Wichita Citations

In December 2015 and July 2016, I visited Wichita KS for the purpose of writing an article about “Doc”, the B-29 that underwent an impressive restoration at McConnell AFB. While I was there, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Wichita (ICT) is also quite an interesting airport. Several manufacturers of corporate aircraft are located either on the airport, or nearby. There were Citations aplenty, and photo access was mighty good. ICT is a bit off the beaten path, but, in my opinion, well worth the effort. This blog entry features Citations but stay tuned…much more to come.

 

Citation 510 Mustangs

N27369; MSN 510-712; Cessna Aircraft Company;

 

N422TG; MSN 510-0429; 422 TG LLC;

 

N66D; MSN 510-0454; Aircraft Guaranty Corporation;

 

 

Citationjet 1

N326JK; 525-0511; Triangle Transportation LLC;

 

B-9629; 525-0645; Jet Asia Ltd;

 

PR-EXP; MSN 525-0482; Armazens Gerais Agricolas Ltda;

 

Citationjet 2+

N917SL; MSN 525A-0059; SLFH Air LLC;

 

N525AP; MSN 525A-0460; JetSeven LLC;

 

N715DL; MSN 525A-0481; Cessna Aircraft Company;

 

N64LW; MSN 525A-0464; Textron Aviation Inc;

 

Citationjet III

N431CS; MSN 525B-0228; A & M Citation LLC

 

Citationjet IV

N217CJ; MSN 525C-0217; Textron Aviation Inc;

 

N318SB; MSN 525C0225; ETA PARTNERS LLC;

 

N166TX; MSN 525C-0166; T-Roy Aero Inc;

 

N34LA; MSN 525C0104; TCRG CJ4 LLC;

Citation Encore

N552CN; MSN 560-0674; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma;

 

Citation Sovereign

N683SV; MSN 680-0003; Cessna Aircraft Company;

 

XA-GME; MSN 680-0522; Mexico Transportes Aéreos;

 

N121LS; MSN 680-0076; Marlis Aviation Inc;

 

N637SV; MSN 680-0037; Cessna Aircraft Company;

 

N247TA; MSN 680-0131; Cessna Aircraft Company;

 

PP-UTC; MSN 680-0237; U T C Engenharia Ltda;

 

N681GF; MSN N681GF; Cessna Aircraft Company;

 

Citation Latitude

N613CL; MSN 680A-0013; Textron Aviation Inc;

 

N5262Z; MSN 680A-0017; CCC Isle of Man Ltd;

 

Citation X

N299CX; MSN 750-0299; TVPX ARS INC TRUSTEE;

 

N510CX; MSN 750-0510; TEXTRON AVIATION INC;

 

N902VP; MSN 750-0002; CESSNA AIRCRAFT CO;

 

N729VP; MSN 750-0510; TEXTRON AVIATION INC;

 

N50612; MSN 750-0117; VMD Aviation LLC;

 

 

 

DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Props & Rotors- 18 October 2018

I spent a few hours at KPDK on the afternoon of Thursday, 18 October. I find always KPDK worth visiting, since the traffic is usually plentiful and interesting, and the airport is extremely photo-friendly. Here is an assortment of props and rotors I photographed in a 4-hour period during the afternoon:

PILATUS PC-12

N6FZ, MSN 290, BRAVO DELTA MANAGEMENT LLC

 

N112AF, MSN 1412, ALLEN BARRY

 

N444CM, MSN 152, WRIGHT WAY AVIATION LLC

 

N454PS, MSN 454, STS HOLDINGS LLC

 

N539PE, MSN 539, EPPS AIR SERVICE INC

 

N681GH, MSN 681,QUALITY LEASING INC

 

N801PB, MSN 1006, KEY ESSENTIALS LLC

 

BEECH KING AIR

N92FC, MSN LJ-1235, KING AIR C90A, LONGLEAF AIR LLC

 

N275JC, MSN BB1854, KING AIR B200, ENCORE LEASING LLC

 

N503GF, MSN BY268, KING AIR B200GT, WAFFLE HOUSE INC

 

N833UP, MSN FL-947, KING AIR B300, WHEELS UP PARTNERS LLC

 

N988SC, MSN FL244, KING AIR B300, SAMET CORP

 

CESSNA TWINS

N310BA, MSN 310R0065, CESSNA T310R, RAMPEY ALVIN H JR

 

N500AAT, MSN 414A0313, CESSNA 414A, ANASTASIS LLC

 

N441WT, MSN 441-0313, CESSNA 441, HAVEN AIR LLC

 

CIRRUS SR22

N83GT, MSN 4231, N83GT LLC

 

N553LB, MSN 4242, LIVE BIG AIR LLC

 

SINGLE ENGINE 

N7020L, MSN F5C085, WACO YMF-F5C, BIPLANE RIDES OVER ATLANTA INC

 

N143WV, MSN 0040, MORAVAN Z143L, BLAZER ROBERT W

 

HELICOPTERS

N122AA, MSN 11228, ROBINSON R44 II, ADKINS AVIATION LLC

 

N427TJ, MSN 53673, BELL 407, EAGLE AIR SERVICES OF NORTH CAROLINA LLC

DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Jets- 18 October 2018

I spent a few hours at KPDK on the afternoon of Thursday, 18 October. I find always KPDK worth visiting, since the traffic is usually plentiful and interesting, and the airport is extremely photo-friendly. Here is an assortment of jets I photographed in a 4-hour period during the afternoon:

BEECHJET 400A

N101CC, MSN RK-277, KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS AVIATION LLC,

 

N226WC, MSN RK-248, WEB COM GROUP INC,

 

BOMBARDIER CHALLENGER

N872BC,MSN 5479,BCC AVIATION LLC

 

BOMBARDIER GLOBAL EXPRESS

N244DS, MSN 9617, DS AVIATION LLC

 

N806AS, MSN 9511, GLOBAL EXPRESS, ASI WINGS LLC

 

CITATION 501

N501RG, MSN 501-0260, JERAB LLC

 

CITATION 510

N510TX, MSN 510-0131, WASHINGTON ROAD PROPERTIES LEVEL 2 LLC

 

CITATION 560

N654PD; MSN 560-6236; DE210 LLC

 

N817PD; MSN 560-0075; KTS HOLDINGS LLC

 

CITATION 560XLS

N654PD; MSN 560-6236; DE210 LLC

 

CITATION 680

N259CK; MSN 680-0278; DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF DEKALB COUNTY

 

N571QS; MSN 680A0126; COTTAGE 26 PROPERTY PARTNERS LLC;NETJETS

 

CITATION 750

N10XT; MSN 750-0230; EP10XT LLC

 

EMBRAER PHENOM 300

N906KB; MSN 50000287; AEROSPACE HOLDING & LEASING LLC;

 

GULFSTREAM 650

N721MM; MSN 6332; MANDALAY RESORT GROUP;

 

 

 

 

 

Reno Formula One Category

Here are some of my photos of aircraft focusing on the Formula One category. This category had a real international flavor among participating pilots. With the pylon access I had at Reno, this was by far my most photographed class of aircraft.

My favorite photo from the entire event was taken as Jason Barksdale, Phillip Goforth, and Paul Newman round Pylon 5 Inner

 

 

Scott Holmes of Edmonton AL flew C-FCZM, “Outlaw”, a Cassutt III-M

 

Justin Meaders won the Forumla One Gold Category in N34XM, his Snoshoo SR-1 “Limitless”

 

N8EW, “The Kraken”, is a Western Air Racing flown by Ross Killin of Melbourne, Australia.

 

N9XR, “Sonic Zoom”, is Joseph Clark’s Cassutt III-M

 

Merse Marti of Barcelona flew N10X, Cassutt III-M “Heat Stroke”

 

N12SG, “ACME Special” is a Cassutt III-M flown by Jason Barksdale

 

Matthew Coughin of Berry, NSW flew “Judy”, N44JW, a Formula 1

 

N52J is Steve Tumlin’s Cassutt, “Fiesty”

 

“Miss Eve”, N55XJ, is Cassutt II-M flown by Anders Trygg from Sweden

 

N197 is a Cassutt III-M named “Sleeper”, flown by Justin Phillipson

 

Lowell Slatter flew a Gilbert DG2, N390DG, “Fraed Naught”

 

Lio V. Mougel came from Bangkok, Thailand to fly “Hysteria”, a GR-7 Panther, N687RB

 

N2020J, “Pooder”, another Cassutt M-111 flown by Steve Temple from Guam

 

Another Cassutt III-M, “Sassy Sangoma”, N5846, was flown by British pilot Rob Michie.

 

N6291N is Ryszard Zadow’s Cassutt “Last Lap Player”

 

Paul Newman flew “Fast and Easy”, another Cassutt III-M, N6439T

 

N6978 is yet another Cassutt III-M, “Once More”, flown by Kent Jackson.

 

“Annie”, N45889, is Phillip Goforth’s Cassutt III-M

 

Jason Barksdale (72) pulls in front of Phillip Goforth (17)

 

Phillip Goforth (17), Kent Jackson (27), and Scott Holmes (9)

 

Joseph Clark (58) and Paul Newman (26)

 

Rob Michie (46), Ryszard Zadow (15), and Kent Jackson (27)

The Swamp Thunder that Wasn’t

Swamp Thunder is the autumnal Formation Flying Clinic in the Southeast Region of the RPA. This year, the top two agenda items were a) to get Garry Pope requalified as a Wingman and b) to get Roger Milne some experience in flying formation. At least, that was the program. Mother Nature, however, had other ideas. On Thursday, October 11, the scheduled first day of Swamp Thunder, Hurricane Michael made landfall at Panama City FL, and ripped a path of destruction across the Southeast.  On Tuesday the 9th, in anticipation of the hurricane, Southeast Region Director Jon Blake decided to cancel Swamp Thunder as a sanctioned RPA event. However, he did organize a Plan B in order to make sure that the two agenda items were still accomplished.

Friday, October 12 dawned as beautiful as the day before was, miserable. I started off the day in the back seat of Pope’s Nanchang at Barrow County Airport (KWDR) at around 8:45am.

Lining up for Runway 1 at Waycross (KAYS)

 

This was about the only non-RPA plane on the ramp at Waycross. This Thrush S2R-H80 belongs to the GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION, and is obviously used for fire fighting.

By 10:30am, half a dozen planes and pilots had arrived at Waycross, focused on addressing these two goals. Jim “Pappy” Goolsby decided to kick things off by killing two birds with one stone, so to speak. He flew lead with Roger Milne in his back seat. Garry Pope flew #2, which gave him a chance to knock off some rust, and it gave Milne a chance to see what a FAST formation looked like, up close.

To paraphrase his reaction, “Damn, they’re CLOSE!”

After knocking off some rust, Ahmed “Med” Ragheb led a four-ship that served as Pope’s “rec ride”.

On the first four-ship formation flight, I flew with Wayne Altman, who is seen here mugging for the camera.

 

Med performs a pitchout

I’m riding in #2 with Wayne Altman. Med is leading, Pappy is #3, and Garry Pope is #4

In an echelon, Pappy is #3 and Pope is #4

Echelon turn to the left

This is what close trail looks like. In the words of Roger Milne, “Damn, they’re CLOSE!”

Pappy is flying #3 with Roger Milne in his back seat

4 out of the 6 RPA planes that came to Waycross

This was followed by his check ride, with Pappy riding in Pope’s back seat, and Med leading again.

Garry Pope was the man of the hour and his efforts were rewarded when he requalified for his FAST Wing Card

Med is the Lead, and Wayne Altman is #2

By the time Pappy and Hoot finished Pope’s paperwork requalifying him as a FAST Wingman, it was past 5pm. While Pappy and Hoot went up with Milne again to let him see what formation flying feels like from the front seat. It was his first experience in flying formation. “It was much more intense than I’d imagined. I have a much greater appreciation of what goes into formation flying, and I am fortunate to have a core of terrific guys in the Southeast who are eager to help me. I’m already looking forward to my next event.”

For the second 4-ship, Altman carried Milne in his back seat.

Meanwhile, I flew back to KWDR with the newest RPA carded Wingman and we arrived about two minutes before sundown. It was a long day, and Pope noted that he put 5 ½ hours on his plane in 10 ½ hours. It was a LOT of flying, but well worth it for Garry Pope.

Reno Sport Category

Here are some of my photos of aircraft focusing on the Sport category

“Yellow Fever” is Thomas Ishii’s Lancair 360, N11ZY

 

N542JV is Matt Beaubien’s RV-4 “Low Motion”

Beaubien is running neck-and-neck with Thomas Ishii

 

Vince Walker’s Lancair Legacy L2K. N41VR, “Modo Mio..

 

Ernie Sutter is “Jus Pass’n Thru” in Lancair Legacy N66EL

 

Meanwhile, Pete Zaccagnino’s Lancair Super Legacy, N105PZ, was “Coming in Hot”

 

Andrew Findlay was the surprise winner of the Sport Category in his Lancair Super Legacy, N115YP, “One Moment”

 

“Race 39”, Super Glasair III, N123AJ was flown by the reigning champ, Jeff LaVelle

 

Oliver Langeard flew the only TB30 Epsilon in the Race, N130KL “Zebulon”

 

N151CR, “Clas Thunder 1”, flown by Mathias Haid, was one of two Thunder Mustangs racing in the Sports Category

The other Thunder Mustang was “Swiss Thunder”, N167BP, flown by Peter Balmer

 

N158CF,”Taylor Maid” is Cheryl Frederick’s F-1 Rocket

 

“Sport36”, N164Q, is Paul Downing’s colorful Lancair Legacy 320

 

“GA 1”, Lancair Legacy RG, is N181KG flown by Karl Grove

 

My buddy Abe Gaskins flew “Underdog”, N272AG, a Lancair Legacy

 

Jon Flanagan’s Glasair II-S, N317RM, “Greenstreak”.

 

Lancair Legacy 320 N320HM, “Tenacity”, flown by Mark Frederickson

 

N385AS, “Havoc”, is Sean VanHatten’s Lancair Legacy

 

David Robinson’s Lancair Legacy L2K, “Desert Lightning”, N386DM.

 

N390WT, “Whisky Tango” Dan West’s RV-8

 

“General Lee”, N401GL, Lee Ulrich’s RV-7

 

Jim Rust flew N430R, “Race 24”, Glasair SH-3R

 

N477CM, Bob Mills’ Super Glasair III, “Mojo”

 

Dave Morss flew his Morse 320, N499DM “Martin’s Legacy”

 

Along with flying in the Jet category, Vicky Benzing flew Lancair Legacy N588S “Lucky Girl”

 

“Miss Ruby S”, N808SJ, is Skylor Piper’s RV-8

Piper and Paul Doning round Pylon 8

 

Neil Wischer’s RV-8 “Triple Eight” N888RX

 

F-1 Rocket “Phantom Rocket” N2691B is flown by Scott Prewitt

Reno Jets

I was particularly interested in the Jet category, since I know several of the pilots.

 

“The Devil’s Own,” the 96th Bomb Squadron “Red Devils” CO’s B-52H (60-059), makes a low “gear down” pass on Thursday.

 

00-221 (00221), F-16C performs several flybys on Friday

 

Nathan Harnagel rounds the turn in his L-39C, “Reality Czech”, N139UK.

 

N139PJ, “Race 37” is Alexandre Eckmann’s L-39. The bottom photo was taken on the morning of the 14th, just before he made contact with Harnagel’s plane

 

Nathan Harnagel and Alexandre Eckmann came very close to trading paint is this photo. Half a lap later, they did. While both planes were damaged, both pilots managed to land safely.

 

“Sluggo”, N50DG, is an L-29 flown by Joe Gano.

 

The Jet Gold Class winner was Mike Steiger in L-39 “American Spirit”, N139BJ

 

“Dash Force One” was probably the most easily identifiable L-39C on the field. N139LS was flown by Scott Farnsworth.

 

Arguably the most colorful L-39C at Reno was “Robin 1”, N139RM, flown by Jeff Turney

 

Pete Zaccagnino’s L-29 “Just Lucky”, N179EP

 

Honda Jet N422KT (msn 42000071) performed some demonstrations during the week

 

Pete Stavrides flew “American Patriot”, L-39 N544RC

 

L-39 “Athena”, N656DT, was flown by Bob McCormack

 

N757SF, “Darkstar II”. Is an L-39 flown by Vicky Benzing

 

N900HT, Embraer Phenom 300 (msn 50500061) was the pace plane for the jet heats

“Sarance”, N995X, is Larry Labriola’s L-39C

 

“Pokey”, NX81637, is an L-29 flown by James Beyer

 

NX39MX, “Invictus”, is Zach McNeill’s L-39C

 

The Planes of Fame Air Museum’s CT-133, NX377JP, was used as the pace plane for the Unlimited Class

 

VH-IJY, “Blue Ice” is Charlie Camilleri’s L-39C, which comes from Australia

 

Another jet from Down Under is VH-XET, L-29 “Miss Independence”, flown by Kevin Roll