Tag Archives: Experimental Aircraft Association

Random Aviation Photo

Back in September 2013, a very special aircraft came to Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport, home to my former employer the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) — a fully restored Ford Tri-Motor.  The 1929 three-motored aircraft is owned and operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association. For $70 in advance or $75 on the day of the flight, you can take a ride in this piece of history.

Click here to see where the aircraft will be — and spend the money to take the flight.  Below is a shot I took from my window seat as we flew over Frederick. Go to the 6:35 minute mark for my 3-minute  video clip of the very first story I did for AOPA Live This Week  on my ride, and see all my photos from the event at my Flickr account. Enjoy!


Flying Back In Time On The Tin Goose


Last week, the folks at the Experimental Aircraft Association brought their 1929 Ford Trimotor aircraft to Frederick Regional Airport, the headquarters of my day job, to offer rides.

You know I’m willing to take one for the team, so when the chance to fly on the Trimotor, I did it. Please watch this 3-minute  video clip of the very first story I did for AOPA Live This Week  on my ride. You can also see the photos from the event at my Flickr account. Enjoy!


I’m In Terminal Command Mode

So everyone knows I’m a big aviation geek.  So 2 weeks ago, I was in Oshkosh, Wisc., for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s EAA AirVenture, the world’s largest air show.  You can see my July 29 post on that show here.

While I was there, I had the chance to visit the folks over at GE Aviation, which is making a push into the business aviation side of the house.  You can see my Aviation Week blog post on that here.  And that’s when it happened.

GE Aviation had a game — Terminal Command — at its booth.  Basically, you start by handling airport operations at a municipal terminal.  You do tasks including handling passengers, handling luggage, refueling jets, catering and maintenance.

It goes at a nice pace.  But then you get responsibility for a domestic terminal, then an international terminal.  You try juggling operations at three different terminals — it’s exhilarating and fun.  At the end, GE Aviation had a big scoreboard to show off the champs.  I was able to hang in there for a while, but there were far too many people who were more organized than me.

So when you have a few spare minutes, or just need to clear your mind, go over to Terminal  Command and tap into your inner Joe Patroni!