To Deb McFarland: Great stuff (Diary of a mad Luscombe pilot). You’re right: Age and waistline are immaterial when your mind’s in the sky. Life is good. You got a purty airplane, too.
I read Thomas F. Norton’s column in the Jan. 25 issue, “Aviation and the green hysteria” — right on.
To Paul McBride: I just received my copy of GANews and, as usual, your column was one of the first for me to read (What to do about a “slightly” rough running engine, Jan. 25 issue). I think Joe Casey has a carburetor venturi problem. There was an AD on some O-320s and his may be one of them. I strongly recommend he has it checked before his next flight. The symptoms he described are sure the way an O-320 acts when it has this problem.
I would like to call your attention to our museum located in Tucson, Arizona, the 390th Memorial Museum.
To Thomas F. Norton: Right on. Beautiful editorial (“Aviation and the green hysteria,” Jan. 25 issue). As you must know, but do not state, this green stuff is the vehicle a powerful clique is using to get control of the world.
Regarding Deb McFarland: Very good choice, guys. She sees the magic in flying, where so many have put it away as no more than a means of travel.
This letter is a response to your article “Is a computer required equipment to fly?” in the Jan. 11 issue, and Lieutenant Colonel Burdon L. Davidson USAF (ret.), and his inability to locate pertinent information in keeping his aircraft in compliance with the Airworthiness Directives issued by the FAA.
Let me say right up front that I thank and applaud Cessna for its decision to bring the SkyCatcher to market.
In your Dec. 7, 2007, issue, in the article about David Tallichet (“David Tallichet, restaurant pioneer and airplane collector, dies at 84″), I found one lonely sentence that really caught my attention. “He found another fleet of Martin B-26s in western Canada, where the whole lot had crashed on the way to Alaska.” What a wonderful, colorful story has been missed here.
To Tom Norton: I am Sally, Scott’s daughter, child number five of six. Now that I am done crying, may I say how very grateful I am to you for writing that article (“NTSB: Lack of weather update killed Crossfield; Final report cites ATC failure to advise, Crossfield failure to ask,” Oct. 19, 2007 issue). I will never in my life, I think, be able to find the words to express how that NTSB report makes me feel. Either you’ve obtained their actual documentation, as I have, or you are much more intuitive and intelligent than the average Joe (I, of course, do not include Dad’s fabulous circle of friends in this group). You’ve also probably read some of the horrid stuff that’s come out about Dad since that “report.”