Flying at Newport Airport
24 Jun 04
29 Jun 04 YB
1200 -- Yorke arrived at Newport Airport to prepare the site and N13725. Meanwhile, Bill arrived at Springfield and flew to Newport in N1973F
1300 -- Scouts assembled at the Community Center, divided into cars and departed for Newport
1345 -- Arrived at Newport. Assembled at flagpole for initial safety briefing. Then divided into patrols for preflight inspections. After inspections we assembled in the Ops Building and divided into three groups of three scouts. One group went to fly in N13725, the second with N1973F, and the third remained on the ground.
1415 -- Flight operations commenced. Each flight departed on Rwy 18, then flew southeast at 2000, keeping south of Rt 11. After a few minutes outbound, the flight then reversed course and returned to the airport keeping north of Rt 11. This pattern provided a clean entry into the right downwind for Rwy 18. Meanwhile on the ground, scouts toured the flight line, the hangars, and the Li'l Red Baron Restaurant.
1530 -- Bill departed for VSF.
1545 -- Ted departed with six scouts, leaving John, Tom and Yorke with three remaining who still wanted to fly. This group flew two more cycles.
1615 -- Refueled N13725.
1630 -- The last group departed for Hanover. Yorke remained to put N13725 away.
This was a successful outing. The scouts were cooperative and well behaved despite some boredom on the ground.
The flying conditions were far from perfect. It was fairly warm, making the cockpits hot and uncomfortable during the preflight checklist, and it was windy so that it was quite bumpy in the air and during landings. We didn't have any actual airsickness, but a few scouts appeared somewhat uncomfortable and took only one ride each. Others couldn't get enough!
Towards the end, when everyone who wanted to fly more than once had done so, we were able to take the hard-core group on a more extended flight out over Lake Sunapee. We were also able to let interested front-seaters try operating the flight controls.
We flew a total of twelve cycles (five for N1973F; seven for N13725) with three passengers each for a total of about 2 hours of flight time. Cycle time was about 20 minutes (15 with engine running). The operation moved quickly.
Get on the paperwork early! Securing the flying permit was reasonably straightforward, but time consuming.
Using the EAA Young Eagles Program is definitely worth the effort because it simplified procuring the Flying Permit. EAA was very helpful and the Council office was familiar with the program.
Somehow we must communicate to parents the importance of getting the permission forms turned in on time. Two forms were still not received by the time of the outing.
We did not plan extensively for the ground operation because with two aircraft and nine scouts it seemed that most people would be flying most of the time. With the bumpy air, however, several scouts were finished flying after one flight. We were able to fly the adults as well as the scouts.
Two aircraft works and was a great help in moving the operation along.
The flight path we used worked well. Separation was excellent, the convenience of reentering the pattern was helpful, and the flights were about the right length of time. The same system would work off Rwy 36 (left pattern) by flying to the northwest using the power line for separation.
It might be useful to attempt this outing in the fall or spring when the temperatures are cooler. High cockpit temperatures probably contributed to some of the scouts' discomfort with attempting a second or third flight despite the fact that we had time and space to offer them.
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