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Kraemer Aviation / Flymall.org January 2020 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

We’re off to a good start for 2020. We have a lot of interesting news and facts this month. Click here for our current newsletter. This month: Flying back in time, A GMC V12 engine, General Motors designed aircraft, Walker Aviation, strange weather on Christmas Eve, and much more.

Here is a cool fact regarding New Years Eve celebrations. After celebrating New Year in Japan, passengers on Flight NH 106 took off from Japan January 1, but went back in time and landed in San Fransisco, USA December 31.

Flight NH106 took off in 2020 and landed in 2019. Very cool.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings pageContact us for more info.

History Trivia:  What is the connection?  This is Route 117 in Montgomery County, Maryland.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.

For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

This picture of a roundabout surrounded by 5 more roundabouts kind of, sort of has a connection with the John Denver segment in this newsletter.  Hint, this roundabout is the complete opposite of the connection with the John Denver pictures.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Elizabeth T. earned her private pilot certificate 2 days before Christmas. She just turned 18. She can fly a plane by herself anywhere in the world, however she can not drive a car to the store by herself. Harry said she is a natural pilot, very good and natural at it. Very talented.  She also owns her own plane and works on it herself!!!

You can have good pilots that work hard at it and they’re good.  Elizabeth is a good pilot, naturally.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

A General Motors LS engine in an aircraft?  Yep!  Click here for the Google search results on this topic.  Very interesting. 

Car/Motorcycle Show News: Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

 Did you know that GMC made an 702 cu. in. (11.5 litre) V12 back in the 1960s?  Click here for more info.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals.

Here is a very cool barn find.  A Pontiac intake manifold setup for five 2 barrel carburetors.  Not much on the web about this.  Some resources say that it was made by Pontiac.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall.

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here.

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news:  Christmas Eve strange weather.

January 7 2020 storm.

Click here for some pictures of the snowfall in Germantown Maryland.

January 10 2020 we have some very strong winds (59 knots) at 3,000 feet MSL.  Check out the clouds in Harry’s Facebook post.

Three Wheel Association (TWA): New site coming soon. Look for details in an upcoming newsletter.

Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.

Prototypes:  An aircraft made by General Motors?  The General Motors Fisher P-75A Eagle was an aircraft designed by the Fisher Body division of GM.  

Here is the concept Bell D-1007 nuclear-powered flying ship helicopter. Projected to have a 300 ft. length, 200 tons weight, and estimated speed of 200 mph. USA, 1960s.

Animals in the headlines:  Visit Jett’s page on the Flymall for information on Wolves and Tamaskans. There you’ll also find some nice poems about dogs and pets.

In the mean time, enjoy this video of Jett playing catch with snow balls

We close this newsletter with these words: From Sir Paul McCartney – In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make!!!

Job Recommendation Letter

Monday, January 20th, 2020

To Whom It May Concern:

I am pleased to recommend Ms. Patty Piper as a pilot/crew member for your organization. I met Ms. Patty Piper at the Kraemer Aviation Flight Academy in Germantown, MD when she was training for her Private Pilot Certificate. She had completed her Private Pilot certificate and Instrument Rating within a few months and had acquired all the required hours for her Commercial certificate within six months. I was her Designated Pilot Examiner for her Commercial Pilot Certificate.

Ms. Patty Piper is exceptionally talented, extremely motivated and has some impressive accomplishments beyond aviation. More on the accomplishments here. This mental and physical discipline is apparent in her flying skills as well. As her Designated Pilot Examiner for her Commercial Certificate and I found her preparation for the checkride to be exemplary. She had obviously studied very well and could answer all the questions, without hesitation. Her performance on the maneuvers was equally exemplary– remarkably smooth and exact for someone with her hours. She will excel in her aviation career.

As a 10,000 plus hour flight instructor and Designated Pilot Examiner, I can see that Ms. Patty Piper is a talented aviator. She is motivated, driven, and determined to succeed in her aviation career as an airline pilot.

Talk about his/her aviation background here.

Ms. Patty Piper has been on the fast-track in getting her aviation credentials. Her goal is realistic: she has been raised on aviation and has the drive and intelligence to complete her plan. I believe that Ms. Patty Piper is a well-balanced, mature, extraordinarily talented young lady who truly will be an asset to your organization and to the aviation profession.

Sincerely,
Harry Kraemer
Designated Pilot Examiner
harry@flymall.org
301-520-2109

Sample Letter From Harry

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Dear Review Committee:

I am pleased to recommend Ms. Lear Jet as an outstanding candidate for a scholarship through Women in Aviation, Inc to help support her aviation goals. I met Ms. Lear Jet at the Wright Bros Flight Academy in Kitty Hawk, NC when she was training for her Private Pilot Certificate. She had completed her Private Pilot certificate and Instrument Rating within a few months and had acquired all the required hours for her Commercial certificate within six months. I was her Designated Pilot Examiner for her Commercial Pilot Certificate.

Ms. Lear Jet is exceptionally talented, extremely motivated and has some impressive accomplishments beyond aviation. Blah blah, blah. This mental and physical discipline is apparent in her flying skills as well. As her Designated Pilot Examiner for her Commercial Certificate and I found her preparation for the checkride to be exemplary. She had obviously studied very well and could answer all the questions, without hesitation. Her performance on the maneuvers was equally exemplary– remarkably smooth and exact for someone with her hours. She will excel in her aviation career.

As a 10,000 plus hour flight instructor and Designated Pilot Examiner, I can see that Ms. Lear Jet is a talented aviator. She is motivated, driven, and determined to succeed in her aviation career as an airline pilot. Now all she needs is the financial support.

Background on aviation roots here.

Ms. Lear Jet has been on the fast-track in getting her aviation credentials and has been paying for her flight training herself. As might be expected, her savings are depleted. It is commendable that she has had the discipline and motivation to save and pay for her training up to this point. Her financial need is clear and immediate: she simply will not be able to progress in her training, without interruption, unless some assistance is provided. Her goal is realistic: she has been raised on aviation and has the drive and intelligence to complete her plan.

I believe that Ms. Lear Jet is a well-balanced, mature, extraordinarily talented young lady who truly needs this financial assistance to achieve her goals. I have every confidence that she will complete her training and will be an asset to the WAI, and to women in aviation, in general.

Sincerely,

Harry Kraemer
Designated Pilot Examiner
harry@flymall.org
301-520-2109

Sample Recommendation Letter 3

Monday, January 6th, 2020

The ___________ Chapter whole heartedly and enthusiastically recommends Ms. Patty Piper as an exceptional candidate for an AE scholarship in support of her CFI certificate. We have known Ms. Patty Piper for 10 years as she has steadily and persistently worked on her aviation credentials. She has been a long term member of the 99s, formally with the _______Chapter, and has held several Officer positions since joining our Chapter. She has been a consistently reliable and involved member in all our activities. She has accepted more and more responsibility, and we are very grateful she has recently stepped up to become Chair of the ________ Chapter.
We received two applications for AE scholarships from our members this year, and our Chapter has 42 members as of 10 Jan 19, so we are allowed 2-selectees to go forward as primary candidates. The selection committee this year was comprised of ______ (Secretary), _______ (Treasurer), _______ (Webmaster) and myself and we unanimously agreed that Ms. Patty Piper is an exceptional candidate, a long-term member of the 99s who has assumed progressively more responsibility. She is exactly who the 99s should nurture and support.
Ms. Patty Piper has worked for many years on becoming a CFI and has essentially all of the basic requirements completed. She had scheduled to take the FOI exam in late December, but due to the government shutdown, it was postponed until the testing facility is available (expected to be soon). She is requesting funds only to support the flight and ground time necessary to take the CFI check ride. She has worked with a single-minded focus to achieve her aviation goals while starting her family and raising two young children. I think her track record speaks for her tenacity and ability to complete a long-term goal she sets for herself and obtaining a CFI, becoming a professional Flight Instructor, is completely realistic and obtainable.
The question becomes how long it will take her to complete the flight and ground study portion, so she is proficient and ready to take the check-ride. She is saving as much as she can through her scientific writing and her husband’s income but living/ family expenses in the South Pole area are high  and her training has been interrupted and stretched over many years (5 years between Instrument rating and Commercial/ MEL). This scholarship will enable her to finish by the end of 2019. The amount she has requested is a reasonable cost for training and plane rental in this area.
I have no doubt Ms. Patty Piper will achieve her goal, eventually, and become a practicing CFI. She has been a long-term member of the 99s, an important and valuable Officer of the Chapter, has a track record of supporting the 99s goals and mission and is an outstanding role model. I expect she will be a lifelong member and an excellent candidate for the next generation of leadership. She truly needs this financial assistance to achieve her goal this year and I believe the 99s should both reward the commitment she has demonstrated and provide support to enable her future contributions to the organization.

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Sample Recommendation Letter 2

Monday, January 6th, 2020

The South Pole Chapter received two applications for an AE scholarship from our members this year. Both were outstanding candidates, active members in the Chapter with demonstrated financial need. Our chapter has 42 members as of Jan. 11, 2019, and our ratio is 1.68. The Chapter officers unanimously agreed to recommend Ms. Joe Pilot as an additional primary candidate for an AE scholarship in support of her ________ degree.
We have known Ms. Joe Pilot since she started working on her private pilot certificate in 2016, and she has been an involved member of the Chapter participating in fly-outs and in our out-reach activities. She recently organized a tower tour at KLNS for the group as part of the PPLI program and has promoted the Ninety-Nines to other female flyers at _____ airport increasing awareness, our visibility and our Chapter numbers. Her intense, personal commitment is exemplified in her teaching. We have an elder female student at the school who had around 150 hours and still had not soloed. This person had been passed from CFI to CFI until Ms. Joe Pilot made it a personal mission to bring the competency level of this student to the point of soloing– which was a great accomplishment for all. We believe thatMs. Joe Pilot is an exceptionally talented young lady, extremely motivated and exactly who the 99s should support. We are encouraging her to take an Officer position within the Chapter.
Ms. Joe Pilot has been on the fast-track in getting her aviation credentials. In a little over two years, she has obtained all her credential up to the MEI. She has decided to complement and broaden her aviation expertise by working towards an __________ Degree in Aviation. She has been paying for her flight training herself, and as might be expected, her savings are depleted. It is commendable that she has had the discipline and motivation to save and pay for her training up to this point. While she has some income as a part-time CFI (since Sept 2017) and a non-salaried position at the ______ Embassy, the pay is meager and barely covers her living (in group student housing) and transportation expenses. Her financial need is clear and immediate: she simply will not be able to progress in her education, without interruption, unless some assistance is provided. Her goal is realistic: she has established a relationship with the Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology and has the basic drive and intelligence to complete the course.
Ms. Joe Pilot is a well-balanced, mature, extraordinarily talented young lady who truly needs this financial assistance to achieve her goals. The funding amount requested is reasonable and in-line with the costs in this type of education. We have every confidence that Ms. Joe Pilot will complete her degree and will be an asset to the 99s, and to women in aviation, in general.

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Sample Recommendation Letter 1

Monday, January 6th, 2020

I am delighted to recommend Ms. Johnny Pilot for a FLY NOW award. Ms. Johnny Pilot contacted me about a month ago wanting to know more about the 99s. She had started taking lessons at _____ airport and was becoming frustrated and overwhelmed, and was referred by a mutual (non-99) friend. She immediately became an Associate Member of the ________ Chapter of the 99s, and participated in our September event, a local ‘Fly-it-Forward’ educational activity at ___________ Airport involving demonstrations, displays and free airplane rides. I believe that she will be an active member and has already volunteered to help out in any way she can. We plan to use her IT skills to help with our Chapter newsletter and website.

Ms. Johnny Pilot application was supported by the Chapter Chair Mrs Cessna, Treasurer Ms. Lear Jet and myself (Scholarship Chair). Although we received only 1 application, we were all impressed with Ms. Johnny Pilot motivation and drive to get things done to start her flying endeavor and believe that she has all the “right stuff” to finish the program and especially important, to be an active member of the group.

Ms. Johnny Pilot has had an discontinuous career track, and has left the work force for many reasons. Throughout her life, she has provided support to her step-children (now in college) and is devoted to her elderly mother who lives with her. She is working now to support herself, her mother and to catch-up saving for her retirement. Her discretionary income is limited and tightly budgeted. Flight training is a lower financial priority and it would likely take her several years to complete. The clear financial need arises from the importance of supporting exceptional talent in the timely completion of training to certification, and integration into the 99s as a regular member. I believe that Ms. Johnny Pilot presents an opportunity for the 99s to provide support early in her aviation experience that will lead to a deeper, long lasting commitment to the organization. This award is perfect to provide continuity during this critical period.

I believe, without reservation, that Ms. Johnny Pilot will obtain her private pilot certificate. I am less certain that it will be within 1-year without this award. The first week we were in contact, we spoke for hours on the phone, over multiple days. Her instructor at the time was following an unusual syllabus that involved the student independently filing a SFRA flight plan and flying under the hood on the second lesson. Ms. Johnny Pilot felt overwhelmed, and being a well-balanced personality, thought she was slow and just not getting it. She is a detailed oriented person, wants to understand why she is doing things, makes copious checklists so she does not forget steps, and is conscientious in her studies and in her desire to perform well. She is flying with a different instructor now with a style (and syllabus) more compatible with her learning style and all is on track. Ms. Johnny Pilot has the right combination of intelligence, maturity, commitment to goals, available time and thrill seeking behavior (she rides motorcycles) that will enable her to complete her training, and make significant contributions to the 99s and to the aviation community. I think she would make an excellent role model for our organization and I support her application with the highest enthusiasm.

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