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The El Mirage Ken Brock Freedom Fly-in Flight-line.

The covered seating for meals and hanging out.

Leo gave Chris and Tracy their first ride in a Gyro.

Chris Laws talking Gyros with Peter Kalev.

The Laws family went down to the Mojave Desert for the Ken Brock Freedom Fly-in, put on by PRA Chapter 1. The event takes place on the El Mirage dry lakebed. The weather was warm and great. The winds picked up in the evenings but if you are flying a gyrocopter that is not an issue. The rotor is essentially a rotating wing so it slices through the wind with no problem. On Friday night Chris was introduced to Leo who is an instructor out of Nevada. He was generous enough to give both Chris and Tracy their first experience in a gyrocopter. WOW! In the words of another passenger of Leo's from that day, "This is the kind of flying I wish I was doing." The degree of maneuverability is like nothing else. The openness of the airship is so freeing yet it is comfortable and you feel in complete control. That was just the taste Chris needed to push him closer to getting his Gyro type certificate and training.

The event as a whole was just fantastic. There is open land for days. In the mornings you would see trikes and powered parachutes filling the skyline. This year also brought in a couple helicopters too. It was just fun to be at an aviation event and be surrounded by like minded aviation enthusiasts.

The Laws family can't wait till next year and is planning to attend in 2021.

Local Business Highlight

Chris Laws got a tour of Chris' Precision Machine located here in Watsonville.

Chriss machine shop.mp4

This documentary on the history of the Ercoupe popped up on my YouTube feed and was a great watch. If you're stuck at home looking for that aviation fix, why not learn some interesting history about an aircraft that was waaaay ahead of its time! How many of you have owned or flown an Ercoupe? - Jacob

Member Projects

Cessna 150 Wine Holder

Due to the stay at home order, member Jacob Boracca has been at work building... albeit, on small scale projects. The latest being a custom crafted wine holder as a plane-warming gift. He started by constructing the base, making a pedestal for the plane, and then modifying the wood model to accept wine glasses. Vinyl decals were provided by local pilot Mitch of Freedom Signs. The decals match the airplane that it represents, right down to the N number!

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