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Posted by Doug Sipprell | Feb 08, 2009 @ 07:53 PM | 8,592 Views
As with the World Tour Tiger Moth project, I was a pilot for the Wings Across America program (WAA-08), having just recently flown the Stevens SQuiRT plane at the York County Flyers field. "Squirt" is to be flown in all 48 contiguous states, traveling in a specially build hardwood case, and being delivered personally from pilot to pilot. This differs from the World Tour Tiger Moth project wherein the plane was shipped via USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. from one pilot to another. In addition, the World Tour Tiger Moth (a Pico Tiger Moth in essentially stock form) was flown in all 50 states and most of the Canadian provinces. Quite a privilege to have been a designated pilot for both of these "tours". The World Tour Tiger Moth is now the property of AMA, residing in the National Aviation Museum in Muncie, Indianna. I am not sure what the final disposition will be with the WAA-08 project. Would be nice to have this plane also accepted by AMA for inclusion with their historical planes in AMA's museum. Below are photo's of both the World Tour Tiger Moth and the WAA-08 Squirt....Continue Reading
Posted by Doug Sipprell | Feb 07, 2009 @ 10:37 PM | 8,422 Views
WWAerodrome is my personal flying site, made up of a landing strip established on a diagonal in my back yard. It also includes an approach starting over the cul-de-sac at the end of road out front and cutting across the neighbors front yard, flying what is called "the slot". Launches are made off the rear deck (aka control tower), and flights are high up over the trees and over the surrounding houses and streets. Three of the planes in the fleet can and usually do fly at WWAerodrome, the rest at the YCF club field. No complaints from the neighbors as yet, most don't know where the plane(s) are coming from, and at the altitudes flown, they can't hear them. Nothing like a high altitude Moth flight in the early evening, calm airs, sun right at the horizon, nice smooth flying.

Update: For reasons partially agricultural, but mostly for better flying, the Aerodrome has has some "trimming" done to it. More "adjustments" to some of the foliage are planned, but for the most part, the major changes have now been made. The Ember's love it, as will the Pico Tiger Moth. Other micro flyers will be "auditioned" for the newly opened-up surroundings. Additional photo's coming.
Posted by Doug Sipprell | Feb 06, 2009 @ 05:04 PM | 9,629 Views
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After having seen the Ember fly at SEFF 2008, I decided to try one for myself, so I bought one there on the spot. Since then, Ember (I call my planes by their proper name! ) has flown several times, all outdoors. I haven't sufficient space indoors to fly it there, so I have flown it on those totally calm late afternoon/early evening times. I also installed lights on it. Tried flying in total darkness, but could not stay orientated with the plane. Ember's sibling, Vapor, is enjoying great success as an indoor flyer only, from what I read on the thread(s). I'm happy with Ember, and once we get some calm air again, preferably a bit warmer, I will have Ember out again buzzing the chimney on my house and chasing stray dragon flys. Ember's mentor is Moth, who holds the record altitude flight at my private Aerodrome (1468 ft). So, for the high flying stuff, Moth gets the assignment. For the buzzing the house, trees, and rear deck, Ember gets the nod. They have actually become good friends!