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48 Years ago, Bill Wehner, one of the original founders of the First Aero Squadron Foundation, and another friend, both Cessna 170 owners, joined forces to organize an association of this classic airplane’s owners and enthusiasts.

Today that group, called the INTERNATIONAL CESSNA 170 ASSOCIATION boasts over 1,000 members, from not just the U.S., but abroad as well.  This summer, on July 9, the Cessna group held its annual convention in nearby Deming, NM, only 30 miles North of Columbus.  One of the highlights of the convention was a visit, on July 13th, to Columbus to see, first hand, the Historic First Aero Squadron’s 1916-17 Army Airfield, where American Air Power was born.

Bill’s widow was co-organizer of this July Association gathering, and made arrangements for the conventioneers to visit each of Columbus’ principal historic sites: Pancho Villa State Park, The Columbus Historical Society’s Famed Depot Museum – – – and the FAS 19166-17 Airfield.

Bob Wright, retired U.S. Army Aviation Services veteran, former Fire Chief of Columbus, and now the FASF’s Chief of Airfield Security, arranged to operate his video empowered Drone over the field at the time of the Association’s visit in order to provide a memento for the out of town guests (including several FASF members), of their visit to see the historic Airfield.  The 2 minute 34 second (2:34) silent video below depicts this first-time visit by the Cessna enthusiast group. Don’t hesitate to open the video (it was shot in HD) to full-page-size for better viewing.

Notice that Bob is operating his Drone near the rear of the light blue colored car in the far right of the below video.  He even encouraged several of the lady 170 club members fly the Drone, as you might notice later in the clip.  You can also see some of the visitors looking up at and waving at the Drone’s Video camera.

The FASF and Bob dedicate this video to the Int’l. Cessna 170 Association and its members!

25,000′ fall – without a chute – Think it’s an aviation event?

Courtesy of Susan Elenbaas of Austin, TX.  This video is almost hard to believe. A free-fall is enough excitement, but a free-wall without even a parachute!  Insane.  But here is a short 3:38 video of the entire event – from jumping out of the airplane, to getting back to Mother Earth. Susan has sent us some fine aviation related material before, and we’re counting this as part of that same bevvy.  We think Skydiver Luke Aikins certainly deserves kudos for this amazing feat.  What do you think?  Open the video to full-sized screen to see more detail of this record-setting accomplishment.

Challenging Approach to Landing at London City Airport

This interesting short (3:58) video is thanks to FASF Aviation Scout in Detroit, James Purcell.

The Video features Senior British Airways (BA) Captain, Carey Atherton, who talks us through the harrowing approach to a safe – yet typical – landing at this smaller but closer-in British Airport.  Captain Atherton is only one of 27 BA transcontinental Airbus A318 Captains qualified by this British Carrier to land at this small London Airport.  She regularly makes this same flight between New York City and London.

This cockpit video shows the steep approach into London City Airport in celebration of the airline’s bespoke business-class only service completing 25 million miles – the equivalent to 100 trips to the moon or circling the earth 1000 times. The footage, filmed from the pilots’ perspective on the flight deck, gives everyone the chance to see the amazing aerial views of the UK capital’s iconic skyline.


We thought you’d also enjoy seeing this brief (1:12) video of a flash mob dance suddenly, and clearly by surprise, put on by an enthusiastic group of British Airways Flight Crew members, dancing to the familiar theme music of the Dancing With The Stars American TV show, “Do the Strictly.”

Should you be curious about how British Airways perceives female pilots controlling its bevy of modern jet airliners, then you’ll be curious to see this short (1:44) promotional video where the airline is busily recruiting more female pilot applicants.  The ladies in this clip are the Duggan Sisters:

The Amazing Gestation of the Boeing Dreamliner – in Motion

Building the new Boeing Airliner 787 “Dreamliner” – – – In Time Lapse

British Airways has welcomed the arrival of its first 787-9 Dreamliner. This time-lapse video takes you behind the scenes at Boeing’s factory where the aircraft, and its millions of parts, is painstakingly and, using both astounding automation, as well as manual labor,  amazingly constructed. The 787-9 is 20ft longer than its 787-8 predecessor, making room for a new painstakingly designed eight seat First Class cabin.

Click on the photo at the top of page – – – and enjoy the ballet!  As always, remember to keep your speakers turned on so you can appreciate the scoring.  This video is only 4 minutes long.

Because of the modern “composite” structure, this graceful looking new airliner is basically made offsite – – – and later joined together in Boeing’s Everett, WA facility. If you have not seen how they paint it, you will enjoy this video. The much earlier Boeing 747 and 777 models are painted the same way, using rolls of tape and brown paper, so not all the manufacturing technology is new.  For more details on this advanced airliner, just click here. To understand from where all the components hail, just look at the below Reuters’ 787 drawing.

This diagram shows how the Dreamliner's parts literally come from every corner of the globe.

This diagram shows how the Dreamliner’s parts literally come from every corner of the globe.

This advanced 787 is so mind-bendingly complex that it makes assembling older and also complex airliners almost look easy. All together, the Dreamliner has approximately 2.3 million parts – and these millions of parts come from virtually everywhere. By comparison, a Boeing 737 has but 400,000 parts.  This post is thanks to the keen eye of FASF Website Staffer, Jerry Dixon, USMC Aviator, Retired


An Inexperienced Girl Attempts to Land the Giant A320

The International language for all aviation operations is English, so all pilots who fly internationally must first learn English before they begin their flight training.  Young Greta Adilyté,  the young  student in the pilot’s seat in this video, is enrolled at the Lithuanian VGTU AGAI Technical Institute and clearly already knows English.  The previous LINK takes you to the homepage of the Institute, but it is in Lithuanian.  If you’d like it translated into English, just click on this link.  You will have to wait a while as your computer translates the Lithuanian into English.

It is Greta’s very first time sitting in the cockpit and she has no idea of how to handle the plane. BAA Training instructor, Vilmantas Rudelis, will help her face this daunting challenge in the Airbus A320 full flight simulator. In this experiment, Greta acts as if she is alone in the cockpit and tries to land the airliner with the help, over the aircraft radio, of an air traffic controller only.  Let’s wish Greta good luck – – – and see how it goes!  Notice how extraordinarily calm young Greta is during this simulation.  Also note how the instructor/air controller needs to describe where to look on the crowded and unfamiliar instrument panels for the correct controls to manipulate in order to guide the large craft through the skies.  One technical term Mr. Rudelis uses several times, is “ILS.”  For those of you unfamiliar with aviation jargon, ILS means INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM.

While watching Greta attempt to bring the airliner safely back to earth, also take notice of the scenery unfolding outside the cockpit’s windshield.  You will see the earth’s horizon indicating turns as she maneuvers the huge airliner.  You will also be able to see the intended airport runway as she tries to land the airplane.

This video was made in the Airbus A320 Flight Simulator at the VGTU Institute and was posted on the Internet on June 23, 2016.  The video is 14:30 in length and in English.  The Institute’s Facebook Page is here.

It might be interesting to consider that, prior to WWII, an inexperienced person such as Greta could not have safely landed – or likely even flown an airliner in an emergency situation such as is simulated in this video.  It is thanks to modern technology that we have excellent radio communications and also high performance autopilots on board all modern airliners.  Without either of these modern innovations, with both pilots incapacitated, the flight would surely be doomed.  Another thing about this above video situation to consider is that, only 20 or so years ago, the instrument panel would likely not have the flat and simple TV-like panel displays, but rather a confusing clutter of smaller round instrument gauges, which would be much harder to correctly interpret and follow, let alone just locate, particularly for an inexperienced person in an emergency situation.

Consequently, in this day and age, it is not at all impossible for a non-pilot to safely manipulate one of these large modern airplanes. But, in a real emergency, most inexperienced passengers, if called upon to take the controls of their airliner, would very likely find themselves far too anxious or frightened to handle the emergency as we witness Greta doing so remarkably – and calmly.  It is not at all uncommon to see experienced pilots exhibit anxiety or display nervous behavior, while flying simulators during imposed “emergency” situations as is depicted in this experiment.  Fortunately, by practicing many times in their flight simulators, this anxiety or emotional stress can be eradicated, as the direct consequence of repeated simulated emergencies and the successful handling of them.

Make sure your audio is turned up so that you can hear the dialogue as Greta is coached in what to do in order to safely control and land the large airliner.

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL – An Animated View from the Air

Once again, many thanks to our ever vigilant website staff member – and regular Aviation News Contributor –  Jerry Dixon, USMC Aviator (Retired), we have this unusual and upbeat video view of our nation from the air – and ostensibly viewed from one of the early Wright Flyer craft.  The video is only 5 Minutes and 43 Seconds long.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

As usual, simply click on the above image and make sure your sound is turned on so you can enjoy the fine musical scoring supplied.

This video is a product of Yessian Music (Vimeo) or Yessian (YouTube). Yessian’s well established creativity is demonstrated in this short animation, but this time from the AIR and over America, at that.  This latest composition of sight and sound is an installation from Shenzhen, China via Super 78 and is directed by Brent Young.

You might like to experience and witness some more of the wide-ranging clients and type of creative work done by this unusual agency by watching this short 1 minute video creation from Yessian Music for another of its clients, the U. S. Navy.  This Recruiting video is entitled U. S. NAVY PIN MAP, – – – and seen on Vimeo.

FASF Member & Former First Aero CO Describes Its History

When you click to view the above video, remember to turn up your sound!  Try viewing the video in Full-Screen mode.  Just click the small icon in the Video Frame’s lower right corner.

On the Centennial of the birth of the First Aero Squadron (“FAS”) held at Beale AFB in Northern  California in 2013, then current commander of the FAS, FASF member, Lt. Colonel Chi Chi Rodriguez, created a short (2:39 Minute) video depicting how his squadron evolved from its humble beginnings a century earlier, into its present day high-powered global reconnaissance role, in which it actively helps defend the United States and its military personnel from any potential or active foreign adversary.

It is interesting to note that the FAS initially engaged in that same combat reconnaissance and surveillance role, when first deployed from Columbus, NM, only three years after is was first organized (during March of 1916).  However its initial combat action was restricted to Mexico. That fledgling First Aero Squadron was hardly capable of any sort of global activity.  In fact, its pilots and airmen had all they could do just to safely fly those early primitive biplanes from their Columbus airfield.

Interestingly, as some of you know, but others do not, Chi Chi is the only Commanding Officer (“CO”) in the history of the FAS to ever return to Columbus, NM, the birthplace of American Air Power.  Chi Chi honored the FASF with a personal visit on June 27 and 28, 2013, when he and his entire family detoured from his scheduled Northern route to Washington, DC, the site of his new assignment, just so he could visit the FASF, its officers and members.  You can Explore this visit right here.