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Flymall Wheels & Wings April 2019 Newsletter

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

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Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings April 2019 Newsletter.  Lots of exciting items this month.  Click here for past newsletters. Click here for our April 2019 newsletter.

We have a limited supply of used headsets for sale. For details click here. We also have an older STS handheld transceiver for sale. We’re selling the transceiver for half of what they go for on ebay.

Earlier this month we celebrated Easter Sunday and Harry & Pat hosted an Easter dinner poolside at their home.


History Trivia:  Have you ever thought about how the US adopted the current tail number system for all US registered aircraft.  Click here to find out.  

How many Beatles fans have ever heard of the Nerk Twins?  John & Paul did one gig together as a duo (under the name Nerk Twins) on April 23 1960.  Click here to read more.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  Pat’s student Uma recently earned her Private Pilot Certificate.  You may remember Uma, her and Pat hit a goose with this very aircraft.  Click here for the post about the goose


Harry recently said goodbye to an old friend. Detour Dave as he was known.  Detour Dave was an airborne traffic reporter in the 80s and 90s. Harry flew him around in the early 1980s.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Harry recently attended DPE class at FAA headquarters in Oklahoma City.  He passed the final exam missing only one question.  Harry should be up and running as a DPE in late April or early May.  Visit the new Practical Test section of the Flymall for more information.  Below is a picture of Harry at the school in Oklahoma City. 

Here are a few rare pictures of Harry doing what he loves to do, fly airplanes.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  The Flymall team attended the annual Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department all you can eat roast beef and shrimp dinner.  The fire department will often bring their 1930 Brockway Fire Truck to Harry’s Laytonsville Cruise In.  In fact, a few of the firemen that work there own their own vintage fire trucks.  If you enjoy looking at fire trucks close up and shrimp & beef, this annual dinner is for you.  In addition to the 1930 Brockway, they have several other older fire trucks that are kept in working condition.  Click here for more pictures from the event.

Here is their 1930 Brockway.


Here’s some good news for our classic car and motorcycle friends/fans.  Harry is becoming a broker for Hagerty Collector Car insurance.  We can appraise your collector vehicle and now we can offer insurance to you as well.  The Flymall Wheels & Wings site is becoming your one stop site for all of your wheels and wings needs.

The Flymall team attended one of District Harley Davidson Saturday morning breakfast.  Jett is very welcome there and she usually makes their Facebook page.


The team also attended the annual Gas & Steam Engine Show at the Agriculture Center in Derwood Maryland.  Click here for pictures from the event.

Here’s Harry’s YouTube video highlighting the show.



Harry, Pat, and Jett also attended the annual Howard County Motorcycle Swap Meet.

For the “gearheads”, earlier this month we celebrated April 27.


Want to know where the Flymall team will be next?  Visit our appearance calendar by clicking here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  In the past we have brought you barn finds and hangar finds in this section.  This month we have a first for the newsletter.  We have a wall find.

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit our new Practical Test page on the Flymall.  Harry will be available to speak at flight school monthly meetings sharing his experience as a long time active flight instructor (over 33 years) and pilot examiner.  Harry is in the process of making his Question & Answer section open to the public for a small fee.  Click here for a slide show highlighting the Question & Answer section.

Weather in the news:  On Friday April 5 2019 we had another storm system moving from west to east that stretched from the southern border all the way up into Canada.


Check out the TAFs for BWI and IAD for April 27 2019.  Some strong winds for a spring frontal passage.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry is currently speaking with the owner of to purchase the website.  This will be a great addition to TWA and Harry’s 3 wheeler museum.

At the Gas and Steam engine show Harry spotted a rare piece of farm equipment made in 1836, a 1836 Dain Steel Safety Corn Cutter. Click here for some pictures of the one spotted at the show.

Here is what it should look like.

At the same show there was a half scale replica of an 1886 Olds 3 wheeler. This was the very first Oldsmobile.  The builder and owner is an old friend of Harry’s and there are plans for the builder to build another one for Harry’s collection. 

John Henry Knight.  Inventor.  Click here for more information on John Henry Knight.

Prototypes:  Just like the wall find we highlighted in our Barn Finds section, here is another one of a kind! A factory 1 of 1 1971 GTO Judge Wagon. Special ordered from the factory and signed off on by Jim Wangers and John DeLorean themselves.

Animals in the headlines:  Meet Juji the dog.  A Facebook find by Harry.  A photographer that started a story about his dog that grew to a very large size.  It was just a story, the pictures are done in PhotoShop.  Still, very cool!




We close this newsletter with these words of wisdom:  Begin each day with your favorite music.

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METAR Examples

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Examples of METAR reports and explanation:

METAR KBNA 281250Z 33018KT 290V360 1/2SM R31/2700FT SN BLSN FG VV008 00/M03 A2991 RMK RAE42SNB42

METAR aviation routine weather
KBNA Nashville, TN
281250Z date 28th, time 1250 UTC
(no modifier) This is a manually generated
report, due to the absence of
“AUTO” and “AO1 or AO2”
in remarks
33018KT wind three three zero at one
290V360 wind variable between
two nine zero and three six
1/2SM visibility one half
R31/2700FT Runway three one RVR two
thousand seven hundred
SN moderate snow

BLSN FG visibility obscured by
blowing snow and fog
VV008 indefinite ceiling eight
00/M03 temperature zero, dew point
minus three
A2991 altimeter two niner niner one
RMK remarks
RAE42 rain ended at four two
SNB42 snow began at four two


METAR aviation routine weather
KSFO San Francisco, CA
041453Z date 4th, time 1453 UTC
AUTO fully automated; no human
VRB02KT wind variable at two
3SM visibility three
BR visibility obscured by mist
CLR no clouds below one two
15/12 temperature one five, dew
point one two
A3012 altimeter three zero one two
RMK remarks
AO2 this automated station has a
weather discriminator (for

SPECI KCVG 152224Z 28024G36KT 3/4SM +TSRA BKN008 OVC020CB 28/23 A3000 RMK TSRAB24 TS W MOV E

SPECI (nonroutine) aviation special
weather report
KCVG Cincinnati, OH
152228Z date 15th, time 2228 UTC
(no modifier) This is a manually generated
report due to the absence of

“AUTO” and “AO1 or AO2”
in remarks
28024G36KT wind two eight zero at
two four gusts three six
3/4SM visibility three fourths
+TSRA thunderstorms, heavy rain
BKN008 ceiling eight hundred broken
OVC020CB two thousand overcast
cumulonimbus clouds
28/23 temperature two eight,
dew point two three
A3000 altimeter three zero zero zero RMK remarks
TSRAB24 thunderstorm and rain began
at two four
TS W MOV E thunderstorm west moving

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