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Upcoming events

    • 19 May 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Gillian McConnell Airfield NC (BQ1)

    This was my favorite from last year.  The food is good and the covered patio gives a good view of the 2538 ft runway.  Watching pilots land that are not used to a short runway was quite entertaining.   I should know, I was one of them.  Come join for food, fellowship and fun.  Pik N Pig.

    Any questions contact Ron Mowery at Cell 330-807-9082

    • 19 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Joe’s One Niner Diner

    Paso Robles (PRB), Joe’s One Niner Diner, Stew Wilson,, (530) 295-7158

    • 25 May 2018
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 May 2018
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Tuscany, Valdera, Italy

    Registration needs to be in by February 27. If you do not have confirmation back on your registration contact the organizers again, there have been some losses.

    Dear AYA members, Grumpies, Grumman enthusiast and friends,

    I hope that by now everybody is over the delightful holiday stress and has comfortably settled into the new year.

    Let me wish all of you a great flying season, being a pilot or a pax, with great health, perfect weather and many enjoyful flights.

    ''May the number of your landings always equal the number of takeoffs.'

    Our annual highlight - the European meeting in Valdera/Tuscany-Italy - is approaching quickly.

    Everybody was excited when it was announced last year. However I just got the booking sheet and it seems that the excitement is making people forgetting to book?

    I know positively that more people want to show up than I can see on the list, so please - if you haven’t registered already, please do so with Marco Petroni, 

    He does have issues with his usual email address, so please make sure you use this one:

    I include the updated program that’s been passed on to me. Please fill out and return directly to Marco.

    And just in case you have issues with the EU payment of the events booking fee, the requirement of pre-payment has been dropped for those people by the organizer team.

    Those who cannot, simply pay upon arrival.  Here’s Marco earlier mail on this:

     >Hi all, here the following agreements:

    >@ Porta Valdera, they do not ask ‎for advance payment. You book and pay with Credit Card upon leaving

    >@Borgo Colleoli, you book and will receive new instructions for paying 25% advance with Credit Card. The rest upon leaving

    >@Aero Club Pisa, advance payment is recommended (some Members have already‎ fixed it, thanks) for logical reasons. If unable you will comply upon arrival.

    However this ONLY applies to the meeting, one of the hotels still insists in a credit card partial pre-payment. (see above)

    I am missing at least another three couples who indicated early on to me they intended to come.

    Oh, and while I’m having your attention for a sec: There will be a short workshop on sunday morning on the airfield on the joys of the recently changed EASA requirements of individual maintenance manuals for our birds. 

    You might want to plan an hour or two for this.

    And for those in need for a rental car: I can recommend a very competitive and reliable service all over europe, it’s basically a basically a booking agency, even with a superb app.

    best regards to all,


       - Jörg H. Beck -


    Flugschule Ochsenflug

    More information is available here.

    • 9 Jun 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Gwinnett County Airport Georgia (KLZU)

    Nice restaurant on airport. The Flying Machine.  Ron Mowery 330-807-9082

    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • TBA

    Cameron Park (O61), TBA, Stew Wilson,, (530) 295-7158

    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Hickory, North Carolina, The Crosswind Café

    We're meeting at The Crosswind Café. They also have a Free Aviation Museum (donations accepted) on field that we can go through. I have never been to either and I am looking forward to doing something besides just lunch.

    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Aviators

    Sacramento (SAC), Aviators, Stew Wilson,, (530) 295-7158

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Sam’s Flying Scoops Johnston County Airport NC KJNX

    August 18th, it’s hot and I feel like ice cream. Fortunately there’s Sam’s Flying Scoops at Johnston County Airport, KJNX, in North Carolina. I’ve been there before and they have lots of flavors, including my favorite, coconut.  Since this is just for ice cream will meet at 2:30 pm. 

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Fenton’s Restaurant

    Vacaville (VCB), Fenton’s Restaurant, Stew Wilson,, (530) 295-7158

    • 8 Sep 2018
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • The 57 Alpha Café Rutherford County Airport NC KFQD

    The 57 Alpha Café at Rutherford County, North Carolina, KFQD. This will be the first trip here for me.

    • 24 Sep 2018
    • (CDT)
    • 27 Sep 2018
    • (CDT)
    • Hutchinson, KS (KHUT)

    The 2018 Annual Convention. See a Convention Bureau PowerPoint here. There is a short promotional video here, 90MB file.

    Preview here, information will be updated when available.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Rocket Shop

    Bakersfield (L45), Rocket Shop, Stew Wilson,, (530) 295-7158

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Twin Lakes Airport SC S17

    October 20th we’re back in South Carolina to the Twin Lakes Airport S17. This is an airpark that is public use. I have been told it used to be a drag strip but they have put it to much better use now. There is no ramp so when I was there I just parked on the grass off the approach end of 24. There is a little restaurant just a short walk from the airport.

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Wings Cafe

    Auburn (AUN), Wings Cafe, Stew Wilson,, (530) 295-7158

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Pik N Pig Gillian McConnell Airfield NC BQ1

    November 17th, I’m heading back to BQ1 and the Pik N Pig.  I told you this was one of my favorites. 

    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • The Runway Café Greeville Downtown Airport SC KGMU

    December 15th I’ll be staying in South Carolina and traveling to Greenville Downtown Airport, KGMU, to The Runway Café. If you have young children this is a good one. They have a very nice aviation theme playground next to the restaurant.

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