April 13 – King Air 200 restricted

Wednesday,  April 13, 2016 — In at 6:50, calm, clear and cool, a 208 and two 172s on ramp. Inventoried and labelled donated aviation magazines all morning. Worked in Process Room and other rooms upstairs all afternoon. Began scanning articles and advertisements from 1942 Springfield and Chicago newspapers so I can clear some shelf space, and so that the material will be easier to read than it is from the very aged, low contrast newsprint. Lots of aviation history and local history in this material, and it’s a project I want to complete pretty fast so I don’t have the originals turning to dust on me. Stopped about 6:25 to be here for the model club meeting. Processed the scans I had made earlier and went to the meeting down the hall at 7:30. The meeting was one of the best in recent months. I didn’t leave angry and frustrated from the litany of shortcomings which typically, in recent months, have hobbled my outlook about the club. Attendance is way down in recent months, and that concerns me, but I’m not losing sleep from it. It’s not “my” club anyway. It is what it is. Most of my most enjoyable modeling is done in a quiet room, SOLO, with not even a radio or CD playing. The club is a social event. Finally headed for home at 9:30. Day rating:  A

Pictures are of a Beech King Air 200 I saw casually from the lobby, not intending to phot it. But when a friend, also visiting the FBO pointed out this King had an uncommon tire arrangement I took a few minutes for pictures. I could not tell what was unusual about the wheels/tires, but I did see “RESTRICTED” on the rear fuselage and some unusual antennas. so I’m glad I took the time. I understand from my friend that the pilot spent an unusual amount of time in a run-up area, some distance from the parking place on the ramp before taxiing out to take off.

 

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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