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These are what happened at Past Meetings of the Membership, of EAA Chapter 172.
Millen Low-Country Boil Fly-in
November 13, 2004
Again we had windy conditions and a low ceiling so fewer than ten aircraft were at the fly-in. However, more than 100 members, family and guests attended and had an enjoyable time. Even though they could not fly in, at least ten members of EAA Chapter 330 where there as well as some members from the Vidalia, Trenton and Sylvania flying groups.
Mark Slone brought a trailer with some large tables to the Millen Airport on Friday and helped Keith Brock with some preparations. John Magnan came around 7:00 AM on Saturday and helped Keith set out some road signs since Keith had changed the entrance from its previous years’ location. Breakfast was prepared around 8:00 AM on Saturday for those who arrived early.
Gina Brock started preparing her Gumbo and Marolyn and George Odom cooked their Gumbo so that both were ready by 10:00 AM.
Tony and Mary Zorn flew their Kolb Mark III in on Friday and stayed overnight. The ceiling was around 600 feet on Saturday with a wind of about 10-15 mph. The first aircraft to fly in on Saturday was Thurmon Kent’s Cessna 120. Later on Jimmy Hankinson came in his Kolb Firefly, Billy Blackburn came in his Cessna 172, Ray Sheffield came in his RV-8A, Cale Odom came in his Cessna 170, Allen Derbecker came in his F-150. A couple others flew in.
The meal started around 1:00 PM. By then over 100 people had arrived. After the meal there was plenty left over for a few to take some food home in Ziploc bags. Everyone there enjoyed the food an fellowship.
After the meal Ed Brock flew more than 10 Young Eagles and quite a number of visitors in his two-seat Citabria.
Boshears-Skyfest 2004We had beautiful weather for both days of the 2004 Boshears-Skyfest which took place at Daniel Field (DNL) on Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17.
The Augusta Chronicle reported that the number of visitors to the Boshears-Skyfest 2004 was much higher than in 2003. The food trailer, under the direction of Social Director Maureen Rhodes, paid for its supplies and added considerably to the Club's coffers. Fay Allen, Ken Brooks, Sheila Connell, Betty Hammer, Teru Lapaquette, Kathy Parker and Steve Thompson assisted Maureen in preparing and serving the food.
Club Vice-President Randy Powell's setup crew did an extraordinary job of preparing the various venue areas that EAA 172 participated in. On Thursday before Boshears, Tom Garcia and Steve Gay were digging holes and setting poles for the History Tent.
The flight line crew did an excellent job especially in helping out after the Ultralight Aerobatic pilot John Moody's unfortunate crash on Sunday. Dennis Allen, Keith Brock, Tom Collins, Charlie Connell, Greg Connell, Terry Evans, Tom Garcia, Randy Powell and Steve Thompson were among the Flight Line crew.
The aerial acts, arranged for by Larry Garner, were the main attractions. The acts included club member Gary Ward and his Giles 202.
The People Movers had many more volunteers than the past couple years (last year there was only one!) and also contributed, after expenses, to the Club's treasury. The John Deere tractor-pulled flatbed trailers with seats were operating continuously throughout Boshears-Skyfest 2004. Among those helping out, either driving or taking donations and assisting passengers were Mike Boatright, Bobby Braswell, Richard Fender, Betty Hammer, Wade Hammer, Gary Harden, Jason Jarrard, Betty Jones, John Magnan, David Owings, Maureen Rhodes and Mark Slone
The History Tent -- now the Betty Holmes History Tent -- had a high volume of visitors because of the memorial to her as well as the photos of the history of Daniel Field, World War II and Korean War pilots, scenes and aircraft. The displays were enhanced by the presence of those who were in those conflicts: World War II & Korean War veteran pilots Phil Colman, Joe Miles and Al Patton who manned it continuously throughout the weekend. The increase of visitors was also helped by the presence of the prize raffle box!
Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner and his group of four pilots (including him) flew 90 Young Eagles during the weekend. The other pilots were David Reville, Spencer Veal and Brian Nelson. The latter two are from Augusta Aviation - and they donated the use of a C-172. Ground help included Ed Donner (sign-up) and Rita Garner (boarding schedule).
Only two light aircraft showed up on Saturday -- Blair Kendall with his Trike and Ron Netzer and his Skyboy. Three ultralights flew in on Sunday. There were about twenty conventional fixed-wing aircraft on the flightline each day. More were parked just off the field perhaps for fear of Boshears visitors damaging them.
B-17G Flying Fortress “Fuddy Duddy” flights on September 14-15
Several club members helped out with the visit of the B-17 G Flying Fortress “Fuddy Duddy” on September 13, 14 and 15. September 13 was for the media. Among them were Larry Garner, Steve Thompson, Keith Brock, Tom Patton, Randy Powell, Fay Allen and Jennie and Brandi Powell. The food trailer was there along with some Aerospouses. There were several flights on Tuesday but only one on Wednesday because of the weather. Reports were that there was a steady flow of visitors especially on Tuesday. Our club received 25% of the visitor tour money and $30 for every flight made by EAA members.
Our Chapter President, Steve Thompson, wrote "The B-17 visit was a successful venture. We didn't generate the flying patrons we had hoped for, but the afternoon tours did pretty well. The weather was the biggest factor for the three days it was here. It definitely wasn't a washout, and it gave us a way to get to know the folks at Bush Field a little better, and they were a great bunch of folks. Thanks to them!"
"The best part of the time we were there was meeting and getting to know the guys with the B-17. Sam Bass was among them. He's the chief pilot to ferry Aluminum Overcast [the EAA B-17 that was damaged in a landing] back to Oshkosh. All the men with the B-17 were really interesting to talk with."
PIG PICKING PARTYDon Gay is holding a party at his house (Hacienda De Gay - 7GA3) on Saturday, August 21, 2004 (previously scheduled for August 14th). Food will be served starting at 4:00 PM but come as early as you want. Remember to land coming in over the pond on runway 17, NO MATTER WHAT THE WIND DIRECTION IS! The runway is grass, 2000 feet long, and is now 160 feet wide with pine trees on each side. The airstrip, starting at the pond edge, has a gradual incline for about 500 feet, then tapers off to a slight incline to the opposite end. After landing, taxi back down the runway to the pond and someone will guide you to parking. If no one is there taxi between the little "outbuilding" and the pond to the parking area. The runway is located two miles EAST of Garfield off paved highway county number 289. GPS coordinates are: 32º 39.82'N / 82º 04.47'W. Elevation is 300 feet and the CTAF is 122.8.
AT THE HACIENDA DE GAY
Land directions: If coming into Garfield from Millen on Highway 23 go into Garfield and turn left (east) at the signal light. Go through Garfield up the hill. At the top of the hill turn left on Augusta Road. Follow that road for a mile or so until you see an 8 by 12 foot sign reading "Hacienda De Gay." Turn left there and follow the runway to the house.
EVERYONE IS INVITED! BRING YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND GUESTS.
Come enjoy the food, friends and camaraderie!
Contact Don Gay at: 478-982-3421 or 478-982-7164 (Cell) or Fax 912-982-4130.
His e-mail is: email@example.com
Fly the Fortress!
EAA is offering historic flight experiences in the beautiful B-17G Flying Fortress “Fuddy Duddy.” This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 50 years ago.
Augusta, Georgia, Bush Field — Augusta Regional Airport
Sept 14-16. Flight dates: Sept 14-15; Rain Date Sept 16th
Note: All participants must plan on being briefed 1 hour prior to their flight.
Reserve your flight: Phone 1-800-359-6217 or access the online registration.
Email requests for reservations MUST be received at least one week in advance of tour stop, or for more information please call 1-800-359-6217.
WEBSITE: EAA B-17 Tour
Ground tours will be available immediately after the last mission flight of the day (around 2 p.m.).
Costs for ground tours:
$6.00 Adults (18 years +) WWII Vets FREE
$5.00 Children (8 - 17)
Children under 8, FREE (must be accompanied by a paying adult)
$10.00 per family (Adults and children 17 & under)
Past Flight Experience Participants and 398th Bomb Group members, FREE
Young Eagles Rally at Skyfest A Great SuccessLarry Garner, the EAA 172 Young Eagles Coordinator, reported “Looks like our total of Young Eagles flown at Skyfest on March 20th was 261 That total breaks our record over last year’s 227 and exceeds our Chapter goal of 250 for the year.”
Larry tells the Young Eagles Flight leaders: “Thanks for your help Saturday. Without each of you, it would not have gone so well. Two pilots from EAA 242 out of Columbia, SC, came over to help (flying 48 total), along with two pilots from Augusta Aviation - it would have taken us much longer to fly everyone without those. One of the Chapter 242 pilots said he wished their wives would get more involved and that they are going to try our system for coordinating the flights and a standard route for the flight.”
Allene Brown, the widow of O.B. Brown, was at the fly-in to view O.B.'s Challenger I on display, and also look at the new poster about O.B.'s flying career. She and other visitors looked at the two flying Nieuport 11 replicas at the airport and talked with their builders, Ralph Powell and Ray Trenter. About ten aircraft flew in. The weather was pleasant. To prepare for the fly-in Ralph Powell swept the hangar, washed O.B. Brown's Challenger 1 and moved the aircraft around in the hangar for display. Mark Slone cleaned the office and John Magnan made the signs and did other preparatory work.
|The text of the "official" death announcement
does not convey the warmth and helpfullness that those
who knew O.B. received from him.
During the last year and a half he had been undergoing different chemotherapies for cancer. During that time he kept as active as he could. He still helped out others and nearly daily continued his usual routine of breakfast at Peggy's restaurant in Wrens, Georgia.
O.B. flew gyroplaness in the 1960s. There are photos of him on a gyroglider with pontoons. He also was a private pilot and belonged the the MCG Pilot's Club. He stopped flying about 15-20 years ago but in recent years he built his Challenger I ultralight which he flew to several flying club events, both EAA 172 and the rotorcraft club he belonged to, PRA Chapter 13. He was looking forward to the Sports Pilot so he could use his drivers license as a medical. He was going to get a two place Challenger sports plane.
O.B. Brown was always willing to help out -- he used his motorgrader (no charge!) to fix up several people's airfields. He also worked on neighbor's roads. He was very interested in tractors -- he had some nicely restored ones which he had in a parade in Wrens a year or two ago. Recently he worked with a club member restoring an old tractor. He was very knowledgeable about many mechanical things. He also knew about the history of the Augusta area -- he had traveled that area for many years selling insurance. Any time one drove someplace with him he could give the history of the area that was being traveled -- what buildings were there at one time, what family lived in a certain place and so on.
He belonged to the Wrens Airport Group and kept his Challenger I ultralight at the Wrens, Georgia, airport hangar. He built the Challenger I in his home hangar and based it at Wrens.
Finally, he told one club member that only his mother had ever called him Olin. He was O.B. to all who knew him.
State Farm Ins. Agent WRENS, Ga.- Mr. Olin Bryan Brown,
III, 74, of 1447 Paradise Road, entered into rest March 3,
2004, at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held
Friday, March 5, 2004 at 11 a.m., at Hillcrest Baptist Church with
the Dr. Gordon Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at Ways
Baptist Church Cemetery, Stellaville, Georgia. The family will receive
friends tonight, Thursday, March 4, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral
home. Mr. Brown was a graduate of Gordon Military High School at Barnesville,
Georgia and the University of Georgia at Athens, Georgia. He served
two years in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict as
a 1st Lt. While in Korea he was a Platoon Leader in the 2nd Inf. Division
and served as an Aerial Observer with the United States Air Force
before returning to the States. Mr. Brown was an insurance agent with
State Farm Insurance in Augusta for forty years. He was a former member
of South Augusta Optimist Club, American Business Men's Association,
and Augusta Life Underwriters Association. In addition he was also
an active member of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 172,
and during retirement he built and flew ultra light aircraft. Mr. Brown
was a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Hillcrest Baptist Church for
over forty years. He was also Sunday School Director for eight years and
served on many church related committees. Survivors include his loving
wife of 50 years, Allene Brown, Wrens; one son, Sidney A. Brown and his
wife Catherine A. Brown , Evans; two grandchildren, Benjamin Brown, 14
and Bethany Brown 8, Evans. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Deacons of
Hillcrest Baptist Church, members of the Experimental Aircraft Association
Chapter 172 and Augusta District State Farm Agents. Pallbearers will
be Michael Adams, Bryan Adams, Fredric Ready, Alex Ready, James L. Cox
and John Adams. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3054
Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, GA 30906. James Funeral Home- Wrens, Ga.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 3/4/2004.
Before the meeting
we were treated to a fantastic Taco Stew prepared by
Bob Rhodes using his “secret ingredients.” We ate the meal
at tables decorated with Valentine’s Day decorations set out
by the Aerospouses. The meeting was called to order by President
Steve Thompson at 7:15PM. There were 37 members and guests at
the meeting. We welcomed Ray Wiggins, a new member. Treasurer
Tom Garcia reported that there was $160 in the Kitty and he had collected
$260 in dues to give us $5938.05 in the treasury. Steve reminded
the members that the club would like them to donate large photos,
perhaps 8" x 10", of them with their aircraft. These would be placed
around the upper part of the main clubhouse room.
Old Business: Al Patton asked members to make sure they gave him information about any aircraft they had built or restored so he can list them on the aircraft plaque in the clubhouse.
Members discussed Betty Holmes’ funeral. One of the music selections was appropriately “Fly Me to the Moon.”
Steve talked more about the STOL kit. He said that the very small airfoil change produced large difference. Before putting on the kit the Cessna 172's stall speed was around 50 mph. Afterwards it was 40 mph and not a “real stall” just the nose dropping a bit. Climb out was at around 48 mph. Steve said perhaps one or two mph was lost in cruise.
New Business: Steve asked members to bring their aircraft to the Fish Fry Fly-in on Saturday, March 13. We will be eating around 1:00 PM.
Larry Garner talked about KidsFest which will be held at Daniel Field on March 20. We will be flying Young Eagles and we need pilots to help out. The food trailer will be there since Papa John’s pizza can’t be there. Also there will be a Lindbergh exhibit shown by the Augusta museum for ten weeks – March 6 to May 23. It cost the museum about $80,000 to get it there. They will need gallery attendants to help out for four hours or eight hours or whatever. Contact Larry if you can help. Also, Larry will be flying Boy Scouts on February 21st for Young Eagles flights and needs one more pilot to help out.
Larry Garner talked about the new AWOS phone number that lets you call up any airport in the country [see the information in this newsletter].
Randy Powell said that the next social get-together would be on February 26th at Famous Dave’s Berbecue on Washington Road, across from Hooters.
Program: Keith Brock talked about aviation safety. He brought a piece of his aircraft that he broke – after dropping about two feet upon landing. He had been distracted a bit. We should always think about what we do and why we do it while flying.
Keith also talked about his trip to Melrose Landing where he had a great visit with Richard and Judy
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.
Entered into rest Thursday, February 5, 2004 at her residence, Ms. Elizabeth "Betty " Holmes, 79, retired office manager for Augusta Aviation. Ms. Holmes was preceded in death by her parents, Henry D. Holmes, Sr. and Mable Augusta McDonald Holmes and her brother, Henry David Holmes, Jr. She is survived by a nephew, Henry David Holmes, III and his wife, Susan of Nashville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Charlsie Holmes of Nashville; great nephew, Brad Holmes and his wife, Bonnie of Lansing, Mich. and great niece, Kristy Adams and her husband, Kevin of Lexington, Ky. Ms. Holmes was a native of Augusta and had been active in numerous Aviation Associations. She was a 1940 graduate of Tubman High School and attended Junior College of Augusta. She learned to drive going to North Augusta Airport in 1943 with her younger brother and father for flying lessons. She was an accomplished pilot and held a Commercial Pilot Certificate wit h instrument rating and she was an advanced Ground School Instructor. She went to work for Buster Boshears, Sr. at the North Augusta Airport in 1947 and was Office Manager for Augusta Aviation until semi-retirement in 1993. Ms. Holmes was Personnel Officer of Augusta Squadron, Civil Air Patrol in the late forties and early fifties. She was a member of the Ninety Nines, secretary of the Georgia Aviation Trades Association, treasurer of the Boshears Memorial Fly In for the past six years and Director of the History Tent for the annual show.Ms. Holmes was honored as the "First Lady of Aviation in Augusta", named Aviator of The Year and received the Civil Air Patrol's Frank G. Brewer awards, Georgia Wing and Regional, for contributions to Youth in Aerospace Activities in April of 2000. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 7, 2004 at 2 p.m. in the Thomas Poteet Chapel. Rev. Billy Alford officiating . Interment will be in Westover Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be David Holmes, III, Steven Gay, Buster Boshears, Mike Lockaby, H.D. Smithson and Edwin Samsom. Ms. Holmes had requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Columbia County Humane Society, P.O. box 204771, Martinez, Ga. 30917-4771. The family will receive friends Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., until the hour of the service. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta 30907. Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 2/6/2004.
We started out
the evening with a fine meal starting at about 6:30
PM. We were treated to Keith Brock’s Jumbalai garnished with
Fay Allen’s corn and Sheila Connell’s scratch home-made vegetable
soup. The meeting was called to order by President Steve Thompson
at 7:27 PM. There were 46 members and guests at the meeting.
Treasurer Tom Garcia reported that there was $98.75 in the Kitty
and he had collected $735 in dues to give us more than $6000 in the
treasury. Steve asked that someone should send him a current list
of members. Secretary John Magnan agreed to do this. Steve also asked
that members provide him with large photos, perhaps 8-1/2" x 11" of
them with their aircraft. These would be placed around the upper part
of the main clubhouse room. President Thompson also asked for someone in the club to be a volunteer club photographer. He also said that the next Social Meeting would be on Thursday, January 22nd, at the Olive Garden in Augusta.
Old Business: Members agreed on obtaining a George Foreman grill. The cost of $106.99 was agreed on unanimously by the club.
New Business: Steve said that he looked over some material and saw that we pay a small annual fee to the Pea Patch Corporation for the use of the land on which the clubhouse is situated. Keith Brock brought up the cost of the trash service the Pea Patch corporation has to pay for. EAA 172 uses that service. Suggestions were made to pay a portion of the garbage/trash pickup fee. After some discussion the members agreed unanimously to pay the Pea Patch Corporation $25 a month.
Someone mentioned a STOL kit for a Cessna 172 he had seen – 400 foot take off. The kit is about $1000 and 40 hours of installation work.
Program: Al Patton narrated a video of the old Pea Patch with some clips from 1976-1985.
At the next meeting we will have Bob Rhodes’ Taco stew. Also Maureen Rhodes will have the clubhouse decorated for Valentine’s day which is a couple days after the February meeting.
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.
Steve wants to put these photos, at least 5" x 7" (even 8" x 10" glossies!) around the top of the wall in the main room of the clubhouse.
. . . please send your photos of you with your pride and joy
(not your spouse, YOUR AIRCRAFT) to Steve or leave it at the
Clubhouse in the top of the lectern.
There was no regular meeting. The Christmas Party was held at the EAA 172 Clubhouse at the Pea Patch Aerodrome.
More than 70 members and guests enjoyed the tremendous feast. The turkey and ham were prepared by Rich Gabor and Don Murphy. There were enough meats, sidedishes and desserts for another 100 people!
Al Newman gave the blessing and the eating started at 6:37 PM. After nearly an hour of dinner President Larry Garner gave out awards for the outstanding EAA 172 members for 2003. These members were:
Randy & Jennie Powell
Tom & Pam Collins
For outstanding service
and devotion to
EAA Chapter 172
He also gave out the President's Choice award and special awards to an EAA 172 member who has performed many services to EAA 172 over the years. The President’s Choice Award went to:
For Unselfish Devotion
EAA Chapter 172
Larry gave special awards to Rich Gabor and Don Murphy for the exceptional help they had given to EAA 172 throughout the year. He also gave an award gift to Secretary and Webmaster John Magnan for the work he has done as secretary and also on the EAA 172 Website. Secretary John Magnan presented plaques to outgoing officers Vice-President Keith Brock and President Larry Garner.
Members were asked to keep Treasurer Tom Garcia in their prayers -- he is now at St. Joseph Hospital undergoing care for an intestinal problem. Also members were asked to keep Loraine Schoenfelder in their prayers.
President Garner thanked everyone for the toys and money given for the MCG children. He reminded everyone about the EAA 172 $20 dues that should be given or mailed to Treasurer Tom Garcia. Also Larry mentioned the work on the Clubhouse that still must be decided on and finished. He said that Gerald Ballard’s party the next weekend (between 6:00 - 7:00) at Twin Lakes has the admission fee of a toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Larry also thanked everyone for the support he was given as president over the past two years and welcomed incoming President Steve Thompson and Vice-President Randy Powell.
Al Newman moved to adjourn the short business meeting. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.
The principal topic was the Millen Fly-in November 8th. Keith
Brock talked about various needs and responsibilities for the
fly-in. If bringing food go into the chain link fenced yard. Guest
parking will be the north side of the hangar. Ice is already at
the airport. The Bonfire will be on the south side. Marilyn Odom will
have seafood Gumbo and Gina Brock will have chicken & sausage gumbo
around 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Charlie Connell and Randy Powell will handle
the airplanes. A golf cart will be a “follow me” vehicle. Millen has enough
tables but the chairs will still have to go. There will be breakfast between
7:00 - 8:00 AM. Bob Rhodes will get the potatoes, corn and sausage. Al
Newman asked if we could land into the wind. He was assured that we could.
Keith said the motorhomes would come in around the pine tree area.
Larry Garner said that Young Eagles would be flown in the morning. Keith recommended purchasing $400 worth of shrimp this year. Keith also reminded the members that it would be “safety first” at the fly in so that we would have no incidents.
The work on the clubhouse was brought up. Rich Gabor and Larry Garner said that some changes were made so the planning committee will “regroup” to decide on options.
New Business: Tom Collins said that the food trailer needs a “George Foreman” grill. After a short discussion Rita Garner moved to purchase the grill. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Larry said that since Don Gay’s party was at 1:00 PM on December 6th and Gerald Ballard’s party was on December13th and that our club wanted to have its own party, we could have ours at 6:00 PM on December 6th at the Pea Patch Clubhouse. The membership approved this.
Al Patton announced the slate of EAA 172 officers chosen by the nominating committee. Al moved to accept the slate. Keith Brock seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The following members were elected for 2004:
President: Steve Thompson
Vice-President: Randy Powell
Secretary: John Magnan
Treasurer: Tom Garcia
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:04 PM.
Millen Airport, November 8, 2003
A low ceiling, some misty rain and windy
conditions put a damper on the Low Country Boil Fly-in at the Millen Airport,
November 8th. But the weather cleared up enough for more than thirty
aircraft to fly in to this annual event. Three ultralights were able
to fly in: Howard Shackleford with his Kolb Firestar, John Sligar with
his Challenger I and Terry Stout with his Rans S-14. Blair Kendall was
there with his Tukon Trike. Among the larger aircraft were various Cessnas,
a Cirrus SR-22, a Citabria, a Colt, a Navion, a Sea Rey, a Skybolt and several
other aircraft At least 150 people enjoyed the breakfast at 7:00 AM, two
Gumbos -- Marilyn Odom’s and GinaBrock's -- at 10:00 AM and the main Low
Country Boil meal at 1:00 PM. Among the visitors were seven members of EAA
330 – the Briar Patch group. Because of the weather they drove in.
Old Business: The members discussed the Boshears/Skyfest airshow & fly-in which took place October 3-5. Larry thanked all those who helped out. On Saturday the attendance was about 2000 in tickets sales. On Sunday it was about 1200-1400 ticket sales. Larry said that the pilots flew 134 Young Eagles. Tom Jackson now has flown 500+ Young Eagles.
Larry mentioned that there were no men driving the people mover at Boshears on Saturday even though several had signed up. John Magnan was the only driver on Sunday – he put eight hours on the tractor’s Hobb’s meter on that day. Larry mentioned that the ultralights caused no problems at Boshears. Larry also said that there were good comments about having Boshears at Daniel Field next year since it is an easier fly-in to get to for the general public and the displays are closer together and more convenient for everybody.
Al Patton said he was still working on updating the project plaque for the clubhouse. Al also said that the nominations and election of EAA 172 Officers for 2004 would be at the November meeting.
The extension of the clubhouse (the restroom end) was brought up. Al Patton indicated that the Pea Patch Corporation does not want the clubhouse extended since it would be too close to Earl Hildebrant’s hangar.
Social Director Maureen Rhodes said that the concession trailer was ready to go to the Aiken “Rotors Over Carolina” fly-in on October 11.
New Business: Gerald Ballard’s Christmas party will be December 13th. EAA 172 will have its own Christmas party, but members, of course, can go to both Ballard’s and the EAA 172 party.
The principal topic was the Millen Fly-in November 8th. Millen has enough tables but the chairs will still have to go. There will be breakfast between 7:00 - 8:00 AM. Two portalets will be needed. These are mainly for the men. The ladies can use the permanent facilities there. Keith Brock will want to have the people mover there.
There was a discussion about the runways and the ultralights and powered parachutes. The ultralights should use the grass strip if it at all possible because they often taxi quite slowly and perhaps delay other incoming aircraft. Tom Collins said he would like the ultralights to exit the main runway quickly, if they use it. Also the powered parachutes will have to take care not to overfly the ends of the main runway.
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.
The public seemed to enjoy the Boshears-Skyfest at Daniel Field (held October 3-5) more than having it at Bush Field. Though only about 4500 public attended they did like the “close in” and more “homey” feeling given by Daniel rather than the more austere atmosphere of Bush. And they did not have to walk a mile to get a soda.
Both days (Saturday and Sunday) had mild weather. The ceiling was somewhat low on Saturday so some ultralights were delayed or could not come. Those ultralights that did come followed all the standard landing and takeoff procedures. Of the conventional aircraft, Greg Connell and Charlie Davis were there both days proudly displaying their homebuilt planes.
On Saturday there was a goodly number of conventional and ultralight aircraft on the field. The History Tent was filled throughout the event. Al Patton, Joe Miles, Phil Colman and Betty Holmes enjoyed explaining the history of Boshears, Daniel Field and their own histories.
The ground crew, led by Tom Collins, did an excellent job of leading the aircraft to and from their places on the tarmac (or grass). Maureen Rhodes and the Aerospouses were able to sell most of what they had prepared. No one drove the People Movers on Saturday. John Magnan drove a tractor pulling a people-mover trailer for eight hours on Sunday.
The crowds enjoyed the aerobatics of the visiting show pilots as well as locals Gary Ward and Jamail Larkin.
Though a smaller Boshears Fly-in than those before 2001, the 2003 Boshears-Skyfest is another event showing the value of a smaller airport in the area that is not mainly for commercial flights.
Old Business: Since the decision was made about renovating the clubhouse rather than rebuilding or selling it, Rich Gabor will lead the group in making the renovations. Rich talked about some of the plans: To take out the back wall and lengthen the clubhouse. To put two ovens, microwave(s), sinks in the back. Also to close in the sidewalls. He said that all siding could be obtained for around $2000. There would be about 2-1/2 feet between the clubhouse and the next hangar. Members will check to find out if this is within Code and Pea Patch Corporation specifications. Keith Brock suggested moving the podium/lectern to the rear.
New Business: The principal topic was the Boshears/Skyfest Airshow coming up October 3-5. There will be fireworks Friday night. This will honor Greg Hodges. Also, during the opening ceremonies, the Angel Flight group and the Young Eagles operations of EAA 172 will be specifically mentioned.
Rhodes will handle the food trailer operations. Tom Collins
will be in charge of Ground
Operations. John Magnan said he will have the people mover trailers ready by the Wednesday before Boshears.
President Garner said that the ultralight folks should make sure they follow procedures otherwise they may lose the privilege of flying into Boshears at Daniel Field. Rich Gabor said he has talked with the Trenton ultralight folks about these procedures.
Keith Brock said that because his doctor told him to “slow down” that the upcoming Millen Fly-in on November 8 will be the last one he will host. Others will have to handle the fly-in in the future.
President Garner said that Don Gay’s dad had passed away in March and that Larry and the other officers had not heard about this until July. Larry asked that people contact him directly, not by e-mail, if there is a family incident we should be aware of.
Old Business: Al Patton will head up the committee to put the project plaque up to date.
Larry said that 52 Young Eagles flew at the Thomson airport open house. The weather there was rainy at times but between 10:00 and noon we were able to fly the youngsters. The only occurrences at the open house were Keith Brock with a flat tire and Tom Jackson had a rough running engine on Buster Boshear’s 182.
New Business: President Garner talked about the “crumbly” tables in the clubhouse. He suggested purchasing new ones and sending the older one’s to the Millen airport where Keith Brock can store them and use them. They would be available for the Low Country Boil Fish-fry in November and we wouldn’t have to bring tables there and back as we have done in the past. Larry said that Sams has some white plastic topped tables for $44 for a 6 foot table. Tom Collins moved to make the purchase. Al Newman suggested refinishing the tops of the current tables. Someone else said that it would not be worth the time and labor to do that. The motion to purchase the tables was approved by the membership.
Larry also talked about the idea of selling the EAA 172 clubhouse building or rebuilding or renovating the current one. He said that the members should decide by the next meeting what to do. Building a new clubhouse would entail a great deal of expense. Some members at the meeting said that we should just renovate it as we had agreed to do at previous meetings. A committee would be formed and report at the next meeting.
Bob Rhodes talked about the SAA -- Sports Aviation Association, a new organization which was founded by EAA founder Paul H. Poberezny. The SAA is trying to get back to the “grass roots” of aviation that had started the EAA. This is a focus on homebuilding and restoring old aircraft. Poberezny writes that the SAA “would promote using the talents and freedoms we enjoy to build and restore aircraft of all types, and to fly and enjoy them with those having similar interests.” Its Website is: http://www.sportaviation.org/ and the dues are whatever you can afford. Paul writes that in the SAA “We want to hear about projects under construction or completed, building tips and other information that might be of interest to others.”
Vice-President Keith Brock talked about the Millen fly-in. In the past we dedicated it to our club members to enjoy a meal and fly-in after the work that was done at Boshears. Keith wants to modify the fly-in and involve the Millen community and invite churches etc. to come and visit during the fly-in. They could bring their own picnic lunches etc. This would be an “airplane day” for them. The members discussed this and more discussion would take place at the next meeting.
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.
Members Ray and Betty Trenter, who married on March 16, 2003, are now in Russia helping out with missionary work. Ray seems to be doing the stuff he did here -- fixing things. The sponsoring organization is SOAR International Ministries which was founded in 1998 and has a staff of six people. They have a Piper Panther Navajo and are based at the Kenai airport in Kenai Alaska, just south of Anchorage.
Secretary John Magnan has been in contact by e-mail with both SOAR and Ray & Betty. Up to near the end of July the only information received was sparse: Soar sent some information that they had provided charts. Then on July 11th Betty and Ray e-mailed “We arrived in Kenai today July 11, left home July 2nd and because of weather stayed in New Mexico 5 days to visit daughter Mary.” Then on July 14th Ray and Betty wrote: “ Scheduled to depart to Russia Wed 16 or Thurs. 17.”
Nothing more was heard until July 27th
– an e-mail from SOAR:
Dick (my husband)
and Scott (two SOAR pilots) flew over today with more food (they
are surprising them with pizza) and supplies for our camp, etc.
They have parts for Ray to finish fixing the snowmachine.
Old Business: Keith discussed the Wrens Fly-in. He said that we had some decent weather for a change and there was a good turnout. Social Director Maureen Rhodes reported that the food trailer added about $400 to the treasury. Secretary John Magnan said that since he was able to use many of the items purchased last year for the 2002 washed-out Wrens fly-in and because he was able to get portajohns at an inexpensive rate, the amount of money spent setting up for the fly-in and paying for all the electricity used was only $172.84.
Keith mentioned that Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner reported that the Channel 6 KidsFest brought out a record 227 new Young Eagles. Maureen Rhodes reported that the food trailer made $188 for the club.
New Business: Keith said that someone is going to have to volunteer to bring the projects plaque up-to-date. Keith also said that ideas were needed about the EAA 172 clubhouse -- should we fix up the one we have, or should we build a new one and use the current one for a hangar?
The next meeting is the Saturday Cold Cuts Fly-in on July 12th. Food will be served around 1:00 PM.
John Magnan said that some of the youngsters from the Youth Center at Fort Gordon will become Young Eagles on Tuesday, July 1, at 9:30 AM at Daniel Field. He asked for anyone free during the day who could fly the youngsters that morning to give him a call.
Keith said that we have to use all opportunities to get younger people and kids involved in aviation.
Program: Don Bush presented a very interesting program on Risk Management – for pilots. He said that improper risk management causes 85% of aircraft accidents. Avemco and the King School have produced an interactive DVD for Risk Management and anyone taking the “course” could get 5% off on their insurance. Keith said we need to be proactive in handling risks. He discussed PAVE — Pilot “I’m safe”, Aircraft – the equipment; enVironment – the weather, day or night, the airplane; and, Emotion – external pressures. If there is a marginal risk in two or more areas then that is a sign to NOGO on a flight.
|NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- Mr. Edward N. Johnson,
Jr., 49, husband of Leslie Overstreet Johnson, of Old Edgefield
Road, entered into rest Monday, June 16, 2003. Funeral services
will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2003 at St. James Lutheran
Church, Graniteville, SC with Pastor Barry T. Antley officiating.
Interment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens with military honors.
Pallbearers will be the Angels Flight Team. Mr. Johnson was
born in Augusta, GA. He was a member of St. James Lutheran
Church and was a U. S. Air Force Vietnam veteran. He was a member
of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club. Mr. Johnson was an Augusta
Aviation certified flight instructor, chairman of the Boshears
Memorial Fly-In, owner and operator of High Flight Cafe, member
of the Angels Flight Team, and the Augusta chapter of the Sport
Aviation Experimental Aircraft Association. Survivors include a
son, Brandon Lee Johnson of North Augusta, four daughters, Tiffany
Johnson Coleman of Graniteville, Tanya Johnson Odom of Spartanburg, Amanda Brie Johnson of North Augusta, and Erica Tiffany Clark of Lawrenceville, GA; his parents, Edward N Johnson, Sr. and Mary Ellen Leopard Johnson of Graniteville; three brothers, Steve Johnson of Wilmington, NC, Bruce A. Johnson of Graniteville and Eric Johnson of North Augusta; five grandchildren, Taylor Coleman, Kali Coleman, Jaxen Coleman, Cydney Odom, Austin Odom and expecting his sixth grandchild in January. The family will receive friends at Rowland Funeral Home this evening, beginning at 5 p.m. and will be at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. Johnson Sr., 811 Ergle Street, Graniteville, SC. Memorials may be made to Voice Building Fund, c/o St. James Lutheran Church, 200 Laurel Drive, Graniteville, SC 29829.
Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 6/18/2003.
|NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- Mrs. Leslie Overstreet
Johnson, 43, wife of Edward N. Johnson, Jr., of Old Edgefield
Road, entered into rest Monday, June 16, 2003. Funeral
services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2003 at St.
James Lutheran Church, Graniteville, SC with Pastor Barry T. Antley
officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Pallbearers
will be Mike Colvin, Calvin Lunsford, David Arrington, Bobby Wilson,
Michael McKeown, Tommy Lowe, and Shiloah Hall. Honorary pallbearers
will be teachers from North Augusta Elementary School. Mrs.
Johnson was born in Fairfax County, VA. She was a teacher at North
Augusta Elementary School and owner and operator of High Flight
Cafe. She was a member of St James Lutheran Church and the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club. Survivors include a son, Brandon Lee Johnson of North Augusta, four daughters, Erica Tiffany Clark of Lawrenceville, GA, Tiffany Johnson Coleman of Graniteville, Tanya Johnson Odom of Spartanburg, and Amanda Brie Johnson of North Augusta; her parents Henry Eugene Overstreet and Patricia Arrington Overstreet of Belvedere; a brother, Mark Evan Overstreet of Charleston; a sister, Melinda Overstreet Colvin of Salisbury, NC; five grandchildren, Taylor Coleman, Kali Coleman, Jaxen Coleman, Cydney Odom, Austin Odom and expecting her sixth grandchild in January. The family will receive friends at Rowland Funeral Home this evening, beginning at 5 p.m. and at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Overstreet, 120 Palmetto Avenue, Belvedere, SC. Memorials may be made to VOICe Building Fund, c/o St. James Lutheran Church, 200 Laurel Drive, Graniteville, SC 29829.
Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 6/18/2003.
The 40+ aircraft that showed up somewhat made up for the lack of aircraft the last two years. We will have to work harder next year to match the 71 aircraft that came in 1998 or the 65-66 that came in 1999 and also 2000. However, a violent wind and thunderstorm Friday evening may have “spooked” some who normally would have flown in. During that storm there was no major damage but John Magnan and Duane Brooks helped Ken Raburn hold his J-3 Cub close to the tarmac during the fiercest part of the rainstorm. The wind lifted the left wing of the Cub and it would have been airborne without a pilot had those three men not held on to the ropes and wings. The field and hangar preparations for the fly-in, including the mowing, were done by Mark Slone and John Magnan.
On Friday evening (before the storm) we had a fine “bring your own meat” meal attended by 30-40 club members. During the next day not too many Young Eagles showed up, but there was competition in town because of the Cancer Relay for Life going on that day. Most of the aircraft flew in after ten o’clock and were gone by 3:00 PM. The crowd at the fly-in enjoyed watching aircraft flown by Greg Connell, Charlie Davis and Gary Ward who gave a demonstration of what their aircraft could do. Among the visitors were several aircraft which flew in from Cleveland, Georgia. It was decided not to give out awards (for Best in Show etc.) so people mostly sat around and talked during the day, enjoying the fine weather and looking at the aircraft.
Saturday evening we had a fine barbecue and barbecued chicken meal set out and prepared by the Aerospouses as well as Tom Collins, Tom Garcia and Terry Evans along with a few more who helped out. About 40-45 people enjoyed this Saturday meal. That evening, as well as the previous evening, the members who had brought the ten motorhomes or campers enjoyed themselves talking (and lying -- or stretching the truth) into the night. One exciting (?!) and unplanned exhibition was an almost street fight put on by neighbors of the airport.
Old Business: Larry said that the renovations of the clubhouse were about to begin. Rich Gabor will head the renovation team. Though much of the work will be done at times when working members can’t be there, if a member has time on the weekend or after work to help out check with Rich.
Tom Garcia and John Magnan discussed the Wrens Fly-in being held the first weekend of May (May 3-4). There will be a “bring your own meat” cookout Friday evening, May 2nd, for members. Maureen Rhodes said that the club will provide one baked potato and a salad and members can grill their own meat (steaks or even hamburgers or hotdogs) on the barbecue cookers which will be running at that time. John said that all seems to be ready for the fly-in and the grass strip will be mowed and prepared. He was able to obtain two portajohns for $100 for the weekend. This is a sizeable reduction from the current charges now made by the Thomson portajohn company. Tom said that the food trailer would be set up on Friday. After some discussion it was agreed that the Saturday evening meal will be both barbecue and chicken. Larry Garner said that Young Eagles will be flown on Saturday. Breakfast will be available both Saturday and Sunday mornings of the fly-in according to Social Director Maureen Rhodes.
Keith Brock gave a fine report about Sun’n Fun. He had just returned from this Lakeland, Florida, event the evening before.
New Business: Bob Rhodes announced that there will be a “Day in the Country” fly-in at his place the second Sunday of September. You can stay overnight on the field.
Randy Powell said that the next social get-together for the club will be at 6:30 PM at Old McDonald’s Fish Camp (near Twin Lakes) on Thursday, April 24th.
At the end of the meal Larry said that members should take home all the uncooked fish so we would not have to have it for future meetings. ZipLock bags were provided for the many who accepted the offer.
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. John Magnan seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:18 PM.Note that the next "social meeting" of the club is at Old McDonald's Fish Camp, 355 Currytown Rd. on highway 25 near Twin Lakes, SC. (803) 279-3305. This is a monthly non-business social gathering. Come if you can! Contact Randy Powell for more details -- (706) 796-6364 or eMail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Brock said it was a “good fly-in.” Starting at mid week was partly a result of safety issues. It seems that in the past too many pilots were rushing flights in on Saturday or Saturday evening so they could be there the “first” day. This often caused congestion in the traffic pattern around Linder field during the early hours on Sunday. Keith believes that pilots spaced their flights to Lakeland and there was also less of a “big push” to leave at the end of Sun’n Fun. Next year Sun’n Fun is also scheduled to start mid week. Also there was some confusion about the NOTAM requirement to avoid power plants since the usual flight pattern is over one! The FAA made appropriate adjustments. He said the FAA had different altitudes for aircraft depending on their types. Aircraft were required to have N numbers and radios for the splash-in and this caused some consternation for ultralight pilots.
The changes in schedules and flight patterns may have caused a decrease in aircraft flown in. This year there were 469 homebuilts during the week of the fly-in. Last year there were 549 during the same time period.
There were no fatalities
but some accidents. One was in the ultralight area (Paradise City).
Others were a Kitfox and a Stearman – both ended up
on their backs. A youngster’s head was hit by a wingtip on
More volunteers were needed.
[ed note from AvWeb and other sources: for reasons known
only to the
Blair Kendall also worked as a volunteer at Sun’n Fun.
There was a short business meeting that was called to order at 1:50 PM by President Larry Garner. Larry expressed his appreciation to the cooks and Aerospouses for the work they did preparing for the fly-in. Larry reported that O.B. Brown was at home now and has started on a six or seven week series of chemotherapy and x-ray treatments. Vice-President Keith Brock was at the meeting and said that his back had improved. Larry reminded everyone about the free Blue Angels air show in Huntsville, Alabama, March 29-30. If you land in the morning there will be a free shuttle service to the air show. The Wrens Gourd Festival is March 29th and John Magnan asked that some pilots fly in during the early afternoon to show off their aircraft to the public. Larry Garner asked other pilots to help him fly Young Eagles during the day.
Old Business: Larry said that we cooked about half the fish for the fish fry and we would probably have fish at the next couple meetings.
Randy Powell said that about eighteen EAA 172 members attended the social get-together at Harbor Inn. The next one is at Sconyer’s Barbecue on March 27th.
New Business: Blair Kendall talked about the Vidalia Air Show April 12-13. Blair is in charge of ground operations and he needs a couple of people to help him park planes. Blair had also talked with Gary Ward who might want someone fly his Bonanza to the air show.
Tom Garcia and John Magnan have the Wrens Fly-in (May 3-4) preparations well in hand. The only thing they can’t control is the weather! Maureen Rhodes said that there will be a meal just for EAA 172 members on Friday evening of the fly-in. There will be breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning and a big meal Saturday evening.
The Wrens Gourd Festival Fly-in had only three or four aircraft come in -- GA aircraft, but no ultralights, possibly because of the windy conditions. Tom Patton came in a Cessna 170A. Bob Abbey flew in. One of the GA craft was a Robinson R-22 helicopter flown in by Skip Starling from the Savannah area. Skip is a member of EAA 330. Other EAA 330 members who came were C.D. Dean and Jimmy Morris. Larry Garner came in his Cherokee along with his son Michael. He was prepared to fly Young Eagles. The city of Wrens had been reminded several times about the availability of free flights for youngsters 8-17 but somehow the word did not get out during the Gourd Festival and no youngsters showed up. Other club members who were there were Duane Brooks, Betty Dant, Wyman Fox, John Magnan, Don Murphy, Ralph Powell, John Sligar, Steve Sipper, Mark Slone, Terry Stout and Ray Trenter. A visitor was Lester Taylor who provides the sound system for the Wrens Fly-in. At least there were plenty of gourds, peanuts and sodas to go around!
Old Business: Larry said that Rich Gabor had checked the clubhouse walls and the studs were still good. Richard will head up the group which will fix the outside walls with metal siding.
F-18 pilot and
club member Richard McGahee was now overseas in an “undisclosed location”
and though he was not yet set up for e-mails he does have the following
Capt. Michael R. McGahee
FPO AP 96614-1005
Note that his birthday is March 21st. He would appreciate cards and letters.
New Business: There will be a Boshears / Skyfest 2003 at Daniel Field. The Boshears committee is looking at October 4-5 for the dates . The theme will be “100 Years of Flight” and they are looking for those who are willing to fly in to put their aircraft on display. What they want is something from every type of aircraft, especially older, to show the advancement of aviation. The committee wants a fun weekend surrounded by aviation history. The 2003 Boshears theme seems to be along the line of what Al Newman talked about at the last meeting.
The upcoming Saturday meeting – Fish-fry Fly-in on March 15th -- was discussed. Those who helped last year are asked to do the same this year. Members agreed on catfish and flounder as the principal fish. There will be a short Wrens Fly-in meeting during the fish-fry fly-in.
There are plans for a regular “social” EAA 172 get-together every month. Randy Powell will head this up. It will possibly be the fourth Thursday at Harbor Inn on Wrightsboro Road at 6:30 PM. Members said that Harbor Inn has a great seafood buffet.
A couple of members talked about getting some of the senior club members who haven’t flown for a while back in the cockpit.
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Ken Rayburn seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM so the members could go outside and watch the International Space Station pass overhead.
Old Business: Larry thanked Gerald and Patsy Ballard for setting up the Christmas party. Keith Brock again thanked all those who contributed to the success of the Millen fly-in. Keith also said that he has given Chapter 172 one of the picnic tables that he sells. It is being given in memoryof LeroyDant. Maureen Rhodes said that there was still some ice cream left for sale: pushups and ice cream sandwiches. Rich Gabor said he gave two boxes of pushups to the local community center.
New Business: There will be a Winter Young Eagles Rally at Daniel Field on February 1st. Larry said it would go from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM. Blair Kendall talked about the Vidalia Onion Festival. He was in charge of ground operations. This year they expect 50,000 people to attend. It will be the 12th and 13th of April. He asked about possible Young Eagles and said that motorhomes can come. Blair also said that there was a local EAA chapter cookout around noon this coming Saturday at Metter.
Al Newman brought up a discussion tabled from the last meeting. He said that we should have a fly-in at Daniel Field. Since it doesn’t appear that there will be in regular fly-in at Bush Field, having an old-fashioned fly-in at Daniel would bring out the General Aviation crowd. He said that a fly-in should promote General Aviation and that people want to go to a fly-in to look at airplanes. Larry Garner said that he’s been talking with Steve Gay about this but first wanted to find out if there will be a Boshears this year at Daniel.
Larry gave a presentation
of the “Top Five” EAA 172 members for 2002. This was compiled from
the votes the members had given him. Larry gave some glowing reports
of the accomplishments during 2002 of the following award winners: Tom
and Pam Collins -- cooking and work for the Wrens Fly-in, Skyfest and
other club activities; Tom Garcia -- always working on the activities
for the fly-ins, superb cooking abilities and great story teller; Maureen
Rhodes -- “Queen Mom” for the club; Fay Allen --“Queen Mom II”; Al
Patton -- newsletter, always around to answer technical questions. He
presented them with fine looking aviation clocks.
Then he talked about the “President’s Choice” award winner: The ones who were always around for Young Eagles, both before and after, handling the tables, chairs, tents setup and so on: The Powells: Randy & Jennie, with their daughters Brandi and Kristal.
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. John Magnan seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:02 PM.
The weather was pleasant and there was not much wind, but only twenty or so new Young Eagles showed up for free flights at the Winter Young Eagles Rally at Daniel Field on February 1st. Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner said that most likely the Columbia space shuttle tragedy, which happened earlier in the day, put a damper on the usual enthusiasm area youngsters have for the new experience of an airplane flight. Last year more than 170 Young Eagles were flown at the Winter YE Rally.
Pilots for this Rally were: Keith Donker, Larry Garner, Tom Jackson and Dick Schoenfelder. Helping out for the registration desk and flight assignments were Rita and Michael Garner, and Jennie, Brandi and Kristal Powell. Other EAA 172 members on hand to assist if needed were Al Newman and John Magnan.
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