View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View

Monday, July 30, 2012

Smooth Landing 7-29-2012

Video by: Don Cook

 Check out Phil Rainwater's landing out Whiteplains on Runway 27.

FIsh Fry July 2012

Nice turn out and a great time was had by all for the Fish-Fry at Jim's hangar.  Thanks Jeff and Jim for hosting and planning this event.

Pictures by: Posie Cook

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Great HD VIdeo of B-17

Click here for video:

SaberCat1 filming in HD the B17 and the B25 WWII Bombers over and around Arizona's Superstition Mountains and Saguaro Lake. H5 Productions, in conjunction with The Commemorative Air Force filmed these aircraft during the Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, November 13th, 2010. The B17 Bomber was flown by pilot Russ Gilmore and the B25 Bomber was flown by pilot Spike McLane. The base for these bombers is Falcon Field located in Mesa, Arizona. SaberCat1 pilot, Mitch Kelldorf. SaberCat1 aerial cinematographer, Mike Murray. Editor, Mike Murray.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Subject: Runway lighting


The lightning storm a couple of weeks ago generated a quadruple failure.  The microprocessor in the radio receiver was fried, a relay coil burned out, a switch failed, and a ground wire was burned in two.

All are now repaired and all of the control functions work as intended: dim lights on at dusk, PCL for bright lights, PCL for the VASI, day/night VASI brilliance, and shutdown at midnight.

However a separate failure (apparently an underground splice) has the west loop of runway lights inoperative (the circuit breaker trips).  We will be getting to that as soon as we can get the right people/tools lined up.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

SCBC at Triple Tree Procedure

Please check back from time to time for updates and before you leave to come to the Triple Tree Aerodrome Fly-In
Last Revision date: 7/18/2012
(Only change is ground Frenquency is now 123.9)
Printable Version: Arrival_Procedure_8_16_2011.pdf (updated PDF soon.)
Due to the increased volume of traffic in the past few years, Triple Tree has adjusted the Arrival procedures for the fly-in to accommodate the pilots AND professionals in the control tower. This will help alleviate any potential hazards and ensure a safe and expeditious flow of traffic into a fun-filled environment.
·        Approach Triple Tree (except Ultra-Lights) from a point 8 NM south of the airport.  The landmark that will be used to identify this point is the Wal-Mart Distribution Center          (N 34.543’ W 81.995’) (GRD 020/19.5 NM) which is located just south of Interstate 385 and US Highway 221. This landmark will be referred to as “Wally World”.
·        From Wally World fly a heading of 020º along US Highway 221 and look for the town of Enoree (N 34.650 W 81.956). From Enoree, fly a heading of 305º and fly directly over the Triple Tree Control Tower. Enter a midfield left downwind (northwest) for Runway 3 or, if runway 21 is the active, a right downwind. A close-in downwind would be appreciated. Tower will instruct you on landing sequence and traffic advisories at this point.  
·        All arrivals: Keep radio chatter to the absolute minimum. When checking in over Wally World and Enoree, just state your Type and Color; No “N” number. Radio congestion at this point is not safe! Monitor the Multi-com frequency of 122.9 MHz as far out as practical.  Be on your toes!
·        Maintain 85 KIAS (or 96 MPH) & 1,700 MSL. Landing lights on.
·        Twins: Same instruction as above except fly at 100 KIAS or less & 2,000 MSL. You will be overflying aircraft on the same heading off “Wally World” who may or may-not be following the altitude restrictions. Eyes out the clear part of the canopy!
·        Ultra-Lights: Enter the opposite downwind (southeast) at 1,200 MSL (500 AGL). If radio equipped, listen for advisories on 122.9. If not radio equipped, sequence yourself as best you can. Keep a close pattern and we’ll work traffic around you. Clear the runway ASAP.
·        AGAIN, your best radio etiquette and then only state your aircraft type and color e.g., “white over blue Bonanza, Wally World”.
·        Clear the runway ASAP to the east. Look for a “Follow-Me” vehicle and switch to123.9 to communicate your intentions. Make sure that your mags and master switches are off. Please check 121.5 for ELT.
NORDO Aircraft: If you plan on flying into the aerodrome with no radio (NORDO); please call the control tower @ (864-420-0596) and provide them with the following info:       
  1. Type
  2. a/c
  3. Color
  4. Departure Point
  5. ETA to the Airport
When departing runway 3 or 21, fly runway heading until reaching 3NM (or above 2000 MSL) then proceed on course.
Lastly: Welcome to Triple Tree and enjoy the FUN, FELLOWSHIP and HOSPITALITY.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Corsair WWII traning films

If you are considering buying a Corsair, Don Taylor sent us a couple of videos that you need to watch:
WWII Corsair pilot training films...
Note all the cautions about "heavy left wing" on takeoff, landing, and stall practice. Also note "chicken coup" canopy. (F4U-1)
Although the next film says "part 1", it is part 2:

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Sign up now. Earn Wings credits.

Presenter Benjamin Freelove, operations manager and flight instructor at the Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety and a member of the 2012 U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team, will take a detailed look at how control inputs affect aircraft spin characteristics. Freelove will use his years of expertise to expose the real science behind the aerodynamics of autorotation.
All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted, and they require registration. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the Webinars page.
EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

EAA News - Young Eagles Fuel Exemption Comment Deadline Is July 16

Click on the link below for information on Young Eagles Fuel Exemption.  You only have a few days left to tell the FAA to keep fuel exemption for YE flights.  Or go direct to the FAA web site at: FAA-2012-0442-0001!documentDetail;D=FAA-2012-0442-0001

EAA News - Young Eagles Fuel Exemption Comment Deadline Is July 16

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

4th of July Gilbert Peach Festival

Left is our crew for this years
Gilbert Peach Festival
Cody, Candance,
Don & Posie,
Bill and Peggy

Video from today's Peach Festival July 4 -2012 DAC Promo Video

Monday, July 02, 2012

Water Pipe Repair at Whiteplains

Jim Causey, was able to find a leak that they have been looking for over a year.  Thanks to the dry weather, Jim notice at the corner of the street a green area about 3 feet in diameter. Using a post hole digger, he discovered that the ground below was wet.  As you can see, the heavy work was done by no other than Vern Scott, while Jim gave coaching and direction from his chair, with an umbrella in one hand. Naturally on such a hot day,  a cold beer in the other hand while Vern dug in the 106 degree heat.  They (Scott) is going to fill in the hole tomorrow after checking for any more leaks.