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After our interesting discussion about flying scenic tours over the San Juan Islands, Magic Air Tours owner Rod Magner gave us a detailed look at the aircraft that makes it all possible: his 1929 Travel Air 4000 biplane.

In this 25-minute video Rod shares his deep knowledge of the Travel Air 4000–gleaned from more than 6,000 hours in the cockpit of this particular airplane (including more than 6,000 landings at the Eastsound Airport). You’ll learn about:

  • The history of this particular Travel Air.
  • The aircraft’s specs and performance.
  • The engine, brakes, electrical system, and fuel system.
  • The instrument panel (which includes many original instruments).
  • The modifications Rod has made.
  • The challenges of taxiing the Travel Air.
  • The unexpected health hazards of flying an open cockpit biplane.

Apologies for the wind noise, which comes and goes. It was a gusty day!



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Be sure to also listen to our interview with Rod!

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One Response to “Aircraft Walkthrough: Magic Air Tours 1929 Travel Air 4000 Biplane”

  1. Doug says:

    As a CFI, it is hard enough to teach people to treat every prop as it may be hot, when professionals are hanging onto the blades and even moving the blade. Please set an example for students and new pilots.

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