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Sun & Fun
Sun & Fun
New York 2002 CFO Flyin
Approximately 68 Cardinal Owners and 42 Cardinals graced the ramp at Sky Acres, New York, for the Aug 10th flyin.
It was a packed ramp, parking almost all of those Cardinals on a ramp designed for one or two jets. But with a little care, excellent volunteers and a spirit of cooperation we proved it could be done.
Our host for this event was Norman Freed. He had planned for a dozen or so of his CFO friends to drop over for a couple of hours, and hoped he would get that much interest. The response was heartwarming and challenging, but Norman's plans had the capacity to expand to meet the need.
It all started with casual conversation on the ramp between newly arrived pilots. A few aircraft quickly stood out as outstanding, only to be eclipsed by later arrivals. Some excellent paint schemes were seen, along with outstanding radio stacks, very pretty interiors and almost universally perfect polish and wax.
People arrived from all over. We had folks from Atlanta, folks we had seen at Sun & Fun and a few familiar faces from Oshkosh.
When lunchtime arrived, Norman set up the plan for the day. We all filed up to the cooking area and were treated to a fine spread of salads, fruit and grilled entrys, along with a cooler full of drinkables. We overwhelmed the staff a little, and didn't have quite as many drinks as we could have used, but we all found a way to survive. Next time they will believe our best-case attendance estimates.|
After lunch we returned to the ramp for a little walk and talk. We checked out a few nice airplanes, but pretty shortly got involved in noticing interesting details about some of the aircraft.
It all started with the nice paint on a '76 Cardinal that turned out to be an RG paint scheme on a fixed gear airplane. We evolved from there, learning about nose gear door bumpers, RG headlight covers, cowl flap actuators and so on.|
One particularly interesting RG had an intersting gear mod: the nose gear uplock hook was completely gone. Sure enough, the roller was in the up position. Evidently someone was so puzzled by this mechanism that removing the hook was the quick answer.
The gear door was also shortened enough that it could never hook the sissor, which is an interesting solution to a different problem. The owner of that airplane had purchased it that way, and was quite interested to learn of the difference and to walk around looking at all the Cardinals with hooks.
I've heard from him since then, and he's well along toward getting back in line with the fleet.
As we walked and talked the afternoon slipped away, as did more and more Cardinals. It made for a fun and informal feel, as people brought specific questions up, a few were called away to help move their aircraft out of the way, and a increasing number flew off to other committments.
We ended the day with an air vent cleaning project. All of the airplanes checked had large amounts of insulation in their air vents, so the wire hanger that Debbie tracked down for us got quite a workout cleaning it all out.
We did have a couple of mechanical issues. One aircraft fouled a plug badly enough to need cleaning, and with a shortage of tools that became a problem. Luckily that aircraft's mechanic was based on the field, so a ride was arranged to get the pilot home.
The second to last airplane to leave was met with a loud silence when turning his key. His starter solinoid had stuck, easily fixed by a tap to the solinoid. Of course this require removing the cowl, but shortly he too was on his way.
As a result I turned out to be last to leave. Debbie and I packed up the kids and flew to Niagara Falls, where a hotel reservation was waiting for us. We had a fun day and a half at the falls, which the kids had never seen.
Our return was through Champaign to drop off one kid at the grandparents. It is amazing to depart from a large international airport, fly across a good portion of the country and land a grass farm strip in the dark. Quite a transition. An hour later we were home, noticing the usual tollway backup near our house. We are sure glad we are not driving to these places.
In all it was a great time with fun people. Several attendees expressed their appreciation that Norman had seen fit to have a flyin on the east coast at last.
So what do you think? Should we do it again? Who's next along the east coast?
The following aircraft were in attendance at this flyin. Click each image for a larger version.
The following people registered their plans to attend this CFO Fly-in:
|Name||Home Base||Aircraft||N Number||Comment / Info|
|Norman Freed ||HPN||1975 RG||N2729V|| Any help; comments; ideas appreciated. See you there!|
|Frank Johnson ||1N4 Woodbine; NJ||68 Cardinal F/G (original)||N2982X||Looking forward to the trip and meeting other cardinal owners.About time the east coast had a fly in!|
|Robert Szego ||Delp (33NY)||1973 Citabria||n73td||I hope my humble Citabria is welcome. Mitigating factor is my 100+ hours in 177RGs; albeit a few years ago. Regards. Keith: See you in the Type Club Tent @OSH.|
|Paul & Jan Dexter ||ORE||1972 C-177B||N34225|| |
|Michael Watson ||MRB||1977 177B||N20300|| |
|Keith & Debbie Peterson ||IS68||1976 177RG||N33267||We're hoping to be able to make it; looking forward to it! |
|Jim Nicholson ||KLWM||1971 177RG||N8248G|| I am looking forward to meeting Keith and Debbie Peterson. You have done an outstanding job with the CFO communications on numerous topics. I expect to be attending with my eldest brother; Chuck. JEN|
|Nancy & Patrick Reagen ||CON||78177RG||N53170|| |
|Ken Towl ||KASH||1975 177RG||N1587H||in maintenance/upgrade mode; hope to have aircraft and partner Lynda available for trip! |
|Bruce ||HIE||1977 177RG||N52061|
|David DeStefano ||Provodence PVD||1978C177RG||N8778Z|| |
|Ben Paul ||LWM||1972 F177RG||N274LH||This is my first fly-in! Should be a hoot! :)|
|Danny Moskovitz ||DXR||1972 C177RG||N1838Q|| |
|bob patterson ||9b1||1973 177b||n34634|| I grew up in Fishkill; not too far away.|
|Bill & Leanna Povilaitis ||12N||1970 177B||N30900||Aircraft is in paint shop now. Will be there if the plane is done. Sounds like fun!|
|Mark Klepper & Gregg Karp ||ISP||1977 177b||19181|| We recently got this bird flying after 6 years of neglect. Look for the "ugliest" Cardinal.... that'll be us.|
|Ken & Cindy Light ||Becks Grove||1978 C-177B||N1333C|| First Cardinal Fly-in. Looking forward to it. Should be a great experience.|
|John Avery ||KCDW||1977 C177B||N19519||My first Fly-in too....... |
|Jon Keeter ||3B2 or HFD||'76 FG||76JK||First fly-in; too.|
|Ken Morgan ||HEF||1968 C177||N3107T|| |
|Bruce Baer ||O03||1975 FG||N35151||See you there!|
|Tom Saxon ||HEF||1976 C-177B FG||N12810|| Looking forward to my 2nd CFO gathering. Will bring the wife this time and break her in to the CFO hospitality!|
|Jim Engberg ||3b0||'77 FG||N19821|| |
|Jerry Jarrett ||1N9||1968 C-177||N30014|| |
|Jeff Kauffman ||FIT||75 RG||N2662V||Hope to make it...|
|John & Wendy Vahey ||ISP||1978 C172||N5928E||Shopping for a Cardinal.|
|ROY GLENN ||5B3||73 177B FG||N92MW|| |
|Fred Coste ||ISP||1971 Cardinal RG||N8006G|| Looking forward to meeting everyone!|
|John & Bob Markowski ||Chester; CT 3B9||1976 177RGII||N7694V|| |
|Frank Podgwaite ||HVN||73 C177B||N34557|| |
|Andy Guilmet ||1N4||1978 C177RG||N52878|| |
|Bruce Wallen ||HFD||1976 177RGII||N7555V|| |
|Jimmy and Sandy Honeycutt ||GA04||1976 RG||N177BS|| We've been working on our plane; just completed the owner-assisted annual. 'Coming to Long Island anyway; so this is icing on the cake!|
|Bill&Mary Lou Hagan ||N81||1973 Piper Cherokee Challenger||N55087|| We are guests of Frank Johnson but will be arriving in our own plane.|
|Carl Miller ||9G0||1976 177B||N13681|| Will come a little early to help; will have to leave early; ~3PM|
|Karen Hunter ||hpn||177A 1969||N30491|| Hope I can be there.|
|Dick Dagle ||SEG||1973 C177B||N34542||VFR |
|Roger; Kaye & Jonathan Wieting ||12N||1956 G-35 Bonanza (!)||N304B||My *other* plane is a '75 Cardinal RG!! |
|Nick and Betty Priscu ||SMQ||1972 177B||N34251||Sorry about the late registration. |
|David & Leah Gessner ||BED||1978 177RG||N53103||Severe clear; we'll be there.|
|Thomas Brooks ||D38||1976 177RG||N34949||I will be bringing a pilot friend who wants to see the planes. |
|Zoli Nemeth ||FIT||1971 RG||N1373M|| |
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