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  1. #1

    BAC East fly-in

    So...how'd it go?

    We made it as far as Akron, arriving around 7:30 pm local time. The
    approach was right down to minimums.

    We looked at the WX and it looked like some pretty nasty stuff was
    due to hit the Dayton area in the following hours so we took Castle
    Air's offer of a crew car and a room at at a nearby Sheraton.

    Saturday morning's weather looked pretty iffy for making it into MGY,
    and if we did make it in, it looked like we might be stuck there for
    a few days. About the only direction that looked like an "out" was
    east, so we departed Akron/Canton (CAK) for Wilkes-Barre, refueled
    and had a bite to eat, then homeward bound via Lake Henry, Delancy,
    Albany, Cambridge, Montpelier, then the ILS into Lebanon. We had a
    pretty good tailwind and were clocking (at times) 135 knots - - -
    until the turn to the inbound heading at Montpelier to Lebanon. We
    maintained a blistering 70 to 75 knots.

    Sorry we didn't make it. Maybe next time.

    BTW---A big thumbs up for Castle Air. Fuel was $3.21, great
    facilities, lent us a Thunderbird crew car overnight, called the
    Sheraton for a room at the "Castle" rate ($75), and even put the
    Sundowner in the hanger overnight---no charge! The dispatcher said
    since it was a Friday night they didn't expect to be busy and as long
    as there was space available they'd keep our baby inside.

    Larry Perry
    N65503 '83 Sundowner @ LEB





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  2. #2

    BAC East fly-in

    I ended up bagging it and not going. I figured I could get there but
    would have a hard time getting home today with the wx IFR and
    the icing levels near the surface. I have to be at work Monday morning
    so coming back on Monday or Tuesday wasn't an option. It's snowing
    in Dayton now.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Larry Perry" <zephyr@vermontel.net>
    To: <musketeermail@yahoogroups.com>
    Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2005 11:47 AM
    Subject: [musketeermail] BAC East fly-in


    >
    >
    > So...how'd it go?
    >
    > We made it as far as Akron, arriving around 7:30 pm local time. The
    > approach was right down to minimums.
    >
    > We looked at the WX and it looked like some pretty nasty stuff was
    > due to hit the Dayton area in the following hours so we took Castle
    > Air's offer of a crew car and a room at at a nearby Sheraton.
    >
    > Saturday morning's weather looked pretty iffy for making it into MGY,
    > and if we did make it in, it looked like we might be stuck there for
    > a few days. About the only direction that looked like an "out" was
    > east, so we departed Akron/Canton (CAK) for Wilkes-Barre, refueled
    > and had a bite to eat, then homeward bound via Lake Henry, Delancy,
    > Albany, Cambridge, Montpelier, then the ILS into Lebanon. We had a
    > pretty good tailwind and were clocking (at times) 135 knots - - -
    > until the turn to the inbound heading at Montpelier to Lebanon. We
    > maintained a blistering 70 to 75 knots.
    >
    > Sorry we didn't make it. Maybe next time.
    >
    > BTW---A big thumbs up for Castle Air. Fuel was $3.21, great
    > facilities, lent us a Thunderbird crew car overnight, called the
    > Sheraton for a room at the "Castle" rate ($75), and even put the
    > Sundowner in the hanger overnight---no charge! The dispatcher said
    > since it was a Friday night they didn't expect to be busy and as long
    > as there was space available they'd keep our baby inside.
    >
    > Larry Perry
    > N65503 '83 Sundowner @ LEB
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Join BAC today and be a part of the ONLY Type Club for the Musketeer
    > series!
    >
    > www.beechaeroclub.org
    >
    >
    > Yahoo! Groups Links
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >




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  3. #3

    BAC East fly-in

    My wife an I just drove back home from BAC East. It was a relatively
    small turn-out with 15 members and 3 wives. The weather was and is LOUSY
    in Dayton and it's not suppose to get better for a few days. Five planes
    made it in on Thursday and Friday, and they are still on the ground.
    I'll let Brian and/or Cloyd fill-in the full details. A big thanks to
    Brian Foote for organizing and being the chauffeur for the event.
    Unfortunately the weather gods did not smile on the fly-in!


    David Snodgrass
    BAC East Central Regional Director
    Beech Be23 N6083N
    North Manchester, IN


    -----Original Message-----
    From: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    [mailto:musketeermail@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Peter MacPherson
    Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2005 11:04 AM
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com; Larry Perry
    Subject: Re: [musketeermail] BAC East fly-in


    I ended up bagging it and not going. I figured I could get there but
    would have a hard time getting home today with the wx IFR and the icing
    levels near the surface. I have to be at work Monday morning so coming
    back on Monday or Tuesday wasn't an option. It's snowing in Dayton now.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Larry Perry" <zephyr@vermontel.net>
    To: <musketeermail@yahoogroups.com>
    Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2005 11:47 AM
    Subject: [musketeermail] BAC East fly-in


    >
    >
    > So...how'd it go?
    >
    > We made it as far as Akron, arriving around 7:30 pm local time. The
    > approach was right down to minimums.
    >
    > We looked at the WX and it looked like some pretty nasty stuff was
    > due to hit the Dayton area in the following hours so we took Castle
    > Air's offer of a crew car and a room at at a nearby Sheraton.
    >
    > Saturday morning's weather looked pretty iffy for making it into MGY,
    > and if we did make it in, it looked like we might be stuck there for
    > a few days. About the only direction that looked like an "out" was
    > east, so we departed Akron/Canton (CAK) for Wilkes-Barre, refueled
    > and had a bite to eat, then homeward bound via Lake Henry, Delancy,
    > Albany, Cambridge, Montpelier, then the ILS into Lebanon. We had a
    > pretty good tailwind and were clocking (at times) 135 knots - - -
    > until the turn to the inbound heading at Montpelier to Lebanon. We
    > maintained a blistering 70 to 75 knots.
    >
    > Sorry we didn't make it. Maybe next time.
    >
    > BTW---A big thumbs up for Castle Air. Fuel was $3.21, great
    > facilities, lent us a Thunderbird crew car overnight, called the
    > Sheraton for a room at the "Castle" rate ($75), and even put the
    > Sundowner in the hanger overnight---no charge! The dispatcher said
    > since it was a Friday night they didn't expect to be busy and as long
    > as there was space available they'd keep our baby inside.
    >
    > Larry Perry
    > N65503 '83 Sundowner @ LEB
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Join BAC today and be a part of the ONLY Type Club for the Musketeer
    > series!
    >
    > www.beechaeroclub.org
    >
    >
    > Yahoo! Groups Links
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >





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  4. #4

    BAC East fly-in

    No VFR traffic could have made it in on Friday, Saturday, or today. Two of us made it in on Saturday IFR; my 1PM landing was IFR to minimums on the Localizer 20. After flying over peoples' rooftops at 400' for several miles on the unfamiliar approach, it was nice to see the runway from about a mile out. Also nice to see that Garmin 430 with the runway in the middle, while I flew the Localizer on the MX170B (#2). It is supposed to clear a bit tomorrow, then cloud back up on Tuesday, followed by more clearing. Temps are projected to remain above freezing. While it is still snowing (has been since I arrived Friday afternoon), the blanket has almost all melted. It was above freezing when I checked the plane at 9AM today, as nothing was sticking to it.

    While we only had five planes make it in, I was really impressed with all those folks who drove in just for the first BAC annual meeting. Some drove quite a distance, including Jon Simic who made it here this morning from Canada, after driving most of the night... and who has to drive right back today. Considering the reason we call these "Fly-Ins", their commitment to BAC is remarkable. Others made it here partway by plane, but had to turn back.

    The USAF Museum is quite remarkable; first time I have made it there, despite my USAF tour. I speak with the experience of someone who has visited the Naval Aviation Museum - Pensacola many times, as well as the Smithsonian and many others. Any museum that has the B29 "Bockscar" (the Nagasaki bomb) in a display hangar with maybe 30 other planes large and small, and when that particular hangar is only one wing of four or more, is pretty remarkable. Like Sun-N-Fun or Oshkosh, it would really take more than one day to do it justice. And the IMAX films were pretty neat as usual. Capping off the trip with the Wright 1911 B Military Flyer this morning was icing on the cake; and had the weather been good, we would have flown it... following in the footsteps of many people pictured on the wall, including icons like Jimmy Doolittle and Bob Hoover.

    Commander Aero did a great job; and we had three BAC Banners on display (North Central, North East, and South East). Personally, this trip also enabled me to scratch Ohio off my list of states not yet graced with a landing by Sunny Beech. Now he has been throughout southern Canada from Vancouver to Nova Scotia, and to every CONUS state but Illinois and New Hampshire. Sure wish that Alaskan group was planning on next year rather than 2005; I just can't make that this year. Great talk about that trip, as part of the Saturday night BAC Banquet.

    Brian, you did yourself and the NE Region proud, as did all those who went above and beyond to get here or get forced back. Kudos to Tim, who flew in with Brian; you should have seen that wrap-up slideshow-movie with musical accompaniment. Seventeen certainly made a fun meeting; and had the weather cooperated, it would probably have been forty or so, with the registered count of planes. Official info will probably be published soon on the Website, but I'd like to add my congrats to those who won the voting for best panel, paint, etc.

    Certainly hope to see more of our great folks at future events. Maybe some more will be able to make the next SE Fly-In at Falcon Field. Oz is setting it up to coincide with the Aircraft Spruce Open House and sale. There ought to be some additional Beech Wannabees there flying their Pipers, etcetera, who will no doubt be fascinated by all those big piston singles all lined up together (right, Oz!). The question of the day will doubtless be "What are those?"!

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  5. #5

    BAC East fly-in

    Sure wish we could have made it, but the weathergods were not happy! We almost decided to drive, but waited too long, hoping to fly.

    On a side note, any thoughts to a type club dinner at OSH this year (maybe Wednesday or Thursday night before the really big crowds come in) and/or a table in the type club tent. Since we're fairly "local" to OSH, we be glad to help do whatever if there is any interest?

    Mark & Barb
    N24TD - MSN

    ================================================== ==========
    From: "Mike Rellihan" <rellihan@rellihan.com>
    Date: 2005/04/24 Sun PM 02:17:22 CDT
    To: "Peter MacPherson" <flying6@comcast.net>, <musketeermail@yahoogroups.com>,
    "Larry Perry" <zephyr@vermontel.net>,
    "Snodgrass, David L." <david.snodgrass@unisys.com>
    Subject: Re: [musketeermail] BAC East fly-in

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