Feb 06

STOL Fly-In coming in August at Independence

This year the Fly-in features not only Van’s Homecoming, but also our 2nd annual STOL EXPO.

Preliminary schedule of events:

Friday afternoon, August 17th:
• Arrive and register
• Lunch with our Youth Aviation hosts
• Set up tent sites or meet your host family for in-home lodging
• Join us for a flight-line dinner
Saturday, August 18th:
• Pancake Breakfast
• Over twenty forums on timely subjects; 2017 subjects included:
o Garrmin – ADS-B update
o FAA: Owner performed maintenance
o The future of electric airplanes
o How to manage BasicMed
o Companion Pilot safety forum
• Tour the flight-line with hundreds of airplanes
• Tours of Willamette Valley Vineyards and Breweries
• Tour hangars in the adjacent airpark to see ongoing projects
• Lunch served by the local Boy Scouts
• Banquet dinner with internationally known speaker
Sunday, August 19th:
• French toast breakfast
• 2nd Annual STOL EXPO (see details below)
• Luncheon and STOL EXPO awards ceremony

Our first STOL EXPO, Sept 2017, attracted 10 STOL aircraft in four different categories. A crowd of 200 showed up to watch them takeoff and land in the shortest distance possible. The winning distance of 152 ft amazed the crowd. Expect more planes and shorter distances this year.

You can get a copy of the poster here

David Ullman
EAA 292, Trustee

Mar 15

Update on Tom Cunningham

Tom Cunningham missed the Feb 3rd meeting due to being in the VA hospital in Roseburg for testing.  They admitted him to the hospital and told him he was  lucky to have made it due to heart problems.

They sent him to the Portland VA hospital where they finally scheduled an operation on the 9th; from what  little I know they repaired or replaced the aorta and did a triple(?) bypass.  He recovered, passed all the tests and was released on the 14th.
His neighbor picked him up, but within ten miles of the hospital Tom passed
out and was hurried back.  He called last night (evenening of 14th) and said
he was back in a different room than the one he  had spent the previous
weeks in but in a much better bed.

No word on how long he will be kept there.  I’m sure that after over two weeks in the hospital Tom would be glad to hear from any or all of you.  His cell is: 805-551-5198.
Daniel Cathey