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Winter Haven National flyin

This may have been the ultimate year at Winter Haven. It is hard to imagine the event coming off any more perfectly. Many things came together to make it a memorable event.

The weather was perfect: cool, sunny and calm, just enough breeze to make the Cardinals land right in front of us, along with that one 182 doing T&G's that we pegged 'submarine landings.' (Dive! Dive!)

Folks came early. We had over 40 people registered by the night before the event, which made event day go more quickly for everyone. This was the view on arrival quite early on Monday.

With only a little challenge finding the very busy rental car guy, we got good cars at great prices. Hertz earned our business this year, and all things considered they did a nice job.

Great crowd for the icebreaker. Faye and Palmer continue to astound with their hospitality, as they host dozens of Flyers in their home the night before. The caterers are old friends who really do up the event, and truly enjoy the group. With lots of catching up to do and many near stories to hear, its lucky any of us can tear ourselves away to prepare for the next day.

The hotel was excellent as always, with WIFI in the lobby to go with the eggs and sausage for breakfast. It was really fun to ride up the elevator with CFO folks, have breakfast with CFO folks and so on. One of the few other hotel guests stopped us to ask what all those hats were!

We filled up the parking area for the flyin, and had Cardinals coming and going all day. As a result not every airplane made it to the pictorial below. I think we could put packed a few more onto the field, but this was a very workable number of airplanes in attendance.

It happened again... a Cardinal arrived and was vectored to the Follow Me cart, parked with the group and stepped out to ask the greeter 'What's going on here?' Yes, they had no idea about the CFO flyin, but joined us and had a great time.

Another occurrence we've seen in the past is the arrival, under cover of darkness, of a non-Cardinal in our pristine parking area. Palmer spend no extra time discussing this issue and promptly transported the offender to a more suitable parking area. That Palmer, always working to improve things!

The volunteers were really great! Perhaps it was our handy signup system, perhaps just excellence on the part of the volunteers, but the jobs which needed doing got done with a minimum of discussion. You stepped up, you made it happen. Thanks!

The walkaround was impressive! A number of very nice Cardinals attended this event, making the voting for 'best Cardinal' more difficult than ever. There were new paint jobs, interior jobs an avionics suites. It is truly inspiring to see what folks are doing with their airplanes.

Lunch was tasty, varies, done to a turn, as warm as you'd like it and we had enough food! It was already an excellent meal, even before they brought out the cookies!

We had a few door prizes this year, given out by picking random numbers which aligned to attendees. You had to be present to win! One of the winners was our wandering couple who accidentally found the flyin, hopefully completing their enjoyment of the day!

Then it was time for the more serious awards, which brought three honoree's this year:

The Flew Furthest award went to Vince Kreizinger, who flew out from Long Beach to be with us. We had a few visitors from further away, including Vince Endter from San Jose and Sam from Nicaragua, but Vince K brought his airplane and flew away with the award.

A new category, the Fledgling award, went to Bill Cadiz, just 6 weeks into Cardinal ownership.

Finally the grand prize: Best Of Show, the People Choice for Best Cardinal. This was a tight race, with Jimmy Honeycutt, Tom Saxon and Tom Chasteen, all making very strong showings in the voting. But in the end the winner was Palmer and Faye Gehring's excellent FG, sporting new paint and a spotless interior. A well deserved prize, and the standards are clearly rising. Congratulations, Palmer!

As always, past champions get special parking up front, so there is more to this award than just bragging rights!

The technical talk was new and improved this year. We talk so much between ourselves, every day, that we invited a few more vendors to share their stories at the flyin. As a result we had visits from Airwolf, the filter and vacuum people, Powerflow and Plane Plastics.

Airwolf talked about the introduction of the wet vacuum pump, as well as the return of the Walker oil separator to the market. It was interesting to hear John's perspective on why one type of oil sep is better than the other... he has strong opinions but they are based in fact.. just the way we like our opinions served.

Powerflow made a big announcement at our flyin: The Certified Short Stack! Yes, now you can enjoy the performance increase of a Powerflow system without the external pipe. That eases cowl removal, installation and makes it slightly quieter inside, with a slight reduction in total performance. Powerflow has been listening! Here Darren is holding their new short stack, which fits completely within

Plane Plastics announced that they will be reworking the Cardinal line of parts later this fall, converting from the old style approximate parts to the newer technology exact parts. We're looking forward to the reduction in installation effort which will result from that update.

John Summerford shared his tale of woe, starting with hurricanes, moving through repairs and fires and missing parts, but ending with the most ideal of outcomes: his airplane was at the flyin! It was headed in for paint, soon to show no sign of this challenging year. Excellent job on the airplane, and a great story John.

While we chatted, the spouses enjoyed a cooking lesson from Chef Todd. He shared his secrets for special salads and other creations, and his overall flair for making simple foods look and taste good.

Our afternoon discussions ended with an open forum, which led to discussions on a number of subjects of general interest. It was a very relaxed discussion with good friends, just the way we like them.

After a short dip in the pool (at least for those of use for whom it is a treat) we met again at the Sea Flame for an excellent meal and some one on one debriefing. It was a nice chance to get to know each other a little better and spend some time with old friends.

As the week progressed most folks dropped by the Sun n Fun Type club tent, and several did us the very much appreciated favor of staffing the table for while. As a result, Debbie got to see some of the show this year, and a significant number of Cardinal owners got to meet us and other CFO members for the first time. It is amazing to us that any Cardinal owner might no know about us, but it does happen!

The Cardinal Forum was held at the now usual Wednesday Morning time, in the new forum location. It was well attended with prospective Cardinal owners, with a smattering of current owners to help me tell the story. It was great fun to let Sandy Honeycutt answer the question about initial training challenges from the earnest young student pilot... I think she convinced him it could be done!

Sun 'n Fun is a good show for Cardinals, we seem to make good connections there which help us later in the year. You'll be hearing more about the opportunities we were able to find for Cardinal Flyers.. pretty exciting stuff!

A special thanks to Palmer and Faye Gehring, who continue to make this event possible with their hard work and good taste. Thanks also to Al Van Lengen, Dick Almay, and Debbie, who took these pictures of the event.

Several things follow below: First, a chance to leave both public and private feedback on this event. Secondly, pictures of the aircraft in attendance, and finally the list of people who signed up to attend.

Keith Peterson
CFO Webmaster

Special thanks to the following volunteers:

The following public comments about the flyin have been entered:

We had a great time; thanks to all who attended and especially those who helped make it a success. Keith and Debbie Peterson.
This was our second Winter Haven flyin; the first with our own airplane. Wish we could have stayed for the full two days; maybe next time. This will be our third year as CFO members and we look forward to continue being thoroughly satisfied members as long as we own a Cardinal and can enjoy aviation. Keith; Paul; Debbie; Guy and all the great CFO people do a really good job on these flyins; and with the organization in general. It should be obvious to all that there's a lot of work and time involved. Oh; and thanks for the great plaque. Fledgling; indeed! See you all soon. Bill and Mary Cadiz; Eustis; Fl.
Our first time of attending a CFO gathering and well worth the long trip from the UK. Amazing group of people; from all over the US. Made a number of new aquaintances and had our first flight in a Cardinal (albeit only 8 miles to Bartow) with John Summerford. Alan & Jenny Powell - London - England

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The following aircraft were in attendance, as well as a few more: our photographers didn't manage to catch them all. For instance, mine is missing! Click on any image to load a larger one.

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

Keith & Debbie PetersonHampshire, IL (68is)1976 177 RGn33267
Bruce HucthingsWhitefield, NH (HIE)1977 177 RGN52061
Bruce CunninghamHuntsville, AL (HSV)1969 177A30464
Moore NancyFort Myers, FL (KFMY)1969 177A
Bob StearnsColumbia, SC (FDW)1972 177 RGN84612Not sure of arrival date; but will be in the area to assist at opening.
mike sullivan Manassas, VA (HEF)1974 177 RGN2056Qlooking forward to seeing everyone again
Guy MaherKANNAPOLIS, NC (KRUQ)1974 177 RGN912GMAgain please also include my yearly CFO renewal with this charge.
Jack & Bettie HaysParis, TN (HZD)1976 177BN10139
Jim HendersonGulf Shores, AL (jka)1978 177BN1203CETA Sunday PM
Russ & Lorraine BoteilhoGreen Valley, AZ (RYN)1977 177 RGN177LR
BILL & LINDA BRODBECKAUSTIN, TX (KHYI)1973 177BN34465VFR.. Planning to arrive Sunday afternoon Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Stephen MillsAtlanta, GA (PDK)1975 177 RGN2679V'Vicky' will be wearing her new paint
Dick AlmayHolland, MI (BIV)1975 177 RG2643V
John SummerfordOrlando, FL (ORL)1972 177 RGN1854QI hope 54Q is flying again by Sun-N-Fun. That will be 7 months since Hurricane Charley.
Vince KreizingerSan Diego, CA (L18)1977 177 RGN177VK
Phil ElmorePalm Beach Gardens, FL (F45)1974 177BN34888
Tom SaxonManassas, VA (HEF)1976 177BN478TCAnother great Cardinal event I can't wait to attend!
Winn & Phil BrownHorn Lake, MS (AWM)1968 177N29563Will arrive Monday
Clyne PatrickJacksonville, FL (KCRG)1975 177 RGN2657V
Jimmy & Sandy HoneycuttMallards Landing: Locust Grove, GA (GA04)1976 177 RG177BSSandy will be flying down. Jimmy will be the Co-pilot. It will be nice to see all our friends again.
Thomas BenensonColumbiaville, NY (1B1)1976 177 RGN828JT
John AveryWood-Ridge, NJ (N07)1977 177BN19519Better luck this year
Wells StewartElkin, NC (ZEF)1976 177 RGN7528VPlease add my CFO renewal to this charge.
Michael SchmidtOrlando, FL (ISM)1977 177 RGN52152
William @ lily ButlerMundelein, IL (ENW)1969 177AN30571
Ken Bording Jacksonville, GA (KCRG)1975 177 RGN2657V
Tim NeubertTampa, FL (KTPF)1971 177 RGN8218G
Frank and Joan YowOrmond Beach, FL (OMN)1976 177BN10346
Dick DagleLewisburg, PA (N79)1973 177BN34542Looking forward to another great gathering
Garrie MooreAustin, TX (HYI)1968 177N2849X
Alan PowellLondon - England, () We won't know our day of going to Sun-N-Fun until we arrive in Florida. We will help where we can.
Jeff & Cheryl AddisonLafayette, LA (0R3)1978 177BN2169C
Al Van LengenConyers/Hampton , GA (4A1)1978 177 RGN53257
Richard SommerEdwardsville, IL (ALN)1976 177 RGN34030If my membership in CFO is not current; please take that amount from my credit card as well. Thanks Rich
Curtis AdkissonBlacksburg, VA (BCB)1977 177 RGN52074
Don CommerGainesville, GA ()1977 177B19103Driving down on Driving down on friday;will be staying for S & F
Larry BloomSafety Harbor, FL (CLW)1977 177 RGN3MK
Michael GilbertKey West, FL (Keyw)1972 177BN34289
Bill CadizEustis, FL (X61)1970 177BN30709Granchild makes First Communion Sunday; so will have to settle for Monday only. Bummer. I don't recall paying dues this year so please add to bill.
Vincent EndterSan Jose, CA (FA42)1976 177 RGN4NV
Patti RigbyFort Myers, FL (KFMY)1969 177AN70847Arriving with Nancy Moore (already registered)
Jeff VinsonFrederick, MD (KFDK)1977 177BN20223Can't wait to return to Winter Haven; I missed last year due to weather. I put in an order for clear skies and great tailwind.
Samuel RobertsManagua, (MNMG)1970 177BYN-IBLArriving by Airbus 310 hopefully with rudder attached
Palmer GehringWinter haven, FL (GIF)1975 177BN35086Faye and Palmer are looking forward to the Winter Haven CFO get together. This is the Grand-daddy of all the CFO Fly in's and this year will be like the others - great fun; great Cardinals; great people. Join us on Sunday night at our home for the cocktail party.
Charles LopezMiami, FL (TMB)1975 177BN177PCWill have available new set of Cardinal Stabilator Boots; S1938-3-68.00 for anyone interested
Steve WellmanJackson, MI (JXN)1971 177 RGN8089G
Bob & Barb GoodwinKalamazoo, MI (AZO)1977 177BN19977We will mail a check to the address listed below.
Everett LakeMiamisburg, OH (MGY)1971 177BN34064
Ray HoctorWebster, TX ()1973 177 RGN690TSArriving Sunday via MCO
Bill & Pat MaynardWinter Haven, FL (GIF)1971 177 RGN8037G
Robert LloydNashville, TN (M54)1977 177BN19419Also charge Dues Renewal as before.
Arthur VouthourisBrooksville , FL (BKV)1969 177AN30615
Paul MillnerBerkeley, CA (OAK)1976 177 RGN177SDLooking forward to it!
Arthur VouthourisBrooksville , FL (BKV)1969 177AN30615Please up date my registration. Thank You
Tom ElliottSandy Valley, NV (3L2)1976 177BN13472
Robert HansonLeonardtown, MD (2W6)1976 177 RGN34565
Charles PittmanOld Bridge, NJ (3N6)1978 177 RGN52871
Ward HarrisPlymouth, MI (1D2)1974 177BN34821Unfortunately; I'll be driving; but looking forward to meeting the group.
John KupkaOkeechobee, FL (FD70)1973 177BN34684
Gullett RickCovington, GA (9A1)1971 177 RGN468LE
Bob DellPort Huron, MI (KPHN)1976 177 RGN34944
Frank WrightDallas, TX (ADS)1968 177N29411Will probably fly into TPA on Southwest Airlines
Chuck GeeslinSpruce Creek, FL (7FL6)1976 177 RGN177CGPlease bill one year membership as well!
Thomas NewmanMerritt Island, FL (COI)1977 177BN7523V

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