LOW AND SLOW FLY-IN THIS MONTH!
Flabob will host low and slow airplanes, such as Taylorcrafts, Aeroncas, Short Wing Pipers, and what have you, May 17 - May 19. All are welcome. Come to this old-timey Fly-In and go back to simpler times. Free stuff if you register in advance! Follow this link.
EAA CHIEF HAS FLABOB BACKGROUND
Jack Pelton, formerly CEO of Cessna, has assumed the helm at EAA with the departure of Rod Hightower. Jack's dad was a faithful early member of EAA Chapter One, Flabob, and Jack is another whose youthful interest in aviation was honed at Flabob.
FLABOB EARLY INFLUENCE ON FAA ADMINISTRATOR
At Oshkosh AirVenture 2012, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told how the fascination of flight at Flabob Airport often made him late in servicing his paper route as a boy. You can see his speech here; the part about Flabob is near the beginning. More recently, Administrator Huerta visited Flabob, as reported in our Newsletter.
FLABOBIANS HAVE FUN ON THE GROUND TOO
Flabob's "lost airplane in a barn" Flies Again
35 years ago, a disassembled but complete Fairchild PT-19 (M62A) was trucked to Flabob and stored in a small hangar. Over the years, the owners paid rent faithfully; but lost interest and abandoned the aircraft. Eventually, the hangar doors jammed with dirt, and inches of dust hid the sleeping warbird. In 2007, the remaining living owner donated the aircraft to Flabob, the doors were pried open, and the hidden treasure was revealed.
The Wathen Foundation has a "Homestead Act" provision that allows excess foundation aircraft projects to be given new life in a unique way: they are turned over to willing restorers who agree to return it to flying condition on Flabob in a reasonable time. If successful, it is sold to the restorer for one dollar.
Enter Don "Pops" Newman. In 1984 Pops restored a basket case PT-19 at Gillespie Field in San Diego. It took him four and a half years, and when complete it won prizes everywhere. Don's circumstances changed, and he was forced to sell his beauty. When Pops retired, he came to Flabob; set out to finish his A&P, and soon became a key member of the Flabob community. Many know Pops as the crew chief on the "Flabob Express" our signature DC-3 seen at Oshkosh and air shows throughout the southwest.
The abandoned PT-19 was a natural for Pops, it would be his second, and a chance for him to regain a Fairchild. When he submitted his request to Homestead the project, the Wathen Foundation Trustees approved unanimously. Don set to work with gusto, first rebuilding the dusty old hangar that held the aircraft, then on to the tedious work of rebuilding a 70 year- old wooden airplane. Pops does everything with craftsman- like precision; soon the beautiful Fairchild emerged, restored exactly as it served at Garner Field, Uvalde, Texas in WWII. Pops says "I kinda got it down on the second airplane, took me a year less; I remembered valuable lessons from the first project."
The first flight was on October 26th, all of Flabob was elated, but the biggest grin of all was on the face of Pops who took his beautiful one dollar "airplane in a barn" out of the shadows and into the sky.
PT-19 on first flight at Flabob Airport.
Pops Newman after the flight.
FLABOB HAS AN INSTRUMENT DEPARTURE PROCEDURE, AND NOW AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE
Flabob has an instrument approach procedure (IAP). It is an RNAV (GPS)-A, and because it is a circling approach it will work for either runway; however, 24 is the calm wind runway. The approach starts at BAYJY intersection, (where V186 intersects V363, south of Brackett) and proceeds by three GPS stepdown fixes westerly toward the airport. Minima for Category A airplanes (most of us) is 1860 - 1 1/4. This corresponds to a ceiling of 1,100 feet. The procedure is not available at night. The reason for the high ceiling and the unavailability at night is the hills in both directions.
We have never had an instrument approach, but when the ceiling is 1,000 or higher and the visibility is 1 mile or better, at Riverside Municipal, it has long been known that you can file for the ILS - 9 at Riverside, and when you break out at or above 1800 msl, cancel IFR and ask for a special VFR NW bound for Flabob, then fly up the middle of the river until you see Mt. Rubidoux and make a left base for 24. In practice, the new RNAV approach has about the same minima as this maneuver, but for the majority of us lacking an IFR-approved GPS, this should still work.
DEPARTURE PROCEDURE. For many years it was possible to depart Flabob IFR, until several years ago someone in the District of Confusion decided that it was agin the TERPs. After years of lobbying by your airport manager, we have just received, effective June 30, an instrument departure procedure (DP). It is expected that in due course it will be followed up by one or more Instrument Approach Procedures, but our remoteness from enroute navaids, and the proximity of Mt. Rubidoux and Rattlesnake Mountain will mean high minima.
Here is the text of the DP:
ORIG 11181 (FAA)
TAKE-OFF MINIMUMS: Rwy 6, std. w/min. climb of 670'
per NM to 4000 or 400-2 w/min. climb of 480' per NM
to 4000 or 2100-3 forclimb in visual conditions. Rwy 24,
std. w/min. climb of 630' per NM to 3000 or 800-2¾ w/
min. climb of 305' per NM to 4600 or 2100-3 for climb
in visual conditions.
DEPARTURE PROCEDURE: Rwy 6, climb via heading
064° to 4000 then right turn direct PDZ VORTAC, or
for climb in visual conditions cross Flabob Airport
Southwest bound at or above 2700 then via PDZ R-039
to PDZ VORTAC. Rwy 24, climb via heading 244° and
PDZ R-031 to PDZ VORTAC, or for climb in visual
conditions cross Flabob airport Southwest bound at or
above 2700 then via PDZ R-039 to PDZ VORTAC.
All aircraft climb in PDZ VORTAC holding pattern
(hold East, right turns, 258° inbound) to cross PDZ
VORTAC at or above MEA for direction of flight before
proceeding on course.
NOTE: Rwy 6, trees beginning 3763' from DER, 1152'
right of centerline, up to 40' AGL/1119' MSL. Rwy 24,
antenna on tank 6193' from DER, 2057' right of
centerline, 38' AGL/1237' MSL. Trees beginning 2494'
from DER, 434' right of centerline, up to 40' AGL/1519'
MSL. Pole 6261' from DER, 1950' right of centerline,
30' AGL/1230' MSL. Building 1.52 NM from DER,
1154' right of centerline, up to 29' AGL/1369' MSL.
Antenna on tank 1.26 NM from DER, 2047' right of
centerline, 54' AGL/1254' MSL. Tank 4043' from DER,
794' right of centerline, 66' AGL/961' MSL. Tree 1.79
NM from DER, 434' right of centerline, 58' AGL/1138'
It is requested that if you are instrument current, you file for a flight using the IAP and the DP and report results.
THIRD SATURDAYS: FLY-IN BREAKFAST, HANGAR CRAWL, CAR SHOW!
Historic Flabob Airport is delighted to announce a once-a- month Saturday morning breakfast and hangar crawl held on the third Saturday of every month from 08:00 to 11:00. Get this: fly or drive in, eat a fresh cooked $5.00 breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and assorted breakfast meats, then take a guided tour of the historic aircraft in Flabob's hangars as well as the "Flabob Express" DC-3. Our Flabob Aviation high school students and restoration volunteers will take you to see the famous Thompson Trophy replicas owned by Tom Wathen, the Wright Flyer flying replica, our youth restoration projects, the Aviation High School, and any other interesting antique/classic aircraft available. Also available are antique/ classic display signoffs. If you like hot rods, there is usually a great car show in front of the Airport Cafe each third Saturday as well. We will also have our new Aero Club open to discover the lowest aircraft rentals in Socal. You can fly our classic LSA taildragger J-3, an Aeronca 7GC taildragger, or our Classic straight tail Cessna 150 for rates in the $58 dollar range, wet! Our new Technam P92 Super Echo LSA goes for $75 bucks wet. The objective of the club is to combine the lowest flying rates in the LA basin in a collegial atmosphere of aviation fans of all ages and experience.
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