There is a great website where you can design your own Name Tags right
online. Change colors and background design until it is just the way you
want it. They have cloth and leather. Check them out at
Pasvogle of Moline, IL.. The Storming Norman of Erie Airpark. At the
Show N Shine he gave 60 people a ride in his Cessna. At last year's
20th Anniversary it was more. We are honored to have Norm as one of
the friends of the Airpark.
Come early and stay late. Food will
be on siteFridayevening
Jim will have Gas on site (89 octane with ethanol we have used it here for over
10 years and hundreds of hours and no problems). Bring your own oil.
bring snacks. Sue will have lemon aid in the Gott cooler, but feel free to bring your
own beverage of choice. Remember the 8 hour rule.
We are hoping to have an out door movie set up. Hope all the bugs are gone by
then! Bring Bug dope just in case.
Please fly in (even non Challenger aircraft) or drive in and camp with us.
Remember it is primitive camping! No showers,
but there will be port a potty's and a hand washing station. Near by hotels in
Fulton Il., Comfort inn. Holiday inn express in LeClair Ia. and there several
hotels in the Quad City area. Check the internet.
Jim will give a Q & A seminar about whatever we need to talk about, Sport Pilot
Rules and Challenger stuff and Rotax engine stuff. We can all learn from each
other so if you want to help/share something please be my guest.
This is a modification that we are doing here at Erie
It is something you may want to do when you recover your
Picture Number 1 you can see a standard Challenger II.
See how the area under the engine is square? This is a hard area to
cover. So to make this area easier to cover we "rounded it off as you
can see in picture #2.
Picture #2. The area has been rounded off using some
scrap 035 x1/2 in tube. A little bending and some Stainless rivets and
she is ready to cover in picture #3
Picture #3. This is the modification done and painted.
A big difference! We like this look and the customers like it too.
Plus it is easier to cover than a 90 degree corner.
Don't forget anyone can now get a 10% discount
on a new Challenger kit. Call me, at 309 230 0944, if you have any questions.
Jim, at an Eerie place.
I have had the pleasure of flying early in the
morning, as a friend of mine has to fly before he starts work, and would
like me in the back seat.
I am always amazed at the early morning weather, cool, most
always calm, and as you climb out at about 200 feet you can feel the air
getting warmer, as the sun's rays have already warmed the upper air. I
began to think the evening air is about the same. So there we have it, the
"Golden Hour" ( or two hours ) an hour in the morning and an hour just
before the sun sets. Without a doubt, the best time to fly.
I know it takes some
effort get out of bed before the sun comes up, but let me tell you; it is
worth it for that one golden hour of flight. A great way to start the
day! While you go about your day you can always look back to that one hour
of morning flight. Think about how beautiful he sun looked as it started
it's daily flight across this great country. To see the wildlife on the
ground as they search for that first meal and shake off the chilly night. I
have seen deer, wild turkeys, ducks, geese, coyotes and even a bald eagle
flying under me! I would have missed all this had I stayed in bed, under
the warm covers. As a result, my day is always better for getting out and
enjoying that golden hour.
On the other end, there is always that golden hour just
before the sun sets. You go out to the air park and get your plane out, do
your preflight, and wait...then it happens, the wind stops, the air is calm,
it's time. As you climb out into the cool evening air you look around and
again enjoy what God has given us. All the days trials and
tribulations fade away and you become relaxed, very relaxed. You watch the
sun sink into the horizon. The air get cooler as you turn and head for your
home field. The smile on your face begins to hurt, as you realize you have
been grinning for the last half hour. Back on the ground, you put your
plane away and start thinking about the next flight.
Now flying cross country, or overnight campouts, or to
another strip is fun stuff and I enjoy that too, But like I said in the
beginning, the "Golden Hour" is the best! Get outt'a bed, or turn off the
T.V. and get out and fly!
Jim, at an Erie place.
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Made right here at Erie Airpark.
While departing for a morning flight
(Jan. 11) I was called back to the airpark. Seems we had a
prop EXPLODE! on take off. Not a hard short field take off
just a normal take off. When I returned to the field I
began picking up parts of the prop and began our
With all the parts laid out on a table we found no signs
of FOD. The leading edge was smooth and without damage of
any kind. It looked new. We worked our way in, to the hub
area and I saw the tell tail signs of what happened. Stress
cracks. They were not bad, I thought, in fact I have the
same type of stress cracks on my prop. They have the feel
of hair caught under varnish, and are almost invisible. DO
NOT BE FOOLED! I laid the remaining pieces of prop on top
of my prop and they looked like a perfect match. The angle
of the cracks matched mine to a tee.
I installed a different prop and will bring the 2 props
to the February club meeting for all to see and I will field
I have run wood props for 20 years and this is the first
time I have seen this kind of damage. But now I know what
to look for and will be glad to take a look at your wood
prop. This is NOT a manufacturers fault. No this just part
of the life of a wood prop they get old and become brittle
and weaker till one day POW! They will come apart. Keep
your prop clean, waxed and balanced at least every 2 years.
Keep an eye on the finish and re-varnish as needed. You
will get many years of use out of your wood prop.
As for me, I fly about 200 hours a year and I have
switched to a carbon fiber prop and will keep an eye on it.
Jim Robinson, Safety Director, Illowa Sport Flyers.
This is a Challenger II paint job that I am
doing here at the airpark. My goal is to have it look like
an eagle in flight when done. I should have the wings done
tonight. All together the paint job will take me about20
hours to complete. The owner painted the base colors on for
me. Now it is up to me to bring this thing to life. This
is so much fun, I can't believe this is part of my job!
We will have it on display this weekend at the Challenger
fly in here at the airpark. Stop this Saturday and have a
pork chop, look at some really neat Challengers. Don't
forget the drive in movie and bonfire at dusk.
I will be in the shop painting most of the day and
Cool and damp and rainy what a great time to
cook and camp out....
A few days ago a friend of mine flew in to
my strip and we were talking about our dream planes, and what we would like to
have. The longer we talked, the more we realized that we already had what we
wanted, our dream plane. We both fly the Quad City Challenger II. Now I know
that this plane is not for everybody but as far as "bang for the buck", it
stands alone. I don't want to sound like a commercial for the Challenger, as I
am a Challenger dealer too. However it is about the best plane for the money
out there today.
Start with any 5 planes, one being the
Challenger II. and price them out in a like manner, with the same options and
power-plant. as far as cost to complete, build time, performance and gross
weight, ( this could be a great article) the Challenger II will most always come
out on top.
That's where we came out with the idea of
bang for the buck. You can always go faster fly higher, or land shorter,
whatever. All it takes is more money. In today's economy, money is keeping a
bunch of new pilots out of the aviation world. But if they new about the
Challenger II there could be a ground swell of new Sport Pilots coming into the
flying game. From there on the skies the limit! It is all about What you can
afford to fly or "Bang for the Buck".
I have many items available. Click the link to check it
out. Whether you would like an embroidered logo or you want a design
done in vinyl, or maybe I just have great price! Prices do
not include embroidery, design work. Place your order and send me your
questions. I will respond within 24 hours. Ann Comer
Bob Olden's Stearman replica and he had me paint
on the graphics. The plane is really nice. Jim
And remember Friday evenings at
Clinton, IA airport all summer. Good food and good friends, plan on
driving or flying in.
Leiland Widick, a Sport pilot Examiner, will do check
rides for anyone who would like to hook up with him in the following counties:
Marshall, Stark, Knox, and Mercer. Leiland is an SPI in the
FDO, and can also do check rides anywhere in that area. And cannot
check rides in Whiteside County, a different FSDO.
To contact Leiland call him at home. 618-643-2744 or you can
him at work, 618-453-9244. the cost of your check ride will be
Leiland has flown in Challengers with me and enjoys flying them. If
is in your area, and you need your check ride, give him a call.
Jim, at an eerie place.
Friend of the Airpark, Steve Dentz Solo's his Challenger.
Click on Picture
New Friends of the Airpark, used house paint and vinyl graphics.