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Sun & Fun
Sun & Fun
Winter Haven National flyin
was the year of The Chill at our Winter Haven flyin. We've had heat,
wind, rain and several beautiful days, but this was the coldest day we've
We bucked up, put on our jackets and got started with a walkaround,
and before we had gone couple of airplanes we all felt pretty good!
While all these airplanes were arriving Paul and I ran over to the Sun
'n Fun site for a little project.
a little good planning and a little luck, we were on hand when the Catch
a Cardinal arrived at its designated display area. We pitched in as we
could, although the team had a good handle on getting this airplane off
the trailer and put together.
The wings actually arrived by DC-3 and were put on a little later.
While Julie and the AOPA CAC team worked on their display area into
the night and the next day, we headed back to Winter Haven for the CFO
Bad weather up north was a also a factor this year, and many people left
their Cardinals at home or part way and arrived by rental car. So while
the airplane count was down, the people count was up! We were glad they
all made it!
As usual the event started with a reception at Faye and Palmer's house.
Ever the gracious guests, we again filled their home and ate everything
put in front of us.
is always good to catch up with folks we have not seen for a while.
a good nights sleep we're back at the airport, checking out who brought
what and what we could learn from it.
As usual the number of very nice Cardinals was amazing, and as often
happens there were things to learn that none of us expected.
At the far right, one of our group stayed actively engaged holding down
the double yellow lines. This photogenic little cherub generated more
photographs than the nicest airplane in the place.
time rolled around eventually, we again enjoyed the excellent BBQ that
we've had in years past.
As you can see in the pictures, it
wasn't anything like warm just yet.
Once everyone had that look of contentment on their faces we started
the afternoon program.
up was Julie Boatman and Dan Gryder, who filled us in on the Catch a
It had been a hard couple of days and they were looking a little tired,
but they gamely answered questions and encouraged us all to visit them
at the Sun 'n Fun show.
Our next guest was Jack Pelton, President and CEO of Cessna. He heard
that the Cardinal folks were getting together at Winter Haven and kindly
stopped by to see what we were up to.
said a few words about his past experiences with Cardinals and with aviation.
Then he went into some detail about how the Cardinal was the last
single engine airplane that Cessna had built before the very recent
Next Gen Piston aircraft that they are currently working on.
There were several references to the history of the Cardinal and how
what was learned there flowed across the years into the planning for
the future of Cessna.
After the lunchtime program we returned to the field where Jack wandered
and enjoyed the well-kept products of Cessna from 30 plus years ago.
After cleaning up we all met again at the Sea Flame restaurant to continue
our event indoors.
As the pictures below show, we had a good time with a large and happy
There were awards!
Several people had quite a bit of trouble coming down from the North East
due to weather. As a result we awarded a spontaneous 'Perseverance' award
for the person who the crowd agreed had the most compelling hard luck story.
The Perseverance award was won by Phil Fisher. I don't recall his story,
but it was a doozy!
To the right, the Flew Furthest award was won by John and MaryAnna Palmer
from Oxford, Maine.
Phil Fisher also won the Fledgling Award for having his Cardinal for
the least period of time. Guess it was his lucky day!
And the grand prize, the People's Choice Nicest Cardinal, was won by
Dick Dagle! Congratulations, Dick, on the recognition and a very nice
After our days at Winter Haven we were primed to get into the flow of Sun 'n Fun.
CFO was included in many of the activities at the AOPA CAC display, including
some open mike sessions with representatives of Cessna.
As the picture to the far right shows, Julie was in the CFO spirit and
made good use of the hat that Debbie handed her shortly after the picture
to the right. I think that Debbie got an AOPA hat as a result. :-)
The pictures below are of us and the Cessna folks discussing Cardinals
with the crowd at the AOPA tent later in the week.
special thanks again to Palmer and Faye Gehring, who continue to make
this event possible with their hard work and good taste.
A special thanks as well to the many volunteers who pitched in to
park airplanes and generally help make the event a success. Year after
year we count on some very special people who continue to contribute
of their time and energy, and it is much appreciated.
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.
The following public comments about the flyin have been entered:
|We had a great time; hope you all did as well! Keith and Debbie Peterson|
|Had a very enjoyable time and my wife and I will attend next year. John Brier; Lithia; Fla. and Oakland; Maine N74PP (1968; 0-320)|
|Samantha and I have always enjoyed our CARDINAL get-together before Sun-n-Fun. We look forward to the event again this year(2009). Our hosts always do a terrific job. Thanks you so much. Bill and Sam Sherman (N13690)|
The following aircraft were in attendance, as well as a few more: our photographers may not have caught them all. Click on any image to load a larger one.|
|The following people registered their plans to attend this
|Dick Almay||Holland, MI (KBIV)||1975 177 RG||N2643V||Looking forward to another great event. Thanks to Palmer; Faye; Debbie; Keith and Paul.|
|Bruce Hutchings||Lancaster, NH (HIE)||other||N52061||Looking forward to the trip south.|
|Dean Cook||Elkhart, IN (3C1)||1971 177B||N177XC|
|Jeff Addison||Lafayette, LA (0R3)||1978 177B||N2169C||Willing to help in any way.We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.|
|Al & Katherine Van Lengen||Fayetteville , GA (FFC)||1974 177 RG||N912GN||Looking forward to another Cardinal Event|
|Jimmy & Sandy Honeycutt||Locust Grove, GA (GA04)||1976 177 RG||N177BS||Sandy wiil be flying; See y'all there!|
|mike sullivan||Manassas, VA (KHEF)||1974 177 RG||N2056Q|
|Frank and Joan Yow||Ormond Beach, FL (OMN)||1976 177B||N10346||Looking forward to seeing all our friends|
|Paul Millner||Oakland, CA (OAK)||1976 177 RG||N177SD||Winter Haven! Woo Hoo!|
|Tom Saxon||Leesburg, VA (KJYO)||1976 177B||N478TC||Should be a VERY exciting year for us Cardinaleers!!|
|Richard Dagle||Lewisburg, PA (N79)||1973 177B||N34542|
|Thomas Vogelpohl||Port Orange, FL (7FL6)||1973 177B||N34354|
|John Summerford||Sumter, SC (KSMS)||1972 177 RG||N1854Q|
|Alan Powell ||London UK , ()|| ||Looking forward to a great time.|
|JOHN PALMER||OXFORD, ME (81B)||1973 177 RG||N1909Q|
|David Knight||Miami, FL (MIA)||1977 177 RG||N8225Y|
|Don Imhoff||Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)||1974 177 RG||N2131Q||Plan on arriving Sunday afternoon.|
|George Hawkins||Wharton TX, TX (KARM)||1974 177 RG||N2176Q||Looking forward to my first Winter Haven Fly-in.|
|robert brunkenhoefer||corpus christi, TX (kcrp)||1973 177B||n34671||looking forward to seeing my cardinal friends again. my bird looks like a hot tamale. ole!|
|Kevin Crews||Winter Haven, FL (KBOW)||1976 177 RG||N1528H|
|Mary & Don Commer||Gainesville, GA (GVL)||1977 177B||19103|
|John Egan||Pedricktown, NJ (7N7)||1968 177||N2895X||First "fun&Sun" Looking forward to it.|
|Stephen Mills||Atlanta, GA (PDK)||1975 177 RG||N2679V|
|Ray & Pat Hoctor||Webster, TX (LVJ)||1973 177 RG||N690TS||Looking forward to another great fly-in|
|William Sherman||West Hartford, CT (HFD)||1976 177B||N13690|
|Michael Craren||Mansfield, MA (1b9)||1978 177 RG||N52894||Can hardly wait to meet Cardinal comrades AND to experience temperatures above freezing!|
|Rich Sommer||Edwardsville, IL (ALN)||1976 177 RG||N34030|
|Fred Brown||Carson City, MI (9D9)||1976 177B||N13282|
|Thomas Newman||Merritt Island, FL (KTIX)||1976 177 RG||N7523V||I am looking forward to another outstanding CFO gathering.|
|Bob Luten||Spirit Lake, ID (ID22)||1975 177 RG||N2706V||Arriving via commercial through Tampa|
|Michael Gilbert||Key West, FL (eyw)||1976 177 RG||N34170|
|Russ & Lorraine Boteilho||Green Valley, AZ (RYN)||1977 177 RG||N177LR|
|Jim Julius||Westminster, MD (KDMW)||1970 177B||N30820|
|Don Johnson||Ophelia, VA (VA99)||1972 177B||N34108|
|Don Imhoff||, (BTR)||1974 177 RG||N2131Q|
|Alden Link||Milton, NY (MGJ)||1975 177B||N2143q|
|Frank Kuhn||Pecan Plantation, TX (OTX1)||1977 177B|
|Phil Fisher||Huntington/Ona, WV (12V)||1978 177 RG||N53120||My very first Cardinal event. My very first Sun-n-Fun.|
|Robert Hanson||Leonardtown, MD (2W6)||1976 177 RG||N34565|
|Bill & Pat Maynard||Winter Haven, FL (GIF)||1971 177 RG||N8037G|
|Robert Lloyd||Franklin, TN (M54)||1977 177B||N19419|
|Tom Benenson||Columbiaville, NY (1B1)||1976 177 RG||N828JT|
|Palmer Gehring||, (gif)||1975 177B||N35086||This is number 8. Looking forward to seeing all our friends and fellow CFO'ers.|
|John Simmermon||Newark, DE (ILG)||1976 177B||N11585||Plan to fly in Monday AM and out Monday PM.|
|Julie Boatman||Frederick, MD (6A2)||1977 177B||Be sure to come by the AOPA display to see the sweepstakes Cardinal during your trip to Sun n Fun this year! You'll get to see the insides of the Cardinal before it flies in May.|
|Steve Howard||Porter, TX (9X1)||1972 177B||N34265|
|Bill Cadiz||, (LEE)||1970 177B||N30709|
|Keith Baumann||Fairfield, IL (FWC)||1968 177||N3334T|
|Mike Dechnik||Philadelphia, PA (PTW)||1976 177B||N13749|
|Dell Coller||ilg, DE (ilg)|| ||1454c|
|Brian Corliss||Derry, NH (KASH)||1977 177 RG||N77177|
|Wells Stewart||Elkin, NC (KZEF)||1976 177 RG||N7528V|
|dell coller||newark, DE (ilg)||1978 177B||n1454c|
|Chuck Pittman||Little Silver, NJ (3N6)||1978 177 RG||N52871|
|Richard Verdier||Oriental, NC (SRQ)||1975 177B||N35114||First time to the Winter Haven Cardinal Fly-in!|
|Bill Aven||Titusville, FL (x21)||1970 177B||N30713||Will fly in and out same day|
|Tod Towne||Monroe, MI (KTTF)|| |
|Frank and Joan Yow||Ormond Beach, FL (OMN)||1976 177B||N10346||arriving on Sunday with parents Frank and Joan Yow|
|Don Jeffers||, ()|| |
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