Browsing Posts published in July, 2010

Calvin took 11Q up for its first spin as an Aces High Aviation aircraft and kicked me out!  Good thing he pulled off 3 great landings in our new aircraft!  Well done Calvin.

Calvin after his great solo!

We were able to catch up with Joe and Joe Anne today in Medford Or. I trained Joe about 3 years ago for his private pilot certificate. They chose an absolutely wonderful place for retirement. I wish we could have stayed longer!

I spotted Felts Field on our flight to Grants Pass and couldn’t resist a stop over.  The approach is directly over a tall stand of trees that runs along the rivers edge.  At 2300′ long it wasn’t much of a problem for landing.  The roll out was short but very smooth considering it was sod.  However, the takeoff was a good deal more exciting.  The end of the runway has more trees on it that line the river.  After liftoff we accelerated in ground effect then turned left to follow the river.  It parallels the runway to the south but then curves north.  Following the river was required to clear the stand of trees at the end.  At the West side of the river is a hill that we wouldn’t have been able to climb over.  Once headed north along the river we were able to retract flaps and start our slow, hot and heavy climb out. This airport is unlike anything we have in southern California.  Camping is allowed at the west end of the runway near the river.  I’ve decided that a Oregon fly in camping trip is in my future.  For the record we saw a Piper J-3, a Cessna 195 and a willies jeep in the hangar.

Felts Field

Felt Field

Felt Field

6111Q looking down the runway

Matt with a (for sale) 195

Radials and Chrome Spinners!

Nothing says 'General Aviation' quite like a J-3.

Matt is prepping the plane for departure.

Here we are at PDX, 140 miles to go, and a nice landing by Matt.  It has been a long day so we didn’t get far, but we are underway.

We weren’t forecast to have favorable tailwinds today but we were cruising right along in about 105-110kts the whole way from Harvey Field to Portland.

The inspection and transaction is complete and N6111Q is ready to go, we just need some gas!

Follow Matt T. And I as we fly N6111Q home.
We’ve just arrived at Harvey Field and were having lunch before checking over the plane!