What a September! Some very good news, changes in the works, some sad and bad news. So let’s start with the good news.
Our very own Young Eagles Coordinator, Penelope Hecker is invited to attend the changing of guard at the National Young Eagles (YE) Chairman’s event at Santa Monica on September 29, 2009. I will attend this event as Penelope’s guest. As you may recall, our 2008 YE Coordinator, Cliff Carpenter arranged to have our National Chairman Harrison Ford, fly with us at the April 2008 re-dedication of the Chino Airport.
After five (5) years of service, Harrison is stepping down and during the event; EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny will announce the new co-chairs. I’ll provide a recap of the evening’s activities. I especially appreciate the support all of you have given to the YE program, which made this invitation possible.
Our third Young Eagles event for 2009 was the best and the first ever for the Yanks Air Museum (KCNO) in Chino, CA. We flew 96 YE candidates and more when you count the second flight over-achievers, ground crew and hosts who took to the air. Penelope Hecker, EAA Chapter 92 Secretary and 2009 Young Eagles Coordinator has a complete presentation of the planning, coordination and execution of our September 12, 2009 Event.
So, come to the meeting and learn all about it. A special thanks to all of our EAA pilots, the ones we usually see at these events and our ground support staff comprising EAA Chapter 92, the Orange County 99s, Orange County Pilots Association, Flight Safety International and others from the Fullerton and Long Beach areas.
Our final YE event for the year will be held at the Planes of Fame Museum (KCNO) in Chino, CA on October 10th. Penelope has a mission for all of us so come to the October meeting for a briefing.
I am pleased that EAA Chapter 92 has again been asked to support Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company’s (ASC) annual Super Sale on Saturday October 3, 2009. The doors (sales) at this event open at 7:00 AM, so ASC has asked us to be on site at 6:00 AM to set up the raffle booth and the food service.
ASC is offering raffle chit cards to the customers. These chits are good for four (4) raffle tickets. Additional tickets are available for purchase at $1.00 each. ASC donates the proceeds of the raffle ticket and food donation sales to EAA Chapter 92’s YE program. We use these funds for YE Air Academy scholarships. Come on down to get a good deal on aircraft parts and accessories, a shot at winning a “major award”, and having a good time meeting with friends.
Since October is our best visibility month, with clear skies and the ability to see over 100 miles, it is no wonder there is a demand for pilot activities. I will assist in the flying of the Los Angeles Center (ZLA – ARTCC) Controllers to introduce them to experimental aircraft. This should be a great time. Our participation in this event is cooperative with the Orange County Pilots Association and the W J Fox Airport Pilots Association.
I will also attend the EAA National Leadership workshop in Oshkosh, WI between October 23-25, 2009. Our goal is to help build Chapter 92 into an even stronger organization.
Lastly, Bob Cashman and I attended the 20th Annual West Coast Falco Gathering (17-20 September 2009) hosted by Duane and Mary Root in Longmont, CO (KLMO). We had a great time and toured the Scion Aviation facility in Loveland, CO. Scion is the builder assistance partner to Falcomposite, Ltd., Auckland, NZ. Falcomposite (contraction of Falco and composite) has tweaked Stelio Frati’s F.8L Falco into the LN 27 FG and RG versions. A VIP (vacuum infusion molding process) utilizing uni- and bi-directional graphite material and high temperature (250 F) epoxy is used to produce an exceptionally high performance airplane. I’ll have a presentation available for the November meeting.
Changes in the works:
It is that time of year where we take nominations for our officers and upcoming board positions. The Chapter 92 board assigned a nominations committee consisting of Ferdi Zittlau, Greg Fisher and Roland Koluvek to present recommendations for:
- Vice President
- Newsletter Editor
- Board Members
Additionally we are looking for volunteers to assist with the web site, membership, marketing, out-reach, liaison with the Counties of Orange and San Bernardino and other activities.
This organization is only as good as the members who put in extra effort to make it so! Your participation is requested and appreciated.
Some sad and bad news:
Within a day or so of our Yanks Air Museum Young Event, we learned Dale Martin suffered a debilitating illness. Dale is recovering and doing well. We hope to see him at one of our events soon.
Gone West – I just learned that our long time Chapter 92 member Harwood “Woody” Fowler was killed with his son-in-law Chad Kelly on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 enroute to Redlands Airport and an EAA Chapter 845 gathering. Woody was an advocate of his Quad City Aircraft “Challenger”. Many of you personally know Woody, who has been active in EAA Chapter 92 for many many years. He was doing what he loved best and sharing that adventure with his building partner and son-in-law Chad. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the accident. The government agencies report it will be months before the cause of the accident is know. We will miss them both terribly.
The event associated with Dale, Woody and Chad brings to mind our need to be always prepared. When operating around or in aircraft, keep constantly vigilance. We all want you around for a very long time.
Our next board and general meetings are October 6, 2009 at the Irvine Water District Headquarters, Irvine, CA. The board meeting is 5:30 – 6:30 PM. The social gathering is 6:30 PM with the general meeting running from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. I look forward to seeing all of you at our next general meeting.
Keep ‘em Flying
President and Flight Advisor – EAA Chapter 92