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   Winter Haven, FL Regional CFO Flyin
19th Annual Winter Haven CFO Flyin

Winter Haven, FL (GIF)

Saturday-Monday, April 7-9, 2018
(The weekend before Sun 'n Fun Flyin)



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Help us kick off the celebration of the Cardinal's 50th Birthday at our Winter Haven flyin! Make your plans now to join us for another great time in the Florida sun.

The event starts on Saturday evening with a reception at the home of our gracious hosts, Faye and Palmer Gehring. They will open their home for the 19th year for us to enjoy in the company of our CFO friends. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. From there we will carpool to the hotel (rent a car or make a friend!) where we have a block of rooms reserved.

The airport flyin portion of the event kicks off on Sunday morning. The agenda includes a group review of the many dozens of Cardinals on the field. We will look for unique details, impressive paint, clever solutions and outstanding panels. The walkaround will be followed by a delicious BBQ lunch and an after-lunch discussion in the grove.

The awards banquet will be on Sunday evening, after the airport day. The awards dinner will be at Tanner's Lakeside (1006 Lake Howard Dr SW, Winter Haven, FL). Should be a good time!

Our Monday field trip this year will be a trip to the refreshed, updated and expanded Kennedy Space Center. They have a new building called "Heros and Ledgends" and have also upgraded the rest of the facility. More details to come.

Monday evening those who are interested will be gather at the Outback next to the hotels for an off-the-menu dutch treat dinner.

Throughout the event there will be plenty of opportunities to oogle over Cardinals and talk with their owners in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, some tech talk and generally good fun in the Florida sun. Read on for the detailed logistics and agenda.

For the rest of the week many of us will hang with the CFO group at the hotel, local restaurants and at Sun 'n Fun. Winter Haven is a great base for seeing Sun 'n Fun, with far smaller crowds and better prices in exchange for a short drive. Ride the Winter Haven airport shuttle, keep your rental car or pair up with other CFO members and see the show with your Cardinal friends, stop by our table in the Type Club Tent and join us for the Cardinal Forum on Wednesday at 10:00.

The Winter Haven Airport continues to be a great help to us in these events, so please make an effort to support them as much as possible. They will be selling Sun 'n Fun access wrist bands and will have a shuttle to the grounds from their terminal. Several of our folks used the shuttle in past years and reported it to be a great way to enter the grounds, avoiding the cost and walking required when parking, not to mention the mud, dust or smoke (depending on which we'll get this year). The airport is also offering under the wing camping with a shower trailer during Sun 'n Fun. Here is a link that will show the services they are offering for Sun 'n Fun.

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Preflight Checklist:

  • 1) Register Please register for the event so we will have food for you! The price goes up the week before the event, as our costs go up for late reservations.

  • 2) Hotel. Reserve ASAP, as the hotels are always busy. Our room block will be released on March 26th and may fill up before then. This year we have rooms at both the Holiday Inn and the Hampton. The Hampton was completely remodeled in 2017. They are owned by the same owner and share a parking lot. Call the Winter Haven Holiday Inn on Cypress at 1-863-292-2100 or the Hampton Inn at 1-863-299-9251. Our group hotel rate is the same at both hotels: $119.00 plus tax including breakfast. There is a chance that you may have access to a special corporate or other rate which would be lower, feel free to give it a try. There is more hotel information at this page.

  • 3) Rental Car. Our friends at Hertz will bring our cars to the grove so they will be right there for your pickup. You must reserve your car through the local office for this service... if you work with an online or national registration you may need to get a ride somewhere to pick up your car. Reserve your car from Hertz at 863-298-0651 during business hours in Florida (8:00AM-6:00PM Eastern). Be sure to ask for the CFO rate. More rental car info on this page.

  • 4) Be Patient, prepare your airplane, stock up on sunscreen (we can hope!) and wait until April 7 to fly to Winter Haven.

  • 5) Fly to Winter Haven on Saturday, April 7 arriving before the 6:30 social event.

  • 6) Walk or drive over to Palmer's house from the airport for the evening social event, which starts at 6:30.

  • 7) Enjoy the event! We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Flyin Schedule and Agenda:

 Saturday 3:00-6:00  Registration at airport
 Saturday 6:30-9:00  Social mixer at Faye & Palmer Gehring's (with light hors d'oeuvres)
 Sunday 8:00 AM  Registration and arrivals at airport
 9:00-10:00 AM  Airport walkaround starts
 Noonish  Lunch in the grove: we will announce when ready.
 1:00 PM Discussion and program in the grove
 around 3:00 PM Wander and ponder, possible deeper inspections
 around 4:45 PM End of airport activities.
 6:00 PM  Gather at our Dinner location: Tanner's Lakeside (1006 Lake Howard Dr SW, Winter Haven, FL)
 7:00 PM  Awards banquet at Tanner's Lakeside
 Monday 8:00 AM  Bus loads at the Hampton/Holiday Inn parking lot.
 Monday all day  Kennedy Space Center (bus, tour, lunch)
 7:00 PM  Dutch Treat dinner at Outback by Hotel


Please plan to volunteer to help! Please sign up below to handle a task for a short while so everyone will be able to enjoy the day. Poor Palmer always spends the whole time handling all the little things, and is amazed to look up and find the day over. Let's pitch in and let Faye and Palmer relax a little more this year.

We especially need people to handle parking airplanes. This is a lot of fun but only for an hour or so... please sign up for an hour and help carry the load.

We also need someone to take pictures of each airplane, and hopefully a few overall shots. We've had some excellent photographers step up in the past, anyone up to the task this year?

We will be doing a Cardinal forum presentation, scheduled again this year for the same time as last year: Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM. We always enjoy a good showing at that forum, and they do take attendance to see if anyone is interested in the subject of Cardinals and Cardinal maintenance. So please plan on joining us! It will be in the blue vocational school building, look for the schedule at the door to know which room.

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More details: To help you find things here are a few maps and an agenda with addresses: There is plenty of airplane parking at the airport. On flyin day a CFO follow-me cart will meet you as you turn off the runway, or we'll talk to you on the radio. Worst case it will be hard to miss 40-plus Cardinals on the grounds.

There will be a discount on fuel for CFO members at Winter Haven. The price will be updated when the time gets closer.

We had a great time in past years, check out reports from the 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001 or 2000 events

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The following people have registered for this event:

Attendee NameRegistration NumberArriving fromComment
Keith & Debbie PetersonN177KP Hampshire, IL We are looking forward to seeing everyone and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cardinal. 
Raymond BejaranoN35942 Sunny Isles Beach, FL Driving in from our Winter home in Sunny Isles Beach; FL. Unfortunately our aircraft is in its hanger up in KGAI... Looking forward to seeing everybody! 
Kim PeckN2662V Fitchburg, MA Should be Fun Arriving Friday (wx permitting) 
Russell K. MacDonaldN52636 Savannah, GA Looking forward to seeing everyone again! 
B. B. StanfieldN612DM Hondo/Bandera, TX  
Bruce HutchingsN52061 Port Orange, FL I missed last year\'s Fly-In So I\'m really looking forward to see all my Cardinal Friends  
Peter and Char CarterC-FJPC Toronto, Canada Looking forward to seeing all our Cardinal friends again 
Woody BeckN1345C Athens, GA  
Mike SullivanN2056Q Manassas, VA Hope all the new Cardinal owners come to this awesome gathering. 
Robert HansonN34565 Leonardtown, MD Always a great time! 55 days and a wake up! See you at the Grove on Saturday! 
Larry JamesN34150 Washington; DC,  Laissez les bon temps roulet. 
Brian EstesN8749Z St. Louis, IL Looking forward to seeing everyone! 
B. B. StanfieldN612DM Hondo/Bandera, TX  
Dennis Del GrossoN76HS Plattsburgh, NY Driving from Orlando after moving our Son\'s household stuff from NY - unfortunately plane will be in hanger in Plattsburgh :( 
Mark DuszynskiN1404C Elkhart, IN  
Joe & Anne BrunskiC-GZJB Stoney Creek, Canada Hoping to fly in from Canada; if the weather co-operates; and join in the fun! 
Mark ThompsonN30033 Arlington, WA  
Curt StoltzN177GW Blaine, MN  
Curt StoltzN177GW Blaine, MN  
Rogers FadenN177LF Chicago, IL Looking forward to seeing everyone again! 
Marci HaasN34644 McKinney, TX  
Winn D. & Phil BrownN29563 Horn Lake, MS PTL for moving Easter up so the liturgical organ lady can attend again. 
Conrad Shad    
Conrad ShadN34354 Port Orange, FL  
Sheila and Fred SchlaflyN52890 MIami, FL Finally making it to Winter Haven 
Dale BakkeN88NG Parkston, SD Fun to see old Cardinal friends and meet new ones! New to CFO? Great event to “make the plunge”! 
Terry GlavesN177TG Roxbury, CT  
Alan Powell London UK,   
Tom SaxonN478TS Leesburg, VA Excited to see my extended Cardinal family again...! 
Jerry OlsonN7573V Baytown, TX Looking forward to the FL sun and all those beautiful Cardinals 
Roger H. FrechetteN3498T Kissimmee , FL  
Joe Ruck Daytona Beach, FL CFO Winter Haven ... always a good time! 
Jon BaxterN34221 Hyannis, MA Looking forward to seeing everyone! 
John McNameeN727LB Sugar Land, TX  
Gil HamiltonN52835 Leesburg, VA  
Dick ZuleyN177RZ Chicago, IL Spring Break for Pilots...Yea!!! Looking forward to seeing everyone! 
Curtis BerryN52543 Hagerstown, MD Looking forward to it; missed last year with a bad mag; hoping for better luck this year. 
Bob Russell & Pat SeloverAviation Plus Babson Park;Fl & Kenosha, WI We are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  
Jon GrahamN34273 GAINESVILLE, FL  
james osetekN34049 Harbor Springs, MI  
Palmer GehringN35086 Winter Haven, FL Number 19!!! Hard to believe.Looking forward to seeing all CFO friends. 
Gervais Dube    
ROBERT TaylorN34905 Mesa, AZ  
ROBERT TaylorN34905 Mesa, AZ  
Tom CookN13282 Harbor Springs, MI First CFO gathering for us; but we will be driving. Looking forward to meeting our new friends. 
Marcus Wiesen34807 Shady Shores, TX Flying in commercially this year 
Jimmy and Sandy HoneycuttN177BS Locust Grove, GA Hope for tailwinds and good weather! 
Russell & Lorraine Boteilho Winter Haven, FL Walking to the fly-in 
Don Ball Quakertown, PA  
Daniel EberlN1351C Iowa City, IA  
Robert AikenN478TC Palm Coast, FL Looking forward to seeing everyone again and especially hearing about autopilot experiences 
Richard Ezell701ab Port Orange;, FL Former Cardinal owner (twice) looking again. 
Stan FoxN8769Z Fairfax , VA Looking forward to all things Cardinal weekend! 
Don ImhoffN2131Q    
Don ImhoffN2131Q Baton Rouge, LA Looking forward to another great CFO event. 
Walter WilsonN2756V Enterprise, AL  
Steve WellmanN8089G Venice, FL  
Joseph SanfilippoN34289 Hollywood, FL  
Paul WhippoN274LH Carlisle; ,   
Paul WhippoN274LH Carlisle, PA Looking forward to seeing everyone! May get in Friday depending on weather. 
Berry GamblinN7550V Vienna , VA  
Steve KayN8028G Kokomo, IN  
William HueterN52802 Towson, MD More Cardinal adventure! 
James (Jim) Henderson177JG Greenville, TX  
Harry RosensteinN13612 St. Augustine, FL  
Zdenek GavlasN30807 Fairview (KCDW), NJ  
Sid SangalN53088 Pittstown (N40), NJ First time pre-registering :) Looking forward to it! 
J C BreleticN6259R Ellijay, GA Arriving via Cardinal; or in the event of inclement weather; the Camry-Cardinal. 
Frank Hemko Louisville, KY Looking forward to seeing everyone again!  
Mark BeedaN3247T West Palm Beach, FL  
Richard Slater 6D3, ND  
Dollard LeBlancC-FLDF Venice; , FL  
Gary EckN67JM Mishawaka, IN  
Erald de HoogN1899Q   Finally back again to GIF. Not arriving by plane but by car this time 


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