Aircraft We Fly
Members of the Scioto Valley Chapter of the Ninety Nines fly a wide variety of aircraft, including hot-air balloons, single- and multi-engine airplanes, and single-engine helicopters. Some of these are owned aircraft, some are rented or leased, and some are aircraft belonging to our employers. Here are some photos and descriptions of us and the craft we frequently find ourselves in. Connie and Ray Copeland's Cessna 340 Here's Connie Copeland, briefing a passenger about the sightseeing flight over Lake Erie he's about to experience in the Copeland's 1973 Cessna 340. The passenger is a teenaged relative from England, who had never before flown in a private airplane. Of course, we let him handle the controls a bit. Afterwards, Mark claimed the 340 is easier to fly than Microsoft's Flight Simulator! The Cessna 340 is a turbocharged, pressurized, piston twin. With a maximum cabin differential pressure of 4.2 pounds per square inch, the cabin altitude reaches 10,000 feet at about Flight Level 230. The airplane is very comfortable in the high 'teens and low twenties, where it carries up to six people at 200 knots or slightly better. N98RC has a Collins 3-axis autopilot, gained newly overhauled RAM engines in 2013, and in 2014 upgraded its GPS to a Garmin GTN750 system with ADS-B In and Out. Paula Rumbaugh and Amy Yersavich's Grumman Traveler This little beauty, a 1973 Grumman Traveler, belongs to Amy Yersavich and Paula Rumbaugh. They’ve gotten a lot of time, miles, and fun out of N9514L (and an engine overhaul in 2014!). In addition to numerous flights to surrounding states and the east coast, 14L has also provided transportation for vacations on Pelee Island and in Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada; Bozeman, MT (three times); Keweenaw Peninsula and Drummond Island, MI; and Santa Fe, NM. The Traveler has a 160-hp engine and cruises at 120 mph. It’s fully IFR-equipped, with a panel-mounted Garmin GNC 300XL GPS, and sports a custom-made canopy cover when parked. The women fly together often, but just as often they share the joy of flying with family and friends, pilots and non-pilots alike, or just going “up” alone for an hour or two for relaxation, currency practice, and the sheer love of it! N9514L has competed in four Buckeye Air Rallies, several American Yankee Association rallies, and one cross-country Air Race Classic. Barb and Chuck Deeds' Cessna 172C Barbara obtained her pilot's license in 1970 in California and one year later purchased a 1962 Cessna 172. Since Chuck's occupation was flying big airplanes the Cessna was mostly flown by Barb. It has been upgraded with exterior paint, interior upholstery, radios and everything to keep it up to date. The blue and white Cessna has flown three Pacific air races, flown to most of the western United States and some central states and the DC, Annapolis area and to Baja. One may say that it has flown coast to coast. Right now it is on a farm anchored at Deeds Field southeast of Columbus, Ohio and is in no way finished flying. Sons Chuck and John got their pilot's licenses in the blue bird, and grandchildren have taken their first airplane ride. Jann Bowne's 1975 Skylane Jann and George Bowne purchased this 1975 Cessna 182 in the spring of 2005. The j in the N-number seems like good karma with the j; in Jann's name, plus it was in excellent shape. They have put many hours on the engine flying to visit their children, friends and just for fun and vacations. They replaced the autopilot, added a Garmin 530 and recently purchased a 496 for weather (invaluable) making it a great all-round traveler.