Welcome to the new year! We start 2018 with energy and enthusiasm and look forward to a wonderful flying year. In addition to normal SWPC/EAA/CAAA chapter meetings, here is what Carole and I have planned — so far — and we extend offers to all who can make it to join us for the flying, fellowship, fun and food. Help us make this a banner SWPC year.
In warm climates (Arizona, where we live in this case) each flying year starts early, in our case the first full weekend in March (2-3 this year), when the Classic Aircraft Association of Arizona (CAAA) Cactus Fly-In in Casa Grande, Arizona occurs. Carole and I have attended this event for more than 25 continuous years and always look forward to seeing the Golden Oldie Classic Aircraft, including our 1954 Tri-Pacer, N3344B, illuminated by the glowing Arizona desert sunsets. If you are within driving or flying distance of Casa Grande at that time, please stop in and get the new year started off at a fun, low key aviation fly-in.
June will see us in Grayling, MI attending the SWPC convention, 25-28 June. Garry Butler is developing an impressive convention schedule complete, we hope, with Air National Guard A-10 Wart Hogs conducting shooting practice. We expect a big turnout this year and are planning to see many upper-mid-westerners we have not seen in several years. Please make our expectations come true and join us in Grayling for great times and great fellowship. Invite and bring your friends and neighbors, too, especially club members who might have let their memberships expire! We need them back in the fold.
We plan to fly 44B to Grayling in June and then on to Oshkosh and EAA Airventure in July for our sixth visit to Oshkosh (1988, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2015). Come look us up in the camping area adjacent to the Theater in the Woods and/or at the type club desk or strolling through all the sights and events of the show.
September 26-30, 2018 will find us in Los Alamos, NM celebrating at another Southwest Regional. Follow the web site/News/forum for scheduling information on this event. Everyone is invited.
October will be a busy month with the COPPERSTATE Fly-In in Mesa, AZ plus a Rotary-sponsored Airport Open House and EAA Young Eagle Rally in Douglas, AZ, followed in November with the annual EAA Sierra Vista Young Eagle Rally and Airport Open House which will meld into the 2018 holiday season! – after which we will be recharged for 2019. Join in and help us make this a memorable year.