Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

FINALLY! Two and a half months after Apple eft over thousands of pilots that relied on external GPS units for their aviation apps, the release of iOS 8.4 has arrived and I can say with 99% certainty that my iPad 2 with Bad Elf GPS 1000 and Air Navigation Pro are back to 100% functionality.

iOS 8...

I've got another trip planned to Bandon on the southern Oregon coast coming up, and I'm seven hours away from an oil change so I need to fly seven hours in the next six days because I don't want to be mid-trip when my oil change is due. I've never been to Stehekin or Darrington so I attempted those...

I just opened a letter in the mail from Jim Stanton (the guy that wrote the Wittman Tailwind W10 Builder's Manual) with an invitation to the 2015 Tailwind and Buttercup Fly In taking place at Hartford Municipal Airport (KHXF) on July 17-18. I'm a Machine Technology student and will be in the middl...

N11018 still suffers the side effects of oil blow-by from the breather hose. It's not as bad as it used to be, but after so many flight hours there's enough sheen that dust and debris begins to stick. To clean it, I normally prop the tailwheel up about two feet, then roll underneath on a creeper t...

The boss needed someone to pick up a customer from Baker City, Oregon so I volunteered. I've been to Baker City several times and it's an easy, direct flight, but for today's flight my iPad wasn't functioning, or at least I thought it was my iPad or Bad Elf GPS or Air Navigation Pro that had gone...

The gentleman that built N11018, Harold Passow, passed away on January 15, 2015 at the age of 92. He built my Tailwind at his home near Oshkosh, Wisconsin, completing it in 1965.

I wish you the same blue skies and tailwinds that you have bestowed upon me, Mr. Passow. I promise to help keep your le...