Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013


See Page, Arizona like you’ve never seen before at the 4th Annual Wings & Wheels Air Affaire on Saturday, October 19, at the Page Municipal Airport.

Here’s your chance to experience a free flight in a private plane, take a helicopter ride, watch skydivers drop from the sky, see vintage planes fly in formation, view classic cars on display and so much more. The event is open to everyone and free for the whole family. Local pilots LeRoy Wicklund and Mike Makowski will be giving free plane rides for first-time flyers on a first-come first-served basis. Young Eagles will be offering free flights to kids under 18. The CJ6 military trainers will be back on display and performing their famous fly-bys. Model airplanes will be on exhibit. Classic cars will be showing their stuff. Several hangars will be open for viewing. New this year are experimental aircraft, ultralights, helicopter rides, skydiving demonstrations and more. Plus there will be music, prizes, food and fun. Follow WingsWheelsAirAffaire on Facebook for the latest updates.

238 10th Ave., Page, AZ

*9am - 3pm* Call 928-660-0200 f.m.i.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fly-Out to North Las Vegas

Pat Carroll has proposed a fun fly-out which will I will describe here. What we want for now is a list of who is interested and suggested dates within the next two weeks.
Here is the proposal with a suggested schedule as quoted from Pat's idea:
Arrive in North Las Vegas about noon, lunch nearby at 1300, an optional movie starting around 14:00-14:30 (movie "Planes" suggested), back at airport 16:00-16:30, takeoff 17:00-17:30 to get home 18:00-18:30 safely in daylight for those of us exercising the LS privileges.

Again, for now please let me know who is interested and suggested dates within the next two weeks.

Monday, October 7, 2013

EAA Chapter Meeting and Safety Seminar

This month Chapter meeting will be this Thurs. October 10th. Russ is giving a WINGS Certified Safety program. Please note that this is open to everyone who is interested, so bring a friend and brush up on safety skills. Thanks!

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

Preventing the Darwin Theory
Why experienced pilots do stupid things.
Date and Time:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Join us early for a free picnic starting at 5:30 pm.
EAA chapter meeting Starts at 6:00 pm
Safety Seminar 6:20 -7:30 pm

Russ Roberts

Brief Description:
We have checklists and the P.A.V.E. program and we still do preventable mistakes. We will look at local events and the mishap in San Francisco. A group participation with different opinions on how accidents can be avoided.

Select Number:

Location of Seminar:
Hurricane Airport
800 West 2300 South
Hurricane, UT 84737
Directions to Venue:
Enter airport gate and take 2nd left onto tarmac. Continue down to the 2-story building with a balcony. Meeting will be held in a room on the 1st floor. Watch for planes taxiing.

Fly-in Seminar?:
Yes IL8
10 seats at the facility, 10 remaining for online registration.

Sponsoring Division:

Contact Information:
Phone: (435) 229-5620

Thanks to:
Art Granger - Hurricane City Airport Manager
EAA Chapter 936
Russ Roberts

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.

Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Chapter Meeting and FAA Safety Seminar

This month Chapter meeting will be next Thurs. August 8th. Russ is giving a WINGS Certified Safety program. We would like to be sitting down having dinner by 5:45pm so we can start the meeting at 6pm. Please note that this is open to everyone who is interested, so bring a friend and brush up on safety skills. Thanks!

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

"Avoiding the Icarus in All of Us"
Topic: Overcoming personality traits that could effect the safety of flight.
On Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Art Granger's office / General Dick Stout Field
800 West 2300 South
Hurricane, UT 84737

Select Number:
Review 3 examples of accidents that could have been prevented if the pilot would have controlled the human factor of the equation.
Open discussion on each event and how we could prevent them from occurring. 

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the 'Contact Information' area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:
Basic Knowledge 3 - 1 Credit

Cedar City Fly In Breakfast

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

EAA Chapter Meeting & Young Eagles


Time has come upon us again! Our EAA mtg. will be the same as usual. Scheduled this Thursday, the 13th, at the Hurricane Airport at 6pm. We will try to have to have another landing competition, the forecast doesn't look too bad right now.

We will let you know if those winds come in upon us again! Dinner is served as always so remember a side or dessert, if possible. Let us know if you have any questions.

We also had a Young Eagles activity last Wednesday, the 4th.  There were a few new kids and several repeats. Everyone had a great time thanks to those who were willing to donate some of their time.

Kids are also still working on the DR-107. Let us know if you have any questions or will like to participate in building the DR-107 or the Young Eagles program.


Jen Carroll
EAA Chapter 936 Sec/Treasurer

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Flying a LSA around 1L8

You can also watch it in You Tube directly by following this link:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chapter Meeting and Fly-In ! - April 11

Hi Everyone!

Our EAA 936 Chapter Mtg. is coming up next week! A fly-in and spot landing competition (best of 3) at the airport in Hurricane(1L8) is being planned. Free Food for Everyone!!! Always weather permitting on the landing competition. It will start at 4:30pm and end about 5:30pm. Food will start at 5:30pm. Chapter Mtg. will start at 6pm and end about 7:30pm.

Aircraft parking is limited. Please contact Art Granger(airport manager) at 435-272-9999 for space info.

Contact us on 123.05 on the way in if you want to compete in the landing competition. 

Invite a friend!! 

There will be an award for first and last place. Unfortunately no crash awards, so FLY SAFE!!!!!!


Patrick Carroll
EAA Chapter 936 President
EAA Chapter meeting is the second Thursday of each month.
Location does change.
6 pm

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

RAF visit highlights Arkansas, Arizona issues

RAF visit highlights Arkansas, Arizona issues

Click on the above link to read the article
By Pat Carroll

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Concrete Arrows

During our last Flyout, the topic of the concrete arrows found around St George came up and I decided to do some research on the subject.  What I have discovered is nothing short of amazing!  At least for me.

I knew the location of one of them and occasionally could find a second one while flying, but this one was always elusive to find.  Well, now I have found three of them around here and there maybe more.  I was also curious about their shape.  Why do they have this particular shape?  The text below answers that question and their exact location with GPS coordinates can be found below as well.

First, a little bit of history.  I found the following article that describes the need and how the whole thing got started:

The Development of Night Navigation in the U.S.
By John Schamel

After World War One, the U.S. Post Office began operating a series of air mail routes along the East Coast. On August 20, 1920, the Transcontinental Air Mail Route was opened. Extending from New York to San Francisco, it was the first airway to cross the nation. Airways in those days were merely concepts – air navigation charts didn’t exist. Pilots used railroad or early road maps since flying was a fair weather daytime activity. Mail planes of the day normally came equipped with a compass, a turn-and-bank indicator, and an altimeter. Pilots were often skeptical of their instruments and would only fly along a well-known route.

And there was the problem. Mail could only fly in the daylight. Many skeptics looked at Air Mail as an expensive frill, since it offered no clear-cut savings in time. Mail could cross the nation by rail in three days. The short daylight hops aircraft could give to the mail weren’t cost effective.

In February 1921, a grand experiment had been conducted. Two flights would fly the Transcontinental, one in each direction and the flights would continue into the night. Despite a raging blizzard across the Great Plains and the Midwest, one flight was able to make it with its load of mail from San Francisco to New York. The determination of one pilot, Jack Knight, who flew three segments of the route, made it succeed. Jack was able to find his way across the snow swept plains by following the bonfires lit by supportive citizens and postal employees.

Using six aircraft and six pilots, the air mail relay took slightly more than 24 hours to cover the distance from San Francisco to New York. Proof of substantial timesaving was made.

A 1923 experiment conducted by the Army Air Corps in Ohio showed that pilots could navigate at night using rotating light beacons. With this example, Paul Henderson, who was the Second Assistant Postmaster General in 1922 was able to press his requests for the development of a similar system for the Air Mail routes. Congress, in 1923, approved funding for the lighting of the Transcontinental Air Mail Route. Work started immediately on the Cheyenne to Chicago segment. Being in the middle of the nation, flights starting at daybreak on the coasts would be able to fly to either end of the lighted segment before dusk.

What resulted was the first ground based civilian navigation system in the world. Beacons were positioned every ten miles along the airway. At the top of a 51-foot steel tower was a 1 million candlepower-rotating beacon. Pilots could see the clear flash of light from a distance of 40 miles. Also at the top of the tower were two color-coded 100,000 candlepower course lights. These pointed up and down the airway. They were colored green, signifying an adjacent airfield, and red, signifying no airfield. The course lights also flashed a Morse code letter. The letter corresponded to the number of the beacon within a 100-mile segment of the airway. To determine their position, a pilot simply had to remember this phrase – “When Undertaking Very Hard Routes, Keep Direction By Good Methods” – and know which 100-mile segment they were on.
The beacons were also built to aid daytime navigation. Each tower was built on an arrow shaped concrete slab that was painted yellow. The arrow pointed to the next higher numbered beacon. An equipment/generator shed next to the tower had the beacon number and other information painted on the roof.

Regular scheduled night service on the Transcontinental Air Mail Route started on July 1, 1924. Now operating around the clock, Air Mail was able to cross the nation in 34 hours westbound and 29 hours eastbound. By the fall of 1924, the lighted segment extended from Rock Springs, WY to Cleveland, OH. By the summer of 1925, it extended all the way to New York.

An English aviation journalist, visiting the U.S. in 1924, wrote, “The U.S. Post Office runs what is far and away the most efficiently organized and efficiently managed Civil Aviation undertaking in the World.”

On July 1, 1927, the U.S. Post Office ended its Air Mail operation. The Transcontinental Air Mail Route, and other air mail routes, were turned over to the fledgling Airways Division in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Lighthouses. The Airways Division continued with the development of lighted airways. An improved version of the beacon was fielded in 1931.
On January 29, 1929, the rotating beacon at Miriam, NV was turned on, lighting the last beacon in the Transcontinental Air Mail Route.

By 1933, the Federal Airway System operated by the Airways Division comprised 18,000 miles of lighted airways containing 1,550 rotating beacons and 236 intermediate landing fields. Air Mail pilots routinely navigated the skies during the night, following the “signposts” of the rotating beacons.  

About the author …
John Schamel joined the FAA in 1984 and has been an Academy instructor since 1991. He taught primarily in the Flight Service Initial Qualification and En Route Flight Advisory Service programs. He has also taught in the International and the Air Traffic Basics training programs at the FAA Academy.

In the St George area, we are fortunate to have the concrete foundations of three Airway Light Beacons.   Their identification and latitude / longitude locations are as follows:

·         Airway Beacon 37A located at 37° 3'53.17"N 113°35'43.15"W
·         Airway Beacon 37C located at 37° 7'2.66"N 113°29'15.36"W
·         Airway Beacon 38   located at 37°10'50.03"N 113°24'1.45"W

The identification information came from the Airway Map 133 Las Vegas Nevada to Milford Utah dated December 16, 1930 (download).  I also have Airway Map 134 Milford to Salt Lake, if you are interested (download).  A couple of interesting points to note on this map is that the magnetic variation at the time was 16° 15'E compare to 12° 30'E today.  The number on the beacons increase as you head north.  The arrows point to the next beacon in a northerly heading and there is a mistake in the magnetic heading flying southbound out of St George.  It is listed as 277° when it should have been 227°.  I hope that many aviators back then did not get lost delivering mail southbound!.

The latitude and longitude I got from Google Earth.  If you have Google Earth installed in your computer you can open this Google KMZ file (download) and it will launch Google Earth and show where the Airway Beacons are located.

If we ever run out of Chapter activities, maybe we can restore one of these Airway Beacons to its original glory!

Please make comments below.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chapter 936 Flyout

Chapter 936 had its first Flyout coordinated by Russ Roberts - a very well organized flight.  The destination was Page Arizona, which is approximately an hour flight from the Hurricane Airport and slightly more from Cedar City.

Four aircrafts made the trip: a Flight Design CTLS, a Mooney M20C, a Vans RV-4 and an AcroSport I Biplane.

The day was perfect for the flight considering that the forecast for the following few days was going to be terrible.  Flying east requires a minimum elevation of 9,500ft  from Hurricane and 11,500ft from Cedar in order to be able to clear the mountains.  What was not in the forecast, was a headwind of 22knots gusting to 30knots, making the trip about 25 minutes longer than expected.  The trip takes you over the snow covered mountains of Dixie National Forest, Zion and Cedar Breaks National Parks, the Paria River and the Grand Staircase-Escalante regions.  In short, amazing views everywhere!

The approach and landing at Page is also spectacular.  The views to Lake Powell (the second largest artificial lake in the country) are incredible and you get to fly over the Glen Canyon Dam, which seems like a special treat considering that after 9/11 we're no longer allowed to fly over the Hoover Dam. 

Construction of the Glen Canyon Dam started on October 15, 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower pressed a button on his desk in the capital of Washington D.C., sending a telegraph signal that set off the first blast of dynamite!

Once at the tarmac and having taken care of the aircrafts, Classic Aviation' courtesy van took us to the Ranch House Grill, a popular place with aviators.  After a quick brunch and sharing tall aviation stories, we headed back to the airport for the return flight home.

It was a great day surrounded by great friends and we are already making plans for the next flyout: perhaps Richfield, UT?