EAA611 Members and Friends,
We held the Poker Run Benefit for Kelly Chandler last Saturday and had a great turnout. We had a huge crowd for breakfast and we had 15 planes participate in the Poker Run. Thank you for all of our volunteers and a special thank you to John Pittman, Charles George and Pat Phillips for feeding us all with an excellent breakfast.
We concluded at Winder and ate BBQ buffet at Spitfire Grill while enjoying the company of other aviation enthusiast and EAA chapter members.
Bill Glover - a visitor flying the Cirrus won the poker game with the best hand - Full House. Bill elected to donate all winnings to the Kelly Chandler fund (thanks Bill!) We raised a wonderful amount to help out Kelly and his family and will find ways to help more. Please keep Kelly and his family in your prayers.
We held Young Eagles flights on Saturday, October 11th with 9 airplanes and around 16 Young Eagles. We had to wait around for a few hours for the weather to clear but finally saw enough sun and clear skies to fly single file to the dam and back. Every child had a smile from ear to ear. Thank you to our Pilots and ground crews and thank you Young Eagles for making our day as well.
EAA's Ford TriMotor visit.
The Tri-Motor came and went. She impressed many, gave some their first rides and brought back memories for others. Several of us fought for the upgraded right seat and were thrilled to see a logbook entry provided by the pilot John Maxfield.
Cecil Boswell took his first ride in an airplane at the age of 96 sitting in the right seat of EAA's Ford Tri-Motor. He had fought in WWII but never flew.
Leland Bagwell took his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-Motor 80 years ago last month and enjoyed it once again during the visit to KGVL at Lanier Flight Center.
We all had fun and enjoyed seeing the excited and smiling individuals young and old come see and ride in the Ford.
EAA sent a message back to Mr. Maxfield that we had performed better than all other stops since leaving FL. We were encouraged to sign up for another stop next year. There were 22 flights in 3 days. We had roughly 75 attend our May chapter meeting. So far, we have 8 new members sign up at chapter 611. We should all be proud of our hard work.
I want to once again thank all of our volunteers for helping passengers load and unload safely, for giving FAA required safety briefings, helping visitors safely enjoy the airplane and talking to everyone we could.
We thank Troy Wheeler and Lanier Flight Center for letting us host the event and have our chapter meeting at their location. We could not have pulled off such a successful event without Lanier Flight Center. Troy, Heidi and the rest of their crew - Thank You! Dave - sorry for stuffing your maintenance hangar full of corrugated aluminum. We thank Lanier Flight Center and Shell avgas for fuel donations.
We thank Mike Grindle @ Jim Waters Motors for donating a vehicle for the pilot and ticket agent.
We thank EAA for offering such a wonderful aircraft and devoted volunteers.
We will have a full presentation soon on what all went on, the number of riders and outcome of the event and talk about a possibility of trying it again in the future.
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Flight Planning Links:
Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport: http://www.airnav.com/airport/KGVL
AWC Aviation Weather: Aviationweather.gov
Intellicast Radar Weather: http://www.intellicast.com/National/Radar
DTC DUAT: https://www.duat.com/
CSC DUATS: http://www.duats.com/
Introduction to flying for young and old:
Eagle Flights: http://www.eaa.org/eagleflights/
Young Eagle Flights: http://www.youngeagles.org/
FAA Website: http://www.faa.gov/
FUN Flying Links:
Social Flight - events: http://www.socialflight.com/
Places to eat: http://www.fly2lunch.com/
Places to eat and events: http://www.funplacestofly.com/