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   Winter Haven, FL Regional CFO Flyin
21st Annual Winter Haven CFO Flyin

Winter Haven, FL (GIF)

Saturday-Monday, March 28 - 30 , 2020
(The weekend before Sun 'n Fun Flyin)


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Alert! We are on hold right now while we determine the right next step in light of the proposed schedule delay announced by Sun 'n Fun. Stand by!

The Cardinal Flyers will gather again at Winter Haven, enjoying the presence of excellent aircraft and the company of our CFO family the weekend before Sun 'n Fun.

As you will recall, last year we celebrated the 20th, and the last, event to be hosted at the home of Faye and Palmer Gehring. As a result a few things will change this year. Please read closely. Thank you for your patience through this transition.

The event starts on Saturday evening with a reception at the Flightline Cafe, inside the GIF airport terminal. We will be enjoying light snacks and beverages, catching up with friends new and old. There is a full bar in this facility.

The Saturday reception will be partially funded by our sponsor Powerflow. We appreciate their thoughtfulness and support. Please thank them when you see them!

After the reception we will carpool to the hotel (rent a car or make a friend!) where we have a block of rooms reserved.

The airport fly-in 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). It is always a great time, with good food, discussion and of course the presentation of awards, including the coveted People's Choice Best Cardinal of Show.

Our Monday field trip this year will be (TBD)

Monday evening after the day trip we will 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, share tech talk and generally have good fun in the Florida sun. Read on for the detailed logistics and agenda.

Many of us will stay in Winter Haven and drive to Sun 'n Fun. Winter Haven is a great base for seeing Sun 'n Fun, with far smaller crowds, less crowded resaurants 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.

Join us for the Cardinal Forum on Wednesday at Wednesday at 11:00 (New time this year!) in the forum building. Check the signs for the meeting room. The initial schedule has us in room CFAA-05.

We will also be meeting at 2:30 each day at the booth of a chosen CFO sponsor. We plan to be at one exhibitor building each day (Building A on Tuesday through D on Friday.) There will be a sign posted at the location each day so you can scope it out in advance each day. More details will be available.

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.

The airport will be selling Sun 'n Fun access wrist bands and will have a shuttle to the SnF 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 has also offered under the wing camping during Sun 'n Fun in past years. Here is a link that will show the services they are offering for Sun 'n Fun this year.

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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 2nd and may fill up before then.

    CFO has reserved a block of rooms at both the Holiday Inn and the Hampton. Both hotels are owned by the same owner and share a parking lot. The Hampton was completely remodeled in 2017 and the Holiday Inn underwent a partial remodel in 2018. Our group hotel rate is the same at both hotels: $119.00 plus tax including breakfast.

    You can book the Winter Haven Holiday Inn on line. From that link, click on the date March 28th and your departure date, then put in the group code CAR. Or you may call them at 1-863-292-2100. Use group code CAR for the Holiday Inn.

    You can book the Hampton Inn on line or call 1-863-299-9251. You may need to know the group code CFO for the Hampton. If you wish to have a room configuration different than 2 queen beds, please call the Winter Haven Hampton directly. They will accommodate those requests as available.

    There is a chance that you may have access to a special corporate or other rate for either of these hotels which would be lower, feel free to give it a try.

  • 3) Rental Car. CFO has made arrangements with Hertz for a special price and 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 else to pick up your car.

    If you are a gold card member let them know, as it helps them have enough cars waiting. They can also help you become a gold card member for your future travel needs, this will let Hertz stage cars for you at other airports as well.

    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 using CDP number: 1499515.

    If you prefer to rent from Enterprise, Enterprise is at the terminal on the other side of the field. You will need to pick up the car at the terminal. To reserve with Enterprise call 863-956-1631 and touch *.


  • Hertz 2020 rates

    Size/ModelPer DayWeek Rate
    Compact$50.00$250.00
    Mid-size$55.00$260.00
    Full size$60.00$320.00
    Small SUV$95.00$520.00
    Minivan$105.00$580.00

    Enterprise 2020 rates

    Size/ModelPer DayWeek Rate
    Compact$54.49$260.99
    Mid-size$57.49$273.99
    Full size$64.49$349.49
    Small SUV$105.49$549.99
    Minivan$115.49$600.99
  • If you have any problems making any of these reservations please let Debbie know. She stays in touch with the teams and management of these providers and can help work out (most) wrinkles.

  • 4) Be Patient, prepare your airplane, stock up on sunscreen (we can hope!) and wait until March 28 to fly to Winter Haven.

  • 5) Fly to Winter Haven on Saturday, March 28 arriving before the 6:30 social event. Watch for the parking volunteers on the east side of the main runway by the grove.

  • 6) Drive or catch a ride to the airport terminal for the evening social event which starts in the Flightline Cafe 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 the GIF airport restaurant (with snacks and beverages)
 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: 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  TBD
 7:00 PM  Dutch Treat dinner at Outback by Hotel

Printable Agenda with addresses


Please plan to volunteer to help! Please click on a timeslot to sign up below to handle a task for a short while so everyone will be able to enjoy the day. There are always many other tasks which need doing, and we greatly appreciate all who pitch in to help where they can.

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?

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More details: To help you find things here are a few maps and details: There will be a $.20 per gallon 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 past reports from 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, Illinois We are looking forward to a great event. 
Jacque LaValleN20217 Lexington Park, Maryland  
Mike Sullivan Brambleton, Virginia N2056Q sold to Brian Winn (WA). 
Paul MillnerN177SD Berkeley, California Looking forward to another great time! 
Tom SaxonN478TS Leesburg, Virginia Cardinal nirvana for the 18th time...; 
Robert HansonN34565 Leonardtown, Maryland Looking forward to another great time with CFO and SnF! C U at the Grove! 
Don BallN34346 Hatfield, Pennsylvania I can’t wait. Always a good time.  
Richard ZuleyN177RZ Chicago, Illinois Yea! It's time for Winter Haven & S-n-F! 
Keith MonteithN52643 Ballwin, Missouri First time flying to Winter Haven. Looking forward to seeing my Cardinal friends. 
Karl ThomasN177KM Mesquite, Texas  
David RobisonN35086 Spencer, Iowa  
Curt StoltzN8033G Winter Haven, Florida Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new friends.  
Raymond BejaranoN35942 Reston, Virginia  
Sam & Deborah MazzaN2010Q Palm Bay, Florida Deborah & I are looking forward to seeing friends & LOTS of Cardinals again! 
Brian PenceN177KC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  
Rogers FadenN177LF Northbrook, Illinois The flock migrates to spring in paradise. See y’all soon.  
Jonathan BaxterN34221 Centerville, Massachusetts Counting the days! 
Russ MacDonaldN52636 Richmond Hill, Georgia Looking forward to seeing all my Cardinal friends again! 
Kevin WannerN13468 Morristown, New Jersey My 2nd event... unfortunately; I'll be taking a commercial flight down from NJ.  
Danielle FrancoeurC-GLJY MONTRÉAL, Quebec  
Doug StewartN516AP So. Egremont, Massachusetts  
Robert Denton123DS Williamsburg, Michigan  
Gil HamiltonN52835 Leesburg, Virginia  
Don ImhoffN2131Q Baton Rouge, Louisiana  
Dennis GimpertN13108 Marco Island, Florida  
Jack BartholetN132SM Columbus, Georgia  
Jack BartholetN132SM Columbus, Georgia  
Jerry OlsonN7573V Baytown, Texas Looking forward to another great CFO gathering and seeing everyone 
Kim PeckN2662V Bolton, Massachusetts Meet you in the grove 
J Williams2763V Saint Louis , Missouri  
Craig RathbunN177SK Aurora, Colorado  
Terry GlavesN177TG Roxbury, Connecticut IO390 Trailblazer Prop 
Jim ConnN1375C ALEXANDRIA, Minnesota  
Walter WilsonN2756V Enterprise, Alabama  
Stan FoxN8769Z FAIRFAX, Virginia Let’s plan a Monday group fly; maybe by the space center area then low level along the shore. 
Bob Russell & Pat Selover Babson Park; FL & Kenosha, Wisconsin  
Ken OrthN177JW Land O Lakes, Florida Looking forward to seeing everyones beautiful birds! 
Brian EstesN8749Z Columbia, Illinois Looking forward to seeing everyone! 
Lon ShufordN1876Q Cumming, Georgia  
Gary Van DykeN2085Q Alvin, Texas  
Jeff MaywormN1616H Ocala, Florida LOVE this event. Got something new to show everybody this year!!?? 


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