Archive for February, 2011

Rutan’s Pyramid on the Market

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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Fay Gillis Wells – A Retrospective

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Here are two interesting and informative videos about Fay Gillis Wells.  She was a charter member of the Ninety Nines.  She was a member of the Washington DC Chapter of the Ninety Nines.  Fay was also the first female broadcast correspondent for a US president.

Tags: 99s, Woman pilots, Ninety Nine, 99, Forest of Friendship, Amelia Earhart, Women pilot, women pilots

Cirrus Accidents

Monday, February 28th, 2011

While doing some research for a presentation I came across 3 landing accidents (2 fatal) that involved Cirrus aircraft – see links below for NTSB reports.  All three accidents happened in the same month (July 2010).  From reading the NTSB reports it appears that on the two fatal accidents the aircraft impacted the ground (more than once) either very hard or with parts other than the landing gear.  And on both it appears that the pilots tried to go around after “impacting” the ground/runway.  NEVER take a damaged aircraft into the air.  Yes we are taught to go around if the landing does not work out, but we are not taught to go around after damaging the aircraft.  Keep it on the ground after it is damaged.  Does Cirrus aircraft give pilots a false sense of security or make them feel invincible?  On the third accident the pilot had luck on his side; he survived but damaged the aircraft.  It appears that this accident was due to poor decision making. 

Fatal accident #1

Fatal accident #2

Accident #3

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Problems at Cirrus

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Problems with the Cirrus Jet program

Cirrus to merge with China based company

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Seaplanes Don’t Need Runways

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Flymall Opens Motorcycle Store

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that we now have motorcycle classified ads online.  

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Residential Airparks

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

I found this article online and found it very informative.  Here is a link to the article.

The U.S. housing market has taken a beating, and so have several markets in Canada. One segment of the real estate market that has stayed relatively consistent is the luxury housing market. Luxury buyers tend to remain unaffected by minor ups and downs of the economy, and continue to pay millions of dollars for the perfect home. In particular, sales of airport properties—or homes with access to private or public runways are continuing to hold strong. In fact, residential airparks can provide one of the safest real estate investments out there.

Developers across North America have been reporting that prices for airpark homes haven’t really dropped at all, despite the depressed economy. A testament to their strong resale value and high desirability, airport properties continue to sell well.

If you’re selling an airport home, it’s important to note that these homes generally sit on the market for nearly twice as long as traditional properties. This is because they are part of such a niche market that few people are able to buy them. Even though sellers of these specialty properties have to be patient, they typically get close to full asking price when they close.

Buyers who look for homes with private hangars and runways are quite passionate about flying, and enjoy the unique lifestyle that a fly-in community can provide. These airparks are often beyond the hustle and bustle of the city streets, and are home to wide open spaces, outdoor recreation, and wildlife. The lifestyle in an airpark is generally quite tranquil.

In addition, buyers enjoy being able to live in a place where their neighbors share the same interest in aviation as they do. Residents can share tips and flight stories, and help each other out with mechanical issues. There is a level of camaraderie in these communities that is hard to find anywhere else.

Aside from the shared love of planes, residential airparks also offer residents a sense of security. Since September 11th, commercial air travel has become complicated and at times scary. With a private runway at your doorstep, you can fly to Vancouver, Moncton, or Toronto at a moment’s notice.

You’re also able to make sure that the plane itself is safe from vandals and thieves, and with your own hangar on-site, you can do repairs and give your plane a wash any time you like.

When looking for a residential airpark to live in, be sure to examine each community’s set of rules, or Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs). These will tell you if there are any aircraft restrictions, rules about property maintenance, and who controls the runway.

It’s a good idea to find an airpark where the majority of homeowners are pilots. If there are a large number of non-flyers in the area, they may try to alter the focus of the community, and your runway could be turned into a putting green.

Airport real estate is somewhat of a rarity, particularly in Canada. A precious gem, these properties give buyers something truly special to come home to at night. A beautiful community surrounded by nature, close-knit neighbors, and access to the skies. What more could a person ask for?

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Aviation Merit Badge

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I get many request from flight instructors and other groups to assist in aviation merit badge workshops.  Here is a link to the Aviation Merit Badge Workbook.  I hope you find this post useful.

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Flymall News Feb 1 2011

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The Flymall team has been busy over the last several months.  We have established numerous partnerships to offer our customers a variety of services and online shopping carts.  In our shopping mall you can shop at Best Buy, Newegg, and more.  For our automotive customers you can find our automotive related stores by clicking here – scroll down to the shopping mall.  We have also teamed up with a small aircraft restoration shop to offer new and used aircraft parts at very reasonable prices, click on our “Store” button and look under “Aircraft Supplies” for deals on aircraft parts.

We have added a new feature to our newsletter section that allows our past newsletters to be searchable.  You can search for your favorite newsletter, topics of interest, or subject.  Some of our past favorite newsletters include Charles Taylor, The Kettenkrad, and the Chevy Camaro.

Coming in the first quarter of 2011 we will be adding two new and exciting features to Flymall.org:  One will be a searchable database for aircraft, car, and motorcycle values.  If you are looking at a certain vehicle or aircraft (even boats) try our database to find actual sale prices.  The second new feature will be a reviews section, also searchable.  Here users can write a review about a vehicle they test drove or aircraft they flew.  You will be able to search this database and find out what folks like or dislike about an aircraft or other vehicle – a great buyers tool.

And if you are a gear head or automotive enthusiast be sure to visit the Shady Grove or Laytonsville Cruise In and enter our contest for great prizes this car show season.

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Today in Aviation History
March 24, 1949: The Bell XH-12 set a world speed record for helicopters by flying 134 mph over a measured course at Niagara Fall Airport. The previous record was 124 mph.