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Grassroots (06FD) Recap

From Thursday, March 17th, 2022… St. Patrick’s Day! 

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There was a lot of fog and low ceiling weather around south Florida early yesterday. A few Old Farts cancelled, but most, like me, waited it out and arrived on the late side. My daughter Angie, and I got in the air around 9:30 and arrived at Grassroots around 11:00. Upon landing, I immediately felt like I was behind the power curve. I did not get nearly the number of photos I normally do. Old Farts Dick James and Wayne Nagy came to my rescue. A majority of the photos you see here, are from them. 

THANK YOUS!!! We have to start with Dave and Jeanne Allen. They are based at Grassroots and put this event together. You’ll see them in one of these photos, dressed in their St. Paddy’s Day attire! You’ll also see Dick James and his wife Rogie. They, with a few other volunteers, pitched in to help the Allens pull off this incredible event! We also have to thank David Gay, the developer of Grassroots for allowing us to visit his stunningly beautiful aviation… “Field of Dreams”. Last, but not least, we need to thank and acknowledge all the Grassroots hangar owners who opened their doors (literally) for our visit. What a showplace!!! 

As you can see by the photos, the weather turned off to be near perfect!!! “The Big Hot Box” food truck did a great job of getting everyone fed. There was a sizeable line at times, but I heard no real complaints. Even though they served principally Mexican food, on St. Patrick’s Day… it was very good! By the way, I did check… and Cinco De Mayo is on a Thursday this year. Maybe we can come up with corned beef and cabbage for lunch! 

Numbers??? I had 103 aircraft on my RSVP list. I did receive cancellations from five or six, for a variety of reasons. Dick James was trying to keep a tail count as he parked aircraft and snapped photos. At one point he reported to me that we had 78 airplanes and 3 helicopters. That was a little after noon. From then on, a mix of departures and arrivals made an accurate count impossible. I’ll say that we easily exceeded ninety visiting aircraft. Throw in a couple dozen Grassroots based aircraft on display… and we had ourselves quite a party!!! 

As I’m writing this, an email came in from Old Fart Steve Roth. It reads… “Oh what a perfect day! Thanks for your hard work and that of your “staff” of volunteers. Could not have been a better venue, the food was great and camaraderie awesome!” Steve Roth… Swift N3729K”. 
Steve, I could not have summed it it up better myself!!! 

Next Thursday is Wachula Municipal (KCHN). This one will be a little different for us, and should be great fun. Watch for a detailed invite on Sunday or Monday. I’m open for a destination on March 31st… ideas??? The following week is Sun N Fun. 

Keep the Shiny Side Up! 

Old Fart Roger 
Even with 100 aircraft to choose from, This Week’s Favorite was a no-brainer! Bob Redman, from Pontiac, Michigan showed up in his stunning Super Goose! Bob told me there are just fifteen hours on the big Grumman, since a complete seven year restoration. And… that did not include the McKinnon Turbine Mod! That was already done. Bob and his wife Kimberly are just getting to know this magnificent machine, aided by Brian Van Wagenen… a well known check pilot for all kinds of heavy seaplanes. I’ve met Brian a few times. He is also from Michigan, and a former Howard DGA owner. Small world, here in these aviation circles.

Thanks for bringing your beautiful new toy Bob! It was certainly a show stopper!!! 
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