November 11, 2009
Aug. 6 ï¿½ A former owner of our AOPA Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7, Spud Gili, dropped by the AOPA tent at Oshkosh this year to relate that a picture of our 1940 Waco UPF-7, N29352, once hung on the terminal wall at Islip. (That is its original N number.) One of our AOPA members checked recently, however, and found that our Waco is no longer pictured there. If any Islip airport officials remember the photo, we would like to hear from them. Spud added this tidbit of information about our open-cockpit biplane. It once spent several years stored in deteriorating condition on a New Jersey farm. When finally hauled away, the steel tube cage of the fuselage had sunk several inches into the mud. Other than that, the past history of our Waco, especially in the 1940s and 1950s, has been difficult to find. If you have any information, send it to the writer of our Waco series, Al Marsh, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Marsh at 301/695-2358.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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