/ Kraemer Aviation January 2024 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/ Wheels & Wings Newsletter.

This month we have a special feature, we’re highlighting Maria Leijerstam. Maria is an adventurer with numerous expeditions under her belt. She even has a Guinness World Record. Click here for her story and parts of Harry’s interview with her.

You can view past newsletters here. January is the middle of winter here in the Northeast. We’re not enjoying our collector vehicles and we’re not flying too much in January. So this month we’re featuring “decorating your home with wheels & wings”.

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: Chevrolet has been building trucks since 1918. The first production truck from Chevrolet was inspired by vehicles used in plants to move parts and pieces from place to place. Essentially a rolling chassis with a configurable body or cargo area allowed the original Chevrolet pickup to be the versatile vehicle of choice for hauling goods to and fro. The Chevrolet C/K series ran from 1960 to the year 2002 when it was replaced by the Silverado.

Here’s what you can do with your old Chevrolet pickup that is no longer road worthy.

And here’s a bed for the helicopter pilots.

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: This month we should remember the crew of Challenger whom lost their lives in the exploration of space on January 28 1986.

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: This month we have to mention a private pilot applicant that did his practical test with Harry earlier in January. Eyal is the first applicant that Harry had that did not get ONE question incorrect during the ground portion of the test. This is amazing. Great job Eyal.

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

An airplane bed.

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.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

We have sad news to report on this month. Earlier in January, our friend from the Laytonsville Cruise In, Less Slick passed away. Here he is in his beloved Corvette.

Stay tuned for our February newsletter. Harry will be attending the Glenn Curtiss Winter Cycle Therapy next month and our February newsletter will have full coverage of this event.

How about cooking up some homemade soup on this awesome VW themed kitchen stove?

After you cooked dinner on the VW stove, you can enjoy it on this awesome table.

Or if you’re a rider, here’s your table of preference.

Speaking of riding, the Flymall team attended Cars, Bikes, & Coffee at District Harley Davidson on January 27. Jett & Ace were also on hand. The weather was perfect.

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 ideas and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

For the car enthusiast, having to go to work and being away from your babies at home in the garage, is a drag. Unless your office is as cool as this office.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals.  Here’s a barn find for you, a 1974 Ducati 750 SS. Earlier this month Harry was asked to do an appraisal for an estate of a gentleman that recently passed away. The attorney for the estate said they guy kept an old motorcycle in his house. Well that old motorcycle turned out to be an original 1974 Ducati 750 SS “Green Frame” bike. These bikes can sell for upwards of $190,000 or more.

If you’re looking for parts for your barn find, try the Howard Country Motorcycle Swap Meet held each year.

If you not sure what to do with that old firetruck that you found in a barn, here’s an idea. Click on each image for a larger view.

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.

Got an old Jeep that doesn’t run? Here’s an idea.

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: In early January, the Mid-Atlantic was hit with back to back storms. First was Ember and Finn followed a few days later.

Winter storm Ember.

Winter storm Finn.

Here’s winter storm Finn on January 9 as it moved into the Mid-Atlantic region. And after Finn, the country saw numerous other storms move across from west to east.

Here’s some pictures of the flooding we had on January 28 after a line of heavy storms moved through the night before.

Three Wheel Association (TWA) &  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. On, we now have over 900 listings in the A to Z list with many sub categories as well. And we have some very nice coffee cups and beer mugs available in our Cafe Press shop.

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

Prototypes: Our “Concepts” section on has some awesome prototypes and other concept 3 wheelers. Here is the Toyota i-Road electric concept vehicle seen at the Washington DC auto show in 2014.

Nautical Notes: This is cool! Enjoying a movie indoors sitting on the deck of this boat.

Riding The Rails: And if decorating with car, plane, or boat parts isn’t enough, how about an entire motel made from caboose cars? The Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant did just that. Your motel room is an actual caboose.

Native American Indian Transportation: This odd looking boat is called a Bull Boat. It was used by Native American Indians. It was made using a framework of willow poles, covered with raw buffalo hides. Its said they they were not very stable.

Animals in the headlines: Since we will celebrate “Groundhog Day” next month, here’s a little history on that day. What is the history on letting a rodent forecast the weather? It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrows on this day and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will go on for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early. The Pennsylvania Dutch were immigrants from German-speaking areas of Europe. The Germans had a tradition of marking Candlemas (February 2) as “Badger Day” (Dachstag), on which if a badger emerging from its den encountered a sunny day, thereby casting a shadow, it presaged four more weeks of winter. The Pennsylvanians maintained the same tradition as the Germans on Groundhog Day, except that winter’s spell would be prolonged for six weeks instead of four.  For the Pennsylvania Dutch, the badger became the dox, which in Deitsch referred to “groundhog”

We close this newsletter with these words: Make it a habit to do nice things for other people without them asking for it.

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