FLYING A 1911 WRIGHT ‘B’ FLYER

I just want to share an experience I had in September of this year. I traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to see a replica of the 1911 Wright “B” Flyer aircraft and the museum that is at the Dayton Wright Bros. Airport. I understood that under certain conditions there was a chance of flying in the Wright Flyer, and that made the 900-mile trip worth it.

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A TOTAL LACK OF SECURITY

I sure enjoyed your article on my home airport, Falcon Field (“What’s in your hangar? Officials at Arizona airport crack down on inappropriate uses,” Oct. 19 issue). The hangar leasing situation there has been a mess for many years, due to a network of “good ol’ boys” who repeatedly skirted the rules. Corinne has been fighting them for over two years in an attempt to make the hangar list fair, but has a long way to go. A conservative estimate would be that 20-25% of the hangars are not occupied by the tenants on the lease and/or do not house aircraft.

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MUSTANGS & LEGENDS

The article about the Mustangs and Legends was very good and enjoyable to read (“Gathering of Mustangs and Legends, Where World War II airplanes and pilots met again,” Oct. 19 issue). I attended the air show and it was probably the best all-around air show I have visited in a long time. It was well organized and the weather was “air show perfect” …light winds and almost no clouds in the blue sky.

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A THEORY ON STEVE FOSSETT’S DISAPPEARANCE

In regard to your most recent article in the Oct. 5, 2007, edition, “Fosset presumed dead,” I find it interesting that Steve or his aircraft have not been found to this point. There was no ELT activation and he filed no flight plan. I would like to submit that Steve and his aircraft might have decided to head in a north or south direction and depart the pattern to, as they say, “get away.”

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QUIT YOUR NIT-PICKING

I am writing regarding the letter by James Jackson of Carlisle, Ind., “Physicists cause the confusion” in the Oct. 5 issue. Again I had a good hearty chuckle at Mr. Jackson’s response and his apparent obsession with the term “Zero-G.”

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NO FREE LUNCH

Any discussion regarding user fees would appear to require an alternative for those types of airport owners who provide community access but find it impossible to recover costs of airport operation.

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