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Welcome to Oshkosh 2018
July 25, 2018

Welcome to Oshkosh 2018!

Welcome to Oshkosh 2018! Hard to believe that its Oshkosh time already. The year is flying by (pun intended) with Oshkosh marking the mid point in the airshow season. Over the years I’ve learned that the first few days of an event that runs for more than three days finds the organizers looking for performers. The management knows that the big names are the draw for airshow junkies (like us, right?) and wants to save them for later in the week. Now I mean no disrespect to any performer. As I’ve commented in previous years, this “ain’t an easy way to make a living.” With that being said the early days are a great source for new and different aircraft and performers. My first two stories fall into the new/different category.

What is one a pilot’s worst nightmares? I’m sure if you said an engine out you’d be in the majority opinion. Next question (this isn’t a test really), why do single engine pilots learn to fly a multi engine aircraft? For that answer, please refer back to the answer of the original question. Or, in simple pilot speak, the second engine provides redundancy.

Now for the trick question (hmmm, maybe this is a test). If an engine out is a bad thing solved, in theory, by having two engines, why would you deliberately shut both of those perfectly good engines down? I guess the answer to that is to show that aircraft don’t fall out of the sky without a power source. And, as Bob Hoover proved, it also gets the crowds attention. Today, David Martin took a stock Beechcraft Baron and did just that. Look closely and you can see that neither prop is spinning.

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Speaking of twins, can you name the smallest twin-engine manned aircraft in the world without using Google or Siri? (I promise, no more questions). If you said the Cri-Cri you win (and I’m also reasonably sure you cheated). To add some interest (and possibly airspeed) the performance today started with the Cri-Cri being launched from the top of a Ford SUV. This home built Cri-Cri proves that size really doesn’t matter (at least in the world of aerodynamics)!Oshkosh 2018

Mixed in were performances from Rob Holland in the MX2, Kyle Franklin in a Kitfox S7 and the Aeroshell team. I’m sure we’ll see more of them during the week as they are all airshow regulars.

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The weather was variable today with lows clouds alternating with blue skies. Not a perfect day for an airshow. The forecast for the week shows temps on the warm side but there is no rain predicted.

As always, thanks for reading. Looking forward to a great week.

Fly safe.

Ken Dono
Sales Manager

https://www.eaa.org/en/airventure

 

 

Columbia Aircraft Fall Fly-In
October 24, 2020

Shifting Paradigms

The Columbia® group of aviation companies will be hosting its Fall Fly-In 2020, on Saturday October 24th, 2020 from 10AM-2PM on the Columbia Aircraft ramp at Groton-New London Airport, CT (KGON). You can view all the details here: https://www.columbiaaironline.com/event/columbias-fall-fly-in-2020/

Aviation enthusiasts, pilots and aircraft owners are invited to attend. The event will feature the latest in new Daher TBM and Columbia Select Pre-Owned TBM aircraft. The event is also a celebration of Columbia’s 40th year in business.

Commemorative T-shirts and discounted 100LL or Jet-A fuel will be available to aircraft which fly in, in addition to door prizes for best aircraft, longest distance flown to attend, and other categories.

We all miss airshows and the social aspects of flying. This will be a great opportunity to get out in the Fall weather and safely see some beautiful airplanes!

Now the important COVID-19 details:

Social distancing guidelines, mask usage and common-sense safety protocols will be in effect during the event in accordance with state requirements. You will be required to wear a face mask, and we will be distributing them to attendees.

Current Connecticut guidance is that pilots planning to fly in from another state are not required to quarantine provided their stay in CT does not exceed 24 hours. Regular updates will be sent out by Columbia and current guidelines can be checked at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel.

We hope to see you on Saturday October 24th!

The Columbia Aircraft Sales Team

Columbia’s Fall Fly-In 2020
October 24, 2020

The Columbia® group of aviation companies hosts its Fall Fly-In 2020, held Saturday October 24th, 2020 from 10AM-2PM on the Columbia Aircraft Sales ramp at Groton-New London Airport, CT (KGON). https://www.columbiaaironline.com/news_events/fall-fly-in-2020-date-announced/

Aviation enthusiasts, pilots and aircraft owners are invited to attend. The event will feature the latest in new Daher TBM and Columbia Select Pre-Owned TBM aircraft. The event is also a celebration of Columbia’s 40th year in business and commemorative T-shirts and discounted 100LL or Jet-A fuel will be available to aircraft which fly in, in addition to door prizes for best aircraft, longest distance flown to attend, and other categories.

Social distancing guidelines, mask usage and common-sense safety protocols will be in effect during the event in accordance with state guidance. Pilots planning to fly in from another state are currently not required to quarantine provided their stay in CT does not exceed 24 hours. Regular updates will be sent out by Columbia and current guidelines can be checked at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel.