2016 was a great year despite the late start. We have tucked the glider and tow plane away for the winter. We look forward to flying earlier next spring than we have in the past due to all of the maintenance that we accomplished last winter. See you then! In the mean time, please follow us on Facebook and if you're looking for a great gift, look into giving a gift certificate for an experience of a lifetime!
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We have been working hard this winter to improve the glider and tow plane. We should be wrapping up this month or early May. Look for us to start flying around early May. We hope you will come out and see the work that we have done!
On November 29th after eating and visiting with family, we got together as a flying family and put the tow plane and gliders away for the season. They are safely inside for the winter. We have some great plans for improvements over the winter. Come out next spring to see what we have done, and keep an eye on the website and Facebook for photo updates!
On November 21st Graham and Jon joined the ranks of Commercial Glider Pilots. They both passed their checkride. Be sure to congratulate them if you see them. Be sure to come out next season to either go for a flight with one of them, or ask how you can do the same!
In December 2012 we started the process to Re-Cover the wings of our tow plane. Our beautiful Piper PA-25 Pawnee could use a little love, and we were determined to give her what she deserved. Here are some pictures of the work and progress.
Here she was before we started.
Airplanes don't look right without wings!
Once the wings were off the airplane, we took the old fabric off of the wings to start the clean up process.
Good thing Stitch was around to supervise the cleaning.
While we were at it, we did the tail feathers too.
Here is an aileron all cleaned up and prepped for covering.
After the aileron was covered and ironed, we then rib stitch. For those wondering, we are using the Stewart System, and loving it.
A half covered elevator
Once the control surfaces were done, we prepped the left wing.
Here is a pic after the left wing was covered and shrunk.
Here Scott rib stitches with Patrick.
Then we tape the ribs etc.
Then we start the right wing.
A huge thanks goes to Gabby, Scott, Jon and Graham for their help on this. I couldn't do it without you all!!!