1929 Fairchild

Chili Fest triumphs over weather – Again!

If you’ve never been to the Massey Chili Fest, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Always scheduled for the second Saturday in May, you can feast your eyes on all kinds of interesting aircraft and cars as well.

Article by Bill Dougherty

1929 FairchildLow clouds lingered over the airport until nearly noon when patches of blue sky started to appear and sunlight finally pierced through. The show cars had arrived early and were attracting all the attention. As is usually the case, the weather was worse up north and around us, with fog preventing many from taking off. After a dry week of perfect weather forecasts it was looking like we were in for a disappointing day if prospective visitors made an early decision not to fly. Then they started to arrive, not quite the usual crowded skies but still they came and we were privileged to be able to view some magnificent restorations. Just a few of the treats were:

Stanly Sweikar brought back his EAA award winning 1929 FLEET Model 2 (he first visited us last June for the Biplane Fly-In); painted in brilliant red & yellow, the logo “GREAT AMERICAN FLYING CIRCUS – Est. 1922” seems most appropriate.

Mark Meredith had us all guessing with his DeHavilland Super Chipmunk, I can see where some might think it looked like a P-51. The IO-540 engine, with twice the original horsepower, gives it an aggressive, all business appearance that doesn’t resemble any Chipmunk I’ve ever seen – Super or not. A 2014 EAA Vintage Classic Class Award winner.

Guido Rietdyk displayed his colorful 360 hp YAK-50 to the delight of all us buzzards encamped on “Mount Massey.” Thanks for the Fly-Bys (and smoke) and to all those who indulged us – we enjoy watching.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the 2015 Massey Chili Fiesta Fly-In was the visit of Marlin Horst’s 1929 Fairchild 71, one of only three remaining airworthy Fairchild 71s. This airplane was awarded what is generally considered to be the highest achievement in airplane restoration in the country: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Vintage: Antique Grand Champion – Gold Lindy. It also received the highest award for Vintage aircraft at this year’s Sun n’ Fun air show at Lakeland, FL. Marlin’s clearly not afraid to fly it around the country because he knows he made it reliable! An interesting feature of this airplane is that the wings will fold back next to the fuselage for storage. The wood instrument panel would make any Rolls Royce jealous. He brought his wife and a few grandchildren with room to spare. Marlin Horst is the owner of Smoketown Airport (just east of Lancaster, PA). He founded Premier Custom-Built Cabinetry of New Holland, PA http://premiercb.com in 1991. His experience in the cabinetry business shows in the incomparably fine woodwork found in the Fairchild restoration.

As always, the faithful provided more than enough food and no one needed to go home hungry – Thanks for sharing – The aviation spirit overfloweth, Long Live Grassroots Aviation. See more photos in our Photo Library


Chesapeake Sport Pilot Open House Fun for All Ages

Annual Open House Features Flying, Seminars, and Lunch for Community

Helen Woods - Chesapeake Sport Pilot - new ownerStevensville, MD – April 11th marked the beginning of a new era for the nation’s largest light sport flight school, Chesapeake Sport Pilot, as Chief Flight Instructor Helen Woods took the reins as owner and manager of the award winning school.

“We started CSP in 2006 and Helen was a big part in helping us become one of the premier flight training schools in the country,” explained former CSP owner Tim Adelman. “We focused on grass roots aviation and helped rekindle the spirit of flying. We are very excited to see Helen continue this tradition.”

Plans for the school include increasing its size by bringing in more planes, hiring more flight instructors and hiring a full time mechanic. “We will be continuing to offer high quality primary training in our high-wing Tecnam Eaglets and low-wing RV-12s” explained Woods. “We will also be expanding our introductory flight program in our Sky Arrows for those who would like a taste of flying either for a personal thrill, a gift for another, or a chance to try out lessons before making the commitment. We will also continue to grow our Searey seaplane training program which is the first and only of its kind in the nation.”

Perhaps the greatest change for Chesapeake Sport Pilot is their plans to establish a flying club for rated pilots. A flying club is basically a large multiple ownership program for aircraft where a group of pilots own one or more planes together. “A flying club allows rated pilots to have better access to a more diverse fleet of aircraft and an ability to take the planes on long trips while keeping costs down,” explained Woods. “This sort of thing is difficult in a flight school as students are constantly using the school planes. Establishing a flying club gives our graduates the freedom to fly that they seek after earning their pilot certificates with us”

Chesapeake Sport Pilot is the nation’s largest light sport flight school. CSP has provided more than 20,000 hours of light sport flight instruction over the past eight years and was recognized in 2014 as one of the top ten flight schools of any kind in the nation by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. CSP is currently enrolling new students for the spring semester. For more information please contact CSP at Helen@chesapeakesportpilot.com or (410) 604-1717.