July 13, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Airshow performer and three-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team Chandy Clanton was killed in the crash of her Edge 540 while practicing her airshow routine. The crash of the Lincoln, Neb., resident took place near Tarkio, Mo., while preparing for the Wing Nuts Flying Circus Fly-In near Tarkio in northwest Missouri.
Clanton’s father, Harry Barr, talked about her life recently with his local television station. In 2003 she was chosen for the Stars of Tomorrow young airshow performers training program. She performed for the Oshkosh crowd under that program.
She was the mother of two boys, ages 10 and 7, and was vice chair of the Bank Iowa Corp. co-founded by Barr. Barr told Radio Iowa that video was taken of the accident and that the routine she was practicing was the same one she has done many times. Barr taught his daughter to fly.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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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