The 2012 Opening Members Meeting

We at the Eagles are a social club. Once a month we gather up at Aviation Facilities, Inc at Fullerton Airport for our member’s meeting.  Tonight’s meeting kicked off the new year and it was a great meeting.  We had a great group of folks come out including two new potential members.  Of course we also gathered for some hanger talk over pizza and beer soda after the meeting.

Tonight we welcomed a new member.  For now this new member of club will remain nameless.  I think next month’s meeting will warrant a post welcoming them to the club and giving you folks a nice smiling photo.  We also look forward to adding another potential member in February who also joined us this evening.

Social Media was a hot topic at the meeting tonight.  Of course the topic got your truly all excited; the club wants to leverage facebook and other service to help extend our reach to other aviation enthusiasts.  Members tossed out all sorts of great ideas.  One such member may be authoring some articles soon having volunteered.  This means 2012 should expand the content of our site.  We hope to bring in more aviation enthusiasts to share the love of flying for which this club was founded.

Blog on with your bad self…
Shawn J

Catastrophic Wing Failure, Ballistic Parachute Save Captured on Video

I have a friend whom I should thank for making me a better pilot. He’s one of those safety conscience kind of guys with good tricks for better piloting. For instance since he drilled it into me I don’t think I’ve ever taken off without immediately thinking “if my engine dies right now where am I going” (sorry to previous instructors who certainly taught me similar habits I never took to 100%).

He sent me a video in email recently about a subject he always promotes; using Ballistic Parachutes in General Aviation Aircraft. The video is actually of an air-show RANS S-9 Chaos but it does make the point clear that without the chute in this situation all in the aircraft probably would have perished. It doesn’t take much from that to see how a number of rare aircraft situations could benefit from similar technology. In fact I’m saddened by the thought of a twin engine aircraft crash just the other day at Long Beach (KLGB) and dare to wonder if something like this could have helped there.

I’ll have to do some research but I’ve heard the numbers $25-30K thrown around in terms of cost of retrofitting a average four place GA aircraft. That certainly does seem like quite a bit of money but I suppose that is only if you never need to use it.

I have to admit, in the worst of times, these things look pretty useful.

The original article from the Experimental Aircraft Association can be found following this link

DC-3’s in Operation

Member David Corsiglia comes up with a lot of great emails about aviation.  Some I’ve seen before, some are new to me but all of them tend to be enjoyable.  Recently in my inbox I found one I have seen before about the last daily operating fleet of DC-3s.  If you haven’t seen this piece on Buffalo Airways I suggest taking a look.

Buffalo Airways still operates a daily scheduled DC-3 passenger service for residents in Cananda’s Northwest Territories and is likely the last airline to do so. They plan to bring two of their “3s” to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer.

Buffalo Airways' DC-3s

We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us

In our last club meeting some discussions were had regarding a safety article from Avemco.  The basic premise of the article is to question how we are managing safety in General Aviation and if those actions are succeeding.  The author seems to come from a great Aviation background beyond insurance and it was a pleasure to read his angle.  While all answers to safety won’t be contained within I recommend a quick read as it generates interesting questions.

We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us

Who are the smoke eagles?

The SmokeEagles is a non-profit organization for pilots by pilots.  We love flying… so that’s what we do for fun.  The club was originally started by a group of fire fighters and thus the origin of the “Smoke” + “Eagles”. 

The club has grown for more than 30 years and to date I’m not sure we have any fire fighters left, but we have just as much love for flying.  So we continue on flying because…. ain’t it great ! Over the years we’ve had tiedowns in Long Beach & Compton and currently we house the aircraft at Fullerton Municipal Airport (KFUL).

Come join us!  We are a social club with approximately 30 members between two aircraft.  We do our best to keep flying economical for our members while still maintaining safe aircraft.  We have monthly meetings and a structured organization capable of managing the financial, maintenance and saftey concerns found with a flying organization like ours.