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See you in Oshkosh!

At last – Oshkosh/AirVenture is here again, and I am excited to be there the whole week. Unfortunately, my Bonanza is still not ready for me (avionics upgrade), so I will make a road trip instead and experience AirVenture from an RV in Sleepy Hollow. 

If you are in Oshkosh, I hope you can join me at one of my presentations (LOP/mixture management on Monday and Saturday morning) or the YouTubers Meet & Greet on Monday afternoon. I’ll also be at the ABS dinner on Tuesday and the SAFE dinner on Thursday. And odds are you can find me at the SOS beer tent after dark. Please come and say hi if you’re there.

Whether you are flying or driving, have a safe trip, and see you in Oshkosh!

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N70TB New Autopilot

N70TB has been in the shop for a few months now for its biggest upgrade yet. I’m happy to say that we are nearing the end – another few weeks, meaning completion is likely just before or after Oshkosh. The center piece of the upgrade is a new autopilot – my Century III broke late last year. In my view, repairing it didn’t make much sense – it’s a 40-year-old system, and at some point I just had to bite the bullet and switch over to a new digital autopilot. That is what’s going on with my Bonanza, and while I can still not disclose the full extend of the project, I am sharing my thoughts about available autopilot in a new video, and which one of them is going to be in N70TB from here on.

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Where is N70TB?

It’s June 2022, and I have not flown N70TB since early January. What in the world is going on that keeps me from flying my favorite Bonanza? I can’t share details yet, but I can tell you the Bonanza spent quite a while at Gardner Lowe Aviation in Peachtree City, GA (Atlanta Regional – Falcon Field) getting a facelift. If all goes to plan, I will have her back in time for Oshkosh, and then I can share the rest of the story over the summer. For now, all I can say is: I am beyond excited about what’s coming!

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Sun ‘n Fun 2022

It is time for the world’s second-largest fly-in again! I am excited to be back in Lakeland, FL for Sun ‘n Fun, and I will be there from Tuesday to Friday this year.

Here is a list of events I will be at:

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BPPP Instruction

Martin has achieved accreditation in the BPPP Program (Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program) and can now provide the flight portion of your BPPP BEST or BPPP Focus training event. After you complete the computer-based ground training, we can fly in your aircraft to complete the BEST training which may help reduce the cost of your next insurance renewal.

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2021 Poster Project

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the 2021 Charity Fundraiser: the Oshkosh 2021 Charity Poster Project. Just like in 2019, four posters will be autographed by aviators popular on YouTube and Instagram and then auctioned off for to charitable organizations in August of this year. Read all about it here.

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Patrons Zoom Call

All patrons are invited to a Zoom call with Martin on Saturday July 17, 2021. Details have been sent via email to all active patrons, including a Zoom link and dial-in information. We’ll talk about upcoming video projects and Oshkosh, and there’ll be time for questions and answers. See you there!

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Oshkosh 2021

AirVenture 2021 is almost here. I can’t wait!

N70TB and I will be camping in the North 40 the entire week. After the very wet opening weekend of 2019, let’s cross our fingers for some nice and dry weather for this year.

I look forward to seeing new products, learning new things, watching the air show, and of course to meeting people. I give a few presentations over the course of the week:

Lean of Peak & Mixture Management

Not quite sure what the mixture knob is all about and how to use it properly? You’ve heard about lean-of-peak, but you don’t know if it’ll harm your engine? In this presentation, we will start from scratch and figure out how your mixture setting affects combustion, resulting in different horsepower, temperatures and pressures. You will see quickly that there is no magic here. Offered three times during the week:

Monday, July 26

10:00 AM

Forum Stage 04

Tuesday, July 27

9:00 AM

American Bonanza
Society (ABS) tent

Saturday, July 31

10:00 AM

Workshop Classroom A
Making Better Flying Videos

If you are curious about putting an action cam to use in the cockpit, come to this session where I will share some of the things I’ve learned over the years of making video.

Topics range from choosing the right camera and camera mount, to different viewing angles, to recording audio, to selecting music for your videos.

Wednesday, July 28

1:00 PM

Forum Stage 03
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Sun ‘n Fun is in the books!

Sun ‘n Fun 2021 is a wrap – and the biggest news is probably that the fly-in and expo actually happened this year. Yours truly was in Lakeland the entire week, and I witnessed first hand how say after day attendance increased, leading to a record crowd on Saturday.

Now I am in the process of turning the approximately 4.5 terabytes of video footage I captured into a few videos from the week. The first one is out on YouTube; a new one will follow every day (or every other day) from here on, before I return to my “regular programming”.

It was nice to see many fans and subscribers, and even a few patrons of the channel in Lakeland. To me, aviation is as much about people as it is about airplanes, and there is no better way to experience this than at these fly-ins.

Now I have less than 100 days to pack for AirVenture 2021 – hope to see you there!

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Sun ‘n Fun

All indications are Sun ‘n Fun – only three weeks away at the time of this writing – is going to happen in 2021. I can’t wait – I will be there, and I will give forum presentations again this year, on two topics:

I. Making Sense of Lean of Peak and Mixture Management:

Wed. April 1411:00 AMCFAA-02
Thu. April 1511:00 AMCFAA-04
Fri. April 1611:00 AMCFAA-07
Sat. April 1711:00 AMCFAA-04

II. Making Better Flying Videos

Thu. April 1512:00 PMCFAA-04
Sat. April 1712:00 PMCFAA-04

Looking forward to seeing you in Lakeland!