As you may have already heard, chapter member Richard Bristow and his wife, Sue, were killed in an aircraft accident near Petaluma on Sunday afternoon. Richard has been an integral member of our chapter since its inception and was the chapter president in 2014-2015. Both Richard and Sue were regular attenders at chapter functions and I speak for all to say we are stunned and saddened at their tragic loss. Their family has been notified and we, as a chapter, will reach out to offer our assistance in any way possible. Our chapter will provide details as they come available as to arrangements and opportunities to help out.
The chapter has no information beyond what has been available in the media. As in all aircraft accidents, I would encourage everyone to refrain from speculation and expressed opinion as the authorities complete an investigation into the accident.
Please keep the Bristow family in your prayers this week.
We have a number of people who have expressed interest in flying to Nut Tree on Saturday morning to participate in the Legends of Flight Pancake Breakfast. We will plan to depart Lincoln at about 08:30 or, for those with slower aircraft, plan to meet on the ramp at Nut Tree at about 09:00. Please respond if you plan to participate and let us know if you have any seats available for passengers who might want to come along.
Weather looks like it will be okay… there might be some marine layer clouds in the Vacaville area but it’s hard to tell at this point.
We’re going to be cooking breakfast at the LRAA display day on Saturday, May 19th. We’re hoping to get people to come out to the airport to see the displayed aircraft, so bring your friends, bring your neighbours, bring your family!
Come out for our chapter’s regular monthly member meeting at the EAA hangar on Wednesday night, May 16. We will offer a BBQ dinner beginning at 18:00 so you don’t have to cook that night. Meeting will start at about 18:45 or so with some short business items to cover.
We have several items on the agenda including an update on the Learning and Development program that the chapter board of directors is pushing forward. We will also have a presentation by chapter member Paul “Dubs” Darbo on what was involved in buying an old Mooney and rejoining the ranks as an aviator.
We had an excellent Young Eagles Rally. We flew a total of 69 kids over five hours of flying. There were many chapter members and others who pitched in an helped make the Rally a success, and I want to make sure everyone knows how much it is appreciated. We had guys out at the airport at 05:45 this morning getting things ready, and a good group working on the ramp and cooking and providing administration and just being on hand to answer questions and help out. We had a few glitches but overall it went well.
In the next weeks we want to take a look at what we did right and what we could have done better today, so for anyone who participated please let us know if you saw problems that should be addressed next time. For those in the chapter who were unable to help out today, well, you missed a great activity and an opportunity to promote aviation to young people. But, take heart because we will have another Rally later in the year and you may be able to help then.
Thanks again to the eleven pilots who gave their time and aircraft, and to the multitude of helpers on the ground. We also need to thank NorCal Flight Center (chapter member Chris Braun) who generously offered us the use of their conference room for registrations, and also LRAA for the airplane demonstrator. And, the city of Lincoln and Rich and Tony provided some infrastructure stuff that we put to good use.
We have a Facebook posting on the Rally, so I would appreciate any comments or quotes from kids who were flown today, and also the posting of any photos that any of you may have taken that illustrates the day we had.
Thanks again to all who pitched in.
Our chapter Young Eagle Rally is coming up on Saturday, May 12th. And, we are happy to say that we have filled all our time slots with kids.
We have a good team of volunteers already but we could use a few more – we’re aiming to do some setup from 17:00 on Friday 11th.
If you are available to help, please consider volunteering for the Rally – click here and let us know about your areas of interest.