John Craparo

John Craparo

Information Technology Executive, Writer and Pilot... FAA certificated pilot in airplane, seaplane, gyroplane, powered parachute, glider and hot-air balloon. Advanced aviation ground instructor and light sport aircraft repairman. I participated with Lone Star Magni Gyro in a trip to Besnate, Italy where I built my own Magni M16 Gyro at the Magni factory during November 2014. I reside in Georgetown, Texas just north of Austin.

Breakfast at The Black Walnut Cafe – KCXO – Conroe Sat – June 23, 2018

June 23, 2018 — June 28, 2018


It was quite a sight, seeing eight gyros lined up in front of The Black Walnut Cafe at North Houston Regional Airport in Conroe.  The group included three Magni M 16’s, two Magni M24’s, an Autogyro Calidus, an American Ranger, and an Autogyro Cavalon. It was a good time with friends, family, and fellow gyro pilots. Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!




Black Walnut Cafe at KCXO Airport in Conroe is the perfect spot for a GyroTrip breakfast. We’ll depart T74 Taylor at 7:30 AM, arriving in Conroe shortly after 9:00.  Setting aside an hour or so for breakfast and to watch planes take off and land, we should be back in Taylor by 1:00 PM. KCXO is class DELTA with two runways (14/32 and 01/19).  We can park on the ramp at Galaxy FBO, just outside the restaurant. This should be a good trip. Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY! -Bob


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Palo Duro Canyon, TX (July 2018)

July 3, 2018 — July 11, 2018

Dayton will lead the way to the annual 4th of July Hangar Dance near Palo Duro Canyon. It’s about a 700 mile round trip from T74 Taylor.  Looking forward to good scenery and good time with flying friends. Contact Dayton if you want to join us.  Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY! -Bob


UPDATE TUES – 07-03-18

I wasn’t feeling well on Monday, so Kathy and I were not able to make thePalo Duro trip. Here are a few pix as Dayton and the Bakers prepared to depart T74 – Taylor. 

NOTE: You won’t be able to track this trip since I normally have the spot tracker and we’re not flying. 

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Taylor, Texas to Cameron, Texas (lunch at the 50’s Cafe)

January 12, 2016 — January 14, 2016

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Lunch at Brenham Airport Cafe

November 14, 2015 — November 16, 2015

Note to Pilots: Dpt T74 Taylor at Noon.

Lunch at the Brenham Airport Cafe is always good – burgers, shakes, CFS, and fresh vegetables. It’s a short flight (about 60 miles) so we can easily make it round trip without refueling.  Weather is forecast to be sunny so it should be fun.  Thanks for following!

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Craparo-Dabbs World Record

October 3, 2015 — October 15, 2015

Hey, guys!  Dayton & John here.  We appreciate all your support for our trip.  We are really looking forward to keeping y’all up to date with each part of our adventure.  Drop us a line, and we will do our best to get back with you as soon as we can.  Thanks a bunch!

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Fredericksburg Breakfast Flight

September 27, 2015 — September 27, 2015

Gyros over Texas! We left Taylor this morning at 8:00 for a flight to the Fredericksburg’s AIRPORT CAFE, located at Gillespie County Airport. John Craparo and his brother Frank flew John’s Red  MAGNI M16. Chandler and Kelly flew Dayton’s yellow M16 and Dayton and I flew my silver M16. The weather was good. The flight was smooth and time with friends and family – priceless! Here are a couple of pix from the trip. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

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Taylor TX to Oshkosh WI

July 18, 2015 — July 22, 2015

Dayton and John took off from T74 Taylor TX this morning at 6:10 for a 1000+ mile trip to AIR VENTURE 2015 in Oshkosh Wisconsin. It’s always sort of a mystery when John and Dayton are flying, where their destination will be each day, so click the TRACK TRIP button and follow along. Safe Flying!



Magni M16 Gyroplane N747KW

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Taylor, TX to Grey Moss Inn – Helotes, TX

June 6, 2015 — June 6, 2015

To celebrate the end of another successful year in the preschool portrait business, we’ll be flying three Magni Gyroplanes down to Boerne Stage Airport, just west of San Antonio, for dinner with friends and family at the Grey Moss Inn.  Hopefully, the weather will be good and we can post some late afternoon pictures of the Texas Hill Country.



MAGNI M16 Gyroplane N747KW



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Taylor, TX to Sport Flyers (Houston)

June 4, 2015 — June 4, 2015

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