Newletter Update: August 14, 2019 - By Jim Goins
Battle Station and General Quarters
Friday kicks of the first day of our 2-day Warbird event. Dave Mosier, our Safety Officer & event CD expects 30+ pilots from all over the Southwest/Midwest to show up. There will be Large Scale Warbirds, Small Scale Warbirds and modern-day Military Jets. We encourage members to join in the fun with no matter what size Warbird you have. If you are not inclined to fly, come on out to the field to show your support for the club and the pilots that are participating. The BBQ will be fired up and you can enjoy a burger or hotdog in the fresh Colorado Love-Air.
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Training
This Thursday evening 3 of our club members, Fred Smith, Paul Czarnecki & Jim Goins will conduct our second Simulator training with about 30 Cadets. Then on Saturday August 24th, the Cadets will come to Drake field. We have 11 club members that are bringing their Buddy Box Training Planes to the field to give the cadets an opportunity to fly. This project has been a great success and a lot of fun for those of us that have already participated. A couple of weeks ago, one of the Cadets showed up at Old Farts with his Grandpa. They are both now club members. The members that will be Training Pilots are Fred Smith, Paul Czarnecki, Jack Patton, Matt Davis, Rich Perry, Dennis Spenser, Carl Beisel, Ken Schledwitz, Tack Baker, Eivind Bentsen & Jim Goins. We could always use one or two more Buddy Boxes Pilots and if you have any interest, please let me know.
Old Farts Group
I can’t sign off without giving a shout out about the Old Farts. We are having a fantastic year. So far, we’ve had 43 different members show up one or more times. We are averaging somewhere around 17 pilots every week. We don’t have just a bunch of Old Farts at the field. We have a couple of moms’ bringing their kids to the field and you can’t believe how good these kids can fly. This week we had a member bring out his son and his son….in other words three generations. The grandson flew like no tomorrow. The west field is also getting a significant amount of traffic with 3D Foamies, Hand Launched planes and Helicopters. We continue to have lunch every week and this week we had a season high 25 burgers cooked. There is nothing more fun than to watch 25 people of all ages and gender sit down and eat lunch together and share flying stories and help solve problems. BTW, our age profile of participants runs from 8 to 80.