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GI Bill VA Benefits Transferring a student

Friday, November 4th, 2016

To transfer a student from one school to another:

Your student will need to complete a change of training/station form called a 22-1905. 


This form is to update the VA that your training establishment is his home school/training establishment.This form is not something that you have to provide and the student should be able to take care of by contacting the VA.  


Once the VA processes the 22-1905, they will send the student an updated Certificate of Eligibility with your institution listed as the home school and the student’s remaining benefits. 


The student should provide you this updated copy of their certificate of eligibility once they receive it. Please keep this document in your file for the student. 


You should also have the student submit any prior training in order to make sure the student is not duplicating any training with your training establishment. The VA will not pay for duplicate training already earned. 


The certification process is the same as a student originally starting out with you, once you are updated as the student’s home school/training establishment. 


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Flymall November 2016 Newsletter

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Welcome to the Flymall November 2016 Newsletter.

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The aviation world lost a legend last month (Oct 25 2016). Bob Hoover flew west.  One of the best stick and rudder pilots ever. He will be missed.



Here is something Bob was well known for. His famous pouring a glass of ice tea while doing a roll.

In October Harry was interviewed by and flew with Vanessa Bao, an International Broadcaster for Voice of America. They were doing a program about flight training in the states for their audience back in China. Here are a few pictures from the photo session.  Click here for their site.  In our December newsletter we will post a link to the segment.




On October 26, 2016 Vincentius, an international student at WIFA from Indonesia did his first solo. This is a video of the post flight celebration, an Israeli tradition of pouring water over the newly soloed pilot.

Harry has taken a special interest in Vincentius. When Harry first met him he could not speak or understand English.  This was very challenging for his instructor. Vincentius was taking English classes in the morning and flight training in the afternoon.  He came to the states to get all of his pilot certificates and ratings and then go back to Indonesia to get a job.  Many times his WIFA instructor had concerns that he would never be able to solo since he did not understand English.  He still has issues with communication.  He has only soloed in the pattern and has not had to talk with ATC in the air.  We’ll see how he does when it comes time for his cross countries.  For now, congratulations to him and his instructor.



The Washington International Flight Academy hosted the Ninety-Nines for their fall section meeting.  We opened up the flight school for them and had instructors available for sim instruction in our Red Bird simulator.  Click here for more pictures of the event at KGAI.


The Flymall team recently attended AOPA’s Wings N Wheels event at the Frederick Municipal Airport. We had our 1912 AC Delivery in the show.  Click here for pictures from the event.


Harry’s 1912 AC Delivery won best motorcycle at the show.


And while on the topic of Wings N Wheels, here is an interesting post I did about the 1991 Mazda Suitcase Car Concept pictured below. Click here for more pictures.  Click here for the full story.

You can visit our events calendar to find local events such as the two above. And you can visit Harry’s appearance calendar to see where the Flymall team will be next.



One of Harry’s favorite John Lennon quotes: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

With that happy note we are excited that a friend (Brenda Tibbs) of Harry’s has opened a new flight school at the Frederick Municipal Airport.  We wish her success with her new business. Click here for her site.

The Flymall team attended the benefit dinner at the Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department held on October 15 2016.  Great food, good company, and very cool fire trucks.  Click here for pictures of the event.  We got to see “Minnie”, a fully restored 1930 Brockway fire truck.  Stay tuned for some news regarding some joint ventures with the Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department and Harry’s Friday night Laytonsville Cruise In.


With this post fall is in full swing and that means colder temperatures.  This means that it is time to start brining in most of the turtles in Harry’s turtle rescue.  Harry has 5 large outdoor turtle habitats that house his turtles that he has rescued from various turtle rescue groups.  His largest (about 70 pounds) turtle is an African Sulcata tortoise (pictured below).  Most of the turtles cannot stay outside over the winter so they move indoors.



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Merkel Motor Wheel

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Joseph Merkel founded the Merkel Motor Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1902, its first product being a bicycle powered by a ‘clip on’ engine attached to the front down tube. In 1908 Merkel merged with the Light Manufacturing and Foundry Company of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, which had been making motorcycles since 1901. Merkel production shifted to Pottstown and the range – marketed as ‘Merkel-Light’ – expanded to include chain-driven types and v-twins. The move to Pottstown signaled a serious commitment to racing and the hiring of factory supported riders, while the slogan ‘Flying Merkel’ began to appear in the company’s advertising. And fly they did, winning countless races over the next few seasons before new owners the Miami Cycle and Manufacturing Company of Middletown, Ohio pulled the plug on the factory’s racing program in 1911. Limited support continued for employees that wanted to go racing, and the 1915 catalog contained a list of 1914-season race wins extending to a page-and-a-half. When Miami ceased production of Merkel motorcycles in 1915, Joseph Merkel designed and patented the ‘Merkel Motor Wheel’. A self-contained power unit for attachment to the rear of a bicycle, the Merkel Motor Wheel was launched at the Cycle Trades Association Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on December 4th 1916. It was claimed that there was ‘no skill or special tools required to install’ the MMW, which consisted of an overhead-vale engine driving the wheel by gears, a hub incorporating a coaster brake with freewheel, and a fuel tank mounted on top of the steel frame that carried the driving wheel. Speed was regulated by means of a valve lifter while the provision of a clutch by Hendee made the MMW a practical proposition for town use.

In December 1918 the Hendee Manufacturing Company – makers of Indian motorcycles – purchased the rights to the MMW and recommenced production at Springfield around 1920. A complete powered bicycle cost $85 and it was claimed that operating costs were as low as ‘400 miles for one dollar’! It is estimated that around 2,000 Merkel Motor Wheels made, of which only a few are known to still exist.


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