Hi <<First Name>>,
Given the requests from so many government officials to stay at home and cancel all gatherings we decided to send along a little news that hopefully you'll enjoy until we can get out and get together in the near future.
Here's the March 2020 EAA Chapter Video Magazine. Click here. Enjoy!
First, the monthly Fly-in & Pancake Breakfast at Spanish Fork Airport (KSPK) scheduled for this Saturday March 21st is cancelled. We look forward to seeing you on April 18th at 9:00 a.m.
In addition to the April & May Chapter Gatherings and Spanish Fork Fly-in & Pancake Breakfasts we have some special events we're planning for May.
On Saturday May 16th following the Fly-in & Pancake Breakfast we will hold an EAA Flying Start Rally. This is designed to give anyone aged 18 years and older an opportunity to come learn what is involved in learning to fly. Flight instructors and representatives from multiple flight schools will be in attendance to answer questions. Many forms of flight will be included such as fixed wing airplane, helicopter, sailplane, balloon, powered parachute, powered paraglider, gyroplane & weight shift. An Eagle Flight for all participants will follow the Q&A period.There are a number of benefits that come with participation including a reimbursement for FAA Knowledge Exam testing fees, certificate upon solo and plaque upon check ride completion. Please help us get the work out to flight schools, instructors, friends, family, the media and others. Let's share the love of flight with others.
Also on Saturday May 16th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. will be an AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar. The average attendance at a Rusty Pilot seminar is about 30 people. Ted Spitzmiller will be the seminar presenter. AOPA will be sending out notice of the seminar to pilots with expired medicals living within 50 miles of Spanish Fork. All pilots are welcome though the program is designed for those that are not current. If you know of someone that could benefit from attending this seminar, please pass the word along. The seminar is free to AOPA members and for non-members it is the cost of joining AOPA for $79. You can register now using the link here.
The following weekend on Saturday May 23rd we will hold EAA Young Eagle Flights in partnership with EAA Chapter 23 beginning at 8:30 a.m. You can register at yeday.org or search for dates & locations across the U.S. To volunteer as a pilot or ground crew please contact Bruce Holt via email here or contact Kurt Johnson at 801-530-9814. Volunteers should arrive before 8:00am for briefing.
Interesting Story – by Ed Helmick
Airplanes are an important corporate tool. I decided to look at corporations with flight departments. Here is a sampling of what I found, Chick-fail-A operates a Citation 525 and a Falcon DA-50, Culver Restaurant Aviation Department operates a business jet but did not specify make and model, McDonalds operates a Global 6000 and Gulfstream G550, Wal-Mart has a fleet 6 corporate airplanes, Wendy’s flies a Cessna Citation, and Yum Brands which franchises KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell flies a Challenger 609, Citation 550, Gulfstream G200 and G550. In-N-Out Burger does not own an airplane though they use chartered aircraft on occasion.
In-N-Out Burger is expanding their operation in Utah with the opening of a restaurant in Spanish Fork. That burger brand always brings to my mind the tragic loss of their company President and Executive Vice President in an airplane accident in 1993 on approach to landing at John Wayne/Orange County Airport (KSNA). Their chartered Cessna Citation got caught in the wake turbulence of the landing Boeing 757 ahead of them. The resulting investigation revealed that while the 757 was not classified as a “heavy” for wake turbulence separation its wing generated a strong enough wake turbulence that the 757 was subsequently reclassified as a "heavy” airplane for ATC separation.
I always thought that was an interesting story and adds to the discussion with students when we talk about “Caution Wake Turbulence.”
Safety Thought for the Month
The Provo Airport has seen a notable increase in jet airplane activity recently and as pilots we have increasingly heard the phrase “Caution Wake Turbulence.” We all know the basic rules about wake turbulence, wing-tip vortices end where the wheels touch down and begin where the wheels leave the ground. An equally important understanding is that wing-tip vortices drift with the wind. That can help dissipate the problem or drift the vortices into your path or runway.
Be safe. Be well.
President, EAA Chapter 753