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.

Sunday, January 15, 2006


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.


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