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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Flying and Airplanes

New 31″ Bushwheels for the Bearhawk

April 15, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated April 24, 2019

This summer, we are flying out west for a vacation. We need to sort out lots of details, and tires are one of them. Inspirational backcountry flying videos all show airplanes with giant balloon tires. On the other hand, the guidebooks describe the maintained airstrips as suitable for a standard general aviation plane. Back country […]

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Stuart and John’s Sugar House

February 10, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated February 15, 2019

Stuart & John’s is a family run maple sugar house and restaurant in rural western New Hampshire. One of the supercub.org pilots discovered it and found the great-grandfather in the family, Roger, loves airplanes. He keeps the neighboring fields open for airplanes and helicopters. A group of Super Cubs flies in every Thursday for his […]

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Ice Flying Time

Emilie Phillips
updated February 13, 2019

I flew up to Alton Bay last Sunday with four other Brookline pilots. The runway on Lake Winnipesaukee is the only official ice runway in the lower 48 states. I worried the ice would be too thin after the rain-thaw-refreeze cycles that week, or it would be half refrozen with slush between ice layers. Thankfully, […]

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Fall Flight to the Beach

November 11, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated December 12, 2018

Back in November when we were installing the new propeller on my RV-4, Mike invited us to take a break and fly to Chatham MA for lunch with his friends. The unknown friends didn’t tempt me much, but Chatham looked interesting. The town of Chatham is at the southeastern bend in Cape Cod. It has […]

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Catto composite propeller on my RV-4: installation and first flight

November 10, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated November 28, 2018

I upgraded my RV-4 to a Catto propeller for better performance, quieter cruise, and more ground clearance. My old propeller was a Sensenich. Old: Sensenich 70CM6S16-0-79 New: Catto Semi-custom 2 blade 3 blade Aluminum Wood core, glass/carbon composite 70″ diameter x 79″ pitch 66″ Diameter x 70″ Pitch 35 lb (approximate) 13 lb My engine […]

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Wentworth Fly Out 2018

October 6, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated October 10, 2018

The annual Wentworth fly out is my favorite fly out. Possibly because it’s the only fly out I’ve been too. I just learned about the Old Rhinebeck fly out, which sounds similar. Friday The Wentworth fly out starts Thursday, but we have to work. We left work early Friday and flew north for dinner. In […]

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Isaac’s First Glider Ride

September 22, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 27, 2018

This Saturday, the Sterling Massachusetts airport held a small fly-in with a flour bomb contest and a pig roast. Sterling is twenty minutes south of Brookline and a little east of Mount Wachusett. We arrived, together with a Cherokee from Brookline, in time to see the last flour drop competitor and the start of lunch. […]

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Southbridge and Marlboro

October 28, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated July 4, 2018

Last fall, Tyson pestered me to fly the Bearhawk. So I flew us down to the Southbridge cafe, following Mike. The valleys and lakes were fogged over, warmer than the fall morning air. After breakfast, I flew us over to Marlboro. So in a few years when Marlboro closes, I can say I’ve landed there. […]

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