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Andy’s Air Events List

ANDY’S AIR EVENTS LIST

Andy Anderson, Diamond City, AR

Miss Judy’s omelet in a bag is what’s for my breakfast on Saturday. September is really filling up with events. If you do not find something of interest to you over the next 5 weeks you are what I would call “Hard to please”.
Enjoy,
Andy

August 26 – Shell Knob, MO – Turkey Mountain Airport (MO00) 8:30 – Noon; Judy’s famous $5.00 “Omelet in a Bag” breakfast fly-in. For additional information call: Judy at 417-858-6345; Cell 417-671-1832 This event will be in the hangar just off the south parking area ** Note CTAF 122.9

August 26 – Bolivar, MO – Bolivar Municipal Airport (M17) 8:00 – 11:00 AM Pancake Breakfast $5.00 donation requested gets you pancakes, sausage, eggs, and drink. This is a recurring 4th Saturday event sponsored by the Saturday Morning Breakfast Flyers. Contact Sam email: ssamysun@gmail.com Phone: ???-???-????

August 26 – North Little Rock, AR – NLR Airport (KORK) Unicom / CTAF 123.075: EAA chapter 165 Super Breakfast by donation on the 4th Saturday every month. Starts at 8:30 and goes until everybody is stuffed. We strive to make it a Super Breakfast by having all the usual things you expect plus whatever extras we can dig up like blueberry pancakes, French toast, hash browns, fresh fruit, omelets and eggs cooked to order. Our cooks love to surprise you with something they thought up. Come hungry and leave overloaded. There is usually RV formation flying by Bulldog Flight right after breakfast, ride along or fly with them. Contact Marvin Homsley 419 360-7414 or email: marvin@buckeye-access.com

August 26 – Collinsville, OK – Airman Acres (OK93) 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Wings, Wheels, & Wishes Fly-in; Car and Bike Show benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. Kid’s Zone, Raffles, Food Trucks, and Live Music.

August 30 – September 4 – Blakesburg, IA – Antique Airfield (IA27) 47th Annual AAA National Fly-in. Antique Airplane Association Membership is a requirement for admission. If you aren’t already an AAA member never fear you can join on site. Contact me for an AAA event flyer

September 2 – 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. Contact Bruce Eberle 580-761-5884 ou444@yahoo.com

September 2 – Hot Springs, AR – Memorial Field Airport (KHOT) EAA Chapter 1398 First Saturday Pancake Breakfast & fly-in. 8:30 AM until everyone leaves. Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport Meeting Hall. Suggested donation $7.00. It is all you can eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, coffee, orange juice and milk and other breakfast items that members bring. For more information contact Bruce Hood at 501.520.9001 or email at flyboyeaa@yahoo.com

September 8 ** 2nd Friday Event – Lonoke, AR – Country Air Estates (1AR9) 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM A recurring Hot Dog, Burgers & Brats cookout at the South West end T hangars the 2nd Friday each month. Come and enjoy good dogs and hangar talk. Fly in or Drive in. Donations go to improve the field. Phone Contact Dave Rottman 231 225 2845 or email apdlox@gmail.com

September 8 – 9 Harrison, AR – Boone County Airport (KHRO) Hot Air Balloon Festival. GA Fly-in Saturday 10:00 – 3:00. Safety Seminars, Food vendors, Kids activities, Tandem sky-dive jumps available for a tax deductable donation of $500. Balloon activities and music concert Friday evening. Classic auto and motorcycle display on Saturday. Information contact Judy Phone 870-741-6954 or 870-577-5196 Must register for tax deductible Tandem Jump. Contact me for info.

September 8 – 9 Norman, OK – University of Oklahoma / Westheimer Airport (KOUN) AOPA Regional Fly-In. Seminars, Vendor Displays, workshops. Information: https://www.aopa.org/community/events/aopa-fly-ins/2017-aopa-fly-ins/norman

September 9 – Walnut Ridge, AR – Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (KARG); 8:00 – 10:00 FREE Fly-In Breakfast sponsored by Wings of Honor Museum. Enjoy French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, hash-browns, coffee, milk, and juice. Special WWII in Review program in the Wings of Honor Museum from 11:00 – 4:00. Presentations on Home Front Facilities followed by WWII POWs in Arkansas then a question and answer session with sack lunch provided. Afternoon session features 93 year old Paul Calkin, a WWII Aerial Gunner’s bird’s eye view perspective of the war from far above the ground. For more information, contact Harold Johnson, 901-828-2257, or harold@bscn.com Unicom 122.8; AWOS, 135.925 (870-886-2537); Airport Phone, 870-886-5432. Contact me for event flyer.

MTJ Air Event 2017

One of the largest air events on the western slope will occur in September this year.  The annual event will be in Montrose, CO.  Large selection of military air planes, private and homebuilt planes will be on display.  Make you plans for September 16 – 17.  IT IS FREE!

Wild Bill Air Shots – Steve Bill Hanshew

I Gotta’ be Me
By Steve Bill Hanshew

Caught up in the current Zeitgeist, or “spirit of the age”, I have committed myself to a higher level of self-actualization beyond simple shaving and showering. In the old days everyone was extolled by two-dollar psychoanalysts to fulfill their potential; discover self, to have self-realization, or as the Army co-opted: “Be all that you can be”. The implied precept was that we all have inner potential that needs to be tapped like some vast cavernous field of oil lying deep under the surface just waiting to bubble up. Abraham Maslow, father of the hierarchy of needs, believed that self-actualizers need only to judge themselves and situations with unabashed honesty, free to see reality as it is and not as foisted off on the unwashed public – Self Identify.

This is probably where the whole concept of every boy becoming president came from. The underlying statement was one of: “with the right grit and moxie” you too can do or be anything you want. Unfortunately, this has been upended in the current culture to – feel it-be it – meaning you really don’t have to have the slightest potential, any discernible attributes, or even any DNA recognition, just be what you feel. It’s actually pretty cool; in that you don’t have to do all of that hard stuff it takes – just think it – Be it. Ok.

I’ll give it a try. I got up this morning, looked in the mirror, and said, “Hellooo’ Chuck”, for today I am self-identifying as Chuck Yeager. Funny, I already feel like Chuck; starting to slur my R’s like some hill jack from Bent Fork Hollow, or Holler’ as known by us Yeagers’. I strolled out to the hangar at a slow fighter pilot’s gait, adjusted my RayBans, grabbed a stick of Beeman’s gum, and climbed into the old Super Cub. For the next hour I tried to hit Mach One. I climbed up to 6,000 feet, nosed over, and firewalled it. The best I could do was One Ten (miles per hour that is). The old Cub shook, rattled, and rolled but I could never get it remotely near the yellow. I wanted so badly to call out on VHF that “the old Mach meter must be broke”.

All that was broke was my fun meter. Oh well, guess I’m not Chuck after all. I landed, set down in my chair, and drank a Coke, contemplating my true self. That’s it! I’m not Chuck…Why, I’m Sean Tucker! Besides, Tucker is much more handsome than the Chuck, lovingly adored by women, children, and engine manufacturers. I went inside, brushed my teeth with bleach until they shone like Douglas landing lights, and smiled at my reflection like a lunatic. I mean I smiled. I smiled so big, it made my face hurt. I don’t think I ever smiled like that, but Tucker smiles a lot. I readjusted my RayBans, walked out to the Yak (a marginal aerobatic mount) smiling all the way. Every once in a while I would casually wave at the imaginary throngs of airshow fanatics cheering me on. I even signed an imaginary autograph for one of the hangar cats, who promptly chewed on it.

I climbed in the CJ-6, took off, and headed for 9,000 feet. For the next forty minutes I flung myself against the sidewalls, hit my head twice on the top of the canopy, fell out of more maneuvers that I initiated, and eventually landed green to the gills whereupon I bent over in the grass and promptly threw up. Needless to say the hangar cats were impressed, although there was little hair in the mess. I scratched off Sean. Besides, I got tired of looking like the Joker…and my cheeks were really hurting.

Hey, I always wanted to be an astronaut, maybe that guy Scott Kelly. But I was low on black powder, had two 55 gallon drums in which to make a three-stage rocket, and didn’t feel like shaving my head to stark baldness. Scratch that guy. I sat back down and resumed my contemplation. I don’t want to be me anymore. I want adventure, excitement, adulation, and ten million Facebook friends and ME is just not getting it done. And then for a second the thought went by like two Pitts’ in a devilish horizontal pass. Nah; No way; can’t do it. I mean, I could grow my hair out a little longer. I am a graying blond. Mascara is kind of like pin striping a Starduster. It’s not like she ever wears a dress and she’s got a husky voice. All right stop it! I am not, nor ever will be Patty Wagstaff…PERIOD. Besides, she smiles too much.

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Jim Gaston Goes West

Jim Gaston

Jim Gaston

Arkansas, aviation, and I lost a dear friend, today. I first met Jim in the 1980s. He was an extremely nice person who had a great deal of interest in everyone around him. As owner of Gaston’s Resort, his life came into contact with so many people. As president of the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society, I had the pleasure of notifying his family before he passed that was a nominee to receive the 2015 Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame award.

There was so much more to Jim than just aviation. He was so strong in the Arkansas Parks and Tourism for many years. He was a good friend to everyone and had many abilities; flying, community and state service, photographer, collector of antiques, lover of wild life, but most of all a good friend to everyone he came in contact.

Jim has touched many people over his seventy-three years and many don’t even realize it. His role as member of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism committee for many years effected Arkansans and tourists from so many states.

Received the Arkansas Tourism Person of the Year Award in 1985 and the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1998 was chosen by Active Years as one of the Most Admired People in Arkansas. In 2010, Jim was chosen as the Arkansas Business Executive of the Year. Held various leadership positions with the Arkansas Hospitality Ajim gaston240ssociation and received the Associations Silver Cup for Tourism Award.   Has served on the board of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce and the Ozark Mountain Region. Served as a volunteer at the Bull Shoals State Park Visitor Center that bears his name the Jim A. Gaston Visitor Center.

Richard Davies, Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department, said, “Jim Gaston was a good friend with Gov. Dale Bumpers. Much of the time Gaston was ahead of his time.

i.e. In 1998 Gaston urged the State Parks and Tourism to get on the, at that time, unknown Internet. He performed great on committees always being two steps ahead of the other board members. His interest turned from Aviation to motorcycles, steam engines, fountain pens, watches, guns and on.”

As Jim’s friend, I will miss him very much. God be with his family and friends during this difficult time.

Ralph McCormick, Publisher FLY-LOW Publications

President of AAHS

Andy’s List of Fly-Ins

J&ABranson2009The big area event this weekend is the Walnut Ridge 17th annual airfield Reunion and fly-in with events both Friday and Saturday. Currently the weather looks great for both days. Saturday offers free breakfast (this is a full breakfast with multiple choices), Safety Seminar, and Free BBQ lunch. Then Free cookout in the afternoon for all veterans. Contact me for event flyer.

For those who could not attend the Golden Aerodrome event last weekend, there was good food, presentations, fellowship, tall tales and great music. The Smith’s are already planning for next year and want everyone to “Save the Date” of the last weekend in April 2016 for the 5th annual Flying Circus. “A good time will be had by all”.

Fly Safe,
Andy
May 1-2 – Walnut Ridge, AR – Walnut Ridge Airport (KARG) Walnut Ridge Airport / Wings of Honor Museum 17th Annual Air Field Reunion & the airport’s 73rd Birthday party. Walnut Ridge was an Aviation Cadet WWII Training facility and there is a museum on the field. ARG is also the home of The Parachute Inn, a restaurant inside a retired SW Airlines 737. The weekend has a wide variety of programs, meals, and remembrances. Free Breakfast for pilot and pax from 7:00 – 9:30; Safety Seminar 10:30 – 11:45 with drawing for Go Pro Camera followed by Free BBQ lunch for seminar attendees. Click on Subject: What is That Yellow Airplane Doing ?
For information and registration.  Salute to Veterans includes a cookout from 2:30 – 5:00 with music & food Free to all Veterans. Generous fuel discount throughout the day.  Many more activities. Contact me for an event flyer.

May 2 – 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 $6.00 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.

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
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 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 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 $6.00 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 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

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

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Blue Skies,

Andy — email: andya@diamondcity.net

Bentonville AR Event

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Title: Wings & Wheels Swap & Show, June 13th 2015, Bentonville Municipal Airport, 2500 SW Aviation Street, Bentonville AR, 72712, Classic cars, motorcycles, and aircraft show with an aviation swap meet. Celebrating multiple forms of classic transportation, the Wings and Wheels Swap and Show aims to bring together classic airplanes, cars, and motorcycles in one show. This show will take place in the Bentonville Municipal Airport on June 13 from 2-7 pm and is a FREE event for show participants and spectators. Awards will be presented separately for cars, planes, and motorcycles with one award for best in show regardless of machine. Door prizes will also be available for show participants. This show will also feature the only aviation based swap meet in the area. Vintage and modern aircraft will be on display, a 1942 Stearman will be selling rides, food vendors will be on site, and there will be entertainment for the kids provided by Fast Lane Entertainment and Daisy Outdoor Products. An after party will take place at Foster’s Pint and Plate. Registration, parking, and setup begins at 1 pm.