Ok, campers,

Now that we have struggled back home from Dayton and finally melted
all the snow from our planes, it's time to get set up for the
Northeast Regional fly-in at Westfield MA (BAF). This is a BAC event
but, for heavens' sakes, everyone is welcome. (Look, it's
Massachusetts. There is probably some anti-discrimination law that
says I even have to invite CESSNA'S!!)

Arrival time will be our usual 10:00 (but I will be there by 0800).
Two runways, no waiting, at BAF and the tower is forewarned. If the Wx
is at all nice, the sky around up and down the Connecticut River will
be full. I recommend you come in with Flight Following (Bradley
Approach should know about us too.) If given a Right Base approach to
Runway 33, it should be to the EAST of the ridge (Don't want to piss
off the McMansions on the ridge).

Be aware of a couple local conditions that give me no end of
1) Within a very small area you will find Barnes/Westfield (BAF),
Bradley Int'l (BDL), and Westover/Chicopee (CEF). They ALL look alike
and have similar runways. BAF and CEF are right across the river from
each other and sound alike (Westfield v/s Westover). If you see A-10
Warthogs you have BAF...if you see C-5's you are at CEF. (Yeah, I know
they look alike...but the 12,000' runway at CEF should be a give away.
You could run out of fuel on their taxiway.)

2) Jumpers all over the place! Northampton, MA Ellington, CT Orange, MA

Upon arrival head for (or ask for) the Terminal Ramp or Five Star
Aviation. We will be looking for you and direct you in. Don't expect
FBO staff to be waiting for you...but it might happen.

Meeting will be in the Terminal (that crumbling 1950's style tan
building) and that is where the Flight Deck Restaurant is. They are
expecting us too.

Five Star will not commit to their previous offer of 10% discount on
fuel after the price jumped to $3.29. I am still working on them. Make
your decision accordingly.

After meeting, lie-telling, and eating, I am arranging a tour of the
Air Guard (A-10) outfit and/or the new Army Guard (Blackhawk) unit.
Fall back position is a trip down to the Springfield Armory Nat'l
Historic Site. (May be a time crunch, we'll see.)

Drop me a line if you are coming so I can worry about you.

Steve Cote, N-1958L
(sjcote@verizon.net, 413-783-2446)

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