Flight Report


Jerry Marstall
 

Yesterday was too good not to fly somewhere.  I discovered a Mid-Georgia Canard-Wing fly-in going on at Perry, GA (KPXE).  Doing my due diligence, I called to make sure the fly-in was still a go.  They were proud to say that it was. They had been closed since April to have the runway resurface and this was their first weekend event.  So I cranked up the Q and headed south.  16G21 here in the valley for departure.  Bumpy until reaching the ridge and then smooth as silk for the rest of the way.

 

About 60 miles from PXE, Atlanta Center informed me that PXE was closed.  Humm!  Surprised. (another reason to use flight following) The controller then told me that a plane had just landed gear up.  Bad for the pilot/plane, also bad for the brand new runway surface.  I chose to proceed on to PXE just to fly over and take a peek.  Sure enough, a twin was about 1500’ down the runway, partially on the runway.  It looked like it was going to be a long day.

 

So I decided to divert on to a place called Montezuma (53A), intending to have lunch and wait it out for a while.  On downwind, I noticed the 5,000’ runway was mostly covered in dirt, and the buildings alongside the runway were in serious disrepair with junk cars, etc all over the place.  Of course, no one came up on unicom.  The place looked like Montezuma’s Revenge.   The charts and Atlanta center both confirmed that it was an open/operational airport.  Broke out from the downwind and headed for Butler (6A1). 

 

It's been 2.5 hrs and I was ready to stretch.  Butler - quaint little place.  Only one hangar, which was off the far end of the 5,000’ runway. And a lonely fuel pump about mid-field with nothing around it.  No signs of life.  Upon reaching the far end, I taxied past a little grove of trees and a small gathering of people were standing in the shade of a tree by a Pawnee and 3 parked gliders.   No waving, just staring.  I was beginning to think I had landed in the Dueling Banjos, Dukes of Hazard community.

 

 As it turns out, there is a glider club there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was another dozen gliders and trailers outside.  One of the folks drove me to Subway to get a sandwich and I sat under the tree with a couple of the Dukes and watch three launches.  None of them ever returned – Humm!  Stopping at small airports always offers fun experiences.

 

Upon checking back with PXE, the plane was still on the runway so I taxied to the lonesome fuel pump and refueled for the trip home.  While doing the cockpit checks, I saw this on my Hobbs meter. 

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Paul Fisher
 

Welcome to the club Jerry!  I consider 1000 hours a major milestone!!

Hope to see you Friday at the KHUF Spring Fling.

Paul 


On Sun, May 29, 2022, 09:10 Jerry Marstall <jerrylm1986@...> wrote:

Yesterday was too good not to fly somewhere.  I discovered a Mid-Georgia Canard-Wing fly-in going on at Perry, GA (KPXE).  Doing my due diligence, I called to make sure the fly-in was still a go.  They were proud to say that it was. They had been closed since April to have the runway resurface and this was their first weekend event.  So I cranked up the Q and headed south.  16G21 here in the valley for departure.  Bumpy until reaching the ridge and then smooth as silk for the rest of the way.

 

About 60 miles from PXE, Atlanta Center informed me that PXE was closed.  Humm!  Surprised. (another reason to use flight following) The controller then told me that a plane had just landed gear up.  Bad for the pilot/plane, also bad for the brand new runway surface.  I chose to proceed on to PXE just to fly over and take a peek.  Sure enough, a twin was about 1500’ down the runway, partially on the runway.  It looked like it was going to be a long day.

 

So I decided to divert on to a place called Montezuma (53A), intending to have lunch and wait it out for a while.  On downwind, I noticed the 5,000’ runway was mostly covered in dirt, and the buildings alongside the runway were in serious disrepair with junk cars, etc all over the place.  Of course, no one came up on unicom.  The place looked like Montezuma’s Revenge.   The charts and Atlanta center both confirmed that it was an open/operational airport.  Broke out from the downwind and headed for Butler (6A1). 

 

It's been 2.5 hrs and I was ready to stretch.  Butler - quaint little place.  Only one hangar, which was off the far end of the 5,000’ runway. And a lonely fuel pump about mid-field with nothing around it.  No signs of life.  Upon reaching the far end, I taxied past a little grove of trees and a small gathering of people were standing in the shade of a tree by a Pawnee and 3 parked gliders.   No waving, just staring.  I was beginning to think I had landed in the Dueling Banjos, Dukes of Hazard community.

 

As it turns out, there is a glider club there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was another dozen gliders and trailers outside.  One of the folks drove me to Subway to get a sandwich and I sat under the tree with a couple of the Dukes and watch three launches.  None of them ever returned – Humm!  Stopping at small airports always offers fun experiences.

 

Upon checking back with PXE, the plane was still on the runway so I taxied to the lonesome fuel pump and refueled for the trip home.  While doing the cockpit checks, I saw this on my Hobbs meter. 

 

 

 

 


Jay Scheevel
 

Great report, Jerry. Always find something interesting. Congrats on reaching 1000. Wow!

Cheers,
Jay 


On May 29, 2022, at 3:11 PM, Paul Fisher <rv7a.n18pf@...> wrote:


Welcome to the club Jerry!  I consider 1000 hours a major milestone!!

Hope to see you Friday at the KHUF Spring Fling.

Paul 

On Sun, May 29, 2022, 09:10 Jerry Marstall <jerrylm1986@...> wrote:

Yesterday was too good not to fly somewhere.  I discovered a Mid-Georgia Canard-Wing fly-in going on at Perry, GA (KPXE).  Doing my due diligence, I called to make sure the fly-in was still a go.  They were proud to say that it was. They had been closed since April to have the runway resurface and this was their first weekend event.  So I cranked up the Q and headed south.  16G21 here in the valley for departure.  Bumpy until reaching the ridge and then smooth as silk for the rest of the way.

 

About 60 miles from PXE, Atlanta Center informed me that PXE was closed.  Humm!  Surprised. (another reason to use flight following) The controller then told me that a plane had just landed gear up.  Bad for the pilot/plane, also bad for the brand new runway surface.  I chose to proceed on to PXE just to fly over and take a peek.  Sure enough, a twin was about 1500’ down the runway, partially on the runway.  It looked like it was going to be a long day.

 

So I decided to divert on to a place called Montezuma (53A), intending to have lunch and wait it out for a while.  On downwind, I noticed the 5,000’ runway was mostly covered in dirt, and the buildings alongside the runway were in serious disrepair with junk cars, etc all over the place.  Of course, no one came up on unicom.  The place looked like Montezuma’s Revenge.   The charts and Atlanta center both confirmed that it was an open/operational airport.  Broke out from the downwind and headed for Butler (6A1). 

 

It's been 2.5 hrs and I was ready to stretch.  Butler - quaint little place.  Only one hangar, which was off the far end of the 5,000’ runway. And a lonely fuel pump about mid-field with nothing around it.  No signs of life.  Upon reaching the far end, I taxied past a little grove of trees and a small gathering of people were standing in the shade of a tree by a Pawnee and 3 parked gliders.   No waving, just staring.  I was beginning to think I had landed in the Dueling Banjos, Dukes of Hazard community.

 

As it turns out, there is a glider club there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was another dozen gliders and trailers outside.  One of the folks drove me to Subway to get a sandwich and I sat under the tree with a couple of the Dukes and watch three launches.  None of them ever returned – Humm!  Stopping at small airports always offers fun experiences.

 

Upon checking back with PXE, the plane was still on the runway so I taxied to the lonesome fuel pump and refueled for the trip home.  While doing the cockpit checks, I saw this on my Hobbs meter. 

 

 

 

 

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Dave Dugas
 

Nice report and congratulations on the milestone. Dave D


On Sun, May 29, 2022 at 6:02 PM, Jay Scheevel
<jay@...> wrote:
Great report, Jerry. Always find something interesting. Congrats on reaching 1000. Wow!

Cheers,
Jay 


On May 29, 2022, at 3:11 PM, Paul Fisher <rv7a.n18pf@...> wrote:


Welcome to the club Jerry!  I consider 1000 hours a major milestone!!

Hope to see you Friday at the KHUF Spring Fling.

Paul 

On Sun, May 29, 2022, 09:10 Jerry Marstall <jerrylm1986@...> wrote:

Yesterday was too good not to fly somewhere.  I discovered a Mid-Georgia Canard-Wing fly-in going on at Perry, GA (KPXE).  Doing my due diligence, I called to make sure the fly-in was still a go.  They were proud to say that it was. They had been closed since April to have the runway resurface and this was their first weekend event.  So I cranked up the Q and headed south.  16G21 here in the valley for departure.  Bumpy until reaching the ridge and then smooth as silk for the rest of the way.

 

About 60 miles from PXE, Atlanta Center informed me that PXE was closed.  Humm!  Surprised. (another reason to use flight following) The controller then told me that a plane had just landed gear up.  Bad for the pilot/plane, also bad for the brand new runway surface.  I chose to proceed on to PXE just to fly over and take a peek.  Sure enough, a twin was about 1500’ down the runway, partially on the runway.  It looked like it was going to be a long day.

 

So I decided to divert on to a place called Montezuma (53A), intending to have lunch and wait it out for a while.  On downwind, I noticed the 5,000’ runway was mostly covered in dirt, and the buildings alongside the runway were in serious disrepair with junk cars, etc all over the place.  Of course, no one came up on unicom.  The place looked like Montezuma’s Revenge.   The charts and Atlanta center both confirmed that it was an open/operational airport.  Broke out from the downwind and headed for Butler (6A1). 

 

It's been 2.5 hrs and I was ready to stretch.  Butler - quaint little place.  Only one hangar, which was off the far end of the 5,000’ runway. And a lonely fuel pump about mid-field with nothing around it.  No signs of life.  Upon reaching the far end, I taxied past a little grove of trees and a small gathering of people were standing in the shade of a tree by a Pawnee and 3 parked gliders.   No waving, just staring.  I was beginning to think I had landed in the Dueling Banjos, Dukes of Hazard community.

 

 As it turns out, there is a glider club there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was another dozen gliders and trailers outside.  One of the folks drove me to Subway to get a sandwich and I sat under the tree with a couple of the Dukes and watch three launches.  None of them ever returned – Humm!  Stopping at small airports always offers fun experiences.

 

Upon checking back with PXE, the plane was still on the runway so I taxied to the lonesome fuel pump and refueled for the trip home.  While doing the cockpit checks, I saw this on my Hobbs meter. 

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Richard Thomson
 

Great report Jerry, you guys are so lucky to have so many 5000 foot runways around, we think we are lucky to find a 3000 foot runway over this side of the pond.

Rich T

On 29/05/2022 15:08, Jerry Marstall wrote:

Yesterday was too good not to fly somewhere.  I discovered a Mid-Georgia Canard-Wing fly-in going on at Perry, GA (KPXE).  Doing my due diligence, I called to make sure the fly-in was still a go.  They were proud to say that it was. They had been closed since April to have the runway resurface and this was their first weekend event.  So I cranked up the Q and headed south.  16G21 here in the valley for departure.  Bumpy until reaching the ridge and then smooth as silk for the rest of the way.

 



 

Congratulations Jerry,
You've definitely earned it.
What a proud milestone and accomplishment.
 
See ya this weekend
Keith

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From: "Jerry Marstall" <jerrylm1986@...>
To: "Jerry Marstall" <jerrylm1986@...>
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Date: Sun, 29 May 2022 10:08:00 -0400


Bruce Crain
 

Atta boy Jerry!  I just made it last year.  It takes a few hours of maintenance and mods don’t it.
Bruce


On May 30, 2022, at 2:58 AM, Richard Thomson <richard@...> wrote:



Great report Jerry, you guys are so lucky to have so many 5000 foot runways around, we think we are lucky to find a 3000 foot runway over this side of the pond.

Rich T

On 29/05/2022 15:08, Jerry Marstall wrote:

Yesterday was too good not to fly somewhere.  I discovered a Mid-Georgia Canard-Wing fly-in going on at Perry, GA (KPXE).  Doing my due diligence, I called to make sure the fly-in was still a go.  They were proud to say that it was. They had been closed since April to have the runway resurface and this was their first weekend event.  So I cranked up the Q and headed south.  16G21 here in the valley for departure.  Bumpy until reaching the ridge and then smooth as silk for the rest of the way.

 



Jim Patillo
 

Hey Jerry,

Congratulations on reaching 1000 hours on your plane. 

Jim


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Nice report and congratulations on the milestone. Dave D


On Sun, May 29, 2022 at 6:02 PM, Jay Scheevel
<jay@...> wrote:
Great report, Jerry. Always find something interesting. Congrats on reaching 1000. Wow!

Cheers,
Jay 


On May 29, 2022, at 3:11 PM, Paul Fisher <rv7a.n18pf@...> wrote:


Welcome to the club Jerry!  I consider 1000 hours a major milestone!!

Hope to see you Friday at the KHUF Spring Fling.

Paul 

On Sun, May 29, 2022, 09:10 Jerry Marstall <jerrylm1986@...> wrote:

Yesterday was too good not to fly somewhere.  I discovered a Mid-Georgia Canard-Wing fly-in going on at Perry, GA (KPXE).  Doing my due diligence, I called to make sure the fly-in was still a go.  They were proud to say that it was. They had been closed since April to have the runway resurface and this was their first weekend event.  So I cranked up the Q and headed south.  16G21 here in the valley for departure.  Bumpy until reaching the ridge and then smooth as silk for the rest of the way.

 

About 60 miles from PXE, Atlanta Center informed me that PXE was closed.  Humm!  Surprised. (another reason to use flight following) The controller then told me that a plane had just landed gear up.  Bad for the pilot/plane, also bad for the brand new runway surface.  I chose to proceed on to PXE just to fly over and take a peek.  Sure enough, a twin was about 1500’ down the runway, partially on the runway.  It looked like it was going to be a long day.

 

So I decided to divert on to a place called Montezuma (53A), intending to have lunch and wait it out for a while.  On downwind, I noticed the 5,000’ runway was mostly covered in dirt, and the buildings alongside the runway were in serious disrepair with junk cars, etc all over the place.  Of course, no one came up on unicom.  The place looked like Montezuma’s Revenge.   The charts and Atlanta center both confirmed that it was an open/operational airport.  Broke out from the downwind and headed for Butler (6A1). 

 

It's been 2.5 hrs and I was ready to stretch.  Butler - quaint little place.  Only one hangar, which was off the far end of the 5,000’ runway. And a lonely fuel pump about mid-field with nothing around it.  No signs of life.  Upon reaching the far end, I taxied past a little grove of trees and a small gathering of people were standing in the shade of a tree by a Pawnee and 3 parked gliders.   No waving, just staring.  I was beginning to think I had landed in the Dueling Banjos, Dukes of Hazard community.

 

 As it turns out, there is a glider club there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was another dozen gliders and trailers outside.  One of the folks drove me to Subway to get a sandwich and I sat under the tree with a couple of the Dukes and watch three launches.  None of them ever returned – Humm!  Stopping at small airports always offers fun experiences.

 

Upon checking back with PXE, the plane was still on the runway so I taxied to the lonesome fuel pump and refueled for the trip home.  While doing the cockpit checks, I saw this on my Hobbs meter. 

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Terry Crouch
 

Outstanding Jerry, I better start flying more or you will catch you with me in 20 hours. 

On Sunday, May 29, 2022, 9:10 AM, Jerry Marstall <jerrylm1986@...> wrote:

Yesterday was too good not to fly somewhere.  I discovered a Mid-Georgia Canard-Wing fly-in going on at Perry, GA (KPXE).  Doing my due diligence, I called to make sure the fly-in was still a go.  They were proud to say that it was. They had been closed since April to have the runway resurface and this was their first weekend event.  So I cranked up the Q and headed south.  16G21 here in the valley for departure.  Bumpy until reaching the ridge and then smooth as silk for the rest of the way.

 

About 60 miles from PXE, Atlanta Center informed me that PXE was closed.  Humm!  Surprised. (another reason to use flight following) The controller then told me that a plane had just landed gear up.  Bad for the pilot/plane, also bad for the brand new runway surface.  I chose to proceed on to PXE just to fly over and take a peek.  Sure enough, a twin was about 1500’ down the runway, partially on the runway.  It looked like it was going to be a long day.

 

So I decided to divert on to a place called Montezuma (53A), intending to have lunch and wait it out for a while.  On downwind, I noticed the 5,000’ runway was mostly covered in dirt, and the buildings alongside the runway were in serious disrepair with junk cars, etc all over the place.  Of course, no one came up on unicom.  The place looked like Montezuma’s Revenge.   The charts and Atlanta center both confirmed that it was an open/operational airport.  Broke out from the downwind and headed for Butler (6A1). 

 

It's been 2.5 hrs and I was ready to stretch.  Butler - quaint little place.  Only one hangar, which was off the far end of the 5,000’ runway. And a lonely fuel pump about mid-field with nothing around it.  No signs of life.  Upon reaching the far end, I taxied past a little grove of trees and a small gathering of people were standing in the shade of a tree by a Pawnee and 3 parked gliders.   No waving, just staring.  I was beginning to think I had landed in the Dueling Banjos, Dukes of Hazard community.

 

 As it turns out, there is a glider club there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was another dozen gliders and trailers outside.  One of the folks drove me to Subway to get a sandwich and I sat under the tree with a couple of the Dukes and watch three launches.  None of them ever returned – Humm!  Stopping at small airports always offers fun experiences.

 

Upon checking back with PXE, the plane was still on the runway so I taxied to the lonesome fuel pump and refueled for the trip home.  While doing the cockpit checks, I saw this on my Hobbs meter. 

A picture containing indoor, control panelDescription automatically generated With Ink Annotations

 

 

 

 


Jerry Marstall
 

I just want to thank those of you who sent congratulatory responses to me.  It really added so much to the already wonderful memory of that particular flight.  Thanks for allowing me to experience the camaraderie of our wonderful aviation community.

 

Grateful,

Jerry M

 


Sam Hoskins
 

Here is a belated congratulations, Jer. It's a real possibility that you have a thousand landings as well. I would say that makes you an expert.

Sam

On Tue, May 31, 2022, 12:33 PM Jerry Marstall <jerrylm1986@...> wrote:

I just want to thank those of you who sent congratulatory responses to me.  It really added so much to the already wonderful memory of that particular flight.  Thanks for allowing me to experience the camaraderie of our wonderful aviation community.

 

Grateful,

Jerry M