President’s Corner

by Darren Coomler

Hello EAA 1541 Chapter Members and Friends,

Hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy. Between the pandemic, heat wave and smoke this can be a challenge. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t flown in weeks due to the smoke and heat. This year is going to be one for the books.

The other evening, I heard a large jet aircraft fly over my home, I stuck my head out the door but couldn’t see this low level aircraft due to the heavy smoke. I grabbed my iPad and opened Foreflight to see that it was a DC10 air tanker on approach to McClellan. I spent the next hour tracking the air attack aircraft working the fire near Lake Berryessa. I don’t know who and how they are coordinating the water drops, but the number of planes in close proximity at the same altitude flying all different directions is a little unnerving to watch on an iPad. After this fire season I think a speaker from a CAL FIRE spotter plane would be a great chapter member meeting presenter.

I believe most of you are using Foreflight. This program is invaluable; when you open Foreflight these days it seems to be awash with red TFR’s, and the conditions seem to changing daily.
As I have said in previous messages, I still miss meeting in person with all of you. I cannot wait to meet again, share stories, eat some great food and make plans for our chapter activities.
Be well and stay safe.