NWOC 2017 Summary

NWOC was in Virginia Beach again, with a hotel that was directly under the landing pattern of the Navy’s F-18s.  Sounds of Freedom! There was good attendance after a year hiatus.   

The featured speaker was 95 years young Bud Anderson!  Bud recounted his WWII experiences, friendships, and a detailed discussion of his preferences of model of P51.  With 16 ¼ aerial victories he knows what he is talking about. Bud is still the consummate gentleman and is eager to share stories of flying, friendships, and planes.

A Saturday evening dinner was held at the beautiful airport and museum of Gerry Yagan, and extraordinary facility.  Gerry owns the beautiful newly restored Mosquito (we all know the plane).  The Mosquito was staged next to the 4800 foot grass runway for all of us to drool over.  After close up photos and inspection, we watched Bud Anderson and the pilot climb in, crank up those magnificent inlines, and taxi out and fly. It was a spectacle to behold.

Speaker, Dr. Susan Northrup, FAA,  gave a detailed discussions of physiological issues with pilots, aging, medical issues, titled “Aeromedical:  Are You Fit to Fly”. Northrup is a retired Air Force Doctor, Colonel.  Thanks for your continuing service Colonel.

John Lohmar, Air Safety Investigator, spoke about pilots self-policing and mental traps we fall into.  His top 10 tips to keep safe were enlightening.  Read up on John’s tips as they are a must read.

Doug McNair from EAA, is our direct liaison to the FAA  concerning rulemaking, legislation, and Government Advocacy.   One problematic issue is the push by the airlines to privatize the FAA and giving control of the airspace to a favored stakeholder, the airlines.  This would be devastating to general aviation, business aviation, as it would give the airlines control of who uses airports and airspace.

Congressman Sam Graves, (R) MO, joined us to give us an up close and personal look at legislation, the positives and negatives, and what the new Congress is trying to accomplish.  Sam owns and flies a T6, so he’s knowledgeable in a unique way and highly qualified to address all issues regarding the FAA.

Eric Trueblood of AirCorps Library and AirCorps Aviation demonstrated their new collection of warbird manuals. The manuals, parts, airframe, technical orders, etc, of vintage airplanes have been scanned and are searchable. If you are looking for a drawing, simply put in the part number or name of the part, the parts page will show up and link directly to the manual which shows the exploded view.  It’s an amazing resource.  Eric said that the manuals being scanned are being donated, either to keep or to scan and return. Some manuals AirCorp has completed are taken from manuals of which there is only one known copy.

Do you wonder what good a 2 D or 3D drawing can do for you when you cannot find the part?  Eric passed around to the audience an exhaust part from a P51 they made with 3D printing, taken directly from a published drawing. Made from aircraft quality stainless steel. The finished product was astounding!  It bolted directly to the exhaust manifold, all holes perfectly aligned, its face square and true.  The partgs has been fitted and run on a Merlin to verify its performance.  Inspection shows no prolems.  Eric said that the drawings of the part were fed into a scanning computer, all measurements taken and confirmed, which produced a 3D visual model for the printer.  The stainless powder was laser welded onto the base and the computer controlled a layer by layer addition to the base until two finished products were completed a day later, identical to 1/1000th of an inch (3 microns) in all axis. 

Al Silver gave his parachuting and parachute presentation again.  It is great recurrent training for all of us.  Silver interjects his very serious topic with snippets of humor that keep it interesting, no matter how many times we’ve heard his talk.

Capt. Rick Meadows, commander of NAS Oceana, gave us a talk and invitation to the air station.  Oceana is an F18 Hornet training airfield with several squadrons moving at the same time.  We toured the facility, including maintenance and tower.  If anyone has any doubts about the capabilities of our air forces and our serving member they would lose those doubts after such a tour. Frankly, these guys are a LOT more qualified, and lot better group than those of my era.  My hats are off to them.

Saturday evening’s dinner was a great success. Our evening guest speaker was Heather Penny. Many of us know Heather, both as an Air Force pilot in F16s, racer, and through her father, a guy named John Penny.  Heather’s Air Force career was pretty much normal until September 11, 2001.  Heather was on duty near Washington DC when the terrorist attack took place.  Most squadrons were “down” at the time because they had just returned from Red Flag the day earlier. From Heather’s field, 4 aircraft were finally released to cover DC with their F16s: unarmed, without rockets.  They had a limited amount of cannon ammo.  So as she and her lead ran to their respective aircraft to cover DC, her lead stated “I’ll take the cockpit, you take the tail”.  (Think about that statement for a minute).  Their normal 20 minute start and systems check was done in under 2 minutes and they were off. 

Penny was one of several people who flew cover after the attacks without missiles for offensive use. But they went up knowing their duty.  It turns out that the attacks were over, the damage done.  No pilot questioned what they had to do. They just did it.  Some of the pilots were released from high cover to do some low cover, maybe in afterburner, low altitude.  Just to tell everyone “We’re watching!”. The pilots reported great waves and cheers from the people on the ground thanking them as they flew past.  Penny says it was an honor to serve her country that day and afterward.

Penny talked about the coordination between FAA controllers and the Air Force. As all aircraft were grounded except the US military, FAA controllers were not familiar with handling military aircraft, but were given brief but detailed instructions. Penny said the controllers learned very quickly, were superb in their duties and efforts, and took over coordinating military operations as they took place. Penny said they often gave one minute instructions of what they wanted and what terminology to use, and the FAA absorbed how to move military aircraft as if they had trained for years as a specialist.  (Maybe some other unsung heroes from 911).

Saturday afternoon we broke out into groups by type, jets included.  Out group consisted of Charles Largay, A37;  Mark Johnson, Jet Provost; Kevin “Tootsie” Roll, L39, Ron Wheeldon of South Africa, Hunter and T2; and Nathan Jones, Code One Aviation L39.  Topics discussed in detail were ADS-B, 8130 and its revisions, maintenance and specific issues, ejection seats and cartridges, legislation.  A long and in depth discussion centered about pilot behavior, reckless operators, and the damage one individual can do to the entire community.  Everyone agreed such behavior could only be stopped with peer pressure and good training.  Brief, fly the brief, and debrief the flight.

Charlie Largay


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FAA Safety Alert - ADS-B

Purpose: This SAFO informs personnel involved with ground testing of aircraft Air Traffic Control (ATC) transponders and ADS-B OUT equipment of the importance of adhering to proper test procedures and the hazards associated with improper testing.

Background: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received reports of transponder and ADS- B OUT system ground test events in which information, including simulated altitude, was transmitted from the test aircraft and received by aircraft inflight. In at least one instance, an ADS-B OUT system ground test created a false airborne target that generated a Traffic Alert and Collison Avoidance System II (TCAS II) Resolution Advisory (RA) on a Boeing 737 aircraft on approach. Pilot reaction to this RA required unnecessary maneuvering in congested airspace and initiated ATC re-sequencing actions that affected multiple aircraft and negatively impacted operations in the area for about 30 minutes. 

Click Here to see the SAFO

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New Member - Mark Smith

New Classic Jet Owner and CJAA Member Mark Smith is working on his rating in the Marchetti S-211! Welcome to the world of Classic Jets Mark! 

Instructor Lou Nemeth is in back getting Mark up to speed on the systems, procedures and handling of the S-211.

We look forward to seeing Mark at many upcoming CJAA Events!

Mark is based in Wisconsin and flys a Beechcraft A-36 when he is not in his S-211. Be sure to welcome Mark to the CJAA next time you see him at an event.

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Midwest Warbird Fly-In

Midwest Warbird Fly-In, May 18-21, 2017
Join Code 1 Aviation in Rockford, Illinois for the Midwest Warbird Fly-In. (As always, you might hear us refer to this fly-in as the “Glenn “Skids” Smith Fly-In” in memory of our dear friend Glenn, a great guy who truly loved flying, and loved sharing it with everyone around him.)
This popular spring event promises to be lots of fun!
All warbird owners and their airplanes are encouraged to attend, with an emphasis on those who want to do some flying and some socializing in a great environment, and maybe make some new aviation friends. We will conduct at least 2-3 flying periods each day, and we'll present morning weather/safety briefings for all participants. Although this is not strictly a formation clinic, there may be opportunities for qualified FAST formation pilots to organize some formation flights, and we encourage you to bring your own backseat formation instructor to the event, if needed. We will have several quiet briefing rooms available for participants to use. Jets and recips alike are welcome!
Our local airspace in uncluttered and simple, and we'll provide local area maps and airspace de-confliction plans for those who want to fly. Several aviation photographers like to attend this event, so there may be photo opportunities. And, since Rockford is becoming a mecca for interesting warbirds, there might be some neat airplanes on the ramp to check out.
You'll also get to experience some great after-hours camaraderie, hangar-flying and entertainment. We're lining up a great guest speaker for the Saturday night dinner. More info to come.
Note: Plan to arrive on Thursday, May 18th if you can, because the action starts on Friday morning. Sunday will be a half-day, with one period of flying, and departures after lunch.
A nominal registration fee will cover lunches and dinners at the hangar, hotel transportation, and administrative costs. We are negotiating great rates at local hotels, as well as a substantial jet fuel discount. We'll be providing registration information in future mailings.
For more information, call Code 1 Aviation at 815-315-9715.
Get your 2017 warbird flying season off to a great start. Plan to join us in Rockford for a fun time!

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Thunder Alley at Sun 'n Fun 2017

Thunder Alley is SUN ‘n FUN’s showcase area dedicated to highlighting jet aircraft and educating people about their origins, use, and impact on aviation technology. Visitors can get an up close and personal view of these iconic war machines, plus a daily walk-around hosted by the pilots who fly them. 

Some of the jets scheduled for display include the Northrop F-5 Tiger II, British Aerospace Sea Harrier, Dassault/Dornier Alpha, Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, and a very rare Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23!

The audience follows the speaker around the aircraft as he describes the systems and role it held in history, and questions and interaction are welcome and encouraged! Several aircraft will offer cockpit tours, and visitors will also get to see many of these aircraft in flight in a daily showcase. 


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New FAST Airshow Operations

Formation operations in waivered airspace at airshows or other aviation events includes some new training and operational restrictions in 2017. Review the new FAST Airshow Operations guide in the FAST section of the CJAA website for all the details.

The Air Show Operations Appendix F was written to help provide FAST pilots with the knowledge and background information needed to operate safely within the air show environment where a Certificate of Waiver (CoW) is in effect. Although it is a comprehensive learning tool, it is not intended to be the only source of information. Much of the material in this document is taken from FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 3, Chapter 6.

Each FAST pilot operating under a CoW must have been evaluated and have demonstrated both a knowledge of air show procedures, and in-flight formation competency to meet the standards. 


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Registration Open - Titusville Jet Blast

Registration is open for the Titusville / Sun 'n Fun Jet Blast on April 1 - 3. If you are planning to attend Sun 'n Fun, the Jet Blast in Titusville is an excellent opportunity to knock off the winter rust and have some fun!

There will be new procedures in effect for Jet Warbird displays at Sun 'n Fun 2017 and all large aviation events. Join us at Titusville for a briefing and an opportunity to update your FAST status, brief on the new procedures and have a great time flying with other Classic Jet owners. 

We will have an opportunity to fly formation with both an F-86 Sabre and TA-4J Skyhawk along with Air to Air photos. Don't miss out!

For more info on the Jet Blast Registration: Click Here

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New CJAA Website

We are proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. On behalf of the Classic Jet Aircraft Association, welcome! Our old website served us well for many years, but technology continues to develop and with this redesign we will be able to take advantage of the most current tools to make our website more effective and easier to maintain. Although we have retained much of the look and feel of the old site, the new site will make communications with our members simpler and easier. In addition, we will be able to host some important documents that will be available only to members of CJAA. What are some more things to check out?

Get Connected

The new site has a familiar layout and design, and it is optimized to view it on multiple devices and using any level of internet connection. So whether you are on an iPad at home, Android phone in the field, or using your family personal computer, you will be able to access the critical information you need.


Get Organized

The website structure is more organized, we have updated the menu design and added quick links to most pages to make it simpler and easier to jump to the information you need. Just look on the left side navigation boxes to learn more about what you see on the site.


Get Social

We focused on integrating social media into every part of the site, so wherever you are you can share what you see with your friends and colleagues. 


Jump In!

We encourage you to explore the new site, although some has changed, all of the resources that we have created over the years are still part of the site. Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback on the site design, and helped us to create the more connected, organized and social CJAA website you see today.

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Late Fee or Early Discount

We have been getting numerous questions about membership dues this year. For the past several years, we have offered a $20 discount for early renewals prior to December 31. If you are renewing your membership now, you will be paying the regular membership dues of $80. Unfortunately the new website lists this as a Late Fee rather than the loss of a discount. We will work on making the wording more clear for next year. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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CJAA Safety Briefs

During the slow flying season every winter, it is an excellent habit to knock off some of the rust from your regular procedures, add a few new ideas to your set of flying skills and tune up for the upcoming flying season. 

Some of the best ideas for improving your skills as a Classic Jet Pilot can be found in the CJAA Safety Briefs. Take a few minutes and read the short articles written by pilots who have been there. You can find the CJAA Safety Briefs in the CJAA Library on top row of the navigation menu or just click here to jump directly to the list: CJAA Safety Briefs.




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