Fly-out to Grimes Field, PA (8N1) July 10th, 2016
by Juergen Nies
Sunday July 10th was our fly out to Grimes field for the Wings and Wheels Extravaganza. The plan was for Zeke (Pietenpol), Jim Lum (Citabria), Bob Metcalfe (Luscombe), John Ely (RV-12) and Juergen and Dave (Pacer) to take off around 9:00 AM to do the 130 NM journey. Zeke did stop by at OKV in his Pietenpol, but the forecast for the wind in the afternoon was just too much for the light airplane to handle. So in the end it was four airplanes to take off.
Bob and Jim stayed together since the Citabria and Luscombe are close enough in speed and John stayed with the Pacer. While Jim and Bob decided to stay at about 3,500 feet John and I went up to 7,500 for a smoother ride. We reached cruising altitude before we arrived at Harpers Ferry and started to settle in for the flight enjoying a nice tailwind. However, just before we reached Frederick the Amp-Meter in the Pacer went negative indicating the electrical system was not charging anymore. I re-set the system by switching all electrics off and back on, but the problem did not go away. Dave and I discussed to continue by shutting everything down and use the I-pad (with Stratus) and my handheld radio to press on, but we decided against it. Unfortunately we had to turn around. John and Bob provided the pictures below and judging by them it was a good fly-out. I will keep an eye on this and hopefully the fly-in will be next year again for all of us to attend.
(I don't know all the airplanes in the below pictures)
It was a very nice fly out again and I hope we will see more of you the next time. Keep monitoring the "Upcoming Events" Tab on our Web-Page.
The Pacer before the electrical system didn't charge anymore
Airplanes at Grimes field
A Bird Dog
Great Lakes Bi-Plane
Aeronca C3 "Flying Bathtub"
Early instrument flight simulator
Aeronca C3 (Flying Bathtub)
Fokker DR 1 "Dreidecker" (Tri-Plane)
WW 1 Ambulance
Fokker DR. 1 "Dreidecker" (Tri-Plane)
Vintage Russian motor bike with side car
I hope some more of you can make it the next time.
Make sure you look at the Upcoming Events schedule on this site for the next fly out.