From the Editor

Just a word, it has been an awesome two weeks; the weather though cold has been great for flying.  I had the privilege to day to see a couple of our members take off from LaJunta. I was downwind when N3DR the bright yellow bird of our vice president, Ron Davidson took off, good to see it in the air again, and after a couple more landings of a couple Katanas, the all red bird of our Chapter President took to the skies.  Flying toward Lake Meredith I got a beautiful view of N3DR, but couldn’t get my phone out fast enough to take a picture. Then as I approached the lake, I looked down at there was the bright red 182 doing some low level fun flying.  What a beautiful day it was, after about 49 years of flying, and thousands of hours and landings. I still find it a great joy to take to the blue skies, there is nothing like it.

I am going to be flying to Kansas on the 27th to pick up a new bird for me.  I have bought a Cessna 172, and older one, but in great shape and am looking forward to be able to do some traveling in it. I hope to be able to fly it to LaJunta on the 10th of Feb on our fly out.

Winter is a great time to fly. When I had my flight school, I flew with almost more students in the winter than in the summer, the only thing I could figure out was the didn’t have to mow the lawn, couldn’t go boating and it was too cold to ride their cycles.  So what better time to go flying.

Hope everyone has a great New Year.

John E. Davolt, Editor

From the Editor

We are nearing the end of 2017.    It hardly seems possible that it has been 17 years since the world was supposed to come to a halt because of Y2K.  We are still making things happen.   However, it brings to mind how we have gotten so dependent on technology.  When I was in Independence, Ks, one of the young men that did deliveries was supposed to be delivering a plane to Lakeland, FL. The plane he was to take a C172 only had one nav/com and a transponder.   The airplane was new and certified for IFR but was not equipped with much.  This young man was trying to find a handheld GPS because he just did not feel that he could fly to   Florida without a GPS, and then on top of that the next day it was IFR.  I had done some flying for the company, and they asked me if I could fly it, it down for them since the young man felt he could not.  I filed the VOR’s and airways, and made a successful flight. When I trained and received, my Instrument Rating a GPS had not heard been of.  Challenge yourself occasionally, to fly with the map, and maybe a VOR, etc.   When I used to fly my Sonerai II, I only had a handheld com and flew all over the country, with just the charts.

A few years ago, I was training a pilot to fly, and he insisted on using his Anywhere Control Vision that connected to his IPAQ handheld.  I refused to let him use it on his cross-country, saying that there never is a power failure with Sectionals.  Shortly after he got his private, he called me and said he was glad I trained him the way I did because he had lost all his electrical system.  While I enjoy the GPS, I have no hesitation of getting into a minimally equipped airplane and heading cross-country.

A couple of years after Cessna put the Garmin 1000 in their single engine planes; a pilot ran out of fuel and crashed.  The letters in the Aviation Magazines could not hardly believe that one would run out of fuel in a Technically Advanced Aircraft. (TAA).  The pilot had to enter the amount of fuel on board before flight, for the computer to calculate fuel burn, if it is entered wrong, will you know what happens.  I remember reading where someone asked Richard Collins if he thought the GPS, etc. would make his flying safer.  His reply was “It only tells me where I am at and I already know that.”

I also know of a pilot that had a GPS in the panel, one on his yoke, and a handheld in his bag.  A pilot friend of mine, who had done some flying with him, said I do not think he could fly the airplane if he lost his electronics. Is it easier to fly with the technology? Yes, However know how to fly without it.

So as the New Year approaches, challenge yourself to review basic flight procedures and navigation. Land with a cross wind rather than trying to pick a runway so you can land into the wind every time. Challenge makes flying fun.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


John E. Davolt, Newsletter editor.

From the Editor

I thought I would write just about the subject that the president, made mention of in his comments earlier, about night flying.

I personally enjoy night flying, it is generally smoother, the lights are beautiful and the traffic is lighter, and from a mechanics stand point the engine actually performs better due to the cooler air temperatures. Some worry about flying single engine at night. The few times that I have known about engine failure at night, or helped investigate an engine failure; the problem was due to fuel mismanagement. One a Piper Arrow, went down on a perfectly gorgeous night, ran out of fuel, when we helped with the investigation there was only a thimble of fuel in the gascalator. Fortunately, no one was fatally injured, but a perfectly good airplane, got totaled.  I cannot understand how or why someone would take off or continue a flight with insufficient fuel at night.

However, the thing that is probably the biggest factor at night is the difficulty at seeing the weather. You can fly into a cloud or clouds and not even notice, unless it is the strobes, or other lights, start reflecting off the clouds. However, you can actually be on top of a layer and in the clear so the strobes are not reflecting, off anything, but when you look down you can no longer see the lights. Now you are on top of a layer, which may end up being solid all the way to your destination.  Unless you are Instrument rated, you now face descending thru a cloud layer.    There have been possibly been more accidents caused by trying to descend below the clouds as there has been engine failures at night.  That is why many of those who rent aircraft require you to have an Instrument Rating to fly at night.

One of the most interesting and possibly the scariest of my earlier flying days, I was flying from Mexico, MO, to Independence, KS, this was in the early 1970’s.  I was just past the Missouri line flying into Kansas, Westbound. I had the beacon for Chanute, Parsons, Coffeyville and Independence, Kansas in sight; I looked down at my chart, check my position (No GPS in those days) and when I looked up there was not a light to be seen.  I looked down and could see the ground, but no lights, by seeing the ground I knew there were no clouds under me, it was pitch black.  I did a cross check on the Chanute and Oswego VOR’s I was right where I was supposed to be. I gave a radio call to Chanute FSS (they had a station there at the time) and tried to find what was going on.  They made sure I knew where was at, as I gave them the radials off the VOR. They came back and said there was a power outage and the whole area was out of power.  I kept flying toward Independence and about 10 minutes later the whole horizon lit up as the lights came back on, it was just as if someone had flipped the switch. It was awesome, and even better, I was right on course, as the beacons were right where they were supposed to be. So carry a flashlight, the batteries in new LED lights last a lot longer than the old flashlights. So keep the lights on and happy flying. Enjoy the beautiful lights.

John E. Davolt,  Editor

Chapter Dues

It is time to pay our EAA Chapter dues for 2018.  The deadline for payment is the Christmas Party December 8.  Please pay Dave Springer or any of the chapter officers.

Dues this year are $20 for singles and $25 for family memberships.

Photos from the Fremont County Airshow

Here are some photos from the Fremont County Airshow.

Crew Getting Breakfast Prepared

Enjoying Breakfast

EAA 808 served around 400 for breakfast I belief was the number. I had a great time. Also Jon’s little airplane was auctioned off, I believe it brought $325. It was a beautiful day. I am going to put in a few more Photos. I did not get a photo of N1254R, a Bellanca belonging to Brad Gunter. It shows how small the aviation world is. He bought it from someone in California. I did and annual on it in 2004 and 2005, at Chanute, when it belonged to a Doctor there.

Got a shot of some of the flying,

Tried to get some more shots of the air show performers, but must were just small Dots, need to get used to my new phone. It was a nice day, and there was also a car show involved.

Anyone want to buy a Hatz Biplane?

I had a great day and hope that some were inspired to enjoy the beauties of flying. After many thousands of hours, and 30,000 plus take offs and landings, I still get a thrill when I take to the sky. I have had the privilege of seeing a lot of foreign countries and places from the window of a small plane that few have gotten to see.

John E. Davolt

Thoughts from the Editor

We are headed for Fall, the month of September will soon be gone. That has been a very busy year, either I am getting older and slower and find that it is harder to get as much down as I used. I have never found a time without something to do.
Jon Federic has been busy working on his plane and sent me some pictures to include in the Newsletter.

The following are a few pictures of my project to share.

The first are of the installation of the new lead- ing edge fuel tank for the starboard wing. I have added an auxiliary fuel tank that goes in the baggage compartment. It will feed into the leading edge tank.

The next picture shows the installation of the servo motor for the aileron trim system.

Thanks to Jon for sharing these photos with us. I am sure if you ever get out his way that he would be glad to show you what he has done.

I am sure that if you have been flying around Pueblo that you have seen that there are a large number of Army helicopters, shooting the approaches as well as landing and taking off, here as well as La Junta. If you are getting ready to take off or land when they are in the pattern, be sure and give them plenty of room as they can cause some real turbulence.

Also the old man Jack Frost will be coming to look out for frost on the wings, it doesn’t take much to reduce the lift that you need. As the air gets cooler, there will be need to watch for the iceman, so that we don’t run into the problems with icing. But that being said, it is rewarding to fly in the cool air.

I love to fly in the crisp cool air. It might be cold and we want to sit around the fire, but I can say that some of the most enjoyable times has been flying in the winter. Sometimes it is a problem when it is cold to get the engines started, so you might want to have a heater installed on the engine, or sometimes an electric heater with ducting can be used, this makes for easier starting.

So enjoy the smooth air and make sure that your heater is working, and that it has no leaks. So enjoy the smoothness and performance of the cool, crisp cold air.

I always enjoy any photos you might send to put in the newsletter, so I will be looking for some from you, maybe from places you have flown.

As we get later in to the fall, we are going to see even prettier scenery as we fly. So keep flying, there is nothing quite like it.

John E. Davolt,

What a Month

What a month this has been. Not only did I have a birthday and get a year older, but it has been a very busy month. We have had a large influx of students, and I have been working a record number of hours.  I am not sure whether it is the years that is catching up with me or my engine is running out of fuel. LOL. But it seems that when I get home of and evening that my energy has been Zapped.

The weather has been beautiful for the last couple of weeks, and even needed rain. I hope that the weather will be good for the Young Eagles rally on Sat.

My First Airplane

Thought I would put a picture of my first airplane.  Look how young I was in this picture. I bought it when I was 21, While others were dreaming of a new car or a Hot Rod, I was enjoying an airplane. I bought it in 1974 for $4500.  It was a 1965 Cessna 150, I did a lot of flying in it, flew it to Ft. Pierce Florida, to South Carolina and many trips to Kansas From Missouri. It was economical and I remember those years with a smile.

John Davolt

From the Editor (April)

Well, another month has slipped by, it seems that time really “Flies”. Anyway, I thought I would include a few more pictures. I went to Turichraplli, India in 2010 to assemble 5 Cessna Skyhawks. If you think that the paper work is bad in the USA, just triple it for over there. I was there 3 weeks to do a job that I could have done in 12 days. I would work one day, and then they would have to get more paper work for me to get on the airport again. Anyway I had a great time, and was able to assemble 5 planes, in actual work time of only 12 days, using the help of some of the young men from India who had just gotten out of aircraft mechanics school.

Unloading some of the planes in India.

Some of the Crew helping me.

Assembling the planes, had to make do with equipment and tools.

Also I traveled to China in 2008, and assembled some planes over there. I assembled 5 172’s and 1 Cessna 206. The person who bought the C206 was a former MIG pilot, who loved to talk, even though I couldn’t always understand what he was saying he was quite friendly and I had a great time. It was located about 1700 km West of Bejing, at an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and cold, about 12 degrees. So I was breathless and cold. So here are a couple of pictures from China.

Assembling planes in Xingian

The Mechanics with me in China

I also went to Vero Beach, Florida with Carl Weaver (Weaver Aero International) and we picked up to Piper Seminoles, flew them back to his place in Moundridge, Kansas. I helped dis-assemble them, and he shipped them to South Korea. I then flew over and put them together, which I managed to do in two weeks.

The Lead mechanic at the University where I put them together, thought I was a little Fat, Haha, and wondered how fast I could work,. In the end he said. “I thought at first you were too fat to get much done, but man you worked. They were a great bunch and with their help I was able to get them all assembled.

Getting ready to assemble the Seminoles in Korea.

Almost done with the first one.

From the Editor (March)

Because I have not received any articles or pictures to share that I would share a little of my experience over the 48 years and Thousands of hours flying.

I have flown as a mission pilot in Papua New Guinea as a mission pilot for 10 years, 1980 to 1993 in a Cessna 180, and a Cessna 206. So here are a couple of pictures from Papua New Guinea.

On return from Papua New Guinea, I worked as at Chanute, Kansas as an Aircraft Mechanic, and a flight instructor. In 1997 worked at Cessna Aircraft Company in Independence, Kansas as a Production Test Pilot.

Getting ready for first flight in a New C182

As production test flight for Cessna, I flew over 3000 for their first flight off the assembly line. In the first flight we had to do 4 stalls, Power on with flaps and power on without flaps, power off with flaps and power off without flaps. So I have done over 12,000 stalls, in flight test plus all I have done while instruction.

After taking a lay off from Cessna in 2009, I then contracted to deliver airplanes overseas, I made 30 trips or so across the Atlantic ocean, Cessna 172’s, 182’s, and 206’s. The last flight I delivered a Cessna 206H to Tel Aviv Israel in May 2013.

Tanked New Turbo Cessna 182 for Turkey

Continue reading “From the Editor (March)”

From the Editor

Well, I see that another month has rolled around. There seems to be many things in the works, and I am excited, I would like to see the EAA chapter 808 grow.

It takes the efforts of everyone to keep things moving and I am glad to see we have some stepping up to the plate to help out. Susan Mhyre has been working hard to get a program going for the Young Eagles on the 18th of March which is only a couple weeks away, and we will be doing that at the Fremont County Airport. See the flyer on page 5. Young Eagles are an important part of getting young people involved and helping them get a desire to fly. I remember when I was 15, I was taken for a flight by one of my teachers (Martin Nelms) in High School, and I caught the flying bug. He saw my interest in flying and began bringing me books to study. I began flying when I was 15 when I started flying and soloed on my 16th birthday. This teacher arranged for the local newspaper to come and take a picture of me on that day, so made the front page of the Independence Daily Reporter. Thirty years later, I soloed my Son at the same airport on his 16th Birthday, and he made the front page of the same newspaper. So if you run into a young person who has a desire to fly help keep that desire alive.

Susan has also been working to have an open house this coming Saturday March the 4th for the Civil Air Patrol. See the flyer on Page 4. This is another way to get young people involved, so if you know anyone who might be interested, please get in touch with Susan.

So, hope to see you all soon, and this month at Fremont County Airport.

John E Davolt,
Secretary and Newsletter editor