Greetings from The Aero Experience Team


The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil, Fred Harl and Leo Cachat - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, December 9, 2016

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Airshow Performers - David Martin, Greg Koontz and Jim Peitz

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo Aero Experience continues our coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 airshow performers with a trio that brought very different styles of aerial entertainment during the daily airshows.  The three pilots, David Martin, Greg Koontz and Jim Peitz, are household names in the airshow community. 

David Martin, usually known for his high-energy aerobatic performance in the Breitling CAP 232, flew a very different routine in his slow but graceful Bucker Jungmeister BU133D1.  The 1930s-era design was produced in Germany and Spain as an advanced trainer, though this particular aircraft dates to the early 1970s.  The design was used regularly in aerobatic competitions into the 1960s, and the crowds at EAA AirVenture 2016 were treated to a precision demonstration of this classic aircraft, including a no-hands inverted pass.

Greg Koontz performed his brand of graceful aerobatics in a 180hp Super Decathlon.  He has set the standard for Super Decathlon aerobatics, flying barrel rolls, loops and inverted ribbon cuts among other maneuvers.  Get ready for some beautiful flying when Greg Koontz is in the airshow!    

Jim Peitz flies an aerobatic Beech F33C Bonanza in a demonstration of the classic aircraft's sweeping maneuverability.  Peitz flies other aerobatic and commercial aircraft, and owns several aviation businesses in his home base in Pierre, SD.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Airshow Performers - Aerostars and Scott Yoak in P-51D Mustang Quick Silver

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo Aero Experience coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 airshow performers continues with two more big name acts: The Aerostars and Scott Yoak flying the North American P-51D Mustang named Quick Silver
The Aerostars is a three-plane formation team that is a staple of Midwest airshows.  Their graceful formation flying and opposing pass maneuvers are flown in their Yak-52TW aerobatic trainers acquired new from the factory in Romania.  Two aircraft flew during the warbirds segment and three for their full airshow.  

There is nothing quite like a P-51 Mustang airshow performance, and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 featured Scott Yoak with his P-51D Quick Silver.  The Mustang is the creation of Scott's father, Bill Yoak, who passed away in 2013.  A master of metal crafting and aviation mechanics, he assembled "Quick Silver" from the remnants of over 200 other Mustangs to better than new quality.  The aircraft won Grand Champion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, and many other Mustangs have the handiwork of Bill Yoak to continue his legacy.  Scott Yoak continues to celebrate the family tradition of bringing Mustangs to the public, and The Aero Experience presents this sequence which ends with his tip of the hat salute to the Late Bob Hoover.