Illinois Valley Beacon

October 1998 — Volume 5 Issue 10

(The only electronic copy available was an early draft. The paper copy will be transcribed, someday.)

Breakfast   Saturday, October 3rd. at our hangar at Mt. Hawley Airport, beginning around 8:00 AM. See you there!

October Meeting   Our next Chapter meeting will be on Wednesday, the 14th of October, at 7:00 p.m. at our Chapter Hangar at Mt. Hawley Airport.

El Presidente Sam Sisk will speak from recent experience on the “Ups and Downs” of getting a “Restricted Landing Area” certified.

The major item of business on this months agenda will be the appointment of a Nominating Committee to recruit Chapter Officers for 1999.

Balloon Fest   Last Saturday we had about a dozen Chapter volunteers at Mt. Hawley Airport for what hopefully was the first annual “Peoria Balloon Fest.”

The crowd was reasonable, considering that strong winds the entire weekend discouraged any actual flights. A few balloons were tethered for display, and there were crafts exhibitors and food vendors. A fireworks display Saturday evening capped off the event.

The weekend must have been a nightmare for FBO Denny Driscoll. Around 6:15 am Saturday there must have been a hundred people milling around the office, watching the “Weather Channel” on TV. Often Denny could be heard muttering something. He seemed to be in a perpetual state of consternation!

North Central   Weather was also a factor during the North Central EAA Old Fashioned Fly-In. The weekend of September 19th and 20th started well Saturday at Whiteside County Airport in Sterling/Rock Falls, with sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.

However, on Sunday the number of aircraft flying in proved to be a disappointment. Normally 120 plus aircraft fly in. Although there never was a drop of rain at the airport, the presence of a line of thunderstorms just south of the field must have discouraged many would be fly-ins. Only around 40 aircraft came for breakfast. The rest must have been watching the “Weather Channel.”

Fortunately a number of pilots four wheeled it and the local folks came out, so we still served enough breakfasts to cover expenses.

Last Month   We met be on Wednesday, the 9th of September, at 7:30 p.m. at our Chapter Hangar at Mt. Hawley Airport.

Our guest speaker was Dr. Robert Thompson, a new Chapter member, speaking on medical facts for pilots. The evening was both informative and useful.

Christmas Luncheon   Our Annual Chapter Christmas Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at the First Christian Church, 6400 N. University Ave. The Church is located just north of the Post Office on University Avenue. A social time will begin at 11:30 a.m. and a buffet lunch will be served at noon.

This and That   It looks as if Dr. Bob Thompson is going to be our new tenant. His Cessna 182 will occupy the space vacated by Jerry Peacock’s Cessna 172.

Jerry was able to move his plane back into it’s hangar, since he donated his project plane, another Cessna 172, to a missionary school in Michigan, for use as a teaching aid.

Smitty passed his third class medical and is ready for another 2 years of fun flying. Dr. Walt Forred is leaving the area, and is interested in sell his Cessna 180.

NCEAA Director   Needed We still need a third Chapter member to serve on the Board of Directors of the North Central EAA Old Fashioned Fly-In. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact Sam Sisk, Ron Wright or Dennis Mellen.




October 3rd and 4th — Pierron, Illinois Octoberfest ‘98 sponsored by Gateway Ultralight Club. Flying events, dinner, bonfire. Contact: Keith Smith, 314/776-4790.

October 4th — McNabb, Illinois FLY-IN/DRIVE-IN Breakfast, Sponsored by EAA Chapter 948, the first Sunday of the month, from 7-11 A.M. at Hartenbauer's Airport on McNabb Road, rain or shine. Contact: 815/882-2371.

October 8th - 11th — Mesa, Arizona Copperstate EAA Fly-In at Williams Gateway Airport. Contact: Bob Hasson, 520/228-5480 or 520/298-3522.

October 9th - 11th — Evergreen, Alabama Southeast EAA Regional Fly-In. Contact: Harold “Bubba” Hamiter, 334/765-9109 or 334/743-3916.