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Regional activities
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I guess I don't show up to the forums often enough ... I did actually. I send emails to neighboring regional directors. I do count on them to distribute to their teams. I'm not sure that all do that though.
 
Right now we have our January 16 double-rain-date breakfast fly-in to Goodland Kansas. I have seen no responses on that yet ... but I'll be there weather permitting!
 
I've been doing a lot of traveling for work (doesn't involve Skywagon flying unfortunately) so I haven't worked real hard yet on the spring fly-in. I have been thinking about Los Alamos NM.  That's not as western as I would like but it seems to be a place that would offer more activities for us.
 
Once again folks, Spearfish SD, July 17-21.
 

Thanks for all your hard work on these events Jim. We should create an email out to the nearby regions as well.

 

Arnold

 

Change is the end result of all true learning.- Leo Buscaglia

 

From: mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com [mailto:mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com]
Sent: September-09-15 10:26 PM
To: US - WY CO NM
Subject: re: Regional activities <<$134031034952$>>

 

A word about some fly-ins if you please (copy of recent email to WY/NM/CO):

1. Upcoming on October 3: Bannon fly-in southeast Kansas Bannon's strip. Near Beaumont if you wish to stay there make reservations asap. More info click below.
2. Upcoming on October 17: South Central fly-in infamous Strader Ranch OK62. More info click below.
Both fly-ins look great to me! Please let me know if you might be attending, I plan to make at least one of them.

Conventions: a long way for us, but the Connecticut Convention was extremely well done. Next year is in Spearfish SD on July 17-21 - make plans now and looking forward to seeing you there.

I'm starting to work on a spring fly-in for us all that could include folks from AZ/UT/NV/ID - maybe western Colorado? Please let me know if you're interested, any ideas for that. I need to get started seriously planning soon.

Take care, fly safe, hope to see you soon.  --Jim and Linda, KFLY, '56  N6555A

Bannon:  BANNON/BUTLER FLY-IN - 10/3/2015
Strader:  South Central Region Fly-In - 10/17/2015

 

A word about some fly-ins if you please (copy of recent email to WY/NM/CO):

1. Upcoming on October 3: Bannon fly-in southeast Kansas Bannon's strip. Near Beaumont if you wish to stay there make reservations asap. More info click below.
2. Upcoming on October 17: South Central fly-in infamous Strader Ranch OK62. More info click below.
Both fly-ins look great to me! Please let me know if you might be attending, I plan to make at least one of them.

Conventions: a long way for us, but the Connecticut Convention was extremely well done. Next year is in Spearfish SD on July 17-21 - make plans now and looking forward to seeing you there.

I'm starting to work on a spring fly-in for us all that could include folks from AZ/UT/NV/ID - maybe western Colorado? Please let me know if you're interested, any ideas for that. I need to get started seriously planning soon.

Take care, fly safe, hope to see you soon.  --Jim and Linda, KFLY, '56  N6555A

Bannon:  BANNON/BUTLER FLY-IN - 10/3/2015
Strader:  South Central Region Fly-In - 10/17/2015

 

Well folks, see the calendar entry for May 1-3. I guess I'm committed to this fly-in - we already have a signup from Washington State!

 

Sorry for the delay in replying, I've been buried at work with a brand new job. (It might have helped had I known you had written this. I wonder if there is a way I can subscribe to get notifications ...)

 
Anyway, how about May 1, 2, 3? I have noted that there is no Skywagons West this year. I have put out some feelers about trying to have a fly-in on that weekend. The next weekend is May 10/Mother's Day but the weekend of May 2/3 seems to be fairly absent of other Skywagon activities so it seems like a good weekend.
 
I've been looking into Durango. As a last minute fly-in spot it seems like it would work. You land at 00C Animas. Perhaps I can rent a van for the weekend to get us all into and out of town quickly. Saturday you could do a fly-out or participate in the Big Activity, going up to Silverton on the railroad; this is a completely all-day activity 8:45am to 6pm but well worth it I have done it once with my bride and we really enjoyed ourselves.
  
I think that Durango might appeal to CO folks, NM folks, and even AZ & CA folks since no Wagons West this year. Perhaps we can get a few from some other states as well. As a last minute setup we'll miss a few people who are unable to change their plans, but Durango is central enough that I don't believe we will have to do too much advance planning. I'm betting we can find a couple hotels near each other and be close enough to the train station to get people down to that, and it's a big enough town we surely can find a van to rent.
  
So that is my plan. I've really only started thinking about it this weekend, but what do y'all think?
 

Jim,

 
When are you doing this again? My bird is back in the air so I'm ready to go!
 
Red, Steve, Terry & Mary, Mike, Bob: thanks for coming to the breakfast! Joe and Greta and I had a great time. We'll do this again!
 
Ok here we go. No idea how this'll turn out this close to Christmas, but I'm going for it. Let's get together for a fly-in breakfast. (Any blue text you see is edits to this message made after original post.)
 
Where: Pueblo airport restaurant - the Spitfire Grill, at KPUB in Colorado. (Approach 120.1, Tower 119.1, Ground 121.9, ATIS 125.25.)
When: arrive 9-10am - on Saturday December 13, 2014 -- Breakfast seating will start at 9:30
Who: any Skywagon owners, pilots, and friends of same, but especially those from WY, CO and NM
How: Park near the defunct Flower Aviation. Restaurant is in the terminal, go through the personnel gate, noting the combination to return, walk east in the parking lot to sidewalk, and then turn into the terminal.
RSVP on affirmative: please RSVP to me at jim@densmore.org or text/call RSVP to 719-339-6757. However, even if you neglect to RSVP, please, still come if you can!
Dogs: the Grill has an outdoor porch. Bring your dog through the restaurant to the porch. It may be pretty cold outside so bring a jacket if you plan to bring your dog to breakfast. If anyone else brings their dog I will join you with my dog Greta on the porch. (Otherwise she does well sleeping in the airplane, no worries.)
Fuel: inexpensive self-serve to the west of the main ramp, Foreflight currently showing $4.99; additional discount for Phillips card. Full-serve also available.
Photos: ramp line-up photos following breakfast, I'll bring my Canon
Runways: sorry, all the runways at PUB are paved and insanely long.  :-)
What to bring: chairs? dogs? your Skywagon, your friend who likes riding in 'wagons. Wheel chocks. Gust locks.
What not to bring: Jane Fonda, rain, snow, icing (unless for a cake)
What else?
    1) I hear there are "dinosaur tracks" visible from the air near La Junta. If you try this, coordinate on 122.75 I'd hate to have a bunch of you in one place without anyone talking to each other. 37deg 37.01'N, 103deg 35.88'W
    2) Hooper for an afternoon snack and a dip in their wonderful hot pools. Talk to me if you have not been there. 122.9, elev 7550', rwy 07/25 ~2600ft long, www.sanddunespool.com, 37deg 46.85'N, 105deg 51.01W.
    3) Those coming from the west or southwest, Creede Mineral County, C24. Walk into town or walk over to the river and go fishing (really).
    4) Not too far from Creede is Pagosa Springs where the hot springs are awesome.
    5) I'm either going back to Meadow Lake (KFLY), my home airport, following breakfast, or I am going to the museum (see #6), depending on what people want to do. If KFLY, you're welcome to come along, bring a chair and we'll kibbitz the day away at my hangar for as long as you like. I can give a few of you a ride into town too if you like, but it's just me and my Ford Explorer. Please try to let me know if you'd like to do any of that. We might be able to get a tour of a couple of aircraft under rebuild/restoration - in particular a 195 and a T-28. No guarantees though. Lots of experimentals here as well, and there is probably some glider towing going on during the day on the west side.
    6) The Weisbrod Aircraft Museum at Pueblo Airport is within easy walking distance. It's a wonderful museum if you have not been there. Open 10-4 this Saturday.
    7) At Meadow Lake they will probably have gliding/soaring activities going on over on the west side. Could be interesting to watch. Please talk to me beforehand also if you think you might be interested in viewing that after breakfast.
 
I plan to try and do something similar at the end of January. This will be even more dependent on the weather. Please let me know/discuss if you have any ideas on this, in particular location. Take care and see you at Pueblo this weekend!
 

Lets go fly!

 
[This is a copy of the email sent on 9 Nov 2014 to every active member with an email address in our region:
 
CO (45 members) / NM (10) / WY (12) ]

Please let me introduce myself, I'm the new regional director for the CO/NM/WY region within the
International 180/185 Club. I have three quick items for you and then I'll get out of your way until after the holidays.

1. New website. If you have not been to the new website, I encourage you to visit - www.skywagons.org .
 
As you may have seen from page 2 of the October newsletter, I'm trying to foster more communication and
in particular more interaction (that means fly-ins!) amongst our regional membership.

2. Local fly-in? Within the website forums you'll find our regional forum, or you can find it at this link http://bit.ly/jd-wyconm .
 
I'd really appreciate any comments you have about your activities and what you might like to do for an upcoming fly-in
for our local folks. This is the place to talk up getting together. This is a social club! Let's have a social event or two.

What I'm thinking, given that the holidays are approaching, is to get beyond them first - that's family time.
So sometime in late January I'd like to schedule something for us on the Front Range.
I know that's not ideal for those of you on the Western Slope, and it's impossible for those of you in WY and
NM for me to set a locale close to both of you, clearly. But let's get something started.
 
My goal is to set up a couple or three weekends bracket, and then specify which weekend as the time
gets closer so that we can try to grab some decent flying weather. We all know what will happen if I
say "January 17, that's the day": it'll be minus 10, there will be 3 feet of snow on the ground and more falling. 
I'm thinking that the three week bracket can be January 17 through February 1.
What the heck, shall we give that a try? Who's "in"?
 
Please let me know, comments are most welcome - but don't reply back on email, go to the forum!
In spring we'll try something with a more concrete date-in-advance. Steve has asked us to run a fly-in as many do
and I think Spring may be the time to do it, but I'm not going to be able to get planning off the ground for that until
after the holidays.

3. Stuff goin' on. I've got my '56 in the shop a ways north of here in Erie, Colorado, receiving new upholstery
for the first time in 58 years. Mike and Kim Hughes have sent some pictures, and it's lookin' GREAT.
I can hardly wait to have my baby back. Did any of you get to any of the recent 'Wagon fly-ins -
High Sierra, Bannon/Butler or Jekyll Island? Or (next week) the Lake Texoma fly-in?
 
It would be great to encourage more participation by association - that is, if you plan to go, we can use the forums
to solicit others to come and fly along.

Let me hear from you on the forum. Everybody take care, fly safe, have a Happy Thanksgiving,
the very Merriest of Christmases, and a Happy New Year.
___________
Jim Densmore    KFLY, N6555A   
 
This section of the forum is for our International 180/185 Club members who reside in Colorado, New Mexico or Wyoming.
 
Taking over from Mike Perkins who has moved further north, I am the new regional Director on the board.
 
My name is Jim Densmore, and I am most privileged and proud to be the co-owner (with my wife Linda) of N6555A,
a '56 #32452. It's been in my family since my Dad bought it in 1960 so I grew up with this fabulous airplane and you'll
be prying its keys away from my cold, dead fingers.
 
(More here if you don't bore easily: http://www.densmore.org/personal/55A/index.html )
 
Rightfully so, new President Steve Goebel is asking us regional directors to encourage regions to get together more.
It has been awhile since we have had any fly-ins locally and I'd like to do one soon. I might also be interested in doing a few
popup events. I define a popup event as a Friday afternoon call for three local fly-ins (one in each state) on the next day,
Saturday morning, given the presence of good weather forecast in all three states.
 
Please respond to this message here in the forum. Where would you like to go for a regional fly-in?
When would you like to go? Other ideas?
 
We are a Social Club, this is what we do, and perhaps we have been lax in this region on getting together.
 
Please post your ideas, I welcome any and all. Let's plan to get together soon. Thanks! --Jim N6555A
 
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