits lower to the ground and therefore is easier for you dog to get in. Click here for the full story.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

We close this newsletter with these words: Electricity is really just organized lightning!

Flymall September 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on September 29, 2022 at 9:34 am, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter.

This month our theme is “repurpose”. We’ll be highlighting vehicles and/or wheels & wings components that have been repurposed or reused for a purpose other than what the original intent was.

You can view past newsletters here.

Kraemer Aviation hosted it’s annual Labor Day cookout. The weather was perfect for most of the day. A few light showers on and off, but otherwise perfect. Click here for pictures from the event.


We’ll start off our repurpose theme with some cool items made by Harry & Jon. Here are a few spark plug dancers that Harry & Jon made one snowy afternoon. Click here for some more pictures of the spark plug dancers plus a few other items made from spark plugs including a spark plug coat rack. Here is a very cool Piper Arrow nose gear trunnion lamp made by Harry. Click here for a unique piece made by Harry using an old Hawker Jet wheel and a propeller.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”. The Flymall is offering for sale a very nice grass strip in Carroll County Maryland. Click here for details. What could be better than living with your plane at an airport, how about living in your plane. Here is an aircraft that has been repurposed as a home.

Click here for some pictures of airliners that have been made into homes.

Old/retired airplanes are very popular to be repurposed as a restaurant. The GrillAvia was a restaurant in Amberieu-en-Bugey, built using two Sud-Ouest SO-30 Bretagne aircraft.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: While it is not know for sure who was the first person to come up with the idea of using a drop tank or belly tank for a race car. Bill Burke of the famed So-Cal Speed Shop is mostly likely one of the first, if not the first to build such a race car. Here’s his most famous of these belly tank is called the Lakester (made from a belly tank from a P-38). If you can find one for sale, scale models of this sell for over $200.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news. You can also check current fuel prices on our home page. Fuel prices are as easy as entering the airport identifier and clicking on search.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Here is someone that deserves some special recognition for being creative. Harry’s friend, David Sprecher used an old gate from a fence and made it the center section of a bicycle. It is fully functional and David does ride it. He started with a Colson rear steer bicycle. Very cool David. Click on the image for a larger view.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Airliners are popular aircraft to be repurposed as water bombers or aerial firefighting aircraft. Aerial firefighting dates back to around 1929.

The Airplane Service Station, also known as the Powell Airplane, is a service station built in 1930 in the shape of an airplane. Located at 6829 Clinton Highway in Powell, an unincorporated community in Knox County, Tennessee, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The station was built by brothers Elmer and Henry Nickle. Their intent was to increase business by having a service station that was visually unique, both to area residents and to travelers on newly widened U.S. Highway 25. Elmer Nickle had a strong interest in airplanes, and so the station was constructed in the Mimetic architectural style in the shape of an airplane.

Here’s a place that Harry would go to with his dad in the 1960s. Jim Flannery’s Constellation Lounge in Penndel, Pennsylvania. Here is a post we did on this several years ago.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

A drop tank or belly tank motorcycle, there was not much about this very cool motorcycle (just a picture online). Our Market Watch is a great resource for price info on drop tanks or belly tanks. Click here for the price data on the belly tank and click here for belly tank racers.

Do you have an airframe that is not airworthy? Why not put it up in a tree? Here’s an awesome Facebook find where someone used an aircraft fuselage and made a treehouse with it.

Airplanes are not the only vehicles that make a good tree house. Here’s a VW Bus three house. This looks awesome.

Here’s a Piper Seneca that Harry got for a friend that wanted to put an airplane in his front yard for his grandkids to play in. Another one saved from the scrap yard!

An aircraft can also be used just as a display piece. Years ago Harry was contacted by an aircraft owner that had an old Hawker jet that had not flown in a while. Harry was asked to do an appraisal on the plane which he did. The plane was not worth a lot due to its age and having outdated engines and avionics. Once the appraisal was completed, the owner asked Harry to try and sell the plane. With the current state of the old Hawker, it would have cost more than the plane was worth to get it airworthy. Therefore, selling the plane was difficult. So Harry arranged for the plane to be donated to the Cambridge Airport (the airport where the plane was currently located). A picnic area was made around the plane. Harry’s company Kraemer Aviation Services donated the picnic tables. So the old Hawker lives on.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

On Saturday, September 17, the Flymall team flew to Hammondsport New York to attend the annual Wings & Wheels event held there. All proceeds from this event go directly to the Glenn H Curtiss Museum. The flight up was perfect with some low lying fog and smooth air. Click here for some more pictures from the flight from KAGI to KPEO.

Penn Yan airport (home of Penn Yan Aero) is located about 20 minutes north of Hammondsport and is an excellent choice for general aviation aircraft. N36777 was parked next to a classic Beaver on floats. The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engine high-wing propeller-driven short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft developed and manufactured by de Havilland Canada. It has been primarily operated as a bush plane and has been used for a wide variety of utility roles, such as cargo and passenger hauling, aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing), and civil aviation duties. In addition to its use in civilian operations, the Beaver has been widely adopted by armed forces as a utility aircraft. The United States Army purchased several hundred aircraft; nine DHC-2s are still in service with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) for search and rescue. By 1967, over 1,600 Beavers had been constructed prior to the closure of the original assembly line. Various aircraft have been remanufactured and upgraded. Additionally, various proposals have been made to return the Beaver to production.

The “Wheels” part of the event takes over the small town of Hammondsport. Click here for more pictures of the car show portion.

The coolest part of the event was all of the seaplane activity. They had a spot landing contest and a bomb dropping contest (they had to drop a grapefruit to hit the water between 2 pylons). Click here for more pictures of the seaplanes.

Click here for a video montage of some of the seaplanes in action.

The entire town is all about Glenn Curtiss and/or the rich boating history of the finger lakes. Click here for some signs at the local school. Here’s a cool wall mural on the side of the local grocery store. Even the lobby of the Best Western Motel has an airplane hanging from the ceiling and a wooden boat hanging on the wall.

Here are a few pictures of the motel lobby.

The Finger Lakes Beer Company is next to the Best Western. A great little tavern that serves locally brewed beer. Notice that the foam on their sign forms the finger lakes.

Want an aerodynamic car? Then start with an airplane. Someone has repurposed an aircraft into a road worthy car. Very cool!

District Harley Davidson hosted a weekend full of activities over the long Labor Day weekend. We attended the festivities on Saturday. Our 1975 Lomax was there on display. The weather was perfect and best of all, they had free food! Click here for some pictures.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Earlier this month, the Flymall Team visited the AACA Museum. Click here for pictures from our visit to the museum.

The museum had numerous themed exhibits including; Orphan Cars: Vehicles from Discontinued Marques & Brands, AMC Through the Decades, ATVs: Off-Road Adventure, The Jenkins 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus, Driving After Sundown: The Evolution of Headlights, and Tucker Automobiles: The Cammack Tucker Collection.

Click here for pictures of the 3-wheelers & sidecar rigs on display at the museum. Click here for pictures of the motorcycles on display at the museum. Click here for pictures of the buses on display at the museum at the museum. Click here for pictures of the model train display at the museum.

You can visit our YouTube Channel by clicking on the YouTube icon at the bottom of our webpages.

How about repurposing an old shopping mall to house your collection of classic cars. Here’s a guy who did just that. Checkout the Classic Auto Mall.

Classic Auto Mall by the Numbers:

  • 336,000 square foot climate controlled building
  • 8 acres under one roof
  • Showroom space for 1,000 vehicles for sale and 400 barn finds on display-Capacity of 1,400 vehicles indoors!
  • 40-acre property with 1,500 feet of frontage on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
  • 28 acres paved, lined and lighted parking lot with space for 2,500 vehicles
  • Parking for 1,000 additional vehicles on the outside green space

Have an old motorcycle that doesn’t run. Turn it in to a mailbox!

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

“Barn Finds”, they’re out there. Here is a 1928 Morgan Aero that was recently discovered. It had been hanging in a barn for 50 years. I guess you can say that it was repurposed as art for those 50 years. The Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan. The early cars were two-seat or four-seat three-wheelers, and are therefore considered to be cyclecars. Three-wheeled vehicles avoided the British tax on cars by being classified as motorcycles. Morgan three wheelers are iconic in the world of both British cars as well as three wheelers. H.F.S. Morgan quit the Great Western Railway in 1904 and co-founded a motor sales and servicing garage in Malvern Link. In 1909 he designed and built a car (a three wheeler) for his own use. Previously he developed the first independent front suspension in the engineering shop of Malvern College.  He began production a year later and the company prospered. Production of three wheelers approached 1000 by WW1. Morgan soon had both racing and touring models. Morgan’s first four wheeler came in 1935 with three wheelers phased out in 1952. Morgan continued to run the company until he died at age 77 in 1959.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: Here’s an awesome vehicle in our collection that came to be because of weather. We’re calling it the Cutlass Rollfast. Here’s the story; On Friday, June 29, 2012, a derecho hit the Mid-Atlantic region. The results were disastrous. N96747, a 1984 CESSNA 172Q Cutlass, was flipped onto it’s back as a result of this storm. The plane was totaled by the insurance company. The flight school that owned the plane kept it to salvage parts from it. After the school was finished with the plane around 2016, it was time to remove the plane from the airport and send it to the scrap yard. Harry said “Wait”! He said that he wanted a section of the fuselage to make a sidecar for a bike or motorcycle. They all laughed at the idea. But he did get the section that he wanted. Harry interviewed many builders to find the right person to do what he wanted. About the year 2020, Harry was introduced the Steve Weddles. Steve was the man that could do what he wanted. Harry basically gave him free rein to be creative and build an awesome sidecar and attach it to a 1950s Synder Rollfast bicycle that he had. The build took just over a year. This is the result. It is not finished yet. We still have some little things to do. Steve and his sister Jean delivered the bike to him on August 14 2022 in Jean’s 1960 VW Single Cab. The had the sidecar mounted on the opposite side of the bike so it would be a righthand drive bike. Steve also incorporated several items we had from a 1941 Boeing Stearman that include the seat belts and a map box that is mounted behind the seat in the sidecar. Pictured here is the plane, the plane on it’s back, the section of the fuselage that we started with, the delivery vehicle, and the almost finished product.

This month we also saw a major hurricane hit the US. Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28 2022.

Hurricane Ian September 26

Hurricane Ian September 27

Hurricane Ian September 28

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. Coming in 2023, we will be redoing the TWA Association website. We will also be open to membership with membership benefits. Stay tuned!

Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org is now the new owner of the popular 3 wheeler site 3-Wheelers.com. Look for some updates coming soon. We will be adding a lot of new features to 3-wheelers.com.  We’ll be adding a clubs section where clubs can advertise.  We also plan to have a section where you can post 3-wheelers for sale as well as parts for sale.  We’ll also have some 3-wheelers.com clothing and other products for sale.

The Chair-E-Yacht. This unique 3 wheel vehicle was designed to give more mobility to someone in a wheel chair. The idea is that you could roll a wheelchair up the ramp, lock yourself in, and then use the ‘yacht’ to navigate smaller streets. It was capable of hitting 15-20mph. It seems that only about 1,200 were ever built. Every now and then, one will come up for sale. Here is our price data on this unique 3 wheeler from our Market Watch section of the Flymall.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: Here’s a home that was designed to look like a spaceship. It was called the Futuro. A Futuro house, or Futuro Pod, is a round, prefabricated house designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The shape, reminiscent of a flying saucer. During the 1960s, there were two of these in the Dundalk/Baltimore Maryland area. There is currently one at the Eagle Crest-Hudson Airport in Delaware.

Nautical Notes: Did you know that after the Vietnam war, Vietnamese farmers recycled thousands of external fuel tanks from U.S. aircraft to create makeshift river boats and canoes. There was most likely a lot of these available. They were light weight and water tight. They probably made an excellent canoe.

 Cosmic Muffin

Have you heard of the Cosmic Muffin? It’s a boat made from the fuselage of a Boeing 307 Stratoliner that was once owned by Howard Hughes. Hughes turned his 307 into the “Flying Penthouse”, with much more powerful engines, and full of luxuries. The plane was eventually sold to an oil tycoon in 1949, but was damaged by a hurricane in 1964 while parked and rendered unfit to fly. The aircraft was then moved to a scrapyard, where it was then purchased for just $62 by a local pilot and realtor, Kenneth W. London. Ken decided to convert the unflyable aircraft into a plane boat. Ken removed the wings and transported it to a local marina, where he spent the next 4 years making it sea worthy. Ken completed the project into 1974, and was the proud owner of a fully operational 307 Yacht named the “The Londaire”. The boat was once again sold in 1981 to Dave Drimmer, who named in “Cosmic Muffin”. Dave discovered the boat was barely holding together, so performed major restorations on the structure, and refitted the interior to its former ‘VIP lounge’. The boat is controlled by the original flight controls, and uses two inboard V8 engines for power.

Here’s a cool little boat made from an outrigger or pylon from a Short Sunderland flying boat The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber, developed and constructed by Short Brothers for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The first flight was October 16 1937. The Sunderland was one of the most powerful and widely used flying boats throughout WWII.

Here’s a house that was a boat. It was taken from the top of a V4-M-A1 oceangoing tug, used in World War II by the U.S. Maritime Commission.

Modern Day Pirate Ship

How would you like to live on a pirate ship? Someone did just that. Here’s an old boat that was converted into a live aboard pirate ship. The earliest documented instances of piracy are the exploits of the Sea Peoples who threatened the ships sailing in the Aegean and Mediterranean waters in the 14th century BC.  The most widely recognized and far-reaching pirates in medieval Europe were the Vikings. Queen Ann’s Revenge (Blackbeard) is one of the most famous pirate ships.  Blackbeard’s piracy ranged across the Caribbean and North America from the late 17th to early 18th centuries. In November 1717, he stole a French slaving vessel, La Concorde, and set about converting it into a fearsome pirate ship. When he was done with his renovations, the vessel had 40 cannons onboard and bore the name Queen Anne’s Revenge.  

Riding The Rails: Train cars are very common to be used as bridges.

Home sweet train!. A railroad box car converted into a home.

A caboose resturaunt.

Animals in the headlines: What could be better than going surfing in the summer time? How about being able to carry your surfboard on your motorcycle! And better yet, being able to take your dog with you. This is a Russian made Ural motorcycle with a sidecar rig that has also been setup to carry a surfboard. How cool is this? The Ural is such a rugged bike, that you can modify it to do most anything. Checkout our Ural in our collection and read about the history of the Ural Motorcycle by clicking here.

Here is another Ural that was modified to carry a dog as well as a surfboard. Very cool rig!

We close this newsletter with these words: Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.

Flymall Wheels & Wings Newsletter August 2022

Written on August 26, 2022 at 2:01 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter. The theme this month is “Accessorise”. We’re using the British spelling of the word. Accessorize is the North American spelling. Accessorise is the preferred British spelling. It is interesting to look at some of these accessories that were offered not too long ago and realize how unacceptable they would be today, such as this!

We have a lot of news this month. The Flymall team was very busy with numerous aviation events as well as some very cool car shows. Hope you enjoy the newsletter this month.

This month: Some very cool accessories, Glenn Curtiss Museum, Finger Lakes Boating Museum, Laytonsville Cruise In awards, Pat Clancy six-wheeler, and much more. Next month the theme is “Repurpose”.

We just celebrated the 20th anniversary of Kraemer Aviation Services. Pat & Harry hosted a cookout to celebrate. Click here for pictures.

You can view past newsletters here.


Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”. We do have a 1900 foot grass strip (Keymar Airport) for sale in Carroll County Maryland. Click here for details. Harry and Sarah hosted an open house and fly-in/car show at Keymar Airport earlier this month. The weather keep airplanes from flying in. We did have a few motorcycles show up. Free food and drinks were available. Click here for more pictures from the event.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: The first navigation systems used in automobiles.

The “camper” or “travel trailer”. In the 1950s up into the 1970s, car manufacturers offered camper options for their cars like the one shown below on a Chevy Vega. Did you know that the covered wagons of the 1800s gave birth to what we know as a travel trailer. The first travel trailers were just tents placed on a platform on wheels so they could be easily moved. By 1915 we had hard-sided travel trailers. By the 1920s, travel trailers looked more like what we have today. Then in 1929, a guy named Arthur Sherman built the first “modern” travel trailer.

The motorhome. Here’s one that has a fold up upper deck area as an option. If you’re interested in the value of these old campers, visit our Market Watch section of the Flymall and search for Kamp King Koaches under Make.

Here’s another camper accessory, this is a 1965 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire with Kamp King camper.

Did you know that on June 17 1946, the first mobile telephone call is placed from a car in St. Louis, Missouri. Car phones were the thing to have in the 1980s and early 1990s. Now we all carry cell phones. Some of us even wear them!

On June 15 1911, the electric starter for the automobile was patented. Here is a video of Harry starting our 1912 AC Delivery Trike. This is how we started vehicles before the electric starter was invented.

Did you know??? Robert William Kearns was an American engineer, educator and inventor who invented the most common intermittent windshield wiper systems used on most automobiles from 1969 to the present. Kearns tried to offer his idea to the “Big Three” auto makers, however not one seemed interested. Eventually Kearns would have  patent infringement cases against Ford Motor Company and a case against Chrysler Corporation for his intermittent windshield wiper system.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Glenn Curtiss had a lot of achievements in aviation and the motorcycle industry. This month Glenn Curtiss gets some special recognition here in our newsletter. The Flymall team attended the “DAWN OF A LEGACY” exhibit at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport New York.

On August 18  1984, Harry took his first official flight lesson in N2346V, a Piper Tomahawk. He had been flying in general aviation aircraft since the late 1960s. On this day in 1984, he actually took the flight controls for the first time.

And on August 18 2022, 38 years after Harry’s first flight lesson, he gave a flight instructor checkride to Or Hadar. She did an excellent job. Textbook perfect. She will make an outstanding flight instructor. How appropriate to give a checkride to an instructor just like the one that gave Harry his first lesson 38 years ago. Click on the image below for a larger view.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: The Macon airship, accessorised to carry fighter aircraft. One of the few “aircraft carrier” type airship.

The Macon could launch and retrieve aircraft while underway.

Very innovative for the 1930s. Once the aircraft was retrieved, they were stored inside the airship.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

The ambulance accessory for the Piper Cub. These were converted by the military to be used as an aerial ambulance. Every now and then, one will be at the EAA’s annual AirVenture show in Oshkosh.

Here is a Gulfstream that has been modified (accessorized) with a large dome like feature on top of the fuselage. It is actually a large sensor. This aircraft is used by the Missile Defense Agency as “High Altitude Observatory” platforms.

A very cool accessory for your plane. Take your motorcycle with you when you go flying.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory. We currently have several used aircraft for sale.

 Would you fly an aircraft powered with an electric motor? Ampaire has successfully flown a Cessna 337 with the front engine replaced with an electric motor. Is it an engine or a motor? Click here for a post we did regarding the question, engine or motor. Ampaire’s experimental Cessna 337 pictured here. It has a piston Continental engine in the back and an electric motor in the front. Ampaire has been flying Cessna 337s with an electric motor since 2019.

Earlier this month, the Flymall team attended the Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival on Maryland’s eastern shore. Click here for more pictures from the event.

Click on the image below for a larger view.

Earlier this month, Pat and Harry attended the Dawn of a Legacy exhibit at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. The museum had a lot of Glenn Curtiss’ early motorcycles on display as well as numerous engines that he designed. A great museum in a fabulous area of New York. The weather was perfect for the flight up and the return flight in N36777.

They landed at Penn Yan Airport, home of the world famous Penn Yan Aero. Of course they had to get a tour of the factory. Penn Yan Aero was established in 1945 by Harold Middlebrook. Since then, the company has been continuously owned and managed by the Middlebrook Family. The Middlebrooks are active aircraft owners, pilots, and mechanics. They have focused their attention and resources on Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines; no removals or installations, just engines. Click here for more pictures of the Penn Yan Aero tour. Click here for our Glenn Curtiss Museum in the Day Tripper section of the Flymall.

The Glenn Curtiss Museum also had a motorcycle show and swap meeting going on the same day that Pat & Harry visited. Click here for pictures of the motorcycle show and swap meet.

Here’s some pictures from the exhibits inside the Glenn Curtiss Museum:

Click here for pictures of the aircraft.

Click here for pictures of the motorcycles.

Click here for pictures of the boats.

Click here for pictures of the engines.

Click here for pictures of the cars in the museum.

Here’s Harry next to a Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major radial engine at the museum. The Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major is an American 28-cylinder four-row radial piston aircraft engine designed and built during World War II. At 4,362.5 cu in, it is the largest-displacement aviation piston engine to be mass-produced in the United States, and at 4,300 hp, it is also the most powerful.

The Finger Lakes region has a long history in wine making. Of course, Pat & Harry had to visit a winery (Weis Winery) and pick up some wine to bring home. Here’s Harry picking out a barrel of wine for the return trip. Click here for more pictures of the winery.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

August 19 was an award night at the Laytonsville Cruise In. We gave out a lot of very nice awards. Click here for pictures of some of the award winners from that evening. Click here for pictures of the very cool awards we have for this year. We have 2 more award nights for the season, September 16 and October 21. Hope to see you there. Our friend Bingo, picked our Cutlass Rollfast bicycle/airplane creation to receive The Saints of Kulture’s Choice Award. This is a big honor and we’re very proud of this awesome award.

Pat, Jett, & Harry attended the annual Simple Transport Show in Hagerstown Maryland. The show is open to all air-cooled VWs as well as bicycles. Jett has a lot of friends there, she has been going there since she was 2 months old. Click here for pictures from the show. Our new custom made sidecar bicycle won a top 5 bicycle award and our 1898 Rex Tandem won a top 5 bicycle award as well as the People’s Choice Award.

Harry is now an insurance producer. He will be writing Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. So look for him at car shows for a quote. We are becoming your one stop shop for all things wheels and wings; insurance, appraisals, sales/broker services, service, flight training, aircraft title work, and more.

One of the regular attendees at the Laytonsville Cruise In has a 1922 Cadillac that has some really cool options or accessories.

Under the hood, there is a work lamp or an emergency lamp that is on a retractable cord. It even works still.

On the instrument panel / dash panel, there is a cigarette lighter that extends to the rear seats.

The 1922 Cadillac has it’s own air compressor to inflate the tires. It works off of the transmission.

Drive through coffee in the 1950s and 1960s? Not really! So Volkswagen offered an alternative, a coffee maker for the VW Beetle.

It is not known for sure how many were made. This would be a cool item to find in a flea market or yard sale.

Somewhere out there, someone has a VW coffee maker. Let us know if you have ever seen one.

Here’s a very cool accessory. The 1956 Powell Sport Wagon offers two pull out fishing rod holders and a pull out bait box.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

A cool accessory.

Here is a liquid tire chain option offered by General Motors, shown here on a 1969 Camaro.

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. Well in the case of this newsletter, necessity is the mother of accessory. From Popular Science, November, 1937. Motorized Trailer Pushes Bicycle. An itinerant knife grinder has devised a “cart-before-the-horse” rig to ease his labors on long-distance bicycle journeys. When he tires of pulling his trailer, with its motor-driven grinding machinery, he hitches the motor to the wheels and the trailer pushes him.

Now-a-days we have self parking cars. Back in the 1930s, the technology was not available for this. So here is a cool invention or accessory to assist in parallel parking. Click here for a YouTube video showing “Fifth Wheel Driving”.

Here’s an accessory that could certainly be confusing. Image think you are applying the brake on the left side, and hit the gas pedal.

Checkout this classic VW Beetle all decked out with accessories. Roof top camper, swamp cooler, rear window shades, luggage rack, and more.

Own a bike, and have no place to store it? Here’s the solution. The Cycle-Shed. The perfect accessory for your bicycle.

Have you ever driven a Hudson with the Electric Hand? In 1935, there were no truly automatic transmissions on the market. But Hudson made an effort to offer the next best thing with a fascinating feature called Electric Hand. Click here for an article we found online that explains this unique transmission.

Here’s an Indy car that is accessorised with 6 wheels. Pat Clancy six-wheeler was one of the most unusual cars to ever run in the Indy 500. Click here for an interesting story on this strange vehicle.

A must have accessory for owners of vintage VWs!

1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Country Squire 4-Door Push Button Station Wagon Camper! Accessories galore with this one!

This was a one-off concept that was displayed for the media and dealers in order to gauge potential interest in a new type of (more versatile) station wagon.

In the 1950s, Ford has established itself as the “Wagon Master”. Of the millions of station wagon units produced, there was the Country Squire.

From 1950 through the 1991 model years, eight generations of the Country Squire were produced.

Although all Ford Country Squires feature wood-grain body trim, only the first-generation 1950-1951 versions are true “Woodies”. The genuine wood body panels were manufactured at the Ford Iron Mountain Plant in the Michigan Upper Peninsula from lumber owned by Ford Motor Company. For 1952, all-steel bodies replaced wooden body structures to reduce production costs. Subsequently, exterior body trim consisted of simulated woodgrain

In late 1958, Ford started toying with the idea of whether one such Country Squire could be even more than just a daily driver. The result was a most glorious and modern camper for “travelers and sportsmen,” which packed everything – including the kitchen sink. In fact, it packed even more than the basic amenities since it also featured a rowing boat and, even better, deploying it was entirely automated.

How about a hammock in the back seat for your baby?

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals.  You can visit our insurance page on the Flymall to get a quote for insurance on your collector vehicle.

We’re sure that there are still a few of these European campers sitting in a barn somewhere. This one offers an upper deck with an awning.

It’d be very cool to find one of these in a barn somewhere in Europe. During the German occupation of The Netherlands people still used a car without gasoline or fuel because of shortages. In this picture, a Ford V8 is drawn by a horse. The spot that would usually house the engine, is now being used as the drivers’ seat. This picture was taken in Holland on May 14th 1941.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: Next month the theme is “Repurpose”. We’ll be featuring our Cutlass Rollfast Bicycle sidecar creation that came about due to some weather. Look for it in our September Wheels & Wings newsletter.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org is now the new owner of the popular 3 wheeler site 3-Wheelers.com. Look for some updates coming soon. We will be adding a lot of new features to 3-wheelers.com.  We’ll be adding a clubs section where clubs can advertise.  We also plan to have a section where you can post 3-wheelers for sale as well as parts for sale.  We’ll also have some 3-wheelers.com clothing and other products for sale.

Do you like to ride motorcycles and go boating as well? You cannot pull your boat trailer with your bike, so here’s a motorcycle with the perfect accessory for you! And it’s a 3 wheeler too! These were made in the UK in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: Car manufacturers will often use prototypes or concept cars to “test” new accessories or technology before they put them into production. General Motors designer, Harley Earl is generally credited with inventing the concept car.

Prototypes or concept vehicles are not just limited to cars. Us aviators see them as well. Glass cockpits are common now in general aviation aircraft. But there was a time when general aviation glass cockpits were experimental. Click here for an article that Harry wrote in 2003 on the “New” glass panel in the Cirrus SR22. The plane that Harry flew at the time was certified as an “Experimental”. Hard to think of glass panels as experimental now.

Nautical Notes: Here’s a superyacht that is all accessorized out. The SuRi is a 208 foot long superyacht equipped with just about every land, sea, and air toy you can possibly imagine. You can charter her for only $350,000 a week.

While attending the Glenn Curtiss Museum event, Pat & Harry visited the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. Housed in old historic Taylor Wine Company buildings, there are over 150 boats on display. The building was built in the 1800s and has some awesome stone work and some very cool arched wooden doors. The museum collection has more than 200 boats built by many of the 40 plus builders identified to date as having built boats throughout the Finger Lakes Region during the last century.

Click here for pictures of the boats in the museum as well as the museum itself.

Here’s the wine tasting room in the basement of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum.

Pat & Harry spent some time at Keuka Lake. This lake is one of the major Finger Lakes in the state of New York. It is unusual because it is Y-shaped, in contrast to the long and narrow shape of the other Finger Lakes. Because of its shape, it was referred to in the past as Crooked Lake. Keuka means “canoe landing” in the Iroquois language and “lake with an elbow” in the Seneca language. The Finger Lakes are a group of eleven long, narrow, roughly north–south lakes in an area called the Finger Lakes region in New York, in the United States. These glacial finger lakes originated as a series of northward-flowing streams. Around two million years ago, the first of many continental glaciers of the Laurentide Ice Sheet moved southward from the Hudson Bay area, initiating the Pleistocene glaciationHere are a few pictures taken during their visit earlier this month.

Riding The Rails: A necessary accessory on trains, called a sandbox. A sandbox is a container on most locomotives that holds sand, which is dropped on the rail in front of the driving wheels in wet and slippery conditions and on steep grades to improve traction. Sometimes not all accessories are for the cool factor.

Animals in the headlines: Here’s a cool electric bicycle accessorised with a sidecar designed for dogs. The electric motor was designed to look like a V-twin. How cool is this?

You can even accessorise your two wheel bike or motorcycle to carry your dog. Check it out here!

We close this newsletter with these words: Be someone’s hero!

Flymall Wheels & Wings July 2022 Newsletter

Written on July 29, 2022 at 1:21 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter.

This month its all about the drive or the journey – getting there (the people, the machine, the journey)! Including scenic routes, awesome boating trips, flying to Oshkosh, rowing around the world, and more.

You can view past newsletters here.

This month, many pilots around the world are converging on Oshkosh.

Here’s a shot of some warbirds flying into Oshkosh.

The arrival path into Oshkosh. Every pilot needs to experience this at least once in their life. It is an awesome experience. There is so much to see and do.

This month is about the journey and July happens to be the month that in 1969, a spaceship took off from earth heading to the moon to have the first humans walk on the moon. The ultimate journey. Apollo 11 (July 16–24, 1969) was the American spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC, and Armstrong became the first person to step onto the Moon’s surface six hours and 39 minutes later, on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later, and they spent about two and a quarter hours together exploring the site they had named Tranquility Base upon landing. Armstrong and Aldrin collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth as pilot Michael Collins flew the Command Module Columbia in lunar orbit, and were on the Moon’s surface for 21 hours, 36 minutes before lifting off to rejoin Columbia.

Earlier this month, Kraemer Aviation hosted their annual 4th of July cookout and car show. We had vintage bicycles to ride, vintage motorcycle rides, great food, swimming, and more. A great time has had by all that attended. Click here for more pictures and videos from the event.


Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”. We currently have a nice grass strip for sale in Carroll County Maryland. Click here for details. On August 21st, Kraemer Aviation Real Estate is hosting a fly-in at Keymar Airport. Free food! Click here for information on the Fly-In and Open House.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Did you know that Alice Huyler Ramsey, the first woman to drive across the US. She did this trip in 1909. On June 9, 1909, this 22-year-old housewife and mother began a 3,800-mile journey from Hell Gate in Manhattan, New York, to San Francisco, California, in a green, four-cylinder, 30-horsepower Maxwell DA. The trip took 59 days. They arrived amid great fanfare on August 7, 1909.

Alice Ramsey with her Maxwell

Ramsey had always loved the open road. Her husband, John Ramsey, had gifted her a Maxwell Touring Car in 1908, and she became a common sight driving all over New Jersey. Very few women drove cars at this time, and Ramsey’s enthusiasm and composure behind the wheel caught the eye of some local Maxwell dealers. It was then that the Maxwell Company approached the Ramsey’s with the idea to let Alice drive one of their cars across the country. The company wanted to prove that not only was their vehicle durable, but was also easy to operate and repair. Maxwell provided her a car, covered all the expenses and alerted dealers and media about the trip. 

Six years before Alice Ramsey made her trip, in 1903, George Wyman became the first person to make a transcontinental voyage across the United States by motor-vehicle. And he did it on a 1905 Yale California motorcycle. Wyman made the trip from San Francisco to New York City in 51 days. His motorcycle only had 1 and 1/4 horsepower. He is pictured here with the bike that made this incredible journey.

If riding a motorcycle across the country isn’t a long enough ride for you, check-out this journey. The longest road in the world to walk, is from Cape Town (South Africa) to Magadan (Russia). No need for planes or boats, there are bridges. It’s a 22,387 kilometers (13911 miles) and it takes 4,492 hours to travel. It would be 187 days walking nonstop, or 561 days walking 8 hours a day. Along the route, you pass through 17 countries, six time zones and all seasons of the year. Amazing!!!

If you enjoy history, we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Earlier this month, Akhil passed his private pilot checkride today with Harry. He did an outstanding job. Near perfect on all maneuvers. He did this just a few weeks after his 17th birthday. Now he can fly a plane by himself anywhere in the world, however he still cannot drive a car by himself. His instructor was Tal Sabag. Harry did her CFI checkride just over a year ago. Her two most recent applicants both did outstanding. Way to go Akhil and Tal. Akhil plans to study aeronautical engineering in college and design planes one day.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: In the early 1990s, Harry had a student that was involved in a historic and record setting trip. A 16 year old Jimmy Mathis flew from coast to coast as a student pilot. He was the first student pilot ever to make such a trip and the youngest certificated pilot to do such a trip. Click here for an article written about this amazing trip.

Harry’s friend, Kathrin Kaiser from Germany made an incredible journey from Germany to Oshkosh earlier this month. She did this by herself in her single engine Grumman. What an amazing trip.

Here is the start

As of July 11 2022

Here she is as of July 15 2022

Day 22. She had flown 6700nm or 12400km from her home in Germany.

At Oshkosh!

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Crossing the English Channel can be a challenging journey. How about trying it in a human powered aircraft. The Gossamer Albatross is a human-powered aircraft built by American aeronautical engineer Dr. Paul B. MacCready‘s company AeroVironment. On June 12, 1979, it completed a successful crossing of the English Channel to win the second Kremer prize worth £100,000 (equivalent to £538,000 in 2021). Just before 6 am on June 12, 1979, amateur cyclist and pilot Bryan Allen powered the Albatross to the rehearsed speed of 75 revolutions per minute and took off from a point near Folkestone, England.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   Have you ever driven the Tail of the Dragon? The Dragon has 318 curves in just 11 miles. What an awesome ride! It is a ride like no other place in the world. Some of the curves have been given nicknames like: Beginner’s End, Bust Bend, Shade Tree Corner, Hog Pen Bend, Sunset Corner and Mud Corner. There is a resort that has a tree decorated with various motorcycle parts lost in crashes on The Dragon. If you drive it, be careful.

The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

The Laytonsville Cruise In July 15 2022 Award Night was amazing. Great weather, great awards, and lots of new folks with their cars showed up. Click here for more pictures of the July 15 award night. Here’s what we’re doing for 2022:

For 2022, we will have guest judges each month. We will have a first & second place award each month and a Best Of Show award. The judges will pick their choice for a first and second place award and based on the schedule below, the themed car for that month will have a Best Of Show selected. We will also have a special award for the “Best Original Vehicle”, sponsored by Mel Short. The first and second place awards will be selected from ALL cars that night. The judges may give out other special awards as well. We will also have some awards for the kids that bring something cool to show off. And starting in July 2022, we will have a special award sponsored by Bingo – The Saints of Kulture’s Choice Award. We will also have a TFR Choice Award each month. This award will be selected by The Family Room.

Here’s what is coming up for award night:

August 19 2022 – Corvette night – Best Of Show Award for a Corvette
September 16 2022 – Imports – Best Of Show Award for Imports
October 21 2022 – British Cars – Best Of Show Award for a British Car

Here are some of the award winners from July 15. Debbie was one of the award winners from July. Debbie and her 1977 Corvette won the Mel Short award for the Best Original Vehicle. Debbie has a great story to go with this very nice Corvette. Debbie ordered this car new back in 1977. Click here to read Debbie’s (in her own words) full story on her and this 1977 Corvette.

Harry’s friend, Lauren was also an award winner in July. Way to go Lauren.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Since this month is all about the journey, did you know that the first transcontinental trucking delivery started on July 12 1916. William Warwick left Seattle on July 12 1916 driving a GMC 1 1/2 ton truck carrying evaporated milk heading to New York.

Harry attended the District Harley Davidson Bike Night on July 14. This is a monthly event. A very cool event with food, music, and of course motorcycles. Click here for more pictures from the July bike night.

The Flymall team attended the Harley Davidson of Frederick Motorcycle Show. This show was to benefit the Hogs and Heroes Foundation. It was a great show with vendors, food, live band, and more. Click here for more pictures.

The AC took first place at the Harley Davidson of Frederick show.

As you may know, the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall team enjoys our motorcycles and we have a large collection of rare and unusual motorcycles and bicycles. Our bikes are ridden locally and/or trailered to shows. Grace McDonald is riding her KTM motorcycle around the world. Grace has a very cool story to tell about her journey.

Here is Grace’s story called Destination Everywhere:

It’s 2016, late on a Thursday night, Town Hall Station, Sydney: I’ve just left work and I’m watching rats scurry along the tracks as I wait for my train. I’m exhausted. I’ve been exhausted for a long time. Long days and nights as a corporate lawyer have not brought a fulfilling life, only grey fatigue. I just want to get on my motorcycle and ride away, and not come back.

Six months later, that’s exactly what I do. I pack my worldly possessions into the panniers of my KTM 690 Enduro and I ride out of town and I don’t look back.

I’ve been warned: everyone tells me that as a solo female, I won’t make it. That I am too weak, too vulnerable, too lacking in mechanical qualifications.

First, I ride into the deserts of central Australia, remote regions where I camp beside dry river beds and watch the unbelievably bright stars splash across the sky like milk. Day after day, the corrugated gravel roads bring me peace. People, when I find them, are friendly. They give me oranges from their gardens, fruit cake baked in camp ovens.

I have this idea that I’ll ride to Paris: it’s a long way away, and the route will take me through Asia and up through Iran. I think it will take me 18 months. I am wrong.

I ship my motorcycle into Asia via Timor Leste, the youngest country in the world. I’ve never been to an undeveloped country before; I reclaim my motorcycle from customs and ride through the chaotic streets, out in the villages, wide eyed as dirt tracks take me deep into the interior. This is a country of mountains, and kindness; deeply Catholic but animist in times of trouble; a place of generosity in the face of the fact that 40% of the population are stunted from malnutrition. I stay at convents, with the nuns and schoolgirls; at first they won’t let me in because, when I arrive on my big motorcycle in all my gear, they think I am a man.

Later, in the steam of hotsprings at night, I have a machete stand off with a survivor of the war of independence. He is clearly not well; a living ghost. He stakes out my door, chainsmoking cigarette after cigarette, before he takes his machete and vanishes with his mob of wild dogs, the same way that he came.

The first time I cross a land border – Timor Leste to Indonesia – I am tingling with excitement. Imagine riding around the whole world on your motorcycle. I am addicted.

I fall in love with Indonesia, island hopping for nearly a year, losing myself in a simple version of life which rotates around rice, fish, and family. This is a country where people truly love motorcycles: more than once, I ride into a small town to be greeted by strangers who are waiting for me. How did they know I was coming? The moto family is sprawling and vibrant; the grapevine works formidably.

In Borneo, I cry over a damaged camshaft and replace my rocker arms. In Cambodia I do it again, this time without the tears. On a road in Java I hit the back of a car that stops suddenly, denting the bumper; the driver gets out and apologises and asks that God bless me. In Sulawesi, a car hits me from behind and I go down; but I get up again, and straighten my barkbusters, and don’t complain. Everything works out in the end.

My original timeframe has long passed by the time I talk my way into Vietnam, against all laws and all odds. I ride all the way to the Chinese border, shivering through mountains shrouded with cloud, places where the only warming soup available is made out of pony.

When Covid closes the borders and the music stops, I am in Thailand. Everyone asks me if I will ‘go home’ now, but where is home? The money runs out. My motorcycle is stuck on the wrong side of the Cambodian border.  I am penniless, alone, bereft in the midst of a pandemic.

So I learn to ride enduro, and I learn to speak Thai. Suddenly, my whole world opens up: it turns out that meaning of life is not only motorcycles, but specifically dirt biking. I ride a 2 stroke enduro machine for the first time and I am hooked, and the answers to everything emerge. I start a business with my Thai friends. Now, I run enduro and road tours through the mountains of Northern Thailand between November and February; the rest of the year, I ride the whole world.

Destination? Everywhere.

You can follow Grace’s adventures on www.bikehedonia.com or ride with her in Thailand at www.hivoltmototours.com .

Here is a Question & Answer interview with Grace.

The Flymall team attended District Harley Davidson’s Bikes, Brews, and BBQ event on July 23. The Lomax made the trip uneventfully. Click here for more pictures from the July 23 BBQ. District Harley Davidson hosts a lot of events throughout the year. Checkout their Facebook page for all of their events. You can checkout our schedule of shows we attend here. If you need an appraisal on your classic car or motorcycle, we offer discounts at shows. Click here for information on our appraisals.

In late July, the Flymall team visited the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum in Boonsboro Maryland. They received a private tour by two of their friends. Click here for some pictures of the vehicles in the museum.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

The topic this month is the “Journey”. And he is an interesting “basement crawl-space find” for this month. This collection has an interesting 2 part journey. If you stayed overnight in a motel before the late 1990s, you most likely received a key connected to a large metal or plastic key fob. The initial purpose for these tags, which were primarily made of a heavy metal, were so guests wouldn’t forget to the return them. Harry’s father (Ed Kraemer) was a truck driver. He loved to travel. As a young boy, Harry’s family would take a lot of weekend trips and his father was staying in motels almost daily. Ed started collecting the motel key fobs (back then, they were just referred to a key chains). Ed kept the key fobs in metal coffee cans until the family was able to purchase their own single family home with a basement so Ed had a place to display the collection. Harry helped with putting the key fobs on these boards. Some of the fobs are likely from the 1950s. Ed continued collecting them up to the early 1980s until his health was failing and he could no longer work. After he passed away in 1983, Harry moved away and the collection was lost. As Harry’s aviation career “took-off”, Harry would often think about the collection whenever he stayed in a motel and was given a key fob like in his dad’s collection. Harry did not know the whereabouts of the collection, however, over the years he hoped that one day he would be reunited with it. In 2021, the collection was found and Harry was contacted and asked if he wanted it. Yes! Was the answer. The collection was found in the basement crawl-space of Harry’s childhood home. So after nearly 40 years, the collection that Ed Kraemer started in the 1960s, was reunited with Harry. This collection was a journey collecting them and then being lost for nearly 40 years and then making the journey back to Harry was amazing.

This month we have a couple of Camaro barn finds. This 1967 Camaro had been sitting outside untouched from 1974 to 2004. Then the car was sold to the second owner and packed into a barn until it was recently discovered by a Camaro enthusiasts. Click here for the full story on this awesome find.

The second one is a red 1967 Camaro SS 396 that spent 43 years in a pole barn. They’re out there, you just need to look for them. The story goes like this: The owner parked the Camaro in his pole barn behind his house in Wisconsin in 1975. He had purchased the vehicle in 1972 for just $800.00. He did have plans to restore it, however, life happens, family, etc. In 2018 he decided to pull the car from the barn and sell it. Turns out, it was/is a matching numbers SS 396. We could not find any information on what the car sold for or if he did sell it. This just reinforces the fact that there are gems out there just waiting to be found. Click here for more reading on this barn find.

1967 SS 396

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a General Motors barn find, as of July 13 2022, you may be able to get help from general Motors. There are reports that GM has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the trademark “GM Restoration.” General Motors has not released any details as of the writing of this newsletter. We’ll need to wait and see with this one.

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Earlier this month, Elizabeth passed her initial flight instructor checkride with Harry as the DPE. Elizabeth is a very gifted and natural pilot. This was their 4th checkride together. Harry did her private, instrument, commercial, and now her CFI. She did this in her own Cessna 150. She soloed at the age of 17 and had her commercial pilot certificate by the age of 18. She was a commercial pilot before she had her driver’s license. She was able to get paid to fly, however she could not drive herself to the airport. And now, she can teach you to fly an airplane.

Weather in the news: As thousands of planes head for Oshkosh and millions attend this annual show, weather can always be an issue for the last week of July. In fact, some years, it has been referred to as Sloshkosh! Here are a few pictures taken this year of the storms there.

Planes need to be tied down and very secure before these mid summer storms arrive.

Here’s one that wasn’t so lucky.

The storms usually make for a beautiful sunset.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

We have some big news for the Three Wheel Association and the Flymall. We have agreed to purchase the well known website 3-Wheelers.com. It will be accessible from Flymall.org as well as from the Three Wheel Association website.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes:

Nautical Notes: Meet Ellen Falterman. Checkout her Facebook Expeditions page here. Ellen is a 26 year old, pilot, flight instructor, and extreme adventurer. She is currently preparing for an adventure that is like no other. Ellen is planning to row around the world. This is a 40,000 plus mile trip. She expects the trip to take about 7 years (maybe longer). She will be using a custom built ocean rowboat built in the United Kingdom. Navigation will be via GPS and a sexton. She’ll be starting the trip sometime in 2022 from her home state of Texas. Her first stop will be Florida and then down go go through the Panama Canal. Ellen is pictured here with her boat the “Evelyn Mae”. The Evelyn Mae was built for Ellen by Rannoch Adventure.

Ellen’s longest distance in the open ocean will be when she crosses the Pacific. This will be about 8,000 miles and her estimate is that it will take her 8 to 12 months. So Ellen will be on her boat, for 8 to 12 months non-stop. She will not get off for breaks or rest periods. Her boat can hold about 12 months of supplies. The Pacific crossing will just be Ellen and her boat.

Ellen is taking the international trip of a lifetime. How would you like to go on an international trip in your backyard? ZAVIKON ISLAND is home to a bridge that, at only 32 feet in length, is considered the shortest international bridge in the world. It connects a Canadian island with an American island in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River. So every time you go to your backyard, you have taken an international journey. This property is a private residence, both islands are part of a family’s home.

Who doesn’t love traveling on a cruise ship? Here’s a canal in Greece that makes the journey just as exciting as the cruise; the Canal of Corinth, Greece. Breathtaking views going through the canal.

Want to experience what it was like to sail on a Baltimore Clipper ship like the ones built over 100 years ago? The tall ship Liberty Clipper offers windjammer sailing vacation cruises on such a sailing ship. The Liberty Clipper is a replica sailing ship whose design was inspired by the Baltimore Clipper style of vessels which were predominant along the East Coast in the early 19th century. So you can go back in time and experience what it was like to sail on a Baltimore Clipper ship from the 19th century.

What’s better than a sailboat or motorboat? An amphibious vehicle. Did you know that the first self propelled amphibious vehicle was tested on July 13 1805? The vehicle was developed/invented by Oliver Evans. Click here for a short story about his invention.

Oliver Evans’ vehicle was steam powered. Steam was the choice of power during the era.

Steam Power beginnings: In 1698 Thomas Savery patented a pump with hand-operated valves to raise water from mines by suction produced by condensing steam. In about 1712 another Englishman, Thomas Newcomen, developed a more efficient steam engine with a piston separating the condensing steam from the water

Riding The Rails: If you enjoy vintage trains, here’s a journey for you. The Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad in West Virginia. The railroad uses vintage locomotives and passenger cars to give you an awesome experience through scenic West Virginia.

The Autumn Colors Express is another vintage passenger train in West Virginia. The 2022 Autumn Colors Express takes you on a day-long journey through the New River Gorge National Park, at the peak of the fall foliage season. The round trip from Huntington, WV to Hinton, WV lets you experience this beautiful area of West Virginia in a way few do. This special passenger train pulled by Amtrak is comprised entirely of privately-owned vintage rail cars from all over the nation, assembled exclusively for this event. This will be a great experience later this year.

Animals in the headlines: Our wolfdog, Jett is gearing up for some awesome journeys this winter once we have some snow on the ground.

We close this newsletter with these words: Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.

Debbie Grasso’s Love Affair With A White Corvette

Written on July 28, 2022 at 9:21 am, by hkraemer

My love for Corvettes started at the tender age of 4. I remember standing behind the driver’s seat as my dad was driving with my arm holding on to his neck pointing out the corvettes as they went by. “Look at that sporty car”’ I would squeal, “I want one of those”!

I quickly decided my car would be white on the outside and red inside. I wanted two doors and 4 wheels and windows, a steering wheel and radio.

Click on image for a larger view

I would repeat this to my dad constantly over the years, he would suggest other colors and I would say no.

When I was 21 I came home from work one day and my parents were in the living room waiting for me. They wanted to talk.

“We want you to buy a new car to establish credit”. I said, “Oh no”!! “Everyone at work is constantly complaining about car payments and house payments. I am not interested in that”!

My dad said, “Debbie, look me in the eye. It is time to buy a car”. He had to say this to me several times until I finally got in gear!!

“Oh, its time to buy my Corvette”! As I was jumping up and down!!

Dad was jumping up and down  to!

My Mom was not thinking Corvette, but she got out voted!

My dad spent several days calling all the Chevy dealers to make a deal. They were constantly calling him back, he loved making a deal.

We went and ordered it and were told it would be 16 weeks until it would arrive. WHAT?

I cried when we went to pick it up. I started crying as I was driving her home. I asked my dad to drive, he was so happy to take over, I thought I would never get the car back! He loved that car to!

Over the years I saw many body styles and headlight styles, hard and soft top, wheel styles and windows and paint colors.

I believe this car was made for me, the perfect shape and style, I wouldn’t change a thing and I haven’t.

So, the secret behind the White with the Red is, when mixed together they make Pink which has always been my favorite color.

Grace McDonald – BikeHedonia Interview

Written on July 24, 2022 at 10:13 am, by hkraemer

Many of us have dreamed of taking our motorcycle (or car, or plane) and simply leaving to explore the world. At the age of 28, Grace McDonald did just that. In February 2017 she resigned from her career as a corporate lawyer and set off from Sydney, Australia, with a motorcycle, a dream and very little else.

Tell us how did you get into motorcycling?

When I was a child when had small motorbikes to ride around my parents’ 200 acre property, but my family saw motorcycles more as a (hazardous) means of transport than a passion. At the age of 23 I got my road licence and commenced a beautiful obsession with speed, motorcycles and freedom.

What made you decide to ride around the world?

I spent ten years becoming a corporate lawyer in Sydney, and quickly discovered that this was not the way to a happy life. Eventually I reached the end of my tether and decided that I just wanted to ride away on my motorcycle and not come back. Six months later I’d made that a reality as I rode out of town on my KTM 690 Enduro with all my worldly possessions strapped to the back.

Did you have a schedule?

I had no schedule; but I thought that I would ride to Paris from Australia and that it would take me 18 months. I was completely wrong. Along the way, I fell in love with people and places; someone would invite me to take a side trip and I’d always say yes; someone would recommend meeting a person or seeing a place two or three thousand kilometres away, and I’d always go. If you plan your trip and keep on schedule, you will only discover the things you already imagined.

How long have you been on the road now? Do you get tired?

It’s been nearly five and half years on the road and yes, you do get tired sometimes. But that’s the beauty of not being on a schedule. You can stop and rest and take in your surroundings whenever you need. I spent so long in Indonesia and Thailand that I now speaks some Indonesian and some Thai. Of course that’s just a recipe for staying longer still – because once you speak the language, suddenly all of the nuances of a place become available to you.

What did you do during Covid?

I was in Thailand when the music stopped and the borders closed. About three years into my trip, I suddenly found myself unable to travel and unable to make my funds stretch any further. It was initially a low time for me, but then I discovered enduro. I’d never ridden much serious off road before – just dirt and gravel tracks – and suddenly I was immersed in the glorious jungle single track of Northern Thailand. I made friends, learnt new skills and started a new business – HiVolt Moto Tours.

So are you still riding around the world or have you found a home in Thailand?

Both. I’ve got a home base and a business near Chiang Mai, where I run enduro and road tours mostly during the months of November to February. But during the other months of the year? That’s for me to travel the world. I still have my KTM 690 Enduro and I’m waiting for Myanmar to reopen so I can head through India, Pakistan and Iran.

Have you had any difficulties on the way?

For sure. I’ve had mechanical problems, money problems, and the odd crazy-machete-wielding man problem. What I’ve learnt is that there’s always a solution. Sometimes you have to find new skills and courage within yourself, other times you are set to be humbled and amazed by the generosity of ordinary people. And still other times – you just have to find another machete.

What’s your advice to anyone wanting to travel around the world like this?

There are a thousand ways to make your journey – everyone travels differently. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, just start. Starting is the hardest part. You’ll figure out the rest.

Flymall.org June 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on July 2, 2022 at 8:54 am, by hkraemer

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter. This month “The Great Escape”. The theme is all about get away vehicles and/or vehicles used in great escapes.

You can view past newsletters here.


Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”. We have a nice airport and home for sale in Carroll County Maryland with a 1900 foot grass strip. Click here for details.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

On June 26, Jett celebrated her 9th birthday. She was treated to some banana cream pie.

History Trivia: Have you heard of the Colditz Cock. The Colditz Cock was a glider built by British prisoners of war for an escape attempt from Oflag IV-C (Colditz Castle) in Germany.

After the execution of 50 prisoners who had taken part in the “Great Escape” from Luft Stalag III, the Allied High Command had discouraged escape attempts, though the plan to build a glider was encouraged in order to divert the energies of the prisoners from descending into boredom and tedium. The idea for the glider came from Lieutenant Tony Rolt. Rolt, who was not even an airman, had noticed the chapel roof line was completely obscured from German view. He realized that the roof would make a perfect launching point from which the glider could fly across the River Mulde, which was about 60 metres below.

Below is the only know photo of the “Cock” as it was called. This was taken on April 15 1945 by Lee Carson, one of two American newspaper correspondents assigned to the task force which captured the castle.

In the movie “The Great Escape”, Steve McQueen rode a 1962 650cc Triumph TR6R modified to look like a WWII-era side-valve BMW with an olive paint job. In the movie McQueen was a better driver than many of the stuntmen playing Germans, so McQueen put on an SS uniform for some of these scenes and chased himself. While McQueen is famous for The Great Escape’s most famous stunt (jumping the fence), it was Bud Ekins who performed it. When you watch the motorcycle chase scenes, you can clearly see the riding style is exactly the same. Click here to research Steve McQueen vehicle values from the Flymall Market Watch.

The Bonnie and Clyde get-away car of choice was a Ford. They didn’t buy them, they stole them! Did you know that the papers to incorporate Ford were signed on June 16 1903. Here’s the Bonnie and Clyde “death car” is on display under glass.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Earlier this month, Rowena passed her instrument checkride with Harry. She plans to purchase a single engine turboprop to be able to visit family in her home country of Jamaica. Congratulations!

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Larry Murphy was the Chinook helicopter pilot who’s iconic landing during Operation Mountain Resolve was captured on film. Operation Mountain Resolve was launched by a coalition led by the United States on 7 November 2003 in the Nuristan province and Kunar province in Afghanistan. It involved an airdrop into the Hindu Kush mountains by the U.S. 10th Mountain Division . Not many helicopter pilots could perform a maneuver like this.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

On June 11, the Flymall Team attended the AirPower Tour at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. Click here for more pictures from the event. One of the highlights was getting to climb in the cockpit of Harry’s friend’s DC-3.

The DC-3 first flew in 1935. Over 16,000 were produced. There are still some in airline service to this day. The C-47 (Military version of the DC3) was one of the most vital pieces of equipment that helped win WWII. The aircraft is also acclaimed for its role in the Berlin Airlift.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: Earlier this month the Flymall Team attended the Original British Car Day in MT. Airy Maryland. They had the Lomax entered in the show and it earned a First Place Award in it’s class. Click here for more pictures from this great British Car Show. Click on the image below for a larger view.

The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

New awards for Award Night

Harry’s friend Bingo has sponsored these very cool awards for July, August, September, and October. Checkout his cool shop on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BingosSwapMeetGarage

June 18 2022, Harry, Pat, and Mel Short attended the District Harley Davidson Bikini Bike Wash & Cookout. It was a great day with good food, cool bikes, live music, and more. Click here for more pictures from the event. They had an axe throwing contest/event that day. Pat got 3 in a row. Click here for the YouTube video showing Pat’s performance.

June 10th was an awesome night at the Laytonsville Cruise In. We had a large variety of vehicles including; a military truck, a golf cart, a go cart, vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles, race cars, modern performance cars, a firetruck, vintage ramp body truck, a dirt bike, and more. Click here for pictures from June 10th.

Click on the picture below for highlights from June 10th.

Laytonsville 06-10-2022 Highlights

On June 9, Harry attended the District Harley Davidson Bike Night. The weather was perfect. Mild temperatures and low humidity. Harry rode the 1974 Indian MX74 to the event. Click here for more pictures. Checkout their Facebook page for all of their events. Their Bike Night usually has a free live band.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  In the 1967 film, The Dirty Dozen” there is a German half-track vehicle used in an escape scene. This vehicle was pulled from a barn located in the Salisbury Plain (south western part of central southern England) in the early 1960s. It was purchased by a farmer who bought it as workhorse. It stayed there in that person’s barn until another gentleman purchased it and restored it. The gentleman that restored it was also an extra in the 1967 film and in addition, he taught Lee Marvin on how to double clutch. An iconic escape scene from the film has Lee Marvin driving the vehicle over the Chateaux Bridge. If fact, resources say the the gentleman that restored it, was crouched under the dash telling Lee Marvin how to drive the vehicle during that scene while they were escaping over the Chateaux Bridge.

Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  On June 12 2019, Harry passed the final checkride to become a DPE and was issued his Certificate of Designation.

And on July 1 2019, Harry gave his first checkride. He is pictured here with the applicant after the checkride.

Rachel did her 1st solo earlier this month and then on June 30 2022, she passed her Private Pilot Checkride with Harry. Here are some pictures from her 1st solo.

The first solo is always a big accomplishment in the path to earning your private pilot certificate. Click here for a video on the water bucket tradition. Click here for Harry’s slides on the “Clipping of the Shirt Tail” tradition (shirttail).

Here’s Rachel on her checkride day after passing the test. She did a great job. Harry gave her numerous failures to deal with. She had an engine failure at 200 feet AGL on the soft field takeoff, a flap failure on the soft filed landing, and a landing with no airspeed indicator, all were handled perfectly. Rachel is an outstanding young woman with goals to be an airline pilot back in her home country of Israel or somewhere in Europe. In Israel she works as a medic and a firefighter. Click on the image below for a larger view.

Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Always check NOTAMs, look especially for TFRs. This was for Santa Monica, California earlier this month. If you’re in this area, there is no escaping a TFR. Watch out.

Weather in the news: The weather was certainly in the news for the maiden voyage of the Titanic. The Titanic did not have enough life boats for all of the passengers to escape the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

Titanic had 20 lifeboats of three different types:

  • 14 clinker-built wooden lifeboats, measuring 30 feet (9.1 m) long by 9 feet 1 inch (2.77 m) wide by 4 feet (1.2 m) deep.
  • 2 wooden cutters intended to be used as emergency boats.
  • 4 “collapsible” Engelhardt lifeboats.

June 8th brought the mid-Atlantic region numerous lines of heavy thunderstorms. Here’s a few snapshots of the radar from that day.

Storms are something pilots need to avoid always. How far is far enough to avoid storms? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Here is a cool 3 wheel bicycle that is used by police in areas with large public beaches. There is no escaping the police here with these very cool electric assist 3 wheel pedal bicycles.

Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: The ejection seat, an escape vehicle. In 1916, Everard Calthrop, an early inventor of parachutes, patented an ejector seat using compressed air. By World War II both Heinkel and SAAB had developed ejection seats.

The enclosed ejection seat concept has also been looked at and taken a step further by using the entire fuselage and the escape pod.

The Kamov Ka-50, which entered limited service with Russian forces in 1995, was the first production helicopter with an ejection seat. The system is similar to that of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft; however the main rotors are equipped with explosive bolts to jettison the blades moments before the seat is fired.

The only commercial jetliner ever fitted with ejection seats was the Soviet Tupolev Tu-144. However, the seats were present in the prototype only, and were only available for the crew and not the passengers. The Tu-144 that crashed at the Paris Air Show in 1973 was a production model, and did not have ejection seats.

The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, (LLRV) and its successor Lunar Landing Training Vehicle (LLTV), used ejection seats. Neil Armstrong ejected on 6 May 1968.

The only spacecraft ever flown with installed ejection seats were VostokGemini, and the Space Shuttle.

Early flights of the Space Shuttle, which used Columbia, were with a crew of two, both provided with ejector seats (STS-1 to STS-4), but the seats were disabled and then removed as the crew size was increased.

Nautical Notes: Here’s an escape vehicle of a different nature. This is an offshore oil rig escape pod. Online, you can find numerous locations around the globe where these have been turned in to floating motel rooms that you can stay in. Originally designed to save lives, now used as floating motel rooms. How cool is that?

The Autocanoe by John Montgomery. a Pedal Powered Amphibious Recumbent Tricycle and a Road-able Pedal Canoe! The configuration is that of a Recumbent Tricycle with the two forward wheels driving and the single rear wheel steering both on land and in the water. It can travel over the road and through the water with comfort and grace. Not designed as an escape vehicle, however it could certainly be used as one. Just paddle the canoe of out the flooded area and then pedal on.

Riding The Rails: There are lots of stories regarding German prisoner’s being rescued during WWII via trains. One of them was the Kastner Train. The Kastner train consisted of 35 cattle wagons that left Budapest on 30 June 1944, during the German occupation of Hungary, carrying over 1,600 Jews to safety in Switzerland.

Here’s another story regarding a train leaving Nazi Germany, however this train took about 2,500 Jews to freedom. This story starts in early April 1945, just a few days before the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. The Nazis were in a hurry to get rid of the inmates. Three different trains left Bergen-Belsen between April 6 and April 11. Each train had about 2,500 prisoners. Their destination was the Theresienstadt concentration camp, in German occupied Czechoslovakia. Ultimately only one train reached the camp, after a few dozen of its passengers were killed in an aerial bombing by Allied forces. A second, later known as the “lost train,” traveled for two weeks back and forth between the lines of combatants, was caught in Russian-German crossfire, and finally came to a halt near the town of Troebitz, in eastern Germany, where the prisoners were liberated by the Red Army. the third train, which was actually the first of the three to leave Bergen-Belsen, is the train that carried the Jews to freedom. This train is pictured below. This train left Bergen-Belsen on April 7 1945. Many of the prisoners on this train were were “privileged” prisoners who had previously been in the “special camp” at Bergen-Belsen. They had been selected by the Germans for future prisoner exchanges with the Allies. One report says that the S.S. personnel escorting this train had orders to drown the prisoners if they came under Allied fire. After a six day journey, the train came to a stop with Allied and German fire in the not so far distance. The Germans fled the train under the cover of night via the trains locomotive, however they returned the next day. By April 13th, American soldiers had reached the train with no German resistance. And all on the train were eventually freed. Click here for the full story on this train and how this picture was discovered.

Von Ryan’s Express is a 1965 film (not based on a true story). While not a true story, the film is very interesting and exciting. The film depicts a group of Allied prisoners of war (POWs) who conduct a daring escape by hijacking the freight train carrying the POWs and fleeing through German-occupied Italy to Switzerland.

Animals in the headlines: Did you know that turtles are escape artist? They don’t need a vehicle to escape. In fact, turtles are good climbers. Checkout this picture of a snapping turtle climbing a fence.

There are times when animals need our help to escape, to escape extinction that is. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has helped numerous species of animals escape extinction. AZA accredited zoos and aquariums have collaborated on breeding and reintroduction programs that have helped save at least nine species like California condors, black-footed ferrets, Przewalski’s horse, golden lion tamarins, American red wolves, and more from the brink of extinction. Great job.

We close this newsletter with these words: Compliment at least three people every day.

How I Became Interested In Aviation

Written on June 2, 2022 at 7:14 pm, by hkraemer

As a young child in the 1960s my dad would take me to small airports to watch the planes.  He loved aviation and boating.  My dad always wanted a son that was a captain on a boat or plane. On weekends I remember hanging out at the Glenn L Martin Airport (now called Martin State Airport), Frederick Municipal Airport, Essex Skypark, the Bay Bridge Airport, and many others.  During one of our visits to the Bay Bridge Airport in the late 1960s, I got my first plane ride.  I remember my dad paid a penny a pound for me to get my plane ride.  I was 9 or 10 at the time.

Here I am with my dad at the Frederick Municipal Airport in the 1960s. I am on the right side of the picture. Click on the image for a larger view.

Here I am on the day of my first plane ride at the Bay Bridge Airport sometime in the 1960s. I am in the blue shirt. Click on the image for a larger view.

When I was about 13 years old a close friend of our family was dating a girl (Doreen) that was in the Civil Air Patrol.  Doreen was about 16 or 17 at the time.  My dad was so impressed with her, for weeks after meeting her, Doreen was all he talked about.  Dad tried very hard to get me interested in joining the Civil Air Patrol after meeting Doreen.  For some unknown reason I had no interest in the Civil Air Patrol.  My dad did send me to sailing school where I learned to sail.  I went on to join the Sea Scouts and sailed on a 42 foot Ketch. After trying for a long time, dad gave up on the notion that I would join the Civil Air Patrol and become a pilot.

Fast forward a few years, I was about 15 years old, dad tried very hard to get me interested in taking flying lessons.  By now, I was hanging out with guys a little older than me that had their own cars and I thought that was the coolest thing.  My answer to flying lessons was “Dad, I will be driving soon and getting my own car”. 

My dad died when I was 23 years old.  A few months after he died, I was out riding around feeling lonely.  I remember being near Martin State Airport.  I said to myself “Let’s stop in and see what that flying thing was all about”.   I took a lesson that day and loved it.  Nearly 40 years later, I am still flying and it has been my livelihood for the better part of that 40 years.  I am now a Designated Pilot Examiner and issuing pilot certificates to the folks my dad and I would watch in the 1960s. 

ICAO Flight Plan

Written on June 2, 2022 at 6:46 pm, by hkraemer

5−1−9. International Flight Plan (FAA Form
7233−4)− IFR Flights (For Domestic or
International Flights)
a. General
Use of FAA Form 7233−4 is:
1. Mandatory for assignment of RNAV SIDs
and STARs or other PBN routing,
2. Mandatory for all IFR flights that will depart
U.S. domestic airspace, and
3. Recommended for domestic IFR flights.
NOTE−
1. An abbreviated description of FAA Form 7233−4
(International Flight Plan) may be found in this section. A
detailed description of FAA Form 7233−4 may be found on
the FAA website at:
http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/
headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/enroute/flight_pl
an_filing/
2. Filers utilizing FAA Form 7233−1 (Flight Plan) may not
be eligible for assignment of RNAV SIDs and STARs. Filers
desiring assignment of these procedures should file using
FAA Form 7233−4, as described in this section.

3. When filing an IFR flight plan using FAA Form 7233−4,
it is recommended that filers include all operable
navigation, communication, and surveillance equipment
capabilities by adding appropriate equipment qualifiers as
shown in Tables 5−1−3 and 5−1−4. These equipment
qualifiers should be filed in Item 10 of FAA Form 7233−4.
4. ATC issues clearances based on aircraft capabilities
filed in Items 10 and 18 of FAA Form 7233−4. Operators
should file all capabilities for which the aircraft and crew
is certified, capable, and authorized. PBN/ capability
should be filed as per paragraph 5-1-9 b 8 Items 18 (c) and
(d).
b. Explanation of Items Filed in FAA Form
7233−4
Procedures and other information provided in this
section are designed to assist operators using FAA
Form 7233−4 to file IFR flight plans for flights that
will be conducted entirely within U.S. domestic
airspace. Requirements and procedures for operating outside U.S. domestic airspace may vary significantly from country to country. It is, therefore,
recommended that operators planning flights outside U.S. domestic airspace become familiar with
applicable international documents, including
Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP); International Flight Information Manuals (IFIM); and
ICAO Document 4444, Procedures for Air Navigation Services/Air Traffic Management, Appendix 2.
NOTE−
FAA Form 7233−4 is shown in FIG 5−1−3. The filer is
normally responsible for providing the information
required in Items 3 through 19.
1. Item 7. Aircraft Identification. Insert the
full registration number of the aircraft, or the
approved FAA/ICAO company or organizational
designator, followed by the flight number.
EXAMPLE−
N235RA, AAL3342, BONGO33
NOTE−
Callsigns filed in this item must begin with a letter followed
by 1−6 additional alphanumeric characters.

2. Item 8. Flight Rules and Type of Flight.
(a) Flight Rules. Insert the character “I” to
indicate IFR
(b) Type of Flight. Insert one of the
following letters to denote the type of flight:
(1) S if scheduled air service
(2) N if non−scheduled air transport
operation
(3) G if general aviation
(4) M if military
(5) X if other than any of the defined
categories above.
NOTE−
Type of flight is optional for flights that will be conducted
entirely within U.S. domestic airspace.

3. Item 9. Number, Type of Aircraft, and
Wake Turbulence Category.
(a) Number. Insert the number of aircraft, if
more than 1 (maximum 99).
(b) Type of Aircraft.
(1) Insert the appropriate designator as
specified in ICAO Doc 8643, Aircraft Type
Designators;
(2) Or, if no such designator has been
assigned, or in the case of formation flights consisting
of more than one type;
(3) Insert ZZZZ, and specify in Item 18, the
(numbers and) type(s) of aircraft preceded by TYP/.

(c) Wake Turbulence Category. Insert an
oblique stroke followed by one of the following
letters to indicate the wake turbulence category of
the aircraft:
(1) H — HEAVY, to indicate an aircraft
type with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of
300,000 pounds (136 000 kg), or more;
(2) M — MEDIUM, to indicate an aircraft
type with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of
less than 300,000 pounds (136,000 kg), but more than
15,500 pounds (7,000 kg);
(3) L — LIGHT, to indicate an aircraft type
with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of
15,500 pounds (7,000 kg) or less.
4. Item 10. Equipment

5. Item 13. Departure Aerodrome/Time
(a) Insert the ICAO four−letter location
indicator of the departure aerodrome, or
NOTE−
ICAO location indicators must consist of 4 letters. Airport
identifiers such as 5IA7, 39LL and Z40 are not in ICAO
standard format.
(b) If no four−letter location indicator has
been assigned to the departure aerodrome, insert
ZZZZ and specify the non−ICAO location identifier,
or fix/radial/distance from a nearby navaid, followed
by the name of the aerodrome, in Item 18, following
characters DEP/,
(c) Then, without a space, insert the estimated
off−block time.
EXAMPLE−
1. KSMF2215
2. ZZZZ0330

6. Item 15. Cruise Speed, Level and Route
(a) Cruise Speed (maximum 5 characters).
Insert the true airspeed for the first or the whole
cruising portion of the flight, in terms of knots,
expressed as N followed by 4 digits (e.g. N0485), or
Mach number to the nearest hundredth of unit Mach,
expressed as M followed by 3 digits (for example,
M082).
(b) Cruising level (maximum 5 characters).
Insert the planned cruising level for the first or the
whole portion of the route to be flown, in terms of
flight level, expressed as F followed by 3 figures (for
example, F180; F330), or altitude in hundreds of feet,
expressed as A followed by 3 figures (for example,
A040; A170).
(c) Route. Insert the requested route of flight
in accordance with guidance below.
NOTE−
Speed and/or altitude changes en route will be accepted by
FAA computer systems, but will not be processed or
forwarded to controllers. Pilots are expected to maintain
the last assigned altitude and request revised altitude
clearances directly from ATC.
(d) Insert the desired route of flight using a
combination of published routes and/or fixes in the
following formats:

should be separated by the characters “DCT”,
meaning direct.
EXAMPLE−
FLACK DCT IRW DCT IRW125023
NOTE−
IRW125023 identifies the fix located on the Will Rogers
VORTAC 125 radial at 23 DME.
(2) Combinations of published routes, and
fixes, navaids or waypoints should be separated by a
single space.
EXAMPLE−
WORTH5 MQP V66 ABI V385
(3) Although it is recommended that filed
airway junctions be identified using a named junction
fix when possible, there may be cases where it is
necessary to file junctioning airways without a named
fix. In these cases, separate consecutive airways with
a space.
EXAMPLE−
V325 V49
NOTE−
This method of filing an airway junction may result in a
processing ambiguity. This might cause the flight plan to be
rejected in some cases.

7. Item 16. Destination Aerodrome, Total
EET, Alternate and 2nd Alternate Aerodrome
(a) Destination Aerodrome and Total Estimated Elapsed Time (EET).
(1) Insert the ICAO four−letter location
identifier for the destination aerodrome; or, if no
ICAO location identifier has been assigned,
(Location identifiers, such as WY66, A08, and 5B1,
are not an ICAO standard format),
(2) Insert ZZZZ and specify the non−ICAO
location identifier, or fix/radial/distance from a
nearby navaid, followed the name of the aerodrome,
in Item 18, following characters DEST/,
(3) Then, without a space, insert the total
estimated time en route to the destination.
EXAMPLE−
1. KOKC0200
2. ZZZZ0330
(b) Alternate and 2nd Alternate Aerodrome
(Optional).
(1) Following the intended destination,
insert the ICAO four−letter location identifier(s) of alternate aerodromes; or, if no location identifier(s)
have been assigned;
(2) Insert ZZZZ and specify the name of the
aerodrome in Item 18, following the characters
ALTN/.
EXAMPLE−
1. KDFW0234 KPWA
2. KBOS0304 ZZZZ
NOTE−
Although alternate airport information filed in an FPL will
be accepted by air traffic computer systems, it will not be
presented to controllers. If diversion to an alternate airport
becomes necessary, pilots are expected to notify ATC and
request an amended clearance.

8. Item 18. Other Information
(a) Insert 0 (zero) if no other information; or,
any other necessary information in the sequence
shown below, in the form of the appropriate indicator
followed by an oblique stroke and the information to
be recorded:
NOTE−
1. Operators are warned that the use of indicators not
included in the provisions may result in data being rejected,
processed incorrectly, or lost.
2. Hyphens “-” or oblique strokes “/” should only be used
as described.
3. Avoid use of any other special characters in Field 18
information- use only letters and numbers.
4. An indicator without any associated information will
result in flight plan rejection.
(b) STS/ Reason for special handling by ATS
as follows:
(1) ALTRV: For a flight operated in
accordance with an altitude reservation.
(2) ATFMX: For a flight approved for
exemption from ATFM measures by the appropriate
ATS authority.
(3) FFR: Fire-fighting.
(4) FLTCK: Flight check for calibration of
navaids.

(5) HAZMAT: For a flight carrying hazardous material.
(6) HEAD: A flight with Head of State
status.

(7) HOSP: For a medical flight declared by
medical authorities.

(8) HUM: For a flight operating on a
humanitarian mission.
(9) MARSA: For a flight for which a
military entity assumes responsibility for separation
of military aircraft.
(10) MEDEVAC: For a life critical medical
emergency evacuation.
(11) NONRVSM: For a non-RVSM
capable flight intending to operate in RVSM airspace.
(12) SAR: For a flight engaged in a search
and rescue mission.
(13) STATE: For a flight engaged in
military, customs, or police services.
NOTE−
Other reasons for special handling by ATS are denoted
under the designator RMK/.
(c) PBN/ Indication of RNAV and/or RNP
capabilities. Include as many of the descriptors below
as apply to the flight, up to a maximum of 8 entries;
that is a total of not more than 16 characters.

NOTE−
Combinations of alphanumeric characters not indicated
above are reserved.
(d) NAV/ Significant data related to navigation equipment, other than as specified in PBN/.
(1) When Performance Based Navigation
Capability has been filed in PBN/, if PBN routing is
desired for only some segment(s) of the flight then
that information can be conveyed by inserting the
character “Z” in Item 10 and “NAV/RNV” in field 18
followed by the appropriate RNAV accuracy value(s)
per the following:
[a] To be assigned an RNAV 1 SID,
insert the characters “D1”.
[b] To be assigned an RNAV 1 STAR,
insert the characters “A1”.
[c] To be assigned en route extensions
and/or RNAV PTP, insert the characters “E2”.
[d] To prevent assignment of an RNAV
route or procedure, insert a numeric value of “0” for
the segment of the flight. Alternatively, you may
simply remove the segment of the flight indicator and
numeric value from the character string.
EXAMPLE−
1. NAV/RNVD1 or NAV/RNVD1E0A0 (Same meaning)
2. NAV/RNVA1 or NAV/RNVD0E0A1 (Same meaning)
3. NAV/RNVE2 or NAV/RNVD0E2A0 (Same meaning)
4. NAV/RNVD1A1 or NAV/RNVD1E0A1 (Same meaning)

5. NAV/RNVD1E2A1
NOTE−
1. Route assignments are predicated on NAV/ data over
PBN/ data in ERAS.
2. Aircraft certification requirements for RNAV operations within U.S. airspace are defined in AC 90-45A,
Approval of Area Navigation Systems for Use in the U.S.
National Airspace System, and AC 90−100A, U.S.
Terminal and En Route Area Navigation (RNAV)
Operations, as amended.
(2) Operators should file their maximum
capabilities in order to qualify for the most advanced
procedures.
(e) COM/ Indicate communications capabilities not specified in Item 10a, when requested by an
air navigation service provider.
(f) DAT/ Indicate data applications or capabilities not specified in Item 10a, when requested by an
Air Navigation Service Provider.

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