NEW SONEX KIT
A builder in Cheyenne, WY made a partially completed Sonex kit available to HAWK for a price we could not refuse. Two of our members have Sonex aircraft, so this is a craft with which we are quite familiar. It comes with a Jabiru motor mount, but no motor. Coincidentally, a couple years ago another builder in Green River, WY gave us a Jabiru motor with 500 to 600 hours on it. We hope to make an aircraft from these two transactions.
Since AirVenture 2020 was cancelled due to the Pandemic, our Junior Members missed their out-of-town trip this summer. As a substitute trip, General Manager Tim Allen took a half dozen of them in the bus on the overnight trip (including camping at the airport) to retrieve this kit and bring it home.
Amelia Earhart was a magnificent woman that changed the course of aviation. July 24th, known to us as Amelia Earhart Day, was her birthday, and we would like at take a little time to celebrate her and talk about her amazing feats.
She was born on July 24th, 1897, and saw her first plane when she was 10 years old. She referred to it as “…a rusty thing of wire and wood and looked not at all interesting.” She was not even into planes until December 28th, 1920 when she took a ride in one with pilot Frank Hawks. Her first feat was flying to an altitude of 14,000 feet, the highest a woman had ever flown at the time. After that she was the first woman to ever fly across the Atlantic Ocean! She also became the first human to fly solo over the Pacific Ocean. Then, Amelia turned 40. She wanted to do one more thing; be the first person to fly around the world. Sadly though, on her voyage, she got lost. At the time of the writing of this post, her wreckage has still not been found. But we remember her greatly, for all the steps in aviation she took.
At HAWK, we can use some of the things we know about her to help us. Like how to prepare for even the smallest errors, so that we don’t get lost on our journeys.
Images: Courtesy Wikimedia as well as Underwood & Underwood
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