Everything Airplane Pilots Don’t Want to Know About Helicopters
As most of you know Joe Deszo was part of the team that developed the Robinson R22. He will be talking about the development at our meeting on June 23rd at noon instead of Father’s Day.
We don‘t have any more events scheduled for 2019 so if you have any ideas, please share them with us. We especially like hearing from people who have built their own airplanes, written books, or gone somewhere exciting.
For many years Vince Rabutsky took careful notes at each of our meetings and published a monthly newsletter that summarized the meeting, added a bit of flying information that you might not have known about, and previewed the next meeting. This page is an archive of his work and will contain a shorter summary of current meetings.
Colonel James Schaefer talked about Operation Eagle Claw, the training in the desert southwest, the bureaucratic hoops they had to jump through, the sandstorm on the way, and the crash that led to the cancellation of the mission.
Jim Ratichek talked about his months-long upgrade of the panel in his Lancair. He made a new panel to fit the PFDs, ran hundreds of wires to monitor and control everything, and made hundreds of splices to connect them. After months of the planning and many more months to install, Jim is in the final stages of testing.
Paolo Iscold shared his experiences starting as an undergrad in Brazil to currently teaching at Cal Poly. Read More
Vince put out a newsletter just about every month since May of 2009. I’ll be removing phone numbers and email addresses from them and publishing them here as time permits. Here are a couple to get you started.September 2018
The program was a presentation by a Cal Poly Senior Project Team. They call themselves, the Aircraft Performance Data Collection Team.
Dean Billing, Ernie Billing’s Dad talked about “The Fuel Crisis in Sport Aviation”.
This month’s program was devoted to SBP Airport Day planning.
Cliff Clark told us of his 20-ish solo flying trips to Alaska and a couple of flights on to Siberia.
Gary Corippo, a director and one of the founders of the Estralla Warbirds Museum at the Paso Robles airport, spoke to us about the early start of the museum and especially about Glenn Thomson, also a founder of the museum.
Mark took us to his brightly lit, clean, neat and orderly hanger to view his S-51 project. One distraction that was hard to ignore was the beautifully maintained 1964 Cessna 185 that sat proud as a peacock and occupying a good share of the hanger space. Nevertheless, for the moment the disassembled parts of Mark’s S-51 project captured our attention.
Liz Dinan receivedd the Wright Bros. Master Pilot Award and Peter Garrison talked about building the Melmoth at the Annual Dinner.
We meet on the third Sunday of every month at noon in Paul’s hangar. It’s right behind Aerocademy on the west side of KSBP. 4349 Old Santa Fe Rd, Hangar 49
From San Luis Obispo
Head out of town on Broad Street. Turn right on Tank Farm Road and then left on Santa Fe Road. After the bridge, bear right onto Hoover Ave. Pass by the end of the runway and turn left on Old Santa Fe Road. Follow it almost to the end and turn right into the parking lot. Park anywhere and look for the gate between the two buildings. Give us a yell and we’ll let you in.
From Highway 101
Take the exit for Los Osos Valley Road. Turn right and the shortly after turn left on South Higuera. Tank Farm Road is the second light. Turn right on Tank Farm Road and then left on Santa Fe Road. After the bridge, bear right onto Hoover Ave. Pass by the end of the runway and turn left on Old Santa Fe Road. Follow it almost to the end and turn right into the parking lot. Park anywhere and look for the gate between the two buildings. Give us a yell and we’ll let you in.
Our mailing address is:
901 Airport Drive, Suite 9
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Our yahoo.com email address is EAA170.