Archive for November, 2019 November 2019 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Friday, November 29th, 2019

You can view past newsletters here. View our November 2019 newsletter here.

This month: The Wright Brothers, the first Porsche, local pilot’s success, Chevy Citation mini-van, Garmin’s emergency autoland system, and more.

Ira Walker and Walker Aviation is offering a unique opportunity to become part of his growing business. Ira is a true craftsman! He specializes in wood & fabric aircraft. He has designed a unique 3 wheeler based on a 1930s design and he is offering sales positions and dealerships to sell his electric 3 wheeler. Ira’s company, Walker Aviation can be found on the Flymall, just click on the Walker Aviation icon on the left side of our home page.

Harry started buying and selling real estate back in the 1980s. And when his aviation business grew, he decided to specialize in aviation real estate so he teamed up with an old aviation friend Sara McNelis of Long and Foster to give his clients the best service and unique attention that their aviation real estate needed. Visit their real estate page on the Flymall for more information.

Just a reminder that you can have breakfast with Santa on Sunday December 8th from 8 am to 12 noon at the Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department. You can view this event and others in our Events Calendar.

The Kraemer’s had a Thanksgiving dinner for a few of their friends from around the world.  Guest were from around the state as well as from around the world including; Madagascar, France, and Israel.  Click here for pictures.


Earlier this month Pat celebrated her birthday at Julliano’s.  Here she is pictured with our favorite waitress Kenia.


History Trivia: Peter Morgan of the Morgan automobile was born on November 3 1919.  Did you know his daily driver was a Ferrari. 

Peter Morgan was once asked why he drove a Ferrari for his private car. His reply was “A Morgan should always be your second car, and in any case, the Ferrari is the second best car on the world – after the Morgan, of course.”

124 years ago on Tuesday 5th November 1895…

Inventor George B. Selden received US Patent No. 549,160 for his “road engine” (gasoline-powered automobile), granting him the monopoly on the concept of combining an internal combustion engine with a carriage. Although he never became an auto manufacturer himself, every other automaker would have to pay Selden and his licensing company a significant percentage of their profits for the right to construct a motorcar, even though their automobiles rarely resembled Selden’s designs. In 1903, the Ford Motor Company, which refused to pay royalties to Selden’s licensing company, was sued for infringement on the patent. Thus began one of the most celebrated litigation cases in history, ending in 1909 when a New York court upheld the validity of Selden’s patent. Henry Ford appealed the decision, and in 1911, the New York Court of Appeals again ruled in favor of Selden’s patent, but with a twist: the patent was held to be restricted to the outdated construction it described. In 1911, every major automaker produced vehicles that were significantly different from that described in Selden’s patent, and major manufacturers like the Ford never paid Selden another penny.


Achievements & Special Recognition: If you can dream it, you can do it!!!

Hila Gilday earned her Private Pilot certificate earlier this month. The smile of success. Harry snapped this picture as he told her that she passed.  Hila is also an accomplished scuba diver earning an advanced certification to be able to dive with mixed gases.  Being a world traveler, she has piloted general aviation aircraft in different countries and she had been scuba diving all around the world.  Hila is also a talented artist. Congratulations Hila.

Here she is diving in Aruba.


Also in November Hi-Li Lev passed her Commercial Pilot checkride with Harry.  Hi-Li is quite the athlete.  She is an accomplished bicycle racer and she has completed 4 Iron Man competitions in one year.  Hi-Li celebrated each aviation milestone with the same wine, a bottle for each milestone.  Hi-Li is also a very talented musician, she sings and plays a variety of instruments.  Congratulations Hi-Li.   Check out her YouTube Channel here.

“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” –Erin Hanson

Also this month,  Harry started his 6th logbook.  10,000 plus hours and growing!

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Check out this video of Garmin’s new emergency autoland system.


And it was in November 1903 that the Wright Brothers were just a month away from success.  They were most likely making plans to go to Kill Devil Hills. By late 1902 they were already making controlled turning flights in their gliders, so all they needed was the engine.


Take-off from a beach, is this legal you ask???  Here is a video showing a passenger airliner taking off from a beach.


 The plane is a Twin Otter and it is taking off from Barra Airport. This is a short-runway airport (or STOL airport) situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. Barra Airport opened in 1936


Car/Motorcycle Show News:  The Flymall has a classic Jaguar for sale.  Start the 2020 car show season off with your own vintage Jaguar.

Visit our Events Calendar to the latest in car show and air show events as well as many other events.  You can click on an event and set up an email reminder (our calendar will send you an email to remind you about an event).

Did you know that in 1900 there were more Electric cars on the road than Gasoline cars.? Electric and Electric Hybrid and Ethanol and even Hydrogen and CNG (compressed natural gas) cars were around in the late 1800’s!  The Rockefellers and their investment in the gasoline industry as well as the other big names in the gas and oil industry slowed the development of electric cars.  Not to mention the battery and DC motor tech of the day wasn’t the greatest.  Is it an engine or motor??? Click here to view Harry’s post of this very subject

And now for some automotive humor for this month.  Ford and Tesla both announced new models this month.  Here they are!


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  How would you like to find the very first Porsche in a barn.  Someone did.  See Harry’s Facebook post below.


Need an appraisal on your Barn Find?  Visit our Appraisal page for information on our appraisals. You can also visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, boats, and more.  The Tech Tip section of the Flymall is a great resource for help with restoring your barn find.  Harry’s Market Watch is also a valuable tool for price data on a variety of vehicles including aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, and more.

CFI / DPE Notes:  Need a checkride?  Harry can do this for you.  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on our checkrides.

Visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for useful lessons and other information to aid in preparing for your checkride.

Weather in the news:  This month we’re featuring the Halloween storm from October 2019.

As the front got closer, the storms became more intense.

During the passing of the squall line, the winds at KDMW got up to 41 knots.  Here is the METAR.  You can click on each picture for a larger view.

Early on the morning of November 1st, the winds at KJFK were up to 47 knots.  See the METAR below.

Without using Google, do any of our readers know what ROYGBIV stands for???  It has to do with weather and specifically rain.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  1898 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle, built in France 1896-1901. Regarded as the 1st mass produced motorcycle, 15,000 units sold.

Click here for information on Ira Walker’s 3 wheel electric racer.

Prototypes:  1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER (Barris Kustoms)

Barris had been building cars for private clients since his high school days. By the time Barris Kustoms was in full swing, they were getting commissions from television and film stars, musicians and Hollywood studios. In the mid-1960s, George was approached by Accessories International to build them a promotional vehicle that would be a show stopper used to highlight their parts. Accessories International supplied various bolt-on accessories such as wheel spinners, regulator covers and valve-cover dress up kits. Many Accessories International parts were sold with Barris Kustoms branding. For their promotional vehicle, they chose a 1958 Corvette that was purchased new by the company and handed it over to Barris to work his magic. George set to work heavily modifying the Corvette, using Bill Mitchell’s XP 700 as a source of inspiration.



Another Chevy for this month.  Remember the Chevy Citation?  Chevrolet brought back the Nomad name in 1979 on this X-Car based, mini-van concept. The Nomad II received very strong ratings in customer clinics, but was not approved for production. Another company (Chrysler) introduced a successful mini-van a few years later.  Chevrolet could have been first!

While on the topic of Chevrolet this month, click here to view a past post Harry did on the Camaro.


Animals in the headlines:  Want your furry friend featured here?  Send us an email with a picture and a short write-up about your pet.  Visit Jett’s page on the Flymall for some poems and other inspirational words regarding man’s best friend.


As the holidays are approaching, we close this newsletter with simply this


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Instrument Rating Flight Profile

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Preflight Procedures

ATC Clearance (actual or simulated)

Transponder code & frequency departing ______________

Transponder code & frequency returning_______________

CRAFT – Clearance, Routing, Altitude, Frequency, Transponder

C – Cleared to
R – Route
A – Altitude
F – Frequency
T – Transponder code

Intercepting and tracking a VOR radial (to/from)

Comply with a departure or arrival procedure

Non-precision appch – at KDMW, KFDK, KTHV, KGAI, or KHGR

Approach with holding – at KDMW, KFDK, KTHV, KGAI, or KHGR

Partial panel appch – at KDMW, KFDK, KTHV, KGAI, or KHGR

Precision approach – at KDMW, KFDK, KTHV, KGAI, or KHGR

Missed approach – at KDMW, KFDK, KTHV, KGAI, or KHGR

Circling approach – at KDMW, KFDK, KTHV, KGAI, or KHGR

Landing from inst appch – at KDMW, KFDK, KTHV, KGAI, or KHGR

Emergency operations (loss of communications)

Unusual attitudes

Post flight procedures

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