January 2004                                                                                   Vol. 10                      No. 1
Published every month by mail/website                                         Brad Methvin, Web Editor http://www.georgiasportflyers.com                                              Richard McIntosh, Editor

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GSFA/ Richard Logue
584 Ripplewater Dr.
Marietta Ga.  30064

                             OUR BOARD of OFFICERS    
                                                  Kim Arrowood, President        
                                                  Lonnie Sand, VP            

                                                  Richard Logue, Sec Treas.
Before Ultra lights #6

One day of flying a mission became just like another.  A flashlight in your eyes, mess hall (mostly for the coffee), the briefing room, pre-flight in the dark, ground crew conversations about the plane, daybreak, whinning start ups, the crawl to the runway, take off, rendezvous, then on our way.

I must say more about the briefing routine.  We file in, sit on the benches and stare at the big brightly lit covered black board.  The grim briefers, from 2nd Lts., to Colonels file onto the stage.  All chit chat in the audience stops.  The first speaker throws back the cover revealing the first mission map.  Always a big groan - part of the drama.  Except once.  The big heading says D-DAY, and a big cheer comes forth - until we see Normandy , and 12,00 feet .  Then a low groan and silence again.  Back to that day later.

The briefers had it all there, the route in, the flak areas, the fighter stuff, (ours and theirs), the approach route, the target run, bombs away off of the lead plane and the break away route.  Page after page, turned by the particular experts with the explanations.  Thats it.  We shuffle out, the Catholics crossing themselves, the Protestants praying silently, and the uncommitted cursing loudly.

THE HEAVENLY BODY brought home German lead about half the time.  A 2-inch chunk was dug out of my seat once.  A larger chunk out o the left wing (or was it the left stabilizer).  Some day Ill have to find the pictures we took of HEAVENLY BODYS wounds.  By the way, I had a small Brownie  camera that I used on occasion, but ran out of film.  Talk about American brashness.  I found out where the British Air Photography Unit was located in London, and presented myself there on one of my visits.  The receptionist was so surprised that after establishing my credentials and swearing me to secrecy, he laughed me back to a supply room and gave me some large sheets of undeveloped film. I had to build a dark room and cut it up to fit.  But it worked!

On one occasion the hydraulic system line was severed without our knowledge on a brand new silver substitute plane and like a well trained pilot I pumped the brakes before touching down.  Seemed o.k., but on the runway no response.  I had pumped all of the fluid out.  Seeing all of the parked planes, knowing that ground crews were nearby and coming in too fast kept me from doing an intentional ground loop.  So we left the tail wheel locked and rode it out off the end of the runway.  Unfortunately the runway ended into a big, I mean BIG ditch.  No explosion.  All switches off and abandon ship.

No one was injured, unless you count the chief ground crew officer who actually was near tears, and probably apoplexy.  One of his babies destroyed and we werent getting that many replacements.  No reprimand of course, since they couldnt find a teen-age pilot to blame.

We experienced a few other unusual events worth telling, I think.  An extra plane was always sent to the rendezvous in case one had to drop out.  On one occasion we were it, and no one dropped out.  Rather than waste the effort, we saw an empty place in another group and took it.  The only problem was they were B-24s.  Being unsmart sic at 19 it didnt occur to me that they may be carrying a different pay load, such as supplies for Tito or some other underground organization.  Luckily they carried bombs also.  We got away with it, but I can imagine the laughing of their crews, or the swearing of their Commander,  Anyway, I never heard anything.

One mission we flew was quite unusual and experimental.  The armament crews rigged up bomb carriers under the wings outside the bomb bays, one under each wing.  They were 1,00 pounders equipped with stubby wings and gyro guidance systems.  No power!  We flew in loose formation with Cologne as the target.  Math folks had calculated the altitude, speed, glide angle and distance from the target at which we were to release the glide bombs .  The lead pilot released 20 miles from Cologne with us releasing on him.  I estimate about half of the bombs either spun in or did not hold their course.  Some did however, and I never heard about that quite secret mission again.  I believe it to have led eventually to our guided missiles of today.  I heard years later that our Group received a Unit Citation for that but never investigated.

Thats it for today.  I have several articles left, including D-DAY and my tour as Airplane Commander of a B-29, 20th Air Force, bombing Japan from Tinian Island.  Think Enola Gay.  


Would you like to Learn to fly Ultralights or Trikes?    These folks are instructors you  can call:                
Chuck Goodrum           trikes@mindspring.com                      770-426-7294
Joe Horton                      
jhorto1@bellsouth.net                         770-975-0003
Bryan Jorgensen          
bajorg@aol.com                                    770-439-5504
Richard Logue              
loguer@earthlink.net                          770-590-3071
Ben Methvin                  
adakb@aol.com                                     770-509-6753
Brad Methvin                  
bradm@brashley.com                         678-461-4463
Bob Smedberg              
bobsmdberg@bellsouth.net              404-427-5739
 (If you know of other instructors please e-mail  

The driving directions to Etowah Bend Gliderport:
Driving from downtown Atlanta take: Hwy I-75 North exit 290 Cartersvilles Exit  make left, follow to US 41, turn right on HWY 411, then follow signs to Rome.   After 10 miles will cross Etowah River.  Make U-turn after bridge then Etowah Bend clubhouse will be the FIRST GATE on the right after driving back over the bridge.


Dont forget to renew your membership -
January is the start of a new year and new subscription dues.
Its a real bargain for all the perks the club members received.  Dont delay - Renew today!!!
1st Membership Meeting of the New Year!
January 10, 2004 at 11:00 AM (10:30 AM for those who are late)

Etowah Bend Gliderport

Dont forget to send me any articles, for sale ads or pictures you      want me to post in the newsletter!

See you at the January 10th Meeting,
Etowah Bend Gliderport.
This months meeting includes a history of GSFA by

Michael Budman  Prosser

Richard McIntosh   mcdiver@bellsouth.net
A message from the President

On behalf of the new GSFA presidency Id like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New year.

Id like to thank Richard Logue and Helen for allowing us to hold our annual Christmas party at their house. We had a great turnout this year. A special thanks to my Christmas party staff, Deborah Spain, Ann Evans, Mrs. Eck, Frances Burns, Jo Prosser, Karen Hasenauer, Judy Smedberg and to Steve Green for the live music , Bob Smedberg for the slide show {I'm waiting for my copy of the CD} . Plaques were handed out to our outgoing presidency as special thanks for a job well done. Mark Henderson did a great job on the Special Certificates.

2003 was a very successful year, thanks to all the dedication and hard work of all the volunteers. Since I was the Rally Master for 03, I would like to thank all the ones that worked on the Rally Staff 03 for a Great Job well done. This is a great example of the success we share when people get involved in our club activities. I challenge everyone this year to be involved. Our first meeting of the year will be Jan. 10 th at Etowah Bend . We will be addressing this years upcoming events, and will be looking for input from everyone for this years events.

I'm very excited about being the President of the GSFA. This is a fine group of Men that love to fly. When I decided almost 2 years ago that I wanted to start flying ultralights I had no idea what I was getting into. Not only have I learned to fly, have my own plane but I've also met some of the best people you would ever want to know. It's like having a big family. This was a bonus that I did not know about. It's a whole new world and I love it. I can't say enough good things about my new family, everyone is so much help. The support it's wonderful.

Then they went and made me President. All I can say is that I sure hope that the help does not go away. I will need you now for sure. If you have any ideas to make this club even better, please share the ideas they are most welcome. Keep in mind that I've never done anything like this before, so yes I do need you. You can contact me anytime you need to, if I don't know the answer {and I may not} we will find someone who does, after all we do have a big family. Thanks for everything, looking forward to flying with you into the New Year as well and working on club events.
2003 also saw a few minor mishaps. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured. As always, our biggest priority is to have fun but to do it safely.

Pres. Kim Arrowood

                                 Is Cartersville Uncontrolled ???

That is funny and actually the terminology of an uncontrolled airport  is a misnomer.

Airports are typically categorized by the type of airspace that is associated with that airport: A, B, C, D.  Airports with this type of airspace designation have a control tower.  Class E airspace is also  incorporated as general controlled airspace for the transition of IFR traffic to/from the terminal or enroute environment to the visual airport environment and us VFR - see and avoid, ultralight pilots and certificated general aviation pilots.

Cartersville is not uncontrolled, which insinuates an out of controle - anything goes, airport.  Kind of makes me think of something out of the wild, wild west…ha ha.  However, we are not cowboys (or cowgirls as the case may be).  Cartersville is an airport all right, but it is a non-towered  airport.  

Dont let the Class G, uncontrolled airspace, designation mess with your mind…something to think about (smile).

By: Michael Budman  Prosser