What makes for a perfect Saturday morning? Answer: Great weather, great food, lots of airplanes, and good company. That is what Dale and I found on Saturday, January 14. Dale had seen a listing on Social Flight for a Korean Fly-In Lunch sponsored by the FBO “Azalea Aviation” at Cook County Airport in Adel Georgia. We had no commitments for the morning so decided it would be a great excuse for taking a flight. We left Marianna around 8:30 CST and had a beautiful, cloudless, approximately 1 hour flight to Adel. We were the first “guests” to arrive and were greeted by the FBO owner/managers, husband and wife team, Bill and Kyoung Clapp – a very nice couple that are working hard to build aviation interest at the airport. They have been there about a year and are working on a facility that will offer services that include maintenance, flight instruction, build workshops, and the typical FBO activities. Bill took us on the nickel tour of the facility and it looks like it will be a wonderful asset to experimental aviation when complete. You can learn more about them at azaleaaviation.com/about/.
While we were the first to arrive, we were not the last. Planes that joined us for the day included two Cozys, a Zenith, a Peitnpol, a Navion and several others. And of course, the pilots, several spouses and guests enjoyed conversations about the various planes. Another favorite topic of conversation was the services available at the FBO, including information gathered on ADS-B options. Cayman, an Azalea employee, was designated chef for the day. He grilled thin-sliced beef ribs and chicken. Kyoung made some vegetable stew. And the meal was completed with corn, baked beans, macaroni salad, and multiple desserts. My complements to the chef – YUM!
After lunch we had a good flight back – with more clouds, but still good vision and smooth air.
All in all it was a fun morning – the type of excursion we would love to do more of!!
The pictures we have included show the pilots and guests in the hanger before and during lunch, and several shots of the flight line. Hope these inspire you to go flying…….
Member Lorenzo Baldwin Heading throught the food line.
The Board hard at work, with member Lorenzo Baldwin.
The Northwest Flyers Womens Auxiliary.
On October 9th, Northwest Flyers held their Fall Board Meeting along with an all members social. This event was hosted by Dale Cavin, and everyone in attendance had a great time.
Northwest Flyers Club Takes To The Skies in Faces and Places of the Panhandle
“The Flyers Club is a non profit organization so that it can spread the cost of owning planes,” says member Jeff Davis He adds, “Instead of one person owning a plane and having all the cost and expense, we can share that because it’s hard to fly a plane enough to really justify owning one.”
The club’s 15 members own two planes. A Cessna 182 and a Cessna 172. Davis says it’s probably the best way to have a plane and fly without costing the amount it would if you owned your own plane, plus the maintenance and insurance that you have to pay. Along with the adrenaline rush they get from flying these men also want to make a difference. Whenever possible many of the pilots volunteer for “Angel Flights.” A world wide organization that helps arrange transportation for needy medical patients “I’ve picked up patients in Pensacola and flown them to Gainesville to the University of Florida Medical Center. It’s really rewarding to see these people in such need and be able to volunteer your time and money to make it possible for them to get to treatment centers,” says Davis.
It usually takes 40 hours total to get a pilot’s license. 20 of those with a flight instructor.
Member Dale Cavin explains “that could spread out over 6 months or a couple of years depending on how often you go and what your funds are like.” “I didn’t start taking lessons until the age of 45. I’m 48 now. So I started late. But it took me 8 months, says member Brian Harrell. for several of these pilots, their love for flying was passed down. My father was a World War II pilot. He learned to fly in a Stearman and a P-38 Night Fighter,” says Davis. “My uncle was a pilot. A tail gunner in a B-36 during through the 50’s.” says Cavin. Davis adds, the great thing about this club is that these planes are maintained to the highest degree because we’re not going to fly a plane that’s not safe.” The pilots confess… they sometimes take to the skies simply to get away from it all. “You just can’t imagine what it’s like until you’re up there and away from everything and looking out at clouds and sunsets from the air… it’s just beautiful,” says Davis. The wives aren’t left out. they share in the high flying enthusiasm. Most are content to be co-pilots, but at least one has taken flying lessons, but so far isn’t confident enough to fly solo. They all say the reasons they love flying, it’s faster than driving and a lot more fun.