EAA Chapter 25

A Community of Aviation Enthusiasts in the Twin Cities

Cleared for Takeoff – August 2005

Filed under: Cleared for Takeoff — admin at 9:25 pm on Thursday, August 11, 2005

by Pat Halligan, Chapter 25 President

from On Final August 2005

Another AirVenture has come and gone. WOW, what a wonderful time. I flew over on Wed. morning with John Koser as my human GPS. We had a smooth, uneventful two hour flight until we got close to Ripon and then the airspace got busy and so did we. A few S-turns, some flaps to slow down and listening closely to the radio made for a fun and exciting VFR arrival. John feels he is now ready to fly his Sonex to Oshkosh next year and I agree.

The weather was great on Wed. and Thur. for walking around and looking at beautiful airplanes and visiting with venders. I could go on and on about White Knight or seeing the Global Flyer fly. I could talk about the warbirds or watching the daily air show or having Harrison Ford wave at me, say “hi” and ask how Sandy and the kids are doing. Don’t believe that last sentence – it’s just a little Irish blarney. I fell in love with a kit airplane called the “Tundra” which resembles a Cessna 180. It is featured in the Aug. issue of Sport Aviation. Now I need to figure out how to free up a few hours each day for the next few years, so I can build it. Maybe I can forgo sleep. Heck, my kids are home from college and I don’t get much sleep anyway. Wouldn’t they be surprised if they came pulling into the garage at one in the morning to find me out there working on an airplane.

I enjoyed the evening visits with chapter members at the chapter tent in Paul’s woods. I want to thank Jeff and his parents for reserving the great site and having everything set up and ready for our members. John and I delayed our takeoff on Friday morning by an hour or so to let some IFR ceilings dissipate over central Wisconsin, but once underway it was a most enjoyable ride home.

When it comes to AirVenture awards, the chapter did very well again this year. Jeff Coffey and our chapter web site came in third place. What a great showing for our first year web site. I want to congratulate Jeff and also thank Jon Cumpton for pushing the web site idea. Don Eide, his daughter Sarah and her husband Jim Maloney won the “Judges Choice” for their L-4J. My Cessna won “Outstanding Cessna 170, 172, 175″ for contemporary aircraft. Even though we did not enter the newsletter contest, because we won it last year, we were awarded honorary-SECOND place. Just kidding.

Today I had the privilege of talking to one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Mr. Ken Wofford. He has agreed to be our guest speaker for our awards banquet on Oct. 9th. Not only will chapter members enjoy listening to him talk, I think our spouses will enjoy it also. You won’t get too many chances to listen to a firsthand account from one of these gentleman, so check out page 3 and get your check to Ron Oehler soon.

We may have a chance to set up a Chapter 25 booth at the Great Minnesota Get Together. Of course we would need volunteers to man the booth during the fair, so I’ll keep you posted as this unfolds. Don’t forget about the raffle – the drawing will be held at the awards banquet on October 9th. Please bring your stubs and money to the next meeting or mail them to Jon Cumpton.

Wishing I looked as good as my ’57 Cessna.


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