• BAF Fly-In After Action Report

    Whew! What a time we had. The Northeast Fly-In at Westfield, MA is history. And I think we made some too. I really want to thank everyone who made it to BAF; and to those who tried and had to turn back.Here are the stats in general:<br />
    11 aircraft and 2 cars carrying<br />
    19 people and 1 dog<br />
    (1 pilot flew two aircraft...but that's another story for Tim to tell)<br />
    Two mice had mechanical difficulty enroute...one was rewired by it's pilot/A&P/wizard (Good work Mark Patachiola)<br />
    We had people and A/C from two countries, 6 states, 1 province (no, we did NOT allow Tom Corcoran to count as another province as well as a state)<br />
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    We ranged from a 150hp Sport to Ed's really sharp looking Sierra (I did not count the Beechjet who went by...he didn't stop)<br />
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    Now for those who were there, there were supposed to be awards. But, since we all did our imitation of a flock of startled pigeons, we never got to vote. <br />
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    The Awards were: Longest Distance Traveled<br />
    Well, we already knew that one. Ed Fitchett flew in from Toronto...hands down winner. BUT...Bob Palamari, a surprise entrant, came up from Tom's River NJ in HIS Sierra too. <br />
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    The other awards were to be <br />
    Best In Show (being the sharpest looking bird which collected the most drool from onlookers)<br />
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    Most Like Original (being as close to factory delivery equippage as possible.)<br />
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    Since everybody has already gotten hazy memories about which ones were which, I will simply hold these until we meet again.<br />
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    Thank you all, I had a wonderful time. It was my pleasure hosting the Fly-In. Now that you know where we are, drop in. The Flight Deck Restaurant is open Tues-Sun for B'fst/Lunch.<br />
    And thanks to Five Star Jet Center for the use of their facilities for our repast.<br />
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    See you soon,<br />
    Steve Cote<br />
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    PS: Did you know that those were "Free-Range" lobsters? And the steers for the Prime Rib were humanely talked to death at Amherst College before butchering. I mean, this is liberal Massachusetts afterall.
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