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CFO Flyin
Winslow, AZ 2008

The 2008 Winslow CFO Fly-In was by all accounts a success. We had 48 people, 16 Cardinals and a 172 present - a great turnout.

Jim and Nancy Rippey of Bellevue, NE travelled the farthest to attend the fly-in, albeit by airline. (We are discounting Roy and Phyllis Sobchuk's journey from Brandon, Manitoba, only because they were already in Arizona!)

Mike and Mo Bastine of Carpinteria, CA probably flew the farthest in their '76 RG, with Terry Hughes of Moorpark, CA a close second in his '76 177B.

While a few of us arrived Friday night, the crowd really started to arrive in numbers at about 9AM on Saturday. Saturday morning a high stratus layer threatened to keep things cold, but by 10AM the clouds had dissipated and the sun came out to warm things up. With only a light breeze, it was a great day.

Everybody signed in at the airport and got the schedule, a CFO name tag, a ticket for door prizes, and a few souvenirs courtesy of the Winslow Chamber of Commerce.

Craig Steele provided banners and Official Person T-shirts to fly-in staff to help folks identify them. (These shirts proved extremely popular, so a second production run is being scheduled!)

At 10:30 we began shuttling everyone to the hotel for the Harvey Girls tour. Almost everyone decided to participate in the tour, so we really didn't get started at lunch until about noon. This was probably good - the DeGroots were delayed in departing San Diego, so they arrived at about 12:30 and were just in time to join us for lunch.

While we enjoyed the fine Turquoise Room cuisine, we drew tickets for the many door prizes provided by La Posada, Wiseman Aviation, and Lisa. While many of the door prizes were of course aviation-themed (flashlights, collapsible chocks, chart cases, etc.), La Posada provided a special dinner plate designed to commemorate the hotel, valued at $75!

After lunch, we shuttled back to the airport to talk airplanes and examine features and flaws in the many Cardinals present. There were many beautiful birds present, giving us lots of ideas for where to spend money on our planes!

Bill Rademacher and Jon McLin braved the potential critiques and took the cowls off of their '76 RGs, side by side, so we could see the differences resulting from a turbo installation.

A few opportunities for improvements were noted by several observers on both planes - for example, baffle seal chafing on the upper cowl, which was immediately addressed as Russ Boteilho happened to have some aluminum tape handy, which he volunteered in order to address the problem.

As those participants attending just for the day began to depart, Craig Steele volunteered his plane to take our visitors from Nebraska on a quick flight to see Meteor Crater from the air, an unforgettable experience. As he returned, a cold thundercell approached from the west, so we closed up the planes and returned to the hotel.

Twenty-two people stayed overnight. Many of us met for dinner again that night in the Turquoise Room to socialize and enjoy that great food.

After dinner, Craig Steele set up a projector in the ballroom so we could watch "The Harvey Girls" musical (1945, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Ray Bolger), in keeping with the theme of the hotel.

Sunday morning dawned clear and cold (well, Arizona cold, with a temperature in the 40s once the sun came up). Those flying shuttled to the airport, said our goodbyes, and headed home, to anticipate future CFO fly-ins.

Ken Epstein, a professional photographer of Epstein Studios volunteered to be the official photographer for the fly-in. His photographs are available at (Click "client login", then select the Winslow CFO Fly-In from the list on the left side.) Ken, thank you very much!

In the meantime, here are a few photos Lisa took.

We look forward to an even more successful Arizona CFO Fly-In in the future.

Best regards,
Jon & Lisa McLin
Craig & Heidi Steele

The list of people who registered their plans to attend this CFO Fly-in can be seen below the last image.

(Note: all pictures can be clicked on to open a larger image)

The following people registered their plans to attend this CFO Fly-in:

Jon & Lisa McLinTempe; AZ, (CHD)1976 Turbo RGN34077Looking forward to meeting other Cardinal flyers.
Paul MillnerOakland; CA, (OAK)'76 Turbo RG*N177SD*airplane may be in avionics shop still... I'll be coming commercially from Houston; although I may preposition my plane at PHX if it's available.
Bill RademacherLitchfield Park; AZ, (KGYR)1974/177rg2125QMyself; Janet; and Bo the Lab look forward to meeting everyone! I'll offer up my plane for the undercowl critique if needed.
Craig & Heidi SteeleFlagstaff AZ, (FLG)76 TRGN34914Looking forward to good folk; good food & good planes!
Mike & Mo Bastine Carpinteria; CA, (Oxnard; CA (oxr))76 RGN34949
Angelo & Wanda PetropolisSierra Vista; AZ (FHU), (FHU)1978/177RGN52878Hope to have my plane back by then. AP
Roy & Phyllis SobchukBrandon; Manitoba, ()Walking!We will need a ride from Mesa or other airport and back.
Eric DyeOlympia; WA, (KOLM)'74 RGN2072QMy wife Reyna & I are looking forward to it; and will be trying to do a combo trip with the Furnace Creek Fly-in the week prior.
Andrew RivasFlagstaff, (FLG)74 177B FG1GX
Andrew RivasFlagstaff, (FLG)74 177B FG1GX
Andrew RivasFlagstaff, (FLG)74 177B FG1GX
Ed & Maryann HamiltonSun Lakes; AZ, (CHD)riding with the McLinsN/A
Mike & Rosie DeGrootSan Diego CA., (KSEE)C177B; 1971N177CFWill probably stay Sat. nite and depart Sun.
Bryan and Kevin RankinPrescott; AZ, (Prescott; AZ (PRC))1975 177RGN2759VUndergoing engine overhaul. Looking forward to meeting other CFOers if the plane's out of the shop by then. Home base - PRC winter; STS (Santa Rosa; CA) summer
Nasser PirshafieyThousand Oaks; CA(Oxnard; KOXR), (KFLG)1973; Cardinal RGN2027Q
Boteilho Russ & LorraineGreen Valley; AZ, (Ryan Field (Tucson))'77 TurboRGN177LR
Vic HannigMesa; Arizona, (FFZ Falcon Field)1976 177RGN34086Loooking forward to seeing everyone; Welcome to Arizona.
Chris ErdosTucson; AZ, (TUS)1978 C182RGN9216CI've been looking for the "perfect" Cardinal for over a year. I know I will get some "gouge" at the fly-in.
Hakan LangebroRedondo Beach; CA, (KTOA)1968 C177N29495
Ken EpsteinPhoenix AZ, ()N/AI am still a student pilot (no plane) and would love to contribute to costs and tag along on a ride with someone from the Phoenix area or willing to stop and pick up a hitchhiker!!
Greg CapletteChino, (KCNO)1973 FGN345TCMy friend will be joining as well in his 74FG
Steve&Vivien ScheuermanCoolidge; AZ, (Coolidge)Prospective RG buyers
jeremy mitchellphoenix; az, (dvt)2005 cessna 172n66104
Ron ThomasWaddell AZ, (KGYR)1973 177RG2026Q
Marc CoanSanta Fe; NM, (KSKX)59 Piper ApacheN4159P
Hughes Wm. TerryMoorpark; Ca, (Kcma)76 177B FGN416WTnever been to a cardinal meet; thought I'd attend one.
Richard HarmonMesa; AZ, (KFFZ)1968/FGN29304First timers- Sherry and I are looking forward to meeting everyone.
Dave CarlsonTucson AZ., (RYN)1976 177B12984
Randy FosterLos Alamos; NM, (KLAM)1976 C177BN16021
Jim & Nancy RippeyBellevue; NE, (KOMA)Looking forward to meeting everyone. We have been looking for the right FG.
Russell and Tricia Cluffawhatukee, (p-19)1968 cardinal 177N3487Tin the financing process; hope to have my new bird in time
Cory TrappPaulden; AZ, (PRC)1977 RGN52193
Allan VanHofwegenBuckeye; AZ, (dvt)n/an/aflying in with Jeremy Mitchell
Jerry MeyerSahuarita; AZ, (KRYN)1972 177B34308
Alan KoharcheckSt. George; UT, (KSGU)'74 177RG2074Q