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July Meeting - Pelion Airport - 7/21/2013

July 21st Meeting

     Our July meeting was held at the Lexington County facility (EMT & Sheriff's substation) located at Pelion Airport (6J0) on Sunday, July 21st. Many thanks to Sergeant David Nieves of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department for hosting our meeting there. We enjoyed a lunch of hotdogs with chili, onions, condiments, chips, iced tea, soft drinks, and pie desserts beginning about 1:00pm. Eddie showed us some of his photos and videos as we finished lunch and were awaiting the arrival of other members. Then, we held our business meeting beginning about 2:00pm. In addition to our chapter members, we welcomed two guests: Carla Mueller (CFII, MEI, ATP) and Harry Bous (CFI). After Libby read past minutes, Randy gave a report on the chapter fly-in at Gilbert Airpark on June 15th. Leonard Self discussed plans for a meeting at Wexford Airpark (4SC7) on September 21st, and we briefly discussed a planned fly-in at Gaston Airport (2SC8) on a date yet to be determined in October. Jim Herpst discussed plans being made by EAA Chapter 242, and Ken Berry told us about plans of the SC Historical Aviation Foundation (SCHAF), and we discussed other upcoming future aviation events. After the business meeting, Don Schmotzer gave us an excellent presentation on his self-contained ADS-B setup consisting of Stratus II, Mini-IPAD, and ForeFlight software. Having the benefit of a computer with internet access and projection equipment, Don was able to accentuate his presentation with several videos on the Stratus II and other equipment. As usual, Eddie Price took some great photos of his trip to and at the meeting, which you can view by clicking the thumbnail above.

Spring/Summer Fly-in - Gilbert Airpark - 6/15/2013

Above Gilbert Airpark 6-15-2013  Line of Planes on South Side 6-15-13  Jack & New Owner with RV-4

     Tropical storm Andrea dropped lots of rain on the eastern seaboard the week prior to Saturday, June 8th, the date we had originally planned for our "Spring/Summer Fly-in" at Gilbert Airpark, so we elected to postpone it until the following Saturday, June 15th. It's a good thing we did because the runway was soggy on the 8th after so much rain, and the weather was gorgeous on the 15th. We estimate that about 100 people came with 29 planes visiting plus many others belonging to GIA members still in their hangars. In addition to local fliers, we had a couple of F-18 pilots who came from Meridian, Mississippi to buy an RV-4 and others from as far away as Rocky Mount, NC and Vidalia, GA. Many people commented on how great the food was featuring BBQ, chicken, hotdogs, baked beans, a variety of salads, tea, soft drinks, and many delicious desserts. We held a 50/50 drawing during lunch. After lunch, attendees just relaxed, mixed and mingled, chatted, examined the planes, and watched them take off and land. All in all, we had many positive comments that it was a great and relaxing day enjoyed by all. Click either thumbnail above for photos from our chapter photographer, Eddie Price.

Fabric & Tailwheel Fly-in - Triple Tree Aerodrome - 6/1/2013

TTF Members at Triple Tree Fabric & Tailwheel Fly-in

     Saturday, June 1st,  was the day of the "Fabric and Tailwheel Fly-in" at Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00). However, the day began with an early morning foggy mist with visibility around 200'. ASOS/AWOS at CAE, EOE, and LUX were reporting low ceilings up until late morning. We coordinated and agreed to leave when/if it lifted. Finally, around 9:30am, some holes began to open enough to consider departing. Leon left first and picked up Ray Ackerman over Whiteplains; Don Schmotzer took off a bit later. Randy departed around 9:45am from Gilbert Airpark. The clouds were still hanging low and broken, but we managed to keep below the clouds at around 1600' MSL. Plans were to land at Newberry Airport (KEOE) and wait it out, if necessary. However, we decided enroute to continue all the way to Triple Tree. We were some of the first to arrive at Triple Tree. Ron Lindsey and Al and Brent Strickland arrived a bit later in the morning. Tony Gantt and Richard Miranda drove in. Lunch was good, although a bit steep at $20 per person. However, we discovered that Triple Tree has become a foundation, so we regarded it partially as a donation. We hear that they will be supported strictly by donations now, so they plan to have more frequent functions there in the future. We departed SC00 around 4:15pm with plenty of cumulus in the sky, so we expected thermally conditions on the way home, but it wasn't too bad until we neared Lake Murray. Then, it started getting a bit more exciting.  However, we all made it back safely. It was a great trip. For photos from Randy, click the thumbnail at top.

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