WARSAW — This past May, the Warsaw Flying Club added the Piper J-3 Cub as their seventh plane. The new addition is a seaplane from 1946 which currently resides on Winona Lake with floats for the summer and skies for the winter.
Jon Fussle, owner of the Warsaw Flying Club, explained incorporating “the cub” into the club was necessary because it, “Covers a lot of bases for us.” This plane gives club members experience with a tail wheel and additional light sport components.
In addition to the practicality of the plane, Fussle explains this plane has a hint of “nostalgia.” When this plane was built it “Added an element of pure fun that was missing,” in flight.
The Warsaw Flying Club began in 2004, when Fussle began to fulfill his dream of teaching people people how to fly. The club was more of a hobby for nine years. Three years ago that Fussle decided to go all in and he began to make the club his career.
Fussle works with two partners to run the club. It is a multifaceted club made up to 50 members. Fussle mentioned people come to the club for many different reasons. Some people simply want to learn how to fly for their own enjoyment while others want to begin a career in aviation. The club provides lessons in commercial, light sport, multi-engine and certified flight instructor.
Fussle explains he simply wants to give people the opportunity to learn how to fly in an area where so many people can get involved. Fussle says the “Pathway is right in their backyard,”
The following is a video of the Piper J-3 flying over Winona Lake and Warsaw. Video provided by Mason Geiger Photography and Film.