Brunswick International (KBXM) Fly-In

Yesterday was the First Annual Brunswick International Fly-In at Brunswick Executive Airport (KBXM). I drove-in. My excitement grew as I approached the former naval base and tuned my nav/com to the UNICOM frequency (122.725). The airplanes in the pattern were very close together, and the chatter on the radio was constant. The situational awareness of those landing pilots was impressive.

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The array of aircraft on the ramp was diverse. There were jets, seaplanes, turbo-props, multi-engines, helicopters, powered parachutes, single-engine trainers, and a plethora of homebuilts. They were all unique and beautiful. I walked around clicking photos as I listened to the chatter on the radio and enjoyed the smell of aviation exhaust (really, it’s a great smell, especially from the jets).

Redundancy
Redundancy

More redundancy
More redundancy

Lear 60 Pratt & Whitney engine
Lear 60 Pratt & Whitney engine
Love the bold colors
Love the bold colors

The two speakers were Alan Klapmeier, Chairman and CEO of Kestrel Aircraft Company and Craig Fuller, President and CEO of AOPA. I enjoyed both of their remarks. They clearly have their fingers on the pulse of general aviation and are doing important work to promote and protect it. Following their speeches they participated in a question and answer panel discussion, which was likewise very informative.

A panel Q and A
A panel Q and A
This is what heaven surely looks like
This is what heaven surely looks like
Evidence of the past
Evidence of the past
Dials and gauges
Dials and gauges
A gorgeous homebuilt
A gorgeous homebuilt
Many types of aircrafts were on the ramp
Many types of aircrafts were on the ramp
I love seaplanes!
I love seaplanes!
These old warbirds ooze character
These old warbirds ooze character
Metal, fabric and composites
Metal, fabric and composites
Remove Before Flight
Remove Before Flight
Patriotic
Patriotic
100LL
100LL

In the early afternoon I attended an FAA Safety Seminar on Loss of Control, which was good. Shortly thereafter I got a message from my instructor, Marcia, informing me that our airplane was returning ahead of schedule and that we could fly earlier than planned. I needed no encouragement to head straight to the Portland International Jetport!

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2 Comment

  1. […] yesterday, the gods smiled upon me. I spent the day at the Brunswick International Fly-In before driving to Portland International Jetport for my review. The skies were deep blue and only a […]

  2. Very cool! I’m glad you took this opportunity. I like the audio of the Brunswick UNICOM.

    I’m excited for you to get your sea plane rating!

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