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Winter Haven Recap…
Old Farts Season Finale… 

From Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Old Farts...

I count over sixty aircraft in my photos from our Season Finale! I know I missed at least three… a couple Stearmans and Gyrocopter. No matter the exact count… this has to be a record number for an Old Fart gathering this late in our normal season.

I’m a bit pressed for time this morning… but will get some numbers, facts and photos together for some sort of look back on our 20212-22 Old Fart Flying Club season. It has easily been our best yet! With better luck with the weather than we probably deserve. There were few cancellations and great attendance! I’m already looking forward to next fall! 

Cal and his staff at the Flightline Cafe were really ready for us. The Cinco de Mayo taco bar was a big hit! Also, the streamlined regular menu helped speed up service. My guess is, at least 120 Old Farts were well fed in a timely fashion. That is never an easy task when we descend on a restaurant not used to our numbers. And this is always over and above their regular crowd. Thank You… “Flightline Cafe!!!”

Another big Thank You needs to go out to the crew at the FBO. They also had an “all hands on deck” welcome for us. At least four line crew were busily parking aircraft, fueling aircraft and when able… shuttling crew to the restaurant. Hats off to everyone at the Winter Haven Municipal Airport!!! Great Job!!! 

You’ll notice in my photos that I was a little lax in getting to planes before pilots and crew wandered off. It was hot out in the grass and on the ramp. People were not hanging around in the sun and heat to chit chat. The Segway you all bought for me was a lifesaver! It allowed me to get to more of you than I would have otherwise. Thanks again! I love this thing!!! 

That’s about a wrap, for Winter Haven and for our season. Again… my personal thank you goes out to “All Y’all”!!! I get a lot of sincere thanks you from you… but I’ll say again… “I get way more out of Old Farts Flying Club, than I ever put in!” 

See you in October. Keep the shiny side up!

Old Fart Roger 

P.S. The latest edition (May/June 2022) of “Warbirds” magazine has an extensive article about the Florida repair of the EAA’s B-17. Old Fart Larry McLure and several other members of the Punta Gorda Chapter 565 of EAA have stepped to the task of helping restore the EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” to flight status. It was grounded at Punta Gorda last year and the local chapter has stepped to the plate to make the necessary and extensive repairs. You should be able to find the article online. If not… shoot me an email and I can forward the PDF. 

This Week’s Favorite belongs to a “Favorite” Old Fart to us all. Don Abbott’s new-to-him Alon (Ercoupe) is seven or eight in the string of Ercoupe’s he has owned. The Alon is near the last of the variants to the mass produced Ercoupe 415-C. You will note in my photos the spring steel main gear, swallow tail, metal wings and sliding canopy as notable differences to the original design. Don tells me the AOPA plans to feature this aircraft in an upcoming issue, focusing on the many issues dealt with “after” the purchase. If you have a spare 47 minutes, look for, “Fearless Flying”… the Ercoupe Story… on YouTube. It is a wonderful documentary, produced and narrated by Don. It details the incredible history of the oft maligned but legendary little airplane! 
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