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Solvang CFO Flyout

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From: Tony Williams (
Subject: Solvang Fly-in

turbo-rg.jpg Thanks to Leo and everybody else who made today's fly-in a success. Leo took a poll and found that most attendees were from the San Francisco Bay area, so perhaps some future fly-in may be at Columbia (O22-easy walk to former gold mining town, and above the tule fog), Harris Ranch (3O8-hotel / restaurant on the field, but way too hot in the summer), Oceano (L52-almost on the beach, fogged in frequently... needs alternate backup plan), or Santa Maria (SMX-home of Cessna Pilots Assc, hotel on field, fog less of an issue, still needs an alternate plan).

Beth and I had an easy trip up from San Diego with a bit of a tail wind, beautiful clear skies, and wonderful visibility, thanks to the Santa Ana winds. I won the spot landing contest with a distance of 4 feet from the line, and my winnings made me ten dollars richer! Made the first taxiway to boot. Larry Wokral says I cheated 'cuz I bumped the throttle prior to touchdown :-)

image04.jpg We had one gentleman from the Phoenix area, which to my knowledge was the furthest distance flown by a Cardinal. Everybody mustered up around noon and we loaded two buses; destination downtown Solvang (just a couple of miles east at $1.25 each, each way). Once we all arrived at the restaurant, I could see plenty of familiar faces, and several new ones. One gentleman said that he had just completed his private check ride last week in his Cardinal. Congratulations [Wayne]!!

After the buffet lunch, most of us migrated through the quaint Danish town, admiring wooden footware and other tourist knick-knacks. After returning to the airport around 3pm, we walked the flightline a bit, where the new owner of an RG with the aftermarket turbo was taking lots of notes as the "wrecking crew" critiqued his new (to him) machine.

[Interestingly, the '76 turbo RG that I *didn't* buy at Couer d'Alene after flying it with Keith... Paul]

inspt-rg.jpg I found that this plane had the "Bracket Assembly, Cowl Snubber" that attaches to the front of the engine missing (however, the "Support Assembly, Snubber" and the "Shock Mount" which mount to the cowling were attached to the plane). The telltale signs of impending big problems were there; the lower cowling was starting to rub on the spinner in flight (when the air pressure in the upper cowl tries to push the whole cowl upwards). Also, the screws around the cowling, closest to the spinner, were lost in flight. On the ground, in a static state, there was clearance between the spinner and cowling, which gives you an idea of how much this cowl moved without the benefit of this missing part and screws. Get that fixed before it destroys the nose bowl and the spinner!!! By the way, this plane had just been signed off on an annual inspection.

image20.jpg Our technical session was moderated by Paul Millner, (here shown inspecting some technical detail) who brought his notes from the recent CPA Cardinal Weekend Workshop that he attended. Sounds like a great class, and the next class that is scheduled for fall 2000 is already half full.

Everbody broke up around 5pm, and headed back home [or back to town for those staying overnight]. Beth and I stopped off at the El Monte airport (near downtown L.A.) on the way home to have dinner with some friends in Pasadena. We left EMT as the tower was closing at 9pm, and had an inspiring trip home of spectacularly clear nighttime visibility (over 50 miles) and perfectly stable air as we motored over the mountains, cities and freeways of southern California.

Tony Williams * San Diego (MYF) * ser #1516 * '70 FG

These ladies were referred to as 'the four
singles'.. not sure just what the
rest of us missed!
An excellent meal
Plenty of room for more Cardinal flyers
Just in case you forget where you were...
Looks like Solvang was an interesting place.
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