Kraemer Aviation / October 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/ Wheels & Wings Newsletter

You can view past newsletters here. This month we’re featuring Inuit transportation as well as other transportation from the extreme North. Also this month: A checkride success stories, model steam engine trains, and more.

The Inuit used sleds as well as animal skin covered boats. Other modes of transportation included snowshoes, toboggans, canoes, and sleds. In order to survive, the Inuit needed to be able to travel long distances. Dog sleds were also very popular with the Inuit. With the introduction of the snowmobile in the 1960s, many Northern Canadians became much more mobile and connected (nowadays mobile and connected means that you have a cell phone). In the Arctic, the snowmobile changed the hunting, herding and trapping patterns of the Inuit. The vehicle largely replaced the dogsled.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

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

History Trivia: Kayak (the Inuit called this a qajaq) is a long miniature boat. It was invented about 4400 years ago by ancient Greenlandic Inuits, as a piece of hunting equipment. A Qajaq was made of the few available materials – driftwood, skin, bone, and sinew. Kayaks are most generally associated with seal hunting and whale hunting. Click on the image below for a larger view.

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.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Every now and then an applicant comes along that is outstanding in their knowledge and piloting skills.  Carmel was one of those applicants.  Carmel passed her private pilot checkride earlier in October, less than 1 month after her first lesson.  Her first lesson was on September 14 and by October 7 she had her Private Pilot certificate with only 40 hours in her logbook.  She flew to Commercial Pilot standards and had Flight Instructor level of knowledge for the subject areas. Here’s a quote from Harry “She performed some of the maneuvers exactly the way I would have with my 10,000 plus hours”. Excellent job Carmel.   

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: Veteran pilots of the first World War started to revolutionize travel in the Arctic with the airplane. These pilots could take their planes to places that no boat could reach. Air travel provided year around service to some remote areas since it was not seasonal travel such as dog sleds over frozen lakes. The airplane could cross the lake frozen or not. Pictured here is a Curtiss Jenny. The Jenny became the backbone of American postwar civil aviation.

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

Since we’re featuring transportation in the Arctic, has any of our readers ever flown into Arctic Village Airport? Looks like a very cool place to fly into.

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.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County. You can also follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

Harry & Pat attended the model steam engine trains at the Gaithersburg Community Museum earlier this month. Click here for Harry’s YouTube video montage from the event. Click here for more pictures from the event.

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.

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

How about a “barn find” that is 1,000s of years old! In 2016, Italian scientists reported “the oldest snowshoe in the world” discovered in the Dolomites and dated to between 3800 and 3700 B.C. The origin and age of snowshoes are not precisely known, although historians believe they were invented from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, probably starting in Central Asia. …

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.

Earlier this month Brian passed his CFII checkride with Harry. He did an excellent job. He did have some added pressure because the FAA was sitting in the back seat for Harry’s annual observation ride. Great job Brian.

Weather in the news: Since we’re highlighting transportation of the Arctic, how about a visit to Cape Dorset? The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 11 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 40°F. The hottest month of the year at Cape Dorset Airport is July, with an average high of 51°F and low of 42°F. Dorset Island or Cape Dorset Island is one of the Canadian Arctic islands located in Hudson Strait, Nunavut, Canada.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. Children of the frozen north were most likely playing with toys that mimicked what their parents were using for transportation, like this Sno Wiz. This “trike” configuration sled is part of the TWA museum collection. Called a Sno Wiz made by the Frederick Willys Co Inc.

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

Prototypes: In 1935 Joseph Bombardier assembled and successfully tested the first snowmobile. It was a vehicle with a sprocket wheel and a track drive system, and it was steered by skis. There were many vehicles before this that used skis, however Joseph’s is considered the first snowmobile. Click on the image for a larger view.

Nautical Notes: For water travel, the Inuit used various types of skin covered boats/Qajaqs such as pictured below.

Umiaks were also very popular with the Inuit. A umiak is an open boat made of animal hide stretched over a wooden frame. Some of these were large enough to hold about 20 people.  The University of Alaska Museum has remains of an umiak that is estimated to be 1,000 years old. By the 20th century, outboard motors were used on umiaks.

Animals in the headlines: The work dog of the Arctic is the Husky and other types pulling dogs. The Northern Inuit Dog, along with its offshoot breed lines the Tamaskan dog, the British Timber dog and the Utonagan, is a breed of dog developed from a 1980s breeding project in the United Kingdom with the objective of producing a dog breed that resembles wolves. Harry & Pat’s dog Jett is a Tamaskan. Here’s Jett’s handmade dog sled that she is learning to pull.

We close this newsletter with these words: Be someone’s sunshine on a cloudy day.

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