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Flymall October 2017 Newsletter

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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