Taylorcraft Daze

The history, diary, thoughts, and opinions of an Iowa Taylocraft pilot. The postings will be heavy in the areas of flying Taylorcraft Aircraft, Formation Flying, Flights throughout the Great United States, and other flying activities.

Monday, January 16, 2006


Some of my favorite topics are:

Two Shetland Pony’s and a dog named Spot
Boy Scouts of America (BSA), scoutmaster 17 years
Camping with a 73 degree chill factor
Growing up on the farm
Farm hit by a tornado, my sophomore year
Backbone State Park near Lamont, Iowa
Did I mention flying and the Taylorcraft
Oshkosh, WI “AirVenture” International Air Show
You may have an idea of your own
Working summers and paying for college

The Four Bowden Boys

As of 2006

CJB, Friday, 06-28-1991, First Grandson born
10:26 P.M., 7 lbs., 11.6 oz., 20”, Redish Brown Hair, Dark Eyes, Four Generations, Age 15, 2006

1. Cedar Falls High School Swim Team, 50 Meters Free Style & 100 Meters Free Style
2. Member of the Mixed Swing Choir, 30 – 40 Members
3. Boy’s Choir, 7th, 8th, & 9th Grades
4. Ninth Grade Choir
5. Member of the Ninth Grade Percussion Band
6. Individual Percussion Trap Set Lessons
7. Individual Piano Lessons
8. Junior High School Play
9. Cedar Falls Golf Team
10. Holmes School Variety Shows, Master of Ceremony, in the Past
11. Football Team, in the Past
12. Soccer Team, in the Past
13. Cedar Falls Community Shows, in the Past
14. Lutheran Church Choir
15. Lutheran Church Confirmation Class
16. Boy Scouts of America, “First Class Scout”, Almost a “Star Scout”
17. Student Driver
18. Goal: Architect

RFB, Thursday, 03-11-1993, Second Grandson born
10:40 P.M., 6 lbs., 13.5 oz. 22”, Dark Hair, Four Generations, Age 13, 2006

1. Junior High Band, Trumpet, Seventh Grade
2. Individual Piano Lessons
3. Alpha Group of Highly Able Learners, After School, Problem Solving Group
4. Lego League, Competition at Ames, Iowa
5. Lutheran Church, Confirmation Class, Seventh Grade
6. Boy Scouts of America, First Class Scout
7. Camera Man and Tapes the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cable System
8. Golf Lessons in the Summer
9. Soccer Team, in the Past

MLB, Wednesday, 10-26-1994, Third Grandson born
6:03 P.M., 8 lbs., 7.6 oz. 20 ½”, Red Hair, Good Lungs, Four Generations, Age 12, 2006

1. Football Team, Offense Left End and Defense Nose Guard
2. Basketball Team, Wingman, (Forward)
3. Band, Tuba, Fifth Grade
4. Individual Piano Lessons
5. Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Webelos, Graudates in February
6. Swims in Grandpa Maughan’s Pool

BKB, 06-26-1998, Fourth Grandson born
5:03 A.M., 6 lbs. 14 oz., 20 ½’, Dark Hair, Kicker, Four Generations, Age 8, 2006

1. Second Grade
2. Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Wolf Scout
3. Legos
4. Swimming
5. Drawing
6. Play Station Two
7. Ninetendo Game Two



1. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

2. Treat every firearm as though it were loaded.

3. Unload firearms and open action except when ready to shoot.

4. Keep barrel clear and choose proper ammunition for firearm.

5. Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger.

6. Never point a firearm at anything you don’t want to shoot.

7. Never climb or jump with a loaded firearm.

8. Never shoot at a flat hard surface or water.

9. Store firearms and ammunition safely.

10. Avoid alcohol and drugs before and during shooting.

Sunday, January 15, 2006




Independence is located in Buchanan County on the Wapsipinicon River. It has a population of 6,000 with North / South highway # 150 passing through town and easy access to the East / West four-lane highway # 20. Three highway bridges and one Illinois Central bridge aid in the transportation flow. Independence is the County Seat and has a beautiful Court House. Politically the city is divided into five wards with a city park in each. The city government consists of a Mayor, city council, and a City Manager. Independence is within easy driving distance from: Waterloo, 26 miles; Cedar Rapids, 41 miles; Iowa City, 68 miles; and Dubuque, 68 miles.

Independence is also located in the heart of the “Tall Corn Country.” Most of the surrounding rural community and town are dependent upon the agricultural activities as is most of Iowa. The annual Whitetail Deer hunting season and Duck hunting on the Independence Impoundment of the Wapsipinicon River are favorite sports.

The very progressive full service Independence Municipal Airport (IIB) is located three miles southwest of town. The airport is one of the finest and most progressive in northeast Iowa serving the United States including flights originating to Canada. Activities include: instruction in a fully instrument rated four-place Cessna 172 with “Casey” as your very qualified instructor, a facility which is able to handle a variety of jets for business and industry such as “Net Jets” and Fractional Ownership Jets, a base for corporate and many private aircraft, a point of origin for flights to all parts of the United States, a full service facility by ”Jim” & “John” with complete engine overhauls, agricultural spraying operations, national guard training, service for life guard and news helicopters, ultralights, and radio controlled aircraft. A real plus is round the clock service that is available for refueling, computer weather service, and a lounge for necessary creature comforts. Please see the Blog, “Welcome to the Independence, Iowa Municipal Airport (IIB).”

It boast approximately 16 restaurants, four financial institutions, three automobile dealerships, two golf courses, two funeral homes, many specialty shops, and a great deal of general retail services.

Independence has numerous historical sites. Among them are the Frank Lloyd Wright House southeast of town on the east bank of the river, the Fuhrman House, Gateway to the Past Museum, The Illinois Central Depot, a favorite spot at Christmas time, the Lee Mansion, the Munson Building, the Purdy House, the Shellito House, and the Wapsipinicon Mill, a five-story stone structure on the west bank down town.

Independence is well known for its Buchanan County Fair and 4-H Exhibits. A special seasonal Friday night attraction is the Stock Car Races on a dirt track at the Fair Grounds on the north edge of town. Usually the Carnival comes to town as well.

A thriving Amish Community is located to the north of town with many residing on Amish Boulevard between Independence and Oelwein. The Amish welcome customers to their many stores. The stores include candy, baskets, cabinet and furniture, harness, clock repair, pillows, and much more.


The annual Independence 145th Annual 4th of July Parade was officially started with a huge aerial bomb blast immediately followed by a five “Vee” Taylorcraft Formation Flight Group originating from the west and passing overhead to the east down main street. The formation then circled to the right and proceeded north over Second Avenue to the Buchanan County Fairgrounds. The Grand Marshall and the award winning Independence High School Marching Band lead the parade. The parade is excellent, and one of the very best in northeast Iowa. The parade itself continues for over two hours generally running from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The participants include: corporate, small business, and private individuals. The displays include a variety of very huge vehicles representing the industry, farming, organization floats, equestrians, automobiles, politicians, and walking groups.

Following the Parade be sure to take in the superb Independence Day Celebration music, entertainment for adults and kids, great food and refreshments, and the most exceptional fireworks display you will experience anywhere in Iowa. Fireworks over the Wapsipinicon River River is a great way to round out your Fourth of July celebration in Independence.

Now, back to the formation group which has a membership of eight owner / pilots with like aircraft. The group joins up at the Independence Municipal Airport (IIB) from individual bases at Cedar Rapids, Marion, Monona, Lansing, Roscoe, IL; Akron, OH; and Cuba City, WI. The group has been flying formation together since 2002 with some members logging well over 100 hours of formation flying time.

Several of the Vintage Aircraft are Oshkosh, Wisconsin, “AirVenture” award winners. Two have received the Charles Lindbergh Bronze “Lindy” Trophy. These 1945 to 1946 Vintage Aircraft are in the two-place category, with 65 to 85 horsepower engines, flying at 90 to 105 miles per hour, with a range of 350 to 450 miles.

For a close up look at the aircraft, dine out at the Pizza Ranch and choose a table near the north wall. You may also view many of these aircraft by their “N” numbers on the internet. Just go to Captain Jon’s Taylorcraft Hanger and choose Photo Album 1976 –2004, then search by their individual “N” numbers: Lee, N39911; Jim, NC94953; Elmer, N96841; Joe, N39223; and Mike, N22606.

N39911 is also displayed on the west wall of Bills Pizza and Smoke House diagonally across from the historic Old Mill located on the west bank of the Wapsipinicon River.


Located approximately three miles southwest of Independence, Iowa 50644. The telephone number is 319-334-4000.

The address of the Fixed Base Operator is: Connell Aviation II Inc., Municipal Airport, “FOR ALL YOUR FLYING AND MAINTENANCE NEEDS” 1684 – 230th Street, PO Box 506, Independence, Iowa 50644, Phone: 319-334-4000, Fax: 319-334-2498.

The Flight Instructor is: Casey Hansen, “Quality Aviation Education” Airplane – Instrument (CFII), Phone: 563-920-8490, E-mail: casey@aviationgeek.com Website at: http://www.aviationgeek.com/

The airport is one of the finest and most progressive in northeast Iowa serving the United States including flights originating to Canada. Activities include: instruction in a fully instrument rated four-place Cessna 172 with “Casey” as your very qualified instructor, a facility which is able to handle a variety of jets for business and industry such as “Net Jets” and Fractional Ownership Jets, a base for corporate and many private aircraft, a point of origin for flights to all parts of the United States, a full service facility by ”Jim” & “John” with complete engine overhauls, agricultural spraying operations, national guard training, service for life guard and news helicopters, ultralights, and radio controlled aircraft. A real plus is round the clock service that is available for refueling, computer weather service, and a lounge for necessary creature comforts. “Karen” will give you a friendly welcome to Independence on the local Independence Traffic Unicom radio frequency of 122.8 on your initial call up. Local weather is available on AWOS 118.275 or 319-334-3879. Instruments approaches include: Remote controlled lighting for bad weather conditions and low intensity lighting throughout the night-time hours, GPS, Radio Navigation, and a None Directional Beacon at 206 to run way 17.

A new hard service road to the airport along with a new hard-service auto parking area has been completed in 2005. New state of the art “Erect-A-Tube” aircraft hangars have been built during 2004 and 2005 bringing the total to thirteen complete with taxiways and aircraft tie-down areas. The new hangers were filled as fast as they were completed.

Future plans include a new runway that will be 5,500 feet in length by 100 feet wide in order to accommodate and attract additional jet service.

The hours of operation are from seven a.m. to sunset, and 24 hours upon request. The elevation is 978’ and the pattern altitude is 1,800’ MSL. The 17-35 4,000’ X 75’ runway is concrete. The field is lighted during the nighttime hours. A courtesy car is provided for your convenience. In addition, rental cars are available at Pinicon Ford 319-334-6033. Restaurants in the area include: Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse 319-334-2455; Chuong Garden 319-334-9018; First Street Deli 319-334-4932 Pizza Hut 319-334-2515; Pizza Ranch 319-334-9000; and Subway 319-334-6658 all within four miles. The following motels are available: Country Inns and Suites (under development), Rush Park Motel 319-334-2577, and the Super 8 Motel 319-334-7041 all within three miles. A few of the local attractions are the Amish Community with many stores about six miles to the north; Frank Lloyd Wright, Cedar Rock House about eight miles to the southeast; and the historic Wapsipinicon Mill in the heart of downtown Independence.

Friday, January 13, 2006


TAYLORCRAFT, BC12D, AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND, D.O.M. 11-26-1945, Serial Number: 6564

Taylorcraft Aviation Corporation, 14600 Commerce Avenue, N.E., Alliance, Ohio 44601

Owner and Pilot, Lee C. Bowden, Revised: April 16, 2003


Operating Check List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Emergency Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Weight and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Flight Suggestions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Taylorcraft – N39911, Operating Check List

Before Entering the Aircraft:

(1) Tie downs—Remove
(2) Aileron Linkage Openings—Remove plastic plugs, (bird nests?)
(3) Exhaust—Remove absorbent
(4) Chocks—Remove
(5) Pitot Tube—Check opening
(6) Windshield—Clean
(7) Oil—Check, three to four quarts, (leaks?)
(8) Fuel Shut Off—On position, (leaks?)
(9) Fuel—Drain, check for color (blue tint), contamination, and water
(10) Fuel Tanks—Check for capacity, cowl 12 gallons and right wing 6 gallons (Note: Transfer fuel after 90 minutes of flight)
(11) Controls—Remove seat belt lock
(12) Ignition—Check off position (Note: Remove keys when not in use)
(13) Control surfaces—Check for freedom of movement and security, (bird nests?)
(14) Tires—Check for proper inflation, 20 – 30 pounds of pressure
(15) Propeller—Check for nicks and security
(16) Aircraft—Free of frost, ice, and snow
(17) Cowling—Secure
(18) Baggage—Secure, baggage capacity 50 pounds (Note: Baggage allowed only if within total weight limitations)

After Entering Aircraft:

(1) Doors—Close and secure
(2) Windows—Close and secure
(3) Seat Belts—Fasten
(4) Required Documents—In order:
a. Airworthiness Certificate
b. Limitations
c. Registration, Federal
d. Registration, State of Iowa
(5) Altimeter—Set at field elevation or AWOS
(6) Tachometer Time—Record
(7) Wrist Watch Time—Record or set
(8) Timer Count Up Time—Begin
(9) Density Altitude—Compute
(10) Fuel--Compute
(11) Weight and Balance—Compute
a. Fuel in cowl tank—72 pounds
b. Fuel in right wing tank—36 pounds
c. Oil capacity—One gallon, 7.5 pounds
d. Useful Load—447 pounds
e. Total Fuel and Oil—115.5 pounds
f. Remaining Useful Load—331.5 pounds
g. Less Pilot—190 pounds
h. Passenger—141.5 pounds
i. Baggage—50 pounds, NOTE: Baggage allowed only if within total weight limitations
(12) Radio, NAV / COM, Sporty’s JD-200—On
(13) Inter-comm, Sigtronics Transcom II—On
(14) GPS, Garmin 195 Map—On
(15) Headsets, David Clark—On

Starting the Engine:

(1) Wheels—Chocked if solo
(2) Switch—Off position
(3) Brakes—Applied
(4) Control Wheel—Full back
(5) Throttle—Closed position or cracked 1/8 inch (Note: Closed is rearward position)
(6) Carburetor Heat Control—Cold or forward
(7) Fuel—On
(8) Reserve—Off
(9) Prime—Two times if engine is cold
(10) Prop—Switch off, pull six blades
(11) Contact—Ignition on both magnetos
(12) Prop—Pull and step away fast
(13) Oil Pressure—Up within 30 seconds at 30 pounds of pressure (range 10 – 40)
(14) If engine fails to start, the above procedure varies


(1) Speed—Maximum of 800 r.p.m.
(2) Visibility—Make “S” turns for maximum forward visibility
(3) Braking—Minimum required
(4) Elevator—Control wheel full back, neutral position if there is a tail wind
(5) Ailerons—Position for quartering winds

Take Off:

(1) Oil Temperature--Warm, 120 degrees Fahrenheit
(2) Carburetor Heat--Cold
(3) Power--Full throttle
(4) Trim--Nose down slightly
(5) Elevator--Control wheel forward
(6) Lift Off--55 mph

Cross Wind Take Off:

(1) Keep windward main gear securely on the runway with ailerons until a positive lift off speed has been attained
(2) Maintain alignment with the runway with the rudder
(3) After liftoff crab into the wind to maintain runway alignment and / or directional control

Short Field Take Off:

(1) Use all available runway
(2) Raise tail as soon as possible
(3) Climb at 65 m.p.h. until clear of obstacle

Soft Field Take Off:

(1) Raise the tail just off of surface
(2) Maintain a climb attitude
(3) Remain in ground effect after lift off before climb out
(4) Airspeed—65-70 m.p.h. (66 or 67 ideal)


(1) Airspeed—65 – 70 m.p.h. (66 or 67 ideal)
(2) Power—Full throttle
(3) Carburetor Heat—Cold


(1) Power—2,150 r.p.m.
(2) Trim—Adjust
(3) Airspeed—92 – 105 m.p.h.

Let Down:

(1) Power—As desired, in cold weather maintain 1,500 r.p.m.
(2) Carburetor Heat—Full on
(3) Airspeed—65 – 70 m.p.h. or as desired
(4) Rate of Decent—300 – 500 f.p.m.

Before Landing:

(1) Carburetor Heat—Full on, always apply full heat before closing the throttle
(2) Fuel--Check
(3) Trim—Nose up two turns
(4) Airspeed—Approach 60 m.p.h., gusting winds approach airspeed 70 m.p.h.

Balked Landing:

(1) Power—Full
(2) Carburetor Heat—Cold
(3) Trim—Nose down two turns
(4) Airspeed—65-70 m.p.h.

Normal Landing:

(1) Touchdown—Tail wheel first
(2) Airspeed at Touchdown—45 m.p.h.
(3) Landing Roll—Control wheel full back
(4) Braking—Minimum required

Cross Wind Landing:

(1) To maintain alignment with the runway you may use: (a) the slip, (b) the crab, or (c) a combination of both
(2) Keep the windward wing down and into the wind with lots of aileron control during the flare
(3) Prior to touch down maintain alignment with the runway with necessary rudder control Keep windward wing sharply down and into the wind with the ailerons
(4) Keep the windward main gear only securely on the runway with the ailerons
(5) In severe wind conditions a wheel landing may be an option
(6) Limit cross-wind landings to a 10 m.p.h. 90 degree cross wind
(7) Continue to be vigilant until the aircraft has stopped

Emergency Landing:

(1) Check fuel, reserve tank on
(2) Check for carburetor icing, apply full carburetor heat
(3) Immediately establish best glide angle
(4) Use trim, two turns of nose up
(5) Maintain an air speed of 65 – 70 m.p.h.
(6) Select a field into the wind
(7) If row crops, land with the rows
(8) Remain close to the field by circling if you have sufficient altitude
(9) Aim for the far side of the field to give yourself a margin for error
(10) Turn ignition off
(11) Turn fuel off
(12) Tighten your seat belts

Short Field Landing:

(1) Trim for slower than normal approach speed
(2) Use a full stall, three-point landing
(3) Braking, as necessary
(4) May wish to turn upon roll out

Soft Field Landing:

(1) Trim for slower than normal approach speed
(2) Use a full stall, three-point landing
(3) Use a power-on approach and touch down of about 1,500 r.p.m.

Wheel Landing:

(1) Do not use trim
(2) Set power at 1,500 r.p.m.
(3) Assume a slight nose down attitude
(4) When wheels contact the surface immediately apply forward control wheel pressure
(5) Maintain forward control wheel pressure until the tail wheel drops on its own
(6) Then, maintain back control wheel pressure as in a normal three-point landing

After Landing:

(1) Control Wheel—Full back
(2) Carburetor Heat—Cold
(3) Trim—Nose down two turns
(4) Wing tank—Off position
(5) Radio—Off
(6) Inter-comm—Off
(7) GPS Garmin 195 Map—Off

Securing Aircraft:

(1) Ignition—Off
(2) Key—Remove from ignition
(3) Fuel Shut Off—Off
(4) Controls—Secured back with left-hand side seat belt or bungee cord around throttle base
(5) Wheels—Chocked
(6) Tie downs—Secure, tie to the strut and ring
(7) Aileron Linkage Openings—Plugged with plastic
(8) Exhaust—Plugged with absorbent
(9) Tachometer Time—Recorded
(10) Flight Time—Recorded
(11) Stop Watch Timer—Recorded
(12) Air Vents—Closed
(13) Fuel Caps—Install rain proof fuel caps
(14) Flight Plan—Closed

Taylorcraft N39911 Specifications


(1) Gross Weight—1,200 pounds
(2) Take Off Run—640 feet, actual
(3) Take Off Distance Over a 50 Foot Obstacle—1,280
(4) Best Rate of Climb Speed—66-67 m.p.h.
(5) Best Angle of Climb Speed—65 est.
(6) Rate of Climb—500 feet per minute for the first three minutes at full power and gross weight
(7) Service Ceiling—14,000 feet plus, actual test.
(8) Absolute Ceiling—15,100 feet
(9) Top Speed—130 m.p.h.
(10) Cruising Speed—92 – 105 m.p.h.
(11) Cruising Speed Optimum Altitude—3,000 feet?
(12) Instructional Power Cruise Speed—85 m.p.h.
(13) Fuel Consumption—4.2 – 4.25 g.p.h.
(14) Cruising Range—389.62 miles, no reserve
Note: When fuel gauge indicator (wire) rests on the fuel cap, 2.4 gallons (legal reserve) remains in the cowl (main) tank
(15) Stalling Speed—45 m.p.h.
(16) Landing Roll—640 feet, actual
(17) Empty Weight—750 pounds
(18) Useful Load—447 pounds
(19) Payload—156.5, full fuel
(20) Landing Roll Over 50 Foot Obstacle—1,280 feet?

Power Plant:

(1) Engine—Continental A 65-8, A.T.C. 205
(2) Rated Horsepower and Speed—65 h.p. at 2,300 r.p.m.
(3) Bore—3 7/8 inches
(4) Stroke—3 5/8 inches
(5) Displacement—171 cubic inches
(6) Compression Ratio—6.3 – 1
(7) Dry Weight—742.5 Pounds?
(8) Oil Capacity—Four Quarts, 7.5 pounds
(9) Propeller—Fixed pitch, diameter, 7443, reconditioned at 72 inches, with round tips, power prop, ACE balanced

Fuel and Oil:

(1) Fuel Capacity (U.S. gallons) standard—12 at –9
(2) Fuel Capacity (U.S. gallons) reserve—6 at +24
(3) Oil Capacity (quarts)—4 at –21
(4) Fuel, Aviation Grade (minimum octane)—recommended 73, permissible 80 / 87, available 100 / 130 LL, auto fuel ok in an emergency
(5) Fuel Rate—4.25 g.p.h.
(6) Fuel Rate—Current best at 3.9 g.p.h.


(1) Maximum Baggage—50 pounds at +40
(2) Baggage—Cubic feet, xxxxx

(1) Two Seats—at +23


(1) Wing Span—36 feet
(2) Wing Area—Square feet, 183?
(3) Wing Loading—Pounds per square foot, 6.557?
(4) Length—21 feet, 9 inches
(5) Height—78 inches
(6) Power Loading—Pounds per horsepower—18.4615
(7) Wing Chord—63 inches
(8) Dihedral—One degree

Landing Gear:

(1) Wheel Base—6 Feet, 2 inches
(2) Wheel Tread—Feet, xxxxx
(3) Tire Pressure—Main 29, tail wheel none
(4) Tires—6.00 x 6, 2 ply
(5) Tail Wheel—6 x 200

Magnetos—75 r.p.m. drop at 1,800 r.p.m.

Carburetor—At 2,150, drop not less than 75 r.p.m., drop not more than 200 r.p.m., 100 r.p.m. drop at full throttle, 2,200 static r.p.m.


(1) Red Line—2,300 r.p.m.
(2) Cruising—2,150 r.p.m.
(3) Maintain Altitude—1,500 r.p.m.
(4) Idle—550-600 r.p.m. with carburetor heat off


(1) Oil Change—Every 20 – 25 hours
(2) Oil Temperature—120 - 175 degrees
(3) Oil Pressure—Range 10 – 35 pounds, 30 is normal
(4) Oil Temperature—Red line, 220 degrees Fahrenheit
(5) Oil Temperature—Green Arc, 120 – 220 degrees Fahrenheit
(6) Oil Temperature—Yellow Arc, 40 – 120 degrees Fahrenheit
(7) Oil Brand and Weight—Phillips 66, X / C Aviation Multiviscosity Oil SAE 20W-50, Blue Container, One U.S. Quart

Air Speeds:

(1) Red Line—130 m.p.h.
(2) Cruise—92 – 105 m.p.h.
(3) Climb—66 – 67 m.p.h.
(4) Glide—65 – 70 m.p.h.
(5) Approach—60 m.p.h., gusting wind 70 m.p.h.
(6) Stall—45 m.p.h.
(7) Lift Off—50 – 55 m.p.h.
(8) Maneuvering—90 m.p.h. or 1.7 X 45 = 76.5

Weight and Balance:

Empty Weight—753 pounds
Gross Weight—1,200 pounds
Useful Load—447 pounds
Baggage—50 pounds at +40
Fuel Tank Standard—12 gallons, 72 pounds, at –9
Fuel Tank Reserve—6 gallons, 36 pounds, at +24
Total Fuel—18 gallons at 108 pounds
Oil—One gallon, 7.5 pounds, at –21
Pilot—One, 180 pounds, at +23
Passenger—One, 144 pounds, at +23
Datum—Leading edge of wing
Center of Gravity Range--+14.5 to +19.7 OR +14.8 to +17.9


Gross weight, 1,200 pounds; zero wind, NO RESERVE


2,150 92 4.25 4.235 389.62 18

2,150 92 4.25 2.823 259.71 12

2,150 92 4.25 1.411 129.81 6

2,150 95 4.25 4.235 402.32 18

Flight Suggestions:

(1) Bring your camera
(2) Fly over your home
(3) Fly over your business
(4) Fly over your church
(5) Fly over your school
(6) Fly over your town
(7) Fly over your friends home
(8) Television towers, 2,000 feet
(9) Fly over Backbone State Park
(10) Fly over Mississippi River
(11) Find the White Tail Deer
(12) Find Turkeys
(13) Experience hands on controls
(14) High speed runway pass
(15) Power off glide
(16) High speed dive, 120 m.p.h.
(17) Steep turns, 60 degrees, experience “Two G” force
(18) Stalls, power on
(19) Stalls, power off
(20) Chandelles
(21) Cut Paper
(22) Break balloons
(23) Experience weightlessness
(24) Airport Visit
(25) $100 Hamburger
(26) Climb to altitude, one mile high
(27) Arlington radar installation
(28) Bombing run
(29) Amish Community
(30) Fontana Park


Competition Sport Bombing Run:

(1) Altitude—Maintain 200 feet AGL
(2) Speed—80 m.p.h.
(3) R.P.M.—Adjust
(4) Head Wind—Adjust
(5) Wind Drift—Adjust
(6) Lead Time—Ground reference
(7) Release—Coordinate
(8) Reference Points—Plan ahead

Competition Spot Landing:

(1) Power—Idle, 600 r.p.m.
(2) Judged By—Main wheels contact point
(3) Technique—Short field
(4) Approach Speed—Less than normal

En Route Monitor:

(1) Traffic
(2) Radio
(3) GPS
(4) Weather
(5) MEA
(6) MOA
(7) Temperatures
(8) Winds
(9) Fuel
(10) Visibility

Compass Card:

For Steer
000 N 004
045 NE 040
090 E 093
135 SE 140
180 S 180
225 SW 225
315 NW 315
June 9, 2001

The End


I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain

so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goode-bye.”


“It takes a minute to find a special person,

an hour to appreciate them,

a day to love them,

but then an entire life to forget them.”


I carry a cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.

This little cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm
It isn’t meant to protect me
From every physical harm.

It’s not for identification
For all the world to see
It’s simply an understanding
Between my Savior and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or key
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.

It reminds me, too, to be thankful
For my blessings day by day
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do and say.

It’s also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to His care.

So, I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life
If only I’ll let Him be.


by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master,
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can hear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and buildem up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

“If” for Girls

If you can trust yourself
Though others doubt you
And conquer fears
That limit what you dare
So you can freely give
To those about you
The skills and talents
That are yours to share;

If you can live,
Not for your pleasure only,
But gladly lend
Your gentleness and grace
To warm the hearts
Of those whose lives are lonely
And help to make their world
A better place;

If you can balance dreams
With practicality
And deal in facts,
But never lose ideals,
If you can face
The harshness of reality
And find the truths
That prejudice conceals…

If you can be courageous when defeated
And humble in the face of victory,
Or give your best until a task’s completed,
However difficult that task may be;

If you can temper facts with understanding
And seek to gently guide, not to control,
And neither be too lax nor too demanding.
But keep in mind the worth of every soul;

If you can strive, not caring who gets credit,
And work at building bridges and not walls,
Or hearing idle slander, just forget it
And never fail to help someone who falls;

If you can give your help without begrudging
The patience, time and effort you impart,
Or look at others’ weakness without judging
And see, not with your eyes, but with your heart;

If you can take resources that surround you
And use them in the way you feel you should,
You’ll be a woman…and all those around you
Will be the richer for your womanhood!




See: www.quadcityairshow.com.


July 24, Tuesday - July 30, 2007, Monday -- Oshkosh, WI. EAA "AirVenture" Oshkosh, Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), 920-426-4800. www.airventure.org


Reno Air Races, Reno Stead Airport, Reno, NV. See: www.airrace.org


Copperstate Regional Fly-in, Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Casa Grande, AZ. See: www.copperstate.org

Continue to watch this calendar for future additions.

New additions may include: Cedar Rapids, Manchester, Waterloo, and Others.

Thursday, January 12, 2006


Beginning of the 2007 calendar year


Iowa City, Iowa, (IOW), Fly-in, info@JetAirInc.com www.JetAirInc.com www.bigkidstoyshow.com

Sunday, February 11, 2007, Chili Feed, 11:00 a.m. until it's gone, Platteville, Wisconsin (PVB), Elevation 1,024, unicom 122.7, Fly-in / Drive-in, Free! But donations appreciated.


Audubon, Iowa (ADU). COM/CTAF122.8.

Reedsburg, Wisconsin (C35), 122.8,donhull@mwt.net


Tuesday, July 24 -- Monday, July 30, 2007, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, EAA "AirVenture" Air Show, Oshkosh, (OSH), Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) . 920-426-4800 http://www.airventure.orgconvention@eaa.org


Guttenberg, Iowa, www.abelisland.com FlyinEyeDr@aol.com


By: Jim Zangger, Taylorcraft Formation Lead Pilot

A flight by two Mid-west Taylorcraft Pilots throughout the North-eastern United States

What are the old sayings? “Getting there is half the fun” – “It’s not the destination, it’s all about the trip” – “Memories last a lifetime”. If there is any truth in these, then there are four very happy Taylorcraft owners in the Midwest!
It all began at various Iowa flight breakfasts. An excuse to fly our recently restored aircraft turned the conversation to the possibility of flying four Taylorcraft “in formation” to Sun-N-Fun at Lakeland, Florida (LAL). Joe Weber from Cuba City, Wisconsin
, Elmer Marting from Monona, Iowa, Lee Bowden from Independence, Iowa and Jim Zangger from Cedar Rapids, Iowa started working through the details. The plan was set, now we just needed to practice our formation techniques and hope the weather would cooperate. We were somewhat hesitant about a “formation” flight as none of us had any real experience other than an occasional two-ship flight.
The internet was searched and formation books and videos were obtained and studied by all. Quite a few practice sessions preceded the trip, and we felt confident this could be accomplished safely. Although we do fly “close formation (less than a wingspan apart) our definition of enroute formation is an arrangement of aircraft acting as a unit close enough to maintain color definition, but not so close as to create a collision hazard.
As stated in the opening paragraph, the destination is a goal, but the trip is what creates the memories. The airports, the people met along the way, the camaraderie and shared experiences, such as sleeping in Fixed Base Operator (FBO) lobbies, weather delays, and memorable dining experiences. We completed our first formation to Sun-N-Fun 2002 with many fond memories.
After this first “formation” experience, our group tries to make many local events together, such as “AirVenture” Oshkosh (OSH), Wisconsin, Blakesburg, Iowa, Brodhead (C37), Wisconsin, and have flown other trips as a group. The following year our trip was to Hot Springs (HSR), South Dakota to visit the Black Hills, Crazy Horse, and Mount Rushmore. Along the way we started keeping track of the states we had landed in and it soon became a goal to land in all of the lower 48 states in future trips.
In the spring of 2004, Lee and Jim flew to LaGrange (3T5), Texas for the first Taylorcraft factory open house and fly-in. Quite a few other Taylorcrafts were in attendance including an acquaintance from Monterey, Mexico. Mike Jones flew down from Harvard (0C0), Illinois (Dacey Airport) and we returned home as a three ship formation to Ottumwa (OTM), Iowa before continuing to our base airports.
It’s in our blood now and the conversation turned to the possibility of adding some new states. Mike and Joe had to work and Elmer’s plane was due for an annual, so it was up to Lee and Me. New England provides quite a few states within close proximity. The Taylorcraft reunion at Alliance (2D1), Ohio is scheduled for the first weekend following the Fourth of July and we thought we thought we could continue east form there and pick up an additional fourteen new states. It was a bit impromptu, but we did have a loose plan that would avoid the congested airspace and land at uncontrolled airports. Ideally, we wanted to land at Kill Devil Hills (FFA), Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. We had planned a stop there in 2003 but weather precluded its completion. As luck would have it, we were flying between tropical depressions Cindy and Dennis and thought it best to avoid the southern route this time as well.
Other than a little haze the weather was excellent for our trip. The join up was at Clinton (CWI), Iowa but we were too early for the FBO so continued on to Joliet (JOT), Illinois for the first fuel stop. The Red Barron Squadron was there preparing to leave for their next performance and we had a nice conversation with them. We then continued on for a brief stop in Sturgis (IRS), Michigan on our way to Put-In-Bay (3W2), Ohio, located in Lake Erie. There have been other articles that attracted our attention to this island and we were not disappointed. After our visit, we now call it the “Ten Dollar Island”! Parking was $10, golf cart rental was $10, and our meal was $10! We had a very good “Maryland” Crab Cake at the Boardwalk restaurant. Very interesting location that we would recommend to anyone interested.
Next stop was to visit a friend at his private strip in Valley City (78OH), Ohio where he keeps his 40 hp J-2 Cub and a beautiful Fairchild 24 with a Ranger engine. Our first overnight stop was at Akron (AKR), Ohio where our host was a fellow Taylorcraft owner and has also flown formation with us. A personally guided tour of the Goodyear Airship Operations was given while “The Spirit of Goodyear” was briefly at base. We were fortunate to see it before leaving for its next engagement. A bit of trivia was learned while at the Akron Fulton International airport. This airport was the site of the first international flight in the United States and I believe it was from Canada.
A short twenty-minute trip to Alliance (2D1), Ohio put us at our first destination to spend a couple of days immersed with other Taylorcraft enthusiasts. A group flyby over the Taylorcraft “Old Timers” breakfast then circling the original Taylorcraft factory provided enjoyment to those on the ground as well as the ones fortunate enough to fly their own Taylorcraft in the flight. Quite a few Taylorcrafts were in attendance at the fly-in as well as many other types.
Continuing east has us landing in Lock Haven (LHV), Pennsylvania, White Lake, New York or Monticello (MSV) Sullivan County International, Bennington (DDH), Vermont, Concord (CON), New Hampshire, and our next destination of Hampton (7B3), New Hampshire. We’re starting to collect the states now! Our accommodations were provided by yet another Taylorcraft enthusiast who bases his plane at a private strip with a grass runway 18/33. Now, if you’ve done the math you realized that the numbers don’t add up. Imagine a thirty-degree dogleg surrounded by trees!
The next day’s itinerary took us to Littlebrook, Maine. Position reports were given upon our arrival, circling over the field before entering downwind. A couple of vehicles were at the end of the runway but had cleared prior to our landing. Over the approach end of the runway I spotted something along the side and briefly considered landing beside what now was obviously a person riding a scooter on the edge. He hadn’t heard or seen us until I added power to go around. You should have seen the look on his face when he realized there were actually airplanes using the airport!
On to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and Woonsocket, Rhode Island to add two more states. While talking with the Flight Service Station (FSS) and describing our activities, the briefer asked if we had considered flying down the Hudson River through the VFR corridor in New York City. Now there’s an idea we hadn’t given serious thought to! We bought a couple of New York Terminal Area charts and reviewed the procedure. We weren’t committed to it but gave it some serious thought. We continued on to Ellington, Connecticut and Old Rhinebeck, New York. While at Old Rhinebeck we discussed our thoughts with the folks still working on their planes for the next weekend’s show. One gentleman gave us the number for the New York City Police air operations to get confirmation from them that the airspace would be available. The only restriction would be to stay out of Class B airspace and that there were no professional games scheduled for that day. We were in luck . . . no games and the weather was good. It’s a go for our tour through New York City!
Self announced position reports are recommended on 123.05 for traffic separation. Surprisingly, only two northbound helicopters were seen. The helicopter traffic generally stays around 500 feet so we were well above them. Now, many of you may think that a Taylorcraft is slow, but in this case it was too fast to take in all the sites! It was over before we knew it. The opportunity to do this after 9/11 along with the great views of the city, and the Statue of Liberty made this experience the most memorable or our trip. Then, on to Old Bridge, New Jersey, the first airport outside the New York Class B airspace and home to the National Hot Rod Association Drag Racing Nationals. No prior arrangements were made and we thought we might wind up sleeping in our tents on the ramp, but fortunately, EAA Chapter 315 was having their monthly meeting at the airport. They showed their hospitality and generosity by inviting us as guests to their meeting and provided transportation for our evening meal. Sleeping accommodations were also provided making this stay another memorable stop.
After Old Bridge, we touched down at Summit, Delaware, then stopped for lunch at Frederic, Maryland. We visited Aircraft Owner’s and Pilots Association (AOPA) headquarters and told the receptionist that we were there to have lunch with Phil, the president. We added that he didn’t know we were coming, but if he was available we would be glad to buy his lunch. Unfortunately, he was committed to another activity and then had to leave for a Town Meeting. We did get an excellent tour of the facility along with a gift bag and a follow up letter from Phil expressing his disappointment for not being able to have lunch with us! Thank you Phil! We did have a good lunch in the airport restaurant and then continued on to Winchester, Virginia and Parkersburg (PKB), West Virginia. This last leg was the only one where deviations were necessary for weather. Ceilings were reasonably high in the remnants of Dennis, but this was in the area of the highest mountains and we elected to climb to 8,500 feet and deviated northwest until clear of the hills. Once back down to our normal cruise altitude we were able to fly direct to Parkersburg where Lee believed we could stay with relatives. Unfortunately, it wasn’t prearranged and they had just left town on vacation so this was the only night we stayed in a motel.
Our last day only required one fuel stop in Winamac, Indiana. We stayed in formation until crossing the Mississippi River and then continued on to our home airports.
Trip statistics are a distance flown of 2,711 statute miles in 34:33 flight time and 36.3 tachometer time. 145 gallons were consumed at an average price of $3.05, burning 4 gph, and 78 mph average groundspeed.
We are fortunate to live in this great country where we can exercise our freedom to fly. This was a trip to remember, and what better airplane to do it in?


Lee is a recently retired high school teacher after a forty-one year career. Lee has owned N39911 since 1960 and flew it to attend college classes at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) on many days. This is the second restoration since his ownership; the first one was needed for airworthiness, and the second to meet Lee’s exacting requirements. N39911 has won a “Bronze Lindy” at “AirVenture” Oshkosh (OSH), Wisconsin as well as “Best Taylorcraft.” At Alliance (2D1), Ohio Lee won two awards, one for “Longest Ownership” and the other for “Furthest Distance” to the fly-in. Lee has landed in 35 of the 48 states and after his fall trip to California his total will be 39.
Jim has landed in 40 of the 48 states now and is looking forward to the last 8. NC94953 was purchased in late 1994 from a gentleman that had owned it since 1968. Amazingly, this is the first restoration as it still had original factory fabric and the engine had never been majored. NC94953 has won “Best Taylorcraft” at OSH, Wisconsin and “Bronze Lindy’s” as well. Jim grew up in an aviation family have his first ride in a Taylorcraft at five weeks of age, and has flown professionally the last thirty five years. Please direct any question’s to: Lee C. Bowden, phone 319-334-6273 or e-mail at bowden@sbtek.net