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Congratulations to Artur Pilipenko for passing his Private Pilot checkride today with DPE Scott Rohlfing! Thanks to all the flight instructors that helped make this possible .. Patrick C., Mark G., Jennifer D., Zdravko P. and more! Another tailwheel pilot is amongst us and we couldn’t be more ecstatic, best of luck and happy landings Artur !!!
We had a great Grand Opening at our newest location in Monterey this past Saturday August 9th, 2014! Now you can come fly both tricycle AND tailwheel! We are excited to join this community and hope to fly with you all soon.
March 8th is the International Women’s Day, and so it seems appropriate to remember a woman in aviation. There are many well known female pilots, starting with Harriet Quimby who was the very first woman in the US to receive a pilot license. Today, we commemorate the first Croatian female pilot, born this month a hundred years ago.
Katarina Matanović was born in March 1913 in what was then the Croatian province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. When she saw an advert about a pilot school opening in Zagreb in 1935, that was it for her. She enrolled and received her pilot certificate the next year, becoming the first Croatian (and Yugoslav) female pilot.
Not satisfied with simple flying, she also became the first Yugoslav woman to sky-dive, and an acomplished sky-diver. She performed as a pilot and as a sky-diver and became a well-known attraction at airshows around the country.
At the outbreak of the Second World War she became a Liutenant in the Croatian Air Force flying the Avia FL-3 liaison airplane. During the war, in 1944 she lost her husband, also a pilot, shot down by the Allies, and a few days later she herself was injured in the British bombing of Zagreb.
After the Second World War, the Communist authorities in Yugoslavia were not greatly keen on her since she fought on the losing side, and she slipped into obscurity. However when Croatia became independent again, she was remembered, awarded a service medal, became an honorary member of the Zagreb Aeroklub and finally given the recognition she deserved for her achievements in such a male-dominated field.
Katarina died in April 2003.
See also Wikipedia article on Katarina Matanović and a more detailed biography (in Croatian)
Have you ever thought about the man for whom our street is named?
Robert George Fowler, or Bob to all who knew him, was an avid aviation pioneer.
In February 1912, one hundred years ago this month, he landed in Jacksonville, Florida. 116 days and 66 stops earlier he left San Francisco in his Wright Biplane with a Cole Automobile Co engine. Read the original press dispatches of the flight here.
Bob Fowler was only the second man to cross the United States by air, the first being Cal Rogers in the Vin Fizz going East to West. Fowler’s was the first West to East flight, and he was also the first man to fly a non-stop trans-continental flight, flying from the Pacific to the Atlantic along the Isthmus of Panama. Unlike his earlier flight of 66 stops, this one was only 57 minutes long. However it landed him in some trouble because he took aerial photos of the Panama Canal and associated fortifications being built. Despite having the permission and encouragement of the commanding general he ended in court, but charges were eventually dropped.
But he was not just an exhibitionist. Fowler joined the San Jose Technical College and founded what later became the Aviation Department of San Jose State University. He was responsible for building the department and worked with other early aviation pioneers in the Santa Clara Valley in between the first and second world wars.
Bob Fowler died in 1966 and is buried next to his wife Leonore in Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.
Another fledgling leaves the nest. Congratulations to Oleg Grinshteyn who soloed for the first time in Citabria 53893, with both his wife and his instructor watching from the ground.
A few short minutes later, he was back for his first landing. Great job!
Well done Oleg and AeroDynamic CFI Sergey Sinyachkin!
It was a beautiful sunset when Francisco Nunez took off on his own for his first solo flight. Citabria 9091L performed flawlessly.
A few short minutes later, he was back for a perfect three point landing.
Well done Francisco and AeroDynamic CFI Sergey Sinyachkin!
The airport management at Salinas has installed a webcam for your enjoyment and edification. It sits on the terminal looking at the ramp. Getting to it is somewhat complex but it does work as long as you have Java. Here are the instructions:
First type in the web address:
This will take you to a configuration screen. In the upper left hand corner click on “Viewer”. A security screen will then pop up. In the User Name Box type ramp cam (two words) in the Password Box type sns .
Many of you will then be directed to download and install an Active X Control. (Some of you may already have this installed). Follow the directions for downloading and installing the Active X Control (You may have to deal with your computers security system to accomplish this.)
Once the control is installed click on “Viewer” again. You will again receive a pop up screen for the security questions. Answer the questions the same as the first time this should get you to the webcam.
Good luck and enjoy!
Congratulations to Pierluigi Rolando who earned his tailwheel endorsement in our Aeronca Champ, N2791E. He did his flight training with AeroDynamic CFI Daniel Most.
Well done Pierluigi!