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Batavia (Sporty's) Eastern Convention
2007


   Please note that there are several sections to this report... continue to scroll down to see each section.

Our host for the 2007 convention was Sporty's Pilot Shop. They did a bang-up job in all respects, putting everything in place for the largest group they have ever hosted.

It all starts at the top, and Hal Shevers put his full support and substantial personal time into this event. Sporty's gets our vote for the pilot shop who bests support at least our version of general aviation!

In particular Sporty's President and head of operations, Mike Wolf, put in the long hours before and during the event to make sure everything was prepared and executed to perfection. We really can't thank Mike and his team enough.

There were many others engaged in this effort... Mark and Terry and many others at Sporty's. Thanks to all!

Of course the question everyone was asking was 'Would the Catch a Cardinal be able to attend?' The answer came on Wednesday, when Dan Gryder landed from the first flight in Griffin, GA.

Julie Boatman and Dan Gryder noted that the next step in breaking in the engine was an extended flight, so they filled the tanks and headed to Batavia.

There was quite a stir around the airport when the CAC was reported to be inbound for landing and only 10 miles out!

The Sporty's team rolled into action to guide Julie and Dan to the proper hangar, and the CAC was tucked away for the night. It had clearly been a long day, and the flight team was happy to lay low for a day. (Truth be told, Dan headed to the airport to take a flight for his day job at a major airline.)

While they recovered, the rest of us loaded onto busses and traveled to the Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton. This impressive collection of airplanes and all thing aviation keeps evolving over time, and is always interesting. Several folks took the bus over to see the annex and it's presidential aircraft, as well as another hanger of rare and exotic aircraft.

Lunch in the picnic shelter included the famous brownies we learned about in a prior visit to Dayton, well worth bringing back return business.

Meanwhile the airport was continuing to fill up with Cardinals. By the end of the day there were several rows of Cardinals in attendance.
These are just a few of them... and as always the quality and upkeep of these airplanes was impressive.
Cardinals were parked all over the airport, but there was always room for one more... we never quite filled it up.

Things got right down to business on Friday morning with our opening presentation by Dennis Wolter of Air Mod.

He had a series of pictures and samples to pass around which helped us all understand the kinds of things to look for in a good interior restoration.

While there were many dozens of good hints, many people recognized that this was just the tip of the iceberg of knowledge in this area. Clearly the first hint is to make sure you're working with someone like Dennis who knows the ropes.

One of the interesting discussions had to do with the longevity of various materials that are commonly used for seats and interiors. Dennis had several examples of good and bad choices in this area.

Another detailed discussion was about the likelihood and causes of corrosion in our aircraft. In particular the Cardinal has a damping material glued to the flat surfaces in our interior which tends to encourage and promote corrosion.

Dennis showed several illuminating pictures and clearly demonstrated the benefits of going into an interior project with aircraft longevity well in mind. There is no better time to deal with some of these issues than while working on the interior.

We also heard from Scott, who runs Cincinnati Avionics, the avionics shop at the airport. He had several comments about what to look for and ask about in an avionics project, then gave us a tour of his spotless shop.

The biggest draw was the NC milling machine busily cutting out a new panel in the corner.. nice tools.

 

At some point one needs to stop for lunch. We ate in the building where Sporty's started, complete with many of the banners from their early days. It was an excellent facility with plenty of room.

 

 

After lunch the tours continued, starting with Dennis Wolter's personal tour of his Aero Mod shop. This is his office area, where he showed the paperwork and design details which go into a well completed project.

There were also several pieces of aviation art in the office, some of which were done by Dennis. He has few hidden talents.

The tour continued into the shop area, which as can be clearly seen in this picture was chock-a-block full of airplanes undergoing various projects.

His team were hard at work as we watched, and it was interesting to see the level of craftsmanship which is required in this type of work.

Two past customers brought Cardinals for us to look at, and the results of all this effort were remarkable indeed. Dennis clearly has the answer for anyone dreaming of a top-notch interior.

The tours continued with a tour of the Sporty's operation. We got the full internal view, one we understand has not been given to any group in the past. It was suggested that we may be able to see our own orders being processed, and more than a few people had taken advantage of the Sporty discount offer to make that possible.

Hal himself took over the tour for a review of the facility via bus. There is a growing residential airpark on the runway and many other details which make Batavia a great place for aviation.

The tours required smaller groups, so while not on tour we spent a little time in the upstairs public area talking about Cardinals and ownership.

This gave us the chance to introduce the team from Air Pros, who had traveled down from Frederick to join us. John Hardin shared a few comments on what's new in the aviation insurance marketplace. It was an interesting overview.


Supper was at the Montgomery Inn on the riverfront, were we managed to pack 85 people into a reservation for 75! Great food, a great location, great company... it was a very nice evening.

A few people took the opportunity to walk up and down the riverside, in a very pleasant park which follows the river in downtown Cincinnati.

Saturday morning we got to hear first hand about the Catch a Cardinal project and get an update on how things were going.

Julie shared some pictures and thoughts about the project, including her desire to make it something a little special, a little deeper than a coat of paint and leather. Clearly they have accomplished that.

When all questions had been answered we moved on to the hands-on inspection.

We got to Julie before the crowds arrived for this picture, just the two of them.

As anyone who has done an extensive restoration can attest, it take a great deal of energy and passion to work though all the details and issues which arise.

Add the schedule and the pressures of many public appearances and sponsor needs, and you can start to imagine how this has been.

We were very pleased that the project could have its first public showing at our event, and glad to be able to make it a very warm welcome for Julie, Dan and Julie's husband Mike.

We also enjoyed a presentation from Kathy Vesely about the Cardinal project which she and her husband Mikey had completed. It arrived at Batavia with only 7 flight hours.

After losing a prop on their way to a Cardinal flyin in 2000, they have spent the last 7 years building this '68 to a level of quality that has to be seen to be believed.

Here the group digs in and checked out Kathy and Mike's Cardinal, which also had a place of honor in the hangar.

And there they are, our two birds of the hour. Two approaches to two absolutely lovely Cardinals.
The group seemed to hate to leave... we spent quite a while just enjoying the craftsmanship of these two fine airplanes.

But soon enough it was showtime! As most people know, Sporty's has free hot dogs for anyone who flys in on Saturdays, all year long.

As it turned out we had flown in a pretty large group of people for lunch.

Sporty's did some figuring, and as you can see determined that just under 150,000 hot dogs had been given away. That's enough of an excuse for a party!

And a party has a way of attracting people! Here Keith and Debbie greet Phil Boyer, who arrived in the AOPA jet (with the appropriate registration number of N4GA.)

Phil invited all AOPA members to come and take a look through their jet, and several people did.

We all lined up for a hot dog, hoping to get the luckily 150,000th dog!

As you can see CFO got a special mention in this event. We certainly did our part to enhance the distributed dogs count!

Low and behold, when Hal's practiced eye beheld the actual 150,000th hot dog, the next guy in line happened to be Phil Boyer. :-)

It was a fitting choice... we rarely see someone so happy to get a hot dog!

 

It was be a fairly well documented event, but perhaps more importantly everyone was having a fun time at the airport on a lovely Saturday afternoon. Cardinal Drivers and Jet Jockeys alike, we all talked airplanes on the ramp and enjoyed aviation the way we choose to do it.

 

 

While this picture doesn't really show the broader story, Phil and Hal were admiring the three sweepstakes airplanes on the ramp for this event: The Catch A Cardinal, the Twin Comanche which was a past AOPA giveaway, and the Skyhawk which Sporty's will be giving away this year.

These gentlemen have done a lot for aviation, and continue to do so.

 

Paul and Keith got a chance to let Phil know what we really thought of the CAC project. :-)

The sharp eyed among you will notice that Phil is wearing a CFO hat... something which is not often seen.

We all bussed back to the other side of the airport after we had eaten our fill, in anticipation of our Cardinal Walkaround in the afternoon.

But we noticed along the way that Julie was taxiing the CAC back to the hangar, and we had time to hatch a little plot.

After a little discussion we lined the taxiway where she would come by with CFO Members and rehearsed our welcome...

As seen to the right, the gauntlet line delivered a mix between a wave and the classic "we're not worthy" bow.

I really wish we had a picture of Julie's face.. it was priceless!

After that little bit of entertainment we went back to walking the Cardinals, hearing what each member had done and wanted to do.

We did find a couple of little technical details to discuss along the way, but mostly just admired our member's beautiful Cardinals.

The banquet was an excellent meal, and before we knew it the time had come for our after dinner speakers.

Hal Shevers kicked things off with a few comments of appreciation for all the effort everyone had put in.

Then he introduced our main speaker for the evening Phil Boyer, saying a few words about their past history and all the things which Phil has done for aviation.

Phil talked a little about AOPA and the important matters currently taking their full attention.

But he quickly moved into more of a reminiscent mode, and talked about what the Cardinal meant to him.

Not only did he fly a Cardinal as a traffic reporter in Sacramento, it turns out he also used that airplane for trips and flight training for some time.

His memories of how things were in that time, and what the ability to fly meant to him and his family were interesting and entertaining. We had fun listening, and it was evident that Phil enjoyed the chance to talk about good news for a while.

At the completion of Phil's talk Keith and Paul presented Phil with a desktop photo of the Cardinal he had flown, an image that Keith came across in his many pictures of Cardinals.

The picture was framed in a talking picture frame, who's internal player would play a few seconds of audio of Phil doing the traffic when the button was pressed.

We hope Phil finds a place in his office for this small memento in recollection of the good times he had in a Cardinal.

At this point we took a little time to distribute door prizes from various sponsors and benefactors. Our commercial partners have been very generous and there were several very nice prizes this year.

The door prizes given out included:

  • An FS-450 fuel flow system from JP Instruments
  • An SP-200 nav-com transceiver from Sporty's
  • Dennis Wolter donated a hand-drawn rendering of the winner's airplane.
  • Three vacuum-system protecting filters from Aerotech Components Inc
  • Wind-up LED flashlights from Plane Plastics
  • A stadium chair with arms from Plane Plastics
  • Several hats from Plane Plastics
  • A nice windbreaker from Plane Plastics
  • Three sets of Windshield renewal and restoration kits from LP Aero
  • Two die-cast Nascar models from SEM paints through Plane Plastics
  • Three paint cleaning and restoration kits from SEM paints through Plane Plastics
  • a Rosen 'crew shade' portable sun shade from Plane Plastics
Our thanks to these generous suppliers for their contribution to this memorable event!

Please let these suppliers know that you appreciate their support of CFO when you do business with them!

As always, there were a few awards to give out:

The flew furthest award went to Jack Sherlock for his flight from Castroville, Texas.

 

And the Cardinal Care and Feeding award for the person who has owned their Cardinal the longest went to David Allen.

Drum roll please...

 

and here it is, the best Cardinal of the show, as selected by those in attendance.

 

And here the owners, Mikey Fowler and Kathy Vesely, accept the award.

Our congratulations to Mikey and Kathy for their hard earned and well deserved accomplishment!

And now, a final reflection on the event.

It was a time of many firsts for many people in attendance, as well as Sporty's and those of us who worked to put on the event.

We had many kind comments, and hope to get more in the comment section of this web page.

These things are really a lot of fun, and we hope more of you can find a way to attend one in the future.

And when it comes to reflections, the one to the right works pretty well.

Keith Peterson
June 2007

More pictures below!

The following public comments about the flyin have been entered:

We had a great time; thanks to all who came and were part of the fun. Keith & Debbie
I had a great time too. Everything went well and the venues were all first rate. It was good to have Sportyís and AOPA involved. We met some great new people and saw friendly familiar faces too. Mikeís pictures are excellent; I especially like the frog. Thatís what I would have been looking for while the old people were talking. Jim Engberg
My first CFO Flyin was a blast; certainly a fun and unique crowd. Sporty's certainly laid out the Red Carpet! Wally Johnson
We had a fantastic time! Keith & Debbie have done it again.....Many thanks to Sporty's and AOPA as well. Bill & Leanna Povilaitis N30900

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Mike's pictures

Some of you may have noticed that our son Mike was spending a lot of time with a camera during the event and he got a number of interesting shots. Below are a sampling of the pictures he captured during the event. Click on any image to load a larger version.

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The following people registered their plans to attend this CFO Convention:

NameDeparting
From
Aircraft
Year/Type
Registration
Number
Comments
Keith & Debbie PetersonHampshire, IL (68IS)1976 177 RGN33267We're looking forward to a great time and hope you can join us!
John AveryWood-Ridge, NJ (N07)1977 177BN19519
Jimmy & Sandy HoneycuttLocust Grove, GA (GA04)1976 177 RGN177BSSee ya'll there!
Duane AllenPleasant Hill, CA (CCR)1978 177BN1406C
Richard FryeConcord, CA (CCR)otherN177JA
Mike SullivanManassas, VA (KHEF)1974 177 RGN2056Q
Al & Katherine Van LengenFayetteville, GA (FFC)1974 177 RGN912GMLooking forward to another great event!
Terry TaylorBatavia, OH (I69)1977 177 RGN511TT
Bruce HutchingsLancaster, NH (Hie)1977 177 RGN52061
John & Mary Anna PalmerOXFORD, ME (81B)1973 177 RGN1909Q
Bob SchemmerlingHGR, PA (HGR)1969 177A30626
Dean & Sue CookElkhart, IN (3C1)1971 177BN177XC
Winn & Phil BrownWest Memphis, AR (AWM)1968 177N29563Y'all come; it'll be fun!
Paul MillnerBerkeley, CA (OAK)1976 177 RGN177SDLooking forward to Batavia!
Bruce & Sally PostWest Bend, (ETB)1968 177N3405F
Richard FriendCincinnati, OH ()1975 177 RG
Mike LawieMuskegon, MI (KMKG)1974 177BN34802
Jim EngbergSouthbridge, MA (3B0)1977 177BN19821
Sherif SirageldinTampa, FL (MTN)1975 177 RGN177WS
Dick DagleLewisburg , PA (N79)1973 177BN34542none
Will SmithLawton, OK (klaw)1975 177BN272ST
Al BoylesDallas, TX (KHQZ)1975 177 RGN2725V
Kent LarsonManassas, VA (HEF)1973 177BN177FG
John BakerMurfreesboro, TN (MQY)1977 177BN316HYLooking forward to our 1st Cardinal Convention.
Richard BensonMonroeville, PA (LBE)1978 177 RGN53160
Julie BoatmanFrederick, MD (KFDK)1977 177B
Risto Babineau3B0, MA (3B0) I'll be traveling with Jim Engberg
Andre PoineauBoyne city, MI (n98)1978 177 RGn52838
Daniel EberlIowa City, IA (KIOW)1978 177BN1351CWill be flying with airplane partner; Minnetta Gardinier
Minnetta GardinierIowa City, IA (KIOW)1978 177BLooking forward to my first CFO fly-in.
Derek SharvelleBattle Ground, IN (KFKR)1978 177BN1419C
robert brunkenhoefercorpus christi, TX (kcrp)1973 177B34671
Garth GoddardToronto ON, (CYTZ)1971 177BC-GPDW
Dorothy SturmanCleveland, OH (1G1)1976 177BN123DS
Lloyd EdsonOmaha, NE (KOMA)1976 177 RGN177EF
Michael Craren Mansfield, MA (1B9)1978 177 RGN52894
Frank and Joan YowHyannis, MA (HYA)1976 177BN10346
Jack SherlockSan Antonio, TX (T89)1977 177BN19767
Palmer GehringWinter Haven , FL (GIF)1975 177BN35086Hope to have my Granddaughter Amanda with me. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
Mark King Fort Smith, AR (KFSM)1972 177BN34206
Wally JohnsonNorth Little ROck, AR (ORK)1968 177N3435TMissed Rough River; hoping to make this one!
Harry MylerBerkeley, CA (OAK)1976 177 RGN177MMI was born in Ohio; so this is the triumphal return!
Harry MylerBerkeley, CA (OAK)1976 177 RGN177MMI was born in Ohio; so this is the triumphal return!
Ted BoossCincinnati, OH (HAO)1978 177BN1438C
Rueger BillCincinnati, OH (I69)otherMy Home Base! Can only attend Friday; but will help with ?'s about local area.
Bill RuegerCincinnati, OH (I69)otherMy Home Base! Can only attend Friday; but will help with ?'s about local area.
William & Leanna PovilaitisLanding, NJ (12N)1971 177BN30900Thanks for planning another wonderful fly-in!
Mike FowlerGolden Valley, MN (KANE)1968 177254KMFirst flight was April 18. Hope to see you there
Brian CorlissDerry, NH (ASH)1977 177 RGN77177
David FletcherNashua, NH (KASH)1978 177 RGN52765
Tom SaxonLeesburg, VA (JYO)1976 177BN478TCAnother Great CFO fly-in...the status quo
Doug HillmanFt. Wayne, IN (KFWA)1971 177 RGN8253G
Frank KuhnGranbury, TX (0TX1)1977 177B
Paul EedsShelby, NC (EHO)1975 177BN34006
Don LangPittsburgh, PA (AGC)1978 177 RGN35936
Ted WinkelLudington, MI (KLDM)1976 177 RGN34096
Brian Estes, (CPS) N34096
Becker JohnnyHelotes, TX (5c1)1973 177 RGN1991Q
Rick GullettAtlanta, GA (9A1)1971 177 RGN468LE
Russ & Lorraine BoteilhoVienna, VA (RYN)1977 177 RGN177LR
Jeff KalisSparta, MI (8D4)1973 177 RGN1969Q
Kurt EmmerlingClintonville, WV () noneNo longer own a Cardinal; but still enjoy getting together with old friends.
Hal McCordFrederick, MD (KFDK)1977 177 RGN52495
Jim MinettiColchester, VT (KFSO)1974 177 RGN2149QI cannot wait to finally meet so many email buddies in person!
Brad McHargueGreensboro, NC (W88)1977 177 RGN341RG
Steve MeyerowitzGreat Barrington, MA (KGBR)1972 177BN34202Arriving Wed night. Unfortunately; must depart Friday night. Coming with my teenage son Ari; a non-pilot (but a pilot-wanna-be).
Rodney ParkerCopley, OH (15G)1977 177 RGN45677will arrive friday morning. for a great time
Tom KelleyCleveland, OH (KCGF)1973 177BN34405
Tom KelleyCleveland, OH (KCGF)1973 177BN34405



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