Massey Air Museum Launches “Opportunity Knocks”

Massey Air Museum

The students, seated from the left are, Liam Peregoy, Kyle Stroup, Andrew Smith, Norman Dixon and Nathan King. The instructors standing from the left are, Tony Saienni, John Williamson, Don Hooker, Joe Molz, Nick Mirales and Bob Dierker. The last two named were the hard working pilots. Missing from the graduation photo was instructor Tom Mellies.

Massey Air Museum’s  ‘Opportunity Knocks’ aeronautical engineering course for high school students was held on the week of July 16 – 20, 2018 at the museum facility.

Five selected students, four from Kent County and one from Queen Anne’s County, were recruited through the County High Schools, all having expressed an interest in aircraft engineering.

The course consisted of 24 hours of both academic and machine shop/fabrication experience, plus one and a half hours of flight time in a variety of aircraft.

The instructors are all museum staff members with many years of engineering experience and a love of flying which they were happy to share with potential kindred spirits.

Smiles were very much in evidence all week and are certainly on display in the photograph taken after graduation. The students are holding certificates from the museum and the local chapter of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) who also awarded them with ‘Young Eagles’ certificates.

 

The Massey Air Museum Curator, Don Hooker, has long wanted to promote aviation to young people in our community and this summer Massey initiated his program.

Don devised the entire program, proposed that Massey offer it and organized it from start to finish. (Don is also active in the Galena Lions Club).

In pursuance of the Massey Air Museum’s goals of providing community service and promoting general aviation, we wanted to encourage young people to explore aviation by conducting a one week Summer Engineering Course for motivated local high school students. With the success of our first years’s course (just completed July 20th) we hope to be able to increase the class size for next year. Our seven instructors were highly qualified, including two aeronautical engineers, a mechanical engineer, a designer of satellite electrical circuits, a mechanical arts instructor, a retired USAF General and a hang gliding pioneer who co-founded Massey Aerodrome in 2001.

In addition to the classes, each student received two airplane flights (1 introductory & 1 navigation test) and a glider flight.

fueling a low wing airplane at Bayland Aviation at Sby

Great new things are happening at the SBY Regional Airport!  Check it out:

  1. We now have a “fly-in” Flight surgeon office on our airfield.  Please schedule your next Fight Physical with Dr. Thomas Rosenthal – 410-860-8446
  2. RFP was just released seeking developers for our new Box and T-Hangar complex.  The box hangars will be 60’ x 60’ with dual door access, and the T-Hangars will have 49’ electric bi-fold door. This project will also include an ECO –Friendly aircraft wash rack and restroom.  If you aren’t already on our wait list,  you may have missed a fantastic opportunity.  Go to Wicomico County Website and Bids. And contact SBY  Regional Airport for Hangar availability- –  410-548-4827
  3. We will have self- serve fuel next fall to include SWIFT 80/87 octane fuel for various types of GA aircraft.
  4. We have completed the resurfacing of the Taxilanes between the three existing T-Hangars!  No more Pot-holes.
  5. We will begin painting the T-Hangars this summer.
  6. Corporate Hangar Ramp Resurfacing and Painting are pending our budget approval.  Will know by June 15th!

We are actively seeking another FBO for Corporate Jet Service Center that will provide maintenance and avionics services to all GA Aircraft.  These are just a few of the exciting new facilities and improvements being made at SBY Regional Airport.  Check us out at www.flySBYairport.com

Massey’s 15th Chili Fiesta Fly-In

Massey’s 15th Chili Fiesta Fly-In was a success despite low ceilings early and rain up north that kept most PA & NJ fliers at home. When the sun broke out we had 60 guest planes including a T-6 Texan (WWII trainer) from the Richmond, VA area. The parking lot was full of local drive-ins and our visitors brought just the right amount of chili to share. The turn-out made for a fine, relaxing day. The pilots come mainly for the camaraderie after a long Winter, a chance to look at some unusual, interesting planes and the free food is a bonus. Massey is fortunate to have such a well drained grass runway, and as usual it was perfect despite the rain earlier in the week. Massey built a ten unit T-Hangar over the Winter (our first) and it should be operational by July. When I say we built it, I mean that literally – Massey volunteers erected the structural steel frame and the 20 (20’) rolling steel doors. Now we are looking forward to the 50th Anniversary Antique Fly-In conducted by the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron (PAAS) on June 9th. This is the former Horn Point Fly-In that moved up to Massey 3 years ago. As the only Antique Airplane Assoc. (AAA) JUDGED event in our region, it attracts the best restorations and it feels like it belongs at Massey Aerodrome.

    

 

Easton Airport Celebrates 75th Anniversary

On July 20th, Easton Airport celebrates it’s 75th year with the unveiling of a permanent  exhibit in the terminal documenting the history of Talbot County Airports.  Check out the display when you fly in and learn about “Early Talbot County Airports”.

TRED AVON AIRPORT

The very first ‘airport’ in Talbot County was probably Trippe Creek. In 1921, a former WWI flyer, Capt. Ewing Easter, flew a scheduled daily flight to and from Baltimore using a seaplane, landing and taking off from the creek.

The first airport, some called it a landing site or air field, was established in 1928 at Ratcliffe Manor, just southwest of Easton on the Tred Avon River. It was listed in early aviation directories as Tred Avon Airport and served as a center for aviation on the Eastern Shore.

The Hathaway brothers, Stephen and Malcolm, created the airfield on their family estate to serve as a base for their new aviation business, the Tred Avon Flying Service. They offered charter flights, pilot training, aerial photography, fuel, and repairs. The runways were on pastureland consisting of two sod landing strips about 1,700 and 1,900 feet long. The “L” shaped airfield also had three hangars. The airfield was quite modest and had its fair share of challenging features, like a line of wire-bearing poles bordering the longer landing strip.

However, large crowds were attracted to the site on weekends to watch the Hathaways and others perform death-defying stunts such as standing on the wings of aircraft during flight. They made money by taking folks for short rides after the show. But the airport was short-lived, as Malcolm moved his business to Webb Airport sometime in 1932.

Today, the airfield is part of the housing development, Ratcliffe Farms, on the St. Michaels Road, about one-half mile from the Easton by-pass. 1.

  1. Preston, Edmund, Lanman, Barry A, & Breihan, John R. Maryland Aloft: A Celebration ofAviation, Airfields, and Aerospace. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 2003.

Tipton Airport Hosts CAP G1000 VFR Ground School

G1000 Ground School classroom at Tipton Airport

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.

(BALTIMORE, Md)

Keeping in line with Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Education mission, on 12 August 2017 members of CAP’s Apollo Squadron (MD85) based at Tipton Airfield hosted CAP G1000 VFR Ground Training for 17 members from all corners of the state of Maryland.

The VFR Transition to G1000 ground course material is designed to enable pilots a smooth transition to Technologically Advanced Aircraft for VFR flight and is divided into two modules, G1000 (VFR) and Autopilot (VFR) .An additional ground school and check-ride is required for IFR.

The objectives are to develop knowledge and skills for successful VFR transition to G1000 including elements of flight managment skills, Primary Flight Display (PFD organization, use of nav/com radios, Multi-Function Display (MFD) organization, malfunctions, and systems. The second module objectives include information management, automation management for the KAP 140 and GFC 700 autopilots, and risk management.

“Get Jets” at SBY

The SBY Regional Airport invited the community to a “Town Hall” meeting in Hangar 6 on the SBY airfield. County Executive, Bob Culver, welcomed people from our surrounding area to the event. County Council Member and Chairman of the Airport Commission, John Hall, was also in attendance. Piedmont Airlines CEO, Lyle Hogg, introduced the new Regional Jet that would be serving the SBY Regional Airport starting August 23, 2017, with service to Charlotte and Philadelphia. The Regional Jet airliner provided a very impressive backdrop to the meeting. Mr. Hogg spoke of the tremendous advantages in utilizing this jet service and explained the positive results to the community. The SBY Regional Airport Manager, Dawn Veatch, then presented a slide show comparing the noise footprints of the existing Dash-8 turboprop aircraft with the new efficient ERJ-145 turbojet footprint. The results are that the noise footprint of the new turbojets will be the same or less than that of the existing aircraft. Ms. Veatch went on to explain the virtues of having our community airport and she presented a short video that she produced during her tenure as Senior Director at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The video, showing that an airport is a tremendous asset to the community, was well received. Many members of the audience had questions, comments and suggestions. Following the meeting the attendees had a chance to view the Regional Jet up close and personal, and ask individual questions of the County Administration, Piedmont Airlines, and the Airport Staff. SBY Regional Airport will continue to hold annual “Town Hall” meetings to ensure that the community is involved and has a chance to participate in the planning and operations of their airport.

 

Garrett County 2G4 – 6th Annual Wings & Wheels

Md Chopper at Grrett County Wings & wheelsThe August 12th, 2017 Fly-In offered area residents and guests a rare chance to get up close and personal with aircraft of all sorts. There was something for everyone, even the kids. Biplanes, small jets, restored warbirds and a host of other models will be represented among an estimated 35 planes ranging in origin from the 1940s to the present. Helicopters and emergency vehicles, including fire engines and ambulances, will also be on display. The Mountain Top Cruisers Car Club of nearby Oakland held a Classic Car Show featuring antique models, hot rods and dragsters from the 1950s to the present. The first 75 cars receive dash plaques. Trooper 5 the State Police helicopter was on static display and gave a hoist demonstration to all to see.  RC – i.e. Radio Controlled – Aircraft Demonstrations rounded out the activities. Also included was the wildly popular Candy Drop for the kids, who can grab the goodies after the hovering helicopter drops it load of candy in the grass.  What could be better? Local vendors offered burgers, hot dogs and other hearty picnic fare for purchase.

This was the sixth year that Garrett County Airport has held a Fly-in and this event just becomes more popular each year.   

t-6s at garrett County Wings & Wheels event

Chinese Delegation Visits Frederick Municipal Airport

Rick Johnson, Airport Manager FDk with Chinese delegates. The Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) hosted Vice Mayor Li Jinyu and a delegation from Chengde, China interested in learning about how general aviation works in the US.  Specifically, the group wanted to gain an understanding of airport management, facility development, project financing, business development, and the role of local government in each respect.  The visit began with a reception at City Hall with Mayor Randy McClement before traveling to the airport for presentations by the Airport Manager, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Maryland State Police “Trooper 3”, Signature Flight Support, Richard Crouse & Associates, Frederick Flight Center, and Bravo Flight Training.  “This was a great opportunity to show how general aviation airports drive economic activity and provide incredible benefits to a community beyond just a transportation center,” said Airport Manager Rick Johnson.  The delegation also toured the air traffic control tower, and learned how FDK enables the smooth flow of aircraft into nearby commercial service airports by easing congestion and thus fulfilling its role as a ‘reliever’ airport.  “The group was interested to learn about how general aviation benefits Frederick, and how it fits within the broader national aviation system,” commented Assistant Airport Manager Nick Sabo.  The Federal Aviation Administration’s Foreign Affairs Office assisted in coordinating the visit.

 

From Delegate Andrew Cassilly

Andrew CassillyI am honored to have worked with members of MAA, MAMA and AOPA to address a serious safety issue affecting 16 of our public airparks in the State of Maryland. The Forrest Conservation Act was created to save our precious wooded areas around the State and promote environmental stewardship. The Act wisely contained an exemption for the 20 airports receiving funding from the FAA. This exemption allows these airports to prune or remove hazardous trees growing in the runway flight path. Unfortunately, the remaining 16 small public-use airports in the State that do not receive FAA funding were not included in this exemption. During this past session in Annapolis, I was successful in drafting legislation that passed into law House Bill 874- Air Navigation Protection from Hazards act of 2017.  The law rectifies the discrepancy by including all 36 public-use landing facilities in Maryland in the FCA exemption. I am confident this new law will allow all of our airports to maintain safe facilities and minimize the delay in addressing hazardous trees. I could not have been successful without the strong oral testimony from the aviation industry. Jaime Giandomenico, Jared Esselman, and Mike Henry spend a day driving to Annapolis and waiting to testify before the committee. Their willingness to invest the time in supporting in the bill was instrumental. Other members if the aviation industry provided written support of the bill. I would also commend the environmental advocacy groups for recognizing the necessity for this law and supporting its passage. I am proud to serve the aviation community in their efforts to make our airports safe across Maryland.

Once-Shy Maryland Airport Reconnects with Community Through Successful “Wings & Wheels” Event

pilot in A-10 jet showing young boy the cockpitby Jerry DiCairano

Salisbury, Md.—No one can remember the last time this rural airport hosted a major community event. The probable answer is “Never.” But that all changed on Saturday, May 20th, when Salisbury Regional Airport in Salisbury, Md., shook off its shyness and said, “Come on over!” to families on the eastern shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

And indeed they came. Bucking a blustery wind and unusually cool temperatures, more than a thousand guests arrived to inspect military and civilian aircraft, tour the control tower, drool over a long line of classic cars, and enjoy a free pancake breakfast. There were other activities, too, including helicopter rides and a well-attended “Rusty Pilots” seminar presented by the AOPA.

“Airports need the support of their communities, and this was our way of letting people know that we are here to serve them—that we are growing and improving in all sorts of ways,” said Dawn Veatch, the airport’s new manager, who has been at the controls for less than four months. Coming soon to the airport, she informed attendees, were new general-aviation hangars, remodeled spaces in the airline terminal, new food services, and a fleet of jet airliners which will

replace the venerable De Havilland Dash 8 turboprops that have served the airport for decades. The older planes, she noted, are retiring to make way for Piedmont Airlines’ newly acquired Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft. Piedmont is headquartered at Salisbury Regional and was the lead sponsor among some 40 organizations that funded and supported the Wings & Wheels event.

Mrs. Veatch, who holds airline-transport and flight-instructor pilot certificates, added that post-9/11 security measures have discouraged friendly public interaction with smaller airports, contributing in some measure to the nation’s current pilot shortage. Future pilots, she believes, often begin their romance with aviation at a tender age—and often at events just like Salisbury’s, where young children have their first opportunity to talk to pilots and closely inspect all kinds of aircraft. “I think I saw many future pilots at our event,” said Mrs. Veatch, smiling. “Some of them were elementary-school age, and some may have been in strollers.”