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Don 03-26-2014 09:49 AM

Explore Maryland by Air
 
I'm finishing up the Virginia Aviation Ambassador program and I see where a few other states have a similar program - Maryland being the closest. I signed up for a 'Passport' approximately a month ago and have not received it. Weekly phone messages to the person and number on the website go unanswered.

Does anyone know if the Passports are available at local airports, too? Here in VA every public use airport has them, so getting started is easy. Just curious.

Wingnut 03-26-2014 04:52 PM

Not sure. Ginger and I received our packets by mail, but it was 2012 or 2013. We finished Virginia last May (#338 and #339) at the Virginia Fly-In. Randy told us then that South Carolina had just started a program. We finished it in November and received our jackets at the February conference (#4 and #5, I think). We have started North Carolina, but are a long ways from completing it. We have yet to start Maryland. There is a guy in Maryland that has finished Maryland, Virginia and Sourh Carolina. A couple in Virginia that finished just before us were not even pilots. The Ambassador Programs are great ideas. The two most expensive jackets I own! Have fun!

catmandu 03-27-2014 09:31 AM

check your PM's

Vlad 01-29-2019 05:20 PM

I received the passport booklet and program instructions last year. If not the program I am not sure I would ever visit certain airports. Let the fun begin! :D








noelf 01-29-2019 06:02 PM

It took several months to receive the MD passport booklet. I had ordered it through their website.

I also have the Va., NC, and SC booklets.

Vlad 01-29-2019 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by noelf (Post 1320712)
It took several months to receive the MD passport booklet. I had ordered it through their website.

I also have the Va., NC, and SC booklets.

Noel do you have a ND booklet? It looks like the only RVator listed on Gold Level is Jay Pratt.

noelf 01-30-2019 03:06 AM

Vlad, no, I do not have the ND book. I remember we talked about it last year over lunch in NJ but I just don't think I will ever get up there.

And just FYI, we relocated the Cessna 150 from South Jersey to Saint Mary's in MD and as such I will not likely make it back to your neighborhood. I still have the RV in NC.

RV12JT 01-30-2019 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Don (Post 865674)
I'm finishing up the Virginia Aviation Ambassador program and I see where a few other states have a similar program - Maryland being the closest. I signed up for a 'Passport' approximately a month ago and have not received it. Weekly phone messages to the person and number on the website go unanswered.

Does anyone know if the Passports are available at local airports, too? Here in VA every public use airport has them, so getting started is easy. Just curious.

Have a link to the program Don?

Vlad 01-30-2019 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by RV12JT (Post 1320827)
Have a link to the program Don?

I completed the program recently there is some info here http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ion+ambassador

Vlad 05-12-2019 09:55 AM

Lots of cool places in MD to visit
 
Garrett County 2G3 is the highest airport elevation in Maryland. Very cool runway you see only half of it when you land. They do have their annual fly-in sometime in the summer.









Greater Cumberland KCBE sits in a picturesque Appalachian valley. It's under extensive renovation. There is only one way to the terminal you have to back taxi an intersecting runway.






Down below, a quarter mile threshold-to-threshold stretches a pretty grass runway of Mexico Farms 1W3. Interesting traffic patterns at both airports well thought of. If you are coming during rainy season use only the second third of the runway. Both other thirds are very soft. Do not use the training wheel if you are coming in an A model. Airport stamp is located in the mailbox on the old Cumberland Hangar.









Vlad 06-05-2019 06:55 PM

Hagerstown KHGR
 
Hagerstown MD has a picturesque approach, cool taxiway and a great restaurant. No fees, you could see everyone on the ramp while enjoying your meal. Great views of rare aircraft on departure end. Go visit.

















Vlad 06-09-2019 06:10 AM

W48 and KMTN
 
On my way to Martin State airport KMTN I stopped at Essex Skypark W48. Met an old friend and acquired new ones. Was nice to see you Claw. FlyingBeard that's a nice setup you have on your RV8. Find some free time share the progress with us. I will see you guys at your flyin in September.










My good buddy bought me a ticket to Glen Martin Museum all inclusive thanks John! Here I come :)







Impressive outside exhibition.




PS; There is a fee at the FBO $22. It doesn't matter if you buy avgas.

Electrogunner 06-10-2019 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Vlad (Post 1351763)
On my way to Martin State airport KMTN I stopped at Essex Skypark W48. Met an old friend and acquired new ones. Was nice to see you Claw. FlyingBeard that's a nice setup you have on your RV8. Find some free time share the progress with us. I will see you guys at your flyin in September.










My good buddy bought me a ticket to Glen Martin Museum all inclusive thanks John! Here I come :)







Impressive outside exhibition.




PS; There is a fee at the FBO $22. It doesn't matter if you buy avgas.


Hold short A-10?s. Vlads coming in The tower probably said

I missed talking to you at smoketown couple weeks ago, I was taking off in the silver/ purple -10

Vlad 06-10-2019 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Electrogunner (Post 1352114)
Hold short A-10?s. Vlads coming in The tower probably said

I missed talking to you at smoketown couple weeks ago, I was taking off in the silver/ purple -10

Where did you go that day btw? A well trained barber at Smoketown did a buzz job in minutes I thought you were doing pattern work. :D

Electrogunner 06-10-2019 05:46 PM

LOL. I ran over to Chester county to use the compass rose to finalize my magnetometer calibration. It was quick, you were taking off when I was on downwind coming back. Catch ya next time, don?t sneak in next time 😉

Vlad 06-17-2019 05:06 AM

KSBY
 
Stopped by Salisbury KSBY the other day. Parked not far from a Tupolev Tu4 replica :D















The bombers were ready to participate in annual WWII reenactment at Reading PA.

Vlad 07-20-2019 09:55 AM

Finally was able to make Kentmorr Airpark 3W3. An owner came out and gave me a lecture. A good one.







Bennett Airfield 1N5 was in great shape. Will definitely come again.






Vlad 10-21-2021 07:16 AM

Awards
 
Program completed. The highest award was shipped to my Utah address. Thanks for fun Maryland!


Wingnut 10-21-2021 07:40 AM

Nicely Done!
 
I havenít checked lately to see if the program is still active, but SC was a lot of fun. Ginger and I completed it after we finished VA. If itís still in existence, I know you would enjoy it. Congratulations on MD!

Vlad 10-21-2021 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Wingnut (Post 1563274)
I havenít checked lately to see if the program is still active, but SC was a lot of fun. Ginger and I completed it after we finished VA. If itís still in existence, I know you would enjoy it. Congratulations on MD!

Thanks! The Carolinas folded their programs years ago. I was almost done with SC but it was too late. Leather jacket fund dried out :)

North Dakota has similar passport program and adjacent southern state copied it as well (without awards)

Wingnut 10-21-2021 02:22 PM

Thatís most unfortunate
 
that the Carolinas ran out. We had started NC but had a ways to go. Several years ago I brought up the programs to a Florida aviation rep at Sun N Fun and he just made a face and blew it off. The VA and SC jackets are the most ďexpensiveĒ jackets I own, but the programs are a lot of fun and great experiences as you know!

gyoung 10-21-2021 05:46 PM

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Texas doesn't have a program so I made my own. There are 393 public use airports in Texas and I've visited about 140 so far. I'm not sure what prize I'm going to give myself when I complete it.

Vlad 10-21-2021 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by gyoung (Post 1563388)
Texas doesn't have a program so I made my own. There are 393 public use airports in Texas and I've visited about 140 so far. I'm not sure what prize I'm going to give myself when I complete it.

I like your approach Greg! I may do the same with Wyoming I live on the state line :D

scard 10-21-2021 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by gyoung (Post 1563388)
Texas doesn't have a program so I made my own. There are 393 public use airports in Texas and I've visited about 140 so far. I'm not sure what prize I'm going to give myself when I complete it.

Woof! I love this. I've been known to take a day and see how many I can hit. In Texas, this is multiple overnight trips that aren't possible to be "home in time for dinner"...

Maybe if I launched earlier? Packed breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is always fun to talk to the people at the fuel stops. "Where you headed?" Uh, I'm just out doing a lap. :)

Dave12 10-21-2021 06:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Vlad (Post 1563269)
Program completed. The highest award was shipped to my Utah address. Thanks for fun Maryland!


Sweet looking jacket pal. I was hoping to intercept that😜

gyoung 10-21-2021 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by scard (Post 1563397)
Woof! I love this. I've been known to take a day and see how many I can hit. In Texas, this is multiple overnight trips that aren't possible to be "home in time for dinner"...

Maybe if I launched earlier? Packed breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is always fun to talk to the people at the fuel stops. "Where you headed?" Uh, I'm just out doing a lap. :)

So far it's been almost all normal flying. I've got to start doing collection trips though. I'm even missing a couple in the Houston area. All the Big Bend airports were done in a day trip out of Ruidoso during a Navion convention but the rest of West Texas and the pan handle are going to take some dedicated effort.

jdiehl 10-22-2021 05:28 PM

Maryland
 
Congratulations Vlad. We miss you back East.

Jim Diehl 7A
Lock Haven, Pa

Vlad 11-21-2021 12:33 PM

Certificate of Achievement
 
Received yesterday :)



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