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Old Farts
Wachula Municipal (KCHN)
Invite To Bensen Days! 

For Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Old Farts...

This one is a bit different for us. We are invited to someone else’s party. Think, “Wedding Crashers”! On Thursday, March 31st, we are headed to Wachula Municipal (KCHN).

Igor Bensen invented the gyrocopter in the mid 1950’s. In celebration, gyrocopter owners from around the area will be converging on Wachula over the coming weekend. My contact with the group is Scott Lewis. He is very excited for us to visit and share in their enthusiasm. He estimates that there will be 50-60 Gyrocopters on hand by Thursday. 

Here’s the plan… We need to arrive between 10:00 a.m. and Noon! Gyrocopter activity will be curtailed for our arrival period. Once we are on the ground and parked, we are invited to join the Gyrocopter folks for lunch… at a cost of $15.00 per person. While we are enjoying lunch, some of the Gyros will stage a “Showcase Demonstration”. We should be able to begin departures around 1:00. This should be fun. Some of these new gyros are INCREDIBLE!!! 

Please see the attached diagram for our parking locations. Scott says there should be some marshaling help, and some parking will be available on ramps. There is one runway… 18/36. It is 4,005 feet long and 75 feet wide of good asphalt. The pattern altitude is 1,108’ MSL… important, in that the gyros operate lower… at around 800’. CTAF is 122.9. All traffic is LEFT. Please enter the downwind from a 45. If we all make the same approach, it seems to smooth things out. If you’d like to arrive earlier… just be aware of busy gyro traffic. 

We do need to give the caterer a heads up on our numbers!!! Please use the attached “RSVP” button to let me/us know how many in your party. Deadline for RSVPs is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29… 

I have taken a peek at weather. There is some strong south wind in the forecast. I’m seeing gusts to 28 knots. Let’s hope that eases before Thursday. I will post some sort of update on Wednesday. As always, we may have to adjust things due to weather. 

Don’t forget to send in those RSVP’s!!!

Keep the Shiny Side Up! 

Old Fart Roger 
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