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Wes Whitley talked about the Light Sport, Highlander, from Cornell Aero Works. This was a very interesting presentation since Wes is part of a growing group of aviators that are purchasing Light Sport aircraft and enclosed trailers to transport them.





Toys For Tots 2005 was a great success
We collected 331 toys and $215.00 cash.
All the toys go to Brevard county residents.




Steve Bussey was our speaker November 9, 2005
Steve produced a great presentation about
Angle Of Attack Indicators

Today's popular sport aircraft fly faster, higher, further, and with
larger payloads. As a result, the stall speed, the approach speed, and
other performance speeds can no longer be assumed to be constant. They
actually never were.

Optimum approach to landing speeds vary with weight, bank angle, CG and
even relative humidity. With the Angle Of Attack (AOA) instrument, we
can now do precision approaches just like Navy aircraft carrier and
airline pilots eliminating the requirement to compute performance
speeds. AOA indication tells you where the airspeed is going to be,
unlike the airspeed indicator that tells you where it was. Your
aircraft stalls at the same AOA regardless of weight, temperature,
altitude, or center of gravity and bank angle. Your stall indicated
airspeed varies significantly with all the above.

For any given airfoil, other performance parameters such as best lift
to drag, best glide, maximum endurance and maximum maneuvering
performance also occur at known AOAs.

By Steve Bussey


Irv Bubeck passed away on Saturday at home. There was a memorial
service Saturday, October 29 2005 in the hangar at Sebastian Communications at 2 PM. All friends were invited.



CBS News, Washington Post Writer and
William Harwood was our speaker, October 19th
2005, he brought us up-to-date on space news.




More Larry Show and Tell





September 3, 2005
Chapter 724 tours the Shuttle Landing Facility



Dodging a line of thunderstorms, Denny Funnemark flew in a Tango II,
from Williston, for the May 11, 2005 meeting. He told us about the new
Team Tango, how the airplane is built, their build center program, and
performance. They are currently testing the second Foxtrot 4, and have
three airplanes under construction.

Click here to go to the Team Tango Web Site


Denny launching after the meeting; returning to Williston.




Larry and Sherry Sietsma who flew their Beechcraft Baron 58 around the world,
beginning and ending at Melbourne in 90 days were
our speakers, April 13, 2005.
Visit their web site at:







We had a great time at the Kennedy Space Center All American
Picnic and Return to Flight Rally, KARS Park, April 9th. 2005



And, this is Roger Scruggs's post production version of the parade with Catherine as Grand Marshall!


Bobbi and Ric in the background




Catherine and Space Man do the Space Shuffle as Ric and Bobbi look on.


Catherine and the Astronauts



Roger and Bobbi



Dr. Lehton from Servant Air Ministries was our speaker, March 9th. 2005.

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Photo By Dick Todd



CBS News, Washington Post Writer and contributor, William Harwood was our speaker, February 18, 2005. We heard what it was like to witness SpaceShipOne rocketing into history. Additionally, Bill brought us up-to-date on local space news.

Bill Brown (left), William Harwood, John Murphy, Lou and Don in the background.





Larry Olson shares more from his project.




Our speaker January 12, 2005 was F-117 pilot, Bryan "BK" Knight.
We found out what really happened when he punched-out of the Stealth Fighter that crashed at the Baltimore air show and what it's like to eject from a 50 million dollar airplane.




Our speaker December 8, 2004 was Peter McKenzie, local CFII.
While in the United Kingdom this summer, Pete did some flying.
The rules and cost of flying are quite different in the UK and Europe.
Pete told us about these differences.
It makes you glad that you fly in the USA.
Peter's presentation was a real eye opener; flying in the USA is cheap,
compared to the UK.



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