Everglades City (X01) is in the books! Weather forecasts were a bit sketchy leading up to this one. Mother Nature held off, and we were blessed with a beautiful day and nice turnout. I have photos of about forty Old Fart aircraft… and know I missed a couple… maybe even a few.
The event went wonderfully. Dale Schoeneman’s crew of volunteer shuttle drivers was complimented by a few late arrivals. We must have had six or eight vehicles at our disposal. A few Old Farts had their own packable ground transport and some used the bicycles available at the airport. Again, it worked out GREAT!
Nick and Mary, employees at X01, worked hard to help park us and make sure we were made to feel welcome! Old Fart John Marsh brought along Jack Babb and Jerry Enders. Both are WWII Veterans. They enjoyed watching the airplane ops and meeting many of us. Old Fart Don Abbott had a birthday, so several of us had a chance to wish him many happy returns.
There were lots of first-timers at this one. Welcome to one and all… keep coming back! There were three Ercoupes and a larger than usual number of RVs. All perfect little aircraft for chasing down that $100 hamburger. There were bigger craft as well… to include Bonanzas, Mooneys, Pipers, Cessnas and a couple twins… a Beech Baron and a nice old Beech Travelair. A Lancair IV that has circled the globe at both the equator and over the poles, was on hand. As always… Old Farts fly a wide mix of aircraft… part of what makes this group so interesting.
Several Old Farts wanted to know where Old Fart Lisa Heidinger was. Somewhere in the collages is a pic of her Ercoupe in primer and masking paper. She was temporarily grounded yesterday…out in the hangar, diligently sanding and prepping for a final coat of white today. Gone are those big, ugly “N” numbers on the fuselage.
You should see her new paint job next week at Avon Park (KAVO). We’ve reserved the Palm Room at the Hotel Jacaranda for lunch. Which reminds me… we need a few volunteer shuttle drivers. Please shoot me an email if you can help out with this one. Watch for my invite, with more details, on Sunday or Monday.
That’s about it from Everglades City. Yes, I did bring home a bag of stone crab from Grimm’s. And yes, they were delicious!!! Nick and Mary did tell me that the Army Corps of Engineers has thrown a wrench into the schedule for the reconstruction of the runway at X01. The county now plans to keep the airport open until the bulldozers show up at the gates. Check ahead if planning to visit.
Keep the Shiny Side Up!
Old Fart Roger