For the second time in 4 months, a DHC-6 Twin Otter stopped at OQN (Brandywine) on the way home from a surveying mission in Africa. It dropped of an employee who lives in West Chester, PA. N181CS, a 1968 DHC-6-200, arrived around 1:30pm after a 4 hour flight from BGR (Bangor, ME). But that was one of the shortest legs of its journey home. N181CS started in Kenya, where it had spent the last few months doing aerial surveys for oil. They left on Feb. 18 from The Netherlands and routed through Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Frobisher Bay, Canada (where bad where kept them grounded for a day), Bangor, ME, OQN and finally to 00NC (N.Raleigh, NC). One of the pilots told me it was great to land at a "real" airport where it was warm. She said it was 75 degrees colder in Frobisher Bay! The long boom on the nose and the wingtip pods are part of the sensor system that detects magnetic anomalies in the Earth that indicate oil. The aircraft is headed for maintenance, where the boom will be relocated to the rear. After refueling, N181CS departed runway 27 for the flight to North Carolina. The company that operates the aircraft has 3 others (including N162DE that came to OQN in October '13). See the N181CS folder for the photos.
It started as a joke. That's what Beechcraft Fly-in organizer Rich Campbell and his wife said as they sat in the warm terminal at Lancaster, PA (LNS) Airport waiting to see how many fellow Beech owners would arrive on a frigid Winter day. The Campbells say three years ago they invited members of the Eastern Beech Club to "Shake off the frost" and fly in to LNS. The first year the turnout was good, even better last year with about 30 planes making the event. Unfortunately, morning snow showers and icy winds kept this year's gathering to only eight planes. They had a guest speaker and lunch for those who braved the weather. Let's hope for better weather and more Beechcrafts next January. This was the first of two events at LNS. The airport is hosting a "Cabin Fever Fly-in" on Sat. Feb. 1st. If the weather holds out, there should be some nice stuff. I'll be there and will have all the pictures.
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The sound of the huge Merlin engine echoed through Valley Township Saturday morning as a World War II era P-51 Mustang made several low passes at the Chester County Airport Fall flying Festival. Chester County Airport (MQS) is on Route 30 just West of Coatesville. It's also called G.O. Carlson Airport, after the steel company which once dominated the town. The show featured many of the aircraft based on the field-- everything from a Piper Cub on floats that spends the summer in Northern Ontario to 2 Cessna Citation business jets. Quite a few planes flew in too. Sikorsky sponsored the event and had on of their S-76C's on display. Another S-76 in Bristow Helicopters colors made a low pass while returning from a flight test. Sikorsky's big Heliplex is located at the end of the runway just across the road. Photography is tricky in the morning at MQS because you're on the North side of runway 29/11, but good sunny shots can still be had. As always, enjoy the photos and look for my blogs on PANewz.com too.
....so maybe the Reading fly-in had so few planes because many more showed up at the N47 fly-in just down the road. In fact, at least 2 of the planes that flew into RDG later came to N47. There were about 30 planes at N47 and lots of people (and even a "controller" perched on the roof of the hanger to make sure the planes got in and out smoothly). It looked like there were many more planes then there were because many were giving free rides to kids (courtesy of the Young Eagles program). So a lot of Pipers, Cessnas and even a Yak were up and down all day. Believe it or not that was my first event at N47 and only the 2nd time I'd ever driven by. Pottstown Municipal is not to be confused with PTW (Heritage Field) a few miles away on the Limerick side of Pottstown. Turns out N47 an interesting airport with a Bellanca dealership and repair station. I'll be back on a normal day to see what's around.