Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Fly-out
On the morning of October 8th members of the MITFC were rewarded with clear skies and fairly high temperatures to get ready for an exciting visit to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Two teams departed from Hanscom airport, while the third team left from Lawrence Municipal. Our rides for the day were in Cessna 172s, and Beech Sundowner. The IFR flight took us about 1h 20min to Kingston-Ulster airport with spectacular scenery over Massachusetts and New York.
Once all teams landed safe, we were eager to leave for the aviation pioneers airshow. Since we all got a taste of what modern GA flying feels like, we wanted to see how it was a 100 or more years ago! Old Rhinebeck welcomed us with a dozen biplanes from the WWI era, as well as with a few ancient models, called…hmm, flying machines! Yes, they were flying machines! They got those….hmm…propellers!
We got to see biplane aerobatics, old Ford T-models, explosions, a police chase on ground and in the air, a fashion show, industrial size toilette papers, and many airplane actions of course!
Time flew as fast as some of the airplanes did and soon enough, we had to say goodbye to the Wright Brothers to get back to the sky again. Quick refueling, and off we were to home base. With the Moon in front of us, and the sunset behind, we had one of a ride cruising into the night. Many thanks to David for organizing such a memorable fly-out, and thanks to everyone who attended! Happy Landings!
On September 23rd, a few members of the MITFC went to Boston Logan to go plane spotting! It was a misty, cloudy day with ceilings around 100-200! Vishnu and Tamas were kind enough to provide some of their excellent photos for all to see! Stay tuned for other spotting opportunities.read more
The MIT Flying Club is bringing a fully-functional, completely immersive flight simulator for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the MIT campus on Monday and Tuesday, September 26 and 27 in the Z Center Lobby. Come for refreshments and a chance to try out what Lockheed describes as the “world’s most advanced multi-role fighter”. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the technology behind the JSF, talk to representatives from Lockheed Martin, and ride the simulator. Rotations of 5 people/30 minutes will actually get to fly the fighter! A tech team will be on hand to show you how everything works, and then hand over the controls.
Hours are 2-7pm on Monday, and 9-10am and 12-4pm on Tuesday. Refreshments will be provided. Unfortunately due to time restrictions, not everybody will get to ‘fly’- however, we will squeeze in as many people as possible. Admission is first-come, first-served with priority for a limited number of pre-registered students, but we highly encourage walk-ins. The cockpit will be positioned so that everyone can watch each simulation. To give an idea of how many of you to expect (and how much food to order), please tell me when you plan on dropping by and we’ll try to make arrangements to get you in. This sign-up is not a registration form and will not guarantee you a place, but it will help us to maximize the number of people who get to fly.
On Monday, the cockpit will be open from 2-7pm. This day is open only to the MIT community.
On Tuesday, the cockpit will be open from 9-10 AM and 12-4 PM. We will hold a short media program from 11-11:30am. A senior in Course 16 who worked on the F35 cockpit this summer will give a brief presentation. We particularly encourage those interested in careers in aerospace and defense to attend for a great networking opportunity with local officials and Lockheed representatives.
Come fly with us to the Mid Hudson River Valley!
We will be flying out to Old Rhinebeck, a rustic airfield in upstate New York that hosts a wonderful airshow with WWI-era aircraft most weekends. The plan is to depart the Boston area the morning of Oct. 8th and make the 125nm flight to Kingston-Ulster Airport (20N). The flight itself should be quite scenic as we make our way over the fall foliage into the Catskill mountains. We’ll take a short cab ride to Old Rhinebeck, have lunch, and stay for the 2pm airshow.
As above, the primary date for the flyout is Oct. 8th. If there is bad weather on that day, we’ll reschedule for the 9th.
You can sign up here.
The cost is $25 to reserve your spot, which will go towards the cost of the flight. The flight will be split equally among passengers and pilot. Lunch and transportation to/from the airfield will be covered by the Flying Club, through funding from the the UA.read more
Join us for the first club meeting of the semester on Wednesday, September 21st from 6-8PM at the Kresge barbecue pits for some BBQ and club business.
Also, we’ll be raffling off a free introductory flight with East Coast Aero Club (good for about 1 hour of flying and 1 hour of a ground lesson), electing officers to fill vacancies, and chatting about upcoming events.
Hope to see you there!read more
Old Rhinebeck WWI Aerodrome: October 8th,2011
**Note the date change to October 8th!
We are looking for a few (actually several) good pilots for our October 8th flyout to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in upstate New York. Old Rhinebeck hosts a wonderful airshow with WWI-era aircraft most weekends.
The plan is to depart the Boston area the morning of Oct. 8th and make the 125nm flight to Kingston-Ulster Airport (20N). I’m told the flight itself should be quite scenic as we make our way over the fall foliage into the Catskill mountains. We’ll take a short cab ride to Old Rhinebeck, have lunch, and stay for the 2pm airshow.
As usual, the passengers (MIT Flying Club members) will each pay their pro-rata share of the cost, so this is a great opportunity to get cheap flight hours and have a lot of fun doing it.
Please sign up here if you’re available to participate.
Come join the MIT Flying Club for our next group event at the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show on Saturday, August 13. One of the biggest airshows in this part of the country, the performance’s headlining act will be the USAF Thunderbirds! Enjoy watching some awesome flying with fellow club members (and graduate students in the Aero/Astro department thanks to GA^3).
Cost: $10 per person. The club will subsidize the remainder of the ticket price, gas, rental cars (if necessary), and parking fees.
Capacity: 20 people
Location: Portsmouth International Airport at Pease
Time: Performances from 11 AM – 4 PM. We will be leaving MIT at 8 AM to beat traffic
Deadline: COB Tuesday August 9th
This event was made possible by funding from the UA Finance Boardread more