J&ABranson2009Last weekend was wonderful for flying. The Walnut Ridge event drew 64 aircraft on Saturday and the monthly Ponca City breakfast had 53 aircraft and served 487 meals. (They have lots of local drive-ins each month.) I would say that both events were a big success. I hope we have many more fantastic flying weekends this season.

Jim Davis, a cancer survivor and experimental aircraft builder from Mountain Home Arkansas, departed last week on his cancer awareness mission of giving airplane rides to cancer victims in each of the lower 48 states. You can follow the “Passion Flights For Life” trips of Jim Davis on his Online Blog: flyinggeminpurplepassion.blogspot.com  or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/passionflightsforlife?fref=ts&ref=br_tf Be safe and Godspeed, Jim.

Fly Safe,
Andy Anderson
May 7-10, 2015 – Ozark, AR –Byrd’s Backcountry Airstrip (Lat: 35 40′ 37″N Long: 93 43’ 59”W) Tenth annual Spring Fly-in. 2 grass runways along the Mulberry River in Arkansas. Beautiful scenery in remote setting. New riverside restaurant, cabins, RV hookups, under-wing camping, and large restroom with hot showers. On the web @ http://www.byrdsadventurecenter.com/activities/fly.html Phone contact: 479-667-4066

May 8 ** 2nd Friday Event – Joplin, Mo – Joplin Regional Airport (KJLN) 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; Join Alpha Air Center for their second Friday Lunch. The menu theme varies with the season. The May theme is Cinco De Mayo and the menu is tacos & machos. Contact me for an event flyer. For more information contact Megan Atkins 417-623-3113 or email matkins@alphaaircenter.com
May 9 – Carlisle, AR – Carlisle Municipal Airport (4M3) EAA Chapter 122 UL will host a Fly-in / Drive-in Breakfast 8:30 – 11:30 AM. This is a recurring event on the second Saturday of each month. Come to socialize and have a very good meal for a modest donation.  For additional information go to: eaaul122.org

May 9 – Pocahontas, AR – Pocahontas Municipal Airport (M70) EAA Chapter 437 5th annual Fly-in & Young Eagles Program. 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pilots eat lunch FREE Static Displays, rides, 50/50 raffle . For More info: contact Henry Gross at hgross2@suddenlink.net

May 9 – Horseshoe Bend, AR – Horseshoe Bend Airport (6M2) Annual Dogwood Days Celebration All day with Pancake Breakfast at Methodist Church 7 – 11AM Free shuttle transportation provided from airport to breakfast and all events. For more information contact: Jim Sawica E-mail: jjs51@sbcglobal.net Phone 314-799-2387

May 14-17 – Branson, MO – Clark/Downtown Airport (KPLK) USPA Flyin/Annual Meeting kicks off Thursday evening @ 7:00 pm with Safety Seminar in the KPLK terminal building. Hospitality room, informative GA meetings, fun Branson activities. ALL PILOTS WELCOME!  More info at www.uspilots.org.  Or contact Jan Hoynacki, jan@uspilots.org, 417-338-2225.

May 16 – Pine Bluff, AR – Grider Field Airport (KPBF) fly-in breakfast 3rd Saturday of every month.  Our specialty is eggs anyway you want them, from fried to eggs Benedict. You should try our omelets.  Come enjoy your breakfast in our WWII style Officers Club.  A $7.00 donation gets you all you can eat.  Contact: GERALD email: gwloyd@hotmail.com

May 16 – Stroud, OK – Stroud Municipal Airport (KSUD) Our First Ever fly-in FREE pancake Breakfast 7:00 – 11:00 AM All you can eat. Come see the new hangars and fuel farm. For information contact fwood@cityofstroud.com Phone 918-968-4043. Contact me for event flyer.

May 16 – Ketchum, OK South Grand Lake Regional Airport (1K8) The Girlfriends of the Airport invite the public and pilots to a day of air fun. Commemorative Air Force PT-19 rides. Advanced reservations 918-859-3100. Tethered balloon rides $10.00. Wheel Chair accessible and Kid Friendly. Aircraft such as Super Cub, RV, CT, Chip Monk, Stearman, Seaplane, Helicopter, War Birds, etc will be available for viewing. Remote Control Aircraft will be on display and in action. The GRDA helicopter and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Civil Air Patrol Aircraft and cadets will be on site participating.  $5 – donation hamburgers, beans and chips, and $3 hotdogs will be served from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Water and beverages 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Air Day pilots flying in will receive two food tickets per engine.  Fuel price: 100 LL $ 3.65 and Jet A $ 3.40. Pilots interested in participating contact Dan Diehl: 918-230-4508, dan@diehlaero.com  Event information: info@southgrandlakeairport.com or Brent Howard 918-693-1855.  Updates: www.southgrandlakeairport.com Contact for Flyer.

May 23 – North Little Rock, AR – NLR Airport (KORK) EAA chapter 165 Luncheon on the 4th Saturday every month, served, 11 to 1PM in the EAA hangar which is heated for the winter months and has big fans for the summer time.  A donation of $7.00 is suggested for all you can eat and the menu is different each month.  Usually there is formation practice for RV’s in the morning and sometimes again in the afternoon so come early and work up an appetite.  Contact: Marvin Homsley 419 360-7414

May 23 – Claremore, OK – Claremore Regional Airport (KGCM) Fly-in lunch 11am-1pm Normally menu is hamburgers and hotdogs and occasionally hot links or brats. Donations requested to keep the monthly fly-in supported.  Everybody is welcome, fly in or drive. Call the airport for more info 918-343-0931.

May 23 – Owasso, OK – Gundy’s Airport (O38) Pancake Breakfast sponsored by EAA chapter 10 donations requested for breakfast. For additional information contact: Joel Howard at oklahomajoel@yahoo.com or call 918-645-2635

May 28-31 – Sulphur Springs, TX – Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport (KSLR) LadiesLove TailDraggers Texas Fly-in/Splash-in 2015 For information and registration: click: Fly-in Information & Registration

May 30 – Shell Knob, MO – Turkey Mountain Airport (MO00) Fly-in lunch 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM MO00 Dog or MO00 Burger $7.00 per person. For additional information call: Judy at 417-858-6345; Cell 417-671-1832 http://www.turkeymountainairport.com

May 30 – Owasso, OK – Gundy’s Airport (O38) EAA Chapter 10 poker run to 5 different airports. $20 per hand includes lunch. For information contact: Joel Howard at oklahomajoel@yahoo.com or call 918-645-2635

June 4 – 7 – Junction City , KS – Freeman Field (3JC) National Bi-Plane Fly-in hosted by Flint Hills EAA Chapter 1364. Aircraft and pilots of all types and sizes are welcome. Information see: www.nationalbiplaneflyin.com  or email biplaneflyin@gmail.com Contact me for flyer.

June 6 – Ponca City, OK – Ponca City Regional Airport (KPNC) First Saturday breakfast. 7:00 – 10:00 AM Fantastic food; very well attended long running event. For a suggested $7.00 donation (and well worth it) you can have pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits & gravy, orange juice, coffee, and fruit. Sponsored by PNC airport booster club on the first Saturday of every month rain or shine.

June 13 – Carlisle, AR – Carlisle Municipal Airport (4M3) EAA Chapter 122 UL will host a Fly-in / Drive-in Breakfast 8:30 – 11:30 AM. This is a recurring event on the second Saturday of each month. Come to socialize and have a very good meal for a modest donation.  For additional information go to: eaaul122.org

June 20 – Cookson, OK – Tenkiller Airpark (44M) –  Jubilee Fly-in Pancake Breakfast 7:30 – 10:00 Donations Appreciated. Fuel available on the field (cash or check – no credit cards). The location is a grass strip in very good condition right on the shore of Tenkiller Lake. Overnight camping is available is available with rest rooms and showers in the FBO. Cookson Jubilee Music Festival is adjacent to the field runs Friday evening through Saturday evening featuring crafts, food & music. Come and enjoy both the Festival and the pancake breakfast.  The festival also serves some of the best BBQ you will find in the state.– Information: email: Veedster@aol.com  or Phone Val @ 918-457-4774 Contact me for event flyer.

June 27 – Shell Knob, MO – Turkey Mountain Airport (MO00) In-The-Bag Omelet fly-in 9:00 AM – Noon $5.00 per person. For additional information call: Judy at 417-858-6345; Cell 417-671-1832 http://www.turkeymountainairport.com

June 27 – North Little Rock, AR – NLR Airport (KORK) EAA chapter 165 Luncheon on the 4th Saturday every month, served, 11 to 1PM in the EAA hangar which is heated for the winter months and has big fans for the summer time.  A donation of $7.00 is suggested for all you can eat and the menu is different each month.  Usually there is formation practice for RV’s in the morning and sometimes again in the afternoon so come early and work up an appetite.  Contact: Marvin Homsley 419 360-7414 Stay for the Air Show after lunch.

June 27 – North Little Rock, AR – NLR Airport (KORK) Air Show and Car Show. Free Admission! Car show begins at 9:00 and Air Show begins at 12:00. A TFR will be in effect from 12:00 to 14:00 for 4nm centered on the airport. Contact me for event flyer.

July 4 – Ponca City, OK – Ponca City Regional Airport (KPNC) First Saturday breakfast. 7:00 – 10:00 AM Fantastic food; very well attended long running event. For a suggested $7.00 donation (and well worth it) you can have pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits & gravy, orange juice, coffee, and fruit. Sponsored by PNC airport booster club on the first Saturday of every month rain or shine.

*** Sometimes plans change and it is advisable to check before you go. ***

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