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Kevin, Scott, Jimmy, Gary and Gene greeted the sunny morning arrivals with pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage, coffee, all to order including blueberry specials. How can anyone follow that up with a lunch at 1130? Larry Rothrock opened the general membership meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, introduction of visitors, reports of Directors and introduction of our speaker.
Safety Director Pete Grootendorst warned to be alert for skydivers on the instrument approach to Oceanside as the final approach is very close to their drop zone. Membership Chairman Gene Lenard advised a total of 187 paid up members compared to a final count for last year of 235. Larry announced Jesse Clark was doing a great job of running the Young Eagle program and thanked the pilots who provided the flights.
Keep ‘em flyin’, BobO
The Breakfast Crew comes through again with a hearty breakfast spread
Our featured speaker, Reg Finch
Once upon a time when EAA Chapter 14 was 400-500 members strong and the largest chapter in the country we planned for and fed 80 diners at the Saturday fly in luncheon. Today we nearly matched that number and flew 39 Young Eagles in addition. Let the good times roll! Our cooks, Rich Czarniecki, Ralph Pierson, with some help from Ben, were kept cracking, turning out 41 hot dogs, 42 Bratwurst, beans, chili, salad, chips, cookies, and ice cream.
Boy Scout Troops 2 and 800 were mustered aboard, accounting for some 21 Young Eagles of the 39 total. The great news is there were 8 Young Eagle pilots and aircraft available to provide the flights. Pete Grootendorst in the Traveler, Ryan in the Lynx, Jerry Boughner in the Bonanza, Gil Rud in the Cirrus, Duane Shockley in the Cessna 170, Ron Shipley in the Ercoupe, and Tom Davies in the Bonanza. Jesse Clark and Dennis managed the briefings, assignment, and paper work required.
Six Jungmans Buckers arrived overhead and broke for a landing and line up on “Old Charlie” along with a dozen other aircraft. The F18’s were active as usual and everyone knows it when they blast off. Jim MacKinnon and Pete Grootendorst have the Grumman American Traveler up and Joe Russo went for a test flight. And it appears the hangar race has been won by Chuck Stiles as his hangar, a beauty is complete and painted while Jimmy’s hangar needs work.
Keep ‘em flyin’, BobO
The Buckers arrive
The dining room is almost full
The fly-in luncheon at EAA Chapter 14, Brown Field was on a sunny, shirt-sleeve kind of day, with a short dozen aircraft arrivals, Joe Pribilo, Jerry Boughner, the 4 Buckers, the Helio Courier, and perhaps a couple others. Ryan and Devin kept the pattern active flying circuits in their canard’s (E-Racer and LongEz RG) with a bit of help from Dennis in the RV3. Bob Johnson’s antics, checking out a pilot in the Aeronica Champ, stole their audience in the gusty, Santa Ana conditions. All ended well.
The main attraction was the hangar building race between Jimmy Kennedy and Chuck Stiles. Working through the week Chuck had practically completed his hangar, except for paint. Jimmy assembled a construction gang, Jerry Boughner, Joe Russo, and Dave Stewart and is making great strides toward completion of their adjacent project. Chuck was designated cook for the day and could only watch the sparks fly in Jimmy’s favor.
Chuck served “finger food” (his comment) for lunch, hoagies, chips, salad, fruit cup, and ice cream. Richard Kalling assisted and some 32 diners were served.
Keep ‘em flyin’, BobO
Enjoying the fine May weather prior to lunch
Chock is really, really happy his new hanger is essentially done!
Out like a lamb characterized the last Saturday of April for EAA Chapter 14's fly-in luncheon at Brown Field. A beautiful, sunny day and perhaps the local pilots were lured away to more distant airfields. Faithful members Jerry Boughner in the Bonanza from Ramona and Joe Pribilo in the Luscombe from Gillespie arrived midday, in time for lunch.
The lunch, engineered by Ryan and yours truly, was Chicken Surprise, fresh from Smart and Final. Cubed canned chicken, mushroom soup, chicken broth, simmered in a large pot to the peak of perfection and served over freshly steamed rice, along with green beans, salads (green. macaroni, and potato), and ice cream. It was delicious! And seconds for everyone with only 25 diners on board.
The hangar builders were most active. Chuck, Jimmy, Joe, with supervision from Larry and others, are in a final race to completion. Chuck's hanger shows the most rapid gain. Gene is gaining on recovering the Tri-Pacer. Ryan has the Twin Comanche running strongly after an episode of water in the gas was discovered. And once again our flag is flying high after having crashed due to the lanyard breaking a week ago. The flagpole was lowered and refurbished by Chuck, Dennis, and Jimmy and a new line supplied by Armando was installed. Thanks all and...
Keep 'em flyin' BobO
Chock's "Ford Tri-Motor" inspired hangar gets its new skin. ( click here for Tri-Motor Image )
Chris describes how the Sonix performs on take off.