Blue Ridge EAA Chapter 1031

Flyout Reports

Hudson River November 2nd, 2019 by Juergen Nies (Pictures and some of the video footage provided by Kevin Cornwell)

We had a new record participation in the annual Hudson fly-out. Bob Lein and Nathan Welch in Bob’s Grumman Tiger, Tim Boan and wife in their Grumman Cheatah, John Munroe and wife in...

Cumberland August 25th, 2019 by Juergen Nies

John Ely through out the idea to attend the Pancake Breakfast at Cumberland, MD on Sunday August the 25th. The weather forecast was nice with temperatures in the 70s, light winds, scattered clouds and good visibility. Tom and Penny (Cessna Cardinal) and...

Grimes Airfield June 13 th , 2019 by Juergen Nies

After weeks of typical mid-summer weather with daily (sometimes severe) thunderstorms every afternoon, the weekend forecast looked almost too good to be true. However, came Saturday the forecast was correct. No thunderstorms or rain for the whole w...

Williamsburg, VA (KJGG) June 15th, 2019 by Juergen Nies

We had a really good turnout at today's lunch fly out to Williamsburg. Six airplanes and eleven people participated. First to take off from OKV were Tom and Penny Parry in their Cessna Cardinal and probably Bob Jacobs and Ed Novak (Taylorcraf...

Message from the President of EAA Chapter 1031:

I want to personally thank every volunteer that showed up for this event today. We had a fantastic turnout of volunteers and the event manager, Mike Woods from AOPA, pulled Tim Boan and I aside and told us the operational success of this event would...

Lately the weather has been less than ideal for fly outs, and May 11th was no exceptions. At the best the forecast was calling for MVFR with a 2,500 foot overcast and some rain in the afternoon.

Charlie Chapin, Nathan Welch and I met at 9:30 AM at OKV to fly the Pacer to Frederick. Jim Lum decided...

2019 Sun & Fun April 2nd through 7th, 2018 by Juergen Nies

This year our Chapter had a total of five airplanes and eight members attending Sun & Fun:

Dan Christian (Pilatus), John Ely (RV-12) Carlos Torrealba (RV-14), Tom Parry and Bob Metcalfe (in Tom’s Cardinal), Juergen Nies (Piper Pacer), Ch...

Shannon, VA (KEZF) January 26th, 2019 by Juergen Nies

Saturday the 26th finally turned out to be a good day to go flying. High clouds in the morning with broken to scattered clouds in the afternoon and very light to calm surface winds. The temperature on the surface was just around freezing, so ov...

Frederick, MD (KFDK)

December 23rd, 2018 by Juergen Nies

We finally caught a break from all the rain we are having on weekends and had a very nice day for our last fly-out of the year. To make sure some of the slower airplanes are able to attend, we picked Frederick, MD as the destination. They...

Hudson River

November 11th, 2018 by Juergen Nies

After many times postponing the flight due to unfavorable weather, we were finally able to go. With the winds forecasted at Teterboro and Newark, NJ at 8 knots gusting 17, it was not an ideal day, but we decided to go for it. Tom and Penny Parry (...

Culpeper Nieuport 28

October 7th, 2018 by Juergen Nies

As always, the weather can throw a curveball anytime when you want to fly small general aviation airplanes. Our plan was to meet at the airport in Winchester at 9:00 AM to be at Culpeper by 10:00 AM. Sunday morning the weather in Winchester...

White Post BBQ June 16th, 2018

By Juergen Nies

Instead of having our regular meeting this month Bob Jacobs, Markus "Zeke" Zechini and Bob Metcalfe volunteered to host a BBQ on Saturday June 16th at White Post airport. Zeke keeps his Pietenpol there and the three of them also have their Taylorcra...

AOPA Wings and Wheels May 5th, 2018

By Juergen Nies

The weather for this fly-out looked questionable earlier in the week with 100% chance of rain in the forecast. We just didn’t know what the visibility and ceiling would look like. By Thursday afternoon the forecast started to improve with the p...

2018 Sun & Fun

by: Juergen Nies

This year we had a great turn out of our Chapter Members attending Sun & Fun:

Bob Metcalfe flew his Luscombe Tom Parry flew his Cessna Cardinal John Ely flew his RV-12 Dan Christian flew his Pilatus Juergen Nies flew his Pacer Charlie Chapin flew with a friend i...

Alton Bay, NH January 31st, 2018

By: Juergen Nies

I had it on my “to do” list for many years to fly to Alton Bay (B18) in New Hampshire to land on Lake Winnipesaukee, the only FAA approved Ice Runway in the 48 lower States. After years of thinking and talking about it, Wednesday January 31st was...

Shannon Airport January 7th, 2018

By: Juergen Nies

The temperatures have been brutally cold for while and the winds have been equally bad to drive windshield factors into the negative temperature range (and that is on the Fahrenheit scale). However, on Sunday January the 7th the early morning st...

Sikorsky CH-53K Simulator

January 6th, 2018

By: Dave Ames

It was a cold and windy morning, and Marcus (Zeke) Zechini has invited EAA Chapter 1031 members to visit a simulator for a Sikorsky CH-53E helicopter that is yet to be operational. It is estimated to be operational sometime in 2019.

O...

Tangier Island Holly Run December 2nd, 2017

By: Juergen Nies

The weather turned out to be beautiful for the Tangier Island Holly run. Tom Parry and I met at my hangar at 7:00 AM to preflight the Pacer and get the engine heater running to warm the oil. The temperature was in the mid-30s Fahrenhei...

It has been since April 2016 since we visited Bob Coolbaugh at his hangar/work shop at New Market airport. Besides the many projects he is working on he is making good progress on his Viking B-8 Kittyhawk. As you can see by the pictures we had a good turn out with some of the participants driving, w...

After postponing the flight of the Hudson River several times for either weather or scheduling reasons we finally were able to go on Sunday November the 12th. John Ely and his son Jonathan (in John’s RV-12), Tom and Penny Parry (in their Cessna Cardinal) and Juergen Nies with Bob Lein (in Juergen’s...

Fly-out to Canaan Valley, WV (WV62) August 13th, 2017

by Juergen Nies

Sunday August the 13th turned out to be a very nice day to go flying. Light winds, scattered clouds, only light turbulence, and great visibility. John Ely flew his RV-12 from Front Royal to Winchester to meet Tom Parry (flying...

Fly-out to Cumberland, MD (KCBE) July 9th, 2017

by Juergen Nies

Sunday July 9th was our fly out to Cumberland (KCBE). We had beautiful weather (for early July) with no Thunderstorms in the forecast and only light surface winds and good visibility all day. The chatter on the radio all day was an...

Fly-out to Sentimental Journey at Lock Haven, PA June 24th, 2017

by Juergen Nies

The weather all weak was questionable with chance of pop up thunder storms in the afternoon. Just Friday night a front moved through so we were hoping for it to be clear on Saturday and it turned out to be OK. David...

2017 Sun & Fun

by Juergen Nies

This year three of our Chapter’s airplanes attended Sun & Fun. Dan Christian had his Pilatus stationed in Florida. He was in Florida a couple of weeks earlier and got stuck there because of the late snow storm we had in Winchester. Dan left Wednesday morning via ai...

Fly-out to Smoketown, PA February 11th, 2017

by John Ely

This month’s original fly-out destination of Lancaster, PA almost got derailed at the last minute due to Juergen’s cold and Mudfoot’s phone call to an old friend, but it turned out to be a surprisingly moderate winter day that brought five...

Fly-out to Shannon January 28th, 2017

by Juergen Nies

We had a great fly-out to Shannon (KEZF) for lunch and to visit the new museum at the field. The museum is not open for the public yet, but a Pacer/Tri-Pacer friend of mine who is based at Shannon arranged for us to get a special tour. Thank...

Hudson River night flight November 5th, 2016

by Juergen Nies

I had it on my list for a long time to fly the Hudson River New York City Corridor at night. I have done the Hudson Corridor during the day about five or six times and I never get tired of it. Actually, I have planned a day trip for ou...

Fly-out to AOPA Wings & Wheels at Frederick, MD (FDK) October 22nd, 2016

by Juergen Nies

The wind on this Satruday was simply blustering. Winchester (OKV) was reporting the whole day pretty much gusts in excess of 30 knots (though most of the time not more than 20 degrees off the runway heading)...

Fly-out to Garrett County (2G4) August 13th, 2016

by Juergen Nies

This was kind of a none announced in advance fly-out. John Ely contacted me earlier in the week asking if anyone was flying this weekend and mentioned about a fly in at Garrett County. After a quick E-mail we had John in his RV-12...

Fly-out to Big Sandy Regional Airport, KY (KSJS) July 16th, 2016

By David Ames

My transportation to the Helicycle Fly-In at Big Sandy Regional Airport in Kentucky was a Mooney 252 TSE Model M20K. This aircraft has a Continential TSIO360-MB motor producing 210HP. It cruises around 160 knots (abo...

Fly-out to Grimes Field, PA (8N1) July 10th, 2016

by Juergen Nies

Sunday July 10th was our fly out to Grimes field for the Wings and Wheels Extravaganza. The plan was for Zeke (Pietenpol), Jim Lum (Citabria), Bob Metcalfe (Luscombe), John Ely (RV-12) and Juergen and Dave (Pacer) to take off arou...

Rick Shoup traveled to Italy to attend the fly-in at Montagnana. The Bird Dog pictured below is a copy of the exact airplane he flew while stationed in Vietnam. Here are his comments:

"Juergen,

You can add these photos to the chapter website if you want. Taken today at the FlyParty 2016 in Mont...

Fly-out to Lock Haven, PA (LHV) June 25th, 2016

by Juergen Nies

The weather forecast was good all week to fly to Lock Haven, PA to attend the Sentimental Journey 2016. However, Saturday morning greeted us with clouds and low ceilings. John Ely in his RV-12, Bob Metcalfe and Jim Lum had planned t...

Cumberland (CBE) May 29th, 2016

by Juergen Nies

David Ames and I met at OKV to fly out to Cumberland for the pancake breakfast. Just as I was performing the preflight on the Pacer I heard an airplane taxi in between the hangars. It was John Ely in his RV-12. We checked the weather once more befo...

Cumberland April 24th, 2016

by Juergen Nies

The weather was too nice not to fly somewhere to have lunch. The turn out was great with five airplanes participating (Kevin in Tri-Pacer, Dan in Sprint F22, Jim in Citabria, Bob in Luscombe, Juergen in Pacer) and a total of 10 people (Kevin brought hi...

Fly-out/Drive out to New Market (8W2) April 2nd, 2016

by Juergen Nies

We went to New Market to listen to Bob Coolbaugh's presentation about building and flying a Curtis Pusher replica and to take a tour of his hangar with very interesting airplanes and projects in it. We all ended up driving sin...

Fly-out to Frederick (FDK) March 5th, 2016

by Juergen Nies

Originally we had planned to fly to Williamsburg today, but then we found out there was an event going on at Lancaster, PA (LNS) so we switched destinations. At the end the weather wasn't quite good enough going there so we made a last m...

Hagerstown February 6th, 2016

by Juergen Nies

After all the rain we had this week Saturday turned out to be nice and sunny with light winds and temperature in the mid 40s. Originally we had four airplanes to participate, but two got busy with other things to do so it was Jim in his Navajo and I...

Hudson River Fly-out October31st, 2015

by Juergen Nies

Saturday October 31st was the day for our flight to New York to fly the Hudson River VFR corridor. I have done the trip many times before, but it has been since 2010 when the new World Trade Center was just Ground Zero. For this fly-out it w...

Latrobe, PA - LBE and Sussex County, DE - GED

February 8, 2004 by Juergen Nies & John Ely

Sunday February the 8th was a beautiful day for our monthly fly out. Al Guay and I met at 10:30 AM at the airport to pre-flight the Pacer and pre-heat the engine. The temperature was below freezing, but the...

Chapter 1031 Flyout Nemacolin, PA January 11, 2004 by Juergen Nies

January 11th marked the date for our first fly out for 2004. Bob Metcalfe called me on Saturday to let me know that he and Tom Garner would join the fly out. They expected to be at OKV at about 10:30 AM. The forecast looked OK so I...