American Sonex Association Fly-in Wrap-up
Videos, pictures and article links below:
ASA in quick review (You Tube
Next Year's ASA is October 10th and
11th. Mark you
calendars now. We
may have to change it to NASA (North
American Sonex Association) since we now have a Canadian Member with
arrival of Doug Raby from Toronto.
Flying with Dave Story
2013 Pictures taken By Shayne
The best part of building an airplane... by Doug Raby
we could not have had better weekend weather and the
aircraft arrived in droves. About
PM Saturday afternoon we hit the historic and magic BIG 40th aircraft. A new tradition was
started this year, when
an aircraft arrived we gave them a certificate with arrival number to
in their windscreen and they blew an air horn to announce their
number 40 arrived, the air can had been depleted.
Next year we will have a bigger can so that
all 50 aircraft can blow their own horn.
outstanding supporter of ASA, Lonnie Prince put on a
presentation of how a prop is carved and a Prince Prop was raffled off
and won by Robert Kolacki. We
pleased to have Sonex Aircraft, LLC represented by Joe Norris and the
factory Waiex. Joe
was accompanied by
Wayne Daniels in Purple Haze.
hosted 142 attendees, including 6 Charter members that
has been at all 10 fly-ins and they each received a windbreaker with
year special patch and their name on the jacket.
The Charter members were Rick Spriggle,
Phillip Harper, Robert Bandy, Michael Crowder, Robert Eley, and Tony
flew 34 Demo rides with Mike McClellan leading the pack
with 11. We also served about 500 meals over the weekend, made a lot of
friends and reacquainted with a bunch of old friends.
longest distance traveled was as close to being a tie as
possible with Walt Turk from San Antonio Texas and
Aaron Knight from Norwell MA flying the same number of miles. But Aaron
by 2/3 of a mile. Victor Vicari from Goreville IL
won best in show, voted on by
the registration crew.
had the usual amount of maintenance problems and everyone
got fixed and on their way except for 1 engine problem that was fixed
Morning thanks to John Stophel and his very generous use of his new
engine package from which he supplies 2 coils and 1 valve adjuster
Several builders brought
and pieces and there
was a lively exchange of parts and money at the Swap tables.
was presented with a Rocking Chair for my retirement and
everyone was asked to sign it and which they did and it will be in my
a long time. An old
friend Dick Martin
presented me with a lighted plaque that has the 10th year patch, my old
Force C-124 Aircraft, my face and on the top is the likeness of N555SX,
could not make the fly-in but sent it along with our friend Jim Shell.
setting above my head on my desk as I write this message.
the Saturday presentations by Robbie Culver of the
Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation and by Fresh Aero on their LED
Taxi Lights a Lost Wingman formation for Michael Arnold was flown. Michael had attended the
two previous ASA events
and was registered for this year’s event when he tragically lost his
the Washington DC Navy Yard Shooting. The flight consisted of Bob
Steffey Lead, Kip Laurie 2, John Davis 3, and Aaron Knight/Peter Van in
Slot with Smoke. Peter
Van also served as
had great door prizes from all of our sponsors:
Prince Prop, Sonex LLC,
Great Plains Aircraft,
Wicks, Avery Tool, BandC Supply, Trade-a-Plane, Aircraft Spruce,
Shop, Delta Pop Antenna, Light Speed, Sonex Builders and Pilots
night and event ended with the traditional Big Boy BBQ,
baked potatoes, potato salad, banana pudding and seconds to anyone who
it, and the hanger cleaning where everything was put back in its place
hanger was cleaned.
event would not take place every year if it were not
for the hard work of the guys and gals that make this event a success.
and Amy Eley: Overall setup and show managers
Peter and Shayne Van Schalkwyk: Webmaster who got you
Sara and Lou Squallente: Food and Drinks
Robert Bandy: Demo ride Coordinator
John Stophel: Rental Car Return Coordinator
David and Tee Augustine: Swing Back Canopy developer
Robbie Culver: Event Photographer
Diane Davis Zink and daughters Hannah and Bailey:
Registration and hat sales
Demo Ride Pilots:
Mike McClellan 11 demo
Dave Story 8 demo rides
Casey Lyons 5 demo rides
Peter Van Schalkwyk 4 demo rides
Wayne Andrews 3 demo rides
Aaron Knight 1 demo rides
Bob Frost 2 demo rides
the Setup Crew that came in on Thursday to have the show
ready to go on Friday morning and stayed on Sunday to take it all back
pack it away for next year.
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