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Old Farts
LaBelle X14 Recap 

From Thursday, November 17th, 2022

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About forty Old Fart aircraft descended on LaBelle Municipal X14 on Thursday. Jack Madden sent along a pic of his Pacer and Ed Krause’s Rans. They were early birds… there and gone before my 9:15 arrival. We had several folks who were on my RSVP list, but weathered in. Most were from the Fort Lauderdale area. Not to worry, there were several “shows” that weren’t on the list. I’m always amazed at how that seems to work out, week after week. 

Terese and I held out on having lunch until Old Fart Frank Gallagher finally showed up at nearly 2:00. We were the last ones to depart, at about 3:00. While we were having lunch, the staff at Shortcakes Restaurant gathered to sing happy birthday to owner, Ashleigh Short. I wish we had known, so Old Farts could have wished her a Happy Birthday as well. Our forty airplanes and a few drive-ins probably equated to about 80 customers. We did a super job of spreading it out over several hours, so seating and service never seemed to be a problem. What a great venue for us. Thanks and Happy Birthday Ashleigh! 

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving… a week off for Old Farts. I don’t have anything booked for December 1st or 15th. On December 8th, we are making another run at the EAA Chapter 66 fundraiser at Arcadia Municipal X06. because of the busy holiday season, we will skip Old Fart Thursdays on December 22 and 29.

As always, I’m looking for new venues. I was at Sensenich Propellers at Plant City a couple days ago. They offered plant tours for the Old Farts and suggested we eat at Fred’s Market Restaraunt, a nearby and popular “farm to table” eatery. I’d need some volunteer ground transportation. If any of you live in that area, and would be so inclined, please contact me. 

That’s about it for this week. Keep the Shiny Side Up!

Old Fart Roger

This Week’s Favorite has some personal favoritism involved. Dave Zmrzel (Yes! He needs to Buy a vowel.) and girlfriend Darlene St. John, arrived at LaBelle in Dave’s Cherokee 180. Dave and Darlene are friends and neighbors here at Aero Acres. They are fairly new to “The Hood”.

Dave only recently obtained his Private License. He bought the Cherokee 140 he’d trained with down in Homestead, to build some time. Soon, a Cherokee 180 showed up at his place. Dave went to work. He once described himself to me by using that old recruiting slogan. I’m “An Army of One” he said. I totally agree!

The rather ratty looking Cherokee 180 was soon completely stripped of paint. With some help from our neighborhood paint guy, they  miraculously had a great looking paint job on it. Then Dave bought his mom’s old heavy duty sewing machine, and went to work. An equally beautiful interior was quickly the result. All the work was performed in Dave’s hangar. The panel got a freshen-up and, Voila!!! The 140 was sold and the “reborn” Cherokee 180 is flying regularly, to include a trip to California and back. Quite the resume for a guy who just started flying a couple years ago! An Army of One… indeed! 
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