LANDING PRACTICE - For When The Engine Goes Silent - with Lil' John & Big John, leaders of THE COYOTE DAWN PATROL
Lil' John and Big John fly out of Corona Airport in Southern California with a group of back country retired pilots. They call their group "The Coyote Dawn Patrol."
They fly up to the Idaho back country strips each year and realized that flying from strip to strip involved flying over terrain where safe landing spots, in the event of a dead engine, were few and far between.
Could they handle an emergency landing where they could at least walk away from the aircraft with minimal injuries? One way to find out is to see how well...or badly they could handle landing with an engine failure.
They set up their own advanced back country practice school on various dry lakes in Southern California. They make an effort to practice at least once a month, because with a lag between sessions, the skills begin to diminish. This practice has already saved one of their group who experienced an engine out on take-off.
It's a real confidence builder.
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John Miller AKA Lil' John; Commercial certificate; aircraft is an Avid Flyer MK4
Lil' John received his Private ticket in 1963 and Commercial in 1974 on the GI Bill. After 1500 hours of renting, he got bored with Point A to Point B flying and became interested in ultralights. In 1980 he took lessons in a single seat, weight shift Quicksilver ultralight via radio communication at Lake Elsinore, and was sold. He soon bought one of the first Quicksilver MX ultralights (S/N 005) from the company in Rancho California.
He and four other ultralight flyers formed the first ultralight club in California, and the fifth in the US, in 1980. It is still an active group located at Perris Airport in Southern California. He flew the MX for 1200 hours, then sold it and purchased a Quicksilver GT 400. Those were the heady days of ultralighting and there were no laws governing them until rule 103 was issued by the FAA.
He flew the GT400 for 1200 hours, then sold it and bought an Avid Flyer Model B. He flew the Avid for 4300 hours until it was totaled during a landing at a challenging back country strip in the Nevada Sierras. However, he soon located a replacement, his current mount, an Avid Mark 4, a significant improvement over the model B. He swapped engines, and now has his Jabiru 2200 in the Mark 4.
John Rosenau AKA Big John; Commercial certificate with Instrument rating; aircraft is a Kitfox 5
Big John began flying in the Pacific Northwest in 1974 and holds a Commercial Certificate with Instrument rating.
He has 2300 + hrs flight time with over 1500 hrs Tail Wheel.
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Board meeting at 5:30
Hangar talk / refreshments 6:30 to 7 PM.
General membership meeting begins promptly at 7 PM
Program begins at approximately 7:15 PM.