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Sebring (KSEF) Recap

From Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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Hey!!! Nice turnout, given the shift to a Wednesday! I was really afraid the move would catch a lot of you off guard… tied up with things other than flying. Apparently not, as nearly fifty Old Fart aircraft came and went throughout yesterday’s gathering at Sebring Municipal (KSEF). The weather was just beautiful!

I think the move from today was a good idea. I’m looking at a current radar image. There is a “NASTY gob of crud” (my best meteorological lingo) heading our way right now! 

We did celebrate (a few days early) Old Fart Lisa Heidinger’s birthday. Old Farts went through four dozen “celebratory” cup cakes. With our “spread out” format these days, it is impossible to get everyone together for a group photo. Sometime after noon, we rounded up Old Farts still out on the patio. We sang an off key, but rousing, “Happy Birthday” to Lisa… then took a group shot. I hope everyone got a chance to wish Lisa a happy birthday. Behind the scenes, Lisa and my wife Terese, devote a lot of time and energy to this organization. I’m glad we were able to, in a way, acknowledge Lisa’s efforts! Happy Birthday “Kid”! 

Thanks to all you Old Farts for showing up at this event. As I keep preaching… YOU’RE what this is all about. The fun, fellowship and camaraderie is pretty much all there is to it.  Also a big thanks to Cindy, Melissa and the rest of the staff at JRs Runway Cafe! Great job! Cindy estimates the Old Farts accounted for at least eighty meals, and they are grateful for our patronage! And, the FBO line crew did another splendid job of parking us… red carpets and all!!! 

Next week, Thursday, November 4th is a trip to Everglades City (X01). The airport is due to close mid November, for complete replacement of the runway. It will be closed for several months, so we are sneaking this annual visit in early. Old Fart Dale Schoeneman is again helping with the organization of this one. We will have several vehicles available to transport Old Farts to and from a select few restaurants. If you have packable personal transport (bikes, scooters, etc.) this would be a good time to bring them along. Also, Old Fart John Marsh says he will be driving to this one and bringing along several WWII veterans, to include a couple P-51 pilots. Watch for details in an invite on Sunday or Monday. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather! Also, if you live nearby Everglades City, we could use extra ground transportation. If you’d consider driving and playing Uber for a couple hours, please let me know. 

The following week will be Thursday, November 11th… Veteran’s Day. We are going to Avon Park (KAVO), with lunch at the Historic Hotel Jacaranda. This event is so popular, I plan to visit there twice this season… this trip and again in the spring. Some volunteer ground transportation is also needed for this one is needed. 

November 18th is still open… so I’m entertaining suggestions. November 25th is Thanksgiving, so no Old Farts that week. Then we are into December already! No, I have nothing scheduled that far ahead. At my age, buying green bananas is a bad idea. 

Keep the Shiny Side Up! 

Old Fart Roger 

I have to admit, coming up with my, “This Week’s Favorite”, caught me off guard. Old Fart Richard Schmidt’s incredible Piper Aerostar has long been a favorite of mine. It’s sleek ramp presence is amazing. I got too busy chatting with Richard about the aircraft, and neglected to get some extra photos. Richard told me that leading up to Covid, he was finalizing plans to make a leisurely “Around the World” jaunt in the Aerostar. He anticipated taking several months, with lots of sightseeing along the way. If worldwide Covid restrictions ever ease, he hasn’t given up on the idea! Meeting and talking with people like Richard is exactly why I love Old Farts! 
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