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 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    June 1, 2017 

#323--The Murphy Rebel

After pre-takeoff checks, we started the takeoff. The aircraft just didn't want to get "on the step" of the floats-we were half-plowing-half step-taxiing. We aborted the takeoff to check for anything...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    May 1, 2017

The Murphy Rebel #323

Kirk Hiner keeps a hangar at Warroad, Minnesota. He uses his RV-10 to fly to Warroad at Bonanza speeds, transfers to the Rebel on floats, and flies to the Angle, eliminating the 1 ½ hour drive...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2017

#323--The Murphy Rebel

The Hiners had previously built a CH-300-and also completed a set of amphibious floats for it. Like every other floatplane operator, they were always looking for an aircraft with MORE-more range, more...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    March 1, 2017

#322-The Zenith CH 750

FLYING THE ZENITH 750 On the day that I flew the Zenith. The winds were directly across our main runway, gusting to 17. I own a Kitfox LSA, and I wondered what the ground handling would be like. I nee...

 

#322-The Zenith CH 750

The airplane is owned and was built by Jim and Kirk Hiner, of Kenyon, Minnesota. See the sidebar about the Hiners-it is an inspiring story about a father-son relationship-and their shared love of...

 

#324 - The Super Ximango motor glider

The takeoff was "taildragger standard"-by the time the power was fully in, the tail wanted to come up. Even with a 9 knot 45 degree crosswind, the Ximango tracked the centerline dueto its 9' wide...

 

#324-The Super Ximango motor glider

It was getting harder and harder to find a unique aircraft that I hadn't flown before, but since the start of this series, I've been offered the chance to fly some really unique aircraft. Taking them...

 

Open cockpit biplane flying makes flying real

Jim Hanson This is my 321 unique type of aircraft flown. As mentioned previously, there is no set standard for aircraft flown. It's up to the individual as to how he/she counts them. My criteria are...

 

Jim Hanson's Oshkosh Observations 2016

Every year, when I return from the EAA Convention (nobody calls it Airventure), people ask, "How was Oshkosh?" Usually they don't mean how was the city, and they don't mean how was the show? Most peop...

 

Experiencing the Pipistrel motor glider

Time to turn the fun up another notch, and shut the engine down! Paul explained that we had to let the engine cool and stabilize. The time to do so was minimized due to the liquid cooling on the...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    July 1, 2016

Experiencing the Pipistrel motor glider

When flying any new aircraft, I like to study it first. I look it over carefully. In this case, I noted the long wings, the glider-like T-tail, the wide and roomy cockpit. Paul and I conducted a...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    June 1, 2016

Experiencing the Pipistrel motor glider

Most pilots enjoy flying different kinds of aircraft. Each aircraft has its own handling characteristics, performance, and even its own personality. In my aviation career, I've been able to fly a...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    March 1, 2016

Return to Edwards

With a lull in the action at the runway, we toured the ramp at South Base. I was surprised to see a fleet of Skyhawks, and a T-42 Beech Baron. "Base flying club" said Haire, reading my mind. It's...

 

Return to Edwards

The next day, I met Haire at Century Circle, a collection of Century Series aircraft located just outside Edward's West Gate. Haire is a retired Army Aviator, who flew Huey's, Cobras, and Chinooks....

 

An education initiative involving aviation

The Problem Like so many things that we "know" to be true today, facts are fungible. What may have been good advice 20 years ago is not good advice today-yet these false "facts" remain in place until...

 

Oshkosh observations

I go to Oshkosh (nobody in aviation calls it "Airventure") every year to cover what's new in the industry. It's a chance to try to gauge the health of the industry - to try to spot emerging trends -...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2015

NWA History Centre

Jim Hanson It's cold and windy outside, and the days are short. Not exactly great fun-flying weather-but if you want your "aviation fix" to help get you through until Spring - here's a suggestion....

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2015

Notable accomplishments by Northwest Airlines

• Began service delivering the mail on CAM 9 (Minneapolis/Chicago) in 1926, using two rented, open-cockpit biplanes. • 1926 — Northwest became the first airline to operate a closed-cabin...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2015

Northwest family includes 13 airlines

According to the narrative of the NWA History Centre, there were 13 airlines represented in the history of Northwest Airlines. Following are excerpts from that history: “During its first 60 years...

 

Flying the Wren

Last year, I had a friend ask me to find him an airplane. That's always a loaded and open-ended task. Another friend told him "You ought to buy a Super Cub." Most aircraft dealers would be happy to...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2014

As I Recall: Part III

"How did we get this way?" Jim Hanson I picked the age of the AOPA and FLYING magazines reviewed in this series (late 50s and early 60s) because it was about the time I started flying. It is also a...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    March 1, 2014

As I Recall: Part II

From the April, 1960 issue of AOPA Pilot — provided by Minnesota Flyer Iowa reader Phillip Carson. I’ll try to introduce readers to the old printed pages — and make my own snark-filled...

 

As I Recall: Part I

Jim Hanson I save all my back issues of aviation magazines—literally, over 3000 pounds worth in the last 50 years. My wife calls me a “pack rat” — a “hoarder” — I tell her it is for...

 

99s complete new compass rose in Albert Lea

The 99s-an international association of women pilots, (there were initially 99 charter members) recently completed a new compass rose for the Albert Lea Municipal Airport. The old compass rose had...

 

Truly the Spirit of Aviation

There are some years at Airventure (Oshkosh) that are “breakthrough” years — notable for the appearance of new aircraft, avionics, or technologies. The “I-Pad Revolution” a couple of years...

 

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