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Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Years Party at Whiteplains

(Whiteplains Pilots)
New Year’s Eve is approaching rapidly.   We had so much fun last year, we are doing it again!
Please join Steve and Bobbi Crimm for our second annual New Year’s Eve Party!
Where?                312 Whiteplains Place
Time?                    8 pm
What to bring?  A small dish to share with others
Hard and soft drinks and more will be provided.
Everyone knows the New Year begins best surrounded by good friends and cheer.  Come join us and let’s ring it in right!
RSVP:  803-358-0472

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's a long way from Soldotna, Alaska‏

Greetings from Tanner, Alabama where Festus’s 1968 Mustang has lived for the past 10 years.  He bought it almost 15 years ago in Soldotna, Alaska.  Today it was finally retrieved from the farm yard.  We replaced all four tires and loaded it on the car trailer.  The right front tire locked up so it took longer than expected.  Thanks to Bill and his brother-in-law, there was extra brute force help for the task.  Here is a FB page of photos that show the retrieval.

Barbara  Burchfield 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pilots Meeting - 1-9-2012

Whiteplains Pilots Association Meeting
Guest Speaker: Stoney Truett
Monday, January 9, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jim Wheat’s Hangar
Make plans to attend this very informative meeting of the Whiteplains Pilots Association on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Stoney Truett will be presenting a program on Flying With the iPad. He has been using the iPad extensively and will share with us his tips and suggestions. Stoney, a local aviator, routinely uses the iPad no matter if he is flying the Saberliner (T-39), MU-2 or the J-3 Cub.
The meeting will start at promptly 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2012.

Dick Hitt Recognition 1-15-2011

You are invited to an informal cake and coffee drop-in on January 15, 2012,
from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at Dick and Judy Hitt’s hangar.
The Federal Aviation Administration will present Dick with the
Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award,
in recognition of Dick’s fifty years of safe flying.
The presentation will occur at approximately 3:00 PM.
No gifts, please.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sunday morning - Jan 1 2012

Date: next Sunday morning, January 1

Time: walk in at any time between 7:30 - 10 AM.

Invited: everybody and their father, mother, brother, sister, kids, friends! The more, the merrier.

Purpose: so that everyone can wish each other a happy, healthy, and safe New Year!

Menu: eggs, bacon, grits, that super sausage, french toast, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and those good-old sugar powdered Dutch "oliebollen". For those who are up to it: mimosas!!

        **Rsvp's are encouraged, but last-minute deciders are just as welcome. Use the side door into the hangar. Be careful crossing the runway if you're parking off the taxiway.

As always, we're looking very much forward to seeing and serving you.

Merry Christmas!

--Alice &; Willem Meiners

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Barron 55 Lunch Flight to Greenville.avi

Video by; Don Cook

Lunch flight to Greenville airport turned into more than we all planned for when the number two engine wouldn't turn over. Turned out the started died. Phil had a spare back home. John Gardner called Jack Fastnaught to see if he could fly the starter over to us. Sure, said Jack. Not only did Jack show up but Bob Gillman flew up in his plane in case the stater didn't work and we'd all need a ride back home. Tuned out the started worked just fine and we arrived back home safe and sound.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dick Hitt's Airplane Takes Flight.avi

Photos by: Steve Sanderson   PhotoShow by: Don Cook
A few pictures of Dick Hitt's Pacer plane. He dusted it off and flew it over to Aiken Airport to do some T&G's. Great looking plane, Dick.

Clem & Heidi Spencer Christmas Party2011.avi

Be sure to change video from 360p to 720p for best video. Video by: Don Cook

Video of Clem & Heidi Spencer's Christmas Holiday Party, that was held at their house on December 10, 2011. It was an outstanding party, and the house really looked good. Thank you both for your hospitality,  and the delicious food I'm sure everyone enjoyed themselves.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

ED Fisher EAA Hall of Fame 2011

Whiteplains Plantation celebrated our very own, Ed Fisher, for being inducted into the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame for 2011. Congratulations to a very special guy that we are privileged to call our neighbor and friend! And thanks to Steve & Jenny for hosting the event in their hangar last night.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Canon VIXIA HF G10 Camera Test-Phil Twin

Thanks to Phil Rainwater, I was able to test my new movie camera, a Canon VIXIA HFG10. Now all I have to do is learn all its inner workings.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Phil Rainwater -

Did you know that right here at Whiteplains, we have a Photo Studio and Photographer that does excellent work? Phil Rainwater took the following photos in Mochak's Photoshow. "Rich & Gwen Mochak Halloween 2011" photo show. 

Above are some other pictures by Phil Rainwater.

Thanks to Gwen and Rich for sharing the PhotoShow.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

FAASTeam Safety Roundtable 10-28-2011

"General Aviation Safety Roundtable"
Topic: Accident Review and Safety Discussion
On Friday, October 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Special Services Corporate Hanger
54 Watson Aviation Road

Greenville, SC 29607
Select Number:
The South Carolina Aviation Safety Council is hosting a General Aviation Safety Roundtable at the Greenville Downtown Airport. 
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam
The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:
Basic Knowledge 3 - 1 credit

Click here to view the WINGS help page
Over 136,600 pilots earned WINGS credits last year. Will you, this year?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Congratulations - Ed Fisher

Honoring EAA’s 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
EAA will welcome and honor five new members to its Halls of Fame on Thursday, October 27, 2011. All EAA members are invited to attend the induction ceremony and dinner that evening in the EAA AirVenture Museum. Order tickets online or call 800-236-1025.
Representing Ultralights, International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and Homebuilders, these inductees capture the spirit of EAA and its community.
Ed FisherEd Fisher
Gilbert, S.C.
Homebuilders Hall of Fame

Fisher, an EAA member since the late 1960s, grew up in an EAA family, and by age 12 he was helping his mom and dad build airplanes at Birdland, the family airstrip in Thompson, Ohio. Ed’s first completed homebuilt was Sonerai 1 Blueberry, which he started in high school, and was to be the first of 18 homebuilts he completed. His first “original” design was the Zippy Sport, which placed third in the 1983 Western Flyer/EAA ARV design contest.
His company, Raceair Designs, was formed in 1990, and designs such as the Skylite, Micro Mong, Flitplane, Zipster, and Lil Bitts have all come from Ed’s hands and mind. Five of his designs have been made available as plans, and two of these designs, the Skylite and Zipster prototypes, have been Oshkosh grand champion award winners and regional winners in the Ultralight category.

Earl Yerric - Died 10-18-2011

We pause for a moment of silence to mourn the passing of our good friend and fellow pilot Earl Yerrick, from Columbia, South Carolina. Earl passed away this morning following a long illness. 10-18-2011
High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Reported by: Steve Sanderson

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Flight to 1N1 from T82

Mt. by ABQYes, we need to peeeee...... Last fix before 1N1Close to ABQPICT1325Roswell, NM.
PICT1323PICT1322PICT1321More Oil wells.Oil wellsHouses

Flight to 1N1 from T82, a set on Flickr.

Today's pictures of our flight to 1N1 from T82. More later. Pooped! Going to bed.

Slide show of Fredericksburg, Tx.

9/29 - 9/20/2011
We arrived safe and sound at the Hangar Hotel on Thursday.  After unloading and checking in, we took a cab into town for dinner.  We left today (Friday) 12:30 PM after eating at the Airport Cafe located next to the Hangar Hotel, and arrived at 1N1 airpark at 3:00.  We are going to go to the balloon festival some time later next week.  Video to follow later.

Monday, September 26, 2011


  • Poll: Would you support an initiative to expand the "driver's license medical" standard beyond sport pilots?
    Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gas Run Pelion and test 808 Car Key Micro Camera 9-24-2011HD.wmv

First test with the 808 micro camera was on the top of the vertical fin.  This time I attached it to the bottom of the plane.  Short hop to Pelion for gas. To see it in HD, you need to click on the 360p and change it to 1080P.

Video by: Don Cook

Friday, September 23, 2011

FAA Approves Use of “Very Low Lead” Fuel

In a Special Airworthiness Bulletin issued last week, the FAA has approved a new fuel—100VLL (very low lead)—for use on aircraft currently operating on 100LL. The approval was the result of collaboration with industry partners on the ASTM International task force that evaluated data supporting the incorporation of grade 100VLL into specification D910. The new fuel is identical to 100LL in all aspects, except that the maximum lead content is reduced by about 19 percent. The FAA determined that 100 VLL meets all of the performance requirements of grades 80, 91, 100, and 100LL and will perform identically in existing aircraft and engines. The fuel also has the same minimum octane rating and provides the same level of anti-knock performance as 100LL and 100 avgas grades. Since the ASTM D910 standard specifies blue coloration for both grade 100VLL avgas and grade 100LL avgas, these fuels will appear identical.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Breakfast at Alice & Willem's Hanger

(Whiteplains Plantation Announcement)
Dear Whiteplains neighbors:
The last time we all had breakfast in our hangar was when we celebrated the arrival of Spring. High time for a new season bite!
Our hangar is wide open for breakfasteers on Sunday October 2, starting at 8 – or make that 7:30 for those who have the Camden fly-in on their schedule. Come and wish your neighbors a happy Autumn!
That's breakfast in Alice and Willem 's hangar, Sunday morning Oct. 2, starting at 7:30!
On the menu: hot pancakes, biscuits, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, grits, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, orange juice, and a surprise.
Bring your kids, your neighbors, your parents, your guests, and that includes everyone that you have brought to previous breakfasts! The more the merrier!
The heli deli closes at 9:30. Walk in at any time between 7:30 – 9:30 AM.
RSVPs are encouraged, but last-minute walk-ins are just as welcome! If you park across the runway, be careful crossing.
We are looking forward to welcoming Fall together with y'all.
--Alice and Willem Meiners

Friday, September 09, 2011

Pictures from the Grand Canyon - 9-8-2011

  John said he had to cross 12 miles of dirt roads.

Photos by John Gardner.  Click on picture to see full size.

Our own John Gardner is on a trip out west and sends the following pictures to share with us.   If you look in the back ground behind John, you'll see the Air Walk Bridge that over looks the Grand Canyon. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Product test 808 spy camera

Test flight using the 808 Spy Cam that I got from . You can get one for $8.99 when it's on sale, plus another $10 bucks for the micro sd card. Be sure to get the class 10 card to prevent frame drops. It takes up to a 8 gb, but the battery only lasts for about 4 gb. (49 mins max out of mine.)  Looks like a car key remote.  The sound is really good except when it is tapped to the tail of a Mooney going 150 mph. Takes 720 X 480 HD video, and 1280 X 960 stills.   On this flight I went just before sunset to Pelion for a gas run.  Gas was $5.25.

Personal hover craft, 0-60 MPH up to 10,000 feet

Williams X-Jet, 1974.  Is this cool or what? 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Will FCC's Political Favor for LightSquared Result in GPS Interference?

Under extremely unusual circumstances, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently granted a company called LightSquared the right to use wireless spectrum to build out a national 4G wireless network LightSquared will get the spectrum for a song, while its competitors have to spend billions.

Read more at:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Airports from the past!

Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
Check out the link below for some interesting history on old airfields.

Here's a fun site to wander through:

Thanks to Ro Lucas for the link.

Twilight Landing At Los Angeles LAX (Cockpit View) - HD

Twilight Landing At Los Angeles LAX (Cockpit View) - HD

Are you Plane Crazy?

Surgeon and pilot Cathleen Van Buskirk lives the aviator life

Plane crazy. With runway access and a built-in hangar, this doctor takes flight from her Erie home. See how some of the other aviators live.

Submitted by: Steve Sanderson

A few Whiteplains neighbors enjoying the South Carolina Breakfast Club at Metro today. Sadly, none of us brought home the loot!

Submitted by: Steve Sanderson

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Flying Guest Opinion: Transitioning to a Paperless Cockpit | Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine

Until recently, Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) were typically thought of as large computer devices mounted in the cockpits of high-end jets and airliners. They usually relied on a permanent mounting fixture, and needed to be hard-wired into the aircraft’s electrical system. Once installed, these EFBs provided electronic charts, moving map displays and weather in the cockpit. While they could be adapted to general aviation aircraft, the costs usually outweighed the benefits, and they never really gained widespread popularity. During this time consumer electronics manufacturers sold more affordable, tablet-based computers that could be modified to serve as an EFB, but it took a lot of work on the pilot’s end to load software and string around wires in the cockpit.

Click below for full story from Flying Magazine.
Flying Guest Opinion: Transitioning to a Paperless Cockpit | Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine

Use an iPad, Go to Jail | Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine

I really wish people would stop messing with our GPS.
First LightSquared proposed (and the FCC conditionally accepted) a network for terrestrial broadband Internet that would have destroyed GPS navigation throughout the United States. In defense of LightSquared, however, it did say that in order to head off most interference issues, it would be happy to let pilots install elaborate filters in their GPS devices at the pilots' expense, of course to overcome the interference the LightSquared network would cause. That is very thoughtful of LightSquared.

Click on this link for the full story from Flying Magazine.

Use an iPad, Go to Jail | Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine

Monday, August 01, 2011

Scientist Fly World's First "3D Printed" Airplane -- An Unmanned Spy Pla...

One day you just might Print Up your own plane on a 3D printer.

A robot that flies like a bird

Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings.

Monday, July 25, 2011

7-24-11 - Anderson Breakfast Club

If you missed the SCBC this past Sunday above is a short Slide Show provided by JimmysHobby's.

Friday, July 22, 2011

USAF Aircraft in Service 1947 - Present

This site has all of the planes that were used by the USAF since 1947.


See and Avoid

New FAA Web Site Targets Midair Collisions

A new web site hosted by the FAA in conjunction with the Department of Defense aims to provide general aviation pilots with information about operations in military airspace. "This portal will allow users to find and link to all existing military Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (MACA) programs in a single web site, while also enjoying new access to information from military bases that did not previously have web-based content," the FAA said on Wednesday. "Our goal is to eliminate mid-air collisions and reduce close calls through continuous flight safety and proper flight planning." The site,, is designed for ease of use, with lots of Google maps and graphics. Data is included from the MACA programs of all DoD aviation installations in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Since 1978, there has been an average of 30 midair collisions in the U.S. each year, the FAA said, resulting in an average of 75 deaths per year. There are also over 450 near-collisions reported each year. As recently as February 2006, a civilian pilot was killed when his airplane crashed after colliding with an Air Force jet. The FAA noted that some military action may not be displayed at the new site, so pilots must still be cautious when flying in airspace that might be used by military aircraft. A user's guide to the web site will be available later this summer, the FAA said.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tired of turning knobs on your Garmin 400-500 GPS to enter waypoints?

If you own a Garmin 400-500 GPS and get tired of having to enter waypoints in it by twisting a bunch of knobs, you might want to consider this.  Click on link below.

Thanks to Stive Crimm for sharing this.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Aviation Consumer Tiedown Shootout

Need a tiedown when your away from Whiteplains? Click on video to see which is best.

FLS Microjet completes Phase 1 flight testing

The BD-Micro Technologies (BMT) FLS Microjet completed Phase I flight testing May 5. All performance expectations were either met or exceeded, according to company officials, who say the jet is better known as the “James Bond jet.”

Click on this link for more information:

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

3D Printer

Ok, they no longer make that part for your plane, so now what? How about printing one?

This is really way out, but you can get one now.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Beth & Bob's VeryPrivate Party

Photoshow by: Don Cook

Come join us for some real fun at Beth and Bob's hanger for Pre- 4th of July celibration.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Greenville Airport Lunch Trip 6-26-2011

Fly along with us for a quick trip to Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) in Phil's Beech Baron.  We are taking the girls out for lunch at the Runway Cafe that is located right on the airport.  Buckle up, it's time to get started. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Whiteplains Plantation Announcement

I wanted to forward this along to our neighbors in Whiteplains.  If you feel compelled to participate in any way, it will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks, Alice   

To all Advanced Helicopter Friends and Associates:

                The 2nd anniversary of the crash that claimed the lives of two employees of Advanced and two friends working with the Advanced Helicopter Youth Foundation (AHYF) is about four weeks away. Since that fateful day in 2009 the Foundation has struggled to keep going, for obvious reasons.

We were looking for a way to get some wind under the wings when I was contacted by Dan Hart, Jeff Nordaas’ brother. Jeff was the pilot who perished in the accident. He informed me that he and his brothers were organizing a Memorial Golf Tournament in Jeff’s honor and that the proceeds would be donated to the Foundation to continue Jeff’s work!

This has been an answer to our/my prayers for the future of our charitable work. I feel that Jeff’s brothers setting this beautiful example and pushing forward has given all of us the push and the drive that we so urgently needed. Their example is so much appreciated!

I’m asking all employees, associates and customers of Advanced Helicopter to participate in whatever manner they can. I would love to see as many play in the tournament as possible. If you cannot or do not want to play, you may want to sponsor a hole or donate to the cause in some way. Please visit the link below and give your support.

The tournament is on July 22nd 2011 which is the day before the 2nd anniversary of the accident.

Thank you all so much for the support you have shown to the families and the AHC family over the last two years, we all appreciate it. In order to honor those that we lost, it’s time to move the mission forward. A special thanks to Dan Hart and his brothers for providing the kick-start that we needed!

Neal D. Lanning
Advanced Helicopter Concepts, Inc.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WPI : Bulletin - Car crashes through fence, driver flees in another truck

Last night, just before the rains came, a driver of Hispanic description, fled the scene in another truck after losing control of his SUV.  Skid marks show that the driver was heading east on Golden Jubilee road and spun out just before missing the curve sign plowing through Bob Gillmann's fence.

See photos at this link.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Windy Road Cleanup 6-18-2011

Photo by: Steve Sanderson (Person Missing)
This past Saturday, a number of our Whiteplains neighbors gathered for roadside cleanup. No…………our neighborhood roads and streets are NOT littered, but the road that leads to our airport does manage to collect a fair amount of trash.
Thanks to Jack and Diane Fastnaught for coordinating this event and for serving us a delicious breakfast! Note all of the great smiles in the photo!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Mr. Andy Guerra - New Instrument Pilot

Todd supplied cake and ice cream at his hanger tonight, to celebrate Andy Guerra passing his Instrument check ride.  Congratulations,  Andy!  His next goal,  is getting his Commercial ticket.

Photoshow by: Don Cook

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

One - of a Hundred and One

Our very own Alice, has just become a member of a very special club for women pilots ( fixed wing and helicopter ) rating.  A feat that is not easily achieved. 
Friday she became one of only 100 or so women pilots in America who are licensed to fly both helicopters and airplanes.

Alice was already an FAA licensed helicopter pilot since 2008. Yesterday she also became a fixed wing pilot, FAA licensed to fly airplanes.

As the attached photo of Alice illustrates, there are about 900 civilian women helicopter pilots in the U.S. But only roughly 100 of them can also fly a plane. Alice is now one of that elite crowd of dual rated fly girls.

One reason why this is so rare is that flying rotorcraft is at crucial times intuitively the opposite of flying fixed wing aircraft. At essential moments during flight the key inputs are opposite, which is especially urgent during landings and emergency procedures. It makes the transition from one to the other treacherous, and it explains why few pilots even try.

Friday, she passed her FAA airplane flight exam.  Way to go, Alice.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Cody's Graduation Party.mpg

Fun was had by all at Cody's graduation party. In case you didn't get to go, here is a short photoshow.

Good Luck Cody!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fire Department Get Together

Our neighborhood hosted a dinner cookout for our local firefighters, who were doing a training exercise and updating our neighborhood assessment.

Willem cooked burgers and dogs for us on Jim Wheat’s 747 size grille, and our neighbors brought food to share. The 25-30 firefighters had a great time, were well fed, and enjoyed touring the hangar/homes and several stand alone hangars. Our thanks to Willem and Alice for the use of their hangar and to all of the neighbors who joined us for fine dining. Note two tanks on the grille.

Write up by: Steve Sanderson
Photoshow by: Don Cook