Smoke Eagles at AOPA Chino (KCNO) Regional Fly-In

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Smoke Eagles was a participant in AOPA’s Chino (KCNO) Regional Fly-In held in September 2014. The club had N9910E, their C-182, available for viewing, and club members provided visitors with information about the club. At the AOPA Flying Club session the club president, Ray Stratton, gave a 30-minute presentation to 85 attendees. The subject was how to run a flying …

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AFI Landing Contest 2014

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Video of the FUL landing contest is in the link below. I saw N7425G in two scenes. (I was not flying it at these times.) Closest to the line won, sorted by license type (student, private, etc.) Landing before the line was OK too, hence the minus scores. SE made a good showing with four members flying, Rob F, David …

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Alone at Lone Pine

Alone at Lone Pine (O26)

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The flight was to Lone Pine (O26) for Angel Flight. We (Dan and I) were returning a child with a life threatening condition home from a week’s summer camp in the Santa Monica Mountains for kids with similar conditions. Weather was CAVU all day everywhere. The pick-up was at SMO and destination was O26. The family actually lives in Olancha, …

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Smoke Eagles Aircraft Prior to 1964

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Written by Peter Hayes in a letter to John Burke When I joined the club in January of 1958 we had a  Cessna 120 (it wasn’t a 140….the 120 didn’t have flaps) N1700V (don’t know the year), together with a Piper Tri-Pacer which I never flew. I’m afraid I don’t know its number or anything else about it, except they …

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TFOA (Things Falling Off Aircraft)

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My only flying since August has been in the Sim to maintain my IFR currency for the next six month. October has come and is just about over and I won’t have flown due to business travel, vacations, and house projects. But a flight in the 80’s come to mind that was memorable to me. I was in the Navy …

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T’was the Night Before Christmas…for Aviators

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T’was the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp, Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ. The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care, In hopes that — come morning — they all would be there. The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots, With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots. I slumped at …

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